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J.D. Robb Has Delivered the 50th(!) Installment of Her "In Death" Futuristic Mystery Series

In GOLDEN IN DEATH, homicide detective Eve Dallas investigates a murder with a mysterious motive --- and a terrifying weapon.

When You Lose the Person Who is Most Essential to You, Who Do You Become?

SAINT X is a haunting portrait of grief, obsession and the bond between two sisters never truly given the chance to know one another.

Mary Kubica's Twisty New Psychological Thriller is Propulsive and Addictive

According to our reviewer, "The ending is ingenious and satisfying in the extreme, even if there are a few lingering questions."

THE GIRL WITH THE LOUDING VOICE is February's "Read with Jenna" Book Club Pick

A young Nigerian woman is trapped in a life of servitude but determined to get an education so that she can escape and choose her own future.

Graham Moore's New Legal Thriller Covers the Most Sensational Case of the Decade

One juror changed the verdict. What if she was wrong? That's the premise of THE HOLDOUT, which already is being adapted as a series on Hulu.

WEATHER is a Shimmering Tour de Force About a Family, and a Nation, in Crisis

The author of the nationwide bestseller DEPT. OF SPECULATION has penned this much-talked-about third novel, an Indie Next pick for February.

Bookreporter Bets On...


THE QUEEN'S FORTUNE: A Novel of Desiree, Napoleon, and the Dynasty That Outlasted the Empire, by Allison Pataki

I confess that I never thought I would love a book where the protagonist was the one-time lover of Napoleon, who went on to become the queen of Sweden. I never hearkened to this particular time period, perhaps due to too many quizzes and tests in high school and college that made history into a series of facts, and not a lot of fun. Well, those attitudes rapidly changed after reading THE QUEEN’S FORTUNE; I was equally impressed with Allison Pataki’s eye for detail as I was with her beautiful prose. She had me completely caught up in the story of Desiree Clary --- and the crazy world that surrounded Napoleon.

Bookreporter Talks To...

As part of our mission to expand The Book Report Network, we have been shooting video interviews with authors. Carol loves interviewing authors, so this feels like a natural.

We are happy to share our latest "Bookreporter Talks To" interview with Alexis Schaitkin, whose debut novel, SAINT X, will be a Bets On selection. Carol enjoyed talking to Alexis about the ways in which her characters grow to understand their past, the sense of place that serves as both a paradise and a nightmare, and the secret ingredient that keeps her writing. Click here to listen to the podcast of this interview.

Carol had a wonderful time chatting with Allison Pataki, whose new historical novel, THE QUEEN'S FORTUNE: A Novel of Desiree, Napoleon, and the Dynasty That Outlasted the Empire, is a Bets On pick. In addition to talking in-depth about the book, Allison and Carol discuss women at the forefront of history, Allison's research in Paris, and the ways in which her personal life has affected her historical storytelling over the years. Click here to listen to the podcast of this interview.

Bookreporter's co-founder Jesse Kornbluth stopped by the office to talk to Carol about his new novel, JFK AND MARY MEYER: A Love Story. They also reminisce about the early days of The Book Report Network, making it a fun trip down memory lane for them. Click here to listen to the podcast of this interview.

» See more video interviews on The Book Report Network YouTube channel here, featuring Liz Moore, William Kent Krueger, Cara Wall, Whitney Scharer, Beatriz Williams, Sheila Weller, Heather Morris, Nelson DeMille and Alex DeMille, Karen White, Raymond Khoury, Patti Callahan, Linwood Barclay, Gilly Macmillan, Marjan KamaliFiona Davis, Shari Lapena, Mary Beth Keane, Sally Hepworth, Jean Kwok, Wendy Walker and Melanie Benjamin.

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The Resisters by Gish Jen - Dystopian Fiction/Humor

The time: not so long from now. The place: AutoAmerica. The land: half under water. The Internet: one part artificial intelligence, one part surveillance technology, and oddly human --- even funny. The people: Divided. The angel-fair "Netted" have jobs and literally occupy the high ground. The "Surplus" live on swampland if they're lucky, on water if they're not. The story: To a Surplus couple --- he once a professor, she still a lawyer --- is born a Blasian girl with a golden arm. Her teens find her happily playing in an underground baseball league. When AutoAmerica rejoins the Olympics, though --- with a special eye on beating ChinRussia --- Gwen attracts interest. Soon she finds herself playing ball with the Netted even as her mother challenges the very foundations of this divided society.

In 1979, a fiery preacher named Jane Whaley attracted a small group of followers with a promise that she could turn their lives around. In the years since, Whaley’s following has expanded to include thousands of congregants across three continents. In their eyes she’s a prophet. And to disobey her means eternal damnation. The control Whaley exerts is absolute: she decides what her followers study, where they work, whom they can marry --- even when they can have sex. Based on hundreds of interviews, secretly recorded conversations and thousands of pages of documents, BROKEN FAITH is a terrifying portrait of life inside the Word of Faith Fellowship, and the harrowing account of one family who escaped after two decades.

Claude McKay Love is an average kid coping with abandonment, violence, riots, failed love and societal pressures as he steers his way past the signposts of youth. As a young black man born on the South Side of Chicago, he is raised by his civil rights-era grandmother, who tries to shape him into a principled actor for change. Yet when riots consume his neighborhood, he hesitates to take sides, unwilling to let race define his life. He decides to escape Chicago for another place --- to go to college, to find a new identity, to leave the pressure cooker of his hometown behind. But as he discovers, he cannot; there is no safe haven for a young black man in this time and place called America.

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Double Feature by Donald E. Westlake - Hard-boiled Mystery

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The Only Child by Mi-ae Seo - Psychological Thriller

Criminal psychologist Seonkyeong receives an unexpected call one day. Yi Byeongdo, a serial killer whose gruesome murders shook the world, wants to be interviewed. Refusing to speak to anyone until now, he asks specifically for her. Seonkyeong agrees out of curiosity. That same day, Hayeong, her husband’s 11-year-old daughter from a previous marriage, shows up at their door after her grandparents, with whom she lived after her mother passed away, die in a sudden fire. Seonkyeong wants her to feel at home, but is gradually unnerved as the young girl says very little and acts strangely. At work and at home, Seonkyeong starts to unravel the pasts of the two new arrivals in her life and begins to see startling similarities.

Culleton, New York has a long history --- of writers, of artists and of unsolved mysteries. It’s where Adair grew up before she moved to Brooklyn to try to make it as an artist. But after years away from her hometown and little to show for it, Adair decides to return. She moves back into Moye House, the old mansion and current writer’s retreat, imbued with her family's legacy. Ciaran is a writer staying at Moye House in the hopes of finally solving the mystery of what happened to Rowan Kinnane --- his sister, and Adair’s childhood best friend. As the two begin investigating, secrets long buried rise to the surface, complicating their sense of themselves and their understanding of what happened on that fateful day.