The great thing about paperbacks is that you can bring them anywhere. Whether you are curled up on your couch or itching to read outside in the sun (six feet apart), a good book allows you to travel to exciting places. These new paperback releases are the perfect companion, no matter where you take them.
NYPD rookies and good friends Francis Gleeson and Brian Stanhope lead very different lives behind the doors of their neighboring homes. Their friendship—filled with secrets and hidden tensions—is also the start of a lifelong friendship between their children, Kate Gleeson and Peter Stanhope. But when a shocking tragedy takes place that reverberates over the next 40 years, loyalties are divided and bonds are tested.
One of the most beloved novels of the year, the 2019 Tonight Show Summer Reads pick and “magnificent” (NPR) New York Times bestseller offers “profound insights about blame, forgiveness, and abiding love” (People) about two neighboring families in a suburban town, the friendship between their children, the daily intimacies of marriage, and the power of forgiveness.
Francis Gleeson and Brian Stanhope, rookie cops in the NYPD, live next door to each other outside the city. What happens behind closed doors in both houses—the loneliness of Francis’s wife, Lena, and the instability of Brian’s wife, Anne, sets the stage for the explosive events to come.
“A beautiful novel, bursting at the seams with empathy” (Elle), Ask Again, Yes is a deeply affecting and “smartly told” (Entertainment Weekly) exploration of the lifelong friendship and love that blossoms between Kate Gleeson and Peter Stanhope, born six months apart. One shocking night their loyalties are divided, and their bond will be tested again and again over the next forty years. Heartbreaking and redemptive, Ask Again, Yes is a gorgeous portrait of a relationship haunted by echoes from the past, yet marked by tenderness, generosity, and grace.
How Small Moments, Family, and Forgiveness Inspired Mary Beth Keane to Write Her Beautiful Novel, Ask Again, Yes
Ruth Ware’s bestselling book follows a young woman named Rowan Caine, whose job as a live-in nanny has turned into a real-life horror movie. Writing her lawyer from prison, Rowan attempts to explain everything that went wrong and the tragedies that led them there. Rowan knows she’s guilty of many things that took place in the luxurious “smart” home, but murder is not one of them. Now, she’s doing anything it takes to clear her name.
INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
“A superb suspense writer…Brava, Ruth Ware. I daresay even Henry James would be impressed.” —Maureen Corrigan, author of So We Read On
“This appropriately twisty Turn of the Screw update finds the Woman in Cabin 10 author in her most menacing mode, unfurling a shocking saga of murder and deception.” —Entertainment Weekly
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Lying Game and The Death of Mrs. Westaway comes this thrilling novel that explores the dark side of technology.
When she stumbles across the ad, she’s looking for something else completely. But it seems like too good an opportunity to miss—a live-in nannying post, with a staggeringly generous salary. And when Rowan Caine arrives at Heatherbrae House, she is smitten—by the luxurious “smart” home fitted out with all modern conveniences, by the beautiful Scottish Highlands, and by this picture-perfect family.
What she doesn’t know is that she’s stepping into a nightmare—one that will end with a child dead and herself in prison awaiting trial for murder.
Writing to her lawyer from prison, she struggles to explain the events that led to her incarceration. It wasn’t just the constant surveillance from the home’s cameras, or the malfunctioning technology that woke the household with booming music, or turned the lights off at the worst possible time. It wasn’t just the girls, who turned out to be a far cry from the immaculately behaved model children she met at her interview. It wasn’t even the way she was left alone for weeks at a time, with no adults around apart from the enigmatic handyman.
It was everything.
She knows she’s made mistakes. She admits that she lied to obtain the post, and that her behavior toward the children wasn’t always ideal. She’s not innocent, by any means. But, she maintains, she’s not guilty—at least not of murder—but somebody is.
Full of spellbinding menace and told in Ruth Ware’s signature suspenseful style, The Turn of the Key is an unputdownable thriller from the Agatha Christie of our time.
Evie Cormac wasn’t always called Evie Cormac. Six years prior, she was found starving in a house in the aftermath of a terrible crime. Her identity remained a mystery. As Evie fights to be allowed to go out in the world on her own, the detective who discovered her all those years ago struggles with a murder case of a girl named Jodie, a teen figure skating champion. Cyrus and Evie battle their own demons, but they share something in common—they both have secrets. Evie’s is about Jodie’s death. And for Cyrus, solving Jodie’s murder is the only thing he thinks can save him.
Finalist for the 2020 Edgar Award for Best Novel
From the internationally bestselling author who Stephen King calls “an absolute master,” a fiendishly clever thriller about a dangerous young woman with the ability to know when someone is lying—and the criminal psychologist who must outwit her to survive.
A girl is discovered hiding in a secret room in the aftermath of a terrible crime. Half-starved and filthy, she won’t tell anyone her name, or her age, or where she came from. Maybe she is twelve, maybe fifteen. She doesn’t appear in any missing persons file, and her DNA can’t be matched to an identity. Six years later, still unidentified, she is living in a secure children’s home with a new name, Evie Cormac. When she initiates a court case demanding the right to be released as an adult, forensic psychologist Cyrus Haven must determine if Evie is ready to go free. But she is unlike anyone he’s ever met—fascinating and dangerous in equal measure. Evie knows when someone is lying, and no one around her is telling the truth.
Meanwhile, Cyrus is called in to investigate the shocking murder of a high school figure-skating champion, Jodie Sheehan, who died on a lonely footpath close to her home. Pretty and popular, Jodie is portrayed by everyone as the ultimate girl-next-door, but as Cyrus peels back the layers, a secret life emerges—one that Evie Cormac, the girl with no past, knows something about. A man haunted by his own tragic history, Cyrus is caught between the two cases—one girl who needs saving and another who needs justice. What price will he pay for the truth?
Emotionally explosive, swiftly paced, and “haunting…Robotham expertly raises the tension as the action hurtles toward the devastating climax” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).
In Minnesota in 1932, an orphan boy named Odie O’Banion flees the miserable Lincoln School, where hundreds of Native American children are sent to be educated. He takes along with him his brother, Albert; their best friend, Mose; and a girl named Emmy. The group journeys down the river during one fateful summer and meet more fascinating people than they could have ever imagined on their quest for freedom and connect with each other and the endless landscape of their country.
For fans of Before We Were Yours and Where the Crawdads Sing, “a gripping, poignant tale swathed in both mythical and mystical overtones” (Bob Drury, New York Times bestselling author) that follows four orphans on a life-changing odyssey during the Great Depression, from the New York Times bestselling author of Ordinary Grace.
1932, Minnesota—the Lincoln School is a pitiless place where hundreds of Native American children, forcibly separated from their parents, are sent to be educated. It is also home to an orphan named Odie O’Banion, a lively boy whose exploits earn him the superintendent’s wrath. Forced to flee, he and his brother Albert, their best friend Mose, and a brokenhearted little girl named Emmy steal away in a canoe, heading for the mighty Mississippi and a place to call their own.
Over the course of one unforgettable summer, these four orphans will fly into the unknown and cross paths with others who are adrift, from struggling farmers and traveling faith healers to displaced families and lost souls of all kinds. With the feel of a modern classic, This Tender Land is an enthralling, big-hearted epic that is “more than a simple journey; it is a deeply satisfying odyssey, a quest in search of self and home” (Booklist).
Spanning three generations, The Guest Book follows an old and powerful American family and the decisions and mistakes they made that affected lives far beyond their own. A love story, a family epic, and a thoughtful novel about time and the way history can change us, the book deftly tackles issues that people face in their everyday lives while coupling it with the fallout of major events for individual people and families. The book is a timeless look on American life, and the characters come alive in all of their respective decades.
It’s 1986, and eleven-year-old Nedda Pappas dreams of being an astronaut. Her father, a former NASA scientist, is still struggling after the loss of Nedda’s mother and newborn brother years before. In his grief, he creates a machine that extends Nedda’s childhood—with major consequences for the meaning of time. Decades later, when Nedda’s dreams come true and she goes to outer space, her crew encounters a life-threatening crisis—one Nedda can save them from, if only she can unlock her past and hurtle into her future. Thrilling and thought-provoking, the book examines the meaning of time and wonders what women can become when freed from the forces that restrain them.
At twenty-seven, John Glynn joined a summer house share on Montauk, Long Island, and hoped a summer at the beach would bring clarity. Plagued by a deep and hollow loneliness for as long as he could remember, John joined the house share in the hope of friendship and transformation. This bright and vivid memoir forces John to reckon with his fractured sense of self, and learn from the people around him, both in good ways and bad. Woven into a portrait of friendship and summer fun is a story of longing, finding home, and self-discovery.