Adult Recommendations

The Dry by Jane Harper

Luke lied. You lied. Be at the funeral.” With those words, Aaron Falk is recalled to the town he abandoned twenty years before. Kiewarra is a literal and figurative powderkeg: the worst drought in decades has turned the landscape into kindling waiting for a spark, and turned the desperate townspeople into a mob waiting for an excuse.

Aaron just might be that excuse: he and his father were driven out when he was a teen, accused of the murder of a local girl. Few in Kiewarra have forgotten the incident, or the slender alibi that saved his life—provided by his best friend, Luke.

The same man who may have executed his entire family before killing himself.

The Dry is a taut, brooding debut from Aussie journalist Jane Harper. Her next book lands in the US and UK in 2018.

Ruler of the Night by David Morrell

Welcome to Victorian England and all that comes with it. In the third and final book of the Thomas De Quincey series, David Morrell brings together murder, political unrest, and ethnic prejudices with the new experience of train travel. With the help of Dr. De Quincey and his daughter, the detectives must find the suspect who boarded a train, stabbed the victim, and was able to escape from a locked train car. And if that wasn’t enough of a challenge, the Irish detective from Scotland Yard faces constant discrimination while trying to uncover clues. As this story unfolds, the author describes train travel and its growing pains, the first train passenger murder, social and political upheaval concerning the Crimean War, and “new” medical treatments for the wealthy that are loosely based on real events. Morrell does a masterful job describing London society and tying all the elements together into a well-written, fast-paced mystery. 

The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer

Juliana “Jules” Fortis, a.k.a. the Chemist, is the premier chemical interrogation researcher/specialist at a government agency so secret it has no name. Somewhere along the line the agency decided her boss, Dr. Barnaby, and she had become liabilities. While they succeeded in killing Barnaby, Jules escaped and went on the run. After several unsuccessful run-ins with agents sent to eliminate her, her former handler offers her a quid pro quo deal—if she takes one last job for her ex-employers, they’ll leave her alone. If she knew something before that made her a target, the information she acquires with this job puts her in even more danger. Fast-paced and thoroughly engrossing, this tautly plotted novel with a fierce and fascinating new heroine delivers.