The Casual Vacancy, J.K. Rowling. Eh. The only character I felt even a dollop of sympathy for is the self-harming teenager. Almost everyone else in the book was a self-centered twatwaffle. Kept reading just because it was J.K., but not super impressed.
The American Heiress: A Novel-Be careful what you wish for. Traveling abroad with her mother at the turn of the twentieth century to seek a titled husband, beautiful, vivacious Cora Cash, whose family mansion in Newport dwarfs the Vanderbilts’, suddenly finds herself Duchess of Wareham, married to Ivo, the most eligible bachelor in England. Nothing is quite as it seems, however: Ivo is withdrawn and secretive, and the English social scene is full of traps and betrayals. Money, Cora soon…
The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty. 4 out of 4 stars. It's historical fiction set in late 1800s/early 1900s Kansas and New York. The author does a fantastic job of painting a picture of what life was like for women at that time.
Generations of family dysfunction, secrets, disturbing behavior---this book will take you through every emotion. One of the best books I've ever read. I missed the characters for a week after I was done.