Saturday, June 19, 2021

Ten top guilty pleasure novels

May Cobb earned her MA in literature from San Francisco State University, and her essays and interviews have appeared in the Washington Post, the Rumpus, Edible Austin, and Austin Monthly. Her debut novel, Big Woods, won multiple awards. A Texas native, she lives in Austin, Texas, with her family.

Cobb's new novel is The Hunting Wives.

At Publishers Weekly she tagged ten favorite "page-turnery, propulsive reads that are also whip-smart with a side of social commentary that goes down like honey," including:
Survive the Night by Riley Sager

Sager’s back with his latest—a compulsively readable and unbearably tense thriller about a rideshare gone horribly wrong. It’s the early 1990s and movie-obsessed college student Charlie accepts a ride home to Ohio from Josh Baxter, a handsome stranger she meets at the campus ride board. Charlie’s looking to split from college after the murder of her best friend at the hands of the Campus Killer, and Josh is heading home, presumably, to look after his sick father. But Josh’s odd behavior has Charlie wondering if he is, in fact, the Campus Killer. And what ensues is an electrifying, white-knuckle road trip fizzing with Hitchockian film noir references and a twist so shocking I literally gasped out loud.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue