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Sarah Pekkanen

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Sarah Pekkanen's work has been published in People, TheWashington Post, USA Today, The New Republic, The Baltimore Sun, Reader's Digest and Washingtonian, among others. Her debut novel, The Opposite of Me, was published in March 2010. She writes a monthly column for Bethesda Magazine, and has been an on-air contributor to NPR and E! Entertainment's "Gossip Show." She is the winner of a Dateline award and the Paul Miller Reporting Fellowship. Sarah lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland with her husband and three young sons.

Genres: Mystery, General Fiction, Literary Fiction

Sarah Pekkanen recommends
Confess (2015)
Colleen Hoover
"I was drawn into it immediately!"
Happiness for Beginners (2015)
Katherine Center
"Such a charming, heartfelt novel about a woman who needs to escape from her life in order to rebuild it. I read it all in one delicious gulp."
The Lake Season (2015)
Hannah McKinnon
"Hannah McKinnon's lyrical debut tells the story of a pair of very different sisters, both at a crossroads in life. McKinnon's great strength lies in her ability to reveal the many ways the two women wound - and ultimately heal - each other as only sisters can."
Don't Get Me Wrong (2015)
Marianne Kavanagh
"Utterly charming...Warm and witty."
This Was Not the Plan (2016)
Cristina Alger
"A funny, bittersweet, and ultimately uplifting look at parenthood through the eyes of a single father. You won't just root for these characters—you'll fall in love with them."
Close Enough to Touch (2017)
Colleen Oakley
"It's so rare these days to find an utterly original heroine like Jubilee - one who is bravely living an almost unimaginable life. Gripping, raw, and moving, this is one of my favorite novels of the year."
Every Wild Heart (2017)
Meg Donohue
"By turns sweet, funny, and tension-filled, Meg Donohue’s wonderful new novel shows us the power of wild hearts - and the remarkable females who possess them."
Mrs. Saint and the Defectives (2017)
Julie Lawson Timmer
"Another winner from the very talented Timmer-and a sweet, surprising story."
Recursion (2019)
Blake Crouch
"Blake Crouch is brilliant. His innovative novels never fail to grip!"
Beautiful Bad (2019)
Annie Ward
"As imaginatively constructed as it is compelling. Filled with unexpected twists, Beautiful Bad is a riveting read."
The Girl He Used to Know (2019)
Tracey Garvis-Graves
"I adore Tracey Garvis Graves' work."
The Other Mrs (2019)
Mary Kubica
"The Other Mrs. is Mary Kubica's best book yet--which is saying a lot! I tore through the twisty, spine-tinglingly creepy pages."
Reputation (2019)
Sara Shepard
"What an addictive, juicy novel, with a whip-cracking plot full of twists and turns. Reputation is packed to bursting with all of the best elements of commercial fiction. Read this one!"
Summer Darlings (2020)
Brooke Lea Foster
"Beautifully written and richly detailed--it pulled me in from the very first page. Heddy is an unforgettable heroine, and I'll be recommending this book to everyone I know."
Perfectly Famous (2020)
Emily Liebert
"What a fun, engrossing read! Emily Liebert has such a gift for creating relatable characters who find themselves tangled up in something sinister. The ending of this book packs a huge surprise you won't see coming!"
Confessions on the 7:45 (2020)
Lisa Unger
"A chance meeting—or is it?—with a stranger on a train tilts Selena Murphy's tidy world upside-down in this taut, beautifully-written novel. What elevates Lisa Unger's psychological thriller to a new level are her shrewd insights into the dynamics of a seemingly ideal marriage."
Do No Harm (2021)
Christina McDonald
"Gripping and unflinching, Do No Harm explores the ferocity of a mother's love-and shows, in heartbreaking detail, how she'll risk everything to save her child."
The Vines (2021)
Shelley Nolden
"THE VINES weaves beautiful writing around an unsettling mystery: Who is the strange, scarred woman living on a seemingly uninhabitable island? Shelley Nolden's debut seems not just prescient - given the world's current focus on virology and immunizations - but also timeless, as it illustrates in painful detail how mankind seems destined to repeat our cruelest mistakes. Luckily for us readers, there's a bright thread of hope running through this book - as well as the promise of a sequel."
I Don't Forgive You (2021)
Aggie Blum Thompson
"A terrific page-turner. Allie Ross has an enviable life with her loving husband and adorable son - until she moves into a suburban neighborhood where menace lurks beneath the glossy, Instagram-worthy facade. Don't try to guess what'll happen next - just hang on for the ride!"
Survive the Night (2021)
Riley Sager
"Riley Sager's premise is bone-chilling--what if you caught a ride from a guy who could be a serial killer?--and his writing is propulsive and gripping. Woven throughout is a clever nod to classic movies, which adds to the intricate architecture of this absolutely terrific book."
For Your Own Good (2021)
Samantha Downing
"I'm a huge fan of Samantha Downing, who is masterful at creating diabolical characters and deliciously chilling plots. An absolutely terrific book!"
Dark Roads (2021)
Chevy Stevens
"My favorite Chevy Stevens book since Still Missing. Stevens reliably creates complex, resilient female characters, and Hailey and Beth - whose lives collide in Dark Roads - are utterly compelling. The suspense builds with every page, and the ending is a complete shocker."
Smile Beach Murder (2022)
(Outer Banks Bookshop Mystery, book 1)
Alicia Bessette
"I love every wise, graceful word Alicia Bessette writes, and Smile Beach Murder is a perfect example of why: Her descriptions are so vivid you can feel salty tang of the ocean breeze, and her pages are populated by quirky, unique characters. Throw in a murder with eerie echos of the past, and you've got a recipe for an absolutely terrific summer read."
The Lies I Tell (2022)
Julie Clark
"Another terrific nail-biter by Julie Clark. The Lies I Tell weaves together the stories of two strong, complicated women: a brilliant con artist, and the journalist determined to unmask her. Fast-paced and beautifully plotted."
Bookish People (2022)
Susan Coll
"A smart, original, laugh-out-loud novel . . . If you sell, buy, or simply love books, Bookish People is for you. I wholeheartedly recommend this quirky gem."

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