If you haven’t read Kristin Hannah’s incredible novel, The Nightingale, do so immediately! In fact, here is the link from Amazon so you can get it now. In February, Kristin’s new book will be out and you won’t want to miss The Great Alone. What a talented author to write such varying books, yet still so detailed. Her books are unforgettable.
In The Great Alone, the setting is Alaska, which resonated with me since its one of my favorite places. The book starts in 1974 when young Leni is moved to a desolate, beautiful town in Alaska by her parents. Her father, Ernt, is a struggling Vietnam vet prone to violence and her mother, Cora, is a gentle hippie who is often the recipient of her husband’s anger. Leni quietly watches her parents struggle and fight, only to make up. For a while, things are better in Alaska where Leni’s dad bonds with some of the men and the women are quick to help Leni’s mother.
Soon though, Ernt begins to descend further into crazy conspiracies and mental instabilities, and Cora is unable to help him. With the long, dark days of cold Alaskan winters where the threat of wolves and bears is a daily consideration, the most terrifying threat to Leni and Cora is actually within the walls of their small remote cabin.
The Great Alone is a fantastic coming of age story that had me hooked from page one. You are going to love it!
The Elizas by Sara Shepard is high on my list of To Read books! You might know Sara from the Pretty Little Liars series. I really cannot get enough of mysteries and suspense books, and this one sounds like its going to be really good. The kind of book that keeps you up late at night, reading past your bedtime!
When debut novelist Eliza Fontaine is found at the bottom of a hotel pool, her family at first assumes that it’s just another failed suicide attempt. But Eliza swears she was pushed, and her rescuer is the only witness.
Desperate to find out who attacked her, Eliza takes it upon herself to investigate. But as the publication date for her novel draws closer, Eliza finds more questions than answers. Like why are her editor, agent, and family mixing up events from her novel with events from her life? Her novel is completely fictional, isn’t it?
The deeper Eliza goes into her investigation while struggling with memory loss, the closer her life starts to resemble her novel until the line between reality and fiction starts to blur and she can no longer tell where her protagonist’s life ends and hers begins.
I was just reading some reviews of this book and people are saying there are lots of twists and turns within the pages of this book which makes me think I’m going to read it quickly.
Pretty Dead Girls by Monica Murphy is actually drawing comparisons to Pretty Little Liars! This YA book is a suspense, the premise sounds like its going to be a fun, creepy, entertaining story.
Here’s the premise:
In the peaceful seaside town of Cape Bonita, wicked secrets and lies are hidden just beneath the surface. But all it takes is one tragedy for them to be exposed.
The most popular girls in school are turning up dead, and Penelope Malone is terrified she’s next. All the victims so far have been linked to Penelope—and to a boy from her physics class. The one she’s never really noticed before, with the rumored dark past and a brooding stare that cuts right through her.
There’s something he isn’t telling her. But there’s something she’s not telling him, either. Everyone has secrets, and theirs might get them killed.
Also, if you are in the mood for a suspenseful, fun, YA story about popular rich girls, I suggest The Blondes of Bel Air!