House of Glass (Harlequin MIRA, February 25). A family is put to the test when their home is invaded and they are held hostage for 48 hours in their basement. How far will a mother go to protect her children? What can tragedy teach us about family bonds? Admittedly, I cannot wait to read this newest work by Littlefield. My library dropped the ball here and failed to order any copies (boo!) but the pre-order button on Amazon works just fine.
Bark (Knopf, Febuary 25). If you've read any 2014 Anticipated Books lists, you've seen this short story collection mentioned. Moore has been shortlisted for the Orange Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award in years past and any work she publishes is always highly anticipated by critics and lay people alike. To be honest, she is new to me so I wasn't willing to run out and pre-purchase this one. I did, however, put a library hold on it (hey, at least my local library had the good sense to buy a few copies of this one even if they did drop the ball on the Littlefield novel).
Blood Royal (Little, Brown and Company, February 25). This non-fiction tale of murder and mayhem in 15th century Paris is gripping enough to be a novel. It's good enough to merit a full length book review so look for that to appear here this week.
The Wives of Los Alamos (Bloomsbury USA, February 25). If the premise (and title) of a story focusing on the wives of the men who were playing a pivotal role in our country's history perhaps, like me, you are recalling the popular non-fiction title of 2013 The Astronaut Wives Club. I'm hoping Nesbit's work here fares better for me than the other title (I didn't care for The Astronaut Wives Club). I'm confident that will be the case because this work is fiction and Nesbit can tighten the narrative and provide better motivation, something non-fiction is often incapable of doing.
The Headmaster's Wife (Thomas Dunne Books, February 25). I'm a sucker for boarding school tales. Especially boarding schools located in New England. Especially boarding school tales set in New England that feature family madness. Why is that? I have no idea. But there you have it. And when Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Russo, one of my favorite authors, said he loved this book, I knew I had to read it. So yes, I bought it.
The Troop (Gallery Books, February 25). Admittedly, a good horror book that scares the pants off of you has it's place. And by all accounts, Cutter's novel about a Boy Scout troop that runs in to something very bad and very bio-engineered in the Canadian wilderness on a pack weekend outing is guaranteed to do just that. So I'm making sure my pants are belted on tight...and I'm going in.
Which new releases did I miss? Be sure to let me know if I didn't mention any favorites that you've been most looking forward to!