Thursday, October 18, 2018

THE WINTERS -- A sharp and spellbinding thriller


On an island in the Caribbean, a young woman—unnamed and self-described as “unremarkable”—lives a quiet simple life, working for a sailing company and trying to pay her debts. Until a dashing older man, a recent widower and wealthy senator named Max Winter, arrives in town and sweeps her off her feet. After a whirlwind romance, she finds herself newly engaged and ensconced in a life of luxury she never could have imagined. But all is not as it seems at Asherley, Max’s opulent Long Island estate, and no amount of glitz and glamour can keep every secret buried, or every ghost quiet.

Inspired by Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, and imbued with a rich sense of suspense, Lisa Gabriele’s novel, THE WINTERS (Viking; On Sale: October 16, 2018), is a page-turner about the seductive trappings of wealth, the dangers of infatuation, and the impossibility of escaping the past. Gabriele’s vivid prose brings the affluent Hamptons alive, and skillfully reveals the darkness lurking just beneath the surface and the skeletons in every walk-in closet.

Please join me in welcoming author Lisa Gabriele to Thoughts in Progress as she talks about her new release. Welcome, Lisa.

The Winters begins like a lot of books, with a handsome man sweeping a young woman off her feet. But at its heart, this is a story about women—our unnamed heroine, plucked out of her quiet existence; Rebekah, the dead first wife who haunts her dreams; and Dani, Rebekah’s vengeful teenage daughter. Did you set out to write a story about female relationships, power, and sexuality?

Lisa:
Yes. I’m obsessed with female relationships, sex, and power, and how they intersect. These are my favorite things to read and write about. The genesis of this book began with me thinking about the women in Rebecca, and all the ways modern female characters and a new setting would completely change their relationship with each other. Suddenly The Winters became an exercise in demonstrating how much women have changed in contemporary times, and how some men, especially rich and powerful ones, really have not. I mean, think about all the different ways patriarchy still shapes and molds our lives as women. My narrator certainly has agency, she has a job of her own that she’s quite good at, and a potential role model of a single working woman, but despite this, she’s still deeply susceptible to the lure of a “happily ever after.” And with Max’s daughter Dani, I got to play around with some of my worst fears around young women and social media, on the difficulty of getting your new boyfriend’s kid to accept you, and about feminism’s so-called generational divide. Dani is 15 going on 40, an heiress with a chauffeur, a tutor, and thirty thousand Instagram followers. She isn’t going to make life easy for her new stepmother-to-be. And what better wedge for her to use than the memory of her dead (perfect) mother, Rebekah? The relationship between her and the narrator was explosively fun to write. But this time, the primary question that hovers over the narrator’s image of the dead Rebekah isn’t about her sexuality, but rather her role as a mother—a much more loaded question these days.

The Winters is inspired in part by Daphne du Maurier’s classic novel, Rebecca—an instant bestseller, first published in 1938, that has never gone out of print, reportedly selling 50,000 copies a year. And it’s obvious you’re a fan. What do you love about it, and what made you use it as the launching point for your novel?

Lisa:
Anyone who knows me knows I’m a big fan of Rebecca. My mother, who died almost twenty years ago, introduced me to Alfred Hitchcock’s movie first, and whenever I miss her I reach for it. In the fall of 2016, in the despairing days of the U.S. election, I bought some ice cream and threw in the DVD to drown out the bad news. But this time, instead of comforted, it left me feeling deeply uneasy. I had to remind myself that in Daphne du Maurier’s book Maxim de Winter killed his sexually rebellious first wife, a fact that Hitchcock, due to Production Codes at the time, erased. I suddenly felt this strong desire to avenge Rebecca and punish Maxim. So I guess you could say nostalgia inspired me to reread the book, but anger drove me to write mine.

Much of The Winters is set at Asherley, Max Winter’s opulent estate in the Hamptons. Why did you choose that setting?

Author Lisa Gabriele
Lisa:
I’ve always been fascinated with Long Island’s moneyed elite; a couple of my favorite books are set there. I loved the storied Gold Coast of The Great Gatsby, and the deceptively serene town in The Amityville Horror. I needed a place that combined history and horror and the Hamptons seemed like a natural choice. However, to pull off the violent conclusion, I also needed a location that wasn’t only private, but remote. In the research stage, I visited the Suffolk County Historical Society in Riverhead and read about Gardiner’s Island. It’s one of the biggest swaths of privately-owned land in America, purchased by Lion Gardiner from the Montaukett Indians in the 1600s, in exchange for a large black dog and some Dutch blankets. Today it’s worth more than $125 million dollars so keeping the island in the family has driven generations of Gardiners to sometimes concoct nefarious plots. So Winter’s Island was born, as was a motive for murder. I changed some geographic details, but the rest of its history and topography, its dense forests, the old ruins, the private beach and thick, marshy shores, are the same. Then there’s the mansion. I love a looming turret, so I made Asherley a Queen Anne Victorian—spookier, in my opinion, than the typical center hall design from the Gilded Age. Entering the house, with its paneled walls, oak and marble floors and mullioned windows, the reader falls back in time. The only modern touch is a dramatic, star-shaped greenhouse, Rebekah’s pride and joy, lodged, incongruously and a little violently, against the house, a constant reminder that this was once her domain. 

As our narrator spends more time at Asherley and begins to discover her new family’s dark secrets, The Winters becomes a gripping slow-burn thriller. What are your tricks for building suspense and keeping the reader on the edge of their seat?   

Lisa:
E.L. Doctorow said, “Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.” With The Winters I never set out to “write a thriller.” I just metaphorically made my headlights a little dimmer and the road ahead a little snakier, but kept the speed the same, (barely) avoiding smashing through the guardrails. Also, the whole story is told from one POV. The narrator’s. We are only in her head. We only know what she knows. And she’s fed different versions of the same stories. So who to trust? You can also use short staccato sentences. They ratchet up the tension. Sometimes.

Like many fictional politicians—from House of Cards’ Frank Underwood to the Senator in Joyce Carol Oates’ Black Water—Max Winter is powerful, charismatic, and fiercely ambitious. Why did you choose politics for Max’s career, and what made you want to dip into that world? 

Lisa:
As I mentioned above, the 2016 U.S. election consumed me, and the subsequent presidency has upended all norms. It’s been a struggle to keep up with the controversies, the news being, for this former journalist, a constant distraction. But it’s also a source of inspiration. So I stopped fighting it. Since I couldn’t get away from the news, I folded some of my current fixations into my book. I didn’t want to date the book, or bog it down in current affairs, but divisive politics, and the corrosive effects of both social media and (questionable) Russian money on modern American life all make cameos. Presciently I finished the book at the start of the #metoo movement, which, like my book, demonstrates how important it is to believe women.

You’ve been a journalist and an award-winning producer, in both radio and TV, for more than twenty years. When (and how) does your journalism background seep into your novels?

Lisa:
It always does, sometimes subtly and sometimes more obviously, but I am first and foremost a journalist. The books I write require research to get the settings, tone, and era right, but it’s my favorite part of the job. And for me it’s unavoidable. My characters tend to arrive almost fully formed. So when the unnamed narrator of The Winters insisted she worked on boats, and Max decided to run for reelection in Suffolk County, I had some research to do. Learning about politics at the state level and proper boat terminology was interesting and fun. But I also consult experts. I reached out to a PhD in mortuary archeology to confirm how many years it would take for a body buried in a shallow grave to completely turn to skin and bones. And, thankfully, one of my best friends is a family lawyer, so I ran by her all the details about conservatorships and inheritances. The hardest part was trying to understand the murderous lengths to which some people will go to maintain their wealth and privilege, but one need only turn on CNN these days for that kind of research.

The Winters takes many of its cues from classic novels—a plain unassuming heroine; a dashing older gentleman; a lavish estate; an inconvenient first wife. But the ending is decidedly more modern—even feminist. Without giving too much away, can you speak to how you went about crafting a contemporary version of these kinds of novels?

Lisa:
Writing a modern book that that still pays tribute to a beloved classic is a tricky balancing act. I am a huge fan of the ones done well: Jane Smiley’s King Lear redux, A Thousand Acres, Jean Rhys’ The Wide Sargasso Sea (which is actually a prequel to Jane Eyre, which du Maurier herself retold with Rebecca), Curtis Sittenfeld’s Eligible (a hilarious retelling of Pride and Prejudice), and Joanna Trollope’s Sense and Sensibility. The best ones preserve the original’s landmarks, though the terrain is completely different. They’re written in a contemporary style, though a sharp-eyed reader will spot my own iambic hexameter. And while the characters feel familiar, they’re not facsimiles. No character embodies all of these ideas more than Dani Winter, a 15-year old girl with all the traits of the average Millenial, minus any disadvantages. She has everything a girl her age could want, plus total freedom and the run of the house. She plays with her mother’s clothes and makeup, and the stories she tells about her run completely counter to her father’s. This presents a very current dilemma for our narrator. Does she believe the man she loves or his bratty kid? Dani becomes, then, a reminder that we longer live in an era where stories men tell about women take primacy over the ones they tell about themselves, as the #metoo movement is proving. Women just aren’t having that anymore. I know Dani’s generation isn’t.

Finally, considering the evocative setting of The Winters, where do you think is the best place to read a book like this?

Lisa:
You should read The Winters at one of my favorite hotels, The Chequit Inn, on Shelter Island. You should be sitting on the deep front porch that overlooks the Peconic River, sipping sweet tea. Funny enough, in a very early draft I wrote a scene where our teary, breathless narrator, running for her life, bursts into the lobby of The Chequit Inn demanding to use their phone. They let her. They get her a glass of water and calm her down. They offer her a chair. In the end, the incredible staff at even my imaginary Chequit Inn sucked the tension right out of the scene, so I had to redirect.

Lisa, thanks for joining us and sharing this insight into your story. Being a fan of REBECCA, your book sounds intriguing and one that would become a favorite read too.

Thanks everyone for stopping by. Are you a fan of REBECCA and if so, do you look for similar books for your TBR list?

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Seven Days of Us


Paperback Edition
I’m delighted today to share with you a book that was released yesterday (Tuesday, Oct. 16) that will be an exciting read before the holidays.

SEVEN DAYS OF US by Francesca Hornak
◊ Paperback: 400 pages
◊ Genre: Humorous Fiction
◊ Publisher: Berkley (Oct. 16, 2018)
◊ Language: English
◊ ISBN-10: 0451488768
◊ ISBN-13: 978-0451488763

It’s Christmas, and for the first time in years the entire Birch family will be under one roof. Even Emma and Andrew’s elder daughter—who is usually off saving the world—will be joining them at Weyfield Hall, their aging country estate. But Olivia, a doctor, is only coming home because she has to. Having just returned from treating an epidemic abroad, she’s been told she must stay in quarantine for a week…and so too should her family.
          For the next seven days, the Birches are locked down, cut off from the rest of humanity—and even decent Wi-Fi—and forced into each other’s orbits. Younger, unabashedly frivolous daughter Phoebe is fixated on her upcoming wedding, while Olivia deals with the culture shock of being immersed in first-world problems. 
As Andrew sequesters himself in his study writing scathing restaurant reviews and remembering his glory days as a war correspondent, Emma hides a secret that will turn the whole family upside down.   
In close proximity, not much can stay hidden for long, and as revelations and long-held tensions come to light, nothing is more shocking than the unexpected guest who’s about to arrive...

Author Francesca Hornak
Francesca Hornak is a British author, journalist and former columnist for the Sunday Times.

Francesca's work has appeared in newspapers and magazines including The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Metro, Elle, Grazia, Stylist, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan and Red. She is the author of two nonfiction books, History of the World in 100 Modern Objects: Middle Class Stuff (and Nonsense) and Worry with Mother: 101 Neuroses for the Modern Mama. Follow her on Twitter at @FrancescaHornak

Thanks for stopping by today. What are your thoughts about being confined to an estate for seven days with your entire family around the holidays?

Monday, October 15, 2018

Awesome book videos


It has been some time since I shared any videos from Penguin Random House, so I thought today would be a good time to change that.

Today’s videos include an interview with author Adam Bray, a look at scary books and Brightly Storytime. If you click on the image, you can view the interview.




Meet the Author: Adam Bray (MARVEL STUDIOS VISUAL DICTIONARY)

Adam talks about the key to a great story, the book he rereads the most, and more.



Scary Books | Six Picks

Read it Forward editors Abbe and Emma recommend six scary books that will give you the spooks.



The Day You Begin - Read Aloud | Brightly Storytime

BONUS videos of the week

This is a great Instagram account, run by a book historian at the Smithsonian. One of her recurring features is called #ForeEdgeFriday, where she shares old books’ fore-edge paintings, or scenes painted on the edges of the pages of a book that appear when fanned out. Here is a quick sampling, but if you like old books and have free time, it’s worth poking around in there. And if your thirst for fore-edge paintings still isn’t sated, here’s a profile of one of the few people still making them today



Fun video-adjacent tidbit of the week:
In a survey from DriversEd.com, 8% of drivers admitted to watching YouTube videos while driving (please don’t do this).

Thanks for stopping by today. Hope you enjoy the videos. Do you have a scary book that you enjoy reading every year around this time?

Thursday, October 11, 2018

The Beguiling Bachelor Series

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By Madison Michael
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Keeli Larsen is second-guessing her decision to support herself as an independent jewelry designer. She has no money, no friends, but she knows she has talent. Leaving her job, she rides the elevator one last time with the sexy man from the penthouse office. That ride and a well placed hand are about to change her life.
Millionaire and hot hunk Wyatt Lyons Howe IV is trapped by generations of family loyalty and tradition until a moment in an elevator rocks his staid world. Wyatt is captivated by Keeli’s beauty and fiery spirit, choosing to pursue her and his dreams. He just needs to rid himself of a scheming fiancĂ©, defy his family, conquer his doubts, extricate himself from his traditional life and, of course, find the elusive Keeli again.
Is she Wyatt’s ticket to freedom or is Keeli an opportunist looking for a bankroll? Unsure of her motives, but unable to stay away, Wyatt is bedazzled.
Fans of steamy romances will fall in love with this contemporary retelling of Cinderella, a smart, sexy story, set within the splendor of Chicago’s elite society.
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Author Madison Michael
Madison Michael traded 28 years in Fortune 500 tech and management positions for a chance to spend her days with sassy heroines, sexy, rich heroes and nothing but happy endings. Growing up the daughter of a librarian, she learned to love books, especially classics and romances, and spent winters cuddled under blankets losing herself in books.
Madison is the author of three novels in the Beguiling Bachelor series, as well as several short stories. She is a member of Romance Writers of America.
After living in the northeast, southeast and the west, Maddy returned to her Midwest roots. She lives in Evanston, IL with two feline editorial assistants and great views of Chicago’s famous skyline.

Social Links:
Website: madisonmichael.net
Madison's Blog: madisonmichael.net/category/maddys-blog
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Amazon Author Page: amazon.com/Madison-Michael/e/B01EVUGG6G/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1


Thanks for stopping by today. Have you read any of the books in The Beguiling Bachelor Series?

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Have You Checked Out BUTTON MAN?

Andrew Gross's new historical thriller BUTTON MAN from Minotaur Books hit stores last month.

Following up The One Man and The Saboteur, Andrew's latest historical thriller brings to life the drama of the birth of organized crime in 1930s New York City from the tale of one family.

After a string of New York Times bestselling suburban thrillers, Andrew has reinvented himself as a writer of historical thrillers. In his latest novel, BUTTON MAN, he delivers a stirring story of a Jewish family brought together in the dawn of the women's garment business and torn apart by the birth of organized crime in New York City in the 1930s.

          Morris, Sol, and Harry Rabishevsky grew up poor and rough in a tiny flat on the Lower East Side, until the death of their father thrust them into having to fend for themselves and support their large family. Morris, the youngest, dropped out of school at twelve years old and apprenticed himself to a garment cutter in a clothing factory; Sol headed to accounting school; but Harry, scarred by a family tragedy, fell in with a gang of thugs as a teenager.
Morris steadily climbs through the ranks at the factory until at twenty-one he finally goes out on his own, convincing Sol to come work with him. But Harry can't be lured away from the glamour, the power, and the money that come from his association with Louis Buchalter, whom Morris has battled with since his youth and who has risen to become the most ruthless mobster in New York. And when Buchalter sets his sights on the unions that staff the garment makers' factories, a fatal showdown is inevitable, pitting brother against brother.

This new novel is equal parts historical thriller, rich with the detail of a vibrant New York City in the 1920s and 1930s, and family saga, based on Andrew's own family story and on the history of the era, complete with appearances by real-life characters like mobsters Louis Lepke and Dutch Schultz and special prosecutor Thomas Dewey, and cements Andrew's reputation as today's most atmospheric and original historical thriller writer.

Please join me now as Andrew answers some questions about BUTTON MAN. Welcome Andrew.

BUTTON MAN is semi-autobiographical. Tell us a little bit about your family story behind the novel and why you felt the need to share it in your fiction.

BUTTON MAN is the story of one of 20-million immigrants to come to New York between 18801910, who rose up from the Lower East Side, with only a sixth-grade education to apprentice in a garment factory; was running that factory by the time he was twenty, left to start his own firm and was forced to go head-to-head against the most notorious mobsters of that time, Murder Incorporated, who had taken over the garment unions for their own gain, and who ended up building that firm into a national brand.

That man was my grandfather.

So, yes, there is a lot of personal history and family lore in BUTTON MAN. Not to mention, I spent twenty years in that firm myself (called Leslie Fay) before I ever made the move to writing. So, I know the industry and I know the family stories. And these are great, first generational stories that it's become my proudest role as an author to tell. It kind of goes back to the tradition of what oral storytelling is about. With a little suspense added to the mix.

Are your relatives from this era still alive? Was their history and their rise through the garment industry a big art of your family tapestry and openly discussed over the years? Or did your story require some family research in order to tell?

The backdrop to BUTTON MAN is the early years of the women’s garment business, which was a time of risk, crime, and retribution as it was also the birth of organized crime in New York. Much of that crime then was Jewish. And the two businesses interacted in crime—including union tampering, extortion, witness intimidation, and murder. I grew up with these stories and knew many of the players who were older men when I was young—those who survived, anyway.

The most interesting and emotional research I did was at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. The head of the archives there, after providing me tons of microfilm of ancient copies of Women’s Wear Daily, etc., told me that many of the founding fathers of the industry had made oral tapes of their early years that were part of the permanent archives—my grandfather among them. “Would I like to hear it,” he asked. Would I?! That’s how, 36 years after he died, I listened to my grandfather’s voice all over again, and the nuances of the way he spoke, telling the same tales I was putting into my book. As you might imagine, it made me cry.

BUTTON MAN features many real-life characters from 30s-era New York. Why did you decide to weave real people into this fictional account? How did you balance fact and fiction?

Well, it's the story of a time and an industry, as well as a suspense story, so as with Ragtime, I wanted to weave it around real figures who affected that era. My grandfather was stabbed by Louis Lepke's (head of Murder, Inc.)'s henchman, so I was definitely going to include him. And Dutch Schultz and Albert Anastasia, they were a big part of it too. It also widened to include Thomas Dewey, who was prosecuting them. So, the whole story is a pastiche of the times then in the 1930's in NYC. I think the best compliment I’ve received so far is how I've blended real and fictional characters seamlessly enough that it's hard to tell the difference. And I think I make clear in the book, what is true and what is not.

Did you already know a lot about these mafia figures and their rise before writing BUTTON MAN? What was your research process like? 

Yes, I knew the stories of many of these criminals. Lepke, Gurrah, Dutch Schutlz, Albert Anastasia. I knew a little about Murder, Incorporated, founded by Lepke and Meyer Lansky. What most people don't know is that the Jewish mob was even more violent than the Italian mob back then. In fact, the Italians generally outsourced their hits to the Jews—hence, Murder, Inc. Murder for hire. For Jews on the Lower East Side, there were generally two ways out—two businesses open to them: one was the garment trade, as anyone could get into it if you worked hard enough. The other was crime. A “button man” for those who don't know it, was 30's slang for a mob hitman. So, for many, I think this will be an eye-opening story into the Jewish mob, something most people don't know a lot about. And into the people who stood up against them and put their lives on the line.

BUTTON MAN shows the juxtaposition of the gritty working class Lower East Side with the glitzy upper-class midtown of the early 1900’s and 1930’s. How were you able to bring this vintage New York City setting to life so vividly?

The dichotomy between the Lower East Side Jews—Polish, Russian and Hungarian—and the Uptown Jews—mostly German, who blended into American life and society more easily, is one of the themes of the book. My grandfather, with his gruff, street-honed way of talking, wooed and married a society Austrian Jewish girl who was his opposite in many ways. But the uptown nightlife of clubs and speakeasys against the downtown world of factories and sweatshops, makes an interesting dichotomy, I think, of life and class struggle even within the Jewish community.

Great Expectations is referenced several times in BUTTON MAN and is a bit of a touchstone for the main character, Morris Raab, and his sweetheart, Ruthie. What are the similarities between the two novels? Was it a conscious effort on your part to weave a modern-day version of the Dickens classic?

Yes, I refer to the book as “Great Expectations meets The Godfather.” That's how I see it. BUTTON MAN is not a conventional thriller, which usually start with a crime or a mystery and then the narrative that follows is how to solve it. It's a bigger, over-arching story of manhood, the clash of brothers, betrayal, and redemption that uses suspense to advance the story. But it's the story, the life of the protagonist, that is important. So yes, Dickens’ Great Expectations, a rags-to-riches story of class struggle and identity is referred to many times, and I wrote the book in that spirit. But it’s also a story of crime and a crime family, so The Godfather plays in too.

What do you hope your readers take away from BUTTON MAN?

I hope readers take away a feeling for the times, for the industry, so different than the clothing business of today, for the struggle to make something of your life from nothing, and for the moral courage to stand up to overwhelming forces of evil trying to tear you down. In many
ways, these are themes and situations that will never be repeated—this first generational immigrant struggle in the United States. As I’ve said, I've grown to feel it's my duty to tell these stories, so rich in lore, humor, hard work, and moral clarity.

What’s next for you?

I'm halfway through a new story set in NYC in the year before WWII. It's set in Yorkville, on the Upper East Side, in a predominantly German neighborhood. What people don't remember from that time, is that in the conflict of whether to join the war or not, Nazism was openly tolerated and even supported here. Charles Lindbergh was a known Nazi sympathizer. Many in Congress were too and were ardently against the war. In 1938, 20,000 swastika-wearing supporters openly staged a raucous rally at Madison Square Garden. So, against this background, I'm writing the story of a young couple who move into townhouse in Yorkville and begin to feel that the kindly, older Swiss couple across the hall are really Nazi spies. This one's like a mix between early Hitchcock and Rosemary's Baby. I think it will be another different portrait of New York and America that few know much about.

PRAISE FOR Button Man:

Button Man is a compelling, fast paced historical thriller that paints a rich portrait of the rise of Jewish organized crime in 1930’s America. Fans of Boardwalk Empire and Dennis Lehane will love it.” ― Kristin Hannah, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Nightingale 
Button Man is a riveting piece of historical fiction, mixed with family saga, exposing the Jewish mob of the 1930's who preyed on the garment industry and the brave few who stood up against them. This book is a heart-stopper. I loved, LOVED it!” — Linda Fairstein, New York Times bestselling author of Deadfall and Terminal City
“A highly satisfying story of family loyalty, persistence, courage, and crime.” — Kirkus Reviews
“A gut-wrenching, noirish portrait of Jewish organized crime and labor unionism in 1930s New York…These are characters you won’t forget… Alternately frightful and fascinating, the story viscerally describes the era, exposing the motives and fears that drive each character and play out on the streets.” — Booklist (starred review)
          The strength of this suspenseful novel lies in its dark humor and characterizations of the brothers…The sometimes gritty, sometimes swanky settings of Button Man bring a tumultuous time and place to brimming life.” — Historical Novel Society 
“Andrew Gross is in top form with this beautifully haunting novel that mixes history seamlessly with fiction. Button Man is an epic journey of struggle, hope, death and life. Riveting to the very last page.” — NY Journal of Books

For those of you who are not familiar with Andrew, here’s a bit of background on him.

Author Andrew Gross
Andrew Gross is the author of the historical thrillers The One Man and The Saboteur, as well as the New York Times and international bestsellers The Blue ZoneDon't Look Twice, and The Dark Tide, which was nominated for the Best Thriller of the Year award by the International Thriller Writers, RecklessEyes Wide Open, and One Mile Under.

He is also coauthor of several number one bestsellers with James Patterson, including Judge & Jury and Lifeguard. He lives in Westchester County, New York, with his wife, Lynn.

For more on Andrew and his writing, connect with him on his website, Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

Thanks everyone for stopping by today. Do you enjoy books more if there is a combination of fact and fiction in them or do you prefer just one way or the other?

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

The Lies We Told Out Today


Already drawing rave reviews in the UK where it’s been drawing comparisons to We Need to Talk about Kevin, THE LIES WE TOLD by Camilla Way has been called “deftly plotted” (Emerald Street), “compelling” (Prima), a “top class psychological thriller” (The Sunday Mirror), and been called readers’ “insomnia buddy” (Stylist).

Camilla’s WATCHING EDIE was a critical hit in 2016 with impressive endorsements from fellow writers, wall-to-wall rave reviews and being a LibraryReads selection. And now, Camilla delivers another tour-de-force suspense novel certain to have readers staying up all night with THE LIES WE TOLD (Berkley Trade Paperback Original; October 9, 2018).

Beth has always known there was something strange about her daughter, Hannah. The lack of emotion, the disturbing behavior, including the apparent delight in hurting others; sometimes Beth is scared of Hannah and what she could be capable of doing.
          Luke comes from the perfect family, with the perfect parents. But one day, he disappears without a trace, and his girlfriend, Clara, is desperate to discover what has happened to him. As Clara digs into the past, she realizes that no family is truly perfect, and uncovers a link between Luke's long-lost sister and a strange girl named Hannah. Now Luke’s life is in danger because of the lies once told and the secrets once kept.

THE LIES WE TOLD
by Camilla Way
Berkley Trade Paperback Original
On Sale Date:  October 9, 2018
ISBN:  978-1-101-98952-4
List Price:  $16.00

Advance Praise for Camilla Way’s THE LIES WE TOLD

“Way delivers palpable tension and engages the reader though the end.”—Publishers Weekly

“Tense, unsettling, and keeps you guessing till the very end. We Need to Talk About Kevin meets Other People's Children.— Cara Hunter, author of Close to Home

About the author
Author Camilla Way
Camilla Way has been an editor and writer for magazines in the UK and is the author of Watching Edie.

Follow her on Twitter @CamillaLWay.

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