• The Family Chao

    The Family Chao

    Chang, Lan Samantha

    "The residents of Haven, Wisconsin, have dined on the Fine Chao restaurant's delicious Americanized Chinese food for thirty-five years, content to ignore any unsavory whispers about the family owners. Whether or not Big Leo Chao is honest, or his wife, Winnie, is happy, their food tastes good and their three sons earned scholarships to respectable colleges. But when the brothers reunite in Haven, the Chao family's secrets and simmering resentments erupt at last. Before long, brash, charismatic, and tyrannical patriarch Leo is found dead--presumed murdered--and his sons find they've drawn the exacting gaze of the entire town. The ensuing trial...

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  • The House Across the Lake

    The House Across the Lake

    Sager, Riley

    "Casey Fletcher has retreated to the peace and quiet of her family's lake house in Vermont. She passes the time watching Tom and Katherine Royce, the couple living in the house across the lake. One day on the lake, Casey saves Katherine from drowning, and the two strike up a friendship. But the more they get to know each other--and the longer Casey watches--it becomes clear that Katherine and Tom's marriage isn't as perfect as it appears. When Katherine suddenly vanishes, Casey immediately suspects Tom of foul play. What she doesn't realize is that there's more to the story than...

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  • The Summer Place

    The Summer Place

    Weiner, Jennifer

    "When her twenty-two-year-old stepdaughter announces her engagement to her pandemic boyfriend, Sarah Danhauser is shocked. But the wheels are in motion. Headstrong Ruby has already set a date (just three months away!) and spoken to her beloved safta, Sarah's mother Veronica, about having the wedding at the family's beach house on Cape Cod. Ruby has always known exactly what she wants, but as the wedding date approaches, she finds herself grappling with the wounds left by the mother who walked out when she was a baby. Veronica ends up facing unexpected news, thanks to her meddling sister, and must revisit...

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  • The Verifiers

    The Verifiers

    Pek, Jane

    "Claudia is used to disregarding her fractious family's model-minority expectations: she has no interest in finding either a conventional career or a nice Chinese boy. She's also used to keeping secrets from them, such as that she prefers girls--and that she's just been stealth-recruited by Veracity, a referrals-only online-dating detective agency. A lifelong mystery reader who wrote her senior thesis on Jane Austen, Claudia believes she's landed her ideal job. But when a client vanishes, Claudia breaks protocol to investigate--and uncovers a maelstrom of personal and corporate deceit. Part literary mystery, part family story, The Verifiers is a clever and...

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  • Fevered Star

    Fevered Star

    Roanhorse, Rebecca

    "The great city of Tova is shattered. The sun is held within the smothering grip of the Crow God's eclipse, but a comet that marks the death of a ruler and heralds the rise of a new order is imminent. The Meridian: a land where magic has been codified and the worship of gods suppressed. How do you live when legends come to life, and the faith you had is rewarded? As sea captain Xiala is swept up in the chaos and currents of change, she finds an unexpected ally in the former Priest of Knives. For the Clan Matriarchs...

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  • Cold, Cold Bones

    Cold, Cold Bones

    Reichs, Kathy

    "Freed from a heavy work schedule, Tempe Brennan is content to dote on her daughter Katy, finally returned to civilian life from the army. But when mother and daughter meet at Tempe's place one night, they find a box on the back porch. Inside: a very fresh human eyeball. GPS coordinates etched into the eyeball lead to an equally macabre discovery. Soon after, Tempe examines a corpse and her anxiety deepens. There seems to be no pattern to the subsequent killings, except that each mimics in some way a homicide that a younger Tempe had been called in to analyze....

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  • The Messy Lives of Book People

    The Messy Lives of Book People

    Patrick, Phaedra

    "Liv Green barely scrapes by to make ends meet, often finding escape in a good book. She can't believe her luck when she lands a job housekeeping for her hero, bestselling author Essie Starling. The last thing Liv expected was to be the only person Essie talks to, which leads to a tenuous friendship. When Essie passes away suddenly, Liv is astonished to learn that her dying wish was for Liv to complete her final novel. To do so, Liv will have to step into Essie's shoes. As Liv begins to write, she uncovers secrets from the past that reveal...

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  • Look Closer

    Look Closer

    Ellis, David

    "Simon and Vicky couldn't seem more normal: a wealthy Chicago couple, he a respected law professor, she an advocate for domestic violence victims. A stable, if unexciting marriage. But one thing's for sure ... absolutely nothing is what it seems. The pair are far from normal, and one of them just may be a killer. When the body of a beautiful socialite is found hanging in a mansion in a nearby suburb, Simon and Vicky's secrets begin to unravel. A secret whirlwind affair. A twenty-million-dollar trust fund about to come due. A decades-long grudge and obsession with revenge. These are...

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  • Reputation

    Reputation

    Vaughan, Sarah

    "Emma has sacrificed a great deal for her career--including her marriage and her relationship with her daughter, Flora. As a woman, she knows her reputation is worth its weight in gold, but as a politician, she discovers it only takes one slip-up to destroy it completely. When another teenager takes her own life, Emma lobbies for a new law to protect women and girls from the effects of online abuse. Then a man is found dead in Emma's home. A man she had every reason to be afraid of and to want gone. Fighting to protect her reputation, and determined...

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  • Hidden Pictures

    Hidden Pictures

    Rekulak, Jason

    "Mallory Quinn takes a job as a babysitter for Ted and Caroline Maxwell. She bonds with Teddy, a sweet, shy boy who is never without his sketchbook and pencil. His drawings are the usual fare: trees, rabbits, balloons. But one day, he draws a man dragging a woman's lifeless body. Then, Teddy's artwork becomes more and more sinister, and his stick figures quickly evolve into lifelike sketches well beyond the ability of any five-year-old. Mallory begins to wonder if these are glimpses of a long-unsolved murder, perhaps relayed by a supernatural force. Knowing how crazy it sounds, Mallory sets out...

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