Book Bites are my short reviews of several books all in one post. These books don’t have much in common except I loved them all. Jane Harper’s The Lost Man stands head and shoulders above the rest, however, and I have recently added it to my Best Books of 2019 (so far) list.
The Lost Man by Jane Harper – good for fans of a bit of slow build, atmospheric mystery/thriller….listened on audio and I truly think listening to an Aussie book thru an actual Aussie voice is the bomb. This book takes place in Australia and is about the Bright family, who has lost one of their own – Cameron, one of three grown sons, who appears to have died of exposure in the Outback nine kilometers from his working car full of supplies. So, what happened? Brother Nathan who manages a neighboring property plays detective to solve the puzzling mystery of his brother’s death. Extremely well written, engrossing and keeps you guessing the whole way through. This is now one of my favorite books of 2019 (so far)! I will forever buy whatever Jane Harper writes.
The Room on Rue Amelie by Kristin Harmel – I buddy read this one with Lindsay from Nerdy Book Nurse (link to blog) on Instagram and I really liked it. Perfect for lovers of dramatic WW2 historical fiction needing a quick read (this one goes fast!). American Ruby moves to Paris with her new husband and things quickly go south both with her marriage and everyday life in Europe as the Nazis take over. Helping British pilots downed over enemy territory becomes Ruby’s purpose as she struggles through daily life. This is a really lovely and moving story with a nice twist at the end.
The Hate U Give – ideal for lovers of YA fiction who want to gain some perspective. I am pretty sure I am the only person on bookstagram who had not read this (until now). Amazing voice and story about a black teenager from a pour black neighborhood who attends a rich white school and witnesses her childhood friend getting gunned down by a police officer. I like some (not all) YA and honestly was not sure I would like this. I understand the hype now.