Here’s what’s new in bookstores this week:
▪ Crash & Burn by Lisa Gardner (Dutton, $27.95) — The bestselling author (2014’s Fear Nothing) presents the ultimate unreliable narrator in her new psychological thriller, which includes appearances by characters from some of her previous books. A woman survives a terrible car accident with a brain injury and an undependable memory. She’s frantically looking for her young daughter — who doesn’t exist — while her loving husband (or is he?) tells the investigating officer, Sgt. Wyatt Foster, not to trust what she says. But the sergeant isn’t quite buying it.
▪ The Damned by Andrew Pyper (Simon & Schuster, $25) — The bestselling author (2013’s The Demonologist) returns with another thriller of supernatural suspense (it has already been optioned for a film by Legendary Pictures). Danny is the survivor of a fire on his 16th birthday that killed his twin sister, Ashleigh. But she’s still very much a part of his life, and he refuses to put any meaningful friendships or relationships in her vengeful path. Until, that is, Danny meets and falls in love with Willa, another near-death-experience survivor, and her son.
▪ Funny Girl by Nick Hornby (Riverhead, $27.95) — The bestselling author (High Fidelity, About a Boy) sets his first novel in five years in 1960s London. Barbara Parker, a beauty from Blackpool, wants nothing more in the world than to become the next Lucille Ball. She reinvents herself as Sophie Straw, gets a big break and becomes the star of the wildly popular BBC sitcom Barbara (and Jim). It’s an insider’s look at the making of a hit TV show and the diverse bunch behind it. The audiobook (Penguin Audio, $40) is read by actress Emma Fielding.
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— Celeste Williams
Meet the author
Award-winning Texas author Henry Chappell will talk about his historical fiction novel, 2013’s Silent We Stood, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Fort Worth Library, 500 W. Third St. The event is free, and no reservations are required. Silent We Stood (Texas Tech University Press, $29.95) earned the Spur Award in 2014 as Best Western Historical Novel from the Western Writers of America. It examines Civil War-era Texas, slavery and a fire that destroyed downtown Dallas more than 150 years ago.