February New Book Releases

The great aloneKristin Hannah – In 1974, what could be harder for 13-year-old Leni Allbright than having a dangerously unsettled Vietnam vet dad? Having him lose yet another job and decide to move the family to the Alaskan wilderness and live off the land. The summer of their arrival proves glorious and golden, but trouble comes with the winter snows, as supplies dwindle and Leni’s father becomes increasingly unbalanced.

Look for meLisa Gardner – The No. 1 New York Times best-selling Gardner assigns Det. D.D. Warren another case while bringing back once-victimized, twice-crusading Flora Dane from 2016’s Find Her. A family has been attacked, and the 16-year-old daughter is missing. Is she killer, kidnap victim, or lucky escapee?

The deceiversAlex Berenson – After a terrorist sting goes intentionally wrong, John Wells is not asked to investigate but to contact an old asset who has information to share: the Russians are planning to take over the U.S. government.

PoisonJohn Lescroart – So what if bookkeeper Abby Jarvis was embezzling funds from a business owned by the Carver family for four generations? It doesn’t mean she killed her boss, family patriarch Grant Carver. Coming out of semiretirement, series hero Dismas Hardy discovers lots of skeletons rattling about the Carvers’ capacious closets.

Surprise meSophie Kinsella – In blockbuster Shopaholic author Kinsella’s latest stand-alone, married couple Dan and Sylvie have been happy together for ten years. They’re both also really healthy; a doctor predicts that they’ll have another 68 years together. How can they keep their marriage exciting? (Check out the title for their plan.) And can they survive a secret from the past?

Wallis in loveAndrew Morton – Bessie Wallis Warfield, known as Wallis Simpson (1896–1986), has been labeled a one-dimensional villainess; an American divorcée whose marriage to Edward VIII led him to abdicate the throne in 1936. Morton (Diana: In her Own Words) seeks to flesh out a woman who preferred a veneer of well-honed lies to the stark truth. This book dives deep into Simpson’s childhood in Pennsylvania and the romantic relationships that shaped her life; revealing a complex, insecure, and immensely unhappy person who loved the royal title far more than her husband did, and who often used and cast aside friends. Morton strives to point out Simpson’s redeeming qualities, specifically how she wholeheartedly tried to prevent Edward VIII from abdicating, knowing what it would cost them both. Afterward, she was universally maligned, suffered death threats, and lived with ulcers for much of her life.

SunburnLaura Lippman – Our lovers meet in a small Delaware town; she’s a customer at a restaurant-slash-bar, and he’s sitting a couple of stools over. They make small talk, lightly flirtatious banter, and they wind up sharing an attraction. But here’s the thing: the bad girl, who calls herself Polly, has a past. And their meeting is no chance encounter; the man (it’s tempting to call him a patsy), Adam, has followed her to this small town. Why? For whom is Adam working? What secrets is Polly keeping hidden away? Lippman answers these questions, and several more besides, but in an especially tantalizing manner, parceling out information slowly, a bit here, a bit there, letting us spend some time processing a new revelation before dropping another one on us. Ingeniously constructed and extremely suspenseful, the novel keeps us guessing right up until its final moments.

The Tuscan childRhys Bowen –  In 1944, British bomber pilot Hugo Langley parachuted from his stricken plane into the verdant fields of German-occupied Tuscany. Badly wounded, he found refuge in a ruined monastery and in the arms of Sofia Bartoli. But the love that kindled between them was shaken by an irreversible betrayal.

Nearly thirty years later, Hugo’s estranged daughter, Joanna, has returned home to the English countryside to arrange her father’s funeral. Among his personal effects is an unopened letter addressed to Sofia. In it is a startling revelation.

Still dealing with the emotional wounds of her own personal trauma, Joanna embarks on a healing journey to Tuscany to understand her father’s history—and maybe come to understand herself as well. Joanna soon discovers that some would prefer the past be left undisturbed, but she has come too far to let go of her father’s secrets now…

Agent in placeMark Greaney – Greaney delivers nonstop action in this latest novel featuring the former CIA operative, now freelance assassin, known as the Gray Man. His latest assignment seems straightforward at first: kidnap the mistress of the Syrian president. Matters are complicated, though, when it turns out the mistress has given birth to a son, the only heir to the dictator’s throne, and the ruthless Syrian first lady and her trusted assassin plan to kill the heir’s mother.

The hushJohn HartThe New York Times best-selling Hart is the only author to win an Edgar for two consecutive novels, one of which was The Last Child.  Johnny Merrimon, that novel’s appealing young protagonist, returns here ten years later, seeking privacy by living in the wilds beyond the town rocked by Last Child’s tragedy. He’s still friends with Jack, who senses that there’s danger in those rugged surrounds that Johnny knows but won’t share.