1."Before I Go To Sleep," by S.J. Watson
A mysterious accident has made her an amnesiac – or so her husband tells her. Each day Christine wakes remembering nothing of the day before. She's relying on her husband to help her through – but suddenly she begins to wonder if he's really telling her everything that he knows. This debut novel is a haunting page-turner of the literary sort.
"Sister," by Rosamund Lupton
When her sister Tess is found dead in an abandoned building, police tell Beatrice that they suspect suicide. But Beatrice is sure her sister's death is a murder and she must investigate. Early readers have called this debut novel – which is much about the relationship between sisters as it is a murder investigation – both "Hitchcockian" and "deeply psychological."
"Ten Thousand Saints," by Eleanor Henderson
From suburban Vermont to the not-yet-gentrified East Village, Eleanor Henderson's debut coming-of-age story offers perspectives on both the 1980s and parent-child relationships. When a drug overdose leads to the death of a teen, his friends form a family of their own and move to NYC, hoping, in part, to raise the unborn child he fathered on the night he died. If you ever partied at CBGB – or just wish that you had – this is the perfect novel for you.
"Robopocalypse," by Daniel H. Wilson
A computer/robot on a mission to destroy mankind starts a war, the history of which is pieced together by young photojournalist Cormac Wallace, who managed to escape his home in Boston just in time, leaving him alive and able to thread together survival tales from around the globe. This book has already been optioned by Steven Spielberg for a film, so you would be well advised to read the book now, before the movie buzz starts.
"Dreams of Joy," by Lisa See
This sequel to See's bestselling novel "Shanghai Girls" continues the story of sisters Pearl and May. When Pearl's 19-year-old daughter Joy leaves the US for China, determined to find her birth father, Pearl follows her back to her homeland. It's 1957 and Pearl and Joy are both plunged into the turbulent history of communist China. For the many readers who loved "Shanghai Girls," this followup is a must-read.
"State of Wonder," by Ann Patchett
Ann Patchett’s latest novel is set in the Amazon, where a young pharmaceutical worker has been sent by her boss (who also happens to be her lover) to investigate the death of a colleague. Patchett's many fans will be overjoyed to hear that several early readers have proclaimed the novel "better than 'Bel Canto.' "
"The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris," by David McCullough
What could be better than a new book by two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough – this time set in Paris? Monitor reviewer Michael Taube writes that “The Greater Journey” – the history of famous 19th-century American expats in Paris – "focuses on the personal histories of this first wave of American travelers, including what they saw, experienced, and dreamed about," their stories all told in "McCullough’s superb writing style – an exquisite combination of crisp academic inclination with a light, whimsical storytelling component."