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Jill

Karin Slaughter’s newest addition to her Will Trent series,The Last Widow, is an engaging book that throws the reader into the thick of the action from page one. This suspenseful novel opens when a CDC scientist is kidnapped while walking with her young daughter. A month later, while Sara Linton, a pediatrician/medical examiner, and Will Trent, an agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are visiting Sara’s family in Atlanta, there is a massive explosion at nearby Emory University. Another kidnapping ensues with guns a-blazing as a diabolic white supremacy group ensnares the unwilling victims into their horrific scheme. You will turn the pages quickly, so button-up for a ride through Karin Slaughter’s latest gripping work.

Pat T.

The Perfect Wife by JP Delaney is more than your typical thriller because the author has added a sci-fi element that makes the storyline creepy, yet intriguing. Tim Scott, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and founder of Scott Robotics, loses his accomplished, artistic wife Abbie to a surfing accident. Five years later, Tim creates a “cobot”—a companion robot that perfectly resembles Abbie in looks, personality, and voice, with uploaded memories of their perfect life together.

At first, Abbie is stunned to be revived and disoriented by the revelations of all she has missed in the last half-decade, but she soon adjusts to her life with Tim and their autistic son, Danny. Shortly after her creation, Abbie’s seemingly perfect marriage to Tim begins to show cracks, and Abbie questions whether her death was an accident. Could she really have left her son behind? What was Tim’s motivation for creating this replacement wife, anyway? Twists and turns make this a suspenseful page-turner with an ending that I didn’t see coming.

Abby

Some of my favorite books are oral histories where individual paragraphs and entries are made by different people providing their take on the same event or person. The book Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid follows the oral history format but is a novel. Daisy Jones & The Six was a band that hit it big but left fans bewildered when they broke up.

The band members have never before spoken publicly about their time together or the break-up, so the book is the first time their story is being told. Characters take turns sharing their memory of an event or time period, only to have it contradicted by another member in the next paragraph. The main characters are Billy and Daisy, who battle for control of the band, their hearts, and their demons. I listened to the book on audio and was hooked from the opening lines. And yes, a few times I drove out of my way just to keep listening. I highly recommend it!

Samantha

Calling all admirers of the Royal Family! Imagine another timeline where instead of being elected the first President of the United States, George Washington was given a crown—and you have stepped into the modern Washington Monarchy of American Royals, a new series by Katharine McGee. This glittering novel focuses on Princess Beatrice, the first female successor to the American throne, now that the inheritance laws from the 18th century have changed.

Heavy is the head that wears the crown and Beatrice must balance the weight of her country’s fate with each calculated step. The glamorous world of powerful European monarchies and captivating love triangles will satisfy your passion for reality television, soap opera fantasies, and inventive revisionist history in this YA novel about an American dynasty.

Pat S.

In Fleishman Is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner, we meet our protagonist Toby, a 40-something doctor, living and working in Manhattan. Recently separated from his uber-successful, career-driven wife Rachel, Toby is finding his way through single life and single parenting. In the plus column: Toby has been introduced to internet dating and quickly becomes obsessed. In the minus column: Rachel drops their son and daughter off for the weekend and FAILS TO RETURN.

Told in the third person by Libby, an old college friend of Toby's, Toby's post-marriage life begins to unravel. Struggling to understand what has brought him to this point, there are regressive tales from the past as he recalls falling in love and bitter, more recent recitations of anger and resentment. It is a remarkably intimate dissection of a marriage.

Fleishman's ease in writing about a certain echelon of New York society is spot on and readers might be reminded of Tom Wolfe. Yet unlike characters in a Wolfe novel, Toby, Rachel, and even Libby are three dimensional-neither all good nor all bad. They are, quite simply, human.

Baily: Note to Shelf, Jr.

Learn all about the amazing jobs that go into creating a video game from start to finish in If You Love Videogames, You Could Be… This is the first book in a new series perfect for young readers. From animators to programmers and translators, this book provides an overview of all of the information a budding game designer could want know. Each job has its own chapter and colorful illustrations are used to explain the detailed and hard work it takes to create just one videogame. I loved learning about the process and creativity needed during all stages of production in this wonderfully readable nonfiction.

Don’t miss even more amazing jobs in this series with If You Love Dolphins, You Could Be… which discusses potential careers working with sea life including aquatic veterinarians and marine biologists!

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