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New On My Shelf This Week

This book comes recommended by the lovely Claire McLaughlin of ‘Little Bird Publicity‘.

Although this story line may be a little outside my usual reading genres, it has captured my imagination and is definitely heading for my TBR pile.

To be honest, this is also a book which needs little or no promotion from me as it is already soon to be a major motion picture from Imagine Entertainment and producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer – and that news before the official publication date, which is tomorrow, July 18th!


Between life and death lies an epic war, a relentless manhunt through two worlds…and an unforgettable love story.

The last thing FBI agent Will Brody remembers is the explosion—a thousand shards of glass surfing a lethal shock wave.

He wakes without a scratch.

The building is in ruins. His team is gone. Outside, Chicago is dark. Cars lie abandoned. No planes cross the sky. He’s relieved to spot other people—until he sees they’re carrying machetes.

Welcome to the afterlife.

Claire McCoy stands over the body of Will Brody. As head of an FBI task force, she hasn’t had a decent night’s sleep in weeks. A terrorist has claimed eighteen lives and thrown the nation into panic.

Against this horror, something reckless and beautiful happened. She fell in love…with Will Brody.

But the line between life and death is narrower than any of us suspect—and all that matters to Will and Claire is getting back to each other.

From the author of the million-copy bestselling Brilliance Trilogy comes a mind-bending thriller that explores our most haunting and fundamental question: What if death is just the beginning?


Image Of Author Marus SakeyBorn in Flint, Michigan, Marcus fell in love with story at a young age and always dreamed of becoming a novelist. He attended the University of Michigan before beginning a decade-long career in television and advertising.

He was the host and writer of the acclaimed television show Hidden City on Travel Channel, for which he was routinely pepper-sprayed and attacked by dogs.

His debut thriller The Blade Itself, was sold at auction and published to wide critical acclaim, allowing him to work full-time as a writer.

To research his novels, Marcus has rappelled with SWAT teams, pub-crawled with bank robbers, dissected a human brain, chased pirate treasure, and learned to pick a deadbolt.

One of Marcus’s books has already been adapted as a feature film, with several others in various stages of film development.

But by far the greatest accolade to his excellent writing so far, is that his latest book ‘Afterlife‘, is soon to be a major motion picture by Imagine Entertainment and producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, and that’s before it is even officially published!

Marcus lives in Chicago with his wife and daughter, where he is a certified SCUBA diver and sailing captain, a rock climber, an accomplished carpenter, a spice junkie, and “a hell of a cook.”

I love telling stories for a living. The process of writing has its frustrations, but also its joys (there’s no high like typing “The End.”) The research is incredible. I love meeting other authors. I love working on something that’s purely mine. But the best part is the idea that I kept somebody up past their bedtime, or made them miss their train stop. As a lifelong addict of story, it makes me happy to think that my work might hit other people the way books hit me.

Catch up with all the latest news at Marcus’s website

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Picture of an English red post boxMailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house during the last week. Be warned that Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Mailbox Monday now has a permanent home, where links may be added each week. So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for our three new joint administrators, after all, we all like to receive them … Your Hosts for  ‘Mailbox Monday

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This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… You never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

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