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A Small Affair

Collins avoids the sophomore slump with her second novel, a big win that positions her as an up-and-coming author with more tech-savvy stories to tell.

Night, Forgotten

An artfully crafted story about a disturbing topic, which Tozer manages sensitively as she leads up to one unforgettable twist that will leave readers gasping. Trigger warnings abound, yet hope springs eternal in Tozer’s telling.

The Circus Train

For readers who love a good circus, this debut keeps a long story on track, with a few hairpin turns to make it interesting.

The Widow

Told with Rouda’s signature first-person technique, this is a guilty-pleasure read, laden with silver-tongued politicians who revel in their duplicitous dance with the truth. It’s a deliciously diabolical take on marriage, politics, and the lies that bind.

The Blame Game

As the “he said/she said” roller-coaster plunges to a shocking finale, readers may wish for a bit more backstory on ancillary characters and their motivations. However, aficionados of Jones’s work will find this tantalizing psychological fare worth their time.

The World the Plague Made

Densely detailed but rich in erudition and startling new insights, this fresh look at the impact of the Black Death upon world history is a must for history lovers and plague afficionados alike.

Empires of the Normans: Conquerors of Europe

This researched and compelling history will be a welcome addition to history buffs.

The Village

With cagey plot twists, nuanced characters, and a pleasant young romance thrown into the mix, Mitchell’s thriller warms the heart as it tingles the senses.

These Toxic Things

Hall’s latest is a tech-savvy juggernaut of fear and paranoia, rendered quirky and original by the colloquial voice of its millennial protagonist. Some good advice before reading: Make sure the doors are locked.

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