Thursday, February 11, 2016

Coming Soon to a Bookstore Near You - (3) New Books coming in March


(3) new books that I thought sounded great

Atria - March 2016
(Amazon Description)

Fans of Kate Morton will love this atmospheric and immersive debut novel of a woman who returns to her ancestral home in Scotland and discovers a century-old secret buried in the basement.

Following the deaths of her last living relatives, Hetty Deveraux leaves her strained marriage behind in London and returns to her ancestral home, a crumbling estate in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides, with the intention of renovating and reselling it as a hotel, much to the dismay of the locals. As she dives headfirst into the repairs, she discovers human remains beneath a rotting floorboard in the basement, with few physical clues to identify the body. Who was this person? And why the makeshift grave?

Hungry for answers, Hetty sets out to unravel the estate’s secret—and those of its former inhabitants, including Beatrice Blake, a woman who moved there a century ago with her husband Theo, a famous painter who seemed to be more interested in Cameron, a young local man, than his own wife.

Following whispered rumors and a handful of leads, Hetty soon discovers that no one knows exactly what happened to Beatrice, only that her actions have reverberated throughout history, affecting Hetty’s present in startling ways.



The Passenger; Lisa Lutz
Simon & Schuster - March 2016
(Amazon Description)

From the author of the New York Times bestselling Spellman Files series, Lisa Lutz’s latest blistering thriller is about a woman who creates and sheds new identities as she crisscrosses the country to escape her past: you’ll want to buckle up for the ride!

In case you were wondering, I didn’t do it. I didn’t have anything to do with Frank’s death. I don’t have an alibi, so you’ll have to take my word for it...

Forty-eight hours after leaving her husband’s body at the base of the stairs, Tanya Dubois cashes in her credit cards, dyes her hair brown, demands a new name from a shadowy voice over the phone, and flees town. It’s not the first time.

She meets Blue, a female bartender who recognizes the hunted look in a fugitive’s eyes and offers her a place to stay. With dwindling choices, Tanya-now-Amelia accepts. An uneasy―and dangerous―alliance is born.

It’s almost impossible to live off the grid today, but Amelia-now-Debra and Blue have the courage, the ingenuity, and the desperation, to try. Hopscotching from city to city, Debra especially is chased by a very dark secret…can she outrun her past?

With heart-stopping escapes and devious deceptions, The Passenger is an amazing psychological thriller about defining yourself while you pursue your path to survival. One thing is certain: the ride will leave you breathless.



The Two-Family House; Lynn Cohen-Loigman
St. Martin's Press - March 2016
(Amazon Description)


Brooklyn, 1947: in the midst of a blizzard, in a two-family brownstone, two babies are born minutes apart to two women. They are sisters by marriage with an impenetrable bond forged before and during that dramatic night; but as the years progress, small cracks start to appear and their once deep friendship begins to unravel. No one knows why, and no one can stop it. One misguided choice; one moment of tragedy. Heartbreak wars with happiness and almost but not quite wins.
From debut novelist Lynda Cohen Loigman comes The Two-Family House, a moving family saga filled with heart, emotion, longing, love, and mystery.

17 comments:

  1. Diane, thank you for presenting these books. The Two-Family House appeals to me especially (I am on a bit of a Brooklyn "kick" right now!).

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  2. Yes, I think all 3 of these sound like they are worth trying. I'm especially interested in the first one set in Scotland. Seems like it would fit in my gothic challenge.

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    1. Me too, although I'm always a bit skeptical when they compare to another books or author (Kate Morton).

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  3. Those all look good! I'm excited about The Passenger.

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    1. Yes, I saw Laurel post the intro to this one, and knew I wanted to read it.

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  4. They all sound good, especially The Two-Family House.

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  5. Sounds like a couple of winners to me!

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  6. The two that are debuts automatically go on my TBR list. The Passenger has been getting good reviews!

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  7. They all sound interesting. Thanks for the introduction. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  8. These books look really interesting.

    The description of The Passenger and living off the grid is making me think how the world has changed so much. These changes in technology and lifestyle are now having an effect on the fiction that is written.

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    1. I agree, in fact from time to time I'll read a book published perhaps in the 70s or 80s and it feels so outdated after all the tech developments in last 30-40 years.

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  9. I like the premise of The Two-Family House--I'll have to look for that. I think I would like it.

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