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Chris Bohjalian

(Christopher Bohjalian)
USA flag (b.1960)

Chris Bohjalian is the author of Midwives and Past the Bleachers, both of which were made into critically acclaimed films, as well as The Law of Similars and Trans Sister Radio.

Genres: Mystery, Horror
Non fiction
Oprah's Book Club Best Book nominee (1998) : Midwives

Chris Bohjalian recommends
Hidden (2004)
Paul Jaskunas
"Hidden is a page-turner: poignant and powerful. I was transfixed by the tale Paul Jaskunas has written, and haunted by Maggie Wilson, the wondrous heroine he has given us."
The Temple of Music (2004)
Jonathan Lowy
"A big, bold and absolutely Breathtaking work of historical fiction. The only thing more impressive than Jonathan Lowy's remarkable research is the richness of his characterizations."
The Blasphemer (2010)
Nigel Farndale
"Poignant, surprising - and perhaps best of all - absolutely riveting. I loved this book."
The Curiosity (2013)
Stephen P Kiernan
"Poignant, luminescent, and absolutely perfect."
The Winter People (2014)
Jennifer McMahon
"I don't believe in ghosts. At least that's what I kept telling myself as I read The Winter People. I also don't need to sleep with the lights on. I told myself that, too. But I was whistling past a graveyard--or, in this case--past a Vermont landscape that is authentic and recognizable and still altogether chilling. The Winter People is terrifying--everything you could want in a classic ghost story."
Almost Missed You (2017)
Jessica Strawser
"A deft exploration of the mysteries of marriage, the price we pay for our secrets, and just how easy it is to make the worst choices imaginable."
The Halo Effect (2017)
Anne D Leclaire
"The Halo Effect is a wonderful hybrid: a compelling murder mystery and a thoughtful meditation on longing and loss. I was fascinated by the book's saints - and sinners."
Never Coming Back (2017)
Alison McGhee
"Never Coming Back is a deeply moving exploration of growing up and growing old, and the ties that bind parents and children – and the mysteries that sometimes keep us apart."
The Map of Salt and Stars (2018)
Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar and Zeyn Joukhadar
"E. M. Forster taught us that 'fiction is truer than history because it goes beyond the evidence.' Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar's magic first novel is a testimony to that maxim. We've all been aware of the plight of Syrian refugees, but in this richly imaginative story we see one small family - both haunted by history and saved by myth - work their way west. It's beautiful and lovely and eye-opening."
The Book of Essie (2018)
Meghan MacLean Weir
"Every once in a while, a novel comes along that is both timelessly beautiful and unbelievably timely. The Book of Essie is such a story. Meghan MacLean Weir has given us a young heroine who is at once authentic and courageous — and a tale that is wonderful and mysterious and relentlessly surprising."
The Lost Vintage (2018)
Ann Mah
"The world needs novels like The Lost Vintage: page-turning tales that remind us both of the power of the human spirit and the mystery of the human heart. It's a remarkable novel."
A Well Behaved Woman (2018)
Therese Anne Fowler
"A Well-Behaved Woman is a gem: a fascinating tale of Gilded Age manners and mores, and one remarkable woman's attempts to transcend them. Therese Anne Fowler, the immensely gifted writer who gave us all new insights into Zelda Fitzgerald in her novel, Z, has done it again for Alva Vanderbilt Belmont."
Girls Like Us (2019)
Cristina Alger
"Girls Like Us is something special: A beautiful, deeply textured novel and a poignant, surprising mystery. I loved it, every chapter and every word. I’m going to be thinking about it as a reader, a father, and a storyteller for a long, long time."
The Stranger Inside (2019)
Lisa Unger
"It’s not often that I’m stunned by the ending to a novel. But The Stranger Inside is rich with surprise from the very first page. It’s a smart, taut thriller."
The Antidote for Everything (2020)
Kimmery Martin
"A moving story about the absolute power of friendship and the utter feebleness of intolerance."
The Golden Cage (2020)
(Faye Adelheim, book 1)
Camilla Läckberg
"It's about time that Americans get to savor the delicious twists and bad behavior that mark a Camilla Läckberg thriller. The Golden Cage is a wonderful, take-no-prisoners mashup of Gone Girl, Billions, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo."
The Tinderbox (2020)
Lou Diamond Phillips
"A wonderful mashup of Stars Wars, Game of Thrones, and one of Hans Christian Andersen's most complex fairy tales. An added bonus - Yvonne Phillips's haunting, beautiful illustrations."
Eternal (2021)
Lisa Scottoline
"A beautiful, heartbreaking, wrenching love story set in the Second World War. It’s alive with characters I cared about deeply - including the remarkable city of Rome, itself - and their courage in the face of Fascism."
How Lucky (2021)
Will Leitch
"How Lucky is a gem: a riveting plot and a narrator who is charming, engaging, and downright inspiring. Will Leitch brilliantly juggles hilarity and horror. I loved this novel — every page."
Bath Haus (2021)
P J Vernon
"Bath Haus is riveting: a gripping thriller about how quickly a life can unravel after a single bad decision. P. J. Vernon deftly reminds us that the terrifying traumas from childhood are often but a prelude to the nightmares we will walk into as adults. This book is stylish, smart, and scary as hell."
The People We Keep (2021)
Allison Larkin
"I loved everything about The People We Keep, beginning with the narrator, April Sawicki, who is both wise beyond her years and unbelievably naive, to the fact it’s 1994 and no one has a cell phone. Allison Larkin has given us a heroine who is raw and real, a young person capable of breaking your heart one moment and lifting it up the next."
The Violin Conspiracy (2022)
Brendan Slocumb
"I loved The Violin Conspiracy for exactly the same reasons I loved The Queen's Gambit a surprising, beautifully rendered underdog hero I cared about deeply and a fascinating, cutthroat world I knew nothing about--in this case, classical music. I devoured this fine novel: every page and every word. And that ending? Never saw it coming."
Her Last Affair (2022)
John Searles
"John Searles brings the misfits among us to life with the clarity of Carson McCullers -- and then scares us with the brilliance of Stephen King. Her Last Affair is a perfect, page-turning example of the heart and horror that makes me love his work so very, very much."
The Good Left Undone (2022)
Adriana Trigiani
"Adriana Trigiani is a treasure and The Good Left Undone is a gem: a sweeping epic that spans a century. Chronicling the fallout from the cataclysmic sinking of the Arandora Star - torpedoed by a German U-Boat in 1940 - this extraordinary novel manages to mourn the dead, celebrate the living, and remind us that every family has secrets that are heartbreaking, heartwarming, and (yes) inspiring."
I'll Be You (2022)
Janelle Brown
"Janelle Brown is a terrific storyteller and stylist, and I'll Be You is one of those books you'll devour. It has a hot mess of a narrator--actually two hot messes, twins--both of whom you will root for, even as you are screaming at them to get a grip. Also? The novel has more twists and turns than the canyon roads that snake up and around Los Angeles."
Take My Hand (2022)
Dolen Perkins-Valdez
"Take My Hand is a gem: one of those rare and beautiful novels that walks the balance beam of heartbreak and hope. Dolen Perkins-Valdez can breathe life into history through fiction that adds deep and profound meaning to the past - and makes its relevance to the present meaningful and clear."
The Lost Kings (2022)
Tyrell Johnson
"The Lost Kings is one of those wonderful novels that defies categorization: part psychological thriller, part coming of age tale, part exploration of the demons that dog some of the most damaged among us. It's smart, haunting, and rich with surprise."

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