With her ex now in prison, Gwen has finally found refuge in a new home on remote Stillhouse Lake. Though still the target of stalkers and Internet trolls who think she had something to do with her husband's crimes, Gwen dares to think her kids can finally grow up in peace. But just when she's starting to feel at ease in her new identity, a body turns up in the lake - and threatening letters start arriving from an all-too-familiar address.
Wow! This story is a roller coaster ride from page 1 to the end. Every time I felt like I trusted someone, they let Gwen down. The plot is as twisted and fast paced as the serial killer it centers around. Looking forward to book 2!
Despite having jobs and men that they love, each knows that something is missing: the closeness that once sustained them. Carmen is a successful actress in New York, engaged to be married, but misses her friends. Lena finds solace in her art, teaching in Rhode Island, but still thinks of Kostos and the road she didn’t take. Bridget lives with her longtime boyfriend, Eric, in San Francisco, and though a part of her wants to settle down, a bigger part can’t seem to shed her old restlessness. Then Tibby reaches out to bridge the distance, sending the others plane tickets for a reunion....
When i started this book, i was excited and then the story was so drastically different than the previous 4, that i really didnt like it. I was frustrated with the characters and how much they had changed and grown apart. About half way through the plot began to come together and I started to enjoy the story again. I loved the last half and was pleased with how it ended. I could read on about these women’s lives and them growing up together. What a fantastic journey and how I wish I had a group of friends that I had grown up with.
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.
This is such and important book about a very important topic. After Star witnesses her friend being killled by a cop she has to figure out how to deal, how to speak up and how to move forward. This is a time in our world, unfortunately, where this is happening all too often. I don't have the answers, but maybe more people reading this book and becoming aware will move us in the right direction.
Taylor Edwards’ family might not be the closest-knit - everyone is a little too busy and overscheduled - but for the most part, they get along just fine. Then Taylor’s dad gets devastating news, and her parents decide that the family will spend one last summer all together at their old lake house in the Pocono Mountains. Crammed into a place much smaller and more rustic than they are used to, they begin to get to know each other again. And Taylor discovers that the people she thought she had left behind haven’t actually gone anywhere.
What an emotional and beautiful story! The love was slow burning and realistic and I loved how all the characters balanced each other out. I teared up multiple times. Loved!
Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush, who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah's voice explains that there are 13 reasons she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out why.
Although and important story for teens to read, being an adult, I didn't really enjoy it. I think it has a strong message and an interesting delivery, as the story is a series of tapes.
In Truly Madly Guilty, Liane Moriarty takes on the foundations of our lives: marriage, sex, parenthood, and friendship. She shows how guilt can expose the fault lines in the most seemingly strong relationships, how what we don't say can be more powerful than what we do, and how sometimes it is the most innocent of moments that can do the greatest harm.
Liane Moriarty is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors of all time! Her stories are compelling, twisted and satisfying! Her characters and plots never disappoint. This book had interesting and fleshed out characters and I felt for every one of them. The way the stories are woven together and the pace at which the stories pieces are revealed one by one until a full picture is formed is perfection! Loved!
Magic, adventure, mystery, and romance combine in this epic debut in which a young princess must reclaim her dead mother’s throne, learn to be a ruler - and defeat the Red Queen, a powerful and malevolent sorceress determined to destroy her. On her 19th birthday, Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, raised in exile, sets out on a perilous journey back to the castle of her birth to ascend her rightful throne. Plain and serious, a girl who loves books and learning, Kelsea bears little resemblance to her mother, the vain and frivolous Queen Elyssa.
I was expecting so much more from this book and I was disappointed. The story was boring, the characters were bland and I don't care to see what happens next.
Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen. Then Cath meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the king and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense secret courtship.
This was a very entertaining and creative story about how the queen of hearts became the queen of hearts. I loved how Marissa Meyer included characters from the original Alice in Wonderland and wove a fanciful and magical story line that linked to two. The characters were likable and realistic. Such a fun story! I liked it even more than the Lunar Chronicles.
When Germany invaded Poland, bombers devastated Warsaw - and the city's zoo along with it. With most of their animals dead, zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski began smuggling Jews into the empty cages. Another dozen "guests" hid inside the Zabinskis' villa, emerging after dark for dinner, socializing, and, during rare moments of calm, piano concerts.
I was expecting so much more more from this and I was really disappointed. The story was bland and more like an encyclopedia than a story. I though there would be more with the animals and actually using Jews IN the zoo. The parts that were story like were good, but they were infrequent.
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The golden skies, the translucent twilight, the white nights all hold the promise of youth, of love, of eternal renewal. The war has not yet touched this city of fallen grandeur or the lives of two sisters, Tatiana and Dasha Metanova, who share a single room in a cramped apartment with their brother and parents. Their world is turned upside down when Hitler's armies attack Russia and begin their unstoppable blitz to Leningrad.
I'm glad I listened to this book on audio since there was a lot of Russian words and places that I would have struggled to pronounce and that would have taken away from the amazing story. Tatiana is such a strong character and has to overcome so much in her life. My only complaint is there was a lot of sex, which didn't add anything to the story. I'm looking forward to book 2!