It’s no secret that as of this writing, the news on COVID-19 is coming in fast and furious. Those of us who are able should stay home if we can to “flatten the curve”.

In the meantime, if you want a break from staring at screens after another Netflix binge, if you get a glorious half hour to yourself before bed after spending the day home-schooling your kids or for a reliable page-turning escape, here’s a list of five mostly suspenseful but masterfully written page turners.

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1. The Inland Sea

This is the one that I’m reading at the moment, and it’s riveting. Madeleine Watts’s new stunning debut novel is an elegiac telling of a young woman’s path to self destruction while coming of age in a dying world. We see the protagonist making bad decisions, but can’t ever quite manage to look away.

2. You All Grow Up and Leave Me

For true-crime enthusiasts, this debut by Piper Weiss is the perfect mix of memoir and investigative reporting. It tells the true story of Gary Wilensky, a sought-after private tennis instructor among the ultra-privileged Upper East Side set who killed himself after a failed attempt to kidnap one of his teenage students. Weiss was one of his students, and the book is a complex exploration of the manipulative nature of sexual predators and the conditions in which they’re able to groom and prey upon their victims.

3. All We Can Do Is Wait

While the title is very of the moment and it’s technically categorized as a YA novel, Richard Lawson’s book about a group of teens traversing the unknown and exploring complex feelings of anxiety and loss after an accident is emotional and suspenseful. Pass it on to your teens after you’re done reading it.

Have you read any of these books? How did you like them?

And of course please feel free to share any favorite books you’re enjoying at the moment!