Jennifer McMahon’s ‘The Invited’ is a powerful novel

Jennifer McMahon again proves that the modern ghost story is more than things that go bump in the night. It hinges on reality, slowly building to a

Tembi Locke’s ‘From Scratch’ is a gorgeous read

Not interested in yet another memoir of moving to Italy, discovering great food and falling crazy in love with the man of your dreams? Me neither. But

‘Cape May’ novel is full of drink and lust to a fault

It is early fall of 1957 when the young newlyweds arrive at Cape May for their honeymoon. This is the offseason, and the New Jersey beach with its aging

Young friends make a bad decision in Gudenkauf novel

Twelve-year-old Cora Landry starts junior high, and she lacks friends and social skills to succeed in the environment of cliques and budding puberty. She eventually makes

Gorgeous novel explores adopting a foster child

With breathtaking brevity, Rachel Howard’s debut novel, “The Risk of Us,” illuminates the joys, challenges, fears and frustrations of adopting a foster child. And while she delves

T.C. Boyle spins a family drama from the LSD era

Just as he did in his last novel about scientists inhabiting Arizona’s Biosphere 2 in the 1990’s (“The Terranauts”), T.C. Boyle’s latest takes a real-world event —

Novel revisits culture wars, AIDS crisis

A deadly school shooting serves as a pivotal event in “The Spectators,” a novel that revisits American cultural wars and crises in the last decades of the

Harlan Coben’s ‘Run Away’ has an array of emotions

Simon works on Wall Street, and his wife, Ingrid, is a successful doctor. They had a wonderful family life until their oldest daughter, Paige, leaves to attend college. At

‘The Liar’s Child’ is a compelling story

Young Cassie and her 5-year-old brother, Boon, live at the Paradise apartments near North Carolina’s Outer Banks and are dealing with a broken home. Their mom left

‘Daisy Jones and the Six’ will draw you in

Set in the drugs and rock ‘n’ roll culture of 1970s, the story begins with an LA “it girl” named Daisy Jones whose big blue eyes

‘Malta Exchange’ is blend of history and thrills

Steve Berry’s pragmatic hero Cotton Malone soon regrets taking on what is supposed to be a simple mission in “The Malta Exchange,” the latest blend of history

Author writes part biography, part Hollywood history

If there was an Academy Award for movie books, Victoria Riskin would be making room beside the Oscar her father won for writing the romantic comedy classic

New novel by Claire Adam tells haunting family tale

A new novel set in Trinidad spins the tale of an absorbing family drama that ultimately explores the tension between individualism and utilitarianism. Claire Adam’s debut

‘Killer Collective’ is another page turner from Barry Eisler

At first blush, Barry Eisler’s new thriller resembles one of those cartoonish action movies in which a handful of retired covert operators who don’t trust each other

Ruffin’s debut novel is challenging, thought-provoking

A fear-driven, racially charged world is the land in which the narrator of “We Cast a Shadow” lives. Half the black community — and eight out of 10 black

Gervais crafts intelligent and thoughtful thriller

Pierce Hunt has returned from a six-month forced leave after a reporter is injured during a bust even though it’s not Hunt’s fault. On his first

James Lee Burke’s new novel is engaging, emotional mystery

James Lee Burke’s novels have mysteries that light the fuse of the story, but the almost poetic prose sets his novels apart. A boy that detective Dave

‘The First Conspiracy’ unspools plot on Washington in 1776

George Washington faced some big problems as he tried to fortify New York City against British forces in the summer of 1776. His ragtag army was woefully short on

In ‘Seduction,’ Howard Hughes’ Hollywood no haven for women

Hollywood history for the #MeToo movement, Karina Longworth’s “Seduction” is an astute and entertaining takedown of the movie industry, the press and the multimillionaire turned wannabe filmmaker

Book reflects on Rock Hudson’s stardom, closeted love life

Had Rock Hudson not died of AIDS in 1985, he might be best remembered as the most successful of the postwar male stars who got into the

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