AOL Recommends: What to Read This Weekend
Whether you're looking for a suspenseful thriller, an engrossing love story or a witty-yet-slightly-chaotic read, this month's book releases have something for everyone.
The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes
Moyes' novel is for the hopeless romantics out there. 'The Girl You Left Behind' follows the story of two women, separated by a century but tied together by their determination to fight for love. The first part of the novel takes place in 1916 in German-occupied France. Sophie has been left behind by her husband, Edourard, who has gone to war. When she receives bad news about Edourard, Sophie trades her one prized possession -- a painting her husband did of her -- in hopes of seeing him again. Nearly 100 years later, Sophie's portrait is given to Liv Halston by her husband before his untimely death, beginning a battle over the painting's legitimate owner.
Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
'Doctor Sleep' is King's much-anticipated sequel to 'The Shining.' This book follows the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (remember the little kid with the tricycle?), who has been drifting for decades, haunted by the inhabitants of Overlook Hotel. After turning to alcohol in despair, he finally settles in a New Hampshire town and finds a job at a nursing home, providing comfort to the dying. When Dan meets Abra Stone, a twelve-year-old with a spectacular gift, his own demons are reignited. He finds himself helping Stone, and the two of them soon face an important battle and untold dangers.
Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon
Pynchon's latest novel has been dubbed the 'best and most surprising thing he's written' by Telegraph reviewer, Tim Martin. 'Bleeding Edge' was hyped months before it came out, with many Pynchon fans hoping it would be the 9/11 novel they've been waiting for. The book takes place in 2001 in New York City, after the dot-com crash and before the events of September 11th. Maxine Tarnow runs a fraud investigating agency on the Upper West Side. She chases down con artists, and because she no longer has a license, she can follow her own methods. Soon enough, this Jewish mother finds herself submerged in the underworld of the dot-com explosion and the greed and struggle for power that has taken over.