Book Review | The Turnout by Megan Abbott

Posted August 12, 2021 by Bonnie in 2021, Adult, Book Reviews / 2 Comments

I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review | The Turnout by Megan AbbottThe Turnout by Megan Abbott
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons on August 3, 2021
Pages: 352
Genres: Thriller
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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Also by this author: Dare Me, The Fever

two-stars

Bestselling and award-winning author Megan Abbott's revelatory, mesmerizing, and game-changing new novel set against the hothouse of a family-run ballet studio, and an interloper who arrives to bring down the carefully crafted Eden-like facade.

Ballet flows through their veins. Dara and Marie Durant were dancers since birth, with their long necks and matching buns and pink tights, homeschooled and trained by their mother. Decades later the Durant School of Dance is theirs. The two sisters, together with Charlie, Dara's husband and once their mother's prize student, inherited the school after their parents died in a tragic accident nearly a dozen years ago. Marie, warm and soft, teaches the younger students; Dara, with her precision, trains the older ones; and Charlie, back broken after years of injuries, rules over the back office. Circling around each other, the three have perfected a dance, six days a week, that keeps the studio thriving. But when a suspicious accident occurs, just at the onset of the school's annual performance of The Nutcracker, a season of competition, anxiety, and exhilaration, an interloper arrives and threatens the delicate balance of everything they've worked for.

Taut and unnerving, The Turnout is Megan Abbott at the height of her game. With uncanny insight and hypnotic writing, it is a sharp and strange dissection of family ties and sexuality, femininity and power, and a tale that is both alarming and irresistible.

“It was the three of them. Always the three of them. Until it wasn’t. And that was when everything went wrong.”

Marie, Dara, and her husband Charlie all work together at the Durant School of Dance in addition to living together in the girls’ childhood home until Marie moved out abruptly a few short months ago. She didn’t go far, however, taking up residence on the third floor of the school; an area only accessible via an old spiral staircase. The third floor used to be the domain of their late mother, a woman that even in death holds a strange thrall over the trio. After an ancient space heater caused a fire at the school, they’re forced to shut down one of the studio’s because of the excessive damage. They hire a contractor that woos them with wondrous imaginings of what their school could become, a far cry from the antiquated state that its been in since their mother was a teacher. He ends up becoming a far larger part of their lives when Marie develops an eerie obsession with him.

“What is it, Dara kept asking herself. What is it we’ve let in our studio, our mother’s studio. My sisters’ bed. My sister’s body. Our lives.”

The dynamic between the sisters was incredibly unusual, ripe with the feeling that you were missing something, some story, to clarify the strangeness. But honestly, “strangeness” is putting it lightly. The abundant amount of sexual references and detailed descriptions permeated this story and it was more than just a little disconcerting especially when it involved the children in their classes or recollections of their own sexual experiences as children.

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“You build this family. And it’s perfect. It’s everything you wanted. And then something goes wrong. Slowly or all at once.”

Abbott’s stories always have a creeping wrongness to them, stories that go wrong slowly. You know it would be foolish to expect anything resembling a happy ending but the path to get there is languid and full of holes. There was a time when I enjoyed that type of story, one that simmers endlessly, with no boiling point in sight. I think that time has passed for me because Abbott’s stilted and fragmented way of storytelling has become more grating than anything. As always with Abbott, the twist was quite unpredictable, but I disliked such a large portion of the book that any twist was unlikely to change my mind.

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Can’t Wait Wednesday | Book Lovers by Emily Henry

Posted August 11, 2021 by Bonnie in Waiting on Wednesday / 2 Comments

Can’t Wait Wednesday | Book Lovers by Emily HenryBook Lovers by Emily Henry
Published by Berkley on May 3, 2022
Pages: 384
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: Paperback
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A by the book literary agent must decide if happily ever after is worth changing her whole life for in this insightful, delightful new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Beach Read and People We Meet on Vacation.

Nora Stephens’ life is books—she’s read them all—and she is not that type of heroine. Not the plucky one, not the laidback dream girl, and especially not the sweetheart. In fact, the only people Nora is a heroine for are her clients, for whom she lands enormous deals as a cutthroat literary agent, and her beloved little sister Libby.

Which is why she agrees to go to Sunshine Falls, North Carolina for the month of August when Libby begs her for a sisters’ trip away—with visions of a small town transformation for Nora, who she’s convinced needs to become the heroine in her own story. But instead of picnics in meadows, or run-ins with a handsome country doctor or bulging-forearmed bartender, Nora keeps bumping into Charlie Lastra, a bookish brooding editor from back in the city. It would be a meet-cute if not for the fact that they’ve met many times and it’s never been cute.

If Nora knows she’s not an ideal heroine, Charlie knows he’s nobody’s hero, but as they are thrown together again and again—in a series of coincidences no editor worth their salt would allow—what they discover might just unravel the carefully crafted stories they’ve written about themselves.

About Emily Henry

Emily Henry is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of People We Meet on Vacation and Beach Read, as well as several young adult novels. She lives and writes in the Cincinnati and the part of Kentucky just beneath it.

Her books have been featured in Buzzfeed, Oprah Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, The Skimm, Shondaland, Betches, Bustle, and more.

This doesn’t release for MONTHS but I’m so excited for this one! I don’t give out 5 stars very often but People We Meet on Vacation was so, so good. It got me very excited for more to come from this author.

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

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Something To Look Forward To | Week of August 9th, 2021

Posted August 9, 2021 by Bonnie in Something To Look Forward To / 2 Comments

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Week of August 9th, 2021

The Shimmering State by Meredith Westgate [Purchase]
Expected publication: August 10th 2021 by Atria Books

The Maleficent Seven by Cameron Johnston [Purchase]
Expected publication: August 10th 2021 by Angry Robot

Paper & Blood (Ink & Sigil #2) by Kevin Hearne [Purchase]
Expected publication: August 10th 2021 by Del Rey Books

The King of Infinite Space by Lyndsay Faye [Purchase]
Expected publication: August 10th 2021 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

She Wouldn’t Change a Thing by Sarah Adlakha [Purchase]
Expected publication: August 10th 2021 by Forge Books

The Other Me by Sarah Zachrich Jeng [Purchase]
Expected publication: August 10th 2021 by Berkley

Dog Island by Philippe Claudel [Purchase]
Expected publication: August 10th 2021 by Little, Brown and Company

A Different Dawn (Nina Guerrera #2) by Isabella Maldonado [Purchase]
Expected publication: August 10th 2021 by Thomas & Mercer

Such a Good Wife by Seraphina Nova Glass [Purchase]
Expected publication: August 10th 2021 by Graydon House

The Sister-in-Law by Pamela Crane [Purchase]
Expected publication: August 10th 2021 by William Morrow Paperbacks

One Year Gone by Avery Bishop [Purchase]
Expected publication: August 10th 2021 by Lake Union Publishing

The Perfect Family by Robyn Harding [Purchase]
Expected publication: August 10th 2021 by Gallery Books

Ice and Stone (Sharon McCone #34) by Marcia Muller [Purchase]
Expected publication: August 10th 2021 by Grand Central Publishing

Mrs. March by Virginia Feito [Purchase]
Expected publication: August 10th 2021 by Liveright

Gone for Good (Detective Annalisa Vega #1) by Joanna Schaffhausen [Purchase]
Expected publication: August 10th 2021 by Minotaur Books

The Ophelia Girls by Jane Healey [Purchase]
Expected publication: August 10th 2021 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Tokyo Redux (Tokyo Trilogy #3) by David Peace [Purchase]
Expected publication: August 10th 2021 by Knopf Publishing Group

The Show Girl by Nicola Harrison [Purchase]
Expected publication: August 10th 2021 by St. Martin’s Press

The Republic of False Truths by Alaa Al Aswany [Purchase]
Expected publication: August 10th 2021 by Knopf Publishing Group

Cul-de-sac by Joy Fielding [Purchase]
Expected publication: August 10th 2021 by Ballantine Books

The Light of Luna Park by Addison Armstrong [Purchase]
Expected publication: August 10th 2021 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

At Summer’s End by Courtney Ellis [Purchase]
Expected publication: August 10th 2021 by Berkley Books

Yours Cheerfully (The Emmy Lake Chronicles #2) by A.J. Pearce [Purchase]
Expected publication: August 10th 2021 by Scribner

Blind Tiger by Sandra Brown [Purchase]
Expected publication: August 10th 2021 by Grand Central Publishing

In the Country of Others by Leïla Slimani [Purchase]
Expected publication: August 10th 2021 by Penguin Books

Aria’s Travelling Book Shop (The Travelling Shops #2) by Rebecca Raisin [Purchase]
Expected publication: August 10th 2021 by HQ Digital

Write My Name Across the Sky by Barbara O’Neal [Purchase]
Expected publication: August 10th 2021 by Lake Union Publishing

Wait for It by Jenn McKinlay [Purchase]
Expected publication: August 10th 2021 by Berkley Books

Miss Lattimore’s Letter by Suzanne Allain [Purchase]
Expected publication: August 10th 2021 by Berkley

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Audiobook Review | When the Stars Go Dark by Paula McLain

Posted August 5, 2021 by Bonnie in 2021, Audiobooks, Book Reviews / 2 Comments

I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Audiobook Review | When the Stars Go Dark by Paula McLainWhen the Stars Go Dark by Paula McLain
Published by Ballantine Books on April 13, 2021
Length: 11 hours and 29 minutes
Genres: Mystery, Crime
Format: Audiobook
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four-stars

Anna Hart is a seasoned missing persons detective in San Francisco with far too much knowledge of the darkest side of human nature. When tragedy strikes her personal life, Anna, desperate and numb, flees to the Northern California village of Mendocino to grieve. She lived there as a child with her beloved foster parents, and now, she believes it might be the only place left for her. Yet, the day she arrives, she learns that a local teenage girl has gone missing.

The crime feels frighteningly reminiscent of the most crucial time in Anna’s childhood, when the unsolved murder of a young girl touched Mendocino and changed the community forever. As past and present collide, Anna realizes that she has been led to this moment. The most difficult lessons of her life have given her insight into how victims come into contact with violent predators. As Anna becomes obsessed with saving the missing girl, she must accept that true courage means getting out of her own way and learning to let others in.

Weaving together actual cases of missing persons, trauma theory, and a hint of the metaphysical, this propulsive and deeply affecting novel tells a story of fate, necessary redemption, and what it takes, when the worst happens, to reclaim our lives - and our faith in one another.

“Because everyone wants to be looked for, whether they realize it or not.”

After being placed on administrative leave following a personal tragedy, Detective Anna Hart finds herself drawn back to her hometown of Mendocino, California. She quickly becomes enmeshed in a missing girl case, recognizing too the horrifying similarities to the disappearance and subsequent murder of a childhood friend back in 1972. The investigation into the missing girl, Cameron Curtis, speaks to Hart on a personal level when she discovers that they had both been foster care kids and had sustained abuse at a young age. When other girls turn up missing, Hart begins to see a potential connection between the victims and even more connections to her murdered friend.

While When the Stars Go Dark was quite a dark novel, vividly exploring the effects of early childhood trauma, it was still a very refreshing take on the literary crime novel. Detective Anna Hart’s constant empathy and dogged determination to bring the missing girls home was authentic due to her own similar childhood tragedies. The line between fiction and true crime became blurred when McLain decided to incorporate the true story of Polly Klaas, a 12-year-old girl that was abducted in her house during a slumber party but found dead 2 months later. At first, I didn’t feel that including Polly in this story was necessary but the author’s note at the end of the story changed my mind about that.

“The profound suffering of the victims and their families crept into my dreams — and onto the page,” she explains in the author’s note. “It began to feel imperative that I tell their stories as bluntly and factually as possible, as a way to honor their lives and dignify their deaths and disappearances. Saying their names became for me a sacred act. A kind of prayer.”

I particularly enjoyed the setting of the novel, Mendocino, California, seeing as I grew up in Mendocino County. Seeing the reference to Mendocino in the book summary was one of the primary reasons I picked this book up and I’m so very glad I did. I opted for the audiobook version because Marin Ireland is quickly earning a top place in my must-listen narrators, and she knocked this performance out of the park. When the Stars Go Dark is a somber yet sophisticated mystery that manages to end on a hopeful note.

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Can’t Wait Wednesday | No One Will Miss Her by Kat Rosenfield

Posted August 4, 2021 by Bonnie in Waiting on Wednesday / 3 Comments

Can’t Wait Wednesday | No One Will Miss Her by Kat RosenfieldNo One Will Miss Her by Kat Rosenfield
Published by William Morrow on October 12, 2021
Pages: 304
Genres: Mystery
Format: Hardcover
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Also by this author: Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone

A smart, witty, crackling novel of psychological suspense in which a girl from a hardscrabble small town meets a gorgeous Instagram influencer from the big city, with a murderous twist that will shock even the most savvy reader.

Dark, deft, murderous, and witty, No One Will Miss Her tackles the thorny issues of identity and belonging at the heart of women’s lives.

On a beautiful October morning in rural Maine, a homicide investigator from the big city pulls into the hard-luck town of Copper Falls. The local junkyard is burning, and the town pariah Lizzie Oullette is dead—with her husband, Dwayne, nowhere to be found. As scandal ripples through the community, Detective Ian Bird’s inquiries unexpectedly lead him away from small-town Maine to a swank city townhouse several hours south. Adrienne Richards, blonde and fabulous social media influencer and wife of a disgraced billionaire, had been renting Lizzie’s tiny lake house as a country getaway…even though Copper Falls is anything but a resort town.

As Adrienne’s connection to the case becomes clear, so too does her connection to Lizzie, who narrates their story from beyond the grave. Each woman is desperately lonely in her own way, and they navigate a relationship that cuts across class boundaries: transactional, complicated, and, finally, deadly. A Gone Girl for the gig economy, this is a story of privilege, identity, and cunning, as two devious women from opposite worlds discover the dangers of coveting someone else’s life.

About Kat Rosenfield

Kat Rosenfield is a freelance pop culture and political writer and the Edgar-nominated author of AMELIA ANNE IS DEAD AND GONE (2012) and INLAND (2014). A former reporter for MTV News, her work has appeared in outlets including Wired, Vulture, Entertainment Weekly, Playboy, Us Weekly, and TV Guide.

Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone remains one of my all-time favorite Young Adult novels and I can’t believe it’s been seven years since I read it. It’s always interesting to reminisce on books that still remain fresh and vibrant in your mind after so much time has passed.

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

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Something To Look Forward To | Week of August 2nd, 2021

Posted August 2, 2021 by Bonnie in Something To Look Forward To / 0 Comments

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Week of August 2nd, 2021

Dark Waters (Small Spaces #3) by Katherine Arden [Purchase]
Expected publication: August 3rd 2021 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Starlight Enclave (The Way of the Drow #1) by R.A. Salvatore [Purchase]
Expected publication: August 3rd 2021 by Harper Voyager

We Cry for Blood (The Reborn Empire #3) by Devin Madson [Purchase]
Expected publication: August 3rd 2021 by Orbit

The Godstone by Violette Malan [Purchase]
Expected publication: August 3rd 2021 by Daw Books

Billy Summers by Stephen King [Purchase]
Expected publication: August 3rd 2021 by Scribner

Holdout by Jeffrey Kluger [Purchase]
Expected publication: August 3rd 2021 by Dutton

Nolyn (The Rise and Fall #1) by Michael J. Sullivan [Purchase]
Expected publication: August 3rd 2021 by Grim Oak Press

The Desert Prince by Peter V. Brett [Purchase]
Expected publication: August 3rd 2021 by Del Rey Books

Something New Under the Sun by Alexandra Kleeman [Purchase]
Expected publication: August 3rd 2021 by Hogarth Press

When the Reckoning Comes by LaTanya McQueen [Purchase]
Expected publication: August 3rd 2021 by Harper Perennial

The Turnout by Megan Abbott [Purchase]
Expected publication: August 3rd 2021 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Bullet Train by Kōtarō Isaka [Purchase]
Expected publication: August 3rd 2021 by The Overlook Press

The Guilt Trip by Sandie Jones [Purchase]
Expected publication: August 3rd 2021 by Minotaur Books

All’s Well by Mona Awad [Purchase]
Expected publication: August 3rd 2021 by Simon & Schuster

Once There Were Wolves by Charlotte McConaghy [Purchase]
Expected publication: August 3rd 2021 by Flatiron Books

Say Goodbye (Romantic Suspense #25) by Karen Rose [Purchase]
Expected publication: August 3rd 2021 by Berkley

Dark Roads by Chevy Stevens [Purchase]
Expected publication: August 3rd 2021 by St. Martin’s Press

Where the Truth Lies by Anna Bailey [Purchase]
Expected publication: August 3rd 2021 by Atria Books

Did I Say You Could Go by Melanie Gideon [Purchase]
Expected publication: August 3rd 2021 by Simon Schuster

In My Dreams I Hold a Knife by Ashley Winstead [Purchase]
Expected publication: August 3rd 2021 by Sourcebooks Landmark

Sugar Birds: A Novel by Cheryl Grey Bostrom [Purchase]
Expected publication: August 3rd 2021 by She Writes Press

The Perfume Thief by Timothy Schaffert [Purchase]
Expected publication: August 3rd 2021 by Doubleday Books

Damnation Spring by Ash Davidson [Purchase]
Expected publication: August 3rd 2021 by Scribner

Songbirds by Christy Lefteri [Purchase]
Expected publication: August 3rd 2021 by Ballantine Books

Songs for the Flames: Stories by Juan Gabriel Vásquez [Purchase]
Expected publication: August 3rd 2021 by Riverhead Books

The People We Keep by Allison Larkin [Purchase]
Expected publication: August 3rd 2021 by Gallery Books

We Are the Brennans by Tracey Lange [Purchase]
Expected publication: August 3rd 2021 by Celadon Books

Afterparties: Stories by Anthony Veasna So [Purchase]
Expected publication: August 3rd 2021 by Ecco

Palm Beach by Mary Adkins [Purchase]
Expected publication: August 3rd 2021 by Harper

Ghosts by Dolly Alderton [Purchase]
Expected publication: August 3rd 2021 by Knopf

Delia Suits Up by Amanda Aksel [Purchase]
Expected publication: August 3rd 2021 by Berkley Books

If the Shoe Fits (Meant To Be #1) by Julie Murphy [Purchase]
Expected publication: August 3rd 2021 by Hyperion Avenue

The Dating Dare (A Sweet Mess #2) by Jayci Lee [Purchase]
Expected publication: August 3rd 2021 by St. Martin’s Griffin

So We Meet Again by Suzanne Park [Purchase]
Expected publication: August 3rd 2021 by Avon

Love at First Fight by Mary Jayne Baker [Purchase]
Expected publication: August 5th 2021 by Aria

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Rapid Fire Reviews | Hail Mary, The Soulmate Equation, The Halloween Tree, You Love Me

Posted July 31, 2021 by Bonnie in Book Reviews, Rapid Fire Reviews / 2 Comments

Sometimes review writing is hard. Sometimes you don’t have a lot to say. Sometimes you’re just lazy as fuck. These are Rapid Fire Reviews.

Rapid Fire Reviews | Hail Mary, The Soulmate Equation, The Halloween Tree, You Love MeProject Hail Mary by Andy Weir
Published by Ballantine Books on May 4, 2021
Pages: 476
Genres: Sci-fi
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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Also by this author: The MartianArtemis

Thoughts: I don’t give out five stars too often, but this one was one spectacular book. I was a bit apprehensive at first: the plot centers around an astronaut that wakes up alone on a spaceship with no memory of where he is, or even who he is. Rather than being provided a backstory, we’d suddenly get these bursts of memory, but they were written kind of sloppily I felt. He’d be doing something on the spaceship, have some memory, and realize oh! That’s because I was a science teacher, or whatever. It was really off-putting and happened frequently in the first several hundred pages. The rest of the book was so amazing that I was able to overlook the issues I had with that.

Verdict: The major aspect of this book is actually a huge spoiler and it is 100% better to experience it firsthand, so, I’m going to do my part and not even try to allude to it. Well worth a read.

In a nutshell, GIF style:

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five-stars

I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Rapid Fire Reviews | Hail Mary, The Soulmate Equation, The Halloween Tree, You Love MeThe Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren
Published by Gallery Books on May 18, 2021
Pages: 368
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
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Also by this author: My Favorite Half-Night StandJosh and Hazel’s Guide to Not DatingLove and Other WordsThe UnhoneymoonersTwice in a Blue Moon

Thoughts: I’m always on board for new CL, and I was completely in love with this plot when I read the blurb. Not only do we have some fun science shit, but we’ve got an enemies-to-lovers thing going on (which I l-o-v-e). Unfortunately, there’s usually a lot more sizzle between a pair when they realize that they don’t actually hate one another as much as they thought. The sizzle fizzled instead, and we were left with a whole lot of talk of soulmates but not much showing.

Verdict: Being able to find your soulmate through a scientific experiment is quite an intriguing concept: too bad the soulmates in this story have practically no chemistry.

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three-half-stars

I received this book free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Rapid Fire Reviews | Hail Mary, The Soulmate Equation, The Halloween Tree, You Love MeThe Halloween Moon by Joseph Fink
Published by Quill Tree Books on July 20, 2021
Pages: 288
Genres: Horror
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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Thoughts: The Halloween Queen has frozen time in Esther’s small town and it’s up to her and a few friends to break the curse. The premise of this was really creepy and perfect for Goosebumps fans, young and old alike, but Fink tried to do a little too much within these pages. I appreciated the thought he put into the diversity of the characters and the progress of Esther’s coming-of-age story, however, it definitely detracted from reaching peak horror. ​Being chased through town by a guy throwing razor blade-filled apples was quite creepy but there was so much other stuff going on it was hard to determine whether or not there was actually any threat.

Verdict: I’m not actually sure if this would have just been better suited to the targeted age group, but either way, it was still a thrilling little Halloween in July sort of tale.

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three-stars

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Rapid Fire Reviews | Hail Mary, The Soulmate Equation, The Halloween Tree, You Love MeYou Love Me (You, #3) by Caroline Kepnes
Published by Random House on April 6, 2021
Pages: 385
Genres: Thriller
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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Also by this author: Hidden Bodies

Thoughts: Joe and his stalker romantic tendencies are still going strong. He’s moved to a new town, has a new job at the library, and has a new woman to become weirdly obsessed over for no particular reason. Honestly, despite the occasional curve balls that kept this installment slightly interesting, You Love Me just felt like a recycled version of what’s been told twice before now. The only difference was the excessive use of “lemonhead” and “Murakami”. 🤢

Verdict: I believe this is one of the rare cases where the show is actually better than the book so I’ll be sticking with that from this point on.

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two-stars

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Can’t Wait Wednesday | The Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. James

Posted July 28, 2021 by Bonnie in Waiting on Wednesday / 2 Comments

Can’t Wait Wednesday | The Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. JamesThe Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. James
Published by Berkley on March 15, 2022
Pages: 352
Genres: Mystery, Paranormal
Format: Hardcover
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Also by this author: An Inquiry Into Love and Death, The Broken Girls

A true crime blogger gets more than she bargained for while interviewing the woman acquitted of two cold case slayings in this chilling new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Sun Down Motel.

In 1977, Claire Lake, Oregon, was shaken by the Lady Killer Murders: Two men, seemingly randomly, were murdered with the same gun, with strange notes left behind. Beth Greer was the perfect suspect--a rich, eccentric twenty-three-year-old woman, seen fleeing one of the crimes. But she was acquitted, and she retreated to the isolation of her mansion.

Oregon, 2017. Shea Collins is a receptionist, but by night, she runs a true crime website, the Book of Cold Cases--a passion fueled by the attempted abduction she escaped as a child. When she meets Beth by chance, Shea asks her for an interview. To Shea's surprise, Beth says yes.

They meet regularly at Beth's mansion, though Shea is never comfortable there. Items move when she's not looking, and she could swear she's seen a girl outside the window. The allure of learning the truth about the case from the smart, charming Beth is too much to resist, but even as they grow closer, Shea senses something isn't right. Is she making friends with a manipulative murderer, or are there other dangers lurking in the darkness of the Greer house?

About Simone St. James

Simone St. James is the USA Today and New York Times bestselling author of The Sun Down Motel, The Broken Girls and The Haunting of Maddy Clare, which won two RITA awards from Romance Writers of America and an Arthur Ellis Award from Crime Writers of Canada. She wrote her first ghost story, about a haunted library, when she was in high school, and spent twenty years behind the scenes in the television business before leaving to write full-time. She lives outside Toronto, Canada with her husband and a spoiled cat.

I’ve read a lot of books by Simone St. James at this point but her most recent string of modern paranormal thrillers (The Broken Girls, The Sun Down Motel) have been some of my favorites. This one sounds spectacular and I can’t wait for it!

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Something To Look Forward To | Week of July 26th, 2021

Posted July 26, 2021 by Bonnie in Something To Look Forward To / 0 Comments

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Week of July 26th, 2021

A Void of Magic (Kennedy Rain #1) by Sandy Williams [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 27th 2021 by Brimfire Press

A Good Day for Chardonnay (Sunshine Vicram #2) by Darynda Jones [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 27th 2021 by St. Martin’s Press

Ballgowns & Butterflies (A Stitch in Time #1.5) by Kelley Armstrong [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 25th 2021

Godspeed by Nickolas Butler [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 27th 2021 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Just One Look by Lindsay Cameron [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 27th 2021 by Ballantine Book

Not a Happy Family by Shari Lapena [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 27th 2021 by Pamela Dorman Books

Island of Thieves (Van Shaw #6) by Glen Erik Hamilton [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 27th 2021 by William Morrow

Rovers by Richard Lange [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 27th 2021 by Mulholland Books

Fierce Little Thing by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 27th 2021 by Flatiron Books

The Perfect Ruin by Shanora Williams [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 27th 2021 by Dafina

The Runaway Heiress by Meg Tilly [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 27th 2021 by Berkley Books

How to Find Your Way in the Dark (Sheldon Horowitz #1) by Derek B. Miller [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 27th 2021 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Three Words for Goodbye by Hazel Gaynor, Heather Webb [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 27th 2021 by William Morrow

Radar Girls by Sara Ackerman [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 27th 2021 by MIRA

What’s Left Unsaid by Emily Bleeker [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 27th 2021 by Lake Union Publishing

Summer Fun by Jeanne Thornton [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 27th 2021 by Soho Press

We Want What We Want by Alix Ohlin [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 27th 2021 by Knopf Publishing Group

The Second Season by Emily Adrian [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 27th 2021 by Blackstone Publishing

The Man Ban by Nicola Marsh [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 27th 2021 by Berkley Books

Heartbreak for Hire by Sonia Hartl [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 27th 2021 by Gallery Books

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Can’t Wait Wednesday | Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone (Outlander #9) by Diana Gabaldon

Posted July 21, 2021 by Bonnie in Waiting on Wednesday / 2 Comments

Can’t Wait Wednesday | Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone (Outlander #9) by Diana GabaldonGo Tell the Bees That I Am Gone (Outlander, #9) by Diana Gabaldon
Published by Delacorte Press on November 23, 2021
Pages: 912
Genres: Historical Fiction, Time Travel
Format: Hardcover
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Also by this author: The Exile: An Outlander Graphic Novel, Written in My Own Heart's Blood

The past may seem the safest place to be . . . but it is the most dangerous time to be alive. . . .

Jamie Fraser and Claire Randall were torn apart by the Jacobite Rising in 1743, and it took them twenty years to find each other again. Now the American Revolution threatens to do the same.

It is 1779 and Claire and Jamie are at last reunited with their daughter, Brianna, her husband, Roger, and their children on Fraser’s Ridge. Having the family together is a dream the Frasers had thought impossible.

Yet even in the North Carolina backcountry, the effects of war are being felt. Tensions in the Colonies are great and local feelings run hot enough to boil Hell’s tea-kettle. Jamie knows loyalties among his tenants are split and it won’t be long until the war is on his doorstep.

Brianna and Roger have their own worry: that the dangers that provoked their escape from the twentieth century might catch up to them. Sometimes they question whether risking the perils of the 1700s—among them disease, starvation, and an impending war—was indeed the safer choice for their family.
Not so far away, young William Ransom is still coming to terms with the discovery of his true father’s identity—and thus his own—and Lord John Grey has reconciliations to make, and dangers to meet . . . on his son’s behalf, and his own.

Meanwhile, the Revolutionary War creeps ever closer to Fraser’s Ridge. And with the family finally together, Jamie and Claire have more at stake than ever before.

About Diana Gabaldon

Diana J. Gabaldon is an American author, known for the Outlander series of novels. Her books merge multiple genres, featuring elements of historical fiction, romance, mystery, adventure and science fiction/fantasy. A television adaptation of the Outlander novels premiered on Starz in 2014.

Honestly, I didn’t love the last installment. It took me ages to get through, but get through it I did. The show has been successful at regenerating my interest in this story, however, it’ll be curious to see how closely the show follows the book.

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

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