MY WWW WEDNESDAY…

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:  Our House, by Louise Candlish, is a NetGalley review book coming out on 8/7,  a disturbing and addictive novel of domestic suspense where secrets kept hidden from spouses cause shocking surprises that hit home…

 

 

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

The Ever After, by Sarah Pekkanen

Castaway Cottage, by Joanne DeMaio

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

It will be a long wait for An Anonymous Girl, a new book from writing team of Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen:  coming January 8, 2019.

Synopsis:  The next novel of psychological suspense and obsession from the authors of the blockbuster bestseller The Wife Between Us

Seeking women ages 18–32 to participate in a study on ethics and morality. Generous compensation. Anonymity guaranteed.

When Jessica Farris signs up for a psychology study conducted by the mysterious Dr. Shields, she thinks all she’ll have to do is answer a few questions, collect her money, and leave. But as the questions grow more and more intense and invasive and the sessions become outings where Jess is told what to wear and how to act, she begins to feel as though Dr. Shields may know what she’s thinking…and what she’s hiding. As Jess’s paranoia grows, it becomes clear that she can no longer trust what in her life is real, and what is one of Dr. Shields’ manipulative experiments. Caught in a web of deceit and jealousy, Jess quickly learns that some obsessions can be deadly.

From the authors of the blockbuster bestseller The Wife Between Us comes an electrifying new novel about doubt, passion, and just how much you can trust someone.

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This was my week so far.  How is yours unfolding?

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A WEEK OF ENGAGING 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:  The Ever After (e-book), by Sarah Pekkanen:  “Writing with rawness and realism, Pekkanen doesn’t hold back…Fans of Liane Moriarty and Anne Tyler will appreciate the story’s depth.” —Booklist

“In her signature conversational style, Pekkanen uncovers the truth behind the lies as Josie comes to grips with reality vs. the mirage of her marriage.” —Library Journal (starred review)

 

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

Night Moves (e-book), by Jonathan Kellerman – (From My TBR)

My (Not So) Perfect Life (e-book), by Sophie Kinsella – (Library Book)

Believe Me (e-book), by J.P. Delaney – (NetGalley – 7/24)

Tangerine (e-book), by Christine Mangan – (My TBR)

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

I recently discovered this upcoming release (9/4/18), and can’t wait to read it.  I’ve enjoyed the author in The Vanishing Year.

In Her Bones, by Kate Moretti, follows the daughter of a convicted serial killer who finds herself at the center of a murder investigation.

Synopsis:  Fifteen years ago, Lilith Wade was arrested for the brutal murder of six women. After a death row conviction, media frenzy, and the release of an unauthorized biography, her thirty-year-old daughter Edie Beckett is just trying to survive out of the spotlight. She’s a recovering alcoholic with a dead-end city job and an unhealthy codependent relationship with her brother.

Edie also has a disturbing secret: a growing obsession with the families of Lilith’s victims. She’s desperate to see how they’ve managed—or failed—to move on. While her escalating fixation is a problem, she’s careful to keep her distance. That is, until she crosses a line and a man is found murdered.

Edie quickly becomes the prime suspect—and while she can’t remember everything that happened the night of the murder, she’d surely remember killing someone. With the detective who arrested her mother hot on her trail, Edie goes into hiding. She’s must get to the truth of what happened that night before the police—or the real killer—find her.

Unless, of course, she has more in common with her mother than she’s willing to admit…

Perfect for fans of Ruth Ware, In Her Bones features Moretti’s “riveting and insightful” (Megan Miranda, New York Times bestselling author) prose and “chillingly satisfying” (Publishers Weekly) twists, and will leave you questioning the nature of guilt, obsession, and the toxicity of familial ties.

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

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HUMP DAY TREASURES: CURRENT, PAST, & FUTURE 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:  Night Moves, by Jonathan Kellerman, A taut, procedural thriller . . . One of the most tightly plotted, tightly written of the Alex Delaware series . . . a real puzzler . . . Fans of the long-running Delaware series will be thrilled with this one, and because each book functions just fine as a stand-alone, there’s nothing keeping new readers from diving in.”Booklist…

 

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

The Family Gathering (e-book, Sullivan’s Crossing #3), by Robyn Carr

My Girls:  A Lifetime with Carrie & Debbie, by Todd Fisher

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

I just discovered another must read for me.  November Road, by Lou Berney, is set against the assassination of JFK, a poignant and evocative crime novel that centers on a desperate cat-and-mouse chase across 1960s America—a story of unexpected connections, daring possibilities, and the hope of second chances from the Edgar Award-winning author of The Long and Faraway Gone.

Synopsis:  Frank Guidry’s luck has finally run out.

A loyal street lieutenant to New Orleans’ mob boss Carlos Marcello, Guidry has learned that everybody is expendable. But now it’s his turn—he knows too much about the crime of the century: the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Within hours of JFK’s murder, everyone with ties to Marcello is turning up dead, and Guidry suspects he’s next: he was in Dallas on an errand for the boss less than two weeks before the president was shot. With few good options, Guidry hits the road to Las Vegas, to see an old associate—a dangerous man who hates Marcello enough to help Guidry vanish.

Guidry knows that the first rule of running is “don’t stop,” but when he sees a beautiful housewife on the side of the road with a broken-down car, two little daughters and a dog in the back seat, he sees the perfect disguise to cover his tracks from the hit men on his tail. Posing as an insurance man, Guidry offers to help Charlotte reach her destination, California. If she accompanies him to Vegas, he can help her get a new car.

For her, it’s more than a car— it’s an escape. She’s on the run too, from a stifling existence in small-town Oklahoma and a kindly husband who’s a hopeless drunk.

It’s an American story: two strangers meet to share the open road west, a dream, a hope—and find each other on the way.

Charlotte sees that he’s strong and kind; Guidry discovers that she’s smart and funny. He learns that’s she determined to give herself and her kids a new life; she can’t know that he’s desperate to leave his old one behind.

Another rule—fugitives shouldn’t fall in love, especially with each other. A road isn’t just a road, it’s a trail, and Guidry’s ruthless and relentless hunters are closing in on him. But now Guidry doesn’t want to just survive, he wants to really live, maybe for the first time.

Everyone’s expendable, or they should be, but now Guidry just can’t throw away the woman he’s come to love.

And it might get them both killed.

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What does your week look like so far?  Come on by and share your reading treasures.

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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:  The Family Gathering, by Robyn Carr, a very engaging library book in a series I am enjoying.

 

When all the Jones siblings gather for a family wedding, the four adults are drawn together for the first time in a way they never were as children. As they struggle to accept each other, warts and all, the true nature and strength of their bond is tested. But all of them come to realize that your family are the people who see you for who you really are and love you anyway. And for Dakota, that truth allows him to find the home and family he’s always wanted.

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

Bring Her Home (e-book), by David Bell

Surprise Me (e-book), by Sophie Kinsella (a library book)

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

I’ve had my eye on Those Other Women for a while, and now it is available.  The author, Nicola Moriarty,  is a younger sister to two other favorite authors, Liane and Jaclyn Moriarty.

Synopsis:  Overwhelmed at the office and reeling from betrayals involving the people she loves, Poppy feels as if her world has tipped sideways. Maybe her colleague, Annalise, is right—Poppy needs to let loose and blow off some steam. What better way to vent than social media?

With Annalise, she creates an invitation-only Facebook group that quickly takes off. Suddenly, Poppy feels like she’s back in control—until someone begins leaking the group’s private posts and stirring up a nasty backlash, shattering her confidence.

Feeling judged by disapproving female colleagues and her own disappointed children, Frankie, too, is careening towards the breaking point. She also knows something shocking about her boss—sensitive knowledge that is tearing her apart.

As things begin to slide disastrously, dangerously out of control, carefully concealed secrets and lies are exposed with devastating consequences—forcing these women to face painful truths about their lives and the things they do to survive.

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What has your week been like?  I’ve been enjoying mine, even though I’m only on my second book since Sunday.

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MY HUMP DAY 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:  Bring Her Home, by David Bell, imagines a suburban world where no one really knows what’s happening behind all those drawn blinds. In Bell’s take, though, even the people inside don’t really know what’s happening. That’s where his brilliance, and the brilliance of Bring Her Home, rests.”

 

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

The House Swap (e-book), by Rebecca Fleet

Before & Again (e-book), by Barbara Delinsky (NG – 6/26/18)

Educated (e-book), by Tara Westover (Library Book)

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

Earlier this week, I received a NetGalley ARC of Sister of Mine, by Laurie Petrou; it will be released on 8/7/18, so I will be reading it sometime in July.

Synopsis:  Penny and Hattie, orphaned sisters in a small town, are best friends, bound together to the point of knots. But Penny, at the mercy of her brutal husband, is desperate for a fresh start. Willing to do anything for her older sister, Hattie agrees to help. A match is struck and a fire burns Penny’s marriage to the ground. With her husband gone, Penny is free, and the sisters, it seems, get away with murder. But freedom comes at a cost.

More than a year after the fire, a charming young man comes to town. Hattie and Penny quickly bring him into the fold and into their hearts but their love for him threatens the delicate balance. Soon long-held resentments, sibling rivalry, and debts unpaid boil over, and the bonds of sisterhood begin to snap. As one little lie grows into the next, the sisters’ secrets will unravel, eroding their lives until only a single, horrible truth remains: You owe me.

A compelling novel of suspense from a talented new voice, Sister of Mine asks us to consider the bonds of family, what it takes to commit the unthinkable, and how far you’ll go to protect the ones you love.

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So far, it has been an engaging week.  What does yours look like?

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HUMP DAY 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:  The House Swap, (e-book), by Rebecca Fleet:  a house swap becomes the eerie backdrop to a chilling look inside a broken marriage filled with tantalizing secrets.

And then….Before and Again (e-book), by Barbara Delinsky, a NetGalley review book that will be released on 6/26, a story of the relationships we find ourselves in—mothers and daughters, spouses and siblings, true companions and fair-weather friends—and what kinds of sacrifices we are or aren’t willing to make to sustain them through good times and bad.

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

Manhattan Beach (e-book), by Jennifer Egan (Library Book)

Nothing Forgotten, by Jessica Levine (Author Review Book)

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

I love this author’s books, so I was excited to discover a new one coming out on July 10.  Not that long to wait!  Clock Dance, by Anne Tyler, is a delightful novel of one woman’s transformative journey, from the best-selling and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer.

 

Synopsis:  Willa Drake can count on one hand the defining moments of her life. In 1967, she is a schoolgirl coping with her mother’s sudden disappearance. In 1977, she is a college coed considering a marriage proposal. In 1997, she is a young widow trying to piece her life back together. And in 2017, she yearns to be a grandmother but isn’t sure she ever will be. Then, one day, Willa receives a startling phone call from a stranger. Without fully understanding why, she flies across the country to Baltimore to look after a young woman she’s never met, her nine-year-old daughter, and their dog, Airplane. This impulsive decision will lead Willa into uncharted territory–surrounded by eccentric neighbors who treat each other like family, she finds solace and fulfillment in unexpected places. A bewitching novel of hope, self-discovery, and second chances, Clock Dance gives us Anne Tyler at the height of her powers.

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What a week!  Not too many books read, but I do have a few coming up soon.  What did your week look like?

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HUMP DAY POTPOURRI: MY READING WEEK…

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:  Manhattan Beach, by Jennifer Egan, takes us into a world populated by gangsters, sailors, divers, bankers, and union men in a dazzling, propulsive exploration of a transformative moment in the lives and identities of women and men, of America and the world. (A Library Book)

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

The Gunners, by Rebecca Kauffman (Library Book)

Bad Stories, by Steve Almond

Shadow Dancing, by Julie Mulhern (NG-6/19/18)

Bring Me Back, by B. A. Paris (NG-6/19/18)

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

I love Paula Daly’s books, and when I found her latest, Open Your Eyes, coming on July 26, I had to pre-order it.

Synopsis:  Haven’t we all wanted to pretend everything is fine? Jane doesn’t like confrontation. Given the choice, she’d prefer to focus on what’s going well, the good things in life. But when her husband, Leon, is brutally attacked in the driveway of their home, in front of their two young children, Jane has to face reality. As he lies in a coma, Jane must open her eyes to the problems in her life, and the secrets that have been kept from her, if she’s to find out who hurt her husband – and why. Maybe it’s time to face up to it all. Who knows what you might find . . .

PRAISE FOR PAULA DALY: `The UK’s answer to Liane Moriarty. Amazing.’ Claire McGowan; `Thoroughly enjoyable – a big-hearted, empathetic novel about ordinary lives and the tremors that can rock them.’ Guardian; Kept me guessing right until the end. I devoured it.’ Claire Douglas; `Deliciously dark and addictive. I defy anyone starts it not to race through the pages until they reach the final, brilliant twist.’ Colette McBeth;`She writes with a singular voice and a fierce passion that roars off the page.’ Daily Mail…

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Another great week of engaging reads.  What was yours like?

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CAPTIVATING 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 am reading two books at the moment:  a library e-book and a paper back I purchased a while ago.

The Gunners,(e-book), by Rebecca Kauffman, engages us with vividly unforgettable characters, and advances Rebecca Kauffman’s place as one of the most important young writers of her generation.

 

Bad Stories, by Steve Almond, an effort to make sense of our historical moment, to connect certain dots that go unconnected amid the deluge of hot takes and think pieces. Almond looks to literary voices—from Melville to Orwell, from Bradbury to Baldwin—to help explain the roots of our moral erosion as a people.

 

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

I Am I Am I Am (e-book), by Maggie O’Farrell

Lying in Wait (e-book), by Liz Nugent

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

When the Lights Go Out (e-book), by Mary Kubica, (a NG review book that will be released on 9/4/18).  I love this author’s books, and I got this one earlier in the week.

Synopsis:  A woman is forced to question her own identity in this riveting and emotionally charged thriller by the blockbuster bestselling author of The Good Girl, Mary Kubica

Jessie Sloane is on the path to rebuilding her life after years of caring for her ailing mother. She rents a new apartment and applies for college. But when the college informs her that her social security number has raised a red flag, Jessie discovers a shocking detail that causes her to doubt everything she’s ever known.

Finding herself suddenly at the center of a bizarre mystery, Jessie tumbles down a rabbit hole, which is only exacerbated by grief and a relentless lack of sleep. As days pass and the insomnia worsens, it plays with Jessie’s mind. Her judgment is blurred, her thoughts are hampered by fatigue. Jessie begins to see things until she can no longer tell the difference between what’s real and what she’s only imagined.

Meanwhile, twenty years earlier and two hundred and fifty miles away, another woman’s split-second decision may hold the key to Jessie’s secret past. Has Jessie’s whole life been a lie or have her delusions gotten the best of her?

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This was my week so far.  What was yours like?

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HUMP DAY POTPOURRI: ENGAGING 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 Am I Am I Am (e-book), by Maggie O’Farrell,  is a gripping and glorious investigation of death that leaves the reader feeling breathless, grateful, and fully alive.

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

Every Note Played (e-book), by Lisa Genova (a book from the library)

Beach Bliss, by Joanne DeMaio (Author Review Request)

The Perfect Mother (e-book), by Aimee Molloy (A Purchase)

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

Whistle in the Dark, by Emma Healey, a book I have to read because I loved the previous book by this author (Elizabeth Is Missing), winner of the Costa First Novel Award.  This new book is a beautiful, thought-provoking, and psychologically complex tale that affirms her status as one of the most inventive and original literary novelists today. (Release Date:  July 24, 2018).

 

Synopsis:  Jen and Hugh Maddox have just survived every parent’s worst nightmare.

Relieved, but still terrified, they sit by the hospital bedside of their fifteen-year-old daughter, Lana, who was found bloodied, bruised, and disoriented after going missing for four days during a mother-daughter vacation in the country. As Lana lies mute in the bed, unwilling or unable to articulate what happened to her during that period, the national media speculates wildly and Jen and Hugh try to answer many questions.

Where was Lana? How did she get hurt? Was the teenage boy who befriended her involved? How did she survive outside for all those days? Even when she returns to the family home and her school routine, Lana only provides the same frustrating answer over and over: “I can’t remember.”

For years, Jen had tried to soothe the depressive demons plaguing her younger child, and had always dreaded the worst. Now she has hope—the family has gone through hell and come out the other side. But Jen cannot let go of her need to find the truth. Without telling Hugh or their pregnant older daughter Meg, Jen sets off to retrace Lana’s steps, a journey that will lead her to a deeper understanding of her youngest daughter, her family, and herself.

A wry, poignant, and masterfully drawn story that explores the bonds and duress of family life, the pain of mental illness, and the fraught yet enduring connection between mothers and daughters, Whistle in the Dark is a story of guilt, fear, hope, and love that explores what it means to lose and find ourselves and those we love.

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

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MY WEEK SO FAR…

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:  Every Note Played, by Lisa Genova, a powerful exploration of regret, forgiveness, freedom, and what it means to be alive.  (A book I borrowed from the library via Overdrive).

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

The Female Persuasion (e-book), by Meg Wolitzer

Before I Let You Go (e-book), by Kelly Rimmer

The Garden of Small Beginnings (e-book), by Abbi Waxman

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

Lying in Wait (e-book), by Liz Nugent, is a book I just got from NetGalley this week.  Release Date – 6/12/18

Synopsis:  My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it.

On the surface, Lydia Fitzsimons has the perfect life—wife of a respected, successful judge, mother to a beloved son, mistress of a beautiful house in Dublin. That beautiful house, however, holds a secret. And when Lydia’s son, Laurence, discovers its secret, wheels are set in motion that lead to an increasingly claustrophobic and devastatingly dark climax.

For fans of Ruth Ware and Gillian Flynn, this novel is a “seductively sinister story. The twists come together in a superbly scary denouement, which delivers a final sting in the tail. Brilliantly macabre” (Sunday Mirror).

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My week so far has kept me thoroughly engaged.  What does your week look like?

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