Look for These Awesome Books, Out This Month

 

 

The Whisper Man by Alex North is getting so many good reviews. I am seeing this book everywhere and can’t wait to read it. As you know if you read my blog, I love a suspense that keeps you turning the pages, wondering what is going to happen next!

Here’s what you need to know:

After the sudden death of his wife, Tom Kennedy believes a fresh start will help him and his young son Jake heal. A new beginning, a new house, a new town. Featherbank.

But the town has a dark past. Twenty years ago, a serial killer abducted and murdered five residents. Until Frank Carter was finally caught, he was nicknamed “The Whisper Man,” for he would lure his victims out by whispering at their windows at night.

Just as Tom and Jake settle into their new home, a young boy vanishes. His disappearance bears an unnerving resemblance to Frank Carter’s crimes, reigniting old rumors that he preyed with an accomplice. Now, detectives Amanda Beck and Pete Willis must find the boy before it is too late, even if that means Pete has to revisit his great foe in prison: The Whisper Man.

And then Jake begins acting strangely. He hears a whispering at his window…

The Whisper Man is averaging four and five stars over on Goodreads! It’s at the top of my TO READ pile and will be out on August 20th.

 

 

 

Gretchen by Shannon Kirk really intrigued me based on the description. I knew I had to read it and on one Saturday a few weeks ago, I read it in a single afternoon.

Ever since Lucy was two, she’s been on the run alongside her mother. She’s never understood the reason for a lifetime of paranoia, aliases, and lies. All she understands are the rules: never lock eyes with strangers, never let down your guard, and always be ready to move on.

Finally, after thirteen years and eleven states, their next hideaway seems perfect. An isolated, fortresslike place in the New Hampshire woods is the new home they share with its owner, a gentlemanly pianist, and his lonely daughter, Gretchen. She’s Lucy’s age and soon becomes Lucy’s first real friend.

But Gretchen and her father have secrets of their own—and an obsession with puzzles that draws Lucy into a terrifying new game of hide-and-seek. Lucy’s dark past is about to come calling. And this time, for her and her mother in the house on the hill, it might be too late to run.

I enjoy books that starts with a secret, what are Lucy and her mom running from? When they move into their new rental, the daughter Gretchen seems creepy and clingy and since the book is named Gretchen, you know this girl is trouble. She seems nice but a little weird…what is going on with her?

Yes, the book is creepy, full of secrets… a dark and intriguing read.

Out on July 23 so go get it! FREE if you have Kindle Unlimited.

 

 

I know that fans of suspense and thrillers will read this book within a day because once you start reading, you can’t stop.  The Woman in the Park by Teresa Sorkin and Tullan Holmqvist is a very quick read, but one that moves quickly and keeps tightening the tension. I rather read a book that is on the shorter side but has a lot of action than a longer novel that drags on with unnecessary information.

When Manhattanite Sarah Rock meets a mysterious and handsome stranger in the park, she is drawn to him. Sarah wants to get away from her daily routine, her cheating husband and his crazy mistress, her frequent sessions with her heartless therapist, and her moody children.

But nothing is as it seems. Her life begins to unravel when a woman from the park goes missing and Sarah becomes the prime suspect in the woman’s disappearance. Her lover is nowhere to be found, her husband is suspicious of her, and her therapist is talking to the police.

With no one to trust, Sarah must face her inner demons and uncover the truth to prove her innocence.
A thriller that questions what is real-with its shocking twists, secrets, and lies―The Woman in the Park will leave readers breathless.

From the first page, I was completely hooked. I enjoyed the writing style, the plot, and I was kept guessing the whole way through. I wasn’t sure which direction the book would take which, as a reader, is what you want in a suspense! This is a must-read.

Due out August 26.

 

 

Tell Me Everything by Cambria Brockman was a great novel. The main character is Malin, a girl with a secret but we really don’t know exactly what her secret is. We do know that once at college, she immediately befriends a group of people who become a close group over their four years at school. But as time progresses, layers are peeled back and Malin sees her friends for who they really are, however she maintains her carefully kept secrets.

In her first weeks at Hawthorne College, Malin is swept up into a tight-knit circle that will stick together through all four years. There’s Gemma, an insecure theater major from London; John, a tall, handsome, wealthy New Englander; Max, John’s cousin, a shy pre-med major; Khaled, a wisecracking prince from Abu Dhabi; and Ruby, a beautiful art history major. But Malin isn’t like the rest of her friends. She’s an expert at hiding her troubled past. She acts as if she shares the preoccupations of those around her—dating, partying—all while using her extraordinary insight to detect their deepest vulnerabilities and weaknesses.

By Senior Day, on the cusp of graduation, Malin’s secrets—and those of her friends—are revealed. While she scrambles to maintain her artfully curated image, her missteps set in motion a devastating chain of events that ends in a murder. And as fragile relationships hang in the balance and close alliances shift, Malin must test the limits of what she’s capable of to stop the truth from coming out.

In a mesmerizing novel that peels back the innumerable layers of a seductive protagonist, debut author Cambria Brockman brings to life an entrancing story of friendship, heartbreak, and betrayal.

The book flips between freshman and senior year and while this isn’t suspense, the several pages held a  twist I wasn’t prepared for. The character of Malin is creepy and a little weird, she reads her best friends diary to gain knowledge of her deepest thoughts and while she learns everyone’s secrets, she tells nothing about her own.

The author’s writing was good, I was interested to learn what was going to happen next as the story progressed. I would not say its a page-turning suspense but more of slow unravel of a troubled young woman.

Out now so grab a copy!

 

 

Perfect Stranger by Jake Cross is another book on my To-Read list. I have so many books and wish I had more time in the day. People often ask me how I read so much… I clear my evenings and devote a few hours strictly for reading! I rarely watch TV at night, I prefer to snuggle with the dogs and get into a good story. The only downside to this set up is that I often stay up too late because the book is too good to put down!

Here’s what you need to know about this book:

Following a whirlwind romance, Rose and Chris’s marriage has been unshakeable for twenty years. But when teenager Katie turns up on their doorstep, blonde, wide-eyed and beautiful, their perfect life threatens to crumble to pieces. Because Katie says she’s Chris’s long-lost daughter, the product of a forgotten summer fling.

The couple is still reeling from shock when Katie tells them she has nowhere to go. The couple is her only hope. Kind-hearted Rose invites Katie to stay, despite Chris’s protests. The poor girl has only just lost her mother – they can’t leave her out on the street.

But soon after Katie moves in, strange things start happening. Someone crashes into a neighbour’s fence. An unexplained fire starts in the couple’s kitchen. And a family friend coming to visit disappears on the way to the house. Chris insists Katie has to go. But it’s Chris who won’t explain where he was at the time their friend went missing…

The couple’s dream life seems to be turning into a nightmare. With dark secrets about Chris’s history with Katie’s mother coming to light, Rose no longer knows who to trust. Soon, she isn’t sure whether she’s invited a dangerous stranger into her home, or whether she’s been living with one all along…

I know I’m going to love this book based on the description. It has all the elements of a thrilling story. It makes you wonder, what would you do if a girl landed on your doorstep claiming to be a long lost daughter? Great premise!

Due out Aug. 21, only $2.99 on Kindle!

 

 

 

I am looking forward to reading The Birthday Girl by Melissa De La Cruz. I love the rags to riches story; trailer park childhood and the fashion designer adult living a luxury life.

Before she became a glamorous fashion designer, Ellie de Florent-Stinson was a trailer-park teen about to turn sixteen. But a night of birthday celebration doesn’t go exactly as planned and descends into a night she’ll never be able to forget.

Now, on the cusp of her fortieth birthday, it appears Ellie has everything she ever wanted: a handsome husband; an accomplished, college-age stepdaughter; a beautiful ten-year-old girl; adorable and rambunctious six-year-old twin boys; lush, well-appointed homes in Los Angeles, Park City, and Palm Springs; a thriving career; and a dazzling circle of friends.

Except everything is not quite as perfect as it looks on the outside—Ellie is keeping many secrets. And hiding those skeletons has a cost, and it all comes to a head the night of her fabulous birthday party in the desert—where everyone who matters in her life shows up, invited or not. Old and new friends and frenemies, stepdaughters and business partners, ex-wives and ex-husbands congregate, and the glittering facade of Ellie’s life begins to crumble.

The mystery/suspense coupled with past secrets and current-day glamour is sure to be a compelling read.  It’s due out in a few days, order here!

 

 

If you enjoy stories of medical mysteries, Diagnosis by Lisa Sanders is for you!

As a Yale School of Medicine physician, the New York Times bestselling author of Every Patient Tells a Story, and inspiration and adviser for the hit Fox TV drama House, M.D., Lisa Sanders has seen it all. And yet she is often confounded by the cases she describes in her column: unexpected collections of symptoms that she and other physicians struggle to diagnose.

A twenty-eight-year-old man, vacationing in the Bahamas for his birthday, tries some barracuda for dinner. Hours later, he collapses on the dance floor with crippling stomach pains. A middle-aged woman returns to her doctor, after visiting two days earlier with a mild rash on the back of her hands. Now the rash has turned purple and has spread across her entire body in whiplike streaks. A young elephant trainer in a traveling circus, once head-butted by a rogue zebra, is suddenly beset with splitting headaches, as if someone were “slamming a door inside his head.”

In each of these cases, the path to diagnosis—and treatment—is winding, sometimes frustratingly unclear. Dr. Sanders shows how making the right diagnosis requires expertise, painstaking procedure, and sometimes a little luck. Intricate, gripping, and full of twists and turns, Diagnosis puts readers in the doctor’s place. It lets them see what doctors see, feel the uncertainty they feel—and experience the thrill when the puzzle is finally solved.

This book is absolutely fascinating! There is a Netflix series based on this but of course the book is always better with rich details.  Short and to the point, the essays are easy to read and you will find yourself immersed in these medical mysteries as I did. A great book!

Due out on August 13.

 

 

The Murder List by Hank Phillippi Ryan is a must-read! A super intense page-turner that boasts complex characters and a forward-moving plot that will have you staying up past your bedtime to finish.  Those are the best kinds of books, right?

Here’s the scoop:

Law student Rachel North will tell you, without hesitation, what she knows to be true. She’s smart, she’s a hard worker, she does the right thing, she’s successfully married to a faithful and devoted husband, a lion of Boston’s defense bar, and her internship with the Boston DA’s office is her ticket to a successful future.

Problem is–she’s wrong.  And in this cat and mouse game–the battle for justice becomes a battle for survival.

I don’t want to give the whole story away because its best you enter into the novel not knowing what to expect.

Told from alternating timelines of past and present, this is loaded with twists and suspense. I initially thought the actual Murder List was a list of a serial killer but that was incorrect. I am so excited for everyone to read and enjoy this book.

Available on August 20.

 

 

 

Here’s another great book, The Daughter In Law by Nina Manning. I swear, 2019 has been the best year ever for books. The good ones just keep coming out and I can hardly keep up!

Plot:

As a single mother, Annie has an especially close relationship with her son, Ben. They have always been together. Just the two of them. So, when Ben brings home his mysterious beautiful new wife, Daisy, immediately Annie doesn’t trust her. Who is this woman who has taken her son away from her? And what is she hiding?
She’ll protect him with her life…

When Ben disappears, suddenly Annie and Daisy are all the other one has. Alone in Annie’s big, remote house, just the two of them, the tension is rising. And like any protective mother, Annie will stop at nothing to expose her new daughter in law, and the secrets she is hiding…

The book alternates chapters between Annie and Daisy, who do you trust? (Spoiler- one of them is crazy) There are lots of great scenes and the ending..WOW. A fantastic debut novel. I will keep my eyes open for anything else the author writes!

FREE on Kindle Unlimited! Get it today.

 

 

The Girl Before You by Nicola Rayner offers an interesting premise- what if you were haunted by someone in your husband’s past? What if this person died, but then you saw her? You might become obsessed if you were Alice.

Alice has always been haunted by the women from her husband’s past. As a politician and now a TV personality, George Bell’s reputation as a ladies’ man precedes him. But when Alice falls pregnant, her unease becomes an obsession.

And there’s one ex, in particular, she can’t get out of her head, a beautiful student who went missing before they finished university: Ruth.

When Alice thinks she sees Ruth on a train, she can’t shake the feeling there’s more to the disappearance than George has told her. But does she really want to know what her husband has been up to behind her back all these years?

It startsed a little slow but picked up and I was anxious to see how it ended. Was the girl who Alice saw really Ruth? What happened to her?

An enjoyable read!

$2.99 and out now.

 

 

Because You’re Mine by Rea Frey should be on your To-Read Pile! This is another author to keep your eye on, she’s very talented.

Single mother Lee has the daily routine down to a science: shower in six minutes. Cut food into perfect squares. Never leave her on-the-spectrum son Mason in someone else’s care. She’ll do anything—anything—to keep his carefully constructed world from falling apart. Do anything to keep him safe.

But when her best friend Grace convinces her she needs a small break from motherhood to recharge her batteries, Lee gives in to a weekend trip. Surely a long weekend away from home won’t hurt?

Noah, Mason’s handsome, bright, charismatic tutor—the first man in ages Lee’s even noticed—is more than happy to stay with him.

Forty-eight hours later, someone is dead.

But not all is as it seems. Noah may be more than who he claims to be. Grace has a secret—one that will destroy Lee. Lee has secrets of her own that she will do anything to keep hidden. And what will happen to Mason, as the dominoes begin to fall and the past comes to light?

Perhaps it’s no mystery someone is gone after all…

This book switches between a few different narrators which is always a good tool to keep the reader guessing. You think you know what’s going to happen, but you really don’t. How can I tell you more without giving away key information? I CAN’T. You need to read this for yourself!

Due out on August 6.

 

 

Best Friends Forever by Dawn Goodwin asks the question, Have you ever wanted to kill your best friend? For me, that’s a strong NO but for some people, its a yes.

Anna was the perfect wife. Perfect mother. Perfect woman. And now she’s dead. Leaving behind her husband, David, and two young children their lives will never be the same. But Vicky will make sure life goes on…

These two women have been best friends forever, a lifetime of secrets lies between them and now Vicky is ready to step up into Anna’s perfect shoes. But not everything is as it seems and as David begins to question Vicky’s motives for walking into his life things might just get a little murderous.

The question on everyone’s lips is, who killed Anna? And what actually happened on the night she died?

Secrets and lies, a toxic relationship between friends…what could possibly go wrong? When Anna dies, Vicky swoops in and takes over. That doesn’t mean she killed her friend does it? I love a thriller like this one! Keeps you guessing and reading.

Its only ZERO DOLLARS if you have Kindle Unlimited. Out on August 15.

 

 

 

I really enjoyed The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware. I’ve liked everything she’s written and this one held my attention from the first page to the end.  The plot was one I hadn’t seen before and Ruth can weave a captivating story! All of her books have a bit of a sinister feeling to them, which I actually enjoy.

When she stumbles across the ad, she’s looking for something else completely. But it seems like too good an opportunity to miss—a live-in nannying post, with a staggeringly generous salary. And when Rowan Caine arrives at Heatherbrae House, she is smitten—by the luxurious “smart” home fitted out with all modern conveniences, by the beautiful Scottish Highlands, and by this picture-perfect family.

What she doesn’t know is that she’s stepping into a nightmare—one that will end with a child dead and herself in prison awaiting trial for murder.

Writing to her lawyer from prison, she struggles to explain the unravelling events that led to her incarceration. It wasn’t just the constant surveillance from the cameras installed around the house, or the malfunctioning technology that woke the household with booming music, or turned the lights off at the worst possible time. It wasn’t just the girls, who turned out to be a far cry from the immaculately behaved model children she met at her interview. It wasn’t even the way she was left alone for weeks at a time, with no adults around apart from the enigmatic handyman, Jack Grant.

It was everything.

She knows she’s made mistakes. She admits that she lied to obtain the post, and that her behavior toward the children wasn’t always ideal. She’s not innocent, by any means. But, she maintains, she’s not guilty—at least not of murder. Which means someone else is.

Dark and suspenseful, this kind of borderlines on horror and I was turning the pages so fast and staying up late to see how it was going to end!

Coming to you on August 6.

 

Don’t miss these other amazing novels coming in August too:

A Keeper by Graham Norton

All The Lovely Pieces by J.M. Winchester (Free with Kindle Unlimited)

All The Flowers in Paris  by Sarah Jio

Chase Darkness with Me by Billy Jensen

 

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