The Searcher by Tana French

Posted: October 30, 2020 in Uncategorized

New York Times Bestseller

“This hushed suspense tale about thwarted dreams of escape may be her best one yet…its own kind of masterpiece.” –Maureen Corrigan, The Washington Post

A “taut, chiseled and propulsive” (Vogue) new novel from the bestselling mystery writer who “is in a class by herself.” (The New York Times)

Cal Hooper thought a fixer-upper in a bucolic Irish village would be the perfect escape. After twenty-five years in the Chicago police force and a bruising divorce, he just wants to build a new life in a pretty spot with a good pub where nothing much happens. But when a local kid whose brother has gone missing arm-twists him into investigating, Cal uncovers layers of darkness beneath his picturesque retreat, and starts to realize that even small towns shelter dangerous secrets.

“One of the greatest crime novelists writing today” (Vox) weaves a masterful, atmospheric tale of suspense, asking what we sacrifice in our search for truth and justice, and what we risk if we don’t.

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THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER AND RADIO 2 SUMMER BOOK CLUB PICK

‘The new Little Fires Everywhere . . . The perfect summer read’ STYLIST

‘Stunning! An absolutely brilliant, gorgeously-written novel. A must-read for our time’ LISA TADDEO, author of Three Women

‘Immersive and deeply moving’ ANNA HOPE, author of Expectation

‘I absolutely adored it’ LIANE MORIARTY, bestselling author of Big Little Lies
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Two ordinary families. One life-changing day . . .

When the Gleesons and the Stanhopes become neighbours, lonely Lena Gleeson wants a friend. But Anne Stanhope – cold, elegant, unstable – wants to be left alone.

It’s left to their children – Lena’s youngest, Kate, and Anne’s only child, Peter – to forge a lasting friendship and a love that blossoms despite their parents’ differences.

When a shocking act of violence tears all their lives apart, Kate and Peter will spend years finding their way back to each other – rebuilding the love they lost, and learning to forgive.

But can their families ever understand the bond they share?

And how much can love ever truly heal?
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A BOOK OF THE YEAR IN PRIMA, VOGUE, PEOPLE, ELLE AND NPR

‘Keane takes on one of the most difficult problems in fiction – how to write about human decency . . . a compelling case for compassion over blame, understanding over grudge, and the resilience of hearts that can accept the contradictions of love’ Louise Erdrich, National Book Award winning author of The Round House

‘Leaves one shaking one’s head in frank admiration. A triumph’ Matthew Thomas, bestselling author of We Are Not Ourselves

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An Amazon Charts, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post bestseller, and a Goodreads Choice Award finalist.

In this gorgeously stunning debut, a mysterious child teaches two strangers how to love and trust again.

After the loss of her mother and her own battle with breast cancer, Joanna Teale returns to her graduate research on nesting birds in rural Illinois, determined to prove that her recent hardships have not broken her. She throws herself into her work from dusk to dawn, until her solitary routine is disrupted by the appearance of a mysterious child who shows up at her cabin barefoot and covered in bruises.

The girl calls herself Ursa, and she claims to have been sent from the stars to witness five miracles. With concerns about the child’s home situation, Jo reluctantly agrees to let her stay—just until she learns more about Ursa’s past.

Jo enlists the help of her reclusive neighbor, Gabriel Nash, to solve the mystery of the charming child. But the more time they spend together, the more questions they have. How does a young girl not only read but understand Shakespeare? Why do good things keep happening in her presence? And why aren’t Jo and Gabe checking the missing children’s website anymore?

Though the three have formed an incredible bond, they know difficult choices must be made. As the summer nears an end and Ursa gets closer to her fifth miracle, her dangerous past closes in. When it finally catches up to them, all of their painful secrets will be forced into the open, and their fates will be left to the stars.

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*NOW A BBC RADIO 4 BOOK AT BEDTIME*
‘Breathtaking… I haven’t been so entirely consumed by a book for years’ Telegraph
‘I’ll never stop thinking about it’ Ann Patchett


FEAR KEEPS THEM RUNNING. HOPE KEEPS THEM ALIVE.

Vivid, visceral, utterly compelling, AMERICAN DIRT is an unforgettable story of a mother and son’s attempt to cross the US-Mexico border. Described as ‘impossible to put down’ (Saturday Review) and ‘essential reading’ (Tracy Chevalier), it is a story that will leave you utterly changed.

Yesterday, Lydia had a bookshop.
Yesterday, Lydia was married to a journalist.
Yesterday, she was with everyone she loved most in the world.

Today, her eight-year-old son Luca is all she has left.

For him, she will carry a machete strapped to her leg.
For him, she will leap onto the roof of a high speed train.
For him, she will find the strength to keep running.

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An Amazon Charts bestseller.

From the bestselling author of The Neon Lawyer comes a gripping thriller about a prosecutor confronted with the darkest part of her past and the worst fears for her future…

Fourteen years ago, prosecutor Jessica Yardley’s husband went to prison for a series of brutal murders. She’s finally created a life with her daughter and is a well-respected attorney. She’s moving on. But when a new rash of homicides has her ex-husband, Eddie, written all over them—the nightmares of her past come back to life.

The FBI asks Jessica to get involved in the hunt for this copycat killer—which means visiting her ex and collaborating with the man who tore her life apart.

As the copycat’s motives become clearer, the new life Jessica created for herself gets darker. She must ask herself who she can trust and if she’s capable of stopping the killer—a man whose every crime is a bloody valentine from a twisted mastermind she’s afraid she may never escape.

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Easily the best thing I have read all year Kiley Reid
Deserves a place among the classics Washington Post
I have not been this profoundly unnerved since IshiguroNever Let Me Go Carmen Maria Machado
THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
SHORTLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD 2020

A magnetic novel about two families, strangers to each other, who are forced together on a long weekend gone terribly wrong

Amanda and Clay head to a remote corner of Long Island expecting a holiday: a quiet reprieve from life in New York City, quality time with their teenage son and daughter and a taste of the good life in the luxurious home they’ve rented for the week. But with a late-night knock on the door, the spell is broken. Ruth and G. H., an older couple who claim to own the home, have arrived there in a panic. These strangers say that a sudden power outage has swept the city, and – with nowhere else to turn – they have come to the country in search of shelter.

But with the TV and internet down, and no phone service, the facts are unknowable. Should Amanda and Clay trust this couple – and vice versa? What has happened back in New York? Is the holiday home, isolated from civilisation, a truly safe place for their families? And are they safe from one another?

An impossibly compelling literary thriller about the world we live in now, Rumaan Alam’s novel is keenly attuned to the complexities of parenthood, race and class. Leave the World Behind explores how our closest bonds are reshaped in moments of crisis – and how the most terrifying situations are never far from reality.
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Everyone is talking about LEAVE THE WORLD BEHIND
SOON TO BE A MAJOR GLOBAL NETFLIX ADAPTATION STARRING DENZEL WASHINGTON AND JULIA ROBERTS

An exceptional examination of race and class and what the world looks like when it’s ending Roxane Gay

‘A thrilling book – one that will speak to readers who have felt the terror of isolation in these recent months and one that will simultaneously, as great books do, lift them out of it’ Vogue
Explores complex ideas about privilege and fate with miraculous wit and grace Jenny Offill

‘A slippery and duplicitous marvel . . . A signature novel for this blasted year‘ NPR
A prescient book, built for these strange times, sure to entrance and electrify Samantha Hunt

‘Alam’s achievement is to see that his genre’s traditional arc, which relies on the idea of aftermath, no longer makes sense. Today, disaster novels call for something different’ New Yorker

‘Read it with the lights on’ Jenna Bush Hager, October Book Club pick

Picked as a book of the Autumn by
Vogue * TIME * Washington Post * Entertainment Weekly * Buzzfeed * Wall Street Journal * Vulture * Newsweek * NY Observer * Town & Country * Refinery29 * New York Post * PopSugar * LA Mag * The Week

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Regretting You by Colleen Hoover

Posted: October 18, 2020 in Uncategorized

The #1 Wall Street Journal bestseller that People Magazine calls “a poignant, addictive read.”

From #1 New York Times bestselling author of It Ends with Us comes a novel about family, first love, grief, and betrayal that will touch the hearts of both mothers and daughters.

Morgan Grant and her sixteen-year-old daughter, Clara, would like nothing more than to be nothing alike.

Morgan is determined to prevent her daughter from making the same mistakes she did. By getting pregnant and married way too young, Morgan put her own dreams on hold. Clara doesn’t want to follow in her mother’s footsteps. Her predictable mother doesn’t have a spontaneous bone in her body.

With warring personalities and conflicting goals, Morgan and Clara find it increasingly difficult to coexist. The only person who can bring peace to the household is Chris—Morgan’s husband, Clara’s father, and the family anchor. But that peace is shattered when Chris is involved in a tragic and questionable accident. The heartbreaking and long-lasting consequences will reach far beyond just Morgan and Clara.

While struggling to rebuild everything that crashed around them, Morgan finds comfort in the last person she expects to, and Clara turns to the one boy she’s been forbidden to see. With each passing day, new secrets, resentment, and misunderstandings make mother and daughter fall further apart. So far apart, it might be impossible for them to ever fall back together.

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Spooky Readings: Halloween Hell

Posted: October 16, 2020 in Uncategorized

Poolside Musings

Halloween Hell

Welcome to Halloween…where this year it’s Hell!

Ginger by Erin Louis
Trick or Treat by Danny Campbell
The Day That… by Samie Sands
The Missing by Harper Raine
Tranquility Inherited by John Clewarth
The Pumpkins Looked On by Tony Dews
From Below by Thomas M. Malafarina
Beware Unexpected Gift by Sheri Velarde
Horror in the Haveli by Shashi Kadapa
Subway Ride to Terror by G.Bennett
Pumpkin Spice Joe by Armand Rosamilia
Red Wolf by Daniel Comnenus
Frankenstein’s Halloween by L. T. Emery
Curse of the Blood Moon: The Barn by Alexander C. Bailey
Samhain’s Revenge by C.L. Williams
The Chocolate Ghost by Dawn DeBraal

Authors…

Samie Sands(Author),Sheri Velarde(Author),Thomas M. Malafarina(Author),Harper Raine(Author),Danny Campbell(Author),Erin Louis(Author),John Clewarth(Author),Tony Dews(Author),Armand Rosamilla(Author),Shashi Kadapa(Author)

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The AM13 Outbreak has affected everywhere, the entire world has experienced infection.

Victims of the virus are no longer human, they’ve changed, become something scientifically impossible. With their loss of human function and their new lust for flesh, there’s only one word to describe them…

Zombies.

The world is divided as everyone tries to work out how to survive. Many have already lost their lives
in the fight, but there are still a few who are not dead…

Yet!

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Writing books about the horrors of the zombie apocalypse is one thing—but Georgie Blake can’t believe it has become her reality…

She never expected her fictional stories of blood, death, and the consumption of human flesh to jump off the page into the real world. She certainly didn’t think she’d survive this long if they had. As a shy novelist, she was sure she’d be one of the first to die.

Safe in the Sanctuary, Georgie holds on to hope for a cure…

But that’s not all she holds on to. The government has promised the people of the Sanctuary that they can return home. The rumours are rife that there is an antidote on the horizon. But even if not, the infected are dying out, throwing the treacherous AM13 virus to the brink of extinction. If the infection dies out, this horrible nightmare Georgie is living in will be a distant memory.

Until everything that’s right goes terribly wrong…

Soon after meeting some new friends in the Sanctuary, Georgie learns she’s going to have to face the monsters outside the walls if she wants to return to her old life. But for a scared, introverted bookworm, it may be too much to consider…

Will Georgina conquer her fears of the dead to return home, or will she be one of the countless others who have gone Extinct?

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