It’s that time again! Last month’s pick (Unbroken) was one that a lot of us had trouble getting into (…or even opening, HA!). You can’t win em all, right? Hopefully this month will get us all back in the game.
Check out the choices below and vote for your favorite. I’ll announce the winner next Sunday in our Facebook group (it’s a closed group so that it doesn’t take over our newsfeeds when we get excited about something. If you want in, just request to join and I’ll add you!).
Here are this month’s options:
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (336 pages, only available in hardcover)
This one just came out and has gotten some good reviews. A psychological thriller compared often to Gone Girl, Hawkins’s debut novel is about a woman named Rachel who takes the same train every morning. She watches the same couple eat breakfast on their deck every morning and begins to feel like she knows them, even giving them names and imagining their perfect life. But one morning she sees something shocking that changes everything. She contacts the police and finds herself completely entwined in their story and is left wondering if she’s done more harm than good.
From what I’ve heard, this is the kind of book that sucks you in and doesn’t let you put it down.
The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters (576 pages)
One of Amazon’s Best Books of 2014, this book was on last month’s list but I decided to sneak it in again because I’m totally intrigued. It takes place in 1920s South London where a widow and her spinster daughter have to take in lodgers—something which transforms the house in unexpected ways. It has gotten pretty fabulous reviews. Here are a few:
“Superb, bewitching… Forget about Fifty Shades of Grey; this novel is one of the most sensual you will ever read, and all without sacrificing either good taste or a ‘G’ rating” – NPR
“One of the year’s most engrossing and suspenseful novels… a love affair, a shocking murder, and a flawless ending… Will keep you sleepless for three nights straight and leave you grasping for another book that can sustain that high.” — Entertainment Weekly (A rating)
“Volcanically sexy, sizzingly smart, plenty bloody and just plain irresistible.” —USA Today (4 stars)
Um, sign me up.
Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi (320 pages)
I love fairy tales. This one is the story of Snow White recast and infused with family secrets, race, beauty, and vanity. It looks really good. Here’s the publisher’s summary:
In the winter of 1953, Boy Novak arrives by chance in a small town in Massachusetts, looking, she believes, for beauty—the opposite of the life she’s left behind in New York. She marries a local widower and becomes stepmother to his winsome daughter, Snow Whitman.
A wicked stepmother is a creature Boy never imagined she’d become, but elements of the familiar tale of aesthetic obsession begin to play themselves out when the birth of Boy’s daughter, Bird, who is dark-skinned, exposes the Whitmans as light-skinned African Americans passing for white. Among them, Boy, Snow, and Bird confront the tyranny of the mirror to ask how much power surfaces really hold.
The Late Lamented Molly Marx by Sally Koslow (336 pages)
Part mystery, part love story this novel’s protagonist is the recently deceased Molly Marx, who has been described by critics as both hilarious and endearing. Here’s the synopsis:
The circumstances of Molly Marx’s death may be suspicious, but she hasn’t lost her sense of humor. Newly arrived in the hereafter, aka the Duration, Molly discovers that she can still keep tabs on those she left behind: Annabel, her beloved four-year-old daughter; Lucy, her combustible twin sister; Kitty, her piece-of-work mother-in-law; Brie, her beautiful and steadfast best friend; and of course her husband, Barry, a plastic surgeon with more than a professional interest in many of his female patients. As the police question Molly’s circle of intimates about the circumstances of her death, Molly relives the years and days that led up to her sudden end—and takes responsibility for her choices in life.
Alright, let’s vote!