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The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah – This historical fiction portrayal of the French resistance during World War II gave me a whole new perspective and appreciation for the otherwise ordinary people who fought back during a period fraught with suffering and consequence. The two sisters at the center of the novel face unthinkable choices and unthinkable suffering. Their stories are a testament to the strength and courage of the very real people after whom they are modeled.
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton – While it’s marketed as a young adult novel, I think this novel has a very adult flavor. The combination of the magical realism that comes from a main character born with wings paired with the author’s gift for creating an immersive atmosphere makes this story about human love in its many forms impossible to put down.
In the Blood by Lisa Unger – College senior Lana takes a job babysitting a disturbed, though gifted, little boy. Suspense novels often feel artificial and predictable to me, but even after I figured out the twist, I was still chasing the ending to see how things would play out.
Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye
Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
While Beauty Slept by Elizabeth Blackwell
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
Lexicon by Max Berry
Wool by Hugh Howey
Columbine by Dave Cullen
Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
Calling Invisible Women by Jeanne Ray
The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
Escape by Carolyn Jessop
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris