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After reading the very popular Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn in July of 2012, Dawn decided to read as many ‘read-a-likes’ as she could.:

 He’s Gone by Deb Caletti

Drowned by Therese Bohman

The Drowning House by Elizabeth Black

Cover of Snow by Jenny Milchman

The Vanishers by Heidi Julavits

 The Dinner by Herman Koch

 Heartbroken by Lisa Unger

Most of these titles were hits but a few were total misses.  Favorites were The Dinner and He’s Gone.  These would be great discussion books and quick reads for the summer.  Afterwards by Rosamund Lupton and Defending Jacob by William Landay remain on Dawn’s favorite books list of 2012 and also are slated as Gone Girl read-a-likes.

Mary Coin by Marisa Silver takes an iconic photograph and writes a fictionalized story around it centered on two women and a chance encounter.  Very thought provoking and makes you question the legacy of a photograph.

Dawn read a glowing review suggesting that Reconstructing Amelia  by Kimberly McCreight  was a MUST read thriller of 2013.  Based on this review, and with a book club pick looming, Dawn picked it up and was a little disappointed that it didn’t seem to stand up to the high ratings it received.  It was a good read, but just not ‘book club’ worthy!  It is a thriller based on a single mother and her grief as she tries to piece together the last few days of her daughter’s life.

Ann Hood has always been an author that Dawn automatically takes home and her new title The Obituary Writer was home and read in two days!  She loved it!  Hood writes with such emotion in this brief story of two women from different generations.

Other titles that Dawn enjoyed were:

The Death of Bees by Lisa O’Donnell

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Strangers on the Beach by Josh Pahigian

Lost by S.J. Bolton

Five Days by Douglas Kennedy

Try some of these titles and let us know what you think!!

Tell us what you’ve been reading!!