Our featured guest editor, Megan Abbott, is not only an award-winning author but an avid reader as well. With the release of her latest book Give Me Your Hand the upcoming premiere of her USA Network adaptation of Dare Me, we’re proud to share some of her favorite books.
Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke
Texas Ranger Darren Mathews is one of few black rangers in a community still full of Aryan Brotherhood members. He’s currently suspended due to Grand Jury proceedings related to the possible homicide charges against a friend. With marriage and work issues piling up and too much time on his hands he’s started to fill his days with drinking. When a double murder with racial overtones comes up, he finds himself unable to stay away and out of danger.
Wonder Valley by Ivy Pochoda
A man running naked through traffic on a busy Hollywood freeway isn’t an every-day occurrence, but this scene really sets the tone for Wonder Valley. The wide cast of characters in this urban mystery are all searching for something: a mother, a place to unleash their secrets and a way to release themselves from their past. These interesting characters, seemingly far removed from one another, collide in the simultaneously gritty and fascinating city.
Sunburn by Laura Lippman
When Polly and Adam meet in a restaurant in Belleville they both have secrets they want to keep hidden. Polly has left an abusive relationship and Adam is a private detective hired to find her. When they find themselves in a sudden and steamy affair, neither one is willing to let the other truly know who they are. When someone ends up dead, Polly and Adam will begin to question everything, especially each other’s motives.
If I Die Tonight by Alison Gaylin
A hit-and-run in a close-knit community quickly takes over the local’s thoughts and conversations. What was first understood about the accident may not be all there is to it and when social media comes into play, things get ugly. Told from multiple perspectives, If I Die Tonight is a riveting mystery that will have you guessing all the way to the last page.
Long Black Veil by Jenny Finney Boylan
The mystery surrounding the long-closed Philadelphia’s Eastern State Penitentiary drew in six college students looking for excitement. What was meant to be a night of thrill-seeking turns into tragedy and something the survivors want to distance themselves from. When new evidence turns up and someone is charged with murder, will the only other survivor come forward to help, despite the deep, dark secrets it will cause her to reveal?