Weekend Reading (Part One)

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I am looking forward to this novel, Tangerine by Christine Mangan. Always on the hunt for a good page turner, this sounds exotic and suspenseful! This one has been compared to Patricia Highsmith who wrote the creepy and excellent book, The Talented Mr. Ripley.

Tangerine comes out in 2018, so add to your Amazon or Goodreads list now.

Synopsis:

The last person Alice Shipley expected to see since arriving in Tangier with her new husband was Lucy Mason. After the accident at Bennington, the two friends—once inseparable roommates—haven’t spoken in over a year. But there Lucy was, trying to make things right and return to their old rhythms. Perhaps Alice should be happy. She has not adjusted to life in Morocco, too afraid to venture out into the bustling medinas and oppressive heat. Lucy—always fearless and independent—helps Alice emerge from her flat and explore the country. 

But soon a familiar feeling starts to overtake Alice—she feels controlled and stifled by Lucy at every turn. Then Alice’s husband, John, goes missing, and Alice starts to question everything around her: her relationship with her enigmatic friend, her decision to ever come to Tangier, and her very own state of mind.

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Blackbird: A Novel by Michael Fiegel was intense and interesting and I can’t say I absolutely LOVED it, but I was intrigued and curious where the story was headed. I’ve heard that this has been optioned for film which I have no trouble believing as the plot is a very commercial one and I can almost imagine an actress like Millie Bobby Brown playing Christian.

Synopsis:

A cold-blooded killer-for-hire, Edison North drifts across America from city to city, crime scene to crime scene, leaving behind the world in flames. But during a random bloodbath at a fast food restaurant, Edison meets Christian, a young girl who mirrors his own vacant stare and stink of “other.” Though it’s been a long time since he felt anything resembling a human connection, something about this desperately lonely child calls to him. Edison feels certain she deserves better. And while he is not convinced that he can give her that, he can make her stronger. So begin the chronicles of Edison North―and his protégé.

As Edison begins Christian’s strange apprenticeship, Christian looks back upon her fractured upbringing and the training that made her into the killer she’s become. What follows is a brilliant―and ultimately tender―character study of two outsiders whose improbably forged bond unleashes a new facet of the human experience between them―and a jagged slash of violence on the world around them.

If you like gritty page turners about killers and the young apprentices they groom, this is the book for you!

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This novel is getting loads of accolades in the literary world and even Stephen King gave it a glowing review. My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent grabbed my attention just by reading the synopsis and I knew it was a book I had to read. Its up next on my Kindle and I wanted to share it with you immediately.

It’s up next on my Kindle and I wanted to share it with you immediately.

Here’s what you need to know: 

Turtle Alveston is a survivor. At fourteen, she roams the woods along the northern California coast. The creeks, tide pools, and rocky islands are her haunts and her hiding grounds, and she is known to wander for miles. But while her physical world is expansive, her personal one is small and treacherous: Turtle has grown up isolated since the death of her mother, in the thrall of her tortured and charismatic father, Martin. Her social existence is confined to the middle school (where she fends off the interest of anyone, student or teacher, who might penetrate her shell) and to her life with her father.

Then Turtle meets Jacob, a high-school boy who tells jokes, lives in a big clean house, and looks at Turtle as if she is the sunrise. And for the first time, the larger world begins to come into focus: her life with Martin is neither safe nor sustainable. Motivated by her first experience with real friendship and a teenage crush, Turtle starts to imagine escape, using the very survival skills her father devoted himself to teaching her. What follows is a harrowing story of bravery and redemption. With Turtle’s escalating acts of physical and emotional courage, the reader watches, heart in throat, as this teenage girl struggles to become her own hero—and in the process, becomes ours as well.

I can’t wait to sit down and read this book which sounds like an incredible ‘coming of age’ story!

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“I awoke beside a dead man. I may have gotten away with murder.” What an epic first line to a novel!

An amazing author, Chris Bohjalian’s newest novel, The Flight Attendant, sounds like another best seller. It has a compelling plot, is well written and promises to keep the reader hooked. What could be better?

Here’s the synopsis: 

Cassandra Bowden is no stranger to hungover mornings. She’s a binge drinker, her job with the airline making it easy to find adventure; and the occasional blackouts seem to be inevitable. She lives with them, and the accompanying self-loathing. When she awakes in a Dubai hotel room, she tries to piece the previous night back together, already counting the minutes until she has to catch her crew shuttle to the airport. She quietly slides out of bed, careful not to aggravate her already pounding head, and looks at the man with whom she spent the night. She sees his dark hair. His utter stillness. And the blood, a slick, still, wet pool on the crisp white sheets.

Afraid to call the police—she’s a single woman alone in a hotel room far from home—Cassie begins to lie. She lies as she joins the other flight attendants and pilots in the van. She lies on the way to Paris as she works the first-class cabin. She lies to the FBI agents in New York who meet her at the gate. Soon it’s too late to come clean or face the truth about what really happened back in Dubai. Could she have killed him? If not, who did? 

This is due out in 2018.

I’m almost done with Virtually Perfect by Paige Roberts and I love it! I hesitate to use the label “chick lit” and rather say it’s smart women’s commercial fiction. Well written, funny, and engaging, I knew from page one that it was going to be a great novel and it is.

Here’s the synopsis:

Not so long ago, Lizzie Glass had a successful TV show, a cookbook deal, and a social diary crammed with parties and events. But fame doesn’t stay fresh for long. Her show fizzles, her magazine column is canceled, and Lizzie’s only option is a summer job as personal chef to the Silvesters, a wealthy and eccentric family.
 
Their beach house is a lavish, beautifully decorated palace on the Jersey Shore, and Lizzie gets to work catering to Kathryn and Jim Silvester’s fashionably restrictive diets. But it’s their twenty-something
daughter who presents Lizzie with her biggest challenge—professionally and personally. A self-proclaimed “wellness warrior,” Zoe Silvester has a hugely popular website and app that promotes healthy living and organic, unprocessed foods. Yet Lizzie soon realizes that The Clean Life site has a dirty little secret. In fact, Zoe’s entire online persona is based on a dangerous hoax that runs deep and will damage lives. Exposing Zoe won’t just jeopardize Lizzie’s job and a promising new relationship—it may expose the cracks in her own past.

As I’ve mentioned, I have been reading countless mysteries and thrillers so Virtually Perfect was exactly the book I needed for a break in those genres. I am looking for more books like this one so if you have recommendations, let me know!