Summer is finally here! To celebrate, why not grab a fantastic book much like The Guest Book by Sarah Blake. This novel begins in 1935 and follows a powerful American family for three generations. In 1935, the seemingly perfect Milton family experiences the tragic death of wife and mother, Kitty. Her husband, Ogden, works diligently to overcome her death by purchasing an island with a house. Fast forward to the 21st century, Kitty the granddaughter of Ogden is left without money for the upkeep. When her cousins attempt to sell it, the past comes spiraling out with dark family secrets. This novel looks at the systematic power of the American society, as well as the racism embedded in it.
While you are waiting for The Guest Book try Sara Collins novel, The Confessions of Frannie Langton. In this historical thriller, Frannie, a former salve, is accused of murdering her master. All of London has condemned her and she cannot save herself with an alibi because she cannot remember anything from that day or claims she can’t, not even how she became covered in the victim’s blood. Another great read while you are waiting is The Bad Daughter by Joy Fielding. Robin has been estranged from her family for years due to a hostile relationship with her sister and her father’s second wife. When her father is attacked in a robbery gone bad, she goes back home to make amends, but finds that many of her family members have dark secrets that put the family in danger.
If you like uncovering dark family secrets, try Tana French’s novel The Witch Elm. Toby uncovers a skull in the elm tree in the family’s yard while trying to recover from a beating from two burglars. Toby begins uncovering secrets and realizes that the past is not what it was thought to be. This books questions who we think we are and what we are capable of. Finally, in The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna, Stella has ordinary events that quickly turn lethal, like feeding the pigs or cooking eggplant. In this twisted family, Stella’s mother is convinced that Stella is cursed, but Stella finds that her life is only worth saving if she has her independence.
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