Hello Readers

Welcome to Fast Forward Friday where I share upcoming releases for the next week that I’m looking forward to (from friday to friday). There are quite a few books being released in this period (Jan 16- 22) but these are the few that I am most anticipating.

Click on the covers to take you their Goodreads’ pages.

  1. Sword And Verse sword and verse.jpg
    Author: Kathy MacMillian
    Publication Date: Jan 19, 2016Goodreads Summary:
    Raisa was just a child when she was sold to work as a slave in the kingdom of Qilara. Despite her young age, her father was teaching her to read and write, grooming her to take his place as a Learned One. In Qilara, the Arnathim, like Raisa, are the lowest class, and literacy is a capital offense. What’s more, only the king, prince, tutor, and tutor-in-training are allowed to learn the very highest order language, the language of the gods. So when the tutor-in-training is executed for teaching slaves this sacred language, and Raisa is selected to replace her, Raisa knows any slipup on her part could mean death.

    Keeping her secret is hard enough, but the romance that’s been growing between her and Prince Mati isn’t helping matters. Then Raisa is approached by the Resistance—an underground army of slave rebels—to help liberate Arnath slaves. She wants to free her people, but that would mean aiding a war against Mati. As Raisa struggles with what to do, she discovers a secret that the Qilarites have been hiding for centuries—one that, if uncovered, could bring the kingdom to its knees.

  2. orphan x.jpgOrphan X
    Author: Greg Hurwitz
    Publication Date: Jan 19, 2016Goodreads Summary:
    Orphan X is the most gripping, high-octane thriller I’ve read in a long, long time. Hang onto your seat because Gregg Hurwitz will take you on a dizzying ride you’ll not soon forget!” -Tess Gerritsen

    The Nowhere Man is a legendary figure spoken about only in whispers. It’s said that when he’s reached by the truly desperate and deserving, the Nowhere Man can and will do anything to protect and save them.

    But he’s no legend.

    Evan Smoak is a man with skills, resources, and a personal mission to help those with nowhere else to turn. He’s also a man with a dangerous past. Chosen as a child, he was raised and trained as part of the off-the-books black box Orphan program, designed to create the perfect deniable intelligence assets—i.e. assassins. He was Orphan X. Evan broke with the program, using everything he learned to disappear.

    Now, however, someone is on his tail. Someone with similar skills and training. Someone who knows Orphan X. Someone who is getting closer and closer. And will exploit Evan’s weakness—his work as The Nowhere Man—to find him and eliminate him. Grabbing the reader from the very first page, Orphan X is a masterful thriller, the first in Gregg Hurwitz’s electrifying new series featuring Evan Smoak.

  3. River Road river road
    Author: Carol Goodman
    Publication Date: Jan 19, 2016Goodreads Summary:
    From the award-winning author of The Lake of Dead Languages comes a chilling new psychological thriller about a professor accused of killing her favorite student in a hit-and-run accident.

    Nan Lewis—a creative writing professor at a state university in upstate New York—is driving home from a faculty holiday party after finding out she’s been denied tenure. On her way, she hits a deer, but when she gets out of her car to look for it, the deer is nowhere to be found. Eager to get home and out of the oncoming snowstorm, Nan is forced to leave her car at the bottom of her snowy driveway to wait out the longest night of the year—and the lowest point of her life…

    The next morning, Nan is woken up by a police officer at her door with terrible news—one of her students, Leia Dawson, was killed in a hit-and-run on River Road the night before. And because of the damage to her car, Nan is a suspect. In the days following the accident, Nan finds herself shunned by the same community that rallied around her when her own daughter was killed in an eerily similar accident six years prior. When Nan begins finding disturbing tokens that recall the death of Nan’s own daughter, Nan suspects that the two accidents are connected.

    As she begins to dig further, she discovers that everyone around her, including Leia, is hiding secrets. But can she uncover them, clear her name, and figure out who really killed Leia before her reputation is destroyed for good?

     

  4. medusa's webMedusa’s Web
    Author: Tim Powers
    Publication Date: Jan 19, 2016Goodreads Summary:
    A phantasmagoric, thrilling,  mind-bending tale of speculative fiction in which one man must uncover occult secrets of 1920s Hollywood to save his family

    In the wake of their Aunt Amity’s suicide, Scott and Madeline Madden are summoned to Caveat, the eerie, decaying mansion in the Hollywood hills in which they were raised. But their decadent and reclusive cousins, the malicious wheelchair-bound Claimayne and beautiful, bitter Ariel, do not welcome Scott and Madeline’s return to the childhood home they all once shared. While Scott desperately wants to go back to their south-of-Sunset lives, he cannot pry his sister away from this haunted “House of Usher in the Hollywood Hills” that is a conduit for the supernatural.

    Decorated by bits salvaged from old hotels and movie sets, Caveat hides a dark family secret that stretches back to the golden days of Rudolph Valentino and the silent film era. A collection of hypnotic eight-limbed abstract images inked on paper allows the Maddens to briefly fragment and flatten time—to transport themselves into the past and future in visions that are puzzling, terrifying, and mesmerizing. Though their cousins know little about these ancient “spiders” that provoke unpredictable temporal dislocations, Ariel and Claimayne have been using them for years—an addiction that has brought Claimayne to the brink of solipsistic destruction.

    As Madeline falls more completely under Caveat’s spell, Scott discovers that to protect her, he must use the dangerous spiders himself. But will he unravel the mystery of the Madden family’s history and finally free them from the past . . . or be pulled deeper, perhaps permanently, into the deadly web?

    Blending real-life historical and fictional characters with the otherworldly, Medusa’s Web is a vivid, chilling, fast-paced read that once again demonstrates multiple-award-winning novelist Tim Powers’s imaginative brilliance.

    Critics Hail Tim Powers

    “A writer of extraordinary imaginative powers.”—Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

    “[A] fine example of the work of a much-beloved author,  and a spooky ride through Victorian London to boot. . . . Powers’s work  engages with something prerational that is buried deep, deep in our brains,  and that won’t be bullied into submission by mere reason.”—boingboing.com on Hide Me Among the Graves

    “A fascinating exploration of the fine line between inspiration and insanity,  this horror/historical fiction/adrenaline blend will make  your flesh creep and your heart pound.”—Library Journal on Hide Me Among the Graves

    “A genre-bending thriller . . . endlessly inventive . . .  [with] imaginative leaps and relentless pacing.”—New York Times Book Review on Three Days to Never

    “Brio, bravado and a salutary measure of lunacy. . . .  A postmodern work par excellence.”—Washington Post Book World on Three Days to Never

    “Dazzling . . . a  tour de force, a brilliant blend  of John le Carré spy fiction with the otherworldly.”—Dean Koontz on Declare

    “Powers orchestrates reality and fantasy so artfully  that the reader is not allowed a moment’s doubt throughout this tall tale.”—The New Yorker on Declare

     

  5. Brooklyn On Fire brooklyn on fire.jpg
    Author: Lawrence H Lewy
    Publication Date: Jan 19, 2016Goodreads Summary:

    Brooklyn’s most witty and daring detective risks everything to solve a dangerous triple-murder case

    After closing a case with the Brooklyn Police Department, Mary Handley is determined to become an official detective in her own right. And when Emily Worsham shows up at her new office— convinced her uncle John Worsham was murdered and desperate for answers—Mary’s second assignment begins.As she investigates the curious circumstances surrounding John’s death, Mary soon finds herself entangled in a high-stakes family scandal, a series of interconnected murders, political corruption, untrustworthy sources, and an unexpected romance with a central member of New York’s elite.

    Featuring historic figures like Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, and the Vanderbilt family, Brooklyn on Fire takes Mary on a wild journey from New York City to North Carolina to uncover not only the truth of one man’s death, but to unravel the mystery in three murders – with links tied perilously close to her own personal world.

  6. private parisPrivate Paris
    Author: James Patterson
    Publication Date: Jan 21, 2016Goodreads Summary:
    Paris is burning–and only Private’s Jack Morgan can put out the fire.When Jack Morgan stops by Private’s Paris office, he envisions a quick hello during an otherwise relaxing trip filled with fine food and sightseeing. But Jack is quickly pressed into duty after a call from his client Sherman Wilkerson, asking Jack to track down his young granddaughter who is on the run from a brutal drug dealer.

    Before Jack can locate her, several members of France’s cultural elite are found dead–murdered in stunning, symbolic fashion. The only link between the crimes is a mysterious graffiti tag. As religious and ethnic tensions simmer in the City of Lights, only Jack and his Private team can connect the dots before the smoldering powder keg explodes.

  7. Outside The Lines outside the lines.jpg
    Author: Lisa Desrochers
    Publication Date: jan 19, 2016Goodreads Summary:
    As the oldest son of a Chicago crime lord, Robert Delgado always knew how dangerous life could be. With his mother dead and his father in prison, he’s taking charge of his family’s safety—putting himself and his siblings in witness protection to hide out in a backwater Florida town.

    Fourth grade teacher Adri Wilson is worried about the new boy in her class. Sherm is quiet and evasive, especially when he’s around his even cagier older brother. Adri can’t help her attraction to Rob, or the urge to help them both in whatever way she can.

    But the Delgados have enemies on two sides of the mob—their father’s former crew and the rival family he helped take down. It’s only a matter of time before someone finds them. And if Rob isn’t careful, Adri could end up in the crossfire…

     

 

Those were my pick for upcoming releases for Jan 16-22.I haven’t read many thrillers or suspense novels in a while so I’m eager to add some to my TBR . Which new releases aryou looking forward to?

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