I received one new book in my mailbox last week, called The Other Widow by Susan Crawford.
As the faces of three women become tightly entwined, layers of lies and deception begin to peel away, pushing them dangerously to the edge....closer ot each other....to a terrifying truth.
What goodies did you get?
On her twenty-first birthday, Maggie Owen receives an unusual birthday gift: a house. That same day, the house’s owner, her aunt, dies. For three years, Maggie has been fleeing her childhood demons: the deaths of her parents, estrangement from her terminally-ill aunt, and a betrayal by her best friend. But now her career on the road, following natural disasters in temporary insurance claims offices, ends abruptly as Maggie returns home to face her past. But why does the house hold a mysterious spell over her? Why does she have the persistent feeling that her aunt is haunting her? Why did her aunt lie to her about the circumstances of her parents’ deaths? Who is the ghost child that may be hanging around the house? And what’s with the guy next door who seems so hostile toward her? FOLLOWING DISASTERS is tightly woven ghost story that raises questions about legacies and their influence on our choices.
Maggie comes of age thanks to a painful set of circumstances which culminates in the reading of her late aunt's journal which just so happens to contain some surprising entries about her mother's past. Family secrets, illness, betrayal and loss, shift the story in and out of the present time, as Maggie moves into the house that she inherited from her aunt.
All in all it's a complex look at female relationships - sisters, mothers, daughters, friends. It's a book filled with believable characters, who befriend and also betray.
Prices/Formats: $9.99 ebook, $16.00 paperback Genre: Gothic, Horror, Ghosts Pages: 234 Release: October 1, 2016 Publisher: Outpost19 ISBN: 9781944853037 Click to add to your Goodreads list.
About the Author
Following Disasters is Nancy McCabe's first novel. She has also published four books of creative nonfiction, including Meeting Sophie: A Memoir or Adoption; Crossing the Blue Willow Bridge: A Journey to My Daughter's Birthplace in China; and From Little Houses to Little Women: Revisiting a Literary Childhood. She is a regular blogger for Ploughshares and has published work in Newsweek, Writers' Digest, Prairie Schooner, Gulf Coast, Fourth Genre, and other magazines and anthologies. Her work has received a Pushcart and six times made notable lists in Houghton Mifflin Best American anthologies.
My teaser comes from the book: Chasing Shadows by Karen Harper
Every case that Claire Britten cracks is a win, not only professionally but personally. The forensic psychologist has spent a lifetime fighting a neurological disorder, and her ability to conquer it is a testament to her razor-sharp intuition.
I won't say this again or try to push you on it , but I'm telling you, Jasmine's not a murderer.
It wasn’t all poodle skirts and rock ‘n’ roll. From its deceptively innocent beginning—two young teens exploring the riverbank and spying on “Crazy Haggerty’s” dilapidated house—through the intertwining story lines of paganism, murder and sexual violence, Stony River shows how perilous life was for some girls in the 1950s. Absent mothers, controlling fathers, biblical injunctions, teenage longing and small-town pretense abound. The threat of violence is all around: angry fathers at home, dirty boys in the neighborhood, strange men in strange cars, a dead girl and another gone missing.
The central mystery, inspired by the crimes of Robert Zarinsky as documented by Robin Gaby Fisher and Judith Lucas in Deadly Secrets (Newark Star–Ledger 2008), keeps the reader guessing until almost the very end, when the frightening truth is revealed. In this coming-of-age mystery, three girls learn who they are and what they’re capable of surviving—and forgiving.
Coming of age in the 1950s really wasn't such an innocent time to grow up. For three girls from small town Stony River, the darkness of domestic abuse, mental illness and incest completely enveloped their young lives.
Miranda was raised by her father in complete isolation, until he died, leaving her with their son to care for. Tereza runs away from an abusive household and at fifteen ends up marrying a mentally unstable boy. While Linda, living with two unhappy parents, really doesn't know the meaning of love.
It's an intriguing story filled with dysfunction—which in all fairness is a part of the human condition in every time period. For me, I thought it mirrored real life because the ending doesn't tie up all the loose ends. Overall, I found STONY RIVER to be an intense and worthwhile read.
Prices/Formats: $10.99 ebook, $15.95 paperback Genre: Crime, Historical, Coming of Age Pages: 320 Release: October 6, 2016 Publisher: Leapfrog Press ISBN: 9781935248866 Click to add to your Goodreads list.
About the Author
Tricia Dower confesses to smoking a river punk or two in Rahway, New Jersey, where she was born and raised by perfectly fine parents who did not keep her hidden in a spooky house. A graduate of Gettysburg College and a Phi Mu, she built a career in business before reinventing herself as a writer in 2002. Her literary work has crossed borders and won awards. She expanded a story from her Shakespeare-inspired collection, Silent Girl (Inanna 2008) into Stony River, which was first published in Canada (Penguin, 2012). Her novel, Becoming Lin (Caitlin Press), was released in Canada in 2016. A dual citizen of Canada and the United States, Dower lives and writes in Brentwood Bay, BC.
On the eve of the U.S. Bicentennial, newsman Coleridge Taylor is covering Operation Sail. New York Harbor is teeming with tall ships from all over the world. While enjoying the spectacle, Taylor is still a police reporter. He wants to cover real stories, not fluff, and gritty New York City still has plenty of those in July of 1976. One surfaces right in front of him when a housewife is fished out of the harbor wearing bricks of heroin, inferior stuff users have been rejecting for China White, peddled by the Chinatown gangs.
Convinced he’s stumbled upon a drug war between the Italian Mafia and a Chinese tong, Taylor is on fire once more. But as he blazes forward, flanked by his new girlfriend, ex-cop Samantha Callahan, his precious story grows ever more twisted and deadly. In his reckless search for the truth, he rattles New York’s major drug cartels. If he solves the mystery, he may end up like his victim—in a watery grave.
This mystery takes place during the U.S. Bicentennial—even though in 1976, the heroin trade is running rampant through New York City.
Taylor, a reporter, is assigned to report on the event, when an even bigger story lands in his lap when a woman's body is discovered in the river.
Almost immediately, he's told that the story has to be squashed. The bicentennial has to get good press.
But he doesn't take no for an answer as he tries to discover who murdered this woman. He knows it could be a big story for him concerning the drug trade, and he's not about to just let it go.
He's going to get to the bottom of this crime, even if New York's biggest event—ever—is about to take place in NY harbor.
Prices/Formats: $4.95 ebook, $15.95 paperback
Genre: Historical, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
Release: October 1, 2016
Publisher: Camel Press
ISBN: 9781603812115 Click to add to your Goodreads list.
About the Author
Rich Zahradnik is the award-winning author of the critically acclaimed Coleridge Taylor Mystery series (A Black Sail, Drop Dead Punk, Last Words).
The second installment, Drop Dead Punk, won the gold medal for mystery/thriller ebook in the 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPYs). It was also named a finalist in the mystery category of the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Last Words won the bronze medal for mystery/thriller ebook in the 2015 IPPYs and honorable mention for mystery in the 2015 Foreword Reviews IndieFab Book of the Year Awards.
"Taylor, who lives for the big story, makes an appealingly single-minded hero," Publishers Weekly wrote of Drop Dead Punk.
Zahradnik was a journalist for 30-plus years, working as a reporter and editor in all major news media, including online, newspaper, broadcast, magazine and wire services. He held editorial positions at CNN, Bloomberg News, Fox Business Network, AOL and The Hollywood Reporter.
In January 2012, he was one of 20 writers selected for the inaugural class of the Crime Fiction Academy, a first-of-its-kind program run by New York's Center for Fiction.
Zahradnik was born in Poughkeepsie, New York, in 1960 and received his B.A. in journalism and political science from George Washington University. He lives with his wife Sheri and son Patrick in Pelham, New York, where writes fiction and teaches kids how to publish newspapers.