The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue

In Dublin in 1918, the war is still raging in Europe and the city is confronting the dangerous new flu pandemic. Nurse Julia Powell presides over a tiny maternity ward set aside for pregnant women who have contracted the flu. In this understaffed ward, new life and...

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Two half-sisters are born in Ghana in the 18th century in neighboring villages. They are unaware of each other’s existence.  One is captured and sold into slavery from the Cape Coast Castle occupied by Englishmen. The other marries one of those Englishmen, and lives a...

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

Nina works in a bookstore and lives alone in an artsy enclave in Los Angeles with her cat, Phil. She is a voracious reader, she runs several book clubs for the store, and she is a fierce bar trivia competitor. She is fatherless, she thinks, but the death of a wealthy...

The Darkness, The Island, and The Mist: Hidden Iceland series by Ragnar Jonasson

The three books in the Hidden Iceland series by Ragnar Jonasson follow detective Hulda Hermansdottir backwards through her career. In this first installment, Hulda is on the eve of her retirement, and has asked for time to close a cold case of a dead Russian immigrant...

The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

The book opens up with a girl named Hal who is broke fortune-teller in a beach boardwalk. She receives a letter inviting her a funeral of someone who shares her last name, and the letter indicates it is a relative who will most likely leave her a good sum of money....

Seven Lies by Elizabeth Kay

This has been called a domestic noir novel and I couldn’t agree more. It focuses on two women, Jane and Marnie, who have been best friends since they were kids. Marnie falls in love with Charles, and naturally asks her best friend what she thinks of him. Jane lies and...

All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker

This book may be triggering for some. From the first few pages, the brutal rape of teen Jenny Kramer is described. Hours after the attack, she is given a controversial medical drug to erase her memory of the violent assault. But Jenny struggles with her recovery as...

A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor by Hank Green

This is the sequel to his debut book, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing. You do have to read the first book to understand this one, as it picks up right where An Absolutely Remarkable Thing left off. In that book, a young woman named April May becomes famous after she...

Tranquility Falls by T. Davis Bunn

This is a contemporary Christian novel set in small-town California. Although there is a romance element, the main theme is that of redemption, of a person who's lost their way leaving the hustle and bustle of L.A. to find peace and contentment among ordinary decent...

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

Looking for a plot-driven thriller? Fifteen-year-old Ellie Mack disappears without a trace one May day just before sitting her college exams. Ten years on, her mother begins a new relationship with a new man. Over time, she uncovers uncanny connections between this...
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