If you have extra time for reading these days, you’re gonna love this month’s picks for what to read right now! And if you don’t have more time – like me – you’ll love these book recommendations for the nighttime reading moments when you just need to decompress and, possibly, escape a bit from reality!
Book Recommendations for April 2020
The Boy from the Woods by Harlan Coben
A local girl goes missing and the only one who notices is a boy in her class. He doesn’t trust anyone with his need to find her, not even his mom. He calls on his famous TV-Lawyer grandmother, Hester Crimstein, to help. Busy back in the city, she tracks down Wilde – a local man who was found living feral in the woods 30 years earlier.
Wilde – The Boy from The Woods – beats to his own drum, living alone in the woods, he’s always gone in and out of town as needed. As his hunt for the girl gets going, the son of a famous media mogul in town also goes missing – now everyone is concerned.
What seems a distant relation to the presidential candidate with a dark past slowly unravels to be directly related to the teen disappearance.
This book was such an easy one to read. One chapter melted easily into the next. While the mystery is there, it’s not a scary read, more a casual suspense that’s the perfect pick-me-up. And you’ll be guessing until the final pages to solve the mysteries.
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Lewis
I bought Where the Crawdads Sing based solely on rave reviews, not because I even knew the storyline! And it did not disappoint in the slightest!
Kya, “Marsh Girl,” lives miles outside of town. When her mother inexplicably leaves, her life begins to change. Soon each of her siblings disappears and, eventually, her alcoholic father. Left to her own devices, she’s forced to find her own way. Ostracized from the townspeople as a dirty outcast, she pulls on her ability to fish and boat through the marshy backlands.
Interwoven with the story of Kya’s fight to survive, love stories of her own, and her education via the nature surrounding her is the story of a murder in the small town some years later.
As the two stories unfold, they slowly begin to intersect. As an outsider, the town suspects our beloved Kya of the murder, but her alibi is sound.
Will the town convict her? You’ll have to find out in this lovely story of nature, murder, love, life, and loss!
Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow
This is a truly important book in regards to not only exposing the lengths to which Harvey Weinstein went to cover up his crimes, but also the importance of a free and unintimidated press in society.
In Catch and Kill Farrow shows the chilling methods being used to silence reporters in all media forms, from simple cronyism to private security firms hacking cell phones and physically following them.
Briefly, this follows Farrow as he began to delve into the allegations against Weinstein while working for NBC, realising he had a huge story, and then working tirelessly to try and fully report on it.
At first, NBC seemed receptive, but eventually, they killed the story, leading him to move to the New Yorker for final publication…
It is revealed that NBC bowed to pressure put on them by Weinstein, alongside a culture of cover ups of their own rape/sexual assault scandals. Along the way, Farrow uncovers so much more, including the tactics that Weinstein brought to bear against him in an attempts to keep the story from coming out.
While this is in no way light-hearted reading, given the topics covered, Catch and Kill almost feels like an action-adventure novel, and moves incredibly quickly.
If you get the audio book, you’re treated to Farrow’s reading, complete with rather terrible but somehow endearing accents for the far-flung set of characters. Highly recommended! (And there’s a podcast, too, which is excellent, and free.)