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In THE KAISER'S WEB, a Secret Dossier from a WWII-Era Soviet Spy Comes to Light

The information it contains could impact Germany's upcoming national elections and forever alter the political landscape of Europe.

A Touching Memoir of Love and Loss

"CBS Sunday Morning" correspondent Martha Teichner considers the ways that our stories are shaped by the people we meet, and the profound love we can find by opening our hearts to unexpected encounters.

SEND FOR ME is a "Read with Jenna" Today Show Book Club Pick for February

The novel moves between Germany on the eve of WWII and present-day Wisconsin, unspooling a thread of love, longing and the bonds of family.

Four Women Enter a Wartime Cooking Competition for a Chance to Better Their Lives

However, with so much at stake, will the BBC-sponsored contest that aims to bring the community together only serve to break it apart?

The Fates of Three Women Intertwine on the Eve of the Devastating Earthquake of 1906

These brave souls embark on a perilous journey that will test their resiliency, resolve and, ultimately, their belief that love can overcome fear.

Latest Features and Contests


Bookreporter.com's 10th Annual Spring Preview Contests and Feature

Spring is in the air (or will be very soon)! We’ve already caught the fever --- and it’s being fueled by some wonderful new and upcoming releases. Our 10th 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 23rd at noon ET. 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 first prize book will be announced on Tuesday, March 2nd at noon ET.


Bookreporter.com Bets On: THE PARIS LIBRARY by Janet Skeslien Charles

THE PARIS LIBRARY by Janet Skeslien Charles is such a delight. It spans 60 years and brings readers from the lights of Paris to a small town in Montana. In 1939, Odile Souchet is a librarian at the American Library in Paris, whose patrons hail from many countries. It’s a dream job for her as she delights in sharing books with readers --- and the joy of working with her colleagues. Then the Nazis invade the city. And her twin brother is taken prisoner by the Germans as he fights on foreign soil. Life changes quickly with new rules coming down every day. At one point, it is dictated that Jewish people cannot receive library materials anymore. The librarians take this as a challenge and begin ferreting out this information on the sly, which brings danger at every checkpoint.


Bookreporter.com Bets On: THE POWER COUPLE by Alex Berenson

I enjoyed Alex Berenson’s earlier books, including his debut, THE FAITHFUL SPY, but had not read his work in a while. In THE POWER COUPLE, he moves beyond his John Wells series with a stand-alone thriller. The press materials describe it as Mr. and Mrs. Smith meets Taken, which is a great comp. It’s both a look at a marriage through the eyes of a couple and a brisk espionage story.

Bookreporter Talks To...

As part of our mission to expand The Book Report Network, we have been shooting video interviews with authors and posting them on our YouTube channel. We also have been making them available as podcasts. Carol loves interviewing authors, so this feels like a natural.

Carol had a wonderful conversation with Alex Berenson, whose latest thriller, THE POWER COUPLE, is a Bets On title. It's a fast-paced, globe-trotting espionage novel full of surprising twists and a nuanced look at modern marriage --- the challenges of balancing career, parenthood, sex and love. Alex talks to Carol about the tumultuous life of federal agents and how secrets can complicate their personal lives. They also discuss the cover, and Alex shares something that Carol had completely missed about the design. Watch the video and listen to the podcast.

Jane Harper's latest thriller, THE SURVIVORS, will be a Bets On pick. Setting has a strong influence on Jane's work, and she talks about exploring Tasmania as part of her research process. Humorously, the setting had Carol looking at maps as she confessed to having no idea where Tasmania sat in reference to Australia and New Zealand. They also discuss how she develops her plot and characters, and Carol asks about the survivor statues that figure in the book. Watch the video and listen to the podcast.

Carol chats with Janet Skeslien Charles about her latest novel, THE PARIS LIBRARY. This #1 Indie Next pick and an upcoming Bets On selection is based on the true World War II story of the heroic librarians at the American Library in Paris. Janet talks about the themes she explores here, including the relevance of the decades-long gap in the story. She also explains how her life in both Montana and Paris influenced the novel and offers some interesting tidbits about how she chose to conduct her research in order to keep it both true to real-life events and engaging as a story. Watch the video and listen to the podcast.

» Click here for a complete list of our "Bookreporter Talks To" videos and podcasts, along with upcoming interviews.

Latest Reviews

A peaceful Welsh village is thrown into turmoil when a terrified boy stumbles on a body in a nearby river. With little to go on, the village police turn to Scotland Yard for help in identifying the body. When Inspector Ian Rutledge is sent from London to find answers, he is given few clues --- a faded military tattoo on the victim’s arm and an unusual label in the collar of his shirt. They eventually lead him to the victim’s identity: Sam Milford. By all accounts, he was a good man and well-respected. Then why is his death so mysterious? Rutledge uncovers a web of lies swirling around a suicidal woman, a child’s tragic fate, another woman bent on protecting her past. But where among all the lies is the motive for murder?

When Jennifer Brady returns to Northern Arizona University for her sophomore year, she quickly becomes a big sister to her new roommate, Beth Rankin, a brilliant yet sheltered 16-year-old freshman. For a homeschooled Beth, college is her first taste of both freedom and unfettered access to the internet, and Jenny is concerned that she’s too naïve and rebellious for her own good. Her worries are well-founded because one day Beth vanishes, prompting Jenny to alert campus authorities, local police and her mom, Sheriff Joanna Brady --- who calls in a favor. Beth is found, but Jenny’s concern has unwittingly put her in the crosshairs of a criminal bent on revenge.

Elizabeth's mother was working as a nightclub hostess on U.S.-occupied Okinawa when she met the American soldier who would become her husband. The language barrier and power imbalance that defined their early relationship followed them to the predominantly white, upstate New York suburb where they moved to raise their only daughter. There, Elizabeth grew up with the trappings of a typical American childhood and adolescence. Yet even though she felt almost no connection to her mother's distant home, she also felt out of place among her peers. Decades later, Elizabeth comes to recognize the shame and self-loathing that haunt both her and her mother, and attempts a form of reconciliation.

While Paris Slept by Ruth Druart - Historical Fiction

Santa Cruz, 1953. Jean-Luc is a man on the run from his past. The scar on his face is a small price to pay for surviving the horrors of Nazi occupation in France. Now, he has a new life in California, a family. He never expected the past to come knocking on his door. Paris, 1944. A young Jewish woman's past is torn apart in a heartbeat. Herded onto a train bound for Auschwitz, in an act of desperation she entrusts her most precious possession to a stranger. All she has left now is hope. On a darkened platform, two destinies become intertwined, and the choices each person makes will change the future in ways neither could have imagined.

Do No Harm by Christina McDonald - Domestic Thriller

Emma loves her life. She’s the mother of a precocious kindergartener, married to her soulmate --- a loyal and loving police detective --- and has a rewarding career as a doctor at the local hospital. But everything comes crashing down when her son, Josh, is diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. Determined to save him, Emma makes the risky decision to sell opioids to fund the life-saving treatment he needs. But when somebody ends up dead, a lethal game of cat and mouse ensues, her own husband leading the chase. With her son’s life hanging in the balance, Emma is dragged into the dark world of drugs, lies and murder. Will the truth catch up to her before she can save Josh?

The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailey - Domestic Thriller/Science Fiction

Martine is a genetically cloned replica made from Evelyn Caldwell’s award-winning research. She’s patient and gentle and obedient. She’s everything Evelyn swore she’d never be. And she’s having an affair with Evelyn’s husband. Now, the cheating bastard is dead, and both Caldwell wives have a mess to clean up. Good thing Evelyn Caldwell is used to getting her hands dirty.

GUILTY ADMISSIONS weaves together the story of an unscrupulous college counselor named Rick Singer, and how he preyed on the desperation of some of the country's wealthiest families living in a world defined by fierce competition and a community of deeply insecure parents who will do anything to get their kids into name-brand colleges in order to maintain their own A-list status. Investigative reporter Nicole LaPorte lays bare the source of this insecurity --- that in 2019, no special "hook" in the form of legacy status, athletic talent or financial giving can guarantee a child's entrance into an elite school. The result is paranoia, deception and true crimes at the peak of the American social pyramid.

Megan is mostly raising her newborn alone while her husband travels for work. She is wracked with guilt over her unfinished dissertation --- a thesis on mid-century children’s literature. Enter a new upstairs neighbor: the ghost of Margaret Wise Brown --- author of the beloved classic GOODNIGHT MOON --- whose existence no one else will acknowledge. It seems Margaret has unfinished business with her former lover, the once-famous socialite and actress Michael Strange, and is determined to draw Megan into the fray. As Michael joins the haunting, Megan finds herself caught in the wake of a supernatural power struggle --- and until she can find a way to quiet these spirits, she and her newborn daughter are in terrible danger.

Landslide by Susan Conley - Fiction

After a fishing accident leaves her husband hospitalized across the border in Canada, Jill is left to look after her teenage boys --- "the wolves" --- alone. Nothing comes easy in their remote corner of Maine: money is tight; her son, Sam, is getting into more trouble by the day; her eldest, Charlie, is preoccupied with a new girlfriend; and Jill begins to suspect her marriage isn't as stable as she once believed. As one disaster gives way to the next, she begins to think that it's not enough to be a caring wife and mother anymore --- not enough to show up when needed, to nudge her boys in the right direction, to believe everything will be okay. But how to protect this life she loves, this household, this family?

Comes the War by Ed Ruggero - Historical Thriller

April 1944, the 55th month of the war in Europe. The entire island of Britain fairly buzzes with the coiled energy of a million men poised to leap the Channel to France, the first, riskiest step in the Allies’ long slog to the heart of Germany and the end of the war. Lieutenant Eddie Harkins is tasked to investigate the murder of Helen Batcheller, an OSS analyst. Harkins is assigned a British driver, Private Pamela Lowell, to aid in his investigation. Soon a suspect is arrested, and Harkins is ordered to stop digging. Suspicious, he continues his investigation only to find himself trapped in a web of Soviet secrets. As bombs fall, Harkins must solve the murder and reveal the spies before it is too late.