Crying in H Mart

Crying in H Mart

Name - Crying in H Mart

Reviews - 5.0/5

Pages - 256

By - Michelle Zauner


About Book Crying in H Mart

NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • A Best Book of 2021: Entertainment Weekly, Good Morning America, Wall Street Journal, and more

From the indie rockstar of Japanese Breakfast fame, and {author of|writer of|composer of} the viral 2018 New Yorker essay that shares the title {of this|of the|with this} book, an unflinching, powerful memoir about growing up Korean American, losing her mother, and forging {her own|her very own} identity.

In this exquisite story of family, food, grief, and endurance, Michelle Zauner proves herself far {more than a|greater than a|higher than a} dazzling singer, songwriter, and guitarist. With humor and heart, she tells of growing up {one of the|among the|one of many} few Asian American kids at her school in Eugene, Oregon; of {struggling with|experiencing|fighting} her mother's particular, high expectations of her; of a painful adolescence; of treasured months spent in her grandmother's tiny apartment in Seoul, where she and her mother would bond, late {at night|during the night|through the night}, over heaping plates of food.

As she {grew up|spent my youth}, moving to the East Coast for college, finding work in the restaurant industry, and performing gigs with her fledgling band--and meeting {the man|the person} {who would|who'd} become her husband--her Koreanness {began to|started initially to|started to|begun to} feel ever more distant, {even as|even while|whilst} she found {the life|the life span|living} she {wanted to|desired to|wished to} live. {It was|It had been|It absolutely was} her mother's diagnosis of terminal cancer, when Michelle was twenty-five, that forced a reckoning with her identity and brought her to reclaim the gifts of taste, language, and history her mother had given her.

Vivacious and plainspoken, lyrical and honest, Zauner's voice {is as|is really as|can be as} radiantly alive on the page {as it|because it|since it} is onstage. Rich with intimate anecdotes {that will|that'll|which will|that may} resonate widely, and {complete with|filled with|detailed with} family photos, Crying in H Mart is {a book|a guide} to cherish, share, and reread.

 Editorial Reviews 

Musician Zauner debuts with an earnest account of her Korean-American upbringing, musical career, and the aftermath of her mother’s death. She opens with a memory of a visit to an Asian American supermarket, where, among fellow shoppers who were “searching for a piece of home, or a piece of ourselves,” Zauner was able to grieve the death of her mother, Chongmi, with whom she had a difficult relationship. Her white American father met her mother in Seoul in 1983, and Zauner immigrated as an infant to Eugene, Ore. In Zauner’s teenage years in the late 2000s, Chongmi vehemently opposed Zauner’s musical dreams and, in one outburst, admitted to having an abortion after Zauner’s birth “because you were such a terrible child!” The confession caused a rift that lasted almost six years, until Zauner learned of her mother’s cancer diagnosis. After Chongmi’s death in 2014, Zauner’s career took off, and during a sold-out concert in Seoul, Zauner writes, she realized her success “revolved around death, that the songs... memorialized her.” The prose is lyrical if at times overwrought, but Zauner does a good job capturing the grief of losing a parent with pathos. Fans looking to get a glimpse into the inner life of this megawatt pop star will not be disappointed. (Apr.)

Publishers Weekly

Michelle Zauner has written a book you experience with all of your senses: sentences you can taste, paragraphs that sound like music. She seamlessly blends stories of food and memory, sumptuousness and grief, to weave a complex narrative of loyalty and loss.” —Rachel Syme

“I read Crying in H Mart with my heart in my throat. In this beautifully written memoir, Michelle Zauner has created a gripping, sensuous portrait of an indelible mother-daughter bond that hits all the notes: love, friction, loyalty, grief. All mothers and daughters will recognize themselves—and each other—in these pages.” —Dani Shapiro, author of Inheritance

“A warm and wholehearted work of literature, an honest and detailed account of grief over time, studded with moments of hope, humor, beauty, and clear-eyed observation. This story is a nuanced portrayal of a young person grappling with what it means to embody familial and cultural histories, to be fueled by creative pursuits, to examine complex relationships with place, and to endure the acute pain of losing a parent just on the other side of a tumultuous adolescence . . . Crying in H Mart is not to be missed.” —The Seattle Times
“A profound, timely exploration of terminal illness, culture and shared experience . . . Zauner has accomplished the unthinkable: a book that caters to all appetites. She brings dish after dish to life on the page in a rich broth of delectable details [and] offers remarkably prescient observations about otherness from the perspective of the Korean American experience. Crying in H Mart will thrill Japanese Breakfast fans and provide comfort to those in the throes of loss while brilliantly detailing the colorful panorama of Korean culture, traditions and food.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“Crying in H Mart powerfully maps a complicated mother-daughter relationship . . . Zauner writes about her mother’s death [with] clear-eyed frankness . . . The book is a rare acknowledgement of the ravages of cancer in a culture obsessed with seeing it as an enemy that can be battled with hope and strength. Zauner plumbs the connections between food and identity . . . her food descriptions transport us to the table alongside her. What Crying in H Mart reveals is that in losing her mother and cooking to bring her back to life, Zauner became herself.” —NPR
Zauner’s storytelling is impeccable. Memories are rendered with a rich immediacy, as if bathed in a golden light. Zauner is also adept at mapping the contradictions in her relationship with, and perception of, her mother. The healing, connective power of food reverberates in nearly every chapter of this coming-of-age story, [in] sensuous descriptions . . . Heartfelt, searching, wise.” —AV Club

"Crying in H Mart is a wonder: A beautiful, deeply moving coming-of-age story about mothers and daughters, love and grief, food and identity. It blew me away, even as it broke my heart." –Adrienne Brodeur, author of Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover, and Me

"The book’s descriptions of jjigae, tteokbokki, and other Korean delicacies stand out as tokens of the deep, all-encompassing love between Zauner and her mother . . . Zauner’s frankness around death feels like an unexpected yet deeply necessary gift."—Vogue

About the Author

MICHELLE ZAUNER is best known as a singer and guitarist who creates dreamy, shoegaze-inspired indie pop under the name Japanese Breakfast. She has won acclaim from major music outlets around the world for releases like Psychopomp (2016) and Soft Sounds from Another Planet (2017).

Mexican Gothic

Mexican Gothic

Name - Mexican Gothic

Reviews - 4.5/5

Pages - 352

By - Silvia Moreno-Garcia


About Book Mexican Gothic

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “It's Lovecraft meets the Brontës in Latin America, and {after a|following a|after having a} slow-burn start Mexican Gothic gets seriously weird.”—The Guardian
An isolated mansion. A chillingly charismatic aristocrat. And a brave socialite {drawn to|attracted to|interested in} expose their treacherous secrets....From {the author|the writer|mcdougal} of Gods of Jade and Shadow comes “a terrifying twist on classic gothic horror” (Kirkus Reviews) {set in|occur|emerge} glamorous 1950s Mexico.

After {receiving a|getting a|finding a} frantic letter from her newly-wed cousin begging for {someone to|anyone to|you to definitely} save her from {a mysterious|a mystical|a strange} doom, Noemí Taboada heads to High Place, {a distant|a remote} house in the Mexican countryside. She's {not sure|unsure|uncertain} what {she will|she'll} find—her cousin's husband, a handsome Englishman, {is a|is just a|is really a} stranger, and Noemí knows little {about the|concerning the|in regards to the} region.   
Noemí {is also|can also be|can be} an unlikely rescuer: She's a glamorous debutante, and her chic gowns and perfect red lipstick {are more|are far more|tend to be more} {suited for|suited to|fitted to} cocktail parties than amateur sleuthing. But she's also tough and smart, {with an|by having an|having an} indomitable will, and she {is not|isn't} afraid: Not of her cousin's new husband, {who is|who's} both menacing and alluring; not of his father, the ancient patriarch who {seems to be|appears to be|is apparently} {fascinated by|fascinated with|interested in} Noemí; and {not even|not really|not} {of the house|of the home|of your home} itself, which begins to invade Noemi's dreams with visions of blood and doom.
Her only ally in this inhospitable abode {is the|may be the|could be the} family's youngest son. Shy and gentle, he {seems to|appears to|generally seems to} want {to help|to simply help|to greatly help} Noemí, but {might also|may also} be hiding dark {knowledge of|understanding of|familiarity with} his family's past. For {there are many|there are lots of|there are numerous} secrets behind the walls of High Place. The family's once colossal wealth and faded mining empire kept them from prying eyes, but as Noemí digs deeper she unearths stories of violence and madness. 
And Noemí, mesmerized by the terrifying yet seductive world of High Place, may soon {find it|think it is|believe it is} impossible to ever leave this enigmatic house behind.

“It's {as if|as though|like} a supernatural power compels us {to turn|to show} the pages of the gripping Mexican Gothic.”—The Washington Post

“Mexican Gothic is {the perfect|an ideal|the right} summer horror read, and marks Moreno-Garcia with her hypnotic and engaging prose as {one of the|among the|one of many} genre's most exciting talents.”Nerdist

 Editorial Reviews 

An inspired mash-up of Jane Eyre, Ann Radcliffe’s The Mysteries of Udolpho, Dracula, Rebecca and that 1958 classic sci-fi movie, The Blob . . . Inventive and smart, [Mexican Gothic is] injecting the Gothic formula with some fresh blood.”—NPR’s Fresh Air

“Stylish and edgy. . . While the book draws inspiration from Gothic classics like Rebecca and Jane Eyre—there is a spunky female protagonist and an ancient house filled with disturbing secrets—its archly intelligent tone and insightful writing make Mexican Gothic an original escape to an eerie world.”—New York Times

“[An] irresistibly dark feminist reimagining of the Gothic fantasy novel . . . It’s all wonderfully creepy, blending chilling scenes of horror with classic Gothic tropes for a seductive and subversive tale. A book to devour in a few—very thrilling—sittings.”—Vanity Fair

“The author’s postcolonial spin on the gothic tradition evokes the usual suspects: Daphne du Maurier, Emily Brontë, Mary Shelley, even Anne Radcliffe. Like those authors, Moreno-Garcia works in a tradition in which chills and thrills tap into elemental cultural fears—runaway science, carnal passion. But to these she adds a more politically inflected horror, both ancient and timely.”—Los Angeles Times

“A new classic of the genre . . . alluring and foreboding, ambiguous and beautiful. And like its heroine Noemí, its ambitious, determined, and well worth getting to know.”—Chicago Review of Books

“This twisty horror fantasy is engrossing and wonderfully repulsive. . . . This is a must-read for fans of gothic writers like the Brontës, Daphne du Maurier, and Shirley Jackson, and also for those who enjoy the feminist, surreal fiction of Carmen Maria Machado.”—Buzzfeed

“Deliciously creepy . . . Read it with your lights on—and know that strange dreams might begin to haunt you, as they haunted Noemí.”—Vox

“Masterful . . . a gloriously moody adventure, spooky, smart, and wry. Chic, no-nonsense Noemí Taboada is one hell of a tour guide through this world of mystery, scandal and spirits.”—Victor LaValle, author of The Changeling

“Mexican Gothic terrified and fascinated me. Silvia Moreno-Garcia proves once again that she's a genre-jumping wizard, one of the most exciting and necessary authors writing today.”—Charlie Jane Anders, nationally bestselling author of The City in the Middle of the Night

“Darkly brilliant and captivating . . . Readers who love old houses and family secrets will devour this book (as I did!). The setting itself—High Place, with its reputation for swallowing the dreams of young women—is a character in this marvelously fantastical novel, stretching from glamorous 1950s Mexican high society to the crumbling pride of an abandoned silver mine. Silvia Moreno-Garcia enthralls with this twisty tale of love and betrayal.”—Yangsze Choo, New York Times bestselling author of The Night Tiger and The Ghost Bride

About the Author

Silvia Moreno-Garcia is the New York Times bestselling author of the critically acclaimed speculative novels Gods of Jade and Shadow, Signal to Noise, Certain Dark Things, and The Beautiful Ones; and the crime novel Untamed Shore. She has edited several anthologies, includ­ing the World Fantasy Award–winning She Walks in Shadows (aka Cthulhu’s Daughters). She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

When She Was Good

When She Was Good

Name - When She Was Good

Reviews - 4.5/5

Pages - 368

By - Michael Robotham


About Book When She Was Good

From the bestselling author of Good Girl, Bad Girl and When You Are Mine comes a gripping thriller featuring the brilliant forensic psychologist Cyrus Haven as he becomes embroiled {in an|within an|in a} explosive murder case with disturbing origins.

Criminal psychologist Cyrus Haven and Evie Cormac return in this “powerhouse of a novel” (Booklist, starred review) from internationally bestselling author Michael Robotham, {a writer|an author} Stephen King calls “{an absolute|a complete|a total} master...with heart and soul.”

{Who is|Who's} Evie, {the girl|the lady|your ex} {with no|without any|without} past, running from? She was discovered hiding in {a secret|a key} room in the aftermath of {a terrible|a dreadful|an awful} crime. Her ability {to tell|to inform|to share with} when someone is lying helped Cyrus crack an impenetrable case in Good Girl, Bad Girl.Now, the closer Cyrus {gets to|reaches|extends to} uncovering answers about Evie's dark history, the more he exposes Evie to danger, giving her no choice but to run. Ultimately, both {will have to|will need to|must} {decide if|determine if} some secrets are better left buried and some monsters {should never|should not|shouldn't} be named...

 Editorial Reviews 

At the start of Edgar-finalist Robotham’s twisty, emotionally involving sequel to 2019’s Good Girl, Bad Girl, British forensic psychologist Cyrus Haven, teenager Evie Cormac’s therapist, seeks out Special Constable Sacha Hopewell in Cornwall. Seven years earlier, Sacha rescued Evie from a North London house where she was discovered hiding with the corpse of a small-time criminal. Evie has never spoken about this traumatic experience, and Cyrus hopes Sacha has information that can help him treat Evie. Meanwhile, the police summon Cyrus to Manchester to consult on the apparent suicide of Hamish Whitmore, a retired detective superintendent. Cyrus finds evidence of foul play, and learns that Whitmore was fixated on the closed case of pedophile Eugene Green, who was killed in prison. A note Whitmore left behind indicates that he believed there was a possible link between Green and Evie, which prompts Cyrus to investigate. Sections told from Evie’s perspective deepen both the plot and the characterizations. Fans of grim psychological suspense will be rewarded. Agent: Richard Pine, Inkwell Management. (July)

Publishers Weekly

[A] gripping follow-up to Good Girl, Bad Girl... Robotham delves into some very (very) dark territory, and the horror steadily mounts... Readers will be putty in this supremely talented author’s capable hands. An urgent, poignant, and terrifying thriller. More please.” —Kirkus Reviews, STARRED review

“[A] powerhouse of a novel... The whole enterprise is enriched by wonderfully cadenced prose that almost invites one to feel its texture. It's rare to be overawed by the writing in scenes of violence and danger, but...this one's a jewel, and readers who don't know Robotham should immediately catch up.” —Booklist, STARRED review

“ of grim psychological suspense will be rewarded.” —Publishers Weekly

“[A] page-turner from the start. . . . When She Was Good makes a desperate plea for the forces of love and justice to prevail." —New York Journal of Books

From the Publisher

In three-time Edgar nominee Abbott's Never Ask Me, the murder of adoption consultant Danielle Roberts in an upscale Austin neighborhood upends the Pollitt family, who feel grief, relief, and suspicion ("Never ask me what I'd do to protect my family," says the wife) (50,000-copy first printing). In three-time Edgar nominee Atkins's The Revelators, Sheriff Quinn Colson, bullet-holed and left for dead, is feeling vengeful but kept from getting back to work by the interim sheriff—who ordered his murder. Continuing No. 1 New York Times best-selling Coulter's popular "FBI Thriller" series, Deadlock has FBI Special Agent Lacey Sherlock and husband Dillon Savich dealing with a psychopath, a secret from beyond the grave, and three red boxes puzzlingly containing the puzzle pieces of an unknown town (200,000-copy first printing). The multi-award-winning Hamilton's A Dangerous Breed brings back Van Shaw, tracking down the (worse-than-he-thought) father who abandoned him before birth while aiming to block a sociopath by stealing a viral weapon that could bring death to thousands (100,000-copy first printing). The acclaimed Kellermans' Half Moon Bay brings back Deputy Coroner Clay Edison, confounded by the discovery of a decades-old child's skeleton in a torn-up park and a local businessman's claim that it could be his sister. In mega-best-selling Camilla Läckberg's The Golden Cage, the increasingly restless wife of a billionaire learns that he is having an affair and exacts luscious revenge. Patterson and Tebbetts join in 1st Case, wherein Angela Hoot gets kicked out of MIT's graduate school, joins the FBI's cyber-forensics unit, and must deal with a messaging app whose beta users are dying without getting killed herself (475,000-copy first printing). In When She Was Good, the Gold Dagger-winning and Edgar short-listed Robotham continues the story of criminal psychologist Cyrus Haven and Evie Cormac, the girl without a past, first revealed in last year's Good Girl, Bad Girl. And though there are no plot details to share regarding Silva's Untitled new Gabriel Allon thriller, the print run is 500,000, and word has it that MGM has acquired the rights to adapt the entire series for television.

Library Journal

About the Author

Michael Robotham is a former investigative journalist whose psychological thrillers have been translated into twenty-three languages. In 2015, he won the prestigious UK Gold Dagger for his novel Life or Death, which was also shortlisted for the 2016 Edgar Allan Poe Award for best novel. Michael has twice won a Ned Kelly Award for Australia’s best crime novel for Lost in 2015 and Shatter in 2008. He has also twice been shortlisted for the CWA UK Steel Dagger in 2007 for The Night Ferry and 2008 with Shatter. He lives in Sydney with his wife and three daughters. His recent novels include When She Was Good; The Secrets She Keeps; and Good Girl, Bad Girl.

Such a Quiet Place: A Novel

Such a Quiet Place: A Novel

Such a Quiet Place: A Novel

Name - Such a Quiet Place: A Novel

Reviews - 4.2/5

Pages - 352

By - Megan Miranda


About Book Such a Quiet Place: A Novel

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Last House Guest—a Reese Witherspoon Book Club selection—comes {a new|a brand new|a fresh} riveting suspense novel about {a mysterious|a mystical|a strange} murder {in an|within an|in a} idyllic and close-knit neighborhood.

Welcome to Hollow's Edge, {where you can|where you are able to|where you could} find secrets, scandal, and a suspected killer—all {on one|on a single|using one} street.

Hollow's Edge {used to be|was previously|was once} {a quiet|a peaceful} place. {A private|A personal|An exclusive} and idyllic neighborhood where neighbors dropped in on neighbors, celebrated graduation and holiday parties together, and looked out {for one|for just one|for starters} another. {But then|However|But} came the murder of Brandon and Fiona Truett. {A year|Annually|Per year} and a half later, Hollow's Edge is simmering. The residents are trapped, {unable to|struggling to} sell their homes, confronted daily by the empty Truett house, and suffocated by their trial testimonies that implicated {one of|among|certainly one of} their own. Ruby Fletcher. And now, Ruby's back.

With her conviction overturned, Ruby waltzes right {back to|back once again to|back again to} Hollow's Edge, and into {the home|the house|your home} she once {shared with|distributed to} Harper Nash. Harper, five years older, has always treated Ruby {like a|such as for instance a|just like a|such as a} wayward younger sister. {But now|However now|Nevertheless now} she's terrified. What possible good could come of Ruby {returning to|time for} the scene of the crime? And {how can|just how can|how do} she possibly turn her away, when she knows Ruby has nowhere to go?

Within days, suspicion spreads like {a virus|a disease} across Hollow's Edge. It's increasingly clear that {not everyone|not everybody} told {the truth|the reality|the facts} {about the|concerning the|in regards to the} {night of|nights} the Truetts'murders. And when Harper begins receiving threatening notes, she realizes she {has to|needs to|must} uncover {the truth|the reality|the facts} before {someone else|another person|somebody else} becomes the killer's next victim.

Pulsating with suspense and with the shocking twists {that are|which are|which can be} Megan Miranda's trademark, {Such a|This type of|This kind of} Quiet Place is Megan Miranda's best novel yet—a twisty locked-box thriller {that will|that'll|which will|that may} {keep you|stop you} turning pages late into {the night|the night time}

 Editorial Reviews 

At the start of this disquieting suspense novel from bestseller Miranda (The Girl from Widow Hills), longtime Hollow’s Edge resident Ruby Fletcher, who was convicted of the double murder of Brandon and Fiona Truett a year and a half earlier, returns after her conviction is overturned to the tight-knit lakeside community. Ruby allegedly sneaked into the couple’s house one night, turned on the car in the garage, and opened an interior door, ensuring their death from carbon monoxide poisoning. Ruby assumes her old roommate, Harper Nash, will welcome her return, even after she tells Harper, “Someone’s going to pay.” Harper doesn’t know whether Ruby is directing this threat at her, but after allowing Ruby to move back in, she begins to wonder: If Ruby isn’t guilty, who is? What other secrets are the residents of Hollow’s Edge hiding—and would they go so far as murder to protect them? The twists keep coming until the very last page. Agatha Christie fans will welcome this 21st-century update on the classic golden age village mystery. Agent: Sarah Davies, Greenhouse Literary. (July)

Publishers Weekly
Miranda, who makes the setting, where everyone knows one another and ends up fearing one another, all the more chilling for its seeming normality, is a master of misdirection and sudden plot twists, leading up to a wallop of an ending. A powerful, paranoid thriller.” – Booklist (Starred Review)

“A claustrophobic and suspenseful whodunit...that ponders the eternal question of how well we really know those closest to us.” – BookPage (Starred Review)

“At the start of this disquieting suspense novel from bestseller Miranda (The Girl from Widow Hills), longtime Hollow’s Edge resident Ruby Fletcher, who was convicted of the double murder of Brandon and Fiona Truett a year and a half earlier, returns after her conviction is overturned to the tight-knit lakeside community... If Ruby isn’t guilty, who is? What other secrets are the residents of Hollow’s Edge hiding—and would they go so far as murder to protect them? The twists keep coming until the very last page. Agatha Christie fans will welcome this 21st-century update on the classic golden age village mystery.” – Publishers Weekly

“The perfect suburban setting; the secretive, quirky neighbors; three unsolved murders; and an Agatha Christie vibe make this whodunit an excellent beach read.” – Library Journal


"Sleepwalking is creepy. You’re asleep, but you're walking through the night—like the living dead. I knew when I started The Girl from Widow Hills I was in for some shivers. But I had no idea the terrors that were in store.”—R. L. STINE, bestselling author of Goosebumps and Fear Street

“A hauntingly atmospheric and gorgeously written page-turner, The Girl from Widow Hills is a deeply thought-provoking, riveting mystery about the complex weight of history and the dangerous power of the lies we tell ourselves.”—KIMBERLY McCREIGHT, New York Times bestselling author of Reconstructing Amelia and A Good Marriage


“The perfect summer thriller . . . with a pace that made my heart race.” —Riley Sager, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Time I Lied

“Oh boy, does she ever know how to write a twisty-turny ending (or two, or more).” —Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

“This searing small-town thriller from bestseller Miranda explores the complexities of female friendship and the picturesque fictions that money can buy. . . . Sharply drawn characters both ground and elevate the bombshell-laden plot, while evocative prose heightens tension and conjures place. Miranda delivers a clever, stylish mystery that will seize readers like a riptide.”—PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (starred review)

“A lightning-fast mystery . . . that will have readers on the edge of their seats.”—MARY KUBICA, New York Times bestselling author of The Good Girl


"In All the Missing Girls Megan Miranda leads readers back through the past of a small southern town, enfolding them in a slow, tense nightmare of suspicion, menace, and tangled motives. A twisty, compulsive read—I loved it." — Ruth Ware, author of IN A DARK, DARK WOOD

From the Publisher


Once peaceful Hollow's Edge is on edge after the murder of Brandon and Fiona Truett, especially when Ruby Fletcher's conviction for their killing is overturned and she moves back into the house she shared with Harper Nash. Then understandably anxious Harper starts getting notes suggesting that someone in town is lying about what really happened. With a 200,000-copy first printing.

Library Journal

About the Author

Megan Miranda is the New York Times bestselling author of All the Missing Girls, The Perfect Stranger, The Last House Guest, a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick, and The Girl from Widow Hills. She has also written several books for young adults, including Come Find Me, Fragments of the Lost, and The Safest Lies. She grew up in New Jersey, graduated from MIT, and lives in North Carolina with her husband and two children. Follow @MeganLMiranda on Twitter and Instagram, @AuthorMeganMiranda on Facebook, or visit

Cold Fire

Cold Fire

Cold Fire

Name - Cold Fire

Reviews - 4.1/5

Pages - 448

By - Dean Koontz


About Book Cold Fire

{A man|A person} on a mission must {come to|arrived at|arrive at} terms {with his|together with his|along with his} forgotten past in this gripping thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz.

In Portland, he saved {a young|a|a new} boy {from a|from the} drunk driver. In Boston, he rescued {a child|a young child|a kid} from an underground explosion. In Houston, he disarmed {a man|a person} {who was|who had been|who was simply} {trying to|attempting to|wanting to} shoot {his own|their own} wife. Reporter Holly Thorne was intrigued by this strange quiet savior named Jim Ironheart. She was even falling {in love with|in deep love with|deeply in love with} him. But what power compelled {an ordinary|a regular|a typical} man {to save|to truly save|to save lots of} twelve lives in {three months|3 months|90 days}? What visions haunted his dreams? And why did he whisper in his sleep: {There is|There's} an Enemy. {It is|It's} coming. It'll kill us all...?

 Editorial Reviews 

An extraordinary piece of fiction with unforgettable characters. It will be a classic.”—UPI

“Solid, satisfying, hair-raising...Koontz barely lets the reader come up for air between terrors.”—The Washington Post

“Gripping.”—Los Angeles Times

“A unique spellbinding novel with depth, sensitivity, and personality.”—Boston Herald

More Praise for Dean Koontz

“Dean Koontz is a prose stylist whose lyricism heightens malevolence and tension. [He creates] characters of unusual richness and depth.”—The Seattle Times

“Tumbling, hallucinogenic prose....‘Serious’ writers...might do well to examine his technique.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Lyrical writing and compelling characters...Koontz stands alone.”—Associated Press

“In every industry there exist ‘artists’ that are not only unforgettable, but know their craft better than the rest. Dean among these artisans.”—Suspense Magazine

“[Koontz] has always had near-Dickensian powers of description, and an ability to yank us from one page to the next that few novelists can match.”—Los Angeles Times

“Perhaps more than any other author, Koontz writes fiction perfectly suited to the mood of America...novels that acknowledge the reality and tenacity of evil but also the power of good...[and that] entertain vastly as they uplift.”—Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Dean Koontz, the author of many #1 New York Times bestsellers, lives in Southern California with his wife, Gerda, their golden retriever, Elsa, and the enduring spirit of their goldens, Trixie and Anna.

It Ends with Us

It Ends with Us

Name - It Ends with Us

Reviews - 4.8/5

Pages - 384

By - Colleen Hoover


About Book It Ends with Us

In this “brave and heartbreaking novel that digs its claws into you and doesn't {let go|release|let it go}, long after you've finished it” (Anna Todd, New York Times bestselling author) from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of All Your Perfects, a workaholic with a too-good-to-be-true romance can't stop {thinking about|considering|contemplating} her first love.

Lily hasn't always had it easy, but that's never stopped her from {working hard|spending so much time} for {the life|the life span|living} she wants. She's come {a long way|quite a distance|a considerable ways} from {the small|the little|the tiny} town where she grew up—she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started {her own|her very own} business. And when she feels {a spark|an interest} with {a gorgeous|a beautiful|a stunning|a lovely|an attractive} neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily's life seems too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, {maybe even|possibly even} {a little|only a little} arrogant. He's also sensitive, brilliant, and {has a|includes a|features a} total soft {spot for|location for|area for|position for} Lily. And {the way|the way in which|just how} he looks in scrubs certainly doesn't hurt. Lily can't get him out of her head. But Ryle's complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. {Even as|Even while|Whilst} Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can't help but wonder what made him {that way|this way|like that} in {the first|the very first|the initial} place.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan—her first love and {a link to|a connect to|an url to} {the past|yesteryear|days gone by} she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has {built with|constructed with|designed with} Ryle is threatened.

{An honest|A sincere}, evocative, and tender novel, It Ends with Us is “a glorious and touching read, a forever keeper. {The kind of|The type of|The sort of} book that gets handed down” (USA TODAY).

 Editorial Reviews 

"her most daring novel to hell of a story.


Colleen Hoover may have written her best novel yet. Hoover's latest novel, It Ends With Us—-is a heartrending and powerful exploration of the different sides of domestic abuse. It is one of the most honest and inclusive novels written about the issue that I have ever read. It was an emotional rollercoaster that kept me reading past my bedtime.

Joni Andersen (Librarian)

"What a glorious and touching read, a forever keeper. The kind of book that gets handed down."

USA Today

"It Ends with Us isn't an ordinary love story. It will break your heart while filling you with hope, and by the end of this gripping, pulse-pounding novel, you'll be smiling through your tears."

Sarah Pekkanen

emotional, unforgettable and extraordinary...Colleen Hoover deserves all the accolades this story will bring.... remarkable, different, honest, heartbreaking and at times agonizing reading. This is not an easy book to get through but by God, it’s of the best reads of this year,


Best-selling Hoover’s latest valiant and compelling...novel packs her trademark emotional punch... The power and pain of the relationship will stay with readers even as Hoover offers hope.


"tackles tough subject matter with a deft and confident hand"

Huffington Post

"It Ends With Us is a brave and heartbreaking novel that digs its claws into you and doesn't let go, long after you've finished it. No one delivers an emotional read like Colleen Hoover."

Anna Todd

[an] epic summertime read. With complex characters, a heartbreaking premise and drama aplenty, it’s the perfect companion for a day at the beach.

Brit + Co

"Fans of Hoover's emotional stories, conflicted characters and intense romances will gleefully devour her new novel. If you're a Hoover newbie, this is a great place to start. It Ends with Us is a perfect example of the author's writing chops and her ability to weave together uplifting, romantic and somber plotlines. No matter your level of fandom, readers will love and respect protagonist Lily and learn something from her struggles."

RT Book Reviews (4 starred review)

About the Author

Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Slammed, Hopeless, Maybe Someday, Maybe Not, Ugly Love, Confess, November 9, It Ends with Us, Without Merit, and All Your Perfects. She has won the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance three years in a row—for Confess (2015), It Ends with Us (2016), and Without Merit (2017). Confess was adapted into a seven-episode online series. In 2015, Colleen and her family founded The Bookworm Box, a bookstore and monthly subscription service offering signed novels donated by authors. All profits are given to various charities each month to help those in need. Colleen lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys. Visit

The Light after the War

The Light after the War

Name - The Light after the War

Reviews - 3.7/5

Pages - 320

By - Anita Abriel


About Book The Light after the War

Inspired by {an incredible|an amazing|an unbelievable} true story of two Jewish friends who survived the Holocaust, this “heartfelt and memorable tale of family, love, resilience, and the triumph of human spirit” (Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author) spans World War II from Budapest to Austria and the postwar years from Naples to Caracas, {perfect for|ideal for|great for} fans of The German Girl and We Were the Lucky Ones.

Spring 1946: {Best friends|Close friends} Vera Frankel and Edith Ban {arrive in|get to} Naples. Refugees from Hungary, they managed {to escape|to flee} {from a|from the} train headed for Auschwitz and spent the {rest of the|remaining|remaining portion of the} war hiding on an Austrian farm. Now, {the two|both|the 2} {young women|ladies|women} are starting new lives abroad.

Armed with a letter of recommendation from an American officer, Vera finds {work at|work on|just work at} the United States embassy where she falls {in love with|in deep love with|deeply in love with} Captain Anton Wight. But as Vera and Edith grapple with the aftermath of the war, so too does Anton, and when he suddenly disappears, Vera is forced {to change|to alter|to improve} course. Their {quest for|pursuit of|search for} {a better|a much better|an improved} life takes Vera and Edith from Naples to Ellis Island to Caracas {as they|because they|while they} start careers, reunite with old friends, and rebuild their lives after terrible loss.

Moving, evocative, and compelling, The Light {After the|Following the} War {is a|is just a|is really a} timely and “unforgettable story of strength, love, and survival” (Jillian Cantor, USA TODAY bestselling author).

 Editorial Reviews 

 "Fans of Georgia Hunter’s We Were The Lucky Ones should race to grab Anita Abriel’s The Light After The War, spanning continents and set against a vividly drawn canvas of World War II and the post-war period. Based on Abriel’s own family history, The Light After The War is a heartfelt and memorable tale of family, love, resilience and the triumph of human spirit."
Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Girls of Paris

"I was utterly moved and transfixed by The Light After the War, a beautiful novel that spans a decade across four continents in the wake of World War II. You'll be swept away by this fast-paced, heartbreaking, and hopeful tale of friendship, family, second chances, and the enduring power of love, based on the true story of author Anita Abriel's mother and her fascinating journey away from war-torn Europe in the 1940s. A must-read for anyone interested in the emotional toll of the Second World War."
Kristin Harmel, international bestselling author of The Room on Rue Amelie

"Inspired by her own mother’s remarkable life, Anita Abriel takes readers to four continents as she celebrates the power of hope, optimism and female friendship in The Light After the War. If you are a reader who believes in embracing life and love—even after unspeakable loss—you will treasure this book."
Sally Koslow, author of Another Side of Paradise

"Based on a true, untold story, Anita Abriel's The Light After the War paints a wonderful portrait of two young women, both Holocaust survivors, trying to find love and meaning in the aftermath of WWII. From Italy to New York to South America, Abriel brings the friends and the times to life in real, moving, and unexpected ways."
Mark Sullivan, bestselling author of Beneath a Scarlet Sky

"Anita Abriel’s heartfelt novel of love and friendship in the years after the Second World War is based on her mother’s own experience, and her intimate connection to the story and characters infuses every word. The Light After the War charts an unforgettable journey to a world struggling to rebuild after the horrors of war, and a pair of extraordinary women who must discover anew how to love and live. Fans of historical fiction won’t want to miss this evocative, heartbreaking story.”
Beatriz Williams, New York Times bestselling author of The Golden Hour

“Set against the vividly drawn backdrops of Naples, Caracas and Sydney in the aftermath of WWII, The Light After the War by Anita Abriel is a beautifully written and heartfelt novel. I was completely swept up in Vera’s and Edith’s lives, their friendship, their heartbreaks and their triumphs. An unforgettable story of strength, love, and survival.”
Jillian Cantor, USA Today bestselling author of The Lost Letter and In Another Time

"There is so much in The Light After the War that truly shines: Unforgettable love, family, faith—and the courageous resolve of two young women to mend their lives and seek new beginnings in a world tragically changed. Fans of historical fiction are sure to devour this tale of hope, reinvention and the power of friendship to heal the heart’s deepest wounds."
Roxanne Veletzos, author of The Girl They Left Behind

"Anita Abriel sweeps the reader around the world in this true tale of survival, endurance, and triumph. The Light After the War is a feast for the mind and the heart, not soon to be forgotten."
Lynn Cullen, bestselling author of Mrs. Poe and The Sisters of Summit Avenue

“A finely-woven story of post-war romance, second chances, and resolve that refuses to give in or give up. The setting details are evocative and inviting. Well done!”
Susan Meissner, bestselling author of The Last Year of the War

About the Author

Anita Abriel was born in Sydney, Australia. She received a BA in English literature with a minor in creative writing from Bard College. She is the internationally bestselling author of The Light After the War, Lana’s War, and A Girl During the War. She lives in California with her family.

Anxious People: A Novel

Anxious People: A Novel

Name - Anxious People: A Novel

Reviews - 4.7/5

Pages - 352

By - Fredrik Backman


About Book Anxious People: A Novel

People Book of the Week, Book of the Month Club selection, and Best of Fall in Good HousekeepingPopSugarThe Washington PostNew York Post, Shondaland, CNN, and more!

[A] quirky, big-hearted novel…Wry, wise, and often laugh-out-loud funny, {it's a|it is a} wholly original story {that delivers|that gives|that offers|that generates} pure pleasure.” —People

From the #1 New York Times bestselling {author of|writer of|composer of} A Man Called Ove comes {a charming|a wonderful}, poignant novel about {a crime|an offense} that never took place, a would-be bank robber who disappears into {thin air|nothing}, and eight extremely anxious strangers who find {they have|they've} more {in common|in keeping|in accordance} than they ever imagined.

{Looking at|Taking a look at|Considering} {real estate|property|real-estate} isn't usually a life-or-death situation, but {an apartment|a flat|a condo} open house becomes just {that when|that after|that whenever} {a failed|an unsuccessful} bank robber bursts in and takes {a group of|several|a small grouping of} strangers hostage. The captives {include a|incorporate a|add a} recently retired couple who relentlessly {hunt down|search for|look for} fixer-uppers to {avoid the|steer clear of the|prevent the} painful truth {that they|they|which they} can't fix {their own|their very own|their particular} marriage. There's {a wealthy|a rich} bank director who has been too busy to {care about|worry about|value} {anyone else|other people|someone else} and {a young|a|a new} couple {who are|who're|that are} about {to have|to possess|to own} their first child but can't {seem to|appear to} {agree on|agree with|acknowledge} anything, from where {they want to|they would like to|they wish to} live to how they met in {the first|the very first|the initial} place. {Add to the|Increase the|Enhance the} mix an eighty-seven-year-old woman who has lived {long enough|good enough} {not to|to not|never to} {be afraid|hesitate|forget} of someone waving {a gun|a weapon|a rifle} in her face, a flustered but still-ready-to-make-a-deal {real estate agent|realtor|agent}, and {a mystery|a secret|a puzzle} man who has locked himself in the apartment's only bathroom, and you've got the worst {group of|number of|band of} hostages in the world.

{Each of them|All of them} {carries a|posesses|has a} {lifetime of|duration of|time of} grievances, hurts, secrets, and passions {that are|which are|which can be} {ready to|prepared to|willing to} boil over. {None of them|Not one of them|Do not require} is entirely who they {appear to|seem to} be. And {all of|all|most of|every one of|each of} them—{the bank|the financial institution|the lender} robber included—desperately crave {some sort of|some kind of|some type of} rescue. {As the|Whilst the|Because the|Since the|While the} authorities and the media surround the premises these reluctant allies will reveal surprising truths about themselves and {set in|occur|emerge} motion {a chain|a string|a sequence} of events so unexpected that even {they can|they are able to|they could} hardly explain {what happens|what goes on|what are the results} next.

Rich with Fredrik Backman's “pitch-perfect dialogue and an unparalleled {understanding of|knowledge of|comprehension of} human nature” (Shelf Awareness), Anxious People is {an ingeniously|an admirably|an excellently|a cleverly} constructed story {about the|concerning the|in regards to the} enduring power of friendship, forgiveness, and hope—{the things that|things that|what} save us, {even in|even yet in} {the most|the absolute most|probably the most} anxious times.

 Editorial Reviews 

A diverse assortment of Swedes gets caught in an unlikely hostage situation in Backman’s witty, lighthearted romp (after Us Against You). On the day before New Year’s Eve, in a “not particularly large or noteworthy town,” a desperate parent attempts to rob a bank in order to provide for two young children. After the police arrive, the amateur stickup artist flees and stumbles into an apartment’s open house. The attendees, including a heavily pregnant, first-time home-buying lesbian couple; an apartment-flipping older couple; and Zara, an executive at another bank, become hostages. Meanwhile, father and son police officers Jim and Jack scramble into action. The appearance of a man wearing nothing but underwear and a bunny mask, hired by the flippers to sabotage the open house, adds to the drama. Backman layers the hostage scene with threads of backstory on Zara’s regret for denying a loan to a man ten years earlier, along with developments in Jack and Jim’s investigation. While the prose is chockablock with odd metaphors (“Our hearts are bars of soap that we keep losing hold of”) and a plot twist leans on societal assumptions, Backman charms with his empathetic description of the robber, who gradually earns sympathy from the hostages. This amusing send-up of contemporary Swedish society is worth a look. Agent: Tor Jonasson, Salomonsson Agency. (Sept.)

Publishers Weekly

"Marin Ireland uses her many theatrical gifts in her fine narration of this bittersweet novel. The listener is treated to an exceptional audio experience in which the narrator plays all the parts with nuance and wit. She modulates her pace and tone as she brings this human comedy to life. At once a send-up of Swedish mores and a deeply humane story of contemporary struggles, this novel has characters galore—a banker with a guilty conscience, a father-and-son police team, an inept bank robber who just wants to make rent, an endearing 87-year-old woman who loves books, among others. Often laugh-out-loud funny, the set piece revolves around the taking of 'the worst group of hostages ever.' This is an audiobook to savor."

AudioFile Magazine Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
Backman again captures the messy essence of being human...It’s clever and affecting, as likely to make you laugh out loud as it is to make you cry.” —Washington Post

“Backman’s latest novel hits the sweet spot between profoundly insightful and preposterously funny....I hugged this book tightly with a smile on my face and tears in my eyes.” –USA Today

“The perfect balance of heartwarming and heart-wrenching, and Fredrik Backman has a way of simply yet elegantly describing relationships. We can all be idiots, but we’re still all human beings worthy of connection and love.” –NPR

“A brilliant and comforting read.” —Matt Haig, bestselling author of The Midnight Library

“An endlessly entertaining mood booster.” —Real Simple

"This book examines how a shared event can change the course of many lives at once. And if you like strongly drawn characters and a mix of humor and heartbreak, this one's for you.” –The Skimm

"[A] witty, lighthearted romp...Backman charms." —Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Fredrik Backman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove, My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, Britt-Marie Was Here, Beartown, Us Against You, and Anxious People, as well as two novellas and one work of nonfiction. His books are published in more than forty countries. He lives in Stockholm, Sweden, with his wife and two children. Connect with him on Facebook and Twitter @BackmanLand and on Instagram @Backmansk.