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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

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)

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

The Writing Retreat by Julia Bartz

Instant New York Times Bestseller

“Sex, suspense, and the supernatural fuel this propulsive debut.”

“Darkly satirical and action-packed....An absolutely splendid debut!”
—Wendy Walker, nationally bestselling author of Don’t Look for Me

“The book's pacing—a slow roll of dread and horror—is exceptional . . . A perfect winter night's haunting.”
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“An audacious psychological thriller debut...Boldly drawn characters complement Bartz’s gleefully twisted plot....Sara Gran fans, take note.”
Publishers Weekly

“Stomach-clenchingly thrilling from beginning to end . . . Highly recommended for fans of authors like Ruth Ware and Riley Sager.”
Booklist (starred review)

“Julia Bartz’s shrewd, suspenseful debut takes the typical writer’s anxieties and obsessions and transforms them into a pulse-pounding, impossible to put down thriller. THE WRITING RETREAT is bonkers in the best way, and it left me with a brutal case of author envy.”
—Layne Fargo, author of They Never Learn

“A wild ride into the pressures of publishing that is equal parts nightmare and erotic fantasy as five would-be writers are pulled deeper into the secrets of Blackbriar and its inhabitants. In THE WRITING RETREAT, Julia Bartz captures the hunger to have our stories told and the desperate measures some will take to cut through the noise.”
—Jennifer Fawcett, author of Beneath the Stairs

“THE WRITING RETREAT is a sexy, thrilling, compulsive mediation on art and competition amongst women who ought to be sisters, only something malignant gets in the way. I couldn't put it down.”
—Sarah Langan, award-winning author of Good Neighbors

“THE WRITING RETREAT will keep you up all night with its intriguing premise and gasp-worthy twists. A suspenseful story of ambition and envy, friendship and survival, this novel asks how high a price will one pay to achieve their dreams. THE WRITING RETREAT is the very definition of a page turner, and a remarkable debut from a gifted writer.” —Kirthana Ramisetti, author of GMA Book Club pick Dava Shastri's Last Day

“NIGHT FILM meets THE SECRET HISTORY in Julia Bartz’s bold, brilliant, and genuinely scary debut. THE WRITING RETREAT masterfully delivers everything thriller readers crave: palpable atmosphere, sinister characters, full-body chills, jaw-dropping twists, and stay-up-all-night suspense. I am obsessed with this book. I never wanted it to end.”
—Megan Collins, author of The Family Plot

“THE WRITING RETREAT by Julia Bartz is a wild ride from page one. . . . This thrill-packed story brims with secrets, intrigue and murder. Bartz wrangles tension of the highest order, and executes a fiercely original story with vigour and style. A five-star read that’s intelligent, accomplished and exciting. I dare you to put it down.”
—Janice Hallett, internationally bestselling author of The Twyford Code

The Sweet Spot by Amy Poeppel

“Absolutely hilarious . . . THE SWEET SPOT is a celebration of the ways we find community when we need it most.” Real Simple

“The versatile and gifted Amy Poeppel has written a love letter to family, friendship and Greenwich Village . . . . A smart, crisp, funny page turner. Book clubs will rejoice!”
—Adriana Trigiani, author of THE GOOD LEFT UNDONE

“With sly humor and sharp understanding, Amy Poeppel hits THE SWEET SPOT in this funny, twisty, goodhearted novel about families lost, found, and made.”
—Virginia Kantra, New York Times bestselling author of MEG & JO and BETH & AMY

“Unabashedly warm-hearted and fun, THE SWEET SPOT serves up a fresh story about the chaos of family, flavored with classic components of the most entertaining dramedies: a charming New York setting, endearing core characters, and a hilarious supporting cast that often steals the show. Irresistible!”
—Mary Laura Philpott, author of BOMB SHELTER: LOVE, TIME, and OTHER EXPLOSIVES

“THE SWEET SPOT is an absolute delight. With its quirky characters, humor, and lovely writing, it is my favorite book of late. Amy Poeppel has the freshest, funniest voice around.”
—Jane Green, New York Times bestselling author of SISTER STARDUST

“What a big-hearted charmer this delightful book is! What a refuge the brilliant and talented Aston family and their circle of eccentric friends have created! THE SWEET SPOT is exactly the kind of novel I love the best and am always on the lookout for. Pure joy!”
—Julia Claiborne Johnson, author of BETTER LUCK NEXT TIME

“THE SWEET SPOT is warm, witty, and big-hearted.”
—Amanda Eyre Ward, New York Times bestselling author of THE LIFEGUARDS

“Sparkles with Amy Poeppel's signature wit and warmth. This genuinely uproarious novel celebrates families—born and made—in all their messy glory.”
—Laura Hankin, author of A SPECIAL PLACE FOR WOMEN

“If Leo Tolstoy and David Sedaris ever had a chance to get together to write a novel, they might have come up with THE SWEET SPOT. It is at once intricate and laugh-out-loud funny, with characters who are drawn with such attention to detail that they feel like old friends. Filled with hope and redemption, I think it’s safe to say that THE SWEET SPOT is a masterpiece.”
—Annabel Monaghan, author of NORA GOES OFF SCRIPT

“Amy Poeppel has written a generous, funny, big-hearted book, and she’s pulled off a miracle while doing it: she’s brought us characters that feel absolutely real, with their flaws, their pesky human foibles, and their undying need for each other.”
—Maddie Dawson, Washington Post bestselling author of MATCHMAKING FOR BEGINNERS

Rising Tiger by Brad Thor

“Brad Thor is the greatest political thriller novelist ever. Trust me, don’t miss this book.” The Real Book Spy

“RISING TIGER is ripped from tomorrow’s headlines.”
Wharton Journal Spectator

“An intense, eye-opening thriller that is head and shoulders above anything else like it on the market.” —

“Un-freaking-believable – It’s now a word in Webster’s because of this book!”
The Crew Reviews

“Thriller fans of all stripes will devour this book!”
Best Thriller Books

“An amazing thriller!”
—Fred Burton

“A relentless and riveting page-turner.”
—Jon Land's The Thrill List

“A riveting, roller coaster ride unlike any you’ve been on.”
The Epoch Times

Where They Wait by Scott Carson

“Where They Wait is so readable, you’ll be a couple of hundred pages in before you realize you’re terrified…and then you can’t put it down. Mesmerizing.”
—Stephen King

“Tense and twisty.”
—Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Southern Vampire Mysteries

“A taut, creepy techno-chiller that will leave you hearing ghosts.”
—Paul Tremblay, author of A HEAD FULL OF GHOSTS and SURVIVOR SONG

“WHERE THEY WAIT hums with creeping dread and mounting horror. It’s smart and scary, and the final act is like that last downhill plunge on a rollercoaster—terrifying, exhilarating, and unforgettable. I loved every page.”
—Richard Chizmar, New York Times bestselling author of GWENDY'S BUTTON BOX

“Compulsively readable . . . Easy to get hooked and hard to forget . . . Pure horror.”
New York Times Book Review

“Uber-creepy horror thriller . . . Superior prose enhances a craftily twisted plot, which sticks its landing. Peter Straub fans will hope for more from Carson.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Horror knows no bounds in this supernatural thriller about a new mindfulness app, behind which lurks something much more sinister.”

“Readers will be terrified.”
Booklist (starred review)

“If you’ve ever suspected that your relaxation app was secretly trying to kill you, this is the book for you.”  
New York Post

"Eerie and intriguing." — Buzzfeed

Before You Knew My Name by Jacqueline Bublitz

Winner of Crime Debut and Readers’ Choice Awards—Sisters in Crime Editors’ Choice/Staff Pick by The New York Times Book Review

“A brave and timely novel.”
—Clare Mackintosh, internationally bestselling author of HOSTAGE

"BEFORE YOU KNEW MY NAME crackles with life and energy. It is a tour de force of imagination, empathy and righteous fury.”
The New York Times Book Review

"A furiously feminist breath of fresh air.” —

“Unflinching and heartbreaking; powerful and empowering, the story of Alice and Ruby is our story, the story of every woman, everywhere. I know I’ll be thinking about it—and them—for a very long time to come.”
—Carole Johnstone, award-winning author of MIRRORLAND

“BEFORE YOU KNEW MY NAME will make you cry, make you angry, make you think. Jacqueline Bublitz pushes the boundaries of crime fiction in all the right ways. It’s a deeply moving, deeply original, story that, hands down, is one of the best novels of the year.”
—Alex Finlay, author of THE NIGHT SHIFT

“The most wonderful book. Unusual, beautiful, feminist, gripping, deserves to win prizes. I loved it so much.”
—Marian Keyes, internationally bestselling author of GROWN UPS

“A really remarkable book—so fresh and original. I've never read anything quite like this.”
—Laura Barnett, author of The VERSIONS OF US

“I fell head over heels in love with this heartbreaking, beautiful and hugely important novel. Jacqueline Bublitz's prose is luminous and the up-all-night, just-one-more-page plot is brilliantly clever and original. Everyone should read this book.”
—Rosie Walsh, author of THE MAN WHO DIDN'T CALL

“An astounding debut novel that every woman will feel in their bones. At last, a whodunnit, where the victim is the front and centre of the story. Beautifully written, real, feminist and properly haunting, it deserves all the awards.”
—Lizzy Dent, author of THE SUMMER JOB

“An unputdownable debut—striking, moving, gripping throughout and so sharp on the things that unite us.”
—Elizabeth Kay, author of SEVEN LIES

In the Blood by Jack Carr

“Take my word for it, James Reece is one rowdy motherf***er. Get ready!” —Chris Pratt, star of the #1 Amazon Prime series The Terminal List

“ will get their money's worth.”
Publishers Weekly

“Quality plot, well-developed characters, and not too over-the-top. Add James Reece to your list that includes Harvath (Brad Thor), Reacher (Lee Child), Bob Lee Swagger (Stephen Hunter), et al.”
—Men Reading Books

“Hands down, IN THE BLOOD is the best book I’ve read this year. I’ve said from the beginning that covering Carr is what I’d imagine it would have been like to discover Vince Flynn at the beginning of his career. Now, though, Carr deserves to be mentioned alongside all-time greats like Flynn, Thor, Clancy, and Silva . . . rather than just be compared to them. I know it’s only May, but it’s hard to imagine anyone topping this book in 2022.”
The Real Book Spy

“IN THE BLOOD is the wildest Reece book yet and one that goes beyond the character's endless hunt for justice and blossoms into something more ambitious and just a little weirder than what's come before.”

Complicit by Winnie M Li

“Like the best filmmakers, Li draws you to the edge of your seat and keeps you there.” The New York Times Book Review


“As soon as I read the first few pages of COMPLICIT I knew it was going to be a compulsive read—Winnie M Li’s powerful and beautiful writing immediately immersed me and kept me furiously turning the pages. Through her assured storytelling Winnie draws you into the protagonist’s world on every level—from the superficial to the emotional—to paint a devastating and timely portrait of the abuse of power within a highly charged and often frightening workplace. I loved it.”
—Sarah Pearse, New York Times bestselling author of THE SANATORIUM

“An utterly compelling read.”
—Liv Constantine, internationally bestselling author of THE LAST MRS. PARRISH

“Winnie’s skill as a writer is to forge out of a familiar film story one that is beautifully unique. It haunted me when I was away from it. An emotionally complex story, it ripples with foreboding and tension.”
—Sarah Winman, author of STILL LIFE

“A masterful example of the slow burn thriller, highlighting the still all-too-true fact that often the real terror for women is simply existing in a man's world. Also an ode to the power and beauty of story-telling. I loved it.”
—Araminta Hall, author of IMPERFECT WOMEN

“A brave look at the innocents, the predators, their enablers and those who turned a blind eye to sexual harassment, abuse and rape. Winnie M Li weaves a story that is compelling, courageous and brutal in the best possible way.”
—Liz Nugent, #1 internationally bestselling author of LITTLE CRUELTIES

“Like John Grisham did with the legal profession in THE FIRM, Winnie M Li's COMPLICIT provides an insider's look at the film industry that is full of suspense.”
—Peter Swanson, New York Times bestselling author of NINE LIVES

“A sharply written and absorbing dive into a dark and glamorous world. As timely as it is entertaining, this spectacular novel hooked me from the first page. Winnie M Li is a remarkable talent.”
—Cristina Alger, New York Times bestselling author of GIRLS LIKE US

“A shattering and morally complex portrait of power, ambition, guilt, and the toxic culture that enables entitled men to do as they please, Winnie M Li’s COMPLICIT invites us into the blinding glare of the Hollywood spotlights—and the shadows that lie beyond. I couldn’t look away.”
—Robin Wasserman, PEN/Faulkner finalist and critically acclaimed author of MOTHER DAUGHTER WIDOW WIFE

“A propulsive page-turner, Winnie M Li’s COMPLICIT is a glittering story of ambition, regret, corruption and ultimately hope. Sarah Lai is an unforgettable protagonist.”
—Vanessa Hua, author of FORBIDDEN CITY

"Bold, brilliant, dazzling and devastating. Winnie M Li writes with pure heart and effortless style, and in COMPLICIT handles the sharpest of stories with such compassion and skill.”
—Chris Whitaker, New York Times bestselling author of WE BEGIN AT THE END

“A skilful, engrossing and timely thriller -- as well as a deeply unsettling glimpse into the dark heart of Hollywood.”
—T.M. Logan, #1 internationally bestselling author of TRUST ME

“COMPLICIT is a must read for anyone who’s sat in a movie theater, watched an entertainment show, or followed their favorite celebrity on social media. It’s a harrowing explanation of how powerful men are able to get away with so much for so long—as seen through the eyes of an unforgettable heroine whose dreams to make movies becomes a nightmare. You’ll never look at the film industry the same again.”
—Kellye Garrett, Agatha, Anthony, and Lefty Award-winning author of LIKE A SISTER

“With slick, addictive writing and characters that feel so real and relatable, COMPLICIT is both engrossing and completely enraging! I couldn't put it down!”
—Allie Reynolds, author of SHIVER

“Winnie M Li gives us an insider view of the intoxicating and corrupt world of the movie industry that often places women in a no-win situation. . . . a page turner for our times.”
—Naomi Hirahara, Edgar Award-winning author of CLARK AND DIVISION

“COMPLICIT is simply brilliant. . . . Like the fallout from the #MeToo movement, this story will resonate for years to come.”
—J.T. Ellison, New York Times bestselling author of HER DARK LIES

“Ingeniously constructed, traversing searing aspects of race, class, gender, COMPLICIT gallops to a surprise finish, toggling back and forth from present to past and back again without losing any of its propulsive momentum. A page-turning read that also makes you think.”
—Marie Myung-Ok Lee, author of THE EVENING HERO

“One of the best novels about the dark side of Hollywood that I have read.”
—Jordan Harper, Edgar Award-winning author of SHE RIDES SHOTGUN

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