The beginning of the week was dark and grim, which, of course, called for dark and grim reading: psychological thrillers with murky covers. I started with Megan Miranda’s All the Missing Girls, a murder mystery written backwards (which shouldn’t work, but somehow does), moved on to Megan Abbott’s You Will Know Me, in which a murder unsettles an already highly strung community of high school gymnasts and their ambitious parents, and finished up with Val McDermid’s Trick of the Dark, in which a disgraced psychiatrist/expert witness discovers the answer to a series of murders.
After that much death and desolation, it was time for something completely different, so I toddled off to the used bookstore in the basement of my favorite library and came up with Jenny Colgan’s Little Beach Street Bakery, which is just an absolute joy: with the failure of her business and her relationship, a thirty-something with a passion for baking moves to a tiny town in Cornwall, makes some unexpected friends, and brings joy to the town along with fresh bread. Absolutely recommended for anyone who enjoys Trisha Ashley or Doc Martin. Warning: it will make you crave fresh bread.
What have you been reading this week?