#5Books: Books recs and what dreams may come…

So, I’ve been having the worst dreams.

Or I’ve been remembering my dreams more since I got back from my holiday. One in particular, was me running around Pairi Daiza when I first got back, which was kind of fun — and then late last week I had a dream where an German Shepard and a Golden Retriever suddenly burst through our front door and I was trying to stop them and calm them, and the next thing I know I’m thinking to myself, they’re too thin and I can feel my anxiety rise in the dream and worst of all? We (as in my family and I) had to take them to the vet only to have their owners come for them … at which point I was like eff this, and got up. It wasn’t yet 5 in the morning.

I thought I was having bad dreams bc I was taking sleeping tablets to sleep,  but I took it for more than twice over the past week and a half and these are the two dreams I remember the most.

I want to go back to wondering why I couldn’t remember my dreams, thanks. Enough of things like this.

Has anyone had dreams like this? Ones that were so out of the blue that left you wondering WTF?

The Chain 

You just dropped off your child at the bus stop.

A panicked stranger calls your phone.

Your child has been kidnapped.

The stranger then explains that their child has also been kidnapped, by a completely different stranger.

The only way to get your child back is to kidnap another child – within 24 hours.

Your child will be released only when the next victim’s parents kidnap yet another child.

And most importantly, the stranger explains, if you don’t kidnap a child, or if the next parents don’t kidnap a child, your child will be murdered.

You are now part of The Chain.

So this quiet and unassuming thriller that did not give me the shivers when I read the blurb just got optioned for a movie and is so next on my TBR. I know there have been revenge-chain movies (Nicolas Cage I’m looking at you), but this sounds heartbreaking and exhausting and — I mean, check out that tagline!! 

Dear Wife

From the bestselling author of The Marriage Lie and Three Days Missing comes a riveting new novel of suspense about a woman who, in a fight for survival, must decide just how far she’ll go to escape the person she once loved

Beth Murphy is on the run…

For nearly a year, Beth has been planning for this day. A day some people might call any other Wednesday, but Beth prefers to see it as her new beginning–one with a new look, new name and new city. Beth has given her plan significant thought, because one small slip and her violent husband will find her.

Sabine Hardison is missing…

A couple hundred miles away, Jeffrey returns home from a work trip to find his wife, Sabine, is missing. Wherever she is, she’s taken almost nothing with her. Her abandoned car is the only evidence the police have, and all signs point to foul play.

As the police search for leads, the case becomes more and more convoluted. Sabine’s carefully laid plans for her future indicate trouble at home, and a husband who would be better off with her gone. The detective on the case will stop at nothing to find out what happened and bring this missing woman home. Where is Sabine? And who is Beth? The only thing that’s certain is that someone is lying and the truth won’t stay buried for long.

These two women are very different, and in very different situations. So how do these two storylines link up?

Stolen Things

A sensational crime, a missing teen, and a mother and daughter with no one to trust but themselves come together in this shocking debut thriller by R. H. Herron.

“Mama? Help me.”

Laurie Ahmadi has worked as a 911 police dispatcher in her quiet Northern California town for nearly two decades. She considers the department her family; her husband, Omid, is its first Arab American chief, and their teenaged daughter, Jojo, has grown up with the force. So when Laurie catches a 911 call and, to her horror, it’s Jojo, the whole department springs into action.

Jojo, drugged, disoriented, and in pain, doesn’t remember how she ended up at the home of Kevin Leeds, a pro football player famous for his on-the-field activism and his work with the CapB—“Citizens Against Police Brutality”—movement. She doesn’t know what happened to Kevin’s friend and trainer, whose beaten corpse is also discovered in the house. And she has no idea where her best friend Harper, who was with her earlier in the evening, could be.

But when Jojo begins to dive into Harper’s social media to look for clues to her whereabouts, Jojo uncovers a shocking secret that turns everything she knew about Harper—and the police department—on its head. With everything they thought they could rely on in question, Laurie and Jojo begin to realize that they can’t trust anyone to find Harper except themselves . . . and time is running out.

Mother and daughter working together is at the core of this, and that idea speaks to me so much — because their relationship looks like the kind of flawed, complex goodness that make for the best reads.

One Little Secret

Everyone has a secret. For some, it’s worth dying to protect. For others, it’s worth killing.

The glass beach house was supposed to be the getaway that Susan needed. Eager to help her transplanted family set down roots in their new town – and desperate for some kid-free conversation – she invites her new neighbors to join in on a week-long sublet with her and her workaholic husband.

Over the course of the first evening, liquor loosens inhibitions and lips. The three couples begin picking up on the others’ marital tensions and work frustrations, as well as revealing their own. But someone says too much. And the next morning one of the women is discovered dead on the private beach.

Town detective Gabby Watkins must figure out who permanently silenced the deceased. As she investigates, she learns that everyone in the glass house was hiding something that could tie them to the murder, and that the biggest secrets of all are often in plain sight for anyone willing to look.

A taut, locked room mystery with an unforgettable cast of characters, One Little Secret promises to keep readers eyes glued to the pages and debating the blinders that we all put on in the service of politeness.

Oh yes please, this is the sort of locked room mystery I can get behind!

Pretty Revenge

The name of the game is revenge—no matter the cost—in this emotionally charged thriller reminiscent of The Wife Between Us and The Perfect Nanny.

Kerrie O’Malley, jobless and in an unfulfilling relationship, can isolate the singular moment in her life when things veered off course—the night she was irrevocably wronged by someone she looked up to. Eighteen years later, when Kerrie sees the very woman who destroyed her life on television, a fire ignites inside her. The stakes are high. The risks are perilous. But she’ll stop at nothing to achieve the retribution she deserves.

Jordana Pierson is a gilded New Yorker who appears to have it all: wealth, glamour, a successful and handsome husband, and a thriving wedding concierge business. Her record is spotless. Her business is flourishing. No one knows the truth about her and the dark shadows of her past.

No one, that is, except Kerrie.

Exploring just how far someone will go for vengeance, Pretty Revenge is a riveting, compulsively readable novel bursting with twists and turns and plenty of suspense.

Revenge is sweet, yes? But how far will Kerrie go for her revenge? 

Whew. So what’s on your TBR?


  • I don’t usually remember my dreams, but when I do, they’re usually really weird ones that don’t make any sense. I end up sitting there wondering how my brain even cooked up something so random, lol.

  • Angela says:

    I feel like I have a lot of weird dreams but they fade so fast when I wake up, it’s hard for me to believe they happened!

  • Kelly says:

    Oh my god, The Chain sounds horrific but absolutely engrossing. I think it’s a book that’ll leave most readers on edge.

    Have you been having dairy products before bed? I find if I’ve had cheese before bed, I end up having really strange and very vivid dreams. Hopefully you’re able to have a more restful nights sleep soon darling, I’m up at 2:30am every morning so I feel that bone aching tiredness of a lack of sleep.

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