Here’s what’s new in bookstores this week:
•Big Little Lies
by Liane Moriarty (Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam, $26.95) — The bestselling author follows last summer’s must-read
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with a novel about parents acting badly. The setting is a beachside town in Australia, and something very bad has happened at the annual elementary school fundraising event. Three women, each with children at the school, are at the center of the story, orbited by a cast of characters that includes husbands, second wives, exes and kids. There are many, many secrets and lots of lies — and not all of them are little.
•The Bone Seeker
by M.J. McGrath (Viking, $27.95) — This is the third novel in the acclaimed mystery series that follows our hero, half-Inuit Edie Kiglatuk, on her adventures in the Canadian Arctic. Edie is working as a summer-school teacher in a small town when one of her favorite students is found murdered at a nearby toxic lake. Conspiracies abound as she and Sgt. Derek Palliser try to solve the crime, despite opposition from the Department of Defense. The audiobook (Blackstone Audio, $34.95) is narrated by Kate Reading, who read the first two books in the series.
•The Art of Adapting
by Cassandra Dunn (Touchstone, $25) — This marks the debut for the author, a semifinalist for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. It’s told in alternating chapters in the voices of the four main characters — recently divorced Lana, her teenage kids, Byron and Abby, and Lana’s younger brother, Matt. They’re each grappling with issues: Lana with her new-found independence, fiscal responsibilities and dating after divorce, Matt with Asperger syndrome and the teenagers with all the demons teenagers face, including bullying.
— Celeste Williams