Andi escaped the corporate world and found her dream job of selling/talking about/being around books all day. She's born and raised in RVA and reads most anything, with particular favorites being chick lit, mysteries, YA, and most any contemporary fiction. When she's not reading she can be found relaxing with her husband, her cats, and a nice cold beer in her speakeasy home.
Oof, the opening scene of this book is brutal. It pulls you in and grips you until the final page. Marie and Laurent are a young couple who enjoy a good life. They both have work they enjoy and are ready to start a family to make their life even happier. One night, Marie is brutally assaulted by her boss and her perfect life is shattered. She keeps her heartbreaking secret from everyone in her life and when she discovers that she's pregnant, she is positive that the baby was sired by her rapist. PTSD and desperation drive her to an unthinkable act. This chilling book will break your heart and stay with you long after you put it down.
Olivia spends a quiet life in a quiet town, hiding from her past as Arden Maynor, the young girl whose miraculous save from a storm drain decades ago brought unwanted fame and notoriety. Determined to keep her head down, she has succeeded in escaping the spotlight - until she stumbles over a dead man in her yard in the middle of the night. The body has a long-past connection to her and her incredible story and as the anniversary of her rescue approaches she is drawn into the mystery of how he got there - and who killed him. Everyone is hiding something in Miranda's newest thriller. Olivia uncovers deadly secrets as she tries to get to the bottom of things and save herself once again.
If you read Caroline B Cooney back in the day like I did, you will love this new one. Clemmie lives quietly in her sleepy South Carolina retirement community, and none of her friends and neighbors know she has a double identity. When she goes to check on her next door neighbor one morning, she finds more than she bargained for in the form of a beautiful piece of glass art. To impress her aloof young relatives, she snaps a photo and sends it to them, not realizing that she's opening up a trail to a crime wave that will end in murder. No one is who they seem to be and Cammie learns that her neighbors might be hiding even more than she is. This keeps you on the edge of your seat as the narrative flashes between Cammie's current days and her past, describing how she evades an old stalker to reclaim her life. Cooney reminds the fans why she's been a huge name in thriller fiction for decades.
Dalcher does it again! This follow up to 2018's Vox is just as powerful as her first novel. Set in the not too distant future, all children and adults have a Q number, and their entire life revolves around it. Monthly tests ensure that they're keeping up and if someone's score drops, they are demoted to a lower category. Each color coded category affects all aspects of life - employment, education, respect - everything. Elena Fairchild's younger daughter tests out of her elite school and is shipped off to a state institution in Kansas. Elena has to choose between giving up her life as she knows it and rescuing her daughter from the prison-like environment. Dalcher brings up stark realities in this work of fiction and makes us think about the direction our society is heading.
The young women at Jonesville High have been in awe and in fear of Tarkin Shaw, BMOC and accused sexual predator, for years. When Suze Tilman shows up in town, she and Nikki become fast friends. After an incident at a party, Suze starts dating Tarkin and pulling away from her new friends without explanation. Why has Suze thrown away her previous hatred for Shaw and what is really going on in their secretive relationship? This is a gripping tale of blackmail, assault, and victim shaming. It's a sad and accurate portrait of how young women are treated when they come forward against larger than life men. A must read for anyone with teenagers or the teens themselves, so we can all be better educated on how to handle the pressures of high school and taking ownership of our own bodies.
I am a total fangirl for Ross Mathews, and I've read and loved his previous book so I knew this would be great as well - I was not disappointed! It reads like he's chatting with you over the brunch table. He keeps things kind but includes his trademark sass tha makes me want to be BFFs with him so we can share gossip and snacks every weekend. He's dishy without being hurtful, which is a lesson we could all learn!
The drama spills off stage after the cast list announcement for Liston Heights High School play causes a helicopter mom to get caught on video shoving a student. overbearing mom Julia didn't mean any harm but the video blows up and tensions flare at the elite school.At the same time, young teacher Isobel Johnson, known for her liberal teaching style, starts to receive phone calls warning her about her "anti-American agenda" - just in time to make her a candidate for downsizing in the overspent school. As students take sides, Julia and Isobel battle for the respect of the kids. An anonymous Facebook group adds fuel to the fire and soon everyone is riled up. As things come to a head, will anyone agree on how to help the kids? Will Isobel and Julia find common ground or are they destined to be enemies forever?
I love love loved this story! Oona is an unwilling time traveler who wakes up in a different year of her life every January first, 12:01am. With only the notes she leaves herself to go by (plus a little help from her mom), she must navigate being tossed into the middle of situations blind and figure out how to move forward. This book explores how we change from year to year and minute to minute, and teaches us that what we want is fluid, and that's OK. I cannot recommend this enough.
This caught my eye because it's my usual fave (twisty mystery!) and it's set in Edenton, NC - a tiny coastal town where my in laws happen to live. I love the town so I knew I'd love a book set there and I was right. This story stands on its own even despite the family connection and I was taken by it from the start.
Morgan is released from a prison sentence under the condition that she restores an old mural from the 40s that has been badly damaged. She has no background in art restoration and is surprised to find out that she was chosen by a late artist that she had admired but never met. and his conditions were strict so she has no choice but to accept.
Anna, the original artist on the mural, tells her half of the story in flashback alternating chapters. We learn that she was chosen to paint the mural over some local artists and she has to deal with that fallout once she arrives in town to start work. She takes on some students to assist and becomes close with one in particular. Anna's story takes us down a dark path of racism and violence in the small town and as Morgan works on the mural, Anna's secrets unfold in a twisted, sad tale.
The characters in the book leap off the page and weave a tale of family, friendship, death, and despair that will keep you glued to the pages until the final secret is revealed.
Ruth Ware is a master of the twisty mystery and I can't get enough of her books. In Key, Rowan cheats her way into the job of nanny to the young daughters at Heatherbrae House, a high-tech wonder hidden deep in the countryside. The Smart Home seems to offer every modern convenience you'd ever need but as she becomes more familiar with the home and family, she finds their deep, dark secrets. Sleepless nights are spent wondering what's going on behind hidden doors and in creepy attics, and uncover Rowan's own secrets. Will she be able to save the girls from the dark forces at work? Read and find out!
Yikes, y'all. This is a gripping suspenseful tale of what happens when autonomous cars go wrong. Eight people are in transit to various places when their routes get canceled and a strange voice announces that they have a little less than 3 hours to live. There is a jury of their peers set to choose who lives and who dies (and in what order) and this is just as grisly as you'd expect. As we get to know each passenger, we learn that each has dark secrets and the jury is left to learn their secrets and decide who merits saving. Don't read this if you have somewhere to be, you won't want to put it down!
This is like Liane Moriarty set in England and I love it. The neighbors on Lowland Way are a tight-knit community with their routine set and agreed upon, and they all live (mostly) harmoniously together. All that changes when Darren and Jodie move into Darren's late aunt's home. They disrupt the idyllic street with unsightly renovations, loud late night music, and a garage business on the premises. The neighbors can't make them stop by legal means so someone takes matters into their own hands early one weekend morning. Everyone is suspect as the police investigate and the clues come at you fast and furious. This mystery reads really quickly and kept me entertained on each page. I couldn't wait to find out who did it and how.
I wish I could rate this higher than a 10/10. I am a longtime, unabashed DiFranco fan and have been looking forward to this book for a while. It covers her life up to the early 2000s, and gives more background information than I've been able to find before (since it's straight from the horse's mouth) and I reveled in the stories form her early life and early career. Her words are beautiful and I loved the additions of song lyrics and her poetry that were interspersed in the story. I could go on and on about this book, I loved it so much, and now all I want to do is hole up and listen to her music for days.
Whoa, y'all. Mary Kubica always has awesome twisty endings but when i finished this one, I actually said aloud "what the...". Jessie and Eden share narration in this book about mothers and daughters, and how far they will go out of love for each other. I don't want to say too much and give anything away, so I'll just say that if you like Kubica, Gillan Flynn, Paula Hawkins and their ilk, you will love this book.
When this ARC came in, I squealed out loud and claimed it for my own before I'd even finished opening the package. Taking place during an active shooter situation in a women's clinic, each chapter is told from a different character's point of view. Every viewpoint is represented so no matter where you stand on women's health care issues, you'll find a connection. Hugh McElroy is the police negotiator that's trying to talk the shooter out of the building and his fear is amplified when he discovers his daughter Wren is one of the hostages. Picoult never fails to keep me on the edge of my seat and this might be her best book yet. I had a book hangover for days after I finished this and I'm probably going to read it again immediately. There are some detailed descriptions of medical procedures towards the end but they're fitting with the topics and more educational than graphic. I truly can't recommend this book enough.
I started this one because I needed a break from YA Feels and twisty the-husband-did-it murders. I LOVED it. Owens writes beautifully and descriptively without being overly flowery in her prose. We follow Kya, our main character from age 6 on. Abandoned by her entire family in their North Carolina swamp shack. she learns to fend for herself and fly under the radar of truant officers and social workers in her small town. When the body of local hero Chase Andrews is found mysteriously dead, Kya is suspected from the start. The subsequent trial is reminiscent of To Kill a Mockingbird and the story of Kya's life that leads up to the current day events will break your heart. The visuals of Kya's marsh home put the reader solidly into the setting and Owens' love of southern nature really shines through. Great read for fans of Harper Lee.
In the vein of Clue, this book gathers guests at an upstate New York hotel during a bad storm. Each from different backgrounds and reasons for being on the trip, they start dying off one by one. With no internet and the power and phone lines out, no one can get in or out and the tension grows as the group tries to determine who the killer is. Everyone is a suspect and no one is safe as the story unfolds. I blazed through this in just a few hours because I couldn't wait to get to the end. Super fast, super engaging read for fans of Agatha Christie. Lapena never disappoints.