Here’s what’s new in bookstores this week:
▪ House of Echoes by Brendan Duffy (Ballantine Books, $26) — The author, who was an editor at Putnam and Hyperion, makes his debut with this unsettling (and downright creepy) thriller. A young couple with two young sons flee a host of problems in New York City for a fresh start in a remote area of upstate New York. But Swannhaven, a close-knit village with a load of secrets, doesn’t take kindly to outsiders — particularly those who have bought a ramshackle ancestral estate that’s surrounded by an ominous forest where evil most definitely lurks.
▪ The Tapestry by Nancy Bilyeau (Touchstone, $26.99) — This is the award-winning author’s third book in her Joanna Stafford trilogy, following 2012’s The Crown and 2013’s The Chalice. This meticulously researched blend of historical Tudor fiction and mystery draws a reluctant Joanna back into Henry VIII’s court — he admires her tapestry work and wants to commission a piece for his impressive collection. Look for murder plots, politics, treachery and love. The audiobook (HighBridge Co., $39.99) is narrated by actress Nicola Barber.
▪ The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan (Grand Central Publishing, $26) — The popular fashion bloggers, who also have written two young adult novels (Spoiled and Messy), try their hand at fairy-tale romance with a wink-wink nod to the romance and royal wedding of William and Kate. It’s about Bex, an American college student at Oxford, who meets — and falls for — Prince Nicholas, heir to the throne. In the alternate universe, Bex has a social-climbing twin sister and Nick’s brother, Freddie, is a renowned playboy. Fun for every royal watcher.
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— Celeste Williams