A commercial airliner departing Moscow is missing over France. Two days later, with world tensions at an all-time high, that same plane is headed for the White House.
Soon after, following a mysterious breach of the launch codes, US nuclear missiles aimed at Russia are poised for attack. A reciprocal attack is readied by Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin. The world is on the edge of a nuclear apocalypse.
Since his murder in a Queens restaurant, Alex Nicholas has been living a virtual life in cyberspace. Suddenly he finds himself on the big screen in the White House’s underground bunker, facing the President of the United States. He may be the only one who can save the world from mutual mass destruction. But to do so, he will have to allow himself to be “deleted” – this time permanently.
This latest addition to the Michael & Alex Nicholas series – which also includes Death Never Sleeps, Death Logs In, and Death Logs Out – features all the mystery, artificial intelligence, humor, food, and travel that fans have come to expect, but with even more twists and turns. Buckle up!
This book is such a wild ride! And also reminds me why I’m not a huge fan of A.I., but that’s a whole other psychological development that I don’t need to get into. But if you like thrillers, twists and turns, and enemies hidden around every corner then this is the book for you! It really surprised me with how invested in the story I became and it’s one of those books that will be on your mind in the background until you get the chance to continue reading it.
I think what really made me enjoy this story the most was the characters. I always say I’m a world-building type of reader but when there are some well written characters I can’t help but to fall for the book. And what I love the most are believable characters, and our mcs definitely fit into that category! But even outside of the characters this book contains a really crazy, and oddly realistic, story in it! And when I say there are twists and turns I mean it, so buckle up when you dive into this one!
I’ve been trying to expand what I read this year and this is one of those books that my previously (*cough* still *cough*) fantasy obsessed brain would probably skip over. But I’m so glad I gave this book a chance because it’s not only a good reprieve from fantasy, it’s just a really entertaining book!
About the Author
E. J. Simon is a member of the Authors Guild, the Mystery Writers of America and the North Carolina Writer’s Network. He holds an M.A. in Corporate & Political Communications from Fairfield University and a B.A. in Journalism from the University of South Carolina. He lives with his wife and highly intelligent mini-golden doodle in North Carolina in the United States.
We all have our reasons for being who we are―but what if being someone else could get you what you want?
After a devastating betrayal, a young woman sets off on an obsessive path to justice, no matter what dark family secrets are revealed. What she doesn’t know―she isn’t the only one plotting revenge.
An affluent daughter of privilege. A glamorous manipulative wannabe. A determined reporter, in too deep. A grieving widow who has to choose her new reality. Who will be the first to lie? And when the stakes are life and death, do a few lies really matter?
Bestselling and award-winning author and investigative reporter Hank Phillippi Ryan delivers another twisty, thrilling cat and mouse novel of suspense that will have you guessing, and second-guessing, and then gasping with surprise.
“Hank Phillippi Ryan is at the top of her game. THE FIRST TO LIE is a masterfully twisty tale full of all my favorite things: interesting women, family secrets, and well-plotted revenge. Start reading early, because you will tear through the pages of this breathless, keep-you-up-all-night thriller.”—Jennifer Hillier, award-winning author of JAR OF HEARTS and LITTLE SECRETS
“The First to Lie is a twisty, winding road of deception and secrets that starts with a bang and ends with an explosion. Put this one on your list because Hank Phillippi Ryan is at the top of her game.”—Samantha Downing, USA Today bestselling author of My Lovely Wife and He Started It
“With flawless pacing and impeccable character development, Hank Phillippi Ryan delivers yet another powerful, relevant story of deceit, betrayal, and the extent to which someone will go to right the wrongs they have suffered. The First to Lie is a magnificent, intricately plotted thriller that will have you questioning everyone’s motives until the stunning ending.”—Samantha M. Bailey, bestselling author of Woman on the Edge
Wow this book is one freaking wild ride! It’s just a web of deception after deception after lies and maybe back to a bit more of deception. And the best part of it all is that it was so good because you could tell that Ryan in an expert in the craft. A mystery/thriller/suspense book can easily fall apart if it isn’t written well, and The First to Lie decidedly does not fall into that category.
There are a lot of twists and turns in this book, so keep your thinking caps on! There are a lot of characters and they each have their own set of secrets and twists to divulge. And while the plot can sometimes feel a little convoluted, that’s what makes the story so interesting.
After this book I definitely need to check out the other books from the author. And that’s how I know it was a really good read, when it makes me want to find out what I’ve been missing from Hank Phillippi Ryan. But for anyone who likes a good suspense/thriller/mystery, this one is definitely worth the read!
About the Author
Hank Phillippi Ryan is the bestselling author of eleven award winning novels of suspense. National reviews have called her a “master at crafting suspenseful mysteries” and “a superb and gifted storyteller.”
Her upcoming domestic suspense thriller THE MURDER LIST is a Most Anticipated Book of Summer 2019 from Criminal Element. AJ Finn calls it “a fireworks display of a novel–explosive, exciting and likely to leave you gasping.” BA Paris says: “A cracker of a read!”
Her first psychological standalone, TRUST ME, is an *AGATHA AWARD* nominee. It was named a Best Book of 2018 from REAL SIMPLE Magazine, BookBub, PopSugar, Bustle, CrimeReads and The New York Post. Mary Kubica says: “Dazzling!” and Lisa Gardner says “Mesmerizing!” The Booklist STARRED review says “..it’s a knockout. First-rate psychological suspense.”
Her thriller SAY NO MORE is a Library Journal BEST OF 2016. And a nominee for the AGATHA AWARD, the DAPHNE award, and the MARY HIGGINS CLARK AWARD! Associated Press calls it “stellar” and Publishers Weekly calls it “thrilling” “unflinching” and “gratifying.”
Her 2015 book, WHAT YOU SEE, is a Library Journal BEST of 2015, an ANTHONY and AGATHA Award nominee, and a Top Pick!, dubbed “exceptional suspense.” It received a starred review from Library Journal which says: “Readers will find themselves racing to the finish!”
Her 2014 book, TRUTH BE TOLD, won the AGATHA Award for best mystery, and is a Library Journal Best of 2014. It received starred reviews from Booklist and Library Journal, which says, “Drop everything and binge read!”
THE WRONG GIRL won the Agatha Award and the Daphne Award, and is a seven-week Boston Globe bestseller and Anthony Award nominee.
THE OTHER WOMAN won the coveted Mary Higgins Clark Award, and was listed as a Best Book of 2012 by the Kansas City Star, the Sacramento Bee, Suspense Magazine, and The Boston Globe, won the prestigious Mary Higgins Clark Award, and was the only novel nominated for the Agatha, Anthony, Macavity, Shamus and Daphne awards for Best Novel of 2012.
Her first four mysteries, beginning with the Agatha Award-winning PRIME TIME, feature Charlotte McNally, a Boston television reporter. FACE TIME was a BookSense Notable Book, and AIR TIME and DRIVE TIME were both Anthony and Agatha Award nominees for best novel of 2009 and 2010. They are now available in all new editions.
Hank is also an award-winning investigative reporter at Boston’s WHDH-TV. In addition to 36 EMMYs and 14 Edward R. Murrow awards, Hank’s won dozens of other honors for her ground-breaking journalism.
Her work has resulted in new laws, people sent to prison, homes removed from foreclosure, and millions of dollars in refunds and restitution for victims and consumers. She’s been a radio reporter, a legislative aide in the United States Senate and an editorial assistant at Rolling Stone Magazine, working with Hunter S. Thompson, Richard Avedon and Richard Goodwin.
Hank is a founding teacher at Mystery Writers of America University and served as 2013 president of national Sisters in Crime. She blogs at Jungle Red Writers and Career Authors.
A Song for Lonely Wolves by Lee Evie Publication Date: February 26, 2020 Interstice Press Series: Joseon Detective, Book One Genre: Historical Fiction
A missing woman. A frozen body. A bonded servant girl, determined to solve a mystery.
Joseon Korea, winter, 1590.
At the foot of a jagged mountain range, an isolated village lies in muddy snow. From her bed, a young noblewoman vanishes in the dead of night and rumours of a fearsome ghost with no face echo in her wake.
Hard-working and dogged Dan Ji, arrives in the long winding valley with her own ghosts. As a damo, a tea servant of the police force, she is overlooked and undervalued. Yet this case has gripped her heart, and she craves to prove her worth beyond simply cooking and cleaning for her superiors ñ she is determined to solve the mystery.
With only the officer in charge on her side ñ a hard young man with a bloody past and secrets of his own Dan Ji must convince the local Magistrate and his provincial policemen to trust her judgement. Yet with mistrust brewing, the investigation slowly grinds to a halt. Until a frozen body is unearthed from the deep snows of the mountain range.
It is not within Dan Jiís nature to leave a mystery unsolved, yet soon she discovers the fine threads of this investigation run much deeper than anyone has anticipated.
Oh how happy I am that this book exists. One of my favorite time periods (or at least one I’m extremely interested in) is Joseon Korea. It’s just got such beauty and such cruelty in it and it makes for some amazingly heartbreaking stories. And this story is just that. It is dark and stark and such an amazing read.
I really enjoyed reading about Dan Ji. Her life is far from perfect but she has a determination to continue no matter what. I loved seeing the story pieced together as everything slowly came full circle. It will definitely never leave you feeling bored!
Finally, the writing was so hauntingly beautiful. There’s something in me that craves a heartbreaking story when I’m reading or watching anything set in the Joseon dynasty (here’s looking at you Scarlet Heart: Ryeo). This is a book that will pull you in and make you invested in not only the story, but the characters as well.
About the Author
Lee Evie is a historical fiction author. She writes with a focus on Korean history and loves dark adventures with a heavy dose of danger, mystery and romance. When she’s not writing, Lee Evie can be found watching drama, which she will do for hours on end. She believes drama watching is the ultimate joy of life. Even when they make her cry. An avid photography and travel lover, Lee Evie thinks stories are the most precious gift to the universe.
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Crimes and Survivors by Sarah Smith Publication Date: April 15, 2020 Make Light Work LLC Hardcover, Paperback, eBook; 394 Pages Series: A Reisden and Perdita Mystery, #4 Genre: Historical Mystery
It’s 1912. America. The land of Jim Crow, of lynchings and segregation. And a young society woman has just discovered that the grandfather she barely knows may be black.
She has a family. She has a child. If she’s black, her friends will deny they know her. Her marriage will be illegal. Her little boy will never be a full citizen of America.
She can’t be black. She’s experienced prejudice before. Never again. It will not happen to her or to anyone she loves.
She follows her grandfather onto the newest, safest, biggest ship in the world, to learn the truth. The right truth, the one that will save her family.
But after the iceberg, she finds the truth is far more complicated than black and white. More inspiring, more loving. Far more dangerous… And what she’ll need to find is not a convenient truth but a new America.
“The Titanic still cruises our imaginations…And she has secrets. Sarah Smith knows them and knows how to tell them in this riveting, page-turning novel, a tale unraveling from out of the ignorant past, through that terrible moment of truth on the Titanic, and on toward a hopeful future. Read it and be enthralled.” — WILLIAM MARTIN, New York Times bestselling author of Cape Cod and Bound for Gold:
“You may think you know everything there is to know about Titanic, but Sarah Smithís ‘Crimes and Survivors’ carves out a space of its ownówhile, in the same breath, demarcating a huge swath of Americaís history and painting a resonant vision of its future. The result is suspenseful, insightful, moving and highly recommended.” — LOUIS BAYARD, bestselling author of Courting Mr. Lincoln
“For those of us who have been hoping for a new tale of intrigue featuring Sarah Smithís star-crossed couple Alexander Reisden and Perdita Halley, the wait is over! Smithís new installment, Crimes and Survivors, takes readers aboard the Titanic and to Jim Crow-era America for a thrilling and romantic literary mystery that unflinchingly examines issues of race and identity, love and family, and the danger and beauty of uncovering long-hidden truths.” — SARAH STEWART TAYLOR, author of the Sweeney St. George mysteries and The Mountains Wild
“Come for the rich prose, meticulous research, and vibrant characters. Stay for the heart-stopping mystery. Sarah Smith’s fresh take on the doomed Titanic sailing is filled with twists and turns and will enthrall both new readers and longtime fans of the Vanished Child series!” — EDWIN HILL, Edgar and Agatha-nominated author of Little Comfort and The Missing Ones
So, one of the things I have been working on this year has been reading out of my comfort zone. And one of those out of comfort zone BIG zones is anything related to huge bodies of water. I have to admit that I have a huge irrational fear of whales (I read Moby Dick WAY too young, lol), so thinking about being stranded in bodies of water where I might accidentally get sucked up by one just gives me major anxiety. But even still I kind of like reading books like it because at least I get more scared than I do from any horror book!
This was a really interesting book for me. I went in expecting a Titanic story, but it was so much more than that. This time in American history was very tumultuous and race relations were at an all time horrific low. This story is definitely more about the mistreatment of humans that has occurred in America throughout history. Much as the first line of the synopsis, this was a time of Jim Crow, lynchings, and segregation.
As you can guess this is more of a story about the people of the time. Which means there are a lot of characters, which can be mildly difficult to keep straight at first. But the underlying story and motifs definitely make this worth the read! It is a story that deserves to be shared.
About the Author
Sarah Smith started telling stories as a child in Japan. Her sitter would tell her ghost stories at night, and the next morning sheíd act them out on the school bus for an audience of terrified five-year-olds. Back in America, she lived in an unrestored Victorian house, where every morning she would help her grandmother haul coal and break sticks into kindling to light the household stove. Sheís loved storytelling and history ever since.
She studied English at Harvard, where she spent Saturdays in the library reading mysteries, and film in London and Paris, where she sat next to Peter Cushing at a film show and got to pet Francis Baconís cat. While teaching English, she got interested in personal computers (she and two friends bought 3 of the first 5 PCs sold in Boston). She realized that software could help her plot bigger stories, and sheís never looked back.
Her bestselling series of Edwardian mysteries, starring Alexander von Reisden and Perdita Halley, has been published in 14 languages. Two of the books have been named New York Times Notable Books. The Vanished Child, the first book in the series, is being made into a musical in Canada. The fourth book in the Reisden-Perdita series, about the Titanic, will be published April 15, 2020. Crimes and Survivors. You can preorder it now from your favorite bookstore.
Sarahís young adult ghost thriller, The Other Side of Dark, won both the Agatha (for best YA mystery of the year) and the Massachusetts Book Award for best YA book of the year. Her Chasing Shakespeares, a novel about the Shakespeare authorship, has been called ìthe best novel about the Bard since Nothing like the Sunî (Samuel R. Delany) and has been turned into a play.
Sarah lives in Boston with her family and not enough cats.
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A spiritualist, an insane asylum, a lost little girl . . .
When Clive, anxious to distract a depressed Henrietta, begs Sergeant Frank Davis for a case, he is assigned to investigate a seemingly boring affair: a spiritualist woman operating in an abandoned schoolhouse on the edge of town who is suspected of robbing people of their valuables. What begins as an open and shut case becomes more complicated, however, when Henrietta—much to Clive’s dismay—begins to believe the spiritualist’s strange ramblings.
Meanwhile, Elsie implores Clive and Henrietta to help her and the object of her budding love, Gunther, locate the whereabouts of one Liesel Klinkhammer, the German woman Gunther has traveled to America to find and the mother of the little girl, Anna, whom he has brought along with him. The search leads them to Dunning Asylum, where they discover some terrible truths about Liesel. When the child, Anna, is herself mistakenly admitted to the asylum after an epileptic fit, Clive and Henrietta return to Dunning to retrieve her. This time, however, Henrietta begins to suspect that something darker may be happening. When Clive doesn’t believe her, she decides to take matters into her own hands . . . with horrifying results.
Well if this book isn’t right up my alley! This is my first introduction into the Henrietta and Inspector Howard series and I am most definitely going to need to read the rest! A Child Lost was definitely the best introduction to this series for me as well (you know, if I’m going to wind up reading out of order) because I am really interested in any historical fiction related to asylums and the treatment of women’s mental health. Or maybe I would be better off saying lack of treatment.
I think what I am most disappointed about in all of this is the fact that I had not heard of this series before now. I feel so ashamed because I was so enthralled with this book! I’ve also recently been intrigued with reading books set in the 1930’s, so I was really excited about that aspect. It’s really sad and interesting to take a look into how little has changed over the years regarding women’s mental health. Even today it is such a taboo topic, although I have to say I think we’ve been making some strides in opening up the conversation.
There were a lot of difficult topics that were covered in this book and the author handled them all with grace. You could tell that the author put a lot of time into researching the topics and time period. I find that this makes all the difference in a historical fiction work.
About the Author
Michelle Cox is the author of the multiple award-winning Henrietta and Inspector Howard series as well as “Novel Notes of Local Lore,” a weekly blog dedicated to Chicago’s forgotten residents. She suspects she may have once lived in the 1930s and, having yet to discover a handy time machine lying around, has resorted to writing about the era as a way of getting herself back there. Coincidentally, her books have been praised by Kirkus, Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Booklist and many others, so she might be on to something. Unbeknownst to most, Michelle hoards board games she doesn’t have time to play and is, not surprisingly, addicted to period dramas and big band music. Also marmalade.
The Silence of Bones by June Hur Publisher: Feiwel & Friends Release Date: April 21st 2020 Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Historical, Historical Fiction
I have a mouth, but I mustn’t speak;
Ears, but I mustn’t hear;
Eyes, but I mustn’t see.
For women were not considered threats to the capital, as men were, when darkness fell.
1800, Joseon (Korea). Homesick and orphaned sixteen-year-old Seol is living out the ancient curse: “May you live in interesting times.” Indentured to the police bureau, she’s been tasked with assisting a well-respected young inspector with the investigation into the politically charged murder of a noblewoman.
As they delve deeper into the dead woman’s secrets, Seol forms an unlikely bond of friendship with the inspector. But her loyalty is tested when he becomes the prime suspect, and Seol may be the only one capable of discovering what truly happened on the night of the murder.
But in a land where silence and obedience are valued above all else, curiosity can be deadly. June Hur’s elegant and haunting debut The Silence of Bones is a bloody tale perfect for fans of Kerri Maniscalco and Renée Ahdieh.
For the first time since my brother had disappeared, I felt seen.
You really have no idea how excited I was when I found out about this book! I absolutely love anything set in Joseon. It’s just always so dark and beautiful, like the cover of The Silence of Bones. I mean, the more I look at it the more I see and pick up on. I do seriously love this time period though and I wish there were more books set in it. But this book was honestly so much more than I could have hoped for!
Loyalty. I may waiver, but I always fight to return to it.
This books is so much more dark and gritty than I had expected. I feel like stories set in Joseon either go the cheesy/cheery route or the dark/gritty route and I was pleasantly surprised that this one fell into the latter category. The mystery was so good and when I say this book goes dark, I mean it goes dark. But the writing remains beautiful throughout. It has those dark undertones, but still is very lyrical.
Be careful. Cross no one. Obey always
The characters were also really amazing. Seol (which always confuses me when Korean characters are named that) is always underestimated but she’s got pluck. She uses her ability to fly under the radar to her advantage, and I can appreciate that level of scrappiness. Seriously though, this book was just so amazing!
About the Author
JUNE HUR (‘Hur’ as in ‘her’) was born in South Korea and raised in Canada, except for the time when she moved back to Korea and attended high school there. Most of her work is inspired by her journey through life as an individual, a dreamer, and a Christian, with all its confusions, doubts, absurdities and magnificence. She studied History and Literature at the University of Toronto, and currently works for the public library. She lives in Toronto with her husband and daughter.
Her debut novel THE SILENCE OF BONES (Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan, April 2020) is a murder mystery set in Joseon Dynasty Korea (early 1800s), and also a coming-of-age tale about a girl searching for home. It was recently selected by the American Booksellers Association as one of the top debuts of Winter/Spring 2020. She is represented by Amy Bishop of Dystel, Goderich & Bourret LLC.
Fate. A shackle as solid as truth— unchangeable, unmovable. On the day of my departure, my sister had told me how long I was bound by the government to serve in the police bureau, away from home, from family. For one generation, she’d whispered.
My entire life.
That is, I would be free by the age of forty-one, as old as death itself.
A thunder of fluttering wings filled the sky in all directions, the birds overhead taken to flight. A shriek in the distance pierced the air; a terrified horse. Officer Kyŏn charged ahead, while it took me a scrambling moment to realize what was happening. I jabbed my heels into Terror’s side and followed him through the thicket, over the protruding roots, branches hitting my face.
Then we reached a glade and my heart stopped. Across the stream stood Inspector Han, his sleeve blood-soaked, his hand inching toward the sword at his side. A matter of paces away prowled a tiger, a deep growl rumbling from its white- and- black- striped chest. Powerful paws with sharp claws. The beast looked as large as Inspector Han himself.
“Do not move,” the inspector said, though not to us. Past the thick cluster of leaves was a horse struggling on the ground, shaking its head as blood continued to ooze from its wounded side. And hunkered down behind the creature was Maid Soyi.
Unable to look away from the scene, I hissed to Kyŏn, “Shoot it!”
A muscle worked in Officer Kyŏn’s jaw. Clearly he was incensed at an order from a girl, but he drew out an arrow and nocked it to his bow. As he aimed, the iron point trembled. What resolve he had, I watched falter and crumble.
“I’ll do it.” I snatched the weapon from him and rode out into the glade for a better aim. My motion caught the tiger’s attention. Good. My fear had reached its climax, and another sensation flooded in, a powerful longing that churned within me: the desire to matter.
From the USA Today bestselling author of THE SILENT WOMAN comes a new Cat Carlisle mystery!
In a time of war, nowhere is safe…
While World War Two rages, Cat Carlisle runs a women’s refuge to protect beaten wives. But when one of the women is found dead in the woods behind the house, Cat’s world shatters.
Was the killer a violent husband seeking revenge? A secret lover? Or is something more dangerous at play? Because Cat and her fiancé Thomas have a secret: they’re hiding a precious golden chalice, keeping it locked safely away from the plundering Nazis until the war is over. But someone wants that treasure, and no one will be safe until they get it…
You guys, I’ve been so excited to read this book! I mean, just read that synopsis! Amazing! AND what’s even more amazing is (well, not really, I expected to say this but I’m feeling *melodramatic*) that I absolutely loved this book! I mean, it kind of hits all of the buckets for my favorite things in books so… Yeah, it’s just realllyyyy good!
Honestly though, I think the best part of this story is just how many different subplots are seamlessly interwoven into the main plot. It takes skill to pull this off so successfully! I mean there was the mystery aspect (and I’m a sucker for a good mystery book), to societal issues aspect, and then just all of the character development! Yet even amongst all of these seemingly difficult aspects the book is still a soothing read. I keep talking about “soothing” books lately because those are the ones that are holding my interest in these trying times. I want a book that feels like an escape where I can just relax into the story, and House of Lies was just perfect for that!
Now, I want to point out that I read this book as a standalone. Yes, I know, I’ve been doing this a lot! But, I really like all of these series that I have been coming across lately that I can read the latter books as standalones (and then become obsessed and go back and read the rest). Let me just add in my new favorite phrase again, it takes skill to write a series where each of the books can be read as a standalone. You have to balance the character development and the plot just right to make it work and Thomas is most definitely successful at that!
Terry Lynn writes the Sarah Bennett Mysteries, set on the California coast during the 1940s, which feature a misunderstood medium in love with a spy. The Drowned Woman is a recipient of the IndieBRAG Medallion. She also writes the Cat Carlisle Mysteries, set in Britain during World War II. The first book in this series, The Silent Woman, came out in April 2018 and has since become a USA TODAY bestseller. The Family Secret released to critical acclaim in March 2019. When she’s not writing, you can find Terry Lynn walking in the woods with her dogs or visiting historical cemeteries in search of story ideas. http://www.terrylynnthomas.com/
BBC stringer Sandy lives as a paying guest with the Sawants, a regular, quiet family. Or so she thought. Until she woke up to a woman with a knife … and a dark secret. It is only after she runs a sting operation on a home for the differently abled that Sandy makes a connection between an institute acting as a front for something sinister and the strange family she lives with. Chasing the truth up a trail of brutal murders, Sandy must evade the clutches of a thriving sex racket and expose the predators before her time runs out.
“Reminds you of a David Fincher movie.” – HT Media.
“A perfect companion for a mystery-solver’s mind.” – The Free Press Journal.
“Brilliant, stylish and compelling. A new voice whose sharp, descriptive prose is reminiscent of Megan Abbott.” – Charles Salzberg, author of the Swann detective series, New York.
“A thriller that accentuates the cadence of a finely crafted literary oeuvre.” – ITV America.
“A dark, well-crafted tale that takes readers on a disturbing ride through society’s underbelly.’ – Adam Hamdy, author, screenwriter and film producer, London, UK.
“Nish Amarnath’s new book gives you the chills, showing how crime can unfold in both lethal and cosy setups.” – The Hindu.
For fans of Stieg Larsson’s ‘The Girl Who Played with Fire’ and Sophie Hannah’s ‘A Room Swept White’, this debut psychological thriller and crime suspense novel, set in London, is a strident expose on an under-reported form of social injustice where the line of distinction between the betrayer and the betrayed increasingly fades into oblivion.
Well, this book started dark and just kept building and building. Throughout the whole story there is a feeling of unease and something sinister lurking beneath the pages. I honestly don’t even know if I could compare this book to any other book I’ve read, there were just so many well thought out stylization choices that made such a perfectly creepy, dark, but tantalizing story. I am honestly shocked that this is a debut novel because it most definitely doesn’t read as one.
Victims for Sale is listed as a psychologically-driven thriller, as typically when I read books like this I either find them creepy, thought provoking/mind twisters, or mind blowing. Rarely, however, do I find them to fit into multiple buckets, let alone all three like I did with Victims for Sale.
I think my favorite part of this book is how it is paced. We get snippets of information here and there instead of a full train of thought type of thing, and I think that this set up really worked in the authors favor for this book. It added to that creepy feel of the story and continued to build on the mystery of the book. The more you read the more the story comes together into a heart pounding conclusion.
Knowing the theme of human trafficking in this story makes all of the secondary characters suspicious throughout the story. Amarnath’s choice to sort of blend all of these characters together was another well thought out move as it made it so you would second guess everyone at some point. The dark themes were also handled really well and made for such a relevant story. All in all I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys thrillers and/or mysteries.
About the Author
Nish Amarnath, previously known as Nischinta Amarnath, is a New York-based journalist and writer. She is the author of three books: ‘The Voyage to Excellence: The Ascent of 21 Women Leaders of India Inc.’, ‘Citi and its Scuffle with the Watchdogs’ and ‘Victims For Sale’. Her debut novel, ‘Victims For Sale’ was released worldwide as a psychologically-driven crime thriller by HarperCollins in 2018 and is now a paperbacks bestseller in India. Victims For Sale, nominated for the Mumbai Film Festival Awards, has taken Nish on a journey ranging from the everyday challenges of London’s Scotland Yard and a murder trial at London’s Old Bailey to the practice of breaking vermicelli with a local at a Jalandhar Haveli in the Punjab to the United Nations in New York. Victims For Sale, which gained momentum among television channels across the U.S. and India, against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement, won Nish the honor of addressing commercial, crime, literary and fantasy fiction authors and novelists as a speaker at Algonkian NYC’s New York Pitch Conference (in March 2019), tagged by Writer’s Mag and other outposts as one of the top ten literary conferences in North America. Her upcoming novel, ‘Twin Flame’ is a Trans-Atlantic love saga whose theme song, Incarnation, premiered at New York’s Ripley Grier Studios in March 2019. Nish infuses her fiction work with elements of magic, mysticism and magic realism in ordinary and starkly real settings, although she would not wish to pigeonhole her oeuvres into the box of ‘magic realism’. Nish is a member of International Thriller Writers, where she is a Contributing Editor at The Big Thrill Magazine. She also contributes to New York’s Writer’s Edge, guiding authors and novelists towards a realistic path to publication, and has given various workshops in that regard at U.S. State Department affiliates, British Council outposts, and other public and private forums. Nish has written for Dow Jones’ outposts, including The Wall Street Journal. She was previously Managing Editor at Euromoney Institutional Investor and a reporter at S&P Global where she was recognized as an Outstanding Reporter in 2017 as part of the AMMYs, or Alerian MLP Awards, across North America. Her articles have appeared in TheStreet.com, MSN Money, Yahoo Finance, India Today, The Hindu and Times of India’s city supplements, among others. Upon earning a Distinction in Economics at university, she was the youngest post-graduate media student at the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK, where she was a Margot Naylor Scholar. Later, she received the James W. Robins Reporting Fellowship – a development that urged her to quit a well-paying job as a management consultant at KPMG and attend a business journalism program at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism instead. A former Londoner, she lives and writes in New York City.
The Lost History of Dreams by Kris Waldherr Paperback Publication Date: February 18, 2020 Atria Books Hardcover & eBook; 336 Pages Genre: Historical/Gothic/Mystery
Now available in paperback! A post-mortem photographer unearths the dark secrets of a famed poet’s marriage in this “sensual, twisting gothic tale…in the tradition of A.S. Byatt’s Possession, Diane Setterfield’s The Thirteenth Tale, and Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights” (BookPage).
When famed Byronesque poet Hugh de Bonne is found dead in his bath one morning in 1850, arrangements are left to his estranged cousin, historian turned postmortem photographer Robert Highstead. De Bonne’s will instructs that he should be buried in a stained glass chapel set on the Shropshire moors, built to house the remains of his beloved wife and muse, Ada. It has since been locked to all outsiders—especially the rabid, cultlike fans of de Bonne’s final book, The Lost History of Dreams.
Only Ada’s grief-stricken niece, Isabelle, holds the key, but she refuses to open the chapel unless Robert agrees to her bargain: Before he can lay Hugh to rest, Robert must record the real story behind her aunt’s ill-fated marriage to the poet over the course of five nights—a story that is both love story and ghost story.
Blurring the line between the past and the present, truth and fiction, and ultimately, life and death, The Lost History of Dreams is “a surrealist, haunting tale of suspense where every prediction turns out to be merely a step toward a bigger reveal” (Booklist).
“Waldherr writes that ‘love stories are ghost stories in disguise.’ This one, happily, succeeds as both.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Scheherazade-like … haunting… Waldherr writes that ‘love stories are ghost stories in disguise.’ This one, happily, succeeds as both.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“An unexpected delight that grows steadily more compelling as its pages fly by.” —Booklist
“A sensual, twisting gothic tale that embraces Victorian superstition much in the tradition of A.S. Byatt’s Possession, Diane Setterfield’s The Thirteenth Tale and Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights.”—BookPage
“Eerily atmospheric and gorgeously written, The Lost History of Dreams is a Gothic fairy-tale to savor.” – Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of THE ALICE NETWORK and THE HUNTRESS
“The Lost History of Dreams is a dark, shimmering gem of a novel, glittering with love lost, secrets kept, and long-buried truths revealed. Wonder, memory, death and passion haunt every page of Kris Waldherr’s powerhouse Gothic debut.” – Greer Macallister, bestselling author of THE MAGICIAN’S LIE and WOMAN 99
“Brooding, romantic, and thoughtful, The Lost History of Dreams is a rare bird in that it shines throughout with wit. I loved every page of it.” – Erika Swyler, bestselling author of THE BOOK OF SPECULATION and LIGHT FROM OTHER STARS
“With luminous prose, stunning poetry and a fascinating cast of characters, Waldherr weaves a wonderfully atmospheric tale. Not to be missed!” – Hazel Gaynor, New York Times bestselling author of THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME and THE LIGHTHOUSE KEEPER’S DAUGHTER
“A riveting, addictive read. Sarah Waters fans will be entranced. – Mary Sharratt, author of ECSTASY and DAUGHTERS OF THE WITCHING HILL
“A novel of haunting mystery and passion reminiscent of Wuthering Heights and Byatt’s Possession.” – Crystal King, author of FEAST OF SORROW and THE CHEF’S SECRET
“An atmospheric tale of lost love, family secrets, and an inquiry into how our own histories define us, I relished every poetic page.” – Heather Webb, international bestselling author of LAST CHRISTMAS IN PARIS and THE PHANTOM’S APPRENTICE
“With beautiful prose and poetry, Waldherr weaves a darkly seductive Gothic tale of love, art, death, and obsession. You’ll want to keep reading this one late into the night.” – Alyssa Palombo, author of THE SPELLBOOK OF KATRINA VAN TASSEL
“A sumptuous feast for all the senses.” – Clarissa Harwood, author of IMPOSSIBLE SAINTS and BEAR NO MALICE
This book has given me all of the gothic ghostie feels! I mean, those are basically my two favorite things so I of course love books and stories that combine the two! So, as you could imagine, I was hooked as soon as I started this book. Which was fantastic because I’ve been struggling to keep focused on my reading lately with everything that is going on in the world right now.
But there are twists and turns galore in this story, so it will keep you on the edge of your seat! I mean, the first twist comes within the first twenty pages of the story and really helps solidify a lot of the “why,” while also keeping some huge mysterious details from us. As the story unfolds surrounding Ada and Hugh, so does the story of Robert’s wife Sida. The two stories were spectacularly interwoven, having certain characteristics and elements slowly come together as one.
I seem to be in a very atmospheric story type of mood lately, and this one definitely fit the bill for my cravings. It’s got a bit of creep and spook without it falling fully into the horror category, so this is a great choice for people who love gothic horror, people who might be interested in it, and people who like the gothic without much of the horror. I think it is an especially excellent read for right now to just settle down with and destress a bit.
About the Author
Kris Waldherr’s books for adults and children include The Lost History of Dreams, Bad Princess, Doomed Queens, and The Book of Goddesses. The Lost History of Dreams received a Kirkus starred review and was called “an unexpected delight” by Booklist. The New Yorker praised Doomed Queens as “utterly satisfying” and “deliciously perverse.” The Book of Goddesses was a One Spirit/Book-of-the-Month Club’s Top Ten Most Popular Book. Her picture book Persephone and the Pomegranate was lauded by the New York Times Book Review for its “quality of myth and magic.” Her fiction has won fellowships from the Virginia Center of the Creative Arts, and a works-in-progress reading grant from Poets & Writers.
As a visual artist, Waldherr is the creator of the Goddess Tarot, which has a quarter of a million copies in print. She has had illustrations published as greeting cards, book covers, and in calendars and magazines. Her art has been exhibited in many galleries and museums including the Ruskin Library, the Mazza Museum of International Art from Picture Books, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
Kris Waldherr works and lives in Brooklyn in a Victorian-era house with her husband, their young daughter, and a very vocal Bengal cat.
To celebrate the paperback publication of The Lost History of Dreams, Kris is offering an exclusive blog tour giveaway of some of her most popular publications! The collection includes an autographed copy of The Lost History of Dreams paperback, a Goddess Tarot deck, a Sacred World Oracle deck, a hardcover of Bad Princess, and a teaser booklet of Doomed Queens. Retail value $75. Giveaway ends 3/31/2020. US only.
The June Boys by Courtney C. Stevens Publisher: Thomas Nelson Release Date: March 3, 2020 Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller
The Gemini Thief could be anyone. Your father, your mother, your best friend’s crazy uncle. Some country music star’s deranged sister. Anyone.
The Gemini Thief is a serial kidnapper, who takes three boys and holds them captive from June 1st to June 30th of the following year. The June Boys endure thirteen months of being stolen, hidden, observed, and fed before they are released, unharmed, by their masked captor. The Thief is a pro, having eluded authorities for nearly a decade and taken at least twelve boys.
Now Thea Delacroix has reason to believe the Gemini Thief took a thirteenth victim: her cousin, Aulus McClaghen.
But the game changes when one of the kidnapped boys turns up dead. Together with her boyfriend Nick and her best friends, Thea is determined to find the Gemini Thief and the remaining boys before it’s too late. Only she’s beginning to wonder something sinister, something repulsive, something unbelievable, and yet, not impossible:
Ahhhhh! This book was so good! I’m a sucker for a classic styled mystery, so of course I was immediately interested in this one. Add in some of the dark and broody elements and I’m sold! I mean, the writing is just so delicious and elevates the story.
The bulk of this story is about Thea trying to figure out who the Gemini Thief is after her cousin becomes one of his yearly victims. Basically, the Gemini Thief operates under this weird yearly schedule where he steals three boys and holds them captive for thirteen months before letting them go alive. The only problem is that one of the kidnapped boys suddenly turns up dead.
I think that this book is coming out at the perfect timing too. This truly sounds like something you would hear about on a true crime podcast. Which also helps add to the eerie feel of the story. The realness of the horror these characters are facing is palpable, allowing you to descend into the madness of what is occuring.
About the Author
Courtney “Court” Stevens grew up among rivers, cornfields, churches, and gossip in the small town south. She is a former adjunct professor, youth minister, Olympic torchbearer and bookseller at Parnassus Books. These days she writes coming-of-truth fiction and is the Community Outreach Manager for Warren County Public Library. She has a pet whale named Herman, a bandsaw named Rex, and several novels with her name on the spine.