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The most popular books in 2023 – The Villa: A Novel by Rachel Hawkins

A fantastic gothic-suspense novel!

This is my first read by Rachel Hawkins, and I really liked her fluent writing style switching between narrators.

I really liked this book and read it in one sitting, late into the night. The story centers on 2 protagonists, Emily and Mari, ~ 50 years apart but staying in the same Italian villa. The chapters alternate between their 2 POVs, and Hawkins cleverly weaves the timelines together to create a cohesive story.

There was definitely mystery in this book and there was more than one twist that caught me off guard (in a good way). I didn’t really find this to be a “sex, drugs, and rock n roll” book (though there is some of that) but really just a story about these 2 girls in 2 different generations who are in toxic relationships and trying to find their way. There are some truly deplorable characters (most of them, in fact) but the author wrote them in such a real and honest way that their behaviors were almost understandable and the dynamics between them felt authentic.

Overall, I found this to be a fantastic and unique read that combined a cool mystery with deep character development. I’d definitely recommend for those who like mysteries and psychological thrillers and are looking for something a little different. Thanks to Netgalley for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review.

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