Readers Circle Recommendations


The Snail's Readers Circle, our team of volunteer reviewers, is working for you — reading, reviewing, and telling you all about their favorites. Think of these as our "staff picks," books specially selected by all kinds of readers. Click on each title to read the full review. We'll be glad to deliver these highly rated books to you! 

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Reprieve: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780063079915
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Published: William Morrow - October 5th, 2021

A frantic, shocking thriller that bobs and weaves through horror and heartbreak, prejudice and obsession, gore and genuine emotion. Watch what happens when a 90's escape room-haunted house hybrid goes horribly wrong with characters you can't help but be invested in. A must read for spooky season.
(Note on subject matter: is very graphic with gore and horror)
—Sarah Catherine Richardson, Snail Readers Circle)


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$28.00
ISBN: 9781982144401
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Published: Scribner - August 3rd, 2021

Damnation Spring by Ash Davidson was in the top 3 books I’ve read this year! I’m blown away that it was a debut novel. Davidson is able to make the characters feel so real it’s like you’re experiencing the book alongside them. I also appreciated the environmental themes especially with the recent discourse around climate change! For those who enjoy Historical fiction, character development, family saga, and environmental themes. 
(Note on subject matter: includes infertility, miscarriage, and conservation)
—Sara Catherine Floyd, Snail Reader Circle 


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False Witness: A Novel Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062858092
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Published: William Morrow - July 20th, 2021

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Karen Slaughter does it again! This one has all the Slaughter hallmarks: Strong and smart female characters, dark and dry humor, twists and turns you don't expect. Final Witness has the heart-stopping suspense we've come to know and love from Slaughter. Sisters share a dark secret no one would suspect until Leigh gets called to act as Andrew Tenant's defense attorney. He clearly chose her for a reason, but what is it? Does he know her secret?
— Candice Kirk, Snail Readers Circle


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Did I Say You Could Go Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781982142124
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 3rd, 2021

As a fan of Wife 22, I was eager to read Did I Say You Could Go by Melanie Gideon. Hearing from different narrators, two moms and their respective daughters, engages the reader as undercurrents and untold personal truths are truly diverse from what each person perceives. The relationships between the moms and daughters are truly dysfunctional yet sort of like a car accident that you can't keep your eyes off of. Manipulation and deception play a key role in the story, but readers will be interested to continue to the end to find out who is actually the aggressor and who the victim! For anyone who wants to read about dysfunctionality in a friendships
—Michelle, Snail Readers Circle 


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The Rehearsals Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316592994
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - July 13th, 2021

Megs and Tom are the couple that you love to hate because they seem too good to be true. And at the beginning of "The Rehearsals" you kind of hate them. But then their story of reliving the day of their rehearsal dinner over and over again draws you in and you fall in love with them. You're right there on San Juan Island with them as they struggle to figure out what the right path is for each of them individually and as a couple. And the answer will surprise you! "The Rehearsals" is a great summer beach read for those looking for a romantic comedy with a lot of drama. A great romantic beach read.
—Jenn Elwell, Snail Readers Circle 


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$27.00
ISBN: 9780593101537
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Published: Berkley - June 29th, 2021

The Personal Librarian tells the unbelievable but true story of Belle da Costa Greene, who serves as librarian, art collector, and friend to J.P. Morgan. The reader gets a glimpse into the world of Mr. Morgan and his astounding collection of art, manuscripts and books, as well as the New York art and social scene in the early years of the 20th Century. But it is Ms. Greene's secret - she is actually Belle Greener, an African-American passing as white - that makes this story so very compelling, timely, and unforgettable.
(Note on subject matter: Racism, Anti-semitism)
— Angela, Snail Readers Circle


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The Woman They Could Not Silence: One Woman, Her Incredible Fight for Freedom, and the Men Who Tried to Make Her Disappear Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781492696728
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Published: Sourcebooks - June 22nd, 2021

Elizabeth Packard forever impacted women's rights with her passion, zeal, intellect, and steadfastness. Her story comes pouring through the narrative Kate Moore weaves in this book. Against all odds, Elizabeth's story shows how progressive she was for her time, and how she convinced others to join her in making changes for good. If she were alive today, there's no doubt she would be challenging and fighting the system to be better and fairer.
— Kirsten Wilson, Snail Readers Circle


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The Other Black Girl: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982160135
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Published: Atria Books - June 1st, 2021

From the Prologue of THE OTHER BLACK GIRL to the very last sentence, I could not put Zakiya Dalia Harris's writing debut down! This is the tale of two Black women co-workers in the cutthroat publishing industry trying to determine if they are friends or enemies. A literary fiction tale with a side of suspense, this expertly woven critique on society is bound to keep you on the edge of your seat.
— Kirsten, Snail Readers Circle


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$26.00
ISBN: 9780802158505
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - July 6th, 2021

“The Wonder Test” grabbed me from the first page and held on until the last! I was pulled into the world of Greenfield, California, and found myself trying to figure out what was going to happen next when I had to take a break from reading to be a parent. This is the perfect beach read for anyone who loves FBI thrillers and will make you think twice about everyone’s motives. Don’t walk, run, to get your copy! For lovers of FBI/police thrillers and suspense. 
(Note on subject matter: includes kidnapping) 
—Jennifer Gray Elwell, Snail Reader Circle 


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ISBN: 9781982133306
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Published: Simon & Schuster - May 25th, 2021

In Revival Season, 15-year-old Miriam Horton's eyes are opened to the complexities of spirituality and the depraved nature of humans, including one who she admires the most: her own father, an Evangelical Baptist preacher who plans revival circuits every summer. After witnessing her father violently react to a man who questions his ability to heal, Miriam's world is turned upside-down as has a front-row seat to the downward spiral of her father's confidence and his treatment of others. She realizes that her father has developed a God complex, and that his healings have become unsuccessful because he has begun to believe in himself more than God. In the midst of her father's crisis, Miriam grapples with the discovery of her own gifts and the tension between wanting to use her gifts to do God's work, and her father's conviction that women are unfit for such work.
— Allison Hendrix, Snail Readers Circle


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London's Number One Dog-Walking Agency: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063059788
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Published: William Morrow - July 6th, 2021

In a time when we could all use a feel-good book, I’m so happy I got my hands on this heartwarming memoir!  London’s Number One Dog-Walking Agency is about the difficulties of navigating your 20s.  From trying to find a way out of her lackluster job to her mother constantly nagging her about sticking to society’s life “timeline” Kate covers the beginning of adulthood in a very relatable way.  She quits her job and starts her own small business, a dog-walking agency in London. Each chapter follows a specific client of hers and she writes about dogs and their quirky owners with such detail I can picture them completely in my head. I found characteristics of my own dog in each profile and was able to relate to the owners who deal with both the perks and the hard realities of having a pet. I recommend this charming memoir to everyone, but especially those who love dogs! 
— Abigail Lindemann, Snail Readers Circle


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ISBN: 9780593201237
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Published: Berkley - July 13th, 2021

Grady Hendrix's latest offering is an homage to '80s and '90s slashers, and a nonstop sprint to the bloody end. Lynette Tarkington, a lone survivor of a brutal massacre, is one of several middle-aged women who fight for their lives against a mysterious and vicious opponent determined to rid the world of "final girls." In The Final Girl Support Group, Hendrix takes a campy look at female horror archetypes that are often little more than tropes in their original material, and gives them heart, ambitions, regrets, and raging PTSD. The Final Girl Support Group reads more like an exceptionally gory thriller than a horror novel that'll keep you up at night, but you may want to leave a baseball bat by your bedside table just in case. (I LOVED it because this was ultimately about the perseverance of female friendship ... provided that everyone survives to the final reel, of course!)
Note: This book deals with PTSD from violent attacks, and contains gory violence.
— Whitney Sheppard, Snail Readers Circle


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Appleseed: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063040144
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Published: Custom House - July 13th, 2021

One of the signs of a good book is when you find yourself thinking about it often, well after you finish it. Matt Bell’s Appleseed is one of those books. The novel steers the reader through three plots: a story of Johnny Appleseed set two hundred years ago, a tale of a civilization on the brink of ecological disaster fifty years from now, and a story of an inhospitable Earth one thousand years in the future. Each tale is a strange and riveting journey on its own, encompassing a vast swath of human narrative, from Greek myth, the Bible, and Grimm’s fairy tales to early American folklore, but the stories become even more fascinating as Bell starts to pull them together into one epic tale of humanity’s relationship with the planet.
I LOVED Appleseed because it's a strange and beautiful book and it made me think about humanity's relationship to the Earth. Especially for people who like both sci-fi and literary fiction. Readers who've also enjoyed Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake trilogy, The Overstoryby Richard Powers, and Neal Stephenson's Seven Eves.
— Elizabeth Hardin, Snail Readers Circle


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An Elderly Lady Must Not Be Crossed Cover Image
By Helene Tursten, Marlaine Delargy (Translated by)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781641291675
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Published: Soho Crime - October 5th, 2021

 

“An Elderly Lady Must Not Be Crossed” is collection of devious little short stories translated from Swedish into English about Maud, a quiet, well-traveled octogenarian who wants to enjoy her last few years alive. Unfortunately, people keep cropping up that need killing! And Maud is just the old lady to do it. This is a sequel of sorts to "An Elderly Lady Is Up to No Good", which also followed the same character. Each short story is a fast-paced exercise in “how will she kill them?” and “how will she get away with it?”; the fun is in watching people underestimate her due to her feigned weakness, deafness, and dementia. Maud is a vicious, crafty killer with the spirit of “Dexter” in that most of her victims “deserve” their fate in one way or another. None of them deserve to be killed, of course, but you might find yourself empathizing with Maud as she cuts a swath through Sweden’s neighborhoods. Because she seems easily manipulated, a lot of people try to do just that… and a lot of people wind up pushing up daisies. Although the stories in these two collections are contained, they do reference one another, so I wouldn’t call them standalone. I highly enjoyed my time with Maud as she sets up a peaceful retirement for herself. I give both books an enthusiastic four stars; they are perfect for enjoy by a fire as the weather turns nearly as cold as Maud's heart.
—Whitney Sheppard, Snail Readers Circle
 




 


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An Unlikely Spy: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780063037885
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Published: Ecco - June 1st, 2021

World War II looms in London, and Evelyn Varley wants to find her place in the world. She joins the MI5 counterintelligence unit but, as the reader learns in the very first chapter, finding a place for yourself may not mean that it’s the right place. I was pulled into Evelyn’s story on the first page and stayed hooked through the end in a race to find out what has happened in Evelyn’s life to shape the woman she has become. The Unlikely Spy is a great read for those interested in how WWII shaped the lives of young people in England.

For lovers of WW2 fiction and character studies.
— Jennifer Elwell, Snail Readers Circle


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My Heart Is a Chainsaw Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781982137632
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - August 31st, 2021

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Heartbreaking, dripping in gore, life-affirming, nasty, and sweet, My Heart Is a Chainsaw had me from the first thirty pages and didn't stop. You’ll be terrified to turn the page, but so invested in the story that you can’t help but do just that. Jade is a half-Indian teenager with an axe to grind nearly as big as Jack Torrance's literal one. She's obsessed with slasher flicks, and when a new girl and her wealthy family arrive in town, Jade is certain she has glimpsed an incredible omen to a bloody and exciting summer: an actual Final Girl in the flesh. People start dying, and violently. Are their deaths horrible coincidences? Or is something more sinister stalking the town? 

Especially for lovers of slow-burn horror and horror movies (there are lots of pop culture references!), anyone with a love of camp, fans of Stephen King
(Note on content: sexual abuse, graphic violence, animal cruelty)
— Whitney Sheppard, Snail Readers Circle


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Lightning Strike: A Novel (Cork O'Connor Mystery Series #18) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982128685
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Published: Atria Books - August 24th, 2021

Easily one of the best books I've read this year. Krueger effortlessly weaves lilting language, thought-provoking issues, and an extremely compelling mystery into a historical, small town setting. A young boy follows in his father footsteps as he searches for "crumbs" to help solve a crime and discovers some much larger truths along the way. The characters are unforgettable, the story is suspenseful, and the writing is beautiful. 

Especially for readers who enjoy murder mysteries, coming of age stories, Native American stories, and well-written fiction. It is almost Southern Gothic, but maybe not quite dark or southern enough. Some of the theological threads remind me a bit of Marilynne Robinson as well.
— Angela Rawls, Snail Readers Circle


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The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982102548
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Published: Atria Books - September 7th, 2021

I absolutely loved this book from start to finish. I was so intrigued with Orquidea Devina and the magical force surrounding her that I hardly wanted to put this book down, because I needed to hurriedly piece together all of the interconnected pieces. This story is about family dynamics and how our choices not only affects us but can have an enormous impact on our future family from generation to generation. The book alternates between past and present, revealing the secrets and magical curses that have haunted Orquidea and her family for years. Blending a bit of mystery and fantasy, Zoraida Cordova does an excellent job developing this story with complex multi-generational characters. This family is connected by magical roots that make them stronger together than they ever are apart! I loved it because it weaves together magical realism with deep rooted family dynamics. It had me captivated from beginning to the end.
— Nicole Granville, Snail Readers Circle 


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ISBN: 9781571311801
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Published: Milkweed Editions - June 8th, 2021

This book is pensive, reflective, and poetic. It is a unique work of art that blends poetry and memoir. I found Dara's voice to be honest and earnest. This book is a slow hike through the wild places of Northern Ireland that will make everyone who picks it up to pause and soak in the next bird song they hear. For those looking for something pensive, and reflective, with an interest in understanding Autism, and naturalists. 
—Amanda, Snail Readers Circle 


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Vortex: An FBI Thriller Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063004085
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Published: William Morrow - August 10th, 2021

 

Vortex by Catherine Coulter pulls you in from the first page. Who is Snake? Dante? Aolith? And what in the world has happened? With every subsequent page, you are pulled into the story so quickly that soon you are blowing off bedtime and responsibilities just so you can find out what happens next! Vortex follows a multitude of characters whose lives intertwine as two crimes are solved. What happened to Serena at a college rave seven years ago and where is she now? And where are Mike and the missing flash drive? Mia, Serena’s best friend and now reporter, finds her everyday political story may be connected to her best friend’s disappearance. And Olivia, a CIA operative recovering from a concussion, is trying to stay alive and find Mike. For lovers of crime thrillers and government agency procedurally, particularly with strong female characters.
(Note on subject matter: includes rape and murder)
—Jenn Elwell, Snail Reader Circle 


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She Who Became the Sun Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250621801
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Published: Tor Books - July 20th, 2021

Zhu Chongba disguises herself as a man (specifically, a monk) in order to stave off death by starvation during a drought. Along the way, she gets involved with fighting the invading Mongols, using her cleverness rather than military brawn to gain power. She Who Becomes the Sun is a bleeding, aching, heavy tome of desire, survival and sacrifice, a grim tale about identity, gender, public versus private perception, and most of all ambition: who do you become when you when you force destiny to take notice of you? What horrors will you commit to keep destiny's attention?
(Note on subject matter: It's a military fantasy in 14th-century China, so it's violent and has a great deal of misogyny. It's definitely an adult fantasy as well — not YA.)
— Whitney Sheppard, Snail Readers Circle


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Dare to Know: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781683692607
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Published: Quirk Books - September 14th, 2021

James Kennedy’s fascinating novel Dare to Know starts with a sci-fi speculation: what if science could pinpoint the exact date and time of your death? That’s an intriguing proposal; however, this novel isn’t satisfied by simply exploring this question. What could have been a societal sci-fi story turns into something else entirely—a very personal and riveting horror story full of terrors like sagging careers and failed relationships, oddly specific Gen X fears (bearded 1970s hippies and Don Henley songs), and universal horrors like death and the end of the world.
Especially for adults, sci-fi and horror readers, fans of Blake Crouch and Stephen King
— Elizabeth Hardin, Snail Readers Circle


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Songs in Ursa Major: A novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593318621
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Published: Knopf - June 22nd, 2021

I went into this book blind, and I really enjoyed it! Similar to a real life story (in fact it's inspired by the affair between Joni Mitchell and James Taylor), I felt connected to the characters in this story. There were a couple things that made the plot and dialogue feel a bit forced, but I didn't find that it detracted from the story. It almost seemed to me that DAISY JONES met the movie MUSIC & LYRICS (both of which I loved!), which made it a perfect summer beach read. Especially for readers who like the 1970s music scene, ones who enjoyed DAISY JONES & THE SIX and/or MUSIC & LYRICS (the movie).
(Note on the subject matter: includes sex, booze, drugs, panic attacks, mental health/illness, overdosing)
—Kirsten Wilson, Snail Reader Circle 

 


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ISBN: 9780778331858
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Published: Mira Books - June 22nd, 2021

After reading The Henna Artist which I truly enjoyed, I knew I wanted to continue on in the series to read more about Lakshmi. It has been 12 years since Lakshmi, Malik, and her younger sister Radha left Jaipur. The story continues with Malik returning to Jaipur to learn more about the building & design business but soon discovers secrets that will alter the lives of many of the characters. Meanwhile, Lakshmi has married and is living a pleasant and relaxed life with her husband while working at the clinic. She has befriended Nimi, Malik's new love and offers to assist her while Malik is away in Jaipur. Their lives all become intertwined together due to the threat of a smuggling scheme. I was so captivated in the lives of the characters and just enough suspense to keep the storyline going throughout the book. Even though this one is a sequel to The Henna Artist, I do believe readers can dive into this one without reading The Henna Artist first. But I highly recommend reading Henna Artist first which would add more depth of backstory and understanding of the characters! I would recommend this to readers who enjoy historical fiction, different cultures, and family dynamics.
—Nicole, Snail Reader Circle 


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All's Well: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982169664
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 3rd, 2021

Miranda Fitch is in agony following a fall that ended her illustrious acting career. When a trio of strange men offers her a method of ridding herself of her pain, she discovers that accepting Faustian bargains come at a brutal and bloody price. Miranda is both deeply relatable and monstrous; her transformation from victim, to villain, to something in between was a train wreck I couldn't look away from. As with Mona Awad's first book, "Bunny", "All's Well" is a quirky, original work that relies heavily on internal monologues and deep characterization - sometimes tilting away from the plot slightly, as the ending of the novel falters somewhat under the weight of Miranda's unreliable narration. Nonetheless, "All's Well" is a treat for anyone seeking an unusual protagonist who enjoys both the drama department and the dramatic. For readers who enjoy open-ended novels, horror enthusiasts, Shakespeare lovers, theater lovers, and readers who enjoy unreliable narrators.
(Note on subject matter: includes chronic pain and drug use/abuse)
—Whitney Sheppard, Snail Readers Circle 


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Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982167356
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Published: Atria Books - July 6th, 2021

This is a very funny book. Gilda, a 27-year-old atheist lesbian winds up needing to pretend she’s straight, available, Catholic, and an elderly (deceased) church receptionist named Grace. Gilda also lives with anxiety, to the point that cleaning up the Jenga tower of dirty dishes in her apartment is overwhelming and her visits to the ER for anxiety attacks are so frequent that the staff knows her by name. This book reminds us that the world can be difficult to navigate and everyone’s dealing with issues you don’t know about. For people in their 20s and early 30s.
—Elizabeth Hardin, Snail Readers Circle 


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Down Range: A Novel (Garrett Kohl) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063066502
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Published: William Morrow - August 3rd, 2021

Down Range follows DEA agent Garrett Kohl back home to the Texas High Plains for a short mission to protect an Afghan boy. While home, he discovers his family is the target of a criminal organization that has infiltrated the entire town and it is up to Garrett to protect his family. Each character's personality is so unique and readers quickly get to know each character. This action-packed plot keeps readers on the edge of their seat the entire time, and they will be left wanting to follow Garrett on his next journey. For any fans of suspense or thrillers - it keeps you hooked and on the edge of your seat!
—Katie, Snail Readers Circle 


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ISBN: 9781616957414
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Published: Soho Crime - September 7th, 2021

A new beginning is always good, Sara was happy to leave all of her troubles behind. A brand new home close to her adoring husband's family...idyllic. Until, she's in this new home and essentially can't get out. Why won't the stain disappear in front of the stove? Why is everyone afraid of her husband's father? Who is Mary? This home holds terrible secrets, secrets Sara cannot let rest. Someone has to take care of the children after all.
—Tracie, Snail Readers Circle 


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The Collective: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063083158
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Published: William Morrow - November 2nd, 2021

Wow! Once I got started this book was so hard to put down! Just how far will a mother go to avenge her child's murder when she feels the justice system has failed her? Will it be worth it? The Collective is a disturbingly plausible thriller that follows grieving mother Camille on a journey to answer these questions for herself. I found myself going back and forth about who to root for and against as I read this book. It kept me guessing, and I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next. I think if the ending hadn't felt a little rushed it would have been a five star read for me. Great for readers who love a fast paced thriller
(Note on subject matter: includes murder and abuse of children)
—Jess Depew, Snail Readers Circle 


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We Are Not Like Them: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982181031
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Published: Atria Books - October 5th, 2021

“We Are Not Like Them” is a timely story told in alternating viewpoints. Riley, a Black journalist with aspirations to become anchor at a prominent Philadelphia news station, and Jen, her longtime white friend whose husband is a cop, find their relationship on the rocks when Jen’s husband is involved in the shooting of an innocent 14-year-old Black boy. To further complicate matters, Riley is given the opportunity to cover the story as lead reporter, while trying to keep her friendship with Jen under wraps. This book relays a crucial conversation in present-day America. It is unique in that it is co-written by two authors, Christine Pride and Jo Piazza, whose own perspectives no doubt enrich the conversations and conflict between Riley and Jen. This is one of the best and most important books I have read in awhile. It gripped me from the get-go, and I highly recommend reading it. I loved this book because of the authentic, yet difficult, conversations between the two main characters in relation to race, police violence and navigating a life-long friendship that is in jeopardy. Great for Everyone, but I think this book would make excellent required reading for high schoolers. 
—Allison Hendrix, Snail Readers Circle


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All Her Little Secrets: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063082465
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - November 2nd, 2021

This book gets you hooked from the first page as the reader gains a glimpse into the narrator's childhood hardships and then moves quickly to how she turned her past struggles into success. Ellice Lititlejohn seems to have made a success of herself, yet we find her in a sticky situation within her new job that intensifies as the book continues. Suspicions abound as the reader tries to discern the truth out of the circumstances that Ellie finds herself in. Part thriller, part uplifting story about a downtrodden kid making good, and part commentary on racism and sexism in the workplace, All Her Little Secrets is a book that was difficult to put aside.
(Note on subject matter: includes murder and rascim)
—Michelle, Snail Readers Circle 


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Yoga Pant Nation: A Novel (Class Mom #3) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250777577
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - July 13th, 2021

Laurie Gelman brings back the sassy and sometimes off-putting Jen Dixon back to her readers as Jen moves into the next phase of her life. Stuck once again as a key player in the PTA, Jen finds herself overwhelmed not only with volunteer responsibilities, but also caring for her ever-present family chaos and attempting a new career. Funny and fast read for those who need a break from heavier topics. Great for those who read Gelman's first two books.
—Michelle, Snail Readers Circle


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Hostage Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781728245522
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - June 22nd, 2021

Whether you read thrillers or not, HOSTAGE is a book for you! Clare Mackintosh strings you along with gripping, short chapters, revealing enough information to keep the pages turning. Everything was not as it seemed, and the twist at the end made this one of the best books I have read this year. This was my first Clare Mackintosh book, but it certainly won't be my last! For those who like thrillers or are curious about thrillers, locked-room-esque mysteries (this is not one of those, however), and plot driven books. I loved HOSTAGE because everything was not as it seemed which kept me on the edge of my seat.
(Note on subject matter: includes infertility, abuse, affair, divorce, kidnapping, language, anaphylaxis, sexual assault, hostage situation, and death)
—Kirsten Wilson, Snail Readers Circle


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The Night She Disappeared: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982137366
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Published: Atria Books - September 7th, 2021

A teen mother and her boyfriend go missing following a party, but no one in the village knows anything. A year later, a mystery writer begins picking at the threads of the young couple's disappearance, beginning a thrilling and tense tale of class, abuse, and self-discovery. The less you know about this book going in the better, but the writing was topnotch and the multiple points of view were distinct from one another and interesting. I particularly loved the perspective of the missing teenage victim, Tallulah; she was deeply flawed but also sympathetic as she gets involved with people more manipulative and crafty than she is. The resolution of the tale required a little bit of suspension of disbelief (I have to be vague here), but not so much that the entire mystery was ruined. For readers who like an atmospheric, slow-burn mystery. For thriller lovers and anyone who likes an atmospheric, slow-burn mystery.
(Note on subject matter: includes abuse and sexual assault)
—Whitney Sheppard, Snail Readers Circle


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ISBN: 9781641292429
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Published: Soho Press - November 2nd, 2021

Is it possible lie about who you are if you don’t even know who you are? For blue-skinned Kalki Sami, raised as a god but tormented by self-doubt, discovering who he is means he has to challenge the roles everyone else in his life forces onto him. Blue Skinned Gods is a beautiful book about identity, family, faith, and love—core human elements that are universal, whether you’re living in an isolated ashram in India or in Brooklyn. Great for fans of international fiction (especially India).
(Note on subject matter: includes suicide)
—Elizabeth Hardin, Snail Readers Circle


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By Simone de Beauvoir, Sandra Smith (Translated by), Margaret Atwood (Introduction by)
$26.99
ISBN: 9780063075047
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Published: Ecco - September 7th, 2021

This cerebral short novel will be cherished by Simone de Beauvoir lovers. While the timeline feels disjointed at times, the philosophical themes that de Beauvoir is known for shine through. This book feels like an intimate glimpse into the real friendship that inspired it, Simone’s childhood relationship with her beloved friend Zaza. The focus on serious friendship between young women is refreshing and de Beauvoir’s ideas about education, women’s opportunities in society, religiosity, sexuality, and intense friendship are worth reading about, even many years after she wrote this novel. For readers who are familiar with Simone de Beauvoir, interested in the history of feminism.
—Amanda, Snail Readers Circle


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ISBN: 9780802158741
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Published: Grove Press - November 30th, 2021

Grab a cup of coffee, and curl up in a cozy chair-- "Small Things Like These" by Claire Keegan is the perfect winter read. Bill Furlong, father of five and coal merchant, lives a quiet life in a small Irish town during the mid-1980s. In the weeks leading up to Christmas, the busiest time of year for Furlong's business, he makes a delivery at the local convent and discovers a young woman whose very existence causes him to consider his own past, while also questioning the integrity of the church that seems to control the whole town. Although this is a fictional work, the story does recount Ireland's Magdalen laundries, run by Roman Catholic orders, which housed thousands of women and children from the 18th to the late 20th centuries. I loved this book because it was a short, heart-warming story about a man who refuses to "look the other way" and whose empathy nudges him toward caring for those who cannot care for themselves. I loved it because it was a short, heart-warming story about a man who refuses to "look the other way" when he makes an uncomfortable discovery at the local convent in his small Irish town.
—Allison Hendrix, Snail Readers Circle


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ISBN: 9780063066625
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Published: Harper Perennial - November 16th, 2021

I read this in a day, not because I had the time, but because I could not stand for a moment to not know what happened next. This dystopian journey rewrites the history of the 20th century and brings into question every aspect of our modern lives. While Miriam researches memories and the benefits of rewriting them to avoid conflict and war, she's pulled into relationship after relationship that challenge notions of family, loyalty, trust, and groupthink. Out of the 100 books in 2021 I've read, this makes the top 3 for me. I loved it because it was one of the most engrossing things I've read in a long time--from the characters to the dystopian rewrite of our world, I couldn't put it down.
—Sarah Catherine Richardson, Snail Readers Circle 


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ISBN: 9781250790286
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Published: Tordotcom - September 28th, 2021

"Summer Sons" by Lee Mandelo is a creeping, dreadful tale that drips with humidity and the bitterness of lost chances. Andrew Blur is aptly named - a determinedly bland protagonist that shoves his emotions down and away in order to investigate the death of his best friend, Eddie - a death that was ruled a suicide. Andrew knows there's something suspicious about the "suicide" because Eddie's ghost said as much to him. Andrew's strange ability to communicate with the dead is more of a curse than a gift; cold, fetid shadows follow him through this claustrophobic tale as he navigates Eddie's friendships and academic community. This is a slow Southern Gothic tale - a little too slow, truthfully, as it takes a good 150 pages for the horror to really start kicking up. Andrew is an interesting protagonist, but so determined to NOT pursue the obvious threads that are kicking up around him that his inertia can be frustrating. That inertia does pick up about halfway through the novel, as "Summer Sons" begins to sink its teeth into the concepts of race, queerness, depression, and ancestral legacy. "Summer Sons" is horror in the visceral sense; there are no jump scares or wild action scenes here, at least not of the haunted house variety (there are a few car races, but those are largely testosterone-fueled bonding sessions). The horror in "Summer Sons" rides on your back, a cold, heavy presence that gets heavier with every step. It's the kind of book that had me by the throat every time I set it down and wondered if the pace was going to pick up soon. It whispered a refrain of Eddie's last text message to Andrew in the moments when I was not reading it: "Come home. I'm waiting." Great for Southern Gothic lovers, those who enjoy slower reads, and fans of LGBTQ+ in horror.
(Note on subject matter: some heavy violence)
—Whitney Sheppard, Snail Readers Circle


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$28.00
ISBN: 9780593128862
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Published: Del Rey - September 28th, 2021

The students of the Scholomance - at least, the ones who survived "A Deadly Education" - are back for their senior year. Reluctant Dark Sorceress El (named for Galadriel, yes, and she hates it) and her almost-maybe-boyfriend Orion Lake ( the most powerful monster-killing Sorcerers of their generation) have one more year of equals and opposites attracting before they're free of the school. But with graduation looming, the hordes of monsters that usually attack the students are eerily missing, and El has to decide who her allies really are under such dire circumstances. If she does give in and tap into her dark potential, will it be able to save anyone? But if it could save *everyone*, how will she decide if it's worth the price? This sequel to "A Deadly Education" picks up right after the horrible cliffhanger of the first book - but with all the Dark Magic on the pages, don't count on a perfectly satisfying ending! I was slavering for "The Last Graduate" as one of my top 2021 reads, and fortunately (unfortunately?) this left me snarling for more. A solid second installment of a trilogy that clearly has even more power yet to come! Perfect if you're a fan of dark academia, grew up on magic schools and want something new but also familiar, and love snarky heroines and settings with character (or, you know. lots of monsters).
(Note on subject matter: some violence and consensual sex scene)
—Melanie Berry, Snail Readers Circle


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ISBN: 9781542029179
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Published: Montlake - September 1st, 2021

I loved this book! The story loosely follows a narrative reminiscent of Pride & Prejudice but it’s a very wide riff which I loved. Very creative and unique with modern day takes on things like transgender dating, racial bias, and growing while in college. If you want to read a book about strong, resilient women and the men that come into and out of their lives then this book is perfect for you! 
—Jennifer, Snail Readers Circle


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ISBN: 9781250267962
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Published: St. Martin's Press - January 11th, 2022

The Last House on the Street begins with Kayla in the present day, a recently widowed single mother, when strange and eerie things begin happening at her new home. There is also Ellie who becomes a civil rights fighter in 1965 and falls in love with a fellow activist, bringing danger to them both. I loved how the story bounced between Kayla and Ellie’s perspectives and how Chamberlain weaved the story into one narrative. Overall, great storytelling and a wonderful read!
(Note on subject matter: includes civil rights violence)
—Katie, Snailer Readers Circle 


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By Maja Lunde, Diane Oatley (Translated by)
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062951410
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Published: HarperVia - February 15th, 2022

In this beautifully written novel, both nature’s power and fragility are represented by Przewalski's horse, the “last wild horse.” These wild horses unite the novel's three narratives. In 1881, a Russian zoologist and a wildlife-capture specialist travel to Mongolia to collect specimens to keep in zoos. A late-twentieth century veterinarian and her son return descendants of those same horses to Mongolia. And in Norway, in a dystopian 2064, survivors cling to their home, tied to the farm by a mare about to foal. Each narrative explores our complex responsibilities to the world—from the Earth to our own children. Great for readers interested in nature, ecology, and who liked The Last Migration by Charlotte McConaghy.
—Elizabeth Hardin, Snaile Readers Circle


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ISBN: 9781250229618
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Published: St. Martin's Press - April 5th, 2022

An incredible domestic suspense novel from the perspective of three women, THE YOUNGER WIFE showcases Sally Hepworth's incredible writing. Tully, Rachel, and Heather all have something to hide, yet one common hidden reality unites them together. It's not often a book can make me feel like I'm a character in the story, but I really identified with what these three women felt. They doubted their intuition and felt guilty for having those thoughts, and as the reader I did, too. Sally wrapped me into this story in such a masterful way, and it's definitely one to read!
(Note on subject matter: includes covid-19, sexual assault, kleptomania, abuse, alcoholism, murder, miscarriage, and gaslighting)
—Kirsten Wilson, Snail Readers Circle


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ISBN: 9780063072640
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Published: William Morrow - January 18th, 2022

When I started reading Sequoia Nagamatsu’s How High We Go In The Dark, I would have hesitated to call it hopeful, but now I think that’s a perfect description. This novel reads like a series of connected short stories, and part of the joy of this book is finding the threads that connect these characters. Each chapter centers on people struggling through their own slice of a world steeped in death and damaged by plague and floods. But the time I got to the end of this novel, I felt hope that we can get through calamity; there are possibilities, and there is hope.
—Elizabeth Hardin, Snail Readers Circle 


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ISBN: 9781982171933
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Published: Atria Books - February 15th, 2022

This coming of age story is like none other, while also resonating with everyone who ever felt different, odd, or like they had a part of themselves to hide. Owen grows up with a literal bird living inside his chest, a secret he's forced to hide along with all the other parts of his identity. His journey into adulthood is one like so many others--full of broken hearts, experimentation, and inner turmoil--and will only leave you wishing you had your own Gail the bird living right beneath your ribs.
(Note on subject matter: includes some graphic sex scenes)
—Sarah Catherine Richardson, Snail Readers Circle


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ISBN: 9781982166793
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Published: Atria Books - March 1st, 2022

This book was the perfect read. I finished it in one day with happy tears streaming down my face. Rebecca Serle’s writing is beautiful, gripping and leaves you wanting to highlight and re-read certain lines over and over again. I will now read everything Rebecca writes. One Italian Summer had a hint of magical realism as Rebecca incorporated time-travel into the premise. In this book, Katy’s mother, Carol, has just died and Katy takes the trip they had planned to Italy, alone. She is hoping to learn more about her mother on this trip and the reason she found Italy so special. Katy ends up finding her mother on the trip, just 30 years earlier. Katy gets to see and befriend her mother as a 30-year-old and gets a glimpse into her mother’s life before Katy knew her. Back when she was her own person, a lively and carefree young woman instead of only an unselfish wife and mother. Katy and Adam are two of the main characters in this book and they were both so relatable and had great character development. I found myself wishing I was friends with both of them because so much of their life and thoughts I resonated with and learned from. This book was a love letter to motherhood, overcoming grief and rekindling lost love. This book also helped feed my wanderlust and made me want to revisit Italy as soon as possible. Rebecca paints a pictures of Italy so beautifully that I could see it for myself and it felt as though I was transported for a day. This story will make you crave to learn more about your parents’ past and will allow you to look at every relationship with fresh eyes. You will definitely want to pick this book up as soon as you can! It was one of my favorites I’ve read this year. Great for women ages 16 and older.
(Note on subject matter: death of a parent)
—Abby Lindemann, Snail Readers Circle


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$27.00
ISBN: 9781982156121
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Published: Simon & Schuster - January 4th, 2022

Frida has one very bad day with her toddler, and her entire life changes. In this Margaret Atwood-esque novel, bad mothers and fathers are removed by the state and sent to schools to learn to be good, practicing the latest parenting techniques with personalized, life-mimicking dolls. Frida has one year to become good and get her daughter back or else be separated from her forever. This book was dark and moving, highlighting gender and race and culture, all while focusing very individually on "bad" mothers you'll come to know and love.
(Note on subject matter: includes brief mentions of child abuse)
—Sarah Catherine Richardson, Snail Readers Circle