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Week of February 19, 2024

Paperback releases for the week of February 19th include THE COLLECTOR, a stunning thriller from Daniel Silva in which legendary art restorer and spy Gabriel Allon joins forces with a brilliant and beautiful master-thief to track down the world’s most valuable missing painting --- but soon he finds himself in a desperate race to prevent an unthinkable conflict between Russia and the West; I HAVE SOME QUESTIONS FOR YOU by Rebecca Makkai, a stirring investigation into collective memory and a deeply felt examination of one woman’s reckoning with her past, with a transfixing mystery at its heart; Lynne Olson's EMPRESS OF THE NILE, the remarkable story of the intrepid French archaeologist who led the international effort to save ancient Egyptian temples from the floodwaters of the Aswan Dam; and SINK, Joseph Earl Thomas' wrenching and redemptive coming-of-age story about the difficulty of growing up in a hazardous home and the glory of finding salvation in geek culture.

Week of February 12, 2024

Paperback releases for the week of February 12th include David Baldacci's SIMPLY LIES, a twisting psychological thriller in which two women --- a former detective and a dangerous con artist --- go head-to-head in an electrifying game of cat and mouse; SOMEONE ELSE'S SHOES by Jojo Moyes, a memorable story of mix-ups, mess-ups and making the most of second chances; AFTER THAT NIGHT, a hard-hitting thriller from Karin Slaughter that marks the welcome return of GBI investigator Will Trent and medical examiner Sara Linton; Elin Hilderbrand's THE FIVE-STAR WEEKEND, the   surprising and captivating story of food blogger Hollis Shaw, who, on the heels of a personal tragedy, gathers four friends from different stages in her life to spend an unforgettable weekend on Nantucket; and THE CRITIC'S DAUGHTER by Priscilla Gilman,   an exquisitely rendered portrait of a unique father-daughter relationship and a moving memoir of family and identity.   

Week of February 5, 2024

Paperback releases for the week of February 5th include I WILL FIND YOU, a breathtaking thriller from Harlan Coben in which an innocent father serving life for the murder of his own son receives evidence that his child may still be alive; CITY OF DREAMS, the dramatic second novel in Don Winslow's epic crime trilogy, a sweeping saga of family, love, revenge, survival and the fierce reality behind the dream; THE LAST ORPHAN, the eighth entry in Gregg Hurwitz's pulse-pounding Orphan X series, which marks the return of Evan Smoak (aka The Nowhere Man) --- but this time, everything changes and everything is at risk; and four outstanding books that were 2023 Bookreporter Bets On picks when they released in hardcover: ALL THAT IS MINE I CARRY WITH ME by William Landay, EXILES by Jane Harper, THE HOUSE OF EVE by Sadeqa Johnson, and THE HOUSE OF LINCOLN by Nancy Horan.

February 6, 2024

In this newsletter, you will find books releasing the weeks of February 5th and February 12th that we think will be of interest to Bookreporter.com readers, along with Bonus News, where we call out a contest, feature or review that we want to let you know about so you have it on your radar.

This week, we are calling attention to our New Release Spotlight of ONE WRONG WORD, which is now in stores, along with our review. This heart-racing new psychological thriller from USA Today bestselling and multiple award-winning author Hank Phillippi Ryan is one of our Winter Reading contest titles and will be a Bookreporter.com Bets On pick. Carol Fitzgerald looks forward to interviewing Hank later this month.

Lynda Rutledge, author of Mockingbird Summer

In segregated High Cotton, Texas, in 1964, the racial divide is as clear as the railroad tracks running through town. It’s also where two girls are going to shake things up. This is the last summer of 13-year-old Corky Corcoran’s childhood, and her family hires a Haitian housekeeper who brings her daughter, America, along with her. Corky is quick to befriend America and eager to share her favorite new “grown-up” novel, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. America’s take on it is different and profoundly personal. As their friendship grows, Corky finds out so much more about America’s life and her hidden skill: she can run as fast as Olympian Wilma Rudolph! When Corky asks America to play with her girls’ softball team for the annual church rivals game, it’s a move that crosses the color line and sets off a firestorm.

Benjamin Stevenson, author of Everyone on This Train Is a Suspect

When the Australian Mystery Writers’ Society invited me to their crime-writing festival aboard the Ghan, the famous train between Darwin and Adelaide, I was hoping for some inspiration for my second book. Fiction, this time: I needed a break from real people killing each other. Obviously, that didn’t pan out. The program is a who’s who of crime-writing royalty: the debut writer (me!), the forensic science writer, the blockbuster writer, the legal thriller writer, the literary writer, and the psychological suspense writer. But when one of us is murdered, the remaining authors quickly turn into five detectives. Together, we should know how to solve a crime. Of course, we also should know how to commit one. How can you find a killer when all the suspects know how to get away with murder?

Dean Koontz, author of The Bad Weather Friend

Benny Catspaw’s perpetually sunny disposition is tested when he loses his job, his reputation, his fiancée and his favorite chair. Someone is out to get him. He just doesn’t know who or why. Then Benny receives an inheritance from an uncle he’s never heard of: a giant crate and a video message. All will be well in time. Stranger yet is what’s inside the crate. He’s a seven-foot-tall self-described “bad weather friend” named Spike whose mission is to help people who are just too good for this world. He’ll find Benny’s enemies and deal with them. This might be satisfying if Spike wasn’t such a menacing presence with terrifying techniques of intimidation. In the company of Spike and a fascinated young waitress-cum-PI-in-training named Harper, Benny plunges into a perilous high-speed adventure.

Dolly Alderton, author of Good Material

Andy loves Jen. Jen loved Andy. And he can't work out why she stopped. Now he is without a home, waiting for his stand-up career to take off, and wondering why everyone else around him seems to have grown up while he wasn't looking. Set adrift on the sea of heartbreak, Andy clings to the idea of solving the puzzle of his ruined relationship. Because if he can find the answer to that, then maybe Jen can find her way back to him. But Andy still has a lot to learn, not least his ex-girlfriend's side of the story.

Kiley Reid, author of Come and Get It

It's 2017 at the University of Arkansas. Millie Cousins, a senior resident assistant, wants to graduate, get a job and buy a house. So when Agatha Paul, a visiting professor and writer, offers Millie an easy yet unusual opportunity, she jumps at the chance. But Millie's starry-eyed hustle becomes jeopardized by odd new friends, vengeful dorm pranks and illicit intrigue. A fresh and intimate portrait of desire, consumption and reckless abandon, COME AND GET IT is a tension-filled story about money, indiscretion and bad behavior.

Editorial Content for The House of Last Resort

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Reviewer (text)

Ray Palen

Christopher Golden has consistently proven that he is an author to be reckoned with, having had a great deal of success in different genres. However, I enjoy Golden best when he is churning out a good old-fashioned horror story. If you feel the same way, then THE HOUSE OF LAST RESORT is the book for you.

"Christopher Golden milks every ounce of terror out of THE HOUSE OF LAST RESORT. The result is a horror novel that is not easy to forget and should be the cause of nightmares for countless readers."

Teaser

Across Italy there are many half-empty towns, nearly abandoned by those who migrate to the coast or to cities. The beautiful, crumbling hilltop town of Becchina is among them, but its mayor has taken drastic measures to rebuild --- selling abandoned homes to anyone in the world for a single Euro, as long as the buyer promises to live there for at least five years. It’s a no-brainer for American couple Tommy and Kate Puglisi. Both work remotely, and Becchina is the home of Tommy’s grandparents, his closest living relatives. It feels like a romantic adventure, an opportunity the young couple would be crazy not to seize. But from the moment they move in, they feel a shadow has fallen on them. Tommy’s grandmother is furious, even a little frightened, when she realizes which house they’ve bought.

Promo

Across Italy there are many half-empty towns, nearly abandoned by those who migrate to the coast or to cities. The beautiful, crumbling hilltop town of Becchina is among them, but its mayor has taken drastic measures to rebuild --- selling abandoned homes to anyone in the world for a single Euro, as long as the buyer promises to live there for at least five years. It’s a no-brainer for American couple Tommy and Kate Puglisi. Both work remotely, and Becchina is the home of Tommy’s grandparents, his closest living relatives. It feels like a romantic adventure, an opportunity the young couple would be crazy not to seize. But from the moment they move in, they feel a shadow has fallen on them. Tommy’s grandmother is furious, even a little frightened, when she realizes which house they’ve bought.

About the Book

The next high-concept horror novel from New York Times bestselling author Christopher Golden.

Across Italy there are many half-empty towns, nearly abandoned by those who migrate to the coast or to cities. The beautiful, crumbling hilltop town of Becchina is among them, but its mayor has taken drastic measures to rebuild --- selling abandoned homes to anyone in the world for a single Euro, as long as the buyer promises to live there for at least five years.

It’s a no-brainer for American couple Tommy and Kate Puglisi. Both work remotely, and Becchina is the home of Tommy’s grandparents, his closest living relatives. It feels like a romantic adventure, an opportunity the young couple would be crazy not to seize. But from the moment they move in, they feel a shadow has fallen on them. Tommy’s grandmother is furious, even a little frightened, when she realizes which house they’ve bought.

There are rooms in an annex at the back of the house that they didn’t know were there. The place makes strange noises at night, locked doors are suddenly open, and when they go to a family gathering, they’re certain people are whispering about them, and about their house, which one neighbor refers to as The House of Last Resort. Soon, they learn that the home was owned for generations by the Church. But the real secret, and the true dread, is unlocked when they finally learn what the priests were doing in this house for all those long years…and how many people died in the strange chapel inside. While down in the catacombs beneath Becchina…something stirs.