EAGERLY ANTICIPATING: The It Girl, by Ruth Ware – Release Date: July 12, 2022
Synopsis: April Clarke-Cliveden was the first person Hannah Jones met at Oxford.
Vivacious, bright, occasionally vicious, and the ultimate It girl, she quickly pulled Hannah into her dazzling orbit. Together, they developed a group of devoted and inseparable friends—Will, Hugh, Ryan, and Emily—during their first term. By the end of the second, April was dead.
Now, a decade later, Hannah and Will are expecting their first child, and the man convicted of killing April, former Oxford porter John Neville, has died in prison. Relieved to have finally put the past behind her, Hannah’s world is rocked when a young journalist comes knocking and presents new evidence that Neville may have been innocent. As Hannah reconnects with old friends and delves deeper into the mystery of April’s death, she realizes that the friends she thought she knew all have something to hide…including a murder.
“The Agatha Christie of our generation” (David Baldacci, #1 New York Times bestselling author) proves once again that she is “as ingenious and indefatigable as the Queen of Crime” (The Washington Post) with this propulsive murder mystery that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
A woman receives an unexpected visitor during a deadly snowstorm in this chilling thriller from New York Times bestselling author Heather Gudenkauf.
That was my only addition to my shelves today, but who knows what might happen later? Meanwhile, I just started reading one of my new books by another favorite author: The Good Son, by Jacquelyn Mitchard.
As I ponder the books on my shelves, I am eagerly awaiting my new Baker’s Rack arriving Friday…and will be rearranging some of them. This little green shelf that contains my print TBR books, still unread, will be moving to my bedroom, and the Baker’s Rack will slide into the space on the left.
The disappearance of a young woman leaves her best friend reeling and an NYPD homicide detective digging into her own past in this twisty mystery about the power of female friendships. From the New York Times bestselling author of The Better Sister and The Wife.
EAGERLY ANTICIPATING: Stay Awake, by Megan Goldin – Release Date: 8/9/22 – I have the NetGalley ARC
In the vein of SJ Watson’s Before I Go to Sleep and Christopher Nolan’s cult classic Memento, Megan Goldin’s Stay Awake is an electrifying novel that plays with memory and murder.
Liv Reese wakes up in the back of a taxi with no idea where she is or how she got there. When she’s dropped off at the door of her brownstone, a stranger answers—a stranger who now lives in her apartment and forces her out in the cold. She reaches for her phone to call for help, only to discover it’s missing, and in its place is a bloodstained knife. That’s when she sees that her hands are covered in black pen, scribbled messages like graffiti on her skin: STAY AWAKE.
Two years ago, Liv was living with her best friend, dating a new man, and thriving as a successful writer for a trendy magazine. Now, she’s lost and disoriented in a New York City that looks nothing like what she remembers. Catching a glimpse of the local news, she’s horrified to see reports of a crime scene where the victim’s blood has been used to scrawl a message across a window, the same message that’s inked on her hands. What did she do last night? And why does she remember nothing from the past two years? Liv finds herself on the run for a crime she doesn’t remember committing as she tries to piece together the fragments of her life. But there’s someone who does know exactly what she did, and they’ll do anything to make her forget—permanently.
A complex thriller that unfolds at a breakneck speed, Stay Awake will keep you up all night.
Today I am watching an old favorite show, Lipstick Jungle. I purchased it for Amazon Prime a while ago, and when I am bored, I turn to shows like this one.
I like the conversations and the friendships, not to mention the beautiful apartments in which the women live. I especially love the Baker’s Rack in Nico’s apartment, since I am obsessed with that piece of furniture. I had a Baker’s Rack I loved in my condo a few years ago. I no longer have it, but I am looking around for a replacement. Below, on the right, is the piece I used to have.
Now I am looking for another one, and saw some in an ad. I need to go to a store to find one, though, as shipped items usually require assembly on my end. Something like the one below. I have the perfect spot for it in my new dining room. Of course, I will have to rearrange a few things, but that’s okay.
Today I should go back to reading my book, as I’ve been watching shows nonstop since yesterday. My current read is an older book I bought in 2017: Same Beach, Next Year, by Dorothea Benton Frank.
What are you enjoying this weekend? Reading? Movies? Outings?
EAGERLY ANTICIPATING: The Golden Couple, by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen – Release Date: 3/8/22
The Golden Couple is the next electrifying novel from Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen, the #1 New York Times bestselling author duo behind You Are Not Alone, An Anonymous Girl, and The Wife Between Us.
If Avery Chambers can’t fix you in 10 sessions, she won’t take you on as a client. Her successes are phenomenal–she helps people overcome everything from domineering parents to assault–and almost absorb the emptiness she sometimes feels since her husband’s death.
Marissa and Mathew Bishop seem like the golden couple–until Marissa cheats. She wants to repair things, both because she loves her husband and for the sake of their 8-year-old son. After a friend forwards an article about Avery, Marissa takes a chance on this maverick therapist, who lost her license due to controversial methods.
When the Bishops glide through Avery’s door and Marissa reveals her infidelity, all three are set on a collision course. Because the biggest secrets in the room are still hidden, and it’s no longer simply a marriage that’s in danger.
“The night was expected to bring tragedy.” So begins one of the most highly-anticipated thrillers in recent years.
It’s New Year’s Eve 1999. Y2K is expected to end in chaos: planes falling from the sky, elevators plunging to earth, world markets collapsing. A digital apocalypse. None of that happens. But at a Blockbuster Video in New Jersey, four teenagers working late at the store are attacked. Only one inexplicably survives. Police quickly identify a suspect, the boyfriend of one of the victims, who flees and is never seen again.
Fifteen years later, more teenage employees are attacked at an ice cream store in the same town, and again only one makes it out alive.
In the aftermath of the latest crime, three lives intersect: the lone survivor of the Blockbuster massacre who’s forced to relive the horrors of her tragedy; the brother of the fugitive accused, who’s convinced the police have the wrong suspect; and FBI agent Sarah Keller who must delve into the secrets of both nights—stirring up memories of teen love and lies—to uncover the truth about murders on the night shift.
Twisty, poignant, and redemptive, The Night Shift is a story about the legacy of trauma and how the broken can come out on the other side, and it solidifies Finlay as one of the new leading voices in the world of thrillers.
From Rachel Hawkins, the New York Times bestselling author of The Wife Upstairs, comes Reckless Girls, a deliciously wicked gothic suspense, set on an isolated Pacific island with a dark history, for fans of Lucy Foley and Ruth Ware.
Today I am continuing to read my First Book of the Year, and I am more than half-finished with this chunkster:
EAGERLY ANTICIPATING: My Darling Husband, by Kimberly Belle – a book released and downloaded today…
Everyone is about to know what her husband isn’t telling her…
Jade and Cam Lasky are by all accounts a happily married couple with two adorable kids, a spacious home and a rapidly growing restaurant business. But their world is tipped upside down when Jade is confronted by a masked home invader. As Cam scrambles to gather the ransom money, Jade starts to wonder if they’re as financially secure as their lifestyle suggests, and what other secrets her husband is keeping from her.
Cam may be a good father, a celebrity chef and a darling husband, but there’s another side he’s kept hidden from Jade that has put their family in danger. Unbeknownst to Cam and Jade, the home invader has been watching them and is about to turn their family secrets into a public scandal.
With riveting twists and a breakneck pace, My Darling Husband is an utterly compelling thriller that once again showcases Kimberly Belle’s exceptional talent for domestic suspense.
Welcome to another Book Release Tuesday! I have been waiting for this new book for weeks, it seems. And today I downloaded it!
My Darling Husband, by Kimberly Belle, is aheart-pounding thriller…telling the tale of a masked home invader that reveals the cracks in a marriage.
Currently I am reading a book that has been on my Kindle since December 2020! I rediscovered it during one of my Backlog Events. This Colleen Hoover book has been holding me hostage since I began reading it. Why did I leave it so long?Laylatakes the reader through some ghostly moments, and I wasn’t sure where we would go from there.