#5Books: Book recs

I’ve been thinking about writing this post all day, and yet the moment I sit down to start writing the stuff before the books recs I wanted to talk about this week, my mind goes blank.

Does that ever happen to you? I’ve been sitting here staring at this screen, knowing I had something to say — it is in fact on the tip of my tongue but no. Gone.

These are the days I just feel old.

However, these I have been keeping track of all week, so here the books I am looking forward to this week.

Seven Lies

Jane and Marnie have been inseparable since they were eleven years old.

In their early twenties they fell in love with and married handsome young men. But Jane never much liked Marnie’s husband. He was always so loud and obnoxious, so much larger than life. Which is rather ironic.

Because if Jane had been honest – if she hadn’t told those lies – then perhaps her best friend’s husband might still be alive…

This is Jane’s opportunity to tell the truth and, as she narrates their shared history and unpicks each of her seven lies, she reveals the pockets of darkness that have infiltrated their friendship and the toxic secrets still bubbling beneath.

Secrets and lies among friends and families always make for the most delicious plots, but what makes this one stand out to me is it’s just two best friends, and the secrets they keep. There’s an intimacy to this betrayal, and from Jane’s predicament, there are LOTS of secrets between them.

The Wife Who Knew too Much

From Michele Campbell, the bestselling author of It’s Always the Husband comes a new blockbuster thriller in The Wife Who Knew Too Much.

Tabitha Girard had her heart broken years ago by Connor Ford. He was preppy and handsome. She was a pool girl at his country club. Their affair should have been a summer fling. But it meant everything to Tabitha.

Years later, Connor comes back into Tabitha’s life—older, richer, and desperately unhappy. He married for money, a wealthy, neurotic, controlling woman whom he never loved. He has always loved Tabitha.

When Connor’s wife Nina takes her own life, he’s free. He can finally be with Tabitha. Nina’s home, Windswept, can be theirs. It seems to be a perfect ending to a fairy tale romance that began so many years ago. But then, Tabitha finds a diary. “I’m writing this to raise an alarm in the event of my untimely death,” it begins. “If I die unexpectedly, it was foul play, and Connor was behind it. Connor—and her.”

Who is Connor Ford? Why did he marry Nina? Is Tabitha his true love, or a convenient affair? As the police investigate Nina’s death, is she a convenient suspect?

As Tabitha is drawn deeper into the dark glamour of a life she is ill-prepared for, it becomes clear to her that what a wife knows can kill her.

You know what I said above about best friends have the best secrets for delicious domestic noir and suspense books? That goes double for the secrets, lies and possibly murder that comes between husbands and wives.

The Guest List

A wedding celebration turns dark and deadly in this deliciously wicked and atmospheric thriller reminiscent of Agatha Christie from the author of The Hunting Party.

The bride ‧ The plus one ‧ The best man ‧ The wedding planner ‧ The bridesmaid ‧ The body

On an island off the coast of Ireland, guests gather to celebrate two people joining their lives together as one. The groom: handsome and charming, a rising television star. The bride: smart and ambitious, a magazine publisher. It’s a wedding for a magazine, or for a celebrity: the designer dress, the remote location, the luxe party favors, the boutique whiskey. The cell phone service may be spotty and the waves may be rough, but every detail has been expertly planned and will be expertly executed.

But perfection is for plans, and people are all too human. As the champagne is popped and the festivities begin, resentments and petty jealousies begin to mingle with the reminiscences and well wishes. The groomsmen begin the drinking game from their school days. The bridesmaid not-so-accidentally ruins her dress. The bride’s oldest (male) friend gives an uncomfortably caring toast.

And then someone turns up dead. Who didn’t wish the happy couple well? And perhaps more important, why?

This feels like a locked-wedding mystery! And this might be the first time I’ve ever read a murder mystery at a wedding!

Safe

 A kidnapped girl returns home after twelve years away–but coming home may not be as easy as she thought in this roller coaster ride of lies, betrayal, and secrets that just might be the twistiest thriller you’ll read all year.

Jenny Kristal was six years old when she was snatched off the sidewalk from her quiet suburban neighborhood. Twelve years later, she’s miraculously returned home after escaping her kidnappers–but as her parents and younger brother welcome her back, the questions begin to mount. Where has she been all these years? Why is she back now? And is home really the safest place for her… or for any of them?

Whew, oh this sounds good! I thought maybe someone is just pretending to be Jenny, that’s why everyone has questions she can’t answer rightaway… but at the same time, this could very well be the missing Jenny, which means those are very good questions to be asking. Where has she been? And is someone after them?! .

I think that’s all she wrote this week. Just Mercy is calling me!!

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