Even for the most voracious reader, it’s nearly impossible to keep up with the amount of intriguing books released each season. My to-be-read list (TBR) is constantly growing but the following books have inched their way up to the top of my ginormous TBR pile.
The book currently on my bedside table is the suspense novel The Stranger on the Beach by Michele Campbell. It came out in the summer and has since received a ton of rave reader reviews. It follows well-to-do New Yorker Caroline Stark, who loses everything when her husband Jason arrives at a party at their new beach house with a tarted up Russian woman he claims is a business associate. Caroline knows the woman is his mistress, their marriage falls apart, and soon her bank accounts are empty too. Despondent and in an alcoholic haze, Caroline finds things only progress from bad to worse when Jason goes missing and all suspicions point in her direction.
Ann Patchett, author of Commonwealth, State of Wonder and Bel Canto, has returned this fall with The Dutch House. It is being described as her most powerful novel to date: a story that explores the indelible bond between two siblings, the house of their childhood, and a past that will not let them go. If you enjoy literary fiction, you can’t go wrong with Ann Patchett.
Daughter of Family G by Ami McKay is a memoir that weaves together the author’s family history, genetic discovery, and scenes from her life. Canadian writer Ami McKay, author of The Birth House, tells the compelling, true-science story of her own family's unsettling legacy of hereditary cancer while exploring the challenges that come from being a carrier of the mutation. Readers who are interested in genealogy and genetics (think Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity and Love by Dani Shapiro) will want to look out for this one.
Imagine that your husband has two other wives whom you've never met, but you love him so much you don't care. Then imagine you meet one of these other wives, and you learn that her husband - who is also your husband - is violent and angry, a person completely unknown to you. How far would you go to find the truth, even if it put your life on the line? The Wives is a mystery-thriller, due out in December, that I predict will be getting a lot of buzz later this year.
Set in Nova Scotia, Watching You without Me by Lynn Coady promises to be a creepy and wholly compelling novel. It’s described as being a novel about the complex relationships between mothers and daughters, sisters, women and men, who to trust and how to trust in a world where the supposedly selfless act of caregiving can camouflage a sinister self-interest.
Since it is being described as Silence of the Lamb meets The Dry, it’s no surprise why How Quickly She Disappears by Raymond Fleischmann is getting so much buzz. It is a literary suspense, set in the relentless Alaskan landscape, about madness and obsession, loneliness and grief, and the ferocious bonds of family.
While not all of the above books have been published yet, you can jump on the waitlist by placing a hold at www.CountyLibrary.ca or by making a request at your local County of L&A library branch.