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Top 20 Best New Summer Reads Coming July

Top Book Coming July 2017

 

What a line up of talent.  Someone "lock me in" with no interruptions! 

 

 

 

The Breakdown 

 

By:  B. A. Paris 

ISBN: 978-1250122469

Publisher:  St. Martin's Press 

Publication Date:  6/20/2017

Format: e-book

My Rating:  5 Stars

Named One of the Most Anticipated Thriller Novels Of 2017 by Bustle!

THE NEW CHILLING, PROPULSIVE NOVEL FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES AND USA TODAY BESTSELLING BEHIND CLOSED DOORS.

If you can t trust yourself, who can you trust? Cass is having a hard time since the night she saw the car in the woods, on the winding rural road, in the middle of a downpour, with the woman sitting inside the woman who was killed.

 

She's been trying to put the crime out of her mind; what could she have done, really? It s a dangerous road to be on in the middle of a storm. Her husband would be furious if he knew she d broken her promise not to take that shortcut home. And she probably would only have been hurt herself if she'd stopped.

 

But since then, she s been forgetting every little thing: where she left the car, if she took her pills, the alarm code, why she ordered a pram when she doesn't have a baby.The only thing she can t forget is that woman, the woman she might have saved, and the terrible nagging guilt. Or the silent calls she s receiving, or the feeling that someone's watching her. Read More 


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 The Late Show 

 

Renée Ballard #1

By:  Michael Connelly 

ISBN: 978-0316225984

Publisher: Little Brown & Co. 

Publication Date: 7/18/2017 

Format: Hardcover

My Rating: TBR (Pre-Ordered)

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly, a new thriller introducing a driven young detective trying to prove herself in the LAPD

Renée Ballard works the night shift in Hollywood, beginning many investigations but finishing none as each morning she turns her cases over to day shift detectives. A once up-and-coming detective, she's been given this beat as punishment after filing a sexual harassment complaint against a supervisor.

But one night she catches two cases she doesn't want to part with: the brutal beating of a prostitute left for dead in a parking lot and the killing of a young woman in a nightclub shooting. Ballard is determined not to give up at dawn. Against orders and her own partner's wishes, she works both cases by day while maintaining her shift by night. As the cases entwine they pull her closer to her own demons and the reason she won't give up her job no matter what the department throws at her. Read More

 

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Last Breath 

 

Good Daughter #0.5

By: Karin Slaughter  

ASIN: B06XNJDDKL

Publisher: Witness Impulse

Publication Date: 7/11/2017 

Format: Kindle

My Rating:  TBR (Pre-Ordered)


Protecting someone always comes at a cost.

At the age of thirteen, Charlie Quinn’s childhood came to an abrupt and devastating end. Two men, with a grudge against her lawyer father, broke into her home—and after that shocking night, Charlie’s world was never the same.

 

Now a lawyer herself, Charlie has made it her mission to defend those with no one else to turn to. So when Flora Faulkner, a motherless teen, begs for help, Charlie is reminded of her own past, and is powerless to say no.

 

But honor-student Flora is in far deeper trouble than Charlie could ever have anticipated. Soon she must ask herself: How far should she go to protect her client? And can she truly believe everything she is being told?

 

Razor-sharp and lightning-fast, this electrifying story from the #1 international bestselling author will leave you breathless. And be sure to read Karin Slaughter’s extraordinary new novel The Good Daughter—available August 22, 2017.   Read More

 

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The Secrets She Keeps  

 

By: Michael Robotham 

ISBN: 9781501170317

Publisher: Scribner

Publication Date:  7/11/2017 

Format:  Hardcover 

My Rating: 5 Stars +

In the bestselling tradition of The Girl on the Train and In a Dark, Dark Wood, from the internationally bestselling author whom Stephen King called “an absolute master” of the psychological thriller, comes a riveting suspense novel about the unlikely friendship between two pregnant women that asks: how far would you go to create the perfect family?

Agatha is pregnant and works part-time stocking shelves at a grocery store in a ritzy London suburb, counting down the days until her baby is due. As the hours of her shifts creep by in increasing discomfort, the one thing she looks forward to at work is catching a glimpse of Meghan, the effortlessly chic customer whose elegant lifestyle dazzles her. Meghan has it all: two perfect children, a handsome husband, a happy marriage, a stylish group of friends, and she writes perfectly droll confessional posts on her popular parenting blog—posts that Agatha reads with devotion each night as she waits for her absent boyfriend, the father of her baby, to maybe return her calls.

 

When Agatha learns that Meghan is pregnant again, and that their due dates fall within the same month, she finally musters up the courage to speak to her, thrilled that they now have the ordeal of childbearing in common. Little does Meghan know that the mundane exchange she has with a grocery store employee during a hurried afternoon shopping trip is about to change the course of her not-so-perfect life forever…

 

With its brilliant rendering of a shocking kidnapping plot and the secrets some women hold close, The Secrets She Keeps delivers a dark and twisted page-turner that is absolutely impossible to put down.  Read More

 

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The Lying Game 

 

By:  Ruth Ware

ISBN: 978-1501156007

Publisher:  Gallery/Scout Press

Publication Date: 7/25/2017 

Format:  Other

My Rating: 4 Stars 

Featured Weekend Read

From the instant New York Times bestselling author of blockbuster thrillers In a Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10 comes Ruth Ware’s chilling new novel.

On a cool June morning, a woman is walking her dog in the idyllic coastal village of Salten along a tidal estuary known as the Reach. Before she can stop him, the dog charges into the water to retrieve what first appears to be a wayward stick, but to her horror, turns out to be a human bone.

 

The next morning, three women in and around London—Fatima, Thea, and Isabel—receive the text they had always hoped would NEVER come, from the fourth in their formerly inseparable clique, Kate, that says only, “I need you.”

 

The four girls were best friends at Salten, a second rate boarding school set near the cliffs of the English Channel. Each different in their own way, the four became inseparable and were notorious for playing the Lying Game, telling lies at every turn to both fellow boarders and faculty, with varying states of serious and flippant nature that were disturbing enough to ensure that everyone steered clear of them. The myriad and complicated rules of the game are strict: no lying to each other—ever. Bail on the lie when it becomes clear it is about to be found out. But their little game had consequences, and the girls were all expelled in their final year of school under mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of the school’s eccentric art teacher, Ambrose (who also happens to be Kate’s father).

 

Atmospheric, twisty, and with just the right amount of chill that will keep you wrong-footed—which has now become Ruth Ware’s signature style—The Lying Game is sure to be her next big bestseller. Another unputdownable thriller from the Agatha Christie of our time. Read More 

 

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Bring Her Home 

 

By: David Bell 

ISBN: 978-0399584442

Publisher: Berkley

Publication Date: 7/11/2017 

Format: Hardcover 

My Rating: 4 Stars

In the breathtaking new thriller from David Bell, bestselling author of Since She Went Away and Somebody I Used to Know, the fate of two missing teenage girls becomes a father’s worst nightmare.... 

Just a year and a half after the tragic death of his wife, Bill Price’s fifteen-year-old daughter, Summer, and her best friend, Haley, disappear. Days later, the girls are found in a city park. Haley is dead at the scene, while Summer is left beaten beyond recognition and clinging to life.
 
As Bill holds vigil over Summer’s bandaged body, the only sound the unconscious girl can make is one cryptic and chilling word: No. And the more time Bill spends with Summer, the more he wonders what happened to her. Or if the injured girl in the hospital bed is really his daughter at all.
 
When troubling new questions about Summer’s life surface, Bill is not prepared for the aftershocks. He’ll soon discover that both the living and the dead have secrets. And that searching for the truth will tear open old wounds that pierce straight to the heart of his family... Read More 

 

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The Inside Dark  

 

By:  James Hankins

ISBN: 978-1477819906

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer 

Publication Date:  7/11/2017 

Format: Paperback 

My Rating:  5 Stars

Five days ago, aspiring crime novelist Jason Swike awoke chained to the wall of a run-down horse stable, convinced he would soon die at the hands of Crackerjack, the infamous serial killer who had terrorized the residents of Massachusetts for the past year—capturing and tormenting men, painting whimsical designs on their faces before shattering their bones and ending their lives. Just when death seems inevitable, Jason, with the help of another captive, manages to kill the madman and escape.

Hailed as a hero, Jason reaps the benefits of his newfound fame: a book deal, a possible reconciliation with his estranged wife, and reward money he can use to pay for his son’s costly medical treatments. But he soon realizes the nightmare that began in the deserted stable is far from over, as he is drawn into a twisted game where the darkest terror may not be the psychopath manipulating his every move, but what Jason may have to do to survive… Read More 

 

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The Bookshop at Water's Edge  

 

By: Patti Callahan Henry 

ISBN:  978-0399583117

Publisher: Berkley

Publication Date: 7/11/2017

Format: Paperback 

My Rating:  TBR

The women who spent their childhood summers in a small southern town discover it harbors secrets as lush as the marshes that surround it...

Bonny Blankenship’s most treasured memories are of idyllic summers spent in Watersend, South Carolina, with her best friend, Lainey McKay. Amid the sand dunes and oak trees draped with Spanish moss, they swam and wished for happy-ever-afters, then escaped to the local bookshop to read and whisper in the glorious cool silence. Until the night that changed everything, the night that Lainey’s mother disappeared.

Now, in her early fifties, Bonny is desperate to clear her head after a tragic mistake threatens her career as an emergency room doctor, and her marriage crumbles around her. With her troubled teenage daughter, Piper, in tow, she goes back to the beloved river house, where she is soon joined by Lainey and her two young children. During lazy summer days and magical nights, they reunite with bookshop owner Mimi, who is tangled with the past and its mysteries. As the three women cling to a fragile peace, buried secrets and long ago loves return like the tide. Read More

 

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The Almost Sisters  

 

By:  Joshilyn Jackson

ISBN: 9780062105714

Publisher:  William Morrow

Publication Date: 7/11/2017

Format: Other

My Rating: TBR (Pre-Ordered)

With empathy, grace, humor, and piercing insight, the author of gods in Alabama pens a powerful, emotionally resonant novel of the South that confronts the truth about privilege, family, and the distinctions between perception and reality---the stories we tell ourselves about our origins and who we really are.

Superheroes have always been Leia Birch Briggs' weakness. One tequila-soaked night at a comics convention, the usually level-headed graphic novelist is swept off her barstool by a handsome and anonymous Batman.

 

It turns out the caped crusader has left her with more than just a nice, fuzzy memory. She's having a baby boy--an unexpected but not unhappy development in the thirty-eight year-old's life. But before Leia can break the news of her impending single-motherhood (including the fact that her baby is biracial) to her conventional, Southern family, her step-sister Rachel's marriage implodes. Worse, she learns her beloved ninety-year-old grandmother, Birchie, is losing her mind, and she's been hiding her dementia with the help of Wattie, her best friend since girlhood.

 

Leia returns to Alabama to put her grandmother's affairs in order, clean out the big Victorian that has been in the Birch family for generations, and tell her family that she's pregnant. Yet just when Leia thinks she's got it all under control, she learns that illness is not the only thing Birchie's been hiding. Tucked in the attic is a dangerous secret with roots that reach all the way back to the Civil War. Its exposure threatens the family's freedom and future, and it will change everything about how Leia sees herself and her sister, her son and his missing father, and the world she thinks she knows. Read More 

 

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Everything We Left Behind 

 

By: Kerry Lonsdale 

ISBN: 1477823972

Publisher: Lake Union 

Publication Date: 7/4/2017 

Format: Paperback 

My Rating: TBR

From the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Everything We Keep comes the highly anticipated sequel. Told from one man’s two perspectives, Everything We Left Behind effortlessly blends suspense, mystery, and romance in an exploration of loss, resilience, and the compelling need to protect the ones we love at all cost.

Two months before his wedding, financial executive James Donato chased his trade-laundering brother Phil to Mexico, only to be lost at sea and presumed dead. Six and a half years later, he emerges from a dissociative fugue state to find he’s been living in Oaxaca as artist Carlos Dominguez, widower and father of two sons, with his sister-in-law Natalya Hayes, a retired professional surfer, helping to keep his life afloat. But his fiancée, Aimee Tierney, the love of his life, has moved on. She’s married and has a child of her own.

 

Devastated, James and his sons return to California. But Phil is scheduled for release from prison, and he’s determined to find James, who witnessed something in Mexico that could land Phil back in confinement. Under mounting family pressure, James flees with his sons to Kauai, seeking refuge with Natalya. As James begins to unravel the mystery of his fractured identity, danger is never far behind, and Natalya may be the only person he can trust. Read More

 

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The Truth We Bury  

 

By: Barbara Taylor Sissel 

ISBN: 978-1477823989

Publisher: Lake Union 

Publication Date: 7/25/2017

Format: Paperback 

My Rating: TBR

In this intense, multilayered domestic drama, two families become entangled in a web of lies, secrets, and betrayal that results in an act of violence so shocking their love may not survive.

On the outside, Lily Isley’s life seems perfect: a wealthy husband, a ritzy gated community in Dallas, and a handsome son, AJ—a decorated marine about to be married to his love, Shea. But when a bridesmaid is murdered in AJ’s apartment and he can’t be found, Lily’s world collapses and a long-held family secret is at risk of exposure.

 

Dru Gallagher’s life took a different course. After her ex-husband, suffering from post-traumatic stress, threatened her and her daughter, Shea, with a shotgun, Dru was forced to leave her marriage and forge ahead as a working-class single mom. Now, the anger she sees in war veteran AJ’s eyes is heartbreakingly familiar—and makes Dru deeply afraid for her daughter’s safety…especially after Shea’s best friend and maid of honor is found dead.

 

With a killer on the loose and time running out, Lily and Dru, two very different women, unite in a single goal: to save their precious children from scandal, even from death. But will the mothers’ protection be enough, or will the fateful secret they expose—and the truth it reveals—destroy every hope of love? Read More 

 

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The Life She Was Given 

 

By:  Ellen Marie Wiseman 

ISBN: 9781617734496

Publisher: Kensington

Publication Date: 7/15/017 

Format: Paperback 

My Rating: TBR

From acclaimed author Ellen Marie Wiseman comes a vivid, daring novel about the devastating power of family secrets—beginning in the poignant, lurid world of a Depression-era traveling circus and coming full circle in the transformative 1950s.

On a summer evening in 1931, Lilly Blackwood glimpses circus lights from the grimy window of her attic bedroom. Lilly isn’t allowed to explore the meadows around Blackwood Manor. She’s never even ventured beyond her narrow room. Momma insists it’s for Lilly’s own protection, that people would be afraid if they saw her. But on this unforgettable night, Lilly is taken outside for the first time—and sold to the circus sideshow.

More than two decades later, nineteen-year-old Julia Blackwood has inherited her parents’ estate and horse farm. For Julia, home was an unhappy place full of strict rules and forbidden rooms, and she hopes that returning might erase those painful memories. Instead, she becomes immersed in a mystery involving a hidden attic room and photos of circus scenes featuring a striking young girl.

 

At first, The Barlow Brothers’ Circus is just another prison for Lilly. But in this rag-tag, sometimes brutal world, Lilly discovers strength, friendship, and a rare affinity for animals. Soon, thanks to elephants Pepper and JoJo and their handler, Cole, Lilly is no longer a sideshow spectacle but the circus’s biggest attraction. . .until tragedy and cruelty collide. It will fall to Julia to learn the truth about Lilly’s fate and her family’s shocking betrayal, and find a way to make Blackwood Manor into a place of healing at last.

 

Moving between Julia and Lilly’s stories, Ellen Marie Wiseman portrays two extraordinary, very different women in a novel that, while tender and heartbreaking, offers moments of joy and indomitable hope. Read More  

 

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Don't Close Your Eyes  

 

By:  Holly Seddon 

ISBN: 9781101885895

Publisher: Random House 

Publication Date: 7/4/2017 

Format: Hardcover 

My Rating: TBR

A gripping novel of psychological suspense centered on two sisters whose lives have taken them apart, and the shocking family secrets that bind them together.

Twin sisters Robin and Sarah haven’t spoken in years.

Robin can’t leave her house. A complete shut-in, she spends her days spying on her neighbors, subtly meddling in their lives. But she can’t keep her demons out forever. Someone from her past has returned, and is desperate to get inside.

Sarah can’t go home. Her husband has kicked her out, forcibly denying her access to their toddler. Sarah will do anything to get her daughter back, but she’s unraveling under the mounting pressure of concealing the dark secrets of her past. And her lies are catching up to her.

The novel takes readers back in time to witness the complex family dynamics that formed Robin and Sarah into the emotionally damaged, estranged young women they’ve become. As the gripping and intricate layers of their shared past are slowly peeled away, the shocks and twists will keep readers breathless long after the final page. Read More  

 

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I Need a Lifeguard Everywhere but the Pool 

 

By: Lisa Scottoline, Francesca Serritella 

ISBN: 9781250059963

Publisher: St. Martin's Press 

Publication Date: 7/11/2017 

Format: Hardcover 

My Rating: TBR

"Lisa and Francesca, mother and daughter, bring you the laughter of their lives." —Delia Ephron, bestselling author

The bestselling and “perennially hilarious” mother-daughter team is back with a new collection of stories from their real lives, guaranteed to make you laugh out loud. Join Lisa and Francesca as they regret drunk-shopping online, try smell-dating, and explore the freedom of a hiatus from men - a Guyatus. They offer a fresh and funny take on the triumphs and facepalm moments of modern life, showing that when it comes to navigating the crazy world we live in, you’re always your own best lifeguard.

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Collared 

Andy Carpenter Mystery #14 

By: David Rosenfelt

ISBN: 1250055350

Publisher:  Minotaur Books

Publication Date: 7/18/2017 

Format:  Hardcover 

My Rating: TBR

Lawyer Andy Carpenter’s true passion is the Tara Foundation, the dog rescue organization he runs with his friend Willie Miller.

All kinds of dogs make their way to the foundation, and it isn’t that surprising to find a dog abandoned at the shelter one morning, though it was accompanied by a mysterious anonymous note. But they are quite surprised when they scan the dog’s embedded chip, and discover that they know this dog. He is the “DNA dog.”

 

Two and a half years ago, Jill Hickman was a single mother of an adopted baby. Her baby and dog were kidnapped in broad daylight in Eastside Park, and they haven’t been seen since. A tip came in that ID’d a former boyfriend of Hickman’s, Keith Wachtel, as the kidnapper. A search of his house showed no sign of the child but did uncover more incriminating evidence, and the clincher that generated Wachtel’s arrest was some dog hair, notable since Wachtel did not have a dog. DNA tests showed conclusively that the hair belonged to Hickman’s dog. Wachtel was convicted of kidnapping, but the dog and baby were never found.

 

Now, with the reappearance of the dog, the case is brought back to light, and the search for the child renewed. Goaded by his wife’s desire to help a friend and fellow mother and Andy’s desire to make sure the real kidnapper is in jail, Andy and his team enter the case. But what they start to uncover is far more complicated and dangerous than they ever expected. Read More

 

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Two Nights 

 

By:  Kathy Reichs

ISBN: 9780345544070

Publisher: Random House 

Publication Date: 7/11/2017 

Format:  Hardcover

My Rating: TBR

#1 New York Times bestselling author Kathy Reichs steps beyond her classic Temperance Brennan series in a new standalone thriller—featuring a smart, tough, talented heroine whose thirst for justice stems from her own dark past.

Meet Sunday Night, a woman with physical and psychological scars, and a killer instinct. . . .

 

Sunnie has spent years running from her past, burying secrets and building a life in which she needs no one and feels nothing.

 

But a girl has gone missing, lost in the chaos of a bomb explosion, and the family needs Sunnie’s help.

 

Is the girl dead?

 

Did someone take her? If she is out there, why doesn’t she want to be found?

 

It’s time for Sunnie to face her own demons—because they just might lead her to the truth about what really happened all those years ago. Read More

 

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Love Murder  


Valerie Hart Series #2

By: Saul Black 

ISBN: 9781250057419

Publisher: St Martins Press

Publication Date: 7/25/2017 

Format: Hardcover

My Rating:  TBR

When she’s called to the murder scene, the last thing San Francisco Homicide detective Valerie Hart is expecting is for Katherine Glass to walk back into her life.

Six years earlier, revulsion and fascination had gripped the nation in equal measure, as beautiful, intelligent, charming—and utterly evil—Katherine Glass had been convicted on six counts of Murder One. But the freshly mutilated corpse in the ground-floor apartment bears all the hallmarks of Katherine’s victims. And then there’s the note, with its chilling implications. Addressed to Valerie.

 

To stop the slaughter, Valerie has no choice. She must ask Katherine Glass to help her decipher the killer’s twisted message. But that means re-entering the pitch-black labyrinth that is Katherine’s mind, and this time Valerie isn’t so sure which one of them will survive. Read More

 

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Justice Burning 

 

By: Scott Pratt

ISBN: 978-1542045605

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer

Publication Date: 7/11/2017 

Format:  Paperback

My Rating: TBR

Former defense attorney Darren Street is desperately trying to put his life back together after spending two years in a maximum-security prison for a murder he didn’t commit.

He’s rebuilding his law practice, reconnecting with his son, and falling more deeply in love with his girlfriend, fellow attorney Grace Alexander. But the past casts a long shadow, and for Street, there’s no outrunning it.

 

Tormented by nightmares and violent mood swings, Street is seeking treatment for PTSD when a new trauma shakes his world: his mother is killed in an explosion, but the police believe Street was the intended target. Payback from an old enemy, or the calling card of a deadly new foe? Whoever’s behind it, Street begins to lose his grip on reality and decides to take matters in his own hands. And the law won’t stop him from revenge. Justice has a new name: Darren Street. Read More

 

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Dark Saturday  

 

A Frieda Klein Novel #6

By: Nicci French 

ISBN: 978-0062676665

Publisher: HarperCollins

Publication Date: 7/11/2017 

Format: Hardcover

My Rating: TBR

LOUISE PENNY says Nicci French's books are "fabulous."

JOSEPH FINDER says they're "in the rich vein of Kate Atkinson."

And TAMI HOAG calls them "truly unique."

Enter the world of NICCI FRENCH with Dark Saturday, an electrifying, sophisticated psychological thriller about past crimes and present dangers, featuring an unforgettable protagonist...

A decade ago, 18-year-old Hannah Docherty was arrested for the shocking murder of her family. It was an open-and-shut case, and Hannah has been incarcerated in a secure psychiatric hospital ever since.

 

When psychotherapist Frieda Klein is asked to meet Hannah and give her assessment, she reluctantly agrees. But what she finds horrifies her. Hannah has become a tragic figure, old before her time. And Frieda is haunted by the idea that Hannah might be as much of a victim as her family — that she might, in fact, be innocent.

 

As Hannah's case takes hold of her, Frieda begins to realize that she's up against someone who will go to any lengths to keep the truth from surfacing — even kill again.

 

Utterly compelling and enthralling, Dark Saturday speeds readers down a twisting trail of secrets, suspense, and murder. Read More

 

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Final Girls 

 

By: Riley Sager

ISBN: 9781101985366

Publisher: Penguin/Dutton 

Publication Date: 7/18/2017 

Format: Hardcover

My Rating: TBR

"The Final Girls need you. . . . The Final Girls are tough, everything survivors should be. But the new threat is clever, ominous, even closer than you suspect. You are about to gasp. You might drop the book. You may have to look over your shoulder. But you must keep reading. This is the best book of 2017."—Lisa Gardner, New York Times bestselling author of Find Her

Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie–scale massacre. In an instant, she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to—a group of similar survivors known in the press as the Final Girls. Lisa, who lost nine sorority sisters to a college dropout's knife; Sam, who went up against the Sack Man during her shift at the Nightlight Inn; and now Quincy, who ran bleeding through the woods to escape Pine Cottage and the man she refers to only as Him. The three girls are all attempting to put their nightmares behind them, and, with that, one another. Despite the media's attempts, they never meet.

 

Now, Quincy is doing well—maybe even great, thanks to her Xanax prescription. She has a caring almost-fiancé, Jeff; a popular baking blog; a beautiful apartment; and a therapeutic presence in Coop, the police officer who saved her life all those years ago. Her memory won’t even allow her to recall the events of that night; the past is in the past. 

 

That is, until Lisa, the first Final Girl, is found dead in her bathtub, wrists slit, and Sam, the second, appears on Quincy's doorstep. Blowing through Quincy's life like a whirlwind, Sam seems intent on making Quincy relive the past, with increasingly dire consequences, all of which makes Quincy question why Sam is really seeking her out. And when new details about Lisa's death come to light, Quincy's life becomes a race against time as she tries to unravel Sam's truths from her lies, evade the police and hungry reporters, and, most crucially, remember what really happened at Pine Cottage, before what was started ten years ago is finished. Read More 

 

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text 2016-09-02 00:38
Summer Bingo Card - Final Update!

 

Update!

 

I finished my summer bingo card, just squeaking in under the deadline with Go Fly A Kite, Charlie Brown, which I dug up and read yesterday afternoon!

 

 

 

 

 

The 20 books of summer!

 

Fantasy: Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay

YA or Children's Title: The Moon By Night by Madeleine L'Engle

Book by a Dead Author: O Pioneers by Willa Cather

Mystery or Suspense: The Mirror Crack'd From Side to Side by Agatha Christie

New to you author: The Crown Game by Evelyn Skye

More than 400 pages long: Can You Forgive Her by Anthony Trollope

Published in June, July or August: The Leaving by Tara Altebrando

Comfort Read: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

Space Opera or other sci fi: Black Out by Connie Willis
 Book Bust or Bummer: Passenger to Frankfurt by Agatha Christie
Summer Word in Title: August Folly by Angela Thirkell
Blast from the Past: An Unwilling Accomplice by Charles Todd
The Boy In The Suitcase (Nina Borg #1) by Lene Kaaberbol & Angete Friis
A Favorite Re-Read: The Secret of the Mansion by Julie Campbell 
Adapted for the big screen: The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper
Romance: X Marks the Scot by Victoria Roberts
On My Shelves for More than a Year: Over Sea and Under Stone by Susan Cooper
Travel: Trains/Planes/Automobiles (or, in this case a spaceship): Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
A Hard Book: House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III
Beach, Sun or Sand on the Cover: An Inquiry into Love and Death by Simone St. James
Read in my treehouse: The Arrivals by Melissa Marr
A Book With A Terrible Cover: Greenwitch by Susan Cooper
Read on vacation: The Sunne In Splendour by Sharon Kay Penman
Graphic Novel or Comic Book: Go Fly A Kite, Charlie Brown by Charles Schulz
Free Space: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
 
 
 
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text 2016-09-01 07:56
20 Books of Summer - summer reading wrap-up

Moonlight Murder (a/k/a/ Moonlight Reader) had the idea at the start of summer to read 20 books between June 1 and September 1 and called it the #20 Books of Summer, inviting anyone interested to participate as well.  No challenge, no contest, just to enjoy a summer filled with reading.

 

Putting aside that I'm seasonally challenged here in the antipodes, this sounded like fun, and generally I read more in the winter anyway (this Florida girl tends to start hibernating when the temperature dips below 20/70).  I was curious how many books I'd actually end up reading in those 90 days.

 

Turns out, I read a lot.  I had no idea.  

 

I had a more than average number of stand-out 4.5/5 star reads, so I'm calling it a successful books of summer(winter).  

 

Fiction (45): 

On the Edge - Ilona Andrews  Old Herbaceous: A Novel of the Garden - Reginald Arkell  Love, Lies and Spies - Cindy Anstey  Murder by Death - Neil Simon,H.R.F. Keating  The Cat Sitter's Nine Lives: A Mystery - Blaize Clement,John Clement  Deadly Desires at Honeychurch Hall - Hannah Dennison  Aunt Dimity and the Summer King - Nancy Atherton  The Improbability of Love - Hannah Rothschild  Venetia - Georgette Heyer  A Whisker of Trouble - Sofie Ryan  Rock-a-Bye Bones - Carolyn Haines  Persuasion - Jane Austen  A Muddied Murder - Wendy Tyson  The Semester of Our Discontent - Cynthia Kuhn  Marked Masters - Ritter Ames  The Readaholics and the Falcon Fiasco - Laura DiSilverio  And Then There Were Nuns - Kylie Logan  Grace Sees Red - Julie Hyzy  The Dirt on Ninth Grave - Darynda Jones  The Curse of Tenth Grave - Darynda Jones  Death and Relaxation - Devon Monk  As Death Draws Near - Anna Lee Huber  Give Up the Ghost - Juliet Blackwell  Design for Dying - Renee Patrick  A Bed of Scorpions - Judith Flanders  A Murder of Magpies - Judith Flanders  Gone With the Witch - Heather Blake  Dear Committee Members - Julie Schumacher  Magic Stars - Ilona Andrews  Lowcountry Book Club - Susan M. Boyer  Books of a Feather - Kate Carlisle  Take the Monkey and Run - Laura Morrigan  Staying Dead - Laura Anne Gilman  The Single Undead Moms Club - Molly Harper  Shades of Grey - Jasper Fforde  Fool Me Once - Steve Hockensmith,Lisa Falco  Black Sheep - Georgette Heyer  Where the Wild Things Bite - Molly Harper  A Disguise to Die For - Diane Vallere  Goodwood - Holly Throsby  Arsenic with Austen - Katherine Bolger Hyde  Crowned and Dangerous: A Royal Spyness Mystery - Rhys Bowen  A Killer Ball at Honeychurch Hall - Hannah Dennison  To The Last Drop - Sandra Balzo  Silk Stalkings - Diane Vallere  

 

Audiobooks (4):

Hammered - Kevin Hearne,Christopher Ragland  Two Ravens and One Crow - Kevin Hearne,Christopher Ragland  Sprig Muslin - Georgette Heyer,Sian Phillips  Tricked - Kevin Hearne,Christopher Ragland  

 

Non-fiction/reference/memoirs (12):

Encore Provence: New Adventures in the South of France - Peter Mayle  How Not to Be a Dick: An Everyday Etiquette Guide - Meghan Doherty  The Unadulterated Cat - Terry Pratchett,Gray Jolliffe  Stephen Fry's Incomplete & Utter History of Classical Music - Tim Lihoreau,Stephen Fry  The Book of the Dead: Lives of the Justly Famous and the Undeservedly Obscure - John Lloyd,John Mitchinson  Book - John Agard,Neil Packer  Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology - Leah Remini,Rebecca Paley  A Passion for Books: A Book Lover's Treasury of Stories, Essays, Humor, Love and Lists on Collecting, Reading, Borrowing, Lending, Caring for, and Appreciating Books - Rob Kaplan,Harold Rabinowitz  Going to Hell in a Hen Basket: An Illustrated Dictionary of Modern Malapropisms - Robert Alden Rubin  Happily Ever After - Susannah Fullerton  Women Who Read Are Dangerous - Stefan Bollman,Karen Joy Fowler  Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words from Around the World - Ella Frances Sanders  

 

Comic (1):

Superior Iron Man #4 - Yildiray Cinar,Tom Taylor 

 

I hope everyone had a great summer!

 

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text 2016-09-01 04:27
20+ Books of Summer

Why stop at twenty?

 

I'm counting my summer reading as books finished between June 1st and August 31st.

 

I had two 5-star reads: Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen (a re-read, of course) and Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky.

 

Regular books I read (31):

EmmaBaba Yaga's DaughterWritten in RedThe Inspector and Mrs JeffriesA Bloody Field by ShrewsburyThe Unadulterated CatVenetiaGrave WitchThe Graveyard BookLibriomancer2001 A Space OdysseyThe Princess Bride2010 Odyssey TwoSorrows of Young WertherWall-to-Wall DeadThe Anatomist's WifeThe Apothecary RoseChildren of TimeCocaine BluesDead Man's RansomBintiThe VagrantMortal ArtsFortune's PawnA Grave MatterA Darker Shade of MagicThe MartianA Study in DeathMedieval Underpants & Other BlundersThe Hangman's Daughter

 

Audiobooks (6):

The Tao of PoohSummer LightningWhere'd you go, BernadettePride & PrejudiceThe View from the Cheap SeatsPlantagenet Princess, Tudor Queen

 

Graphic novels and oddities (6):

Thing ExplainerRivers of LondonSusanna MoodieZen for CatsA Game of YouLucifer Vol 1

 

DNF (1):

The Bone Clocks

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review 2016-08-31 01:46
Silk Stalkings (Material Witness, #3)
Silk Stalkings - Diane Vallere

This is a good series, with really well done characterisations and a nice cozy small-town setting, but the editors blew it with this one and the story wasn't strong enough to compensate.

 

The story was interesting enough and the murder well-plotted but the sloppy editing not only had characters talking face-to-face and then suddenly hanging up the phone, only to continue chatting face-to-face, but vague references are never followed up on, hints are left dangling and logic trails left from previous edits are left as shadowy dead-ends.  There were quite a few moments where I felt like I didn't have a handle on what was going on, and ultimately that cost this book 1 star.

 

I'll still happily order and read the next one in the series; perhaps the editor will find his/her mojo by then.

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