Helen Phillips sheds light on the comedy and horror of new parenthood in 'The Need'

Helen Phillips sheds light on the comedy and horror of new parenthood in 'The Need'

Title: The NeedAuthor: Helen PhillipsGenre: Psychological ThrillerPublisher: Simon & SchusterSource: eARC via NetGalleyLength: 272 pPublishing Date: 9 July 2019 "If she hadn't been passing through the hall at that exact instant, she would have missed it: the lid of the coffee-table-toy-chest lifting up a centimeter and then immediately, gently, sinking back down. -- Helen Phillips, The Need [...]

Joanne Ramos explores classism and the American Dream in 'The Farm'

Joanne Ramos explores classism and the American Dream in 'The Farm'

It was as if a door previously closed to her had been opened -- just a crack -- and for the first time she could imagine a way inside. Joanne Ramos, The Farm Title: The FarmAuthor: Joanne RamosGenre: Literary FictionPublisher: Random HouseSource: eARC via NetGalleyLength: 336 pPublishing Date: 7 May 2019 Jane is a young mother, new [...]

Tanen Jones sheds light on the complicated relationships between mother and daughter in 'The Better Liar'

Tanen Jones sheds light on the complicated relationships between mother and daughter in 'The Better Liar'

Title: The Better LiarAuthor: Tanen JonesGenre: Psychological ThrillerPublisher: Ballatine BooksSource: eARC via NetGalleyLength: 320 pPublishing Date: 14 January 2020 "My ghost wakes up with her in the morning, chews on her hair like I used to when we were children. It holds her hand at night I'll never leave her."-- Tanen Jones, The Better Liar Leslie shows [...]

Karen Thompson Walker Explores the Meaning of Reality in 'The Dreamers'

Karen Thompson Walker Explores the Meaning of Reality in 'The Dreamers'

Title: The DreamersAuthor: Karen Thompson WalkerGenre: Literary FictionPublisher: Random HouseSource: eARC via NetGalleyLength: 303 pPublishing Date: 15 January 2019 Whatever this is, it comes over them quietly: a sudden drowsiness, a closing of the eyes.Karen Thompson Walker, The Dreamers When a college freshman in Southern California starts to feel sick, she assumes she has the flu. She [...]

Ruchika Tomar’s Debut ‘A Prayer for Travelers’ is a Searing Look at Trauma, Grief, and Womanhood

Ruchika Tomar’s Debut ‘A Prayer for Travelers’ is a Searing Look at Trauma, Grief, and Womanhood

Title: A Prayer for TravelersAuthor: Ruchika TomarGenre: Literary FictionPublisher: Riverhead BooksSource: eARC via NetGalleyLength: 351 pPublishing Date: 9 July 2019 Let it be her inside. Not Penny and a half-naked stranger, or worse than the stranger. The sandman lurking in the hallway, primed for his revenge. I'm diverging from my normal types of book reviews that are [...]

Hendricks and Greer create another blockbuster psychological thriller in ‘An Anonymous Girl’

Hendricks and Greer create another blockbuster psychological thriller in ‘An Anonymous Girl’

When struggling makeup artist Jessica Farris signs up for a psychological study on ethics and morality, she thinks all she'll have to do is answer some multiple choice questions, collect her $500, and leave.