To start, I have to apologize: I have been slacking on my reading lately! Summer has gotten the best of me, and I can barely stay awake at night to read more than a couple of chapters. Which, to be honest, I hate. I miss my excessive reading so much– not that I’d ever wish away summer to make up for it!
Here’s what I’ve been up to!
Castle of Water by Dane Huckelbridge – Do you remember how much I loved Wreckage?? Well, here we go again! The story is along many of the same lines (plane crash, people stranded on a deserted island), but also very different and also so very good. Sophie was supposed to be on her honeymoon, and Barry was escaping to a new beginning–instead, the two find themselves fighting for their lives in the middle of the ocean. This is the author’s debut novel, but you wouldn’t know it; his writing is both witty and poetic. Like Wreckage, this book had me hooked immediately and consumed me until it was finished! Get it Here
I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh – a car accident, a child dead, a woman’s life shattered. This gripping story tells of Jenna’s attempt at moving on after a horrifying car crash changes her life forever. As she moves away and tries to start over, things keep happening that bring her back to the moment that will forever haunt her. But is there more to the story than what we’re being told? This book kept me on my toes, even after I thought I had it all figured out. It’s sad and twisty, and highly recommended!! Get it Here
The Wife by Alafair Burke – Sheesh. If you liked ”Gone Girl,” you’ll enjoy this book. It’s written in the same type of psychological thriller prose; and of course, things are never as they seem. Angela and her son have a dark past, and Jason seems to be the answer to all of their problems. He has a great job, is a successful and supportive husband, and a wonderful father to her son. Until he’s accused of rape. And his accuser goes missing. What is Jason hiding? Who is he really? And what will Angela do? I love dark husband/wife thrillers like this, as it seems I just keep going back to them! Join me in my obsession! Get it Here
Preview: I’m currently reading The Tenth Island by Diana Marcum. It’s not like the books I usually pick up: it’s a memoir about a woman who discovers the beautiful islands of the Azores, and goes on a soul-searching mission (not dark and twisty at all!). However, the writing is so witty and eloquent that I am already recommending it. I’m almost through, and I already think it would be a great book club book. It‘s making me wish I could just pack up and go far away for an extended period of time to truly get to know myself. But let’s be real, I could never leave my kid and dogs for that long. So for now, I am living vicariously through Diana Marcum and her beautiful journey! Get it Here