The best books with provoking plotlines

Lynelle Clark Author Of Love at War: A Love Story
By Lynelle Clark

Who am I?

I am a very realistic person, curious by nature, who loves a good thrill. A good twist—no matter the genre—that has all the above recommendations captures my attention. A feel-good chick flick or book does nothing for my curious side but adds a twist or two and you have me hooked. Love at war is that kind of book. It has a few twists that touch on important topics and leave you with a few thoughts to think about afterward. Life is not only marshmallows and sprinklers. Life is real and I like my books like that, too. Therefore, I call myself a multi-genre author. I don’t want to be bound by one genre.


I wrote...

Love at War: A Love Story

By Lynelle Clark,

Book cover of Love at War: A Love Story

What is my book about?

Passionate about her work, war-torn South Sudan offered Sonia Main peace. A short-lived peace shaken by choices. Could Sonia let go of the past and see a future?

Curt McGee was a man bound by honour and duty. It took him away from home for long periods of time. Confronted with obedience he had to put love aside. Tau Gbadamosi had a tough time. War ravished his country. The enormous plight for help too great for one man or one fight. Faced with loyalty, he had to decide. A decision that would cost him. When a warlord sets his sight on the Red Cross nurse, all hell broke loose. Only God could stop him.

The books I picked & why

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Our Trespasses: A Paranormal Thriller

By Michael Cordell,

Book cover of Our Trespasses: A Paranormal Thriller

Why this book?

There are many negatives about this book that told me to stay away. For me, the subject that deserved to be highlighted is forgiveness. The way the author weaved it into this story was perfect. The topic does not fit with the genre, and though paranormal and suspenseful, forgiveness ties it over for me.

Our Trespasses’ negative was the paranormal side of the book. I’m not a big fan of the genre but once my interest was piqued, I really enjoyed the book. In the end, it wasn’t that big negative, but it made me hesitant to read at first.

Our Trespasses: A Paranormal Thriller

By Michael Cordell,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Our Trespasses as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Deliver us from evil...

Drowning in a meaningless existence flipping burgers, Matthew Davis suddenly collapses from a powerful psychic connection he shares with his twin brother, Jake. The pain is violent and immediate, and Matt knows exactly what it means… hundreds of miles away, Jake has been viciously killed. But instead of severing their connection, the murder intensifies it and Matt begins to suffer the agony of Jake’s afterlife.

Hell bent on solving Jake’s murder in order to break the connection, Matt travels to his troubled hometown of Hatchett, Nebraska, where an old lover and savage new enemies expose the…


Texas Roads (A Miller's Creek Novel)

By Cathy Bryant,

Book cover of Texas Roads (A Miller's Creek Novel)

Why this book?

This was an unforgettable series that captured so much of the heart. The characters were incredibly real with the main characters playing an integral part throughout the series. All seven books are worthy of your time. It’s emotionally crafty and gut-wrenching at times with a powerful message weaved into the story. 

Texas Roads (A Miller's Creek Novel)

By Cathy Bryant,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Texas Roads (A Miller's Creek Novel) as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

From this bestselling page-turner series of stand-alone novels comes a dramatic romance of one woman's search for home and the Texas rancher who teaches her what home really means.A disillusioned heiress wants nothing more than a place to call home. With lovable-but-quirky town folks, quaint country charm, and loads of business potential, Miller's Creek seems like the perfect place to start over. But Dani's dreams of finding home are crushed when malicious rumors and a devastating secret propel her down a road she never expected to travel.Though a Texas politician questions the arrival of this city gal in the hometown…


The Muse

By Jessie Burton,

Book cover of The Muse

Why this book?

This was a different book than the normal Erotic Romance. I loved the cover, it just says so much about the story itself.

When women started to die at a famous artist's castle, suspicion ran rampant in Alvarez and Elle's minds. Who did it? Who could they trust? The mystery surrounding them mounted and everyone was a suspect. With a woman locked in the attic and an older woman seeking human blood and human organs for her sacrifices, you had a suspenseful time dissecting all the twists and turns in the book.

The Muse

By Jessie Burton,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked The Muse as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

The Sunday Times Number One Bestseller

A picture hides a thousand words . . .

On a hot July day in 1967, Odelle Bastien climbs the stone steps of the Skelton gallery in London, knowing that her life is about to change forever. Having struggled to find her place in the city since she arrived from Trinidad five years ago, she has been offered a job as a typist under the tutelage of the glamorous and enigmatic Marjorie Quick. But though Quick takes Odelle into her confidence, and unlocks a potential she didn't know she had, she remains a mystery…


Gated

By Matt Drabble,

Book cover of Gated

Why this book?

An eerie and sinister plot draws you in from the start. The three-part book gives you a historic overview of the origins of the town it plays off. Building up to a climax that had me up till late to learn the outcome. At first, I thought it was the epilogue that the author cleverly put in front to give you a taste of what's to come as the story unfolds, I realized my mistake and, in the end, was surprised that it ended in an unsettling end. 

Gated

By Matt Drabble,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Gated as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

"Matt Drabble is a name that will one day be as widely recognized as Stephen King & Dean Koontz" - READERS FAVORITE From an award winning & best selling author with a highest Amazon Horror Author Ranking of 5th. "Gated" is the Readers Favorite 2015 Gold Medal Winner for Horror. It is also a UK & US Horror Chart Top 10 best seller & the 2014 Full Moon Awards Horror Book of the year. Michael and Emily are a happy and contented English couple, a writer and a school teacher. Their lives are complete when Emily falls pregnant, however their…


A Thistle in the Mist

By Megan Denby,

Book cover of A Thistle in the Mist

Why this book?

I absolutely loved this book based on true events. Don’t be fooled by the name either. This is intense as it gets. A historical thriller slash romance that made you wonder how much the heroin can endure. Believe me, you are in for a ride. 

So much heartache poured from the pages, and you keep on reading in the hopes that love will conquer, and the evil will be stopped. Every character's persona was well developed and got under your skin as you became part of their lives and struggles. One of my favorites and a book I would read again.

A Thistle in the Mist

By Megan Denby,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked A Thistle in the Mist as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Meara isn’t thinking about Death when she kisses her mother good-bye, but hours later she is as her fingers slide into the back of Mother’s shattered skull. Meara thinks her world has ended. She has no idea… Ebullient and feisty, Meara MacDonald lives an idyllic life on the mist-enfolded Isle of Skye, dreaming of the day she will wed her heart, the gallant Duncan MacLeod. Fate, however, has other plans and when Aunt Deirdre and Uncle Sloan arrive, Meara’s family is taken, one-by-one, for reasons she discovers are both personal and nefarious. Unable to rein in her spirit or her…


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