HE SAID, SHE SAID

Almost 2O years ago, Kit and Laura travel to Cornwall to see a total eclipse. They witness a terrible crime. Together they try to advocate for the victim. At first she seems grateful, but them strange things begin to happen. Laura begins to wonder if she did the right thing? Who is the victim? Who is the predator?

If you like twisty thrillers, He Said She Said is for you. 

FROM THE PUBLISHER: 

In the summer of 1999, Kit and Laura travel to a festival in Cornwall to see a total eclipse of the sun. Kit is an eclipse chaser; Laura has never seen one before. Young and in love, they are certain this will be the first of many they’ll share.

But in the hushed moments after the shadow passes, Laura interrupts a man and a woman. She knows that she saw something terrible. The man denies it. It is her word against his.

The victim seems grateful. Months later, she turns up on their doorstep like a lonely stray. But as her gratitude takes a twisted turn, Laura begins to wonder―did she trust the wrong person?

15 years later, Kit and Laura married are living under new names and completely off the digital grid: no Facebook, only rudimentary cell phones, not in any directories. But as the truth catches up to them, they realize they can no longer keep the past in the past.

From Erin Kelly, queen of the killer twist, He Said/She Said is a gripping tale of the lies we tell to save ourselves, the truths we cannot admit, and how far we will go to make others believe our side of the story.

LIES SHE TOLD

Lies She Told: A Novel
By Cate Holahan

Liz Cole had one successful novel. She hasn't been able to replicate that success again, but she has one month to write the thriller that could put her back on the bestseller list. 

At the same time, she is struggling to support her husband through a difficult time. His best friend and law partner, Nick has disappeared. The stress of his disappearance could ruin their marriage and their finances. Liz escapes by writing about Beth, her new heroine.

The lines between Liz's fiction and reality begin to blur when her life starts to resemble Beth's. She struggles to figure out what is fact and what is fiction. 

This story line is unlike anything I've read lately. A captivating read! Much love to Crime By The Book for recommending this read! 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

The truth can be darker than fiction.

Liza Cole, a once-successful novelist whose career has seen better days, has one month to write the thriller that could land her back on the bestseller list. Meanwhile, she’s struggling to start a family, but her husband is distracted by the disappearance of his best friend, Nick. As stresses weigh her down in her professional and personal lives, Liza escapes into writing the chilling exploits of her latest heroine, Beth.

Beth, a new mother, suspects her husband is cheating on her while she’s home caring for their newborn. Angry and betrayed, she aims to catch him in the act and make him pay for shattering the illusion of their perfect life. But before she realizes what she’s doing, she’s tossing the body of her husband’s mistress into the East River.

Then, the lines between Liza’s fiction and her reality eerily blur. Nick’s body is dragged from the East River, and Liza’s husband is arrested for his murder. Before her deadline is up, Liza will have to face up to the truths about the people around her, including her own. If she doesn’t, the end of her heroine’s story could be the end of her own.

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THE BLINDS

The Blinds: A Novel
By Adam Sternbergh

The Blinds is a community for criminals. A dusty town in rural Texas for people who aren't aware if they committed a crime or witnessed one. Their minds have been altered and they must live here. If they leave, they could die. 

Sheriff Cooper has worked at the Blinds for eight years. After one murder and one suicide, keeping the peace with his residents become problematic.

Everyone has secrets in the Blinds, including Sheriff Cooper. When a new deputy starts investigating and mysterious outsiders start asking questions, the town starts to unravel. 

This book is one part thriller and one part Western. Not my typical read, but interesting nonetheless. 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

Imagine a place populated by criminals—people plucked from their lives, with their memories altered, who’ve been granted new identities and a second chance. Welcome to The Blinds, a dusty town in rural Texas populated by misfits who don’t know if they’ve perpetrated a crime or just witnessed one. What’s clear to them is that if they leave, they will end up dead.

     For eight years, Sheriff Calvin Cooper has kept an uneasy peace—but after a suicide and a murder in quick succession, the town’s residents revolt. Cooper has his own secrets to protect, so when his new deputy starts digging, he needs to keep one step ahead of her—and the mysterious outsiders who threaten to tear the whole place down. The more he learns, the more the hard truth is revealed: The Blinds is no sleepy hideaway. It’s simmering with violence and deception, aching heartbreak and dark betrayals.

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AT HOME IN THE WORLD

Fans of Tsh from The Art of Simple will recognize this story well. Tsh and her husband Kyle have always had an affinity for simple living and travel. They decided now was as good a time as any to sell most of what they owned and travel the world the their kids. 

The book travels with them from continent to continent. It is beautifully written. I wanted to book a trip and travel as I read! A wonderful read!

 

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

As Tsh Oxenreider, author of Notes From a Blue Bike, chronicles her family’s adventure around the world—seeing, smelling, and tasting the widely varying cultures along the way—she discovers what it truly means to be at home.

The wide world is calling.

Americans Tsh and Kyle met and married in Kosovo. They lived as expats for most of a decade. They’ve been back in the States—now with three kids under ten—for four years, and while home is nice, they are filled with wanderlust and long to answer the call.

Why not? The kids are all old enough to carry their own backpacks but still young enough to be uprooted, so a trip—a nine-months-long trip—is planned.

At Home in the World follows their journey from China to New Zealand, Ethiopia to England, and more. They traverse bumpy roads, stand in awe before a waterfall that feels like the edge of the earth, and chase each other through three-foot-wide passageways in Venice. And all the while Tsh grapples with the concept of home, as she learns what it means to be lost—yet at home—in the world.

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BEARTOWN

 

 

Beartown: A Novel
By Fredrik Backman

Beartown runs on hockey. There isn't much left to this slowly dying community to hold on too. Hockey keeps everyone occupied. 

The old ice rink was built years ago by the men who founded this town. The town believes the junior ice hockey team may actually have a shot at winning the national semi-finals this year. All the hopes of dreams of this small town rests on the shoulder of teenage boys. 

 A violent act before the semi-final game leaves the whole town in an uproar. Alliances are drawn. Assumptions are made. Lives will never be the same.

This book exposes the many truths of high school athletics. It brings to light the dark sides of competition from both adults and kids alike. Anyone who works closely with teenagers or athletics will be all too familiar with the themes of this book. 

It is a sobering read, but so important.

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THE MIRACLE MORNING BY HAL ELROD

I set some new goals in July. One of my goals is to read more business books. I made a list of all the books I want to read for personal / business development this year. Think of it, as my own back-to-school for business growth. 

I may write about all that at some point, but The Miracle Morning was one of the first books on my list to read. 

I've heard about this book from so many people I admire and respect. I've wanted to read it for years. I'm so glad I finally did. 

Hal lays out a simple morning routine. His miracle morning can take an hour or 7 minutes if you're in a rush. His positivity is contagious. His story is of how he created this miracle morning routine is unbelievable! 

Loved this book so much I bought it (which I RARELY buy books) so you know its a keeper!

 

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

“Hal Elrod is a genius and his book The Miracle Morning has been magical in my life. What Hal has done is taken the 'best practices'—developed over centuries of human consciousness development—and condensed the 'best of the best; into a daily morning ritual. A ritual that is now part of my day.” -- ROBERT KIYOSAKI, #1 bestselling author of Rich Dad Poor Dad 
What's being widely regarded as "one of the most life changing books ever written" may be the simplest approach to achieving everything you've ever wanted, and faster than you ever thought possible. 
What if you could wake up tomorrow and any—or EVERY—area of your life was beginning to transform? What would you change? The Miracle Morning is already transforming the lives of tens of thousands of people around the world by showing them how to wake up each day with more ENERGY, MOTIVATION, and FOCUS to take your life to the next level. It’s been right here in front of us all along, but this book has finally brought it to life. 
Are you ready? The next chapter of YOUR life—the most extraordinary life you've ever imagined—is about to begin. It’s time to WAKE UP to your full potential…

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I FOUND YOU

I Found You: A Novel
$14.92
By Lisa Jewell

Alice, a single mom, finds a man outside her house she doesn't know. He has no name, no jacket, and no memory. 

At the same time Lilly, a newlywed, realizes her husband is missing. He leaves for work at the same time each day and comes home at the same time each night. He never came home from work yesterday and she is beginning to worry. 

Twenty- three years ago, the Ross family went on their yearly summer holiday to the beach. Everything about this summer trip is uneventful until they meet a young man. Something seems off about him. Should they be worried? 

I Found You is full of twists and turns. The characters are fresh and relatable. The story is strong without being overly violent. This is one of my favorite mystery books of the year so far!

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

“Readers of Liane Moriarty, Paula Hawkins, and Ruth Ware will love." —Library Journal (starred review)

“Jewell’s novel explores the space between going missing and being lost….how the plots intersect and finally collide is one of the great thrills of reading Jewell’s book. She ratchets up the tension masterfully, and her writing is lively.” —New York Times 

In the windswept British seaside town of Ridinghouse Bay, single mom Alice Lake finds a man sitting on a beach outside her house. He has no name, no jacket, and no idea how he got there. Against her better judgment, she invites him inside.

Meanwhile, in a suburb of London, newlywed Lily Monrose grows anxious when her husband fails to return home from work one night. Soon, she receives even worse news: according to the police, the man she married never even existed.

Twenty-three years earlier, Gray and Kirsty Ross are teenagers on a summer holiday with their parents. The annual trip to Ridinghouse Bay is uneventful, until an enigmatic young man starts paying extra attention to Kirsty. Something about him makes Gray uncomfortable—and it’s not just because he’s a protective older brother.

Who is the man on the beach? Where is Lily’s missing husband? And what ever happened to the man who made such a lasting and disturbing impression on Gray?

“A mystery with substance” (Kirkus Reviews), I Found You is a delicious collision course of a novel, filled with the believable characters, stunning writing, and “surprising revelations all the way up to the ending” (Booklist) that make New York Times bestselling author Lisa Jewell so beloved by audiences on both sides of the Atlantic.

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MY NAME IS LUCY BARTON BY ELIZABETH STROUT

My Name Is Lucy Barton: A Novel
$9.96
By Elizabeth Strout

Lucy Barton was supposed to have a simple operation and go home. Instead, an infection has taken over her body forcing her to stay in the hospital for nine weeks. 

Her children are small so her husband must stay with them. Her mother, who she has not spoken to in many years, comes to visit. 

They reconnect and talk of old friends and neighbors. Lucy begins to think about her childhood, growing up in poverty and the odds she over came to escape her troubled family. 

The narrative in the book is powerful. The story is sobering and real. Lucy's voice is unforgettable. A book I would of never picked on my own, but I'm so glad I read it. 

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE • A simple hospital visit becomes a portal to the tender relationship between mother and daughter in this extraordinary novel by the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Olive Kitteridge and The Burgess Boys.

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
The Washington Post • The New York Times Book Review • NPR • BookPage • LibraryReads • Minneapolis Star Tribune • St. Louis Post-Dispatch


Look for Elizabeth Strout’s highly anticipated new work of fiction, Anything Is Possible, which is available for pre-order now.

Lucy Barton is recovering slowly from what should have been a simple operation. Her mother, to whom she hasn’t spoken for many years, comes to see her. Gentle gossip about people from Lucy’s childhood in Amgash, Illinois, seems to reconnect them, but just below the surface lie the tension and longing that have informed every aspect of Lucy’s life: her escape from her troubled family, her desire to become a writer, her marriage, her love for her two daughters. Knitting this powerful narrative together is the brilliant storytelling voice of Lucy herself: keenly observant, deeply human, and truly unforgettable.

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HELLO SUNSHINE BY LAURA DAVE

Hello, Sunshine: A Novel
$16.51
By Laura Dave

Sunshine Mackenzie is a food network star. She has a #1 best selling cookbook, millions of fans, and a thriving career. 

The only problem is, her life is a lie. She has too many secrets and one day a hacker begins to reveal them all online. One by one. 

In an instant, her career and her marriage are over. She forced to reconcile with her estranged sister and start over. 

Hello Sunshine is unlike anything I've ready lately. A delightful book to read. I've been in mystery mode all summer long. It was so good to take a break! 

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

From Laura Dave—the author of the “addictive” (Us Weekly), “winning” (Publishers Weekly) and critically acclaimed bestseller Eight Hundred Grapes—comes a new novel about the secrets we keep…even from ourselves.

Sunshine Mackenzie has it all…until her secrets come to light.

Sunshine Mackenzie is living the dream—she’s a culinary star with millions of fans, a line of #1 bestselling cookbooks, and a devoted husband happy to support her every endeavor.

And then she gets hacked.

When Sunshine’s secrets are revealed, her fall from grace is catastrophic. She loses the husband, her show, the fans, and her apartment. She’s forced to return to the childhood home—and the estranged sister—she’s tried hard to forget. But what Sunshine does amid the ashes of her own destruction may well save her life.

In a world where celebrity is a careful construct, Hello, Sunshine is a compelling, funny, and evocative novel about what it means to live an authentic life in an inauthentic age.

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SINCE WE FELL BY DENNIS LEHANE

Since We Fell: A Novel
$16.08
By Dennis Lehane

Rachel Childs, a journalist, has an on-air mental breakdown. She lives out her days as a shut-in. Fearful of recognition and crowds.

She meets an wonderful man and gets married. But one rainy day, her tidy life begins to fall apart. The life she knew is over and she has to find the strength to survive. 

This book starts exploring Rachel's past and quickly moves into her adult life. It is full of detail and complex characters. It is full of twists. 

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

Since We Fell follows Rachel Childs, a former journalist who, after an on-air mental breakdown, now lives as a virtual shut-in. In all other respects, however, she enjoys an ideal life with an ideal husband. Until a chance encounter on a rainy afternoon causes that ideal life to fray. As does Rachel’s marriage. As does Rachel herself. Sucked into a conspiracy thick with deception, violence, and possibly madness, Rachel must find the strength within herself to conquer unimaginable fears and mind-altering truths. By turns heart- breaking, suspenseful, romantic, and sophisticated, Since We Fell is a novel of profound psychological insight and tension. It is Dennis Lehane at his very best.

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THE FALL OF LISA BELLOW BY SUSAN PERABO

The Fall of Lisa Bellow: A Novel
$15.30
By Susan Perabo

What happens to the people left behind when tragedy strikes? What do they go through? 

A middle school girl is abducted in a convenient store in broad daylight. She disappears without a trace. Meredith is the only witness to her abduction. The masked man leaves her behind. 

After the abduction, Meredith spends most of her time alone. The community tries to rally. Meredith's mom comes to terms with the reality that she cannot protect her child. 

This book is unlike anything I've read recently. It explores the questions about what happens to the people who survive trauma? How do children process fear and grief? How do they cope? How do they heal? Is that even possible? It is a beautiful and sobering read. 

From the Publisher:

The breakout novel from the critically acclaimed author of the short story collections Who I Was Supposed to Be and Why They Run the Way They Do—when a middle school girl is abducted in broad daylight, a fellow student and witness to the crime copes with the tragedy in an unforgettable way.

What happens to the girl left behind?

A masked man with a gun enters a sandwich shop in broad daylight, and Meredith Oliver suddenly finds herself ordered to the filthy floor, where she cowers face to face with her nemesis, Lisa Bellow, the most popular girl in her eighth grade class. The minutes tick inexorably by, and Meredith lurches between comforting the sobbing Lisa and imagining her own impending death. Then the man orders Lisa Bellow to stand and come with him, leaving Meredith the girl left behind.

After Lisa’s abduction, Meredith spends most days in her room. As the community stages vigils and searches, Claire, Meredith’s mother, is torn between relief that her daughter is alive, and helplessness over her inability to protect or even comfort her child. Her daughter is here, but not.

Like Everything I Never Told You and Room, The Fall of Lisa Bellow is edgy and original, a hair-raising exploration of the ripple effects of an unthinkable crime. It is a dark, beautifully rendered, and gripping novel about coping, about coming-of-age, and about forgiveness. It is also a beautiful illustration of how one family, broken by tragedy, finds healing.

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