Brought to you by the most 'studious' book nerd, Polly... with the extra free time, I've enjoyed being able to read more, and if you're looking for your next read, check out my most recent reads.
1. Then She Was Gone, By Lisa Jewell
Two words - plot. twist.
This was my first novel by Lisa Jewell, and just three chapters in I knew instantly this was going to be a pager turner. It begins with the young, perfect daughter Ellie Mack's disappearance. Through a series of events Ellie's mother, Laurel begins to put her life back together... until she meets a dreamy man, named Floyd. First of MANY plot twists, Floyd isn't as dreamy as he seems, and has a dark secret he's been hiding. It isn't until Laurel meets Floyd's daughters, that stops Laurel in her own tracks-there's a strange coincidence between his youngest daughter Poppy, and Laurel's sweet Ellie. The resemblance is so close, that Laurel then begins digging into Floyd and his past. BUT nothing can prepare her for what she's about to discover/find out. A true haunting... What did Ellie's math tutor do? Who couldn't keep a pregnancy?
What happened too Ellie? Who really is Poppy? What happens to Floyd?
There's so many plot twists, you better buckle up!
2. The Last Mrs. Parrish, by Liv Constantine
This book has been out for a hot minute, so some of you may have already read it. BUT for those who haven't, it's worth the read. I'll be honest though, it took me a few days to 'actually' get into it, partially because it's written in three parts... part one is told by Amber in the third-person, and part two is told by Daphne herself in first-person, and part three is told by both Amber and Daphne in the third-person. Sounds confusing, but if you can make it mid-way you won't be able to put it down. In short, Amber is a young working class woman with a failed marriage who sets her sights on Jackson Parrish, a millionaire who runs his own corporation. Sadly, Amber will do any and everything to win over Jackson, even if that means Daphne (his wife) needs to be removed out of the picture. Daphne is what every man wants in a wife... she has a killer body, the cutest girls, and runs her own foundation dedicated to Cystic Fibrosis that she started when she lost her sister to the disease. BUT did Amber reallyyy lose lose a sister to the disease too? ALSO is Jackson's public image a true reflection of himself? I can't say much more without giving it away, but what I can say is that there is an absolutely thrilling twist at the end that no one could have predicted.
3. The Break Down, by B.A. Paris
If finishing this book in two days isn't any indication as to how good it is, I don't know what is. This book wastes zero time. From the first twenty-pages, since learning about a young woman found murdered in her car on a country road in the woods... the same car, Cass drove by on her way home, the same night the news says she was murdered.
The murder itself, and someone else (who we do not know) is playing with Cass' emotions, BUT will anyone believe her? A true psychological thriller. Who really is Cass' husband, and what is his role in the murder, if any? This book will also remind you to never. trust. anyone.
4. Bring Me Back, by B.A. Paris
Another suspense and psychological thriller by B.A. Paris herself. It's been more than 10 years since Layla disappeared from Finn's car, and since Finn's life hasn't been the same. BUT what didn't Finn tell the police? Now he is openly (not trying to hide it) in a relationship with Ellen, Layla's sister. As rumors of marriage gets around, so do sightings of Layla, is she still alive? When Finn is told he must get rid of Ellen, things begin to move at a rapid pace-it's a psychological mind game Finn wasn't prepared for.
5. When Life Gives You Lululemons, by Lauren Weisberger
Told in the third-person by characters Emily, Miriam and Karolina. Emily was once the assistant of a magazine, but now lived and worked in Los Angeles as a PR agent. BUT, when she starts losing clients to Olivia (a younger agent), she went to Connecticut to stay with her friend Miriam. Still with me? Now Miriam was a well known lawyer in
New York, but left her job after her husband Paul sold his million dollar company. Fast-forward, they move to the city and raise their three children. However, with no job Miriam started gaining weight, and worrying that her husband Paul was cheating on her. Wait, there's more... Later Miriam learns that her old friend Karolina had been charged with a DUI, but knows that can't be right, her friend must be innocent. Who is Karolina? Karolina is the wife of senator, Graham who has dreams of running for president. When Karolina was pulled over with her step-son Harry and his friends in the car, she was charged with a DUI without being given a breathalyzer... because of empty champagne bottle found in her car, that she was unable to explain the reason. Finally, when she got out of jail... without ruining too much, let me just say her husband kicked her out of their house, and went on live TV with Anderson Cooper and publicly announced he was leaving Karolina. What happens next? You'll have to read it to find out, BUT know girls always have one another's back.
You see, I most definitely have a 'favorite' genre of books... I'm a lover of a good mystery, and psychological thriller that I can't put down.
F A V O R I T E B O O K O F R O U N D - O N E :
Hands down, Then She Was Gone, by Lisa Jewell. It's a decently long book, and I finished it within a weekend, I truly could. not. put. it. down. The amount of plot twists will keep you on the edge of your seat, it's like you're IN the book, like I WAS witnessing it all.
L E A S T F A V O R I T E B O O K O F R O U N D - O N E :
When Life Gives You Lululemons, by Lauren Weisberger. Don't get me wrong it's still a good book, and a quick and easy read, BUT it just wasn't for me. Sure, there's a plot twist at the end (like all books), but nothing thrilling or haunting, like my typical reads. It was almost too 'basic' if that makes sense. Like here's the rich family, and their problems, what will they do...
S A V E $ M O N E Y $ O N Y O U R N E X T B O O K (S)
I rarely pay full price for a book, truly. Face it, once you read a book it sits on your bookshelf... well until, forever, or until you decide it's time to give it up and pass it on to someone else. I'll let you in on a secret... I BUY ALL MY BOOKS from Book Outlet. It's one of the best website finds, e-v-e-r. Buying books can be expensive, and they've made buying books affordable for everyone. Their books are discounted 50-90% off the original price. How? Well, most of their books are marked with a small line or dot on the edge by the publisher who sells them their returns and/or excess inventory. Mind you, all books are new, unread, and in great condition! Since they do get excess inventory, popular books 'in the moment' like what you'll find on Target's bookshelves are not yet in their inventory, so typically you're reading last year's 'top books' if you will. It doesn't bother me, for me to spend full price on a book, I've got to be in a pinch... like on vacation, and just finished a book, and in need of a new read. Sooo, if you're looking for a new book or two, check out Book Outlet. Click here to save $10 off your first $25 order. Not to mention, spend just $35 and receive FREE shipping.
S A V E M O N E Y O N B L U E L I G H T G L A S S E S
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Let me know what you're reading in the comments below. Also, stay tuned for next month's book review.