A short list of books to begin January, 2019:
- Heads You Win
Jeffrey Archer is back with another cliff hanger, examining what if the other road were taken. After a harrowing escape from Russia, the life of the main character switches between Alex and his mother in New York City and Sasha (same character) in London. The parallel lives of the same character follow a fast-paced thriller in alternating chapters, with a surprise ending.
2. Night of Camp David
Fletcher Knebel’s 1965 novel about a deranged President has made a comeback, probably because fiction may not be far from the present truth. The political thriller features “an unhinged American president who falls prey to his own paranoia and conspiratorial fantasies, as people around him struggle to rein in his worst impulses.” Sound familiar?
3. The Bookshop of Yesterdays
Amy Meyerson’s mystery adds a little romance and familiar literary references to Melinda’s surprise inheritance of a bookshop. Although I had solved the puzzle early in the story, I still enjoyed the read – and learned about a few icons I didn’t know were adopted, including Eleanor Roosevelt and John Lennon.