An Evening With Megan Miranda and Shari Lapena (A Library Consortium Event)

We delighted to partner with an impressive line-up of Chicago-area public libraries as they welcome thriller writers Megan Miranda and Shari Lapena discussing their new work with Mary Kubica. This virtual program is free. Click HERE to register. 

About the Books: 

Megan Miranda's new book is described as the perfect summer beach read.  Such A Quiet Place is set in a seemingly idyllic neighborhood. Scratch the surface though, and there is deceit and viciousness festering inside the households of this community.  Such A Quiet Place strikes an unnerving cord and will leave you wondering -- do you ever really know your neighbors?

With blockbuster novels such as All The Missing GirlsThe Perfect Stranger, and The Last House Guest (a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick), Miranda has established herself as a master of the suspense genre.   

Shari Lapena's Not A Happy Family has it all: rich people behaving badly, sibling rivalry, twists, turns, red herrings, and, of course, a few murders interspersed. When Fred and Sheila Merton are savagely killed, their adult kids are devastated. Or are they? Lapena’s new book brings to life the world of the rich and powerful with the dysfunctional Merton family. In this family, everyone is keeping secrets. Even the dead.

Lapena is the internationally bestselling author of the thrillers The Couple Next DoorA Stranger in the HouseAn Unwanted GuestSomeone We Know, and The End of Her.

Receive a signed bookplate with each copy of Such A Quiet Place or Not A Happy Family purchased while supplies last. 

About the Authors:

Megan Miranda is the New York Times bestselling author of All the Missing GirlsThe Perfect StrangerThe Last House Guest, a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick, and The Girl from Widow Hills. She has also written several books for young adults, including Come Find MeFragments of the Lost, and The Safest Lies. She grew up in New Jersey, graduated from MIT, and lives in North Carolina with her husband and two children. Follow @MeganLMiranda on Twitter and Instagram, @AuthorMeganMiranda on Facebook, or visit

Shari Lapena is the internationally bestselling author of the thrillers The Couple Next Door, A Stranger in the House, An Unwanted Guest, Someone We Know, and The End of Her, which have all been New York Times and The Sunday Times (London) bestsellers. Her books have been sold in thirty-seven territories around the world. She lives in Toronto and Not a Happy Family is her sixth thriller.

About the Conversation Partner:

Mary Kubica is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of THE GOOD GIRL and PRETTY BABY. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in History and American Literature. She lives outside of Chicago with her husband and two children and enjoys photography, gardening and caring for the animals at a local shelter.

This program presented in partnership with

Arlington Heights Memorial Library
Algonquin Area Public Library
Deerfield Public Library
Glencoe Public Library,
Highland Park Public Library
Lake Villa District Library
Mount Prospect Public Library
Niles-Maine District Library
Schaumburg Township District Library
Vernon Area Public Library
Wilmette Public Library

Event date: 

Thursday, August 12, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Event address: 

Online Zoom webinar!
Such a Quiet Place: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982147280
Availability: On Our Shelves Now--Subject to Availability
Published: Simon & Schuster - July 13th, 2021

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Last House Guest—a Reese Witherspoon Book Club selection—comes a new riveting suspense novel about a mysterious murder in an idyllic and close-knit neighborhood.

Welcome to Hollow’s Edge, where you can find secrets, scandal, and a suspected killer—all on one street.

Hollow’s E

Not a Happy Family: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984880550
Availability: On Our Shelves Now--Subject to Availability
Published: Pamela Dorman Books - July 27th, 2021


“A quintessential ‘beach read,’ I half expected sand to fall out of it. This one brings lurid family mayhem to the Hudson Valley [and] plausible suspects. With her cascading short chapters and teasers by the dozen, you stick with Lapena eagerly.” —Washington Post