17. Zero Hour: A Novel from the Numa Files by Clive Cussler has Austin and the team on the trail of a scientist who has invented a machine to tap into “zero point energy”—un unlimited energy supply. There’s just one small problem: it also causes massive earthquakes.
16. W is for Wasted by Sue Grafton is the newest entry in the Kinsey Milhorn series.
15. Unseen by Karin Slaughter follows Will Trent as he goes undercover to infiltrate a drug and prostitution ring, while girlfriend Sara Linton deals with the shooting of her stepson.
14. Tell Me is the latest romantic suspense novel by Lisa Jackson. True crime author Nikki Gilette finds a story close to home when the woman convicted of killing Nikki’s childhood friend is freed from prison after a witness recants his story. Eager to know the truth, Nikki starts asking questions but soon finds that someone is keeping her from finding answers.
13. Sweet Salt Air by Barbara Delinsky tells the story of two former childhood friends who reunite to write a cookbook, but secrets from the past may come between them. Delinsky is known for her stories of romance, friendship, and vivid New England settings.
12. Second Watch by J.A. Jance is the newest entry in her J.P. Beaumont series. Beaumont is having knee replacement surgery and begins dreaming of a cold case and his time in Vietnam.
11.The Ocean at the End of the Lane is Neil Gaiman’s first book for adults in several years, even though I’d argue that Gaiman’s “children’s books” are books anyone can enjoy. A middle-aged man returns to the place where he grew up, triggering a memory of an event that nearly destroyed his world. The reviews are glowing!
10. Never Go Back is the title of the new Lee Child novel, and from the plot description it sounds as if it’s advice Jack Reacher should have taken. Instead, he’s back at the HQ of his old unit where he finds his contact in the brig and Reacher is accused of a crime committed 16 years earlier.
9. James Patterson and David Ellis have re-teamed for Mistress, a standalone novel about a man who becomes obsessed with finding the person who murdered a woman outside her apartment.
8. Hunting Eve, the second in Iris Johansen’s new trilogy, is on the August hot list. The final book, Silencing Eve, is scheduled for October and will probably be on that month’s hot list as well!
7. The Highway, a thriller by C.J. Box, is described as both harrowing and riveting. When two sisters go missing in a remote section of Montana, former policeman Cody Hoyt sets out to see if he can find them—and maybe find some redemption for himself.
6. Duck Dynasty fans are lining up to read Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander by Phil Robertson.
5. First Sight by Danielle Steel has glamorous locales, high fashion, and romance, so no wonder it’s doing quite well on the list.
4. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith jumped onto our lists after “Robert” was revealed to be J.K. Rowling. Private investigator Cormoran Strike is asked to investigate the apparent suicide of a supermodel.
3. Bones of the Lost by Kathy Reichs has forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan investigating deaths in Afghanistan and in North Carolina.
2. Bone Tree by Greg Iles
And the most requested book is:
And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini, which is another stunning novel by the author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns.This story is set in Afghanistan, where a father has to make a heartbreaking decision about one of his children. The decision and its consequences plays out over the years, retold in a series of stories.