From The Booking Desk:

Later this week will mark the first day of Fall. Hard to believe the summer has flown by so quickly, but rest assured that there are still plenty of excellent books yet to come our way this year.  Just look at this week’s list alone.

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Sophie Hannah – Keep Her Safe (William Morrow, Hardcover, $26.99, 09/19/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

The BOLO Books review of Did you See Melody? ran a few weeks ago.  This is the same book, with the US title.  Just as I said then, this is a book and an author that you must read if you are a fan of complex psychological thrillers.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

Packed with twists and clues, simmering with tension, this electrifying new thriller shows why.

She’s the most famous murder victim in America. What if she’s not dead?

Pushed to the breaking point, Cara Burrows flees 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 at the front desk… but soon Cara realizes 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 natural 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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Kaira Rouda – Best Day Ever (Graydon House, Hardcover, $26.99, 09/19/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

I will be posting a review of this one later this week.  Another psychological thriller in the domestic vein from an author we are sure to be hearing much about.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

“I glance at my wife as she climbs into the passenger seat, and I am bursting with confidence. Today will be everything I’ve promised her…and more…”

Paul Strom has the perfect life: a glittering career as an advertising executive, a beautiful wife, two healthy boys and a big house in a wealthy suburb. And he’s the perfect husband: breadwinner, protector, provider. That’s why he’s planned a romantic weekend for his wife, Mia, at their lake house, just the two of them. And he’s promised today will be the best day ever.

But as Paul and Mia drive out of the city and toward the countryside, a spike of tension begins to wedge itself between them and doubts start to arise. How much do they trust each other? And how perfect is their marriage, or any marriage, really?

Forcing us to ask ourselves just how well we know those who are closest to us, Best Day Ever crackles with dark energy, spinning ever tighter toward its shocking conclusion.

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Kristi Belcamino – Gia in the City of the Dead (CreateSpace, Paperback, $12.95)

BOLO Books Comments:

Here Kristi Belcamion launches a new series. Sure to feature more of her writing trademarks, look for a review of this one in the near future.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

When Gia Valentina Santella’s parents died four years ago, she fled small town Monterey to pursue the high life in the big city where she could smother her grief by playing house in a luxurious high-rise apartment with sweeping views of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Armed with a hefty inheritance, it didn’t take long for Gia to carve out an empty life for herself in San Francisco, slumming at art school, racing her red Ferrari up and down the coast, and getting hammered at the city’s finest establishments.

Then one day, a letter comes in the mail and everything changes. The death of Gia’s parents was no accident. They were murdered.

Now, Gia must find who really killed her parents at the same time she’s frantically trying to keep one step ahead of the murderer who is now intent on making her his next victim.

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Ronald H. Balson – The Trust (St. Martin’s Press, Hardcover, $26.99, 09/19/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

This series as a whole may not be considered standard crime fiction fare, but this new addition is most definitely a mystery. Perfect for fans who like some history woven into their pleasure reading. Liam Taggart is a character to know and cherish.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

When his uncle dies, Liam Taggart reluctantly returns to his childhood home in Northern Ireland for the funeral―a home he left years ago after a bitter confrontation with his family, never to look back. But when he arrives, Liam learns that not only was his uncle shot to death, but that he’d anticipated his own murder: In an astonishing last will and testament, Uncle Fergus has left his entire estate to a secret trust, directing that no distributions be made to any person until the killer is found. Did Fergus know, but refuse to name, his killer? Was this a crime of revenge, a vendetta leftover from Northern Ireland’s bloody sectarian war? After all, the Taggarts were deeply involved in the IRA. Or is it possible that the killer is a family member seeking Fergus’s estate? Otherwise, why postpone distributions to the heirs? Most menacingly, does the killer now have his sights on other family members?

As his investigation draws Liam farther and farther into the past he has abandoned, he realizes he is forced to reopen doors long ago shut and locked. Now, accepting the appointment as sole trustee of the Fergus Taggart Trust, Liam realizes he has stepped into the center of a firestorm.

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Jane Robins – White Bodies (Touchstone, Hardcover, $24.99, 09/19/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

One of the most hyped debuts of the season, this suspense tale takes familiar tropes and molds them into something fresh and engaging.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

This chilling psychological suspense novel—think Strangers on a Train for the modern age—explores the dark side of love and the unbreakable ties that bind two sisters together.

Felix and Tilda seem like the perfect couple: young and in love, a financier and a beautiful up-and-coming starlet. But behind their flawless façade, not everything is as it seems.

Callie, Tilda’s unassuming twin, has watched her sister visibly shrink under Felix’s domineering love. She has looked on silently as Tilda stopped working, nearly stopped eating, and turned into a neat freak, with mugs wrapped in Saran Wrap and suspicious syringes hidden in the bathroom trash. She knows about Felix’s uncontrollable rages, and has seen the bruises on the white skin of her sister’s arms.

Worried about the psychological hold that Felix seems to have over Tilda, Callie joins an Internet support group for victims of abuse and their friends. However, things spiral out of control and she starts to doubt her own judgment when one of her new acquaintances is killed by an abusive man. And then suddenly Felix dies—or was he murdered?

A page-turning work of suspense that announces a stunning new voice in fiction, White Bodies will change the way you think about obsession, love, and the violence we inflict on one another—and ourselves.