Sarah’s December Picks

I hope everyone had very Happy Holidays! I know we were extremely busy, which really put a cramp on my reading time (I’m only half-kidding!) However, despite the lack of free time, I managed to finish three really great books. I totally hit the mother lode and could not put a single one of them down! They were great psychological thrillers to really add to the Christmas spirit!

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The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond – This book! My mother-in-law told me about it, and I knew I had to purchase it immediately. I was not disappointed. In this thriller, a pair of newlyweds are offered an opportunity to ensure their marriage lasts forever by joining The Marriage Pact. This pact will monitor them and ensure they are doing regular activities together (exchanging gifts, going on vacations, etc), intermingling with other married couples who are a part of the pact, and adhering to certain rules that will sustain a happy and healthy marriage. Sounds great, right? Let’s just say that Jake and Alice had no idea what they were getting themselves into. This book was intense. And I could not get enough. Get it here

Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica –Clara’s husband and child are in an accident that kills her husband. From there, her entire world is turned upside down; along with everything she thought she knew about him and their life together. Her daughter starts having nightmares soon after the accident, which reveal things about her husband’s life that Clara never knew. My heart broke for Clara, as she grappled with her husband’s death and his potentially secret life. What unfolded kept me guessing until the end. This book is at the same time gut-wrenching and twisty-sending the reader down many avenues before finally revealing the truth. Get it here

If you like this book, read “The Good Girl” by Mary Kubica. Another excellent read! (I actually think it’s even better!)

Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker- Ugh, this book! I just wanted to know where the heck Emma was! Two sisters vanished into the night 3 years ago, and only one, Cass, returns to tell their story. But there is so much more to this book than where the girls were, what happened to them while they were gone, and how Cass got home. The forensic psychologist on the file doesn’t feel Cass’ story adds up; and she knows there is something very wrong with the girls’ relationship with their mother. This book delves into mental issues, specifically narcissism, which is something I didn’t know anything about and found fascinating and sad. The family dynamic is seriously dysfunctional and the “truth” Cass ends up revealing has so much more to it than even she knows.
And– another wonderful read by this author is “All is Not Forgotten.” Get it here

I just started “The Designer” by Maurius Gabriel and can’t stop reading. So, hopefully a review on that next month!

Happy New Year friends!

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