by Beth Cronk, Litchfield head librarian
When you’re looking for a book that grabs your attention, a thriller usually fits the bill. With the New York Times bestseller list typically filled with thrillers, this is really the most popular kind of book out there. The library has many new page-turners available for you to check out.
Killing Season by Faye Kellerman is a mystery/thriller about a teenage boy’s investigation into his sister’s death. A fifteen-year-old girl disappears in New Mexico, and much later her younger brother discovers her body. Now sixteen, this math geek pores over the evidence and sees patterns the police have missed, tying this case to other unsolved murders.
Righteous by Joe Ide is part of the IQ series. “IQ” stands for Isaiah Quintabe, a private investigator inspired by Sherlock Holmes but living in a tough part of L.A. in the present day. In this new novel, IQ has become a respectable detective, but the death of his brother ten years ago is still haunting him. He investigates his brother’s death and the recent disappearance of his girlfriend’s sister, leading IQ from Beverly Hills to Las Vegas. Gun battles and car chases are part of the ride.
Dan Brown has a new book out called Origin, which is a bestseller as usual. Professor Robert Langdon, who first appeared in The Da Vinci Code, is back. He attends an event in Spain hosted by a former student, intended to reveal a shocking scientific discovery about human existence. The evening ends in chaos before the breakthrough can be revealed and Langdon flees with the museum’s director, now on a quest to find a cryptic password. This one should again be controversial and entertaining.
Haunted is one of James Patterson’s new books. Detective Michael Bennett’s family is in crisis, so he takes them on a vacation to a small town in the Maine woods to get away from it all. Then Bennett gets pulled into a local case involving missing kids and a murder. The guy can’t catch a break! This one is written with James O. Born.
The Blind is a psychological thriller by A.F. Brady. A skilled psychologist at Manhattan’s most challenging psychiatric hospital is pulled in by a seemingly normal patient no other therapist will treat. Talking about the patient’s twisted past causes the psychologist to analyze her own life and mental illness, as he begins playing mind games with her.
Shattered by Allison Brennan is the newest Max Revere novel. An old friend asks investigative reporter Maxine to help exonerate his wife, who has been charged with their son’s murder. Max finds three similar cold cases that she hopes will do just that if she can solve them. The catch is that she has to work with an FBI agent connected to the case in order to have access to the evidence, and Max works alone. Partnering with the aunt of one of the other boys who was murdered may be the key to solving the crime.
Other new thrillers at the library include Lie to Me by J.T. Ellison, The Driver by Hart Hanson, and Sleeping in the Ground by Peter Robinson.
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at the Litchfield Public Library!