1. ‘The Sparsholt Affair’ by Alan Hollinghurst
The quintessential ‘heavy British’ novel, written by perhaps the master of the subgenre (Man-Booker awardee Hollinghurst), the book tackles raw emotion, historically interweaving perspectives on the same issue using one English family over the course of half a century. From oaken Oxford halls to the pulsating neon of the London club scene, we follow Johnny Sparsholt on his generation-crossing coming of age: perfect for fans of historic, realistic fiction and beautifully wound plot.
2. ‘Mrs’ by Caitlin Macy
Touted as the next Big Little Lies but set on the all-too-well-known Upper East Side, the novel allows three women who meet at their children’s preschool. Chock full of mysterious pasts, outsiders vs insiders, and the sorts of explosive secrets you’d only find in Manhattan penthouses, Mrs. promises to be both insanely readable and critically acclaimed.
3. ‘An American Marriage’ by Tahari Jones
Jones’ second novel tackles politically relevant issues like the flawed justice system with an epistolary style that refocuses attention to the people more than the agendas at stake. With well-rounded, relatable characters, a unique narrative from all the possible points of view, the story strikes doubts at heart of cultural institutions while still being a compelling read.
4. ‘Still Me’ by Jojo Moyes
Third in the Me Before You series- the first of which was recently made into a movie starring Lily Collins- Moyes’ newest novel traces Louisa Clark’s hop across the pond to New York, where she confronts broken marriages, high society secrets and new opportunities. Whether you’re a fan of romantic fiction or just inspired by the movie, the book is bound to be equal parts exciting and swoon-worthy.
5. Monk of Mokha’ by Dave Eggers
Combining the American Dream, the Middle East and the uncertainty of war, Dave Eggers’ true-story narrative is mysteriously intriguing. Telling the story of a Yemeni immigrant looking to make it big by exporting coffee from his war-torn home, it’s a tale of beans, boats and boundless courage that’s sure to enthral lovers of coffee, adventure and rags-to-riches stories.
6. ‘Sunburn’ by Laura Lippman
New York Times bestselling author Lippman is back with the psychological thriller to end all psychological thrillers. Who is a murderer, and who the victim? Even that's unclear in this tautly suspenseful novel which drops from sunny Delaware street to gritty tavern in a matter of sentences, noir at it’s very best as we follow Polly- deserting her family, escaping shadowy enemies- in a story as intense as its title promises.
7. ‘The Elizas’ by Sara Shepard
We knew and loved the Pretty Little Liars on screen and on the page, so get ready for the latest from mystery-spinner Sara Shepard as she makes her mark on adult fiction the way she did on so many teenager’s hearts. A third-wall breaking look at the divide between books and real life via whodunit, this is Shepard at her suspenseful best.
8. ‘White Houses’ by Amy Bloom
Surprising as its premise might be to those unacquainted with the life of the ‘First Lady of the World'- Eleanor Roosevelt- the novel walks the line between fact and fiction. Telling the tale- fictionalised as it may be- of Eleanor’s love affair with Lorena Hicks, both during her marriage to FDR and after his death, the novel offers a certainly unique perspective on the insides of the White House and really, American politics itself. - Devanshika Bajpai