Calling all Prime Members: come select your Amazon First Reads for October! This month has a book for everyone. Want a feel-good rom-com? Check out Your Perfect Year. A fan of John Grisham? Check out Zunker’s new series that follows a rookie lawyer fighting for justice. In the mood for adventure and love? All aboard The Transcontinental Affair. Or, perhaps, a domestic thriller that will make your heart race? Under Lying is for you. And so much more.
So pick out your book for this month and come back in November to discover the next crop of Amazon First Reads.
Your Perfect Year by Charlotte Lucas
When divorced and often disgruntled Jonathan Greif stumbles upon a day planner he is, at first, annoyed that he must track down the person that left it behind. But as he reads through the planner—full of personal notes, affirmations, appointments—he finds himself viewing the world as the woman does, and desperately hoping he finds her. Will he? A feel-good story that will leave your heart full and your mind open for all of the possibilities that life might hurl your way.
An Equal Justice by Chad Zunker
Drawing comparisons to John Grisham and characters like Jason Bourne, Zunker’s new series centers on David Abrams – a rookie lawyer, who came from nothing and is now making the big bucks at a prestigious law firm. As the months tick by, he discovers darker things afoot and eventually he must decide between his lucrative paycheck and justice. Zunker’s editor calls it a “thrill ride” – so get ready for blackmail, backdoor dealings, murder, and the clash between the powerful and the powerless.
Room to Breathe by Liz Talley
There’s nothing like the relationship between mother and daughter – especially when the mother begins to date her daughter’s ex-boyfriend, and her daughter has moved back in with her! Room to Breathe is a story of two women re-discovering themselves and their relationship; as Talley’s editor writes, “with exuberant charm and warmhearted humor (and a few shared bottles of wine), these two women come into their own and come to appreciate and love one another in brand new ways.”
Under Lying by Janelle Harris
Susan and Paul seem to have it all – a marriage, a healthy toddler, a big house. But when they attend a neighbors party and their daughter goes missing everything falls apart. As Susan and Paul desperately search for their baby girl, the truth from the past emerges, and upends everything they think they know. If you are looking for a domestic thriller, or something “intense and haunting”, as Sammia Hamer, the editor of Under Lying says, this is your First Read for the month.
The Puzzle of You by Leah Mercer
A moving portrait of a woman who wakes up in the hospital after a car crash and has no memory of having a child or wanting one. But there her daughter is, hugging her. As she grapples with her new life, she also reflects on her old. How can she balance it all – motherhood, a high-powered job, and a marriage that is not as strong as it was once. As Victoria Pepe, the editor of The Puzzle of You writes, “At the heart of this gripping novel lies the ultimate dilemma: Can Charlotte learn to love her daughter, or is the life she once had the one she wants now?”
The Last Dance (The Near-Earth Mysteries) by Martin L. Shoemaker
“Is The Last Dance an Agatha Christie–style investigative mystery? A beautiful, slow-burning love story? A space opera featuring an unforgettable cast and a simple idea suggested to the author by none other than Apollo 11’s Buzz Aldrin? The answer is yes, and yes, and yes.” Well, that’s what Jason Kirk, the editor of The Last Dance writes in his Amazon First Reads letter – guess there’s only one way to find out!
A Transcontinental Affair by Jodi Daynard
A sweeping tale of adventure and danger, innovation and corruption, and two women whose lives intertwine in unexpected ways on America’s first transcontinental train trip. Daynard’s editor compares her two leading ladies to the iconic duo, Thelma and Louise, so readers are sure to be in for a wild ride (and a little romance).
Broken Glass by Alexander Hartung
From million-copy bestselling, German author Alexander Hartung comes a new series following lone wolf detective Nik Pohl, whom his editor compares to Jo Nesbo’s Harry Hole. In Broken Glass Nik Pohl will stop at nothing to catch a killer, even when the killer begins to go after Nik.