The best books of the week


In December 1972, a 38-year-old mother of 10 was abducted from her Belfast home by armed intruders — and never seen again. The neighborhood knew who was responsible: the IRA. But in a climate of fear, no one was willing to say anything about it. In 2003, her bones were discovered on a beach. Part true crime, part history of a guerrilla war.

Candice Carty-Williams (fiction, Gallery/Scout Press)
Queenie is 25, a Jamaican-British woman living in London, struggling to get over a breakup and trying to make her way in the world. She’s screwing up at her job; she sleeps with men who don’t respect her; and to top it off, her new apartment is crap. Sometimes achingly sad, at other times laugh-out-loud funny, Queenie is a welcome debut from a seriously talented author.

Run Away
Harlan Coben (fiction, Grand Central Publishing)
Best-selling author and tweet-master Harlan Coben is back with another suspenseful thriller, this one striking fear into the hearts of parents. In “Run Away,” a daughter is lost, addicted to drugs and doesn’t want to be found. When she’s spotted in Central Park, her desperate dad follows her into a nightmare world of drugs and violence.

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