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Helen Eve: My Reading Pile

Looking for something to read? We asked Stella author Helen Eve what was currently sitting on her reading pile and why . . .

I was slow to discover this book, but I loved the exploration of unreliable dual narrators, a beautiful anti-heroine and the intricacies of media representation.

Narrator Evie both reveals and conceals harrowing details from her past in this haunting thriller which leads the reader, via magic realism, the beauty of nocturnal nature and the redemptive power of revenge, to a wonderfully unsettling conclusion.

I loved the lyrical prose of The End of Everything, and the subject matter is equally dark in this high school-set crime thriller where a new cheerleading coach threatens the status of the current queen bee.

A letter from Min to her erstwhile boyfriend Ed, this vivid colour-illustrated novel details the pain and angst of a teenage relationship gone irreversibly awry.

A beautifully rendered father-daughter relationship was my favourite element of this dystopian novel detailing an alien attack that decimates most of the earth’s population.

I found this boarding school-set mystery distinct in its primary focus on the reactions of adults following the murder of a popular student and the disappearance of her previously undiscovered baby.

I enjoyed the film but only recently read the book, and was pleased to discover that the sisterly dynamic between Anne and Mary as they vie for the King’s attentions in this historical interpretation was every bit as fascinating as I’d hoped.

Social media is almost a character in this book, such is its part in Amelia’s downfall and her mother’s subsequent investigation of her apparent suicide as she uncovers the rituals of a venomous school clique.

…AND FIVE BOOKS I’M ABOUT TO READ

FOLLOW ME DOWN (Tanya Byrne)THE LIST (Siobhan Vivian)AMELIA ANNE IS DEAD AND GONE (Kat Rosenfeld)ALL OUR PRETTY SONGS (Sarah McCarry)BURN FOR BURN (Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian)

Read the first chapter from Helen Eve's new book Stella here