Book Recommendation Roundup

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I have read so many good books lately and thought it would be the perfect time to post a recommendation roundup.  Here are some that made the list:

  1. All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood – This was one of the most well written and heart wrenching books I’ve ever read.  It’s been dubbed in many reviews as “controversial” and it’s easy to see why once you start reading.  The plot deals with a young girl, Wavy, whose parents are immersed in a lifestyle of producing and using meth.  Wavy is left to virtually raise herself and her younger brother. She forms an unlikely bond with one the men who works for her father and he becomes the only semblance of family she has.  As their friendship develops into a romantic relationship, they are faced with scrutiny from those outside their own insular world.  The characters in this book are so complex and you can’t help but form connections with them as the plot progresses.  The author challenges you to see their side of the story and determine whether you believe their relationship is wrong or something pure. (5 out of 5 stars)
  2. The Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer – I came across this book on Goodreads and was immediately curious to see how the story would play out.  After a little girl is kidnapped, her mother goes on a long and difficult journey to bring her home.  The author switches back and forth between the mother and daughter’s points of view, explaining how they are both affected by the kidnapping.  Although information is gradually revealed throughout the story, the author leaves some elements up to the reader to determine what they think really happened. (5 out of 5 stars)
  3. The Third Wife by Lisa Jewell – Lisa Jewell is one of my favorite authors and this book was just as good as others I’ve read by her.  The plot deals with a middle aged man who has been married three times and managed to keep his ex-wives and current wife happy.  From vacations to family dinners, the three women and their children spend time together frequently and seem to be one big happy family.  After the third wife is killed in a stunning accident, secrets begin to emerge that challenge the tenuous balance the family has created.  Similar to many of Jewell’s books, this story switches point of view with each chapter.  The story is told from the perspective of each family member including, the husband, wives and children.  Jewell keeps you guessing up until the very end, when all the family secrets come to light. (5 out of 5 stars)
  4. The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter – I am a huge fan of Karin Slaughter’s and her Will Trent series.  Her latest addition to the series follows the shady dealings of an NBA star and how he is connected to the murder of a retired cop.  Although the plot is about connecting the dots between the player and the murder, it is just as much about Will’s relationship with his girlfriend, Sarah, and his estranged wife, Angie.  If you’re looking for a suspenseful and  dark new series, I would recommend this one in a heart beat. (5 out of 5 stars)
  5. You by Caroline Kepnes – This is definitely the most disturbing and chilling book on the list.  The story is told from the point of view of a man, Joe, who becomes obsessed with a girl who walks into the bookstore he works at.  He becomes determined to make her his girlfriend and goes to terrifying lengths to ensure he succeeds.  This story was so much different than others I’ve read because of the way the story is told from the point of view of the stalker.  If you’re looking for a scary read, this may be a good one to check out. (5 out of 5 stars)
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