By Jennifer McClelland-Smith
Rainy Spring days and quiet nights in are the perfect time to get in some good binge watching. Whether you’re keeping up-to-date on the newest shows or playing catch-up on old favorites, we’ve got perfect book recommendations for whatever you’re watching now.
If you love This is Us, try Waiting for the Night Song by Julie Carrick Dalton
Looking for an engaging story that addresses larger world issues and jumps from the past to the present? Fans of This is Us should look no further than Waiting for the Night Song, Julie Carrick Dalton’s acclaimed debut novel. An urgent message from her childhood best friend brings Cadie back to her hometown. Now grown up, bound by long-held oaths, and faced with truths she does not wish to see, Cadie must decide what she is willing to sacrifice to protect the people and the forest she loves, as drought, foreclosures, and wildfire spark tensions between displaced migrant farm workers and locals.
If you love Killing Eve, try Gathering Dark by Candice Fox
A disgraced cop who finds herself in an unlikely partnership with a notorious criminal with quirky characters and twists and turns that keep you on the edge of your seat? You could be describing Killing Eve just as easily as Gathering Dark. Candice Fox is one of the best crime writers working today and all of her books bear her unmistakable voice. Gathering Dark is her first book set in LA and tells the story of a pediatric surgeon turned ex-con and the rag-tag group of women, LAPD detective Jessica Sanchez among them, who band together to save a girl in mortal danger.
If you love Underground Railroad, try Remembrance by Rita Woods
Underground Railroad, Barry Jenkins’ stunning tv adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s novel tells and alternative reality story of people escaping from slavery. Rita Woods’ gorgeous novel, Remembrance tells a similar story of Abigail and Margot – both escaping slavery. Spanning countries and generations, it’s an unforgettable novel that tells an unforgettable story through magical realism.
If you love Fargo, try the Nils Shapiro series by Matt Goldman
Can’t get enough of crime drama told through the lens of Minnesota nice? Matt Goldman’s Nils Shapiro series, starting with Gone to Dust is exactly what you’re looking for. Quirky and complex characters populate all of these books that perfectly balance the gritty thrills of a murder mystery. Irreverent humor makes any reader feel like they’re alongside PI Shapiro in the flat plans of the upper midwest.