5 star predictions is something started by Mercy’s Bookish Musings on youtube, if you aren’t subscribed to her channel you absolutely must be because she is one of the reasons I started reading voraciously again. But I saw her doing this, then I saw a lot of others doing it so I thought I’d join the crowd and do one myself. As you can see I’ve marked this as 1 so others may follow. I’m thinking I will do this whenever I have a book haul. What do you think?
1. Night Film by Marisha Pessl – On a damp October night the body of young, beautiful Ashley Cordova is found in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. Her suicide appears to be the latest tragedy to hit a severely cursed dynasty.
For McGrath, another death connected to the legendary director seems more than a coincidence. Driven by revenge, curiosity and a need for the truth, he finds himself pulled into a hypnotic, disorientating world, where almost everyone seems afraid.
The last time McGrath got close to exposing Cordova, he lost his marriage and his career. This time he could lose his grip on reality.
You might wonder why I think this will be a 5 star read when it seems ridiculously clichéd, a troubled detective, a beautiful dead woman and a big secret behind it all. But the way people have hyped it up and based off the few pages that I skimmed after getting it, I have a feeling this will be my new favourite thriller. It’s just the vibes that this gives…..so creepy.
2. The Secret History by Donna Tartt – Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality their lives are changed profoundly and for ever.
This also seems pretty straightforward, but you know what vibes this gives me? My current favourite TV show vibes and if you know what that is you will also want to read this if you haven’t already. I just know that if this is done the way I like I will fall head over heels in love with it.
3. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman – Meet Eleanor Oliphant. She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully time-tabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. Then everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living–and it is Raymond’s big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.
This is another one for ‘the reviews made me want it’. I was actually offered this for review and thought it sounded too Bridget Jones-y for my taste. But then the reviews slowly started rolling in and I have been kicking myself over it since then. I really do hope I love it as much as others do and I know I will when I get it (planning to in December)
4. Girls Are Coming Out Of The Woods by Tishani Doshi – This is a poetry collection so this is a bit of a stretch but I do think I will love this. I always start poetry collections the same way I read magazines, from the last page to the first. So, I checked this out at the store and read the last poem. I fell in love immediately. I am currently reading this so this is a cheat but also not because I predicted the 5 stars on my instagram post before I started reading it so, hey!
5. Demi Gods by Eliza Robertson – It is 1950, and Willa’s mother has a new beau. The arrival of his blue-eyed, sun-kissed sons at Willa’s summer home signals the end of her safe childhood. As her entrancing older sister Joan pairs off with Kenneth, nine-year-old Willa is drawn to his strange and solitary younger brother, Patrick. Left to their own devices, Willa is swept up in Patrick’s wicked games. As they grow up, their encounters become increasingly charged with sexuality and degradation. But when Willa finally tries to reverse the trajectory of their relationship, an act of desperation has devastating results.
Unfolding between the wild freedoms of British Columbia and the glittering beaches of California, Demi-Gods explores a girl’s attempt to forge a path of her own choosing in a world where female independence is suspect. Sensitive, playful and entirely original, Eliza Robertson is one of the most exciting new voices in contemporary literature.
I’ve already mentioned this in my New Releases I’m anticipating post and I am super excited for it. It sounds like a perfect novel for those that like My Absolute Darling and I can’t wait till this arrives in the post! SQUEEEE!