NEW YEAR, EXCITING NEW BOOKS TO READ
I don’t know about you, but I get excited at the prospect of reading new books. Not that I need more books to read as I have about 80 titles on my to-be-read list which will keep me busy for the next year. But I can’t help myself - when I read reviews of new interesting books I just have to add them to my list. Just the first few months of 2014 offers some hot reading prospects.
This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash is definitely going on my list because I loved his first novel, A Land More Kind than Home, one of my favorite books read for my book club in 2013. Cash returns to western North Carolina in his new novel threaded through with the themes of love, reparation and vengeance. When their mother dies, 12-year-old Easter and her 6-year-old sister, Ruby, enter foster care, but their father, Wade, suddenly comes back into their lives, stealing them from their new foster home. Brady Weller, the girls’ court-appointed guardian, searches for Wade. He finds out Wade is connected to a recent armored car robbery with $14.5 million missing. But Brady is not the only one after Wade. Robert Pruitt, a shady character who holds a long-time grudge against him, is also on the hunt for Wade to claim what Pruitt thinks is owed to him. Narrated alternately by Easter, Brady and Pruitt, Cash gives us a story focused on the powerful bond of family and the irresistible urge to run from the past.
Sonja Condit’s first novel, Starter House, promises to be an enthralling read. Lacey finds her dream house, or so she thinks. Having grown up with her capricious mother, a psychic, a pregnant Lacey is focused on giving her baby a secure life. But soon after Lacey and her husband, Eric, move in, she senses an evil, frightening presence that wants to hurt her baby. When she is alone, she also sees Drew, a little boy with a demanding, tempestuous personality. To protect her family, Lacey sets out to uncover the truth about the house and Drew and confront the evil that is poisoning her dream house. Fans of creepy, entrancing tales like The Thirteenth Tale should love Starter House.
Shovel Ready by Adam Sternbergh is a first novel that manages to be near-future apocalyptic and neo-noir at the same time, featuring a garbage-man-turned-hit-man. It’s set in a New York City where the rich have retreated into a virtual reality of luxury while the rest of the city goes to pot. But Spademan worked in sanitation before everything fell apart, and he keeps on cleaning up – other people’s messes and his own. Plot twists abound along with sharp writing, making for an exciting reading experience.
Grab one of these novels and discover some new books for 2014. You just might find a new favorite amongst them.
(I am reading Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers right now. What are you reading?)