I recently finished an obscure little book called Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and by obscure, I mean probably the most talked about psychological thriller of 2012/2013. The story begins with Nick and Amy Dunne – a tumultuous couple married for 5 years to the day – when Amy disappears. As time goes on, Nick looks more and more like a murderer although he swears he didn’t kill his wife. I shall say no more for fear I will give too much away, but I will say that it was a real page-turner. I thoroughly enjoyed the way Flynn wrote in the voices of both main characters, alternating smoothly between ‘present day Nick’ to ‘diary Amy’; explored issues of commitment, honesty, and the aftermath of an unsettled economy; all the while keeping me guessing until the very end about the fate of our troubled protagonists. When I was talking to a colleague about it, she mentioned that a film version will be coming out later this year. Sure enough, Ben Affleck will be starring as Nick and Rosamund Pike as Amy, and you can bet I’ll be going to see it this fall.
Whether you love seeing what a director does to a beloved novel when it comes to the big screen or loathe any movie adaptation because the book is always better, these books are bound to reach blockbuster status this year (if they haven’t already within the publishing world) when they appear in the theatres. Say what you will about the film, but judge the book on it’s own accord first!
Mockingjay (Suzanne Collins) – November
Two-time Hunger Games survivor Katniss Everdeen is targeted by a vengeful Capitol that vows to make Katniss and all of District 12 pay for the current unrest.
The Fault in Our Stars (John Green) – June
Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life.
The Hundred Foot Journey (Richard Morais) – August
The story of Hassan Haji, a boy from Mumbai, who ends up opening a restaurant in a quiet French village thus triggering a culinary war with the fancy haute cuisine place opposite.
The Switch (Elmore Leonard) – August
Ordell Robbie and Louis Gara kidnap the wife of a wealthy Detroit developer, only to discover that he has a mistress and is not interested in getting his wife back.
*Movie title – Life of Crime
Hector and the Search for Happiness (Francois Lelord) – September
Hector keeps a list of observations about the people he meets, hoping to find the secret to happiness in his travels.
Alan Turing: The Enigma (Andrew Hodges) – November
Explores the life of the mathematician, reveals the character of the man behind such concepts as the universal machine and the scientific understanding of the mind, and discusses his pioneering role in electronic computer design.
*Movie title – The Imitation Game
The Double (José Saramago) – already released
Renting a recommended video to ease his depression, divorced history teacher Tertuliano Maximo Afonso is unsettled to see a man in the video who looks exactly the way he looked five years earlier.
*Movie title – The Enemy
This is Where I Leave You (Jonathan Tropper) – September
Judd Foxman is thrown together with his dysfunctional family when his father dies, while at the same time coping with his wife’s infidelity and the end of his marriage.
Where Rainbows End (Cecelia Ahern) – October
Chronicles the romantic relationship between Rosie and Alex, best friends since childhood whose feelings gradually evolve into something more, but separation, an unexpected pregnancy, and other romances turn their lives upside down.
*Movie title – Love, Rosie
A Long Way Down (Nick Hornby) – July
Meeting on New Year’s Eve on the roof of Topper’s House, a London destination infamous as a last stop for suicidal people, a talk show host, a musician, a teenage girl, and a mother share stories about their circumstances and decisions.
Devil’s Knot (Mara Leveritt) – May
The award-winning investigative journalist takes readers deep inside the 1993 slayings of three boys in West Memphis, Arkansas, revealing the overzealous prosecution that may have improperly convicted three teenagers.
Child of God (Cormac McCarthy) – August
Set in Tennessee in the 1960s, this chilling novel sees Lester Ballard become increasingly isolated from society. After taking a deceased woman as a girlfriend, he “saves her” from a fire–and his life spirals into deepening depravity.
The Maze Runner (James Dashner) – September
Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape.
The Giver (Lois Lowry) – August
Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.
Divergent (Veronica Roth) – already released
In a future Chicago, sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.
A Most Wanted Man (John Le Carre) – July
A Russian Muslim boy is smuggled into Hamburg by night, and his mysterious past draws the attention of a civil rights lawyer, an employee of a failing bank, and spies from three different nations.
Far From The Madding Crowd (Thomas Hardy) – unknown
Although Gabriel Oak loves the proud Bathsheba Everdene, she willfully becomes involved with two other unsuitable men, with tragic consequences.
Serena (Ron Rash) – unknown
Traveling to the mountains of 1929 North Carolina to forge a timber business with her new husband, Serena Pemberton champions her mastery of harsh natural and working conditions but turns murderous when she learns she cannot bear children.
If I Stay (Gale Forman) – August
While in a coma following an automobile accident that killed her parents and younger brother, seventeen-year-old Mia, a gifted cellist, weights whether to live with her grief or join her family in death.