Weekend Reading

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I don’t typically read YA books but since my Young Adult novel, The Blondes of Bel Air is coming out in September, I was curious about a popular book called One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus.

I love the concept; five kids in detention and one dies leaving the other four as possible suspects. Each of the kids has a reason for not liking the boy who died, but which would want to see him dead?

The story is told from alternate points of view of the students and they all have their own storyline. This was a really compelling book and I thoroughly enjoyed the suspense!

Here’s the synopsis:

On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention. Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.  Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess. Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.  Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher. And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?

Even if you aren’t into YA books, this one is a solid read that has cross over appeal!

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I haven’t read this one yet but I can’t wait to start. I am seriously addicted to mysteries and suspense books lately and I just want to devour every one I come across.

The Best Kind of People by Zoe Whittall is getting great reviews, it’s another book with a great plot!

Check it out:

A local schoolteacher is arrested for a heinous crime, leaving his family to wrestle with the possibility of his guilt in this exquisite novel about loyalty, truth, and happiness.

George Woodbury, an affable teacher, and beloved husband and father, is arrested for sexual impropriety at a prestigious prep school. His wife, Joan, vaults between denial and rage as the community she loved turns on her. Their daughter, Sadie, a popular over-achieving high school senior, becomes a social pariah. Their son, Andrew, assists in his father’s defense, while wrestling with his own unhappy memories of his teen years. A local author tries to exploit their story, while an unlikely men’s rights activist attempts to get Sadie onside their cause. With George locked up, how do the members of his family pick up the pieces and keep living their lives? How do they defend someone they love while wrestling with the possibility of his guilt?

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This was a quick read that pulled me in on page one, Final Girls by Riley Sager. I’m sure you’ve seen this or read about it because it seems like I can’t go anywhere without seeing a review of it!

Here are the details:

Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie–scale massacre. In an instant, she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to—a group of similar survivors known in the press as the Final Girls. Lisa, who lost nine sorority sisters to a college dropout’s knife; Sam, who went up against the Sack Man during her shift at the Nightlight Inn; and now Quincy, who ran bleeding through the woods to escape Pine Cottage and the man she refers to only as Him. The three girls are all attempting to put their nightmares behind them, and, with that, one another. Despite the media’s attempts, they never meet.

Now, Quincy is doing well—maybe even great, thanks to her Xanax prescription. She has a caring almost-fiancé, Jeff; a popular baking blog; a beautiful apartment; and a therapeutic presence in Coop, the police officer who saved her life all those years ago. Her memory won’t even allow her to recall the events of that night; the past is in the past. 

That is, until Lisa, the first Final Girl, is found dead in her bathtub, wrists slit, and Sam, the second, appears on Quincy’s doorstep. Blowing through Quincy’s life like a whirlwind, Sam seems intent on making Quincy relive the past, with increasingly dire consequences, all of which makes Quincy question why Sam is really seeking her out. And when new details about Lisa’s death come to light, Quincy’s life becomes a race against time as she tries to unravel Sam’s truths from her lies, evade the police and hungry reporters, and, most crucially, remember what really happened at Pine Cottage, before what was started ten years ago is finished.

I thought I had it all figured out but I was wrong, which is good. I’m sure the author wants to keep the reader guessing and she did. If you love a mystery/suspense then you will enjoy Final Girls!

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A story about a  writer whose world gets enmeshed with that of her character? Yes please! That’s the idea behind Lies She Told by Cate Holahan. I LOVE a book that has an unusual plot, how many times have we seen the same basic idea over and over? When stories come along that are fresh and new it makes reading a joy for those of us who are obsessive readers!

Synopsis:

Liza Jones has thirty days to write the thriller that could put her back on the bestseller list. In the meantime, she’s struggling to start a family with her husband, who is distracted by the disappearance of his best friend, Nick. With stresses weighing down in both her professional and her personal life, Liza escapes into writing her latest heroine.

Beth is a new mother who suspects her husband is cheating on her while she’s home alone providing for their newborn. Angry and betrayed, Beth sets out to catch him in the act and make him pay for shattering the illusion of their perfect life. But before she realizes it, she’s tossing the body of her husband’s mistress into the river.

Then the lines between fiction and reality begin to blur. Nick’s body is dragged from the Hudson and Liza’s husband is arrested for his murder. Before her deadline is up, Liza will have to face up to the truths about the people around her, including herself. If she doesn’t, the end of her heroine’s story could be the end of her own.

 

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Another psychological thriller to enjoy is Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker. I’ve seen this one again and again, getting awesome reviews. It’s high up on my To Read list and I have a feeling that its one of those books you start and read into the night.

Synopsis:

One night three years ago, the Tanner sisters disappeared: fifteen-year-old Cass and seventeen-year-old Emma. Three years later, Cass returns, without her sister Emma. Her story is one of kidnapping and betrayal, of a mysterious island where the two were held. But to forensic psychiatrist Dr. Abby Winter, something doesn’t add up.

Looking deep within this dysfunctional family Dr. Winter uncovers a life where boundaries were violated and a narcissistic parent held sway. And where one sister’s return might just be the beginning of the crime.

A disappearance, kidnapping, dysfunctional family? This has all the ingredients for a compelling read!