Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Who's On Top: Fiction 4/2/13







This Week's Spotlight:
Hardcover:
SIX YEARS
by Harlan Coben

Harlan Coben, the master of domestic suspense, returns with a standalone thriller—in the vein of #1 bestsellers Hold Tight, Caught, and Stay Close—that explores the depth and passion of a lost love . . . and the secrets and lies at its heart.

Six years have passed since Jake Sanders watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man. Six years of hiding a broken heart by throwing himself into his career as a college professor. Six years of keeping his promise to leave Natalie alone, and six years of tortured dreams of her life with her new husband, Todd.

But six years haven’t come close to extinguishing his feelings, and when Jake comes across Todd’s obituary, he can’t keep himself away from the funeral. There he gets the glimpse of Todd’s wife he’s hoping for . . . but she is not Natalie. Whoever the mourning widow is, she’s been married to Todd for more than a decade, and with that fact everything Jake thought he knew about the best time of his life—a time he has never gotten over—is turned completely inside out.

As Jake searches for the truth, his picture-perfect memories of Natalie begin to unravel. Mutual friends of the couple either can’t be found or don’t remember Jake. No one has seen Natalie in years. Jake’s search for the woman who broke his heart—and who lied to him—soon puts his very life at risk as it dawns on him that the man he has become may be based on carefully constructed fiction.

Harlan Coben once again delivers a shocking page-turner that deftly explores the power of past love and the secrets and lies that such love can hide.



Trade:
FIFTY SHADES DARKER
by 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.


Mass-Market:
THE LOST YEARS
by Mary Higgins Clark

In The Lost Years, Mary Higgins Clark, America’s Queen of Suspense, has written her most astonishing novel to date. At its center is a discovery that, if authenticated, may be the most revered document in human history—“the holiest of the holy”—and certainly the most coveted and valuable object in the world. Biblical scholar Jonathan Lyons believes he has found the rarest of parchments—a letter that may have been written by Jesus Christ. Stolen from the Vatican Library in the 1500s, the letter was assumed to be lost forever.

Now, under the promise of secrecy, Jonathan is able to confirm his findings with several other experts. But he also confides in a family friend his suspicion that someone he once trusted wants to sell the parchment and cash in.

Within days Jonathan is found shot to death in his study. At the same time, his wife, Kathleen, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s, is found hiding in the study closet, incoherent and clutching the murder weapon. Even in her dementia, Kathleen has known that her husband was carrying on a long-term affair. Did Kathleen kill her husband in a jealous rage, as the police contend? Or is his death tied to the larger question: Who has possession of the priceless parchment that has now gone missing?

It is up to their daughter, twenty-eight-year-old Mariah, to clear her mother of murder charges and unravel the real mystery behind her father’s death. Mary Higgins Clark’s The Lost Years is at once a breathless murder mystery and a hunt for what may be the most precious religious and archaeological treasure of all time.


Ebook:
EXPOSED
by Kyra Davis

Part 2 of the Just One Night series. One passionate night with a stranger turned Kasie’s world upside down, and just when she thought she was getting the hang of things, her fiancĂ© finds out...

You should sleep with a stranger —those words whispered in her ear by her best friend became a challenge Kasie took to heart. Suddenly, the man who gave her the most shocking pleasure in that upscale Vegas hotel —a man whose name she never bothered to find out —is her company’s biggest client.

As this unknown man becomes Mr. Dade at the office, and Mr. Dade becomes Robert in the bedroom, Kasie’s passion won’t let her deny him anything he wants. But when her fiancĂ©, Dave, finds out, there’s no telling what he will do to keep her, or what Robert will do to steal her away once and for all.



Top 5 List of Fiction:
Hardcover Fiction:
1. SIX YEARS, by Harlan Coben
2. THE STORYTELLER, by Jodi Picoult
3. GONE GIRL, by Gillian Flynn
4. ALEX CROSS, RUN, by James Patterson
5. A WEEK IN WINTER, by Maeve Binchy

Paperback Trade Fiction:
1. LIFE OF PI, by Yann Martel
2. FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, by E. L. James
3. FIFTY SHADES DARKER, by E. L. James
4. FIFTY SHADES FREED, by E. L. James
5. WORLD WAR Z, by Max Brooks

Paperback Mass-Market Fiction:
1. THE LOST YEARS, by Mary Higgins Clark
2. THE INNOCENT, by David Baldacci
3. NOW YOU SEE HER, by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
4. DEFENDING JACOB, by William Landay
5. SLEEP NO MORE, by Iris Johansen

EBook Fiction:
1. SIX YEARS, by Harlan Coben
2. WAIT FOR YOU, by J. Lynn
3. EXPOSED, by Kyra Davis
4. FALLING INTO YOU, by Jasinda Wilder
5. THREE SISTERS, by Susan Mallery





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

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