As we all now, most of us will be spending a lot of time at home for the foreseeable future given current events unfolding around the globe. I always like to maintain positivity even when things are tough, so I think we should see this enforced time at home as an opportunity to binge some fantastic literature!
I have compiled a list of books which should be on everyone’s lockdown list from a variety of genres which will offer the perfect distraction during these frustrating and difficult times.
‘Wall of Silence’ by Tracy Buchanan – This book has an unusual concept that is explored beautifully through the differing perspectives of mother and her children. Melissa comes home from work where she believes her perfect, loving family are waiting for her. What greets her as she walks into the house is a scene from every parent’s worst nightmare. Her husband lies dying on the kitchen floor and the culprit seems to be one (or all) of her own children. In a race against time, Melissa must uncover the truth behind this awful event. Is it possible that this is a dreadful accident or could one of her children be a cold-blooded killer?
‘In an Instant’ by Suzanne Redfearn – A thought-provoking drama which addresses some emotional and potentially distressing themes. This gave me ‘The Lovely Bones’ vibes and got me just as weepy. When a family decides to make a trip to a remote cabin, a tragic accidents leaves the characters fighting for their lives. Following the tragedy, the story follows each member of the family as they try to piece their lives back together and the struggle to cope with the devastation left behind, through their choices and decisions made on that fateful day.
‘Father of Lies’ – S.E England – A chilling horror which forms the first part of a 3 part series. This story addresses themes surrounding the occult, possession and exorcism. When a patient is admitted to a secure mental health facility, it sets into a motion a chain of events which have devastating consequences. Dark discoveries and horrific facts are uncovered which will leave the reader on the edge of their seat until the very last page. I enjoyed this read as it portrays some controversial themes in a clever way which leaves the reader undecided for most of the book whether science is the cause….or if a more sinister force is at work.
‘The Glass Woman’ by Caroline Lea – Even though I know the author of this masterpiece personally, I was determined to read this with a critical eye and not be biased in any way. However, I didn’t need to worry as this book was a stunning, atmospheric read that combined romance, history and suspense into an intricately woven tapestry. Set in 1686 Iceland, Rósa catches the eye of wealthy Jón Eiríksson. Handsome and intriguing, Rósa finds herself drawn to Jón in spite of his questionable past involving his widow. As Rosa adjusts to life with her new husband, she finds herself becoming more and more entangled in secrets, lies and deceit. Lea creates beautiful characters and immerses the reader into a picturesque setting which will leave you desperate to book a trip to Iceland!
Happy Reading! Stay Healthy!