Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

Backman starts out by telling us that this is a story about idiots, which is off-putting. But what he means is that it is idiotically difficult being human. On the day before New Year’s Eve, a bank robber tries to rob a cashless bank of just enough money to pay rent,...

The Hour of the Witch by Chris Bohjalian

Chris Bohjalian can be relied on to take the reader to a new place and time. Whether it’s Vietnam and the birth of a new plague, or on a comic adventure with a flight attendant, or to early 20th century Turkey, his stories are believable and well-researched. In The...

The Postscript Murders by Elly Griffiths

When Peggy Smith, 90 years old, dies sitting in her armchair by the window looking out to the sea, it certainly appears to be a simple case of heart failure in old age. But the caregiver who discovers her, Natalka, her neighbor Edwin, and seaside coffee shack owner...

Take It Back by Kia Abdullah

One victim. Four accused. Who is telling the truth? Zara, a former barrister, now a rape counselor, is presented with this dilemma when Jodie walks through her office door. Jodie is a facially disfigured teenager, who alleges that she has been raped by four handsome...

Anywhere for You by Abbie Greaves

Two women’s lives collide at Ealing Broadway Station in London in this lighthearted novel that explores themes of love, loss, abandonment, and mental health. Mary has stood vigil every day at 6 PM for 7 years, holding a sign that says COME HOME JIM. One evening,...