#5 Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
Libby Day was 7 years old when her mother and two sisters were brutally murdered in their home and she narrowly escaped. Her brother was convicted of the killings -- based on her eyewitness testimony. But, now 25 years later she is revisiting the case and beginning to question what she thought she witnessed. She begins to look into the case and search for the truth.
#4 Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan
Maine explores the dysfunctional Kelleher family in all its glory. The narratin shifts between four Kelleher women as they come together at the family summer cottage in Maine. The reader is drawn to the individual stories and the characters are rich, funny, mean and much more.
#3 Room by Emma Donoghue
Room is both heartbreaking and heartwarming. Told from 5-year-old Jack's point of view, this novel gives a unique and interesting perspective. Room chronicles the life of Jack and Ma as they are held captive in an 11 foot by 11 foot room. Room is the only world Jack has ever known and when this suddenly changes, Ma and Jack both must learn how to live in a much bigger world.
#2 State of Wonder by Anne Patchett
This book is an epic journey into the remote Amazon jungle and it is filled with mystery, deception, and peril. Marina Singh is a medical researcher working for a pharmaceutical company that is developing a new drug from research in the Amazon. Marina is sent to Brazil to investigate the death of her colleague and to push research for the new drug. The writing is rich and vivid and will engage you on every page.
#1 Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Euginedes
Euginedes explores the love triangle of three college graduates Madeleine, Leonard and Mitchell. Madeleine, an english major writes her senior thesis on Jane Austin and George Eliot, purveyors of "the marriage plot" that lies at the heart of many of the great english novels. Euginedes takes us into modern-day and examines if there can be a new "marriage plot" that includes feminism, sexual freedom, prenups, and divorce.