Goodreads Monday – April 12, 2021

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners . To take part, simply choose a random book from your TBR and show it off.  Be sure to check out Lauren’s blog too!!

I have quite a few books on my Goodreads TBR that I am excited to read. I thought I would pick one from my 2021 shelf and my eyes landed on….

Dark Roads by Chevy Stevens

Dark Roads

Expected publication: August 3rd 2021 by St. Martin’s Press

GOODREADS DESCRIPTION:

For decades, people have been warned about the Cold Creek Highway. Hitchhikers have vanished along it over the years, and women have been known to have their cars break down… and never be seen again. When Hailey McBride decides to run away from an unbearable living situation, she thinks that her outdoor skills will help her disappear into the Cold Creek wilderness, and she counts on people thinking that she was the victim of the killer.

One year later, Beth Chevalier arrives in Cold Creek to attend a memorial for the victims of the highway, but it might as well be one week for the amount of pain that Beth is still dealing with after her sister, Amber, was murdered the previous summer. Beth has quit university, is lying to her parents, and popping pills like Tic Tacs. Maybe this will finally bring her peace.

When she gets a job at a local diner where Amber once worked, she connects with people who knew her sister. Beth wants to find who killed her sister and put her own life back together, but as she gets closer to the truth, she learns that there is more than one person lying in Cold Creek.

I LOVE Chevy Stevens. I’ve read all of her other novels and really enjoyed them. I was excited to see she was releasing a new novel this year. And after reading the description for Dark Roads, I was even more thrilled. I’ve just started reading it and I’m hooked.

Do you have Dark Roads on your TBR?

Happy Reading!

Have a great week!

BOOK REVIEW – Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell

Invisible Girl

Published August 6, 2020 by Century

 

I’ve enjoyed quite a few of Lisa Jewell’s novels. This one was a little different than others I’ve read, but I thought it was a great read.

A young woman disappears on Valentine’s Night.

Where is Saffyre Maddox?

Seventeen-year-old, Saffyre Maddox often has dark thoughts that frighten her. Something happened when she was ten-years-old. Something that changed her. She started seeing a child psychologist named Roan Fours when she was twelve. She saw him for three years. Roan Fours felt that Saffyre made great progress, but she disagreed. Most of the time, Saffyre feels invisible. She likes being invisible because she can collect more secrets that way. But if those secrets got out, many lives would be changed.

Thirty-three- year old, Owen Pick is also invisible but wishes he wasn’t. He doesn’t have any friends and he’s never had a girlfriend. He’s never sure how to act around women. He often feels like he’s done something wrong.

Life is about to get even harder for Owen Pick. He’s not going to be invisible much longer.

When Saffyre goes missing, almost everyone thinks Owen is responsible. But is he?

A gripping domestic suspense novel about a group of people whose lives are forever changed when a young woman disappears.

A terrific read!

Lisa Jewell writes captivating and gripping stories filled with many terrifically flawed characters. True personality is often hidden by the masks people wear and sometimes focusing on things seen as obvious means other important things get overlooked.

The story is told from multiple points of view, but I most enjoyed hearing from Saffyre and Owen. Many interesting twists kept me on my toes. This story deals with many relevant and important issues. Some parts may be upsetting or triggering for some readers. It was interesting and disturbing learning about the world of an involuntary celibate (incel).

An intelligent story with an engaging plot that kept me gripped from start to finish. I’m excited to read more from this author.

 

I’d like to thank the publisher for providing me with a copy of this novel. All opinions are my own.

BOOK REVIEW – Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

Anxious People

Published September 8th 2020 by Simon & Schuster (first published April 25th 2019)

All the stars!!!!!

I have read a few of Fredrik Backman’s previous novels and really enjoyed them. However, this one is definitely my favorite. I had the audiobook and ebook. I thought both were excellent and I enjoyed alternating between them.

This was a story about many different things.  This story starts with a bad idea, an almost robbery, and an unintentional hostage situation.

But I mustn’t forget…

It is also a story about idiots.

The day before New Year’s Eve,  a 39-year-old wannabe bank robber attempts to rob a bank. When things don’t go as planned, the “robber” hurries away and runs up the stairs of a nearby building and into the first open door they see. An apartment that just happens to be filled with people. An apartment viewing has now turned into a hostage situation. The almost robber is very apologetic and tries to reassure the unintentional hostages that this wasn’t how it was supposed to go….

 “I’m very sorry about that! I’m having quite a complicated day here!”

Time passes and the tension in the apartment grows. The people inside start to share things about themselves and these revelations will have readers wondering what could possibly happen next!

Did I already say how much I LOVED this book?

Fredrik Backman has a terrific understanding of people and the things that connect us all. A writer who makes me laugh about the everyday things in life.

To really enjoy this novel, readers may have to overlook things that seem unlikely.

Some parts felt like they were written specifically for me. I am an anxious person and I’m occasionally an idiot who is just trying to get their chaos under control too.

“Those of us who aren’t twenty can probably agree that most twenty-year-olds are wrong so often that most of them would have just a one in four chance of answering a yes or no question correctly.” 

My twenty-year-old daughter didn’t find that quote as hilarious as I did…

Thought-provoking and intelligent with some excellent twists. A story about connections. A story about how one life affects another in a single moment. I frequently found myself laughing out loud and also got choked up a time or two (or five). It also has many unforgettable characters.

QUOTES:

Parenting — “You’re always judged by your worst moments. You can do a million things right, but if you do one single thing wrong you’re forever that parent who was checking his phone in the park when your child was hit in the head by a swing.”

Being an adult — “The terrible thing about becoming an adult is being forced to realize that absolutely nobody cares about us, we have to deal with everything ourselves now, find out how the whole world works. Work and pay bills, use dental floss and get to meetings on time, stand in line and fill out forms, come to grips with cables and put furniture together, change tires on the car and charge the phone and switch the coffee machine off and not forget to sign the kids up for swimming classes.”

I’m thrilled that there are books from this author that I haven’t yet read. I honestly can’t wait to check them out too.

A unique, heartwarming, and unforgettable novel!

I’d like to thank the publisher for providing me with a copy of this novel. All opinions are my own.

Hello Book Lovers!! It’s been a while!

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Hello everyone!

Happy New Year (I realize that’s weird to say considering it is now April).

Well, I have to say, I’m not all that sad that 2020 is over. It was a rough year. This pandemic has definitely hit hard. I realize many of you lost people you loved. My heart goes out to all of you.

I’d like to thank so many of those who really stepped up during this difficult time.

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With the pandemic, my own health issues, and a few other things, it got to be too much. I had heard of blogger burnout and hoped I’d never have to deal with it. But it hit me hard. I was surprised as I LOVE blogging, reviewing the books I read, and the community. But I needed a break. However, I never stopped reading. 2020 had some great books and so far, 2021 has been great too. There are also many upcoming releases that I am REALLY excited about.

I’m thrilled to be back. I’ve missed you and I can’t wait to see what you’re reading and everything else that’s going on! It’s going to take a little while to get up all caught up, but I’ll get there.

I hope you are all staying safe and well!

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Here’s hoping 2021 is an much better year!!

Happy reading everyone!

Love,

Dee