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A mys­te­ri­ous sleep­ing sick­ness, a fan’s crush gone hay­wire and an ar­son­ist on the loose. Way to jump-start your Jan­uary!

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Laura Sims Looker

NOVEL

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

NOVEL

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.

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