The Trespasser, by Tana French

trespasserTitle: The Trespasser

Author: French, Tana (Author’s Website)

Genre: Police procedural, suspense

Bibliographic: Viking, 464 pages, Hardcover List Price $27.00, Audiobook List Price $38.50, Audiobook CD List Price $55.00 ISBNs 9780670026333, 9781524708672, 9780735221093

Publication Date: October 4, 2016

Rating: ★★★★★/♥♥♥♥♡ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Psychological, first-person narrative, complex, fast-paced, suspenseful, compelling, dialect-filled

Why I picked it up: I’ve read the first five books in the series, and loved all but one of them.

S.I.A.S.: Antionette Conway must solve the murder of Aislinn Murray, but the facts aren’t quite lining up.

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Hex, by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

hexTitle: Hex

Author: Olde Heuvelt, Thomas (Author’s Website)

Genre: Horror

Bibliographic: Tor, 384 pages, Hardcover List Price $24.99, Paperback List Price $15.99, , ISBNs 9780765378804, 9781466864580, 9780765378811

Publication Date: April 26, 2016

Rating: ★★★★★/♥♥♡♡♡ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Translation, disturbing, gruesome, descriptive

Why I picked it up:  I’d heard very good things about it, and liked the idea of a town just coming to accept something horrible in their midst.

S.I.A.S.: The residents of Black Spring are used to Katherine, a 300-year-old witch, wandering around, but some people want things to change.

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Underground Airlines, by Ben H. Winters

undergroundairlineTitle: Underground Airlines

Author: Winters, Ben H. (Author’s Website)

Genre: Alternative history, dystopia

Bibliographic: Mulholland Books, 336 pages, Hardcover List Price $26.00, Audiobook List Price $24.55, Audiobook CD List Price $40.00, ISBNs 9780316261241, 9780316268622

Publication Date: July 5, 2016

Rating: ★★★★★/♥♥♥♥♡ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Complex characters, intricately plotted, fast-paced, atmospheric, disturbing, dramatic, thought-provoking, compelling, stylistically complex

Why I picked it up: I wanted to read an alternate history, and I was intrigued by this one because it looked depressingly similar to the events going on in the news.

S.I.A.S.: It’s 2016, and the Underground Airlines are still helping slaves escape from the South — and it’s Victor’s job to find them.

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The Fifth Season, by N.K. Jemisin

5thseasonTitle: The Fifth Season

Author: Jemisin, N.K. (Author’s Website)

Genre: Science Fiction, Apocalyptic Fiction, Epic Fantasy

Bibliographic: Orbit, 512 pages, Paperback List Price $15.99, Audiobook List Price $23.60, ISBNs 9780316229296, 9780316324977

Publication Date: August 4, 2015

Rating: ★★★★★/♥♥♥♥♡ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Multiple perspectives, authentic, complex, world-building, compelling, gritty, lyrical

Why I picked it up: I’ve been making a point of reading novels that the Sad Puppies disapprove of, and when this one won the Hugo I bumped it way up on my list.

S.I.A.S.: Essun is on a quest to get her daughter back, even though the world is ending.

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March: Book 3, by John Lewis

marchbook3Title: March: Book 3

Author: Lewis, John (Author’s Website). With Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell.

Genre: Comics, autobiographical comics, autobiographies and memoirs, graphic novels, history writing, life stories

Bibliographic: Top Shelf Productions, 256 pages, Paperback List Price $19.99, ISBN 9781603094023

Publication Date: August 2, 2016

Rating: ★★★★★/♥♥♥♥♡ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Dramatic, compelling, black-and-white, dark, detailed, inventive, true

Why I picked it up: I devoured the first two books in the series in one sitting. I picked those up because I work for the House of Representatives and have always greatly admired Mr. Lewis, and wanted to know more about his experiences. I was there in July when he staged a sit-in on the House floor, and it really made me see him in a new light.

S.I.A.S.: Congressman Lewis concludes his autobiography of the Civil Rights movement with the Selma-to-Montgomery marches.

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In a Dark, Dark Wood, by Ruth Ware


Title: In a Dark, Dark Wood

Author: Ware, Ruth (Author’s Website)

Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

Bibliographic: Simon and Schuster, 353 pages, Hardcover List Price $26.00, Paperback List Price $16.00, Downloadable Audiobook List Price $17.00, Audiobook CD List Price $19.99, ISBNs 9781501112317, 9781501112331, 9781410484987, 9781501112324, 9781594139918

Publication Date: August 4, 2015

Rating: ★★★★★/♥♥♥♥♥ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Intricately plotted, fast-paced, menacing, compelling

Why I picked it up: I got the author’s second novel from the Book of the Month Club, devoured it, and immediately went out and got this, her first novel.

S.I.A.S.: Nora attends Clare’s bachelorette party, even though they haven’t spoken in years, and things go from strange to sinister.

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