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 Sept. 2015 By Scout Press

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

On the eve of her daughter’s wedding, June Reid’s life is completely devastated when a shocking disaster takes the lives of her daughter, her daughter’s fiancé, her ex-husband, and her boyfriend, Luke—her entire family, all gone in a moment. And June is the only survivor.

Alone and directionless, June drives across the country, away from her small Connecticut town. In her wake, a community emerges, weaving a beautiful and surprising web of connections through shared heartbreak.

From the couple running a motel on the Pacific Ocean where June eventually settles into a quiet half-life, to the wedding’s caterer whose bill has been forgotten, to Luke’s mother, the shattered outcast of the town—everyone touched by the tragedy is changed as truths about their near and far histories finally come to light

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I have to say I passed over this book MANY times because the cover looks so boring and average! When I finally picked this up last year I read it in one sitting, it just captured my attention so much. In fact, this made my top 10 reads of 2016 list! The writing drew me in and June’s character kept me turning the pages…would she survive the tragedy of losing everyone who mattered? If she does persevere, what will life be like for her? So many questions surrounded June’s story and here’s another one…why was June the only one NOT in that house?? I know I couldn’t stop reading until I found out these answers. This is a fantastic character driven story with mystery and drama….tissues may be needed.

Happy Reading!

Throwback Recommendations around the blogosphere

Claire at I’m a Coffeeholic Bookworm

Deanna at Deesradreadsandreviews

Susan at Susan Loves Books

Patty at Moohnshinescorner

Ashley at The Bookish Mommy

Julie at Novel Thrills and Chills Review

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

This week I scoured my TBR to find this Pick which I added in May 2012! How I haven’t gotten to it, I have no idea because it still sounds so good. If you’ve read it or think you’d like to , I’d love to hear your thoughts. See what you think….

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Published January 2010 by Minotaur Books

Marked by tragedy, traumatized at the age of eight, Michael, now eighteen, is no ordinary young man. Besides not uttering a single word in ten years, he discovers the one thing he can somehow do better than anyone else. Whether it’s a locked door without a key, a padlock with no combination, or even an eight-hundred pound safe … he can open them all. It’s an unforgivable talent. A talent that will make young Michael a hot commodity with the wrong people and, whether he likes it or not, push him ever close to a life of crime. Until he finally sees his chance to escape, and with one desperate gamble risks everything to come back home to the only person he ever loved, and to unlock the secret that has kept him silent for so long.

Steve Hamilton steps away from his Edgar Award-winning Alex McKnight series to introduce a unique new character, unlike anyone you’ve ever seen in the world of crime fiction.

Happy Reading!!

For more Throwback Thursday recommendations check out Rebecca’s blog at Boofsbooks.com

 

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

THROWBACK THURSDAY: SLIPPING INTO DARKNESS By Peter Blauner

 

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Throwback Thursday continues as I scour my shelf for old favorites . I like that these older books are usually much easier than new releases to get a hold of at libraries and elsewhere.

My pick this week is:

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Published January 2006 by Little, Brown and Company

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

When a twenty-year-old murder case comes back to life, a detective must race against his failing sight to unravel the mystery

When Allison Wallis was beaten to death, Detective Francis X. Loughlin found the killer—Julian Vega, a teenager with a crush on the murdered girl. Using his natural sense of empathy, he cozied up to young Julian, convincing him to give a confession that would put him away until he was thirty-six.

Twenty years later, Julian is finally out of jail, attempting to remember how to live in a world without bars, and Detective Loughlin is still on the job, his sight fading, though his instincts are still sharp. But when Allison’s blood appears at a new crime scene, everything he thought he knew about that long-ago murder is called into question. Was it really Allison they buried? Was Julian actually the killer? And if he wasn’t, who else is in danger now?

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Although this book was published many years ago, I just read it in 2014 when a good reading friend passed it along to me. I have a strong interest in stories where teenagers under 18 are pitted against our criminal justice system. In light of the recent success of Making a Murderer and Serial Season 1 with Adnan Syad, this book explores many of the same legal, ethical, and moral issues highlighted in those stories. It’s also a fantastic mystery with some of the best characterization I’ve read in recent years. These characters are flawed; they feel real. And if you can figure out the answers to the above questions at the end of the blurb, you’re a better detective than me because I didn’t have this puzzle figured out! If you like mysteries with flawed characters that pull your emotional strings, I think you’ll love this book.

If you’ve already read this one, drop me a quick comment, I’d love to hear what you thought of it:)

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.

THROWBACK THURSDAY:THE STRANGER ON THE TRAIN By Abbie Taylor

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I’m really liking the idea of continuing on with this Throwback Thursday theme every week. I like that these older books are usually much easier than new releases to get a hold of at libraries and elsewhere. My pick this week is:

 

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Published May 27th, 2014 by Atria Books

My Rating: 4 Stars

From Goodreads

Your baby has been stolen by a stranger. The police won’t listen. What would you do?

Abbie Taylor shows remarkable flair in this involving and intriguing debut novel.
A young mother’s nightmare comes true… the tube doors close with her baby still on the train. Struggling as a single mother, Emma sometimes wishes that her thirteen-month-old son Ritchie would just disappear. But when, one quiet Sunday evening, Ritchie is abducted by a stranger on the London Underground, Emma is thrown into a situation worse than she could have ever imagined.
But why don’t the police seem to fully believe her story? Why would they think that she would want to hurt her own baby?
If Emma wants Richie back, it looks like she’ll have to find him herself. With the help of a stranger called Rafe, the one person who seems to believe her, she goes in search of her son. And she is determined to get him back… no matter what it takes. 

If you like psychological thrillers and mysteries I really think you’ll enjoy this book. The writing is great and there’s a pervasive feeling of dread throughout as you’re  not quite sure who’s telling the truth and how it all plays out.

Has anyone read this one? Feel free to share your thoughts and your own Throwback recommendation in the comment section:)

THROWBACK THURSDAY: STILL MISSING by Chevy Stevens

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Published: July, 2010

Publisher: St.Martins Press

My Rating: 5 Stars

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On the day she was abducted, Annie O’Sullivan, a 32-year-old realtor, had three goals—sell a house, forget about a recent argument with her mother, and be on time for dinner with her ever-patient boyfriend. The open house is slow, but when her last visitor pulls up in a van as she’s about to leave, Annie thinks it just might be her lucky day after all.

Still Missing interweaves the year Annie spent as the captive of a psychopath in a remote mountain cabin, which unfold through sessions with her psychiatrist, with a second narrative following the events after her escape—her struggle to piece her shattered life back together and the ongoing police investigation into the identity of her captor.

Still Missing is a shocking, visceral, brutal and beautifully crafted novel. (less)

If you’re a fan of thrillers with shocking endings, this book is for you. It’s original, nail-biting and disturbing with an ending I never saw coming. The way the story unfolds creates so much suspense that you’ll want to read this book in one sitting so be prepared to clear your calendar for the day!!

THROWBACK THURSDAY:THE LAST CHILD By John Hart

 

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Courtesy of Fabonlinemagazine.com

I wanted to do a weekly post to share a book from the past…either one I’ve read and loved or one that I still want to read that’s gotten lost in my TBR pile…so I thought Throwback Thursday would be a good day to do it!

 

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Published: 2009

Read & My Rating: 5/5 Stars  

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Thirteen year-old Johnny Merrimon had the perfect life: a warm home and loving parents; a twin sister, Alyssa, with whom he shared an irreplaceable bond. He knew nothing of loss, until the day Alyssa vanished from the side of a lonely street. Now, a year later, Johnny finds himself isolated and alone, failed by the people he’d been taught since birth to trust. No one else believes that Alyssa is still alive, but Johnny is certain that she is—confident in a way that he can never fully explain.

Determined to find his sister, Johnny risks everything to explore the dark side of his hometown. It is a desperate, terrifying search, but Johnny is not as alone as he might think. Detective Clyde Hunt has never stopped looking for Alyssa either, and he has a soft spot for Johnny. He watches over the boy and tries to keep him safe, but when Johnny uncovers a dangerous lead and vows to follow it, Hunt has no choice but to intervene.

Then a second child goes missing…

If you like extremely well-written and plotted mysteries then this book is for you. John Hart’s writing is top notch as he draws you into these characters lives, especially Johnny’s, and you won’t want to stop turning the pages until you, like Johnny, find out what happened to his sister. Highly recommended!