Patricia’s Summer Picks 2015

findersFinders Keepers by Stephen King

Stephen King wrote a new book?  I’m in.  In. In. In. In. In. (I may have accidentally read it already.  You’ll like it — It’s good.) Best line: “Pete lay awake for a long time that night. Not long after, he made the biggest mistake of his life.”

truthThe Truth & Other Lies by Sascha Arango

Henry Hayden is a beloved bestselling author.  It just so happens that his wife has written all of his books.  She dies and Henry’s carefully constructed persona can’t bear the scrutiny.  What is a liar to do?

 

missemilyMiss Emily by Nuala O’Connor*

A while back, Michael recommended I read Longbourn (a companion to Pride & Prejudice told from the servants’ point of view).  I really liked the shift in perspective and found the text richly rewarding to Austen fans.  This book has a similar appeal.  It’s the story of the friendship between Emily Dickinson and her servant, Ada.

casualtiesCasualties by Nick Holdstock*

Casualties is the story of the weeks leading up to the apocalypse in an Edinburgh neighbourhood.  Because it’s not summer until you read about the end of the world… It would pair well with Emily St. John Mandel‘s Station Eleven.

lastwordsLast Words by Michael Koryta*

Lauren Novak was killed while working a Death Row case with her lawyer husband, Markus.  Markus uses slightly less than legal tactics to attempt to solve the crime and is banished from Florida to Indiana, where he gets embroiled in an unusual murder case.  While I haven’t read much Koryta, his Those Who Wish Me Dead was one of my favourite beach reads last summer.

shapeshiftersShapeshifters by Stefan Spjut*

“A fantastic novel in every sense of the word…not only because Spjut has accomplished the masterstroke of writing convincingly about the existence of trolls and other mythical creatures in the Nordic forests, but also because all this unfolds in a language that captures the everyday reality we know so well, with such precision and exquisite style that the words seem to sparkle on the page.” – Karl Ove Knausgård

shadowshaperShadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older

Hands down the book I’m most excited about this summer is a YA urban fantasy set in Brooklyn.  Tinged in folklore, it looks like it will satisfy both my zombie cravings and inner Cassandra Clare fan.

 

–Patricia

*Thanks to NetGalley and Edelweiss for keeping me in beach reads this summer.

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