It is a new month and I have a whole stack of new five-star recommendations for my readers. From cozy Victorian mysteries to nailbiting modern suspense, and ending with a dash of emotional healing in the form of a book club, there is something for everyone.
Of Manners and Murder by Anastasia Hastings
I actually listened to this book in audio form. So before I start talking about the story itself, I would like to mention that Mia Hutchinson-Shaw might be my new favorite narrator. She brought the book and characters to life, and I loved listening to her voice. In the future, I would give any audiobook a try just because she is narrating it. Her narration was that enjoyable.
Thankfully, the writing was just as good as the narration. Violet and Sephora were such fun characters. Distinct and headstrong in two very different ways. And while I did guess some of the overall mystery halfway through, it didn’t detract from the story. I give this book 5/5 stars.
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The Lonely Heart Book Club by Lucy Gilmore
I am very picky when it comes to books with multiple POVs. I find I often lose focus if I have to switch between characters. That did not happen in this book. With every new POV, I felt I was discovering a whole new beloved character with every new POV. The use of a book club to heal and come together really resonated with me. I laughed, I cried, I fell in love with this book where every aspect was a delight, and I give it 5/5 stars.
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The Soulmate by Sally Hepworth
I loved this book. I went in thinking the plot was going to be one thing, and at every turn I was surprised. It is rare to find a suspense novel that doesn’t have easily-guessed plot arcs. While I did figure out the overall huge mystery, all the various details and reasons why were a complete surprise. I was very satisfied with this book and gave it 5/5 stars.
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What Have We Done by Alex Finlay
What Have We Done is my new favorite book by Alex Finlay. A story that weaves the sins of the past with the successful lives of the present, this book combines both arcs to create an intricate story. I loved the weaving of the multiple POVs and it maintained a fast paced and suspenseful story to the last page. While the idea that all of these children who were in the system became super successful and famous was a bit unbelievable, it still was highly entertaining.
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Til the next turn of the page,
Dramas With a Side of Kimchi