Weekend Reading

The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor was a good mystery that flowed well and kept me turning the pages, curious what would happen next. I read this quickly thanks to the authors writing style. I like how the reader can draw their own conclusions about the people in the story, never quite sure who is to blame for the mysterious death of a young girl until the very end. And even then, you are left wondering.
Awesome book!
Here is what you need to know:

In 1986, Eddie and his friends are just kids on the verge of adolescence. They spend their days biking around their sleepy English village and looking for any taste of excitement they can get. The chalk men are their secret code: little chalk stick figures they leave for one another as messages only they can understand. But then a mysterious chalk man leads them right to a dismembered body, and nothing is ever the same.
In 2016, Eddie is fully grown, and thinks he’s put his past behind him. But then he gets a letter in the mail, containing a single chalk stick figure. When it turns out that his friends got the same message, they think it could be a prank . . . until one of them turns up dead.
That’s when Eddie realizes that saving himself means finally figuring out what really happened all those years ago.

Expertly alternating between flashbacks and the present day, The Chalk Man is the very best kind of suspense novel, one where every character is wonderfully fleshed out and compelling, where every mystery has a satisfying payoff, and where the twists will shock even the savviest reader.

I’ve long been a fan of Katherine Center, I especially liked her book Everyone Is Beautiful which I read back in 2009!
I was excited to see she has written a new book, How To Walk Away. I just started this one but already I’m curious what is going to happen. She builds tension beautifully in the first couple of chapters, you know something is going to happen but what? and when? To be able to engage a read quickly is the sign of a fantastic writer. I cannot wait to see what else happens.

Margaret Jacobsen has a bright future ahead of her: a fiancé she adores, her dream job, and the promise of a picture-perfect life just around the corner. Then, suddenly, on what should have been one of the happiest days of her life, everything she worked for is taken away in one tumultuous moment.
In the hospital and forced to face the possibility that nothing will ever be the same again, Margaret must figure out how to move forward on her own terms while facing long-held family secrets, devastating heartbreak, and the idea that love might find her in the last place she would ever expect.

I saw that Joy Fielding has a new book coming out and I immediately knew I had to get my hands on a copy. She’s an author that churns out suspenseful novels quite frequently and they are all good. If you haven’t read her books, there are numerous ones to start with, I really liked See Jane Run.
The Bad Daughter sparked an interest as soon as I read the plot. This is another one the top of my To-Read list. I am really loving many of the mysteries/suspense/thriller books that are coming out lately!

A hostile relationship with her sister and a complicated past with her father’s second wife have kept Robin estranged from her family for many years. But when her father’s new family is attacked in their house, with her father, his wife, and young daughter in critical condition in the hospital, she returns home to await their fate and hopefully mend fences.
It looks like a random robbery gone awry, but as Robin spends more time with her family members, she learns they all had their secrets — and one of those secrets may have put them all in horrible danger.

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin is a beautifully written book that’s getting rave reviews. I only needed to see the beginning of the synopsis to know I had to read it: “It’s 1969 in New York City’s Lower East Side” and I was hooked.
I love the setting of New York City in the past! Add to that a traveling psychic who foretells the day people will die and what more did I need to know?
You simply cannot hear the date you are to die and not have that in the back of your mind constantly. The four siblings who receive their fortunes are the focus of this book. We see how they live their lives and the choices they make.
It’s a very interesting idea, that you would know the date of your death and live your life a certain way, or would you? Characters are complex each with their own troubles and challenges.
The basic idea that I walked away with- choose to live or choose to survive.
This book is out now!

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