CURLING UP WITH GOOD BOOKS…

Today I’m participating in Sam’s WWW Wednesdays Here’s how it works:

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next, and/or what are you eagerly awaiting?

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CURRENTLY READING:

I’ve been reading  A Season to Lie (Detective Gemma Monroe Novel), by Emily Littlejohn.  I thought I might finish it today, but I got caught up in some errands involving deeds and other documents. 

Maybe tonight I will finish.

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BOOKS FINISHED SINCE LAST WEEK: (Click Titles/Covers for My Reviews)

Fragments of the Lost (e-book), by Megan Miranda

Little Broken Things (e-book), by Nicole Baart

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING: 

I will be waiting quite a while for this book, but I think it will be worth the wait. (Release Date:  August 7, 2018).  Our House, by Louise Candlish, is a disturbing and addictive novel of domestic suspense where secrets kept hidden from spouses cause shocking surprises that hit home…

 

Synopsis:  There’s nothing unusual about a new family moving in at 91 Trinity Avenue. Except it’s her house. And she didn’t sell it.

When Fiona Lawson comes home to find strangers moving into her house, she’s sure there’s been a mistake. She and her estranged husband, Bram, have a modern coparenting arrangement: bird’s nest custody, where each parent spends a few nights a week with their two sons at the prized family home to maintain stability for their children. But the system built to protect their family ends up putting them in terrible jeopardy. In a domino effect of crimes and misdemeanors, the nest comes tumbling down.

Now Bram has disappeared and so have Fiona’s children. As events spiral well beyond her control, Fiona will discover just how many lies her husband was weaving and how little they truly knew each other. But Bram’s not the only one with things to hide, and some secrets are best kept to oneself, safe as houses.

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I can’t wait to read this one…and I am also looking forward to the books on my list this week.  What are you anticipating?  What have you been reading?

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BOOKISH LOVE ON A HUMP DAY…

Today I’m participating in Sam’s WWW Wednesdays Here’s how it works:

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next, and/or what are you eagerly awaiting?

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CURRENTLY READING:

I just started reading Fragments of the Lost, by Megan Miranda:  From the New York Times bestselling author of All the Missing Girls and The Perfect Stranger comes a suspenseful psychological mystery about one girl’s search to uncover the truth behind her ex-boyfriend’s death. Perfect for fans of We Were Liars and 13 Reasons Why.

 

BOOKS FINISHED SINCE LAST WEEK: (Titles/Covers Linked to My Reviews)

A Bella Flora Christmas (Novella – Ten Beach Road), by Wendy Wax

Without Merit, by Colleen Hoover

The Cruelest Month (CI Gamache Mystery), by Louise Penny

The Wife Between Us (e-book), by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen -(NetGalley – 1/9/18)

READING NEXT:  MAYBE…I have several review ARCs just languishing on Pippa…

Watch Me (e-book), by Jody Gehrman (NetGalley – 1/23)

Synopsis:  Kate Youngblood is disappearing. Muddling through her late 30s as a creative writing professor at Blackwood college, she’s dangerously close to never being noticed again. The follow-up novel to her successful debut tanked. Her husband left her for a woman ten years younger. She’s always been bright, beautiful, independent and a little wild, but now her glow is starting to vanish. She’s heading into an age where her eyes are less blue, her charm worn out, and soon no one will ever truly look at her, want to know her, again.

Except one.

Sam Grist is Kate’s most promising student. An unflinching writer with razor-sharp clarity who gravitates towards dark themes and twisted plots, his raw talent is something Kate wants to nurture into literary success. But he’s not there solely to be the best writer. He’s been watching her. Wanting her. Working his way to her for years.

As Sam slowly makes his way into Kate’s life, they enter a deadly web of dangerous lies and forbidden desire. But how far will his fixation go? And how far will she allow it?

A gripping novel exploring intense obsession and illicit attraction, Jody Gehrman introduces a world where what you desire most may be the most dangerous thing of all.

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I love twisty suspense novels…with intense obsession and illicit attraction…

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IT IS HUMP DAY…& TIME TO SHARE BOOKISH LOVE…

Today I’m participating in Sam’s WWW Wednesdays Here’s how it works:

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next, and/or what are you eagerly awaiting?

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CURRENTLY READING:

Without Merit (e-book), by Colleen Hoover

I am thoroughly enjoying this book with a quirky family and a first person narrator who keeps me intrigued.

“Not every mistake deserves a consequence. Sometimes the only thing it deserves is forgiveness.”

Poignant and powerful, Without Merit explores the layers of lies that tie a family together and the power of love and truth.

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BOOKS FINISHED SINCE LAST WEEK: (Titles/Covers Linked to My Reviews)

Merry & Bright (e-book), by Debbie Macomber

Bonfire (e-book), by Krysten Ritter

Play It as It Lays (e-book), by Joan Didion

Moral Defense (e-book, Book Two Samantha Brinkman), by Marcia Clark

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

Since I just finished reading Book Two in Marcia Clark’s Samantha Brinkman series, I am eager to start the third one.  I don’t know if there will be more after that one, but I love the fact that Book 3 is available now.  Usually books I am eager to read have upcoming release dates, so I am delighted to be able to download it soon.

Snap Judgment (e-book, Book 3 Samantha Brinkman), by Marcia Clark

Synopsis:  In the third installment of Marcia Clark’s bestselling series, attorney Samantha Brinkman’s investigation into a family’s deadly secrets is compromised by a threat from her past.

When the daughter of prominent civil litigator Graham Hutchins is found with her throat slashed, the woman’s spurned ex-boyfriend seems the likely suspect. But only days later, the young man dies in what appears to be a suicide. Or was it? Now authorities are faced with a possible new crime. And their person of interest is Hutchins. After all, avenging the death of his daughter is the perfect reason to kill. If he’s as innocent as he claims, only one lawyer has what it takes to prove it: his friend and colleague Samantha Brinkman.

It’s Sam’s obligation to trust her new client. Yet the deeper she digs on his behalf, the more entangled she becomes in a thicket of family secrets, past betrayals, and multiple motives for murder. To win her case, she’s prepared to bend any law and cross any boundary that stands in her way. Sam has always played by her own rules, and it’s always worked…so far. But this case cuts so deep and so personal that one false move could cost her everything.

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This has been my week so far.  What books are you loving?

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CURLING UP WITH GOOD BOOKS….

Today I’m participating in Sam’s WWW Wednesdays Here’s how it works:

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next, and/or what are you eagerly awaiting?

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CURRENTLY READING:

Merry & Bright (e-book), by Debbie Macomber

Trying an online relationship, Merry finds herself chatting with a charming stranger, a man with similar interests and an unmistakably kind soul. Their online exchanges become the brightest part of her day. But meeting face-to-face is altogether different, and her special friend is the last person Merry expects—or desires. Still, sometimes hearts can see what our eyes cannot. In this satisfying seasonal tale, unanticipated love is only a click away.

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BOOKS FINISHED SINCE LAST WEEK: (Click on Titles/Covers for My Reviews)

Poison (e-book), by Galt Niederhoffer

The Story of Arthur Truluv (e-book), by Elizabeth Berg

The Storied Life of AJ Fikry (e-book), by Gabrielle Zevin

Young Jane Young (e-book), by Gabrielle Zevin

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

As a fan of Wendy Wax and her Ten Beach Road series, I am eager to get my hands on the next new one, coming May 22, 2018:

Best Beach Ever (e-book, Ten Beach Road  Book 6), by Wendy Wax

Synopsis:  Hoping for smooth sailing the ladies of Ten Beach Road confront choppy seas…

Forced to rent out or lose their beloved Bella Flora after the loss of their renovation-turned-reality-TV show Do Over, Maddie, Nikki, Avery, Kyra, and Bitsy move into cottages at the Sunshine Hotel and Beach Club believing the worst is over. Only to discover just how uncertain their futures really are.

Maddie struggles with the challenges of dating a rock star whose career has come roaring back to life while Nikki faces the daunting realities of mothering twins at forty-seven. Avery buries herself in a tiny home build in an attempt to dodge commitment issues, and Kyra battles to protect her son from the Hollywood world she once dreamed of joining. And Bitsy is about to find out whether the rewards of seeking revenge will outweigh the risks.

Luckily, when the going gets tough, the ladies of Ten Beach Road know that their friendship–tried and tested–can chase away the darkest clouds and let the sun shine in…

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So…that’s my week so far.  I hope everyone who celebrates Thanksgiving has a great day.  For everyone else, have a wonderful week.

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LOVING THE READING! — WWW

Today I’m participating in Sam’s WWW Wednesdays Here’s how it works:

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next, and/or what are you eagerly awaiting?

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CURRENTLY READING:

Poison (e-book), by Galt Niederhoffer (NG – 11/21)

(Almost finished:  it is a chilling tale!)

The Story of Arthur Truluv (e-book), by Elizabeth Berg – (NG – 11/21)

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FINISHED SINCE LAST WEEK:  (Click Titles/Covers for Reviews)

Cold as Ice (e-book), by Julie Mulhern

The Last Mrs. Parrish (e-book), by Liv Constantine

All the Best People (e-book), by Sonja Yoerg

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING

A Book on my Virtual TBR Shelves:  The Revolution of Marina M, by Janet Fitch.

St. Petersburg, New Year’s Eve, 1916. Marina Makarova is a young woman of privilege who aches to break free of the constraints of her genteel life, a life about to be violently upended by the vast forces of history. Swept up on these tides, Marina will join the marches for workers’ rights, fall in love with a radical young poet, and betray everything she holds dear, before being betrayed in turn.

As her country goes through almost unimaginable upheaval, Marina’s own coming-of-age unfolds, marked by deep passion and devastating loss, and the private heroism of an ordinary woman living through extraordinary times. This is the epic, mesmerizing story of one indomitable woman’s journey through some of the most dramatic events of the last century.

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What did your week look like?  What are you enjoying?

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HUMP DAY POTPOURRI: BOOKS, BOOKS, & MORE BOOKS…

Today I’m participating in Sam’s WWW Wednesdays Here’s how it works:

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next, and/or what are you eagerly awaiting?

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CURRENTLY READING:

Cold As Ice (e-book, Country Club Murders #6), by Julie Mulhern

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BOOKS READ SINCE LAST WEEK: (Click Titles/Covers for My Reviews)

Unraveling Oliver (e-book), by Liz Nugent

Seven Days of Us (e-book), by Francesca Hornak

The One and Only, by Emily Giffin

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

The Wife (e-book), by Alafair Burke (Release Date: 1/23/18)

Synopsis: When Angela met Jason Powell while catering a dinner party in East Hampton, she assumed their romance would be a short-lived fling, like so many relationships between locals and summer visitors. To her surprise, Jason, a brilliant economics professor at NYU, had other plans, and they married the following summer. For Angela, the marriage turned out to be a chance to reboot her life. She and her son were finally able to move out of her mother’s home to Manhattan, where no one knew about her tragic past.

Six years later, thanks to a bestselling book and a growing media career, Jason has become a cultural lightning rod, placing Angela near the spotlight she worked so carefully to avoid. When a college intern makes an accusation against Jason, and another woman, Kerry Lynch, comes forward with an even more troubling allegation, their perfect life begins to unravel. Jason insists he is innocent, and Angela believes him. But when Kerry disappears, Angela is forced to take a closer look at the man she married. And when she is asked to defend Jason in court, she realizes that her loyalty to her husband could unearth old secrets.

This much-anticipated follow-up to Burke’s Edgar-nominated The Ex asks how far a wife will go to protect the man she loves: Will she stand by his side, even if he drags her down with him?

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So…that was my week (Wednesday to Wednesday).  What did yours look like?

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AN AMAZING WEEK OF READING…

Today I’m participating in Sam’s WWW Wednesdays Here’s how it works:

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next, and/or what are you eagerly awaiting?

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CURRENTLY READING:

Unraveling Oliver (e-book), by Liz Nugent

Seven Days of Us (e-book), by Francesca Hornak

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BOOKS FINISHED SINCE LAST WEEK: (Click Titles/Covers for My Reviews)

Then She Was Gone, by Lisa Jewell

White Bodies (e-book), by Jane Robins

The Surrogate (e-book), by Louise Jensen

Y is for Yesterday (e-book), by Sue Grafton

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

I got this book from NetGalley last week…and since I have loved every book by this author, I can’t wait to read it!  Release Date:  4/3/18

The Good Liar (e-book), by Catherine McKenzie

Synopsis: When an explosion rips apart a Chicago building, the lives of three women are forever altered.

A year later, Cecily is in mourning. She was supposed to be in the building that day. Instead, she stood on the street and witnessed it going down, with her husband and best friend inside. Kate, now living thousands of miles away, fled the disaster and is hoping that her past won’t catch up with her. And Franny, a young woman in search of her birth mother, watched the horror unfold on the morning news, knowing that the woman she was so desperate to reconnect with was in the building.

Now, despite the marks left by the tragedy, they all seem safe. But as its anniversary dominates the media, the memories of that terrifying morning become dangerous triggers. All these women are guarding important secrets. Just how far will they go to keep them?

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This is my week so far.  What does yours look like?

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A WEEK OF ENGAGING READS….

Today I’m participating in Sam’s WWW Wednesdays Here’s how it works:

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next, and/or what are you eagerly awaiting?

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CURRENTLY READING:

Then She Was Gone, by Lisa Jewell

White Bodies (e-book), by Jane Robins

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BOOKS FINISHED SINCE LAST WEEK: (Titles/Covers Linked to My Reviews)

Lie to Me (e-book), by J. T. Ellison

Keep Her Safe (e-book), by Sophie Hannah

Sleep Like a Baby (e-book), by Charlaine Harris

Odd Child Out (e-book), by Gilly Macmillan

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

The Affliction, by Beth Gutcheon, Release Date: March 13, 2018

An author I thoroughly enjoy delivers the second installment in her clever romp of a mystery series combining social comedy and dark-hearted murder—a novel set at a girls’ boarding school in a picturesque Hudson River town with more than its share of secrets.

Since retiring as head of a famous New York City private school, Maggie Detweiler is busier than ever. Chairing a team to evaluate the faltering Rye Manor School for girls, she will determine whether, in spite of its fabled past, the school has a future at all. With so much on the line for so many, tensions on campus are at an excruciating pitch, and Maggie expects to be as welcome as a case of Ebola virus.

At a reception for the faculty and trustees to “welcome” Maggie’s team, no one seems more keen for all to go well than Florence Meagher, a star teacher who is loved and respected in spite of her affliction—that she can never stop talking.

Florence is one of those dedicated teachers for whom the school is her life, and yet the next morning, when Maggie arrives to observe her teaching, Florence is missing. Florence’s husband, Ray, an auxiliary policeman in the village, seems more annoyed than alarmed at her disappearance. But Florence’s sister is distraught. There have been tensions in the marriage, and at their last visit, Florence had warned, “If anything happens to me, don’t assume it’s an accident.”

Two days later, Florence’s body is found in the campus swimming pool.

Maggie is asked to stay on to coach the very young and inexperienced head of Rye Manor through the crisis. Maggie obviously knows schools, but she also knows something about investigating murder, having solved a mysterious death in Maine the previous year when the police went after the wrong suspect. She is soon joined by her madcap socialite friend Hope, who is jonesing for an excuse to ditch her book club anyway, before she has to actually read Silas Marner.

What on earth is going on in this idyllic town? Is this a run-of-the-mill marital murder? Or does it have something to do with the school board treasurer’s real estate schemes? And what is up with the vicious cyber-bullying that’s unsettled everyone, or with the disturbed teenaged boy whom Florence had made a pet of? And is it possible that someone killed Florence just so she’d finally shut up?

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That was my week…what did yours look like?  What are you eagerly awaiting in the upcoming week?

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HUMP DAY READING: ENGAGING…

Today I’m participating in Sam’s WWW Wednesdays Here’s how it works:

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next, and/or what are you eagerly awaiting?

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CURRENTLY READING:

I’m two-thirds of the way through Lie to Me, by J. T. Ellison.  I’m loving it, although it reminds me of Gone Girl, just a bit, but it is different enough that it keeps me guessing.

 

And I’m starting Keep Her Safe, by Sophie Hannah

 

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BOOKS FINISHED SINCE LAST WEEK: (Titles/Covers Linked to My Reviews)

Say You’re Sorry (e-book), by Melinda Leigh (Book One – Morgan Dane)

 

Her Last Goodbye (e-book), by Melinda Leigh (Book Two – Morgan Dane)

 

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

The Spring Girls (e-book), by Anna Todd

 

Four sisters desperately seeking the blueprints to life—the modern-day retelling of Louise May Alcott’s Little Women like only Anna Todd (After, Imagines) could do.

The Spring Girls—Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy—are a force of nature on the New Orleans military base where they live. As different as they are, with their father on tour in Iraq and their mother hiding something, their fears are very much the same. Struggling to build lives they can be proud of and that will lift them out of their humble station in life, one year will determine all that their futures can become.

The oldest, Meg, will be an officer’s wife and enter military society like so many of the women she admires. If her passion—and her reputation—don’t derail her.

Beth, the workhorse of the family, is afraid to leave the house, is afraid she’ll never figure out who she really is.

Jo just wants out. Wishing she could skip to graduation, she dreams of a life in New York City and a career in journalism where she can impact the world. Nothing can stop her—not even love.

And Amy, the youngest, is watching all her sisters, learning from how they handle themselves. For better or worse.

With plenty of sass, romance, and drama, The Spring Girls revisits Louisa May Alcott’s classic Little Women, and brings its themes of love, war, class, adolescence, and family into the language of the twenty-first century.

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My week, looking back.  What does yours look like?

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ANOTHER GREAT HUMP DAY OF READING…

Today I’m participating in Sam’s WWW Wednesdays Here’s how it works:

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next, and/or what are you eagerly awaiting?

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CURRENTLY READING:

Say You’re Sorry (e-book, Morgan Dane Book 1), by Melinda Leigh

 

 

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BOOKS FINISHED SINCE LAST WEEK: (Titles/Covers Linked to My Reviews)

The Rules of Magic (e-book), by Alice Hoffman (NetGalley – 10/10)

 

When We Were Worthy (e-book), by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen

 

Cardinal Cabin, by Joanne DeMaio

 

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

The Woman in the Window (e-book), by A. J. Finn

 

Synopsis:  For readers of Gillian Flynn and Tana French comes one of the decade’s most anticipated debuts, to be published in thirty-five languages around the world and already in development as a major film from Fox: a twisty, powerful Hitchcockian thriller about an agoraphobic woman who believes she witnessed a crime in a neighboring house.

It isn’t paranoia if it’s really happening . . .

Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.

Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, mother, their teenaged son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble?and its shocking secrets are laid bare.

What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems.

Twisty and powerful, ingenious and moving, The Woman in the Window is a smart, sophisticated novel of psychological suspense that recalls the best of Hitchcock.

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I am excited about this one.  I love thrillers, and especially find myself drawn to stories of recluses unable to leave their homes.  Very “Hitchcockian.”

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So…that is my week so far.  What does yours look like?

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