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The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda

Confronted by a restraining order and the threat of a lawsuit, failed journalist Leah Stevens needs to get out of Boston when she runs into an old friend, Emmy Grey, who has just left a troubled relationship. Emmy proposes they move to rural Pennsylvania, where Leah can get a teaching position and both women can start again. But their new start is threatened when a woman with an eerie resemblance to Leah is assaulted by the lake, and Emmy disappears days later.

Determined to find Emmy, Leah cooperates with Kyle Donovan, a handsome young police officer on the case. As they investigate her friend’s life for clues, Leah begins to wonder: did she ever really know Emmy at all? With no friends, family, or a digital footprint, the police begin to suspect that there is no Emmy Grey. Soon Leah’s credibility is at stake, and she is forced to revisit her past: the article that ruined her career. To save herself, Leah must uncover the truth about Emmy Grey—and along the way, confront her old demons, find out who she can really trust, and clear her own name.

Everyone in this rural Pennsylvanian town has something to hide—including Leah herself. How do you uncover the truth when you are busy hiding your own?

 

Miss You by Kate Eberlen

“Today is the first day of the rest of your life.” Tess can’t get the motto from her mother’s kitchen knick-knack out of her head, even though she’s in Florence on an idyllic vacation before starting university in London.

Gus is also visiting Florence, on a holiday with his parents seven months after tragedy shattered their lives. Headed to medical school in London, he’s trying to be a dutiful son, but longs to escape and discover who he really is.

A chance meeting brings these eighteen-year olds together for a brief moment—the first of many times their paths will crisscross as time passes and their lives diverge from those they’d envisioned. Over the course of the next sixteen years, Tess and Gus will face very different challenges and choices. Separated by distance and circumstance, the possibility of these two connecting once more seems slight.

But while fate can separate two people, it can also bring them back together again…

 

Long Black Veil by Jennifer Finney Boylan

Long Black Veil is the story of Judith Carrigan, whose past is dredged up when the body of her college friend Wailer is discovered 20 years after her disappearance in Philadelphia’s notorious and abandoned Eastern State Penitentiary. Judith is the only witness who can testify to the innocence of her friend Casey, who had married Wailer only days before her death—the only problem is that on that fateful night at the prison, Judith was a very different person from the woman she is today. In order to defend her old friend and uncover the truth of Wailer’s death, Judith must confront long-held and hard-won secrets that could cause her to lose the idyllic life she’s built for herself and her family.

 

 

 

If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio

If We Were Villains is a smart, upmarket literary page-turner in the tradition of The Secret History.

Oliver Marks has just served ten years for the murder of one of his closest friends – a murder he may or may not have committed. On the day he’s released, he’s greeted by the detective who put him in prison. Detective Colborne is retiring, but before he does, he wants to know what really happened ten years ago.

As a young actor studying Shakespeare at an elite arts conservatory, Oliver noticed that his talented classmates seem to play the same roles onstage and off – villain, hero, tyrant, temptress – though Oliver felt doomed to always be a secondary character in someone else’s story. But when the teachers change up the casting, a good-natured rivalry turns ugly, and the plays spill dangerously over into life.

When tragedy strikes, one of the seven friends is found dead. The rest face their greatest acting challenge yet: convincing the police, and themselves, that they are blameless.

Beautifully written with a thrilling plot, If We Were Villains is a story of friendship, passion, and obsession. 

 

Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life by Sally Bedell Smith

From the New York Times bestselling author of Elizabeth the Queen comes an illuminating and revelatory new biography of the man who has waited his whole life to be King—the first major biography of Prince Charles in over 20 years, filled with fresh insights into his marriages and his family, and drawing on extensive access to Charles’s inner circle.

This in-depth look at Prince Charles brings to life the real man, with all of his contradictions, complexities, and ambitions. Beginning with his lonely childhood, and moving through his love affairs, his intellectual quests, his entrepreneurial pursuits, the tragedy of his marriage to Diana, and his eventual reunion with his true love Camilla—this is a riveting, insightful portrait of a man who possesses a fiercely independent spirit, and yet who has spent more than six decades waiting for his destined role. Smith writes of the women who loved him, including Camilla, and the women who didn’t love him enough, including his mother and Diana; and she writes of the next generation of royals, including the beloved William, Kate, Harry, and his grandchildren. Sally Bedell Smith has created a surprising, multifaceted portrait of Charles and his world—a man more complicated, tragic, and compelling than we knew, until now.

 

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