Now that summer is officially in full swing the books that are being released are definitely starting to reflect this warmer season. Gone are the days of dark winter mysteries. Now it is the time for lazy romantic beach reads which we have plenty of to choose from. This week we have two fictional novels. In one, readers are introduced to two characters who might just unwittingly be soulmates. The other takes a look at forgiveness between two suburban families. And, because mysteries can also happen in the summer for those mystery lovers there is the latest from Anthony Horowitz.
Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane
This novel spans four decades and the love and hate between two families: the Gleesons and the Stanhopes. The fathers of each family work together as NYPD cops but an event tears both families apart. Their children, Kate Gleeson and Peter Stanhope are inextricably drawn to each other as they grow up and when they are forced apart in grade 8 by their parents it seems like that is the end of their story. But as the novel progresses readers see that sometimes love cannot be forgotten, even at a young age and it is the tie between these children and into adulthood which will ultimately bring the two families back together. This is a riveting look at the power of forgiveness and how a child’s perception of events is vastly different then the reality.
The Flatshare by Beth O’leary
Anyone who has left a quick note or received a letter will enjoy this somewhat epistolary novel. Tiffy and Leon do not actually know each other when they decide to live together. Leon has an apartment he only uses during the day because he works at night and Tiffy is broke. After going through a breakup which left her essentially homeless she finds herself scrambling for a decent place to live and that’s within her budget which leads to Leon. She will be in the apartment at night and he during the day. Their paths only overlap via short notes which turn into letters. Could it be that these two roommates who have never crossed paths in the apartment are actually meant to be together?
The Sentence Is Death by Anthony Horowitz
If you have read any of Anthony Horowitz’s past novels then you will be familiar with the main character detective Daniel Hawthorne. Most of the past novels have featured Hawthorne pursuing new murders and mysteries but Horowitz has mixed up the narrative by focusing on Hawthorne’s past. This is the novel for anyone who wants to know more about Hawthorne and the events that have shaped this literary character.