Books We Couldn’t Put Down Last Month

Happy last day of September, Savvy Readers! Here’s a list of books you can hunker down with for a long, cold winter. That’s a bit dramatic, I know… But it’s already SO COLD. Here are the books we just could NOT put down last month!

Crosshairs by Catherine Hernandez

The author of the acclaimed novel Scarborough weaves an unforgettable and timely dystopian account of a near-future when a queer Black performer and his allies join forces against an oppressive regime that is rounding up those deemed “Other” in concentration camps.

Confessions on the 7:45 by Lisa Unger

From master of suspense Lisa Unger comes a riveting thriller about a chance encounter that unravels a stunning web of lies and deceit.

The Book of Hidden Wonders by Polly Crosby

A charming, deeply imaginative debut novel about a young girl who is immortalized in her father’s illustrated books containing clues to their family secrets.

The Last Story of Mina Lee by Nancy Jooyoun Kim

Riveting and unconventional, The Last Story of Mina Lee traces the far-reaching consequences of secrets in the lives of a Korean immigrant mother and her daughter.

The Paris Model by Alexandra Joel

A lush debut novel about a beautiful woman working as a model for Christian Dior in postwar Paris, who discovers astonishing secrets about herself and the fabulous people around her.

Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson

A moving and uproarious novel about a woman who finds meaning in her life when she begins caring for two children with a remarkable ability… to spontaneously burst into flames when agitated. Yeah, you read that right. This book has to be read to be believed.

When No One Is Watching by Alyssa Cole

Rear Window meets Get Out in this gripping thriller in which the gentrification of a Brooklyn neighborhood takes on a sinister new meaning…

The Night Portrait by Laura Morelli

An exciting, dual-timeline historical novel about the creation of one of Leonardo da Vinci’s most famous paintings, Portrait of a Lady with an Ermine, and the woman who fought to save it from Nazi destruction during World War II.

In Case You Missed It by Lindsey Kelk

When Ros comes home after three years away, she’s ready to pick up with life exactly where she left it. But her friends have moved on, her parents have rekindled their romance, and her bedroom is now a garden shed. All of a sudden, she’s swept up in nostalgia for the way things were.

Then her phone begins to ping, with messages from her old life. Including one number she thought she’d erased for good – the man who broke her heart. Is this her second chance at one big love?

The Good German by Dennis Bock

In November 1939, a German anti-fascist named Georg Elser came as close to assassinating Adolf Hitler as anyone ever had. In this gripping novel of alternate history, he doesn’t just come close—he succeeds. But he could never have imagined the terrible consequences that would follow from this act of heroism.

Before the Crown by Flora Harding

Step through the palace gates and discover a captivating historical novel of royal secrets and forbidden love exploring the tempestuous courtship between Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip in the wake of WWII.

Hench by Natalie Zina Walschots

A smart, imaginative, and evocative novel of love, betrayal, revenge, and redemption, told with razor-sharp wit and affection, in which a young woman discovers the greatest superpower—for good or ill—is a properly executed spreadsheet.

To Tell You the Truth by Gilly MacMillan

The acclaimed author of The Nanny and What She Knew returns with another serpentine thriller that cleverly blends atmosphere, tarnished memories, mystery, and twisty secrets from the past into a potent, intense read that will leave you questioning everything you believe.

What books did you love this month, Savvy Readers? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @SavvyReader!

Happy Reading,

Alice

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