Books

Weekend Reading

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I was in the mood for a creepy page-turner of a story and Lie With Me by Sabine Durrant was just what I wanted. Reminiscent of YOU by Caroline Kepnes in the creepiness factor, the story centers around an arrogant, struggling has-been novelist named Paul, my favorite kind of narrator for this type of book, an unreliable one. You never know his true intention and while the reader is aware of some of his deceptions, we aren’t quite certain if he’s a misguided soul or a truly evil one.

Paul finds love (or does he?) with a wealthy widow named Alice and becomes enmeshed in her life. He begins a string of lies which grow bolder as he gets closer to Alice. A vacation in Greece is the perfect backdrop for Paul’s deeds. Did he rape a young girl? Did he kill a girl years ago during a time in Greece that he can barely recall?

I’m not quite finished with the book but I am HOOKED and am eager to finish it today.  Lie With Me will definitely be a big success and I can clearly see it as a movie. If an author can cast an eerie feeling over an entire novel and keep you guessing, then its a job well done.

It’s not a glamorous book but its so deep with detail that if you are struggling with your health, you must get your hands on it. Healing Chronic Candida by Cynthia Perkins explains all about this terrible, insidious health issue named Candida.

I would guess that most people have a candida overgrowth and getting rid of it is very, very hard. I was diagnosed with candida (not a yeast infection) last year and am still battling it. Things that make candida grow are processed foods, carbs, sugar, even fruit. Stress makes it worse. Certain lifestyle choices will make candida grow. And the symptoms of a candida overgrowth can seriously impact your health and ability to digest certain foods. After reading the book, I need to book a session with Cynthia because she really knows her stuff!

I love how Cynthia gets into the nitty-gritty of candida and the causes, things that make it worse, and so much more.

Here’s the official synopsis:

Candida is among the most complicated, resilient, cunning, enigmatic, multifaceted, and adaptive organisms to be found. Chronic candida is exceptionally difficult to treat and very poorly understood. Even many doctors, practitioners and remedy manufacturers who specialize in candida do not possess a deep understanding of the organism’s complexity, depth, adaptable nature, and uncanny ability to survive. Cynthia Perkins been researching and analyzing it for nearly three decades, and in Healing Candida, she imparts the wisdom she has gained to those struggling with chronic candida.

If you have an interest in health or are struggling, I highly recommend this book. It’s so well written and gives so much valuable information that I was hooked and read it quickly.

If one of my favorite authors gives a book a glowing blurb, you bet I’m going to read it! Peter Swanson (The Kind Worth Killing) said Best Friends Forever by Margot Hunt, “Kept me guessing till the very end” and I have to agree.

This was a great book, a suspenseful story about two friends. When Kat’s husband is found dead, an apparent murder, Alice gets pulled into the investigation. Is she a suspect? And how well does she really know her best friend of three years? Did Kat set her up?

Best Friends Forever is brilliantly written and one of my favorite books of this past year.

Alice thought she knew everything about her best friend Kat, from the secrets of her wealthy family to the fact that behind closed doors Kat’s husband Howard is a drunk and a bully.

But now Howard has been found dead, having plunged to his death from the balcony of their highly desirable mansion, and the police are convinced he’s been murdered.

So why in her time of need has Kat stopped answering Alice’s phone calls and texts. Why won’t Kat’s family allow Alice to visit her anymore? And why are the detectives looking directly at Alice in relation to Howard’s death?

This is one of those books that you read in a single sitting because you really want to know what happened!

 

Up next is The Girl Who Lived by Christopher Greyson. Another thriller! I’m looking forward to reading this over the weekend. Here’s what you need to know:

 

Ten years ago, four people were brutally murdered. One girl lived.

No one believes her story. The police think she’s crazy. Her therapist thinks she’s suicidal. Everyone else thinks she’s a dangerous drunk.
They’re all right–but did she see the killer?

As the anniversary of the murders approaches, Faith Winters is released from the psychiatric hospital and yanked back to the last spot on earth she wants to be–her hometown where the slayings took place. Wracked by the lingering echoes of survivor’s guilt, Faith spirals into a black hole of alcoholism and wanton self-destruction. Finding no solace at the bottom of a bottle, Faith decides to track down her sister’s killer–and then discovers that she’s the one being hunted.

How can one woman uncover the truth when everyone’s a suspect–including herself?

This has all the ingredients for a fast-paced, thrilling reading experience!

This novel pulled at my heart from beginning to end! I love the title, The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne was so good. I especially loved the beginning, a poor Irish girl gets pregnant out of wedlock and is thrown out of her town. She gives her baby up for adoption and unknowingly crosses paths with him over and over again throughout the course of their lives. The book is not so much about her as it is about Cyril, the child she gave up.

Cyril is adopted by a strange couple who constantly remind him that he’s adopted so he never feels like part of the family. Cyril is befriended by a handsome, reckless boy named Julian and eventually, Cyril finds himself falling in love with Julian. Hiding his feelings, Cyril experiences many problems while accepting his sexuality and identity. The book is more emotional and deeper than what I can express here but I found myself thinking about the characters after I finished the story.

The book begins in 1945 and ends in the present day, you will experience a gamut of emotions throughout every chapter. Another must-read for 2017!

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The Pearl Sister by Lucinda Riley is book four in her seven sisters series. I’ve read books 1-3 and look forward to this one. I don’t know how the author writes such huge, epic stories so quickly but she does, and every book is SO GOOD. I love her writing and highly recommend any of her other books if you are looking for a sweeping tale that will hook you immediately.

Here’s what you need to know:

CeCe D’Aplièse has never felt she fitted in anywhere. Following the death of her father, the elusive billionaire Pa Salt – so-called by the six daughters he adopted from around the globe and named after the Seven Sisters star cluster – she finds herself at breaking point. Dropping out of art college, CeCe watches as Star, her beloved sister, distances herself to follow her new love, leaving her completely alone.

In desperation, she decides to flee England and discover her past; the only clues she has are a black-and-white photograph and the name of a woman pioneer who lived in Australia over one hundred years ago. En-route to Sydney, CeCe heads to the one place she has ever felt close to being herself: the stunning beaches of Krabi, Thailand. There amongst the backpackers, she meets the mysterious Ace, a man as lonely as she is and whom she subsequently realises has a secret to hide . . .

A hundred years earlier, Kitty McBride, daughter of an Edinburgh clergyman, is given the opportunity to travel to Australia as the companion of the wealthy Mrs McCrombie. In Adelaide, her fate becomes entwined with Mrs McCrombie’s family, including the identical, yet very different, twin brothers: impetuous Drummond, and ambitious Andrew, the heir to a pearling fortune.

When CeCe finally reaches the searing heat and dusty plains of the Red Centre of Australia, she begins the search for her past. As something deep within her responds to the energy of the area and the ancient culture of the Aboriginal people, her creativity reawakens once more. With help from those she meets on her journey, CeCe begins to believe that this wild, vast continent could offer her something she never thought possible: a sense of belonging, and a home . . .