In Ken Jaworowski’s debut novel, “Small Town Sins,” the lives of three individuals become intertwined in Rust Belt Pennsylvania. The story revolves around a nurse, a firefighter, and a recovering addict, as they are confronted with violence, crime, and the lies they have created. This novel delves into the complexities of small town life and the struggles faced by its residents.
In Chandler Baker’s “Cutting Teeth,” readers are taken on a journey through a posh Texas town where a group of blood-sucking 4-year-olds and their overprotective mothers reside. Part murder mystery and part darkly humorous exploration of modern parenthood, this novel offers a unique and entertaining perspective on the challenges of raising children in a privileged environment.
Samantha Downing’s “A Twisted Love Story” follows the toxic, obsessive, and on-and-off relationship of Wes Harmon and Ivy Banks. After yet another breakup, the pair is forced to reconnect when a detective begins to investigate their violence-scarred past. This novel delves into the complexities of love, obsession, and the consequences of our actions.
“Darcy Coates’ “Dead of Winter” takes readers on a thrilling romantic getaway turned deadly. Crista finds herself separated from her boyfriend and snowed in at a cabin with eight strangers. Unbeknownst to her, one of them is a stone cold killer. This chilling novel explores the suspense and danger that can lurk in unexpected places.
Michael Koryta’s “An Honest Man” tells the story of Israel Pike, who killed his abusive father but is innocent of the crimes committed by the men on a boat. Meanwhile, Lyman Rankin seeks refuge from his alcoholic father in an abandoned home. Their paths will soon intersect on an island off the coast of Maine, setting the stage for a gripping and dramatic tale.
Laura Lippman’s “Prom Mom” takes readers back to 1997 when Amber Glass, who had concealed her pregnancy, was charged with killing her baby on prom night. Decades later, she returns to her hometown, where her old prom date still resides. This novel explores the complexities of guilt, redemption, and the lasting impact of past events.
In Remi Adeleke’s “Chameleon,” readers are introduced to Kali Kent, an elite CIA agent with the ability to assume countless personas. He must utilize this skill as he embarks on a mission to track down an ex-commando whose kidnapping scheme threatens the global balance of power. This thrilling novel combines espionage, action, and suspense to create an exhilarating reading experience.
Joelle Wellington’s “Their Vicious Games” takes place at a snobby, mostly white academy where Adina, a Black teenager, finds herself facing the consequences of a momentary lapse in control. In order to regain her future and secure her Ivy League dreams, she must be willing to gamble her own life. This thought-provoking novel explores themes of racism, privilege, and the lengths one must go to overcome adversity.
These novels offer a diverse range of stories that delve into the complexities of human nature, the consequences of our actions, and the resilience of the human spirit. From small town dramas to thrilling mysteries and suspenseful espionage tales, these books are sure to captivate readers with their engaging and immersive narratives.