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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 …

           

Once Upon A River

By Diane Setterfield, An atmospheric tale of mystery, folklore, fact and fantasy

Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield was released yesterday, but I’d been looking forward to it pretty much as soon as I heard about it. Naturally, I was very excited to be approved for an advanced copy of the book. I read her debut novel, The Thirteenth Tale, over ten years ago at the …