Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

A favorite daughter dies, and her family reels from the loss. A beautiful portrait of grief told in a compelling, page-turning manner. From a craft perspective, I love that each and every character detail in this book helps to answer the question, What happened to Lydia? Even the details of her parents’ past helps to illuminate how the family got to where it was and how it led to Lydia’s disappearance.

Read when you want a really deep portrait of people, or if you’re in the mood for something literary that still pulls you along with plot.