Welcome to the semi-regular discussion of which bestselling authors are coming out with new books in the near future!
First we have the next installment in John Sandford’s prey series, Golden Prey. If you’ve been following this series over the years (this is the 27th book in the series, which started with Rules of Prey in 1989), then all I need to tell you is that this book is about Lucas Davenport’s first case as a U.S. Marshall, a very different experience from his former work in the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, where he’s been for years. Lucas is investigating a robbery of a drug cartel’s counting house which ended up with the killing of six people, including a child, and his investigation brings him into competition with the cartel whose leaders also want to find and deal with the thieves in their own, illegal, ways (considering that one of the cartel’s people is known as the “Queen of Home Improvement Tools”, which is a reference to her favorite means of torture, you can bet things are going to get nasty). You can count on Sandford to give you a tightly plotted, well-written book you can’t put down, so get ready for Golden Prey (which came out on April 25).
May brings some more familiar names. James Patterson starts the month off with 16th Seduction, his latest in the Women’s Murder Club series. In this book, Lindsay Boxer is reeling from the discovery of her husband’s betrayal at the same time the case she and her husband broke together is coming to trial, and at the same time that she’s facing a bizarre wave of heart attacks felling seemingly unrelated people around the city, which may or may not be unnatural in origin.
Danielle Steel, who’s lately been publishing books almost as frequently as James Patterson, has another book, Against All Odds, coming out the first week of May. As with the best of Danielle Steel’s work, this one concerns a family and the relations between a parent and her children. Kate Madison, the widowed mother of four adult children, has built up her resale shop into a business that supports her and the family, but she has to face her children’s decisions to risk their happiness and perhaps their futures on unlikely and possibly dangerous gambles: one Wall Street attorney daughter falls in love with a criminal defendant she’s representing; another daughter marries quickly and leaves behind her whole life to be with her new husband whom she may not know as well as she thinks she does; one son decides he needs to start a family despite not being financially or emotionally ready to do so; the other son makes a choice with a woman twelve years older that shocks everybody.
Also coming in the beginning of May is the first book in a new trilogy by Richard Paul Evans. The book, The Broken Road, turns on a most intriguing question: what would you do if you had a second chance to live your life, to change decisions you made that set you on the wrong path? Not that it looks as if Charles James, the protagonist, is on the wrong path: he grew up in poverty and now he’s got everything he ever asked for, wealth, fame, and all the material comforts he could desire. But appearances can be deceptive, and Charles is really living a lie, coming to realize that the things he has are not the things he should want, and wishing he could change his fate. And then one day he gets another chance, and the question is, what will he do with it?
I personally wouldn’t want to try to follow up a global sensation like The Girl on the Train, but Paula Hawkins has come up with another tale of psychological suspense in Into the Water, also being released at the beginning of May. A vulnerable teenager is found dead, at the bottom of a river that runs through town. A few months later, a single mother meets the same fate, leaving behind an orphan 15 year old, lonely and friendless, in the custody of her mother’s sister. This is not a great situation for her: she’s never met her aunt before, and her aunt left the town years before, vowing never to return. A string of mysterious deaths, hidden secrets, trauma, grief and numerous twists and turns make this book another un-put-downable read.