Below I have listed out five books with red covers, some of which I have read and some I plan to.
- Scythe by Neal Shusterman
A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.
Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.
Though Scythe belongs to the YA genre which I don’t read, I am willing to give it a try since Scythe has garnered rave reviews.
- The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
While in Paris, Harvard
symbologist Robert Langdon is awakened by a phone call in the dead of the
night. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum;
his body covered in baffling symbols. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist
Sophie Neveu sort through the bizarre riddles, they are stunned to discover a
trail of clues hidden in the works of Leonardo da Vinci—clues visible for all
to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.
Even more startling, the late curator was involved in the Priory of Sion—a secret society whose members included Sir Isaac Newton, Victor Hugo, and Da Vinci—and he guarded a breath-taking historical secret. Unless Langdon and Neveu can decipher the labyrinthine puzzle—while avoiding the faceless adversary who shadows their every move—the explosive, ancient truth will be lost forever.
Okay, I’ll admit it. It was a complete potboiler. It may not tick many other boxes such as a fine writing style or reasonable character development, but it was a pure entertainer. A quick read. I remained awake till wee hours of the morning to finish this book. Read it if you want to read a thriller that’s not too demanding on your intellect.
- Goddess of Vengeance by Jackie Collins
Owner of the luxurious & exclusive The Keys complex in Las Vegas, Lucky Santangelo comes up against Armand Jordan, a ruthless billionaire Middle-Easterner potentate, who has little regard for women except as sexual playthings. Armand wants to buy The Keys & is shocked when he hears that Lucky has no desire to sell – whatever the price.
This has got some pretty good reviews; I am excited to see how this book will turn out for me.
- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now…
I have watched the series. It’s brilliant. If the reviews are anything to go by, the book is equally good.
- Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again .
The novel begins in Monte Carlo, where our heroine is swept off her feet by the dashing widower Maxim de Winter and his sudden proposal of marriage. Orphaned and working as a lady’s maid, she can barely believe her luck. It is only when they arrive at his massive country estate that she realizes how large a shadow his late wife will cast over their lives–presenting her with a lingering evil that threatens to destroy their marriage from beyond the grave.
A book that has endured the test of time and remains a must-read book after almost eighty years of its publication. It was an enthralling read for me and was atmospheric too. Highly recommended for gothic literature fans.
Which of the books listed above have you read? Did you like them? Let me know in the comments below.