Just a short one today, for the official “It’s Fourth of July Week in Camden and I’m Exhausted” edition. I’ve managed to read three novels from my TBR list since last I updated. And here they are:
Pobby and Dingan by Ben Rice. What an odd yet touching little book. It’s about a family of opal miners in Australia. The daughter of the family has two imaginary friends, and everyone is very indulgent about them. One day the imaginary friends go missing, and the little girl becomes very ill. Her brother decides that he’s going to find them for her, and is convinced that his sister will recover as soon as he does. It’s the kind of story where you get the feeling that a lot is happening in the background.
The Gilly Salt Sisters by Tiffany Baker. A solid story of a very small Massachusetts town and the different people who live there, with a focus on the Gilly sisters, whose family has always owned a salt marsh on the edge of town. There’s just the merest hint of something magical, but mostly it’s a story about secrets and forgiveness.
Deception by Denise Mina. A compelling thriller! The husband of a psychologist arrested for murder sets out to figure out what exactly happened. It’s fast and has a great narrator, and I like the open-ended wrong-footed feeling the story inspires.
I’m not sure what I’m in the mood for next off the list. Some classic spine-tinglers? More tales of sad people in small towns? Some weird-sounding stuff that I don’t know where I heard about it?
Or, is it possible I have not actually read Highsmith’s The Talented Mr. Ripley? Goodreads says I haven’t. Seems strange, but if it’s on the internet it must be true. I’ll pick that one up next.
Happy Fourth, American readers!