Book Review: Follow Me, by Kathleen Barber

Follow Me, by Kathleen Barber

Follow Me by Kathleen Barber

Published by Gallery Books on February 25, 2020 (expected)

Series: n/a

Genre(s): fiction, thriller

Format & Length: e-book, 349

Source: Netgalley

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From the author of Are You Sleeping—soon to be an Apple TV series—comes a cautionary tale of oversharing in the social media age for fans of Jessica Knoll and Caroline Kepnes’s You.

Everyone wants new followers…until they follow you home.

Audrey Miller has an enviable new job at the Smithsonian, a body by reformer Pilates, an apartment door with a broken lock, and hundreds of thousands of Instagram followers to bear witness to it all. Having just moved to Washington, DC, Audrey busies herself impressing her new boss, interacting with her online fan base, and staving off a creepy upstairs neighbor with the help of the only two people she knows in town: an ex-boyfriend she can’t stay away from and a sorority sister with a high-powered job and a mysterious past.

But Audrey’s faulty door may be the least of her security concerns. Unbeknownst to her, her move has brought her within striking distance of someone who’s obsessively followed her social media presence for years—from her first WordPress blog to her most recent Instagram Story. No longer content to simply follow her carefully curated life from a distance, he consults the dark web for advice on how to make Audrey his and his alone. In his quest to win her heart, nothing is off-limits—and nothing is private.

With “compelling, suspenseful” (Liz Nugent) prose, Kathleen Barber’s electrifying new thriller will have you scrambling to cover your webcam and digital footprints.

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Infographic: What are you in the mood to read next?

What are you in the mood to read next?Are you a mood reader? I sure am! I try to loosely schedule out the books I have for review, leaving some room to account for all the things that like to pop up at the last minute, as well as room for books that I want to read just based on my current mood. With these books, I tend to follow a certain process that I explained in THIS post.

Today I want to share books that have made it to my list of favorites over the last few years. As I went back over the books I’ve rated a full five out of five, I realized there are certain themes I tend to gravitate towards. Three in particular jumped out at me: bookish books; twisty thrillers; and mind-bending elements. If these are themes you enjoy, check out my suggestions and let me know what you think!

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Book Review: No Bad Deed, by Heather Chavez

No Bad Deed, by Heather Chavez

No Bad Deed by Heather Chavez

Published by William Morrow on February 18, 2020 (expected)

Series: n/a

Genre(s): fiction, thriller

Format & Length: e-book, 320

Source: Netgalley

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Packed with the electrifying pacing and pulse-pounding suspense of Harlan Coben and Lisa Gardner, a thrilling debut about a mother desperate to find the connections between her missing husband and a deadly stalker who knows too much about her own dark family history.

Driving home one rainy night, Cassie Larkin sees a man and woman fighting on the side of the road. After calling 911, the veterinarian makes a split-second decision that will throw her sedate suburban life into chaos. Against all reason and advice, she gets out of her minivan and chases after the violent man, trying to help his victim. When Cassie physically tries to stop him, he suddenly turns on her and spits out an ominous threat: “Let her die, and I’ll let you live.”

A veterinarian trained to heal, Cassie can’t let the woman die. But while she’s examining the unconscious victim, the attacker steals her car. Now he has her name. Her address. And he knows about her children. Though they warn her to be careful, the police assure her that the perpetrator—a criminal named Carver Sweet—won’t get near her. Cassie isn’t so sure.

The next day—Halloween—her husband disappears while trick-or-treating with their six-year-old daughter. Are these disturbing events a coincidence or the beginning of a horrifying nightmare? Her husband has been growing distant—is it possible he’s become involved with another woman? Is Cassie’s confrontation with the road-side attacker connected to her husband’s disappearance? With all these questions swirling in her mind Cassie can trust no one, maybe not even herself. The only thing she knows for sure is that she can’t sit back while the people she loves are in danger.

As she desperately searches for answers, Cassie discovers that nothing is as random as it seems, and that she is more than willing to fight—to go the most terrifying extremes—to save her family and her marriage.

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Like This? Try That! TV Edition #2

Like This? Try That! TV Edition

Are you a fan of Black Mirror? This popular anthology television series explores the potential impact of modern and near-future technology on our world in creative and shocking ways. It hooked me from the first season in 2011, and although some episodes and seasons have been better than others, I’m waiting eagerly to see when the next season will appear. If, like me, you’ve seen all the episodes (and interactive movie Bandersnatch!) and are looking for something to fill the Black Mirror gap in your life, I have some book suggestions coming right up!

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Book Review: Dead to Her, by Sarah Pinborough

Dead to Her, by Sarah Pinborough

Dead to Her by Sarah Pinborough

Published by William Morrow on February 11, 2020 (expected)

Series: n/a

Genre(s): fiction, thriller

Format & Length: e-book, 400

Source: Netgalley

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Being the second wife can be murder . . .

“Once a cheat, always a cheat,” they say.

Marcie Maddox has worked hard to get where she is after the illicit affair that started her new life a few years ago. But her world of country clubs, yachts and sumptuous houses in Savannah, Georgia, isn’t easy to maintain, no matter how hard she tries. Nor is keeping her husband, Jason, truly interested.

So, when Jason’s boss brings home a hot new wife from his trip to London, the young Mrs William Radford IV isn’t quite the souvenir everyone expected. Sexy, drop-dead gorgeous and black—Keisha quickly usurps Marcie’s place as the beautiful second wife. But when Marcie sees the extra spark in the room when Keisha and Jason are together and their obvious, magnetic attraction, the gloves come off.

Revenge is best served cold, but in the steamy Savannah heat, blood runs so hot that this summer it might just boil over into murder.

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January Reading Wrap Up

January 2020 Reading Wrap UpJanuary was a good month of reading for me. I completed five books, which is about average for me now. Some were fairly middling, but I rated three a four out of five, putting my average rating for the month at a 3.6. And two of the four star reads were from my list of books I’m excited to read in 2020! Not bad, right?

Starting this month, I’ve decided to add another section to these wrap ups. This new section will contain links of bookish articles from around the web that I personally enjoyed reading. I hope you like them too!

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Book Review: All the Best Lies, by Joanna Schaffhausen

All the Best Lies, by Joanna Schaffhausen

All the Best Lies by Joanna Schaffhausen

Published by Minotaur Books on February 11, 2020 (expected)

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Genre(s): fiction, mystery, thriller

Format & Length: e-book, 336

Source: Netgalley

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The highly anticipated third novel in the award-winning Ellery Hathaway mystery series.

FBI agent Reed Markham is haunted by one painful unsolved mystery: who murdered his mother? Camilla was brutally stabbed to death more than forty years ago while baby Reed lay in his crib mere steps away. The trail went so cold that the Las Vegas Police Department has given up hope of solving the case. But then a shattering family secret changes everything Reed knows about his origins, his murdered mother, and his powerful adoptive father, state senator Angus Markham. Now Reed has to wonder if his mother’s killer is uncomfortably close to home.

Unable to trust his family with the details of his personal investigation, Reed enlists his friend, suspended cop Ellery Hathaway, to join his quest in Vegas. Ellery has experience with both troubled families and diabolical murderers, having narrowly escaped from each of them. She’s eager to skip town, too, because her own father, who abandoned her years ago, is suddenly desperate to get back in contact. He also has a secret that could change her life forever, if Ellery will let him close enough to hear it.

Far from home and relying only on each other, Reed and Ellery discover young Camilla had snared the attention of dangerous men, any of whom might have wanted to shut her up for good. They start tracing his twisted family history, knowing the path leads back to a vicious killer—one who has been hiding in plain sight for forty years and isn’t about to give up now.

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Mini Reviews: Nonfiction – From the Corner of the Oval, by Beck Dorey-Stein & Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child, by Marc Weissbluth, M.D.

Mini reviews - nonfiction

For this set of mini reviews, I want to talk about some nonfiction books I’ve read fairly recently. Although both nonfiction, these are very different in their subgenres, one being a memoir and the other a self-help/parenting book. I had mixed feelings on both of these, but each are worth a read for their own reasons.

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Book Review: Behind Every Lie, by Christina McDonald

Behind Every Lie, by Christina McDonald

Behind Every Lie by Christina McDonald

Published by Gallery Books on February 4, 2020 (expected)

Series: n/a

Genre(s): fiction, mystery, thriller

Format & Length: e-book, 336

Source: Netgalley

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From the USA TODAY bestselling author of The Night Olivia Fell—an “emotionally charged mystery” (Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author)comes a thrilling new suspense novel about the insidious nature of family secrets…and their deadly potential.

If you can’t remember it, how do you prove you didn’t do it?

Eva Hansen wakes in the hospital after being struck by lightning and discovers her mother, Kat, has been murdered. Eva was found unconscious down the street. She can’t remember what happened but the police are highly suspicious of her.

Determined to clear her name, Eva heads from Seattle to London—Kat’s former home—for answers. But as she unravels her mother’s carefully held secrets, Eva soon realizes that someone doesn’t want her to know the truth. And with violent memories beginning to emerge, Eva doesn’t know who to trust. Least of all herself.

Told in alternating perspectives from Eva’s search for answers and Kat’s mysterious past, Christina McDonald has crafted another “complex, emotionally intense” (Publishers Weekly) domestic thriller. Perfect for fans of Lisa Jewell’s I Found You and Karin Slaughter’s Pieces of HerBehind Every Lie explores the complicated nature of mother-daughter relationships, family trauma, and the danger behind long-held secrets.

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