Slow-motion thriller; emotional sibling rivalry

I Am No One by Patrick Flanery

“I Am No One”

by Patrick Flanery

(Tim Duggan Books)

Why would anyone want to spy on Jeremy O’Keefe? After all, he tells the reader, “I am no one,” just a history professor who recently returned to America after a decade teaching in England. But Jeremy can’t shake the feeling that he’s being watched.

First, his computer is hacked. Then he spots a man in a ski mask standing on the sidewalk below his apartment, staring at his window. Next, he receives a series of parcels filled with paper records of every website he has visited, every email he has sent, every phone call he has made.

Jeremy doesn’t know if the parcels are a threat or a warning; but someone has taken an unnatural interest in him.

“I Am No One” reads like a collaboration between spy novelist John le Carre and Franz Kafka, the early 20th-century master of alienation and existential anxiety. It’s a beautifully written slow-motion thriller, an unnerving story of fear and paranoia.

— Bruce DeSilva

The cover of "First Comes Love" by Emily Giffin.

“First Comes Love”

by Emily Giffin

(Ballantine Books)

Best-selling author Emily Giffin delivers another emotionally honest work with the novel “First Comes Love.” Giffin paints a relatable picture chronicling the journey of two sisters who land on opposite ends of the spectrum after tragedy strikes their family 15 years before.

According to Facebook, Meredith has a pretty good life. Even though most of her social media hashtags claim she is “blessed,” Meredith can’t seem to shake the feeling that something is missing from her marriage. Meredith secretly wonders if circumstances years ago forced her down a wedding aisle out of guilt.

Meredith’s sister Josie longs for her sister’s life. She would give anything to be a mother. In fact, she plans on skipping marriage in order to get to the baby carriage part. Since the tragedy, she’s mastered the skill of taking control of her life. Why stop now?

“First Comes Love” is a heart-stirring novel about the many layers of sibling rivalry. It’s a story about the past and the future, fighting and forgiveness. It’s a story about following your heart.

Lincee Ray


Week ending June 26

Hardcover Fiction

1. “End of Watch” by Stephen King (Scribner)

2. “Here’s to Us” by Elin Hilderbrand (Little Brown)

3. “The Girls” by Emma Cline (Random House)

4. “Tom Clancy Duty and Honor” by Grant Blackwood (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)

5. “The Pursuit” by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg (Bantam)

6. “After You” by Jojo Moyes (Viking Dorman)

7. “Foreign Agent” by Brad Thor (Atria/Emily Bestler Books)

8. “Before the Fall” by Noah Hawley (Grand Central Publishing)

9. “The Emperor’s Revenge” by Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)

10. “Sweetbitter” by Stephanie Danler (Knopf)

11. “The Last Mile” by David Baldacci (Grand Central Publishing)

12. “Barskins” by Annie Proulx (Scribner)

13. “15th Affair” by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro (Little Brown)

14. “All Summer Long” by Dorothea Benton Frank (William Morrow)

15. “The House of Secrets” by Brad Meltzer and Tod Goldberg (Grand Central Publishing)

— Publishers Weekly