New Fiction Titles

What You Wish For by Katherine Center: Samantha Casey loves everything about her job as an elementary school librarian on the sunny, historic island of Galveston. When Duncan Carpenter – Sam’s former, unrequited crush – shows up as her new boss, he’s nothing like the sweet teacher she once swooned over. With Duncan determined to destroy everything Sam loves about her school in the name of security, she must make a stand before the school that has become her home becomes a prison.

Anxious People by Fredrick Backman: An apartment open house becomes a life-or-death situation when a failed bank robber bursts in and takes a group of strangers hostage. The captives each carry a lifetime of grievances, hurts, secrets, and passions that are ready to boil over. As authorities and media surround the premises, these reluctant allies will reveal surprising truths about themselves and set in motion a chain of events so unexpected even they can hardly explain what happens next.

Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell: Owen Pick has just been suspended from his job as a geography teacher after accusations of sexual misconduct, which he strongly denies. Across the street from Owen lives the Fours family. Roan Four, a child psychologist, is being trailed in the shadows by ex-patient Saffyre Maddox who learns more than she wanted to know about Roan and his family. Then, on Valentine’s night, Saffyre Maddox disappears, and the last person to see her alive is Owen Pick.

Elsewhere by Dean Koontz: Jeffy Coltrane has worked to maintain a normal life for himself and his eleven-year-old daughter, Amity, until a local eccentric known as Spooky Ed shows up on their doorstep. Ed entrusts Jeffy with hiding a strange and dangerous object-something he calls “the key to everything”-and tells Jeffy he must never use the device. But after a visit from a group of ominous men, Jeffy and Amity find themselves accidentally activating the key and discovering an extraordinary truth.

Confessions on the 7:45 by Lisa Unger: Murphy is commuting home when she strikes up a conversation with a beautiful stranger named Martha who confesses she’s stuck in an affair with her boss. Selena, in turn, confesses that she suspects her husband is sleeping with the nanny. The two women part ways, presumably never to meet again. Then the nanny disappears. As Selena is pulled into the mystery, she begins to wonder: Who was Martha really? But she is hardly prepared for what she’ll discover.

Dear Child by Romy Hausmann: When a woman finally escapes her captor, the end of the story is only the beginning of her nightmare. She says her name is Lena. Lena, who disappeared without a trace 14 years prior. She fits the profile. She has the distinctive scar. But her family swears that she isn’t their Lena. The little girl who escaped the woods with her knows things she isn’t sharing, and Lena’s devastated father is trying to piece together details that don’t quite fit.

Troubles in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand: After uprooting her life in the States, Irene Steele has just settled in at the villa on St. John where her husband Russ had been living a double life. But a visit from the FBI shakes her foundations, and Irene again learns just how little she knew about the man she loved.

The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop by Fannie Flagg: Bud decides to take one last trip, just to see where his beloved Whistle Stop used to be. In so doing, he discovers new surprises about Idgie’s life and about other beloved Fried Green Tomatoes characters, and about the town itself. He also sets off a series of events, both touching and inspiring, which change his life and the lives of his daughter and others. Could these events all be just coincidences? Or something else? And can you go home again?

The Sentinel by Lee Child: When Reacher spots someone walking into an ambush, the odds are four against one– until Reacher intervenes. The man he saves is Rusty Rutherford, an unassuming IT manager, recently fired after a cyberattack locked up the town’s data, records, information, and secrets. The guys who jumped Rutherford are part of something deadly. Now Reacher is involved in conspiracy, a cover-up, and murder– all centered on a mousy little guy who has no idea what he’s up against.

You Betrayed Me by Lisa Jackson: Waking up in a small hospital in Washington State, bandaged and bruised, James barely recognizes the gorgeous blonde who comes to visit. Through the haze of pain and medication, he recalls that she is Sophia, the woman he’s been cheating with. Gradually memories return-his girlfriend, Megan, had found out about Sophia. Now Megan is missing, and James insists he has no idea what happened. Yet he can’t escape a feeling of dread.

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