Read It Forward

To celebrate Halloween, we asked some of our favorite authors to tell us what terrifies them. Here’s what Brian McGrory – author of the memoir Buddy – told us. (We’re surprised that Buddy didn’t make the list!) What terrifies you, RIFers? Leave a comment!

Over-the-top great news for RIFer favorite Taylor Stevens! As reported in The Hollywood Reporter, James Cameron, “known for his tough female protagonists in movies ranging from Aliens to Terminator 2 to Dark Angel, has taken a shine to The Informationist, a novel by Taylor Stevens, whose main character has been compared to Stieg Larsson’s Lisbeth Salander. The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Cameron and his Lightstorm Entertainment banner have picked up movie rights to the book, with the intent of developing an adaptation as a directing vehicle for Cameron at 20th Century Fox.” Get the whole story at The Hollywood Reporter.

We introduced you to Chris Pavone, author of The Expats, and RIFers loved his thriller. Here’s what he has to say about The Andalucian Friend, the smash debut by Alexander Söderberg: “The international cast is packed with compelling bad guys, the plot is intricate and urgent, and the dialogue is tense and true and sometimes even funny. A joy-ride of a read.” Read It Forward is excited to introduce you to Alexander Söderberg, sure to be one of your new favorite thriller writers. The Andalucian Friend is the first of three novels in a series, and we’re giving away copies long before it hits the shelves in March 2013. We can’t wait to hear what you think!

Read It Forward favorite Gillian Flynn describes Herman Koch’s bestselling novel The Dinner like this: “It begins with drinks and dark satire, and goes stealthily and hauntingly from there. It’s chilling, nasty, smart, shocking and unputdownable. Read the novel in one big gulp, and then make plans with friends – you’ll be desperate to debate this book over cocktails, appetizers, entrees, dessert . . . and then you still won’t be done talking about it.” We’re excited to share this international bestseller with you – be among the first readers in the U.S. to dive in!

Praised by critics and devoured by fans of suspense, Sara J. Henry‘s debut Learning to Swim was recognized by an astonishing number of literary organizations. Learning to Swim received the Mary Higgins Clark Award, Best First Novel from the Agatha Awards, and the Macavity Award for Best First Mystery. It was nominated for the Barry Award and the Anthony Award. All well-deserved for a masterful debut. Now we’re thrilled to share the sequel, A Cold a Lonely Place, featuring Sara’s unforgettable heroine Troy. RIFers will be among the very first readers to dive in long before A Cold and Lonely Place hits the shelves on February 5, 2013.

Eliot Lamb has had countless nights like this before. He’s out with his mates, pint in hand, shots at the ready. They’re at the King’s Arms and will soon be making their familiar descent: pub, bar, club. But this time it’s different. When the night ends and tomorrow begins, he’ll graduate from Oxford and head reluctantly into adulthood. As he stares into the foam of his first beer, he knows it won’t be easy. Compared to early Martin Amis and Zadie Smith, Ben Masters is a fresh new voice in literary fiction, and his sparkling debut Noughties will blow you away.