July/August 2017 Local Authors
New and recent book releases by local authors
EVERY LAST LIE
Haunting psychological thriller from Plainfield novelist
Clara Solberg’s tranquil life in a suburb west of Chicago shatters when her husband and four-year-old daughter are in a car crash, killing Nick while Maisie is remarkably unharmed. The death is ruled an accident ... until Maisie’s nightmares make Clara question what might have happened.
Tormented by grief and barely recovered from the birth of her days-old baby son, Clara is plunged into a desperate hunt for the truth. In addition to post-natal anxiety, a profound lack of sleep and the alternating tantrums and night terrors of her young daughter, Clara must also cope with the escalating trauma of her mother’s dementia. She quickly becomes unhinged, suspecting everyone from a sinister neighbor to Nick’s closest friend of running the car off the road. But why?
The telling of this twisted tale switches back and forth between parallel narratives from Nick in the days before his death and Clara, as she retraces his steps — and uncovers his secrets.
In this thrilling summer read, bestselling novelist Mary Kubica masterfully ratchets up the suspense while simultaneously unraveling the psyche of a woman whose peaceful suburban life has spun out of control. The result is a moving account of grief, as Clara escalates from numbing shock through denial and murderous anger. Kubica deftly portrays a woman at breaking point, who struggles with her own shortcomings as a mother and daughter and must now face an irrevocably altered future.
Mary Kubica will autograph copies of Every Last Lie at Plainfield Public Library at 7 p.m. on July 17.
THE BURIAL HOUR
by Jeffery Deaver, formerly of Glen Ellyn
New York Times bestselling author returns to forensic detective Lincoln Rhyme in his most harrowing case yet. An unsolved kidnapping with a puzzling clue — a miniature hangman’s noose left at the scene — soon turns into a complex, international intrigue. Rhyme and partner Amelia Sachs must play a dangerous game, where lives all across the globe hang in the balance.
by Sarah Shoemaker of Naperville
This stirring tale of adventure, passion and betrayal re-imagines the formative years of Mr. Rochester, the complex hero of Charlotte Bronte’s masterpiece, Jane Eyre. Shoemaker invents a motherless boy who is hardened by danger, deceit and deep secrets into a brilliant but tortured man. Only the love of an innocent yet strong-willed young governess can redeem him.
by Joelle Charbonneau of Glen Ellyn
From the author of New York Times bestselling trilogy Testing comes the first book in a new fantasy series for teens and young adults. In a fight for the kingdom of Eden, twins Carey and Andreus must take part in a Trial of Succession to determine which of the two is the worthy ruler. As family bonds are tested, how long will it be before suspicion and thirst for power lead to the ultimate betrayal?
by Michael H. Hahn of Lisle
This self-help leadership guide is disguised as a story, as business and family man James sets out on a “superhero” journey where he battles villains — the Energy Vampire, the Storm and others — while developing powers of his own, like decision making, risk-taking and managing change. Motivational speaker and culture guru Michael Hahn makes superhero habits accessible, empowering and life changing.Edit Module