Looking for something good to read? USA TODAY Barbara VanDenburgh scour the shelves for this week’s hottest new book releases. All books go on sale Tuesday.
1. “It Might Hurt”, by Stephanie Wrobel (Berkley, fiction)
What is it about : In Wrobel’s gripping new psychological thriller, sisters Natalie and Kit separate after their mother’s death – and after Kit disappears into the clutches of cult wellness retreat Wisewood, which also has Natalie in its line. of sight.
The buzz: A featured review from Publishers Weekly called it an “outstanding psychological thriller” and said, “Fans of Liane Moriarty’s ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ will want to check this out.”
2. “The Dark Queens: The Bloody Rivalry That Forged the Medieval World,” by Shelley Puhak (Bloomsbury, documentary)
What is it about : Poet Puhak tells the remarkable story of two little-known early medieval queens who changed the face of Europe at a time when women held little power.
The buzz: A featured review from Publishers Weekly calls it a “deeply compelling early medieval portrait that vigorously reclaims two powerful women from obscurity.”
3. “The verifiers”, by Jane Pek (Vintage, fiction)
What is it about : Amateur detective Claudia Lin is recruited to check the veracity of people’s online lives, a referral-only online dating detective agency. When a client goes missing, Claudia can’t help but investigate.
The buzz: “With an inquisitive, intelligent, and inquisitive narrator, this adventurous mystery is both chilling and hilarious,” says a star-studded review from Kirkus Reviews.
4. “The Parisian apartment”, by Lucy Foley (William Morrow, fiction)
What is it about : This locked room mystery set in a Paris building full of secrets finds Jess broke and jobless crashing at her brother’s house – only her brother is missing and everyone is a suspect.
The buzz: Publishers Weekly calls it a “well-paced mystery” and says, “Foley reliably entertains.”
5. “Funny Farm: My Unexpected Life with 600 Rescue Animals,” by Laurie Zaleski (St. Martin’s Press, documentary)
What is it about : After the death of her animal-loving mother, Zaleski fulfilled her dream by moving to a 15-acre farm where she continues her mother’s mission to rescue abused and neglected animals.
The buzz: “An affirmative memoir about surviving domestic violence with the help of furry and feathered friends,” says a star-studded review from Kirkus Reviews.