Women 2020: Strong Characters (7/23/20)

This week we’re spotlighting strong characters with a female agent who is called to investigate a girl’s body, a mother grappling with desire, an ambitious book editor with an obsession, and two women fighting for what they truly want in life.

CUT TO THE BONE by Ellison Cooper

2 starred reviews!

“In this third in the series (following CAGED, 2018, and BURIED, 2019), Sayer Altair, FBI agent and neurologist, is on a desperate search for a group of teenage girls who disappeared on a school trip…Cooper’s series is ideal for fans of Patricia Cornwell and for readers who crave more mysteries with women of color in the lead.”–Booklist, starred review

“The sharp, intricate story, full of chills and unexpected twists, will keep readers guessing to the end. Fans will hope to see a lot more of this smart, capable lead.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

WANT by Lynn Steger Strong

“Strong’s impressive follow-up to HOLD STILL explores the energy it takes for women to sustain themselves in a world that leaves them feeling ‘less than, knocked down, not quite in control’…This is well worth a look.”–Publishers Weekly


“With psychological acuity, sexual heat, and now sadly nostalgic scenes of a pre-pandemic city ‘at full tilt,’ Merkin’s incisive novel of a woman piloting herself through the wildfire of sexual obsession is as boldly canny as it is cleverly diverting.”–Booklist


From the bestselling author of MIDNIGHT AT THE BLACKBIRD CAFE comes a captivating blend of magical realism, heartwarming romance, and small-town Southern charm with the story of an unexpected discovery of a newborn baby girl that will alter two women’s lives forever.

CUT TO THE BONE by Ellison Cooper; 9781250173898; available now.
WANT by Lynn Steger Strong; 9781250247544; available now.
22 MINUTES OF UNCONDITIONAL LOVE by Daphne Merkin; 9780374140380; available now.
SOUTH OF THE BUTTONWOOD TREE by Heather Webber; 9781250198563; available now.

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