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New ‘Other Genre’ for April, this month features psychological thrillers

This month’s ‘Other Genre’ fiction category features psychological thrillers. These novels will ensure the reader is gripped in suspense, with at times moments of unease and menace. Highly recommended is Fever dream : a novel, translated from the Spanish by Samanta Schweblin

Syndetics book coverThe marriage lie / Kimberly Belle.
“Iris and Will have been married for seven years, and life is as close to perfect as it can be. But on the morning Will flies out for a business trip to Florida, Iris’s happy world comes to an abrupt halt: another plane headed for Seattle has crashed into a field, killing everyone on board and, according to the airline; Will was one of the passengers. Grief stricken and confused, Iris is convinced it all must be a huge misunderstanding. Why did Will lie about where he was going? And what else has he lied about? As Iris sets off on a desperate quest to uncover what her husband was keeping from her, the answers she finds shock her to her very core.”(Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverRattle / Fiona Cummins.
“A psychopath more frightening than Hannibal Lecter. He has planned well. He leads two lives. In one he’s just like anyone else. But in the other he is the caretaker of his family’s macabre museum. Now the time has come to add to his collection. Jakey Frith and Clara Foyle have something in common. They have what he needs for his collection. So begins is a terrifying cat-and-mouse game between the sinister collector, Jakey’s father and Etta Fitzroy, a troubled detective investigating a spate of abductions.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe trophy child / Paula Daly.
“Karen Bloom is not the coddling mother type. She believes in raising her children for success. Some in the neighborhood call her assertive, others say she’s driven, but in gossiping circles she’s known as: the tiger mother. Karen believes that tough discipline is the true art of parenting and that achievement leads to ultimate happiness. She expects her husband and her children to perform at 200 percent—no matter the cost. But in an unending quest for excellence, her seemingly flawless family start to rebel against her.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Roanoke girls / Amy Engel.
“Beautiful, rich, mysterious, the Roanoke girls seem to have it all. But there’s a dark truth about them that’s never spoken. Every girl either runs away, or dies. Lane is one of the lucky ones. When she was fifteen, over one long, hot summer at her grandparents’ estate in rural Kansas, she found out what it really means to be a Roanoke girl. Lane ran, far and fast. Until eleven years later, when her cousin Allegra goes missing and Lane has no choice but to go back. She is a Roanoke girl. Is she strong enough to escape a second time?” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBeneath the skin / Sandra Ireland.
“Taking a job in the studio of an Edinburgh taxidermist probably isn’t Walt’s wisest decision. Suffering from combat stress and struggling to outrun the demons from his past, he now finds himself confronted by the undead on a daily basis. His enigmatic boss, Alys, and her sister, Mouse, have their own uneasy relationship with the past. Someone doesn’t want to let them go. Can Walt save Mouse’s eight-year-old son, William, from becoming the next victim? And can he save himself?” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHe said / she said / Erin Kelly.
“In the hushed aftermath of a total eclipse, Laura witnesses a brutal attack. She and her boyfriend Kit call the police, and in that moment, it is not only the victim’s life that is changed forever. Fifteen years on, Laura and Kit live in fear. While Laura knows she was right to speak out, the events that follow have taught her that you can never see the whole picture: something and someone is always in the dark.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverExposure / Aga Lesiewicz.
“When up-and-coming photographer Kristin Ryder begins to receive anonymous emails, her life in a trendy loft in London’s Hoxton with ultra-cool street artist boyfriend, Anton, suddenly feels unsafe. The emails come with sinister attachments that suggest the sender has an intimate knowledge of Kristin’s past, and soon her life spirals out of control. Who can she trust? And will she be able to discover the sender’s identity before it’s too late?” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe black sheep / Sophie McKenzie.
“Francesca was widowed a year ago. Since then she has focused on her children, trying to soothe their grief as well as her own. Her husband and father never quite saw eye to eye but no one could have cared more for her in the past year than her close-knit family. Finally, she feels she might be ready to move on with life. Until she is contacted out of the blue by someone who says he must get information to her. That her husband’s death wasn’t what it seemed and that her family knows more than they say. Who can Francesca trust? What will happen to her if she puts her faith in the wrong person?” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWhirlwind / Hilary Norman.
“Liza Plain, a Boston-based journalist hoping for her big break, is dreading spending Christmas in Shiloh, Rhode Island, with her difficult grandfather, until news of the disappearance of a retired local priest triggers her realization that this could be linked to a series of unsolved, church-linked missing persons cases. Michael Rider used to be a decent man with a good life, but a past traumatic event with far-reaching consequences has left him dangerously close to breaking point. Now he is receiving strange emails from an organisation calling itself Whirlwind, offering him the chance to avenge himself on those who’ve done him wrong. Liza and Michael will both be in Shiloh on Christmas Eve. The night a raging blizzard seals off the town from the outside world.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Image from Amazon.comFever dream / Samanta Schweblin ; translated by Megan McDowell.
“A young woman named Amanda lies dying in a rural hospital clinic. A boy named David sits beside her. She’s not his mother. He’s not her child. Together, they tell a haunting story of broken souls, toxins, and the power and desperation of family.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Fiction Newsletter for May

Welcome to the Fiction Newsletter for May. We have selected some tempting reads from each of the different fiction genres in our recently received new titles. This month psychological thrillers are featured in our ‘Other Genres’ category, and along with new fiction from some very popular authors, choosing what to read first will be difficult, but all will provide hours of entertainment and pleasure.

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Contemporary fiction

There is some wonderful reading in this month’s selection of New Contemporary fiction, including yet another novel from the prolific writer Joyce Carol Oates. Titled Jack of Spades: a novel of suspense, it is highly recommended.

Syndetics book cover Glass : a novel / Alex Christofi.
“Glass is pure. Glass is transparent. Glass is sharp. Günter Glass, ex-milkman and aspiring window-cleaner, is certainly pure. And he’s pretty transparent. But the jury’s still out on how sharp he is. What naïve young Günter does have is a head for heights and, ever since he visited a glassblower’s workshop as a child, an unusual fixation with glass. When a minor adventure up the spire of Salisbury Cathedral makes Günter a local celebrity, John Blades – window-cleaner to the stars – comes calling. He wants Günter to join him in London to clean Europe’s tallest skyscraper, the newly constructed Shard in London Bridge. With his mother recently passed away, his dad retired and no money to pay off the mortgage, Günter takes Blades up on his offer and soon finds himself, for the first time, among the bright lights of London.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover The ladies of the house / Molly McGrann.
“On a hot July day, three elderly people are found dead in a dilapidated house in Primrose Hill. Reading the story in the newspaper as she prepares to fly to Italy, Marie Gillies has an unshakable feeling that she is somehow to blame. How did these three people come to live together, and how did they all die at once? The truth lies in a very different England, and in the secret world of the ladies of the house” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Jack of spades : a tale of suspense / Joyce Carol Oates.
“Andrew J. Rush has achieved the kind of critical and commercial success most authors only dream about: his twenty-eight mystery novels have sold millions of copies in nearly thirty countries, and he has a top agent and publisher in New York. He also has a loving wife, three grown children, and is a well-regarded philanthropist in his small New Jersey town. But Rush is hiding a dark secret. Under the pseudonym “Jack of Spades,” he writes another string of novels, dark potboilers that are violent, lurid, and masochistic. These are novels that the refined, upstanding Andrew Rush wouldn’t be seen reading, let alone writing. Until one day, his daughter comes across a Jack of Spades novel that he has carelessly left out and begins to ask questions. Then Rush receives a court summons in the mail explaining that a local woman has accused him of plagiarizing her own self-published fiction. Rush’s reputation, career, and family life all come under threat and unbidden, in the back of his mind, the Jack of Spades starts thinking ever more evil thoughts.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

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Graphic novels

This month’s new Graphic novels selection covered everything from horror to comedy. Also a new Steampunk Graphic Novel titled The Leaning Girl by Francois Schuiten.

Syndetics book cover Adventures of a Japanese business man / José Domingo.
“A Japanese businessman heads home after a regular day at the office. He doesn’t know it yet, but a long succession of strange and fantastical events is about to be thrown at him. Previously published in Spanish and French this won Best Book Award at the 2012 Ficomic Festival in Barcelona, Spain.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover The wicked + the divine. Vol. 1, The Faust act / Kieren Gillen, writer ; Jamie McKelvie, artist.
“Every ninety years, twelve gods incarnate as humans. They are loved. They are hated. In two years, they are dead.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover The leaning girl / Schuiten-Peeters ; photography by Marie-Françoise Plissart ; featuring Martin Vaughn-James ; translation by Stephen D. Smith.
“A freak mishap on a roller coaster leaves young Mary Von Rathen leaning at a perpetual 45-degree angle, to the embarrassment of her feckless parents, who ship her off to a boarding school. She runs away to join a traveling circus, where her slanting balancing act makes her a star attraction. A journalist who admires Mary’s performance tells her about a scientist who is developing a rocket to reach a planet whose gravitational pull might be responsible for Mary’s odd condition.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

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Mysteries

The new Mysteries this month include the latest novel from Donna Leon, titled Falling in Love. Don’t be fooled by the title, it is a mystery, as Commissario Guido Brunetti discovers.

Syndetics book cover Falling in love / Donna Leon.
“One of Italy’s finest living sopranos, Flavia Petrelli, once a suspect in the poisoning of a renowned German conductor. Years after Brunetti cleared her name, Flavia has returned to Venice and La Fenice to sing the lead in Tosca. Brunetti and his wife, Paola, attend an early performance, and Flavia receives a standing ovation. Back in her dressing room, she finds bouquets of yellow roses, too many roses. Every surface of the room is covered with them. An anonymous fan has been showering Flavia with these beautiful gifts in London, St. Petersburg, Amsterdam, and now, Venice, but she no longer feels flattered. A few nights later, invited by Brunetti to dine at his in-laws; palazzo, Flavia confesses her alarm at these excessive displays of adoration. And when a talented young Venetian singer who has caught Flavia’s attention is savagely attacked, Brunetti begins to think that Flavia’s fears are justified in ways neither of them imagined.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Gone / Rebecca Muddiman.
“Eleven years ago, troubled teenager Emma Thorley went missing. The police assumed she was a runaway. But now a body has been found in woods near Blyth. DI Michael Gardner knows he didn’t take Emma’s disappearance seriously enough back then, and is determined to make up for it now. But when he and DS Nicola Freeman start to reinvestigate, they discover that nothing is as simple as it seems. As news of the discovery travels, the past will come back to haunt all those involved. Because there are consequences when good people do bad things, and some secrets cannot stay buried for ever.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Insect Farm The insect farm / Stuart Prebble.
“When twenty-year-old Jonathan Maguire wakes up in a pool of blood and with a dead body beside him, his shock and grief quickly turn to panic. Being arrested for murder will prevent him from fulfilling the promise he made to his parents, that after their death he would take care of Roger, his mentally handicapped older brother. Roger lives in a strange and complex world of his own creation, populated by millions of tiny insects, his insect farm. As the police move in, it emerges that Roger may know far more than he has revealed.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

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Science fiction/fantasy

With new books in six on-going series, in this month’s new Science Fiction and Fantasy novels selection, deciding on three titles for this newsletter was difficult. Hopefully the choice made will provide some great reading.

Syndetics book cover The dead lands : a novel / Benjamin Percy.
“A super flu and nuclear fallout have made a husk of the world we know. A few humans carry on, living in outposts such as the Sanctuary, the remains of St. Louis, a shielded community that owes its survival to its militant defense and fear-mongering leaders. Then a rider comes from the wasteland beyond its walls. She reports on the outside world: west of the Cascades, rain falls, crops grow, and civilization thrives. But there is danger too: the rising power of an army that pillages and enslaves every community they happen upon. Against the wishes of the Sanctuary, a small group sets out in secrecy. Led by Lewis Meriwether and Mina Clark, they hope to expand their infant nation, and to reunite the States. But the Sanctuary will not allow them to escape without a fight.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Tamaruq / E.J. Swift.
“Book 3 in the Osiris project series. Fleeing from her family and the elitist oppression of the Osiris government, Adelaide Rechnov has become the thing she once feared, a revolutionary. But with the discovery of a radio signal comes the stark realization that there is life outside their small island existence. Adelaide’s worries are about to become much bigger. Meanwhile, as rumor spreads on the mainland, many head to the lost city of Osiris with their own devious objectives. But in a world where war is king and only the most powerful survive, there can only be one victor.”(Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Joe Steele / Harry Turtledove.
“President Herbert Hoover has failed America. The Great Depression that rose from the ashes of the 1929 stock market crash still casts its dark shadow. Despairing and desperate, the American people hope one of the potential Democratic candidates, New York governor Franklin D. Roosevelt and California congressman Joe Steele, can get the nation on the road to recovery. But a mansion fire claims the life of Roosevelt, leaving Steele, son of a Russian immigrant laborer who identifies more with the common man than with Washington D.C.’s wealthy power brokers. Achieving a landslide victory, President Joe Steele wastes no time pushing through Congress reforms that put citizens back to work. And most people welcome strong leadership… especially as Hitler and Trotsky begin the kind of posturing that seems sure to drag America into war.” (Adapted from Syndetics Summary)

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Other genres

Spine chilling and rapid page turning are all guaranteed with this month’s ‘Other Genres’ selection that features psychological thrillers.

Syndetics book cover The pocket wife / Susan Crawford.
“Dana Catrell’s life is in chaos. She’s married to a lawyer who makes her feel trivial, as if stuck inside his pocket like loose change. She’s also sliding toward the brink of insanity. Devastated by mania, part of her bipolar disorder, Dana finds that there are troubling holes in her memory, including what happened on the afternoon of her friend Celia’s death. She’s horrified to learn she’s the only other person with a key to Celia’s hours and the last person to see her alive. She and Celia had shared recipes and gossip, but not secrets until that final afternoon. Is murder on her mind, or is it all in her head? As evidence starts to point in her direction, Dana will use the clarity her mania brings her to fill in the blanks and clear her name before her demons win out.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Normal / Graeme Cameron.
“He lives in your community, in a nice house with a well-tended garden. What you don’t know is that he has an elaborate cage built into a secret basement under his garage. And the food that he’s carefully shopping for is to feed a young woman he’s holding there against her will-one in a string of many, unaware of the fate that awaits her. This is how it’s been for a long time. It’s normal and it works, perfectly. Then he meets the checkout girl from the 24-hour grocery and now the plan, the hunts, the room the others, he doesn’t need any of them anymore. He needs only her. But just as he decides to go straight, the police start to close in.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover The Cellar / Minette Walters.
“Muna’s fortunes changed for the better on the day that Mr and Mrs Songoli’s younger son failed to come home from school. Before then her bedroom was a dark windowless cellar, her activities confined to cooking and cleaning. She’d grown used to being maltreated by the Songoli family; to being a slave. She’s never been outside, doesn’t know how to read or write, and cannot speak English. At least that’s what the Songolis believe. But Muna is far cleverer and her plans more terrifying than the Songolis, or anyone else, can ever imagine.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

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New ‘Other Genres’ Fiction for May, this month featuring Psychological Thrillers

Psychological Thrillers are the featured selection for this month’s “Other Genres” category. They all provide spine chilling, rapid page turning reading. Highly recommended is the latest novella from the well-known author Minette Walters, titled The Cellar.

Syndetics book coverHow I lost you / Jenny Blackhurst.
“I have no memory of what happened but I was told I killed my son. And you believe what your loved ones, your doctor and the police tell you, don’t you? My name is Emma Cartwright. Three years ago I was Susan Webster, and I murdered my twelve-week-old son Dylan. I was sent to Oakdale Psychiatric Institute for my crime, and four weeks ago I was released early on parole with a new identity, address and a chance to rebuild my tattered life. This morning, I received an envelope addressed to Susan Webster. Inside it was a photograph of a toddler called Dylan. Now I am questioning everything I believe because if I have no memory of the event, how can I truly believe he’s dead? If there was the smallest chance your son was alive, what would you do to get him back?” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe honours / Tim Clare.
“1935. Norfolk. War is looming in Great Britain and the sprawling country estate of Alderberen Hall is shadowed by suspicion and paranoia. Thirteen-year-old Delphine Venner is determined to uncover the secrets of the Hall’s elite society, which has taken in her gullible mother and unstable father. As she explores the house and discovers the secret network of hidden passages that thread through the estate, Delphine uncovers a world more dark and threatening than she ever imagined. With the help of head gamekeeper Mr Garforth, Delphine must learn the bloody lessons of war and find the soldier within herself in time to battle the deadly forces amassing in the woods.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe pocket wife / Susan Crawford.
“Dana Catrell’s life is in chaos. She’s married to a lawyer who makes her feel trivial, as if stuck inside his pocket like loose change. She’s also sliding toward the brink of insanity. Devastated by mania, part of her bipolar disorder, Dana finds that there are troubling holes in her memory, including what happened on the afternoon of her friend Celia’s death. She’s horrified to learn she’s the only other person with a key to Celia’s hours and the last person to see her alive. She and Celia had shared recipes and gossip, but not secrets until that final afternoon. Is murder on her mind, or is it all in her head? As evidence starts to point in her direction, Dana will use the clarity her mania brings her to fill in the blanks and clear her name before her demons win out.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverNormal / Graeme Cameron.
“He lives in your community, in a nice house with a well-tended garden. What you don’t know is that he has an elaborate cage built into a secret basement under his garage. And the food that he’s carefully shopping for is to feed a young woman he’s holding there against her will-one in a string of many, unaware of the fate that awaits her. This is how it’s been for a long time. It’s normal and it works, perfectly. Then he meets the checkout girl from the 24-hour grocery and now the plan, the hunts, the room the others, he doesn’t need any of them anymore. He needs only her. But just as he decides to go straight, the police start to close in.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe third testament / Craig Russell writing as Christopher Galt.
“What if our future had already happened? All around the world, people start to see things that aren’t there, that cannot be, visions, ghosts, events from the past playing out in the present. To start with, the visions are unremarkable: things misplaced in time and caught out of the corner of the eye; glimpses of long-dead family or friends. But, as time goes on, the visions become more sustained, more vivid, more widespread. More terrifying. As the visions become truly apocalyptic, some turn to religion, others to science. Only one man, driven by personal as well as professional reasons, is capable of finding the real truth. But the truth that psychiatrist John Macbeth uncovers is much, much bigger than either religion or science. A truth so big it could cost him his sanity and his life.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe girl in the red coat / Kate Hamer.
“She is the missing girl. But she doesn’t know she’s lost. Carmel Wakeford becomes separated from her mother at a local children’s festival, and is found by a man who claims to be her estranged grandfather. He tells her that her mother has had an accident and that she is to live with him for now. As days become weeks with her new family, 8-year-old Carmel realises that this man believes she has a special gift. While her mother desperately tries to find her, Carmel embarks on an extraordinary journey, one that will make her question who she is and who she might become.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDangerous / Jessie Keane.
“Whatever the Cost, she would pay it. Coronation year: 1953. 15-year-old Clara Dolan’s world is turned upside down following the shocking death of her mother. Battling to keep what remains of her family together, Clara vows to keep her younger siblings, Bernadette and Harry, safe whatever the cost. With the arrival of the swinging 1960s, Clara finds herself swept up in London’s dark underworld where the glamor of Soho’s dazzling nightclubs sit in stark contrast to the terrifying gangland violence that threatens the new life she has worked so hard to build. Sinking further into an existence defined by murder and betrayal, Clara soon realizes that success often comes at a very high price.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThat girl from nowhere / Dorothy Koomson.
“ Clemency Smittson was adopted as a baby and the only connection she has to her birth mother is a cardboard box hand-decorated with butterflies. Now an adult, Clem decides to make a drastic life change and move to Brighton, where she was born. Clem has no idea that while there she’ll meet someone who knows all about her butterfly box and what happened to her birth parents. As the tangled truths about her adoption and childhood start to unravel, a series of shocking events cause Clem to reassess whether the price of having contact with her birth family could be too high to pay.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverA line of blood / Ben McPherson.
“Alex and his son Max find their next-door neighbour dead in the bath. It looks like suicide, but the police want to talk to Alex’s wife. Millicent married Alex for a work permit: that at least has become the myth. The truth is they married for love, but neither wants to be exposed as a romantic. They swear and smoke in front of their son, but that’s as far as their rebelliousness goes. The police question Millicent about a bracelet found at the neighbour’s house. She admits to a mild flirtation, nothing more. But Max knows things about his mother that no son should know, and he wants to share that burden with his father. Alex starts to wonder how close he came to losing his wife. Part of him is almost glad the neighbour is dead. Then the murder investigation begins.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Cellar / Minette Walters.
“Muna’s fortunes changed for the better on the day that Mr and Mrs Songoli’s younger son failed to come home from school. Before then her bedroom was a dark windowless cellar, her activities confined to cooking and cleaning. She’d grown used to being maltreated by the Songoli family; to being a slave. She’s never been outside, doesn’t know how to read or write, and cannot speak English. At least that’s what the Songolis believe. But Muna is far cleverer and her plans more terrifying than the Songolis, or anyone else, can ever imagine.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)


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