I’ll be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara
I am obsessed with this book. It is thorough, empathetic, fact-based — everything you want a true crime novel to be. Michelle McNamara’s passion for the case shines through on every page, and the excellent research she spent hundreds of hours collecting has paid off in what is one of the most haunting, memorable nonfiction crime novels of recent history. Everyone is talking about it for a reason, come grab a copy!
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertali
Becky Albertali’s book, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda defies typical coming-out narratives. She lays this groundwork by positioning Simon, the protagonist, among a colorful cast of characters that all have their own individuality and spark. It’s the relationships and interactions Simon has with these characters that make the novel feel refreshing and not overwrought. Rife with pop-culture references, this book has something for everyone. If you loved the film adaptation Love, Simon, check out this first novel in the series.
The Perfume Burned his Eyes by Michael Imperioli
Michael Imperioli (of Goodfellas & The Sopranos fame) recently published his first novel that mixes a coming of age story with a peek behind the curtain of the late, great Lou Reed’s life. Imperioli doesn’t opt for nostalgia nor does he treat Reed with rock saint canonization. Instead he explores these deeply flawed humans latching onto one another in times of great upheaval in their lives. I’m nearing the end of the novel and it’s clear Imperioli certainly has a future in the novel game.