Catch Me by Lisa Gardner

In four days, someone is going to kill me…At 8pm on January 21st, twenty-eight-year-old Charlie Grant believes she is going to be murdered and she want’s Boston’s top homicide detective, D.D. Warren, to handle her death investigation.  Her death will be up close and personal, no evidence of forced entry, no sign of a struggle.  Charlie tells a chilling story:  Her two childhood best friend were murdered on January 21st, two years apart.  Now only Charlie remains to count down her final hours. Gardner’s latest edition to the D.D. Warren Series, Catch Me is a scare-your-socks-off thriller, packed with enigmatic characters (some good, some crazily evil) and superb storytelling.

Rurally Screwed: My Life Off the Grid with the Cowboy I Love by Jessie Knadler

Jessie, a thiry-something New York City girl, editor for a splashy women’s magazine, describes herself not as “happy,” but caustically content with her life–work, parties, and  drinking and has a long-time relationship with a guy who at best is a jerk.  Assigned to go to Montana to do an article on rodeo, she meets Jake, a twenty-five-year-old bull rider.  Jake votes Republican, listens to Garth Brooks, owns guns and is a Christian.  Jessie is blindsided by a genuinely lovable, optimistic, old-fashioned gentleman.  After a short long-distance courtship, she impulsively ditches Manhattan, and finds herself living in backwoods Virginia, canning, sewing, and raising chickens.  After a time, she asks, “is it worth it?”  The answer comes among war, Bible clubs and moonshineRurally Screwed is a hilarious true-life love story, reminiscent of Macdonald’s The Egg and I.  Take a peek at Jessie’s website, www.rurallyscrewed.com with pictures and funny comments on life in the country.

After the Snow by S.D. Crockett

The year is 2059. Imagine Britain, plunged into darkness and bitter cold. Fifteen-year-old Willo Blake, born after the snows that ushered in a new ice age, encounters outlaws, halfmen, and a starving abandoned girl as he journeys in search of his family who mysteriously disappeared from their secluded mountain home.

In recent years, much speculation has existed about how global warming might affect land, life and culture.  Envision what might happen if climage change moved in the other direction.    After the Snow offers readers both a warning–a stark meditation on what might happen in the future and an opportunity to reflect on how we life and who we are in the world now.

Copper Beach by Jayne Ann Krentz

Abby Radwell uses her psi-powers to ward off a crazed intruder who is after an encrypted chemical book that she has the rare power to unlock. A deranged killer threatens her to find the book for him, or else!   Abby deals in antiquarian books, some with paranormally encrypted texts, but she keeps her powers undercover except for a few selected clients.  She seeks help from Sam, an expert in rare minerals and paranormally-charged crystals. Sam is willing to help because he believes the blackmailer wants the very same lab notebook his family has been trying to keep off the market for decades.  Abby and Sam’s relationship quickly becomes something much more personal.  Wicked wit, psi-enhanced passion and a twisted plot come together as Krentz delivers another funny, sexy and suspenseful chase–the first book in her new Dark Legacy series, Copper Beach.

The Wedding Kiss by Hanna Alexander

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A Wedding Kiss can be life-changing.  Keara’s father has just gambled their farm away and gone to jail accused of murder.  In desperation, she approached Elam Jensen with an offer of marriage.  Elam’s wife died of smallpox a year ago, and Keara has been helping take care of his children.  A marriage of convenience becomes much less convenient when Keara and Elam share their first kiss on their wedding day! It becomes more than they expected when  God Shows them what He really  has in store for their lives.  A mysteriously injured visitor shows up unexpectedly on their wedding day.  Will her private battle draw them into deadly danger?
Visit Eureka Springs, Arkansas, in 1901 and discover what excitement and romance await along the White River Hollow.

My Life, Deleted by Scott Bolzan

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Just before Christmas, the chronicle of My Life, Deleted, began with an insigificant accident at work. Scott Bolzan slipped and fell in the washroom.  But when he woke up in the emergency room, he didn’t know who he was or what was going on around him.  He knew the numbers from 1 to 10, but didn’t know in  what order. And that was just the beginning.  He is left with unbearable headaches, a family he doesn’t know, a job he can no longer do, a pro football career forgotten and more questions than a toddler. His word to describe his condition was “lost.” The doctors thought the amnesia would fade in a few weeks, but months later, Scott is still learning about the world around him. This is a journey of desperation, confusion, and suspense. But the glue that holds this story together is the up-and-down  relationship between husband and wife and their struggle to fall in love again and survive as a family.  A two-year struggle for a recovery that is nothing short of incredible. Scott and his wife can be seen on YouTube:  Scott Bolzan-My Life Was Deleted.

The Drop by Michael Connelly

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Los Angeles police detective, Harry Bosch, has been placed on  The DROP,  (the Deferred Retirement Option Plan) and is facing retirement in three years. But never one to slow down,  Bosch seeks challenging cases to test his mental, physical and moral strength.  Good for Harry!  He gets two new cases: the DNA match of an eight-year-old boy associated with the rape of a teenage girl in 1989 and the surprising death of a city councilman’s son who was pushed from a hotel window.  Connelly tightly twists the two cases, still giving  a light touch of family, romance and many unexpected snafus.    This is the 17th book in this  police procedural which  began with , the Black Echo.

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Gideon’s Corpse by Douglas J. Preston and Lincoln Child.
   A plume of radiation above New York City hints that a major city will be vaporized. Ten days to find the terrorists.  And Gideon Crew, tracking the mysterious terrorist cell from the suburbs of New York to the mountains of New Mexico, learns the end may be something worse–far worse–than mere Armageddon.

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Still Missing  by Chevy Stevens
In her debut novel, Still Missing, Annie’s life is great: she has a handsome, attentive boyfriend; loyal friends; and a real-estate career on the upswing. Then, at an open house one sunny afternoon, a stranger with tousled blond hair and a pleasant manner kidnaps her, takes her to a remote cabin, rapes and enslaves her. It’s the beginning of her year-long ordeal.   Annie finally manages to escape. Afterward,  during sessions with her psychologist, Annie takes the reader back to her abduction and narrates how she struggled to survive during and after the horror.  Stevens’ dark, mesmerizing character study follows a twisted path from victim-hood toward self-empowerment.

In Chevy’s second novel, Never Knowing, the setup is tantalizing. Sara Gallagher has always known she was adopted, but she suddenly feels a sense of urgency about tracking down her birth parents. She is about to marry the love of her life and also because she is the mother of a six-year-old and would at least like to know her own medical history. Then Sara learns that her birth mother is the only surviving victim of the notorious Campsite Killer, who was never caught, and that the Campsite killer/rapist  is her father. When the news is leaked on the web, Sara’s life becomes surreal, especially after her birth father starts calling her.

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

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In State of Wonder,  Patchett takes the reader into the primitive world of the Amazon in Brazil. MarinaSingh gave up a career as a doctor after botching an emergency delivery as anintern, opting instead for the more orderly world of research for apharmaceutical company. While trying to locate a rogue scientist, Dr. AnnickSwenson, Marina’s  colleague and friend,  Anders Eckman, is reported to have died in thejungle. Marina isasked by her company’s CEO to locate his body and communicate with themysterious and uncommunicative Dr. Swenson. The doctor has been working on afertility drug  by studying the Lakashipeople, whose women bear children into old age.  Marina’s search is fraught with poisonous snakesand poisonous memories, malarial mosquitoes and sickening losses, but her timeamong the Lakashi tribe is transformative. Patchett exhibits an extraordinaryability to bring the horrors and the wonders of the Amazon jungle to life, andher singular characters are wonderfully drawn.  Part scientific thriller,part engaging personal odyssey, “State of Wonder” is a suspensefuljungle adventure with an unexpected ending and other assorted surprises.

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Sixteen-year-old Cat’s best childhood friend, openly gay Patrick, is in a coma, a victim of a brutal hate crime. The local sheriff is ready to pin the crime on out-of-towners, but Cat’ssuspicions lie elsewhere. For the past three years, Cat has retreated from most of her friends after being sexually abused by one of her brother’s friends.   Cat slowly learns about her old friends in the meth-addled underbelly of her hill-country Southern town. Despite ominous warnings to leave it be, Catfinds the will to expose the homegrown hatred that gave rise to Patrick’sattack. Shine is a bleak story leavened by the things Cat learns about herself (and the attack) in the course of her investigation.

Before I Go to Sleep: a Novel by S.J. Watson

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 “Memories define us. What if you lost yours every time you went to sleep?”  Your name, your identity, your past, even thepeople you love – all forgotten overnight. Every day, Christine awakens in a bed beside a man she does notrecognize—nor does she recognize the face she sees in a mirror—Christine haslost twenty years of memories—because of an “accident.”
‘As I sleep, my mindwill erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did thismorning. Thinking I’m still a child. Thinking I have a whole lifetime of choiceahead of me …’ Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time youwent to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love -all forgotten overnight. And the one person …more”AsI sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow asI did this morning. Thinking I’m still a young woman. Thinking I have a wholelifetime of choice ahead of me … And the one person I trust may only betelling me half the story.” Welcome to Christine’s life as related in Before I Go to Sleep.

The Girl Who Disappeared Twice by Andrea Kane

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InThe Girl Who Disappeared Twice, the unthinkable has happened to family court  Judge, Hope Willis. Her young daughter,Krissy, has been kidnapped.  “Ifonly she’d turned her head, Judge Hope Willis, would have seen the carcontaining her daughter Krissy, struggling to escape her kidnappers.  Despite all her years determining the fatesof families…she couldn’t save her own.”
Thirty-two years ago, Hope’s twin sister was the victim ofan abduction, and despite the efforts of the police and FBI, she was neverfound.  Hope knows law enforcement will dowhat they can. Grasping for any possibility, despite her husband’s objection, she callsfor help from  Casey Woods and herrenegade investigators, Forensic Instincts. This is Casey Woods’ brainchild, a team ofhandpicked experts with the skill set to get results without worrying about thelegalities. The team includes a behaviorist, a techno-wizard, anintuitive, and a former Navy Seal– who race against the clock to bring Krissy home.
This fast-paced suspense thriller leaves the door open for more Forensic Instinct adventures to come. 

Bent Road by Lori Roy

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To escape the tumult and conflicts of 1960s Detroit, Arthur Scott moves his wife and children back to the wind-swept plains of his hometown on Bent Road near Hays, Kansas. His wife, Celia, resents the move that will put her close to in-laws she barely knows and a small town society she doesn’t understand. As Celia grapples with loneliness and brutality of life and death on a farm, she watches events unfold– leading to a secret lurking in this small village. A secret that involves the Scott family. Years ago, Arthur’s beautiful old sister died mysteriously. Now, another young girl disappears without a trace. Arthur’s only living sister, severely abused by her alcoholic husband, seeks refuge with Celia’s family.

On Bent Road, a battered red truck cruises ominously along the prairie, a boy hefts his father’s rifle in search of a target, and a mother realizes she no longer knows how to protect her children. This rich and haunting story of a family reminds us that simplicity of landscape does not necessairily mean simplicity of life

Until Tuesday…by Luis Carlos Montalvan

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A golden retriever stars in this memoir, Until Tuesday. Luis’s memoir is about his experiences as an Iraq veteran who returns to New York recovering from injuries with a severe case of post-traumatic stress disorder. Failing to cope with a “new”world and at the end of his sanity, Luis enlists the help of a service dog to help him re-acclimate. It is a charming story of the bond that grows between Luis and Tuesday. More than that, it is a dramatic look into the mind of a person suffering from PTSD. Montalvan, a former captain in the US Army, is most compelling when he zones in on how he reacts to his world. He is an advocate for service dogs to help the disabled.