So many books and so little time!

There are quite a few new titles by bestselling authors coming in soon:  Contraband by Stuart Woods, A Dangerous Man by Robert Crais, The Inn and The Warning, both by James Patterson, and True Believer by Jack Carr.   JP Delaney’s newest psychological thriller, The Perfect Wife, is just as suspenseful as her two previous titles (The Girl Before and Believe Me).  Another new title, which will keep you awake at night (at least it did me), is Alex North’s The Whisper Man, about a serial killer who whispers at his victims’ windows at nightDuring the three or four days that I was reading this book, I had to triple check my windows at bedtime!

Sandra Brown has a new title out, Outfox, as does Nora Roberts – The Welcoming.  Other new books coming in soon include Careful What You Wish For, a suspense novel by Hallie Ephron and Inland by Tea Obreht.  Inland is centered around the often-forgotten United States Camel Corps, the experiment in the mid-1800s with using camels in the Southwest.

Also out this week is The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware.  If you’ve read Ruth Ware’s previous books, then you’ll be familiar with her formula:  a young woman with a troubled past gets a too-good-to-be-true opportunity that turns out wrong.  This story involves a smart home, and it’s interesting to see how too much technology adds to the suspense of the story.  There are enough subplots throughout the story to keep the book interesting through to the end, although not all of them are resolved by the end.  This was not my favorite of her books.

On the nonfiction side, there is a new biography about Steve Ray Vaughan, which should be interesting reading for any Texas music fan.  Texas Flood: The Inside Story of Stevie Ray Vaughan by Alan Paul and Andy Aledort, gathers insight from Stevie Ray’s family, friends, girlfriends, and bandmates to tell the story of his life and music.

The two of the most interesting books out this week are Ellie and the Harpmaker by Hazel Prior and Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton.  Hollow Kingdom is a post-apocalyptic novel told by S.T., a Cheeto-eating, television-educated crow who sets out to save humanity from extinction, along with a dog named Dennis.  The dialog is hilarious (especially with the wild crows), the writing is very good, and you’ll find yourself rooting for S.T. and Dennis as they become unlikely heroes.  Please give this book a chance, even if it does seem to be a very far-fetched, crazy story.  Ellie and the Harpmaker is a charming story of unexpected love and hope.  It is also the story of how viewing the world through different eyes can be healing.  If you want to read the first five chapters, it is this week’s First Look Book Club.  Sign up at http://www.librarywebservices.com/firstlook/.

Please let me know if you have questions, book suggestions, or want to let me know what you think about any of the books I’ve mentioned:  sperry@uptexas.org.  Happy Reading!

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