Sarah Pekkanen and Grier Hendricks are on fire with The Golden Couple! I’ve loved all their books, and this is another page-turner to add to your suspense/thriller collection.
Marissa and Mathew seem like the Golden Couple, but Marissa is hiding a secret - she cheated on her husband. She decides to take him to therapy to tell him and get everything out in the open, to heal their marriage. However, she doesn’t choose just any therapist, but Avery. Avery is no longer licensed, due to her unorthodox procedures, but Marissa is hoping she can work miracles and save her marriage.
Marissa breaks off communication with the man she cheated with, but he won’t take no for an answer. Notes, flowers, and Mathew is even assaulted. How far will her lover go to try to claim Marissa for himself? These overtures continue to drive a wedge between Melissa and Mathew, and Marissa is concerned that even the miracle worker Avery won’t be able to repair the fissure in their marriage.
Narration alternates between Marissa and Avery. This adds to the story, as we are able to see the same event from various perspectives. I've always heard that there's your version, my version, and the truth is somewhere in the middle, and that is definitely the case with the Golden Couple.
Will Avery be able to repair their marriage? Will Marissa choose Mathew or her mysterious lover? Will Marissa's family stay safe? Whew! One I couldn't put down!! Thanks to St. Martin's Press for the early copy!!
This gem is coming out March 3, 2022. Pre-order it now!!
Charlotte McConaghy is back with an amazing second novel with Once There Were Wolves!! She continues with her uniquely lyrical voice and writing style, and her detailed descriptions make the reader feel immersed in the Scottish Highlands.
Once There Were Wolves is an atmospheric novel set in the future, after humans have carelessly destroyed Earth's environment. Forests around the world have nearly disappeared, including the Scottish forests. Biologist Inti is working to rebuild the ecosystem by introducing wolves. However, Scottish farmers are understandably worried about the wolves hunting their livestock, and this causes significant tension between the biologists and the townspeople. When Inti discovers a farmer that has been killed, with injuries similar to those a wolf would inflict, tension skyrockets. Who or what killed the farmer? Can Inti convince the farmers not to harm the wolves? What lengths will Inti go to to protect her animals?
Parallel to the storyline of Inti in Scotland, the reader also gets the story of “before,” when Inti and her twin Aggie grew up, and then moved to Alaska to help with reforestation efforts there. This story arc gives insight into events that have shaped both Aggie and Inti and led them to where they are at present in the story.
Charlotte McConaghy's writing style draws me in every time, as her words flow smoothly and are so descriptive. I can completely envision myself in the setting of her stories. I also liked how she alternated storylines throughout the novel, giving me little peeks here and there at the backstory of the characters to help develop them as well as increase my connection and empathy with their present situation.
Once I started, I couldn't put this book down and I stayed up way too late reading! The enticing storyline of Once There Were Wolves combined with the writing style makes for an ethereal story. Be sure to snag a copy of this futuristic mystery for yourself!! Look for it in bookstores beginning August 3, 2021, or use the link below to order on Amazon.
Thank you to Charlotte McConaghy and Flatiron books for the advanced copy!!
Lily Atwood is a TV personality and reporter who presents a seemingly “perfect” persona. #perfectLily isn’t quite as perfect as she seems, and her producer’s job is to not only help find stories for Lily to cover, but to help protect her perfect image. These two even have a mystery source that has supplied them with intel on some big stories - but then their source begins to share Lily’s personal info with her producer - information that Lily hasn’t shared with anybody.
How does their source know about Lily’s missing sister or about the father of Lily’s child? And what is his motivation? These questions drive the story of Her Perfect Life forward to its shocking conclusion.
Hank Phillipi Ryan has written another edge of your seat, nail biting thriller! You won’t be able to put this one down. Coming to shelves September 14, 2021. Thanks to Hank Phillipi Ryan, NetGalley, and Forge Books for the advanced copy!
Reckless Girls is another fantastic thriller by Rachel Hawkins! Her first novel, The Wife Upstairs, was a gripping page turner, and Hawkins does not disappoint with this sophomore novel.
Lux is living in Hawaii with her boyfriend; they are working to save up money to repair his boat and sail around the world. Nico, her boyfriend, meets a couple of college aged girls that offer him an obscene amount of money to sale them to Meroe Island. Meroe is deserted, but there are many sinister tales of individuals meeting their demise while on the wild shores of Meroe.
Lux and Nico agree to sale the girls to Meroe, but upon arriving after days of sailing, they discover that they are not the only ones seeking adventure on the isolated island. Although the two groups befriend each other, there are the expected tensions between groups of people staying together that are essentially strangers, and this propels the story to its unexpected ending.
Reckless Girls is the story of 6 individuals on the isolated shores of Meroe and how their experience changes each of them and brings out their true colors. The story is mostly told from Lux’s point of view as she develops her sense self and her own dreams for her future. I couldn’t put this one down!! What a page turner - I kept trying to connect the pieces! Not one to start at bedtime. You’ll want to grab a copy of this when it’s available; you can pre-order using the link below!!
Thank you to Rachel Hawkins, NetGalley, and St. Martin’s Press for an advance copy of Reckless Girls. Pub day is January 4, 2022!!
Where I Left Her is the sophomore work of Amber Garza, and she has continued to develop her voice as writer in this new novel.
Initially, I was quite empathetic with Whitney, as I identified with her as a mother. The idea of your child missing is absolutely terrifying! However, this part initially seemed a bit drawn out and to overemphasize Whitney as a controlling parent that was struggling with allowing her teenager to grow up and my sympathy began to wane. Later, I realized that this was quite intentional on the author’s part and was a crucial part of the story.
The second half of the book, I couldn’t put it down! The storyline quickly developed and had me guessing at different possibilities. The storyline of Whitney’s missing daughter, Amelia, is interrupted with another story. The reader is led to make assumptions about how these two storylines fit together. When the connection is reveled towards the end, I was surprised, and appreciate all the intricate details that Amber Garza wove together in this dark and engaging tale of a mother’s love and how the past shapes the present.
Thanks to NetGalley, Amber Garza, Mira Books and Harlequin Publishing for the early copy of Where I Left Here!! You can preorder at the link below, and find it in bookstores beginning August 24, 2021.
Sandie Jones is back with another engaging tale in The Guilt Trip! Rachel and her husband Jack travel to Jack’s brother’s destination wedding, and there the drama begins. As if emotions don’t already run high at weddings, Rachel comes to think that her husband may be having an affair. However, the tides keep turning and she isn’t sure whom to believe - the resplendent bride that denies ever sleeping with Jack? Her husband of 20 years that is accusing the bride of blackmail? Her best friend that accuses the bride? Or even her best friend’s husband, with whom Rachel shares a significant secret that threatens to tear about both their marriages? Events continue to climax until the wedding reception, when everything comes to a final, appalling halt.
Although I eagerly read this book and found it tough to put down, several of the characters were seemingly too cliched for me to find them believable and really invest in them. The bride, Ali, is portrayed by Rachel as strikingly beautiful but quite self absorbed and childish; others paint a picture of her inner beauty matching her outer beauty. Rachel is quick to believe whomever has spoken with her more recently, but does make critical moves to get to the bottom of the mystery. Overall, this was a quick read that I enjoyed and didn’t want to put down - good for a rainy day or a day at the beach.
The Guilt Trip comes out on May 31, and you can pre-order using the link below. Thank you to St. Martin’s Press and Sandie Jones for the advance copy!!
Jacob Bonner - a promising young novelist, who struggles after his first book and turns to teaching writing.
Evan Parker - a student of Bonner’s, who claims he has a plot idea that would sell, no matter the skill of the writer.
Jake is skeptical of Evan’s confidence, until he hears the plot of Evan‘s work in progress, and realizes what a unique storyline it presents. Envious of Evan’s unique idea, Jake continues to try to come up with another novel idea of his own. After a few years, Jake remembers Evan’s idea, and searches for the book...surely it’s been published by now. However, he can’t find it anywhere. When he discovers Evan has passed away, Jake wrestles with himself - can he really write this story now that Evan is dead? Or does that cross an ethical boundary? And after
Jake writes the story - what will the consequences be? Is it truly plagiarism if all the words are his?
The Plot takes a unique perspective on storytelling and authorship, and was quite the page turner! Full of twists and turns, this one will keep you on your toes and up late at night to finish! Pub day is May 11 - this is one to pre-order!!!
Thank you to Celadon Books and Jean Hanff Korelitz for e early copy! You may be able to snag an early copy at a Little Free Library near you: http://bit.ly/theplotmap
The Good Sister is an engaging story about the love 2 sisters have for each other, and the lengths that they will go to for each other’s happiness and well-being.
Fern is a sweet, quirky gal with sensory issues, who struggles to function in many social situations. Her sister, Rose, is always looking out for her, albeit from a distance now that they are adults. When Fern finds out that Rose is struggling to get pregnant, she decides to surprise her sister by getting pregnant and then giving the baby to her sister to raise. After all, Fern feels like she owes Rose, and Rose is the safe, smart sister that keeps Fern on the right path....except for that one time when they were kids. After all, sisters always look out for each other, right?
The story is told in alternating sections from Fern’s point of view and Rose’s journal to give you the perspective of both sisters. I felt sorry for Fern and her struggles, but she has such a bright outlook on life in spite of what she did when she was a child, and tries to be a kind person. The Good Sister explores the complex relationship of sisters, both positive and negative, and delves into the issues of the perspective of reality and that sometimes the people you love the most are also the ones you despise.
The Good Sister comes out April 13, preorder your copy now!
Such a Quiet Place is about a close knit neighborhood that has experienced a tragic double murder. Ruby, one of the neighbors, is arrested, tried, and convicted of the double murder. However, after 14 months, she’s released on a technicality. Ruby then returns to the neighborhood, saying she’s determined to get revenge on the people there that put her behind bars. Harper, her roommate, works to try to contain Ruby’s antics, but the neighborhood is scared and things spiral out of control. Was Ruby wrongfully convicted? Did the neighborhood conspire to put her behind bars? Is anybody safe with Ruby back?
Another great storyline by Megan Miranda! I have enjoyed all of her books, and this was one of my favorites of hers! Such a Quiet Place was a page turner - I read it in one day because I was so engaged with the characters and the plot. Definitely a must read for fans of Megan Miranda’s thrillers, or anybody that loves psychological thrillers with good twists.
Favorite part of this book (besides the intriguing story line) - definitely the quirky chapter titles! It’s been so long since I read a book where the chapters weren’t simply numbered, or named for the character that was narrating them. This book had chapter titles like “if you answer the door for strangers...” and “don’t ask a question you don’t want the answer to.” You get the idea. Loved how clever these were!!!
The Last Thing He Told Me is about Hannah’s search for who her husband really is. Hannah and Owen have been married for several years, and Hannah has a somewhat rocky relationship with Owen’s 16 year daughter, Bailey. One day, the company that Owen works for is raided by the FBI, and Owen disappears. All that he leaves behind is a note for Hannah, “protect her.”
Hannah and Bailey are devastated, and each struggles to piece together the few clues they have to find out what happened to Owen and where he may have gone. Hannah has several mysterious visitors that lead her to question her husband’s honesty with her, and she begins to investigate on her own to try to find out if she knows the truth about her husband.
Was Owen who he said he was? Why did he run and where did he go?
This book was unputdownable and unique!! I’ve already ordered some other books by Laura Dave and can’t wait for them to arrive!! This gem will be available on May 4th, 2021. Preorder!!!!!
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