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This book is many things at once: mysterious yet laugh-out-loud funny, philosophical and poetic, clever, and sometimes heartbreaking. It's a quirky, fatalistic fable set in a remote winter-laden Polish village, filled with subtle moments of quiet, but far-reaching wisdom. It's also a "murder mystery," but what takes center stage are the narrator's humorous, on-the-nose musings about human folly, and her belief in the superior intelligence/ultimate power of wild animals and the natural world around her. It's unlike anything I've ever read, and I have a feeling the wacky, endearing characters and the wise, clever moments will stick with me for a long time.
This book is gripping, poignant and impossible to put down. Knoll beautifully captures the frustration and determination of the women who had loved ones brutally taken from them by Ted Bundy's unchecked killing spree in the 70's. Ted Bundy is never named in the story, only referred to as "The Defendant," as part of Knoll's valiant effort to center the story on the women whose lives he stole. Eloquently and strategically, Knoll's semi-fictionalization of women whose names have long been buried under Bundy's sensationalized image works to to debunk the myth of his "genius," spun by negligent law enforcement and court systems that devalued women's lives and deaths.
Michealides does it again in this multi-layered, suspenseful murder mystery set on a remote, darkly atmospheric Greek island. I tore through this book in just a few days because I simply had to know what unexpected twist Michealides had in store this time. While Silent Patient and the Maidens remain my favorite of his books, this was certainly an enjoyable, worthwhile, edge-of-your-seat read with some poignant moments of moral insight and complex, secret-keeping, very human characters
This is a heartwarming story about finding things you thought were lost forever in places you'd never expect. Van Pelt artfully combines endearing characters (both human and non-human) and a family mystery with the everyday challenges of what it means to be young and what it means to grow old. It's a book you won't be able to put down, and by the end you'll have learned to never doubt the power of connection, across generations, distance or species, and against the myriad odds and obstacles life brings.
This is a timeless, simmering exploration of the mental havoc wrought by suspicion, the power of youthful infatuation, deceit, and the futile quest to decipher good from evil in the people we love most. Du Maurier's writing takes you back to another world of estates, inheritances, rolling countryside and raucous banquet halls, and through it all she weaves a compelling thread of mystery and dread that kept me up reading night after night.
This was an incredibly touching read about the bittersweetness and enduring love of long-lost childhood friendships and about the power of imagination. Featuring vivid, original characters and intimate interpersonal dynamics, this was a challenging and all-consuming read, the implications of which I'll be grappling with for a long time. This book is at once unsettling and comforting, reminiscent of a true coming of age and the accompanying contemplation of what it means to transition from a world of youthful dreams and imagination to one of stark adult reality.
Every story pulls you in in completely unexpected ways, and resolves in even more shocking ones. I have never encountered a Daphne Du Maurier story that disappoints. I read most of her books and story collections in less than a week, simply because I can't put them down, and this one is no exception
No book has kept me quite as close to the edge of my seat as this one. The Maidens combines the best elements of a great murder mystery, a mythic tragedy and a psychological thriller all set against the backdrop of classic dark academia. Like Silent Patient, this is one of those books you wish you could read again for the first time, and one that you need to reread knowing what you know by the end. No one writes a plot or a plot twist quite like Michaelides.
You've heard of Jackie O and JFK, Camelot, the golden age of American politics, but I bet you've never heard of Lem Billings, the architect of their relationship. Jack's college best friend, an adopted member of the Kennedy clan and a closeted gay man, is instructed by Jack and the Kennedys to get close to Jacqueline Bouvier, a confident, independent career woman determined not to become a housewife. As Lem and Jacqueline become close friends, Lem must weigh the Kennedy's expectations against Jacqueline's own hopes for her life. Looking back, did he do the right thing? Louis Bayard's characters are well-researched and dynamic as always in this reflective tale about the origins one of the most famous couples in America.
A stunning, perspective changing mystery - a must read for women particularly in the wake of the Me Too movement.
This is a slow-burning mystery pieced together artfully by Morton's world-weary protagonist. The struggling investigative reporter returns home to South Australia and her sick grandmother's estate, only to stumble upon a decades-old story of tragic loss, hidden from her by the grandmother who raised her. With compelling characters and plotlines that span generations, this book will keep you reading until you discover what really happened on Christmas Eve 1959.
Chokshi weaves an enticing world that walks the line between the real and the superstitious in the same way her characters do. Indigo is a woman who keeps secrets from everyone in her life - even her new groom. But her otherworldly mirage begins to unravel when the newlyweds return to Indigo's childhood home together. This book has all the elements of a great gothic novel, and I just couldn't put it down!
This gripping saga straddles the realms of psychological thriller and murder mystery. A passionate criminal psychotherapist fights to get his traumatized patient to speak about the brutal murder that silenced her, as she silently fights her way through her memories to the truth - a truth no one could have suspected. This book has twists and turns unlike anything I've read before
In a world overrun with fake news and social media propaganda, Maria Ressa founded Rappler, an online newspaper in the Philippines dedicated to reporting the facts. She has faced death threats, jailtime and direct attacks from government officials in her fight for reliable reporting, but she stands by her beliefs in her country's right to the truth. This is her compelling life story
This is a book I return to again and again and I get something new with each reading. Like all of Towles' books, this one is packed with meaning and inhabited by vivid characters that you'll miss when the book is over. It reads like a modern, more down-to-earth Gatsby, and explores the relationships between three characters who, meeting by chance, are forever linked by friendship and tragedy.
This is a beautiful, unforgettable, unique story of the importance of human connection and shared experience during good times and bad. Told through correspondence between a successful author trying to create a meaningful piece of work, and a resident of the formerly Nazi-occupied British island Guernsey, this is the story of the ways people come together to create joy and support one another even at the most difficult of times.
This is a beautifully-written story about strangers that become family, and about the strength of friendship in the face of disasters and decisions that complicate life in unforeseen ways. Winman's vivid scenery and endearing characters feel so real that I actually missed them when I stopped reading, and I couldn't wait to dive back into the beautiful Tuscan countryside that her characters call home.
It's no mystery why this suspenseful, eerie story continues to capture the attention of readers and viewers almost a hundred years after it's publication. Du Maurier's poetic prose and the tightly-guarded secrets of the narrator's haunted new groom keep you reading until you learn what happened to his beautiful former bride in his family home, Manderley, and why they can never go back there again...