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Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig and Karen White Team Up for Their Third Collaboration

Their novel moves from the dark days of two World Wars to the turbulent 1960s. Three women with bruised hearts find refuge at Paris’s Ritz hotel.

UNCANNY VALLEY is a Prescient, Page-Turning Account of a Journey in Silicon Valley

At the height of tech industry idealism, Anna Wiener left a job in book publishing in her mid-20s for the promise of the new digital economy.

This Sweeping Yet Intimate Epic About One American Family is Now in Paperback

THE LAST ROMANTICS is an exploration of the ties that bind us together, the responsibilities we embrace and the duties we resent.

THE WILD ONE is the Fifth Installment in Nick Petrie's Thriller Series Starring Peter Ash

The war veteran tracks a murderer and his criminal family through the most forbidding and stark landscape he has ever encountered.

In HUNTER KILLER, Pike Logan Tracks Highly Trained Russian Assassins to Brazil

Forged in combat, the Russians are the equal of anything the Taskforce has encountered before, but Pike will stop at nothing to protect his family.

Latest Features and Contests


Bookreporter.com's Winter Reading Contests and Feature

At Bookreporter.com, we are kicking off 2020 with our sixth annual Winter Reading Contests and Feature. On select days between January 15th and February 20th at noon ET, we are hosting a series of 24-hour contests spotlighting a book releasing this winter (or a recently published title that we would like to get into your hands now) and giving five lucky readers a chance to win it. We also are sending a special newsletter to announce the day's title, which you can sign up for here.

Our next prize book will be announced on Tuesday, January 21st at noon ET.


Paperback Spotlight: THE LAST ROMANTICS by Tara Conklin

When the renowned poet Fiona Skinner is asked about the inspiration behind her iconic work, The Love Poem, she tells her audience a story about her family and a betrayal that reverberates through time. It begins in a big yellow house with a funeral, an iron poker, and a brief variation forever known as the Pause: a free and feral summer in a middle-class Connecticut town. The Skinner siblings emerge from the Pause staunchly loyal and deeply connected. Two decades later, they find themselves once again confronted with a family crisis that tests the strength of these bonds, forcing them to question the life choices they’ve made and ask what, exactly, they will do for love.


Bookreporter.com Bets On: LONG BRIGHT RIVER by Liz Moore

Mickey is a police officer who patrols the streets of Philadelphia, always on the watch for her sister, Kacey, who has an opioid habit and has been missing for a while. She is used to using Narcan to bring someone on a drug trip that went wrong back to life; it is all too familiar on her beat. She has seen Kacey almost die more than once. And she also has seen her on the street waiting to turn tricks for johns who cruise the neighborhood. Mickey’s past haunts her, but her love for her son drives her to stay safe and sane no matter what surrounds her. But then she starts to realize that things she believes in may not be true, and this well-plotted tale whips readers back and forth in many directions.


An Interview with J.P. Smith, Author of IF SHE WERE DEAD

“Amelie and Janet are in love with the same man: Janet's husband. One knows it; the other doesn't. Or does she?” That’s the intriguing setup for J.P. Smith’s eighth novel, IF SHE WERE DEAD, a psychological thriller that, according to Booklist, “compels attention to the final line.” In this interview, Smith talks about unreliable narrators, the art of slowly building suspense that grows until it’s almost unbearable, writing from the perspective of a female protagonist, and why he doesn’t read many thrillers.

Bookreporter Talks To...

As part of our mission to expand The Book Report Network, we have been shooting video interviews with authors. Carol loves interviewing authors, so this feels like a natural.

We are happy to share our latest "Bookreporter Talks To" interview with Liz Moore, whose new novel, LONG BRIGHT RIVER, is a "Good Morning America" Book Club pick and Carol's first Bets On selection of the year. Carol talked to Liz about her inspiration for the book, the origin of the title, the opioid crisis and lots more. Click here to listen to the podcast of this interview.

William Kent Krueger is a longtime favorite author of ours. He had a wonderful time chatting with Carol about THIS TENDER LAND (which released in September and is a Bets On pick), ORDINARY GRACE (another Bets On selection) and his Cork O’Connor series. Click here to listen to the podcast of this interview.

Cara Wall's debut novel, THE DEARLY BELOVED, is a Bets On pick, as well as a “Read with Jenna” Today Show Book Club selection. In this interview, Cara relays her writing experience in-depth with Carol, sharing her thoughts on cultural expression in the '50s and '60s, the controversial topics at the heart of her book, discussions she has had with book clubs, and more. Click here to listen to the podcast of this interview.

» See more video interviews on The Book Report Network YouTube channel here, featuring Whitney Scharer, Beatriz Williams, Sheila Weller, Heather Morris, Nelson DeMille and Alex DeMille, Karen White, Raymond Khoury, Patti Callahan, Linwood Barclay, Gilly Macmillan, Marjan KamaliFiona Davis, Shari Lapena, Mary Beth Keane, Sally Hepworth, Jean Kwok, Wendy Walker and Melanie Benjamin.

Latest Reviews

The city of Miami is Detective Tom Moon's backyard. He's always kept it local, attending University of Miami on a football scholarship and, as a Miami PD officer, protecting the city's most vulnerable. Now, as the new leader of an FBI task force called "Operation Guardian," it's his mission to combat international crime. Moon's investigative team discovers that the opportunistic "Blood Brothers" --- Russian nationals Roman and Emile Rostoff --- have evaded authorities while building a vast, powerful and deadly crime syndicate throughout Europe and metropolitan Miami. Moon played offense for U of M, but he's on the other side of the field this time. And as the Rostoffs zero in on a target dear to Tom, they're not playing by anyone's rules.

Mr. Nobody by Catherine Steadman - Psychological Thriller

When a man is found on a British beach with no identification and unable to speak, interest in him is sparked immediately. From the hospital staff who find themselves inexplicably drawn to him, to international medical experts who are baffled by him, to the national press who call him Mr. Nobody, everyone wants answers. Neuropsychiatrist Dr. Emma Lewis is asked to assess the patient in a small town deep in the English countryside. Emma left this same town 14 years ago and has taken great pains to cover all traces of her past since then. But now something --- or someone --- is calling her back. And the more time she spends with her patient, the more alarmed she becomes that he knows the one thing about her that nobody is supposed to know.

In 1925, Barnard student Zora Neale Hurston --- the sole black student at the college --- was living in New York, “desperately striving for a toe-hold on the world.” During this period, she began writing short works that captured the zeitgeist of African American life and transformed her into one of the central figures of the Harlem Renaissance. HITTING A STRAIGHT LICK WITH A CROOKED STICK is an outstanding collection of stories about love and migration, gender and class, racism and sexism that proudly reflect African American folk culture. Brought together for the first time in one volume, they include eight of Hurston’s “lost” Harlem stories, which were found in forgotten periodicals and archives.

Followers by Megan Angelo - Speculative Fiction

Orla Cadden is a budding novelist stuck in a dead-end job, writing clickbait about movie-star hookups and influencer yoga moves. Then Orla meets Floss --- a striving, wannabe A-lister --- who comes up with a plan for launching them both into the high-profile lives they dream about. Thirty-five years later, in a closed California village where government-appointed celebrities live every moment of the day on camera, a woman named Marlow discovers a shattering secret about her past. Despite her massive popularity, Marlow dreams of fleeing the corporate sponsors who would do anything to keep her on-screen. When she learns that her whole family history is based on a lie, Marlow finally summons the courage to run in search of the truth, no matter the risks.

On the eve of Evangeline’s wedding, on the shore of Winter Island, a dead whale is trapped in the harbor, the groom may be lost at sea, and Evie’s mostly absent mother has shown up out of the blue. From there, the narrative flows back and forth through time as Evie reckons with her complicated upbringing in this lush, wild land off the coast of Southern California. Evie grew up with her well-meaning but negligent father, surviving on the money he made dealing the island’s world-famous strain of weed, Winter Wonderland. Although her father raised her with a deep respect for the elements, the sea and the creatures living within it, he also left her to parent herself.

When Jack left Eleanor West's School for Wayward Children, she was carrying the body of her deliciously deranged sister --- whom she had recently murdered in a fit of righteous justice --- back to their home on the Moors. But death in their adopted world isn't always as permanent as it is here, and when Jack is herself carried back into the school, it becomes clear that something has happened to her. Something terrible. Something of which only the maddest of scientists could conceive. Something only her friends are equipped to help her overcome. Eleanor West's "No Quests" rule is about to be broken. Again.

A Longer Fall by Charlaine Harris - Dark Fantasy/Thriller

In this second installment of the Gunnie Rose series, Lizbeth Rose is hired onto a new crew for a seemingly easy protection job: transporting a crate into Dixie, just about the last part of the former United States of America she wants to visit. But what seemed like a straightforward job turns into a massacre as the crate is stolen. Up against a wall in Dixie, where social norms have stepped back into the last century, Lizbeth has to go undercover with an old friend to retrieve the crate as what’s inside can spark a rebellion...if she can get it back in time.

Lost Hills by Lee Goldberg - Thriller

A video of Deputy Eve Ronin’s off-duty arrest of an abusive movie star goes viral, turning her into a popular hero at a time when the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is plagued by scandal. The sheriff makes her the youngest female homicide detective in the department’s history. Now Eve has to justify her new badge. Her chance comes when she and her partner are called to the blood-splattered home of a missing single mother and her two kids. The horrific carnage screams multiple murder --- but there are no corpses. Eve has to rely on her instincts and tenacity to find the bodies and capture the vicious killer, all while battling her own insecurities and mounting pressure from the media, her bosses and the bereaved family.

Westwind by Ian Rankin - Thriller

In Europe, the Americans are pulling out their troops in a tide of isolationism. Britain, torn between loyalties to America and the continent, is caught in the middle. In America, a space shuttle crashes on landing, killing all but one of the crew on-board: a British citizen named Mike Dreyfuss, who will become vilified by the US press and protesters. Halfway across the world, at English ground control headquarters, Martin Hepton watches with dismay as they lose contact with the most advanced satellite in Europe. A colleague of Hepton's who suspects something strange is going on disappears. Hepton realizes there is much more at stake than anyone knows --- and many more people on their trail than they can possibly evade.

It doesn't take long for the students on Fielding campus to become obsessed with Hannah, Leslie and Jimmy. The three graduate students are mysterious, inaccessible and brilliant. After Simone --- young, bestselling author and erstwhile model --- shows up as a visiting professor, and after everything that happened with her, the trio only become more notorious. Love. Death. Revenge. These age-old tropes come to life as the semesters unfold. The threesome came to study writing, to be writers, and this is the story they've woven together: of friendship and passion, of competition and envy, of creativity as life and death.

A Madness of Sunshine by Nalini Singh - Mystery/Thriller

On the rugged West Coast of New Zealand, Golden Cove is more than just a town where people live. The adults are more than neighbors, and the children are more than schoolmates. That is until one fateful summer --- and several vanished bodies --- shatters the trust holding Golden Cove together. All that’s left are whispers behind closed doors, broken friendships and a silent agreement not to look back. But they can’t run from the past forever. Eight years later, a beautiful young woman disappears without a trace, and the residents of Golden Cove wonder if their home shelters something far more dangerous than an unforgiving landscape. It’s not long before the dark past collides with the haunting present and deadly secrets come to light.

Mia Graydon's life looks picket-fence perfect. She has the house, her loving husband and dreams of starting a family. But she has other dreams too --- unexplained, recurring ones starring the same man. Still, she doesn’t think much of it, until a relocation to small-town Pennsylvania brings her face to face with the stranger she has been dreaming about for years. And this man harbors a jaw-dropping secret of his own --- he's been dreaming of her too. Determined to understand, Mia and this not-so-stranger search for answers. But when diving into their pasts begins to unravel her life in the present, Mia emerges with a single question: What if?

Wealthy Rowland Sinclair, an artist with leftist friends and a free-wheeling lifestyle, reluctantly agrees to a charity race. He'll drive his beloved yellow Mercedes on the Maroubra Speedway, renamed the Killer Track for the lives it has claimed. His teammates are a young Errol Flynn and the well-known driver Joan Richmond. It's all good fun. But then people start to die. The body of a journalist covering the race is found murdered in a House of Horrors. An English blueblood with Blackshirt affiliations dies in a Maroubra crash. Reporters stalk Rowly for dirt while bookmakers are after an edge. When someone takes a shot at him, it could be anyone. Then the police arrest one of Rowly's housemates for murder.