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“The Lies We Tell”

by Debra Webb

Doctor Rowan DuPont knows a serial killer is coming for her. Julian Addington has been waiting and watching. It’s only a matter of time before he strikes. What Julian doesn’t know is that Rowan is ready for him. More than anything she wants answers. How well did the depraved killer actually know her mother? How many lies have been spun in the years since she took her own life? Working alongside her childhood friend Police Chief Billy Brannigan, Rowan is determined to get to the bottom of her mother’s puzzling suicide once and for all, even if it means exposing an unsettling past. It certainly seems like her family’s funeral home has borne witness to more than one dark secret, but when a recent double homicide leads to an even grislier discovery, separating the truth from the lies might be the last thing Rowan does.

“A Minute to Midnight”

by David Baldacci

FBI Agent Atlee Pine’s life was never the same after her twin sister Mercy was kidnapped and likely killed 30 years ago. After a lifetime of torturous uncertainty, Atlee’s unresolved anger finally gets the better of her on the job, and she finds she has to deal with the demons of her past if she wants to remain with the FBI. Atlee and her assistant Carol Blum head back to Atlee’s rural hometown in Georgia to see what they can uncover about the traumatic night Mercy was taken and she herself, almost killed. Soon after Atlee begins her investigation, a local woman is found ritualistically murdered, her face covered with a wedding veil and the first killing is quickly followed by a second bizarre murder. Atlee is determined to continue her search for answers, but now she must also set her sights on finding a potential serial killer before another victim is claimed. In a small town full of secrets some of which could answer the questions that have plagued Atlee her entire life digging deeper into the past could be more dangerous than she realizes.

“Noel Street”

by Richard Paul Evans

Elle Sheen is a single mother who is supporting herself and her 6-year-old son, Dylan, as a waitress at the Noel Street Diner. She isn’t sure what to make of William Smith when his appearance creates a stir in the small town of Mistletoe, Utah. As their lives unexpectedly entwine, Elle learns that William, a recently returned Vietnam POW, is not only fighting demons from his past, but may also have the answer to her own secret pain a revelation that culminates in a remarkable act of love and forgiveness

“The Rise of Magicks”

by Nora Roberts

After the sickness known as the Doom destroyed civilization, Magick has become commonplace, and Fallon Swift has spent her young years learning its ways. Fallon cannot live in peace until she frees those who have been preyed upon by the government or the fanatical Purity Warriors. She is determined to save even those who have been complicit with this evil out of fear or weakness, if they can be saved. Strengthened by the bond she shares with Duncan, Fallon has already succeeded in rescuing countless shifters and elves and ordinary humans. Now she must help them heal and rediscover the light and faith within themselves. For although from the time of her birth, she has been The One, she is still only one. As she faces down an old nemesis, sets her sights on the enemy’s stronghold, and pursues her destiny to finally restore the mystical shield that once protected them all she will need an army behind her.

“Angel Eyes”

by Ace Atkins

Gabby Leggett left her Boston family with big dreams of making it big as an actress in Hollywood. Two years later, she disappears from her apartment. Her family, former boyfriend, friends and the police have no idea where she is and no leads. Leggett’s mother hires Spenser to find her, with help of his former apprentice, Zebulon Sixkill, now an LA private eye. Spenser barely has time to unpack before the trail leads to a powerful movie studio boss, the Armenian mob and a shadowy empowerment group some say might be a dangerous cult. It’s soon clear that Spenser and Sixkill may be outgunned this time.

“The Starless Sea”

by Erin Morgenstern

Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a mysterious book hidden in the stacks of the library. As he turns the pages, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, key collectors, and nameless acolytes, he reads something strange, a story from his own childhood. Bewildered by this book and desperate to make sense of how his own life came to be recorded, Zachary uncovers a series of clues that lead him to a masquerade party in New York, to a secret club, and through a doorway to an ancient library hidden far below the surface of the earth. What Zachary finds in this curious place is more than just a buried home for books and their guardians, it’s a place of lost cities and seas, lovers who pass notes under doors and across time, and of stories whispered by the dead. Zachary learns of those who have sacrificed much to protect this realm, relinquishing their sight and their tongues to preserve this archive, and also of those who are intent on its destruction. Together with Mirabel, a fierce protector of the place, and Dorian, a man with shifting alliances, Zachary travels the twisting tunnels, darkened stairwells, crowded ballrooms and sweetly soaked shores of this magical world, discovering his purpose in both the mysterious book and in his own life.

“Stay”

by Catherine Ryan Hyde

In the summer of 1969, Lucas Painter carries a huge weight on his shoulders. His brother is fighting in Vietnam, his parents are locked in a never-ending war and his best friend, Connor, is struggling with his own family issues. To find relief from the chaos, Lucas takes long, meandering walks, and one day he veers into the woods. There he discovers an isolated cabin and two huge dogs. Frightened, he runs and surprisingly the dogs run with him. Lucas finds unusual peace in running with the dogs, and eventually he meets their owner, Zoe Dinsmore. Closed off and haunted by a tragic past, Zoe has given up. She doesn’t want to be saved. She wants out. Lucas doesn’t want her to go, and he sees an opportunity to bring more than one friend back into the light. It’s either the best or worst idea he’s ever had, but Lucas isn’t giving up on Zoe or Connor.

“Code of Honor”

by Marc Cameron

Father Pat West, S.J. was a friend of Jack Ryan when they were both undergraduates at Boston College. Father West left a comfortable job in the philosophy department at Georgetown to work with the poor in Indonesia. Now he’s been arrested and accused of blasphemy against Islam. President Ryan is desperate to rescue his old friend, but he can’t move officially against the Indonesians. Instead he relies on the Campus team to find out who is framing the priest. There’s one other twist, President Ryan discovers a text on his private cell phone from the priest warning about a coming attack against America. Can President Ryan help his friend or will he be destined to live out his days in prison for a crime he didn’t commit?

“Twenty-one Truths about Love”

by Matthew Dicks

Daniel Mayrock’s life is at a crossroads. He knows the following to be true: he loves his wife Jill more than anything, he only regrets quitting his job and opening a bookshop, Jill is ready to have a baby and the bookshop isn’t doing well. Financial crisis is imminent. Dan doesn’t know how to fix it and hasn’t told Jill about their financial trouble, then Jill gets pregnant. How will Dan save the bookstore, protect Jill and welcome their child into the world? Well, if anyone can do all this and with ease, it’s Dan.

“The Worst Kind of Want”

by Liska Jacobs

Rescued from the bedside of her difficult mother, forty-something Cilla finds herself called away to Rome to keep an eye on her wayward teenage niece, Hannah. After years of caregiving, babysitting is the last thing Cilla wants to do. Instead she throws herself into Hannah’s youthful, heedless world of drinking, dancing and smoking, relishing every minute. After years of feeling used up and overlooked, Cilla feels like she’s coming back to life. Being so close to Hannah brings up complicated memories, making Cilla restless and increasingly reckless, and a dangerous flirtation with a teenage boy soon threatens to send her into a tailspin.

Jeanie Sluck is director of the Taylor Community Library.