From The Booking Desk:

Today is the day of the Solar Eclipse. Hopefully those of you that are interested has obtained your special viewing glasses. If you haven’t read Erin Kelly’s He Said/She Said, today would be the perfect day to start that one (since it is set during an eclipse).  And there are some other great books coming out today for your end of summer reading pleasure.

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Liz Nugent – Unraveling Oliver (Gallery/Scout, Hardcover, $26.00, 08/22/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

I was a huge fan of Liz Nugent’s book when it was first released in the UK a few years back. You can read the BOLO Books spoiler-free review of Unraveling Oliver to get an idea of why this novel is so special. Highly recommended.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

“I expected more of a reaction the first time I hit her.”

So begins Liz Nugent’s astonishing debut novel—a chilling, elegantly crafted, and psychologically astute exploration of the nature of evil.

Oliver Ryan, handsome, charismatic, and successful, has long been married to his devoted wife, Alice. Together they write and illustrate award-winning children’s books; their life together one of enviable privilege and ease—until, one evening after a delightful dinner, Oliver delivers a blow to Alice that renders her unconscious, and subsequently beats her into a coma.

In the aftermath of such an unthinkable event, as Alice hovers between life and death, the couple’s friends, neighbors, and acquaintances try to understand what could have driven Oliver to commit such a horrific act. As his story unfolds, layers are peeled away to reveal a life of shame, envy, deception, and masterful manipulation.

With its alternating points of view and deft prose, Unraveling Oliver is “a page-turning, one-sitting read from a brand new master of psychological suspense” (Sunday Independent) that details how an ordinary man can transform into a sociopath.

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Sophie Hannah – Did You See Melody? (Hodder & Stoughton, Hardcover, £12.99, 08/24/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

The BOLO Books review of Did You See Melody? ran last week. This book will be out in the US later this Fall, but for those that can’t wait, this week marks the UK publication date.  Another stunning standalone from one of the greats of crime fiction.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

Pushed to breaking point, Cara Burrows abandons her home and family and escapes to a five-star spa resort she can’t afford. Late at night, exhausted and desperate, she lets herself into her hotel room and is shocked to find it already occupied – by a man and a teenage girl.

A simple mistake on the part of the hotel receptionist – but Cara’s fear intensifies when she works out that the girl she saw alive and well in the hotel room is someone she can’t possibly have seen: the most famous murder victim in the country, Melody Chapa, whose parents are serving life sentences for her murder.

Cara doesn’t know what to trust: everything she’s read and heard about the case, or the evidence of her own eyes. Did she really see Melody? And is she prepared to ask herself that question and answer it honestly if it means risking her own life?

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Tess Gerritsen – I Know a Secret (Ballantine, Hardcover, $28.00, 08/22/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

I still miss Rizzoli and Isles on television, but fortunately they are still with us in written form. Another great entry in a classic series.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

Two separate homicides, at different locations, with unrelated victims, have more in common than just being investigated by Boston PD detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles. In both cases, the bodies bear startling wounds—yet the actual cause of death is unknown. It’s a doubly challenging case for the cop and the coroner to be taking on, at a fraught time for both of them. As Jane struggles to save her mother from the crumbling marriage that threatens to bury her, Maura grapples with the imminent death of her own mother—infamous serial killer Amalthea Lank.

While Jane tends to her mother, there’s nothing Maura can do for Amalthea, except endure one final battle of wills with the woman whose shadow has haunted her all her life. Though succumbing to cancer, Amalthea hasn’t lost her taste for manipulating her estranged daughter—this time by dangling a cryptic clue about the two bizarre murders Maura and Jane are desperately trying to solve.

But whatever the dying convict knows is only a piece of the puzzle. Soon the investigation leads to a secretive young woman who survived a shocking abuse scandal, an independent horror film that may be rooted in reality, and a slew of martyred saints who died cruel and unusual deaths. And just when Rizzoli and Isles think they’ve cornered a devilish predator, the long-buried past rears its head—and threatens to engulf more innocent lives, including their own.

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Danya Kukafka – Girl in Snow (Simon & Schuster, Hardcover, $26.00, 08/22/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

One of the most buzzed about debuts of the season, Girl in Snow is unforgettable. Danya Kukafka is an unusual name which is about to become much better known. And that cover is stunning!

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

WHO ARE YOU WHEN NO ONE IS WATCHING?

When a beloved high schooler named Lucinda Hayes is found murdered, no one in her sleepy Colorado suburb is untouched—not the boy who loved her too much; not the girl who wanted her perfect life; not the officer assigned to investigate her murder. In the aftermath of the tragedy, these three indelible characters—Cameron, Jade, and Russ—must each confront their darkest secrets in an effort to find solace, the truth, or both. In crystalline prose, Danya Kukafka offers a brilliant exploration of identity and of the razor-sharp line between love and obsession, between watching and seeing, between truth and memory.

Compulsively readable and powerfully moving, Girl in Snow offers an unforgettable reading experience and introduces a singular new talent in Danya Kukafka.