Fiction

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All Kinds of Upsets | Wyatt’s World

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Popular novels of psychological suspense, such as Paula Hawkins’s The Girl on the Train, are just one example of the creepy, discomforting yet pleasurable experience of stories situated on the crossroads of horror, thriller, gothic , and historical genres. Here are five new works from across this range of literary styles.

Fiction from Hogan, Kane, and Lewis, plus Two Debuts | Xpress Reviews

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A divided story is more for the historical fan, a quick thriller, women’s fiction with a dark bent, a debut with lush descriptions and books with multiple narratives, another debut that follows the gothic literary tradition

Debuts Beyond Genre | The Reader’s Shelf, June 1, 2016

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It is becoming increasingly clear that trying to fit a book into a narrowly defined box can be a fool’s errand. Blends, crossovers, and mixes quickly muddy the waters, while authors more often resist the constraints of a label. Here are six debuts in that vein.

Haunted Homecomings | Fiction Reviews, June 1, 2016

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An engaging and thrilling tale about a young woman’s homecoming, the vagaries of memory, and the impact of tragedy on both a town and a family; a carefully crafted and riveting thriller that is narrated in reverse chronological order, a tense and unusual reading experience that both disorients and intrigues

Stagestruck | Fiction Reviews, June 1, 2016

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A charming novel about four sisters who make it big in vaudeville to support their struggling family; likable, hardworking characters populate a hopeful novel about a woman who dreams of making it big as an actress while working at the prestigious Savoy Hotel in London

The Eighth Annual Librarian Shout ‘n Share | BookExpo America 2016

Chicago P.L.'s Stephen Sposato shares

The best was saved for last as tote-bag-laden librarians gathered at the close of the final day of BookExpo America, held May 11–13 at Chicago’s McCormick Place, to share their discoveries on the exhibit floor. The Association of American Publishers-LJ-sponsored Librarian Shout ‘n Share panel, moderated by LJ fiction editor Wilda Williams, featured a bevy […]

Now and Again by Charlotte Rogan | LJ Review

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In this stunning novel from Rogan (The Lifeboat), seemingly unrelated story threads are ingeniously woven into an explosive whole.

We Love Paris | LJ Video Reviews, May 15, 2016

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Maison Close is recommended for those who like period dramas with a psychological edge; Thérèse Raquin presents an absorbing tale that will appeal to those who favor melodrama.

Fiction from Backman, Brown, Finder, Gutcheon, Hilderbrand, Kaye, & Mackay | Xpress Reviews

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LibraryReads top pick Backman, a consistently timely thriller from Finder, Gutcheon launches a new series of traditional cozies, Hilderbrand writes another beachy family drama, Kaye hits the rising popularity of MCs in romance, debuter McCluskey succeeds in handling parental grief, Mackay’s compelling modern noir

By the Numbers by Jen Lancaster | LJ Review

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Lancaster’s sprightly book is all about second chances and familial love