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California Bear

Compelling not for its solution but for the act of solving, with modern cultural references and screen-worthy action. Readers who enjoy redemption and comeuppance dispensed by smartly written characters will enjoy.

In the Dark I See You

Through shifting timelines and alternating points of view, Narayanan takes readers on a perplexing yet compelling journey. The destination is worth it in the end.

The Garden of Lost Secrets

Bowen has achieved success as a prolific romance author. While this novel is historical fiction framed around real events and directly inspired by real people, fundamental romance characteristics permeate the dual storylines.


Part psychological thriller and part police procedural, this novel reads like a TV series worth recording so as not to miss an episode.

Alias Emma

Perfect for a single-sitting read, Glass’s thriller (the first in a planned series) is an adrenaline-fueled tour of clandestine London. What’s next for Emma Makepeace? More, please.

The Secrets We Share

This suspenseful story will have readers careening from one erroneous conclusion to the next, which is either refreshing or an exasperating departure from predictable crime fiction, depending on one’s tolerance for twists.


Fielding pulls back the curtains of the neighborhood, allowing readers to spy on the neighbors as they spy on each other. As voyeuristically engaging as Hitchcock’s Rear Window, this psychological thriller elicits the page-turning urgency equivalent of trying desperately to see something just out of frame.

Lie Beside Me

Police procedurals can often be predictable and easy to solve for steadfast fans. Not this time. Without employing obvious red herrings or misdirection, Lodge prevents readers from becoming attached to any one theory. This plausible unpredictability is quite engaging.

The Sea Gate

Johnson (Court of Lions) conveys a strong sense of place in her historical fiction. The author describes this as a book about family secrets. Although secrets abound, this is also a novel of sacrifice, forgiveness, and redemption. Recommended for readers who value the journey, however harrowing, as much as the destination.

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