The Complete Patrick Melrose Novels by Edward St. Aubyn
Pure black comedy and social satire. St. Aubyn uses a classic British understated and absurdist wit to skewer the pomposity of wealth and its side effects. These books are deeply troubling, sadistic, depraved and howlingly funny. Also, soon to be a Showtime miniseries with the likes of Benedict Cumberbatch in the eponymous role.
The Traitor’s Game by Jennifer Nielsen
After Kestra spends three years exiled by her father (because she is kidnapped by rebels) she is willing to do anything to earn his approval. When she’s kidnapped again by Simon, a rebel boy with a complicated past and his own group of rebels, she has to decide how far she’ll go to get the approval she so desperately needs. Jennifer Nielsen has created yet another fast-paced and twisted tale about intrigue, love, and loyalty.
The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan
This is the second novel in Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, and the stakes are steadily rising. Initially, the series felt like a pretty generic high-fantasy romp, with its reluctant chosen one, impending evil doom that threatens to destroy the world, and complicated magic system. But the world and characters that Jordan has created are so intricate and detailed that I find the book hard to put down. Jordan doesn’t leave losoe ends unintentionally; I’m delighted each time a character answers or asks a question I’ve been wondering about. As I near the end of the novel and events are coming to a head, I can only wonder what could be in store in the next 12 novels