Our picks from this month's Amazon First Reads selections

Al Woodworth on October 13, 2020
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Our picks from this month's Amazon First Reads selections

Every month, Amazon First Reads offers a collection of titles available a month early to readers. And this month, thanks to Prime Day, you can select two new pre-release Kindle books for $1.99 or two free if you’re a Prime member.

This month's selections feature a gutsy “warrior” FBI agent, an orphan who can break spells, a young Italian boy who is saved by a Brooklyn rabbi, and a true story of depression and hope.

Check out our recommendations from this month's selections below and for the full list of offerings visit: www.amazon.com/firstreads.


The Cipher by Isabella Maldonado

If you’re looking for a heart-pumping mystery with killers, FBI agents, a woman “warrior”, and a decade old revenge plot, than you’re in for a treat. Nina Guerrera is a FBI Special Agent and when a video of her getting assaulted goes viral, a serial killer commits another murder to entice Guerrera to follow him. But The Cipher is more than just a murder mystery, the killer is the same man that held her captive when she was 16—will he finally get the justice he deserves? As Isabella Maldonado’s editor writes, “Nina is a diverse, take-no-prisoners heroine whom we can’t help but root for and admire.”


This Magnificent Dappled Sea by David Biro

I think it’s fair to say that we’re all craving connection, which is why we recommend David Biro’s This Magnificent Dappled Sea about two strangers—from two different countries, two different generations, and two different religions—who discover that the other might be the only person on the planet that can save their lives. A novel about family secrets, medicine, and unexpected connections that the bestselling author Julianne MacLean says is “a superb read…you’ll be a better person for having read it.”


Spellbreaker by Charlie N. Holmberg

The first in a new series from the bestselling author, Charlie N. Holmberg, Spellbreaker is a cozy romantic mystery with a healthy dose of Victorian fantasy. Elsie Camden is a spellbreaker, but to practice without a license is a crime. All she wants to do is help those who hurt the powerless, but when a handsome stranger discovers her talent, everything Elsie knows is turned upside down. In the words of Holmberg’s editor, “this is one book whose spell you won’t want to break.”


The Boy Between: A Mother and Son’s Journey From a World Gone Grey by Josiah Hartley and Amanda Prowse

Josh was just a regular kid on his way to college. But when he arrived, his mental health deteriorated—all of a sudden, he was contemplating suicide. Thankfully, he reached out to his parents and together they battled his depression. A moving testament to the power of relationships and asking for help when the world around you turns dark. As the editor of this memoir wrote, “what shines through this narrative is the fundamental love between a mother and a son.”


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