Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Who's On Top 2/25 - 3/2/13: Fiction

Here we are the last week of February; let us see who is topping the New York Times Best Sellers List in fiction.

In The Spotlight:
Hardcover - Is a tale of seven guest at the Stone House hotel.
Trade - We have book two in the Fifty Shaded series
Mass-Market - A thriller about a soccer mom who is bored with her current life and a detective obsessing over a cold case of a missing father.
E-Book - In an upscale L.A. neighborhood the body of a infant is found during a renovation while soon afterwards the body of young woman is found in a nearby park. 

Hardcover Fiction:
A Week In Winter
By: Maeve Binchy

Stoneybridge is full of holiday-makers in summer, its beaches are full of buckets and spades and sandcastles; but in winter it's cold and wild. Few choose to walk along the fine sands, the big round pebbles and the exposed rocky promontories that make up the wind-swept Atlantic coastline.

Those who do can't help but see Stone House, the big house on the cliff; once falling into disrepair it is now a beautiful hotel specializing in winter holidays. Its big, warm kitchen, its open log-fires and its elegant bedrooms provide a welcome few can resist, whatever their reasons for coming.

Henry and Nicola are burdened with a terrible secret, while cheerful nurse Winnie finds herself on the holiday from hell. John has arrived on an impulse after he missed a flight at Shannon; eccentric Freda claims to be a psychic--and a part-time hairdresser. Then there's Nora, a silent watchful older woman who seems ready to disapprove at any moment...

A Week in Winter is full of Maeve's trademark warmth, humour and characters you want to spend time with.

Paperback Trade Fiction:
Fifty Shades Darker 
E. L. James

Daunted by the singular sexual tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house. But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist. They rekindle their searing sensual affair, and Anastasia learns more about the harrowing past of her damaged, driven, and demanding Fifty Shades. While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront her anger and envy of the women who came before her and make the most important decision of her life. Erotic, sparkling and suspenseful, Fifty Shades Darker is the irresistibly addictive second part of the Fifty Shades trilogy.

Paperback Mass-Market Fiction:
Stay Close
Harlan Coben

Megan is a suburban soccer mom who once upon a time walked on the wild side. Now she’s got two kids, a perfect husband, a picket fence, and a growing sense of dissatisfaction. Ray used to be a talented documentary photographer, but at age forty he finds himself in a dead-end job posing as a paparazzo pandering to celebrity-obsessed rich kids. Jack is a detective who can’t let go of a cold case—a local husband and father disappeared seventeen years ago, and Jack spends the anniversary every year visiting a house frozen in time, the missing man’s family still waiting, his slippers left by the recliner as if he might show up any moment to step into them. Three people living lives they never wanted, hiding secrets that even those closest to them would never suspect, will find that the past doesn’t recede. Even as the terrible consequences of long-ago events crash together in the present and threaten to ruin lives, they will come to the startling realization that they may not want to forget the past at all. And as each confronts the dark side of the American Dream—the boredom of a nice suburban life, the excitement of temptation, the desperation and hunger that can lurk behind even the prettiest facades—they will discover the hard truth that the line between one kind of life and another can be as whisper-thin as a heartbeat. With his trademark combination of page-turning thrills and unrivaled insight into the dark shadows that creep into even the happiest communities, Harlan Coben delivers a thriller that cements his status as the master of domestic suspense

E-Book Fiction
John Kellerman

The #1 New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman’s “psychology skills and dark imagination are a potent literary mix” (Los Angeles Times), and this intensely thrilling blend has never been so powerful as in the acclaimed author’s new novel of murder and madness among the beautiful dreamers, seductive predators, and doomed innocents adrift in the glare of Southern California’s eternal sunshine.

A series of horrifying events occur in quick succession in the same upscale L.A. neighborhood. A backyard renovation unearths an infant’s body, buried sixty years ago. And soon thereafter in a nearby park, another disturbingly bizarre discovery is made not far from the body of a young woman shot in the head. Helping LAPD homicide detective Milo Sturgis to link these eerie incidents is brilliant psychologist Alex Delaware. But even the good doctor’s vast experience with matters both clinical and criminal might not be enough to cut down to the bone of this chilling case—and draw out the disturbing truth.

Backtracking six decades into the past stirs up tales of a beautiful nurse with a mystery lover, a handsome, wealthy doctor who seems too good to be true, and a hospital with a notorious reputation—all of them long gone, along with any records of a newborn, and destined for anonymity. But the specter of fame rears its head when the case unexpectedly twists in the direction of the highest echelons of celebrity privilege. Entering this sheltered world, Alex little imagines the macabre layer just below the surface—a decadent quagmire of unholy rituals and grisly sacrifice.

Before their work is done, Alex and Milo, “the most original whodunit duo since Watson and Holmes” (Forbes), must confront a fanatically deranged mind of such monstrous cunning that even the most depraved madman would shudder.

Top 5 List
Hardcover Fiction:
1. A Week In Winter - By: Maeve Binchy
2. Gone Girl - By: Gillian Flynn
3. Tenth Of December - By George Saunders
4. Guilt - By Jonathan Kellerman
5. A Memory Of Light - By Robert Jordan And Brandon Sanderson

Paperback Trade Fiction:
1. Fifty Shades Of Grey - By: E. L. James
2. Safe Haven - By: Nicholas Sparks
3. Fifty Shades Darker - By: E. L. James
4. Fifty Shades Freed - By: E. L. James
5. The Paris Wife - By: Paula McLain

Paperback Mass Market Fiction:
1. Safe Haven - By: Nicholas Sparks
2. Stay Close - By: Harlan Coben
3. Kill Me If You Can - By: James Patterson And Marshall Karp
4. The Hunter - By: John Lescroart
5. A Game Of Thrones -By: George R. R. Martin

E-Books Fiction:
1. Safe Haven - By: Nicholas Sparks
2. Guilt - By Jonathan Kellerman
3. Wait For Me - By: Elisa Naughton
4. A Week In Winter - By: Maeve Binchy
5. Gone Girl - By: Gillian Flynn

Disclaimer: All Blurbs come from Goodreads.com, all list com from NYTimes.com

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