FRIDAY FINDS

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Friday Finds is a meme created by Jenn at Booksandabeat which gives us a chance to share recent books we’ve added to our never-ending TBR pile!! I’d love to hear if any of these sound good to you as well!

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Published March 28 By Minotaur Books

New York City 1992: a year after riots exploded between black and Jewish neighbors in Brooklyn, a black family is brutally murdered in their Crown Heights home. A teenager is quickly convicted, and the justice system moves on.

Twenty-two years later, journalist Rebekah Roberts gets a letter: I didn’t do it. Frustrated with her work at the city’s sleaziest tabloid, Rebekah starts to dig. But witnesses are missing, memories faded, and almost no one wants to talk about that grim, violent time in New York City—not even Saul Katz, a former NYPD cop and her source in Brooklyn’s insular Hasidic community.

So she goes it alone. And as she gets closer to the truth of that night, Rebekah finds herself in the path of a killer with two decades of secrets to protect.

From the author of the Edgar-nominated Invisible City comes another timely thriller that illuminates society’s darkest corners. Told in part through the eyes of a jittery eyewitness and the massacre’s sole survivor, Julia Dahl’s Conviction examines the power—and cost—of community, loyalty, and denial.

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To Be Published June 6th by Flatiron Books

Relationships are awful. They’ll kill you, right up to the point where they start saving your life.

Paul and Alice’s half-sister Eloise is getting married! In London! There will be fancy hotels, dinners at “it” restaurants and a reception at a country estate complete with tea lights and embroidered cloth napkins.
They couldn’t hate it more.

The People We Hate at the Wedding is the story of a less than perfect family. Donna, the clan’s mother, is now a widow living in the Chicago suburbs with a penchant for the occasional joint and more than one glass of wine with her best friend while watching House Hunters International. Alice is in her thirties, single, smart, beautiful, stuck in a dead-end job where she is mired in a rather predictable, though enjoyable, affair with her married boss. Her brother Paul lives in Philadelphia with his older, handsomer, tenured track professor boyfriend who’s recently been saying things like “monogamy is an oppressive heteronormative construct,” while eyeing undergrads. And then there’s Eloise. Perfect, gorgeous, cultured Eloise. The product of Donna’s first marriage to a dashing Frenchman, Eloise has spent her school years at the best private boarding schools, her winter holidays in St. John and a post-college life cushioned by a fat, endless trust fund. To top it off, she’s infuriatingly kind and decent.

As this estranged clan gathers together, and Eloise’s walk down the aisle approaches, Grant Ginder brings to vivid, hilarious life the power of family, and the complicated ways we hate the ones we love the most in the most bitingly funny, slyly witty and surprisingly tender novel you’ll read this year.

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Published March 23, 2017 By Orion

Two sisters and one betrayal that will carry across generations…

In wartime Cornwall, 1943, a story between two sisters begins – the story of Adele and Amelia, and the heart-breaking betrayal that will divide them forever. Decades later, the efforts of one reckless act still echo – but how long will it be until their past returns?

The Returning Tide will sweep you away to the beautiful Cornish coast, full of secrets and mystery, and will be loved by fans of Kate Morton and Rachel Hore.

Don’t these all sound like Must Reads!! Ever single one has a fantastic cover and title that drew me in right away. Let me know if you think you’ll add any to your won TBR piles:)

THROWBACK THURSDAY MINI REVIEW: THE LAST GIRL By Jane Casey

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I began this Throwback Thursday meme as a way to share some of my old favorites as well as sharing books that I want to read that were published over a year ago. You know, the ones waiting patiently on my TBR list while I continue to pile more titles on top of them:)! I like that these older books are usually much easier than new releases to get a hold of at libraries and elsewhere. If you have your own Throwback Thursday recommendation feel free to jump on board, you’re welcome to use my pic as well. If you’d just link back to me I’d so appreciate it

My Pick this week is:

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Published May 2013 By Minotaur Books

My Rating: 4.5 Stars

Vast wealth offers London defense attorney Philip Kennford a lot of things: a gorgeous house with a pool in the backyard, connections in the top echelons of society, a wardrobe worthy of Milan runways. But his money doesn’t provide a happy marriage, or good relationships with his twin daughters…and it does nothing to protect his family when someone brutally murders his wife and daughter in their own home.

When Detective Constable Maeve Kerrigan arrives at the scene, the two survivors–Philip and his second favorite daughter, Lydia–both claim to have seen nothing, but it’s clear right away that this is an unhappy family accustomed to keeping secrets. Maeve soon finds herself entangled in a case with a thousand leads that all seem to point nowhere, and it doesn’t help that her boss, whom she trusts more than almost anyone, is starting to make decisions that Maeve finds questionable at best.

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So if you’ve read my blog regularly over the past 6 months you know I often enjoy jumping into a series midway or even later. I’ve done it again with The Last Girl as this is book 3 of the Maeve Kerrigan series. So as not to lose anyone, this can definitely be read as a standalone. I started with this one after seeing SO many rave reviews of her books around the blogosphere and when I realized there was a male/female police detective storyline in her books with banter, wit AND excellent mysteries, I knew I had to get on board. I’ve been on the hunt for this type of police partnership since reading the Lacey Flint/Mark Joesbury series by Sharon Bolton…my all time favorite series featuring a female/male partnership with simmering chemistry and fantastic mysteries to solve. I decided to take the advice of my blogging friend FictionFan and start with book 3 since that is when Josh (Maeve’s partner) takes more of a front seat.

So what happens? I’m going to keep this short and sweet because the blurb tells you all you need to know to set up the story. What I will add is there’s so much more than meets the eye with this case…why were Philip and Lydia left alive? Could it be one of Philip’s disgruntled clients returning to seek revenge? Since they were twins, was Lydia actually the one who was supposed to have been killed? In fact, was Lydia really even swimming in the pool at the time of the murders?…see, so many questions and ways this could go…I love it!! Then, on the flip side,  we have Maeve’s personal life with Rob, a former co-worker who had to switch departments when he and Maeve started seeing each other, and who I really really liked but is she truly IN LOVE with him? And Josh…he’s so wrong in so many ways but oh did I love him and Maeve together. Their banter was witty, engaging, and so realistic I felt like I was a third wheel listening in on their conversations. In terms of the ending, I’m happy to say I didn’t have a single bit figured out! My only criticism and why this is getting a 4.5 instead of a 5 star rating is I felt the resolution came just a little too conveniently in terms of how the answers were kind of ‘handed’ to the detectives…sorry if that sounds vague, you’ll understand when you read it:) I highly recommend this to all you mystery fans…as for me, I’m going back and reading book 2 soon and then continuing on with the rest of the series ASAP

Happy Reading! 

For more Throwback Thursday Recommendations visit Rebecca at Boofsbooks.com, Nicki at The Secret Library  , and Susan at Susan Loves Books

WAITING ON WEDNESDAY

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine where each Wednesday you get to highlight a book that your really looking forward to. This week I’ve chosen a book that just came on my radar yesterday when my friend Annie at The Misstery told me about it. I literally CAN’T WAIT to read this book! It has mystery, murder, the criminal justice system and it’s a true story…a must read if ever I’ve heard one! See what you think and let me know your thoughts…

 

My Pick is:

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To Be Published May 16th by Flatiron Books

Before Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich begins a summer job at a law firm in Louisiana, working to help defend men accused of murder, she thinks her position is clear. The child of two lawyers, she is staunchly anti-death penalty. But the moment convicted murderer Ricky Langley’s face flashes on the screen as she reviews old tapes―the moment she hears him speak of his crimes―she is overcome with the feeling of wanting him to die. Shocked by her reaction, she digs deeper and deeper into the case. Despite their vastly different circumstances, something in his story is unsettlingly, uncannily familiar.

Crime, even the darkest and most unsayable acts, can happen to any one of us. As Alexandria pores over the facts of the murder, she finds herself thrust into the complicated narrative of Ricky’s childhood. And by examining the details of Ricky’s case, she is forced to face her own story, to unearth long-buried family secrets, and reckon with a past that colors her view of Ricky’s crime.

But another surprise awaits: She wasn’t the only one who saw her life in Ricky’s.

An intellectual and emotional thriller that is also a different kind of murder mystery, The Fact Of a Body is a book not only about how the story of one crime was constructed―but about how we grapple with our own personal histories. Along the way it tackles questions about the nature of forgiveness, and if a single narrative can ever really contain something as definitive as the truth. This groundbreaking, heart-stopping work, ten years in the making, shows how the law is more personal than we would like to believe―and the truth more complicated, and powerful, than we could ever imagine

Doesn’t this sound SO good?? This book is at the very tip top of my TBR…thanks Annie for bringing it to my attention:)

REVIEW: ALMOST MISSED YOU By Jessica Strawser

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To be Published March 28, 2017 by St. Martin’s Press

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. Told through alternating viewpoints of Violet, Finn and Caitlin, Almost Missed You 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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I want to start by saying I LOVE that cover! That’s what drew me to this book several months ago when it popped up on Netgalley. This is Jessica Strawser’s debut novel and what a debut it is. I had this novel, along with several other upcoming new releases, on my radar and being the mood reader that I am, I decided to read the first few chapters of each and see what hit me the most. I was on vacation last week so I NEEDED something to really catch my interest. After reading the first few pages of Almost Missed You I had a winner!

The novel begins with Violet, mom to 3 year old Bear (ok I’ll admit his name really bugged me…it’s not a nickname) and wife to Finn. She’s relaxing by the pool on vacation and enjoying a rare few moments to herself to read and enjoy a drink as Finn has volunteered for nap duty. I think all moms can appreciate this set up! Violet is pondering the idea of fate and all the instances life had to add up just right for she and Finn to end up where they are…she loves her life and appreciates how the stars have seemed to align to bring her to this place of happiness. Can you just feel the coming of catastrophe??

I was immediately drawn in with the author’s writing style in this opening scene. It was engaging and I felt a connection to Violet right away. For me, a connection is a must to get me to continue reading! It really is interesting to think about all the ways life could’ve turned out differently if just one thing hadn’t happened or happened in a different way…and that’s where the author really captured my attention from the get go.

Needless to say, when Violet gets up to their hotel room her life effectively implodes and she’s left shocked and at a loss to figure out where it all went wrong. Where is her husband and child? It doesn’t take long for her to then ask herself… how is it she never really knew her husband?  More importantly, what is he hiding from his past that has led him to kidnap their child and basically drop a bomb on their happy life??

There is so much to like about this book. The characterization is strong in that I knew I had to find out what led to Violet and Finn’s downfall. The secondary characters…Violet’s “Gram,” their best friends George and Caitlin were also fairly multidimensional. Now, that being said, that doesn’t mean I liked all of these characters or really understood a lot of their motivations. In fact, I really only liked Violet and Gram. I thought Caitlin was probably the worst best friend anyone could’ve asked for and her decision making abilities and complete lack of common sense grated on my nerves. I should probably back up a little and say that the story is narrated from the alternating perspectives of Violet, Finn, and Caitlin…that’s how I got to know (and not like) Caitlin and Finn. The narration also flips back and forth between time periods from past (many years ago) to present. I thought this method worked very well for this story.

I don’t want to discuss any more of the plot because I think you should read this without any hints as to what went wrong or what ends up happening. I will tell you,  I stayed up SUPER late reading the first half of this book, the pace was spot on and I just had to KNOW more. The second half, however, began to unravel for me and I found myself skimming to get to dialogue. There was a lot of character introspection and descriptive details of events that I just didn’t care about or think added to the plot. Basically, I wanted more dialogue and less introspection. Also, I just expected more when it came to the resolution of “why” Finn did what he did.  I know I’m being vague but I don’t want to give anything away.  In addition, the final scenes seemed somewhat implausible to me and a little too ‘over the top’.  I honestly don’t know how I feel about that ending and would LOVE to discuss it with others after you read this book.  For the ending alone, I think this would make a great selection for book clubs! Overall, this is a well-written debut and I will definitely be reading Jessica Strawser’s next novel!!

Many thanks to St Martin’s Press & Netgalley for my copy of Almost Missed You, I’m happy to provide an honest review

REVIEW: DEAD WOMAN WALKING By Sharon Bolton

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From Goodreads

Just before dawn in the hills near the Scottish border, a man murders a young woman. At the same time, a hot-air balloon crashes out of the sky. There’s just one survivor.

She’s seen the killer’s face – but he’s also seen hers. And he won’t rest until he’s eliminated the only witness to his crime.

Alone, scared, trusting no one, she’s running to where she feels safe – but it could be the most dangerous place of all . . . 

 

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This review contains NO Spoilers I promise! 

I don’t typically post a review an entire MONTH before U.K. publication day (April 20) and 5 MONTHS before U.S pub day!!  I just couldn’t contain my excitement until mid-April! I have to share with everyone the wonder that is Sharon Bolton’s newest page turner. You just might find yourself itching to hit the pre-order button to get this gem for yourself….especially US readers who may not realize you don’t have to wait until September to buy this one. How fantastic is that?!

So in what’s going to be my most vague review to date , mini or otherwise, let me tell you why I loved this book and think you just might also. If you’ve read any of Sharon’s other books, you know she is a master at pulling you into the fold with truly engaging, multidimensional characters and this story is no different. We meet Jessica and her sister Isabel as they are traveling in a hot air balloon with several others when they witness a murder committed while flying over an isolated house. This is a truly brilliant, creative way of setting up a murder and the balloon ride….chilling, heart-stopping, riveting. The murderer quickly realizes he’s been seen by the people in the balloon and what ensues is a taut, compelling game of cat-and-mouse that will have you GLUED to the pages, staying up late into the night, ignoring friends and family as you just won’t be able to put this one down!

Let me just throw out some other elements that made this such a phenomenal read…nuns…not just any nuns, think CSI Sister Act…peacocks (yes you read that right) …corruption on SO many levels…gypsies… This is just a taste of the unique twists Sharon Bolton has brought to what is one of the BEST mysteries she’s wrote to date in my opinion. Speaking of twists…I’m not really sure how long it took me to pick my jaw up off the counter when all was said and done. I had to sit for a minute in quiet awe because every time I think she can’t really pull off that big of a surprise she manages to knock me off my feet. I was speechless. Just brilliant!

You might be wondering why I haven’t told you anything about the plot? I went into this book completely blind except for the blurb above which is what’s on the actual book cover and I really, really encourage you to do the same. This story is best discovered by diving in with your eyes closed! Believe me, you’ll thank me. And it’s Sharon Bolton…you’re in the capable hands of a writer (one of the best:) who in all seriousness has yet to write even a mediocre book. I’ve read just about ALL her books so I feel qualified to say that:)  I can’t wait to discuss this one with everyone!!

5/5 stars 

Happy reading!

**Many, Many Thanks to Sharon Bolton and Alison Barrow of Transworld Books for my copy, I’m happy to provide an honest review.

If you’re in the US (and other countries as well) and don’t want to wait until Sept publication you can pre-order Dead Woman Walking when it’s released in the UK on April 20th on BookDepository. I’m not in any way affiliated with them, I just recently began ordering from them myself and they offer free worldwide shipping so I thought I’d pass along that link for you

THROWBACK THURSDAY PICK OF THE WEEK

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I began this Throwback Thursday meme as a way to share some of my old favorites as well as sharing books that I want to read that were published over a year ago. You know, the ones waiting patiently on my TBR list while I continue to pile more titles on top of them:)! I like that these older books are usually much easier than new releases to get a hold of at libraries and elsewhere. If you have your own Throwback Thursday recommendation feel free to jump on board, you’re welcome to use my pic as well. If you’d just link back to me I’d so appreciate it

My Pick this week is:

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Published April 2012 by G.P.Putnam Son

My Rating: 4 Stars

Daughter of a controlling mother, Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever.

Twelve years later, the woman known as Abigail Lowery lives on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she designs sophisticated security systems — and supplements her own security with a fierce dog and an assortment of firearms. She keeps to herself, saying little, revealing nothing. But Abigail’s reserve only intrigues police chief Brooks Gleason. Her logical mind, her secretive nature, and her unromantic viewpoints leave him fascinated but frustrated. He suspects that Abigail needs protection from something — and that her elaborate defenses hide a story that must be revealed

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I can’t believe I haven’t featured Nora Roberts on TBT yet! Up until a few books ago, I had read every standalone she released and at one point (several years ago & pre-Sharon Bolton) I would’ve said she was my favorite author. I really enjoyed her unique, strong female protagonist in this story as well as the mystery. I would’ve almost called this more “thriller like” than her others as it has more fast paced tension than her other books. If you’re looking for a well rounded mystery with some romance thrown in than this book is for you!

Have you read this one or think you’d like to add it to your TBR? I’d love to hear from you

Happy Reading!

For more Throwback Thursday Recommendations visit Rebecca at Boofsbooks, Nicki at The Secret Library , and Susan at Susan Loves Books

WAITING ON WEDNESDAY

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. Each Wednesday you get to highlight a book that your really looking forward to. This week I’ve chosen another of my most anticipated reads of 2017:

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To Be Published May 16, 2017 by Ecco

Since We Fell follows Rachel Childs, a former journalist who, after an on-air mental breakdown, now lives as a virtual shut-in. In all other respects, however, she enjoys an ideal life with an ideal husband. Until a chance encounter on a rainy afternoon causes that ideal life to fray. As does Rachel’s marriage. As does Rachel herself.

Sucked into a conspiracy thick with deception, violence, and possibly madness, Rachel must find the strength within herself to conquer unimaginable fears and mind-altering truths. By turns heart- breaking, suspenseful, romantic, and sophisticated, Since We Fell is a novel of profound psychological insight and tension. It is Dennis Lehane at his very best. 

I’m so excited to see what Dennis Lehane as in store for us with his first novel since World Gone By, which if you’ve read that one you know is VERY different than this new one seems to be. Doesn’t this sound so mysterious…I love chance encounters gone wrong. It really doesn’t matter to me what Dennis Lehane writes….I’m reading it!! Can’t wait…

Happy Reading!

 

REVIEW: NEVER LET YOU GO By Chevy Stevens

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Published March 14, 2017 by St Martin’s Press

Eleven years ago, Lindsey Nash escaped into the night with her young daughter and left an abusive relationship. Her ex-husband was sent to jail and she started over with a new life. Now, Lindsey is older and wiser, with a teenage daughter who needs her more than ever. When her ex-husband is finally released, Lindsey believes she’s cut all ties. But she gets the sense that someone is watching her. Her new boyfriend is threatened. Her home is invaded, and her daughter is shadowed. Lindsey is convinced it’s her ex-husband, even though he claims he’s a different person. But can he really change? 

 

**I’ve got a super busy family week ahead this week so I apologize in advance if I miss sharing reviews and/or commenting on posts, I’ll catch up at the end of the week! **

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This review has been somewhat tough for me to write. You see, I’ve read most of Chevy Steven’s books (except Those Girls) and have massive love for Still Missing which I regularly recommend to those looking for a thrilling mystery. That Night is another favorite. So you could say I was pretty excited when I got my hands on this one. I went into this with a vague idea of the fact that it’s about an abusive marriage in which the wife manages to escape and then the husband gets out of prison and things start to go downhill for her.

If this sounds like a familiar storyline it’s because it is of course. Domestic thrillers have been taking over the psychological thriller genre for quite some time and in terms of movies, there’s the hugely popular Sleeping with the Enemy. I was convinced Chevy would bring something new to the table, something that might make me hold my breath and feel tense throughout. Unfortunately, for me, that just didn’t happen. I’ve thought for the last 4 days about why this book didn’t grab me and I can’t come up with one specific reason. I think, maybe, it’s a combination of factors, including a lack of character connection on my part and a dislike of the narrative structure.

The story starts off from Lindsey’s perspective in 2005 and we are immediately submersed in the dance of destruction and manipulation that is her and Andrew’s marriage. To make matters worse, their young daughter Sophie is witness to it. I wondered if I would’ve felt differently had she chosen to start the story in the past when they first met which is where it eventually jumps to. So while I’m on the subject, if you’re a fan of frequently alternating perspectives and multiple jumping timelines then you’ll probably really like this narrative structure. I’m not and I think that’s another reason I wasn’t engaged with the story. The novel goes back and forth between Lindsey’s perspective and her teenage daughter Sophie’s, as well as shifting time perspectives from the past when they met to the past during their marriage to present day. There is LOTS of jumping around which, for me, led to a lack of feeling connected and engaged with the plot and characters. Also, I’m not sure I completely bought into Sophie’s motivations of totally disregarding everything her mother said about her violent dad. This and the rest of the teenage angst storyline fell flat for me.

So, here’s the interesting part about my reading experience with this book….I read it in about 4 hours…that’s how incredibly “readable” it is. Chevy Steven’s writing just flows, there’s something about the way she writes that makes you stay glued to the pages and turning them as quickly as possible.  In terms of the mystery, there isn’t a lot of possibilities as to the who so you very well may figure that out (as I did) but the why and how played out in an interesting fashion. I was very impressed with how the author pulled together all the loose threads into a tight conclusion! Overall though, I just felt underwhelmed with this one but it very well may be a case of wrong book wrong time for me as the reviews on Goodreads and Amazon are excellent. Give this a try if you like fast paced psychological thrillers with alternating timelines and perspectives.

3/5 Stars

Many thanks to St. Martin’s Press via Netgalley for my copy, I’m happy to provide an honest review 

FRIDAY FINDS

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Friday Finds is a meme created by Jenn at Booksandabeat which gives us a chance to share recent books we’ve added to our never-ending TBR pile!! It’s been awhile since I’ve put together some finds so here’s a few of my top recent additions….

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Published Oct 2016 by Thomas & Mercer

Seattle PD sex-crimes detective Livia Lone knows the monsters she hunts. Sold by her Thai parents along with her little sister, Nason; marooned in America; abused by the men who trafficked them…the only thing that kept Livia alive as a teenager was her determination to find Nason.

Livia has never stopped looking. And she copes with her failure to protect her sister by doing everything she can to put predators in prison.

Or, when that fails, by putting them in the ground.

But when a fresh lead offers new hope of finding Nason and the men who trafficked them both, Livia will have to go beyond just being a cop. Beyond even being a vigilante. She’ll have to relive the horrors of the past. Take on one of the most powerful men in the US government. And uncover a conspiracy of almost unimaginable evil.

In every way, it’s an unfair fight. But Livia has two advantages: her unending love for Nason—

And a lifelong lust for vengeance.

I heard about this one while listening to the NY Book Review podcast and it sounds so good! Very Girl with The Dragon Tattooish. I’ve never read Barry Eisler so I’m looking forward to this one.

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Published Jan 2017 by Grand Central Publishing

Since the days of conquistador Hernán Cortés, rumors have circulated about a lost city of immense wealth hidden somewhere in the Honduran interior, called the White City or the Lost City of the Monkey God. Indigenous tribes speak of ancestors who fled there to escape the Spanish invaders, and they warn that anyone who enters this sacred city will fall ill and die. In 1940, swashbuckling journalist Theodore Morde returned from the rainforest with hundreds of artifacts and an electrifying story of having found the Lost City of the Monkey God-but then committed suicide without revealing its location.

Three quarters of a century later, bestselling author Doug Preston joined a team of scientists on a groundbreaking new quest. In 2012 he climbed aboard a rickety, single-engine plane carrying the machine that would change everything: lidar, a highly advanced, classified technology that could map the terrain under the densest rainforest canopy. In an unexplored valley ringed by steep mountains, that flight revealed the unmistakable image of a sprawling metropolis, tantalizing evidence of not just an undiscovered city but an enigmatic, lost civilization.

Suspenseful and shocking, filled with colorful history, hair-raising adventure, and dramatic twists of fortune, The Lost City of the Monkey God is the absolutely true, eyewitness account of one of the great discoveries of the twenty-first century

I’m really trying to branch out and try new books and authors this year and Douglas Preston is another author I haven’t read and this book isn’t my typical crime fiction but it sounds really intriguing. This is based on a true story,  I’ve already read the sample and this seems like a very suspenseful read

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To be published March 28, 2017 by Dial Press

After years spent living on the run, Samuel Hawley moves with his teenage daughter, Loo, to Olympus, Massachusetts. There, in his late wife’s hometown, Hawley finds work as a fisherman, while Loo struggles to fit in at school and grows curious about her mother’s mysterious death. Haunting them both are twelve scars Hawley carries on his body, from twelve bullets in his criminal past; a past that eventually spills over into his daughter’s present, until together they must face a reckoning yet to come. This father-daughter epic weaves back and forth through time and across America, from Alaska to the Adirondacks.

Both a coming-of-age novel and a literary thriller, The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley explores what it means to be a hero, and the cost we pay to protect the people we love most. 

I’m so excited about this one. I love the idea of a father-daughter mystery and I’m really curious about Samuel’s past.

See anything that interests you? Have you already read any or want to add to your TBR? 

Have a great reading weekend everyone! 

THROWBACK THURSDAY PICK OF THE WEEK

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I began this Throwback Thursday meme as a way to share some of my old favorites as well as sharing books that I want to read that were published over a year ago. You know, the ones waiting patiently on my TBR list while I continue to pile more titles on top of them:)! I like that these older books are usually much easier than new releases to get a hold of at libraries and elsewhere. If you have your own Throwback Thursday recommendation feel free to jump on board, you’re welcome to use my pic as well. If you’d just link back to me I’d so appreciate it

My Pick this week is:

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From Goodreads

Published Oct 2005 by Little Brown

My Rating: 5/5 Stars 

Mickey Haller is a Lincoln Lawyer, a criminal defense attorney who operates out of the backseat of his Lincoln Town Car, traveling between the far-flung courthouses of Los Angeles to defend clients of every kind. Bikers, con artists, drunk drivers, drug dealers — they’re all on Mickey Haller’s client list. For him, the law is rarely about guilt or innocence, it’s about negotiation and manipulation. Sometimes it’s even about justice.

A Beverly Hills playboy arrested for attacking a woman he picked up in a bar chooses Haller to defend him, and Mickey has his first high-paying client in years. It is a defense attorney’s dream, what they call a franchise case. And as the evidence stacks up, Haller comes to believe this may be the easiest case of his career. Then someone close to him is murdered and Haller discovers that his search for innocence has brought him face-to-face with evil as pure as a flame. To escape without being burned, he must deploy every tactic, feint, and instinct in his arsenal — this time to save his own life. 

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I can’t believe it’s been 11 years since this book was released! This is the first book in the Mickey Haller series and, in my opinion, it’s the best of the series… maybe even one of his best overall. There’s an authenticity to his writing and Mickey is a character you’ll love getting to know. Oh…and there’s some good twists and turns in this little mystery as well. Side note: this was made into one of the very best book to movie adaptations I’ve ever seen…granted it’s Matthew McConaughey but still…it was so good!!

Happy Reading!

Have you read this one or think you’d like to? I’d love to hear your thoughts

For more Throwback Thursday Recommendations visit Rebecca at Boofsbooks.com,  Nicki at The Secret Library, and Susan at Susan Loves Books