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The Wife Upstairs: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250245496
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: St. Martin's Press - January 5th, 2021

Meet orphan, Jane, whose hardscrabble life has amazingly led her to the steps of the palatial Thornfield Estates and the arms of broodingly handsome Eddie Rochester (who may have his previous wife imprisoned upstairs!).  If this sounds vaguely familiar, don't worry if it's been a while since you read "Jane Eyre."  You can enjoy this clever, fast-paced thriller and review the classic when you're finished.  Then you can truly delight in Rachel Hawkins' witty nod to Charlotte Bronte's masterpiece.


Review by Deborah

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The Nightworkers: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374222017
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: MCD - October 6th, 2020

Dark without being broody, poignant without being trite, and delightfully snappy in all the right places, this novel is about a small-time Brooklyn crime family grappling with the costs of their actions - and their loyalties - is a sharp and satisfying read. 


Review by Sam

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The Chain Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316531238
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Published: Mulholland Books - September 22nd, 2020

This book sat on my pile for a long time while I worked up the courage to read it. Like the main character, I have a teenage daughter and the thought that she could be abducted and I, in turn, would be forced to abduct someone else's child to take her place was almost unimagiable. But fear not, this is a thriller through and through with breakneck pacing and resourceful characters who care deeply for one another and who will work together to break the Chain. Once I picked it up, I couldn't put it down! 


Review by Deborah

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The Girl in the Mirror: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780063030145
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Published: William Morrow - October 20th, 2020

Iris Carmichael has spent her life feeling second best to her twin, Summer.  Born moments apart and identical to the naked eye, Summer nonetheless has always been the beloved golden child while Iris is the prickly black sheep.  But the race to be the sole heir of their father's massive estate is the one time Iris is determined to be the "first" twin.
Expensive lifestyles, backstabbing siblings and gorgeous Australian and island settings make this the ideal escape, dive in and enjoy!


Review by Deborah

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One by One Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781501188817
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Gallery/Scout Press - September 8th, 2020

Ruth Ware is the master of the contemporary locked room mystery and I would follow her anywhere.  Murder amongst frenemies in an isolated cabin? Check. Disappearing woman overboard on a luxury yacht? Check. Mysterious happenings at a secluded Highland manor house? Check. So when she packed her bags to join a corporate retreat in the Alps, I threw warm clothes and my deductive reasoning in my suitcase to join her.  Since we can’t travel in real life, it’s the next best thing.  Just watch your back!


Review by Deborah

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Final Cut: A Novel Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062382153
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Published: Harper - August 25th, 2020

Popular opinion traces the dawn of the age of the psychological thriller to “Gone Girl” in June 2012, however, for me it began with S.J. Watson’s “Before I Go to Sleep” published a year earlier.  A tale with a narrator so unreliable she herself doesn’t remember the facts of her life from day to day, coupled with a truly suspect domestic relationship, Watson’s debut lacked only the titular “girl” in it’s heralding of a new era.  Now he returns with his third effort, the story of a small village with an inordinate number of missing girls and a filmmaker with a missing past who is as desperate to solve both puzzles as someone else is to keep both her and the dead quiet.  Welcome back, S.J. Watson.

 


Review by Deborah

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The Need Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781982113162
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Simon & Schuster - July 9th, 2019

This speculative fiction starts off with a chilling home invasion (which had me double-checking every closet in my house), followed by a twisted path of paranoia, doppelgangers, and the varying limits of a mother's love when pushed to unspeakable brinks. The journey of the overwhelmed main character - explored in quick, disjointed segments - only raises more questions than answers, as well as the sneaking suspicion that she may just be losing her mind and dragging the reader along with her into the abyss.  


Review by Sarah C.

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The Cabin at the End of the World: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062679116
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - July 2nd, 2019

Woof. I couldn't put it down. The premise is simple, the themes all too relevant. From the start I cared for the characters, had my stomach clenched throughout the meat of it, and shed a tear at the end. It's horror with a heart!


Review by Dean