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Three Books I'm Reading Now, 5/8/23 Edition

The Books I'm Reading Now

I'm reading Gillian McAllister's twisty mystery that plays with time, Wrong Place Wrong Time; I'm reading Antarctica, a collection of short stories by one of my favorite authors, Claire Keegan; and I'm listening to Janice Hallett's unreliable narrator mystery, The Twyford Code.

What are you reading these days, bookworms?


01 Wrong Place Wrong Time by Gillian McAllister

Gillian McAllister's twisty mystery Wrong Place Wrong Time plays with time (like some of my favorite books do).

A mother awaiting her teenage son's return home late at night peers out the window to see him--he is armed, and to her horror, she sees him kill another man on the street.

But then she awakens and is relieved to find that she's reliving yesterday again. She can't explain what's happened, but the murder at her son's hands hasn't happened. Yet.

Then she wakes again to find that it is now the day before yesterday. Time is moving backward, and she must figure out why--and how to save her son.


02 Antarctica by Claire Keegan

I was emailing about books with my friend James this weekend and was raving about my obsession with Claire Keegan.

When I fell in love with Keegan's Foster and Small Things Like These, I became an all-in Keegan fan for life. (The short story collection Walk the Blue Fields will be my next Keegan read.)

In the stories of Keegan's acclaimed debut, Antarctica, a young wife leaves town to experience being with a man other than her husband; a Harvard student endures humiliation from his father on his graduation day; and a couple endures the deepest grief as one implodes and the other reaches out desperately to connect.

Click here to read my reviews of Claire Keegan's Foster and Small Things Like These.


03 The Twyford Code by Janice Hallett

Janice Hallett's The Twyford Code explores a mysterious potential connection between a teacher's disappearance decades earlier and a potential code hidden in a banned children's book.

Steven Smith was a mischievous child raised by his older brother and hadn't yet become the convicted criminal of his adulthood. Now he's out of prison and mainly resists sinking back into illegal habits...but he's got a hunch that the mystery of the code in deceased author Edith Twyford's largely condemned, simplistic, prejudiced stories and the vanishing of his teacher so many years earlier may be linked by a hidden fortune.

The untrustworthy narrator gathers friends from primary school to compare accounts of that pivotal day decades earlier so he can get the fortune for himself if he can.


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