3 Dual (T)imeline Novels to Get Lost In

Lately I’ve been reading a lot of books told with dual timelines. Kind of a weird coincidence. These are all new releases too. In any case, I enjoyed them all and recommend them if you like this format.

Our Crooked Hearts, Melissa Albert

If you loved The Hazelwood then definitely check out this new release by the same author. This one alternates between teenager Ivy’s life ‘now’ and her mother’s life ‘then’. I just finished this one and enjoyed the dark, witchy vibes.

Dana has always been perceptive. And the summer she turns sixteen, with the help of her best friend and an ambitious older girl, her gifts bloom into a heady fling with the supernatural, set in a city of magical possibilities and secret mystics. As the trio’s aspirations darken, they find themselves speeding toward a violent breaking point. Now, it’s Dana’s daughter, Ivy who is paying the ultimate price.

Things We Do in the Dark, Jennifer Hillier

This was my first book by Hillier and I thought it was pretty good. This is also a dual timeline of mother/daughter but in this one everything is told from the MCs POV (when she was young and now as an adult.) I have heard some fans of Hillier say that this is not their favorite but still a good read. So take that as you will.

When Paris Peralta is arrested in her own bathroom—covered in blood, holding a straight razor, her celebrity husband dead in the bathtub behind her—she knows she’ll be charged with murder. But as bad as this looks, it’s not what worries her the most. With the unwanted media attention now surrounding her, it’s only a matter of time before someone realizes she’s the daughter of convicted killer, Ruby Reyes, The Ice Queen.

In My Dreams I Hold A Knife, Ashley Winstead

A college reunion, past secrets, and a friend’s long unsolved murder brought a group of friends together to hash it all out. I kind of love a dual timeline in a murder mystery book because it really helps to slowly unravel all the pieces. I tried to figure this one out but only got part of it right in the end. A bit dramatic with very unlikeable characters but that didn’t stop me from turning pages.

Ten years after graduation, Jessica Miller has planned her triumphant return to southern, elite Duquette University, down to the envious whispers that are sure to follow in her wake. Everyone is going to see the girl she wants them to see—confident, beautiful, indifferent—not the girl she was when she left campus, back when Heather’s murder fractured everything, including the tight bond linking the six friends she’d been closest to since freshman year. But not everyone is ready to move on.

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  1. Gilda

    Aug 12

    My favorite dual timeline book is “The Mirror,” by Marlys Millhiser