TUESDAY POTPOURRI: “KEEP HER SAFE”

Welcome to another Tuesday celebrating bookish events, First Chapter/Intros, hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea; and Teaser Tuesdays hosted by The Purple Booker.

Today’s feature is an e-book from the brilliant thriller writer Sophie Hannah:  Keep Her Safe…

LIANE MORIARTY says that “No one writes twisted, suspenseful novels quite like Sophie Hannah.” Packed with twists and clues, simmering with tension, this electrifying new thriller shows why.

 

 

Intro:  (Prologue)

For the longest time, I thought my sister, Emory, was the lucky one.  Sometimes I still feel that way.  She died before they could kill her.  No life at all is better than a life spent waiting to die.

The hardest thing is when the Kind Smiles promise I’ll survive—not just another day or week, but until I’m an adult, maybe even until I’m old.  If that’s true…but it can’t already be true if it hasn’t happened yet.  If it does in the future, I’ll have to stop envying the sister I never met and start feeling guilty because I made it and she didn’t.

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(I inadvertently purchased this book in a paperback version (a month ago), with a different title:  Did You See Melody?  I was frustrated to learn this, of course, but I’m trying to enjoy the book).

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Teaser:  I guessed right:  he’s willing to stay and talk if I don’t talk about Melody or our situation.  That means more time with the gun pointed at my head, but it’s worth it.  Anything’s better than the ropes digging into my wrists and ankles, cutting off my circulation. (61%).

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Synopsis: She’s the most famous murder victim in America. What if she’s not dead?

Pushed to the breaking point, Cara Burrows flees her home and family and escapes to a five-star spa resort she can’t afford. Late at night, exhausted and desperate, she lets herself into her hotel room and is shocked to find it already occupied — by a man and a teenage girl.

A simple mistake at the front desk… but soon Cara realizes that the girl she saw alive and well in the hotel room is someone she can’t possibly have seen: the most famous murder victim in the country, Melody Chapa, whose parents are serving natural life sentences for her murder.

Cara doesn’t know what to trust — everything she’s read and heard about the case, or the evidence of her own eyes. Did she really see Melody? And is she prepared to ask herself that question and answer it honestly if it means risking her own life?

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What do you think?  Would you keep reading?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: A FRENZIED MORNING…

Tuesdays have turned into my second favorite day of the week, and today brought an extra layer of frenzy. 

I had a NetGalley review of The Stolen Marriage to post on Amazon.

Then I wrote and posted my review of the fabulous Little Fires Everywhere, which I finished reading late last night.

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Then…finally, I went to check out my Amazon bookmarks for new releases…and downloaded these two (so far):

Odd Child Out (e-book), by Gilly Macmillan (I feel like I’ve been waiting forever!)

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Without Merit (e-book), by Colleen Hoover

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Next I went over to my Tuesday Excerpts post and started visiting blogs that are also sharing their snippets.

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An added layer of frenzy today came from an action I took yesterday.  After Firefox updated my browser, I ran into some glitches which required that I clear out my cookies.  I hadn’t remembered that I would then have to enter all my site passwords AGAIN!  LOL.  More time-consuming, but it did feel as though I had gotten a fresh start.

Whew!  I am now tired, so I plan to start reading my next ARC, The Rules of Magic, by Alice Hoffman, with a release date of 10/10.  I need to hurry!

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What does your Tuesday look like?  Do you have a scheduled set of frenzied activities?  Or is your day calm and relaxed?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: CURLING UP WITH BOOKS, ETC.

A simple lunch yesterday offered the opportunity to curl up and read…and ponder what lies ahead in the week.

Currently I am reading two books, which I don’t do very often, but one is an e-book and the other is a print version.

Dangerous Crossing, by Rachel Rhys, is an interesting story about a young woman traveling from England to Australia…and how everything about her life changes before she arrives in the “promised land.”

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Then there is the light and fun romp, I’ll Have What She’s Having, by Erin Carlson, a peek behind the scenes as Nora Ephron writes and sometimes directs three of my favorite rom-coms:  When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, and You’ve Got Mail.

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Later today I have an appointment for a hair styling…with no color.  I wonder how that will turn out?

I am determined, however, to go natural…and avoid the skin reactions.

What does your day look like?  What new books are bringing their special joy?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: NEW RELEASE DAY!

It is Tuesday again!  I love Tuesdays…although my plans to cut back on book buying are forgotten…for that one day, anyway.

Today I downloaded two books (so far), and both begin with the letter “Y.”  Here they are:

Y is for Yesterday, by Sue Grafton

The darkest and most disturbing case report from the files of Kinsey Millhone, Y is for Yesterday begins in 1979, when four teenage boys from an elite private school sexually assault a fourteen-year-old classmate—and film the attack.  Not long after, the tape goes missing and the suspected thief, a fellow classmate, is murdered. In the investigation that follows, one boy turns state’s evidence and two of his peers are convicted. But the ringleader escapes without a trace.
       
Now, it’s 1989 and one of the perpetrators, Fritz McCabe, has been released from prison. Moody, unrepentant, and angry, he is a virtual prisoner of his ever-watchful parents—until a copy of the missing tape arrives with a ransom demand. That’s when the McCabes call Kinsey Millhone for help. As she is drawn into their family drama, she keeps a watchful eye on Fritz. But he’s not the only one being haunted by the past. A vicious sociopath with a grudge against Millhone may be leaving traces of himself for her to find…

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Young Jane Young, by Gabrielle Zevin

Aviva Grossman, an ambitious congressional intern in Florida, makes the mistake of having an affair with her boss–and blogging about it. When the affair comes to light, the beloved congressman doesn’t take the fall. But Aviva does, and her life is over before it hardly begins: slut-shamed, she becomes a late-night talk show punch line, anathema to politics.

She sees no way out but to change her name and move to a remote town in Maine. This time, she tries to be smarter about her life and strives to raise her daughter, Ruby, to be strong and confident. But when, at the urging of others, Aviva decides to run for public office herself, that long-ago mistake trails her via the Internet and catches up–an inescapable scarlet A. In the digital age, the past is never, ever, truly past. And it’s only a matter of time until Ruby finds out who her mother was and is forced to reconcile that person with the one she knows.

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Each promises hours of wonderful reading.  What are you adding to your shelves today/this week?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: OGLING NEW RELEASE BOOKS….

It is time for new releases…again!  Don’t you love Tuesday Release Day?

One new release that I had pre-ordered came to Pippa, my Kindle, late last night, even though today is technically the release date.  But I am not complaining.

A Stranger in the House, by Shari Lapena, is one I’ve been ogling for a while.  I loved the author’s previous book, The Couple Next Door, so it was a no-brainer to add this one to my list.

 

In this neighborhood, danger lies close to home. A domestic thriller packed full of secrets, and a twisty story that never stops—from the bestselling author of The Couple Next Door

He looks at her, concerned. “How do you feel?” She wants to say,
Terrified. Instead, she says, with a faint smile, “Glad to be home.

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And then I downloaded Seeing Red, by Sandra Brown, another new release.

 

#1 New York Times bestselling author Sandra Brown delivers nonstop suspense and supercharged sexual tension in a thriller about tainted heroism and vengeance without mercy.

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That’s all I have so far, but by this afternoon, there might be more.  I subscribe to a service that e-mails new release titles in my favorite genres.  I always feel as if I’m opening a Christmas package when I get the notice.

I am trying to cut down just a bit on my purchased books…in the last two months, my numbers are lower than they were in the earlier months of the year.

In the months from January through June, the numbers were in the double digits…yikes!  But in July, I purchased seven books…and so far in August, nine.

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Do you eagerly await new releases? Do you buy more books, or borrow them?  Do you add more review books than purchased ones?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: PAST & PRESENT MOMENTS….

Seashells and roses…my favorite things in a bathroom.  Candles, too.  This little grouping is so familiar that sometimes I don’t even see it.  But when I was dusting the other day, I took another look.  And remembered how many years I’ve had that “shoe with the roses” piece…and I had to really stop and think.  I know that I first wanted something like that after seeing one in a bathroom back in 1977.  Yes, I do mimic what I see in other people’s bathrooms.  LOL.

I’ve had it for years!  I know I had it in my townhouse…and then in the foothill house where I lived afterwards for thirteen years.

I’ve been here ten years.  But I have moved things around, added the seashells, and the little “roses” china saucer with soap came straight out of my country cupboard in the dining area.  I like to re-purpose and use things in new ways.

So…I guess that Old Shoe and Roses thing is almost an antique.  LOL. 

I’m always surprised when so many things survive the various moves.  Even though I haven’t moved as much as I once did—this is only my fourth home since 1988.  In the 1970s alone, however, I moved fourteen times!  For a while, I remembered all the addresses.

I didn’t have as much stuff back then.  I didn’t have a camera for a while, either, so I couldn’t memorialize my various places like I do now.

So…pardon that walk down memory lane.  Funny how one or two trinkets can whisk us right into the past.

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As for the present, today is Tuesday Release Day, and I finally got my hands on The Good Daughter, by Karin Slaughter, a searing, spellbinding blend of cold-case thriller and psychological suspense.

Two girls are forced into the woods at gunpoint. One runs for her life. One is left behind…

Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn’s happy small-town family life was torn apart by a terrifying attack on their family home. It left their mother dead. It left their father — Pikeville’s notorious defense attorney — devastated. And it left the family fractured beyond repair, consumed by secrets from that terrible night.

Twenty-eight years later, and Charlie has followed in her father’s footsteps to become a lawyer herself — the ideal good daughter. But when violence comes to Pikeville again — and a shocking tragedy leaves the whole town traumatized — Charlie is plunged into a nightmare. Not only is she the first witness on the scene, but it’s a case that unleashes the terrible memories she’s spent so long trying to suppress. Because the shocking truth about the crime that destroyed her family nearly thirty years ago won’t stay buried forever…

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Today I’m having lunch with my daughter and youngest grandson (her son), who is almost fifteen!  How is that possible?  We’re celebrating her birthday (next Sunday is the actual day).  On that day, we’re having a champagne brunch with a group, but today it will be just us.

I had to pick a day that she wasn’t working and which I knew for sure wasn’t Jury Duty day.  I’m still calling in each night.  I hope I can slide the whole week!

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What does your Tuesday look like?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: “SUNDAY MORNING COMING DOWN”

Welcome to another Tuesday celebrating bookish events, First Chapter/Intros, hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea; and Teaser Tuesdays hosted by The Purple Booker.

Today’s feature is my current read, the seventh book in the Frieda Klein series:  Sunday Morning Coming Down, by Nicci French.

 

Intro:  All at once the flat was full of noises.  The phone rang, stopped, then rang again.  The mobile rattled on the table.  The doorbell sounded once, twice, and at the same time there was a thumping sound on the door itself.  Detective Chief Inspector Karlsson lifted himself from his chair on to his crutches, moved to the door and opened it.

A very short, very thin woman was looking at him with a frown.  Her gingery-brown hair was cut almost to a bristle at the back, but with a long fringe that fell over one eye.  She had a narrow, pale face, slightly asymmetrical, with colourless brows and eyes the brown of cinnamon.  She was dressed in a black anorak, baggy grey jumper, dark trousers and orange trainers.  Behind her the rain was falling.  Her face was wet with it.  The branches of a plane tree creaked above her.

‘I’m Chief Inspector Petra Burge.’

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Teaser:  And then it was the easiest thing in the world.  Easier than the first time.  Easier than the niece.  Easier than Reuben McGill.  It was what he’d been telling himself:  you have to learn to improvise, be in a state of readiness and wait for the perfect moment. (p. 203).

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Synopsis (from Goodreads):  Psychotherapist Dr Frieda Klein once again finds herself in the midst of a criminal investigation when the rotting body of an ex-policeman is found beneath the floorboards of her house.

The corpse is only months old but the main suspect, murderer Dean Reeve, died over seven years ago.

As the killer picks off his next victims and her home is turned into a crime scene, Frieda’s old life seems like a hazy dream.

With eyes of the world upon her and no answers from the police, Frieda realises that she will have to track this killer before he tracks down those she loves.

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I love this series.  There are recurring characters and a thread that weaves its way through all of the books, from the beginning.  Will this be the book that snips that thread?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: “THE SECRETS SHE KEEPS”

Welcome to another Tuesday celebrating bookish events, First Chapter/Intros, hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea; and Teaser Tuesdays hosted by The Purple Booker.

Today’s featured book is a recent download:  The Secrets She Keeps, by Michael Robotham, a riveting suspense novel about the unlikely friendship between two pregnant women that asks: how far would you go to create the perfect family?

 

Intro:  (Agatha)

I am not the most important person in this story.  That honor belongs to Meg, who is married to Jack, and they are the perfect parents of two perfect children, a boy and a girl, blond and blue-eyed and sweeter than honey cakes.  Meg is pregnant again and I couldn’t be more excited because I’m having a baby too.

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Teaser:  (Agatha)

After the introductions, I’m shown into the room they call “the parlor,” where I perch on the edge of the sofa, knees together.  Everything in the room seems to match, with the same floral pattern on the curtains, the cushions, and the wastepaper basket.  Tea and cake are served.  I’m starving, but I’m on crumb watch. (p. 56).

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Synopsis:  Agatha is pregnant and works part-time stocking shelves at a grocery store in a ritzy London suburb, counting down the days until her baby is due. As the hours of her shifts creep by in increasing discomfort, the one thing she looks forward to at work is catching a glimpse of Meghan, the effortlessly chic customer whose elegant lifestyle dazzles her. Meghan has it all: two perfect children, a handsome husband, a happy marriage, a stylish group of friends, and she writes perfectly droll confessional posts on her popular parenting blog—posts that Agatha reads with devotion each night as she waits for her absent boyfriend, the father of her baby, to maybe return her calls.

When Agatha learns that Meghan is pregnant again, and that their due dates fall within the same month, she finally musters up the courage to speak to her, thrilled that they now have the ordeal of childbearing in common. Little does Meghan know that the mundane exchange she has with a grocery store employee during a hurried afternoon shopping trip is about to change the course of her not-so-perfect life forever…

With its brilliant rendering of the secrets some women hold close and a shocking act that cannot be undone, The Secrets She Keeps delivers a dark and twisted page-turner that is absolutely impossible to put down.

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What do you think?  Do the excerpts grab you?  Would you keep reading?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: A BONANZA OF BOOKS….

Good morning!  It’s Tuesday, which means…New Book Releases Day!

Last week, I only downloaded ONE book…but this week, I hit the bonanza.  Yes, I keep a list of books I want and their release dates.

Here’s what I downloaded today:

The Almost Sisters, by Joshilyn Jackson

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Bring Her Home, by David Bell

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Before We Were Yours, by Lisa Wingate

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The Secrets She Keeps, by Michael Robotham

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Yesterday,  I downloaded a NetGalley review book from one of my all-time favorite authors, Joyce Maynard.  It is a memoir, and for those who don’t enjoy that genre, let me tell you that Joyce does them better than anyone else I know.  I’ve read a couple of her memoirs.

This one:  The Best of Us, brings us many of the ingredients we enjoy in a novel.

 

Synopsis:  In 2011, when she was in her late fifties, beloved author and journalist Joyce Maynard met the first true partner she had ever known. Jim wore a rakish hat over a good head of hair; he asked real questions and gave real answers; he loved to see Joyce shine, both in and out of the spotlight; and he didn’t mind the mess she made in the kitchen. He was not the husband Joyce imagined, but he quickly became the partner she had always dreamed of.

Before they met, both had believed they were done with marriage, and even after they married, Joyce resolved that no one could alter her course of determined independence. Then, just after their one-year wedding anniversary, her new husband was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. During the nineteen months that followed, as they battled his illness together, she discovered for the first time what it really meant to be a couple–to be a true partner and to have one.

This is their story. Charting the course through their whirlwind romance, a marriage cut short by tragedy, and Joyce’s return to singleness on new terms, The Best of Us is a heart-wrenching, ultimately life-affirming reflection on coming to understand true love through the experience of great loss.

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I am looking forward to this one, to be released on September 5.  I will be reading it this month, though.

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What books are you celebrating this week.  This month?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: “NEW RELEASE” OBSESSION….

Good morning!  It’s Tuesday, which means….Book Release Day!  How many years did it take for me to learn this fact?  I started noticing that my e-ARCs were all released on a Tuesday.  Then I signed up for a site that e-mails the new releases on each Tuesday.  Duh…I think I’ve got it now!

Today’s new release, and one which I pre-ordered, because I didn’t want to take the chance of FORGETTING about it:  The Child, by Fiona Barton.

 

As an old house is demolished in a gentrifying section of London, a workman discovers a tiny skeleton, buried for years. For journalist Kate Waters, it’s a story that deserves attention. She cobbles together a piece for her newspaper, but at a loss for answers, she can only pose a question: Who is the Building Site Baby?

As Kate investigates, she unearths connections to a crime that rocked the city decades earlier: A newborn baby was stolen from the maternity ward in a local hospital and was never found. Her heartbroken parents were left devastated by the loss.

But there is more to the story, and Kate is drawn—house by house—into the pasts of the people who once lived in this neighborhood that has given up its greatest mystery. And she soon finds herself the keeper of unexpected secrets that erupt in the lives of three women—and torn between what she can and cannot tell…

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I loved her previous book, The Widow.  (Click title for my review).

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Here’s another book released today, which I have not yet downloaded…Hmm.  How long before I do?  Best guess?

The Cafe by the Sea, by Jenny Colgan….

 

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Years ago, Flora fled the quiet Scottish island where she grew up — and she hasn’t looked back. What would she have done on Mure? It’s a place where everyone has known her all her life, where no one will let her forget the past. In bright, bustling London, she can be anonymous, ambitious… and hopelessly in love with her boss.

But when fate brings Flora back to the island, she’s suddenly swept once more into life with her brothers — all strapping, loud, and seemingly incapable of basic housework — and her father. Yet even amid the chaos of their reunion, Flora discovers a passion for cooking — and find herself restoring dusty little pink-fronted shop on the harbour: a café by the sea.

But with the seasons changing, Flora must come to terms with past mistakes — and work out exactly where her future lies…

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Her previous book, The Bookshop on the Corner, is calling to me, too.  Should I read this one first?  What do you think?

 

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Nina Redmond is a librarian with a gift for finding the perfect book for her readers. But can she write her own happy-ever-after? In this valentine to readers, librarians, and book-lovers the world over, the New York Times-bestselling author of Little Beach Street Bakery returns with a funny, moving new novel for fans of Nina George’s The Little Paris Bookshop.

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What a dilemma!  So many lovely books, and what’s even worse:  I already have many, many books on Pippa…and on my stacks that I really should read first.  Sigh.  Check out my stack of more recent “up next” books, which doesn’t even count all those on the shelves in my office.

 

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Some older TBR print books below, in my office:

 

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But adding books to my stacks and my Kindle is an obsession…which is what this blog is all about. 

Do you have obsessions about books?  Other things?

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