INK AND BONE. By Lisa Unger. Touchstone. 352 pages. $24.99.
Lisa Unger returns to the small town of The Hollows with “Ink and Bone,” another gut-wrenching tale of horror and mystery.
Finley Montgomery has been visited by ghostly figures and experienced prophetic visions for as long as she can remember. She left her life in Seattle to live with her grandmother, Eloise Montgomery, who has the same gift. When Finley starts hearing sounds she knows are important, part of her wants to ignore them and focus on her studies.
If only she could.
Merri Gleason has been living a lie for some time. Her husband is cheating, and the rest of her family is imploding. Almost a year earlier, she stayed home while her husband, son and daughter went hiking. Her daughter was abducted, and the others were shot and left behind. They survived, but the pain still lingers.
Merri is tired of having no answers, so she makes a last-ditch effort by hiring Jones Cooper to uncover the truth. His background as a police officer turned private investigator should help, along with the assistance of Finley’s grandmother and her visions.
As Jones starts to investigate, it’s clear that something far worse is happening in the small town. Finley realizes she is the one destined to help Jones, not her grandmother. When everything starts to unravel, winter arrives, bringing more than snow.
Strong characters and stellar writing make this a wonderful mix of small-town life with the supernatural.
Reviewer Jeff Ayers writes for the Associated Press.
BURN WHAT WILL BURN. By CB McKenzie. Minotaur. 224 pages. $24.99.
After his wife drowns in a bathtub, a death in which he may have been complicit, Bob Reynolds retreats to a tiny town in the wilds of the Ozark Mountains to hide out and nurse his wounds.
There, he sets up housekeeping in a rustic cabin where he raises chickens, writes poetry and lives off a sizeable family inheritance. But if his plan was to live a simple life, he picked the wrong place.
First, Reynolds finds himself inexplicably drawn to Tammy Fay Smith, an incompetent automobile mechanic with needle tracks on her arms.
And then, on one of his long walks along Little Piney Creek, he finds a decaying body bobbing face down in the water.
But when Reynolds returns to the scene with Sheriff Sam Baxter, the body has disappeared.
As Reynolds pokes into the mystery, he accidentally entangles himself in a web of dark, small-town secrets that the locals never want to see exposed. And he soon finds himself both suspected of murder and in danger of becoming the next victim.
The result is a suspenseful, hard-boiled crime novel filled with well-drawn, quirky characters and written in a tight, literary prose style.
Reviewer Bruce DeSilva writes for the Associated Press.
THE SINGLES GAME. By Lauren Weisberger. Simon & Schuster. 352 pages. $18.08.
Lauren Weisberger, author of the best-selling “The Devil Wears Prada,” trades fashion magazine politics for the drama that often follows the elite world of competitive tennis in her new book, “The Singles Game.”
Charlotte “Charlie” Silver has been playing tennis her entire life. When her dreams of winning a grand slam come crashing down on Wimbledon’s Centre Court, Charlie makes some drastic changes. She fires her coach and hires the legendary Todd Feltner. Feltner is sure Charlie has the skill to win, but he believes her personality needs an extreme makeover.
Charlie’s sweet, girl-next-door persona is transformed into a ruthless, black leather-wearing warrior princess.
Charlie realizes that her sexy “bad girl” attitude easily turns the heads of the media, as well as the hottest male player in the world. She climbs in the rankings and receives million-dollar deals. Soon Charlie is hanging out with her famous boyfriend and celebrities. What she doesn’t anticipate is the drama that comes with this new lifestyle.
Weisberger is able to weave interesting aspects of Charlie’s celebrity life and work ethic into the fabric of a sizzling love story.
Lincee Ray writes for The Associated Press.