Okay okay, so I know it's not TECHNICALLY September anymore, but better late than never, right? Tim and my trip to Costa Rica gave me a lot of good reading time (especially given the 2 full days of travel we did for only 3 full days in CR, oops), so I have lots of good recommendations for you all this month. Without further ado, CKDC Book Club!
The Girl Before, by Rena Olsen. This book is by no means a thriller, but it definitely keeps you trying to figure out what the whole story is throughout. A woman and her husband are arrested for a reason unknown to her, but her husband tells her not to say anything to anyone as he's being taken away. Combining present day with flashbacks from their childhoods, you slowly begin to figure out exactly who these people are and what they've done. I loved this and would 100% recommend it!
The Hopefuls, by Jennifer Close. Any DC native will love this one just because of the astute observations of DC culture (for example, a recent DC transplant observes that not only are people not allowed to eat on the metro, but people very strictly follow the rule). This one follows a young couple who move to DC so the husband can get into politics and explores the challenges of moving to a new city and finding new friends.
I Let You Go, by Clare Mackintosh. My friend Ali recommended this to me, and I absolutely loved it. The book starts with a tragic accident and follows the people involved, but the twist is CRAZY.
Dark Matter, by Blake Crouch. If you're into science fiction and science in general, this book explores the concept of decisions and how any little decision can completely change the trajectory of your life. The science-y bits took some re-reading to fully follow, but the story is definitely worth it.
The Fireman, by Joe Hill. I love dystopian novels, and this one doesn't disappoint. A disease takes over the world causing people to spontaneously combust, and it follows a group of the sick who try to survive both the illness and the healthy trying to exterminate the disease. The author does a great job of building this new world, and fans of "end of the world"-type books will love this one