It’s Book of the Month time! Normally I labor over the decision of which book(s) to choose, but this month I tried something a little different. I saw the word “thriller” and went with that one without reading anything about it. Sometimes it’s best to go into a book with no clue where it will lead you.
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These are the book choices this month (they were all so good, did I make the right choice??):
Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough: This was the book I chose this month! I saw exactly two things about it before selecting it and confirming my choice (from which there is no going back): 1. it’s a thriller, and 2. it has an insane twist ending. I’m an easy mark, what can I say? The premise of this story has been done before – single mom meets handsome stranger, falls in love at first sight, finds out he’s her new boss (who is very married). Turning what could be a romantic comedy storyline into a dark thriller takes some finesse, but reviews say this one is a real page turner. I can’t wait!
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee: This book isn’t released until next week, but it has already gotten some rave reviews. The story follows a Korean family through time with different characters; beginning in early 1900s Korea and ending generations later in Japan. Through these characters and the passing of time, we see their desperate struggles and emotional victories, binding them together by deep roots as their family faces enduring questions of faith, family, and identity.
Perfect Little World by Kevin Wilson: When Isabelle Poole meets Dr. Preston Grind, she’s a pregnant teenager who is totally on her own. Dr. Grind, an awkwardly charming child psychologist, has spent his life studying family, even after tragedy struck his own. Now, with the help of an eccentric billionaire, he has the chance to create a “perfect little world”—to study what would happen when ten children are raised collectively, without knowing who their biological parents are. He calls it The Infinite Family Project and he wants Izzy and her son to join. This attempt at a utopian ideal starts off promising, but soon the gentle equilibrium among the families disintegrates: unspoken resentments between the couples begin to fester; the project’s funding becomes tenuous; and Izzy’s growing feelings for Dr. Grind make her question her participation in this strange experiment in the first place.
The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker: After a decade of striving in the field of animation, Mel and Sharon are finally celebrating the release of their first full-length feature, which transforms Mel’s difficult childhood into a provocative and visually daring work of art. The toast of the indie film scene, they stand at the cusp of making it big. But with their success come doubt and destruction, cracks in their relationship threatening the delicate balance of their partnership. Sharon begins to feel expendable, suspecting that the ever-more raucous Mel is the real artist. During a trip to Sharon’s home state of Kentucky, the only other partner she has ever truly known—her troubled, charismatic childhood best friend, Teddy—re-enters her life, and long-buried resentments rise to the surface, hastening a reckoning no one sees coming.
The Possessions by Sara Flannery Murphy: In an unnamed city, Edie works for the Elysian Society, a private service that allows grieving clients to reconnect with lost loved ones. She and her fellow workers, known as “bodies,” wear the discarded belongings of the dead and swallow pills to summon their spirits—numbing their own minds and losing themselves in the process. Edie’s success is the result of careful detachment by avoiding personal contact with her clients. But when Edie channels Sylvia, the recently deceased wife of Patrick Braddock, she becomes obsessed with the glamorous couple. Despite the murky circumstances surrounding Sylvia’s drowning, Edie breaks her own rules and becomes emotionally attached to Patrick, moving deeper into his life and summoning Sylvia outside the Elysian Society’s walls. And as the lines between Edie’s and Sylvia’s desires begin to blur, Edie finds herself taking increasing risks to keep Patrick within her grasp. Suddenly her quiet life begins unraveling, as she grapples not only with Sylvia’s growing influence and the questions surrounding her death, but with her own long-buried secrets.
Pretty great choices this month, right? Which one would you have chosen?
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