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2020: Books To Look Out For

With all that is going on in the world today, it is always nice to have a space for total relaxation. I find that it always best to relax with a new novel. Leaving time for a cup of coffee and no distractions. These five new novels do just that. Empty some space on your bookshelves and fill them with these new thrillers.



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Sofia, Bulgaria, not to get confused with Sofia Vergara, is a landlocked city in Southern Europe. Soviet buildings are in shambles, leaving political protesters to flood the streets in song. In this turmoil, an American teacher “navigates a life transformed by the discovery and loss of love.” Preparing to leave his home, the teacher finds that he is unable to get away from the intimate encounters that he has made while abroad. Each reveals insights about what it means to seek connection.



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It has been 10 years since Thomas Argyle, Charlie Cooper and Livia Naylor set off a revolution that released Smoke on the world. They were all raised to think that Smoke was a sign of sin, but later learned that it was a means to control society. Smoke gave people the ability to dive into their emotions and connect. The trio believed that if they freed the Smoke, it would break down the control, creating a fair and open society. However, they were not prepared for the consequences that would fracture the world.


My Dark Vanessa

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Vanessa Wye, a naïve teenager, becomes involved in an affair with her manipulative teacher Jacob Strane. With Strane being forty-two and Vanessa fifteen, things get out of hand when Vanessa hears from a former student of Strane’s warning him of his sexual abuse. Vanessa is faced with a dilemma: believe the girl and report him or redefine herself. But how can she leave her first love behind after he transformed her into who she is now? Is it possible that there is more to him than the loveable man she knows?



Death in Her Hands

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An elderly widow’s life is turned upside down when she finds a cryptic note while on a walk in the woods. After having moved from her longtime home with the death of her husband, she finds herself obsessed with the note, trying to figure out who is the woman that was killed and how she ended up this way. Knowing only a few people, it becomes easy for her to get caught up in the thrill of the chase. Diving headfirst into the mystery, she is faced with the past of her late husband and further explanation that she wasn’t ready for.


The Book of V: A Novel

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Lily is a mother, daughter, and a second wife. Stuck between her life as a writer and a mother, she finds it hard to grabble with her sexual desires. Vivian Barr is portrayed as the perfect political wife, who has dedicated her life to her husband’s success. Barr’s husband demands a humiliating favor, but she does not comply forcing her life to completely change. Esther is an independent woman in Persia who lived in her uncle’s tribe outside of the palace walls. Making a terrible decision has forced her to be offered up as a sacrifice to the king, in hopes to save them all.


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The Thrillers to Start 2020 With

As we make headway into the new year, it is time to spice up the shelves with new thrillers of 2020. Each one with its own taste of mystery, scandal and bloodthirsty crime. These five crime novels will have you turning the pages into a new world.


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  1. The New Husband

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Nina Garrity thought she knew her husband, Glen. She soon finds out that the man she knew and loved, was leading a double life with another woman. But Glen has disappeared, and she has no way of finding out the truth behind his affair or anything else that he may have neglected to mention. After going a year and a half without any sign of him, Nina calls herself a widow. Caught by sudden feelings for Simon Fitch, a teacher at her daughters’ middle school, Nina finds herself in a predicament that she can not shake. She’s in love. But something is not right. The lies Nina uncovers only leads to misery and the destruction of her family.



  1. Eight Perfect Murders

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Malcolm Kershaw, a bookseller, and mystery aficionado has put together a list of the most unsolvable murders, those that are impossible to crack. Calling them the Eight Perfect Murders. Mal is surprised one day when an FBI agent knocks on his door looking for information about a series of unsolved murders that match his list. Little did Mal know that the killer was constantly watching his every move, waiting to be revealed.


  1. Before Familiar Woods

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Ruth Fenn’s son was blamed for the deaths of boys and the disappearance of their fathers. For three years, Ruth has been forced to accept that her lot is a pariah. Focusing on her sick mother and the children left in her care by struggling single parents. When her husband unexpectedly passes, she is left with, as the blurb states, “no choice but to overcome the darkness or be consumed by it.” As the truth vastly approaches, she digs up secrets that would have been better off buried.



  1. The Better Liar

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Leslie’s sister,Robin, is dead. If Leslie would have been there earlier, she would have been able to rekindle the relationship they should have had. After Robin ran away from home as a teenager, Leslie was forced to stay home and take care of their sick father, while also creating a family of her own. Now that their father is dead, Leslie had hoped to see her sister so that they could both receive the inheritance that their father left. With Robin dead, Leslie is unable to gain her half of the money, and she needs it more than anyone would know. Leslie will do anything to get what she wants, no matter the costs.


  1. No Bad Deed: A Novel

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While driving home on a rainy night, Cassie Larkin sees a man and a woman fighting on the side of the road. Without thinking too much about it, Cassie calls 911 and makes her way out of her minivan to save the woman. She chases after the violent man but is met with a decision she did not expect to make. Cassie must choose to leave the woman to die, or she will be forced to take her place.



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2020’s Most Exciting Thrillers

As the New Year approaches, it is easy for people to throw away essentials. We live by the phrase, ‘out with the old and in with the new.’ Publishing companies are prepared to present us with this, as the new thrillers have proven to show.  These five novels will scare you straight into the new year!


The Night Watchman

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A jewel bearing, plant night watchman, Thomas Wazhashk, is a member of the Chippewa Council. The council is in heed of a discussion on the new ‘emancipation’ bill, on its way to the United States Congress. It is 1953 and the council members are aware that the bill has no intention of granting freedom, but rather terminates the rights and identities of Native Americans. With government plans in place, Native American treaties will be broken.


The Glass Hotel: A Novel

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Vincent is a bartender at the Hotel Caiette, a five-star hotel on the northernmost tip of Vancouver Island. One night, Vincent is met by a hooded figure who scrawls a message on the lobby’s glass wall: “Why don’t you swallow broken glass.” The shipping executive, Leon Prevant, reads the message and orders a drink. Alkatis, the owner of the hotel, reads the threat unaware that it was meant for him. Alkatis gives Vincent a hundred-dollar tip and a business card, and they reunite a year later.


American Dirt: A Novel

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In the Mexican city of Acapulco, Lydia, a bookstore owner, lives with her son, and the love her life. Though the cracks of Acapulco are beginning to show through the forming of the drug cartels, Lydia’s life remains comfortable. One day, a man enters her shop, bringing four books to the counter, two of which are her favorites. Javier, although charming, is the jefe of the newest drug cartel. Lydia finds herself charmed by his presence, but once her husband figures out Javier’s lifestyle, their lives will turn upside down.


Long Bright River

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Two sisters from Philadelphia were once close as… sisters? Once the opioid crisis hit, their lives completely changed. Kacey lives on the streets in the depth of addiction. Mickey finds herself walking the same blocks on her police beat. The two no longer speak. Mickey finds herself in worry when she realizes that Kacey has gone missing. Becoming obsessed with finding the culprit for this and other murders, Mickey determines to find her sister before it’s too late.


The Other Mrs.

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Sadie and Will Foust just moved their family from Chicago to a small town in Maine. Their neighbor, Morgan Baines, is found dead in her home. The island is stricken with fear, but Sadie continues to worry that the killer is in her own backyard.  After inheriting their new home, due to the sudden death of Will’s sister, Sadie finds herself in distress over the decrepit décor and creepy attic. The troubling past, as the blurb states, “continues to wear at the seams of their family”, keeping everyone suspicious of who this murderer could be.

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