It is almost June and the weather has become quite warm. Perhaps it's time to turn up the suspense dial on our reading list. Below are 3 very different, very good titles from which to choose
Bellwether Rivivals is an entrancing debut by British novels Benjamin Wood that arrives on June 14th. The story opens with at least 2 bodies - one still alive and one dead. We are not sure who died as we follow the story of Oscar Lowe, a young working class Care Assistant in a nursing home and a wealthy, troubled brother and sister, Iris and Eden Bellwether. Iris is troubled by her extremely talented brother and asks for Oscar's help. Eden is eccentric, wildly brilliant and full of conceit. The story is compelling, the characters are real. It has been compared to a mix of The Secret History and Brideshead Revisited. This wonderful debut will leave you impatient for Wood's next entry.
Faye and Jonathan Kellerman have a son. Such two well known thriller writers had produce something special. Their son, Jesse Kellerman, is an award winning playwright and also an author of quirky thrillers. The definition of potboiler according to Merriam-Webster is "a usually inferior work produced chiefly for profit." This is obviously NOT going to be your typical thriller. A middle-aged college professor decides to take some action when his friend, a best-selling thriller writer, is lost at sea. He searches out the widow and becomes involved in things much more complicated than he planned. It has been called a thrilling parody of the modern thriller that will make you shiver, think, and laugh. Try this title when it arrives on July 5th if you want a change of pace.
Lastly, there is The Hypnotist's Love Story by Liane Moriarty on June 14th. Ellen O’Farrell is an expert when it comes to human frailties. She’s a hypnotherapist who helps her clients deal with everything from addictions to life-long phobias. So when she falls in love with a man who is being stalked by his ex-girlfriend she’s more intrigued than frightened. What makes a supposedly smart, professional woman behave this way? She’d love to meet her! What she doesn’t know is that she already has. Saskia has been masquerading as a client, and their lives are set to collide in ways Ellen could never have predicted. In many ways, this title is about the grief we feel for things we 'thought' were going to happen. We picture our future in our minds and what would we do, to try to ensure that it happened the way we pictured. A slow starting book that quickly becomes a book that you can't put down. Perfect for the beach.