Bilan des sorties VO lues • Juillet à décembre 2021

Chaque mois, je partage les sorties VO qui ont attisé ma curiosité et j’en lis un certain nombre d’entre elles durant l’année. Mon avis ne se retrouve pas toujours sur le blog, d’autant plus que j’accumule aussi un énorme retard dans la publication de mes articles. Ce dernier est l’occasion de faire un tour d’horizon des dernières sorties que j’ai lu entre juillet et décembre. J’ai fait un premier billet pour mes lectures de janvier à juin. [lien]

Mes lectures sont rangées par mois de sortie, d’où le fait que l’article commence à janvier. En cliquant également sur les mois, vous tomberez sur les sorties correspondantes.

Janvier

Livres lus

Publié en français sous le titre Le train des enfants, il s’agit d’un roman historique sur un fait méconnu de l’après guerre en Italie où des familles napolitaines envoyaient leurs enfants plus au nord. J’ai eu du mal à accrocher au style de l’auteur. Le roman est écrit à la première personne du singulier et selon le point de vue d’un enfant d’une dizaine d’années. Je n’ai pas réellement eu d’atomes crochus avec lui, ou son histoire.

Ceux que j’aimerais lire en 2022 :

  • The last garden in England de Julia Kelly
  • The Historians de Cecelia Eckbäck
  • In the garden of spite de Camilla Bruce

Février

Livres lus

Je suis totalement passée à côté de ce roman. J’ai eu du mal avec l’histoire, mais surtout avec le personnage principal, Megan. Nos expériences de vie sont totalement différentes et cela m’a quelque peu empêché de réellement ce livre à sa juste valeur. Je ne comprenais pas Megan qui m’a plutôt énervée, son comportement et ses revendications. J’ai fini par abandonner.

J’étais impatiente de découvrir ce nouveau roman de Sylvain Neuvel. Cet auteur m’a introduite à la science-fiction, il y a quelques années, avec sa première trilogie autour de géants venant de l’espace… Malheureusement, ce premier tome de sa nouvelle série ne m’a pas du tout charmé alors qu’il avait de nombreux éléments en sa faveur : le contexte historique, des personnages principaux venus d’un autre monde, l’écologie… Cependant, c’est très lent, très scientifique et je n’ai pas compris grand chose. J’ai tout de même envie de retenter.

Ceux que j’aimerais lire en 2022 :

  • While Paris slept de Ruth Druart

Mars

Livres lus

L’auteur s’inspire d’une histoire vraie, celle de sa famille. C’est un roman que j’aurais vraiment voulu apprécier, mais, malheureusement, je n’ai pas du tout apprécié ce roman. Il y a des passages qui sont très longs et qui n’apportent rien à l’intrigue. Je ne me suis absolument pas attachée aux deux personnages principaux, Nina et Pietro, dont l’histoire d’amour est au coeur du livre.

Sorti en français sous le titre Le village perdu.

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Il a également été traduit en français, et publié sous le titre de La petite boutique aux poisons. Une excellente lecture ! J’ai beaucoup aimé suivre ce mystère et découvrir petit à petit les réponses avec le personnage principal. Les changements de narrateur sont bien amenés et ils apportent quelque chose à l’intrigue. J’ai vraiment apprécié ces trois personnages féminins, qui sont attachants. Le coup de coeur n’est pas très loin.

J’avais noté ce titre, car c’était un roman historique qui changeait de ce que j’ai l’habitude de lire en terme de lieux et d’époque. Le livre commence bien, avant de s’essouffler très vite. Il manque de perspectives à long terme et il en devient rapidement ennuyeux.

Ceux que j’aimerais lire en 2022

  • The Rose Code de Kate Quinn (pré-commandé et en attente de réception)

Avril

Livres lus

Je l’ai mis dans les nouveautés VO, mais sans faire attention qu’il a déjà été publié en français en 2019. Le livre s’intitule Le Voyageur.

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Ceux que j’aimerais lire en 2022 :

  • The dictionary of lost words de Pip Williams
  • The Mary Shelley Club de Goldy Moldavski
  • Ariadne de Jennifer Saint (PAL)

Mai

Livres lus

Je ne savais pas trop à quoi m’attendre en commençant ce livre, notamment du point de vue des créatures fantastiques. Néanmoins, cette histoire m’a totalement transporté dans la ville de Prague (que j’ai encore plus envie de visiter depuis). C’est prenant et dynamique. J’ai trouvé l’univers très sympa et les personnages attachants. Un très moment de lecture et je ne dirai pas non à un autre tome.

Encore un autre roman qui est sorti en français avant l’anglais. Il est disponible depuis 2019 sous le titre Les trois vies de Josef Klein. En le commençant, je m’attendais à un vrai roman d’espionnage avec de l’action, beaucoup de rebondissements, mais le roman ne prend pas du tout cette direction. Malgré tout, c’est une lecture que j’ai aimé faire et que j’ai trouvé intéressante.

Ceux que j’aimerais lire en 2022 :

  • Madam de Phoebe Wynne

Juin

Livres lus

J’attendais l’automne pour découvrir ce roman. Il y a de très bonnes idées : des sorcières dont les pouvoirs dépendent des saisons, l’écologie avec le temps qui se dérègle, et une école de magie… Le livre a un rythme très lent et contemplatif, qui s’accorde bien avec le passage des saisons. Néanmoins, l’intrigue est redondante et même à une centaine de pages de la fin, il n’y a pas de grosses révélations ou une énorme révélation pour venir donner un petit coup de fouet à l’intrigue.

Publié en français, sous le titre Les Muses. Encore un thriller autour des universités qui ont renfermé beaucoup de tueurs en 2021. J’ai été happée dès les premières pages et j’ai beaucoup aimé le fait de s’inspirer de la mythologie grecque.

Ceux que j’aimerais lire en 2022 :

  • Daughter of Sparta de Claire M. Andrews
  • The Wolf and the Woodsman d’Ava Reid

Juillet

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Encore un très bon thriller psychologique, très prenant. Le fait de connaître dès le début l’identité du tueur n’est pas un problème, car l’auteur apporte tout de même beaucoup de tensions et de suspens. Quasiment un coup de coeur.

Ceux que j’aimerais lire en 2022 :

  • The Book of Accidents de Chuck Wendling
  • Half sick of shadows de Laura Sebastian
  • The forest of vanishing stars de Kristin Harmel
  • The Final Girl Support Group de Grady Hendrix

Août

Livres lus

Je découvre cette auteur avec ce roman qui m’a tenu en haleine du début à la fin. J’ai adoré les va-et-vient entre aujourd’hui et quand les personnages étaient étudiants. Le suspens est parfaitement maîtrisé d’un bout à l’autre et une mention toute particulière pour la révélation finale qui m’a vraiment étonnée.

Ceux que j’aimerais lire en 2022 :

  • The real Valkyrie: The hidden history of Viking warrior woman de Nancy Marie Brown
  • The women of Troy de Pat Baker
  • The woods are always watching de Stephanie Perkins

Septembre

Livres lus

J’ai traîne ce livre pendant plus d’un mois sans avoir réussi à lire plus de cent pages. Au final, j’ai abandonné alors que je suis plutôt amatrice de romans d’horreur, mais je n’ai pas du tout réussi avec celui-ci qui m’a clairement ennuyé. Le début est très lent et il n’a pas su capter tout de suite mon attention.

Je sors de ma zone de confort avec cette romance de Hannukah. C’est tout mignon et parfait pour le mois de décembre. J’ai vraiment bien accroché à l’histoire et aux personnages. Il y a juste un petit passage problématique au regard du conflit israélo-palestinien, mais il ne faut pas oublier aussi que l’auteur est de confession juive.

Ceux que j’aimerais lire en 2022 :

  • All these bodies de Kendare Blake (PAL)
  • The girl behind the wall de Mandy Robotham (PAL)

Octobre

Livres lus

Ceux que j’aimerais lire en 2022 :

  • Medusa de Jessie Burton (PAL)
  • Whe we fought: Inspiring stories of resisting Hitler and defending freedom de Jerry Borrowman
  • The lighthouse witches de C.J. Cookes

Novembre

Livres lus

Ceux que j’aimerais lire :

  • All of us villain d’Amanda Foody et Christine Lynn Herman
  • Parting the veil dePauletteKennedy
  • The Haunting of Leigh Harker de Darcy Coates

Décembre

Livre lus

Ceux que j’aimerais lire en 2022 :

  • Learwife de J.R. Thorpe
  • Accidental gods: On men unwillingly turned divine d’Anna della Subin
  • The Bright Ages: A new history of medieval Europe de Matthew Gabriele et David M. Perry
  • The Ballerinasde Rachel Kapelke-Dale
  • Hidden Treasures de Michelle Adams
  • The sorority murders d’Allison Brennan
  • Inheritance of secrets de Sonya Bates

Camilla Sten • The lost village (2021)

The lost village • Camilla Sten • Minotaur Books • Mars 2021 • 352 pages

Documentary filmmaker Alice Lindstedt has been obsessed with the vanishing residents of the old mining town, dubbed “The Lost Village,” since she was a little girl. In 1959, her grandmother’s entire family disappeared in this mysterious tragedy, and ever since, the unanswered questions surrounding the only two people who were left—a woman stoned to death in the town center and an abandoned newborn—have plagued her. She’s gathered a small crew of friends in the remote village to make a film about what really happened.

But there will be no turning back.

Not long after they’ve set up camp, mysterious things begin to happen. Equipment is destroyed. People go missing. As doubt breeds fear and their very minds begin to crack, one thing becomes startlingly clear to Alice:

They are not alone. They’re looking for the truth… But what if it finds them first?


Mes lectures durant les mois de septembre, octobre et novembre ont beaucoup tourné autour des thrillers psychologiques. Le résumé de ce roman suédois m’avait totalement conquis avec cette idée de documentaire sur une ville fantôme…

Ce n’est pas sans rappeler le Projet Blair Witch, film qui m’avait marqué dans les années 2000. On y retrouve des éléments : le film documentaire, une ambiance bizarre et l’impression de ne pas être seul dans cette ville abandonnée. L’objectif de l’équipe de tournage est de découvrir ce qui s’est passé. Plusieurs points m’ont plu dans ce roman.

En premier lieu, l’idée de départ. Elle peut paraître classique à certains, mais pour moi, elle sort quelque peu de ce que je peux lire dans ce domaine. Je l’ai trouvé bien exploité tout au long du livre. L’auteur l’entoure de beaucoup de mystère et de tension qui rendent le roman impossible à mettre de côté ne serait-ce que quelques minutes. J’ai toujours voulu en connaître davantage. Que s’est-il réellement passé ? Sont-ils vraiment seuls dans ce village ? The lost village est un excellent page-turner.

À cela s’ajoute une très bonne ambiance, bien retranscrite. Tout comme les personnages, j’ai été constamment sur mes gardes, à l’affût d’un autre drame. Elle est pesante et renforce le sentiment d’insécurité. Sur certains aspects, je m’attendais pas à ce que Camilla Sten aille aussi loin. C’est plutôt une bonne surprise. Je n’en dis pas plus pour ne pas en dévoiler de l’intrigue, mais ça m’a vraiment bien plu.

Ce côté Projet Blair Witch se retrouve aussi dans le style d’écriture. Il est très cinématographique, très visuel. Le lecteur n’a aucun mal à imaginer les scènes, à voir l’équipe évoluer devant lui. J’ai presque eu le sentiment d’être celle qui tenait la caméra et qui documentait l’expédition de l’équipe. D’une certaine façon, j’ai eu l’impression d’être encore plus investie dans l’intrigue et avec les personnages. L’écriture est également très dynamique. Il n’y a aucun moment de répit et tout s’enchaîne très vite, jusqu’aux dernières pages.

C’est là où réside ma déception. En effet, pour moi, la fin manque cruellement de réalisme et de cohérence par rapport au reste de l’histoire. Pour une partie, le lecteur peut s’en douter, grâce à l’alternance des points de vue entre le tournage et les derniers instants du village. Elle m’a semblé abrupte avec une révélation finale qui m’a semblé peu plausible, même encore aujourd’hui quand j’y pense. C’est vraiment très dommage, car pendant tout le roman, on est sur du très bon. La tension monte crescendo, tout comme l’horreur et, puis, il y a cette fin qui donne un arrière-goût amer qui gâche un peu tout.

The lost village aurait pu être un coup de coeur s’il n’y avait pas eu cette fin, qui change radicalement mon appréciation de l’ensemble. À croire que l’auteur ne savait pas comment terminer son livre et c’est extrêmement frustrant.

Top 5 Wednesday • Debut Novels

Le thème de cette semaine met en avant le premier roman publié d’un auteur. Quels sont mes cinq préférés ? J’ai essayé de me le limiter à ceux lus depuis le début d’année.

The Lost Apothecary • Sarah Penner

Rule #1: The poison must never be used to harm another woman.

Rule #2: The names of the murderer and her victim must be recorded in the apothecary’s register.

One cold February evening in 1791, at the back of a dark London alley in a hidden apothecary shop, Nella awaits her newest customer. Once a respected healer, Nella now uses her knowledge for a darker purpose—selling well-disguised poisons to desperate women who would kill to be free of the men in their lives. But when her new patron turns out to be a precocious twelve-year-old named Eliza Fanning, an unexpected friendship sets in motion a string of events that jeopardizes Nella’s world and threatens to expose the many women whose names are written in her register.

In present-day London, aspiring historian Caroline Parcewell spends her tenth wedding anniversary alone, reeling from the discovery of her husband’s infidelity. When she finds an old apothecary vial near the river Thames, she can’t resist investigating, only to realize she’s found a link to the unsolved “apothecary murders” that haunted London over two centuries ago. As she deepens her search, Caroline’s life collides with Nella’s and Eliza’s in a stunning twist of fate—and not everyone will survive.

The lights of Prague • Nicole Jarvis

In the quiet streets of Prague all manner of otherworldly creatures lurk in the shadows. Unbeknownst to its citizens, their only hope against the tide of predators are the dauntless lamplighters – a secret elite of monster hunters whose light staves off the darkness each night. Domek Myska leads a life teeming with fraught encounters with the worst kind of evil: pijavice, bloodthirsty and soulless vampiric creatures. Despite this, Domek find solace in his moments spent in the company of his friend, the clever and beautiful Lady Ora Fischerová– a widow with secrets of her own.

When Domek finds himself stalked by the spirit of the White Lady – a ghost who haunts the baroque halls of Prague castle – he stumbles across the sentient essence of a will-o’-the-wisp, a mischievous spirit known to lead lost travellers to their death, but who, once captured, are bound to serve the desires of their owners.

After discovering a conspiracy amongst the pijavice that could see them unleash terror on the daylight world, Domek finds himself in a race against those who aim to twist alchemical science for their own dangerous gain.

The lost village • Camilla Sten

Documentary filmmaker Alice Lindstedt has been obsessed with the vanishing residents of the old mining town, dubbed “The Lost Village,” since she was a little girl. In 1959, her grandmother’s entire family disappeared in this mysterious tragedy, and ever since, the unanswered questions surrounding the only two people who were left—a woman stoned to death in the town center and an abandoned newborn—have plagued her. She’s gathered a small crew of friends in the remote village to make a film about what really happened.

But there will be no turning back.

Not long after they’ve set up camp, mysterious things begin to happen. Equipment is destroyed. People go missing. As doubt breeds fear and their very minds begin to crack, one thing becomes startlingly clear to Alice:

They are not alone. They’re looking for the truth… But what if it finds them first?

The Miniaturist • Jesse Burton

On a brisk autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman arrives in Amsterdam to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt. But her new home, while splendorous, is not welcoming. Johannes is kind yet distant, always locked in his study or at his warehouse office—leaving Nella alone with his sister, the sharp-tongued and forbidding Marin.

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The Year of the Witching • Alexis Henderson

A young woman living in a rigid, puritanical society discovers dark powers within herself in this stunning, feminist fantasy debut.

In the lands of Bethel, where the Prophet’s word is law, Immanuelle Moore’s very existence is blasphemy. Her mother’s union with an outsider of a different race cast her once-proud family into disgrace, so Immanuelle does her best to worship the Father, follow Holy Protocol, and lead a life of submission, devotion, and absolute conformity, like all the other women in the settlement.

But a mishap lures her into the forbidden Darkwood surrounding Bethel, where the first prophet once chased and killed four powerful witches. Their spirits are still lurking there, and they bestow a gift on Immanuelle: the journal of her dead mother, who Immanuelle is shocked to learn once sought sanctuary in the wood.

Fascinated by the secrets in the diary, Immanuelle finds herself struggling to understand how her mother could have consorted with the witches. But when she begins to learn grim truths about the Church and its history, she realizes the true threat to Bethel is its own darkness. And she starts to understand that if Bethel is to change, it must begin with her. 

Top 5 Wednesday • Halfway there!

Je reviens avec le Top 5 Wednesday (et un article en retard). Les thèmes de Juillet ne m’ont guère inspiré, contrairement à ceux d’août. Le premier est Halway there! Il consiste à présenter les cinq meilleurs livres publiés depuis le début d’année. Je ne les ai pas forcément rangés dans un ordre d’appréciation.

Don’t tell a soul – Kristen Miller

Goodreads

J’ai adoré ce roman d’un bout à l’autre. L’ambiance est parfaite, bien dosée avec le suspens. Ce dernier est présent et parfaitement maîtrisé. Impossible de mettre le livre de côté pendant quelques secondes.

Sistersong • Lucy Holland

Goodreads

Un très bon roman sur trois soeurs très différentes. Des jalousies, des drames, le tout sous fond de Bretagne historique et mythique… J’ai vraiment beaucoup aimé et j’ai vraiment envie de lire d’autres ouvrages dans cette veine.

The lost village • Camilla Sten

Goodreads

Un thriller psychologique avec énormément de suspens et de tension. Il est haletant et un vrai page-turner. Il est juste dommage que la fin ne soit pas à la hauteur de mes espérances.

Near the bone • Christina Henry

Goodreads

Christina Henry est une de mes auteurs préférés et chacune de ses nouvelle publications finies entre mes mains. J’avais très envie de découvrir celui-ci et je ne suis pas déçue. Encore un livre avec une ambiance sombre, des passages pas toujours facile. Un autre mythe est exploré.

The Lights of Prague • Nicole Jarvis

Goodreads

Je découvre une nouvelle auteur avec ce roman. Prague est une ville que je rêve de pouvoir visiter, et encore plus après cette lecture. J’ai adoré l’univers, l’ambiance et les personnages. Je serai bien partante pour un deuxième tome.

Sorties VO • Mars 2021

The Ladies of the Secret Circus • Constance Sayers • RedHooks • 23 mars • 469 pages

Paris, 1925: To enter the Secret Circus is to enter a world of wonder-a world where women tame magnificent beasts, carousels take you back in time, and trapeze artists float across the sky. But each daring feat has a cost. Bound to her family’s strange and magical circus, it’s the only world Cecile Cabot knows-until she meets a charismatic young painter and embarks on a passionate love affair that could cost her everything.

Virginia, 2005: Lara Barnes is on top of the world-until her fiancé disappears on their wedding day. Desperate, her search for answers unexpectedly leads to her great-grandmother’s journals and sweeps her into the story of a dark circus and a generational curse that has been claiming payment from the women in her family for generations.

In the Quick • Kate Hope Day • Random House • 2 mars • 272 pages

June is a brilliant but difficult girl with a gift for mechanical invention, who leaves home to begin a grueling astronaut training program. Six years later, she has gained a coveted post as an engineer on a space station, but is haunted by the mystery of Inquiry, a revolutionary spacecraft powered by her beloved late uncle’s fuel cells. The spacecraft went missing when June was twelve years old, and while the rest of the world has forgotten them, June alone has evidence that makes her believe the crew is still alive.

She seeks out James, her uncle’s former protégée, also brilliant, also difficult, who has been trying to discover why Inquiry’s fuel cells failed. James and June forge an intense intellectual bond that becomes an electric attraction. But the love that develops between them as they work to solve the fuel cell’s fatal flaw threatens to destroy everything they’ve worked so hard to create–and any chance of bringing the Inquiry crew home alive.

Under the light of the Italian Moon • Jennifer Anton • Amsterdam Publishers • 8 mars • 396 pages

Fonzaso Italy, between two wars

Nina Argenta doesn’t want the traditional life of a rural Italian woman. The daughter of a strong-willed midwife, she is determined to define her own destiny. But when her brother emigrates to America, she promises her mother to never leave.

When childhood friend Pietro Pante briefly returns to their mountain town, passion between them ignites while Mussolini forces political tensions to rise. Just as their romance deepens, Pietro must leave again for work in the coal mines of America. Nina is torn between joining him and her commitment to Italy and her mother.

As Mussolini’s fascists throw the country into chaos and Hitler’s Nazis terrorise their town, each day becomes a struggle to survive greater atrocities. A future with Pietro seems impossible when they lose contact and Nina’s dreams of a life together are threatened by Nazi occupation and an enemy she must face alone…

The phone booth at the edge of the world • Laura Imai Messina • The Overlook Press • 9 mars 416 pages

When Yui loses both her mother and her daughter in the tsunami, she begins to mark the passage of time from that date onward: Everything is relative to March 11, 2011, the day the tsunami tore Japan apart, and when grief took hold of her life. Yui struggles to continue on, alone with her pain.

Then, one day she hears about a man who has an old disused telephone booth in his garden. There, those who have lost loved ones find the strength to speak to them and begin to come to terms with their grief. As news of the phone booth spreads, people travel to it from miles around.

Soon Yui makes her own pilgrimage to the phone booth, too. But once there she cannot bring herself to speak into the receiver. Instead she finds Takeshi, a bereaved husband whose own daughter has stopped talking in the wake of her mother’s death. Simultaneously heartbreaking and heartwarming, The Phone Booth at the Edge of the World is the signpost pointing to the healing that can come after.

The Girl in the painting • Tea Cooper • Thomas Nelson • 9 mars • 384 pages

Australia, 1906 

Orphan Jane Piper is nine years old when philanthropist siblings Michael and Elizabeth Quinn take her into their home to further her schooling. The Quinns are no strangers to hardship— having arrived in Australia as penniless immigrants, they now care for others as lost as they once were.

Despite Jane’s mysterious past, her remarkable aptitude for mathematics takes her far over the next seven years, and her relationship with Elizabeth and Michael flourishes as she plays an increasingly prominent part in their business.

But when Elizabeth reacts in terror to an exhibition at the local gallery, Jane realizes no one knows Elizabeth after all—not even Elizabeth herself. As the past and the present converge and Elizabeth’s grasp on reality loosens, Jane sets out to unravel Elizabeth’s story before it is too late.

From the gritty reality of the Australian goldfields to the grand institutions of Sydney, this compelling novel takes us on a mystery across continents and decades as both women finally discover a place to call home.

The Vietri Project • Nicola DeRobertis-Theye • Harper • 23 mars • 240 pages

Working at a bookstore in Berkeley in the years after college, Gabriele becomes intrigued by the orders of signor Vietri, a customer from Rome whose numerous purchases grow increasingly mystical and esoteric. Restless and uncertain of her future, Gabriele quits her job and, landing in Rome, decides to look up Vietri. Unable to locate him, she begins a quest to unearth the well-concealed facts of his life.

Following a trail of obituaries and military records, a memoir of life in a village forgotten by modernity, and the court records of a communist murder trial, Gabriele meets an eclectic assortment of the city’s inhabitants, from the widow of an Italian prisoner of war to members of a generation set adrift by the financial crisis. Each encounter draws her unexpectedly closer to her own painful past and complicated family history—an Italian mother diagnosed with schizophrenia and institutionalized during her childhood, and an extended family in Rome still recovering from the losses and betrayals in their past. Through these voices and histories, Gabriele will discover what it means to be a person in the world; a member of a family and a citizen of a country—and how reconciling these stories may be the key to understanding her own. 

Murder & Magic, The Conductors • Nicole Glover • Del Rey • 4 mars • 432 pages

As an escaped slave, Hetty Rhodes helped dozens of people find their own freedom north using her wits and her magic. Now that the Civil War is over, Hetty and her husband, Benjy, still fight for their people by solving the murders and mysteries that the white authorities won’t touch. 

When they discover one of their friends brutally murdered in an alley, Hetty and Benjy mourn his loss by setting off to find answers. But the mystery of his death soon brings up more questions, more secrets, more hurt. To solve his death, they will have to not only face the ugly truths about the world but the ones about each other. 

After Alice fell • Kim Taylor Blakemore • Lake Union Publishing • 1 mars • 288 pages

New Hampshire, 1865. Marion Abbott is summoned to Brawders House asylum to collect the body of her sister, Alice. She’d been found dead after falling four stories from a steep-pitched roof. Officially: an accident. Confidentially: suicide. But Marion believes a third option: murder.

Returning to her family home to stay with her brother and his second wife, the recently widowed Marion is expected to quiet her feelings of guilt and grief—to let go of the dead and embrace the living. But that’s not easy in this house full of haunting memories. Just when the search for the truth seems hopeless, a stranger approaches Marion with chilling words: I saw her fall.

Now Marion is more determined than ever to find out what happened that night at Brawders, and why. With no one she can trust, Marion may risk her own life to uncover the secrets buried with Alice in the family plot. 

The Women of Chateau Lafayette • Stephanie Dray • Berkley • 30 Mars • 576 pages

A founding mother…
1774. Gently-bred noblewoman Adrienne Lafayette becomes her husband’s political partner in the fight for American independence. But when their idealism sparks revolution in France and the guillotine threatens everything she holds dear, Adrienne must choose to renounce the complicated man she loves, or risk her life for a legacy that will inspire generations to come.

A daring visionary…
1914. Glittering New York socialite Beatrice Astor Chanler is a force of nature, daunted by nothing–not her humble beginnings, her crumbling marriage, or the outbreak of war. But after witnessing the devastation in France and delivering war-relief over dangerous seas, Beatrice takes on the challenge of a lifetime: convincing America to fight for what’s right.

A reluctant resistor…
1940. French school-teacher and aspiring artist Marthe Simone has an orphan’s self-reliance and wants nothing to do with war. But as the realities of Nazi occupation transform her life in the isolated castle where she came of age, she makes a discovery that calls into question who she is, and more importantly, who she is willing to become. 

Red Island House • Andrea Lee • Scribner • 23 mars • 288 pages

Shay is surprised when her husband Senna declares his intention to build her a spectacular dream house on an idyllic beach in the tropical island nation of Madagascar.

But the Red Island House casts a spell from the moment she sees it, and before she knows it Shay has become the somewhat reluctant mistress of a sprawling household, caught between her privileged American upbringing and education, and her connection to the continent of her ancestors.

At first, she’s content to be an observer of the passionate affairs and fierce ambitions and rivalries around her. But as she and her husband raise children and establish their own rituals on the island, Shay finds herself drawn ever deeper into an extraordinary place with its own laws and logic, a provocative paradise full of magic and myth whose fraught colonial legacy continues to reverberate. Soon the collision of cultures comes right to Shay’s door, forcing her to make a life-altering decision.

Vera • Carol Edgarian • Scribner • 2 mars • 336 pages

Meet Vera Johnson, the uncommonly resourceful fifteen-year-old illegitimate daughter of Rose, notorious proprietor of San Francisco’s most legendary bordello and ally to the city’s corrupt politicians. Vera has grown up straddling two worlds—the madam’s alluring sphere, replete with tickets to the opera, surly henchmen, and scant morality, and the violent, debt ridden domestic life of the family paid to raise her.

On the morning of the great quake, Vera’s worlds collide. As the shattered city burns and looters vie with the injured, orphaned, and starving, Vera and her guileless sister, Pie, are cast adrift. Vera disregards societal norms and prejudices and begins to imagine a new kind of life. She collaborates with Tan, her former rival, and forges an unlikely family of survivors. Together they navigate their way beyond disaster.

The Vines • Shelley Nolden • Freiling Publishing • 23 mars • 391 pages

In the shadows of New York City lies forbidden North Brother Island, where the remains of a shuttered hospital hide the haunting memories of century-old quarantines and human experiments. The ruins conceal the scarred and beautiful Cora, imprisoned by contagions and the doctors who torment her. When Finn, a young urban explorer, arrives on the island and glimpses an enigmatic beauty through the foliage, intrigue turns to obsession as he seeks to uncover her past—and his own family’s dark secrets. By unraveling these mysteries, will he be able to save Cora? Will Cora meet the same tragic ending as the thousands who’ve already perished on the island?

The lost village • Camilla Sten • Minotaur Books • 23 mars • 352 pages

Documentary filmmaker Alice Lindstedt has been obsessed with the vanishing residents of the old mining town, dubbed “The Lost Village,” since she was a little girl. In 1959, her grandmother’s entire family disappeared in this mysterious tragedy, and ever since, the unanswered questions surrounding the only two people who were left—a woman stoned to death in the town center and an abandoned newborn—have plagued her. She’s gathered a small crew of friends in the remote village to make a film about what really happened.

But there will be no turning back.

Not long after they’ve set up camp, mysterious things begin to happen. Equipment is destroyed. People go missing. As doubt breeds fear and their very minds begin to crack, one thing becomes startlingly clear to Alice:

They are not alone. They’re looking for the truth… But what if it finds them first?

The Rose Code • Kate Quinn • William Morrow • 9 mars • 656 pages

1940. As England prepares to fight the Nazis, three very different women answer the call to mysterious country estate Bletchley Park, where the best minds in Britain train to break German military codes. Vivacious debutante Osla is the girl who has everything—beauty, wealth, and the dashing Prince Philip of Greece sending her roses—but she burns to prove herself as more than a society girl, and puts her fluent German to use as a translator of decoded enemy secrets. Imperious self-made Mab, product of east-end London poverty, works the legendary codebreaking machines as she conceals old wounds and looks for a socially advantageous husband. Both Osla and Mab are quick to see the potential in local village spinster Beth, whose shyness conceals a brilliant facility with puzzles, and soon Beth spreads her wings as one of the Park’s few female cryptanalysts. But war, loss, and the impossible pressure of secrecy will tear the three apart. 

1947. As the royal wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip whips post-war Britain into a fever, three friends-turned-enemies are reunited by a mysterious encrypted letter–the key to which lies buried in the long-ago betrayal that destroyed their friendship and left one of them confined to an asylum. A mysterious traitor has emerged from the shadows of their Bletchley Park past, and now Osla, Mab, and Beth must resurrect their old alliance and crack one last code together. But each petal they remove from the rose code brings danger–and their true enemy–closer…

The lost apothecary • Sarah Penner • Park Row • 2 mars • 320 pages

Rule #1: The poison must never be used to harm another woman.

Rule #2: The names of the murderer and her victim must be recorded in the apothecary’s register.

One cold February evening in 1791, at the back of a dark London alley in a hidden apothecary shop, Nella awaits her newest customer. Once a respected healer, Nella now uses her knowledge for a darker purpose—selling well-disguised poisons to desperate women who would kill to be free of the men in their lives. But when her new patron turns out to be a precocious twelve-year-old named Eliza Fanning, an unexpected friendship sets in motion a string of events that jeopardizes Nella’s world and threatens to expose the many women whose names are written in her register.

In present-day London, aspiring historian Caroline Parcewell spends her tenth wedding anniversary alone, reeling from the discovery of her husband’s infidelity. When she finds an old apothecary vial near the river Thames, she can’t resist investigating, only to realize she’s found a link to the unsolved “apothecary murders” that haunted London over two centuries ago. As she deepens her search, Caroline’s life collides with Nella’s and Eliza’s in a stunning twist of fate—and not everyone will survive.