Read This! Part 2

October 7, 2012

Here is the second installment of my list of book recommendations:

James Ellroy  
L.A. Confidential

Justin Evans  
A Good and Happy Child

F. Scott Fitzgerald  
The Great Gatsby

Gillian Flynn  
Gone Girl

Frederick Forsythe  
The Day of the Jackal

Robert Graves  
I, Claudius

Michael Gruber  
Tropic of Night
(all of the Jimmy Paz novels are good)

Patricia Highsmith  
Strangers on a Train
The Tremor of Forgery

Peter Hoeg  
Smilla’s Sense of Snow

A Good and Happy Child

I honestly wouldn’t have picked this up except for the fact that he blurbed The Vaults and I thought I should check out everyone who was generous enough to do so. I’m not a big reader of horror, but I thought this was excellent. It’s not violent for the most part or gory, it just sort of leaves you in a constant state of apprehension about the main character, a boy who may be mentally ill or may be possessed. My only caveat is for people who have a hard time with child-in-distress types of books. Justin Evans handles it very thoughtfully and I didn’t find it at all exploitative, but it is there nonetheless.

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