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.
It's going to be hard to describe this book without swearing - it's that good! Sydney is back in her Brooklyn neighborhood to take care of her ailing mother and regroup after a nasty breakup. She comes home to a block that's changing - not for the better. The longtime Black homeowners are being pushed out by well-to-do white people. Circumstances of her friends' moves seem more and more shady to Sydney. With the help of new neighbor Theo, she starts to look into the history of the area and nefarious secrets start to come to light. I won't go any further because I don't want to spoil anything. READ THIS BOOK.
I have yet to meet an Andrew Shaffer book I don't love. This is a perfect holiday gift for anyone who loves Grady Hendrix and Stephen King. Publisher Lussi is struggling to find the Next Big Thing in 80's horror at the brand-new job she's lucked into. (Whether that's good or bad luck, I won't say...) At the holiday gift swap, she gets a Secret Santa gift that no one owns up to giving her - for good reason. It's a creepy-looking thing that she writes off as hazing, until weird things start to happen around the office. Tragedy begins to befall her new coworkers right and left and it's left up to Lussi and her author friend Fabian to find out where the gift came from and how to stop the madness. Shaffer is a store favorite and I can't wait to get it into the stockings of our horror fans this year!
At home, Camila is a docile, obedient daughter that doesn't break the rules set by her strict father. On the futbol field, she is La Furia, a powerhouse player with the skills to take here anywhere in the world she wants to go, if she can only break free of the threads that hold her in her poor hometown. As she works to earn a spot in the ultra-competitive South American tournament, she is also falling for local boy turned futbol star Diego. Can she balance her soccer dreams with her longtime love for the boy next door? Will her parents find out that she's been playing behind their backs and allow her to try for greatness?
Much like Stone's other books that I've read, this is outstanding. A follow up to Dear Martin, this book follows Quan Banks' journey behind bars and his correspondence with Justyce McAllister. Quan and Justyce grew up in the same area but took very different paths to young adulthood. Interspersed with memories of the young men as young boys and present day interactions, we learn why Quan is locked up. Justyce and some friends on the outside team up to try and right the wrongs done while also trying to keep Quan safe from the crowd he ran with prior to prison. Stone is amazing at putting the reader into the story and opening our eyes to the injustice Black youth live with that keeps them down despite their best efforts to rise above. A must read.
Goldin's latest is a timely tale of a small town's trauma and the podcaster trying to uncover long buried secrets. Rachel Krall's job as a true crime podcaster brings her to a town that's divided by an ugly rape trial. Someone leaves a note on her car begging her to help solve a long ago drowning case that seems to be unrelated to the trial. The mystery person won't give up and Rachel is pulled into the dark secrets that were covered up the first time, and might end up breaking the rape case wide open as well.
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 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.
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 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!