Anxious People

Books like Anxious People

September 10, 2022

#1 The Perfect Couple

Oren, a strong and important player, ends as a 1st-level Goblin after being deceived and damned by an exceptionally rare spell! He swears to persevere and get retribution on those who deceived him despite having only a small fraction of his former strength. The only things working in his favor are his in-depth familiarity with the game’s environment and his exceptional capacity for immersion. But first, he has to figure out how to continue playing what is essentially a low-level fodder monster for a long enough period of time!

Chief of Police Ed Kapenash learns that every wedding is a minefield and that no pair is ideal as he speaks with the bride, the groom, the groom’s well-known mystery novelist mother, and even a member of his own family. The Perfect Couple, which includes well-known characters from The Castaways, Beautiful Day, and A Summer Affair, demonstrates once more why Elin Hilderbrand is the king of the summer beach read.

#2 The Last Thing He Told Me

More than a million readers have been riveted by the New York Times bestselling mystery and Reese Witherspoon Book Club selection about a woman who is determined to learn the truth about her husband’s disappearance. Protect her, Owen Michaels writes in a note to his dear wife of one year before vanishing. Hannah Hall is unsure and terrified, but she understands precisely to whom the letter is addressed: Bailey, Owen’s 16-year-old daughter. Bailey is a young girl who sadly lost her mother. Bailey is adamantly opposed to her new stepmother.

Hannah rapidly discovers her husband isn’t who he claimed to be as her urgent calls to Owen go unanswered, Owen’s boss is arrested by the FBI, a US Marshal and FBI agents show up at her Sausalito house without warning, and more. And that Bailey might be the key to discovering Owen’s real identity—and the real reason for his disappearance. Together, Hannah and Bailey went out to learn the truth. But as they begin to piece together Owen’s past, they quickly discover that they are also creating a new future. Hannah and Bailey couldn’t have predicted this one.

#3 Malibu Rising

An extravagant party is hosted by four famous siblings to mark the end of the summer. However, during the course of a 24-hour period, their lives will change irrevocably. Malibu: 1983 August. The annual end-of-summer party hosted by Nina Riva is today, and excitement levels are at an all-time high. Everyone wants to be around the well-known Riva family, which includes Nina, a gifted surfer, and supermodel, Jay and Hud, brothers who are both accomplished photographers and surfing champs, and Kit, their adored baby sister. Being the children of renowned musician Mick Riva, the siblings together are a source of intrigue in Malibu and throughout the globe.

Malibu Rising tells the tale of one extraordinary night in the life of a family, the night when each member must decide what to keep from the individuals who helped create them and what to discard.

#4 Local Woman Missing

The first person to go missing is Shelby Tebow. Shortly after, Meredith Dickey and her 6-year-old daughter Delilah disappear just a few blocks from the area where Shelby was last seen, terrifying the previously tranquil neighborhood. Do these instances have a connection? The case eventually becomes unsolved after an illusive hunt that raises more questions than it does answers.

Eleven years later, Delilah suddenly makes a comeback. Nobody is ready for what they will discover, but everybody wishes to understand what happened to her. The master of suspense and New York Times bestselling author Mary Kubica takes home secrets to a whole new level in this intelligent and unsettling thriller, demonstrating that some individuals will do everything it takes to keep the truth hidden.

#5 The People We Meet On Vacation

Two very close pals, ten summer excursions, and one final opportunity to find love. Alex and Poppy. Poppy and Alex. They are unrelated to one another. He’s dressed in khakis, she’s a wild child. He loves to stay home with a book, whereas she has an insatiable need to travel. They have been the best of friends ever since a tragic car share from college many years ago. While she lives in New York City and he is in their little hamlet for the majority of the year, they have spent one wonderful week of vacation every summer for the past ten years.

Up until they wrecked everything two years ago. Since then, they haven’t spoken. Poppy is in a rut despite having everything she should want. She is certain that the tragic, last trip she took with Alex was the last time she felt completely content. In order to make everything right, she resolves to persuade her best buddy that they should go on one more vacation together. Amazingly, he consents.

#6 The Night Swim

Rachel Krall is now a household brand and the final hope for hundreds of individuals seeking justice after the first season of her true crime podcast went viral and freed an innocent man. She is accustomed to being identified by her voice rather than her appearance. Which makes it much more frightening when she discovers a message addressed to her on the windshield of her car. The note begs for assistance.

A tragic rape trial is tearing apart the little village of Neapolis. The cherished granddaughter of the police head has been accused of being raped by the town’s golden child, a swimmer who is destined for Olympic success. Rachel works tirelessly to conduct interviews and conduct investigations under the pressure to make Season Three a success, but the enigmatic notes continue to surface in odd locations. Rachel is being followed, and the person will not stop until she learns what occurred to her sister 25 years ago. Officially, Jenny Stills perished tragically, but the letters indicate that she was killed, and when Rachel begins to probe questions, no one appears to want to respond. As Rachel discovers unexpected links between the two cases, the past and present begin to converge in a way that will alter the trajectory of the trial and everyone involved’s lives.

#7 The Lovely Bones

So begins the story of Susie Salmon, who is watching life on earth go on without her while adjusting to her new place in heaven, a place that is very different from what she had anticipated. Her friends are spreading rumors about her whereabouts, her killer is attempting to hide his tracks, and her grieving family is breaking apart. The Lovely Bones manages, somehow, to create a story full of hope, humor, suspense, and even joy out of awful tragedy and loss.

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#8 I Know This Much Is True

On the afternoon of October 12, 1990, my twin brother Thomas entered the Three Rivers, Connecticut, public library, withdrew to one of the back study carrels, and prayed to God that the sacrifice he was about to make would be considered acceptable.

I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb, one of the most acclaimed books of our time, is a tale of alienation and connection, destruction and restoration. It is simultaneously joyful, sorrowful, poignant, mystical, and wonderfully, genuinely human.

#9 The Simple Wild

When Calla Fletcher’s mother grabbed her and fled the Alaskan wilderness because she couldn’t take the solitude of the harsh, rural lifestyle, she left behind Calla’s father, Wren Fletcher, who was only two years old at the time. Calla never looked back, and at age 26, all she knows is a bustling life in Toronto. But when Calla finds out that Wren’s time on earth may be numbered, she realizes that the time has come to return to the far-off frontier village where she was born.

She risks everything to meet her father, a man who, despite his many flaws, she can’t help but love, despite the wandering wildlife, sporadic daylight hours, high expenses, and even the occasional—dear God—outhouse. Jonah, the untidy, loud, and proud Alaskan pilot who helps keep her father’s charter aviation company functioning, can’t imagine calling anywhere else home even as she battles to adapt to this harsh climate. And he’s obviously waiting to take this city girl back to her rightful place with one hand on the throttle because he thinks she’s too spoiled to handle the wild.

#10 In 5 Years

In the most significant interview of her career, Type-A Manhattan attorney Dannie Kohan is asked this question, and she is prepared with a carefully written response. Later, after acing her interview and saying yes to her boyfriend’s marriage proposal, Dannie goes to sleep confident that her five-year plan will be accomplished.

She suddenly finds herself in a different apartment, with a different ring on her finger, and standing next to a completely different man when she awakens, though. She can barely make out the date scrolling on the television news, which is playing in the background. The date is December 15, 2025, however, it is five years later.

#11 Reminders Of Him

In Colleen Hoover’s tragic yet upbeat novel, which is the #1 New York Times bestselling author, a disturbed young mother longs for a chance at atonement. In an effort to reconcile with her 4-year-old daughter, Kenna Rowan returns to the town where everything went wrong after serving five years in jail for a catastrophic error. But it seems difficult to repair the bridges Kenna burned. No matter how hard Kenna attempts to establish herself, everyone in her daughter’s life is determined to keep her out. Ledger Ward, the proprietor of a nearby tavern and one of the few people still connected to Kenna’s kid, is the only person who hasn’t totally shut the door on her.

But if anyone were to find out how Ledger is gradually taking over Kenna’s life, both would run the risk of losing the respect of everyone who matters to them. Despite the pressure they are under, the two connect, but as their romance develops, the risk increases. In order to create a future based on healing and optimism, Kenna must discover a way to put her past transgressions behind her.

#12 The Color Purple

The Color Purple, a significant work of modern American literature, portrays the experiences of African American women in rural Georgia in the early 20th century. Sisters Celie and Nettie, who have split apart when they were young, continue to be devoted to and hopeful for one another despite the silence, distance, and time. The work takes readers into its rich and unforgettable depictions of Celie, Nettie, Shug Avery, and Sofia and their experience through a series of letters lasting twenty years, first from Celie to God, then the sisters to one another despite their uncertainty. The Color Purple broke the taboo surrounding domestic and sexual abuse by telling the stories of women’s lives through their suffering and adversity, friendship and development, tenacity and fortitude.

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#13 The Affair

Hollywood’s sexiest young actress is revealed to be having a steamy affair with a best-selling French author when Rose McCarthy’s crew at Mode magazine proposes a cover shoot with her. The author also happens to be Rose’s son-in-law, which puts her in a difficult situation. Talented interior designer Nadia, her daughter, has been fighting to keep her marriage intact while keeping the truth from their young girls, her family, and the public. However, her errant husband Nicolas is enamored with a younger lady who is also carrying his child, and he is also blinded by his desire for her.

Nadia’s three sisters form a tight circle around her, flying from Los Angeles and New York to Paris to provide support and give their wildly different pieces of advice. Athena, a cheerful celebrity chef in Los Angeles with her own TV show, is wary of getting married. Superior court judge Olivia, a strict conservative from New York, is plagued by a stunning secret of her own. Venetia, a crazy fashion designer who is happily married and a mother of three, has the kindest, most grounded perspective. Despite their well-intended suggestions, Nadia needs to consider her own thoughts and decide what to do next.

#14 The Vacationers

The Posts are celebrating their daughter Sylvia’s high school graduation and Franny and Jim’s 35th wedding anniversary by taking a two-week vacation to the Balearic island of Mallorca with their friends and family. The island’s beaches, mountains, tapas, and tennis courts all offer a getaway from the simmering conflicts back in Manhattan.

However, things do not go as expected: during the holiday, secrets are revealed, humiliations both old and new are felt, old rivalries are rekindled, and old wounds are made worse.

#15 Two By Two

At the age of 32, Russell Green has it all: a beautiful wife, a devoted daughter who is six years old, fulfilling work as an advertising executive, and a sizable home in Charlotte. His union with the alluring Vivian is at the heart of the fact that he is living his dream. Russ is more shocked than everyone else when he discovers that every part of the life he had taken for granted has been turned upside down. Fault lines are starting to form beneath the glittering surface of this flawless living. Within a few months, Russ found himself without a wife or a career, taking care of his little daughter while attempting to come to terms with a strange and unsettling world. Russ plunges headfirst into the wilderness of single parenthood, starting a journey that is both terrifying and rewarding. This trip will put his skills and emotional reserves to the test like nothing he has ever experienced.

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#16 The Swap

After a night of erotic hijinks, two couples develop a toxic relationship, and Robyn Harding tells a compelling story about the manipulative adolescent at the center of it all who is hiding a deadly secret. The average teen is not Low Morrison. You could point the finger at her counterculture parents, her intimidating height, or her depressingly lonely hometown on an island in the Pacific Northwest. What’s more, Freya, an airy beauty and former social media influencer who already runs the neighborhood pottery shop, also feels out of place.

Low enrolls in a class and is instantly enchanted by Freya. And Freya is pushed to divulge her darkest secrets and most intense wants as a result of Low’s admiration. Finally, both of them get a sense of home. That is until Jamie enters the studio. She and her husband moved to the island in the hopes that the idyllic setting would lead to pregnancy because they were desperate to start a family. Low is once more by herself after Freya and Jamie, as well as their husbands, quickly become friends.

#17 Gentleman In Moscow

Amor Towles made a name for himself as a master of intellectual fiction with Rules of Civility, his bestselling debut book, which brilliantly captured the ambiance and style of late 1930s Manhattan. In the words of NPR, “Towles writes with grace and energy about the social norms and manners of a civilization on the edge of tremendous change,” readers and critics were enthralled.

With the tale of Count Alexander Rostov, A Gentleman in Moscow transports us to a different gorgeously rendered era. The count is placed under house imprisonment in the Metropol, a luxurious hotel located across the street from the Kremlin, in 1922 after being found to be an unrepentant aristocracy by a Bolshevik tribunal.