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Friday, March 23, 2012

April Titles Part 2

I spent last week at the PLA conference and I have a few titles to tell you about that interested me. On the plane on the way home, I read The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan. It comes out on April 3rd. An ocean liner explodes in the Atlantic - why, we do not know - but a young bride is placed in a lifeboat that is obviously overcrowded. One of the crew takes charge and assures them that rescue is at hand. Some wounded in the water try unsuccessfully to climb aboard. Strong personalities appear and as the days pass, hard decisions have to be made. Eventually, things become violent. When the few remaining are rescued, three of the women, including the young bride, are put on trial. We relive her journey through a journal that her lawyer asks her to write. An interesting examination of a life and death situation and the extremes some go to in order to survive.

Another title which had a lot of buzz was A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash which is due out on April 17th. Southern literary fiction about 2 brothers growing up in an evangelical town in the mountains of North Carolina. The older brother is mute and the younger tries to take care of him. The boys see something they are not suppose to and the event is catastrophic to their former life. A haunting tale of brotherly love and how love can overcome evil.

The last title I want to specifically talk about is Cloudland by Joseph Olshan. This title comes out on April 10th. A woman walking through the woods, finds a dead body and an investigation into a serial murder begins. This title takes place in rustic Vermont and the reader receives a very strong sense of place. The characters cause you to become invested in the mystery and the story is haunting and strongly written.

Books due out in April by well known authors are:
David Baldacci - The Innocent - April 17, 2012
Mary Higgins Clark - The Lost Years - April 3, 2012
Sandra Dallas - True Sisters - April 24, 2012
Iris Johansen - What Doesn't Kill You - April 17, 2012
Stephen King - The Wind Through the Keyhole: A Dark Tower Novel - April 24, 2012
Phillip Margolin - Capitol Murder - April 3, 2012
Amanda Quick - Crystal Gardens - April 24, 2012
Anne Perry - Dorchester Terrace: A Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Novel - April 3, 2012
Lisa Scottoline - Come Home - April 10, 2012
Anne Tyler - The Beginner's Goodbye - April 3, 2012

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