If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you may not already be tapping into one of the program’s highlights, the Prime Reading library. It works like this: Prime members have access to a library of millions of free e-books that can be downloaded one at a time to your Kindle device (including the free apps for iOS and Andriod), up to twice each month. It’s like going to your public library without ever having to leave the comfort of your reading nook.
I’ve been taking advantage of this service for a while now, and I have never left the library without something new to read. Plus, you can always send yourself samples of a few books if you’re on the fence about which to read next. You’re just a few taps away from curling up with a book you didn’t even have to pay extra for.
1. Life of Pi, by Yann Martel
While on passage from India to Canada to move his family’s zoo animals to a new home, teenager Pi Patel survives a harrowing shipwreck and finds himself on a lifeboat with a hyena, a wounded zebra, and orangutan, and a giant Bengal tiger. This incredible tale of heartbreak and survival will leave you in suspense until the very end.
2. The Man in the High Castle, by Philp K. Dick
Set in America in 1962, the author creates an alternate reality post World War 2, where the Allied forces instead have lost the war and the United States is now occupied by Nazi Germany and Japan.
3. She’s Not There, by P.J. Parrish
After waking up in a hospital with Amnesia following a car accident, Amelia Tobias senses that she’s in danger when she starts getting visions of man she doesn’t know but feels like she has to get away from. As Amelia goes on the run from her previously charmed life, pieces of her memory come back and create twists and turns in a book you won’t want to put down.
4. My Sister’s Grave, by Robert Dugoni
Seattle homicide detective Tracy Crosswhite never actually believed that the man convicted of her sister’s murder was truly guilty. And she’s spent the last 20 years trying to uncover the truth.
When Sarah’s remains are finally discovered near their hometown in the northern Cascade mountains of Washington State, Tracy is determined to get the answers she’s been seeking. As she searches for the real killer, she unearths dark, long-kept secrets that will forever change her relationship to her past—and open the door to deadly danger.
5. Sleep Tight, by
When Olivia Brookes calls the police to report that her husband and children are missing, she believes she will never see them again. She has reason to fear the worst; this isn’t the first tragedy that Olivia has experienced. Now, two years later, Detective Chief Inspector Tom Douglas is called in to investigate this family again, but this time it’s Olivia who has disappeared.
6. Leaving Independence, by Leanne W. Smith
Abigail Baldwyn tests her courage and her wedding vows when she attempts to reach her presumed-dead husband on the Oregon Trail.
Ever since she received word that her husband, Robert, was killed in the Civil War, Abigail has struggled to keep her Tennessee home and family together. Then a letter arrives claiming that Robert isn’t dead, yet he has no plans to return. Desperate for answers, Abigail travels to Independence, Missouri, where she joins a westbound wagon train to find him.
7. Broken Angels, by Gemma Liviero
Elsi is a Jewish girl who joins a Nazi resistance group in World War 2 Poland.
Matilda is a Romanian child kidnapped for her Aryan qualities and sent to Germany.
A Nazi doctor questions everything when he discovers the unspeakable cruelties taking place in the ghettos and Auschwitz.
While Hitler ransacks Europe in pursuit of a pure German race, the lives of three broken souls—thrown together by chance—intertwine. Only love and sacrifice might make them whole again.
8. Everything We Keep: A Novel, by Kerry Lonsdale
Aimee Tierney’s life seems perfectly set in motion: she’s a sous chef who’s taking over the family business, while planning her dream wedding to her high school sweetheart. But her fiancé James’ mysterious boating accident changes everything, and the secrets she discovers while looking into his dissapearance may change everything she thought she thought about their life together.
9. A Woman of Note, by Carol M. Cram
Virtuoso pianist Isabette Grüber captivates audiences in the salons and concert halls of early nineteenth-century Vienna. Yet in a profession dominated by men, Isabette longs to compose and play her own music—a secret she keeps from both her lascivious manager and her resentful mother. She meets and loves Amelia Mason, a dazzling American singer with her own secrets, and Josef Hauser, an ambitious young composer. But even they cannot fully comprehend the depths of Isabette’s talent.
Her ambitions come with a price when Isabette embarks on a journey that delicately walks the line between duty and passion. Amid heartbreak and sacrifice, music remains her one constant.
10. The Butterfly Garden, by Dot Hutchison
Near an isolated mansion lies a beautiful garden.
In this garden grow luscious flowers, shady trees…and a collection of precious “butterflies”—young women who have been kidnapped and intricately tattooed to resemble their namesakes. Overseeing it all is the Gardener, a brutal, twisted man obsessed with capturing and preserving his lovely specimens.
After the garden and a survivor are discovered, it’s up to two detectives to unravel the gut-wrenching story of what actually happened from their mysterious witness.
11. Life and Other Near-Death Experiences, by Camille Pagán
Libby Miller makes a major life change when her husband and her doctor both reveal devastating news on the same day.
With nothing left to lose, she abandons her life in Chicago for the clear waters and bright beaches of the Caribbean for what might be her last hurrah. Despite her new sunny locale, her plans go awry when she finds that she can’t quite outrun the past or bring herself to face an unknowable future. Every day of tropical bliss may be an invitation to disaster, but with her twin brother on her trail and a new relationship on the horizon, Libby is determined to forget about fate. Will she risk it all to live—and love—a little longer?
12. The Color of Secrets, by Lindsay Jayne Ashford
Eva is widowed during the Second World War when her husband goes missing and is presumed dead. Through her grief she meets and falls in love with Bill, a black American serviceman, and later discovers that she pregnant with his child. But when Bill is shipped off to join the fight, Eva is left to raise their daughter, Louisa, in a world not yet ready to accept mixed-race children.