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Joined June 2016

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The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz
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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
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Black Chalk by Christopher J. Yates
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The Good Daughter: A Novel by Karin Slaughter
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Killman Creek by Rachel Caine
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Sen, Secluded by Kevin Hackett
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The Gloaming by Melanie Finn
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Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine
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Mad Honey | Jodi Picoult, Jennifer Finney Boylan
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Seriously the best book I‘ve read all year (and I‘ve read 124 so far)! I‘m a huge fan oh hers (theirs) and was blown away by this tender story of family, love, heartbreak, transitioning, secrets, lies…I could go on forever! I wept uncontrollably at the end. Just read and you won‘t be disappointed! Wonderful symbolism too!🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
#NetGalley Out 10/4/22

ShelleyBooksie Stacked. That sounds soo good!! 3w
Alfoster @ShelleyBooksie Yes, I hope you love it too! 3w
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The Glades | John Netti
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Creepy and dark, this book features Maddy, a take-no prisoners detective who retires to the Adirondacks only to get caught up in the messiness of the newest resort, The Glades. Rumored to be a sex-trafficking sanctuary as well, it hosts galas for the rich and famous. Fast-paced and crazy but tw for violence and abuse so be forewarned!
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This is an awesomely creepy thriller with gothic and mythological undertones about a month-long retreat for writers. Hosted by a famous author, the novel focuses on the five women brought together for the sole purpose of writing and critiquing each other. Well, that‘s the surface story! Dig in and prepare to be gasping your way through. I absolutely loved it!
#NetGalley out 2/21/23

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My Last Innocent Year: A Novel | Daisy Alpert Florin
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This is a debut novel about college life that is both incredible and prescient. Isabel goes off to school with no idea of the joys—and horrors—lurking on campus. This is one of those books that Florin describes as “crawling inside” and “taking up residence” in your soul. It‘s both heartbreaking and heartwarming!
#NetGalley out 2/14/2023

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The Maze | Nelson DeMille
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I‘m a huge fan of DeMille and have read all his books; my favorites are his John Corey novels (like this newest one) as he‘s a hard-drinking, badass, fighter, lover, and hilariously awesome man! Pic is 22 years old when my teacher-friend and I met DeMille who is just as warm and funny as his protagonist!
#NetGalley out 10/11/22

DivineDiana How exciting that must have been! And I am excited because surprisingly, I recently found that I have a copy of the same book that you are holding! A friend passed it on to me to read. I have never read a Demille book, so I wasn‘t planning on reading it soon. Now, I have changed my mind!😀 2mo
Alfoster @DivineDiana Cool! Let me know if you like it! I laugh out loud at his humor!🤞 2mo
Reggie I love John Corey! I laughed so hard on Plum Island. The one about mutually assured destruction kept me up at night. But I never read past the one that ends at 9-11. 2mo
Alfoster @Reggie This was a good one for sure! 2mo
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Mother of All Secrets | Kathleen M. Willett
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This is a great thriller/revenge novel that forced me to re-live my days as a mother to infants! Women in a “mom‘s group” enjoy each other‘s company (and their babies) until one of the ladies goes missing! That‘s all you need so just get it when it comes out!
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This is an intense YA thriller about 2 high school friends who create a podcast for a class assignment about a girl who disappeared from their small town 20 years ago. There are suspects, there are roadblocks, there are red herrings. Overall it was deftly written and kept me guessing until the bitter end!❤️👍
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The Best Friend: A Novel | Jessica Fellowes
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This is an odd but intense and entertaining, novel! Bella and Kate are best friends until Kate kisses the boy Bella is crushing on. Fast forward to adulthood; both are married with a child…but things go haywire and yikes!! Fellowes addresses the power of female friendships deftly but be ready for surprises!
#NetGalley out 9/13/22

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Things We Do to Our Friends | Heather Darwent
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I‘m not sure why I‘m drawn to dark books but this one really creeped me out! New “friends” seek revenge for women who‘ve been wronged, but later it gets personal! That‘s all you need to know but beware the darkness as it‘s everywhere!😱

ScrappyMags I love revenge books! 2mo
Alfoster @ScrappyMags I do too but this one particularly creepy! 2mo
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The Villa: A Novel | Rachel Hawkins
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Love her, love her books! This is a great gothic-vibe novel about two friends (both writers) and their complicated lives and partners as they vacation in Italy. Friendship, jealousy, secrets, lies…you know the routine! Couldn‘t put this one down!
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Bec_lectic Sounds good! I‘ll hav to add to my stack 2mo
Jemgirl2014 As soon as I finish my last BOTM (trying to complete the first reading challenge) I‘m reading this one next! Glad to hear it‘s good. 😃 2mo
TheLudicReader You had me at Italy. 2mo
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After the Party | Georgina Lees
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This is a fast-paced thriller about family, the workplace, secrets, lies…you know…Al the elements that keep you in suspense! Lizzie has a crush on Dean, Marie is engaged, and Rebecca is keeping something to herself. Now figure it out…or just read and enjoy!

NovelGirl82 This sounds fun! 3mo
Alfoster @NovelGirl82 It is! And it‘s a quick read!👍 3mo
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This was a clever book about Emma, a spy whose father was killed. She is determined to help her country as well but things go awry when she is protecting a handsome doctor. You‘ll root for her (and probably feel a little wimpy) when you witness her bravery and brazenness! A quick read!
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Jackal | Erin E. Adams
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I admit this creeped me out a little! Young girls disappear every Summer Solstice and when Mel‘s daughter goes missing, best friend Liz is determined to get to the bottom of it. But of course it‘s much worse than one could even imagine so read at your own risk (and not in the woods for sure)!😱
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Corinne: A Novel | Rebecca Morrow
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A clever Romeo & Juliet tale about Corinne and Enoch who are “misfits” in their own way but find each other in spite of the odds! Lots of sex but not cringe-worthy. More about religion controversy, forgiveness, redemption, and relevant social commentary. I laughed and I cried!

Alfoster And thanks to @TorieStorieS for your enthusiasm as well as I loved your review! 3mo
TorieStorieS @Alfoster Oh I so glad you liked it!! And I totally agree with your comments, too! The erotic handholding of the beginning I thought made a nice transition into the later scenes! ☺️ 3mo
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I don‘t always love rom-coms but this one was funny, insightful, and clever! Iris is invited to be in her estranged sister, Jasmine‘s wedding but things go sideways. In the meantime Iris has created an online FB group called The Bridesmaids Union as she‘s suffered many atrocities as brides have overworked and under-thanked her. Enough said. Relevant and oh so readable, this book is a gem!

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The Ruins: A Novel | Phoebe Wynne
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This is a tantalizing and creepy read with gothic elements! A villa in France is the vacation home for the Ashbys whose 12-yr-old daughter, Ruby is aghast at some of the adults‘ behavior. Alternating in time between 1985 and 2010, the novel reveals humanity at its darkest (but also the warmth of the human spirit)!
#NetGalley out 9/13/22

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Lessons: A Novel | Ian McEwan
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I loved Atonement so was excited to read this one! It focuses on the life of Roland from childhood to adulthood as he navigates women, marriage, parenting, and history. It‘s not a quick read but I was patient so don‘t expect to read quickly as you may need to ruminate!
#NetGalley out 9/13/22

squirrelbrain Great review! I applied for this on @netgalley but haven‘t heard anything yet. 3mo
Alfoster @squirrelbrain I hope you get it! Hate it when they make you wait!🤞 3mo
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Run Away | Harlan Coben
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Love his books so this was a no-brainer! Happy family torn apart by drug-using eldest daughter begins the action, which doesn‘t let up until the bitter end! Constant action, family musings, many “huh?” moments! You can‘t go wrong with his novels!

Tove_Reads One of the best authors ever! 3mo
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The Prisoner | B.A. Paris
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Love these books! Amelie gets kidnapped after a quickie marriage and is literally kept in the dark. Alternating between past and present, the novel details her life as well as hidden identities, secrets, and lies.
#NetGalley out 11/2022

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Upgrade: A Novel | Blake Crouch
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Love his books (and tv series) and this one was awesome! The Great Starvation (engineered by his own now-dead mother) leaves Logan with many questions as he works for the Gene Protection Agency. But without his knowledge, he is injected with a serum that heightens his own awareness and brain power as his DNA has been altered. That‘s all you get. Fascinating in this world post-pandemic🤞!
#NetGalley out 7/22/22

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This Might Hurt | Stephanie Wrobel
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I loved Darling Rose Gold so was excited to read this one! A little more confusing as several different POVs involved, but once I finished I figured it out! Cults, parent behaving badly, release of fear thru pain….creepy good!

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Anna Incognito | Laura Preble
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This is an awesome book by my friend, Laura. We taught high school English together for years and she‘s written several YA books (Queen Geek series). Now this one is being adapted into a movie (adult themes but so good)! I‘m so proud of her and can‘t wait to see it!

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This is a cute romance novella with several other stories. Summer is a pansexual who has broken up with her girlfriend and meets a darling boy. Enough said. Fun summer read!

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Sins of the Tribe | Mark A. Salter
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This book is awesome! Originally selected it because hubby is a long-time ftball coach and wanted to understand his enthusiasm. But it‘s so much more! So many themes: tribal attitudes, survival, jealousy, autism, teamwork, along with humor and pathos! Absolutely loved it!🏈
#NetGalley/ out in July

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If you love, dark, brutal books you may like this one. I read it in one sitting as I didn‘t want to prolong it (and now I need a palate-cleanser for sure)! Two couples “meet” under unusual (and deadly) circumstances and things go haywire from then on! Maybe don‘t attempt to read in the dark of night!😱

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Sam: A Novel | Allegra Goodman
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This is a sweet, but an often bittersweet, poignant novel about Sam—who goes from ages 7-20 during the course of this coming-of-age book. Heartbreaks, disappointments, and achievements all affect her outlook as she begins rock climbing and must deal with both parents and friends as she navigates this life that can be both exhilarating and exhausting!

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People Person | Candice Carty-Williams
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I adored Queenie so was overjoyed to get this one! Very funny but poignant story about Cyril and his 5 children by 4 different women. They meet once and then are “called together” when Dimple gets herself in trouble with a boyfriend and needs family support. Witty and relevant, this novel is sure to please!
#NetGalley Out 9/13/22

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The Family Game: A Novel | Catherine Steadman
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Adore her books! This one gives a new meaning to “game” though; it‘s diabolical, creepy, and mind-bending! Harriet meets fiancé, Edward‘s wealthy family and is sucked into a web of deceit, secrets, and unspeakable horrors (and a meet-up with Krampus), evil “twin of St. Nick. Don‘t read with the lights off!?
#NetGalley Out 11/22

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This is a lovely book that details 78-year-old Len‘s life when his mother (dead for 7 years) is suddenly “resurrected” and appears in his home! Alternating in time, the novel showcases both past and present as we see Len in good and bad times, dealing with pain, family, remorse, but above all, redemption! Such a sweet book!

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Life, Slightly: A Novel | Nigel Jay Cooper
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Cooper is one of my all-time favorite authors so I was beyond excited for this ARC! Gavin struggles with his ambivalent feelings about his sexuality as a young boy and then as a married man and father. That‘s all you need for plot; it‘s lovely, insightful, humorous, and poignant! Just read it and try not to cry (I dare you)!
#NetGalley 9/22

Alfoster @NigelCooper Follow him if you can so we can get him back on Litsy! 4mo
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This awesome book is both hilarious and depressing until everything falls into place! Danny has just been dumped by his boyfriend and must move in with bestie Jacob who is flamboyant and over-the-top. What ensues is somewhat a “comedy of errors” at work, at home, with his therapist, and in public. I laughed, I cried, I rooted for Danny as the writing is insightful and vivid!
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Catch | Alison Fairbrother
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This novel made my head spin like a pinball out of control! Ellie is reeling over her father‘s early death but then disappointed when she is gifted only a tie rack as her inheritance. But she‘s an investigative reporter so she digs, and what she finds is more compassion than she believed she was capable of feeling. Enough said. I laughed, I cried, but I will always remember this heartbreaking, heartfelt, deftly-written novel!
#NetGalley June ‘22

kspenmoll Nice review! Stacked 4mo
LiteraryinLawrence Whoa! Sounds amazing! 4mo
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Animal Farm | George George Orwell
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Know many of you have probably seen this but I love a good lit reference in a cartoon!😝

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Too Good to Be True | Carola Lovering
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Adored this thriller (one of the best I‘ve read this year)! Skye, Burke, Heather, Libby….all characters in this fiendishly twisted novel about love, deception, power, wealth, revenge, and mental illness/compassion. Had me gasping for breath and reaching (ok, gulping) a glass of wine! Creepy good!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️👏

SilversReviews It was good. 4mo
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What You Did | Claire McGowan
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Since I love books set in schools I knew I‘d like this! Alternating between past (college) and present, the novel reveals three couples who were best friends then and now gather for a reunion of sorts. But we all know that appearance and reality rarely mesh, so be ready for secrets, lies, and miscommunications that will have your head spinning like a top!

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This is one of those fun Murder Mystery parties where guests are given identities and clues to help them solve the “murder” and is set in a beautiful mansion in an idyllic setting. Becca is still upset with husband Blake‘s indiscretion earlier in the year but is pleased as she is a fan of mysteries. But of course a real murder takes place so the stakes are high. Good romp and 1920‘s speakeasy theme so enjoy the intrigue!
#NetGalley Out in Sept.

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I‘m not even sure how I feel about this book except to say it‘s dark, weird, and eccentric; and I think I liked it! Patrick travels to LA to work on a movie version of his novel and meets sassy starlet, Cassidy who loves bossing him around. Climate change, corporate greed, corruption, and family are all addressed in this novel that may haunt my dreams for days to come!

Cinfhen Great review!! 4mo
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This is a bittersweet novel about a Dominican family living in New York. When gentrification begins on the condos, Eusebia and her friends plan to halt progress by committing small “crimes.” But when her daughter Luz falls for the white developer, things get dicey! It‘s a novel about family, culture, values, and staying true to oneself in the face of adversity. This one will surely take the world by storm!
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Nute I‘m so curious because of the title of this book. 4mo
Alfoster @Nute Neruda is apparently a well-liked poet so maybe it refers to the “poetic justice” of things working out the way they should. No clue really! 4mo
Nute I love Neruda‘s poetry. I read his work frequently. I know about his political standings including the use of his voice through literature so this title peaked my curiosity. Stacking based on your review!🙂 4mo
Alfoster @Nute Yay! I‘ll have to read some poems now! Let me know what you think about this book! 4mo
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Don't Turn Back | D. S. Butler
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What She Said by the same author (couldn‘t find it in the Litsy database) was an awesome thriller in the Karen Hart series. Even though this is the first I‘ve read of hers, it can be a stand-alone easily! Karen is searching for an abducted woman whose only “witness” is a 5-yr-old girl who has a wild imagination and tends to fabricate. Many twists and turns as suspects range from the husband to a favorite author. Raced through this one!
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Andrew65 Love her books. 4mo
Alfoster @Andrew65 Oh good! What should I read next of hers?? 4mo
Andrew65 I‘ve read and enjoyed her Karen Hart Series, although not tried her other books yet. My favourite would be On Cold Ground. (edited) 4mo
Alfoster @Andrew65 Thanks!👍 4mo
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This is a freakishly good book with snarky mean girls (and boys)! Jessica is invited to her Homecoming reunion which brings back memories of all the secrets, lies, and transgressions that still seem to “rule” their lives. Alternating in time from “then” to “now,” the novel documents everything from silly pranks to murder. Couldn‘t tear my eyes away from this one!😱

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This is a heartbreaking and lovely—but often depressing—look at one man‘s search for meaning. Michael is a high school teacher in London who decides to move to the US and kill himself when he runs out of money. Past trauma weighs heavily on him and he sees this as the only way out. But is it?
#NetGalley Out Nov. 2022

Nute I‘ll be looking out for this one! 4mo
Alfoster @Nute Yes, it‘s like nothing I‘ve read before! 4mo
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14 Ways to Die | Vincent Ralph
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We‘ll, adulting went out the window today as I couldn‘t stop reading this once I started! I bought it because I loved Lock the Doors and think I liked this one even better! Jess is 17 when she is offered a reality tv show as her mother was murdered 10 years ago by the infamous Magpie Man. Enough said; just don‘t start it if you don‘t have time to finish soon! Billed as YA, it‘s interesting and clever enough for crime aficionados everywhere!

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She's Gone | David Bell
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Great YA thriller about Hunter and girlfriend, Chloe who suffer an accident the night of Homecoming; it leaves Hunter with a concussion and amnesia as well as a girlfriend who‘s gone missing. Clever humor and plenty of twists and turns that kept me guessing until the bitter end!
#NetGalley Out Nov. 2022

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Please Join Us: A Novel | Catherine McKenzie
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Oh man, this was a great thriller with a million twists until the very last page! Nicole fears losing her job as an attorney when she‘s told her billing hours fall short of expectations. Coincidentally, she is invited to Panthera Leo, a group of women who vow to always stick together and empower each other in the face of the male patriarchy. Sound too good to be true? Of course! I adore McKenzie‘s novels!
#NetGalley Out 9/23

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Apparently this is part of a series but it‘s the first and can be read as a stand-alone which is what I did. Abby is an FBI agent when a suitcase is left in front of their office and it contains a drugged little girl. That‘s all you need to know. Good guys, bad guys…you get the picture! Creepy and interesting!

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The Island | Adrian McKinty
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So creepy good! Family trip to an Australian island to see indigenous animals turns into an accident/nightmare/kidnapping. This one kept me on the edge of my seat for hours! Had loved his novel The Chain so I knew this was worth it!
#NetGalley Out 5/17

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The Trial | S. R. Masters
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Creepy thriller set on an island? Yes please! Elle is accepted into a clinical trial set in the Canary Islands where participants will be given an experimental drug in exchange for $20,000. Sound too good to be true? You be the judge! Great cast of characters, twists and turns, and an ending you won‘t believe!
#NetGalley Out July 7

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Andrew and Maeve move to Maine where Andrew once worked on a lobster boat. But of course a quaint town is not always a peaceful tight-knit community and soon Andrew discovers deception running rampant! Corruption, greed, class differences, and inequality are rooted in this small town. Many twists and turns as people are not who they pretend to be.
#NetGalley Out June 7

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This is a cute romance about 3 millennials, Joy, Annie, and Celine. Joy and Annie are roommates looking for a 3rd, but when Theo moves in of course the dynamic changes. None of these women are terribly likable but who is when you‘re desperate for love (or at least a loving connection)? It‘s a fun romp and will give you some laughs as well!
#Netgalley Out Aug. 2

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Lock the Doors | Vincent Ralph
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This is one of those creepy twisted thrillers that you can‘t put down! The opening line is, “Home is where the hate is.” Now if that doesn‘t scare you…😱! Tom is in high school when he meets “the new girl” who used to live in his house. And things go downhill from there. I still have chills just thinking about it. Not for the faint of heart, it‘s a novel that will resonate for a long time!

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