New Reads for Feb 2015

indexIn 1960’s London, a blond bombshell escapes the pagaent life to pursue stardom as a comedienne (like her idol, Lucille Ball), charming her way into the starring role on a breakout show; think Broadcast News …only for sitcoms, the lives behind the stars on your tv screens. This is the latest from the author of About A Boy and High Fidelity.

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index (1)A new collection of stories and poetry from the acclaimed post-millennial Macabre master. The British author of glamorous neo-goth and throwback fantasy whimsy is exploring the idea of “trigger warnings,” a newer trend occurring in higher education that warns readers that the content of a story they’re about to study could contain imagery or expressions that could bring back traumatic memories or personal experiences with tragedy. Not to say that these stories are altogether dark or overtly provocative, they’re more subtle; enticing you to come tip-toe out along the edge with this charismatic narrator.

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index (2)Tough guy James Beck runs a barely-legit operation out of Red Hook, Brooklyn, to give employment and a second chance to his fellow ex-cons. Beck winds up getting in the middle of a revenge scheme involving a friend he spent time with behind bars – leading to the formation of a quasi-gang of rag tag mobster types and burglars, eventually uncovering a plot to launder tens of millions of dollars from illegal arms sales.

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index (3)Everyone’s trying to read this book, lately. Every day, Rachel takes the same London commuter train and passes the same suburban scenery, yet one house catches her eye-mainly because of the married couple she glimpses living there. This leads Rachel to conjure up an entire dream life for this husband and wife, even naming them and giving them make-believe careers. Rachel’s life has been spiraling downward, and her fantasy about this couple gives her a little joy. But all is not what it seems and Rachel is soon embroiled in a murderous thriller.

A compulsively readable, emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller that draws comparisons to Gone Girl, The Silent Wife, or Before I Go to Sleep, this is an electrifying debut embraced by readers across markets and categories.

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