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The Silent Patient

By Alex Michaelides, A twisty but flawed psychological thriller

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides shows you exactly what type of book it’s aiming to be from the very first sentence: “Alicia Berenson was thirty-three years old when she killed her husband.” No messing around here. For people who like their thrillers-slash-mysteries to have twisty plots and straight-forward writing, this recent release is one …

                    

Where the Crawdads Sing

By Delia Owens, A coming-of-age crime drama about a girl growing up alone in the marshes of North Carolina

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens opens with a picture of a map and the discovery of a dead body in the marshes of North Carolina. I was immediately intrigued when I saw it in the bookstore, but grew wary when I found out it was a celebrity book club pick. I love Reese …

                 

The Dreamers

By Karen Thompson Walker, A disappointing novel about an epidemic in a college town

Early on in the The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker, two college students discuss the Trolley Problem, a very popular thought experiment in ethical decision-making. It’s a scenario (would you kill one person to save five?) that has made its rounds again and again in academics, pop culture and in meme form, sometimes referred to …

                 

The Snow Child

By Eowyn Ivey, A charming fairytale about a girl made of snow

“Like many fairy tales, there are many different ways it is told, but it always begins the same. An old man and an old woman live happily in their small cottage in the forest, but for one sorrow: they have no children of their own. One winter’s day, they build a girl of snow.” The …

                    

Bad Blood

By John Carreyrou, A thrilling and sensational story of ambition, corporate fraud and deceit

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou tells the story of Theranos, a biotech startup that had a staggering rise to a close to $10 billion valuation and an even more dramatic fall. The very short version of this review: I was really impressed by this book. Being in …