1. “Concealed in Death” – J.D. Robb
When Lieutenant Eve Dallas’ husband begins the demolition of an abandoned building in New York he discovers two skeletons wrapped in plastic behind a wall. It turns out the building was once a shelter for trouble teenagers and Lieutenant Dallas is now in the middle of an investigation involving twelve murders.
2. “Private LA” – James Patterson and Mark Sullivan
Private investigator Jack Morgan is brought in to investigate when the biggest superstar couple disappears in Hollywood. They seem to be good parents and good people but Jack is having trouble getting information because they live such guarded and private lives. Secrets soon begin to emerge that might prove that things are not always as they seem.
3. “The Goldfinch” – Donna Tartt
Theo Decker is a thirteen year old New Yorker who is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend after his mother dies in an accident and his father abandons him. His only solace comes from a mysterious painting that draws him into the underworld of art that gets even more mysterious as he grows into an adult.
4. “The Invention of Wings” – Sue Monk Kidd
This novel takes place in nineteenth century Charleston and it centers on the relationship between two girls. One is Sarah Grimke a wealthy girl who knows she is meant to do big things but is limited by the impositions put on women of her time. Hetty “Handful” Grimke is an urban slave who years for life outside of the Grimke household.
5. “Like a Mighty Army” - David Weber
The Safehold story continues in Book 7 of the highly popular science fiction series. The empire of Charis has declared its independence from the Church and there are more countries following their lead. This battle has been a long and bloody one and is far from over as humanity fights for a better future.