Weekend Reading

I started this last night and I’m hooked. Frances Vick’s book Liars is being praised for being  “nerve-rattling” and “disturbing” so if thats how you like your books then I strongly recommend it! I absolutely love thrillers that keep me guessing and offer twists and turns in every chapter.
Here’s the premise:
Jenny hasn’t had an easy life – no job and no money, with a sick mother and an abusive ex-stepfather. Not that anybody cares, she’s from the wrong side of town.  David has taken care of Jenny ever since they were at school together. He knows how special she is, how much she needs his support. David has a lot of love to give.
Jenny and David aren’t in a relationship. They aren’t even friends. Jenny thinks she’s free to do what she wants, see who she likes. What does David think? Well, you’ll have to find out.
Another book that is getting lots of praise and high ratings is The French Girl by Lexie Elliot. I’ll be reading this one soon but wanted to mention it so you can pick up and start reading! I cannot wait to sit and read this book, so much about the premise has me intrigued.
For Kate Channing, Severine was an unwelcome presence, her inscrutable beauty undermining the close-knit group’s loyalties amid the already simmering tensions. And after a huge altercation on the last night of the holiday, Kate knew nothing would ever be the same. There are some things you can’t forgive, and there are some people you can’t forget, like Severine, who was never seen again. 
Now, a decade later, the case is reopened when Severine’s body is found in the well behind the farmhouse. Questioned along with her friends, Kate stands to lose everything she’s worked so hard to achieve as suspicion mounts around her. Desperate to resolve her own shifting memories and fearful she will be forever bound to the woman whose presence still haunts her, Kate finds herself buried under layers of deception with no one to set her free.
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The Missing Child by Alison James sounds like its going to be a book that you cannot put down! Another thriller/mystery/suspense.  There is definitely a sweep in this genre, it’s extremely popular- have you noticed that? Used to be that the only suspense novels centered around dead bodies and police procedurals but now many writers are penning psychological thrillers that twist and turn and captivate the reader.
Here’s the scoop:
Six-year-old Lola Jade Harper is taken from her bedroom. Her mother is distraught. She is convinced her estranged husband, Gavin Harper, has abducted their daughter. Detective Rachel Prince is leading the investigation but is soon out of her depth as she searches for the most high-profile missing child in the country. To uncover the truth about Lola’s disappearance, Rachel must untangle the Harper family’s complicated web of secrets and lies.
As the case progresses, the body of a local woman is found. The death at first seems unrelated, until a trail of social media posts lead Rachel to a chilling discovery.  And then another little girl is taken…
With growing pressure from the public and the appearance of someone from her past she’d rather forget, will Rachel be able to solve the connection between the two missing children and the murder – before it’s too late?
This crime thriller promises to be an intense read!

As much as I love thrillers and suspense, I also enjoy a really well-written story that captures my interest with excellent writing and a strong plot. The Recipe Box by Viola Shipman is a breath of fresh air after reading so many intense crime stories!
Growing up in northern Michigan, Samantha “Sam” Mullins felt trapped on her family’s orchard and in their pie shop, so she left with dreams of making her own mark in the world. But life as an overworked, undervalued sous chef at a reality star’s New York bakery is not what Sam dreamed.
When the chef embarrasses Sam, she quits and returns home. Unemployed, single, and defeated, she spends a summer working on her family’s orchard cooking and baking alongside the women in her life–including her mother, Deana, and grandmother, Willo. One beloved, flour-flecked, ink-smeared recipe at a time, Sam begins to learn about and understand the women in her life, her family’s history, and her passion for food through their treasured recipe box.
As Sam discovers what matters most she opens her heart to a man she left behind, but who now might be the key to her happiness.
I haven’t read this- yet- but Im going to soon. My goal is to read 90 books during 2018 and this is high on my To-Read list!

I absolutely loved Kate Kerrigan’s books, Ellis Island and City of Hope and I highly recommend them! When I saw Kate had a new book coming out, I immediately knew I needed to read it.
That Girl is set in England in the late 1960s. Its the story of three Irish women living in London, all with their own hopes and dreams for their futures.
There’s Hanna, who ran to London to escape the abuse of her stepfather and has taken on a new identity as Annie. Lara is fleeing to avoid humiliation after her boyfriend breaks up with her because he wants to be a priest. She is a talented fashion designer whose hobby turns into something much more after she begins to design outfits for the girls who work at the strip club where she’s employed. And lastly, Noreen, who comes into the story a little later, but she’s also running from her boyfriend John, fearing she’s missing out on all life has to offer.
The book is fun and light, I was reading with interest the whole way through, thoroughly enjoying the descriptions of the clothes and the streets of London.

I really like books about survival and getting lost in the woods, so the premise of this one hooked me:
When five colleagues are forced to go on a corporate retreat in the wilderness, they reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking down the muddy path.
But one of the women doesn’t come out of the woods. And each of her companions tells a slightly different story about what happened.
Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk has a keen interest in the whereabouts of the missing hiker. In an investigation that takes him deep into isolated forest, Falk discovers secrets lurking in the mountains, and a tangled web of personal and professional friendship, suspicion, and betrayal among the hikers. But did that lead to murder?
I was immediately intrigued from the first page and didn’t want to stop reading until I knew what happened in the wilderness!
Force of Nature by Jane Harper is the second book of the Aaron Falk series. I need to go back and read the first book, The Dry. I downloaded it after loving Force of Nature!
I was guessing all the way through at what on earth happened out there with the women. What a fantastic premise and so well written. I rarely give books five stars but I couldn’t give any less after being so intrigued with the women and the truth of how things went down in the woods.

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