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A Perfect Family is Shattered in Harlen Coben's New Novel of Domestic Suspense, RUN AWAY

A father and mother are devastated by the loss of a daughter who is addicted to drugs, has an abusive boyfriend and doesn’t want to be found.

THE PARADE is the Suspenseful Story of Two Foreigners' Role in a Nation's Fragile Peace

Dave Eggers' latest novel questions whether we can ever understand another nation's war, and what role we have in forging anyone's peace.

QUEENIE is the Account of a Tumultuous, Transformative Year in a Young Woman’s Life

Candice Carty-Williams' debut novel will speak to anyone who has gone looking for love and found something very different in its place.

Susan Meissner Tells a Little-Known Story of WWII with Great Resonance for Our Own Times

In THE LAST YEAR OF THE WAR, a German American teenager's life changes forever when her immigrant family is sent to an internment camp.

Siri Hustvedt's Latest Novel is about Time, Memory, Desire and the Imagination

This is the story of a young Midwestern woman’s first year in New York City in the late 1970s and her obsession with her mysterious neighbor.

Latest Features and Contests


Bookreporter.com's Spring Preview Contests and Feature

Spring is in the air! We’ve caught the fever --- and it’s being fueled by some wonderful new and upcoming releases. Our eighth annual Spring Preview Contests and Feature spotlights many of these picks, which we know people will be talking about over the next few months. We are hosting a series of 24-hour contests for these titles on select days through April 26th. You will need to check the site to see the featured book and enter to win. We also are sending a special newsletter to announce each title, which you can sign up for here.

Our next prize book will be announced on Tuesday, March 26th at noon ET.


Bookreporter.com Bets On: HOUSE ON FIRE by Bonnie Kistler

HOUSE ON FIRE by Bonnie Kistler is a well-paced and emotionally charged domestic thriller. As the book opens, Leigh Huyett and her husband, Pete Conley, have taken a short vacation to celebrate their anniversary; it is a second marriage for both. She has a daughter, Chrissy, who is in middle school and twin older sons in college. He has a son, Kip, who is a senior in high school newly accepted to Duke University, and a young daughter. On the way home from a party, Kip is arrested for drunk driving. The truck he was driving crashed into a tree. And oh, this is his second offense; he already has lost his license to a DUI and should not be driving. Chrissy was with him in the car. Twelve hours later, she is dead and he is charged with manslaughter. What happened that night --- and after --- will keep you turning the pages.


Bookreporter.com Bets On: I.M.: A Memoir (Audiobook) written and read by Isaac Mizrahi

I have been raving about the audiobook of I.M. by Isaac Mizrahi for weeks now. After I finished listening to it, I was sorry that it was over. Mornings of “commuting with Isaac” as he narrated his life story made me happy to be stuck in traffic. This is a memoir about a fashion designer who is a fashion icon, as well as a big personality. It’s life according to Isaac, and there are self-deprecating moments, deeply honest passages, and many, many whole sections where you will find yourself laughing out loud.


Bookreporter.com Bets On: THE END OF LONELINESS written by Benedict Wells, translated by Charlotte Collins

THE END OF LONELINESS, written by Benedict Wells and translated by Charlotte Collins, is one of those slim novels that you might overlook. I am so glad I picked it up. It has strong storytelling and characters who will stay with you. It’s a sibling story, a love story, and a story that bobs and weaves so very well. Jules Moreau, his brother Marty and sister Liz are split up and sent to boarding school following the death of their parents in a car crash. While the siblings are estranged, Jules meets Alva, a young woman living in the same home and caught up in her own grief after losing her sister.


An Interview with Wendall Thomas, Author of DROWNED UNDER: A Cyd Redondo Mystery

Travel agent Cyd Redondo returns for another crime-solving adventure in her second mystery, DROWNED UNDER. In this interview, author Wendall Thomas talks about the Golden Age movie stars who served as the inspiration for her wisecracking protagonist, how she researched all the fashion data that Cyd incorporates in her hilarious commentaries on her clothes, makeup and accessories, why both books in this series revolve around endangered species, and what has surprised her the most about the community of mystery writers she joined two years ago when her debut novel, LOST LUGGAGE, was published.

Latest Reviews

Lot: Stories by Bryan Washington - Fiction/Short Stories

In the city of Houston --- a sprawling, diverse microcosm of America --- the son of a black mother and a Latino father is coming of age. He's working at his family's restaurant, weathering his brother's blows, resenting his older sister's absence. And discovering he likes boys. Around him, others live and thrive and die in Houston's myriad neighborhoods: a young woman whose affair detonates across an apartment complex, a ragtag baseball team, a group of young hustlers, hurricane survivors, a local drug dealer who takes a Guatemalan teen under his wing, a reluctant chupacabra.

When Andrew and Abby Borden were brutally hacked to death in Fall River, Massachusetts, in August 1892, the arrest of the couple’s younger daughter Lizzie turned the case into international news and her trial into a spectacle unparalleled in American history. Reporters flocked to the scene. Well-known columnists took up conspicuous seats in the courtroom. The defendant was relentlessly scrutinized for signs of guilt or innocence. Everyone --- rich and poor, suffragists and social conservatives, legal scholars and laypeople --- had an opinion about Lizzie Borden’s guilt or innocence. Was she a cold-blooded murderess or an unjustly persecuted lady? Did she or didn’t she?

It took one hell of an effort for the authorities to finally get the jump on master manipulator Bianca St. Ives, but now that they have, it’s far from the capture she expected. Instead of taking her in, there’s an offer on the table, a one-shot deal that would allow Bianca to walk away scot-free as if they’d never found her. And all she has to do is run one last mission --- the kind from which she might never return. An intelligence operation is already underway in North Korea, one that’s poised to end the country’s existing tyrannical regime for good. But first, the US needs one of their own to go undercover as the female hacker who recently stole top-secret intel from NORAD. Enter Bianca.

Hap and Leonard are an unlikely pair, but they're the closest friend either of them has in the world. After years of crime-solving companionship, something has changed: Hap, recently married to their P.I. boss, Brett, is now a family man. Amidst the worst flood East Texas has seen in years, the two run across a woman who has had her tongue nearly cut out, pursued by a heavily armed pair of goons. It turns out the girl survived a mob hit, and the boss has come to clean up the mess. Hap and Leonard must save the girl and vanquish her foes before the foes get them first. With a new case to solve and a brand-new challenge to their relationship, will Hap and Leonard's friendship survive? Will they survive?

The Lost Night by Andrea Bartz - Psychological Thriller

In 2009, Edie had New York’s social world in her thrall. Mercurial and beguiling, she was the shining star of a group of recent graduates living in a Brooklyn loft and treating New York like their playground. When Edie’s body was found near a suicide note at the end of a long, drunken night, no one could believe it. A decade later, Lindsay has come a long way from the drug-addled world of Calhoun Lofts. She has devoted best friends, a cozy apartment and a thriving career as a magazine’s head fact-checker. But when a chance reunion leads Lindsay to discover an unsettling video from that hazy night, she starts to wonder if Edie was actually murdered --- and, worse, if she herself was involved.

All the Wrong Places by Joy Fielding - Mystery/Thriller

The man calling himself “Mr. Right Now” in his online profile knows that his perfect hair, winning smile and charming banter put women at ease, silencing any doubts they might have about going back to his apartment. There, he has a special evening all planned out: steaks, wine, candlelight…and, by the end of the night, pain and a slow, agonizing death. Driven to desperation, a young woman, her cousin, her best friend and her mother all decide to try their hand at online dating. They each download an app, hoping to right-swipe their way to love and happiness. But one of them unwittingly makes a date with the killer, starting the clock on a race to save her life.

If, Then by Kate Hope Day - Speculative Fiction

In the quiet haven of Clearing, Oregon, four neighbors find their lives upended when they begin to see themselves in parallel realities. At first the visions are relatively benign, but they grow increasingly disturbing --- and, in some cases, frightening. When a natural disaster threatens Clearing, it becomes obvious that the visions were not what they first seemed and that the town will never be the same.

Everyone's favorite octogenarian is back, and together with his pals in the Old-But-Not-Dead Club, he is more determined than ever to wreak havoc and turn a twinkly eye on the brighter side of life. After a year spent mourning the death of his beloved friend, Eefje, Hendrik may be older and a little more wobbly, but his youthful appetite for mischief hasn't diminished. When fears arise that the home is set for demolition, it's up to Hendrik and the Old-But-Not-Dead Club to intervene.

Life is precious and precarious on the islands of Belene. Besieged by a capricious ocean full of malicious spirits, the people of the islands seek joy where they can. Mayara, one of the island’s fearless oyster divers, has found happiness in love. But on the day of her wedding to the artist Kelo, a spirit-driven storm hits the island with deadly force. To save her loved ones, Mayara reveals a dangerous secret: she has the power to control the spirits. When the storm ends, she is taken into custody by the queen’s soldiers and imprisoned with other women like her. Whoever survives the Island of Testing will be declared heirs to the queen. But no matter if she wins or loses, Mayara knows that the life she dreamed of is gone.

By day, Mary Ballard is lady’s maid to Charlotte Walden, wealthy and accomplished belle of New York City high society. But on her nights off, Mary sheds this persona to reveal her true self: Irish exile Maire O’Farren. She finds release from her frustration in New York’s gritty underworld --- in the arms of a prostitute and as drinking companion to a decidedly motley crew consisting of a barkeeper and members of a dangerous secret society. Meanwhile, Charlotte has a secret of her own --- she’s having an affair with a stable groom, unaware that her lover is actually Mary’s own brother. When the truth of both women’s double lives begins to unravel, Mary is left to face the consequences.

When his friend Leo Pak is arrested on suspicion of murder and armed robbery, Van Shaw journeys to a remote Oregon county to help his fellow Ranger. Van had been Leo’s sergeant when they served with the 75th Regiment in Afghanistan, and back in the States, Leo had helped Van when he needed it most. The murder victim --- the owner of a local gun shop where Leo worked part time --- was dealing in stolen heroin-grade opiates. Worse, the town has a dark history with a community of white supremacists, growing in strength and threatening to turn Mercy River into their private enclave. Van’s quest to clear Leo’s name will stir up old grudges and dark secrets beneath the surface of this secretive small town.