Sex in the Sea by Marah J. Hardt | LJ Review


Hardt (research codirector, Future of Fish) has written a clever, informative book about marine animal reproduction. Covering the diverse range of creatures under the sea, the process of baby-making from flatworms to barnacles to octopus to whales is eye-opening and entertaining.

Fellside by M.R. Carey | LJ Review


ess a traditional ghost story than a send-up of the prison-industrial complex with a healthy dose of magic realism, this eerie tale is sure to hook crime fiction and horror lovers.

Central Station by Lavie Tidhar | LJ Review


Tidhar (A Man Lies Dreaming; The Violent Century) changes genres with every outing, but his astounding talents guarantee something new and compelling no matter the story he tells

The Pier Falls by Mark Haddon | LJ Reviews


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.

Roses and Rot by Kat Howard | LJ Review


The realm of fairy tales meets the harsh world of the Fae in this starkly enticing debut.

Spritz by Talia Baiocchi & Leslie Pariseau | LJ Review


Coauthors Baiocchi and Pariseau, managing editors of the lively online drinks magazine Punch, present this attractive book on Italy’s iconic sparkling aperitivo, locating its origins—and its spirit—in the concept of sprezzatura: an untranslatable spirit of “effortless grace” that dates back to the 16th century.

True Crime Addict by James Renner | LJ Review


Former investigative journalist Renner (The Great Forgetting) takes the reader on his dark journey unraveling the disappearance of University of Massachusetts Amherst student Maura Murray, who went missing in 2004.

The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin | LJ Review


Readers who have been patiently awaiting the conclusion to Cronin’s sweeping post­apocalyptic trilogy (The Passage; The Twelve) are richly rewarded with this epic, heart-wrenching novel.

Ladivine by Marie NDiaye | LJ Review


This strangely hypnotic novel exudes anguish and loneliness. NDiaye, a Prix Goncourt winner and Man Booker nominee for Three Strong Women, writes profoundly disturbing novels in such riveting prose that one cannot look away

All Things Cease To Appear by Elizabeth Brundage | LJ Review


Tragedy leaves an indelible mark on both people and places in Brundage’s (A Stranger Like You) piercing new novel. Part mystery, part ghost story, and entirely brilliant, this title will entrance book clubs and literary fiction readers