★★★☆☆ Vivian is Rachel’s 15-year-old daughter. With a group of friends she hangs out with and an interest in exploring her sexuality, Vivian seems like your typical teenager. And, Rachel seems like a loving, albeit distant mom, who is too wrapped up in her own thoughts to notice just how different Vivian is from her peers. The two start accumulating secrets until things start to unravel.
Angel Killer by Andrew Mayne
★★★★☆ Angel Killer has a highly original premise, which is hard to find these days in the crime thriller genre. Just when it seemed like everything has been done and overdone in fiction books about the FBI investigating a serial killer, Andrew Mayne pulls a rabbit out of his hat with this fantastic read.
Nine Lives by Peter Swanson
★★★☆☆ In this thriller, nine strangers receive a list in the mail with their names and those of eight others. One of the individuals named on the list is a detective and starts becoming concerned the list is a hit list of some sort. And, then these seemingly unconnected people on the list start dying in random ways.
The Writing Retreat by Julia Bartz
★★★☆☆ I’m a sucker for fiction books that involve writers and their processes. There’s something inherently interesting about an author writing about a writer. Based on the description, this book fits the bill while adding an eccentric mentor, a creepy locale, and some ex-bestie dram
Run Rose Run by Dolly Parton and James Patterson
★★★☆☆ I read Run Rose Run solely because of my love for the smart, savvy, Country music queen and philanthropist. I was thrilled that from the first pages, I could immediately detect Dolly’s influences in the book.
What Lies in the Woods by Kate Alice Marshall
★★★★☆ When she was eleven, Naomi Shaw survived a brutal murder attempt that occurred one summer night when she and her childhood best friends, Olivia and Cassidy, were playing a made-up game in the woods. The trio banded together and, with Naomi’s brave eyewitness testimony, they helped bring a serial killer to justice for stabbing her seventeen times that night.
The Paris Apartment
★★★★☆ In Lucy Foley’s latest thriller, Jess is looking to start over after she is forced to leave her job. With nowhere else to go, she contacts her half-brother Ben, who lives in a swanky apartment in Paris, and asks to stay with him. He reluctantly says yes, but is nowhere to be found when she shows up.
The Personal Assistant by Kimberly Belle
★★★☆☆ I picked this book up at the airport to read during a long plane ride. As someone who has been working to grow the social media following for my photography and book review blog, I chose it based on the premise. I thought it would be interesting to read a thriller that explores the dangers of a regular person sharing their everyday life online for millions to see.
The Family Game by Catherine Steadman
★★★☆☆ Novelist Harriet “Harry” Reed has just gotten engaged to the handsome, charming Edward Holbeck. As the holidays and a major manuscript deadline approach, Harriet braces herself to meet Edward’s estranged family for the first time while keeping her career on track.
Blood Sugar by Sascha Rothchild
★★★★☆ Ruby Simon is a Yale-educated, happily married psychotherapist living in her hip hometown of Miami with her diabetic husband Jason and their two pets. One day she suddenly finds herself in an interrogation room accused of murdering Jason. Opening with a scene from when she was five, the book reveals Ruby’s murderous history through … Continue reading Blood Sugar by Sascha Rothchild