A long and overdue blog post all about books. Its 2020 and I promised myself to read more and get my blogging mojo back. Here’s to acing my Goodreads Reading Challenge. Let me share with you the books I’m eyeing for the month of January.
Unspeakable Things by Jess Lourey – January 1st, 2020
Something that caught my attention, Unspeakable Things is inspired by a terrifying true story from the author’s hometown. How amazing, right? A small town in the ‘80s which seems so perfect but every town has its own secrets waiting to be unveiled. One by one, local boys have gone missing and when they return from their unknown whereabouts they changed – in different ways. I just can’t wait to get my hands on this book, I hope you are too.
Cassie McDowell’s life in 1980s Minnesota seems perfectly wholesome. She lives on a farm, loves school, and has a crush on the nicest boy in class. Yes, there are her parents’ strange parties and their parade of deviant guests, but she’s grown accustomed to them.
All that changes when someone comes hunting in Lilydale.
One by one, local boys go missing. One by one, they return changed—violent, moody, and withdrawn. What happened to them becomes the stuff of shocking rumors. The accusations of who’s responsible grow just as wild and dangerous town secrets start to surface. Then Cassie’s own sister undergoes the dark change. If she is to survive, Cassie must find her way in an adult world where every sin is justified, and only the truth is unforgivable.
One of Us Is Next by Karen Mcmanus – January 7th, 2020
I didn’t saw this one coming. This is a sequel to Karen’s book “One of Us Is Lying” which I absolutely loved. This book is about the same school still full of gossips. It’s hard not to spoil anything about the first book when I tell you what all is this about. To keep things short and sweet, Truth or Dare, a new set of rules, but the same mystery that still haunts the students of Bayview High.
Come on, Bayview, you know you’ve missed this.
A ton of copycat gossip apps have popped up since Simon died, but in the year since the Bayview four were cleared of his shocking death, no one’s been able to fill the gossip void quite like he could. The problem is no one has the facts.
This time it’s not an app, though—it’s a game.
Truth or Dare.
Phoebe’s the first target. If you choose not to play, it’s a truth. And hers is dark.
Then comes Maeve and she should know better—always choose the dare.
But by the time Knox is about to be tagged, things have gotten dangerous. The dares have become deadly, and if Maeve learned anything from Bronwyn last year, it’s that they can’t count on the police for help. Or protection.
Simon’s gone, but someone’s determined to keep his legacy at Bayview High alive. And this time, there’s a whole new set of rules.
Long Bright River by Liz Moore – January 7th, 2020
A book about two sisters, the opioid crisis and all forms of addiction and a disappearance. One of them goes missing and the other becomes obsessed with finding who the true culprit is. Stings of murder. If you’re looking for a book that has emotional depth and suspense wrapped into one, you should definitely give this a try.
Two sisters travel the same streets, though their lives couldn’t be more different.
Then one of them goes missing.
In a Philadelphia neighborhood rocked by the opioid crisis, two once-inseparable sisters find themselves at odds. One, Kacey, lives on the streets in the vise of addiction. The other, Mickey, walks those same blocks on her police beat. They don’t speak anymore, but Mickey never stops worrying about her sibling.
Then Kacey disappears, suddenly, at the same time that a mysterious string of murders begins in Mickey’s district, and Mickey becomes dangerously obsessed with finding the culprit–and her sister–before it’s too late.
Alternating its present-day mystery with the story of the sisters’ childhood and adolescence, Long Bright River is at once heart-pounding and heart-wrenching: a gripping suspense novel that is also a moving story of sisters, addiction, and the formidable ties that persist between place, family, and fate.
Big Lies in A Small Town by Diane Chamberlain – January 14th, 2020
A gripping novel about two women from the present and the past. Another book about a town that conceals all their secrets and lies. Art. Murder. Prejudice. It’s better to keep it like this.
North Carolina, 2018: Morgan Christopher’s life has been derailed. Taking the fall for a crime she did not commit, she finds herself serving a three-year stint in the North Carolina Women’s Correctional Center. Her dream of a career in art is put on hold—until a mysterious visitor makes her an offer that will see her released immediately. Her assignment: restore an old post office mural in a sleepy southern town. Morgan knows nothing about art restoration, but desperate to leave prison, she accepts. What she finds under the layers of grime is a painting that tells the story of madness, violence, and a conspiracy of small-town secrets.
North Carolina, 1940: Anna Dale, an artist from New Jersey, wins a national contest to paint a mural for the post office in Edenton, North Carolina. Alone in the world and desperate for work, she accepts. But what she doesn’t expect is to find herself immersed in a town where prejudices run deep, where people are hiding secrets behind closed doors, and where the price of being different might just end in murder.
What happened to Anna Dale? Are the clues hidden in the decrepit mural? Can Morgan overcome her own demons to discover what exists beneath the layers of lies?
Tweet Cute by Emma Lord – January 21st, 2020
A story about an overachiever (Pepper) and a class clown (Jack) who then become rivals. Tweet Cute feels like a cute rom-com about enemies turn to lovers relationship that I’m down for. I can’t wait to read about their twitter wars and how they end up falling for each other IRL.
Meet Pepper, swim team captain, chronic overachiever, and all-around perfectionist. Her family may be falling apart, but their massive fast-food chain is booming ― mainly thanks to Pepper, who is barely managing to juggle real life while secretly running Big League Burger’s massive Twitter account.
Enter Jack, class clown and a constant thorn in Pepper’s side. When he isn’t trying to duck out of his obscenely popular twin’s shadow, he’s busy working in his family’s deli. His relationship with the business that holds his future might be love/hate, but when Big League Burger steals his grandma’s iconic grilled cheese recipe, he’ll do whatever it takes to take them down, one tweet at a time.
All’s fair in love and cheese ― that is, until Pepper and Jack’s spat turns into a viral Twitter war. Little do they know, while they’re publicly duking it out with snarky memes and retweet battles, they’re also falling for each other in real life ― on an anonymous chat app Jack built.
As their relationship deepens and their online shenanigans escalate ― people on the internet are shipping them?? ― their battle gets more and more personal until even these two rivals can’t ignore they were destined for the most unexpected, awkward, all-the-feels romance that neither of them expected.
Well, it seems that I’m in the mood for some suspenseful reads with a touch of romance. What book/s are you excited to read this month? (January 2020)