Best Underrated Novels of the 2000's
My list is about the best novels released since 2000 that hasn't gained much publicity. Several subpar books seem to make the New York Times Best Seller list. These amazing books are buried beneath the list and should surface for everyone to see.
Magic Hour by Kristin Hannah
While Kristin Hannah is a New York Times bestselling author, this book hasn't claimed many hearts. Why not? Because not enough people have heard of it. I can't seem to wrap my head around why no one I know has read Magic Hour.
Magic Hour is about a feral child found in a small town in Washington State. When no one could communicate with the girl and find out who is she, the sheriff who discovered her called her sister, a renowned child psychologist named Julia. Julia was hesitant to take the case because of her own personal issues, however, she went for it and the results were different than anyone could have imagined.
This story is absolutely amazing. I'm trying not to cry just writing about it. Magic Hour gave me a few magic days while I read this book.
First Night of Summer by Landon Parham
First Night of Summer is one of the literary world's best kept secrets. I actually stumbled upon this book because the author was very proactive and reached out to me himself. We had several talks and he is the real deal. I personally can't wait until he releases another one.
I have to warn you that this novel isn't for the light hearted. It's tragic, dark, and you'll have goose bumps and a stomach ache the entire time you read it.
Two small eight-year-old girls received some media attention for their kind hearts. Unfortunately, a twisted pedophile became obsessed with the children. When he showed up to swipe the girls from their beds, he got away with one of them. Through the story you go into the mind of a twisted pedophile/murderer. You will simultaneously feel the heartbreak of the child's parents as they search for their missing girl. This novel is graphic, sad, beautiful, and brilliant at the same time.
Nearly Departed in Deadwood by Ann Charles
This humorous mystery is the first in a series, and I strongly recommend all three. Quirky single mom and real estate agent Violent Parker lives in the small town of Deadwood, South Dakota. When little girls start vanishing from their once quiet community, she takes it upon herself to stick her nose into what's going on and find the killer.
In Nearly Departed in Deadwood, Violent can't stop getting herself into messes. The harder she tries to avoid them, the quicker she ends up right in the middle. In this book you'll meet many characters that you feel like you know personally.
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
While everyone is swooning over Gone Girl, they're missing out on a much better read by Gillian Flynn. Dark Places is a book that you can't put down until you finish. If you aren't a fast reader, prepare for many sleepless nights.
Libby Day has been trying to rebuild her life since someone killed her entire family (besides one of her brothers) when she was only 7 years old. Her brother Ben was convicted of the murder, and still incarcerated. Libby made peace with her brother being the murderer and tried to move on until a group of horror fanatics obsessed with her family's murder contacted her.
After a lot of hesitated, she grouped up with the fanatics and began to try to put together the missing pieces of the day her family died. The book goes back and forth from present day to the time of the murder in several point of views. Dark Places is not a book to pass up. I'm sure once everyone finds out a movie adaptation is coming, they'll jump on the bandwagon anyway.
Safe With Me by Amy Hatvany
Safe With Me is an incredible book about two different families. Both families are no stranger to tragedy, and they had no idea how much their lives had intertwined. Hannah Scott lost her young daughter to a devastating accident. While heartbroken, she knew it was a chance to save other mothers from similar tragedy. She gave away every one of her daughter's organs down to her skin to save other children.
Eventually she met a woman named Olivia. Olivia innocently came into Hannah's salon to get her hair done. Little did she know that Hannah's daughter supplied her own daughter with her life-saving new liver. Olivia lived a life of luxury with a severely abusive husband. The abuse becomes more and more deadly as Olivia and Hannah become closer, yet Olivia has no idea who Hannah truly is. The consequences of it were worse than anyone could've imagined.
Instead of reading boring trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey, read something magical. Read a book that doesn't sound like it was written by a 15 year old with a strange fetish. My underrated book list is a list of books that no one should die without reading. They all include a strong story with a powerful message.
On this list, not one book is better than the next. They are all so different it just depends on your mood and preferance. If you want something light-hearted, go for the Deadwood series. If you want some powerful chick-lit, Kristin Hannah or Amy Hatvany will do. However, you should eventually read every last one of these books.