The five best books we read recently, in no particular order.

1. The Ghost Ship by Kate Mosse    

The Ghost Ship {Book Review}
Recommended by Zissy

A historical novel that begins in France in 1610 and travels through Amsterdam and the Canary Islands into the 1920s where a ship known as The Ghost Ship floats silently on the water hunting pirates to liberate the enslaved. It is a thrilling love story that hooks you from the very first page. It’s brilliantly written and brings to life a world long forgotten.

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2. Going Zero by Anthony McCarten 

Going Zero by Anthony McCarten
Recommended by Feige

In this thrilling novel, ten people have been selected to beta test a ground-breaking piece of spyware called Fusion. Fusion can track anyone wherever they are on earth, but testing is required to see if it works. Each participant has two hours to disappear. There on, for thirty days they must elude the highly sophisticated capture teams sent to find them. Any zero that beats fusion wins $3 million in cash. If Fusion prevails, the owner wins a $90 billion contract with the CIA.

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3. The Snakehead by Patrick Radden Keefe 

The Snakehead by Patrick Radden Keefe
Recommended by Feige

The Snakehead is an investigative journalism book which expertly relays real life events in a thrilling story telling format. The book documents the rise and fall of Sister Ping, who from a tiny shop in New York’s Chinatown, managed a multimillion-dollar human-smuggling ring. Beyond Sister Ping, the Snakehead is a portrait of a generation of undocumented immigrants and the intricate underground economy that simultaneously sustains and exploits them.

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4. The Wake-Up Call by Beth O’Leary

The Wake-Up Call by Beth O’Leary
Recommended by Zissy

A quintessential Christmastime romcom that is perfect for this time of the year! This delightfully charming book is set in a crumbling English hotel where sworn enemies Izzy and Lucas must work together to try save the hotel and their jobs. As they spend more and more time together, their rivalry turns into something more. It’s the feel good novel we all need right now that’s heartwarming, touching and perfectly romantic.

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5. The Consultant by Im Seong-sun

The Consultant by Im Seong-sun
Recommended by Feige

The Consultant is an excellent not-your-typical thriller. It is elegant, well written, witty, complex and thought provoking. It follows the consultant who is a killer for a living, but hasn’t physically killed anyone. I loved the length of it, it was just the right amount of short that packed a punch.

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