As any seasoned bookworm knows, the Fall is the biggest season in publishing. Luckily for us, however, we were spoiled with an absolutely amazing summer of new releases! Here are some of the books we just couldn’t put down last month.
Lies, Lies, Lies by Adele Parks
Daisy and Simon’s marriage isn’t what it seems. After three years together, the arrival of longed-for daughter Millie sealed everything in place. They’re a happy little family of three. So what if Simon drinks a bit too much sometimes – Daisy’s used to it. She knows he’s just letting off steam. Until one night at a party things spiral horribly out of control, and their happy little family of three will never be the same again…
The Boys’ Club by Erica Katz
Sweetbitter meets The Firm in this buzzy, page-turning debut novel about sex and power in the halls of corporate America.
The Silent Wife by Karin Slaughter
Will Trent is back in the last enthralling mystery from Queen of Suspense Karin Slaughter. This time around we find Will Trent investigating the killing of a prisoner during a riot inside a state penitentiary, only to stumble into the investigations of an inmate who claims he was framed for a brutal attack by a corrupt law enforcement team. Then, when a body of another young woman is found viciously murdered in the state park, Will Trent must ask himself whether its a fluke or if he’s dealing with the workings of a serial killer…
A Russian Sister by Caroline Adderson
In this witty and colourful novel, we are plunged into a nineteenth-century Russian tragicomedy. Masha, an aspiring painter, is devoted to her brother Antosha, a famous writer. Throughout the years, Antosha has courted numerous women from Masha’s circle of friends without affecting the siblings’ relationship. When Antosha falls into a deep depression in the winter, however, Masha brings Lika Mazanova home in the hopes that she might help Antosha recover. What follows is a convolution of unrequited love, jealousy, and scandal that lasts for seven years…
Rabbit Foot Bill by Helen Humphreys
Based on the true story of a shocking murder in a small Saskatchewan town! In 1947, Leonard Flint, a lonely boy, befriends the local tramp known as Rabbit Foot Bill. One day, he witnesses Bill commit a sudden violent act and loses him to prison. Fifteen years later, as a newly graduated doctor of psychiatry, Leonard and Bill are reunited at Weyburn Mental Hospital and soon Leonard becomes fixated on discovering what happened on that fateful day in 1947.
The Company We Keep by Frances Itani
On Tuesday nights in the backroom of a cafe, six strangers – Hazzley, who is lost after losing her husband three years earlier; Gwen, a recently retired widow who finds herself pet-sitting a cantankerous parrot; Chiyo, a forty-year-old fitness instructor who took care of her mother in the final days of her life; Addie, a woman preemptively grieving a friend who is gravely ill; Tom, an antiques dealer, amateur poet, and widower who comes to the meetings in hope of some baked goods; and Allam, a Syrian refugee with his own heartbreaking story – seek solace and find themselves part of a “Company of Good Cheer.”
Final Cut by S.J. Watson
A gripping new psychological thriller from S.J. Watson in which a documentary filmmaker travels to a sleepy fishing village to shoot her new film and encounters a dark mystery surrounding the disappearance of a local girl.
Indians on Vacation by Thomas King
Meet Bird and Mimi. Inspired by a handful of old postcards sent by Uncle Leroy nearly a hundred years earlier, the long-married couple attempt to trace the footsteps of Mimi’s long-lost uncle and the family medicine bundle he took with him to Europe. By turns witty, sly, and poignant, Indians on Vacation is the unforgettable tale on one couple’s holiday trip to Europe, where their wanderings through its famous capitals reveal a complicated history, both personal and political.
The Brothers of Auschwitz by Malka Adler
Malka Adler‘s extraordinary biographical novel of a family separated by the Holocaust and their harrowing journey back to each other is based on interviews with the brothers she grew up with. When they decided to tell their story, she was the only one they would talk to. Told in a poetic style, this is a visceral yet essential read for those who have found strength, solace, and, above all, hope, in books.
The Light at the End of the Day by Eleanor Wasserberg
A family scattered. Lovers torn apart. A painting that unites them all. Spanning countries and decades, The Light at the End of the World is a heartbreaking novel of exiles, survival, and how we remember what is lost.
The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline
In The Exiles, Christina Baker Kline recreates the beginnings of a new society in a beautiful and challenging land, telling the story of Australia through the experiences of Evangeline, a naive young governess who is sent to Australia as a criminal for getting pregnant out of wedlock, Hazel, a young girl sentenced to transport for stealing a silver spoon, and Mathinna, the orphaned daughter of the Chief of the Lowreenne tribe who has been adopted by the new governor of Van Diemen’s Land. The Exiles is a story of grace born from hardship, the unbreakable bonds of female friendships, and the unfettering of legacy.
What books did you love this month, Savvy Readers? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @SavvyReader!