Hot Books Readers are Talking About

How many books have you read this summer? Whatever the number may be, there is always room for one more on the bookshelf! With that in mind, check out these four books that readers in the community can’t stop talking about! Each is certainly worthy of being added to your TBR pile.

The Suicide Switch by Dana Ravyn

(Fiction / Mystery & Detective)

The Suicide Switch had me captivated from beginning to end. The novel beautifully blends genres and while touching on pertinent themes like sexuality, social standards, marginalization, and heteronormative privilege.

Dana Ravyn’s book begs the question, what would happen if there was a biological switch in the brain that could turn suicidal behavior on and off? As the title suggests, it might not be such an outlandish concept. As the story plays out, psychiatrist Jules Solaris accuses his mentor of manipulating suicide research data. This opens the floodgates of an international conspiracy that takes him from the halls of Ivy League medicine to five countries to pursue the truth.

He embarks on a journey filled with suspense and action that propels him across the world and thrusts him in the middle of a dark web of espionage. There is love, romance, fears of betrayal, and so much more in the three-dimensional masterpiece. When Jules eventually learns the truth about the “suicide switch”, it becomes clear that global adversaries will stop at nothing to acquire its secrets.

Not only is this a terrific book – purchasing it also makes the world a safer place for the LGBTQ community. Dana Ravyn is donating 100% of the book’s royalties to the Trevor Project, the leading suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for young LGBTQ people. The book changes lives and saves lives.

Mapping Home by Savita Krishnamoorthy and Arjun Nagamangalam

(Poetry / General)

I encourage everyone to incorporate poetry into their reading routine. By reading poetry, we challenge ourselves to think about the world in abstract ways that both challenge and inspire us as human beings. Mapping Home offers that and more as it encourages us to find joy in everyday moments.

Written by mother-son duo Savita Krishnamoorthy and Arjun Nagamangalam, the poetry book invites you to reflect on your memories of finding joy in unexpected places while contemplating what Home – in all its complexities – means to you. For some, it may be a physical place. For others, it may just be a force that lives inside their hearts.

At its heart, the book is a call to enjoy and appreciate the magic of the ordinary moments of life – like the fragrance of a sweet dessert, the beauty of nature, the ethereal light of dawn, the music of a piano, and the seemingly endless beauty that nature gifts us consistently and unfailingly.

Relic Rapture by Edd Jordan

(Fiction / Fantasy)

Edd Jordan took readers on a wild ride in the first book of the Benchmark Legacy Series, and now he is back with another instant classic. Relic Rapture is a brilliant sequel that lives up to expectations!

In the story, an ancient wooden bench in the Benchmark airport unveils a world of unforeseen chaos. It has power unlike anything in this world – and forces anyone who sits on it to experience visions from the past and future, painting a fascinating but also terrifying picture. The tale then weaves together the lives of several friends, drawn together by the bench’s powerful visions, as they race against time to prevent tragedy and impending catastrophe. Filled with action, adventure, and intrigue, this compelling story explores the consequences of choices and the lengths we go to preserve reality.

An incredible story to read, and a meaningful book that supports a great cause, I highly recommend you add this novel to your reading list. When you purchase Relic Rapture, 25% of the proceeds are donated to Second Chance Ranch Rescue in New Boston, New Hampshire. It’s the perfect read for fiction lovers and dog lovers (like me!).  

The Last Horseman by Robert Mazerov

(Fiction / Crime)

There’s nothing quite like a fictional story that incorporates historical events into its narrative. Author Robert Mazerov does just that in The Last Horseman. Inspired by true events, it tells a gripping story of a Midwestern housewife who secretly devises an epic gambling scheme to save the career of her alienated horse trainer husband.

The novel introduces you to Eddie Logan. He was once the nation’s leading standardbred horse trainer. But now, he’s down on his luck, struggling to survive in a world where rigged races and corruption threaten the future of the sport he loves. As Eddie faces mounting financial pressures, he succumbs to the temptation of cheating – the one and only time in his career – only to lose everything. The only thing that remains is the love and support from his wife, Jean.

Desperate to save the man she loves; she works with an organized crime boss to cook up a lucrative betting scheme. Now, Jean must stay one step ahead of the law while keeping her scheme a secret from Eddie. As she walks a fine line, Jean must decide how far she will go to save the one she loves.

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