Origin by Dan Brown– I admit, without shame, that I have a soft spot for Robert Langton. I really enjoy any novel (and film, if i am being honest) that features the worlds most famous fictional symbologist. This novel takes Robert to Spain to investigate the murder of a friend, an Elon Musk type, who is murdered at the Bilbao Museum the night he is about to disclose to the world that he has discovered the origin of all life on earth. As usual, Brown’s most recent book is well researched, fast paced and totally over the top but I think that it may be my favourite yet. The perfect read for a long winters day.
True Crime Addict By James Renner– I found this book incredibly fascinating. I am a long time fan of true crime books and more recently, podcasts (see my post about some of my favourite here) and this book explores one journalists single focused quest to discover what happened to Mara Murray (For some basic info on the Maura Murray case, check out this link). The most interesting thing about this book is how raw and honest the story telling is. The reader really feels like they are inside the mind of Mr. Renner as he goes on his search.
The Last Mrs Parrish by Liv Constantine– Amber has had a hard life. Doesn’t she deserve the happiness and luxury that money brings? She sets her sights on Jackson Parrish, a handsome millionaire and the best way to insert herself in his life is through his lovely wife, Daphne. Amber manipulates herself into the prime position of her BFF… this is where things start getting tricky for all three of them. I really really don’t want to give anything else away but this was a deliciously devilish novel perfect for the beach. Perfect for fans of the “domestic noir” genre. It also has a very Instagram friendly cover, if that is important to you 😉
Seven Fallen Feathers by Tanya Talaga– This book is completely heartbreaking. Just wanted to say that right up front. If you were brought up, as most Canadians were, with limited information about the struggles of Indigenous people, the concept of generational trauma and the incredible racism that they face, this books is a pretty big wakeup call. Seven Indigenous students died over nine years in the town of Thunder Bay, Ontario and this book details who these kids where and what lead up to their deaths. I think that every single Canadian should read this book.
Before the Fall by Noah Hawley – Eleven people take off on a private plan from Martha’s Vineyard and eighteen minutes later, the plan crashes into the ocean. The only survivors are the four-year old son of a millionaire media mogul and a painter still waiting for his big break who almost wasn’t on the plane at all. With the back stories of the passengers explored to reveal the reason for the crash, the story also centre around the relationship between the two survivors. I loved this book. A thriller written like literature.
The Woman in the Window by AJ Finn– Dr Anna Fox, a psychologist turned agoraphobic, spends her days in her NYC townhouse watching black and white noir films, drinking copious amounts of Merlot and spying on her neighbours with a long lens camera. When she sees a crime being committed, she cannot seem to get anyone to believe her. She KNOWS she isn’t crazy and continues to investigate on her own. This book is one of the better domestic noir novels I have read; I probably enjoyed it so much because it is an ode to my all time favourite film Rear Window! I won’t say much more here, but if you like this type of thriller, you must read this one.