2020 was a tough year in many ways. The travel restrictions and social isolation sucked. However, in terms of reading, it gave us rich, fabulous novels that made it easy to escape reality.
If you are still in lockdown and looking to indulge in some escapism, here are some reads I recommend -
1. Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia -
A gothic fantasy set in 1950s Mexico, this novel provides the perfect world into which you can escape. It centres on Noemí Taboada, a 22-year old socialite, who goes to meet her cousin Catalina in High Place, a remote mansion in the mountains. Catalina sees ghosts and believes that her husband plans to murder her.
Is this all in her head? Or is there something else at play?
This novel is bound to please, especially if you are a fan of bizarre thrillers with a feminist undercurrent. Still on the fence? Check out my complete review here.
2. Moonflower Murders by Anthony Horowitz -
This one is great for Agatha Christie fans. The second book in the Atticus Pünd series, it picks up where the last story left off. Retired publisher Susan Ryeland is living the good life, running a small hotel on a Greek island, when she meets the Trehearnes. They have a strange tale to tell, and only she can help.
Dive headfirst into this one, and flee to England. What’s better? You can start with the first one in the series — The Magpie Murders by the same author, placed in a similar setting.
Sounds good? Check out my spoiler-free review for more details, here.
3. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden -
This one is pure fantasy. Set in rural Russia, it follows Vasilisa as she discovers the world around her is not what it seems to be.
Stitched with elements of Russian folklore, the novel (first in a trilogy) is a perfect pick for fans of fairytales. Here is my mini-review on this one.
4. Home before Dark by Riley Sager -
Riley Sager just gets better and better. His latest, released in June 2020, reimagines the classic haunted mansion tale. Maggie Holt lived in Baneberry Hall 25 years ago, where strange things happened. Her family fled in the middle of the night, but she was never allowed to talk about it.
Now she has a chance to go back. She can find answers to the questions that have haunted her. What will she find?
This is a great choice for those who love twisty tales. Additionally, the easy writing style helps, if like me, you have trouble focusing sometimes. The novel is a good read, with a plot that will keep you hooked until the last page. My mini-review here.
5. One by One by Ruth Ware -
Last but not the least, check out One by One, written by the NYT bestselling author Ruth Ware. This one is a treat for the weary soul.
Set in the French Alps, it is about the employees of a start-up company called Snoop. They arrive at a luxurious corporate retreat in a ski chalet. Soon they are snowed in and people start turning up dead…
Addictive and gripping, if you are yearning for snowy vacations, this is the one for you.
Did you like this roundup of escapist fiction from 2020? Is there anything you would add? Let me know in the comment section below!
Originally published at http://thisgirlissomewhereelse.wordpress.com on January 13, 2021.