Für alle, die – wie ich – gerne Bücher im englischen Original lesen, habe ich mal nachgeschaut, was der Juni so an englischsprachigen Neuerscheinungen bringt. Hier ist eine kleine Auswahl an Titeln, die mich neugierig machen, und euch vielleicht ja auch.
Ein Klick auf’s Cover oder den Titel führt direkt zum Buch beim jeweiligen Verlag.
Here we go!
Finders Keepers von Stephen King (Scribner Verlag, 2. Juni)
„A masterful, intensely suspenseful novel about a reader whose obsession with a reclusive writer goes far too far—a book about the power of storytelling, starring the same trio of unlikely and winning heroes King introduced in Mr. Mercedes.
“Wake up, genius.” So begins King’s instantly riveting story about a vengeful reader. The genius is John Rothstein, an iconic author who created a famous character, Jimmy Gold, but who hasn’t published a book for decades. Morris Bellamy is livid, not just because Rothstein has stopped providing books, but because the nonconformist Jimmy Gold has sold out for a career in advertising. Morris kills Rothstein and empties his safe of cash, yes, but the real treasure is a trove of notebooks containing at least one more Gold novel.
Morris hides the money and the notebooks, and then he is locked away for another crime. Decades later, a boy named Pete Saubers finds the treasure, and now it is Pete and his family that Bill Hodges, Holly Gibney, and Jerome Robinson must rescue from the ever-more deranged and vengeful Morris when he’s released from prison after thirty-five years.“
Nach MR MERCEDES (zur Rezension geht’s hier) setzt Stephen King seine Krimi-Reihe um Ex-Cop Bill Hodges fort – und diesmal erinnert die Geschichte um einen von einer Romanfigur besessenen Leser an eins von King’s besten Büchern, MISERY. Mal sehen, wie King diesmal die Mischung aus Grauen und Verbrecherjagd anrührt.
A Head Full Of Ghosts von Paul Tremblay (William Morrow, 2. Juni)
„The lives of the Barretts, a normal suburban New England family, are torn apart when fourteen-year-old Marjorie begins to display signs of acute schizophrenia.
To her parents’ despair, the doctors are unable to stop Marjorie’s descent into madness. As their stable home devolves into a house of horrors, they reluctantly turn to a local Catholic priest for help. Father Wanderly suggests an exorcism; he believes the vulnerable teenager is the victim of demonic possession. He also contacts a production company that is eager to document the Barretts’ plight. With John, Marjorie’s father, out of work for more than a year and the medical bills looming, the family agrees to be filmed, and soon find themselves the unwitting stars of The Possession, a hit reality television show. When events in the Barrett household explode in tragedy, the show and the shocking incidents it captures become the stuff of urban legend.
Fifteen years later, a bestselling writer interviews Marjorie’s younger sister, Merry. As she recalls those long ago events that took place when she was just eight years old, long-buried secrets and painful memories that clash with what was broadcast on television begin to surface—and a mind-bending tale of psychological horror is unleashed, raising vexing questions about memory and reality, science and religion, and the very nature of evil.“
Psychologische Spannung, ein Hauch Horror, Familiendrama, ein Thriller irgendwo zwischen Wissenschaft, Glaube und dem Übernatürlichen, gepaart mit Reality TV – das kann richtig gut werden!
The Fold von Peter Clines (2. Juni, Crown)
„The folks in Mike Erikson’s small New England town would say he’s just your average, everyday guy. And that’s just how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he’s chosen may not be much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but Mike is content with his quiet and peaceful existence.
That is, until an old government friend presents him with an irresistible mystery–one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve: it seems that a team of DARPA scientists has invented a device that could make teleportation a reality. But something is very wrong with the project. The personalities of the scientists who work on it are changing. People are dying. And reality itself seems to be…warping.
Mike soon learns that the machine is not at all what it appears to be–and that its creators may have opened a doorway to something horrible that lurks just outside our world’s borders.“
Teleportation – also der Transport eines Wesens an einen anderen Ort, indem man ihn quasi auflöst und anderswo wieder zusammensetzt – hat uns schon in Die Fliege das Fürchten gelehrt. Mal sehen, was Peter Clines, der ansonsten gerne Superhelden gegen Zombies kämpfen lässt, in diesem SciFi-Mystery-Horror-Adventure damit anfängt.
All The Little Pieces von Jilliane Hoffman (Harper Collins, 4. Juni)
„She could have stopped an awful crime. She could have saved a life. She tried to forget about it. But now, the truth is out. The terrifying new psychological thriller from the bestselling author of Retribution and Pretty Little Things.
Faith Saunders is the perfect wife, mother and sister – loved and admired by all who know her. One night will change everything.As she drives home in the pouring rain, a dishevelled young woman appears out of nowhere, pleading for help. The isolated stretch of road is dark, and with her four-year-old daughter Maggie asleep in the backseat, Faith refuses to let the stranger in. What she sees next will haunt her forever.When the missing-person posters go up, Faith’s guilt consumes her. Then the girl’s body turns up, and her perfect life begins to unravel. Because it turns out Maggie wasn’t asleep that night and – unlike her mother – she’s not afraid to speak up.Maggie’s testimony leads to an arrest, but Faith is the only one who can identify a second man who was at the scene of the crime. She has one chance to convince a jury of what happened. If she fails, two murderers will go free – two men who have killed before and who will undoubtedly kill again.And they know exactly where to find Faith and her family…“
Jilliane Hoffman schreibt schon seit Jahren spannende Thriller und wird gerne mit Karin Slaughter und Patricia Cornwell verglichen. Als ehemalige Assistenz-Staatsanwältin in Florida kennt sie sich mit Verbrechen aus.
The Sacred Lies Of Minnow Bly von Stephanie Oakes (Dial Books, 9. Juni)
„The Kevinian cult has taken everything from seventeen-year-old Minnow: twelve years of her life, her family, her ability to trust.
And when she rebelled, they took away her hands, too.
Now their Prophet has been murdered and their camp set aflame, and it’s clear that Minnow knows something—but she’s not talking. As she languishes in juvenile detention, she struggles to un-learn everything she has been taught to believe, adjusting to a life behind bars and recounting the events that led up to her incarceration. But when an FBI detective approaches her about making a deal, Minnow sees she can have the freedom she always dreamed of—if she’s willing to part with the terrible secrets of her past.
The Sacred Lies of Minnow By is a hard-hitting and hopeful story about the dangers of blind faith—and the power of having faith in oneself.“
Sekten und ihre Gehirnwäsche-Indoktrination, ihr falscher Glaube, ihre Erbarmungslosigkeit gegenüber Abtrünnigen sind ein gefährliches Terrain für Jugendliche. Und spannende Lektüre für uns Leser. Ein Jugendbuch, das sich – auch wegen der Verstümmelung der Protagonistin – nach einer heftigen Sache anhört.
Finding Audrey von Sophie Kinsella (Delacorte Press, 9. Juni)
„An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family.“
Mit den Shopaholic-Bestsellern von Sophie Kinsella konnte ich bisher gar nichts anfangen. Vielleicht aber mit diesem YA-Roman, der Romantic und Comedy mit dem ernsten Hintergrund einer psychischen Störung mischt.
Love May Fail von Matthew Quick (Harper Collins, 16. Juni)
„An aspiring feminist and underappreciated housewife embarks on an odyssey to find human decency and goodness—and her high school English teacher—in New York Times bestselling author Matthew Quick’s offbeat masterpiece, a quirky ode to love, fate, and hair metal.
Portia Kane is having a meltdown. After escaping her ritzy Florida life and her cheating pornographer husband, she finds herself back in South Jersey, a place that remains largely unchanged from the years of her unhappy youth. Lost and alone, looking to find the goodness in the world she believes still exists, Portia sets off to save herself by saving someone else—a beloved high school English teacher who has retired after a traumatic incident.
Will a sassy nun, an ex-heroin addict, a metal-head little boy, and her hoarder mother help or hurt her chances on this madcap quest to restore a good man’s reputation and find renewed hope in the human race? Love May Fail is a story of the great highs and lows of existence: the heartache and daring choices it takes to become the person you know (deep down) you are meant to be.“
Der Autor von Silver Linings kommt uns mit einem neuen, schrägen, ernsthaft-komischen Roman, der hoffentlich wieder so ein Volltreffer wird!
Into The Fire von Manda Scott (Bantam Press, 18. Juni)
„There is a secret, hidden within a body, burning within the flames, that will change it all.
A man’s charred corpse is found in the latest of a string of arson attacks in the French city of Orléans. His is the first death. An extremist group claim responsibility but their whereabouts cannot be found. Police inspector Capitaine Ines Picault and her team must track them down before more people die. Their only clue? The name of a woman who has been dead for over 500 years: Joan of Arc.
She is one of the great enigmas of history – a young woman who came from nowhere to lead the armies of France to victory against England. And who died the same fiery death as the man whose body has just been discovered.
As more fires rage in Orleans and the death toll mounts, Picault must look to the past and the secrets which lie buried there to unravel the mysteries of the present. As the clock counts down, she must challenge some fundamental truths to save those closest to her.“
Manda Scott schreibt historische Romane, und hier lässt in einem Thriller um die historisch-religiöse Heldin Johanna von Orleans Vergangenheit und Zukunft aufreinanderprallen. Feurig!
The Cartel von Don Winslow (Knopf Doubleday, 23. Juni)
„It’s 2004. El Federación, the most powerful drug organization in the world, has been exploded and the Mexican drug trade has settled out into several cartels that exist in a state of tenuous accord. The patron of El Federación, Adán Barrera, is in solitary in a San Diego prison. Art Keller, the DEA agent who put him there—and killed his brother and his uncle—is living at a New Mexican monastery, tending bees, the solitude and simple truths of the place a powerful antedote to his former „life of lies.“
But when Barrera negotiates a deal that lets him serve out his time in a Mexican prison, a series of events is set off that undermines whatever accord existed between the cartels, and a war of unprecedented scale and viciousness erupts. And with Berrera back in the world that he once owned and will do whatever he can to own again, Keller plunges back in the game, playing, as he always did, by his own rules. What ensues is an all-out war with players—honest and corrupt, victim and perp—on every level of society on both sides of the border. But it is also Keller’s personal war on drugs, his own addiction, and the question that hovers above every move he makes: is he looking for justice or for revenge?“
Don Winslow, Autor und Ex-Privatdetektiv, liefert nach The Power Of The Dog einen weiteren Krimi, in dem er den mexikanisch-amerikanischen Drogenkrieg des letzten Jahrzehnts als backdrop wählt. Es geht um Korruption, Gier, Gewalt.
Those We Left Behind (DCI Serena Flannagan #1) von Stuart Neville (Harvill Secker, 25. Juni)
„When 12-year-old Ciaran Devine confessed to murdering his foster father it sent shock waves through the nation.
DCI Serena Flanagan, then an ambitious Detective Sergeant, took Ciaran’s confession after days spent earning his trust. He hasn’t forgotten the kindness she showed him – in fact, she hasn’t left his thoughts in the seven years he’s been locked away.
Probation officer Paula Cunningham, now tasked with helping Ciaran re-enter society, suspects there was more to this case than the police uncovered. Ciaran’s confession saved his brother Thomas from a far lengthier sentence, and Cunningham can see the unnatural hold Thomas still has over his vulnerable younger brother.
When she brings her fears to DCI Flanagan, the years of lies begin to unravel, setting a deadly chain of events in motion.“
In Belfast startet diese neue police procedural-Serie des irischen Autors Stuart Neville. Im Zentrum: Serena Flannagan, eine impulsive, starke Ermittlerin. Vielversprechend.
Es erscheinen natürlich noch viiiel mehr spannende englischsprachige Bücher im kommenden Monat. Und jetzt seid ihr dran mit euren Tipps! Was habe ich übersehen? Worauf freut ihr euch??