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Cassandra in reverse

Cassandra in reverse

Smale, Holly, author
2023

Cassandra Penelope Dankworth is a creature of habit. She likes what she likes (museums, jumpsuits, her boyfriend, Will) and strongly dislikes what she doesn't (mess, change, her boss drinking out of her mug). Her life runs in a pleasing, predictable order - until now. She's just been dumped. She's just been fired. Then, something truly unexpected happens: Cassie discovers she can go back and change the past. Now, Cassie should be able to find a way to fix the life she accidentally obliterated.

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The court of shadows

The court of shadows

Dixen, Victor, 1979-, author
2023

Louis XIV transformed from the Sun King into the King of Shadows when he embraced immortality and became the world's first vampire. For the last three centuries, he has been ruling the kingdom demanding the blood of his subjects to sate his nobles' thirst and maintain their loyalty. Commoner Jeanne Froidelac witnesses the king's soldiers murder her family. To seek her revenge, Jeanne disguises herself as an aristocrat and soon finds herself at the doors of the palace of Versailles. But Jeanne, of course, is no aristocrat. She dreams not of court but of blood. The blood of a king.

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Daughter

Daughter

Dey, Claudia, author
2023

Mona Dean - daughter to a man famous for one great novel, and in fruitless pursuit of the next, whose needs and insecurities exert an inescapable pull and exact an immeasurable toll on the women of his family. Mona's tenuous stability is thrown into chaos. Only when she suffers an incalculable loss - one far deeper and more defining than family entanglements - can she begin supplanting absent love with real love. Pushed to the precipice, she must decide how she wants to live, what she most needs to say, and the risks she will take to say it.

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Death Valley : a novel

Death Valley : a novel

Broder, Melissa, author
2023

A woman arrives alone at a Best Western seeking respite from an emptiness that plagues her. She has fled to the California high desert to escape a cloud of sorrow, for both her father in the ICU and a husband whose illness is worsening. What the motel provides, however, is not peace but a path, thanks to a receptionist who recommends a nearby hike. Out on the sun-scorched trail, the woman encounters a towering cactus whose size and shape mean it should not exist in California. Yet the cactus is there, with a gash through its side that beckons like a familiar door. So she enters it.

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The discreet charm of the big bad wolf

The discreet charm of the big bad wolf

McCall Smith, Alexander, 1948-, author
2023


An evil heart

An evil heart

Castillo, Linda, author
2023

Chief of Police Kate Burkholder responds to a call only to discover an Amish man who has been violently killed with a crossbow, his body abandoned on a dirt road. Aden Karn was just twenty years old, well liked, and from an upstanding Amish family. As she delves into Karn's past, Kate begins to hear whispers about a dark side. The case spirals out of control when a young Amish woman comes forward with a horrific story. When the awful truth is finally uncovered, Kate comes face to face with the terrible consequences of a life lived in all the dark places.

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Good bad girl

Good bad girl

Feeney, Alice, author
2023

"Twenty years after a baby is stolen from a stroller, a woman is murdered in a care home. The two crimes are somehow linked, and a good bad girl may be the key to discovering the truth. Edith may have been tricked into a nursing home, but at eighty-years-young, she's planning her escape. Patience works there, cleaning messes and bonding with Edith, a kindred spirit. But Patience is lying to Edith about almost everything. Edith's own daughter, Clio, won't speak to her. And someone new is about to knock on Clio's door...and their intentions aren't good. With every reason to distrust each other, the women must solve a mystery with three suspects, two murders, and one victim. If they do, they might just find out what happened to the baby who disappeared, the mother who lost her, and the connections that bind them."-- Provided by publisher.

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Happiness falls : a novel

Happiness falls : a novel

Kim, Angie, 1969- author
2023

Mia isn’t initially concerned when her family fails to return from a walk, until her mute brother Eugene, who suffers from a rare genetic condition, returns bloody and alone and is unable to describe what happened to their father.

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Iwo, 26 Charlie

Iwo, 26 Charlie

Deutermann, P. T. (Peter T.), 1941- author.
2023

The island of Iwo Jima was the epic land and sea battle that produced one of the iconic images of WWII: the Marines raising the American flag on Mount Surabachi, an active volcano that was the site of intense hand to hand combat. A young gunnery liaison officer, Lee Bishop, who during the ferocious battle for the island is pulled from his station aboard the USS Nevada to serve on-shore as a spotter, calling in coordinates for the ship to target with missiles. But Bishop is completely unready for what he will witness and experience.

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Lies and other love languages : a novel

Lies and other love languages : a novel

Dev, Sonali, author
2023

Bestselling advice columnist Vandy Guru built her career teaching others how to live honestly and courageously, but after the loss of her husband, Vandy's public veneer can barely conceal her grief. When her beloved daughter Mallika suddenly disappears and her estranged childhood best friend Rani returns, stirring up long-buried secrets, Vandy's carefully crafted life feels at risk. Aspiring choreographer Mallika Guru is tired of failure. When another audition ends in rejection, she signs up for a genetic study to find out why she's so different from her accomplished family. But the results reveal her whole life to be a lie, and Rani seems to be the only one who knows the truth.

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The lost cause

The lost cause

Doctorow, Cory, author
2023

"It's thirty years from now. We're making progress, mitigating climate change, slowly but surely. But what about all the angry old people who can't let go? For young Americans a generation from now, climate change isn't controversial. It's just an overwhelming fact of life. And so are the great efforts to contain and mitigate it. Entire cities are being moved inland from the rising seas. Vast clean-energy projects are springing up everywhere. Disaster relief, the mitigation of floods and superstorms, has become a skill for which tens of millions of people are trained every year. The effort is global. It employs everyone who wants to work. Even when national politics oscillates back to right-wing leaders, the momentum is too great; these vast programs cannot be stopped in their tracks. But there are still those Americans, mostly elderly, who cling to their red baseball caps, their grievances, their huge vehicles, their anger. To their 'alternative' news sources that reassure them that their resentment is right and pure and that 'climate change' is just a giant scam. And they're your grandfather, your uncle, your great-aunt. And they're not going anywhere. And they're armed to the teeth ... What do we do about people who cling to the belief that their own children are the enemy? When, in fact, they're often the elders that we love?"-- Provided by publisher.

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My darling girl

My darling girl

McMahon, Jennifer, 1968- author
2023

Mavis, Alison's estranged mother, says she has only weeks to live and wants to spend her remaining days with her daughter, son-in-law, and two granddaughters. But Alison grew up with her mother's alcoholism and violent abuse and is reluctant to unearth these traumatic memories. Still, she eventually agrees to take in Mavis. But when mysterious and otherworldly things start happening upon Mavis' arrival, Alison begins to suspect her mother is not quite who she seems. Alison must confront just how far she is willing to go to protect her family.

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Normal rules don't apply

Normal rules don't apply

Atkinson, Kate, author
2023

A dazzling collection of eleven interconnected stories where nothing is quite as it seems. We meet a queen who makes a bargain she cannot keep; a secretary who watches over the life she has just left; a lost man who bets on a horse that may - or may not - have spoken to him. Everything that readers love about the novels of Kate Atkinson is here - the inventiveness, the verbal felicity, the sharp observations on human nature and the deeply satisfying emotional wallop.

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The paleontologist : a novel

The paleontologist : a novel

Dumas, Luke, author.
2023

Curator of paleontology Dr. Simon Nealy never expected to return to his Pennsylvania hometown, let alone the Hawthorne Museum of Natural History. He was just a boy when his six-year-old sister Morgan was abducted from the museum under his watch, and the guilt has haunted Simon ever since. After a recent break-up and the death of the aunt who raised him, Simon feels drawn back to the place where Morgan vanished, in search of the bones they never found. But from the moment he arrives, things aren't what he expected: the Hawthorne is a crumbling ruin, still closed amid the ongoing pandemic, and plummeting toward financial catastrophe. Worse, Simon begins seeing and hearing things he can't explain.

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The raging storm

The raging storm

Cleeves, Ann, author
2023

When Jem Rosco - sailor, adventurer and local legend - blows into town in the middle of an autumn gale, the residents of Greystone, Devon, are delighted to have a celebrity in their midst. As abruptly as he arrived, Rosco disappears again. The locals think nothing of it - until the lifeboat is launched to a hoax call-out and Rosco's body is found in a dinghy. Superstition and rumour mix as another body is found in Scully Cove, and as DI Matthew Venn and his team investigate, Venn realizes that their own lifes might be in danger.

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Search history : a novel

Search history : a novel

Taylor, Amy, 1991- author
2023

All Ana has to show for herself is an unfulfilling job and one particularly questionable dating app experience. Then she meets Evan. Evan is a complete aberration from her usual type. As much as she tries to let their budding relationship unfold IRL, Ana just can't resist the urge to find Evan online. When she discovers that his previous girlfriend, Emily, died unexpectedly less than a year ago, Ana begins to worry she's living in the shadow of his lost love. Soon she's obsessively comparing herself to Emily, trawling through her dormant social media accounts in the hope of understanding her better.

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Something about her : a novel

Something about her : a novel

Taylor, Clementine, author.
2023

Maya has recently returned to the University of Edinburgh for her second year, confident in her place there and in her first proper relationship with her childhood best friend, Ethan. Aisling is a first-year student from Ireland, ready to leave her controlling family behind. Reeling from her break-up with her ex-girlfriend, she struggles to make friends and finds herself isolated. That is, until Aisling joins the Poetry Society. That's where she meets Maya, and everything changes.

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These still black waters

These still black waters

McDonald, Christina, author
2023

After a violent home invasion, Neve Maguire returns with her daughter to Black Lake, her childhood summer home, hoping for a fresh start. But when the body of a woman is found floating among the reeds in the lake behind her house, she fears she has made a horrible mistake. When another woman's body is found, Detective Jess Lambert and Neve are forced to confront a horrible truth. Because one thing is clear: the darkness of the past is waiting. And the secrets of Black Lake are only just beginning to surface.

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This is where we live

This is where we live

Hardie, Kate, 1968- author.
2023

"Inside a house live a mother and a child. There are normal things: walks to school, the park, pasta for tea. But there are other things, too: a severed toe on the doorstep; strange mouthfuls of flesh; wolfish snarls and sheep torn limb from limb. It is a house in which doors get chewed and nails scrape along walls. There is a monster in the house, and it is tearing it apart at the seams. But is there also a love so fierce that it cannot be broken?"--Provided by publisher.

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A true account : Hannah Masury's sojourn amongst the pyrates, written by herself

A true account : Hannah Masury's sojourn amongst the pyrates, written by herself

Howe, Katherine, 1977- author
2023

In Boston, as the Golden Age of Piracy comes to a bloody close, Hannah Masury is forced to flee for her life, disguising herself as a cabin boy in the pitiless crew of the notorious pirate Edward "Ned" Low. To earn the freedom to choose a path for herself, Hannah must hunt down the treasure and change the tides. Meanwhile, professor Marian Beresford pieces Hannah's story together in 1930. At the centre of Hannah Masury's account, however, lies a centuries-old mystery that Marian is determined to solve.

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The vulnerables : a novel

The vulnerables : a novel

Nunez, Sigrid, author.
2023

The Vulnerables offers a meditation on our contemporary era, as a solitary female narrator asks what it means to be alive at this complex moment in history and considers how our present reality affects the way a person looks back on her past. Humor, to be sure, is a priceless refuge. Equally vital is connection with others, who here include an adrift member of Gen Z and a spirited parrot named Eureka. The Vulnerables reveals what happens when strangers are willing to open their hearts to each other and how far even small acts of caring can go to ease another's distress.

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The wake-up call

The wake-up call

O'Leary, Beth, author
2023

It's the busiest season of the year, and Forest Manor Hotel is quite literally falling apart. So when Izzy and Lucas are given the same shift on the hotel's front desk, they have no choice but to put their differences aside and see it through. When Izzy returns a guest's lost wedding ring, the reward convinces management that this might be the way to fix everything. With four rings still sitting in the lost and found, the race is on for Izzy and Lucas to save their beloved hotel - and their jobs.

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The whispers

The whispers

Audrain, Ashley, 1982- author
2023

On Harlow Lane, several well-to-do neighbourhood couples and their children gather for a catered barbecue as the summer winds down. Everything is fabulous until the picture-perfect hostess catches her son disobeying her, and soon everyone at the party hears her exquisite veneer crack - loud and clear. Before long, that same child falls from his bedside window and is rushed to the hospital in a coma. The story spins out over the course of one week, in the alternating voices of three women as they face what led to what happened one terrible night.

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The witching tide : a novel

The witching tide : a novel

Meyer, Margaret, author.
2023

"East Anglia, 1645. Martha Hallybread, a midwife, healer, and servant, has lived peacefully for more than four decades in her beloved seaside village of Cleftwater. Having lost her voice as a child, Martha has not spoken a word in years. One autumn morning, a sinister newcomer appears in town. The witchfinder, Silas Makepeace, has been blazing a trail of destruction along the coast, and now has Cleftwater in his sights. His arrival strikes fear into the heart of the community. Within a day, local women are being captured and detained, and Martha finds herself a silent witness to the hunt. Powerless to protest, Martha is enlisted to search the accused women for "devil's marks." She is caught between suspicion and betrayal; between shielding herself or condemning the women of the village. In desperation, she revives a wax witching doll that belonged to her mother, in the hope that it will bring protection. But the doll's true powers are unknowable, Martha harbors a terrible secret, and the gallows are looming..."-- Publisher's description.

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The wolves of eternity

The wolves of eternity

Knausgård, Karl Ove, 1968- author.
2023

In 1986, realizing that he doesn't really know who his father was, twenty-year-old Syvert Løyning begins to investigate his life and finds clues pointing to the Soviet Union. What he learns changes his past and undermines the entire notion of who he is. In present-day Russia, Alevtina Kotov was never interested in learning about her biological father - when she finally starts looking into him, she learns that he died many years ago and left two sons, Joar and Syvert. Years later, when Syvert and Alevtina meet in Moscow, two very different approaches to life's great mystery emerge.

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