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NEW READS FOR THE NEW YEAR

Three novels for your mystery-thriller appetite

BY BARBARA VAN DRIEL 
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The Sleepwalker (Doubleday, January 10, 2017) by Chris Bohjalian is a suspense-filled novel of deception and hidden desires from this New York Times bestselling author. While Warren Ahlberg is out of town, his wife Annalee goes missing one night. With her precarious history of sleepwalking, Annalee’s teenage daughters fear the worst. As a search party combs the nearby woods the morning after her disappearance, Warren returns home from a business trip. Enter Detective Gavin Rikert. With the police having discovered a small remnant of Annalee’s nightshirt hanging from a tree branch, the verdict seems grim: Annalee is dead. Detective Rikert catches the eye of the older daughter Lianna as he continues to stop by their Victorian home with more and more questions. Soon Lianna has some questions of her own. Why does the detective know so much about her mother? And why did her mother leave her bed only when her father was away? Where was her mother’s body if she died while sleepwalking? Delving into the strange world of parasomnia, a mysterious place between sleep and consciousness, The Sleepwalker is a wrenching novel from one of our most prolific authors.

Meet the author on Thursday, January 12.

Kelly Parsons has done it again! La Jolla resident and renowned MD returns with his second thriller, Under the Knife (St. Martin’s Press, February 7, 2017). When Morgan Finney’s wife Jenny dies from complications during surgery performed by Dr. Rita Wu, this emotionally fragile biotechnology tycoon vows to kill Wu just as he believes the doctor killed his wife. All alone, and fighting to save her sanity as well as her life,
Dr. Wu reaches out to her former lover, Dr. Spencer
Cameron. As they uncover Finney’s hideous schemings to ruin her reputation and destroy her, the two doctors are thrown together in a heart-pounding race against time.

Meet the author on Tuesday, February 7.

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Susan Meissner’s A Bridge Across the Ocean (Berkley, March 14, 2017) is another intriguing tale from the acclaimed local author of Secrets of a Charmed Life. WWII has come to an end, but the recovery has just begun for Annaliese Lange and Simone Deveraux. The German ballerina and the daughter of a French Résistance spy are two of the hundreds of other European war brides aiming to be reunited with their American husbands. As they board the RMS Queen Mary to cross the Atlantic, the two women share their secrets with each other. The voyage ends at New York Harbor with only one woman disembarking. Seven decades later, Brette Caslake encounters the two women’s tragic past aboard the Queen Mary, now believed to be haunted. Brette is on a quest to right an old wrong by solving a seventy-year-old tragedy. Along the way, she hopes that her own happiness can finally be achieved by drawing upon the heartaches and triumphs of these two courageous war brides.

Meet the author on Tuesday, March 14.

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