Here is a summary of some of the books I have read so far this year, in order of when I read them, not by favourites. I mostly like mystery novels, but hopefully you can find something that appeals to you in the reviews that follow.
Shari Lapena is the internationally bestselling author of the thrillers The Couple Next Door, A Stranger in the House, An Unwanted Guest, and Someone We Know, which have all been New York Times and Sunday Times (London) bestsellers. She lives in Toronto.
Stephanie and Patrick have their hands full with two colicky twin girls but aside from the sleep deprivation, Stephanie is happy until the day Erica, a woman from Patrick’s past, shows up and accuses Patrick of killing his pregnant first wife. Erica wants money to keep quiet, but Stephanie refuses to give into her threat. The case is reopened and Patrick is arrested. Stephanie doesn’t believe that Patrick would ever do something like that, but Erica is quite convincing.
Tarryn Fisher is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of nine novels. She currently makes her home in Seattle, Washington with her children, husband and Husky.
Juno is a homeless woman who takes an interest in Winnie Crouch’s family. One day she walks into Winnie’s house just to have a look and ends up being unable to leave. She finds a place to hide and becomes part of the house. She overhears Winnie and Nigel talk about a secret. Juno can’t help herself and gets involved. She wants to find out what happened all those years ago but in doing so, she unleashes a string of events that ends in a disaster.
Catherine Steadman is an actress and author based in London. She has appeared in leading roles on British and American television as well as on stage in the West End, where she has been nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award. She lives in North London with her husband and daughter. Steadman’s first novel, Something in the Water, was a New York Times bestseller with rights sold in over 30 territories.
British star Mia Eliot has landed leading roles in costume dramas in her native country, but she is looking for her big break and goes to Los Angeles to audition, hoping to become a household name. Instead, she gets dragged into the disappearance of another hopeful actress, Emily, who was auditioning for the same role as Mia. Emily had asked Mia a favour, which was the last time Mia saw her. Mia can’t shake the feeling that something bad has happened and is determined to uncover Emily’s whereabouts.
Hannah Mary McKinnon was born in the UK, grew up in Switzerland and now lives in Canada with her husband and three sons.
Lily is getting worried – she hasn’t heard from her boyfriend Jack, so she decides to call the police. Once they start investigating, they find out that Jack Smith doesn’t exist. Lily can’t believe that Jack has been lying to her this whole time, but she needs to know what happened to him, so she keeps searching.
Jack woke up on the beach, cold and with a head injury. As hard as he tries, he can’t remember what happened or who he is. He starts walking, hoping his memory will come back. He knows, instinctively, that he must return to Maine, where he may find answers.
These books and so many more are available at the Ottawa Public Library!
Sylvie Chartrand is a public service assistant at the Sunnyside branch of the Ottawa Public Library.