#5Books: Book recs for your Xmas holiday

There’s a point I think where the holiday break is within reach, but it feels so far away at the same time. My reading is also kind of slowing down as we get closer to the holidays, and I can’t even tell you why that’s happening.

How is everyone else doing? Hanging in there until the holiday break? What are you go-tos to get you through that last home stretch??

A Woman Alone

A pulse-pounding thriller for fans of The Girl Before and Watching You.

A year after a brutal home invasion that left her traumatized, Cecelia, along with her husband and their three-year-old daughter, move into a new house with a complex security system that is supposed to make her feel safe.

But reality proves different as strange things begin to happen at home and the security system reveals that the house had a prior occupant: Lydia.

On her quest to discover the fate of the mysterious Lydia, Cecelia uncovers metaphorical skeletons in the closet, and she realizes that that no one’s secrets are safe – including her own.

This is out in June 2020, and yes, let me say this again: June 2020. Which explains why the only info I could find is on Amazon. The Goodreads entry is pretty blank right now. There’s a sense of creepiness about this blurb for me, because a woman whose fate is unknown in a house with a complex security system does not bode well for anyone in this blurb. But what I did not expect, was that Cecelia would have her own secrets, which makes a little bit more than the (kind of) straightforward thriller I expected.

Stop at Nothing

A mother’s job is to keep her children safe.

Tess has always tried to be a good mother. Of course, there are things she wishes she’d done differently, but doesn’t everyone feel that way?

Then Emma, her youngest, is attacked on her way home from a party, plunging them into a living nightmare which only gets worse when the man responsible is set free

But what if she fails?

So when Tess sees the attacker in the street near their home, she is forced to take matters into her own hands. But blinded by her need to protect her daughter at any cost, might she end up putting her family in even greater danger?

There’s nothing she wouldn’t do to make it right . .

The first thing that popped into my mine when I read this was: is there anything a parent wouldn’t do for their child? It’s a powerful theme for a book, and the blurb definitely has me interested in how the author portrays Tess.

How to Play Dead

She’s watching over them. And he’s watching her…

Ria Taylor is everything to everyone. Wife and mother, the centre of her family. And the manager of a refuge for women whose partners have driven them out of their own homes.

But one night, with her husband away, Ria receives a terrifyingly sinister message. Someone is watching her. Someone who seems to know everything about her. She knows what she should do – seek help, just like she tells her clients to. But Ria is the help. As events escalate, and terror takes hold, Ria must decide whether to run or hide…

I feel like Ria is hiding something. The more I look at this blurb, the more I wonder what am I missing: run and hide? They’re the same thing really (is that a typo?). So, why is someone stalking her? And is this more than a book that is about her being a Final Girl and dying horribly or always being on the run? Inquiring minds want to know! (You ever just been taken in by the questions a blurb brings up more than anything else?)

Little Disasters 

In this new novel from the internationally bestselling author of the “cool, sharp, and beautifully written” (Lisa Jewell, New York Times bestselling author) Anatomy of a Scandal, a doctor is faced with an ethical dilemma when her friend’s child lands in the emergency room.

Liz Trenchard is an experienced pediatrician with a duty to protect all children admitted to her busy emergency room When Jess Curtis, an affluent, stay-at-home mother, turns up at the ER one night with her baby girl, she immediately prompts suspicion. The ten-month-old has a blow to the head her mother doesn’t seem to have noticed, and Jess has a story that doesn’t stack up.

Meanwhile, Liz is riddled with doubt as she confronts secrets held by her mother, whose neglect not only led to a childhood tragedy involving her brother but raises questions about another baby Liz half-remembers from thirty-five years ago.

With Sarah Vaughan’s signature “clever and compelling” (Claire Douglas, bestselling author) prose, this is a tightly-wound and evocative page-turner that will haunt you long after you finish the final page.

Sarah Vaughan’s Anatomy of a Scandal was one of the best books of 2018 for me, and I am beyond thrilled that she has a new one coming next year, though August 2020 is a LONG time to wait. It’s ridiculous to be impatient for this, but I am. Not to mention *waves hand at blurb*: secrets and lies, and our main character has a past filled with secrets — a missing baby?

The Voter File

A twisty, one-step-ahead-of-the-headlines political thriller featuring a rogue reporter who investigates election meddling of epic proportions written by the ultimate insider.

Investigative reporter Jack Sharpe is down to his last chance. Fired from his high-profile gig with a national news channel, his only lead is a phonefull of messages from a grad student named Tori Justice, who swears she’s observed an impossible result in a local election. Sharpe is sure she’s mistaken…but what if she isn’t?
Sharpe learns that the most important tool in any election is the voter file: the database that keeps track of all voters in a district, and shapes a campaign’s game plan for victory. If one person were to gain control of an entire party’s voter file, she could manipulate the outcome of virtually every election in America. Sharpe discovers this has happened–and that the person behind the hack is determined to turn American politics upside down.
The more he digs, the more Sharpe is forced to question the values–and viability–of the country he loves and a president he admired. And soon it becomes clear that not just his career is in jeopardy…so is his life

This one speaks for itself I think.


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