Here’s what’s new in bookstores:
▪ This Is How It Really Sounds by Stuart Archer Cohen (St. Martin’s Press, $25.99) — The author (2008’s The Army of the Republic) offers the story of three characters who share a name — Peter Harrington — but seemingly little else. One Pete is a has-been rock star, one is a despised Bernie Madoff-type schemer hiding out in Shanghai, and one is a famous former extreme skier. Each is driven by the desire for fame, fortune and thrills, and each wants to reconnect with those parts of their lives that have been lost. And, yes, the lives of the three Petes do intersect.
▪ Garden of Lies by Amanda Quick (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, $26.95) — Amanda Quick is one of the pseudonyms used by bestselling author Jayne Ann Krentz. Her latest is set in Victorian London and features widow Ursula Kern, who is convinced that a woman who worked for her at the Kern Secretarial Agency did not die of natural causes. She gets help investigating her agency’s wealthy clientele from dashing archaeologist Slater Roxton. The audiobook (Recorded Books, $39.99) is narrated by Louisa Jane Underwood, who also read Quick’s Otherwise Engaged.
▪ When We Were Animals by Joshua Gaylord (Mulholland Books, $26) — The author (Hummingbirds), who also writes horror novels under the pseudonym Alden Bell, offers a mash-up horror and coming-of-age story set in a small Midwestern town. It’s told from the point of view of Lumen, now a conflicted adult who recalls her childhood in a hometown that’s haunted by a violent phenomenon involving teenagers. During the “breach,” teens become savages, running wild for three nights during the full moon while the rest of the townspeople hide in locked homes.
— Celeste Williams