Melanie Hamrick recommends 6 enthralling reads that maintain you guessing

Former American Ballet Theatre dancer Melanie Hamrick launched her choreography profession with a ballet set to Rolling Stones songs written by her accomplice, Mick Jagger. Her debut novel, “First Place,” follows a ballerina drawn right into a tempestuous affair.

Manon Lescaut by Abbé Prévost (1731)

I am in the course of this one and I find it irresistible a lot! “Manon Lescaut” can also be an opera and a ballet, so I used to be very curious to learn what these works are primarily based on. It is the story of two younger lovers, set in France and Louisiana within the 18th century. The novel was banned for being provocative when it first got here out — which after all piqued my curiosity. I am additionally studying it as analysis for a brand new novel I am writing. Purchase it right here.

The Turnout by Megan Abbott (2021) 

I beloved this story a few small-town ballet college and its inner politics. It is so fascinating and genuine. And Megan Abbott writes so properly concerning the world of younger ballet dancers. Purchase it right here.

The place the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (2018) 

I am in awe of Delia Owens. This best-selling novel about an deserted woman who raises herself within the marshlands of North Carolina is so fantastically written. Kya Clark endures disgrace and loneliness however is so sturdy and resilient. She could also be younger, however she’s a greater individual than a lot of the adults round her. Purchase it right here.

Mind on Fireplace: My Month of Insanity by Susannah Cahalan (2012) 

This memoir is certainly one of my favourite books of all time. Cahalan was in her 20s when she was struck by a uncommon autoimmune dysfunction that causes probably lethal irritation of the mind. It is the story of a younger lady being misdiagnosed time and again as she searches for solutions and therapy. Purchase it right here.

Improper Place Improper Time by Gillian McAllister (2022) 

The plot of this novel is unbelievable. A mom witnesses her son commit a homicide and seizes on an sudden likelihood to save lots of him —  one thing I am positive any mom would wish to do for her youngster. From there, the plot will get fairly sophisticated, with twists round each nook, and it is brilliantly accomplished. Purchase it right here.

Verity by Colleen Hoover (2018)

From starting to finish, it is a page-turner. The plot is intense, and stored shocking me. A struggling author employed to complete one other lady’s collection of best-selling novels falls into an affair with the novelist’s husband. I used to be shocked by the occasions that adopted — and I nonetheless take into consideration the ending. Purchase it right here.

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