New books: thrillers and a love story

Here’s what’s new in bookstores this week:

▪ The Girls She Left Behind, by Sarah Graves (Bantam, $26) — This is the author’s followup to her debut novel featuring Lizzie Snow, the ex-Boston homicide detective and new sheriff’s deputy in the Great North Woods of Maine. She’s got her hands full with a raging forest fire, a runaway teenage girl and a dangerous escapee, who is a kidnapper and rapist. Kirsten Potter narrates the audiobook (Dreamscape Media, $29.99).

▪ The Things We Keep, by Sally Hepworth (St. Martin’s Press, $25.99) — The bestselling author follows her debut (The Secrets of Midwives) by examining early onset Alzheimer’s. Two 30-somethings — Anna and Luke — meet in an assisted-living complex for elderly residents. Is it too late for love? Their families and the staff think so. Actors Barrie Kreinik and Thérèse Plummer narrate the audiobook (Macmillan Audio, $39.99).

▪ The Good Goodbye, by Carla Buckley (Ballantine Books, $27) — The author (The Things That Keep Us Here) presents a thriller in which family secrets spill out after a tragedy. Chapters are alternately narrated by the main characters: flashbacks from cousins and BFFs Rory and Arden — both in a coma after a fire in their college dorm room (that also left a young man dead) — and Arden’s mother, Natalie, who is left looking for answers.

Celeste Williams

Meet the author

Performance artist and author Lindsey Stirling will talk about and sign copies of her new book, The Only Pirate at the Party, at 7 p.m. Monday at Books-A-Million, 3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway, Grapevine, 972-539-0636.