With Spring now firmly here, the flowers starting to bloom, and the beach beckoning you will need to grab a good paperback to relax with while you catch the first summer rays. These four cover the basics: mystery, love, magic, and dystopia.
Recursion by Blake Crouch
If you have read one of his previous novels, Dark Matter for instance then you know Crouch has some mind-bending plot twists that will leave you going “What just happened?” In this latest dystopia of his own creation, people begin suffering from something called False Memory Syndrome which is exactly what it sounds like, your memories aren’t real. So what would a cure look like? Remembering your actual memories, or having to make new ones? If you want something that will really make you think, then this is the novel for you.
The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
At this point, we are all familiar with the dystopian masterpiece that is The Handmaid’s Tale which is now a highly successful TV show. This long-coming sequel covers what happens to Offred as she continues her life in the Fascist run state that the United States has been turned into and now dubbed Gilead. While the events may be a bit too close to home, it should be a fascinating read and we cannot wait for its late summer release.
Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner
On to some lighter fare, Weiner of In Her Shoes fame has come out with another instant hit in the chick lit world. It also follows two sisters, with their journey beginning in the 1950s and moving to the present and the paths they have each followed in a world that underwent rapid change over the last 60 years. This is the perfect sort of light-hearted beach read you need.
Magic For Liars by Sarah Gailey
For all the magic lovers out there, you will greatly enjoy this magic-laden mystery as two sisters work together to solve the murder of a co-worker. While not everyone has magical talents, sometimes you do not need them, although they do make some things a lot easier. One sister has magic and the other does not which leads to some discord. This is a novel of self-reflection with a tinge of magic and will make you think about everything that has shaped you and made you who you are.