new books coming out in January 2020

NEW BOOKS to read in JANUARY 2020!

 

The Look-Alike by Erica Spindler is quick-moving suspense that fans of the author will devour!

What I love about expertly written books like this is how you, the reader, are kept guessing what is going to happen next. You try to figure it all out but its nearly impossible. I love anything that involves a mother/daughter dynamic, there is so much room for potential dysfunction!

Take a look:

Sienna Scott grew up in the dark shadow of her mother’s paranoid delusions. Now, she’s returned home to confront her past and the unsolved murder that altered the course of her life.

In her mother’s shuttered house, an old fear that has haunted Sienna for years rears its ugly head—that it was she who had been the killer’s target that night. And now, with it, a new fear—that the killer not only intended to remedy his past mistake—he’s already begun. But are these fears any different from the ones that torment her mother?

As the walls close in, the line between truth and lie, reality and delusion disintegrate. Has Sienna’s worst nightmare come true? Or will she unmask a killer and finally prove she may be her mother’s look-alike, but she’s not her clone?

This book was excellent, the characters were developed enough that they seemed real, the story was captivating and I liked the writing style. I can’t wait to read more from Erica Spindler!

Coming out on January 28, 2020!

 

 

C.J. Tudor is another author to keep watch for. Her books are excellent and full of suspense. If you haven’t read The Chalk Man, do it now. I read it a while ago and greatly enjoyed that story.

The Other People is another thriller that will keep you reading for hours as you get sucked into the story! Once I got into the book, I didn’t want to put it down. Clear your schedule and make sure you have nothing going on when you begin this book because you’ll want to read the entire thing at once.

Synopsis:

Driving home one night, Gabe is stuck behind a rusty old car. He sees a little girl’s face appear in its rear window. She mouths one word: Daddy. It’s his five-year-old daughter, Izzy. He never sees her again. Three years later, Gabe spends his days and nights traveling up and down the highway, searching for the car that took his daughter, refusing to give up hope, even though most people believe she’s dead.

When the car that he saw escape with his little girl is found abandoned with a body inside, Gabe must confront not just the day Izzy disappeared but the painful events from his past now dredged to the surface.

This is a completely wild ride! There’s a bit of a supernatural element that  I typically don’t love in books but it worked here.  Its dark, its twisty, its thrilling, what’s not to love?

Coming to you on January 28, 2020.

 

I enjoyed The Perfect Mother by Caroline Mitchell very much. It kept me engaged and on my toes from beginning to end. I liked the premise of a young girl, pregnant and desperate to make a better life for her child and the choices she makes.

This book took me in a direction I did not anticipate and I  LOVED IT.  It’s very suspenseful and disturbing so maybe don’t read it on a dark and stormy night because it has the potential to give you nightmares!

Roz is young, penniless and pregnant. All she wants is to be the perfect mother to her child, but the more she thinks about her own chaotic upbringing, the more certain she is that the best life for her baby is as far away as possible from her hometown in Ireland.

Determined to do the right thing, Roz joins an elite adoption service and can’t believe her luck. Within days she is jetting to New York to meet a celebrity power couple desperate for a child of their own. Sheridan and Daniel are wealthy and glamorous—everything Roz isn’t. Her baby will never go hungry, and will have every opportunity for the perfect life. But soon after Roz moves into their plush basement suite, she starts to suspect that something darker lurks beneath the glossy surface of their home.

When Roz discovers she isn’t the first person to move in with the couple, and that the previous woman has never been seen since, alarm bells start ringing. As the clock ticks down to her due date, Roz realises her unborn baby may be the only thing keeping her alive, and that despite her best intentions, she has walked them both into the perfect nightmare…

I will definitely be looking for this author’s name in the future, I am eager to see what kind of twisted and creepy story she writes next!

Due out on January 14, buy it here! Free for those with Kindle Unlimited.

 

 

I absolutely love books like The Girls With No Names by Serena Burdick. New York City in 1910? YES PLEASE.

My favorite historical fiction setting is early NYC (or early Dublin or London). I wish I could take a glimpse at what life was like back then. Thankfully there are books like this one that can transport us.

Take a look:

Not far from Luella and Effie Tildon’s large family mansion in Inwood looms the House of Mercy, a work house for wayward girls. The sisters grow up under its shadow with the understanding that even as wealthy young women, their freedoms come with limits. But when the sisters accidentally discover a shocking secret about their father, Luella, the brazen older sister, becomes emboldened to do as she pleases.

But her rebellion comes with consequences, and one morning Luella is mysteriously gone. Effie suspects her father has made good on his threat to send Luella to the House of Mercy and hatches a plan to get herself committed to save her sister. But she made a miscalculation, and with no one to believe her story, Effie’s escape from the House of Mercy seems impossible—unless she can trust an enigmatic girl named Mable. As their fates entwine, Mable and Effie must rely on each other and their tenuous friendship to survive.

 

 

The setting was fantastic and the story is an emotional one. Something to keep in mind is that the House of Mercy was an actual place and if you would like to learn more, you can go here.

This book will be out on January 7, pre-order on Amazon.

 

 

Trouble in the neighborhood! I’m pretty sure we all know someone like Amy. She is picture perfect and her good looking children have perfect manners. Her husband is a handsome, hard-working guy who lavishes attention on his wife. She has everything she has ever wanted and more. Nothing ever goes wrong in this family. Their house is beautiful, even outside each blade of grass is in perfect formation.

In The Good Mother by Cathryn Grant, the pretense of perfection can’t last forever. Or can it? What happens when this so-called perfect mother’s carefully designed life takes a turn by way of a new mom in the neighborhood, one that doesn’t quite live up to a certain standard?

Here’s the scoop with The Good Mother:

Amy’s life is close to perfect – two lovely daughters, a wonderful husband and she’s queen bee in her circle of soccer moms. She feels content, like she’s finally put some distance between herself and the terrible events of long ago.

The only fly in the ointment is Charlotte, a recent arrival to this affluent suburban community. The shameless way she dresses, the way the men look at her… it’s not right, she’s just not the kind of person they want around here. Amy spearheads a drive to exclude Charlotte, to make it clear to her that she’s not welcome here. Infuriatingly, Charlotte doesn’t seem to care… And when her daughter joins the soccer team there’s just no getting away from her.

But Amy knows from bitter experience the kind of trouble a woman like Charlotte can bring. And there is no way on earth that her girls are ever going to be exposed to anything like that. The solution is clear – Charlotte has to go. No matter what it takes.

This is an entertaining story and I can see how it would all play out in real life. Kids aren’t the only ones that deal with bullies and drama!

Get this book on January 5, FREE with Kindle Unlimited or 99 cents without.

 

 

Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano will make you cry. I’m just warning you because I didn’t expect it.  The premise is that young Edward is the only survivor of a plane crash and the book is written in such a way where you meet the people that will ultimately die and you will like them and then… you know what happens.

I cannot imagine being the sole survivor of a horrible accident like Edward. He goes to live with his aunt and uncle but of course, he struggles because his beloved parents and brother are gone. I feel like crying just thinking about it.

One summer morning, twelve-year-old Edward Adler, his beloved older brother, his parents, and 183 other passengers board a flight in Newark headed for Los Angeles. Among them are a Wall Street wunderkind, a young woman coming to terms with an unexpected pregnancy, an injured veteran returning from Afghanistan, a business tycoon, and a free-spirited woman running away from her controlling husband. Halfway across the country, the plane crashes. Edward is the sole survivor.

Edward’s story captures the attention of the nation, but he struggles to find a place in a world without his family. He continues to feel that a part of himself has been left in the sky, forever tied to the plane and all of his fellow passengers. But then he makes an unexpected discovery—one that will lead him to the answers of some of life’s most profound questions: When you’ve lost everything, how do you find the strength to put one foot in front of the other? How do you learn to feel safe again? How do you find meaning in your life?

Kudos to the author for penning such a moving novel and for wringing out the emotions of those who read Dear Edward. I predict someone will option this for a movie, it would make a great film!

Out on January 6, get it here.

 

 

I loved Gemma Rogers’s first book, Stalker, and was hoping Payback would be just as good and IT WAS. If you haven’t read Stalker, get it right this minute. It’s a very fast-paced story of cat-and-mouse and I absolutely loved it.

From page one I was hooked and what I especially like about Gemma’s writing is how she keeps the tension tight, the story moving quickly and the main plot keeps the reader interested and curious!

In 1997 teenager Sophie White and her three girlfriends decide they want to lose their virginity before summer is over.
Roping in her childhood buddy Gareth and his mates, Sophie holds a party to get the deed over and done with, but the night doesn’t end as planned.
Twenty years later, the group are brought back together when Gareth is killed in a car accident and Sophie begins receiving threatening messages. It seems the party wasn’t as innocent as everyone thought and now someone wants payback.

If you are into psychological thrillers then you will definitely enjoy this. I loved how the author created such an intricate plot and tied together with the past and the present. I am eagerly anticipating the next book from Gemma. She’s an author I am keeping my eye on!

Get it here! FREE with Kindle Unlimited!

 

 

I  enjoyed The Other Woman by Jane Isaac especially the character of Beth Chamberlain.

Imagine your husband shot outside your home, right in the driveway. That’s what happened to Monika, wife of businessman Cameron Swift. What happens if you find out not only is the man you loved dead but has another family? That’s what happened to Sara.

Now you’re the person assigned to the role of Family Liasion Officer, you are both nurturing the family and keeping an eye on anything suspicious, and there is a lot of weird activity around.

Synopsis:

The grieving widow. The other woman. Which one is which? When Cameron Swift is shot and killed outside his family home, DC Beth Chamberlain is appointed Family Liaison Officer. Her role is to support the family – and investigate them. Monika, Cameron’s partner and mother of two sons, had to be prised off his lifeless body after she discovered him. She has no idea why anyone would target Cameron.

Beth can understand Monika’s confusion. To everyone in their affluent community, Monika and her family seemed just like any other. But then Beth gets a call. Sara is on holiday with her daughters when she sees the news. She calls the police in the UK, outraged that no one has contacted her to let her know or offer support. After all, she and Cameron had been together for the last seven years.

Until Cameron died, Monika and Sara had no idea each other existed. As the case unfolds, Beth discovers that nothing is quite as it appears and everyone, it seems, has secrets. Especially the dead…

This was a good start to what will become a series with Beth Chamberlain. I look forward to reading more from author Jane Isaac!

Go here for more info!

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