THE WIDOW: Smart, Psychological Thriller

THE WIDOW: Smart, Psychological Thriller

Barton’s debut novel The Widow (February 2016) is a fantastic example of a smart psychological thriller. It contained all of my favorite things of this genre—narrators with questionable reliability, carefully crafted shifts in time, and slowly revealed secrets. The opening scene features a confident, no-nonsense reporter name Kate Waters who arrives at Jean Taylor’s doorstep and welcomes herself inside to discuss the story—Jean’s husband, Glen, and his sketchy past association with the unsolved case of a missing two-year-old girl named… Read more »

Interconnected Story Collection is Full of Treasures

Interconnected Story Collection is Full of Treasures

In Patrick Dacey’s We’ve Already Gone This Far (February 2016), the residents of a small working-class New England town are looking for meaning in their lives as the world around them shifts uncomfortably. Through a rich and poignant debut story collection, Dacey delivers the search for hope that propels us to get up in the morning, tempered with an underlying sadness in the delivery. There are so many treasures here. The coming-of-age stories are standouts. “Never So Sweet” deals with… Read more »

BREAKING WILD: Heart-Pounding Life and Death Literary Thriller

BREAKING WILD: Heart-Pounding Life and Death Literary Thriller

If a book is supposed to transport you to a foreign land, Diane Les Becquets wonderful debut novel, Breaking Wild (February 2016), took this east coast, nature-fearing reviewer to the wilderness of Western Colorado in a heart-pounding life and death literary thriller that had me searching the ground for cougar scat and checking the batteries in my flashlights. Told in alternating points of view, we follow Amy Raye Latour through the rugged terrain of Mesa County for a day of… Read more »

International Sensation Debuts #1 on America’s Indie Next List

International Sensation Debuts #1 on America’s Indie Next List

“Feel-good books were ones you could put down with a smile on your face, books that made you think the world was a little crazier, stranger, and more beautiful when you looked up from them.” (151) The buzz surrounding The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend (January 2016) has been building for quite some time. I first heard about this book during a conference last year discussing prepubs. A bestseller in Katarina Bivald’s home country, it is now available internationally to English… Read more »

Short Story Writer’s Debut Novel is Great for Suspense Fans

Short Story Writer’s Debut Novel is Great for Suspense Fans

Brett Garcia Rose has written a number of award-winning short stories. Noise (June 2014) is his first novel. The story is Leon’s, and it is written in his voice. Leon is deaf, but he doesn’t allow that to handicap him. His early years were lived on the streets of Nigeria, where he learned what he needed to survive the violence he continually faced. When he was seven, he was adopted and went to America. There, he meets his sister Lily,… Read more »