5 Standalone Novels | Lori Recommends


For today’s post I wanted to recommend some books all related around a similar theme and since I just read Killing Adonis, I thought I’d recommend books somehow related to this book. As I rarely read standalone novels I thought this would be an excellent category of books to suggest because standalones are great reads for when you’re on vacation, trying to get out of a reading slump, or just in the mood for something a little different if you’re used to reading fantasy series like me!

I also think all of the books I recommend qualify as underhyped books that could benefit from a little more love. Additionally these books are united in combining some elements of mystery, magic, or the supernatural.

Killing Adonis by J.M. Donellan (Goodreads)

This novel is set in modern day Australia about a nurse who decides to take a year off after graduating to make some fast and easy money as a nurse to son of the rich and powerful Vincetti family who is in a coma. While she lives in their mansion she learns more about their criminal activity and how her life became intertwined with theirs. I felt like I was watching a film noir movie as I read parts of this book and it was a surprising amount of fun to read at night. I was so sad when it ended!

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie (Goodreads)

Of the three Agatha Christie novels I’ve read, I think that this one is my favorite. This is a short little cosy read that I’d recommend reading during the rain by a window or by the fireplace. As in a typical Christie novel you get to meet Hercule Poirot and the host of potential suspects through the narrator and try to follow along and see if you can guess the murderer. I love how all the human stories that unravel bit by bit making it hard to predict what will happen next.

At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen (Goodreads)

Set in the 1940s during WWII, the American protagonist Maddie is forced to live in to Scotland with her increasingly distant and temperamental husband Ellis and his fun-loving best friend Hank who hopes to show up his father by finding photographic proof of the Lock Ness monster. This is one of those beautiful historical fiction tales which is so atmospheric that you have trouble letting it go when the book is over.

2 A.M. at the Cat’s Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino (Goodreads)

This novel is set in contemporary Philadelphia and is a day in the life of three characters on Christmas Eve. It’s one where there’s no magic in it, but it feels like there is (if that makes sense). It’s just a very pleasant read and exciting to read as you learn that all the characters lives begin in intersect and you just can’t wait to see whether they will get what they want in the end. It’s just a feel good novel where the stakes aren’t too high but you become invested in the characters.

The Goddess and the Thief by Essie Fox (Goodreads)

Set largely in Victorian England, this novel is about a girl called Alice who after her father dies is the permanent charge of her aunt a woman who is a scam artist who pretends she can communicate with departed spirits. Meanwhile Alice actually has powers and her life is upended when her aunt starts to date a strange man from her homeland of India. There’s romance, dark family secrets, and everything you love about gothic romance literature during the reign of Queen Victoria.

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