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August was a truly captivating month of reading for me. Many afternoons I would take my book and sit outside with the dogs on the back deck, hiding from the hot western sun which floods our front deck and yard. I read six very different stories, all had a common thread of grief running through them. By the end of the month, I decided it was time to dive into a good mystery and I have had a number of good ones waiting patiently on my bookshelf.
My approach to selecting books for my ever-growing To Be Read (TBR) list is something I truly cherish, as it adds a touch of excitement and adventure to my reading journey. I usually find compelling content in the Books section, particularly the “Briefly Noted” section of The New Yorker Magazine. It’s one of my go-to spots for discovering new reads, along with Goodreads and social media. However, instead of relying solely on conventional methods of book recommendations, I love to explore beyond my comfort zone. One strategy I employ is scanning the International Best Sellers List. This introduces me to authors from around the globe, each with their own distinct writing style and captivating stories to tell. Additionally, I seek out recommendations from friends living abroad who provide me with a fresh perspective and expose me to hidden treasures that may have eluded me otherwise.
Sometimes, I take it a step further and switch the country I’m shopping in on Amazon, perusing the Best Sellers Lists of different nations. It’s amazing how this simple switch can lead me to discover incredible authors like Guillaume Musso, a talented French writer who has piqued my interest recently. However, I must admit that the exact origin of some books on my list remains a complete mystery to me.
Allow me to present you with a captivating novel: Central Park. Originally published in March 2014, this gripping book by Guillaume Musso will keep you enthralled from the first page. I recently read the English version released by Back Bay Books in March 2021. Imagine you wake up in Central Park, surrounded by towering trees and lush greenery, only to discover that you are handcuffed to a complete stranger. A truly terrifying scenario, isn’t it? Brace yourself for a thrilling rollercoaster ride that starts right from the beginning!
Before we embark on this literary adventure through Central Park, let’s get to know the genius behind the mystery – Guillaume Musso. Hailing from France, Musso is a literary maestro who has crafted spellbinding stories that have leave you breathless. Works like The Reunion, The Girl on Paper, and Will You Be There? have stolen the hearts of readers worldwide. Now, he returns with Central Park, a tale that will redefine your expectations of thrillers.
Alice, a young Parisian police officer, and Gabriel, a jazz pianist, wake up in Central Park with no memory of how they got there or why they’re handcuffed together. Who doesn’t love a good case of amnesia? In this intriguing scenario, we witness two individuals grappling with their lost memories. With its expertly crafted plot and suspenseful narrative that keeps you guessing, this story will have you eagerly turning the pages to unravel the mystery.
As we navigate the amnesiac maze with Alice and Gabriel, you’ll soon discover that Musso is a master at dropping breadcrumbs of suspense. Just when you think you’ve cracked the code, he throws another curveball that leaves you gasping for breath. That’s the beauty of this book – it keeps you guessing until the very end.
But it’s not just the thrilling plot that makes this book a must-read. The characters in Central Park come alive through Musso’s masterful storytelling. You’ll find yourself emotionally invested in their vulnerabilities, strengths, and the evolution of their connection. And beneath the amnesia plot lies themes of memory, identity, and redemption that will leave you pondering long after you’ve closed the book.
Prepare yourself for an exhilarating rollercoaster ride! With its clear and engaging writing style, This story will have you flying through the pages, fueled by curiosity and the desire to piece together what happened to Alice and Gabriel. Trust me, you won’t want to put it down.
Central Park is a masterpiece of suspense and intrigue that deserves a top spot on your reading list. If you’re a fan of mysteries that challenge your intellect and keep you guessing until the very end, this book is an absolute gem. So, fellow book enthusiasts, get ready to lose yourself in a world of amnesia, mystery, and unforgettable characters. And don’t forget to check out my 5-star review on Goodreads. Thank you for taking the time to stop by and pick up a book recommendation. I encourage you to share your thoughts and comments below. Until next time, keep turning the pages!
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