Because I'm still chipping away at my own ensemble novel, I've been reading a lot of examples of multi-perspective books across genres. Here's what I finished in January.
Technically, I started listening to Mind Hunter back in 2019, but I didn't finish until after the New Year. Dani and I are still listening to it together when we drive somewhere, and we'll likely finish it together this weekend (so, my second time all the way through).
areI was on the library waitlist for this one, but I couldn't wait that long and used my last credit in Audible to buy it. I didn't regret it one bit. In fact, when I was done listening to The Testaments, I considered restarting it and listening again.
Years ago, I read T. Cooper's debut novel Some of the Parts. I remembered it being an ensemble novel full of queer (in all senses of the word) characters whose lives intersect. I lost my copy long ago, as it was among several of my favorite books I leant to a former girlfriend.
DIY MFA Radio featured Jodi Thomas in an episode titled "Turning characters into people." Specifically, she talked about writing ensemble novels and making sure each character has a distinct voice (the episode is really great and offers some writing tips). I knew when I was done listening that I had to read her book The Little Tea Shop on Main.
I loved Dexter Morgan. I loved the Showtime series (not the ending so much), and the fact that the novels took a different path, allowing me to read about a Dexter who wasn't quite the same as the one on my TV screen. And to be fair, I didn't care for the ending of the book series, either.
And just today, I finished reading and listening to Rachel Caine's fourth installment in her Stillhouse Lake series: Bitter Falls. I am currently in Kindle Unlimited as a reader, and this series is from Amazon's imprint Thomas & Mercer. As a result KU members can not only read it as part of their subscription--they can also listen to the Audible version and they sync up so you don't lose your place as you go from one device to the next.