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Five new books to devour

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The Jakarta Post

-  /  Sat, June 30, 2018  /  10:03 pm
Five new books to devour

Here are five book recommendations for times spent lounging in your room or on the beach: (Shutterstock/Billion Photos)

Here are five book recommendations for times spent lounging in your room or on the beach:

1. I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara

"I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer" by Michelle McNamara. (HarperCollins/-)

Follow the case of the Golden State Killer, as tracked by journalist Michelle McNamara.

McNamara, who passed away while in the process of writing the book, interviewed witnesses, analyzed police reports and pored over every single detail related to the 12 murders, 50 rapes and more than 100 burglaries committed by the Golden State Killer.

The book was published posthumously and led to the capture of Joseph James DeAngelo, the man believed to be behind the crimes. It also includes a foreword by writer Gillian Flynn and an afterword by comedian and McNamara's husband Patton Oswald.

2. The Shape of Water by Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus

"The Shape of Water" by Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus. (Feiwel & Friends/-)

Published alongside the release of Guillermo del Toro’s Oscar-winning film The Shape of Water, this story is meant to be experienced both on screen and on the page. Daniel Kraus wrote the novel, del Toro wrote the screenplay and together, they wrote two different beasts that contain mirror premises.

“There are some differences. There’s entirely different characters and things that are just wildly changed from one thing to another,” Kraus said. “I think it’s a far cry from a novelization. We were working simultaneously, but I didn’t want any more information than what he was contributing. We wanted it to be able to exist on its own.”

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3. The Outsider by Stephen King

'The Outsider'The Outsider" by Stephen King. (Simon & Schuster/-)

The Outsider is best-selling author Stephen King’s newest novel and follows the people of Flint City, Oklahoma, in the United States, after a boy was found murdered and Little League coach Terry Maitland was found guilty.

Described as a hybrid of crime and horror, the book is devoid of any supernatural elements found in previous King books and instead focuses on the darkness of humanity.

In it, King writes: “Like measles, mumps or rubella, tragedy was contagious.”

4. Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella

"Surprise Me" by Sophie Kinsella. (Random House Publishing/-)

The perfect casual beach read from popular author Sophie Kinsella, known for her Confessions of a Shopaholic series. Kinsella tells the story of happily married couple Sylvie and Dan.

After a doctor projects that they will live another 68 years together, they decide that little surprises will be the key to keeping their marriage successful. In doing this, secrets are uncovered that were never meant to be told, and Sylvie and Dan must question if their life together is as picture perfect as they believed.

5. Circe by Madeline Miller

"Circe" by Madeline Miller. (Bloomsbury/-)

Described as a “celebration of indomitable female strength in a man's world”, Circe is Madeline Miller’s second novel and is based on the Greek myth of Circe, the daughter of Titan sun god Helios.

Circe is banished by Zeus due to her uncommon powers and must learn to survive in a world that would prefer otherwise. Miller, whose debut novel The Song of Achilles won the Orange Prize for Fiction, has proven that her background in classics serves as a strong foundation for her fiction. (sul/wng)