Three Great Reads

There are plenty more, but the last three books I read really resonated, so I’m sharing them with you. Be forewarned, though – no light reading here.

Girl

First up – The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. This book was published in January, and I’d been hearing and reading about it for months. Many comparisons to Gone Girl, although I read GG and liked TGOTT much better. Finally I downloaded the digital version to my Kindle app and once I started reading, it was hard to stop. Two sleep-deprived nights later and wow. Great use of the unreliable narrator to create a suspenseful mystery/thriller. Here’s the link to the Amazon page – or pick up the print version from your local bookseller!

still-alice-book-cover

Next – Still Alice. The movie came out, and I so wanted to see it. Didn’t get around to it in time. I knew this would be a difficult read (my mom had progressive dementia). If you can handle the topic of early-onset Alzheimer’s, this book is so, so good. Written from the point of view of the title character (Alice Howland, an esteemed Harvard psychology professor), this novel is brilliant as Alice journeys through her disease. Read all about it here.

hausfrau

Finally, I read Hausfrau. My friend Samantha Stroh Bailey said it ‘chilled her to the bone.’ Yep. This story, set in my beloved Switzerland (Dietlikon, a little town just outside Zurich), is about Swiss perfection and the main character’s falling apart. It’s been called ‘a modern-day Anna Karenina tale,’ and now, of course, I must read Anna Karenina. You won’t soon forget this story. Here’s the link.

So – there are my suggestions for your summer reading list. What have you got to recommend to me?

9 thoughts on “Three Great Reads

  1. I’ve read the first two of these books! I liked The Girl on the Train, but I liked Gone Girl better. I found the ending of The Girl to be a bit disappointing. Seemed there was all this buildup… I don’t want to give more away in case someone who reads this hasn’t read it yet, but I loved the beginning…just not the resolution.

    Stephanie
    http://stephie5741.blogspot.com

  2. I’m waiting for the Girl on the Train from my library; I enjoyed Gone Girl but didn’t like the ending, so have high hopes for this one!

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