Literary Suspense from Keith Donohue, Valerie Geary, & Urban Waite | Fiction Previews, Oct. 2014, Pt. 2

Donohue, Keith. The Boy Who Drew Monsters. Picador. Oct. 2014. 288p. ISBN 9781250057150. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781250057167. LITERARY/SUSPENSEboymonster2
Donohue, who’s been shivering our bones since publication of the affecting national best seller, The Stolen Child, returns with a fourth novel about a boy who nearly drowned in the waters near his family’s Maine coast home. Now afraid of the outdoors, ten-year-old Jack Peter Keenan stays put drawing pictures of monsters. With Jack’s mother increasingly troubled by noises from the ocean, his father chasing an apparition along the water’s edge, and his best friend strangely absorbed in the drawings, those monsters start to seem very real.

Geary, Valerie. Crooked River. Oct. 2014. 320p. ISBN 9780062326591. $25.99. LITERARY/SUSPENSE
After their mother dies, Sam McAlister and younger sister Ollie find themselves living in a teepee in rural Oregon with their father, Bear, a beekeeper and wide-eyed innocent. Then Bear is accused of killing the young woman whose body is found floating in a nearby creek. As Sam tries to clear his name, Ollie is informed by the Shimmering that’s been following her since her mother’s funeral—and the one now following Sam—that the girls are in danger. A debut that’s loved in-house and will get a big book-club push; watch.

Waite, Urban. Sometimes the Wolf. Morrow. Oct. 2014. 352p. ISBN 9780062216915. $26.99. LITERARY/SUSPENSE
Author of The Carrion Birds and The Terror of Living, both highly praised and both Indie Next waitepicks, Waite returns with a novel set in the Pacific Northwest and starring a troubled father and son. Sheriff Patrick Drake had struggled after his wife’s death, making some wrong turns and eventually landing in jail; his son Bobby, now deputy sheriff, is burdened by his father’s guilt and his own deferred dreams and ailing marriage. Now, with Patrick out of jail, something nasty from his past is coming to get them both. With a 35,000-copy first printing.

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Barbara Hoffert (, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Prepub Alert; past chair of the Materials Selection Committee of the RUSA (Reference and User Services Assn.) division of the American Library Association; and past president, treasurer, and awards chair of the National Book Critics Circle.