#5Books: Book recs and I finally finished Stranger Things season 3

Cue some spoilers and random RANDOM speculation.

Alright, I get the hype. I so get the hype — and am thoroughly invested in Dustin and Suzy’s relationship (I had the Neverending story theme stuck in my head for days), and Steve needs to be protected at all costs.

I’m half convinced that Will is crushing on Mike, but at the same time, when the Byers family moves back (and they will in some form), Max and Mike will be dating and El will dump both their asses. Hopper’s so alive (The American in the prison, and also David Harbour is sporting long hair and a big bushy beard) and Joyce Byers will remain the Queen she is and rule everyone’s asses for season 4.

There you go, my totally random speculation about season 4. Feel free to come back and point and laugh at this post when the show starts up again!

Now I have to figure what else to watch, bc commercial TV still sucks hard. Any suggestions?

Meantime, here are my book recs for this week.

The Killer Inside

You love me. But do you really know me?

The addictive, darkly compelling new psychological thriller from the bestselling author of In a Cottage in a Wood.

A perfect childhood
You were the golden girl. The apple of your parents’ eyes. My beautiful, clever wife.

A perfect marriage
I would do anything for you. But some things about me must stay hidden.

A perfect liar
One summer afternoon, it all begins to unravel. Because I’m not the only one with terrible secrets to hide.

And when the truth comes out, it seems we both have blood on our hands…

This nameless narrator is interesting — one line suggests it’s the husband, but I don’t think it’s as clear cut as that. And given that they both have bloodon their hands…husbands and wives do make for the best thrillers like this!


From the bestselling, multiple prize-shortlisted novelist Catherine Ryan Howard comes an explosive story about a twisted voyeur and a terrible crime…

Andrew, the manager of Shanamore Holiday Cottages, watches his only guest via a hidden camera in her room. One night the unthinkable happens: a shadowy figure emerges onscreen, kills her and destroys the camera. But who is the murderer? How did they know about the camera? And how will Andrew live with himself?

Natalie wishes she’d stayed at home as soon as she arrives in the wintry isolation of Shanamore. There’s something creepy about the manager. She wants to leave, but she can’t – not until she’s found what she’s looking for…

This is an explosive story about a murder caught on camera. You’ve already missed the start. To get the full picture you must rewind the tape and play it through to the end, no matter how shocking…

I absolute admit, I was  sucker for this tagline, and the creepiness — Andrew mostly — makes me very uncomfortable. Which I suppose is a good thing considering my tastes lol I do wonder though, just how shocking things get?

Full Disclosure

In a community that isn’t always understanding, an HIV-positive teen must navigate fear, disclosure, and radical self-acceptance when she falls in love–and lust–for the first time. Powerful and uplifting, Full Disclosure will speak to fans of Angie Thomas and Nicola Yoon.

Simone Garcia-Hampton is starting over at a new school, and this time things will be different. She’s making real friends, making a name for herself as student director of Rent, and making a play for Miles, the guy who makes her melt every time he walks into a room. The last thing she wants is for word to get out that she’s HIV-positive, because last time . . . well, last time things got ugly.

Keeping her viral load under control is easy, but keeping her diagnosis under wraps is not so simple. As Simone and Miles start going out for real–shy kisses escalating into much more–she feels an uneasiness that goes beyond butterflies. She knows she has to tell him that she’s positive, especially if sex is a possibility, but she’s terrified of how he’ll react! And then she finds an anonymous note in her locker: I know you have HIV. You have until Thanksgiving to stop hanging out with Miles. Or everyone else will know too.

Simone’s first instinct is to protect her secret at all costs, but as she gains a deeper understanding of the prejudice and fear in her community, she begins to wonder if the only way to rise above is to face the haters head-on..

Oh, my this one hurt just reading the blurb. I felt for Simone to be navigating these decisions at her age and to face these prejudices, but I do want to see how this author navigates these topics. 

What Rose Forgot

In New York Times bestselling author Nevada Barr’s gripping standalone, a grandmother in her sixties emerges from a mental fog to find she’s trapped in her worst nightmare

Rose Dennis wakes up in a hospital gown, her brain in a fog, only to discover that she’s been committed to an Alzheimer’s Unit in a nursing home. With no memory of how she ended up in this position, Rose is sure that something is very wrong. When she overhears one of the administrators saying about her that she’s “not making it through the week,” Rose is convinced that if she’s to survive, she has to get out of the nursing home. She avoids taking her medication, putting on a show for the aides, then stages her escape.

The only problem is—how does she convince anyone that she’s not actually demented? Her relatives were the ones to commit her, all the legal papers were drawn up, the authorities are on the side of the nursing home, and even she isn’t sure she sounds completely sane. But any lingering doubt Rose herself might have had is erased when a would-be killer shows up in her house in the middle of the night. Now Rose knows that someone is determined to get rid of her.

With the help of her computer hacker/recluse sister Marion, thirteen-year old granddaughter Mel, and Mel’s friend Royal, Rose begins to gather her strength and fight back—to find out who is after her and take back control of her own life. But someone out there is still determined to kill Rose, and they’re holding all the cards.

Okay, what did Rose forget? D’uh, I know. And I am here for Marion, Mel and Royal helping her fight back… whoever did this to her. And it has to be noted what a breath of fresh air Rose’s age is in this genre.

Nothing Ventured

Nothing Ventured heralds the start of a brand new series in the style of Jeffrey Archer’s #1 New York Times bestselling Clifton Chronicles: introducing Detective William Warwick. But this is not a detective story, this is a story about the making of a detective . . .

William Warwick has always wanted to be a detective, and decides, much to his father’s dismay, that rather than become a lawyer like his father, Sir Julian Warwick QC, and his sister Grace, he will join London’s Metropolitan Police Force.

After graduating from university, William begins a career that will define his life: from his early months on the beat under the watchful eye of his first mentor, Constable Fred Yates, to his first high-stakes case as a fledgling detective in Scotland Yard’s arts and antiquities squad. Investigating the theft of a priceless Rembrandt painting from the Fitzmolean Museum, he meets Beth Rainsford, a research assistant at the gallery who he falls hopelessly in love with, even as Beth guards a secret of her own that she’s terrified will come to light.

While William follows the trail of the missing masterpiece, he comes up against suave art collector Miles Faulkner and his brilliant lawyer, Booth Watson QC, who are willing to bend the law to breaking point to stay one step ahead of William. Meanwhile, Miles Faulkner’s wife, Christina, befriends William, but whose side is she really on?

This new series introduces William Warwick, a family man and a detective who will battle throughout his career against a powerful criminal nemesis. Through twists, triumph and tragedy, this series will show that William Warwick is destined to become one of Jeffrey Archer’s most enduring legacies.

I like the epic-ness of this, the focus on William, and building a legacy for him in this series. And, while I may have unsuccessfully tried to go back to Archer to read his work recently, this one one just intrigues me so much.

That’s it for me! What are you looking forward to??


  • Angela says:

    I totally believe Hopper is still alive. Even though the kids are the stars of the show, they need an adult to ground them, and although I hated what they did with Hopper’s character this season (he was so unhinged), I want him to come back.

    • Verushka says:

      OMG, I *detested* what happened with his character this season. It felt like it came out of nowhere and I didn’t quite understand why. But, you’re right about the adults — I cannot imagine this show without Joyce and Hopper.

  • I like all your Stranger Things theories. I just wonder how long we’ll have to wait for the last season. I have heard good things about What Rose Forgot. Looks like some good thrillers here to check out.

    • Verushka says:

      Nooo, I don’t think i can wait longer than a year for season 4, I might just riot! lol I like What ROse Forgot because she’s an older protagonist — and we don’t see enough of that.

  • I am hoping that Hopper is alive too! Season 4 can’t come soon enough. You have some great recommendations this week!

  • Stranger Things is one of those series I’ve been meaning to watch but haven’t gotten around to yet. It always sound so good.

    You always have the best book recs. What Rose Forgot grabbed my attention as soon as I started reading the synopsis. What a terrifying position to find yourself in!

    • Verushka says:

      Oh man, Suzanne — please watch it! The kids are beyond cute, and brave and badass, Joyce is just brilliant, and Hopper is a work in progress I think. And the monsters. Holy crap, I’m not a monster person by any means, but I was hooked on this series. And also blocking my eyes in bits. What Rose Forgot is a standout for me because of her age, and you’re right — it’s terrifying to be in that position and so helpless.

  • He has to be alive. Right. Because he just cannot be dead. Ugh. I love this list! Fantastic post. You have me reliving Stranger Things and wanted more, so I am adding these to my wishlist!

    • Verushka says:

      *joins you in Denile* He absolutely HAS TO BE ALIVE. I refuse to believe anything else bc I need that penguin dance one more time lol And thank you!

  • Jen Mullen says:

    Rewind sounds so mysterious. I want to know what Natalie was looking for!

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