Harlan Coben, James Patterson, Anne Perry, & More | Pop Fiction Previews, Sept. 2016, Pt. 4

Coben, Harlan. Home. Dutton. Sept. 2016. 400p. ISBN 9780525955108. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780698411449. THRILLER
Two boys from golden-glazed families are kidnapped and never heard from again—until ten cobenyears later, when Myron Bolitar and friend Win apparently find one of them. What can the rescued teenager say about the intervening years and the fate of his friend? From Edgar, Shamus, and Anthony award winner Coben; with a five-city author tour.

Durst, Sarah Beth. The Queen of Blood: Book One of The Queens of Renthia. Harper Voyager. Sept. 2016. 368p. ISBN 9780062413345. $19.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062413369. FANTASY
In Durst’s imagined land, only the queen prevents the ominous spirits possessing everything from the wind to the trees from destroying all humans. To discover why the spirits are so bloodthirsty, studious Daleina throws in her lot with exiled warrior Ven. From the 2013 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award winner and billed as YA/adult crossover; with a 50,000-copy first printing.

Gray, Shelley Shepard. A Sister’s Wish: The Charmed Amish Life, Book Three. Avon Inspire: HarperCollins. Sept. 2016. 288p. ISBN 9780062337832. pap. $12.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062337849. AMISH FICTION
Sweet, proper Amelia Kinsinger has always loved wayward Simon Hochstetler, who escaped from an abusive home at age 15 and spent time in prison but is now back on the straight and narrow in the Amish town of Charm, OH. But does best friend Lukas approve of Simon’s courting Amelia, Lukas’s younger sister? No! With a 100,000-copy first printing.

Grose, Jessica. Soulmates. Morrow. Sept. 2016. 240p. ISBN 9780062391575. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062391568. POP FICTION
Now editor in chief of Lenny, the email newsletter from Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner, Grose has been around the block; she was previously a senior editor at Slate and an editor at Jezebel. Her new novel (after Sad Desk Salad), inspired by real-life events, opens with Dana shocked by the headline “Nama-Slay: Yoga Couple Found Dead in New Mexico Cave.” The male victim was her former husband, Ethan. With a 50,000-copy first printing

Hicks, Robert. The Orphan Mother. Grand Central. Sept. 2016. 320p. ISBN 9780062391568. $26. CD: Hachette Audio. HISTORICAL
While The Widow of the South, Hicks’s New York Times best-selling debut, focused on the real-life Carrie McGavock, his new work brings us McGavock’s former slave, Mariah Reddick, who has become a successful midwife in Franklin, TN, after the close of the Civil War. Then her upwardly striving son, Theopolis, is murdered, and Mariah’s search for justice leads her to confront some uncomfortable realities in her own past.

Holm, Chris. Red Right Hand. Mulholland: Little, Brown. Sept. 2016. 336p. ISBN 9780316259569. $26. THRILLER
Once a covert operative presumed dead on a mission in Afghanistan, Michael Hendricks is a hit man who kills only other hit men, and he had a big launch last year in Holm’s The Killing Kind. But he’s been stopped in his tracks by an organization called the Council, which is also targeting a federal witness once believed dead but spotted in a recent video of a terrorist attack. With the FBI interested only in the terrorists, Special Agent Charlie Thompson asks Michael to protect the witness.

Jeffries, Dinah. The Tea Planter’s Wife. Crown: Sept. 2016. 432p. ISBN 9780451495976. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780451495990. Downloadable: Random Audio. HISTORICALteaplanter
Married at 19 after a brief courtship in London, Gwendolyn thinks that life on a tea plantation in 1920s Ceylon will be glorious. But workers, neighbors, and her sister-in-law are unwelcoming and husband Laurence’s attentions to an America widow suspicious. And what happened to Laurence’s first wife? A UK best seller with right grabbed by a half-dozen countries; with a 75,000-copy first printing.

Moss, Todd. Ghosts of Havana. Putnam. Sept. 2016. 368p. ISBN 9780399175930. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780698406407. THRILLER
Deputy assistant secretary of state in the Bureau of African Affairs in 2007–08, Moss debuted with a Mali-set thriller shortly after an actual coup took place there; The Golden Hour became a Washington Post best seller. Now, after the well-reviewed Minute Zero, he returns with another au courant work starring State Department crisis manager Judd Ryker, who’s dealing with Cuban wrath after four American sport fishermen wander into the island’s waters. So much for improved relations.

Patterson, James. Woman of God. Little, Brown. Sept. 2016. 400p. ISBN 9780316274029. $28. CD: Hachette Audio. THRILLER
It’s pretty miraculous that the new pope is a woman, Brigid Fitzgerald, who left behind a rough childhood to become a doctor in war-torn Sudan and has since survived every test of her faith. Keeping her alive with all the enemies she has made should be pretty miraculous, too. A bit perryannedifferent for Patterson, but there’s in-house raving.

Perry, Anne. Revenge in a Cold River: A William Monk Novel. Ballantine. Sept. 2016. 288p. ISBN 9781101886359. $28. MYSTERY
Back in his 22nd outing, Commander William Monk of the River Police realizes that the man pulled from the murky Thames with a bullet in his back was a notorious forger who’d just escaped from prison. Monk’s investigations lead him into his own shuttered past—he cannot remember events before a terrible carriage accident—and to an enemy from that long-ago time he doesn’t know he has. Just know that there are nearly ten million copies of Perry’s books out there somewhere.


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Barbara Hoffert (bhoffert@mediasourceinc.com, @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.


  1. nomadreader says:

    FYI–Jessica Grose’s debut novel Sad Desk Salad came out in 2012, so Soulmates is not her debut.