New fiction roundup – January 2018

1/2: The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn – Recluse Anna Fox stays in her New York apartment, drinking wine, watching old movies, and spying on neighbors. Then she sees something shocking happen with the new family across the way. Twisty psychological suspense for fans of Gone Girl and Girl on the Train.

1/2: The Bomb Maker by Thomas Perry – In LA, a bombmaker is targeting the LAPD bomb squad. Can retired cop Dick Stahl go toe-to-toe with the culprit? Action-filled suspense.

1/9: The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin – In 1969, four siblings visit a fortune teller reputed to be able to predict your date of death. As we see each of the siblings grow up – was the fortune teller correct?

1/9: Fools and Mortals by Bernard Cornwell – Best known for his Saxon Stories set in 9th century Britain and Denmark, Cornwell turns to the late 1500s and the taught relationship between Shakespeare and his estranged younger brother, Richard.

1/9: Gnomon by Nick Harkaway – Near-future Britain is a surveillance state, with full “transparency” of actions, words, thoughts and memories. When dissident Diana Hunter dies in government custody, true believer Mielikki Neith is brought in to investigate.

1/9: Neon in Daylight by Hermione Hoby – A young British woman moves to New York City during a sweltering summer and is swept into the drug- and alcohol-fueled lives of a college age woman and her father as Hurricane Sandy bears down on the city.

1/9: Heart Spring Mountain by Robin MacArthur – Vale leaves New Orleans for her childhood home in Vermont, in an effort to find her long-estranged mother, gone missing in Tropical Strom Irene. Her search leads her to reconnect with three generations of women in her family and to a secret about her family’s origins.

1/9: The Afterlives by Thomas Pierce – At age 30, Jim Byrd dies briefly of a heart attack, but does not see any glowing tunnels or white lights. Back in the world, he and his wife set off to figure out what awaits us after death.

1/9: Winter by Ali Smith – Second in the seasonal quartet by Smith, this finds four people converging on a house in Cornwall for Christmas, where they ruminate on history, memory and art in the post-Brexit era.

1/16: Munich by Robert Harris – In this spy thriller set against a backdrop of the 1938 Munich Conference, a rising star in the British diplomatic service and his friend, a secret member of the anti-Hitler resistance, are on a crash course with each other and with history.

1/16: The Largesse of the Sea Maiden by Denis Johnson – The final, posthumous short story collection from National Book Award winner and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Johnson examines aging, mortality, and the lifelong for meaning.

1/16: Everything Here is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee – The story of two sisters – one practical, the other impulsive – as they navigate a lonely adulthood and grapple with mental illness after their mother dies.

1/16: Red Clocks by Leni Zumas – In a future America, embryos have been given the rights of personhood and abortion is illegal. Five women – a high-school teacher, a biographer, a frustrated mom, a pregnant teen, and a homeopath – struggle to survive in a changed world. For fans of The Handmaid’s Tale.

1/30: The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert – 17-year-old Alice and her mother have lived life on the run, always just ahead of the bad luck that dogs them. Then Alice’s grandmother dies, and her mother is stolen away by a figure from the Hinterland, a cruel supernatural world that supposedly only exists in fairy tales.

1/30: The Grave’s a Fine and Private Place by Alan Bradley – Precocious 12-year-old chemist and sleuth Flavia de Luce is back, this time investigating a body found in the water near the church of a murderous vicar.

1/30: The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory – Drew, in San Francisco for his ex-girlfriend’s wedding, finds himself stuck in an elevator with Alexa. They concoct a plan to go to the wedding as a couple, only to find real sparks fly.

~ posted by Andrea G.

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