- Megan Bingham
It isn't paranoia if it's really happening in The Woman in the Window, by A.J. Finn.
Anna Fox lives alone. She is a recluse in her New York City home, drinking too much wine, watching old movies, and spying on her neighbors. Then, the Russells move next door: a father, a mother, and their teenaged son. The perfect family. But when Anna sees something she shouldn't, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare. What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this gripping Hitchcockian thriller, no one and nothing is what it seems. (catalog summary)
In the vein of The Girl on the Train comes the next intense psychological thriller: The Wife Between Us, by Greer Hendricks.
You will assume you are listening to a story about a jealous ex-wife. You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement—a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they both love. You will assume you know the anatomy of this tangled love triangle. But, assume nothing. Twisted and deliciously chilling, The Wife Between Us exposes the secret complexities of an enviable marriage—and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love. Listen for the truth between the lies. (catalog summary)
A novel of friendship between two of Hollywood's earliest female legends in The Girls in the Picture, by Melanie Benjamin
It is 1914, and 25-year-old Frances Marion has left her (second) husband and her Northern California home for the lure of Los Angeles, where she is determined to live independently as an artist. But the word on everyone's lips these days is "flickers"—the silent moving pictures enthralling theatergoers. In this fledgling industry, Frances finds her true calling: writing stories for the wondrous new medium. She also makes the acquaintance of actress Mary Pickford, whose signature golden curls and lively spirit have earned her the title "America's Sweetheart." The two ambitious young women hit it off instantly, their kinship fomented by their mutual fever to create, to move audiences to a frenzy, to start a revolution. But their ambitions are challenged by both the men around them and the limitations imposed on their gender—and their astronomical success could come at a price. (catalog summary)
If you knew the date of your death, how would you live your life? Find out in The Immortalists, by Chloe Benjamin.
It's 1969 in New York City's Lower East Side, and word has spread of the arrival of a mystical woman, a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day he or she will die. The Gold children—four adolescents on the cusp of self-awareness—sneak out to hear their fortunes. The prophecies inform their next five decades. A sweeping novel of remarkable ambition and depth, The Immortalists examines the line between destiny and choice, reality and illusion, this world and the next. It is a deeply moving testament to the power of story, the nature of belief, and the unrelenting pull of familial bonds. (catalog summary)
Read about a love story and a journey through music in The Music Shop, by Rachel Joyce.
It's 1988. The CD has arrived. Sales of the shiny new disks are soaring on high streets in cities across Britain. Meanwhile, down a dead-end street, Frank's music shop stands small and brightly lit, jam-packed with records of every kind. It attracts the lonely, the sleepless, the adrift. There is room for everyone. Frank has a gift for finding his customers the music they need. Into this shop arrives Ilse Brauchmann—practical, brave, well-heeled. Frank falls for this curious woman who always dresses in green. But Ilse's reasons for visiting the shop are not what they seem. Frank's passion for Ilse seems as misguided as his determination to save vinyl. How can a man so in tune with other people's needs be so incapable of helping himself? And, what will it take to show he loves her? (catalog summary)