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Ben, bookseller at Harry Hartog Warringah, is reading Gillian Flynn’s heart-stopping book, “Sharp Objects”; and watching “Marcella,” a Netflix series that follows the life of a deeply flawed British detective.

Soon to be adapted into a television series, Flynn's debut novel is dark and sinister, creating an aura of uncomfortable intrigue that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Flynn has an uncanny ability when it comes to writing dark and disturbed female characters and this novel is testament to that. Camille Preaker is a disturbed yet driven journalist who is tasked with the job of investigating a series of murders in the town where she grew up. The investigation, however, presents too close to home, revealing the broken relationships and crippling events that shaped Camille's emotional instability.


Georgia, bookseller at Harry Hartog Warringah, is reading “They Both Die at the End” by Adam Silvera.

They Both Die at the End” is set in a future in which humans receive an alert on the day they die, letting them know that it will be their final day. We follow Mateo and Rufus, who meet on ‘Last Friends’, an app designed to help people connect on their last day. Together Mateo and Rufus cheat death several times, and spend their final 24 hours living life to the fullest. This is an original idea for a contemporary novel, with just the slightest touch of sci-fi thrown in for good measure. This book was so unique and sweet; I spent every page falling in love with the characters, knowing full well what would happen at the end. Recommended for readers who enjoyed Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.


Emily, assistant manager at Harry Hartog Green Hills, is reading Christian White’s stunning debut thriller, “The Nowhere Child”; and watching “Nanette,” comedian Hannah Gadsby’s critically acclaimed Netflix special.   

Kim Leamy, a photography teacher in Melbourne, is approached by a stranger one day between classes. He shows her a photograph of two-year-old girl Sammy Went, who went missing from Manson, Kentucky, twenty-eight years earlier. The man is Sammy’s brother. The photograph is of Kim Leamy.

With questions about her past swirling around her head, Kim leaves for Kentucky rather impulsively to conduct her own investigation. It is only when she walks through Manson does she stir up the past and unravels the truth about a cult, personal trauma and a town wide conspiracy.

Christian White alternates his debut novel between chapters set in the present day and chapters from memory. It is a captivating read that had me hooked after the first chapter; this is one of those rare books that bridges genres: crime readers will devour it, fiction readers will annihilate it and literary fiction enthusiasts will marvel at it. 

 


Amy, bookseller at Harry Hartog Green Hills, is reading Eliza Robertson’s “Demi-Gods.” 

It’s 1950s coastal Canada and two young girls are infatuated by their new stepbrothers, who are charming and a little bit dangerous. The narrator, Willa, becomes involved in a toxic power play with her stepbrother Patrick, but her mother also has eyes for him. A coming-of-age novel exploring womanhood and boundaries by a fresh new voice in fiction.


Emily, bookseller at Harry Hartog Kotara, is reading Celeste Ng’s “Little Fires Everywhere.”

A quiet, psychoanalytical read that demonstrates how minor character dynamics can be cleverly manipulated to create a powerfully captivating story. This is a novel of moral corruption, motherhood, adolescence, race and rules – as it delves into the intricacies and angst that can both nurture and destroy relationships.