Check out these five popular adult titles that hit the shelves in January. To see more titles, including new titles in popular series, check out the booklist New January '19 Books You'll Want to Read and our recent arrivals page.
Makeup artist Jessica Farris is desperate to find funding to pay for her sister's therapy after a serious brain injury. At a loss for where to turn, she overhears a client discussing her withdrawal from a psychological study conducted by mysterious New York City psychiatrist Dr. Lydia Shields. Being Subject 52 will be easy - Jessica thinks all she'll have to do is answer a few questions, collect her money, and leave. But, as the questions grow more intense and invasive, and the sessions become outings where Jess is told what to wear and how to act, she begins to feel as though Dr. Shields may know what she's thinking - and what she's hiding. (from the publisher)
A remarkable and previously untold piece of American history is revealed in Brad Meltzer's new book, The First Conspiracy.
In 1776, an elite group of soldiers were handpicked to serve as George Washington's bodyguards. Washington trusted them; relied on them. But unbeknownst to Washington, some of them were part of a treasonous plan. In the months leading up to the Revolutionary War, these traitorous soldiers, along with Governor of New York William Tryon and Mayor David Mathews, launched a deadly plot against the most important member of the military: George Washington himself. This is the story of the secret plot and how it was revealed. It is a story of leaders, liars, counterfeiters, and jailhouse confessors. It also shows just how hard the battle was for George Washington - and how close America was to losing the Revolutionary War. (from the publisher)
Marie Benedict's new historical novel, The Only Woman in the Room, is based on an incredible but true story.
Her beauty almost certainly saved her from the rising Nazi party and led to marriage with an Austrian arms dealer. Constantly underestimated, she overheard the Third Reich's plans while at her husband's side, understanding more than anyone would guess. She devised a plan to flee in disguise from their castle, and the whirlwind escape landed her in Hollywood. She became Hedy Lamarr, screen star. But she kept a secret more shocking than her heritage or her marriage: she was a scientist. And she knew a few secrets about the enemy. She had an idea that might help the U.S. fight the Nazis . . . if anyone would listen to her. (from the publisher)
A massive solar storm hits Earth and the Final Hour is approaching in William R. Forstchen's 48 Hours.
The countdown is on. In less than 48 hours, Earth will be hit by a major solar storm. At first, it is thought to be a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) that will severely damage our world's electronic infrastructure. A crisis to be certain, but one that can be survived - until something far more frightening is discovered by NASA's solar observation teams. It is not just a CME. The sun is about to let loose with a solar explosion of such intensity it will result in an ELE, an "Extinction Level Event." A final hour might be approaching that could see the near extinction of all life on Earth. How will humanity react to such news? How would you react? (from the publisher)
An ordinary small town is changed when a mysterious sleeping illness takes over in The Dreamers.
One night in an isolated college town in the hills of Southern California, a first-year student stumbles into her dorm room, falls asleep - and doesn't wake up. She sleeps through the morning, into the evening. Her roommate, Mei, cannot rouse her. Neither can the paramedics, nor the perplexed doctors at the hospital. When a second girl falls asleep, and then a third, Mei finds herself thrust together with an eccentric classmate as panic takes hold of the college and spreads to the town. Those affected by the illness, doctors discover, are displaying unusual levels of brain activity, higher than has ever been recorded before. They are dreaming heightened dreams - but of what? (from the publisher)
Bonus title! Favorite 12-year-old detective Flavia De Luce returns in C. Alan Bradley's 10th mystery novel The Golden Tresses of the Dead.
Although it is autumn in the small English town of Bishop's Lacey, the chapel is decked with exotic flowers. Yes, Flavia de Luce's sister Ophelia is, at last, getting hitched, like a mule to a wagon. "A church is a wonderful place for a wedding," muses Flavia, "surrounded as it is by the legions of the dead, whose listening bones bear silent witness to every promise made at the altar." So Flavia and dependable Dogger, estate gardener and sounding board extraordinaire, set up shop at the once-grand mansion of Buckshaw, eager to serve - not so simple an endeavor with her odious, little moon-faced cousin Undine constantly underfoot. But Flavia and Dogger persevere. Little does she know that their first case will be extremely close to home, beginning with an unwelcome discovery in Ophelia's wedding cake: a human finger. (from the publisher)