It is almost June and the weather has become quite warm. Perhaps it's time to turn up the suspense dial on our reading list. Below are 3 very different, very good titles from which to choose
Monday, May 21, 2012
For those who like suspense and action, Risk Agent from Ridley Pearson is getting rave reviews. This thriller will come out on June 19th. In this possible new series, a firm that specializes in recovery of hostages is called in when a Chinese National working for an American-owned construction company is grabbed off the streets of Shanghai in broad daylight. The security company recruits Grace Chu to follow the money and John Knox to use his muscle and use his muscle he does. Who is actually behind the kidnapping? Will they find the hostages? Ah - well if this is being touted as a series, you know that Grace and John survive.
Luanne Rice offers her 30th novel, Little Night, on June 5th. When Clare tried to protect Anne from her abusive husband, she didn't know she would end up in prison for 2 years charged with assault. What made it worse was that Anne lied during her trial to defend her husband. After Clare is released, she is a changed person but one day she receives a note from Anne's daughter and things start to change. An engrossing story about family ties and what being a sister means.
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
June has several very interesting nonfiction titles arriving particularly. Some are military related in many ways and one is a comment on our health system.
Amanda Bennett, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and editor at Bloomberg and co chair of the Pulitzer Prize board, delivers The Cost of Hope on June 5. This memoir of her courtship and marriage asks the ultimate question, how much would you spend to extend the life of a loved one for just a possibly short amount of time. There is no answer to this question but when Bennett's husband develops terminal kidney cancer, they are on the path of discovery. After his passing, Bennett takes a look at the medical effort that was expended on his behalf and the amount of money that it cost. In the end, she believes she would not have changed anything but this does aid in our discovery of how medical costs are set.
Friday, May 4, 2012
Gillian Flynn's new book, Gone Girl, is also coming out on June 5. Flynn writes deeply disturbing thrillers. Some people call them creepy. Her first title, Sharp Edges, was a Edgar finalist for best first novel and won 2 British Dagger awards. Her second title, Dark Places, was a USA Today's Top Summer Read; one of Publisher's Weekly top books of 2009 and one of the New Yorker's Reviewers Favorites from 2009. Obviously, great things are expected from this title. Nick and Amy are celebrating their 5th Wedding Anniversary when Amy suddenly disappears after an apparently violent struggle. The clues are there that Nick is at fault. Nick claims complete innocence. Deep inner secrets are revealed and nothing is the way it appears. Flynn develops the characters well and this is being compared to Tana French's In the Woods. Really quick read although you may not be able to go to bed until you finish. I have my name on the list for this one.
Peter Farris is the son of John Farris, another published author. Peter must have learned well because Last Call for the Living is getting excellent reviews for a debut author. It comes out May 22 but the reviews have been so glowing, I have to talk about it. It is also dark and pretty violent but grabs you from the start. Charlie, a young male bank teller, is taken as a hostage by a hardened criminal, Hobe. Hobe had managed to get in trouble with the law and the Aryan Brotherhood. Both parties are after them when they escape into the North Georgia mountains. This is a thriller that is also an excellent character study of the good guys, the bad guys and the innocent.