1. The Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll
This book has been touted as a match made in Heaven for those who loved Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl, but this one is due credit that stands on its own. It's true that the book is similar to Flynn's in that you're set to encounter a character you initially see in a different light by then as the chapters reveal different layers, but the main character in this gripping piece of fiction is captivating on her own. The writing and storyline is dark and a bit twisted with flashbacks and a climax that will literally send shivers down your spine. Perfect for the fan of Girl on a Train and female characters who aren't cookie cutter perfect.
2. The Bricks That Built the Houses by Kate Tempest
You know how they say never choose a book by it's cover? This book woven with love stories and spinning moral compasses. Tempests's novel turns back the clock to timid first times, tense conversations over dinners and wild nightclub scenes. The artistry behind the authors experience as a rapper, poet and language master breathes life right onto the pages of this book which follows the story of two women: Becky and Harrow, two individuals striving to conquer their dreams.
3. Modern Lovers by Emma Straub
New York Times best selling author Emma Staub sells on life and friendship again with this novel about a close-knigt group of college pals who approach their adult years with reluctance. Modern Lovers looks into the lives of former college bandmates Elizabeth and Andrew and Zoe who've seen each other get married and start families in their own houses while still attempting to keep a grip on their fleeting identities of their youth. This one's a good read for those who've had to pass the torch of independence on to their own teens, and also for those of who've seen their parents struggle with doing so.
4. Not Working by Lisa Owens
So, fans of Bridget Jones will adore this story about Claire a young woman in her late 20s who ditches her job in "creative communications" to set out on a journey to discover what it is she really wants out of life. In her journey, despite having all of the free time in the world to do so, she discovers she couldn't give a single iota to caring about reading Ulysses or prep for a marathon run. Funnily enough she finds herself caught up in a tide of depression, procrastination and online quizzes aimed at finding a person's career ideal. “If I can just digest enough TED talks, self-improvement podcasts, overviews on the Aristotelian sense of purpose and first-hand accounts of former City workers who set up artisan businesses from their kitchen tables, then surely the answer will reveal itself?” This one will have you leading the book club topics for a months to come.
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