#5Books: Book recs and Literary Book Gifts — literally !

Book recs for the week ending 29 July 2018: The Exes' Revenge, Cross Her heart, The Liar's Room, Little Comfort and Watch the Girls & a promo code for Literary Book Gifts!

So, here’s a little treat for anyone in the mood for some literary… swag? Is that the words all the young kids are using these days?

I don’t have anything for free, but I do have a code that will let you get a discount on items from the very lovely Melissa over at Literary Book Gifts:

EDITINGEVERYTHING20 — this is good in the store for an unlimited number of times and there’s no minimum spend

 She was kind enough to get in touch about her shop – which is new, and based in Australia, so if you’re in the US or the UK, I think you’re going to like these prices and the promo code!

She’s got tanks (in time for the warmer weather here, YAY), t-shirts, hoodies, backpacks and totes — and both bags come in three different sizes, which I appreciated bc I don’t always want the big ones.

I am also loving the vintage covers and designs on the bags — there’s even a Black Beauty design! Be still my heart, I loved that book and that movie! And a Gray’s Anatomy cover, and not Grey’s Anatomy 🙂 And the Hound of the Baskervilles! 

Alright, but I must admit, the Peter Rabbit design? ALL sorts of cuteness!

Oh yes, book recs! There are those too!

Watch the Girls

I’ve been watched all my life. I’m used to being stared at. Observed. Followed.

Fame and obsession collide in this darkly twisted novel from an incredible new voice in suspense.

Washed up teen star Liv Hendricks quit acting after her beloved younger sister inexplicably disappeared following a Hollywood party gone wrong. Liv barely escaped with her life, and her sister was never heard from again. But all this time, someone’s been waiting patiently to finish what was started…

Now fifteen years later, broke and desperate, Liv is forced to return to the spotlight. She crowdfunds a webseries in which she’ll pose as a real-life private detective–a nod to the show she starred on as a teen. When a mysterious donor challenges her to investigate a series of disappearances outside a town made famous by the horror movies filmed there, Liv has no choice but to accept.

Liv is given a cryptic first clue: Follow the white wolf. And now a darker game is about to begin. Through social media, someone is leaving breadcrumbs to follow. As Liv makes increasingly disturbing discoveries, her show explodes in popularity. A rapt internet audience is eager to watch it all–perhaps even at the cost of Liv’s own life…

Filled with provocative twists and turns as the line between plot and reality blurs in this inventive tour-de-force from breakout writer Jennifer Wolfe.

I’ve been thinking about this for so long, I’m half convinced I’ve already posted this for some reason. BUT: Fame, new media and four missing girls – Liv finds herself playing a detective, and seems to be out of her depth when she starts a web series about these four missing girls. Her thrill-hungry audience is an added bonus and makes you wonder about how we watch TV doesn’t it? (But that’s another story)

Little comfort

In a brilliantly twisted debut set among Boston’s elite, Edwin Hill introduces unforgettable sleuth Hester Thursby—and a missing persons case that uncovers a trail of vicious murder…

Harvard librarian Hester Thursby knows that even in the digital age, people still need help finding things. Using her research skills, Hester runs a side business tracking down the lost. Usually, she’s hired to find long-ago prom dates or to reunite adopted children and birth parents. Her new case is finding the handsome and charismatic Sam Blaine.

Sam has no desire to be found. As a teenager, he fled his small New Hampshire town with his friend, Gabe, after a haunting incident. For a dozen years, Sam and Gabe have traveled the country, reinventing themselves as they move from one mark to another. Sam has learned how trusting wealthy people can be—especially the lonely ones—as he expertly manipulates his way into their lives and homes. In Wendy Richards, the beautiful, fabulously rich daughter of one of Boston’s most influential families, he’s found the perfect way to infiltrate the milieu in which he knows he belongs—a world of Brooks Brothers suits, Nantucket summers, and effortless glamour.

As Hester’s investigation closes in on their brutal truth, the bond between Sam and Gabe is tested and Hester unknowingly jeopardizes her own safety. While Gabe has pinned all his desperate hopes of a normal life on Hester, Sam wants her out of the way for good. And Gabe has always done what Sam asks…

Whew, so Hester and Gabe, huh? Yeah, that is not going to end well by any stretch of the imagination given how possessive Sam is. Interestingly, this is the first in a series though.

The Liar’s Room



Susanna Fenton has a secret. Fourteen years ago she left her identity behind, reinventing herself as a counsellor and starting a new life. It was the only way to keep her daughter safe.

But everything changes when Adam Geraghty walks into her office. She’s never met this young man before – so why does she feel like she knows him?

Adam starts to tell her about a girl. A girl he wants to hurt. And that’s when Susanna realises she was wrong.

She doesn’t know him.
He knows her.
And the girl he plans to hurt is her daughter.

I feel like this reads like an epic closed-room mystery doesn’t it? Claustrophobic, even. The blurb is filled with menace and I cannot wait to see how these characters play off each other.

Cross her heart

Lisa lives a very quiet life. A single mother nearing forty, she devotes herself to raising her sixteen-year-old daughter, Ava. Wary of men, Lisa doesn’t speak of her past or Ava’s absent father. Her best friend Marilyn wishes she would open up more and maybe finally go on a date—with the sexy new client who’s obviously keen—but Marilyn has problems of her own.

Ava is getting tired of her overprotective mother. She wants to live like a normal teenager—chill with friends, go to swim practice, study for exams, have a boyfriend. Her mom would freak if she knew that Ava’s already got someone special, someone who makes her feel sophisticated—and wanted.

Lisa has spent a long time looking over her shoulder, but lately she’s been especially uneasy. Small things from the past have begun to appear in the present, feeding her anxiety. As her life begins to unravel, Lisa knows that the only way she can protect herself and her daughter is to face her fears. Yet courage won’t be enough. She’ll need help from the only person she can trust—Marilyn. Between them they have to save Ava, and to do that, they have to be honest with each other. Truly honest. Marilyn did promise she’d do anything to help.

But a long time ago, Lisa made a promise too. Then she broke her word. And that betrayal hasn’t been forgotten—or forgiven.

Now, someone is going to make her pay for her sin.

So yeah, they’re in trouble, aren’t they? There’s something ominous about the whole blurb, and I feel like all their secrets are going to be linked for some reason, but it’s Lisa’s that will bring them into danger.

The Exes’ Revenge

A wickedly dark debut thriller about three women who’ve all been involved with the same man and realize the one thing they have in common is that they all want revenge against him…

Divorces are often messy, and Imogen’s is no exception. Phillip Rochester is controlling, abusive, and determined to make things as difficult as possible. When he shows up without warning demanding that Imogen move out of their house by the end of the month or he’ll sue for sole custody of their young son, Imogen is ready to snap.

In a moment of madness, Imogen does something unthinkable–something that puts her in control for the first time in years. She’s desperate to protect her son and to claim authority over her own life.

But she wasn’t expecting both Phillip’s ex-wife and new girlfriend to get tangled up in her plans. These three very different women–and unlikely allies–reluctantly team up to take revenge against a man who has wronged them all.

Going from the cover, I’m going to say she chucks him in the basement and locks him up. And then the book throws in the girlfriend and the ex-wife, and I so desperately want to see where this goes, because it’s either going to be brilliant — or not. 

That’s it for me! Don’t forget to check out Literary Book Gifts and try out the promo code!


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