Christmastime is here, and that means merriment and good tidings for all… right? Not so fast. We all know those people who go crazy for everything Christmas – some of them are even here at the Savvy Reader! But maybe there’s more to Christmas than family, foods, and snow. For some of us, the holidays can be an anxiety-inducing exercise. I mean, every year, we spend too much money, we eat way too much, and we struggle to make small-talk with relatives that we usually avoid for the rest of the year. If you, like me, want to embrace your inner Grinch this year, then here are the perfect reads to not put you in the holiday spirit this season!
Tear Me Apart by J.T Ellison
Competitive skier Mindy Wright is diagnosed with a severe form of leukemia, and a stem cell transplant is her only hope. But when her parents are tested a shocking discovery is made…she’s not their daughter! Now they must race against time to uncover the truth and save Mindy’s life… And you thought your family get-togethers were dramatic.
The Seven Death’s of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
A young woman is murdered at a ball, and until Aiden Bishop can identify her killer the day will repeat itself over and over again. Oh, and there’s one more catch: every morning, Aiden wakes up in the body of a different guest. Now that’s a Christmas party worth attending! Unless you’re Evelyn, I suppose…
A Simple Favor by Darcy Bell
Stephanie’s life is turned upside down when her best friend suddenly goes missing, and is eventually presumed dead. But as Stephanie soon discovers, nothing is that simple. The recent movie adaptation is also a great alternative if you’re tired of Christmas movie marathons.
Alice Isn’t Dead by Joseph Fink
When her wife Alice goes missing, Keisha Taylor sets out on a cross-country road trip to find her. Along the way she discovers an otherworldly conspiracy that goes way beyond one missing person. This is a perfect anti-holiday read for anyone looking for a complete change of scenery.
When the Light Go Out by Mary Kubica
Jessie Sloane suddenly finds herself at the center of a bizarre mystery. As her life spirals out of control, her insomnia-hidden mind begins to blur the lines between fiction and reality. This book will definitely be relatable to anyone needing a much a deserved rest after the holidays.
Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough
Lisa’s life is a lie. When her picture suddenly appears on the news her carefully constructed world falls apart. Now someone is out for revenge, and it’s time for Lisa to face her past. Make sure you finish your holiday shopping before you start reading this one, because you won’t want to put it down.
I Know You Know by Gilly Macmillian
The murder of his two childhood best friends still haunts Cody Swift. When a dead body is discovered in the same place the boys’ bodies were left decades prior, a new investigation is launched. But some people don’t want to reopen old wounds and suspicions… Safe to say this books is thoroughly devoid of Christmas cheer.
A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux
A small-town murder brings together an unlikely group friends, determined to uncover the truth and unravel a string of long-buried secrets. Someone’s definitely going to end up on Santa’s naughty list.
There you have it Savvy Readers, this is your alternative reading list for the holidays. What books are you reading to get you out of the Christmas spirit? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @SavvyReader!