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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:)

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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! 

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Friday Finds is a meme created by Jenn at Books and a Beat 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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Releasing February 7 by Simon & Schuster

A dazzling debut novel—at once a charming romance and a moving coming-of-age story—about what happens when a fourteen-year old boy pretends to seduce a girl to steal a copy of Playboy but then discovers she is his computer-loving soulmate.

Billy Marvin’s first love was a computer. Then he met Mary Zelinsky.

Do you remember your first love?

**Amazon has this as a top debut pick for February! I can’t resist a coming-of-age story set in the late 1980’s…

 

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Published January 3, 2017 by Random House

One hot August day a family drives to a mountain clearing to collect birch wood. Jenny, the mother, is in charge of lopping any small limbs off the logs with a hatchet. Wade, the father, does the stacking. The two daughters, June and May, aged nine and six, drink lemonade, swat away horseflies, bicker, and sing snatches of songs as they while away the time.

But then something unimaginably shocking happens, an act so extreme it will scatter the family in every different direction.

In a story told from multiple perspectives and in razor-sharp prose, we gradually learn more about this act, and the way its violence, love and memory reverberate through the life of every character in Idaho.

**This storyline seems like it could go either way as a big hit for me or a miss but I’m giving it a try…something happens on that mountain and I really want to know what!!

 

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Published Jan 17, 2017 by Hatchette

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. 

Inspired by a true story, Little Deaths is compelling literary crime fiction that explores the capacity for good and evil in us all. 

**I just love this cover, the time period and the fact that it’s a mystery! Also my good blogging friend Annie at TheMisstery gave it a rave review so it’s a must read for me

 

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This edition published Jan 10,2017 by Anchor Books

From a dazzling new voice in historical fiction, Flight of Dreams is a suspenseful, heart-wrenching novel that brings the fateful voyage of the Hindenburg to life.

On the evening of May 3rd, 1937, ninety-seven people board the Hindenburg for its final, doomed flight. Among them are a frightened stewardess who is not what she seems; the steadfast navigator determined to win her heart; a naive cabin boy eager to earn a permanent position; an impetuous journalist who has been blacklisted in her native Germany; and an enigmatic American businessman with a score to settle.

Over the course of three champagne-soaked days, their lies, fears, agendas, and hopes for the future will be revealed—and one in their party will set a plot in motion that will have devastating consequences for them all.

**The cover of this one caught my eye on the new release paperback shelf at Barnes & Noble the other day. Everything about it sounds intriguing!!

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To be published March 7 by Dutton

A powerful and moving breakout thriller about a couple who are plunged into unimaginable terror when their children are kidnapped, and the stop at nothing compulsion to get them back.

Judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: A prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead.

It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. A man who warns the judge to do exactly as he is told in a drug case he is about to rule on. If the judge fails to follow his instructions, the consequences for the children will be dire.

 

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To be published April 25 by Doubleday 

Eva grew up watching her father, Miles, invent strange and wonderful things in the small workshop behind their house on the river that runs through their old mill town. But the most important invention of all was the one that Miles claimed came from the mind of Thomas Edison himself–a machine that allowed one to speak with loved ones long passed. Smuggled out of Edison’s laboratory, the blueprints were passed down to Miles, and he’s been using them to protect Eva, her mother, Lily, and her brother, Errol, ever since.

Then, one night when a storm is raging and the river is threatening to flood, the machine whirrs to life on its own. Danger, it says. You’re in terrible danger. The next thing Eva knows is waking up on the side of the river and seeing her mother’s grim face. Eva’s father and brother are dead, their house has been washed away and an evil man is searching for them both. They need to hide.

Eva changes her name to Necco–a candy she always loved–and tries to put everything in her past behind her as she adapts to her new life off the grid. But when her boyfriend is murdered and her mother disappears, she knows that the past is starting to catch up to her.

What really happened the night of the flood? As Necco searches for the truth, her journey unites her with two women who are on desperate quests of their own. And as the trio follows the clues to solving the mystery of Necco’s past, they discover that sometimes it’s the smallest towns that hold the strangest secrets.

Well, those are just a few of my recent finds I’m really excited about! Has anyone read any or think they look promising? Drop me a comment & let me know.

Happy Friday Reading!!

 

 

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Friday Finds is a meme hosted by Jenn at Booksandabeat which gives us a chance to share recent books we’ve added to our never-ending TBR pile. !! This year I’m trying to cut down on the amount of books I add in the hopes I’ll get my TBR to under 100:) Wish me luck. Here are a few of my top additions….

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Published August 2016 by Orenda Books

September 1977. Mette Misvær, a three-year-old girl, disappears without trace from the sandpit outside her home. Her tiny, close middle-class community in the tranquil suburb of Nordas is devastated, but their enquiries and the police produce nothing. Curtains twitch, suspicions are raised, but Mette is never found. Almost 25 years later, as the expiration date for the statute of limitations draws near, Mette’s mother approaches PI Varg Veum, in a last, desperate attempt to find out what happened to her daughter. As Veum starts to dig, he uncovers an intricate web of secrets, lies and shocking events that have been methodically concealed. When another brutal incident takes place, a pattern begins to emerge. Chilling, shocking and full of extraordinary twists and turns, Where Roses Never Die reaffirms Gunnar Staalesen as one of the world’s foremost crime thriller writers

 

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Published January 2016 by Quercus 

The master of crime brings murder back to the Outer Hebrides.

A man is washed up on a deserted beach on the Hebridean Isle of Harris, barely alive and borderline hypothermic. He has no idea who he is or how he got there. The only clue to his identity is a map tracing a track called the Coffin Road. He does not know where it will lead him, but filled with dread, fear and uncertainty he knows he must follow it.A detective crosses rough Atlantic seas to a remote rock twenty miles west of the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. With a sense of foreboding he steps ashore where three lighthouse keepers disappeared more than a century before – a mystery that remains unsolved. But now there is a new mystery – a man found bludgeoned to death on that same rock, and DS George Gunn must find out who did it and why.  A teenage girl lies in her Edinburgh bedroom, desperate to discover the truth about her father’s death. Two years after the discovery of the pioneering scientist’s suicide note, Karen Fleming still cannot accept that he would wilfully abandon her. And the more she discovers about the nature of his research, the more she suspects that others were behind his disappearance. Coffin Road follows three perilous journeys towards one shocking truth – and the realisation that ignorance can kill us.

 

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Published December 2016 by Orenda Books

The novel is constructed as a series of podcasts, in which an investigative journalist describes the circumstances around the death of a teenaged boy in an outward-bound centre, interviewing witnesses, suspects and people close to the incident. Their six accounts form the six stories of the title, creating a “chilling and compelling, page-turning thriller that also delves deep into notions of truth, perception and loyalty”

 

 

 

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Published February 2015 by St.Martin’s Press

Despite their differences, sisters Vianne and Isabelle have always been close. Younger, bolder Isabelle lives in Paris while Vianne is content with life in the French countryside with her husband Antoine and their daughter. But when the Second World War strikes, Antoine is sent off to fight and Vianne finds herself isolated so Isabelle is sent by their father to help her.

As the war progresses, the sisters’ relationship and strength are tested. With life changing in unbelievably horrific ways, Vianne and Isabelle will find themselves facing frightening situations and responding in ways they never thought possible as bravery and resistance take different forms in each of their actions.

 

So there you have it. These finds are at the top of my TBR!  You might notice a pattern in that two of them are published by Orenda Books:) These are just a couple of the awesome upcoming reads I’ve got on my TBR over the next few months by Orenda books. As for The Nightingale, I’ve had my eye on it since it came out so I’m excited to see if it lives up to the thousands of 5 star ratings it’s received on Amazon and Goodreads

Have you read any of these? What are some of the top finds you’ve added to your TBR this week? 

 

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Friday Finds is a meme hosted by Jenn at  Booksandabeat which gives us a chance to share recent books we’ve added to our never-ending TBR pile. This week has been a more realistic and productive week for me in that a couple of the books I’ve added I’ve actually already started reading!! This is great news for my out of control TBR.  Here are a few of my top additions….

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To Be Published Dec 6 by Atlantic Monthly Press

Internationally bestselling author Val McDermid is one of our finest crime writers, whose gripping, impeccably plotted novels have garnered millions of readers worldwide. In her latest, Out of Bounds, she delivers a riveting cold case novel featuring detective Karen Pirie.

When a teenage joyrider crashes a stolen car and ends up in a coma, a routine DNA test reveals a connection to an unsolved murder from twenty-two years before. Finding the answer to the cold case should be straightforward. But it’s as twisted as the DNA helix itself.

I just got my Netgalley approval for this yesterday and it’s going to be archived Dec. 6th so I dropped everything and began reading last night and so far I love it. This is my first Val McDermid novel and I’m so excited because she’s one of the authors I promised myself I would read in 2017 so I’m ahead of schedule:) I’ve got A Place of Execution on my TBR for my next read of hers.

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Returning to her hometown of Fjallbacka after the funeral of her parents, writer Erica Falck finds a community on the brink of tragedy. The death of her childhood friend, Alex, is just the beginning. Her wrists slashed, her body frozen in an ice-cold bath, it seems that she has taken her own life.

Erica conceives a book about the beautiful but remote Alex, one that will answer questions about their own shared past. While her interest grows into an obsession, local detective Patrik Hedstrom is following his own suspicions about the case. But it is only when they start working together that the truth begins to emerge about a small town with a deeply disturbing past. 

Here’s another author I’ve been dying to try and since I was in need of a new audiobook and saw this was available from my library I grabbed it!  I actually ordered The Ice Child from Amazon as I thought it sounded so good but after chatting with Chelsea from The Suspense is Thrilling Me and Abby from Crime By the Book I decided to start with this book as it’s first in the series and Abby highly encouraged me to start there:) Thanks ladies! To make this read even more fun, my blogging friend Sam from Clues and Reviews and I have decided to buddy read this! I’ll keep you updated on our thoughts but so far I’m enjoying the story and the narration

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To Be Published Jan 10, 2017 by Flatiron Books

Luke Hadler turns a gun on his wife and child, then himself. The farming community of Kiewarra is facing life and death choices daily. If one of their own broke under the strain, well…

When Federal Police investigator Aaron Falk returns to Kiewarra for the funerals, he is loath to confront the people who rejected him twenty years earlier. But when his investigative skills are called on, the facts of the Hadler case start to make him doubt this murder-suicide charge.

And as Falk probes deeper into the killings, old wounds start bleeding into fresh ones. For Falk and his childhood friend Luke shared a secret… A secret Falk thought long-buried… A secret which Luke’s death starts to bring to the surface… 

This was a recent Netgalley grab and it sounds so good! I’m looking forward to reading this author and a plot filled with secrets is right up my alley:)

Has anyone read any of these? Are any of these also on your TBR pile? If not, what’s your top TBR picks this week? I’d love to hear your thoughts and I might as well add some more recommendations to my ever increasing pile:) Happy Friday everyone and have a great weekend!

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 Friday Finds is a meme hosted by Jenn at Booksandabeat which gives us a chance to share recent books we’ve added to our never-ending TBR pile. I have to say I continue to add A LOT of books and I really need to declare a moratorium but there’s just so many books that sound too good to let pass by:) Here are some of my most recent additions….

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And this is just the tip of my TBR iceberg!! As you can see, I’ve added some really great picks and I have a feeling my TBR will continue to grow:)

Has anyone added these to your own TBR? 

If you’ve already read any of these, leave me a quick comment, I’d love to hear your thoughts

 

 

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Since I’m catching up on my reading this week and haven’t got a full review today,  I thought I’d participate in Friday Finds,  a meme hosted by Jenn at Books and a beat which gives us a chance to share recent books we’ve added to our never-ending TBR pile. I have to say I’ve added A LOT of books lately so I’m going to narrow it down to the top 4 I’m really looking forward to reading…..

 

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Releases December 27th by Atria Books

 

For fans of The Nanny Diaries and Sophie Kinsella comes a whip-smart and deliciously funny debut novel about Kate, a young woman unexpectedly thrust into the cutthroat world of New York City private school admissions as she attempts to understand city life, human nature, and falling in love.

 

**Check out my review on the Blog Tour Dec 28th!!**

 

 

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For fans of Twin Peaks and The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair, this brilliant debut is dark yet hilarious, suspenseful and sad.   Everyone has a secret in Tall Oaks . . .

When three-year-old Harry goes missing, the whole of America turns its attention to one small town.

Everyone is eager to help. Everyone is a suspect.

 

 

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In his sleek, visceral novels Deviant Way, Kiss of Evil, and The Violet Hour, Richard Montanari slammed into the suspense field like a force of nature. Now Montanari has written an astounding novel that pits two besieged detectives against a fiercely intelligent serial killer.

**Recommended to me by Annie at The Misstery, this is an author and series I’m looking forward to reading**

 

 

 

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Releases January 24th, 2017 by Ballantine Books

 

In the tradition of The Girl on the Train, The Silent Wife, and Gone Girl comes an enthralling psychological thriller that spins one woman’s seemingly good fortune, and another woman’s mysterious fate, through a kaleidoscope of duplicity, death, and deception.

**I have been steering clear of books compared to Gone Girl and Girl on the Train but based on some of the glowing reviews for this one I have to give it a try!**

 

 

I’d love to hear your top Friday Finds this week so feel free to leave your picks in my comments,  Happy Friday Everyone!