Starting the new year with literary delights! January brings a captivating lineup of five diverse books. Dive into a coming-of-age tale in post-World War II Paris or embark on a thrilling journey exploring loss and crime. These reads promise a satisfying start to the year, offering a perfect escape into the world of literature. Whether seeking emotional depth, thrilling mysteries, thought-provoking essays, satirical narratives, or steamy romance with a mystical twist, these reads offer a diverse literary experience for every taste. Happy reading!

1. Numbers Don’t Add Up

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“Numbers Don’t Add Up” is a gripping crime thriller that masterfully intertwines crime investigation with deep political intrigue. The novel follows the astute Inspector Ajay and his mentor Satyarthi as they unearth a series of bombings linked to an enigmatic Chief Minister. Set against a backdrop of political machinations, the narrative delves into themes of trust, loyalty, and the relentless pursuit of justice. Enhancing the narrative are strong female characters like Karuna, whose investigative prowess is crucial in advancing the case, and Kusum whose complex relationship with Ajay adds emotional depth and personal conflict to the story. Highly recommended for those seeking an engaging and thought-provoking crime thriller.

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2. The Wildest Sun

In Asha Lemmie‘s poignant novel, “The Wildest Sun,” Delphine, an aspiring writer, embarks on a captivating journey from postwar Paris to Harlem, Havana, and Key West in search of the legendary figure she believes to be her father—Ernest Hemingway. Fueled by a desire for approval and identity, Delphine’s quest unfolds against the backdrop of self-discovery. Lemmie’s exquisite storytelling crafts a dazzling coming-of-age narrative, making “The Wildest Sun” a heartfelt exploration of ambition, family, and forging one’s path. Recommended for its emotional depth and compelling portrayal of identity.

3. Perfect Little Lives

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In the gripping thriller co-authored by Amber and Danielle Brown, Simone’s quest for a peaceful life unravels when true crime resurfaces her mother’s murder. The narrative takes a compelling turn with a filmmaker’s obsession, triggering Simone to reevaluate her past. The revelation of a hidden affair intensifies the suspense, leading Simone to investigate a renowned judge, suspecting him of her mother’s murder. A dark and intelligently twisted page-turner, “Someone Had to Do It” keeps readers on the edge, making it a recommended read for thriller enthusiasts.

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4. Rebecca, Not Becky

In Platt and Greene’s compelling novel, De’Andrea navigates the challenges of suburban life as a Black woman in Rolling Hills, Virginia. The exploration of race, friendship, and suburban dynamics unfolds through her relationship with well-intentioned neighbor Rebecca. The witty narrative, akin to “Such a Fun Age,” delves into motherhood and sisterhood amidst America’s racial reckoning. The engaging story, laced with humor and insight, makes it a recommended read for those seeking a thought-provoking take on contemporary social dynamics and relationships.

5. The Fake Mate

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Lana Ferguson’s “The Fake Mate” offers a spicy and entertaining venture into paranormal romance. The story of Mackenzie and Noah, two doctors faking a passionate relationship that evolves into something genuine, is a delightful blend of love and authenticity. The narrative, propelled by an addictive and sassy voice, ensures a captivating reading experience. For romance enthusiasts delving into the paranormal realm, this steamy and fun romantic comedy delivers on its promise, making it a recommended pick for those seeking a light-hearted yet engaging escape.

-Staff Reporter

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