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The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal

“A lush, evocative Gothic.”
The New York Times Book Review

“This terrifically exciting novel will jolt, thrill, and bewitch readers.”
Booklist, starred review

“A sharp, scary, gorgeously evocative tale of love, art, and obsession.”
—Paula Hawkins, bestselling author of The Girl on the Train

“A stunningly confident first novel with a real sense of period and place...thoroughly engrossing.”
—Ian Rankin, New York Times bestselling author of Rather Be the Devil

“Delightfully creepy...magical storytelling.”
The Washington Post

“Talented debut novelist Macneal drops readers right into a Victorian London that’s home to stinking squalor and chaos, but also significant beauty and possibility. Midway through, readers won’t know if they're holding a romance, tragedy, or murder mystery, but won’t pause long enough to wonder about it as Iris rails against the limitations of her gender and social status, and Silas’ creepiness comes into sharp focus… This terrifically exciting, chiaroscuro novel became an instant bestseller in England, with TV rights already sold, and will jolt, thrill, and bewitch U.S. readers, too.”
Booklist (starred review)

Little Disasters by Sarah Vaughan

“Taut, clever, compelling, and guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat.”
Paula Hawkins, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Girl on the Train and Into the Water

“Compelling, beautifully written, so perceptive and emotionally devastating. Like Anatomy of a Scandal, it feels like an important book as well as a brilliant read.”
—Lucy Foley, New York Times bestselling author of The Guest List

“Each character is brilliantly drawn, and the book delivers surprise after surprise.”
—Claire Fuller, author of Bitter Orange

“A true psychological thriller shows us, as all the best ones do, that the scariest place is not the dark alleyway but inside the pathways of our own minds.”
—Araminta Hall, author of Our Kind of Cruelty

“Will have parents—in fact, all readers—turning the pages deep into the night.”
—Louise Candlish, author of Those People

“Vaughan's intense novel digs into universal issues: the strains of motherhood, tests of friendship, sources of obsession, and the rewards of forgiveness. For those legions of readers who like edgy, contemporary tales.”

“This thrilling and emotional depiction of family drama, friendship and trust will have you on the edge of your seat.”

“Powerful and compelling, the prose gets to the heart of parenting as well as self-doubt, anxiety, and heartbreak.”
New York Journal of Books

You by Caroline Kepnes

**Now a Netflix series**

“Hypnotic and scary...never read anything quite like it.”
—Stephen King

“Chilling...[Kepnes' You] will have readers looking over their shoulders.”
—Publishers Weekly

“A deeply dark yet mesmerizing first novel of two people caught in a romantic tangle with an ever-tightening knot.”

“You think you know the story: girl meets boy, boy turns out to be a murderous stalker. US journalist Kepnes' debut is a fantastically creepy thriller...the kind of book you put your life on hold for.”

—Entertainment Weekly

Near Dark by Brad Thor

Instant #1 New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestseller

“Fast-paced...pulse-pounding...supremely entertaining…His best ever.”
The Washington Times

“If you love thrillers…if you’ve ever read a thriller you enjoyed…if you think you *might* like a thriller…you HAVE to order Brad Thor’s Near Dark. This might be the single greatest thriller I’ve covered on The Real Book Spy. It’s amazing!”

The Real Book Spy

“Not since Ian Fleming rendered James Bond a mere shell of himself in the wake of From Russia, With Love has an author pushed an icon to such depths.”
—Providence Journal

“Brad Thor has mastered the art of the thriller cliffhanger.”
—New York Journal of Books

“Brad Thor thrills yet again with Near Dark.”
—The San Diego Tribune

The Dirty South by John Connolly

Instant New York Times Bestseller

“Mr. Connolly’s slam-bang thriller is studded with memorable characters and boasts cliffhangers within cliffhangers.”
—The Wall Street Journal

“Brilliant...Connolly is writing at the top of his game.”
—Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A most satisfying read for crime buffs.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“In The Dirty South, we find Connolly weaving together Southern Gothic with Irish Noir for another great supernatural thriller.”
CrimeReads, “The Most Anticipated Crime Books of 2020”

“There’s no denying this one is a hell of a tale: dark, haunting, and beautifully told...the book is required reading.”

Once Upon A River by Diane Setterfield

“One of the most pleasurable and satisfying new books I've read in a long time. Setterfield is a master storyteller...swift and entrancing, profound and beautiful.”
—Madeline Miller, internationally bestselling author of Circe and The Song of Achilles

“A beguiling tale, full of twists and turns like the river at its heart, and just as rich and intriguing.”
M.L. Stedman, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Light Between Oceans

“This is magical, bewitching storytelling...High prose expressed with rare clarity, story for the unashamed sake of story, a kind of moral dreaminess…well, the list continues to grow.”
Jim Crace, National Book Critics Circle winner and author of Being Dead and Harvest

“I was completely spellbound by this book. Numerous strands of the same story are skillfully woven into a magical web from which I, as a reader, had no desire to escape. Setterfield’s prose is beautiful, dark and eerily atmospheric, and her rich cast of characters convincingly illustrate the best and worst of humanity. Utterly brilliant!”
—Ruth Hogan, internationally bestselling author of The Keeper of Lost Things and The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes

Once Upon a River is a delight, just marvelous. I devoured it in gulps.”
—Jo Baker, internationally bestselling author of Longbourn

Once Upon A River succeeds in doing what you hope every book will do—pull you in from the first page, hold you captive in the middle, then leave you satisfied and thoughtful at the end. I loved it.”
—Renee Knight, critically-acclaimed author of Disclaimer

“Diane Setterfield has created a true reading experience. Once Upon a River is the story of three missing girls and three desperate families all set against the Thames and woven together with magic, mystery, and mayhem. It is beautiful and heartbreaking and altogether wondrous. Simply put, it is a joy to read."
—Ariel Lawhon, author of I Was Anastasia

“Setterfield fills this richly layered plot with a fascinating cast of memorable characters who weave in and out of each other's lives.”

“The heart of the story are the relationships that twist and turn, as if they also follow the river.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Setterfield masterfully assembles an ensemble of wounded, vulnerable characters who, nevertheless, live by the slimmest margins of hopehope that springs from family, from the search for meaning, from people's decency to strangers, from the belief that truth heals and sets one free...Celebrates the timeless secrets of life, death and imagination—and the enduring power of words. Fans, rejoice!”
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Lethal Agent by Vince Flynn

“The writing is stellar, and the action is nonstop, as always, continuing the legacy that makes the Rapp series the best of the best when it comes to the world of special ops.”
Booklist (starred review)

“Mitch Rapp is the hero we need, maybe now more than ever.”
—The Real Book Spy

Savage Son by Jack Carr

“A great’s f*cking riveting!”
Joe Rogan

“A rare gut-punch writer, full of grit and insight, who we will be happily reading for years to come.”
—Gregg Hurwitz, New York Times bestselling author of the Orphan X series

“Absolutely fantastic! Savage Son is savagely good, and puts Jack Carr at the very top of the thriller genre.”
—Marc Cameron, New York Times bestselling author

“A badass, high velocity round of reading! The three parts of this masterfully crafted experience says it all—THE TRAP, THE STALK, THE KILL.”
—Clint Emerson, former Navy SEAL and New York Times bestselling author of 100 Deadly Skills and The Right Kind of Crazy

“Impressive...Carr is best when bullets are flying. Vince Flynn fans will enjoy the explosive action.”
—Publishers Weekly

Musical Chairs by Amy Poeppel

“A fiercely funny tale of family, friendship, and later-in-life love.”

“Poeppel has created a story that is well thought out, well plotted, well written, and fully developed. A delightful novel that celebrates the messiness and joy to be found in real life.”
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“A hilariously heartfelt, witty novel.”
Woman's World

“What kind of writer is Amy Poeppel? Warm, generous, funny, and full of surprises. In her third novel, a large, musical family (and their many friends, lovers, and groundskeepers) assemble in the shabby chicest corner of rural Connecticut over the course of one long, hot summer. What ensues is part classical French farce, part touching family comedy, and 100% page-turning delight. Cue up some chamber music, pull out a lawn chair, and prepare to binge read this gleefully entertaining novel.”
—Stephen McCauley, author of My Ex-Life

“In this funny, profound, and brilliantly alive novel about all the messy, wise and wonderful chords that love can strike in our lives, Poeppel gathers together fathers and daughters, old flames and new sparks, music, writing and gardening, to explore what it really means to feel at home, and how life can open you up in ways you never saw coming. Set against the backdrops of Manhattan and the Connecticut countryside, Musical Chairs is profound, delicious and soul-stirring.”
—Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You and Is This Tomorrow

“Full of Poeppel's signature charm and wit, Musical Chairs is a romantic-comedy-of-errors with a smart, edgy twist on the possibilities that might be revealed in life's third act. Touching, full of humanity, and the absolute definition of 'compulsively readable'!”
—Suzanne Rindell, author of The Other Typist

“Amy Poeppel's charming Musical Chairs made me laugh out loud. Poeppel has a remarkable talent for creating the very best kind of mayhem. Drunken dinner parties, a runaway cat, brilliant musicians, a tattooed florist, drop dead gorgeous twins, crumbling old houses, beautiful Connecticut, secrets and lies—and finally—a wedding, the true hallmark of any delicious comedy. Reading this book was such a pleasure.”
—Marcy Dermansky, critically acclaimed author of Very Nice and The Red Car

“A choir of perfectly complicated characters in Bridget’s life—the missing violinist from her musical trio, her 20-something-year-old children who move back in and her elderly father who’s getting married—make for an imperfect summer of love, mystery and second chances in Musical Chairs.”

The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah

A USA TODAY Bestseller

Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read

“50 Most Impactful Black Books Of The Last 50 Years.”

“The #1 author of the hip-hop generation.”
Sean "P. Diddy" Combs

“Winter is nasty, spoiled, and almost unbelievably libidinous, and it's ample evidence of the author's talent that she is also deeply sympathetic.”
The New Yorker

“Winter is precious, babacious, and as tough as a hollow-point bullet.”

“[Souljah] spread[s] messages that are clear, concise, and true to the game.”
The Source

“Intriguing....Souljah exhibits a raw and true voice.”
Publishers Weekly

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