Piper Reynard is new to town, and she's so beautiful and successful that no one really notices that there's no evidence of her past life - only a couple of mysterious deaths. Joanna Drakos is trying to hold her family together after her husband Leo's last bout of debilitating depression. But when Leo's recovery leads him to fall in love with Piper, no amount of gaslighting from them will keep Joanna from trying to get her husband and children back. Liv Constantine is the pen name for the two sisters who also wrote Mrs. Parrish and The Last Time I Saw You - and this latest of their psychological thrillers is just as good.
Summer #28: 2020. Mallory Blessing is dying and instructs her sone Link to call a phone number on a certain slip of paper from a certain drawer. Jake McLeod - whose wife is the front-running candidate for President - answers.
Flashback to Summer #1: 1993. Mallory and Jake meet and begin a 28 year Same Time Next Year-type affair - through marriages, divorces, children, drama, illness, and Nantucket summers - in a story of unconventional love.
Elin Hilderbrand sure can tell a story, and I always feel as though summer arrives when her new book releases.
Claire's (former) band rocketed to fame without her, leaving her to accept a gig as a playgroup musician for a bunch of super-rich Park Avenue mommies and babies. Whitney is on the verge of influencer stardom, Amara is brilliant, funny, and reluctantly at home, and Gwen is an old-money know-it-all. Some of the women are nice, though, so Claire is shocked as their big and little secrets start to squeeze out, culminating in a truly dramatic and bizarre twist.Happy & You Know It was a little dark and very, very funny, and I loved every page.
Lizzie Katsakis was working another late night at her law firm when her law school friend turned tech millionaire Zach called - he was detained at Riker's Island and suspected of murdering his gorgeous wife Amanda. Lizzie isn't qualified for a defense trial of this magnitude, but at Zach's insistence and with her own marriage a mess, Lizzie delves into the society of Park Slope, Brooklyn, and the secrets the relationships behind those expensive brownstone's doors hold.This psychological thriller is by Kimberly McCreight, who also wrote Reconstructing Amelia - a staff favorite. And while clues were scattered throughout, I didn't catch many of them. This one kept me up all night.
Conley Hawkins was at her own going-away party at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution when her sister let her know that the up-and-coming online news source at which she was starting her new job didn't receive expected funding and was shut down before Conley even started. Adrift and with no resources other than her brilliant resume, Conley returned home to her tiny Florida panhandle town on the Gulf Coast - home of her spunky beloved grandmother and the family's four-generation run newspaper. Conley was itching to leave again, but the suspicious death of the local congressman has her chasing the story of her career.Mary Kay Andrews' latest book has everything a good summer read should - a little mystery, a little romance, some great quirky characters (and at least one handsome one), family drama, and enough beach scenes to feel seasonal. Hello, Summer is a lot of fun.
Alejandro "Sandy" Stern might be 85 years old, but he's still a brilliant defense attorney, and his last case just might be his most difficult. Dr. Kiril Pafko is a friend as well as a brilliant medical researcher. He's won a Nobel Prize for Medicine and discovered a cure for cancer, but he's also been charged with insider trading, fraud, and murder. It's Sandy's job to defend his friend despite the overwhelming evidence of guilt and even has their friendship and loyalty is tested.
Scott Turrow's legal thrillers always have a few twists, and his latest is no exception.
Western Michigan University's alumni association (go Broncos!) has newly begun a book club, and this was the first selction. Author Charles Duhigg is an award-winning busness reporter whose research into the fascinating study of habit explains not only how humans form habits, but how we can use that knowledge to start good ones and end bad. Want to lose weight? Be more productive? Shop smarter?Think differently? Almost everything we think or do is because of habit, and knowing how the brain forms them makes making or breaking them more successful. This was very interesting, and I'll let you know if I can break my habit of procrastinating writing my book reviews...
Henry Maxwell has been a good guy his whole life. He's worked hard as an engineer, raised a family, and been a good husband to his beloved wife Emily. But now he's seventy-five and retired. His memory and strength are failing him, and he can't help but think that maybe life has just passed him by. I wondered if this day-in-the-life of a seemingly average man would be a little, well, dull. I was wrong and I loved it. O'Nan isn't sentimental about Henry's story, and writes beautifully with great wit and charm.
Like many of you, staying at home is causing me to be a bit lonely and anxious, and what helps more during those times than meeting up with an old friend? Ann B. Ross has been writing the Miss Julia series for many years, and her latest installment is just the anecdote for these times. Julia Springer Murdock has decided that she really must stop meddling in other people's lives. But when her neighbor Mildred has a grandchild she's never seen before show up at her door just as her husband Horace keeps forgetting things and disappearing, and her friend Etta Mae is worried about losing her job as a Handy Home Helper, well - what is Miss Julia to do? Of course she must offer her help and expertise. Author Ross has her doctorate in English and teaches literature at the University of North Carolina, so she definitely has writing chops. And this fun and funny novel was just the thing to stave off the doldrums.