There’s something about summer and brand new books that just goes together. In between gnashing my teeth over revisions (revisions always entail tearing of hair and gnashing of teeth– or, at least, lots of wine and chocolate), I’ve been indulging in some new to me books. This week’s haul:
— Laurie King’s The Bones of Paris, in which a hard-bitten American detective is hired to look for a missing girl in 1920s Paris and finds himself on the trail of a possible serial killer. For anyone who loves 1920s Paris and/or Criminal Minds. Laurie King is a master at bringing (historically detailed) dark alleys and darker motives to life.
— Ann Leary’s The Children, a gift from my editor (thank you, editor!), about a crumbling lakeside estate in Connecticut and the very complicated (and equally crumbling) family that lives in it, just as everything begins to fall apart. Has anyone else read Shirley Jackson’s We Have Always Lived in the Castle? Although the story is very different (no poisoning!), there was something about the narrator’s voice and the isolated situation that reminded me very strongly of that book. Definitely a stay-up-to-see-how-it-turns-out sort of book.
What have you been reading this week?