The Best New Books
A mysterious sleeping sickness, a fan’s crush gone haywire and an arsonist on the loose. Way to jump-start your January!
Laura Sims Looker
It’s easy to imagine that stars live gauzily perfect lives. But what happens when the illusion turns deadly? In Sims’s creepy debut, a woman fixates on the actress living across the street, admiration tilting into pathology as events in her own life—infertility, her husband’s desertion— unmask her fragility. The ultimate unreliable narrator, she reveals her instability slowly. By the end you’ll be gasping.
Jayne Ann Krentz Untouchable
Unable to sleep, cult survivor and cold-case investigator Jack Lancaster has turned to meditation coach Winter Meadows for help. But after Winter is suddenly attacked, she and Jack pair up and romantic sparks fly as they race to stop Quinton Zane, the murderous former leader of the cult Jack escaped. A satisfying, fast-paced end to Krentz’s arsonist series.