Top 5 Tuesday #29: A – B – C – D – E

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Shanah, the Bionic Book Worm.

This week’s topic:

A – B – C – D – E

(authors whose name begins with the featured letters)

A is for…

Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀

Adébáyọ̀ wrote Stay With Me, a contemporary novel set in Nigeria about a couple whose marriage is falling apart. I believe the story is told from both partners’ POV. I was really interested in reading this book soon after it was published in 2017 but have yet to do so. I own a copy, which I won in a giveaway, and I still plan on reading it.

B is for…

Dale Bailey

Bailey’s In the Night Wood is one of the best written books I read last year. It’s a contemporary fantasy novel, with a smidgen of horror, about a couple whose marriage is falling apart (hmm, I hope this is not a trend for this post) following a fateful accident. The couple moved from the U.S. to a small English town to live in a remote house where a children’s author once lived that’s surrounded by a primeval forest. The partners grieve their loss in their own ways and weird stuff happen in the forest.

I ran out of steam there at the end, but this was a really good read, and I suggest you give it a try. I love the way it’s written, but the mystery about what exactly is going on kept me hooked throughout. It has a creepy feel about it because of the remote house that’s fully surrounded by the forest, but it was a great read and a compulsive one. I could hardly break from the book.

C is for…

Billy Coffey

Coffey’s Curse of Crow Hollow came to mind recently as I was reading The Twisted Ones by T. Kingfisher. Both books have a creepy vibe about it that makes you wonder if weird shit is actually happening or if the characters are just imagining things. It was the same with In the Night Wood, above, too.

The Curse of Crow Hollow is a horror novel set in a small town in Virginia, where a group of teenagers stupidly went up a mountain and bothered a witch, who supposedly cursed the teens. The teens drove back to town in a fright, carrying the curse with them which spreads among the townsfolk. It sounds fantastical, but the story isn’t told that way. It kept me guessing until the end whether the weird occurrences are real or imagined.

D is for…

Herbert de Lisser

I remember being scared to read de Lisser’s book as a kid. Growing up in Montego Bay, Jamaica, I often heard stories about Annie Palmer, a.k.a., “the White Witch of Rose Hall,” who apparently could work voodoo and killed all her husbands and haunts the former plantation to this day. The last is the reason why I’ve never, ever visited Rose Hall. Someone told me (when I was a kid) that if you visit Rose Hall and look into a mirror there, you will see Annie Palmer looking at you; something like that. (But I’d like to visit one day though.)

Anyway, I’ve since forgotten much about this book other than that it’s about Annie Palmer and touches on some of the stories that make up her legend and that I was very bored when I read it as a kid. I probably was too young for it.

E is for…

Akwaeke Emezi

So many people have read and liked Emezi’s Freshwater. I don’t know why I haven’t yet read it AND I own a copy, smh. It’s a contemporary novel with a touch of magical realism about a Nigerian woman who has separate selves… That’s what the Goodreads synopsis says. I’ve forgotten what the reviews I read of it said, so this intrigues me.

That’s it for me.
Let me know if you’ve read any of these.

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