A plane mysteriously plummets to earth near Redemption, Arizona, disrupting a local man’s grave-side service. A tall, pale man with no memory runs barefoot down the road away from the crash site. The man discovers his name, Solomon Creed, is sewn into a label in his handmade suit jacket and written in the inscription in the book he’s carrying. Creed senses he’s come to Redemption for a reason—to save a man he doesn’t know. Unfortunately, the man was being buried when the plane crashed. Faced with one dangerous situation after another, Creed draws upon an eclectic knowledge of the world around him, most particularly how to survive in it. But he has no idea how he came by it. Bit by bit, he moves closer to understanding the nefarious underpinnings of this town, bringing him closer to an untimely demise. If you’re looking for fast-paced, page-turning suspense, this first book in a planned five-book series more than fits the bill.
The Searcher: A Novel by Simon Toyne
The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
As a journalist writing for a travel magazine, Lo Blacklock has just received her first big professional break. She’s covering a new luxury cruise ship that has a handful of cabins while it travels around the Norwegian fjords for a week. Things get off to a rocky start when Lo meets a woman in cabin 10, which is next to hers, who’s less than excited to meet her. Then in the middle of the night after something awakens her, Lo hears a loud splash—like a body hitting water. She stumbles to her private balcony in an alcohol-induced haze and sees a dark, oily smear on cabin 10’s glass safety barrier. It looks a lot like blood. Lo’s attempts to have this mysterious event investigated while at sea leads nowhere, largely it appears, due to her self-medicating with alcohol—witnessed by many on board. It doesn’t help that word gets out she also takes anti-anxiety medication and has for years. Is something going on here or is it all in Lo’s mind? Filled with surprising twists and turns, this book will keep you guessing until the end.
Echoes from the Dead
“What happened, Jens?” is a question Julia continues to ask her son. The problem is her son is missing and Julia has been living with that unanswerable question for years. Julia has not recovered from receiving that devastating phone call from her father that Jens had vanished. On a foggy October night, Jens' grandfather, Gerlof, fell asleep in his chair while babysitting Jens, who must have left their beach house and disappeared into the ocean. Or did he? Twenty years after that fateful day, Gerlof receives one sandal in the mail. He calls his daughter, Julia, to inform her of this mysterious package. Could this be Jens' sandal? Father and daughter patch their strained relationship to pursue clues in search of an answer. This award-winning mystery is an excellent read.