#5Books: Book recs and it’s almost holiday time!

Currently, I am sorting my life out to leave for a holiday on Wednesday. And I have to ask: how do you prevent yourself from overpacking? I’m heading to Europe, and it’s cooler there, or the equivalent of our autumn/ winterish temps and it’s their summer, so colour me confused as to what to pack.

… though like I said — overpacking? I do it in spades. I need to get that under control. Gimme your packing tips guys!

Don’t Tell

This novel is based on historical events.

One close-knit family. Too many secrets.

When detective Jack Ryder is going skiing with his family in the mountains of North Carolina, he hopes for a week of fun in the snow with the ones he loves.

But then the body of a teenage boy turns up in the cold waters of the creek behind the cabin they have rented.

Don’t tell or you might be next.

The find shocks the rural community of Maggie Valley and rattles local law enforcement. What happened to the boy is more than strange.

Soon more bodies are found, and Jack Ryder digs into the case that seems to be anything but ordinary. What happened on the night that Benjamin Rutherford disappeared from the porch of his childhood home? Is his father — the local pastor — telling the truth? Is his sister?

As Jack digs deeper into this seemingly perfect family, he begins to wonder if any of them are what they pretend to be and what secrets they are hiding beneath the surface.

DON’T TELL is the seventh book in Willow Rose’s bestselling and addictive Jack Ryder series but can be read as a standalone. 

I was hooked with the first line bc i am clearly not over my true crime phase. Or crime phase in general. Even if this one is based on a case in 1901.

Waisted

In this provocative, wildly entertaining, and compelling novel, seven women enrolled in an extreme weight loss documentary discover self-love and sisterhood as they enact a daring revenge against the exploitative filmmakers.

Alice and Daphne, both successful and accomplished working mothers, harbor the same secret: obsession with their weight overshadows concerns about their children, husbands, work—and everything else of importance in their lives. Scales terrify them.

Daphne, plump in a family of model-thin women, learned only slimness earns admiration at her mother’s knee. Alice, break-up skinny when she met her husband, risks losing her marriage if she keeps gaining weight.

The two women meet at Waisted. Located in a remote Vermont mansion, the program promises fast, dramatic weight loss, and Alice, Daphne, and five other women are desperate enough to leave behind their families for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The catch? They must agree to always be on camera; afterward, the world will see Waisted: The Documentary.

The women soon discover that the filmmakers have trapped them in a cruel experiment. With each pound lost, they edge deeper into obsession and instability…until they decide to take matters into their own hands.

reading this blurb, I got to wondering just how many times a day I think about calories and carbs and the like. Don’t even get me started on how hard I work on not eating bread. So revenge of this kind? Yeah, I want to see where this goes.

The Desert sky Before Us

From award-winning author Anne Valente comes this poignant and unforgettable literary novel of two estranged sisters-one, a former racecar driver and the other a recently-released prisoner-who embark on a road trip together to complete the scavenger hunt their mother designed for them before her death.

When Billie is released from a correctional facility in Decatur, her sister Rhiannon is there to meet her, even though the two haven’t seen each other in months. Painful secrets and numerous unspoken betrayals linger between them-but most agonizing is the sudden passing of their mother, a renowned paleontologist.

Rhiannon and Billie must overcome their differences as they set off on a road trip west, following the breadcrumb-trail of their late mother’s scavenger hunt, a sort of second funeral she planned in her final days. The sisters know the trail will end in Utah at the famous Cleveland-Lloyd Quarry, where their mother spent her career researching dinosaur fossils. But the seemingly endless days on the road soon take their toll, forcing Rhiannon and Billie to confront their hostilities and revisit old memories-both good and bad.

As they travel across the heart of America, and as a series of plane crashes in the news make their journey all the more urgent, the two sisters begin to rediscover each other and to uncover their late mother’s veiled second life, taking them on an unexpected emotional journey inward-and forcing them to come to terms with their own choices in life.

There is so much happening here — between the sisters, and then their mother as well. A road trip, stuck in a car with each other and no escape sounds like a spot primed for emotional… explosions. Meltdowns. Both? I don’t know, but the promise of sisters ad their mothers and their relationships? won me over.

Life Before

Suspense and family secrets surround a pair of estranged siblings in a compelling debut thriller.

She knew she should talk to him. But what was she to say? Once there had been blame to apportion, rage to hurl. Now she no longer had a sense of that. Who knew what the facts of them being here together like this meant. What was she to make of the situation? Scott lying unconscious here in this bed, unknown to her in almost every way. She now a wife, a mother, but in her mind no longer a sister. Not a sister for a very long time now.

Lori Spyker is taking her kids to school one unremarkable day when a policeman delivers the news that her brother, Scott Green, has been injured and hospitalised following a hit and run.

Lori hasn’t seen Scott in decades. She appears to be his only contact. Should she take responsibility for him? Can she? And, if she does, how will she tell her own family about her hidden history, kept secret for so long?

Twenty years before, when she and Scott were teenagers, their lives and futures, and those of their family, had been torn to shreds. Now, as Lori tries to piece together her brother’s present, she is forced to confront their shared past-and the terrible and devastating truth buried there that had driven them so far apart.

Compassionate, wise and shocking, Life Before tells the gripping story of an ordinary family caught in a terrible situation. What if the worst thing you can imagine isn’t the worst thing to happen? How do you go on? And what steps will you take to protect yourself from further pain?

What on earth happened between these two?? What could tear them apart so much? Already I’m thinking really bad things and I’m hoping the author will surprise me anyway lol

(Also, yes, it’s another book about siblings!)

On Wednesday, I am off on a holiday — I’ll be heading to Zagreb, Nice and Belgium (hell yes, I will be instagramming). So I will be checking in when I can and keeping track of comments as I have scheduled some gorgeous book reviews that will be released over the next two weeks!

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