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WoW: Two Mysteries You Won’t Want to Miss

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Full confession: despite living on my own in the country with the world’s least defensive cat as protection, I love a great ‘middle of nowhere’ mystery. I love that feeling of chills running up and down my back, and how you suddenly jump at every creak and tap. It may be horrible for my sleep, but it’s really amazing for my book addiction when I find mysteries that can draw me in like that. Here then are two upcoming mysteries that you need to have on your bookshelves.

ending thingsYou will be scared. But you won’t know why…

I’m thinking of ending things. Once this thought arrives, it stays. It sticks. It lingers. It’s always there. Always.

Jake once said, “Sometimes a thought is closer to truth, to reality, than an action. You can say anything, you can do anything, but you can’t fake a thought.”

And here’s what I’m thinking: I don’t want to be here.

In this deeply suspenseful and irresistibly unnerving debut novel, a man and his girlfriend are on their way to a secluded farm. When the two take an unexpected detour, she is left stranded in a deserted high school, wondering if there is any escape at all. What follows is a twisted unraveling that will haunt you long after the last page is turned.

In this smart, suspenseful, and intense literary thriller, debut novelist Iain Reid explores the depths of the human psyche, questioning consciousness, free will, the value of relationships, fear, and the limitations of solitude. Reminiscent of Jose Saramago’s early work, Michel Faber’s cult classic Under the Skin, and Lionel Shriver’s We Need to Talk about Kevin, I’m Thinking of Ending Things is an edgy, haunting debut. Tense, gripping, and atmospheric, this novel pulls you in from the very first page…and never lets you go.

The one thing about living in the the Ontario countryside is that you are constantly driving past buildings that are no longer in use. Changing demographics, farmland petering out, families moving on – they all contribute to shifts in the local landscape, causing barns and building to be closed or even abandoned. In our area, there are several local schools that have been locked and boarded up, and left behind.

I’m part way into this book, and already I can picture myself all-too-clearly in this scenario – enough so that I drive a little more quickly past those abandoned buildings these days.

I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid is published by Simon & Schuster Canada. It will be published in June, 2016 and may be pre-ordered here, here and here. ISBN:  9781501103445, 224 pages. 

Three Truths and a LieA weekend retreat in the woods and an innocent game of three truths and a lie goes horribly wrong in this high-octane psychological thriller filled with romantic suspense by a Lambda Award–winning author.

Deep in the forest, four friends gather for a weekend of fun.
Truth #1: Rob is thrilled about the weekend trip. It’s the perfect time for him to break out of his shell…to be the person he really, really wants to be.
Truth #2: Liam, Rob’s boyfriend, is nothing short of perfect. He’s everything Rob could have wanted. They’re perfect together. Perfect.
Truth #3: Maia has been Liam’s best friend for years…long before Rob came along. They get each other in a way Rob could never, will never, understand.
Truth #4: Galen, Maia’s boyfriend, is sweet, handsome, and incredibly charming. He’s the definitely of a Golden Boy…even with the secrets up his sleeves.

One of these truths is a lie…and not everyone will live to find out which one it is.

While I’m not a camping person (inflatable Hilton = Jenn’s chance to sleeping outside), many of my friends make yearly pilgrimages to the outdoors, and often when they come home they won’t speak of what happened at the campsite. It’s books like this that make me wonder what really goes on out in the wild…

Four friends camping? Secrets being withheld from each other? Mysterious pasts? Long time friendships? This book hits all the “yes” marks for me, even though I know full well that it will keep me up all night. Add to that some wonderfully normal teen behaviour (c’mon, they’re teens away without parental supervision. What do you THINK they get up to?), and some interesting reactions and you’ll be combing the book for clues. I also love that this is a teen book that transitions well for adult readers.

Three Truths and a Lie by Brent Hartinger is published by Simon & Schuster Canada, and will be available in August, 2016. It can be pre-ordered here, here and here. ISBN: 9781481449601, 288 pages.

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