This Week’s Spotlight Fiction
Looking for help navigating this week’s fiction releases? We can help. Here’s our guide to the best new fiction out this week.
Chris Bohjalian’s The Sleepwalker delivers the page-turning psychological suspense we’ve come to expect from the author of The Guest Room (this month’s Literary Book Club Pick!). Annalee Ahlberg is a sleepwalker who often puts herself in danger unwittingly. So when she disappears one night, her husband and her daughters fear the worst. When a handsome young detective seems to know a little too much about her mother, the older daughter Lianna begins asking some questions of her own. Bohjalian’s superb storytelling is on full display here, with the bizarre world of parasomnia masterfully explored.
And if you still haven’t gotten your fill of suspense, check out Her Every
Fear, the newest from Peter Swanson, the bestselling author of the wildly popular The Kind Worth Killing. This chilling psychological thriller follows Kate Priddy, whose already fragile psychological state has been recently shaken when her ex-boyfriend kidnapped and nearly killed her. Needing a change of scenery, she agrees to swap her London apartment for her distant cousin’s Boston apartment for six months. But when she arrives to find his next door neighbor has been murdered, she’s horrified to learn that many signs point to her cousin Corbin. Jet lagged and confused, entangled in the terror of her traumatic past and the twisted reality of the present, Kate’s every fear could be realized as she falls deeper into this Hitchcockian tale.
This week will also see the publication of some noteworthy fiction debuts. Transporting readers to the snow-covered edge of a medieval Russian wilderness, Katherine Arden’s The Bear and the Nightingale is full of wonder, magic, and folklore. The Most Dangerous Place on Earth is a brilliant literary debut from Lindsey Lee Johnson which chronicles the cruelties of adolescence in the wealthy circles of a Bay Area high school. From Australian author Jane Harper is an atmospheric debut thriller, The Dry, about a small town with big secrets hidden deep in its past. Heralded as a brilliant new literary voice, Emily Fridlund’s History of Wolves takes place in the remote woods of Northern Minnesota, where fourteen-year-old Linda struggles to escape the strange and solitary life she was born into.
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