Top Ten Tuesday

It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday! In case you haven’t seen this, Top Ten Tuesday is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and every Tuesday she has a new topic to get you thinking about books and all things bookish.

This week’s topic is new-to-me-authors I read in 2018:

You probably saw my favorites list for 2018 but there were some other books I didn’t get a chance to mention and I thought this would be the perfect way to share those books with you and remind myself too that I want to read more by these authors.

Elena Ferrante – My Brilliant Friend. You all have probably heard about this quartet of novels detailing life in Italy. I hope to continue reading the saga of these two friends.

Laura Madeline – Where the Wild Cherries Grow. A wonderful story about a woman escaping to life in South France during WWI.

A.J. Banner – After Nightfall. A Thriller where there are a lot of suspects and lots of red herrings.

Mary Torjussen – The Girl I Used To Be. The morning after real estate agent Gemma Brogan has dinner with a prospective client, she’s furious at herself for drinking so much. But there will be more to regret than a nasty hangover.

Sally Hepworth – The Family Next Door. A lovely neighborhood with a lot of secrets.

Fiona Barton – The Child. As an old house is demolished in a gentrifying section of London, a workman discovers human remains, buried for years.

Camille Pagan – Woman Last Seen in Her Thirties. At fifty-three, Maggie Harris has a good marriage and two mostly happy children. She never thought her husband would leave her and now what is next for her life?

Joy Ellis – Crime on the Fens. Jen & Kay turned me on this series and it is so good. I can’t wait to get to the next book.

Katy Regan – Little Big Love. Enjoyed the characters very much and I liked the sweet romance and family drama.

Louise Candlish – Our House. I’ll try to do a mini review of this one soon but if you like a good thriller, check this one out.

Would love to hear if you’ve read any of these. Or tell me if you discovered a new author you definitely want to read more of this year.

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Final Girls

“The forest had claws and teeth. All those rocks and thorns and branches bit at Quincy as she ran screaming through the woods. But she didn’t stop. Not when rocks dug into the soles of her bare feet. Not when a whip-thin branch lashed her face and a line of blood streaked her cheek. Stopping wasn’t an option. To stop was to die.”

Final Girls
By Riley Sager
Published: July 2017
Source: Advance review copy

After the horrifying events at Pine Cottage 10 years ago, Quincy has finally built a “normal” life. She is a successful blogger, has a nice apartment and thinks she’ll soon be tying the knot with her boyfriend. So what if she still has to rely on Xanax at times to get her through the day? Lucky for her she can still also rely on her friendship with Coop, or Officer Cooper who rescued her.

Quincy joined the ranks of the “final girls” after surviving the massacre at Pine Cottage. Lisa and Sam are two other final girls, dubbed so by the media, because they were the sole survivors of similar situations. They each have found a way to cope with their pasts but Quincy has tried to distance herself and not think of herself as a final girl. She wants to move on but her life is going to be upended by Sam who finds Quincy and wants to talk about her past.

Sam is quite the opposite from Quincy. She lives a life with no rules and thinks that Quincy is not quite telling the truth about not recalling the events of the past. She challenges Quincy and while at first Quincy doesn’t want to engage in the risky behaviors Sam partakes in, at the same time she hasn’t been truthful about everything. She is slowly won over by Sam’s insistence and Quincy is discovering another side of herself.

The novel moves back and forth in time, slowly revealing what Quincy was like before the massacre at Pine Cottage as well as revealing the backgrounds of the other final girls. I liked the build up to the big reveal and thought that was really well done and kept the suspense high. My disappoint in this book came mainly in that it went in a direction I wasn’t expecting. In my mind, I had resolved it all in a great way and it didn’t pan out. So not really the story’s fault but it was me trying to get ahead of the story. Would I read another thriller by this author? Yes, absolutely.

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Tuesday Intro

It’s time for, First Chapter, First Paragraph Tuesday Intros. If you aren’t familiar, Vicki, from I’d Rather Be at the Beach hosts this meme. It’s your chance to post a bit from a book that you are reading or planning to read.

“Alice, barefoot in her nightie in the early sun, pinched open the last clothespin and clipped the wet towel onto the line strung around the posts of the pole barn where she parked her truck. As she often did, Alice smugly reminded herself that one joy of living alone on a sall ranch at the end of a long gravel road was doing outdoor chores in only some, or no, clothes. No one could get halfway down her road without giving her plenty of warning.”

Ghost Next Door by Helen Currie Foster

How much you want to bet Alice is going to be in for a surprise? So would you continue reading and what do you think happens next?

I’ve just purchased this book and am excited to start it and discuss it with my mystery book group next week. It is written by a local author and hopefully she may show up at our book group meeting.

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