Weekend Reading

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This week I was in the mood for a chilling thriller and since I’d read about You by Caroline Kepnes becoming a movie, and knew I had it on my Kindle, I pulled that up.

The story is creepy and kind of gross and sick, yet I found myself turning the pages quickly wanting to see how this insane story would unfold. After I finished You, I immediately began Hidden Bodies which is a continuation of You. You can’t see me but I’m giving Caroline Kepnes a standing ovation here in writing not one but two books that kept me glued to the pages! GLUED.

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As a writer, I know it’s hard to write an unlikable character that readers will want to learn about, the character has to be interesting enough to hold the attention of the reader and on some level, the person reading the book has to want to character to succeed, much like how we (at least me) wanted Walter White to get away with his crimes on Breaking Bad.

And Caroline manages to do just that, reminding me of Jessica Knoll’s Luckiest Girl Alive, another book where the main character wasn’t nice and lovely, but was fascinating just the same.

If you haven’t read Caroline’s novels and you love a thriller, read them now! Here are the Amazon links, Hidden Bodies and You.

White Oleander by Janet Fitch was an incredible book, easily one of the top books I’ve ever read. Paint it Black was excellent too. Now this ultra talented author is back with The Revolution of Marina M. Her writing is absolutely amazing and this slice of literary excellence is due out in November so mark your calendar, Goodreads list or Amazon pre-order.

Here’s what you need to know: 

St. Petersburg, New Year’s Eve, 1916. Marina Makarova is a young woman of privilege who aches to break free of the constraints of her genteel life, a life about to be violently upended by the vast forces of history. Swept up on these tides, Marina will join the marches for workers’ rights, fall in love with a radical young poet, and betray everything she holds dear, before being betrayed in turn.

As her country goes through almost unimaginable upheaval, Marina’s own coming-of-age unfolds, marked by deep passion and devastating loss, and the private heroism of an ordinary woman living through extraordinary times. This is the epic, mesmerizing story of one indomitable woman’s journey through some of the most dramatic events of the last century.

I cannot fathom the amount of research that went into writing this novel!

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Completely switching gears to something a little lighter, let’s look at Doree Shafrir’s novel, Startup.

Mack McAllister has a $600 million dollar idea. His mindfulness app, TakeOff, is already the hottest thing in tech and he’s about to launch a new and improved version that promises to bring investors running and may turn his brainchild into a $1 billion dollar business—in startup parlance, an elusive unicorn. 

Katya Pasternack is hungry for a scoop that will drive traffic. An ambitious young journalist at a gossipy tech blog, Katya knows that she needs more than another PR friendly puff piece to make her the go-to byline for industry news.  Sabrina Choe Blum just wants to stay afloat. The exhausted mother of two and failed creative writer is trying to escape from her credit card debt and an inattentive husband—who also happens to be Katya’s boss—as she rejoins a work force that has gotten younger, hipper, and much more computer literate since she’s been away. 

Before the ink on Mack’s latest round of funding is dry, an errant text message hints that he may be working a bit too closely for comfort with a young social media manager in his office. When Mack’s bad behavior collides with Katya’s search for a salacious post, Sabrina gets caught in the middle as TakeOff goes viral for all the wrong reasons. As the fallout from Mack’s scandal engulfs the lower Manhattan office building where all three work, it’s up to Katya and Sabrina to write the story the men in their lives would prefer remain untold. 

Definitely lighter and less serious than the other books featured today! This is a great book to relax with and enjoy.

Another page turner for you. What’s with me where this is the type of novel that I want to read? Keep the psychological thrillers coming, please!

Obsession by Amanda Robson offers up some (more) unlikable characters in a suspenseful story that’s dark yet intriguing.

Take a look: 

One evening, a wife asks her husband a question: who else would you go for, if you could?It is a simple question – a little game – that will destroy her life.  Carly and Rob are a happy couple. They share happy lives with their children and their close friends Craig and Jenny. They’re lucky.

But beneath the surface, no relationship is simple: can another woman’s husband and another man’s wife ever just be good friends? Little by little, Carly’s question sends her life spiraling out of control, as she begins to doubt everything she thought was true. Who can she trust? The man she has promised to stick by forever, or the best friend she has known for years? And is Carly being entirely honest with either of them?

Note to self: Don’t ask husband any questions that might open doors to a dark twisty path.

Coming in September!  See The Blondes of Bel Air  Pinterest board here!

I am going to start this one over the weekend. Have you read any good thrillers lately? Let me know!

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