HUMP DAY SERENDIPITY: LUXURIATING IN BOOKS….

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Today I’m participating in Sam’s WWW Wednesdays Here’s how it works:

 

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next, and/or what are you eagerly awaiting?

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CURRENTLY READING:

As I gaze at the stacks of upcoming reads on my office trunk, or scroll through the titles hanging out on Pippa, my Kindle, it is sometimes challenging to pick that next read.

But today I started reading The Vanishing Year, by Kate Moretti, a “dark, twisty, edge-of-your-seat suspense” (Karen Robards); it combines the classic sophistication of Ruth Rendell and A.S.A. Harrison with the thoroughly modern flair of Jessica Knoll.

 

 

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Zoe Whittaker is living a charmed life. She is the beautiful young wife to handsome, charming Wall Street tycoon Henry Whittaker. She is a member of Manhattan’s social elite. She is on the board of one of the city’s most prestigious philanthropic organizations. She has a perfect Tribeca penthouse in the city and a gorgeous lake house in the country. The finest wine, the most up-to-date fashion, and the most luxurious vacations are all at her fingertips.

What no one knows is that five years ago, Zoe’s life was in danger. Back then, Zoe wasn’t Zoe at all. Now her secrets are coming back to haunt her.

As the past and present collide, Zoe must decide who she can trust before she—whoever she is—vanishes completely.

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I think I will be glued to those pages!

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JUST FINISHED:

My Husband’s Wife, by Jane Corry (click title for my review).

 

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A riveting and convoluted page turner that would finally bring a bit of clarity to this reader, while reminding us that we do not really know the people we love. 5 stars.

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

I am looking forward to several upcoming reads, but today I got two review books that I am excited about, so one of them will be on my reading list soon.  Let’s take a look at the most likely candidate for “up soon.”

How Will I Know You?, by Jessica Treadway, came from Amazon Vine.

 

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Fans of Reconstructing Amelia will love this pulse-pounding novel of mystery, betrayal, and a small town’s dark secrets. On a cold December day, the body of high school senior Joy Enright is discovered in the woods at the edge of a frozen pond. Her death looks like a tragic drowning accident at first, but an autopsy reveals something sinister — the teenager’s body shows unmistakable signs of strangulation. The discovery upends an otherwise uneventful small town, as police grapple with a rare homicide case and those closest to Joy wonder how she could have been taken from them — and by whom. Susanne, Joy’s mother, tries to reconcile past betrayals with their wrenching consequences. Martin, an African-American graduate student, faces ostracism when blame is cast on him. Tom, a rescue diver and son-in-law of the town’s police chief, doubts both the police’s methods and his own perceptions. And Harper, Joy’s best friend, tries to figure out why she disappeared from Harper’s life months before she actually went missing.

In a close-knit community where everyone knows someone else’s secret, it’s only a matter of time before the truth is exposed. In this gripping novel, author Jessica Treadway explore the ways in which families both thrive and falter, and how seemingly small bad choices can escalate – with fatal consequences.

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What does your reading week look like so far?

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HUMP DAY READING: WHAT’S ON YOUR LIST THIS WEEK?

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Today I’m participating in Sam’s WWW Wednesdays Here’s how it works:

 

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next, and/or what are you eagerly awaiting?

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Currently Reading:

While You Were Sleeping, by Kathryn Croft, is a gripping, shocking psychological thriller, with a twist that will take you by surprise. For fans of Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train and Behind Closed Doors.

 

 

 

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I started reading this book today, and already I am totally engaged with the events and the MC Tara Logan.  Here’s a blurb:

 

Tara Logan adores her perfect little family: husband, Noah, and two children, teenager Rosie and eleven-year-old Spencer.

But her happiness is shattered when she wakes up one morning in her neighbour’s bed, with no memory of how she got there or what happened between them. And worse – he has been stabbed to death.

Convinced she didn’t kill Lee and scared of losing everything she cares about, Tara flees home and stays silent, holding her breath as the investigation grips the neighbourhood.

But as her daughter spirals out of control, and her husband becomes increasingly distant, Tara starts to wonder if someone in her life knows what really happened that night. When the police turn their questions towards her, Tara realises she has to find out.

But what will it take to uncover the real story, and can she survive the truth?

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I can’t wait to discover what happened in this mysterious story.

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JUST FINISHED:

Echoes of Family, by Barbara Claypole White, is a book that kept me rapidly turning pages.  (Click for my review).

 

 

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Echoes of Family opens up a box of secrets, and in the alternating narratives of Marianne, Gabriel, and Jade, we learn all the truths that are hidden in their hearts. Can Gabriel and Marianne finally confront what they have kept hidden? Will they once and for all bury the pain and move forward? Can Marianne return home and start anew, while Gabriel finds room in his heart for love again?

I connected to the broken characters and their efforts to rebuild their lives….

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

I discovered The Woman on the Stairs, by Bernhard Schlink, on a blog I visited this week.  It will be released on March 14, 2017.  Since I thoroughly enjoyed both the book and the movie, The Reader (click for my Goodreads review), I am eager to find out more.

 

 

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Synopsis:  A missing painting. A mysterious woman. Her husband and her lover. Here, the internationally acclaimed author delivers what his fans have been waiting for since The Reader—a powerful new novel about obsession, creativity, and love.

A brilliant and naïve young lawyer’s life is changed forever when a painter and his subject—a breathtakingly beautiful woman—appear at his office in Frankfurt. The woman’s husband is deliberately marring the painting of his wife he commissioned the artist to make. Now the woman and the artist want the painting back. Simple enough—or so it seems before the lawyer becomes enmeshed in the lives of this toxic trio. Love, theft, and deceit unfold in quick succession when the woman, and the painting, suddenly go missing. It will take a strange turn of fate and a natural disaster to reunite the lawyer, the husband, and the artist with the woman they all love, hiding out in Australia—and when they find her they will be forced to reckon with the lies and betrayals of their shared past. This is an intricately crafted, poignant, and beguiling novel—it is Bernhard Schlink writing at his peak.

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I love the sound of this one, having so enjoyed The Reader.  Since time seems to fly, it won’t seem that long until March.

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HUMP DAY READING: SOME BACK & FORTH READING…

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Today I’m participating in Sam’s WWW Wednesdays Here’s how it works:

 

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next, and/or what are you eagerly awaiting?

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Currently Reading:

Last week was difficult in terms of sticking to a book…in the end, I read two books.  One of the ones I was trying to read last week was Two If by Sea, by Jacquelyn Mitchard. 

 

 

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After reading my two books last week, and two more this week, I resumed that book…and now I  am 2/3 of the way finished.  Maybe I’ll get to the end after all!

I am also reading:

The Murder Game (e-book), by Catherine McKenzie writing as Julie Apple.

 

 

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Ten years working as a prosecutor have left Meredith Delay jaded and unsure of what she wants out of life. She’s good at her job, but it haunts her. Her boyfriend wants her to commit, but she keeps him at arm’s length. Then Meredith is assigned to a high-profile prosecution involving the violent murder of a fallen hockey star. At first, it appears to be just another case to work. But when her old friend Julian is accused of the murder, it takes on a whole new dimension….

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JUST FINISHED:

I’m off to a better start this week, and have read and reviewed two books so far:

 

Hillbilly Elegy (e-book), by J. D. Vance (click for my review)

 

 

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And earlier today, I finished reading and reviewing Inheriting Edith (e-book), by Zoe Fishman (click for my review).

 

 

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

I am excited about a book that is heading my way from Amazon Vine:

Little Deaths, by Emma Flint

 

 

 

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Synopsis:  It’s 1965 in a tight-knit working-class neighborhood in Queens, New York, and Ruth Malone–a single mother who works long hours as a cocktail waitress–wakes to discover her two small children, Frankie Jr. and Cindy, have gone missing. Later that day, Cindy’s body is found in a derelict lot a half mile from her home, strangled. Ten days later, Frankie Jr.’s decomposing body is found. Immediately, all fingers point to Ruth.

As police investigate the murders, the detritus of Ruth’s life is exposed. Seen through the eyes of the cops, the empty bourbon bottles and provocative clothing which litter her apartment, the piles of letters from countless men and Ruth’s little black book of phone numbers, make her a drunk, a loose woman–and therefore a bad mother. The lead detective, a strict Catholic who believes women belong in the home, leaps to the obvious conclusion: facing divorce and a custody battle, Malone took her children’s lives.

Pete Wonicke is a rookie tabloid reporter who finagles an assignment to cover the murders. Determined to make his name in the paper, he begins digging into the case. Pete’s interest in the story develops into an obsession with Ruth, and he comes to believe there’s something more to the woman whom prosecutors, the press, and the public have painted as a promiscuous femme fatale. Did Ruth Malone violently kill her own children, is she a victim of circumstance–or is there something more sinister at play?

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I hope that my reading slump has ended…and that I will enjoy all of these books.  What does your week look like?

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HUMP DAY READING: CURRENT, PAST, & FUTURE CHOICES

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Today I’m participating in Sam’s WWW Wednesdays Here’s how it works:

 

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next, and/or what are you eagerly awaiting?

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Currently Reading:

I picked up this book on the weekend, read a little bit, set it aside…and read some more.  I don’t know why I’m not fully engaging…but I think I might make more progress if I totally devoted myself to it, ignoring social media, TV, etc.  I even watched Netflix last night instead of reading.

So…another day to give it a whirl.  The book is from an author I’ve read and enjoyed for many years.  It’s Jacquelyn Mitchard’s Two If by Sea.

 

 

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A story of a family lost in a tsunami in Brisbane, and Frank, a grieving man who saves a little boy, feels compelled to take him back to the states with him.  Something about the child seems to be determining his actions.  Does the child have unique gifts that are drawing him in?  And who are the sinister groups that seem to be searching for him?

Yeah…sounds good, doesn’t it?  So I think I simply must devote more time to reading it.  Today.

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JUST FINISHED:

Rosemary:  The Hidden Kennedy Daughter, by Kate Clifford Larson (click for my review).

 

 

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I seem to be reading a bit of nonfiction this month…even before I knew it was Nonfiction November.  I’m enjoying the detour from my usual choices.

I enjoyed this book…and it moved along quickly, since it had many fascinating details about the Kennedy family and Rosemary.

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

Behind Her Eyes, by Sarah Pinborough, is a book I’ve noticed on some blogs recently.  Not coming until January 31, however; so it will remain bookmarked on Amazon.

 

 

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Louise is a single mom, a secretary, stuck in a modern-day rut. On a rare night out, she meets a man in a bar and sparks fly. Though he leaves after they kiss, she’s thrilled she finally connected with someone.

When Louise arrives at work on Monday, she meets her new boss, David. The man from the bar. The very married man from the bar…who says the kiss was a terrible mistake, but who still can’t keep his eyes off Louise.

And then Louise bumps into Adele, who’s new to town and in need of a friend. But she also just happens to be married to David. And if you think you know where this story is going, think again, because Behind Her Eyes is like no other book you’ve read before.

David and Adele look like the picture-perfect husband and wife. But then why is David so controlling? And why is Adele so scared of him?

As Louise is drawn into David and Adele’s orbit, she uncovers more puzzling questions than answers. The only thing that is crystal clear is that something in this marriage is very, very wrong. But Louise can’t guess how wrong—and how far a person might go to protect their marriage’s secrets.

In Behind Her Eyes, Sarah Pinborough has written a novel that takes the modern day love triangle and not only turns it on its head, but completely reinvents it in a way that will leave readers reeling.

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Wow!  Right?  Now I am very eager to get my hands on this one.  What are you reading this week?

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IT’S HUMP DAY! WHAT ARE YOU READING?

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Today I’m participating in Sam’s WWW Wednesdays Here’s how it works:

 

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next, and/or what are you eagerly awaiting?

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Currently Reading:

The Two-Family House, by Lynda Cohen Loigman, has captured my interest.  The first few chapters were a little slow, although I was very curious after the prologue, which hinted at something secret…s0 I kept going.

Now it is all unfolding, and I’m wondering how it will play out.

 

 

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Brooklyn, 1947: In the midst of a blizzard, in a two-family brownstone, two babies are born, minutes apart. The mothers are sisters by marriage: dutiful, quiet Rose, who wants nothing more than to please her difficult husband; and warm, generous Helen, the exhausted mother of four rambunctious boys who seem to need her less and less each day. Raising their families side by side, supporting one another, Rose and Helen share an impenetrable bond forged before and during that dramatic winter night.

When the storm passes, life seems to return to normal; but as the years progress, small cracks start to appear and the once deep friendship between the two women begins to unravel. No one knows why, and no one can stop it. One misguided choice; one moment of tragedy. Heartbreak wars with happiness and almost, but not quite, wins. Moving and evocative, Lynda Cohen Loigman’s debut novel The Two-Family House is a heart-wrenching, gripping multigenerational story, woven around the deepest of secrets.

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Does it grab you?  It has captured me!

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JUST FINISHED:

Yesterday, I finished a memoir called Unsinkable, by Debbie Reynolds (click for my review).  A quick and delightful read.

 

 

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And on Monday, I quickly read Stealing Jason Wilde, by Dee Ernst (click for my review), another light hearted romp.

 

 

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Finally, my favorite book this week:  American Heiress, by Jeffrey Toobin (click for my review).

 

 

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Eagerly Anticipating:

I do enjoy the the suspense novels of Nora Roberts, so I had to bookmark Come Sundown on Amazon today.  It won’t be released until June 2017…sigh.  But luckily, I have lots of books on Pippa that I need to read, too.

 

 

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A novel of suspense, family ties, and twisted passions from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Obsession

The Bodine ranch and resort in western Montana is a family business, an idyllic spot for vacationers. A little over thirty thousand acres and home to four generations, it’s kept running by Bodine Longbow with the help of a large staff, including new hire Callen Skinner. There was another member of the family once: Bodine’s aunt, Alice, who ran off before Bodine was born. She never returned, and the Longbows don’t talk about her much. The younger ones, who never met her, quietly presume she’s dead. But she isn’t. She is not far away, part of a new family, one she never chose—and her mind has been shattered…

When a bartender leaves the resort late one night, and Bo and Cal discover her battered body in the snow, it’s the first sign that danger lurks in the mountains that surround them. The police suspect Cal, but Bo finds herself trusting him—and turning to him as another woman is murdered and the Longbows are stunned by Alice’s sudden reappearance. The twisted story she has to tell about the past—and the threat that follows in her wake—will test the bonds of this strong family, and thrust Bodine into a darkness she could never have imagined.

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So…that’s it for my reading this week….what did yours look like?

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HUMP DAY SERENDIPITY: CURRENT, PAST, & FUTURE READING

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Today I’m participating in Sam’s WWW Wednesdays Here’s how it works:

 

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next, and/or what are you eagerly awaiting?

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Currently Reading:

I am halfway finished with In Twenty Years, by Allison Winn Scotch, a story about friendships that have unraveled, deep secrets still hidden, and a last ditch effort to heal the wounds.

 

 

 

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Twenty years ago, six Penn students shared a house, naively certain that their friendships would endure—until the death of their ringleader and dear friend Bea splintered the group for good. Now, mostly estranged from one another, the remaining five reluctantly gather at that same house on the eve of what would have been Bea’s fortieth birthday.

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Just Finished:

I loved this book!  The sixth in a series featuring Frieda Klein, a London psychotherapist, Saturday Requiem (click for my review), by Nicci French, takes us on another adventure with our quirky MC.

 

 

 

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In Saturday Requiem, the sixth novel in the series, Frieda has been asked to assess a young woman, Hannah Docherty, who has been held in Chelsworth Hospital for the past thirteen years for killing her family: mother, stepfather, and brother. What Frieda finds is appalling. Not only is Hannah almost mute, but she is covered with bruises and heavily medicated. What is happening to her behind closed doors? And why does Frieda find so many irregularities when she studies the case files? Was the case against Hannah mishandled? If so, why? Who is covering up the truth?

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Eagerly Anticipating:

From an author I enjoy comes a new book that will be released on November 16:  While You Were Sleeping, by Kathryn Croft.

 

 

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You wake up to find the man beside you is dead.
He is not your husband. This is not your bed.
What do you do?

Tara Logan lives a quiet life with her husband, Noah, and two children, teenager Rosie and eleven-year-old Spencer.

But her peace is shattered when she wakes in her neighbour Lee’s bed, with no memory of how she got there or what happened between them.
And worse – he has been stabbed to death.

Convinced she didn’t kill Lee, Tara stays silent, fearing the truth will rip her family apart.

But as her daughter spirals out of control, and her husband becomes increasingly distant, Tara soon realises that someone in her life knows what really happened to Lee. She must get to the truth before they do.

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I am very happy that this book will be released soon!  It is the kind of story I enjoy.

What are you sharing today?

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HUMP DAY READING: WHAT DOES YOUR WEEK LOOK LIKE?

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Today I’m participating in Sam’s WWW Wednesdays Here’s how it works:

 

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next, and/or what are you eagerly awaiting?

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Currently Reading:

I’m enjoying a book that has been on my stacks for a little while…since June.  Confess, by Colleen Hoover, a new novel about risking everything for love—and finding your heart somewhere between the truth and lies.

 

 

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At age twenty-one, Auburn Reed has already lost everything important to her. In her fight to rebuild her shattered life, she has her goals in sight and there is no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a chance and puts her heart in control, only to discover that Owen is keeping a major secret from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

To save their relationship, all Owen needs to do is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin.

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This will be my fourth book from this author.  I am enjoying it so far.

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JUST FINISHED:

Today I finished a fabulous book that I will be thinking about for a while.  Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett (click for my review), is a fascinating story of dysfunctional families that carries the reader from the 1960s to the present. We don’t follow the characters in a linear style, but move back and forth. Sometimes we are swept backward by a character’s memory that takes us there. And sometimes we are catapulted back by events.

 

 

 

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ANTICIPATION:

So many lovely books are on the horizon.    Lisa Gardner is one of my favorite writer of thrillers.  Right Behind You is coming in January…so I’ve bookmarked it on Amazon.

 

 

 

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Synopsis:  Is he a hero?

Eight years ago, Sharlah May Nash’s older brother beat their drunken father to death with a baseball bat in order to save both of their lives. Now thirteen years old, Sharlah has finally moved on. About to be adopted by retired FBI profiler Pierce Quincy and his partner, Rainie Conner, Sharlah loves one thing best about her new family: They are all experts on monsters.

Is he a killer?

Then the call comes in. A double murder at a local gas station, followed by reports of an armed suspect shooting his way through the wilds of Oregon. As Quincy and Rainie race to assist, they are forced to confront mounting evidence: The shooter may very well be Sharlah’s older brother, Telly Ray Nash, and it appears his killing spree has only just begun.

All she knows for sure: He’s back.

As the clock winds down on a massive hunt for Telly, Quincy and Rainie must answer two critical questions: Why after eight years has this young man started killing again? And what does this mean for Sharlah? Once upon a time, Sharlah’s big brother saved her life. Now, she has two questions of her own: Is her brother a hero or a killer? And how much will it cost her new family before they learn the final, shattering truth? Because as Sharlah knows all too well, the biggest danger is the one standing right behind you.

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I love this kind of book, and with this author, I can count on the unexpected.

What are you reading and anticipating this week?

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HUMP DAY READING: CURRENT, PAST, & FUTURE READING

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Today I’m participating in Sam’s WWW Wednesdays Here’s how it works:

 

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next, and/or what are you eagerly awaiting?

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Currently Reading:

I am thoroughly immersed in Karin Slaughter’s The Kept Woman, “a thriller that’s part True Detective, part The Girl On The Train. All parts gripping.”

 

 

 

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Husbands and wives. Mothers and daughters. The past and the future.

Secrets bind them. And secrets can destroy them.

The author of Pretty Girls returns with an electrifying, emotionally complex thriller that plunges its fascinating protagonist into the darkest depths of a mystery that just might destroy him.

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I haven’t read any of the previous Will Trent books, but so far, I’m finding myself caught up in the action, and the author gives us just enough back story to stay connected.

 

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JUST FINISHED:

So far this week, I’ve read and reviewed two books: 

Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty, by Diane Keaton (click title for review)

 

 

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Spelling It Like It Is, by Tori Spelling (click for my review)

 

 

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

I discovered an upcoming release that I must get my hands on…so, of course, I requested it from NetGalley.  Release Date:  1/10/17.

The Sleepwalker, by Chris Bohjalian, the New York Times bestselling author of The Guest Room; here comes a spine-tingling novel of lies, loss, and buried desire—the mesmerizing story of a wife and mother who vanishes from her bed late one night.

 

 

 

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When Annalee Ahlberg goes missing, her children fear the worst. Annalee is a sleepwalker whose affliction manifests in ways both bizarre and devastating. Once, she merely destroyed the hydrangeas in front of her Vermont home. More terrifying was the night her older daughter, Lianna, pulled her back from the precipice of the Gale River bridge. The morning of Annalee’s disappearance, a search party combs the nearby woods. Annalee’s husband, Warren, flies home from a business trip. Lianna is questioned by a young, hazel-eyed detective. And her little sister, Paige, takes to swimming the Gale to look for clues. When the police discover a small swatch of fabric, a nightshirt, ripped and hanging from a tree branch, it seems certain Annalee is dead, but Gavin Rikert, the hazel-eyed detective, continues to call, continues to stop by the Ahlbergs’ Victorian home. As Lianna peels back the layers of mystery surrounding Annalee’s disappearance, she finds herself drawn to Gavin, but she must ask herself: Why does the detective know so much about her mother? Why did Annalee leave her bed only when her father was away? And if she really died while sleepwalking, where was the body?
Conjuring the strange and mysterious world of parasomnia, a place somewhere between dreaming and wakefulness, The Sleepwalker is a masterful novel from one of our most treasured storytellers.

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What is your week like so far?  What books are keeping you engaged, and which ones are calling out to you?

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IT’S HUMP DAY! WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN READING?

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Today I’m participating in Sam’s WWW Wednesdays Here’s how it works:

 

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next, and/or what are you eagerly awaiting?

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Currently Reading:

Family Tree, by Susan Wiggs, is a wonderfully engaging book about family, love, loss, and the pain of the past…and the promise of a future.

 

 

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I am at a place in my reading life that offers the opportunity to choose what to read next based on my whimsical moods.  I don’t have a lot of review books pressing in on me, now that I’ve finished the immediate ones on the stack.  So sometimes I play a little game, sort of like “eenie, meenie, miney, mo,” and choose what’s next.

This book was one I recently saw reviewed, and I was reminded of how much I had wanted to read it.  So that helped me choose.  I have not been disappointed.  It is not a thriller, but the kind of book that I think of as a “palate cleanser.”  Something to help me relax the intensity of my reading.

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JUST FINISHED:

These two books, review books, were finished very quickly.  They were suspenseful and engaging reads, so the pages seemed to turn themselves.

Fractured, by Catherine McKenzie, (click for my review), “A suspenseful tale that kept me glued to the pages until the very end, the story also generated all the emotions you might experience if these events were happening to people you know. When the final reveal was brought forth, I knew that none of the characters would be the same again. And neither would the readers of this book. 5 stars.”

 

 

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Faithful, by Alice Hoffman, (click for my review), was wonderfully engaging; it was not suspenseful in the fashion of a thriller, but there were events that felt mysterious, even magical.  I could not stop reading it!

 

 

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

I have been a fan of Karen White since my early blogging days, and the first books that I read of hers were the Tradd Street books.  A new one in the series is coming on January 10, 2017 The Guests on South Battery is another book that invites you to explore the brick-walked streets of Charleston, where historic mansions house the memories of years gone by, and restless spirits refuse to fade away…

 

 

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Synopsis:  With her extended maternity leave at its end, Melanie Trenholm is less than thrilled to leave her new husband and beautiful twins to return to work, especially when she’s awoken by a phone call with no voice on the other end—and the uneasy feeling that the ghostly apparitions that have stayed silent for more than a year are about to invade her life once more.

But her return to the realty office goes better than she could have hoped, with a new client eager to sell the home she recently inherited on South Battery. Most would treasure living in one of the grandest old homes in the famous historic district of Charleston, but Jayne Smith would rather sell hers as soon as possible, guaranteeing Melanie a quick commission.

Despite her stroke of luck, Melanie can’t deny that spirits—both malevolent and benign—have started to show themselves to her again. One is shrouded from sight, but appears whenever Jayne is near. Another arrives when an old cistern is discovered in Melanie’s backyard on Tradd Street.

Melanie knows nothing good can come from unearthing the past. But some secrets refuse to stay buried….

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What does your reading world look like this week?

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HUMP DAY READING: CURRENT, PAST, & FUTURE….

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Today I’m participating in Sam’s WWW Wednesdays Here’s how it works:

 

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next, and/or what are you eagerly awaiting?

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Currently Reading:

I am thoroughly immersed in Small Great Things, by Jodi Picoult.  With richly layered characters and a gripping moral dilemma that will lead readers to question everything they know about privilege, power, and race, Small Great Things is the stunning new page-turner from #1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult.

 

 

 

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JUST FINISHED: 

All the Ugly & Wonderful Things, by Bryn Greenwood (click title for review), was a story that gripped me, changed my perspective on a few things, and kept me reading to the powerful ending.

 

 

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

I received this surprising read from NetGalley, to be released 3/28/17.  I have it tucked away on my Kindle and can’t wait to start reading it.  But I will wait a little while, closer to the release date.  I think.  If I can!

Almost Missed You, by Jessica Strawser, is a powerful story of a mother’s love, a husband’s betrayal, connections that maybe should have been missed, secrets that perhaps shouldn’t have been kept, and spaces between what’s meant to be and what might have been.

 

 

 

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Synopsis:  Violet and Finn were “meant to be,” said everyone, always. They ended up together by the hands of fate aligning things just so. Three years into their marriage, they have a wonderful little boy, and as the three of them embark on their first vacation as a family, Violet can’t help thinking that she can’t believe her luck. Life is good.

So no one is more surprised than she when Finn leaves her at the beach—just packs up the hotel room and disappears. And takes their son with him. Violet is suddenly in her own worst nightmare, and faced with the knowledge that the man she’s shared her life with, she never really knew at all.

Caitlin and Finn have been best friends since way back when, but when Finn shows up on Caitlin’s doorstep with the son he’s wanted for kidnapping, demands that she hide them from the authorities, and threatens to reveal a secret that could destroy her own family if she doesn’t, Caitlin faces an impossible choice.

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Each of these books has given me something to think about, from the one I’ve read to its satisfying conclusion to the one I’m hoping to read soon.  What are you sharing?

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