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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A 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:  The Female Persuasion, by Meg Wolitzer, is about the flame we all believe is flickering inside of us, waiting to be seen and fanned by the right person at the right time. It’s a story about the people who guide and the people who follow (and how those roles evolve over time), and the desire within all of us to be pulled into the light.

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

How to Walk Away, by Katherine Center (NetGalley – Released 5/8)

The Other Mother, by Carol Goodman – (A Library Book)

The New Neighbors, by Simon Lelic

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

I just discovered an upcoming release that I must have!   A Spark of Light, by Jodi Picoult, will be released on 10/2/18.

Synopsis:  The warm fall day starts like any other at the Center—a women’s reproductive health services clinic—its staff offering care to anyone who passes through its doors. Then, in late morning, a desperate and distraught gunman bursts in and opens fire, taking all inside hostage.

After rushing to the scene, Hugh McElroy, a police hostage negotiator, sets up a perimeter and begins making a plan to communicate with the gunman. As his phone vibrates with incoming text messages he glances at it and, to his horror, finds out that his fifteen-year-old daughter, Wren, is inside the clinic.

But Wren is not alone. She will share the next and tensest few hours of her young life with a cast of unforgettable characters: A nurse who calms her own panic in order save the life of a wounded woman. A doctor who does his work not in spite of his faith but because of it, and who will find that faith tested as never before. A pro-life protester disguised as a patient, who now stands in the cross hairs of the same rage she herself has felt. A young woman who has come to terminate her pregnancy. And the disturbed individual himself, vowing to be heard.

Told in a daring and enthralling narrative structure that counts backward through the hours of the standoff, this is a story that traces its way back to what brought each of these very different individuals to the same place on this fateful day.

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I can never resist Picoult’s books, as they take us into situations that are suspenseful and even terrifying, while also shining a light on controversial issues.

What was your week 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:  How To Walk Away, by Katherine Center,  an unforgettable love story about finding joy even in the darkest of circumstances.  ( A NetGalley ARC with a May 15 Release Date)

 

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BOOKS FINISHED SINCE LAST WEEK: (Click on Titles/Covers for my reviews)

Paper Ghosts (e-book), by Julia Heaberlin (NetGalley – 5/15/18)

 

Sisters Like Us (e-book), by Susan Mallery (A library book)

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

I just downloaded The Perfect Mother, by Aimee Molloy, which I hope to start reading soon…

Synopsis:  THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK OF THE SUMMER—SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING SCANDAL’S KERRY WASHINGTON

An addictive psychological thriller about a group of women whose lives become unexpectedly connected when one of their newborns goes missing.

A night out. A few hours of fun. That’s all it was meant to be.

They call themselves the May Mothers—a group of new moms whose babies were born in the same month. Twice a week, they get together in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park for some much-needed adult time.

When the women go out for drinks at the hip neighborhood bar, they want a fun break from their daily routine. But on this hot Fourth of July night, something goes terrifyingly wrong: one of the babies is taken from his crib. Winnie, a single mom, was reluctant to leave six-week-old Midas with a babysitter, but her fellow May Mothers insisted everything would be fine. Now he is missing. What follows is a heart-pounding race to find Midas, during which secrets are exposed, marriages are tested, and friendships are destroyed. 

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My week has been a slow reading one, but I’m loving the books I have finished…as well as which ones lie ahead.  What does your week look like?

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A MIDWEEK BOOK BONANZA…

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:  A NetGalley suspense thriller that will be released on 5/15, Paper Ghosts, by Julia Heaberlin, is a gripping thriller about the ghosts that live in our minds—and the ones that stare back from photographs.

 

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

True Stories from an Unreliable Eyewitness (e-book), by Christine Lahti

The High Tide Club (e-book), by Mary Kay Andrews – NetGalley – 5/8/18

Let Me Lie (e-book), by Clare Mackintosh

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

I am excited about a new Karin Slaughter book, coming on August 21, 2018:  Pieces of Her is a story even more electrifying, provocative, and suspenseful than anything she’s written before.

Synopsis:  What if the person you thought you knew best turns out to be someone you never knew at all . . . ?

Andrea Cooper knows everything about her mother Laura. She’s knows she’s spent her whole life in the small beachside town of Gullaway Island; she knows she’s never wanted anything more than to live a quiet life as a pillar of the community; she knows she’s never kept a secret in her life. Because we all know our mothers, don’t we?

But all that changes when a Saturday afternoon trip to the mall explodes into violence and Andrea suddenly sees a completely different side to Laura. Because it turns out that before Laura was Laura, she was someone completely different. For nearly thirty years she’s been hiding from her previous identity, lying low in the hope that no one will ever find her. But now she’s been exposed, and nothing will ever be the same again.

Twenty-four hours later Laura is in the hospital, shot by an intruder who’s spent thirty years trying to track her down and discover what she knows. Andrea is on a desperate journey following the breadcrumbs of her mother’s past. And if she can’t uncover the secrets hidden there, there may be no future for either one of them. . . .

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That was my week.  A little slower than the week before, but each book was memorable and engaging.  What did your week 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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True Stories from an Unreliable Eyewitness:  A Feminist Coming of Age, by Christine Lahti

 

True Stories from an Unreliable Eyewitness is about the power of storytelling to affirm and reframe the bedrock of who we are, revealing that we’re all unreliable eyewitnesses when it comes to our deeply personal memories. Told in a wildly fresh, unique voice, and with the unshakable ability to laugh at herself time and again, this is Christine Lahti’s best performance yet.

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

Go Ask Fannie, by Elisabeth Hyde (Amazon Vine Review)

The Unexpected Mother, by Susan A. Ring

Paris Ever After, by K.S.R. Burns (NG – 5/1)

A Nantucket Wedding, by Nancy Thayer (Library Book)

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

I love Diane Chamberlain’s books,  so I was delighted to get a NetGalley ARC of The Dream Daughter, which will be released on October 2.

Synopsis:  When Caroline Sears receives the news that her unborn baby girl has a heart defect, she is devastated. It is 1970 and there seems to be little that can be done. But her brother-in-law, a physicist, tells her that perhaps there is. Hunter appeared in their lives just a few years before—and his appearance was as mysterious as his past. With no family, no friends, and a background shrouded in secrets, Hunter embraced the Sears family and never looked back.

Now, Hunter is telling her that something can be done about her baby’s heart. Something that will shatter every preconceived notion that Caroline has. Something that will require a kind of strength and courage that Caroline never knew existed. Something that will mean a mind-bending leap of faith on Caroline’s part.

And all for the love of her unborn child.

A rich, genre-spanning, breathtaking novel about one mother’s quest to save her child, unite her family, and believe in the unbelievable. Diane Chamberlain pushes the boundaries of faith and science to deliver a novel that you will never forget.

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A treasure trove of books has joined me this week.  What did your week bring?

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A BOOKISH 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:  Go Ask Fannie, by Elisabeth Hyde:  an Amazon Vine review book.

Everyone has baggage. The Blaire siblings are just taking theirs home for the long weekend.

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

Saints for All Occasions (e-book), by J. Courtney Sullivan

A Turn for the Bad (e-book, County Cork Mystery), by Sheila Connolly

The Darkness Gathers (e-book, Lydia Strong #2), by Lisa Unger

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

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

I’ve been eagerly awaiting this book.  I did plan to borrow it from the library, but I couldn’t wait!  So I downloaded it.

Synopsis:  Greer Kadetsky is a shy college freshman when she meets the woman she hopes will change her life. Faith Frank, dazzlingly persuasive and elegant at sixty-three, has been a central pillar of the women’s movement for decades, a figure who inspires others to influence the world. Upon hearing Faith speak for the first time, Greer- madly in love with her boyfriend, Cory, but still full of longing for an ambition that she can’t quite place- feels her inner world light up. And then, astonishingly, Faith invites Greer to make something out of that sense of purpose, leading Greer down the most exciting path of her life as it winds toward and away from her meant-to-be love story with Cory and the future she’d always imagined.

Charming and wise, knowing and witty, Meg Wolitzer delivers a novel about power and influence, ego and loyalty, womanhood and ambition. At its heart, The Female Persuasion is about the flame we all believe is flickering inside of us, waiting to be seen and fanned by the right person at the right time. It’s a story about the people who guide and the people who follow (and how those roles evolve over time), and the desire within all of us to be pulled into the light.

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What did your week look like?  What lies ahead?

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A WEEK OF SAVORING MY 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:  Saints for All Occasions, by J. Courtney Sullivan, a sweeping, unforgettable novel from The New York Times best-selling author of Maine, about the hope, sacrifice, and love between two sisters and the secret that drives them apart.

 

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

Her Every Fear, by Peter Swanson

After Anna, by Lisa Scottoline (NG – 4/10)

 

Sometimes I Lie, by Alice Feeney

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING: (A book I’ve requested from NetGalley, but haven’t yet received)

The Boy at the Door, by Alex Dahl (Release Date – July 24)

Synopsis:  Set against a stunning Scandinavian backdrop, a gritty novel of psychological suspense that asks the question how far would you go to hold onto what you have?

Cecilia Wilborg has it all–a loving husband, two beautiful daughters and a gorgeous home in the affluent Norwegian town of Sandefjord. And she works hard to keep it all together. Too hard. Because one mistake from her past could bring it all crashing down around her.

Annika Lucasson lives a dark life with her abusive, drug-dealing boyfriend. She’s lost everything one too many times and now she’s got one last chance to save herself, thanks to Cecilia. Annika knows her secret–and just how much she’s willing to do to make it all go away…

When someone forgets to pick up their little boy at the local pool, Cecilia agrees to take him home, only to find an abandoned, empty house. It’s the first step in the unraveling of her meticulously crafted life, as her and Annika’s worlds collide…

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That was my week.  How is yours going?

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A GREAT HUMP DAY: SAVORING THE 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:  Her Every Fear (e-book), by Peter Swanson, a scintillating, edgy novel rich with Peter Swanson’s chilling insight into the darkest corners of the human psyche and virtuosic skill for plotting that has propelled him to the highest ranks of suspense, in the tradition of such greats as Gillian Flynn, Paula Hawkins, Patricia Highsmith, and James M. Cain. (I borrowed this book from the library, via Overdrive).

 

 

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

The Perfect Nanny, by Leila Slimani

Map of the Heart, by Susan Wiggs

The Good Liar, by Catherine McKenzie (NG – 4/3)

Other People’s Houses, by Abbi Waxman (NG – 4/3)

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

Soon I’ll be reading another NetGalley ARC, release date April 10.  I can’t wait to start!

After Anna, by Lisa Scottoline

Synopsis:  Dr. Noah Alderman, a widower and single father, has remarried a wonderful woman, Maggie Ippolitti, and for the first time in a long time, he and his young son are happy. Despite her longing for the daughter she hasn’t seen since she was a baby, Maggie is happy too, and she’s even more overjoyed when she unexpectedly gets another chance to be a mother to the child she thought she’d lost forever, her only daughter Anna.

Maggie and Noah know that having Anna around will change their lives, but they would never have guessed that everything would go wrong, and so quickly. Anna turns out to be a gorgeous seventeen-year-old who balks at living under their rules, though Maggie, ecstatic to have her daughter back, ignores the red flags that hint at the trouble brewing in a once-perfect marriage and home.

Events take a heartbreaking turn when Anna is murdered and Noah is accused and tried for the heinous crime. Maggie must face not only the devastation of losing her daughter, but the realization that Anna’s murder may have been at the hands of a husband she loves. In the wake of this tragedy, new information drives Maggie to search for the truth, leading her to discover something darker than she could have ever imagined.

Riveting and disquieting, After Anna is a groundbreaking domestic thriller, as well as a novel of emotional justice and legal intrigue. And New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline will keep readers on their toes until the final shocking page.

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What did your week look like?  Come on by and share your links.

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A WEEK IN 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 Perfect Nanny, by Leila Slimani:  She has the keys to their apartment. She knows everything. She has embedded herself so deeply in their lives that it now seems impossible to remove her.

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

My Absolute Darling, by Gabriel Tallent

 

The French Girl, by Lexie Elliott

Not That I Could Tell, by Jessica Strawser – (NG – 3/27)

The Bad Daughter, by Joy Fielding

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING: (Release Date:  4/10)

The New Neighbors, by Simon Lelic

Synopsis:  The perfect couple. The perfect house. The perfect crime.

Londoners Jack and Syd found their dream home: lots of space, a great location, and a friendly owner who wanted a young couple to have it.

Everything is exactly what they hoped for when they move in–except Jack makes a disturbing discovery in the attic, and Syd begins to wonder about the girl next door. And they each keep the other in the dark.

A mistake.

Because someone has just been killed outside their back door, and now the police are watching them.

This is their chance to prove they’re innocent–or to get away with murder.

Whose story do you believe?

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So…my week in books.  What did yours look like?

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HUMP DAY POTPOURRI: A BOOKISH 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:  My Absolute Darling, by Gabriel Tallent

Shot through with striking language in a fierce natural setting, My Absolute Darling is an urgently told, profoundly moving read that marks the debut of an extraordinary new writer.

The father is horrifying, and with every page I read, I am rooting for the girl’s escape.

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

An American Marriage, by Tayari Jones

Sunburn, by Laura Lippman

Alternate Side, by Anna Quindlen

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

Sometimes I Lie (e-book), by Alice Feeney, is one of my newest books, and I am eager to read it.

Synopsis:   My name is Amber Reynolds. There are three things you should know about me:
1. I’m in a coma.
2. My husband doesn’t love me anymore.
3. Sometimes I lie.

Amber wakes up in a hospital. She can’t move. She can’t speak. She can’t open her eyes. She can hear everyone around her, but they have no idea. Amber doesn’t remember what happened, but she has a suspicion her husband had something to do with it. Alternating between her paralyzed present, the week before her accident, and a series of childhood diaries from twenty years ago, this brilliant psychological thriller asks: Is something really a lie if you believe it’s the truth?

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This was my week so far….what does yours look like?

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