LJ Fiction Reviews: April 1, 2016

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Heart-racing adrenaline reads, atmospheric historicals, an operatic Spur of the Moment, plus revitalizing CF genre debuts, a season of searing erotica series, the moving journey of the Lilac Girls

I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh | LJ Review

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This UK best seller is a wonderfully layered thriller that skillfully builds from that one tragic event.

The Dig by John Preston | LJ Review

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This is a lively and informative fictionalized account of the 1939 excavation that unearthed the Anglo-Saxon royal treasure hoard, known as Sutton Hoo, in Suffolk, England.

It’s All Relative: Family Debuts | The Reader’s Shelf, April 1, 2016

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An array of families are depicted in these debuts, from those falling apart at the seams to those ripped apart from inside to those trying very hard to keep what little they can together

The Big “What If?” | LJ Reviews, April 1, 2016

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Two entertaining novels that address the big questions: what if my life had gone differently? What would I do differently if I could go back and change it?

Almost Famous | LJ Reviews, April 1, 2016

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A sweet and heartfelt debut novel for readers who have dreamed of being swept off their feet by a famous movie star; a fast-paced novel that will have readers immersed in the heady feeling of an alcohol-fueled affair with one of the sexiest men alive; a funny, romantic, chick lit novel about a second chance at love

Fiction from Baldacci, Hunter, and Debuter Kessler | Xpress Reviews

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Another exciting read from a thriller master Baldacci, an emotionally charged, faith-based love story of forgiveness and trust from Hunter, fans of Karin Slaughter or Tess Gerritsen will enjoy this exciting new series from Kessler

The Pier Falls by Mark Haddon | LJ Reviews

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If your jaw dropped when you read ­Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, it will drop again when you pick up this exemplary collection, whose stories of uncommon situations clarify that each of us is eventually put on the edge.

Fiction from Bradford, Gaylin, Harrington, McKinty, and Straub | Xpress Reviews

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A charming romance peppered with Shakespearean quotations, a compelling protagonist from Gaylin, an exciting tale of intrigue despite some discrepancies, a strong moral point of view from McKinty, a master of two genres: that’s Straub

LJ Fiction Reviews: March 15, 2016

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Tensions spike and run high in Heuvelt’s HEX; Joines, Faerber, & Co. offer Secret Indentities for superhero fans willing to step out of the Marvel and DC box; Haddon’s pristinely detailed prose will make your jaw drop