When it comes to the current state of the world, it’s important to look for the silver linings. So, come through the real MVP of self-isolation and physical distancing–books. That’s right, whether you’re a life-long bookworm or you’ve never quite gotten into reading, now you’ve got nothing but time to fall in love with books.
The ultimate way to escape reality and travel through time periods and continents, we’ve rounded up this month’s best new reads for you to enjoy.
The Hollywood Kid
By Juan Martinez and Óscar Martínez
Kicking it off with one of our absolute faves, crime buffs will devour this epic read. Salvadoran journalist Óscar Martinez tells the story of Miguel Ángel Tobar aka The Hollywood Kid and his incredible rise from street kid to one of the most feared gangsters in modern times. Fleeing his violent home town in El Salvador when he was just a boy Tobar, found solace in LA with notorious gang the MS-13. When he was eventually deported to San Salvador after wreaking havoc in the US, Martinez and Tobar’s paths crossed, resulting in an unlikely friendship and this incredible book that covers how Tobar ultimately became a police informant and lost his life because of it.
House On Endless Waters
By Emuna Elon
This is the kind of book you’ll want to finish in a single sitting—it’s that good. The story goes like this: Renowned author Yoel Blum reluctantly agrees to visit his birthplace of Amsterdam to meet with his publisher, despite promising his late mother that he would never return to that city. While touring the Jewish Museum there, Yoel stumbles upon photos of pre-war Dutch Jewish life and is shocked to see the young face of his mother staring back at him, posing with her husband, Yoel's older sister and an infant he doesn't recognise. The discovery launches Yoel on a search for the truth, but the deeper into the past he digs, the more urgent the question that has unconsciously haunted him for a lifetime—Who am I?—becomes.
You Are Not Alone
By Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
If you devoured The Wife Between Us like we did last summer, then you’re going to love this duo’s follow up, You Are Not Alone. The thriller follows Shay Miller who is having a rough time. She recently lost her job and her roommate (who she secretly loves) has a new girlfriend, but that’s the least of her problems when on the way to a job interview she sees a young woman take her own life on the New York subway. Intrigued by what drove the woman to take such drastic measures, Shay can’t help but dig into her world, even attending her memorial service. Whilst there she befriends glamourous sisters, Cassandra and Jane Moore who quickly draw her into their seductive world. But the Moore sisters have secrets too, and while they tell Shay that she’s not alone, she begins to wonder if that’s a promise or a threat.
By Donna Mazza
Set 17 years into a scarily recognisable future, Fauna is a psychological drama that asks the question: What if the child you are carrying is not entirely human? Desperate to have another baby after a miscarriage, Stacey is enticed to sign up for an experimental program called LifeBlood. Under the program doctors will implant a human embryo (hers and her husbands) that has been mixed with 'edited cells'. Just how edited, Stacey doesn't really know. Nor does she have any idea how much her longed-for new baby will change her life and that of her family. This one has movie adaption written all over it.
By Stacey Halls
From the British author who wowed us with her debut novel The Familiars, comes her second offering and it’s just as binge-worthy. It goes like this: London, 1754. Six years after leaving her illegitimate daughter Clara at London's Foundling Hospital, Bess Bright returns to reclaim the child she has never known. The last thing she expects to hear is that her daughter has already been reclaimed—by her. Her life is turned upside down as she tries to find out who has taken her little girl and why. Set against the vibrant backdrop of Georgian London, The Foundling explores families, secrets, class, equality, power and the meaning of motherhood.
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