1. THE HUSBAND
by Dean Koontz
A man whose wife has been kidnapped has 60 hours to come up with a huge ransom.
2. WATER FOR ELEPHANTS
by Sara Gruen
A young man — and an elephant — save a Depression-era circus.
3. THE ROAD
by Cormac McCarthy
A father and son travel in post-apocalypse America.
4. THE MEMORY KEEPER'S DAUGHTER
by Kim Edwards
A doctor's decision to secretly send his newborn daughter, who has Down syndrome, to an institution haunts everyone involved.
5. THE FIFTH HORSEMAN
by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
Detective Lindsay Boxer and the Women's Murder Club investigate unexplained deaths at a San Francisco hospital.
6. SUITE FRANCAISE
by Irene Nemirovsky
Two novellas, which came to light more than 50 years after the author's death, about life in France under the Nazis.
7. SUSANNAH'S GARDEN
by Debbie Macomber
A woman returns to her hometown and re-examines the troubling events of her past.
8. THE KITE RUNNER
by Khaled Hosseini
An Afghan-American returns to Kabul to learn how a childhood friend has fared.
9. COVER OF NIGHT
by Linda Howard
A young widow fights back when intruders storm her bed-and-breakfast in rural Idaho.
10. DEAD WATCH
by John Sandford
A political operative investigates the murder of a former senator.
11. TWO LITTLE GIRLS IN BLUE
by Mary Higgins Clark
A small girl communicates telepathically with her kidnapped twin.
12. THE BOOK OF FATE
by Brad Meltzer
The apparent murder of a presidential aide reveals Masonic secrets in Washington and a 200-year-old code invented by Thomas Jefferson.
13. THE ALCHEMIST
by Paulo Coelho
A tale about the lessons a Spanish shepherd boy learns during his travels to Egypt in search of treasure.
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