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November 2023 MassBook List

This month the challenge is “A book recommended by a local bookseller.” Give some of these a try, or stop by the Salem, NH Barnes & Noble, North Andover’s Purple Couch Bookshop, or the Andover Bookstore and ask them for a recommendation.

Such Sharp Teeth by Rachel Harrison

Such Sharp Teeth
by Rachel Harrison

A young woman in need of a transformation finds herself in touch with the animal inside in this gripping, incisive novel from the author of Cackle and The Return

The Housemaid by Freida McFadden

The Housemaid
by Freida McFadden

The story follows Millie Calloway, a young woman with a criminal past, who is employed as a housekeeper by a rich woman, Nina Winchester. In it, the author explores themes of discipline and power, and victimhood and abuse.

Three Assassins by Kotaro Isaka

Three Assassins
by Kotaro Isaka

A new thriller, set in Tokyo’s criminal underworld, pits an ordinary man against a group of talented and very unusual assassins.

Blood Orange Night by Melissa Bond

Blood Orange Night
by Melissa Bond

From journalist and poet Melissa Bond, a gripping account of the author’s addiction to benzodiazepines (a family of drugs that includes Xanax, Valium, Klonopin, Ativan) and the hidden dangers they pose.

Now Is Not the Time to Panic by Kevin Wilson

Twenty years after secretly causing panic in her hometown through the written word and artwork, along with a fellow loner named Zeke, famous author, mom, and wife Frances Eleanor Budge gets a call that brings her past rushing back, threatening to upend everything.

Holly by Stephen King

by Stephen King

In this new novel, Holly Gibney (from King’s previous books Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers and End of Watch) once again claims the spotlight, and must face some of her most depraved adversaries yet.

Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros

Fourth Wing
by Rebecca Yarros

Twenty-year-old Violet Sorrengail was supposed to enter the Scribe Quadrant, living a quiet life among books and history. Now, the commanding general–also known as her tough-as-talons mother–has ordered Violet to join the hundreds of candidates striving to become the elite of Navarre: dragon riders. But when you’re smaller than everyone else and your body is brittle, death is only a heartbeat away…because dragons don’t bond to “fragile” humans. They incinerate them.

The Holiday Trap by Roan Parrish

The Holiday Trap
by Roan Parrish

Greta Russakoff needs some space from her overbearing family. Truman Belvedere needs a place to heal after a devastating heartbreak. The solution is obvious: Truman and Greta decide to swap houses for the month of December. Can a change of scenery be the start of something new?