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    Mr Mac and Me, by Esther Freud, a novel about a young boy and his unlikely friendship with the great Glaswegian artist Charles Rennie Mackintosh. January 2015

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    The Unraveling of Mercy Louis : A Novel by Keija Parssinen. A modern Southern gothic with a feminist edge and the tense pacing of a thriller.

    Set in western KY, Beam Sheetmire accidentally kills a man attempting to rob him while operating his father Clem's river ferry.

    Every Fifteen Minutes by Lisa Scottoline. A psychiatrist becomes the target of a sociopath. New York Times Bestseller.

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    Letters and postcards once used as bookmarks flutter out of used books, forgotten signs of liaisons. Roberta treasures books so much that she pines away in her beloved job at Old and New Bookshop, watching Philip, her boss and the man she can’t yet admit to herself that she loves, take the beautiful Jenna as his lover. But secrets begin to spill out of the books—secrets that will change her understanding of the past and hopes for the future.

    A letter from a mysterious stalker upends the life of a Beijing taxi driver in Barker's (The Orientalist and the Ghost, 2009, etc.) stunning epic, which spans a thousand years of Chinese history and six lifetimes of betrayal.

    Suspended Sentences. Originally published between 1988 and 1993, these three atmospheric novellas share Modiano’s recurring theme: an attempt to understand the secret histories of the Nazi Occupation of his native Paris.

    Better known for her nonfiction (The Drunken Botanist, 2013, etc.), Stewart crafts a solid, absorbing novel based on real-life events concerning Constance Kopp and her sisters Norma and Fleurette, —though they’re unusual enough to seem invented.

    Liane Moriarty's What Alice Forgot (Amy Einhorn) centers on a woman who goes to the gym, hits her head, and loses all memory of the past decade, which was apparently quite eventful: While Alice wakes up thinking she's 29, deliriously happy in her marriage and newly pregnant, in fact she's a 39-year-old mother of three in the midst of a hideous divorce. What happened? How does she reconnect?

    Forgotten, by Catherine McKenzie. While on vacation in Africa, an earthquake hits and attorney Emma Tupper is stranded for six months. When she finally gets home it's only to find out that everyone thought she was dead. Everyone thinks she should take this opportunity to change her life...but does she want to?“Imagine if Bridget Jones fell into a million little pieces, flew over the cuckoo’s nest, and befriended Lindsay Lohan along the way....” (Leah McLaren, Globe and Mail columnist, author of The Continuity Girl)

    The Comfort of Lies by Randy Susan Meyers. The story of three women, Tia, Caroline and Juliette, whose lives all intersect because of their connection to one man, Nathan. The book is told from all four of these characters' perspectives, and we come to understand in separate, interconnected pieces what their ties are, and how they're going to affect each other when they become aware of one another.

    Salley Vickers's intelligent novel set around Chartres Cathedral explores the darker side of human nature through the central character, Agnes.

    McMahon juggles contemporary present, and two different but essential past eras in this suspenseful tale about sisters and secrets kept.

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    Loved this book. Alice will certainly stay with me forever. Such a brave little girl. Her courage is inspiring.