Finding the perfect reading playlist can be a daunting task. Silence is too loud for some, music way too distracting for others. We find that listening to different white noises can drown out the distractions of life and help immerse you in the world of your current read. So while you’re reading these favorite books, here are our recommendations for the perfect white noise track.
Listening to waves while reading THE WOMAN IN CABIN 10 will place you right on the Aurora with the protagonist, Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine. While on a week-long luxury cruise on the Aurora, Lo witnesses a terrifying murder, though all of the passengers remain accounted for. Did the ship really lose a passenger, or is this all in Lo’s head?
Listening to the rustling leaves of the deep forest will add a new dimension to the thrilling mystery IN THE WOODS. Rob Ryan is now a detective, who 20 years ago was found alone and bloody in the dark and silent woods. When a 12-year-old girl is found dead in the same woods, he and his partner, Detective Cassie Maddox, are left to try to uncover both Rob’s past and present mysteries.
Elevator music will put you right in the middle of the romance between Drew Nichols and Alexa Monroe in Jasmine Guillory’s THE WEDDING DATE. On the eve of his ex’s wedding festivities, Drew finds himself stuck in an elevator with Alexa, and the two agree to have a fake one-day relationship for the wedding. Though this is a strange proposition, there is something about Drew that Alexa can’t resist.
Coffee Shop Sounds
If you can’t make it to your favorite coffee shop and people-watch between pages, turn on this coffee shop noise and immerse yourself in A PERFECT UNIVERSE. In 10 stories, Scott O’Connor explores the lives of a few residents of sun-bleached Los Angeles—from an aging actor facing the erasure of his past to coffee shop regulars whose lives are torn apart by a stunning moment of violence.
Scott O’Connor’s novels have been hailed as “astonishing” (Library Journal), and “so insistently stirring, you want to lean in close to catch every word” (The New York Times Book Review). Now, from the author of Untouchable and Half World comes A Perfect Universe, a piercingly emotional cycle of stories in the tradition of Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad and Annie Proulx’s Close Range.
Welcome to the often-overlooked corners of sun-bleached Los Angeles, where a teenaged bicycle thief searches for a kidnapped boy, a young musician emerges as the lone survivor of a building collapse, and an aging actor faces the erasure of his past. There, far from the Hollywood spotlight, we also meet two sisters locked in a destructive cycle of memory and illness, coffee-shop regulars whose lives are torn apart by a stunning moment of violence, and the desperate, fraudulent writer whose fictions connect these unforgettable characters in subtle and surprising ways.
Sharply observed, exhilaratingly paced, and beautifully written, A Perfect Universe is a masterful exploration of growing up and growing old, loss and longing, identity and deception, and the search for redemption, humanity, and grace.
Enjoy the sounds of a warm crackling fire while reading this cozy mystery. Laurie Moran is a TV producer who gets involved in an investigation about an unsolved murder. As she gets deeper into the case, she uncovers a web of lies, but what do these lies have to do with her potentially dangerous stalker?
“Queen of Suspense” Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke are back with their fifth enthralling mystery in the New York Times bestselling Under Suspicion series; You Don’t Own Me finds television producer Laurie Moran stopping at nothing to solve the murder of a celebrity doctor—even as she finds herself in grave danger as a mysterious stalker plots his next move.
When we last saw Laurie Moran, she had recently become engaged to her show’s former host, Alex Buckley. Since then, the two have been happily planning a summer wedding and honeymoon, preparing for Alex’s confirmation to a federal judicial appointment, and searching for the perfect New York City home for their new life together.
But then Laurie is approached by Robert and Cynthia Bell, parents of Dr. Martin Bell, a famously charming and talented physician who was shot dead as he pulled into the driveway of his Greenwich Village carriage house five years ago. The Bells are sure that Martin’s disgraced and erratic wife, Kendra, carried out the murder. Determined to prove Kendra’s guilt and win custody over their grandchildren, they plead with Laurie to feature their son’s case on “Under Suspicion,” ensuring her that Kendra is willing to cooperate.
Kendra has lived under a blanket of suspicion since Martin’s death, with the tabloid media depicting her as a secretive, mentally unstable gold-digger. Laurie’s show is a chance for her to clear her name. But unbeknownst to the Bells, Kendra has already refused once before to go forward with a re-investigation of her husband’s murder, and her statements to the contrary only add to the appearance of guilt.
But once Laurie dives into the case, she learns that Martin wasn’t the picture-perfect husband, father, and doctor he appeared to be and was carrying secrets of his own. And what does the web of lies ensnaring the Bell family have to do with a dangerous stranger, who gazes at Laurie from afar and thinks, She is actually quite a lovely girl, I’m sure she’s going to be missed…?
You Don’t Own Me is the perfect, exhilarating follow up to the bestselling Every Breath You Take. The “Queen of Suspense” Mary Higgins Clark and her dazzling partner-in-crime Alafair Burke have devised another riveting page-turner.
Rain sets the mood for this bundle of short stories. Elizabeth McCracken so wonderfully describes such dark and heavy times, in a way that leaves the reader surprisingly invigorated. She has a way of pulling deep insight out of humdrum details.