As my first book post, I want to throw back to 2016 and some of the amazing books that came out! According to my two favourites, I’m into obsessive characters and unreliable narrators, haunting plots and dark twists…
The Graces by Laure Eve
It’s about obsession and desire, and how raw those feelings are when they first envelop you, how they shape everything. It’s about how dangerous our love of glamour can be…
And more simply, it’s about a girl whose most desperate, secret desire is to belong.
Laure Eve on The Graces
There was no question when I read The Graces that it was going to be my pick of the year! From the very first haunting sentence I was intensely seduced by this Young Adult thriller; the world of River, and her obsession with the mysterious and magnetic Grace family, who are rumoured to have the ability to weave magic. This book is a maze of unnerving twists and turns; I reached the end and immediately wanted to go back and reread it to scramble for the clues I’d missed! Reminiscent of Margo Lanagan’s Sea Hearts and Michelle Hodkin’s The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, Laure Eve writes with mesmeric and precise prose that seeps under your skin and creates an ominous atmosphere that makes you shudder.
Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman
Girls had to believe in anything but their own power, because if girls knew what they could do, imagine what they might.
Girls on Fire, Robin Wasserman
Having previously devoured all of Robin Wasserman’s Young Adult fiction, I picked up Girls on Fire – Wasserman’s first dive into contemporary fiction – with high expectations. I was completely blown away! Part crime thriller, part love story, part coming-of-age, there are undertones of True Detective’s Southern Gothic and The Virgin Suicides’ intoxication of female friendship in this haunting and captivating read. At times I was so much part of the words on the page that I myself was caught up in the obsessive intensity of Dex and Lacey’s friendship; I wanted to shake them and hug them close at the same time. Wasserman has the rare power to cast a spell over the reader with her beautifully harrowing prose. But be warned, once you pick this book up, you’ll be sucked into its harrowing world, you won’t want to put it back down, and you certainly won’t forget it.