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Read Our Interview with Diane Setterfield and a Review of Her Latest, ONCE UPON A RIVER

This richly imagined, powerful novel is about the wrenching disappearance of three little girls and the wide-reaching effect it has on their small town.

We're Betting You'll Love This Contest!

The prizes include THE GREAT ALONE by Kristin Hannah, NOVEMBER ROAD by Lou Berney, THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW by A. J. Finn, and EVERY NOTE PLAYED by Lisa Genova. Enter by January 7th at noon ET.

Ann Hood Nourishes Both Our Bodies and Our Souls in This Warm Collection of Essays

In KITCHEN YARNS, Hood tracks her lifelong journey in the kitchen with 27 heartfelt essays, each accompanied by a recipe (or a few).

Andrew Roberts' Landmark Biography of Churchill is Based on Extensive New Material

Roberts gained exclusive access to transcripts of War Cabinet meetings, diaries, letters and unpublished memoirs from Churchill's contemporaries.

A Recklessly Idealistic Girl Dares to Test the Perimeters of Her Tightly Controlled World

This young woman is punished by being sent back in time to a region of North America --- “Wainscotia, Wisconsin” --- that existed 80 years before.

We're Giving Away a Different Book on Select Days Throughout the Holiday Season

Today's prize book is IMAGINE HEAVEN DEVOTIONAL by John Burke and Kathy Burke. Enter by Wednesday, December 12th at 11:59am ET.

Latest Features and Contests


Bookreporter.com's End-of-the-Year Contest

We are thrilled to announce a very special contest featuring Carol Fitzgerald’s Bookreporter.com Bets On picks from 2018. One Grand Prize winner will be awarded all 45 books, while nine other winners will receive a selection of five of these titles. The deadline for entries is Monday, January 7th at noon ET.


Bookreporter.com's Holiday Cheer Contests and Feature

At Bookreporter.com, we are celebrating the holiday season in style with our Holiday Cheer Contests and Feature. As our gift to you, on select days through December 20th, we are spotlighting a book and giving five lucky readers the chance to win it. You have to visit the site each day to see the featured prize book and enter the 24-hour contest. As always, we are sending our special Holiday Cheer newsletter on the days when there are contests.

Today's prize book is IMAGINE HEAVEN DEVOTIONAL: 100 Reflections to Bring Heaven to Your Life Today by John Burke and Kathy Burke. The deadline for entries is Wednesday, December 12th at 11:59am ET.


Bookreporter.com's Holiday Author Blogs

We have brought back our Holiday Author Blogs for an 11th consecutive year. Over the next two weeks, we will feature a new blog post from an author each weekday talking about the books that he or she has given and/or received during the holidays. This year's contributors are Fiona Davis, T. Greenwood, Bonnie Kistler, John Lescroart, Lynda Cohen Loigman, Alex Michaelides, James Rollins, Whitney Scharer and Lisa Wingate.


Mystery Mayhem Author Spotlight: ONCE UPON A RIVER by Diane Setterfield

On a dark midwinter’s night in an ancient inn on the river Thames, an extraordinary event takes place. The regulars are telling stories to while away the dark hours, when the door bursts open on a grievously wounded stranger. In his arms is the lifeless body of a small child. Hours later, the girl stirs, takes a breath and returns to life. Is it a miracle? Is it magic? Or can science provide an explanation? These questions have many answers, some of them quite dark indeed. Those who dwell on the river bank apply all their ingenuity to solving the puzzle of the girl who died and lived again, yet as the days pass the mystery only deepens.


Bookreporter.com Bets On: THE LIBRARY BOOK (Audiobook) written and read by Susan Orlean

THE LIBRARY BOOK by Susan Orlean is a perfect gift for any booklover, perhaps even a “to me, from me” gift. I have spent a lot of time in libraries, remember the sheer joy of seeing the bookmobile on the corner when I was a child, have a number of librarians and library directors as friends, and have been to library conferences and programs, yet I still found myself learning so much as I listened to the audiobook. It is narrated by Susan, who not only writes a good book, but also knows how to tell a good story.


Bookreporter.com Bets On: THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE OF SAM HELL by Robert Dugoni

I have been a longtime reader of Robert Dugoni’s thrillers; I still remember when the first one, THE JURY MASTER, hit the New York Times bestseller list back in 2006. Somehow I missed his stand-alone title, THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE OF SAM HELL, when it came out in April. I was happy to catch up on what he has called his “opus.” Just as William Kent Krueger deviated from his Cork O’Connor series with ORDINARY GRACE, here Dugoni takes his writing in a new direction with a beautifully crafted story of a life well-lived.

Latest Reviews

The Three Secret Cities by Matthew Reilly - Thriller/Adventure

When Jack West, Jr. won the Great Games, he threw the four legendary kingdoms into turmoil. Now these dark forces are coming after Jack...in ruthless fashion. With the end of all things rapidly approaching, Jack must find the Three Secret Cities, three incredible lost cities of legend. It’s an impossible task by any reckoning, but Jack must do it while he is being hunted...by the greatest hunters in history.

Vendetta by Iris Johansen - Thriller

With his dying breath, Carl Venable, head of the CIA task force on terrorism and Jude Brandon’s final link to terrorist ringleader Max Huber, gives Brandon a mandate: keep his daughter, Rachel, safe at any cost. But Rachel Venable has a shocking, twisted past of her own, one that comes rushing back after her medical clinic in Guyana is attacked by Huber --- the same man who murdered her father and kept her imprisoned for months. Brandon and Catherine Ling, Rachel’s longtime ally and fierce protector, are determined to keep Rachel out of danger, but she knows that it’s impossible to stay hidden when Max Huber wants you dead.

It’s the fall of 1979 in New York City when 23-year-old Anton Winter, back from the Peace Corps and on the mend from a nasty bout of malaria, returns to his childhood home in the Dakota. His father, the famous late-night host Buddy Winter, is there to greet him, himself recovering from a breakdown. Before long, Anton is swept up in an effort to reignite Buddy’s stalled career. But the more he finds himself enmeshed in his father’s professional and spiritual reinvention, the more Anton questions his own path, and fissures in the Winter family begin to threaten their close bond.

Abandoned by his father after his mother drowns in a frozen Minnesota lake, 15-year-old Wes Ballot is stranded with coldhearted grandparents and holed up in his mother’s old bedroom, surrounded by her remnants and memories. As the wait for his father stretches unforgivably into months, a local girl, whose own mother died a brutal death, captures his heart and imagination, giving Wes fresh air to breathe in the suffocating small town. When buried truths come to light in the spring thaw, wounds are exposed and violence erupts, forcing Wes to embark on a search for his missing father, the truth about his mother, and a future he must claim for himself --- a quest that begins back at that frozen lake.

Seahawks star running back Curt Warner and his wife, Ana, were prominent figures in Seattle in the early 1990s. When they dropped from the public eye after Curt’s retirement, everyone assumed it was for a simpler life. But the reality behind their seclusion was a secret they hid from even their closest friends: their twins, Austin and Christian, had been diagnosed with severe autism. What followed was a painful struggle to hold their family and their marriage together in a home filled with chaos, emotional exhaustion, and constant fear for the safety of their unpredictable but beloved boys. Now, after years of silence, the Warners share their inspiring journey from stardom and success to heartbreaking self-imposed isolation.

The Mansion by Ezekiel Boone - Horror/Thriller

Years ago, Shawn Eagle and Billy Stafford created a revolutionary computer called Eagle Logic. But they parted ways following a major falling-out. Now Billy is beset by poverty and addiction, and Shawn is the most famous man in the world. Unable to let the past be forgotten, Shawn decides to resurrect his and Billy’s biggest failure: a next-generation computer program named Nellie that can control a house’s every function. He decides to set it up in the abandoned mansion they worked near all those years ago. But something about Nellie isn’t right --- and the reconstruction of the mansion is plagued by accidental deaths. Shawn is forced to bring Billy back, despite their longstanding mutual hatred, to discover and destroy the evil that lurks in the source code.

Melmoth by Sarah Perry - Gothic Thriller

It has been years since Helen Franklin left England. In Prague, working as a translator, she has found a home of sorts --- or, at least, refuge. That changes when her friend Karel discovers a mysterious letter in the library, a strange confession and a curious warning that speaks of Melmoth the Witness, a dark legend found in obscure fairy tales and antique village lore. As such superstition has it, Melmoth travels through the ages, dooming those she persuades to join her to a damnation of timeless, itinerant solitude. To Helen, it all seems the stuff of unenlightened fantasy. But, unaware, as she wanders the cobblestone streets, Helen is being watched. And then Karel disappears.

Revolution Sunday written by Wendy Guerra, translated by Achy Obejas - Fiction

Cleo, scion of a once-prominent Cuban family and a promising young writer in her own right, travels to Spain to collect a prestigious award. There, Cuban expats view her with suspicion --- assuming she's an informant for the Castro regime. To Cleo's surprise, that suspicion follows her home to Cuba, where she finds herself under constant surveillance by the government. When she meets and falls in love with a Hollywood filmmaker, she discovers her family is not who she thought they were…and neither is the filmmaker.

Those Who Go By Night by Andrew Gaddes - Historical Mystery

England, 1324: a land rife with superstition and gripped by fear of the Church’s holy wrath. When a beggar is murdered in the quiet village of Bottesford, his body draped across the altar of St. Mary’s church in a perverse pose of pagan sacrifice, the Pope’s Inquisitor General places the small hamlet in his sights. Anxious to stave off the Inquisition, the Bishop of Lincoln dispatches Thomas Lester, son of a disgraced Templar Knight, to investigate --- but the Archbishop’s fanatical emissary has already arrived to conduct his own inquiry. Thomas’ investigation uncovers a viper’s nest of perfidious players. As this sordid drama unfolds, Thomas finds himself falling in love with a woman whose beauty is matched only by her defiance of the Church’s fearsome power.