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"The entire town feels sorry for Aidan Thomas when his wife dies. But the mysterious woman staying in the house Aidan shares with his teenage daughter has seen a very different side of him … and knows her every move has life-or-death stakes. A great pick for thriller fans looking for a page-turner with strong female protagonists."
Mara Bandy Fass, Champaign Public Library
NoveList read-alike: The Last Housewife by Ashley Winstead
All the Sinners Bleed by S.A. Cosby"As a Black sheriff in rural Virginia, Titus Crown is caught in political turmoil while a pedophile mass murderer runs amok. A brilliant perfectionist and former FBI agent, Titus ran for office to change things for the better, but can anything honestly change?"
Jill Minor, Washington County Public Library
NoveList read-alike: When Ghosts Come Home by Wiley Cash
The Brightest Star: A Novel by Gail Tsukiyama"This moving historical novel spotlights Chinese-American icon Anna May Wong, a talented and ambitious actress caught in a film industry that denied her the roles she was born to play, even as she was expected to teach white actresses how to 'act Chinese'."
Kimberly McGee, Lake Travis Community Library
NoveList read-alike: Siren Queen by Nghi Vo
A Crown of Ivy and Glass by Claire LeGrand"Gemma is the only person in her powerful family not to possess magic; in fact, she's physically sickened by it. But when a dashing man tells her of a demonic curse, Gemma engages in a quest to find her tormentor. This is a sweeping, romantic fantasy with the promise of more to come."
Mary Lovell, Seymour Public Library
NoveList read-alike: Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros
The First Ladies by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray"An illuminating read about the unlikely friendship between Eleanor Roosevelt and civil rights activist Mary McLeod Bethune as both overcame obstacles pursuing equal rights during the Great Depression/WWII and formed a close relationship through their personal struggles."
Debbie Lease, Hillsdale Public Library
NoveList read-alike: The Thread Collectors by Shaunna J. Edwards and Alyson Richman
A Most Agreeable Murder: A Novel by Julia Seales"Beatrice has had enough of Regency societal rules about what is proper and loves true crime and Lord Huxley. When Huxley's former assistant shows up in her village, Beatrice immediately dislikes him. When another guest to the village is murdered, Beatrice helps the vile man solve the case. Much laughter is had on the way to personal freedom and autonomy."
Michelle Ogden, Crawfordsville District Public Library
NoveList read-alike: The Murder of Mr. Wickham by Claudia Gray
The Rachel Incident: A Novel by Caroline O'Donoghue"Rachel and James meet while working at a bookshop in Cork and decide to hold a book release event for Rachel's professor. Ten years later, a pregnant Rachel reflects on this time in her life and how it led her to where she is now. Capturing university life where friendships are strong, emotions are deep, and money is tight, this is a wonderful novel."
Tara McGuinness, Cuyahoga County Public Library
NoveList read-alike: Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney
Same Time Next Summer by Annabel Monaghan"Sam and Wyatt have met up every summer since they were young and fall deeply in love. Even at their young age they know this love is forever. This starts out as a basic romance novel, but when something terrible happens to our two lovers, the writing changes, becoming more compelling and more nuanced."
Judy G. Sebastian, Eastham Public Library
NoveList read-alike: Every Summer After by Carly Fortune
The Seven Year Slip by Ashley Poston"Suspend belief, forget logic and don't ask questions, just go with the love in this romance set in a magical apartment. Clementine and Iwan fall in love and then lose each other in a seven-year time slip. Their lives are filled with good friends and family and eventually a happy ending."
JR Ring, Baltimore County Public Library
NoveList read-alike: The Impossible Us by Sarah Lotz
The Whispers: A Novel by Ashley Audrain"After a picnic where everyone hears the host losing her temper towards her son, that same boy is admitted to the hospital with a life-threatening injury. Told from multiple perspectives, revealing a bit more with every chapter, this story centers around deception, envy, and despair, leaving readers rushing towards the climactic conclusion."
KC Davis, Fairfield Woods Branch Library
NoveList read-alike: Dirty Laundry by Disha Bose
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