2 Backlist Bingeworthy Books for Your 2019 TBR’s

The Idea of You  by Robinne Lee
Published: June 13, 2017 By St Martin’s Griffin
368 Pages
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From Publisher: Solène Marchand, the thirty-nine-year-old owner of an art gallery in Los Angeles, is reluctant to take her daughter, Isabelle, to meet her favorite boy band. But since her divorce, she’s more eager than ever to be close to Isabelle. The last thing Solène expects is to make a connection with one of the members of the world-famous August Moon. But Hayes Campbell is clever, winning, confident, and posh, and the attraction is immediate. That he is all of twenty years old further complicates things

 

My Thoughts: Ok, so I read this blurb when the book first came out and I was seeing it everywhere and I thought it wasn’t for me because of the large age difference. Earlier this week, however, I saw this on someone’s Instagram top 2018 books of the year post and decided to take a closer look after reading that she had had the same reservations but then loved it. Well, this effectively busted me out of my DNF pattern and I read it in one day! This story was such a fun surprise. There’s some serious globetrotting travel going on which I loved as well as a high level of cultural detail into the art world as the main character Solene owns her own gallery. I found her to be very likable although she made some  questionable parenting decisions along the way. I also really liked Hayes who was levels above his age, maturity wise.

There are SO many themes explored in this book….love of course, ageism, sexism, the downside of fame, our society’s obsession with celebrities, women & aging, double standards, etc. I think this would make a great book club pick because there’s quite a lot to discuss but know that the romance is often quite steamy and explicit so…know your book club is what I’m saying. I’m dying to discuss this – especially that ending which I’m still thinking about days later –  so if you’ve read it and want to chat send me an email or DM me on Twitter or Instagram. Ultimately, I loved this and found it to be a smart, sophisticated love story. Bingeworthy indeed!

 

 

Forever is the Worst Long Time  by Camille Pagan
Published: Feb 7, 2017 by Lake Union
284 Pages
Affiliate Link: Buy on Amazon 

From Publisher: When struggling novelist James Hernandez meets poet Louisa “Lou” Bell, he’s sure he’s just found the love of his life. There’s just one problem: she’s engaged to his oldest friend, Rob. So James toasts their union and swallows his desire.

My Thoughts: My 2019 has started with a bang with this couldn’t-put-it-down story. One of my favorite storylines is a love triangle so right off the bat I had high hopes for this book. The story is narrated by James from a time in the future which I thought was a perfect way to not only get to know (and like) him but to also get to know Lou and Rob through his eyes. James and Rob had been friends since they were kids and I loved how Pagan incorporated the sentimentality of that type of friendship along with growing up in a small town. If you’re James, what do you DO when you’ve fallen in love with your best friend’s fiancé?

What I especially loved about the way Pagan told the story is that everyone felt like real people making what often ended up being stupid decisions. They were flawed in just the right ways that what they did or didn’t do made sense even if I didn’t agree with them.  I have to say, throughout the story, I had no idea what was going to happen with these characters because twists happened early on.  Plus, it takes place over a time period of about 18 years so we really get involved and invested in the drama of their lives. And the drama was good! And perfectly paced. In the end, things happened I never anticipated and there may have been crying on my part. Seriously, I wasn’t prepared for how emotional this story ended up being and I loved every bit of this surprising one sit read! This is my first book by this author but it definitely won’t be my last.

I’d love to hear your thoughts if you’ve read this or want to!

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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 Aug 2005 by William Morrow 

My Rating: 4/5 Stars

Annabelle is tired of being the lone failure in a family of overachievers. She’s endured dead-end jobs and a broken engagement. Even her hair’s a mess! But that’s going to change now that she’s taken over her late grandmother’s matchmaking business. All Annabelle has to do is land the Windy City’s hottest bachelor as her client, and she’ll be the most sought-after matchmaker in town. Nothing is going to stand in her way — not the drunk lying comatose under her car, not her family’s disapproval, and certainly not the lingering effects of a broken heart.

With his money green eyes and calculated charm, Heath Champion is the best sports agent in the country. He’s wealthy, driven, and gorgeous, so why does he need a matchmaker, especially a red-haired screw-up like Annabelle Granger? True, she’s entertaining, and she does have a certain quirky appeal. But Heath is searching for the ultimate symbol of his success — the perfect wife. And to make an extraordinary match, he needs an extraordinary matchmaker, right?

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Every few months I need to change things up in terms of my dark reads and this weekend I was on the search for a fun, light ,yet well written chick-lit/romantic comedy   and my good friend Google came up with this book. I was specifically searching for books similar to Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie which I read last year and absolutely loved…so much so that it made my Top Reads of 2016! I seriously love Google because this was exactly what I needed and ticked all the boxes I was looking for. You’ve got Annabelle, a wannabe matchmaker who’s fun, witty and spunky but also…and this is a must for me in my chick-lit….LIKEABLE! I immediately connected with her humor and imperfectness and just plain liked her. When she meets dark and dreamy Heath, I was all smiles because I really liked him and better yet, I could PICTURE him😍. Chalk that up to the snappy, realistic writing of the author.

I honestly would’ve been happy with just their storyline but the author adds to that with Portia, Annabelle’s type A matchmaker competition, Bodie, Heath’s “supposed” bodyguard and really good friend as well as Annabelle’s overbearing family and her book club. There’s characters aplenty and every one is well-developed! Another factor that I look for in outstanding romantic comedies is excellent dialogue that flows and is realistic and this book had it in spades. Needless to say, I enjoyed this so much I stayed up super late to finish it. Add this to your TBR if you’re looking for an entertaining, feel good read for summer…now I need to head over to Goodreads and check out Susan Elizabeth Phillips other books.

HAPPY READING!

More Throwback Thursday Picks Around the Blogosphere 

Cathy at Between the Lines Book Blog

Jill at Jill’s Book Cafe

Deanna at DeesRadReads and Reviews

Rebecca at BoofsBooks

Nicki at The Secret Library

Amanda at Literary Weaponry

Susan at Susan Loves Books

Julie at Novel Thrills and Chills

Caryl at Mrs. Bloggs Books

Ann Marie at Lit Wit Wine Dine

 

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 Feb, 2015

My Rating: 4/5 Stars

I, Thomas Clifford Donnely, am a manwhore.

I’ve been told I’m irresistible to women. Like catnip for a different type of pussy-cat. I guess you could call me a Tom Cat.

This is the story about how I lost my wingman, broke all my own rules, and found myself falling in love.

Tom Donnelly isn’t the marrying kind, or the dating kind. Even after losing his #1 wingman to love, he doesn’t see the point in relationships. When his sister’s best friend returns to Whidbey Island and propositions Donnelly for a one-night stand, he breaks one of his biggest rules—no fooling around with his sisters’ friends. It’s just sex, nothing more. That’s what Tom does and does well.

What happens when “just sex” isn’t enough?

Hailey King is more than a match for Tom’s flirtations. She’s known him most of her life and has heard the rumors about his “skills” for years. When her perfectly planned future falls apart, will the last man she should ever fall for turn out to be more than a one-night stand?

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With summer coming up, I thought this would be the perfect pick for you to add to your summer fun reads tbr! I’m the first to admit that mystery and crime fiction are my first loves, but every once in awhile I need to sit down with a glass of wine (or 2😉) and just read something fun and witty, where no one is disappearing or getting killed. Some may call them “palette cleansers” but I call them “feel good reads.” Whatever you call them, this book checks all the boxes for a fun, feel good, get lost in it read. I read this last summer and I was so pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed Tom! He’s your typical handsome, but commitment phobic type of guy….oh and super charming! It’s narrated by him and right off the bat I liked him. I really enjoyed Daisy Prescott’s writing style as well and will certainly be looking for more of her books this summer. If you’re like me and you typically enjoy Elin Hilderbrand and Emily Giffin for your summer reads, I think you’ll also enjoy Confessions of a Reformed Tom Cat.

HAPPY READING!

**For all you Throwback Thursday bloggers, if you don’t see your blog at the bottom of my post please leave me a comment here or DM me on Twitter because WordPress has been VERY bad about sending me links and I want to include everyone!!**

More Throwback Thursday Picks Around the Blogosphere 

Cathy at Between the Lines Book Blog

Jill at Jill’s Book Cafe

Deanna at DeesRadReads and Reviews

Rebecca at BoofsBooks

Claire at I’m a Coffeeholic Bookworm

Nicki at The Secret Library

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 June 2011 by Penguin 

My Rating: 5/5 Stars 

Alice Love is twenty-nine, crazy about her husband, and pregnant with her first child.

So imagine Alice’s surprise when she comes to on the floor of a gym and is whisked off to the hospital where she discovers the honeymoon is truly over — she’s getting divorced, she has three kids and she’s actually 39 years old. Alice must reconstruct the events of a lost decade, and find out whether it’s possible to reconstruct her life at the same time. She has to figure out why her sister hardly talks to her, and how is it that she’s become one of those super skinny moms with really expensive clothes.

Ultimately, Alice must discover whether forgetting is a blessing or a curse, and whether it’s possible to start over. 

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This book ticks a lot of my favorite must read boxes….funny, engaging, dramatic and characters I can connect with and root for. Although I only have 2 kids, I could put myself in Alice’s shoes and wonder what would happen if I went to spinning class (which I used to do but no longer..it’s hard😅), fell off my bike, hit my head and woke up believing I was 10 years younger and my life was peachy only to find out…nope, life is not all that good right now. If you like a well written dramatic read with humor, wisdom, and great characterization you’ll love What Alice Forgot!

Happy Reading!

Have you read this or think you’d like to? I’d love to hear from you in the comments

For more Throwback Thursday recommendations visit Rebecca The Book Whisperer at Boofsbooks.com and Nikki at The Secret Library Site

REVIEW: MY NOT SO PERFECT LIFE By Sophie Kinsella

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Published February 7th by The Dial Press

I’ve decided not to include a blurb with this review as I think it really gives too much of the plot away. I’m finding that this seems to be the case quite a lot lately. As we all know, sometimes it’s best not to know so much about a book before diving in as the fun of reading is often being surprised and not always knowing what’s around the corner.

In My Not So Perfect Life, we meet Katie Brenner who seems to have a pretty fabulous life…at least that’s what she portrays on Instagram. She’s got a job she (mostly) loves, is living in London, her dream city, and has recently developed an oh so little crush on a guy she’s just met. In fact, if you believe her Instagram feed,  she’s also frequenting posh restaurants and taking in all the London hot spots. Question is, is that her real life??

As is often the case, things in Katie’s “real” life aren’t all that rosy as her boss Demeter is somewhat of a disorganized nut who seems to be on the verge of a breakdown at times. Her apartment is crap and for the most part she’s financially broke. When things at work go from bad to worse, Katie decides to make some changes in her life. Where those changes will lead her, especially when life throws her some curveballs, is anyone’s guess but many readers will definitely enjoy finding out.

I want to preface the rest of my review by saying that I’ve read ALL of Sophie Kinsella’s standalones and have given all of them a 3 star rating or better. I was thrilled when Netgalley approved my request back in the fall as I’ve literally been waiting since the spring of 2014 when Wedding Night was published (5 stars from me) for her next standalone. So…it pains me to say that for many reasons this book didn’t work for me. While I think it started off fairly strong in typical Sophie Kinsella style with quick dialogue, snappy prose and such a complete readability in terms of how she presents a story, by about 35% I found myself debating about putting it in the DNF pile and moving on. What I feel was the biggest obstacle for me was that it was narrated in the first person perspective by Katie. In my opinion, Katie whined a lot, went off on random tangents, and just seemed to blather on and on so often I found myself hoping for a break from her. Not to mention some of her “revenge” tactics I found extremely immature and too over the top which resulted in me liking her even less. Ultimately, I think it was my extreme lack of connection to Katie that caused me to have issues with the whole story. For me, when I combine the first person narration with what I felt was A LOT of unnecessary “filler” in terms of her parents farm and the goings on there, it became a disappointing read. I did, however, continue reading with the slight hope that perhaps I would feel different after I saw how it all played out but in the end this story just didn’t work for me. All that being said,  I’ll still be waiting impatiently for her next standalone. Here’s hoping it comes sooner rather than later!

2/5 Stars

I would highly recommend Twenties Girl, Can You Keep a Secret, and Wedding Night if you’re interested in trying some of her other standalones

Many Thanks to Netgalley and Random House/ The Dial Press for my copy, I’m happy to provide an honest review.

BLOG TOUR & REVIEW: SMALL ADMISSIONS By Amy Poeppel

I’m so happy to be a stop today on the Blog Tour for Amy Poeppel’s  entertaining debut novel Small Admissions, published December 27th by Atria Books

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From the Publisher 

In SMALL ADMISSIONS, despite Kate Pearson’s innate ambition and Summa Cum Laude smarts, she has turned into a major slacker. After being unceremoniously dumped by her handsome, French “almost fiancé,” she abandons her grad school plans and instead spends her days lolling on the couch, watching reruns of Sex and the City, and leaving her apartment only when a dog-walking gig demands it. Her friends don’t know what to do other than pass tissues and hope for a comeback, while her practical sister, Angela, pushes every remedy she can think of, from trapeze class to therapy to job interviews.

Miraculously, and for reasons no one (least of all Kate) understands, she manages to land a job in the admissions department at the prestigious Hudson Day School. In her new position, Kate learns there’s no time for self-pity or nonsense during the height of the admissions season, or what her colleagues refer to as “the dark time.” As the process revs up, Kate meets smart kids who are unlikable, likeable kids who aren’t very smart, and Park Avenue parents who refuse to take no for an answer.

Meanwhile, Kate’s sister and her closest friends find themselves keeping secrets, hiding boyfriends, dropping bombshells, and fighting each other on how to keep Kate on her feet. On top of it all, her cranky, oddly charming, and irritatingly handsome downstairs neighbor is more than he seems. Through every dishy, page-turning twist, it seems that one person’s happiness leads to another’s misfortune, and suddenly everyone, including Kate, is looking for a way to turn rejection on its head, using any means necessary—including the truly unexpected.

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When we first meet Kate, she is living in a depressed limbo as a result of being recently dumped by her French boyfriend Robert. Not only is she depressed and unemployed, she’s also been crashing at her sister Angela’s who’d really like her to find her own place ASAP.  You see, Angela has went into hyperactive helicopter mode, trying in vain and to no avail, to “snap” Kate out of her funk. To top it all off, their parents, being hippie academics,  have decided to skip town and take an elongated sabbatical “living in the field.” Kate’s good friend Chloe and supposed good friend Vicki seem to be currently on the sidelines, with Chloe trying to (secretly) scout out a new man for Kate, and Vicki working through her underlying hostility towards Kate surrounding her breakup with Robert. Question is, why is she so hostile?

After a very cringeworthy, albeit pretty amusing interview with the head of Hudson, a private school in Manhattan, Kate somehow manages to secure a position as an assistant of admissions. It’s through this position that Kate begins to slowly put her life back together. At the Hudson school, we meet Henry who runs the school and Maureen who helps with Admissions. Kate’s interactions with both Maureen and Henry were some of my favorite in the whole book! I loved Maureen and thought Poeppel did a fantastic job bringing her character to life with her sarcastic , yet witty conversations with Kate.

Through Kate’s job at the Hudson school, we are treated to some fascinating (in ways both good and bad) kids and their crazy parents, all trying to gain admission with resumes that would make most adults exhausted. I thought Kate’s interviews with the students were some of the funniest parts of the book, mainly because she was usually completely inappropriate, veering into her personal life and asking the kids what they thought about her breakup. What?? Her write ups of the students also made me laugh. I actually wish we could’ve had MORE scenes between Kate and the students and parents as I imagine the author, having worked in private school admissions in NYC,  had more stories up her sleeve.

The narrative structure of the novel centers on shifting perspectives, allowing us to hear from Chloe, Angela ,Vicki, and Kate at different times throughout the book. Overall, this technique worked for me, although I’m not sure I needed all the extraneous details about the parents in the beginning. There’s also an interlude in the middle of the novel where letters between different characters are going back and forth, and I have to say, I found that technique unnecessary and slightly confusing. In the end, I most enjoyed Kate’s perspective and watching her grow from being a pouting slacker who let a jerk of a man disrupt her life so completely to a confident, independent, happy woman.  Is there a possible new love interest you ask? You’ll just have to read the book to find out.

There was a lot that worked for me in this debut novel: the dialogue was top notch and realistic; the overall pace minus the letters; strong, well-developed characters with Kate, Henry, and Maureen getting my “favorites” vote, and the ending, while somewhat predictable, fit with the story.  If you like chick-lit/women’s fiction I think you’ll enjoy this entertaining debut by Amy Poeppel. I look forward to reading whatever Amy sends our way in the future! Check out additional info, book trailer,  Rafflecopter giveaway , and buying sites below

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Amy Poeppel is a graduate of Wellesley College. She lives with her husband and three sons in New York City, where she worked in the admissions department of a prestigious independent school. She workshopped a theatrical version of SMALL ADMISSIONS at the Actors Studio Playwrights/Directors Unit. She later expanded it into this novel.

Amy began writing SMALL ADMISSIONS as a series of comedic dialogues after she and her husband went through the nerve-wrecking experience of interviewing at private schools for their sons. “I was convinced we were spectacularly bad at it,” she explains, “and I couldn’t stop thinking about how strangely we seemed to behave as soon as we sat down in front of an admissions officer. Sometimes I thought my husband bragged too much about our kids, other times I thought he was overly critical of them, and throughout the interviews, I felt like I was running interference, and I hated the impression we were making.” Soon after, she began working as the Assistant Director of Admissions at a prestigious day school in Manhattan. From the other side of the desk, as she interviewed parents, interacted with student applicants and participated in the banter of the admissions staff, she developed an appreciation for the nuanced drama and the pervasive humor of admissions, compounded by her previous experiences as a nervous parent facing an admissions officer. With these dual perspectives in mind, Poeppel set out to explore the absurd world of admissions with warmth, humor and above all, a deep appreciation for devoted, anxious parents and their dedicated admissions department counterparts, all through the eyes of a clever, yet flailing young woman trying her best to make sense of the acceptance and rejections in her own life.

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THROWBACK THURSDAY: ONE PLUS ONE By JoJo Moyes

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Published July 2014 by Pamela Dorman Books

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

One single mom. One chaotic family. One quirky stranger. One irresistible love story from the New York Times bestselling author of Me Before You

Suppose your life sucks. A lot. Your husband has done a vanishing act, your teenage stepson is being bullied and your math whiz daughter has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can’t afford to pay for. That’s Jess’s life in a nutshell—until an unexpected knight-in-shining-armor offers to rescue them. Only Jess’s knight turns out to be Geeky Ed, the obnoxious tech millionaire whose vacation home she happens to clean. But Ed has big problems of his own, and driving the dysfunctional family to the Math Olympiad feels like his first unselfish act in ages… maybe ever

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I have great love for mysteries and thrillers but every once in awhile I like to take a break and read something different, yet still engaging and maybe even funny. This book by JoJo Moyes fits that bill completely.  I know lots of us have read and loved Me Before You and wondered if she could write that well again with different characters. She can. And the great thing about this book is it’s completely different yet I was just as immersed in the characters and their very quirky journey to get to the math tournament. This would be a perfect read if you’ve been in a reading slump or just want to dive into a character driven, well-written story.

REVIEW: THE 4TH MAN By Lisa Gardner

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From Goodreads

To be published Jan 3, 2017 by Dutton

A young woman is found strangled in the stairwell of a college library, only her sneakers missing. With no physical evidence, no signs of sexual assault, and no witnesses, all the police have to go on are the three men who were in the library with her: her boyfriend and two campus security guards . . . all of whom have secrets, none of whom can be proven guilty.

Five years later, ex-FBI profiler Pierce Quincy and his wife, former police officer Rainie Conner, agree to consult on the still-unsolved case, delving into deep background to comb for any clue that will lead to the woman’s murderer. But with no leads and the case colder than the body, will they be able to build a case against one of the three suspects, or is there a fourth man out there? And if the killer has eluded the police this long, how far will he go to ensure justice is never served?

With Gardner’s singular ability to delve into the minds of criminals and law enforcement alike, The 4th Man is a shocking look at the reasons for taking a life . . . and just how far profilers need to go to learn them.

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Detective Sergent D D Warren is back in this intriguing, no frills short story by Lisa Gardner.  This time D D is working a ten year old cold case and she’s joined by FBI profiler Pierce Quincy and his partner/wife Rainie Connor. The victim, college student Jaylin Banks, was last seen studying by herself in the computer lab at the campus library. According to her boyfriend, James Duchovny, a local thug who was known for hard partying and violence toward women, he was with her at the library but got tired of waiting, left and arranged to meet her at a local bar when she finished. A short time later, she was found dead in a back stairwell of the library.

I have to say, when I requested this on Netgalley, I didn’t realize it was a short story. I saw it was a new release by one of my very favorite authors and hit request. It really doesn’t matter what Lisa writes, I’ll read it. I have read EVERY book she’s written to date and I can’t say that about any other author out there! So for D D Warren to be working with my old favorite, profiler Pierce Quincey, well that’s just a real treat. And in this instance, the blurb above is accurate and telling. There are several suspects, suspicious timelines , no evidence left at the scene, and a contained, secure murder location as everyone entering the library had to do so with an ID. As Pierce Quincy puts it…“this is the classic closed-room murder.”  In my opinion, no one writes about crime and law enforcement like Lisa Gardner and this short story proves it. Not only is this a mysterious ‘whodunit,’ it’s a ‘whydunit’ and I didn’t have either figured out!

If you love mysteries and crime thrillers and haven’t yet read Lisa Gardner, you really are missing out on fantastic writing, intricate plots, and characters you’ll love. If you’re hesitant about starting a new series, I should note that although I’ve read all her books, I didn’t always read them in order as far as the series go and this worked out fine for me. This short story will be released Jan 3, 2017 and is a prelude to her upcoming full length novel Right Behind You, featuring Pierce Quincy and Rainie Connor as they travel to the wilds of Oregon to catch a killer.

4/5 Stars

FRIDAY FINDS

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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!