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I was pulled right away from page one, and wow, was this a fantastic book! Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman was an A+ story that surpassed my expectations, especially for a debut novel.  There’s a lot of action which keeps things moving along and everything moves at an excellent pace.

I only have a few chapters until I’m finished but couldn’t wait to share this book with you, pre-order it now, add it to your Goodreads list!

Here’s the synopsis:

Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with big plans. Passionately in love, they embark on a dream honeymoon to the tropical island of Bora Bora, where they enjoy the sun, the sand, and each other. Then, while scuba diving in the crystal blue sea, they find something in the water. . . .

Suddenly the newlyweds must make a dangerous choice: to speak out or to protect their secret. After all, if no one else knows, who would be hurt? Their decision will trigger a devastating chain of events.

 

At first, I thought the ‘something in the water’ was going to be a shark or some kind of threat but I was WRONG. When I read suspenseful thrillers like this, I don’t want to give too much away and you are better off not knowing a lot so that the twists and turns are unexpected and fun.

I think Something In The Water will be one of my 2018 favorites for sure and I HIGHLY recommend it!

 

I remember when I read Emily Giffin’s first book and I just couldn’t get enough of her writing so I eagerly read the second and was not disappointed!  Emily has gone on to write many novels and her latest is called All We Ever Wanted.

Here’s what you need to know:

Nina Browning is living the good life after marrying into Nashville’s elite. More recently, her husband made a fortune selling his tech business, and their adored son has been accepted to Princeton. Yet sometimes the middle-class small-town girl in Nina wonders if she’s strayed from the person she once was.

Tom Volpe is a single dad working multiple jobs while struggling to raise his headstrong daughter, Lyla. His road has been lonely, long, and hard, but he finally starts to relax after Lyla earns a scholarship to Windsor Academy, Nashville’s most prestigious private school.

Amid so much wealth and privilege, Lyla doesn’t always fit in—and her overprotective father doesn’t help—but in most ways, she’s a typical teenaged girl, happy and thriving. Then, one photograph, napped in a drunken moment at a party, changes everything. As the image spreads like wildfire, the Windsor community is instantly polarized, buzzing with controversy and assigning blame.

At the heart of the lies and scandal, Tom, Nina, and Lyla are forced together—all questioning their closest relationships, asking themselves who they really are, and searching for the courage to live a life of true meaning.

I am so excited to read this new book, it sounds like a novel that will be hard to put down!

 

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I knew from the description of The Banker’s Wife by Cristina Alger that I had to read this novel. It combines so many elements that I find interesting; mysterious plane crash, secrets, a reporter who wants to uncover mysteries, a wife who wants the truth…I’m already loving it!

 

On an early morning in November, a couple boards a private plane bound for Geneva, flying into a storm. Soon after, it simply drops off the radar, and its wreckage is later uncovered in the Alps. Among the disappeared is Matthew Lerner, a banking insider at Swiss United, a powerful offshore bank. His young widow, Annabel, is left grappling with the secrets he left behind, including an encrypted laptop and a shady client list. As she begins a desperate search for answers, she determines that Matthew’s death was no accident, and that she is now in the crosshairs of his powerful enemies.

Meanwhile, ambitious society journalist Marina Tourneau has finally landed at the top. Now that she’s engaged to Grant Ellis, she will stop writing about powerful families and finally be a part of one. Her entry into the upper echelons of New York’s social scene is more appealing than any article could ever be, but, after the death of her mentor, she agrees to dig into one more story. While looking into Swiss United, Marina uncovers information that implicates some of the most powerful men in the financial world, including some who are too close to home. The story could also be the answer to Annabel’s heartbreaking search—if Marina chooses to publish it.

Everything about this book sounds like its going to be incredible and the early reviews are coming in, full of high praise!

 

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Looking for a five-star novel that’s described as a “rollercoaster” and “thrilling” and “brilliant”? Then look no further than The Child Next Door by Shalini Boland. This is at the tippy top of my To Read list! Just the kind of scary, nail-biting, twisty story that makes me want to stay home reading all weekend.

 

Kirstie Rawlings is jolted awake by a child crying. Racing upstairs to check on her new-born, she is plunged into every parents’ worst nightmare. She hears an unknown voice in the baby monitor, saying: ‘Let’s take the child – and go.’

Is someone trying to steal her little girl? 

In the bedroom, her daughter is safe asleep in her cot. Is the voice coming from a nearby house? But there aren’t any other babies living on her quiet country road…

The police don’t believe her. And neither does her husband. Kirstie knows something isn’t right. She thought she could trust her neighbours, now she isn’t sure. As she unravels the secrets of the people living on her street, Kirstie’s perfect life begins to fall apart.

Because someone is hiding a terrible lie. And they will do anything to stop Kirstie uncovering the truth. But is the danger closer to home than she thinks?

I am so eager to begin this one!

 

What are you currently reading? My YA mystery, The Blondes of Bel Air is available here, and my Low-Oxalate, Anti-Inflammatory Cookbook is available for pre-order here!