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Téa Obreht's First Novel in Eight Years is This Month's Barnes & Noble Book Club Pick

According to our reviewer, INLAND is "a masterful novel, drawing on the grand traditions of the western genre and expressing universal emotions."

Cassie Dewell Agrees to Help Exonerate a Man Accused of Assaulting a Young Woman

But out by the Bitterroot Mountains of Montana, twisted family loyalty runs quite deep, and there's always something more to the story.

Readers Follow Two Couples Through Their Highs, Lows, Marriages and Friendships

Against the backdrop of turbulent changes, these four individuals forge improbable paths through their evolving relationships.

Mary Doria Russell Has Penned an Inspiring Historical Novel about "America’s Joan of Arc"

Annie Clements is the courageous woman who started a rebellion by leading a strike against the largest copper mining company in the world.

A New England Prep School Teacher Ignites a Gender War --- with Deadly Consequences

Lisa Lutz’s blistering, timely tale of revenge and disruption shows us what can happen when silence wins out over decency for too long.

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

Today's prize book is DEAD SILENCE by Wendy Corsi Staub. The deadline for entries is Tuesday, August 20th at 11:59am ET.

Latest Features and Contests


Bookreporter.com's Summer Reading Contests and Feature

Summer is here! At Bookreporter.com, this means it's time for us to share some great summer book picks with our Summer Reading Contests and Feature. We are hosting a series of 24-hour contests for these titles on select days through August 23rd, so you will have to check the site each day to see the featured prize book and enter to win. We also are sending a special newsletter to announce the day's title, which you can sign up for here.

Today's prize book is DEAD SILENCE: A Foundlings Novel by Wendy Corsi Staub. The deadline for entries is Tuesday, August 20th at 11:59am ET.


Fiction Author Spotlight & Contest: THIS TENDER LAND by William Kent Krueger

We have 35 copies of THIS TENDER LAND by William Kent Krueger --- a magnificent novel about four orphans on a life-changing odyssey during the early years of the Great Depression --- to give away to those who would like to read the book, which releases on September 3rd, and share their comments on it. The deadline for entries is Thursday, August 22nd at noon ET.


Bookreporter.com Bets On: THE TURN OF THE KEY by Ruth Ware

I thoroughly enjoyed THE TURN OF THE KEY by Ruth Ware. When it opens, we know that a young woman is in jail, being held for having caused the death of a child. The story is told in her words as she seeks justice in her case. There is no reason for her to have committed this act, and, in fact, there is every reason for her not to have. And throughout these pages, Ruth will unfold a very solid case as to just what really happened.


Bookreporter.com Bets On: CHANCES ARE... (Audiobook) written by Richard Russo, read by Fred Sanders

I enjoyed listening to the audiobook of Richard Russo’s CHANCES ARE..., read by Fred Sanders, via my Bluetooth headphones. This was the perfect thing to do as I worked my way through the endless weeding of our garden, and then later I enjoyed listening in the pool while floating. In it, three men who were college friends in the '60s gather on Martha’s Vineyard. One is now a commercial real estate broker, another a small press publisher, and the third an aging musician. They are reminiscing about life, including the disappearance of a woman on this island back in 1971 right after their graduation. What did happen to Jacy Rockafellow?


Bookreporter.com Bets On: THE ESCAPE ROOM by Megan Goldin

I started listening to THE ESCAPE ROOM by Megan Goldin on CD while I was running around town doing errands. I came home and plucked a copy of the galley from my shelf (my other choice was to play the CDs over our outdoor speaker system, and I could not see my music-loving husband going for that), and spent a lovely afternoon in the pool reading this fast-paced story. Before I knew it, I was 200 pages in and wrapped up reading it that same night.


An Interview with Mary Anna Evans, Author of CATACOMBS: A Faye Longchamp Mystery

Mary Anna Evans is the author of the Faye Longchamp archaeological mysteries. The 12th and latest installment in the series, CATACOMBS, revolves around an explosion at a historic Oklahoma City hotel that leads to the discovery of the bodies of three children buried deep beneath the city. In this interview, Evans talks about the importance of the story’s Oklahoma setting, the Faye book that elicited the most responses from readers, the two mystery/thriller authors she admires the most, and the research she conducted on Oklahoma’s history (which was so thorough that it even caught the attention of law enforcement!).

Bookreporter Talks To...

As part of our mission to expand The Book Report Network, we have been shooting video interviews with authors. Carol loves interviewing authors, so this feels like a natural.

We are happy to share our latest “Bookreporter Talks To” interview with Fiona Davis, whose new novel is THE CHELSEA GIRLS, a Bets On pick. Carol thoroughly enjoyed their conversation, where they explore a lot about her writing, and Fiona offers a hint as to what she is working on next.
 

In a recent "Bookreporter Talks To" interview, Carol sat down with Shari Lapena to talk about her latest book, SOMEONE WE KNOW (a Bets On title), as well as her three other thrillers. We also learn about her inspiration for her books and her writing process. And Carol brought her favorite writing snack as a surprise!
 

Carol fell in love with ASK AGAIN, YES months ago when she read an advance copy. It's a Bets On selection and was announced as Jimmy Fallon's "Tonight Show" Summer Reads pick. Click here to watch our "Bookreporter Talks To" interview with Mary Beth Keane.


See more video interviews on The Book Report Network YouTube channel here, including our "Bookreporter Talks To" interviews with Sally Hepworth, Jean Kwok, Wendy Walker and Melanie Benjamin.

Latest Reviews

Agent Sherlock is driving in downtown Washington when her Volvo is suddenly T-boned at an intersection. As her car spins out of control, a man’s body slams against her windshield. No one knows yet who he is or where he is because he ran away. From DNA, they discover his name is Justice Cummings and he’s a CIA analyst at Langley. Meanwhile, Special Agent Griffin Hammersmith rescues a kidnapped woman claiming her captor had probably murdered three missing teenage girls. However, the man she accuses is the local sheriff’s nephew and a member of a very powerful family. When the sheriff arrests Griffin and the rescued woman, he calls Savich for help. Together they have to weave their way through a labyrinth of lies to find the truth of a terrible secret.

Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead written by Olga Tokarczuk, translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones - Literary Mystery/Dark Humor

In a remote Polish village, Janina devotes the dark winter days to studying astrology, translating the poetry of William Blake, and taking care of the summer homes of wealthy Warsaw residents. Her reputation as a crank and a recluse is amplified by her not-so-secret preference for the company of animals over humans. Then a neighbor, Big Foot, turns up dead. Soon other bodies are discovered, in increasingly strange circumstances. As suspicions mount, Janina inserts herself into the investigation, certain that she knows whodunit. If only anyone would pay her mind.

Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh - Legal Thriller

It’s the murder trial of the century. And Joshua Kane has killed to get the best seat in the house --- and to be sure the wrong man goes down for the crime. Because this time, the killer isn’t on trial. He’s on the jury. But there’s someone on his tail. Former-conman-turned-criminal-defense-attorney Eddie Flynn doesn’t believe that his movie-star client killed two people. He suspects that the real killer is closer than they think. But who would guess just how close?

HUNTER’S MOON is set in Michigan’s wild, starkly beautiful Upper Peninsula, where a cast of recurring characters move into and out of each other’s lives --- building friendships, facing loss, confronting violence, trying to bury the past or seeking to unearth it. Once-a-year lovers, old high-school buddies on a hunting trip, a college professor and his wayward son, a middle-aged man and his grief-stricken father, come together, break apart and, if they’re fortunate, find a way forward.

When Caroline wakes up in a Paris hospital with no memory of her past, she’s confused to learn that for years she’s lived a sad, reclusive life in a sprawling apartment on the rue Cler. A budding friendship with the chef of a charming nearby restaurant takes her mind off her foggy past, as does a startling mystery from decades prior. In Nazi-occupied Paris, a young widow named Céline is trying to build a new life for her daughter. Then a ruthless German officer discovers her Jewish ancestry, and Céline is forced to play a dangerous game to secure the safety of her loved ones. When Caroline discovers Céline’s letters tucked away in a closet, she realizes that her apartment harbors dark secrets --- and that she may have more in common with Céline than she ever could have imagined.

Lost You by Haylen Beck - Psychological Thriller

Libby and her son, Ethan, are on a much-needed vacation. But in a moment of inattention, Ethan wanders into an elevator before Libby can reach him. When the elevator stops and the doors open, Ethan is gone. Hotel security scours the building and finds no trace of him, but when CCTV footage is found of an adult finding the child wandering alone and leading him away by the hand, the police are called in. The search intensifies, a lost child case turning into a possible abduction. Hours later, a child is seen with a woman stepping through an emergency exit. Libby and the police track the woman down and corner her, but she refuses to release Ethan. Asked who she is, the woman replies: "I'm his mother."

Ragna Riegel is a soft-spoken woman of routines. She must have order in her life, and she does, until one day she finds a letter in her mailbox with her name on the envelope and a clear threat written in block capitals on the sheet inside. With the arrival of the letter, and eventually others like it, Ragna’s carefully constructed life begins to unravel into a nightmare. Threatened by an unknown enemy, paranoid and unable to sleep, her isolation becomes all the more extreme. Ragna’s distress does culminate in a death, but she is the perpetrator rather than the victim. THE WHISPERER shifts between Inspector Sejer’s interrogation of Ragna and the shocking events that led up to her arrest. Sejer thinks it is an open-and-shut case. But is it?

A year has passed since Pete Fernandez’s latest, closest brush with death. After months of recovery, the newly sober Pete has managed to rebuild his life, contentedly running a small Miami bookstore and steering clear of the dangers of private-eye work. So when an aging Cuban mobster asks Pete to find out who killed his drug-addicted, jazz pianist son and to locate his missing daughter-in-law, Pete balks. Until another victim suggests that the murder of the gangster’s son may be connected to the people who nearly ended Pete’s life, while revealing an unexpected, dangerous truth about the death of the Miami PI's own mother.