From last week's Indie bestseller lists, available at IndieBound.org, here are the recommended titles, which are also Indie Next Great Reads:
The Cabin at the End of the World: A Novel by Paul Tremblay (Morrow, $26.99, 9780062679109). "Wen and her dads are taking a break from everything by visiting a remote cabin for vacation. Wen is studying grasshoppers in their yard when a man comes up and warns her that she and her dads are going to have to make a decision. And that's about all I can tell you without spoiling the story. This book was so creepy, in a very good way. I'd classify this as horror, but very realistic." --Jennifer Jones, Bookmiser, Roswell, Ga.
Providence: A Novel by Caroline Kepnes (Lenny, $27, 9780399591433). "Providence, a novel for the Stranger Things audience, is a fun and interesting blend of light fantasy and soft horror themes. I am a huge Lovecraft fan and devour fan fiction or books that reference Lovecraft, and author Caroline Kepnes does a nice job creating a weird and entertaining ride while explaining Lovecraft and The Dunwich Horror to those who may not be familiar. Overall, I found this book to be exactly what I needed: a nice escape from the confines of the horror genre. I'm also happy to see more female writers bringing their own voices to horror in new and interesting ways." --Guy Lopez, Vroman's Bookstore, Pasadena, Calif.
Paperback: An Indies Introduce Title
The Ruin: A Novel by Dervla McTiernan (Penguin Books, $16, 9780143133124). "Cormac Reilly, an honest and likable 20-year veteran detective recently relocated to Galway, Ireland, is trying to figure out where he fits in at his new police station. Reilly's investigation of a cold case from his rookie days soon intersects with the current case of an apparent suicide that proves to be much more than it appears. With a detailed setting, McTiernan introduces readers to a mystery rife with intriguing characters and tense, suspenseful plot twists. The Ruin will compel readers to keep turning the pages until they reach the satisfying conclusion, which will leave them impatiently waiting for the next installment in this promising series." --Betsy Von Kerens, The Bookworm of Omaha, Omaha, Neb.
For Ages 4 to 8
A House That Once Was by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Lane Smith (Roaring Brook Press, $18.99, 9781626723146). "This is the first book of 2018 that just screams 'Caldecott.' The text is beautifully melancholy and the phrasing and rhythms are simply made for reading out loud. When combined with Lane Smith's impressionistic illustrations (and the stylistic shift in the middle), this becomes one of those picture books that makes you gasp in wonder even as you're getting misty-eyed. And its impact doesn't lessen with re-reading; in fact, there are new details to discover every time you open its cover." --Billie Bloebaum, Third Street Books, McMinnville, Ore.
For Ages 9 to 12
The Boy, the Bird, and the Coffin Maker by Matilda Woods, illustrated by Anuska Allepuz (Philomel Books, $16.99, 9780525515210). "A gentle tale--with a healthy dose of magic--about friendship, hope, and looking to the future. The Boy, the Bird, and the Coffin Maker reads like a newly discovered folktale that, once found, becomes essential. Sure to delight questing readers of all ages." --Sam Miller, Carmichael's Bookstore, Louisville, Ky.
For Teen Readers
Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young (Wednesday Books, $17.99, 9781250168450). "Sky in the Deep is the YA fantasy I've been waiting for--a breath of fresh air that holds the reader captive from the opening scene. Be warned, you will fall hard for Eelyn and Fiske. You will swoon, you will gasp, you will laugh, and you will cry; this book touches on all the emotions. In a brutal, bloody world, Young pulls no punches when putting the characters in intense situations that leave the reader on the edge of their seat. With lush descriptions, impactful character development, and powerful writing, this debut author will have you clamoring for more of her words." --Sarah Green, Vero Beach Book Center, Vero Beach, Fla.
[Many thanks to IndieBound and the ABA!]