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Author Archive: "Tessa"

One Kick

Cain begins a new series — featuring an engaging, intelligent, badass protagonist named Kick — with more of the great writing, multifaceted characters, and heart-pounding plot twists her readers know and love. Fans of the Archie Sheridan/Gretchen Lowell series or mystery lovers who have yet to encounter Cain should not miss this one.


This Is the Water

Page-turning suspense Yannick Murphy style — always inventive, with gorgeous prose, surprising perspectives, and captivating characters. This Is the Water is a most unusual mystery.


How the Light Gets In

The Inspector Gamache mystery series is intelligent and addictive — and you don't need to start at the beginning to get in on it. How the Light Gets In, Louise Penny's ninth Gamache novel, is a tour de force of mystery, including subtle and complex characters, beautiful prose, and surprising plot twists.


Lucky Us

Amy Bloom's hypnotic and gorgeous new novel displays her trademarks — remarkable narrative skill and richly drawn, evocative characters. Iris and Eva, half-sisters creating a family in World War II-era America, will draw you in and not let go. Perfect summer reading.


Mr. Mercedes

In a Midwestern city, a killer plows through an unsuspecting crowd in a Mercedes, setting in motion a terrifying chain of events. Stephen King's Mr. Mercedes is a perfect summer read — page-turningly suspenseful, well-written, and unnervingly familiar.


City of Heavenly Fire

Clary, Jace, Simon, and their friends must face Clary's brother Sebastian in the last battle between Shadowhunters and demons. Cassandra Clare outdoes herself in this gripping conclusion to the Mortal Instruments series.


The Snow Queen

Cunningham's eagerly anticipated new novel follows two brothers as they struggle with creativity, spirituality, and mortality. The Snow Queen is an elegant, poignant meditation on identity and family that presents Cunningham at the top of his powers.


Living with a Wild God

Ehrenreich's latest is a bit of a departure from her political and sociological work, but her voice is as engaging and passionate as ever. An intensely personal yet rigorously thoughtful examination of mystical experience, Living with a Wild God is a unique and fascinating look at the inexplicable.


Burn (Pure #3)

Julianna Baggott's final volume in the Pure trilogy is complex, surprising, and thought-provoking, while remaining as page-turning, well-written, and moving as the earlier volumes. A more than satisfying conclusion to the series.


The Shining Girls

Lauren Beukes's extraordinary new mystery features a time-traveling serial killer and one of the most memorable heroines I've ever encountered. The Shining Girls is a compelling, oddly beautiful read from an original voice.


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