I’m thrilled to be announcing a new segment to my blog: recommendations! I’ve read so many wonderful stories, many of which I haven’t shared here on my blog. I figured it was time to change that. I will keep my recommendations grouped into lists based on genre, geography, setting, sub-genre–whatever seems to fit best.
So for my first list of recommendations, I decided to flip through my mystery shelf on Goodreads. The thing is, I only have three books on that digital shelf because those are the only mysteries I’ve read. *shakes head at self disapprovingly* I blame my TBR jar for always giving me fantasy books. But no matter, because all three of these mysteries were all four and five-star reads for me.
1. Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult was the first mystery book I read, which was all the way back in March of 2015. It was almost my first read from Picoult, and I immediately understood her success. Her writing style is clean, yet bound with several lyrical similes and metaphors. She created such eccentric characters with many complex layers. To put a teenage girl (Jenna) with a psychic and a PI led to a very interesting and humorous dynamic throughout the story. But they all end up looking for the same thing: Jenna’s long-lost mother.
Picoult knows how to tell a mystery. She lays down all of these traps to lure you into thinking one way, while she has something completely different brewing beneath. I was able to predict a few elements about half way through the book, but there was still several elements that left me gaping in the end. That twist was such a wallop to the heart.
If you’re looking for a mystery that is sure to envelope your mind into its shadowy depths, I recommend taking a look at Leaving Time.
2. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
We Were Liars was a strange and enthralling book that kept my mind occupied wholly. I had trouble staying away from it, which is why I ended up reading it within twenty-four hours. It was an easy book to read because of the clean writing and the intrigue of the characters and storyline. Cadence can’t remember something that happened last summer, but we know it must be something bad, something terrible in between the seams of these supposedly perfect families. But they’re so not perfect, and that’s what I love.
This book continuously kept me guessing. I would build theory after theory, but nothing could’ve prepared me for that ending. It was shocking. It made me feel sad and confused, so, so confused. My head felt like is was trapped in a cloud hours after reading it. But I love that element of surprise, that sucker punch to my brain that I never saw coming.
This book isn’t for everyone, and I can understand why. But it’s short and quick, so I recommend giving it a read for yourself (if you haven’t already) and seeing what you think of this rollercoaster.
3. Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
Bone Gap is one of my absolute favorite books of this year, and probably of all time. This is a story about multiple characters, mainly about Finn, the strange and attractive boy who has many flaws that not even he knows about. He’s searching for his Roza, the beautiful girl who was kidnapped before his eyes. But the town of Bone Gap is eerie, so they’re not surprised by this. But Finn is determined to find his friend. Along the way of this journey, we read about events in the past through the eyes of several people. And one of those people is Roza.
She’s held captive by a strange man, but what’s interesting is the elements of magical realism in this story. There are so many unexpected elements that left me both entranced and perplexed. I’ve read quite a few tales of magical realism, but this one felt so unique and captivating. There’s such a deep mystery behind this story, along with a few side stories that are bound to catch your interest. JUST READ IT.
What did you think of this new segment on my blog? What other recommendations would you like to see? What are your favorite mysteries? Leave any other thoughts or comments down below!