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The Heiresses

The Heiresses is a light and frothy read tinged with mystery and suspense - perfect for summer in other words! I think I read the whole thing in almost one sitting, it was so catchy!

The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair: A Novel

The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair is worthy of all the hype.

The Worst Girlfriend in the World

This is really a book about friendship and family - the kind you're born with and the kind you make.

The Confabulist: A Novel

It is a beautifully wrought novel about the grip of illusion and the way we tell ourselves stories to seek redemption, or forgiveness at the very least.

An Untamed State

Gay may be working in territory many American readers know through the lyrical stories of Edwidge Danticat, but her style is wholly her own: direct, bracing and propulsive.

My Struggle: Book 3

This writer is constructing a towering edifice, in what feels like real time. Few artistic projects of our era feel more worth attending to.

The Word Exchange: A Novel

Like any good novel, this haunting, compulsively readable, and highly intelligent future noir provides as many questions as it does answers.

Young God

By the end of Young God, I felt as if I had walked through a vacant lot, sometimes admiring its desolation, but mostly thinking about what might’ve stood there before.

Dangerous Creatures

Prickly yet endearing Ridley makes a sturdy anchor for this expansion of the Caster world; fans will be pleased.

The Detective & The Pipe Girl

Darvelle has echoes of notably introspective California sleuths from Phillip Marlowe to Harry Bosch. Extensive descriptions of greater LA provide a suitable backdrop for a complex mystery.

Becoming Freud: The Making of a Psychoanalyst

A clear and engaging—though sometimes tendentious—summary of some key moments in an intellectual life.

Ghost Ship

Once more, Cussler and Brown (Zero Hour, 2013, etc.) paint with such broad strokes that Kurt’s adventures aren’t so much written as whitewashed.

Tibetan Peach Pie

“Tibetan Peach Pie” is a late, welcome gift from a philosopher-novelist who continues to believe in the transformative qualities of “novelty, beauty, mischief and mirth” — qualities apparent on every page of this lively, large-hearted book.

Becoming Freud: The Making of a Psychoanalyst

Mr. Phillips’s general view of Freud is of a mind that focuses on language and stories and not of someone who, for most of his life, dealt with the emotional suffering and physical incapacities of others.

Dreaming for Freud: A Novel

As both the patient’s and the doctor’s vulnerabilities are exposed, the very nature of a person’s “story” is called into question.

The Snow Queen

This is a complicated, messy, peopled novel, and yet it has the slippery feel of a fable, an otherworldly quality in which everyday objects – a barge, a biscuit-coloured couch – acquire a strangeness, a temporary and oddly touching gleam.

The Three Lives of Dylan Thomas

The book is at its best when grounding and humanising the man, stripping away some of the layers of myth, and placing him among friends, allowing us to see him as Janes's father saw him.

The Trip to Echo Spring

While there is no straightforward answer to why writers drink, Laing explores the causes in admirable detail and astonishingly good prose – incisive, powerful, illuminating – that rivals the output of the authors she is writing about.

Another Great Day at Sea: Life Aboard the USS George H.W. Bush

Another Great Day at Sea, the first in the Writers in Residence series, is a work of embedded documentary that starts out like science fiction.

The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair: A Novel

This is a badly written book: clunky with cliché, stuffed full of dead dialogue and populated by cartoon-like characters.