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Missing Persons Expert Frankie Elkin Searches for a Young Man in a National Forest

When the search team encounters threats to their survival, Frankie realizes she’s up against something very dark --- and time is running out.

What Do You Do When the Person You Love Best Becomes Unrecognizable to You?

In Jacquelyn Mitchard's gripping, emotionally charged new novel, a mother must help her son after he is convicted of a devastating crime.

Thrity Umrigar's Riveting and Immersive New Novel is Reese's Book Club Pick for January

HONOR tells the story of two couples and the sometimes dangerous and heartbreaking challenges of love across a cultural divide.

The Award-Winning Author of CHEMISTRY Returns with a Witty and Moving New Novel

Quietly powerful and laced with sharp humor, JOAN IS OKAY is about a marvelously complicated woman who can’t be anyone but herself.

Charles J. Shields Has Penned the Moving Story of the Woman Behind A Raisin in the Sun

This biography of one of the 20th century’s most admired playwrights examines the parts of her life that have escaped public knowledge.

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Bookreporter.com's 17th Annual Valentine's Day Contest

Valentine's Day is only a few heartbeats away. We can't think of a better way to celebrate this special day than to cuddle up with your loved one...and a good book, of course!

We're giving five readers the chance to win five love-themed books in our 17th annual Valentine's Day contest. Be sure to enter between now and Thursday, February 17th at noon ET for your opportunity to be a lucky (and beloved!) winner.

If you're feeling frisky, share with us your all-time book character crush. Don't be shy, we've all got 'em! We'll post the top 10 literary loves and lusts --- along with the five winners --- shortly after the contest ends.


Bookreporter.com Bets On: OLGA DIES DREAMING by Xochitl Gonzalez

As Xochitl Gonzalez’s debut novel, OLGA DIES DREAMING, started, I was thinking that it was going to be a light read. Olga is running a wedding planning business for the elite, and the tone has just the sense of humor you would expect from a really smart rom-com. But quickly I realized it was something more.

Olga and her brother, Pedro “Prieto” Acevedo, have been raised by their grandmother as their mother fled the country to go to Puerto Rico as a revolutionary. Their Brooklyn neighborhood is gentrifying in 2017, and they are torn between the way life was and what it is becoming. Prieto is a congressman who is very popular in his district; he can play both sides knowing what he needs from donors and what he has to bring to his constituents. His personal life, like Olga’s, is confusing to him. Who is he, and who does he want to be?

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.

Nita Prose's debut novel, THE MAID, is January's "Good Morning America" Book Club pick and an upcoming Bets On selection. A charmingly eccentric hotel maid discovers a guest murdered in his bed. Solving the mystery will turn her once orderly world upside down. Nita explains what inspired her to write the book and how her scribbled notes became the prologue. She also talks about how her day job as the Editorial Director of a Canadian publishing house influenced her, how sometimes pushing your characters into small settings makes them bigger personalities, and the quote at the end of the book, which Carol already has hanging on her office wall. Watch the video and listen to the podcast.

Carol had a wonderful time chatting with Xochitl Gonzalez about her debut novel, OLGA DIES DREAMING, which is a Bets On pick. A status-driven wedding planner grapples with her social ambitions, absent mother and Puerto Rican roots --- all in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Xochitl explains how her life and work have been influenced by growing up in Brooklyn. She talks about writing OLGA DIES DREAMING, which started at the Iowa Writers' Workshop and was once conceived as a memoir. She also penned the Hulu pilot script for the book and shares her writing process for that, as well as what it was like being on set with the cast and crew. Watch the video and listen to the podcast.

For our first "Bookreporter Talks To" interview of 2022, we are doing something different. As our producer Austin Ruh is much more familiar with the fantasy genre than Carol is, he chats with James Rollins about his latest novel, THE STARLESS CROWN, which kicks off his Moon Fall fantasy series. Rollins talks about bringing what he learned from writing thrillers to the fantasy genre. He also discusses his path to becoming a writer, inspirations for his worldbuilding, and the collaboration that took place to make this fantasy world a reality. 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.

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From Hannibal Lecktor in Manhunter to media magnate Logan Roy in HBO's “Succession,” Brian Cox has made his name as an actor of unparalleled distinction and versatility. We are familiar with him on screen, but few know of his extraordinary life story. Growing up in Dundee, Scotland, Cox lost his father when he was just eight years old and was brought up by his three elder sisters in the aftermath of his mother's nervous breakdowns and ultimate hospitalization. After joining the Dundee Repertory Theatre at the age of 15, you could say the rest is history --- but that is to overlook the enormous effort that has gone into the making of the legend we know today.

Olivia LeClair's experiment with speed dating is not going well. First there was the nasty encounter with the date from hell who tried to murder her, and now the mysterious Harlan Rancourt --- long believed dead --- sits down at her table and tells her she's the only one who can help him locate the legendary Vortex lab. This is not what Olivia had in mind when she signed up for the Four Event Success Guaranteed package offered by the dating agency. She doesn't have much choice, though, because her psychic investigation firm works for the mysterious Foundation, and Victor Arganbright, the director, is adamant that she assist Harlan. There's just one problem --- no one knows Harlan's real agenda.

Desolation Canyon by P. J. Tracy - Mystery/Thriller

LAPD Detective Margaret Nolan is struggling to move forward after the death of her brother in Afghanistan and taking a life in the line of duty. A moment of weakness leads to cocktails with a colleague --- an attraction she knows could be dangerous --- at the luxurious Hotel Bel-Air bar. A stroll through the grounds leads to a grim discovery beneath the surface of Swan Lake: the body of a successful attorney who made his fortune in international trade. It initially appears to be death by misadventure, but the case is anything but straightforward. As a series of shocking revelations emerge, Nolan finds herself confronting a sinister cabal that just might destroy her and everyone she loves.

Real Easy by Marie Rutkoski - Mystery/Thriller

It’s 1999, and Samantha has danced for years at the Lovely Lady strip club. The newest dancer is so clueless that she feels compelled to help her learn the hustle and drama of the club. One night, when the new girl needs a ride home, Samantha agrees to drive --- a simple decision that turns deadly. Georgia, another dancer drawn into the ensuing murder and missing person investigation, gathers information for Holly, a grieving detective determined to solve the case. Georgia just wants to help, but her involvement makes her a target. As Holly and Georgia round up their suspects, the story’s point of view shifts among dancers, detectives, children, club patrons --- and the killer.

Wahala by Nikki May - Fiction

Ronke is dating Kayode and wants him to be “the one.” Her friends think he’s just another in a long line of dodgy Nigerian boyfriends. Boo has everything Ronke wants, but she’s frustrated, unfulfilled, plagued by guilt and desperate to remember who she used to be. Simi is the golden one with the perfect lifestyle. No one knows she’s crippled by impostor syndrome and tempted to pack it all in each time her boss mentions her “urban vibe.” Her husband thinks they’re trying for a baby. She’s not. When the high-flying, charismatic Isobel explodes into the group, it seems at first she’s bringing out the best in each woman. But the more she intervenes, the more chaos she sows, and Ronke, Simi and Boo’s close friendship begins to crack.

BOX 88 by Charles Cumming - Thriller

Lachlan Kite is a member of BOX 88, an elite transatlantic black ops outfit so covert that not even MI6 and the CIA are certain of its existence. But even the best spy can’t anticipate every potential threat in a world where dangerous actors lurk around every corner. At the funeral of his childhood best friend, Lachlan falls into a trap that drops him into the hands of a potentially deadly interrogation, with his pregnant wife, also abducted, being held as collateral for the information he’s sworn on his own life to protect. In order to save his family, Lachlan will be forced to revisit painful memories of a special assignment from 30 years ago that allowed him special access to one of Iran’s most dangerous men.

Welcome to Queens, where streets echo with languages from all over the globe, subways rumble above dollar stores, and trees bloom and topple over sidewalks. Within one of New York City’s most vibrant and eclectic boroughs, young women of color like Nadira, Gabby, Naz, Trish, Angelique and countless others attempt to reconcile their immigrant backgrounds with the American culture in which they come of age. Here, they become friends for life --- or so they vow. But as they age, their paths diverge and rifts form between them, as some choose to remain on familiar streets, while others find themselves ascending in the world, beckoned by existences foreign and seemingly at odds with their humble roots.

When You Are Mine by Michael Robotham - Psychological Thriller

When police officer Philomena McCarthy responds to a domestic violence call, she finds the victim, Tempe Brown, trying to protect her abuser, Darren Goodall, a decorated Scotland Yard detective. As Philomena pursues the case against him, she not only encounters resistance from her police force colleagues but also becomes dangerously entangled with the victim --- who is not at all whom she appears to be --- much to the increasing endangerment of herself and her fiancée. Complicating matters is Philomena’s estranged father, Edward McCarthy, a powerful man who has built a criminal empire along with his brothers. As she falls under suspicion of stalking and harassing Goodall, her father becomes involved.

Somebody's Home by Kaira Rouda - Domestic Thriller

Julie Jones has left her suffocating marriage. With her teenage daughter, Jess, she’s starting over. Their new house in Oceanside is the first step toward a new life. The previous owners, a pastor and his wife, have left something --- or rather someone --- behind. Tom Dean has a bitter hatred for the father who considers him a lost cause, and for the woman who’s moved into their family’s house. The only home he’s ever known. He’s never going to leave. She thinks he’ll be gone in three days, but Tom has the perfect plan. For a newly single mother and her daughter, a fresh start is the beginning of a nightmare. Before the weekend is over, somebody is going to get exactly what they deserve.

When the Armstrong family moves from New York at the dawn of the 1970s, Australia feels, to Alice Armstrong, like the end of the earth. Residing in a grand manor on the glittering Sydney Harbour, her family finds their life has turned upside down. As she navigates this strange new world, Alice must weave an existence from its shimmering mirage.

American millionaire Daniel Cartwright has been shot dead: three times in the chest and once in the head. His body is found in Harvard Yard, dressed in evening attire. No one knows who he planned to meet there, or why the staunch Oxford man would be caught dead at Harvard --- literally. Australian Rowland Sinclair, his mate from Oxford and longtime friend, is named executor of the will, to his great surprise --- and that of Danny's family. Events turn downright ugly when the will all but disinherits Danny's siblings in favor of one Otis Norcross, whom no one knows or is able to locate. Amidst assault, kidnapping and threats of slander, Rowly struggles to understand Danny's motives, find the missing heir and identify his friend's killer before the clock --- and his luck --- runs out.