Summer reading calls for mysteries, and P&P is pleased to present three exciting new thrillers by women writers. Join us for a reading and discussion, moderated by Rea Frey, the author of several nonfiction books whose first novel, Not Her Daughter, is forthcoming from St. Martin’s Griffin in August.
Michele Campbell, a lawyer and former New York City federal prosecutor, explored the twists and turns of friendship in her ingeniously plotted It’s Always the Husband. Her second novel, She Was the Quiet One (St. Martin’s, $26.99), is rich in psychological suspense as she follows the starkly different fortunes of a pair of orphaned twin sisters at a boarding school. From the start readers know that only one twin will survive, and Campbell deftly uses multiple points of view and parallel plot lines to heighten the tension and spotlight the school’s toxic culture of privilege, power, and ambition.
A writer and activist for issues involving women, children, and world hunger, Kelli Clare makes her fiction debut with Hidden (Sparkpress, $16.95), a fast-paced romantic thriller. The action starts in a small Connecticut town where Ellie James, an art teacher, has just met—and instantly fallen for—Will Hastings, a newly arrived Englishman. Almost at the same time, she discovers that her grandmother and sister have been murdered by a group of British assassins. Ellie is next on their list, and Will persuades her to escape with him to England, where he can protect her. But when he goes missing, Ellie is left alone to sift the truth from the lies.
In The Subway Girls (St. Martin’s, $15.99) Susie Orman Schnall, founder of The Balance Project interview series and author of the award-winning novels On Grace and The Balance Project, juxtaposes the lives of two women seventy years apart to explore the power of images and the strength of social norms. In 1949 Charlotte dreams of a career in advertising, but gets no farther than having her picture in the Miss Subways campaign. In the 2010s, Olivia is working for a floundering firm and struggling with a sexist coworker who steals her ideas. Then she rediscovers the Miss Subways project, and if she can pitch it right, it may save her job.