First—And Foremost | Debut Novels

Fall 2017/winter 2018 bring the promise of fresh, new voices

Fiction from Baker, Carr, Cornick, Gaines, George, Kurbjuweit, Lliteras, Mankell, St. Aubyn | Xpress Reviews

For readers who appreciate regional mysteries; a complex family story with realistically flawed characters; historical fiction with mystery and royal intrigue; a perfect introduction to Gaines’s work; a this well-crafted mystery; an edgy psychological thriller; this slim novel will leave a lasting impression; A powerful celebration of life wrapped in a Swedish crime novel; St. Aubyn does Lear

LJ Media | Review Alert, October 1, 2017

Despite glimmers of familiar playfulness, Backman has undoubtedly taken a dark turn in Beartown; Libraries will want to acquire Miss Burma immediately; The Pink Panther Collection brings together the best of these films and is highly recommended for public and academic libraries; Sink or Swim will leave the audience thinking further on the effects of global warming on real people

LJ Fiction | Review Alert, October 1, 2017

Adams’s intriguing new mystery series celebrates the power of books and women’s friendships; award-winning debut novelist Birkby shines a spotlight on the overlooked female characters of the Sherlock Holmes stories; the landscape of Hannah’s latest is hard and bleak, but our young heroine learns to accept it and discover her true self; Parks knows how to get readers to empathize emotionally with his characters while amping up the tension

Fiction from Basham, Ellory, Gore, Grisham, Killoren, Manus, Raphael, Stasi, & Thomas | Xpress Reviews

A well-written love story filled with suspense, mystery, and a loving family; an excellent stand-alone noir novel; a compelling portrayal of a young woman’s struggles; Grisham’s 32nd novel; for readers of popular chick lit and those who enjoy foodie literature; Land has written an intense, insightful first novel; for fans of Boston noir; Raphael spins a satisfying detective story; Stasi’s thriller is fascinating and clever; for readers who Victorian crime fiction

A.J. Finn Takes Suspense to the Next Level | Debut Spotlight

Debut author A.J. Finn, the pen name of William Morrow’s VP and executive editor Dan Mallory, has already received plenty of industry buzz for his psychological thriller, The Woman in the Window, which centers on an agoraphobic woman who witnesses—or thinks she witnesses—a horrific crime in her neighbor’s home.

LJ Fiction | Review Alert, September 15, 2017

Benedict “follows the war home,” engaging readers with an insightful story right up until the gut-wrenching conclusion; debuter McKibben will have readers grappling with the ethical questions of resistance; Chakraborty brings to vivid life the ancient mythological traditions of an Islamic world unfamiliar to most American readers

Fiction from Chamberlain and Friedmann | Xpress Reviews

Secrets, intrigue, mystery, love, forgiveness, and drama—it’s all here. And it is riveting; readers won’t be able to put down this engrossing read until the final page

Books for Thought | The Reader’s Shelf

Some of the best novels are those that get people talking. By introducing a new perspective, featuring gripping plots, and tackling ethical dilemmas, they become perfect catalysts for discussion among bibliophiles.

Top World Fiction for Fall

Never didactic, this slice-of-life portrait of Cuba at a crucial moment will find readers beyond Latin American enthusiasts; an unsettling and brilliant document of contemporary life—highly recommended; Nevo shows us life’s complexities in a thoroughly satisfying read