The Good Girl
Mary Kubica’s debut novel centres around a Mia, a young art teacher from a well-to-do Chicago family. One evening she disappears, apparently kidnapped, after leaving a bar with a man. The story is told from four different perspectives – Mia, Colin (Mia’s kidnapper), James, her mother Eve and detective Gabe, both of whom will stop at nothing to find her. However, things take a stranger turn when Mia returns, her memory completely lost. Publisher’s Weekly says “the novel’s structure and deep Midwestern roots, will encourage comparisons to Gone Girl. Unlike that dazzling duel between what prove to be a pair of sociopaths, this Girl has heart-which makes it all the more devastating when the author breaks it.”
This novel has been described as “a psychologically gripping descent into the eerie realm of drone warfare, led by one pilot’s risky quest to expose its darkest secrets”. It’s about Darwin, an ex-fighter pilot now a drunk, who’s haunted by his past and in particular an ill-fated drone mission in Afghanistan. He teams up with three journalist investigating the mission and the possible rogue intelligence operative who controlled it. A timely thriller.
You’re a big girl now
This is another really timely story, in fact it’s been called “a gripping, intelligent thriller that questions the morals and politics of America in the contemporary Age of Surveillance”. It’s about Isabel, a reporter who’s about to write a New York Times cover story about Obama’s unconstitutional surveillance of its citizens. After the article breaks she goes into hiding at her grandparents’ home. And whilst there starts to investigate her own family’s past. Her father who abandoned her as a child, was himself on the run from the government, one of the US’s most wanted. Intriguing. Sounds good!
Fives and twenty fives
This is a debut for ex-Marine Michael Pitre who spent time in Iraq and returned wanting to write about his experiences. The book is about a road repair platoon who fill in potholes in Iraq, looking for and defusing bombs. This is a task of constant risk and danger – the title refers to the five metres in every direction they scan looking for explosives. The story is set between their time in Iraq and current New Orleans, where the team reunites. It has received good reviews and has been praised for its unique telling of soldiers’ experiences.