January Books

I have a reading goal this month. I’m going to share/recommend/whatever you want to call it, some of the good books I read.

1. If I Stay by Forman

Info: “In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeen-year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck… A sophisticated, layered, and heart achingly beautiful story about the power of family and friends, the choices we all make—and the ultimate choice Mia commands.”

Review: Good one! Read it fast and it really keeps you interested in the story. I went on to read the second part of this book after this (Where She Went) and didn’t like that one as much. Definitely recommend this first one though.
2. The Husband’s Secret – Moriarty


Info: “Cecilia Fitzpatrick lives to be perfect: a perfect marriage, three perfect daughters, and a perfectly organized life. Then she finds a letter from her husband, John-Paul, to be opened only in the event of his death. She opens it anyway, and everything she believed is thrown into doubt. Meanwhile, Tess O’Leary’s husband, Will, and her cousin and best friend, Felicity, confess they’ve fallen in love, so Tess takes her young son, Liam, and goes to Sydney to live with her mother. There she meets up with an old boyfriend, Connor Whitby, while enrolling Liam in St. Angela’s Primary School, where Cecilia is the star mother. Rachel Crowley, the school secretary, believes that Connor, St. Angela’s PE teacher, is the man who, nearly three decades before, got away with murdering her daughter—a daughter for whom she is still grieving”

Review: Liked this one a whole lot too. It took a bit to get into it, a little slow starting and I thought I was going to lose interest but it definitely picks up. I get all my books from the library and when I picked this one up the librarian informed me that I was going to “love this one”, and she was right!
3. Dark Places – Flynn

Info: “When Libby Day’s mother and two older sisters were slaughtered in the family’s Kansas farmhouse, it was seven-year-old Libby’s testimony that sent her 15-year-old brother, Ben, to prison for life. Desperate for cash 24 years later, Libby reluctantly agrees to meet members of the Kill Club, true crime enthusiasts who bicker over famous cases. She’s shocked to learn most of them believe Ben is innocent and the real killer is still on the loose. Though initially interested only in making a quick buck hocking family memorabilia, Libby is soon drawn into the club’s pseudo-investigation, and begins to question what exactly she saw—or didn’t see—the night of the tragedy. Flynn fluidly moves between cynical present-day Libby and the hours leading up to the murders through the eyes of her family members. When the truth emerges, it’s so twisted that even the most astute readers won’t have predicted it.”

Review: Okay…I was not looking forward to reading this one because honestly I wasn’t a fan of Gone Girl by Flynn so I was thinking I wouldn’t like any of her books…..I was proved wrong. This book is wonderful. It keeps you guessing and surprises you with all the turns, definitely a must read!

4. We Were Liars – Lockhart

Info: “Cadence Sinclair Easton comes from an old-money family, headed by a patriarch who owns a private island off of Cape Cod. Each summer, the extended family gathers at the various houses on the island, and Cadence, her cousins Johnny and Mirren, and friend Gat (the four “Liars”), have been inseparable since age eight. During their fifteenth summer however, Cadence suffers a mysterious accident. She spends the next two years—and the course of the book—in a haze of amnesia, debilitating migraines, and painkillers, trying to piece together just what happened.”

Review: This one reads a bit juvenile since it is in the voice of a teenager, but it turned out very good. This one also has twists and turns that you don’t see coming. It is a fun read as you try to figure everything out and all the secrets being kept.

5. Still Missing – Stevens

Info: “On the day she was abducted, Annie O’Sullivan, a 32-year-old realtor, had three goals—sell a house, forget about a recent argument with her mother, and be on time for dinner with her ever-patient boyfriend. The open house is slow, but when her last visitor pulls up in a van as she’s about to leave, Annie thinks it just might be her lucky day after all.

Interwoven with the story of the year Annie spent as the captive of a psychopath in a remote mountain cabin, which unfolds through sessions with her psychiatrist, is a second narrative recounting events following her escape—her struggle to piece her shattered life back together and the ongoing police investigation into the identity of her captor.”

Review: Okay. I can rave about this book all day; I just finished it yesterday. I read it in 4 hours (yes you read that right, FOUR hours). It is so intriguing and interesting. There are some “triggers” in the book that can upset you, there were a couple parts that I cried about and then there are the good parts, and overall just a terrific book. My top recommendation for this month!!

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