Summer is in full swing here. Lots of sun, sand, and water. And of course, a good book!
Some of my favorite reads this summer have been:
Oh, what a twisty puzzle this thriller was!
Mean Girls meets the PTA
This is an outstanding novel about freedom, racism, and family.
Another one that tugged at my heartstrings and made me cry!
What is everyone looking forward to reading? At the moment I am reading Campusland by Scott Johnson.
Have a good one! We are under a severe heat warning. I’ll be in the pool!
Told from two points of view, this thriller actually cost me a fingernail!
Caroline is living the dream. A successful interior designer, who quit to raise her daughter who is now off to college, she is determined to get back in the game and earn her own money. Her husband works long, hard hours in order to provide a lifestyle it would seem they both enjoy.
Staring out the expansive glass windows Caroline spots a man on the beach. Staring at her house. She debates calling the police since he isn’t really doing anything, but at the same time, there have been burglaries lately in this enclave for the rich and famous. Later she will say she wished she had called the police.
Aiden is a bartender in a local bar. Having served time for manslaughter and now determined to show his Chief-of -Police brother that he has changed. He isn’t a teenager anymore and is tired of being treated like trash.
At Caroline’s housewarming party everyone wants to know where Jason is. Even her husbands boss isn’t believing her story of him running late. Later when he shows up with a Russian hussy in tow everything blows up and in front of God and everyone he leaves with the Russian girl and wants a divorce.
Aiden is happy to come to the rescue and Caroline is happy to have him. For a bit.
That is all I’m giving away. Let me just say this was one twisted puzzle that had me speechless for a good hour in the end. What??? I did not see that coming. The pace was perfect. The timing was everything in this wickedly good thriller!
NetGalley/St.Martin’s Press July 23rd, 2019 by St. Martin’s Press
“Few crimes are reported as quickly as a snatched kid.”
Kelley Armstrong is a favorite of mine. Her Watcher Series and her urban fantasy books are really well done!
I wasn’t fully on board right away with this one. At first, we didn’t have enough information about her and her husband and daughter for me to decide if she was a wimp or nuts. Turns out she is neither.
When Aubrey is having playtime at the park with Charlotte, she meets a young woman and her son. Aubrey is very observant. The woman is young, with what looks like old track marks on her arms. While Aubrey is chatting with her son, the young lady moves away and begins speaking angrily in Russian to someone on a cell. How odd, she thinks.
The next time she goes to the park, she looks for the young lady and doesn’t find her. But she is sure that the little boy running towards the parking lot is her son. And from his screams for help, she is positive he is being kidnapped.
The police don’t believe her. No one believes her. Which had me thinking. Why? Why are all the moms at the park treating her like a pariah? What don’t we know? And there is.
Some of it was heartbreaking, some of it was secrets and lies, but in the end, she has to answer the question. How far do you go to protect someone else’s child?
There were numerous subplots going on her as well. Which muddied the waters a bit.
All in all, it was a good read.
NetGalley/ June 25th, 2019 by Minotaur Books
I never meant to lie. That is, I never wanted to.
Philip and Marina Martin. Phoenix royalty. He, the son of a current Senator and She, the director of Phoenix’s Fine Art Museum. Their four-year-old daughter, Amabel completes the beautiful family.
Finn eagerly gives up her office job for a job as Amabel’s nanny. She is a bit impressed with all of the glitz of the family’s lifestyle but more important to her is that she feels included, part of their family.
Much like the movies, it is all just a facade. Behind the doors, you can cut the tension with a butter knife! When one day a young woman asks Finn to give a message to Philip, a chain of events that will lead to everyone’s secrets, including Finns, coming out of the closet! Choices will be made and truths open to the hot Phoenix sun.
Political Thriller, Psychological Thriller, this has it all!
NetGalley/ William Morrow June 18, 2019
A young woman, obsessed by a man she considers a predator, climbs a fire escape and thinks she sees a murder.
Ava Beck is an actress. She’s had a successful television series playing a cop and then she was blacklisted. Now she works in a flower shop in the West Village, lives in a sketchy apartment building, and is divorcing her lawyer husband.
When Ava’s sister died in what her famous actor boyfriend called an accident, Ava knew better. She saw the abuse, she read her sister’s e-mails. The police have called it an accident and Ava is not going to let that go. She files a civil suit and seems unable to move forward.
A lot of people stop at the flower shop and one, in particular, gets Ava’s attention due to the number of women he brings by to buy flowers for. The new one is young. As Ava hands her the bouquet she sees bruises on the girl’s wrists. Believing that Mr. Peter Greer is not only a womanizer but an abuser has her seeing red. That night she climbs the fire escape to peek in the girl’s apartment and sees what she thinks is a man about to kill a woman. And then the man sees her.
The next day the girl is dead, and Ava’s world is turned upside down! Will she end up dead before she can see justice for her sister?
This was a stand-alone book from Schneider. It is full of characters who have secrets. I was questioning everyone’s motive! And I could not have been more shocked finding out who was on the other end of the gun!
June 27, 2019
I was very excited to receive this in the mail last week. Along with a holographic bookmark that depending on which way you tilt it either says, “It’s all real” or “It’s all in your head”. Very cool. Instructions from St. Martin’s were to share and read with the hashtags #ProtectMeghan or #BelieveBecky.
All of my favorite thriller authors were endorsing it and I could not wait to jump in!
Can you love someone to death?
On the outside looking in, Becky Gerard looks like a mother who will do anything she can to find out what is wrong with her 15-year-old daughter, Meghan.
Meghan Gerard has had a host of unexplainable symptoms and ailments that have become so bad, she has dropped out of her beloved soccer and become basically a shut in at home.
Carl Gerard has just about had it with his wife and daughter. He believes there is nothing wrong with Meghan and that Becky is just seeking attention and suffering from the wounds of her own dysfunctional mother.
Then Meghan’s symptoms take a turn for the worst and while one doctor thinks he knows the cause, the hospital thinks Becky has Munchausen syndrome, leaving them with no choice but to remove Meghan from their home and putting her in the hospital.
While Becky, Carl and the courts battle it out, Meghan is determined to get out of the hospital and defend her mother. But Meghan isn’t so innocent here. She has secrets too. But whose secrets will get them killed?
I was back and forth between Becky did it and Meghan is nuts. The thing is that not a single character in this thriller was innocent of wrongdoing. Everyone had their own agenda. Everyone was keeping secrets. Wickedly Twisty, it was a page turner! Smart, fast paced and just enough seeds of doubt to have you guessing and re-guessing!
St. Martin’s Press April 9,2019