2017 🇨🇦 Canadian Book Release Spotlight: Be Ready For The Lightning by Grace O’Connell

This month I will be featuring new releases from Canadian authors! From indie authors to well-known authors, I want to share with you the books I’m most excited for this year — I hope you’ll add some of them to your own wishlist and TBR! 

Be Ready For the Lightning by Grace O’Connell

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Random House Canada | June 6, 2017

From acclaimed New Face of Fiction alumna Grace O’Connell, a suspenseful, poignant and provocative tale about violence, sibling love, friendship, heroism–all told through the lens of a young woman trapped in a hijacked bus.

On the surface, Veda’s life in Vancouver seems to be going just fine–at nearly thirty, she has a good job, lifelong friends, and a close bond with her brother, Conrad. But Conrad’s violent behavior, a problem since he was a teen, is getting more and more serious, and Veda’s ongoing commitment to watch out for him is pushing her to a breaking point.

When Veda is injured as a bystander during one of Conrad’s many fights, she knows it’s time to leave Vancouver for a fresh start. She heads to New York, staying in the Manhattan apartment of old friends Al and Marie. Exploring the city, she swings between feeling hopeful and lost–until one day the bus she’s on is hijacked by a sweet-faced gun-toting man named Peter. He instructs Veda and the other passengers to spray paint the bus windows black, and what ensues is a gripping and unpredictable hostage situation, the outcome of which will make Veda question everything she knows about herself and the nature of fear.

Told with powerful immediacy and warmth, at once unsettling and engrossing, Be Ready for the Lightning is a story of violence, its attractions and repulsions; of love, loyalty and friendship; and of a young woman finding an unexpected kind of bravery.

Not gonna lie, when I read the first paragraph of this book synopsis, all I could think about was my love of the movie Speed! This book sounds intense and I kind of love that it isn’t YA (which is what I thought it was at first). This sounds like a fast-paced thriller just perfect for the summer!

What Canadian book are you waiting for? 

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