There is nothing that compares to a novel that takes your mind to another world all while sitting in the comfort of your home. The problem is that it can be difficult to choose from the millions of novels out there. We hope that this list of seven favorite novels selected by Eva-Marie Berry will serve as a great starting point in your search.
The Lost Man by Jane Harper
Jane Harper’s thrilling novel “The Lost Man” begins in suspense. Brothers Nathan and Bub Bright meet at the fence where their property lines meet after months of not seeing each other. Their third brother Cameron is dead, lying at their feet. Cameron’s death creates suspicion among the family as Nathan begins uncovering secrets that he would much rather leave untouched.
The Secrets We Kept: A Novel by Lara Prescott
Have you ever pondered the consequences of CIA secretaries turning into spies in the midst of the Cold War and what the repercussions of that would be? Most have not. However, Lara Prescott provides her readers an inside track into what this true story was like in “The Secrets We Kept: A Novel” as the CIA makes an attempt at using its newly turned spies to infiltrate the powerful men of Soviet Russia. Not with modern propaganda, but with the oldest form of inception, love and lust.
I, Who Did Not Die by Zareh Haftlang
Zareh Haftlang gives us a glimpse of humanity in the midst of the worst part of mankind, war. In “I Who Did Not Die” Zareh Haftlang introduces the reader to two soldiers, an Iraqi and an Irani who become closer than brothers during the devasting Iran-Iraq war. Though they come from different backgrounds, they can both relate to the horrors of war. It teaches us that even through war, the best human qualities can shine and help us to overcome our differences.
Firefly Lane: A Novel by Kristin Hannah
Kristin Hannah provides the world with a beautiful piece of literary art in her novel “Firefly Lane.” It focuses on two women that are both gifted as well as burdened by their choices. It is set in 1974, and this generation of “hippies” is beginning to learn that life requires more than peace and love alone.
Beyond the Shadow of Night by Ray Kingfisher
Ray Kingfisher details the perils of friendship, betrayal, loyalty, and forgiveness. In “Beyond the Shadow of Night” two childhood friends are pitted against each other as an awful war is just beginning. Set in Ukraine, two boys from the farm (both Ukranian, but one is Jewish) must deal with who they are and how to come back together, but is it possible?
Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou
Want to know how a multi-billion dollar unicorn start-up rises and falls in a short time? John Carreyrou, an investigative reporter, offers the reader an inside scoop into how Elizabeth Holmes and her partners at Theranos defrauded wall street out of billions of dollars by way of one of the biggest lies ever told to investors on Wall Street.
The Storyteller’s Secret: A Novel by Sejai Badani
Sejai Badani creates an epic tale of love, healing, and the power of dreaming in “The Storyteller’s Secret.” A New York journalist is ill-prepared for the news of her third miscarriage and the pain that it brings with it, including the slow and difficult fall of her marriage.