Ivy Pochoda grew up in Brooklyn, New York in a house filled with books. In high school she fell in love with playwriting, poetry, and classical languages. She attended Harvard University, where she studied classical Greek.
Genres: Mystery, Literary Fiction
Ivy Pochoda recommends
The Convert's Song (2014)
(Valentine Pescatore, book 2)
"The Convert's Song is a revelation. Sure, it's a smart, gripping thriller that will have you turning the pages at high speed. But it's also a deep, emotionally resonant story of identity, friendship, and faith. I loved it."
Desperation Road (2017)
Michael Farris Smith
"Anchored by prose that is both poetic and brutal, Desperation Road is a gorgeous and violent book."
The Resurrection of Joan Ashby (2017)
"Cherise Wolas has delivered an audacious and dynamic first novel. The Resurrection of Joan Ashby is a remarkable tapestry of literary skill, emotional insight, and sensational storytelling."
"It will grab you...unsettle you...make you question the things you hold dear - family, marriage, and sanity. And it won't let go until the very end."
Heart Spring Mountain (2018)
"A revelation... As rich as the fertile earth and as powerful as a surging storm. Every page is filled with wonder and beauty, compassion and longing. The women MacArthur has brought to life... will haunt and inspire and stick around long after their stories are told."
Mark Haskell Smith
"Blown is a riotously funny, perfectly observed, and maddeningly engaging roller coaster that tears through a world dominated by greed, cunning, sex, and the extraordinary and ludicrous measures people will go to in order to be happy. Mark Haskell Smith takes you on a wild ride you won't dare get off until the very end."
The Captives (2018)
Debra Jo Immergut
"The Captives is psychologically astute and wise with equal doses of power and pain. Immergut mines the depths of the human psyche to reveal how weakness can turn into obsession and how a single misstep can send a life careening off course."
November Road (2018)
"NOVEMBER ROAD is a thriller that defies categorization. A triumph of plot and prose and a brilliant depiction of the contradictions of 1960s America, the innocence, the violence, and the longing."
The Current (2019)
"The Current is a rare creature: a gripping thriller and page-turner but also a masterwork of mood and languagea meditation on memory and time. You’ll want to go fast at the same time you’ll be compelled to savor each and every word."
Pretty as a Picture (2020)
"Pretty as a Picture is a remarkable thriller that succeeds on almost too many levels. It's sharp and stylish, witty and fierce, not to mention extremely intelligent. Little perfectly and expertly conjures the unglamorous side of filmmaking--the gruesome grind of a movie shoot--in meticulous detail. This is no mere crime novel, but a must read for anyone with a passion for movies or the industry."
The Body Double (2020)
"The Body Double is a deft, dark, and surprisingly unusual Hollywood story, cinematic in both substance and in style. Beyda's confident debut is both assured and unsettling. It's a noir, sure, but so much morea tale for our times about the dangers of artifice, identity, and fame."
Make Them Cry (2020)
Smith Henderson and Jon Marc Smith
"In their debut thriller Make Them Cry, Smith and Henderson burst onto the scene with muscular style, a blockbuster plot, and flair to spare. Intelligent, informed, important, humane, and remarkably witty, Make Them Cry arrives like a bullet train to your cerebral cortex...No doubt, Agent Diane Harbaugh, a bad-ass woman for our times, is here to stay and will take her rightful place alongside Bourne and Reacher before long."
Santa Monica (2020)
"Santa Monica is a juicy yet profound thriller that seamlessly glides between the sun kissed beaches and the long shadows of seemingly glamorous Southern California. Cassidy Lucas has delivered a deft page turner and a topical mystery that is fully three dimensional in every way. Santa Monica is filled with complex characters who may act but never are superficial and at its core is a deft, twisty story that’s both witty and wise about marriage, friendship, aging, and the deadly quest for perfection."
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