Friday’s Book Excerpts

Happy Friday, readers!

Each week I share book excerpts with:

  • Book Beginnings on Fridays hosted by Rose City Reader, where bloggers share the first sentence or more of a current book, as well as any first impressions or initial thoughts they might have. 
  • The Friday 56 hosted by Freda’s Voice, where you grab a book and turn to page 56 (or 56% of an ebook), find one or more interesting sentences, and post them.

This week my excerpts will be from my current read: Blood Will Out by Jo Treggiari.

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Synopsis:

Ari Sullivan is alive—for now.

She wakes at the bottom of a cistern, confused, injured and alone, with only the shadowy recollection of a low-pitched voice and a gloved hand. No one can hear her screams. And the person who put her there is coming back. The killer is planning a gruesome masterpiece, a fairytale tableau of innocence and blood, meticulously designed.

Until now, Ari was happy to spend her days pining for handsome, recent-arrival Stroud Bellows, fantasizing about their two-point-four-kids-future together. Safe in her small hometown of Dempsey Hollow. But now her community has turned very dangerous—and Ari may not be the only intended victim.


Book Beginning:

Someone seemed to be shouting her name from far away – “Ari Sullivan!” She sat up and was instantly rocked by a wave of nausea and an excruciating pain that knifed through her head. She clutched her stomach and moaned. She was breathing too rapidly and she felt as if she were about to pass out. She forced herself to take deep breaths, counting between inhalations. Gradually the pain subsided to a throbbing ache and she peered around in shock. She could see nothing. Was she blind?


The Friday 56:

She stood up, stripped her clothes off and kicked them into a heap in the corner of the floor. Her worn terry cloth robe was rough under her scraped-up fingertips and heavy on her strained muscles.


What are you reading this weekend? Feel free to join in with lines from your current read!

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Book Review: The Perfect Mother

Title: The Perfect Mother
Author: Aimee Molloy
Genre: Mystery Thriller
Release Date: May 1st, 2018
Pages: 336
Buy This Book: Amazon/Audible (affiliate link)

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Book Blurb:

Vanity Fair calls it one of the most anticipated books of the summer. Soon to be a major motion picture starring Scandal’s Kerry Washington.

An addictive psychological thriller about a group of women whose lives become unexpectedly connected when one of their newborns goes missing.

They call themselves the May Mothers—a collection of new moms who gave birth in the same month. Twice a week, with strollers in tow, they get together in Prospect Park, seeking refuge from the isolation of new motherhood; sharing the fears, joys, and anxieties of their new child-centered lives.

When the group’s members agree to meet for drinks at a hip local bar, they have in mind a casual evening of fun, a brief break from their daily routine. But on this sultry Fourth of July night during the hottest summer in Brooklyn’s history, something goes terrifyingly wrong: one of the babies is abducted from his crib. Winnie, a single mom, was reluctant to leave six-week-old Midas with a babysitter, but the May Mothers insisted that everything would be fine. Now Midas is missing, the police are asking disturbing questions, and Winnie’s very private life has become fodder for a ravenous media.

Though none of the other members in the group are close to the reserved Winnie, three of them will go to increasingly risky lengths to help her find her son. And as the police bungle the investigation and the media begin to scrutinize the mothers in the days that follow, damaging secrets are exposed, marriages are tested, and friendships are formed and fractured.

My Thoughts:

I won a review copy of this book in a GoodReads giveaway and I’m so glad I did! I was really excited when I heard about this book for two reasons: First, because it is being made into a movie starring Kerry Washington, who I absolutely loved in the TV series Scandal. And second, because I can so easily relate to the main characters in the story. When I first found out I was pregnant with my firstborn, I joined an online message forum for expecting mothers and formed a close friendship with some of the other members who were due in the same month as me, just like the “May Mothers” in this book. Aimee Molloy’s portrayal of the May Mothers’ friendship was everything I hoped for and more. She perfectly captured the uncertainty and camaraderie felt between new mothers in a group like this, along with the scrutiny and intense pressure that is put on modern parents to live up to society’s expectations of “perfection”.

The narrative switches back and forth between 1st person perspective (from the kidnapper’s perspective, who’s identity isn’t revealed until the end) and 3rd person perspective (from several of the May Mother’s perspectives). Right from the beginning, the suspense is palpable. A missing child, especially a newborn, is every parent’s worst nightmare and Aimee Molloy builds on that fear to create a very intense storyline. I just HAD to know what happened, and stayed on the edge of my seat until the final reveal. This is one of those books that you will want to devour in one quick sitting!

On the negative side, the May Mothers are all very similar – they’re all first time moms, relatively the same age, straight, married, etc. It’s hard to keep them separate and a couple times I even had to go back and double check who’s perspective I was reading from. However, despite that, it was a really enjoyable and suspenseful read, which I would recommend to anyone looking for a fast-paced thriller.

And I would like to take a moment to point out just how GORGEOUS the front cover is!

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Rating: 4/5 stars

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Author Bio:

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AIMEE MOLLOY is the author of the New York Timesbestseller However Long the Night: Molly Melching’s Journey to Help Millions of African Women and Girls Triumph and the co-author of several non-fiction books, including Jantsen’s Gift, with Pam Cope. The Perfect Mother is her first novel.

Author Link: http://aimeemolloy.com

WWW Wednesday: March 28, 2018

WWW Wednesdays

This meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

To join in on WWW Wednesday, just answer these three questions and post the link to your responses on Sam’s blog and in the comments below.


I am currently reading:

Not That I Could Tell by Jessica Strawser

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When a group of neighborhood women gathers, wine in hand, around a fire pit where their backyards meet one Saturday night, most of them are just ecstatic to have discovered that their baby monitors reach that far. It’s a rare kid-free night, and they’re giddy with it. They drink too much, and the conversation turns personal.

By Monday morning, one of them is gone.

Everyone knows something about everyone else in the quirky small Ohio town of Yellow Springs, but no one can make sense of the disappearance. Kristin was a sociable twin mom, college administrator, and doctor’s wife who didn’t seem all that bothered by her impending divorce—and the investigation turns up more questions than answers, with her husband, Paul, at the center. For her closest neighbor, Clara, the incident triggers memories she thought she’d put behind her—and when she’s unable to extract herself from the widening circle of scrutiny, her own suspicions quickly grow. But the neighborhood’s newest addition, Izzy, is determined not to jump to any conclusions—especially since she’s dealing with a crisis of her own.

As the police investigation goes from a media circus to a cold case, the neighbors are forced to reexamine what’s going on behind their own closed doors—and to ask how well anyone really knows anyone else.

I requested a copy of this book on NetGalley over the weekend and was approved for it sometime on Monday. So you can imagine how surprised I was when I woke up yesterday morning and saw an email asking me for my review! I mean, I had the e-galley less than 24 hours… The publishers can’t possibly expect me to read and review a book that quickly, right? As it turns out, I made a mistake and didn’t look at the release date before requesting it on NetGalley. This book hit stores yesterday. So I am prioritizing it above all of my other ARC’s and hoping to get the review posted ASAP.


I just finished reading:

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

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GoodReads Synopsis:

From the author of the New York Times bestseller All the Bright Places comes a heart-wrenching story about what it means to see someone—and love someone—for who they truly are.

Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for EVERY POSSIBILITY LIFE HAS TO OFFER. In that moment, I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything.

Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything in new and bad-ass ways, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone.

Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game—which lands them in group counseling and community service—Libby and Jack are both pissed, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. . . . Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours.

Jennifer Niven delivers another poignant, exhilarating love story about finding that person who sees you for who you are—and seeing them right back.

All The Bright Places was one of my absolute favorite reads from last year, so I was really looking forward to reading Jennifer Niven’s newest book. Unfortunately, Holding up the Universe fell kind of short for me. I think the biggest issue I had with it is the romance, which was completely unnecessary and felt more like a plot device rather than true romantic chemistry. I just didn’t feel any sparks between the characters and would have preferred for them to stay friends rather than forcing a romantic storyline However, I absolutely LOVE the character Jennifer created with Libby – she’s funny, witty, smart, and oh so tough! I would love to have just a fraction of her inner strength and self confidence. Overall, I gave this book 3/5 stars.


What I’m reading next:

Blood Will Out by Jo Treggiari

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GoodReads Synopsis:

Ari Sullivan is alive—for now.

She wakes at the bottom of a cistern, confused, injured and alone, with only the shadowy recollection of a low-pitched voice and a gloved hand. No one can hear her screams. And the person who put her there is coming back. The killer is planning a gruesome masterpiece, a fairytale tableau of innocence and blood, meticulously designed.

Until now, Ari was happy to spend her days pining for handsome, recent-arrival Stroud Bellows, fantasizing about their two-point-four-kids-future together. Safe in her small hometown of Dempsey Hollow. But now her community has turned very dangerous—and Ari may not be the only intended victim.

This is another ARC from NetGalley. I was actually approved for it a while ago, but the release date isn’t until June and I haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. I’m hoping to pick it up next, after I finish Not That I Could Tell.


That’s all for my WWW Wednesday for this week. What have YOU read this week?

Book Blogger Hop 3/23-3/29

For a while now, I’ve been consistently participating in two different weekly memes: WWW Wednesday and Friday 56. To balance them out, I’ve decided to join the Book Blogger Hop on Mondays.

This meme is hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer.

This week’s question:

When meeting with friends, do your discussions usually turn to books? (submitted by Maria @ A Night’s Dream of Books)

My answer:

With most of my friends and family, no, because unfortunately they are aren’t really readers like I am. However, I’m constantly talking about books that I’ve recently read (or received in the mail or gotten approval for on NetGalley…) and they have learned to just humor me and listen to my ramblings. Sometimes I get that awful dreaded comment, “Oh, I saw that movie!” and I have to keep myself from rolling my eyes or pointing out for the millionth time that the book is infinitely better than the movie 99.9% of the time.

What about you? Do your discussions with your friends usually turn to books? Leave me a comment below!

*If you’re here from the linkup, please leave your link in the comments so I can make sure to stop by and see your answer too.

 

Book Review: My Little Eye

Title: My Little Eye
Author: Stephanie Marland
Genre: Thriller-Crime
Release Date: April 5, 2018
Pages: 352
Buy This Book: Amazon/Audible (affiliate link)

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Book Blurb:

A rocket-paced thriller for fans of Mark Billingham and Luther. Can a group of true crime addicts take on a struggling police force to catch a serial killer?
The thriller with the twists you’ll never see coming! Perfect for fans of The Girl in the Ice and The Missing Ones. Can a group of true crime addicts take on the police to catch a serial killer?

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A young woman is found dead in her bedroom surrounded by rose petals – the latest victim of ‘The Lover’. Struggling under the weight of an internal investigation, DI Dominic Bell is no closer to discovering the identity of the killer and time is running out.

AND MAKE THEM DIE…
As the murders escalate, Clementine Starke joins an online true crime group determined to take justice in their own hands – to catch the killer before the police. Hiding a dark secret, she takes greater risks to find new evidence and infiltrate the group.

As Starke and Bell get closer to cracking the case neither of them realise they’re being watched. The killer is closer to them than they think, and he has his next victim – Clementine – firmly in his sights.

My Thoughts:

I absolutely love watching true crime documentaries and reading about serial killers. I can’t explain it; I just have a sort of morbid fascination with the subject. Of course, I know I’m not alone in this. I have met many other people both online and in-person who say the same thing. This book is about a group of people just like myself: self-proclaimed true crime addicts and armchair detectives. Only the characters in this story take their fascination much further than I ever have when they take matters into their own hands and try to solve a real-life murder case before the police department.

My Little Eye is an exciting and fast-paced story, with lots of unexpected plot twists and red herrings thrown in to keep you guessing up until the very end. I’m sure at some point you’ll think you know “whodunnit” (I know I did!), but chances are, you’re wrong.  I love the way social media is worked in to the storyline. All of the extra added details, like realistic Twitter handles and hashtags, help to make this story even more believable and modern. The characters are also very interesting and intriguing. There’s Clementine, a secretive recluse with a mysterious past, who joined the true crime group with a hidden agenda. Then there’s Dominic Bell, the lead detective assigned to The Lover’s case. Haunted by a flawed past, he is working to solve both the murder case and his own personal issues before they catch up to him. The chemistry with this unlikely pairing was absolutely brilliant and I’m looking forward to seeing more of them when the next book in this series comes out.

Thank you to Trapeze Books and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book for free in exchange for my honest review.

Rating: 4/5 stars

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Author Bio:

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Stephanie Marland is a pen name used by Steph Broadribb, author of the Lori Anderson action thriller series for Orenda Books. 

Steph Broadribb was born in Birmingham and grew up in Buckinghamshire. Most of her working life has been spent between the UK and USA. As her alter ego – Crime Thriller Girl – she indulges her love of all things crime fiction by blogging at http://www.crimethrillergirl.com

Steph is an alumni of the MA in Creative Writing (Crime Fiction) at City University London, and she trained as a bounty hunter in California. She lives in Buckinghamshire surrounded by horses, cows and chickens.

 

Friday’s Book Excerpts

Happy Friday, readers!

Each week I share book excerpts with:

  • Book Beginnings on Fridays hosted by Rose City Reader, where bloggers share the first sentence or more of a current book, as well as any first impressions or initial thoughts they might have. 
  • The Friday 56 hosted by Freda’s Voice, where you grab a book and turn to page 56 (or 56% of an ebook), find one or more interesting sentences, and post them.

This week my excerpts will be from my current read: The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton.

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Synopsis:

How do you stop a murder that’s already happened?

At a gala party thrown by her parents, Evelyn Hardcastle will be killed–again. She’s been murdered hundreds of times, and each day, Aiden Bishop is too late to save her. Doomed to repeat the same day over and over, Aiden’s only escape is to solve Evelyn Hardcastle’s murder and conquer the shadows of an enemy he struggles to even comprehend–but nothing and no one are quite what they seem.

Deeply atmospheric and ingeniously plotted, The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is a highly original debut that will appeal to fans of Kate Atkinson and Agatha Christie.


Book Beginning:

I forget everything between footsteps.


The Friday 56:

Circled warnings and sketches of the day’s events have been scrawled in an erratic hand, snatches of conversation dashed onto the page, without any context to explain them. I recognize a few of the moments, including a hasty drawing of the butler’s beating at the hands of Gold, but most of them are meaningless.


What are you reading this weekend? Feel free to join in with lines from your current read!

Book Review: Ace of Shades

Title: Ace of Shades
Author: Amanda Foody
Genre: Young Adult-Fantasy
Release Date: April 10th, 2018
Pages: 400
Buy This Book: Amazon/Audible (affiliate link)

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Book Blurb:

Welcome to the City of Sin, where casino families reign, gangs infest the streets…
and secrets hide in every shadow.

Enne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit New Reynes, the so-called City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school—and her reputation—behind to follow her mother’s trail to the city where no one survives uncorrupted.

Frightened and alone, her only lead is a name: Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is not the gentleman she expected—he’s a street lord and a con man. Levi is also only one payment away from cleaning up a rapidly unraveling investment scam, so he doesn’t have time to investigate a woman leading a dangerous double life. Enne’s offer of compensation, however, could be the solution to all his problems.

Their search for clues leads them through glamorous casinos, illicit cabarets and into the clutches of a ruthless mafia donna. As Enne unearths an impossible secret about her past, Levi’s enemies catch up to them, ensnaring him in a vicious execution game where the players always lose. To save him, Enne will need to surrender herself to the city…

And she’ll need to play.

My Thoughts:

This book will surprise you. To be honest, at first I didn’t expect myself to love it as much as I did. The city it is set in, New Reynes, reminded me of Las Vegas just under a different name. The main character, Enne, was naive and sheltered, but also very judgmental and even snobbish. In the first couple chapters, she was increasingly frustrating – making obvious mistakes and looking down on the people she was asking for help. I almost gave up on reading it just because I couldn’t stand her character. But don’t let the beginning fool you! The slow start leads to action-packed suspense. The annoying character traits at the beginning allow for rich character development throughout the story. This book ended up being such a wonderful surprise!

I absolutely LOVE the world that Amanda Foody created with New Reynes – a “City of Sin”, full of casinos, card games, gambling, extravagant shows, street gangs, and dangerous secrets. Yes, at first glance Las Vegas came to mind right away. But the more I read, the more I realized that New Reynes is actually very distinct and imaginative. Foody’s attention to details while building this world is incredible, including a rich political history wrought with corruption, greed, and an overthrown government. Everything from the architecture of the buildings to the assorted street names to the lines between the different socioeconomic classes is so well thought out and detailed. Of course, the most glaringly obvious difference between this world and the real-life Las Vegas is the magic, which is unique and complex, and perfectly interwoven into the story. I was really intrigued by the concept of blood and split talents – powers being passed down through bloodlines – and I’m curious to see what combinations of blood and split talents we’ll see in the future books.

The characters in this story are real and believable and refreshingly diverse! One of the main characters is black and bisexual, but they don’t use that label. It’s just casually in there, as it shows him having romantic interactions with both men and women, without addressing it directly or making a big deal out of it. Also, Enne’s mother, Lourdes, is essentially genderqueer or genderfluid. She is often described as sometimes a man and sometimes a woman. All of the characters’ interactions with each other, their behaviors and dialogues, are well-written and believable. Even the romance is developed slowly and true to life.

My one big pet peeve? I found the made-up swear words to be rather annoying. So annoying, in fact, that I took a full star off the rating. To illustrate my point, here are a few quick quotes:

“You must be mucking with me.”

“Don’t. Mucking. Move.”

“There’s no mucking way.”

I’ve seen a lot of other reviewers compare this book to Six of Crows. Unfortunately, I still haven’t read Six of Crows yet (it’s on my never-ending TBR list) so I can’t say anything about that comparison. However, I found this book to be a pleasant surprise and an excellent start to a new series. It would be a perfect 5 star book without the weird censoring, but as it stands, I’m giving it 4/5 stars.

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Thank you to Harlequin Teen and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book for free in exchange for my honest review.

Author Bio:

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Amanda Foody has always considered imagination to be our best attempt at magic. After spending her childhood longing to attend Hogwarts, she now loves to write about immersive settings and characters grappling with insurmountable destinies. She holds a Masters in Accountancy from Villanova University, and a Bachelors of Arts in English Literature from the College of William and Mary. Currently, she works as a tax accountant in Philadelphia, PA, surrounded by her many siblings and many books.

ACE OF SHADES is the first novel of THE SHADOW GAME series, releasing April 10, 2018. Her debut, DAUGHTER OF THE BURNING CITY, released in July 2017.

Author Link: http://www.amandafoody.com

WWW Wednesday: March 21, 2018

Another week has flown by and it’s time for WWW Wednesday again!

WWW Wednesdays

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

To join in this meme, just answer these three questions and post the link to your responses on Sam’s blog and in the comments below.


I am currently reading:

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

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GoodReads Synopsis:

How do you stop a murder that’s already happened?

At a gala party thrown by her parents, Evelyn Hardcastle will be killed–again. She’s been murdered hundreds of times, and each day, Aiden Bishop is too late to save her. Doomed to repeat the same day over and over, Aiden’s only escape is to solve Evelyn Hardcastle’s murder and conquer the shadows of an enemy he struggles to even comprehend–but nothing and no one are quite what they seem.

Deeply atmospheric and ingeniously plotted, The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is a highly original debut that will appeal to fans of Kate Atkinson and Agatha Christie.

I have this listed under “currently reading”, but it’s actually the book I am planning to read next. Since finishing I Have Lost My Way, I haven’t had a chance to pick up a new book yet. But I was approved for this book through NetGalley and I’m excited to start reading it.


I just finished reading:

I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman

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GoodReads Synopsis:

A powerful story of empathy and friendship from the #1 New York Times Bestselling author of If I Stay.

Around the time that Freya loses her voice while recording her debut album, Harun is making plans to run away from everyone he has ever loved, and Nathaniel is arriving in New York City with a backpack, a desperate plan, and nothing left to lose. When a fateful accident draws these three strangers together, their secrets start to unravel as they begin to understand that the way out of their own loss might just lie in help­ing the others out of theirs.

An emotionally cathartic story of losing love, finding love, and discovering the person you are meant to be, I Have Lost My Way is best­selling author Gayle Forman at her finest.

I was selected for an early copy of this book through the First To Read program. I love reading Gayle Forman’s books because they have so much heart and emotional depth in them. This book was no exception. It was a quick read and everything happens over the course of a single day, but it was still thoroughly engrossing and entertaining, even while dealing with serious topics like loss and loneliness. I really enjoyed it and would definitely recommend it.


What I’m reading next:

I haven’t decided what I’m going to read after The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle. I have been approved for several books on NetGalley and selected for a couple others through the First To Read program, so I definitely have options. My focus for this week, however, is to finally finish and post a couple of the ARC reviews that I have sitting in my drafts half-done.


That’s all for my WWW Wednesday for this week. What have YOU read this week?

Friday’s Book Excerpts

Happy Friday, readers!

Each week I share book excerpts with:

  • Book Beginnings on Fridays hosted by Rose City Reader, where bloggers share the first sentence or more of a current book, as well as any first impressions or initial thoughts they might have. 
  • The Friday 56 hosted by Freda’s Voice, where you grab a book and turn to page 56 (or 56% of an ebook), find one or more interesting sentences, and post them.

This week my excerpts will be from my current read: The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy.

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Synopsis from Amazon:

THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK OF THE SUMMER—SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING SCANDAL’S KERRY WASHINGTON

An addictive psychological thriller about a group of women whose lives become unexpectedly connected when one of their newborns goes missing.

A night out. A few hours of fun. That’s all it was meant to be.

They call themselves the May Mothers—a group of new moms whose babies were born in the same month. Twice a week, they get together in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park for some much-needed adult time.

When the women go out for drinks at the hip neighborhood bar, they want a fun break from their daily routine. But on this hot Fourth of July night, something goes terrifyingly wrong: one of the babies is taken from his crib. Winnie, a single mom, was reluctant to leave six-week-old Midas with a babysitter, but her fellow May Mothers insisted everything would be fine. Now he is missing. What follows is a heart-pounding race to find Midas, during which secrets are exposed, marriages are tested, and friendships are destroyed.

Thirteen days. An unexpected twist. The Perfect Mother is a “true page turner.” —B.A. Paris, author of Behind Closed Doors


Book Beginning:

Joshua.

I wake, feverish. The skylight above me pulses with rain, and I spider my fingers across the sheets, remembering I’m alone. I close my eyes and find my way back to sleep, until I’m woken again, engulfed by a deep, sudden pain. Clutching my belly, I curl onto my side. I’ve been waking with a sick feeling every morning since he left, but I know right away this is different.

Something’s wrong.


The Friday 56:

“I’ve been relying on Daniel,” she said, referring to her boyfriend, when a reporter asked how she was dealing with everything. “He’s the only thing getting me through the grief.”


What are you reading this weekend? Feel free to join in with lines from your current read!

WWW Wednesday: March 14, 2018

It has been a busy, busy week and I haven’t gotten much reading done. But it’s already time for WWW Wednesday again!

WWW Wednesdays

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

To join in this meme, just answer these three questions and post the link to your responses on Sam’s blog and in the comments below.


I am currently reading:

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

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GoodReads Synopsis:

After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby. Tom, who keeps meticulous records and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel insists the baby is a “gift from God,” and against Tom’s judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world. Their choice has devastated one of them.

I missed my chance to read Eliza and Her Monsters before my library loan ended, so I decided to read this book instead. I actually stumbled across a secondhand copy of this book by chance at a local library sale. As a displaced Mainer and ocean-lover (I love all things nautical and lighthouse themed!), I was initially drawn to it for its beautiful cover, but then the synopsis on the back fully pulled me in. I am really enjoying what I’ve read of it so far.


I just finished reading:

My Little Eye by Stephanie Marland

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GoodReads Synopsis:

A rocket-paced thriller for fans of Mark Billingham and Luther. Can a group of true crime addicts take on a struggling police force to catch a serial killer?
The thriller with the twists you’ll never see coming! Perfect for fans of The Girl in the Ice and The Missing Ones. Can a group of true crime addicts take on the police to catch a serial killer?

KISS THE GIRLS
A young woman is found dead in her bedroom surrounded by rose petals – the latest victim of ‘The Lover’. Struggling under the weight of an internal investigation, DI Dominic Bell is no closer to discovering the identity of the killer and time is running out.

AND MAKE THEM DIE…
As the murders escalate, Clementine Starke joins an online true crime group determined to take justice in their own hands – to catch the killer before the police. Hiding a dark secret, she takes greater risks to find new evidence and infiltrate the group.

As Starke and Bell get closer to cracking the case neither of them realise they’re being watched. The killer is closer to them than they think, and he has his next victim – Clementine – firmly in his sights.

I love watching true crime documentaries and reading about serial killers. I can’t explain it; I just have a sort of morbid fascination with the subject. Needless to say, I really enjoyed this book, which is about a group of true crime addicts that join forces and try to solve a real-life murder case before the police detectives.


What I’m reading next:

The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy

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GoodReads Synopsis:

Vanity Fair calls it one of the most anticipated books of the summer. Soon to be a major motion picture starring Scandal’s Kerry Washington.

An addictive psychological thriller about a group of women whose lives become unexpectedly connected when one of their newborns goes missing.

They call themselves the May Mothers—a collection of new moms who gave birth in the same month. Twice a week, with strollers in tow, they get together in Prospect Park, seeking refuge from the isolation of new motherhood; sharing the fears, joys, and anxieties of their new child-centered lives.

When the group’s members agree to meet for drinks at a hip local bar, they have in mind a casual evening of fun, a brief break from their daily routine. But on this sultry Fourth of July night during the hottest summer in Brooklyn’s history, something goes terrifyingly wrong: one of the babies is abducted from his crib. Winnie, a single mom, was reluctant to leave six-week-old Midas with a babysitter, but the May Mothers insisted that everything would be fine. Now Midas is missing, the police are asking disturbing questions, and Winnie’s very private life has become fodder for a ravenous media.

Though none of the other members in the group are close to the reserved Winnie, three of them will go to increasingly risky lengths to help her find her son. And as the police bungle the investigation and the media begin to scrutinize the mothers in the days that follow, damaging secrets are exposed, marriages are tested, and friendships are formed and fractured.

I won a review copy of this book in a GoodReads giveaway. I was so excited when I first heard about this book since I can so easily relate to the main characters in the story. When I was pregnant with my oldest son, I joined an online message forum just like they did and formed a close friendship with some of the other members (we called ourselves “The September ’07 Mommies”). Now over 11 years later, we’re still very close friends, talk on an almost daily basis, and have get-togethers as often as possible. I’m very excited to read this book and if I like it, I’m going to share it with them!


That’s all for my WWW Wednesday for this week. What have YOU read this week?