BOLO – Week of February 19, 2017

From The Booking Desk:

It’s Monday and I hope that everyone is starting the week on a high-note. There are two excellent books I would like to highlight this week. Check them out, I don’t think you will be disappointed.

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Christine Lennon – The Drifter (William Morrow, Paperback, $14.99, 02/21/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

A Southern-gothic tale of female friendship gone awry – how can anyone resist.  Add in comparisons to Megan Abbott and M. O. Walsh and you can see why I think this is  book that will be a stand-out this year. Immerse yourself in this atmospheric gem.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

Megan Abbott meets M.O. Walsh in Christine Lennon’s compelling debut novel about a group of friends on the cusp of graduating from college when their lives are irrevocably changed by a brutal act of violence.

Present Day…

For two decades, Elizabeth has tried to escape the ghosts of her past…tried to erase the painful memories…tried to keep out the terrifying nightmares. But twenty years after graduating from the University of Florida, her carefully curated life begins to unravel, forcing her to confront the past she’s tried so hard to forget.

1990s, Gainesville, Florida…

Elizabeth and her two closest friends, Caroline and Ginny, are having the time of their lives in college—binge watching Oprah, flirting for freebies from Taco Bell, and breaking hearts along the way. But without warning, their world is suddenly shattered when a series of horrific acts of violence ravage the campus, changing their lives forever.

Sweeping readers from the exclusive corners of sorority life in the South to the frontlines of the drug-fueled, slacker culture in Manhattan in the ‘90s and early ‘00s, when Elizabeth is forced to acknowledge her role in the death of a friend in order to mend a broken friendship and save her own life, The Drifter is an unforgettable story about the complexities of friendships and the secrets that can ultimately destroy us.

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Clare Mackintosh – I See You (Berkley, Hardcover, $26.00, 02/21/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

By now, it seems that everyone has read Clare Mackintosh’s debut novel.  If you haven’t, here is the BOLO Books review of I Let You Go once again to convince you that you really must. This second stand-alone proves that Mackintosh is no one-hit wonder. The BOLO Books review of I See You ran when the book was originally released in the UK, but now readers worldwide can enjoy this tense tale.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

The author of the New York Times bestseller I Let You Go propels readers into a dark and claustrophobic thriller, in which a normal, everyday woman becomes trapped in the confines of her normal, everyday world…

Every morning and evening, Zoe Walker takes the same route to the train station, waits at a certain place on the platform, finds her favorite spot in the car, never suspecting that someone is watching her…

It all starts with a classified ad. During her commute home one night, while glancing through her local paper, Zoe sees her own face staring back at her; a grainy photo along with a phone number and a listing for a website called FindTheOne.com.

Other women begin appearing in the same ad, a different one every day, and Zoe realizes they’ve become the victims of increasingly violent crimes—including murder. With the help of a determined cop, she uncovers the ad’s twisted purpose…A discovery that turns her paranoia into full-blown panic. Zoe is sure that someone close to her has set her up as the next target.

And now that man on the train—the one smiling at Zoe from across the car—could be more than just a friendly stranger. He could be someone who has deliberately chosen her and is ready to make his next move…

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