Amazon First Reads January

Al Woodworth on January 14, 2020
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This month, Prime members can select two free Kindle books from Amazon First Reads. From a novel that has drawn comparisons to The Sixth Sense and thrillers that will make you think twice about identity theft, to historical fiction set in France during the First World War and a children’s book about leaning into your strengths, Amazon First Reads is full of great reads this month. We’ve highlighted six from the January list, but be sure to check the full offerings over at Amazon First Reads and come back in a month for the next crop of books!


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Last Day by Luanne Rice

Lee Child calls Last Day “Lovely, lyrical—and lethal. Luanne Rice turns her talents in a new direction and succeeds completely.” Lisa Scottoline writes, “Luanne Rice is the master of small towns with big secrets…. Surprising, powerful, a total page-turner.” And Rice’s editor, who read the book in one sitting, raves “Luanne has brilliantly combined elements of domestic and psychological suspense with police procedural…I was completely engrossed.”


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Thief River Falls by Brian Freeman

There is nothing like a real nail biter that keeps you on the edge of your seat until you fall off from the sheer force of the twist. It seems that Thief River Falls might just be exactly that. In fact, Brian Freeman’s book editor compared the experience to watching The Sixth Sense, so to say anything about the narrative will give away the absolute pleasure of reading this book. So, silence is golden and remember be careful when opening the door to strangers…


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When I Was You by Minka Kent

Brienne Dougray rarely leaves her house – she gets terrible headaches, can’t remember things, and relies on her new tenant to provide access to the outside world. So when she discovers someone has been using her name, dressing like her, posing as her, living her life, she is more than shocked. As she ventures outside of her house to track down her double, what she discovers is even more disturbing. Psychologically gripping and suspenseful, this novel will make you think twice about the stat that in 2017, there were more 14 million cases of identity theft in the US.


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Bird Hugs by Ged Adamson

Though Bird Hugs is written for children, it might just have a message for all of us. As Ged Adamson’s editor writes, “I often think the world would be a kinder place if we embraced the sentiments found on the pages of picture books.” Bernard is not like other birds: he can’t fly like his friends, and his wings are really, really long. However, a chance encounter with a dejected orangutan leads Bernard to think a little differently about his place in the world. Instead of focusing on himself and what he can’t do, he focuses on what he can do. And it turns out, his wings might just be the perfect comfort.


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The Future of Feeling: Building Empathy in a Tech-Obsessed World by Kaitlin Ugolik Phillips

What is technology doing to us? What does it mean that we spend hours on our phones on social media that we shop via algorithms and artificial intelligence increasingly surrounds us? In Kaitlin Ugolik Phillip’s new book, she examines these questions parsing out the different uses of technology and how it’s affecting our emotional well-being now and how we can ensure it’s helping us for the good in the long term.


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In a Field of Blue by Gemma Liviero

For those who want the full drama of romance and war, look no further than In a Field of Blue by the bestselling author Gemma Liviero. Set in France during the First World War, this novel explores the grief of battle and loss, the quest for truth and…a love triangle. As Jodi Warshaw, Liviero’s editor wrote “This beautiful story of love and devotion opened my eyes to the lasting trauma that so many soldiers carry off the battlefields…[it] filled me with hope.”

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