Yesterday, I received the monthly newsletter from Goodreads giving a list of novels that are the “movers and shakers” of November. I’ve chosen the following three to look up, order, and read because they are fiction/historical fiction/mystery – I can not call myself a fan of non-fiction.
by Stephen King
Well-meaning high school English teacher Jake Epping honors his promise to a dying friend and travels back in time to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Transported to 1958, he heads to Texas and begins to investigate alleged lone gunman Lee Harvey Oswald but finds that history can react violently to change. Rowena says, “So many interesting elements brought to bear in this epic take – told in King’s trademark simple, ingenious manner.”
by Lene Kaaberbøl
When an old friend asks Nina to retrieve a suitcase from the Copenhagen train station, she is shocked to find a drugged three-year-old boy inside. Too scared to go to the police, she unravels the mystery herself, risking her life to protect a child in this tense Danish thriller. Gail calls it “atmospheric, rich with psychological insights, and [with] one of the most frightening villains to inhabit a page.”
Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman
by Robert K. Massie
Notorious for her parade of lovers but respected for revitalizing Russia, Catherine the Great rose from obscurity to become a powerful empress. This narrative biography from a Pulitzer Prize-winning author relates how the tenacious woman embraced the country’s culture and applied Enlightenment philosophy to modernize her adopted homeland. Susan says, “Massie never obscures the portrait of the woman in his portrayal of the empress. His biography of Catherine is thoroughly captivating.”