InStyle Book Club: 7 Page-Turning Picks to Read This April
April showers may bring May flowers, but this month it's also bringing some great books. After scouring the latest releases, we rounded up the best new novels we think you should be reading in April. Whether you're a fan of memoirs, historical fiction, or mystery thrillers, there's something for everyone on this list. Scroll down to see the seven books that we think you'll enjoy this month. Happy reading!
1. Night, Night Sleep Tight by Hallie Ephron ($27; harpercollins.com)
Just like her big sis Nora, this talented Ephron is fully capable of captivating an audience for extended periods of time (304 pages, to be exact). But instead of the usual cheery rom-com that's become synonymous with her last name, this enthralling story is decidedly darker in tone. Set in 1980s Los Angeles, it follows Deirdre Unger, who, after moving to the West Coast to assist her ailing father, discovers his body face down in the family pool. After initially chalking it up to a tragic accident, she soon discovers that it could in fact be a murder, and is hell-bent on figuring out who's guilty of the crime.
2. Happiness for Beginners by Katherine Center ($16; amazon.com)
If you’re anything like us, you’ll read this book in one sitting. Reminiscent of non-fiction bestsellers like Wild and Eat Pray Love, Center’s fictional tale follows a similar narrative: A woman who needs a life change decides to go on a journey that will hopefully change her life. In this case, it’s Helen, a 30-something divorcée who decides to embark on a wilderness survival course in Wyoming. However, things don’t go quite as she expects. As she pushes herself to the limit, she discovers she may be in for much more than she bargained for.
3. The Tapestry by Nancy Bilyeau ($21; amazon.com)
Fans of the Tudor era, you're in for a treat. In the third installment of Bilyeau's dramatic trilogy, we once again meet Joanna Stafford, a former nun who is determined to protect both her beliefs and her friends from the dangerous politics that surround King Henry VIII's reign. This time around, Joanna is summoned to Whitehall Palace, where she must not only thwart assassination attempts, but also navigate the pitfalls of court, all while trying to decide the life she wants to live: nun, wife, rebel, or courtier. While you don't necessarily need to read the previous two novels, The Crown and The Chalice, you may want to before beginning The Tapestry.
4. At the Water's Edge by Sarah Gruen ($17; amazon.com)
From the talented writer behind Water for Elephants comes this equally compelling period piece set in 1944 Philadelphia: At the Water's Edge tells the story of a privileged young socialite named Madeline Hyde, who is cut off financially by her husband's army colonel father after the two publicly humiliate themselves at a tony New Year's Eve bash. Seeking revenge, the disgraced couple attempts to regain their throne by hunting down the much-talked-about Loch Ness monster (the Colonel's one failed quest). What results is two former society folk mingling with the commoners, and a heartwarming story about life, and the places it can potentially take you.
5. A Fine Romance by Candice Bergen (available April 7, $20; amazon.com)
The highly anticipated follow-up to the storied actress's self-deprecating autobiography, Knock Wood, does not disappoint. Chronicling her nearly 15-year marriage to French director Louis Malle, the birth of her daughter, Vogue editor Chloe Malle, and getting a second shot at love (with New York real estate magnate Marshall Rose, no less), Bergen remains candid as ever and spares no shocking details. After burning through her life at a rapid pace, you'll either want to be her BFF or her adopted daughter.
6. Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight (available April 14, $20; amazon.com)
While many books have been billed as the next Gone Girl, this mystery thriller definitely will intrigue fans of Gillian Flynn’s bestseller. After the body of an infant is found in the woods bordering a prestigious university, the wealthy New Jersey town associated with the school undergoes a series of shocking revelations as the investigative reporter assigned to the case uncovers a string of disturbing sexual crimes. Told in multiple views, the reader will have to decide what is truth and what is fiction in this heart-pounding read.
7. Paris Red by Maureen Gibbon (available April 20, $19; amazon.com)
Behind every great piece of art is a story untold, but Gibbon is here to change that for Edouard Manet’s infamously provocative painting Olympia in her new book Paris Red. Set in the French city in 1862, Gibbon tells the story of Manet’s muse, 17-year-old Victorine, who posed for the controversial painting. From their initial meeting in a store’s window front to their eventual affair, you’ll be caught up in the rich and sensuous world that Gibbon’s weaves right from the beginning. Oui indeed!
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