Just when you’ve finished all the new books you got over the holidays, and when you finally have some time to read (and the weather encourages you to stay inside), several bestselling and popular authors are coming out with new books that you’ll want to read as soon as they hit the shelves (and you can probably put them on hold in advance, too).
Chris Bohjalian, author of bestsellers like Midwives and The Sandcastle Girls, starts the new year with a bang in his newest book, The Guest Room. A man agrees to allow his younger brother to use his house for a bachelor party. Seems harmless enough, right? However, this is no ordinary bachelor party: by the end of it, two men lie dead in the living room, two women are on the run from the police and from gangsters, the house is turned into a crime scene, the man’s marriage is on the verge of breaking, and that’s just the beginning. Bohjalian is as good at creating characters you care about as he is at setting them in fascinating situations and letting them try to work them out. This should be a page-turner par excellence.
Fans of Tami Hoag’s mysteries will have reason to rejoice this month as well, with the newest book in her Kovac and Liska series, The Bitter Season. As the book opens, the team has been split up, with Detective Nikki Liska working, at her own request, on the Cold Case Squad in Minneapolis, but missing the excitement of her past, while her former partner, Sam Kovac, is struggling with a new younger partner and a case involving a brutal and inexplicable double homicide. Nikki’s focus on a 20 year old case of the death of a decorated sex crimes detective is frustrating to her because there’s no hope it will be solved now. Across town, a young woman is about to get a blast from her past so dangerous it will bring both Nikki and Sam into her life. There’s a reason Hoag’s books are bestsellers: she knows how to ratchet up suspense while giving readers characters to care about.
Elizabeth Strout is known as the author of the bestselling Olive Kitteridge which won the Pulitzer prize and was made into an acclaimed miniseries starring Frances McDormand (both of which, by the way, are available in the library). Her new book, My Name is Lucy Barton, promises to be another deep and powerful exploration of relationships within families. The title character is a middle aged writer who’s been estranged from her mother for years, but when Lucy is recovering disturbingly slowly from what should have been a simple operation, Lucy’s mother comes to visit her. The past rests heavily on both characters, and Strout reveals them both, their secrets and their losses, with infinite compassion and insight.
Come to the library and see what people will be talking about!