Literary recommendations: Melissa Albert, Hideo Yokoyama and Stuart Turton

“The Hazel Wood” (by Melissa Albert) – is a novel that the literary world has declared a real sensation. It follows the story of seventeen-year-old Alice who spent most of her life on the road with her mother. Always in a kind of escape and a step ahead of the bad luck that will be behind her neck. When she receives a letter stating that her grandmother (once a famous author of a collection of unusually dark fairy tales) died alone on Hazel Forrest, her remote estate. Alice then realizes what happens when bad luck manages to catch up with you. Her mother is disappearing. The mother was abducted by a person who seemed to have stepped out of one of the supernatural worlds from Alice’s grandmother’s stories. The only thing Alice can use as a clue in her quest is her mother’s message. The message says: “Stay away from Hazel Forrest”. Although Alice has avoided unusual fans of her grandmother’s work all her life, in this case she won’t have too many choices. He finds an ally in Ellery Finch, a devoted fan of “Stories from a Distant Land.” Finch may have her own reasons for helping her. This novel is dark and magical. It is a stunning novel about obsession, fairy tale wickedness and motherly love above all. The novel, with each of its pages, is worthy of the incredible enthusiasm it provokes among readers.
“Six Four” (by Hideo Yokoyama) – the novel follows the story behind the case which is a nightmare. No parent could survive this nightmare. A case no detective could solve. A plot that no reader can predict. For five days in January 1989, the parents of a seven-year-old student from a Japanese town sat and listened to the conditions of their daughter’s kidnappers. She will never reveal his identity. He will never see his daughter again. For the next fourteen years, the Japanese public listened to police apologies. He will never forget the fiasco of the investigation that became known as the “Six Four”. He will never forgive the authorities for their failure. During a normal work week in late 2002, the chief of the police police department encountered a number of omissions in the investigation. It is a fascinating novel. Here the goal is not just to catch the killer but to show the overall picture of the whole of Japanese society. This is a crime novel that has surpassed all the clichés of this genre.
“The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle” (Stuart Turton) – this dark crime movie has become so popular that it will soon be televised by the producers of the hit series “Downtown Abbey”. Instead of celebrating, the masked ball ends in tragedy. As guests watch the fireworks in amazement, someone kills the beautiful and young daughter of the Blackheath estate owner. Evelyn will not die just once. Until Aiden Bishop, one of the guests, solves the enigmatic crime, the day will repeat itself endlessly. He will always end up with a fateful shot from a gun. The only way to break that vicious circle is to discover the killer. Aiden wakes up day by day embodied in another person’s body. Aware that little things can change the outcome (and bring new information) Aiden tries to observe the world with his own and their eyes. If after this text you feel confused then open your eyes wide because the details are present all around you.

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