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The Scholar: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143133698
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Published: Penguin Books - May 14th, 2019

The hallmark of a great thriller writer is believability, and Dervla McTiernan possesses this in spades. Marry characters as developed as those in an epic series with a procedural plot reminiscent of the early days of Law and Order: Criminal Intent, and you will begin to approach what McTiernan has created. What makes this particular story such a great read is its focus on humanity and relationships: how these things both open our eyes and handicap our decisions. This is a cracking good page-turner that you won't easily forget.

The Guest Book: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250110251
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Published: Flatiron Books - May 7th, 2019

A read of astounding complexity, Sarah Blake gives us an Edith Wharton-esque novel for the 21st century. Peopled with socially-blind characters and those who expose them, The Guest Book is an expose of ignorance and injustice that will leave you thinking deeply about your own past and how it has shaped you.

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The Overstory Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393356687
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 2nd, 2019

Don't be fooled into believing that this is a story about trees; this is a sweeping epic about the power of nature and story. With a narrative that telescopes in and out of focus like David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas, the ways in which the characters interact with nature reflect the multitude of current human feelings toward the environment. This story is both a warning and a challenge: when does progress become exploitation, and when will the point be reached where the clock can no longer be turned back?

The Library of Lost and Found Cover Image
ISBN: 9780778369356
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Published: Park Row - March 26th, 2019

Martha is invisible. At least, that's how it seems until someone needs a favor. When a book with a mysterious inscription appears at the library one evening, Martha begins a journey that will unravel family secrets and change everything she has come to believe about herself. Don't be fooled by the pretty cover; Patrick's book might be described as "charming" and "heartwarming," but it packs a serious emotional punch. What if the people you love and trust aren't really who you remember them to be?

Rough Magic: Riding the World's Loneliest Horse Race Cover Image
ISBN: 9781948226196
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Published: Catapult - May 7th, 2019

There's genuinely no way to read this story except to plow ahead at breakneck speed...rather like riding a Mongolian pony. With closing pages that are tantamount to reading a thriller, knowing the outcome of the story is far from a reading deterrent. A brilliant read, this memoir by the youngest winner of the Mongolian Derby is an astonishingly profound story of person and place, highlighting how we have lost connections to ourselves and our surroundings. This is a story not about the outcome, but about the journey.

The Death of Mrs. Westaway Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501156250
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - April 30th, 2019

Hal Westaway is in a bad place. Her money has run out, and she is already in deep debt to some unpleasant people. When the letter promising her an inheritance arrives, it's like a beacon of hope. Except the letter isn't - strictly speaking - for her. In a mystery as page-turning and filled with family drama as Agatha Christie, it's clear that what was past is never really gone.