The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish

“The Weight of Ink is the interwoven tale of two women of remarkable intellect: Ester Velasquez, an emigrant from Amsterdam who is permitted to scribe for a blind rabbi, just before the plague hits the city; and Helen Watt, an ailing historian with a love of Jewish history. As the novel opens, Helen has been summoned by a former student to view a cache of seventeenth-century Jewish documents newly discovered in his home during a renovation. Enlisting the help of Aaron Levy, an American graduate student as impatient as he is charming, and in a race with another fast-moving team of historians, Helen embarks on one last project: to determine the identity of the documents’ scribe, the elusive” Aleph.”-” A really interesting read – I got to like Helen Watt’s crusty personality very much by the end.

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

“Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word. Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety. The price of her art skyrockets, and she, the silent patient, is hidden away from the tabloids and spotlight at the Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London. Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivations–a search for the truth that threatens to consume him…” A very suspensful read that will keep you guessing!

Fleishman is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner

This is a hilarious romp through Toby Fleishman’s life after his wife Rachel leaves him. Just as he’s getting used to his new singleness, fending off the women who are happy to hook up with him despite his short stature, Rachel leaves the children with him for a weekend and doesn’t come back. Toby is forced to adjust his life and his attitude. This is a very funny read with enough wisdom in it to keep it interesting.

The Bookshop of the broken hearted by Robert Hillman

In the outback of Australia, Tom, a lonely farmer whose wife has left and taken her son with her, meets Hannah Babel, holocaust survivor who has lost her entire family, including her own young son. As Tom helps Hannah set up her bookshop the two are surprised when they find themselves falling in love. The question that Hillman explores is “What is the cost is you allow your broken heart to love again? What is the cost if you don’t?

This is a really beautiful story written with compassion and wisdom.

Akin by Emma Donoghue

This is the story of septuagenarian, Noah, and thirteen year old, Michael who are stuck with each other for the foreseeable future. This forced relationship is portrayed with all of Donoghue’s signature wit, wisdom and creativity. I loved watching their uneasy truce-like friendship unfold as Noah finds out that perhaps it is possible to teach an old dog new tricks.

Testaments by Margaret Atwood

Amazing sequel to the Handmaid’s Tail – it answers all of your questions in a typical brilliant Atwood way – witty, dark, eerily true of our times. I LOVED it!

When you read this by Mary Adkins

“Told in a series of e-mails, blog posts, online therapy submissions, text messages, legal correspondence, home-rental bookings, and other snippets of our virtual lives, When You Read This is a deft, captivating romantic comedy–funny, tragic, surprising, and bittersweet–that candidly reveals how we find new beginnings after loss.” Seriously, I didn’t know how else to explain it. The book is terrific, honest!

The Huntress by Kate Quinn

Ian Graham, who, for reasons of his own, is a journalist with a desire to bring Nazis to justice. Nina Markova is a young Russian woman who dreams of being a pilot. Jordan McBride is a 17 year old who is trying to come to terms with the woman her widowed father has married. What these three people have in common is a woman known as the Huntress. Another well written, engrossing story by Kate Quinn.

The Force of Nature by Jane Harper

“When five colleagues are forced to go on a corporate retreat in the wilderness, they reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking down the muddy path. But one of the women doesn’t come out of the woods. And each of her companions tells a slightly different story about what happened. Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk has a keen interest in the whereabouts of the missing hiker. In an investigation that takes him deep into isolated forest, Falk discovers secrets lurking in the mountains, and a tangled web of personal and professional friendship, suspicion, and betrayal among the hikers. But did that lead to murder?” I couldn’t have put it better myself! A great mystery!

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

Nine perfect strangers gather at Tranquility House, a retreat centre that promises to change their lives. Frances, the main character, wonders whether she should stay or run for her life. It doesn’t take long before the other participants (and the reader) are wondering the same thing. Another hilarious, wise novel by one of my favourites!