Here are some brief descriptions of books I read in July and August that won't be published until 2018. Reviews will follow closer to publication dates.
*The Night Market by Jonathan Moore (Jan.) "..a near-future thriller that makes your most paranoid fantasies seem like child’s play."
Intense and uncomfortable speculative fiction. Engrossing, disquieting, conspiracy, manipulation, ambiguous conclusion. I haven't read The Poison Artist by Moore, but now I want to--I think. Maybe because I am now so distrustful of any rich and/or powerful institution (business, industry, church, state) right now, The Night Market had a chilling effect.
A Cold Day in Hell by Lissa Marie Redmond (Feb.) (Cold Case Investigation #1) The major story line involves a current case in which detective Lauren Riley agrees to help a defense lawyer whose godson is on trial for murder. OK, but not a series I will pursue.
*The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor (Jan.) Had my complete attention from beginning to end! Suspenseful, twisty psychological--an impressive first novel.
**The Broken Girls by Simone St. James (Mar.) Yes! A great ghost story! I love a good ghost story, but I'm fussy and critical--and frequently disappointed when most ghost stories turn out to be less than I hoped for. The Broken Girls was more than I expected or hoped for. Two time frames, a boarding school, a murder mystery, and plenty of suspense.
I'm surprised the publication wasn't scheduled for October or November--prime reading time for eerie, mysterious, and supernatural stories. Of course, I thoroughly enjoyed it in the heat of summer, but still...it would have been the perfect book for an autumn evening with a fire in the fireplace and a cold wind moaning outside.