Gift Ideas – Crime Novel

So, this post is supposed to inaugurate the Gifts Ideas series. Because it’s already Christmas time and sometimes we find ourselves wondering what to buy for that friend, that cousin or even our closer beloved ones! The best option is always a book.

Crime novels have become really popular recently, but sometimes it is hard to sail through the selves full of titles and authors in bookshops. The problem is that many times, the plots are too easy or predictable, the characters are plain and reading is like eating fast food: it may look good but it leaves you hungry.

The crime novel I recommend everyone is When will there be good news? By English author Kate Atkinson. Everyone kept telling me about this author and how wonderful her novels are. I thought they were exaggerating. Shame on me, for not believing them, she is great.

Summary from Amazon.com:

On a hot summer day, Joanna Mason’s family slowly wanders home along a country lane. A moment later, Joanna’s life is changed forever…

On a dark night thirty years later, ex-detective Jackson Brodie finds himself on a train that is both crowded and late. Lost in his thoughts, he suddenly hears a shocking sound…

At the end of a long day, 16-year-old Reggie is looking forward to watching a little TV. Then a terrifying noise shatters her peaceful evening. Luckily, Reggie makes it a point to be prepared for an emergency…

These three lives come together in unexpected and deeply thrilling ways in the latest novel from Kate Atkinson, the critically acclaimed author who Harlan Coben calls “an absolute must-read.”

The plot is complex but not as much as to force the reader to take notes to follow it. But the best part of this book is the characters: they are realistic and human. They are like the hard-working girl who smiles at you and always seems self-composed; like that man who is still hopeful despite everything went wrong. We all know people like that, right? I personally fell in love with Joanna Mason (and if you read the book, you’ll understand why) and would describe her as, one of those women you’d love to befriend.

So, When Will there be good news? is the perfect novel for both die-hard fans of the genre, but also to anyone who wants to enjoy a good read and is looking for something less commercial than the average novels flooding bookshops.

  • For whom: Youths/Adults who love crime novels.
  •  Price: from $9,99 to $12,68
  •  Commentaries: the book does not need any special literary knwoledge, but the avid reader of English literature will find small gifts, as references, to many 19th century authors.
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