Weekend Reading

Wow! I read a little about this book on a random website and knew right away I had to read it. When Caroline Kepnes gives an author a front cover quote, you know it’s going to be good and IT IS. I started it on the 14th and have been glued to it when I have free time. This will be published in June so add it to your Goodreads To-Read list immediately.
If you like books such as Gone Girl, Luckiest Girl Alive, The Good Samaritan, The Woman in the Window…you know, creepy thriller suspense type stories, you will love Jar of Hearts.
I’m a  little over halfway through and am eager to continue reading. I think I’m a pretty fickle reader, often not finishing books if they don’t grab me but when I find one I like, I become an obsessive reader, most times reading well into the night.
Here’s what you need to know:
At 30 years old, Georgina, known as Geo, is a rising executive when her world comes crashing down. Her high school boyfriend has been identified and arrested for a series of serial murders, including Angela, Geo’s best friend in high school. Angela disappeared without a trace at 16 and her body has just been found. Now Geo is under arrest for helping her then-boyfriend hide her best friend’s body. And it’s one of her other close friends in high school, Kaiser Brody, who arrests her. 
While Geo is sent to prison for her part, Calvin escapes from custody and is on the run. At 35 years old, Geo is about to be released from prison to try and start over. But someone has started killing people and dumping their bodies in her old neighborhood, with some of the markers of the missing Sweetbay Strangler—her old boyfriend Calvin. Is these killings some kind of message from Calvin? Are they some of revenge? Is she herself now in danger?
Everything turns on what really happened that tragic night back when Geo and Angela were 16 years old. Everyone thinks they know the truth, but there are dark secrets buried deep within other secrets, and it may be too late for anyone to survive the truth.
The author, Jennifer Hillier, is LIVING MY DREAM because Jar of Hearts is being made into a movie! Very excited and deserved!
Still Me by Jojo Moyes is the third novel in the Louisa Clarke series which includes  Me Before You and Me After You. I swear sitting down with this book was exactly like settling in for a cozy nap on a rainy afternoon. I almost feel like Louisa is an old friend, one whose company I really enjoy.
Louisa is now in New York City where’s she has been hired as a companion to a wealthy woman whose lavish yet lonely lifestyle proves money can’t buy happiness. She has left behind her boyfriend Sam and they attempt to do the long-distance relationship thing but it’s a challenge. Naturally there are misunderstandings and hurt feelings and Louisa is trying so hard to do everything right but things just don’t go her way. She meets a handsome man who looks so much like her past love, Will, that she finds herself drawn to him which complicates her feelings for Sam.
It’s a sweet story and full of what we all loved in Me Before You. Louisa is such a great, likable character. She’s funny and warm and has a kind, good heart which makes the reader want everything to fall into place for her, but because Jojo Moyes is so brilliant, she throws obstacles in Louisa’s way that make us alternately cheer her on or want to offer her a cup of tea and a shoulder to cry on.

If I were a literary agent, I would look for quirky books like The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry and Tell The Wolves I’m Home and Only Love Can Break Your Heart, all of which I highly recommend.  Mr. Flood’s Last Resort by Jess Kidd seems to have that same quality.
Here is the premise:
Maud Drennan is a dedicated caretaker, but her sunny, capable disposition and snappy quips mask a deep sadness. A tragic childhood event left her in the company of a cast of patron saints who pop in and out of her life like unwelcome tourists. She tries to find solace in her hard work in London…but then she meets the inimitable Mr. Flood.
A menace by all accounts, Cathal Flood is a widower living alone in a Gothic Dorset mansion crawling with collector’s items and feral cats. Stubborn as anything and an extreme hoarder, he has been battling his son’s attempts to move him into an old age home, and rumor has it he sent his last caretaker to the madhouse.
But Maud is this insolent old man’s last chance: if she can help him get the house in order, he might be able to fend off the deportation. So the unlikely pair begin to cooperate, connecting over their shared love of folk tales and their suspicion of Gabriel, Cathal’s overbearing son. Still, shadows are growing in the cluttered corners of the mansion, hinting at buried family secrets, and reminding Maud that she doesn’t really know this man at all. When she starts poking around, the forgotten case of a missing local schoolgirl comes to light, and a full-steam search for answers begins.
It sounds like a great book to sit down with over a weekend and read straight through. Its been described as both funny and sad,  with quirky characters and there’s a mysterious element to it as well. As soon as I’m finished with Jar of Hearts, this is the book I’m going to read!

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