Add these to your fall reading lists

New Fall Titles

I've had three hits right in a row and they're all books due out this fall (but already in LINKcat, so you can place your holds). Much like the movies, when the studios hold their best for the latter part of the year, publishers have a big push in the fall. And this year I'm already feeling it with my recent reads.

The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld is the first of these. Naomi is a finder of lost children. She herself escaped a terrible situation as a child (though she's blocked out the details) and she's always felt drawn to try and locate other missing kids. Here she's hired by the family of Madison Culver who disappeared three years ago when she was five. Madison was with her family in Oregon's Skookum National Forest when she went missing so that is where Naomi begins her search. As her methodical steps take her deeper into the woods, Naomi begins to get flashes from her own fragmented past. Some of the chapters are told from a child's point of view, so some readers will find that tough going, but this is a beautifully written tale that builds on the suspense from page to page.

The second title is also a thriller, the latest from Sharon Bolton, Dead Woman Walking. This one opens with an absolutely spellbinding and terrifying scenario. A group of people are all on a hot air balloon trip when they witness what looks like a murder. A young woman running, a man carrying a rifle chasing her and then hitting her in the head with a rock. But worse is to come. The man sees the balloon and all the witnesses, including Jessie who has taken photos with her phone. Within minutes the balloon crashes and the only one who survives is Jessie. But now she's on the run from a murderer. This was gripping from start to finish, starting with the incredible balloon chase and crash. Sharon Bolton at her best.

And third, and best of the bunch I think, is the new book by Andy Weir (you'll remember him as the guy who wrote The Martian). His new title is Artemis and this time around his protagonist is on the moon, not Mars. Artemis is a settlement on the moon with about 2000 inhabitants, one of whom is Jasmine "Jazz" Bashara. Jazz's legitimate job is working as a porter, but she makes a bit of extra money on the side through smuggling desirable items to the inhabitants of Artemis willing to pay for them. One of those customers is Trond, an extremely wealthy man. Trond offers Jazz a job that's a bit different then her usual endeavors, one that has major risk and could lead to her being deported from the moon, but one that pays very, very well. Of course once she's taken the risk she finds herself getting pulled ever deeper into a conspiracy that may destroy Artemis all together. Though this is a bit more of a caper novel, the science here is just as strong as in Weir's first book. Jazz has to rely on science in her everyday life, and eventually use all her knowledge to save the city. Great stuff. This too would make for a great movie.

Loved all of these. Can't wait to see what my next fall read brings.