Happy Friday, all! In between wallowing in the correspondence of the members of the Smith College Relief Unit (oh my goodness, those letters!), I’ve been blazing through some new books– mostly thrillers, which I suppose isn’t that surprising, since that seems to be such a large part of what’s on the shelves right now.
First, I gobbled up Megan Miranda’s The Last House Guest, about a woman in a small New England town whose life has been shaped in all sorts of ways by her relationship to the town’s tony summer people. Things start to go very sinister when her best friend, the daughter of the town’s first family, dies mysteriously….
In a similar vein, I’d been impatiently waiting for Ruth Ware’s The Turn of the Key, which perfectly captures the Gothic eeriness of The Turn of the Screw for the tech generation, as a nanny in a remote Scottish manor house that’s been turned into an all-electronic “smart house” finds things malfunctioning all around her. Is it ghosts? Or is human agency involved? And why did all those other nannies leave before her?
From there, I moved on to Caitlin Macy’s Mrs, which I read more as an ethnography of the Upper East Side than as a novel (if you also attended the Gold and Silver Ball back in the day, or have children in Upper East Side preschools, you’ll find this a very familiar world). It’s a latter day Bonfire of the Vanities in which dark secrets bring down an old banking family.
After all that, I went back to the tried and true: Agatha Christie’s A Caribbean Mystery. Because, really, you can’t go wrong with Miss Marple.
What have you been reading this week?