After a long, sometimes cold winter, March is finally here! Alongside shamrock green and the first inklings of spring weather, this month also means a new batch of paperbacks have been released for your personal enjoyment. With a heavy emphasis on mysteries and psychological thrillers, this month’s novels are sure to get you excited. Check out the full list below for some new additions to your reading list!
There is a curious case of disappearances along Cutter’s Pass, a rafting and hiking trail behind The Passage Inn, where Abigail Lovett works. She’s been there for ten years, but only recently started wondering if those around her are hiding something. When the latest guest—Landon West, a journalist who is investigating the mysterious disappearances—goes missing, and his brother comes into town questioning what is truly happening in the North Carolina town, Abby finally decides it is time to start probing. With twists and turns that take you deeper into the eerie forest, THE LAST TO VANISH is a thriller that will keep you guessing.
INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
“This eerie thriller…can stand next to Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House and Stephen King’s The Shining.” —Booklist (starred review)
New York Times bestselling author Megan Miranda returns with a gripping and propulsive thriller that opens with the disappearance of a journalist who is investigating a string of vanishings in the resort town of Cutter’s Pass—will its dark secrets finally be revealed?
Ten years ago, Abigail Lovett fell into a job she loves, managing The Passage Inn, a cozy, upscale resort nestled in the North Carolina mountain town of Cutter’s Pass. Cutter’s Pass is best known for its outdoor offerings—rafting and hiking, with access to the Appalachian trail by way of a gorgeous waterfall—and its mysterious history. As the book begins, the string of unsolved disappearances that has haunted the town is once again thrust into the spotlight when journalist Landon West, who was staying at the inn to investigate the story of the vanishing trail, then disappears himself.
Abby has sometimes felt like an outsider within the community, but she’s come to view Cutter’s Pass as her home. When Landon’s brother Trey shows up looking for answers, Abby can’t help but feel the town closing ranks. And she’s still on the outside. When she finds incriminating evidence that may bring them closer to the truth, Abby soon discovers how little she knows about her coworkers, neighbors, and even those closest to her.
Megan Miranda brings her best writing to The Last to Vanish, a riveting thriller filled with taut suspense and shocking twists that will keep you guessing until the very end.
Beyond their mother-and-daughter relationship, Katy and Carol are best friends; but when Carol passes away, Katy struggles deeply to navigate life without her mom. In fact, almost immediately, everything begins falling apart as she questions her marriage, her life’s purpose, and her place in the universe. But once she lands in the Italian coast, on the vacation she had originally planned with Carol, everything starts to change when she meets a woman who feels eerily like a vibrant and healthy, thirty-year-old version of her late mother. A magical summer in Italy may be exactly what Katy needs to work through the grief and bring light back into her life.
INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
In this “magical trip worth taking” (Associated Press), the New York Times bestselling author of In Five Years returns with a powerful novel about the transformational love between mothers and daughters set on the breathtaking Amalfi Coast.
When Katy’s mother dies, she is left reeling. Carol wasn’t just Katy’s mom, but her best friend and first phone call. She had all the answers and now, when Katy needs her the most, she is gone. To make matters worse, their planned mother-daughter trip of a lifetime looms: to Positano, the magical town where Carol spent the summer right before she met Katy’s father. Katy has been waiting years for Carol to take her, and now she is faced with embarking on the adventure alone.
But as soon as she steps foot on the Amalfi Coast, Katy begins to feel her mother’s spirit. Buoyed by the stunning waters, beautiful cliffsides, delightful residents, and, of course, delectable food, Katy feels herself coming back to life.
And then Carol appears—in the flesh, healthy, sun-tanned, and thirty years old. Katy doesn’t understand what is happening, or how—all she can focus on is that she has somehow, impossibly, gotten her mother back. Over the course of one Italian summer, Katy gets to know Carol, not as her mother, but as the young woman before her. She is not exactly who Katy imagined she might be, however, and soon Katy must reconcile the mother who knew everything with the young woman who does not yet have a clue.
“Rebecca Serle is known for her powerful stories that tug at the heartstrings—and her latest is just as unforgettable” (Woman’s World) as it effortlessly shows us how to move on after loss, and how the people we love never truly leave us.
What if your memories could be shared through uploading them to a virtual platform where anyone could access them? Jennifer Egan’s THE CANDY HOUSE follows the development of Bix Bouton’s new technology, Own Your Unconscious, which does just that. Each chapter is told in a different style from a different character who lives in a different time period as they travel through memories. This novel is both a commentary on the pervasiveness of technology in our lives and an invitation to reflect on what it means to be human.
A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
ONE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES TOP TEN BOOKS OF 2022
ONE OF THE ECONOMIST TOP SIX BOOKS OF 2022
ONE OF ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY’S TOP TEN BOOKS OF 2022
ONE OF SLATE’S TOP TEN BOOKS OF 2022
ONE OF THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER TOP TEN BOOKS OF 2022
Also named one of the BEST BOOKS OF 2022 by Vanity Fair, Time, NPR, The Guardian, Oprah Daily, LitHub, Self, Book Riot, Vogue, Bookpage, The New Yorker, BBC, Vulture, and many more!
From one of the most celebrated writers of our time comes an “inventive, effervescent” (Oprah Daily) novel about the memory and quest for authenticity and human connection.
The Candy House opens with the staggeringly brilliant Bix Bouton, whose company, Mandala, is so successful that he is “one of those tech demi-gods with whom we’re all on a first name basis.” Bix is forty, with four kids, restless, and desperate for a new idea, when he stumbles into a conversation group, mostly Columbia professors, one of whom is experimenting with downloading or “externalizing” memory. Within a decade, Bix’s new technology, “Own Your Unconscious”—which allows you access to every memory you’ve ever had, and to share your memories in exchange for access to the memories of others—has seduced multitudes.
In the world of Egan’s spectacular imagination, there are “counters” who track and exploit desires and there are “eluders,” those who understand the price of taking a bite of the Candy House. Egan introduces these characters in an astonishing array of narrative styles—from omniscient to first person plural to a duet of voices, an epistolary chapter, and a chapter of tweets. Intellectually dazzling, The Candy House is also a moving testament to the tenacity and transcendence of human longing for connection, family, privacy, and love.
“A beautiful exploration of loss, memory, and history” (San Francisco Chronicle), “this is minimalist maximalism. It’s as if Egan compressed a big 19th-century novel onto a flash drive” (The New York Times).
Historical and cozy, this 1920s Indian murder mystery is solved by Kaveri Murthy—a highly educated and headstrong woman who challenges traditions with her strong sense of justice and affinity for mathematics—and her supportive sidekick-husband, Ramu. It begins at a seemingly innocent party, but, as guests dance the night away, a life is taken after a mysterious figure is spotted lurking in the garden. THE BANGALORE DETECTIVES CLUB gives audiences not only an unpredictable and captivating mystery to follow along with, but also a vivacious and tenacious detective to root for along the way.
A New York Times Notable Book of the Year
The first in a charming, joyful crime series set in 1920s Bangalore, featuring sari-wearing detective Kaveri and her husband Ramu. Perfect for fans of Alexander McCall Smith’s The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency.
When clever, headstrong Kaveri moves to Bangalore to marry handsome young doctor Ramu, she's resigned herself to a quiet life.
But that all changes the night of the party at the Century Club, where she escapes to the garden for some peace and quiet—and instead spots an uninvited guest in the shadows. Half an hour later, the party turns into a murder scene.
When a vulnerable woman is connected to the crime, Kaveri becomes determined to save her and launches a private investigation to find the killer, tracing his steps from an illustrious brothel to an Englishman's mansion. She soon finds that sleuthing in a sari isn't as hard as it seems when you have a talent for mathematics, a head for logic, and a doctor for a husband . . .
And she's going to need them all as the case leads her deeper into a hotbed of danger, sedition, and intrigue in Bangalore's darkest alleyways.
Hannah Jones did not know what to expect when the ultimate It girl, April Coutts-Cliveden, befriended her at Oxford, but it certainly was not April’s untimely death second semester of their freshman year. Ten years pass, and Hannah is happily married to Will—another member of the old friend group—and the man convicted for April’s death, John Neville, has just died in prison. However, in his wake, Hannah comes to understand that her old gang may have had much more to do with April’s death than John Neville did. Flashing back and forth from past to present, details about the group’s friendship start to be revealed, as well as the true nature of Hannah’s more-than-tumultuous relationship with April, which could better be described as one of “frenemies” than an actually healthy friendship. This is a psychological thriller that will have readers questioning whom they can actually trust and what lies are actually preventing the mystery from being solved.
The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the “claustrophobic spine-tingler” (People) One by One returns with an unputdownable mystery following a woman on the search for answers a decade after her friend’s murder.
April Clarke-Cliveden was the first person Hannah Jones met at Oxford.
Vivacious, bright, occasionally vicious, and the ultimate It girl, she quickly pulled Hannah into her dazzling orbit. Together, they developed a group of devoted and inseparable friends—Will, Hugh, Ryan, and Emily—during their first term. By the end of the second, April was dead.
Now, a decade later, Hannah and Will are expecting their first child, and the man convicted of killing April, former Oxford porter John Neville, has died in prison. Relieved to have finally put the past behind her, Hannah’s world is rocked when a young journalist comes knocking and presents new evidence that Neville may have been innocent. As Hannah reconnects with old friends and delves deeper into the mystery of April’s death, she realizes that the friends she thought she knew all have something to hide…including a murder.
“The Agatha Christie of our generation” (David Baldacci, #1 New York Times bestselling author) proves once again that she is “as ingenious and indefatigable as the Queen of Crime” (The Washington Post) with this propulsive murder mystery that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
“Protect her”—that is the last thing Owen Michael writes to his newlywed wife, Hannah, before his untimely disappearance. Owen was referring to her estranged stepdaughter, Bailey, who now has lost both biological parents. Losing Owen is one thing, but, as Hannah begins to discover, the situation is even worse: Owen is simply not the man she thought he was. Supposedly a tech company employee, Owen is actually wanted by the FBI, and the investigators reveal that nothing about him is true, even down to the name “Owen.” Hannah and Bailey must work together to sift through the clues and uncover the truth in this mystery-meets-thriller that explores the themes of family and relationships amid all the action.
From internationally bestselling author Laura Dave comes a riveting new suspense novel about a woman’s search for the truth about her husband’s disappearance—no matter the cost.
We all have stories we never tell.
Before Owen Michaels disappears, he manages to smuggle a note to his beloved wife of one year: Protect her. Despite her confusion and fear, Hannah Hall knows exactly to whom the note refers: Owen’s sixteen-year-old daughter, Bailey. Bailey, who lost her mother tragically as a child. Bailey, who wants absolutely nothing to do with her new stepmother.
As Hannah’s increasingly desperate calls to Owen go unanswered; as the FBI arrests Owen’s boss; as a US Marshal and FBI agents arrive at her Sausalito home unannounced, Hannah quickly realizes her husband isn’t who he said he was. And that Bailey just may hold the key to figuring out Owen’s true identity—and why he really disappeared.
Hannah and Bailey set out to discover the truth, together. But as they start putting together the pieces of Owen’s past, they soon realize they are also building a new future. One neither Hannah nor Bailey could have anticipated.
With its breakneck pacing, dazzling plot twists, and unforgettable characters, The Last Thing He Told Me is bestselling author Laura Dave’s finest novel yet, certain to shock you with its final, heartbreaking turn. This propulsive thriller with a heart is for fans of Liane Moriarty and Jojo Moyes.
In the midst of the Cold War, Martin Keller—an active member of the Manhattan Project who spied for the Russians during World War II—sits in a British prison until an exchange is initiated, fifteen years after his imprisonment. He is sent to East Berlin, traded for two American students who were caught helping people escape through the wall, but Martin is unsure what this exchange means for him, especially as it is linked to the KGB and the Black Market. He doesn’t want to continue making weapons; in fact, he simply wants to just take his son and escape the world. Joseph Kanon’s THE BERLIN EXCHANGE dives into the complexities of postwar Germany and brings a sense of thrill to the historical fiction genre.
From “the most accomplished spy novelist working today” (The Sunday Times, London), a “heart-poundingly suspenseful” (The Washington Post) espionage thriller set at the height of the Cold War, when a captured American who has spied for the KGB is returned to East Berlin, needing to know who arranged for his release and what they now want from him.
Berlin, 1963. An early morning spy swap, not at the familiar setting for such exchanges, nor at Checkpoint Charlie, where international visitors cross into the East, but at a more discreet border crossing, usually reserved for East German VIPs. The Communists are trading two American students caught helping people to escape over the wall and an aging MI6 operative. On the other side of the trade: Martin Keller, a physicist who once made headlines, but who then disappeared into the English prison system. Keller’s most critical possession: his American passport. Keller’s most ardent desire: to see his ex-wife Sabine and their young son.
The exchange is made with the formality characteristic of these swaps. But Martin has other questions: Who asked for him? Who negotiated the deal? The KGB? He knows that nothing happens by chance. They want him for something. Not physics—his expertise is out of date. Something else, which he cannot learn until he arrives in East Berlin, when suddenly the game is afoot.
Intriguing and atmospheric, with action rising to a dangerous climax, The Berlin Exchange “expertly describes what happens when a disillusioned former agent tries to come in from the cold” (The New York Times Book Review), confirming Kanon as “the greatest writer ever of historical espionage fiction” (Spybrary).
Books can be magical. This is definitely the case for Rintaro Natsuke, who inherits a bookshop when his grandfather dies and, in the midst of his loneliness, meets a talking cat named Tiger who needs his help. Rintaro embarks on adventures, per Tiger’s requests, where he learns valuable life lessons about exploring the world, as opposed to isolating oneself. As Rintaro’s self-confidence grows and reality begins to reflect his greatest idealistic dreams, THE CAT WHO SAVED BOOKS is truly a story of magic.
Love is truly blind for Arlo Dilly, who is a sheltered DeafBlind Jehovah’s Witness, pining for a girl he once knew back in his boarding-school-for-the-deaf days. He believes he has lost this love until Cyril, his new translator, presents an opportunity to find her again. This is not the only way Cyril changes Arlo’s life, as the translator is able to introduce Arlo to new ways of thinking that diverge from his religious upbringing. What could be regarded as a romantic novel is also a story of friendship and found family for Arlo, who finally has a companion in Cyril.
When a young DeafBlind man learns the girl he thought was lost forever might still be out there, he embarks on a life-changing journey to find her—and his freedom.
Arlo Dilly is young, handsome, and eager to meet the right girl. He also happens to be DeafBlind, a Jehovah’s Witness, and under the strict guardianship of his controlling uncle and unscrupulous Tactile ASL interpreter. His chances of finding someone to love seem slim to none.
And yet, it happened once before: many years ago, at a boarding school for the Deaf. Arlo met the love of his life—a mysterious girl with onyx eyes and beautifully expressive hands which told him the most amazing stories. But tragedy struck, and their love was lost forever. Or so Arlo thought.
After years spent nursing his broken heart, Arlo attends a writing class where a new unfiltered interpreter is assigned to him. Against the wishes of his guardians, the new interpreter provides Arlo with access to a world he had no idea existed. Memories from his past are unlocked. Soon he wonders if the hearing people he was supposed to trust have been lying to him all along, and if his lost love might be found again.
No longer willing to accept what others tell him, Arlo convinces his new best friends (his gay interpreter and a rebellious Belgian barista) to set off on a journey to learn the truth. Despite the many forces working against him, Arlo will stop at nothing to find the girl who got away and experience all of life’s joyful possibilities.
“Tender, hilarious and decidedly uplifting,” (BookPage), The Sign for Home is a “poignant…riveting” (Los Angeles Times), fresh and charming romance that you won’t soon forget.
Clare and Abby were longtime best friends, bonded by one summer night in which both girls ventured into the local haunted dwelling, Octagon House, and came out as changed people. Despite being well into their thirties and having lost contact, Clare’s presence is requested by Abby, right before she fell comatose after an attempt to commit suicide at the old Octagon House. Clare does not know what to do but to return to her childhood home and investigate the ghosts of the past to figure out once and for all what horrors Abby endured that night in their teenage years. It’s a haunting slow-burn that challenges the fearless and explores the unwavering effect that a childhood trauma can have on a life.
“An enthralling debut by a gifted storyteller!” —Wendy Walker, author of Don’t Look for Me
In this spine-tingling, atmospheric debut for fans of Jennifer McMahon, Simone St. James, and Chris Bohjalian, a woman returns to her hometown after her childhood friend attempts suicide at a local haunted house—the same place where a traumatic incident shattered their lives twenty years ago.
Few in sleepy Sumner’s Mills have stumbled across the Octagon House hidden deep in the woods. Even fewer are brave enough to trespass. A man had killed his wife and two young daughters there, a shocking, gruesome crime that the sleepy upstate New York town tried to bury. One summer night, an emboldened fourteen-year-old Clare and her best friend, Abby, ventured into the Octagon House. Clare came out, but a piece of Abby never did.
Twenty years later, an adult Clare receives word that Abby has attempted suicide at the Octagon House and now lies in a coma. With little to lose and still grieving after a personal tragedy, Clare returns to her roots to uncover the darkness responsible for Abby’s accident.
An eerie page-turner, Beneath the Stairs is about the trauma that follows us from childhood to adulthood and returning to the beginning to reach the end.
THE WORLD CANNOT GIVE follows a new student, Laura Stearns, who is obsessed with the book All Before Them, written by an alumnus of her new school, St. Dunstan’s Academy, and wants to live the same life described in her cherished novel. She joins in on the old-fashioned rituals she read about and becomes infatuated with the school choir and its intense, religious-fanatic leader, Virginia Strauss. Virginia rules the social sphere with an iron fist and passion for God, but when Virginia’s status is challenged, Laura must decide how far her devotion to Virginia can go. Capturing the insanity of cultlike behavior in an increasingly dark story, THE WORLD CANNOT GIVE is a wholeheartedly unique coming-of-age story.
The Girls meets Fight Club in this coming-of-age novel about queer desire, religious zealotry, and the hunger for transcendence among the devoted members of a cultic chapel choir in a prestigious Maine boarding school—and the obsessively ambitious, terrifyingly charismatic girl that rules over them.
When shy, sensitive Laura Stearns arrives at St. Dunstan’s Academy in Maine, she dreams that life there will echo her favorite novel, All Before Them, the sole surviving piece of writing by Byronic “prep school prophet” (and St. Dunstan’s alum) Sebastian Webster, who died at nineteen, fighting in the Spanish Civil War. She soon finds the intensity she is looking for among the insular, Webster-worshipping members of the school’s chapel choir, which is presided over by the charismatic, neurotic, overachiever Virginia Strauss. Virginia is as fanatical about her newfound Christian faith as she is about the miles she runs every morning before dawn. She expects nothing short of perfection from herself—and from the members of the choir.
Virginia inducts the besotted Laura into a world of transcendent music and arcane ritual, illicit cliff-diving and midnight crypt visits: a world that, like Webster’s novels, finally seems to Laura to be full of meaning. But when a new school chaplain challenges Virginia’s hold on the “family” she has created, and Virginia’s efforts to wield her power become increasingly dangerous, Laura must decide how far she will let her devotion to Virginia go.
The World Cannot Give is a shocking meditation on the power, and danger, of wanting more from the world.
Travel through time with THE WEDDING VEIL by Kristy Woodson Harvey and you will come to understand the separate but connected lives of four women of the same family line. In the present day, Julia Baxter is seconds from becoming a wife before she flees from her own wedding, while her grandmother, Babs, mourns the death of her late husband. A century earlier, Edith Vanderbilt is struggling with her goals of maintaining the Vanderbilt name as her daughter, Cornelia, dreams of running away to a simple life, far from fancy balls and familial responsibilities. These women are not only connected by a mysterious wedding veil but also by their desires and stories of love and family.
The New York Times bestselling author of Under the Southern Sky and the Peachtree Bluff series “brings her signature warmth and Southern charm” (E! Online) to this sweeping novel following four women across generations, bound by a beautiful wedding veil and a connection to the famous Vanderbilt family.
Four women. One family heirloom. A secret connection that will change their lives—and history as they know it.
Present Day: Julia Baxter’s wedding veil, bequeathed to her great-grandmother by a mysterious woman on a train in the 1930s, has passed through generations of her family as a symbol of a happy marriage. But on the morning of her wedding day, something tells her that even the veil’s good luck isn’t enough to make her marriage last forever. Overwhelmed and panicked, she escapes to the Virgin Islands to clear her head. Meanwhile, her grandmother Babs is also feeling shaken. Still grieving the death of her beloved husband, she decides to move out of the house they once shared and into a retirement community. Though she hopes it’s a new beginning, she does not expect to run into an old flame, dredging up the same complicated emotions she felt a lifetime ago.
1914: Socialite Edith Vanderbilt is struggling to manage the luxurious Biltmore Estate after the death of her cherished husband. With 250 rooms to oversee and an entire village dependent on her family to stay afloat, Edith is determined to uphold the Vanderbilt legacy—and prepare her free-spirited daughter Cornelia to inherit it—in spite of her family’s deteriorating financial situation. But Cornelia has dreams of her own. Asheville, North Carolina has always been her safe haven away from the prying eyes of the press, but as she explores more of the rapidly changing world around her, she’s torn between upholding tradition and pursuing the exciting future that lies beyond Biltmore’s gilded gates.
In the vein of Therese Anne Fowler’s A Well-Behaved Woman and Jennifer Robson’s The Gown, The Wedding Veil brings to vivid life a group of remarkable women forging their own paths—and explores the mystery of a national heirloom lost to time.
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