Ordinary People by Diana Evans

This remarkable novel revolves around two couples who seem to be drifting farther apart. Michael and Melissa used to be head over heels of each other, but now Melissa is going insane. Damian and Stephanie had a perfect life and home but was never the ideal match. The development and disintegration of the relationship are highly relatable.

The Shepherd’s Hut by Tim Winton

This novel is about Jaxie Clackton who is a disturbed teenager who flees his dead parent’s house in Australia to meet Fintan MacGills, a mysterious and rambling Irishman who lives in an old shepherd’s hut. Jaxie forms a wary and strange friendship.  This novel is not for animal lovers and the squeamish as it involves eating a lot of innocent animals like goats and kangaroos.

The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancook by Imogen Hermes Gowar

Over 400 pages long, this astounding depicts a merchant’s unlikely success through society when he is gifted an exotic and unusual sea creature and decides to exhibit it in public. This novel is rich in history depicting 18th-century lifestyle without boring the reader.

The Queen of Bloody Everything by Joanna Nadin

 Queen of Bloody

This is a must read novel for a modern mother-daughter relationship analysis. Dido, daughter of Edie, grows up while tackling the guilt about abandoning her issued mother and fear about her health. The book follows Dido from childhood to adulthood shifting from gentle comedy to wiser and sadder comedy.

The Only Story by Julian Barnes

This novel circles around a gentle melancholy with a complicated love affair in mid-century England. 19-year-old Paul meets 48-year-old Susan who is the wife of another man, falls in love with Paul and lives together despite opposition.  There is plenty of philosophizing and nostalgia along with numerous references to the male genitalia to keep the prose edgy.

The Missing Girl by Jenny Quintana

The thrill pace novel rotates around Gabriella who disappeared more than 30 years ago and how her present-day sister, Anna now a middle-aged woman returns to her childhood home to pay respects to her mother while beginning to notice mysterious neighbors and memories revolving around her sister’s absence.

The Lido by Libby Page

When 86 year old Rosemary meets 26-year-old Kate, they share a common trait of saving their lido in Brixton which is the hub of the community and upon doing so how they help enrich each other’s lives. This delightful novel also adds a drop of tears to your eye.

Fear by Dirk Kurbjuweit

This book is addictive and thrilling with a climax worth waiting for in the end. This novel narrates the end at the beginning about Randolph’s father who shoots his stalker in the head. Randolph is a successful architect living with his family in Berlin which all went perfectly until a fat unemployed man living on benefits moves into the flat below his, is when all hell breaks loose.