I am about to make a very serious and controversial accusation.
It is my belief that, as of late, people have been throwing around recommendations far too haphazardly.
“You MUST watch this documentary I saw on Netflix,” they insist. “It’s about the psychology of adolescent honey bees in Ghana,” they explain.
Before long it becomes clear that they didn’t even like the documentary that much. It was average at best. But there is a certain currency that comes with recommending something. It says something about you. “I’ll have you know I’m the type of person who watches documentaries about bees,” they’re really saying, and frankly, I don’t care.
I, along with the rest of the world, only want the very best recommendations.
We’re all far too busy to have people giving us substandard pop culture suggestions. So I present you with a very carefully and thoughtfully constructed list of the six books to read over the next few months.
I guarantee that once you start, you won’t be able to put them down.
POST CONTINUES BELOW: Every week on Mamamia Out Loud we share our recommendations. This week, mine was The Dry by Jane Harper.
The Dry by Jane Harper
Before I picked up The Dry, precisely nothing about it appealed to me. It’s set in country Australia, the protagonist is a male policeman, and it explores what appears to be a murder suicide of a man, his wife, and his son.
But this book is absolutely brilliant.
It’s incredibly suspenseful, and explores two mysterious murders simultaneously. The imagery of the Australian outback is so vivid you can almost smell it.
The New York Times described Harper’s debut novel as a, “breathless pageturner… A secret on every page,” and the Publisher’s Weekly wrote, “a suspenseful tale of sound and fury as riveting as it is horrific.”
If you like true crime, this book is absolutely for you.