Monday, January 23, 2017

5 Books That Are on My Radar (Thrilling Reads)

I add books to my TBR list constantly thanks to a variety of online sources.  In fact one of my very favorite things to do is find new books that I want to read.  In a change of pace from my usual weekly reading update, I thought I would share with all of you the five books that I have added to my ever-growing TBR pile recently.  These are books that I'm really excited about and am planning on reading soon.  Don't mind the fact that they weren't in my monthly reading pile.  LOL!  Here are five books that I have come across recently that I just cannot wait to begin reading (summaries are thanks to Goodreads):

Final Girls by Riley Sager

"Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie–scale massacre. In an instant, she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to—a group of similar survivors known in the press as the Final Girls. Lisa, who lost nine sorority sisters to a college dropout’s knife; Sam, who went up against the Sack Man during her shift at the Nightlight Inn; and now Quincy, who ran bleeding through the woods to escape Pine Cottage and the man she refers to only as Him. The three girls are all attempting to put their nightmares behind them, and, with that, one another. Despite the media’s attempts, they never meet.

Now, Quincy is doing well—maybe even great, thanks to her Xanax prescription. She has a caring almost-fianc√©, Jeff; a popular baking blog; a beautiful apartment; and a therapeutic presence in Coop, the police officer who saved her life all those years ago. Her memory won’t even allow her to recall the events of that night; the past is in the past.

That is, until Lisa, the first Final Girl, is found dead in her bathtub, wrists slit, and Sam, the second, appears on Quincy’s doorstep. Blowing through Quincy’s life like a whirlwind, Sam seems intent on making Quincy relive the past, with increasingly dire consequences, all of which makes Quincy question why Sam is really seeking her out. And when new details about Lisa’s death come to light, Quincy’s life becomes a race against time as she tries to unravel Sam’s truths from her lies, evade the police and hungry reporters, and, most crucially, remember what really happened at Pine Cottage, before what was started ten years ago is finished."

The description of this book sounds so intense and thrilling!  This book isn't even out until July of this year- but I'm not going to be able to wait that long as I have a copy on my Kindle thanks to NetGalley.  Eek!  I can already tell that this is a book that I'm going to enjoy so I just may have to read this one super early.  And that cover!

The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle

"Even the perfect marriage has its dark side… 

Iris and Will's marriage is as close to perfect as it can be: a large house in a nice Atlanta neighborhood, rewarding careers and the excitement of trying for their first baby. But on the morning Will leaves for a business trip to Orlando, Iris's happy world comes to an abrupt halt. Another plane headed for Seattle has crashed into a field, killing everyone on board, and according to the airline, Will was one of the passengers on this plane.

Grief-stricken and confused, Iris is convinced it all must be a huge misunderstanding. But as time passes and there is still no sign of Will, she reluctantly accepts that he is gone. Still, Iris needs answers. Why did Will lie about where he was going? What is in Seattle? And what else has he lied about? As Iris sets off on a desperate quest to find out what her husband was keeping from her, the answers she receives will shock her to her very core."

I'm trying to remember where I first heard about this book and now I can't remember.  I may not remember where but I sure as heck requested a copy from my local library and now it is sitting in my current library stack.  I love the sound of this book - the idea of the secrets behind a "perfect marriage" are something that I just can't resist.  I won't be waiting long to read this book and have high hopes that it is as good as it sounds.

The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

"Roanoke girls never last long around here. In the end, we either run or we die.

After her mother's suicide, fifteen year-old Lane Roanoke came to live with her grandparents and fireball cousin, Allegra, on their vast estate in rural Kansas. Lane knew little of her mother's mysterious family, but she quickly embraced life as one of the rich and beautiful Roanoke girls. But when she discovered the dark truth at the heart of the family, she ran fast and far away.

Eleven years later, Lane is adrift in Los Angeles when her grandfather calls to tell her Allegra has gone missing. Did she run too? Or something worse? Unable to resist his pleas, Lane returns to help search, and to ease her guilt at having left Allegra behind. Her homecoming may mean a second chance with the boyfriend whose heart she broke that long ago summer. But it also means facing the devastating secret that made her flee, one she may not be strong enough to run from again.

As it weaves between Lane's first Roanoke summer and her return, The Roanoke Girls shocks and tantalizes, twisting its way through revelation after mesmerizing revelation, exploring the secrets families keep and the fierce and terrible love that both binds them together and rips them apart."

I seem to be drawn to books lately that are focused on family secrets.  The description of this one made me instantly add this book to my TBR pile thanks to NetGalley.  Luckily this one publishes in March so I don't have to feel too guilty for reading it sooner rather than later.  I love the cover to this book as well!  Just gorgeous!

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

"Louise is a single mom, a secretary, stuck in a modern-day rut. On a rare night out, she meets a man in a bar and sparks fly. Though he leaves after they kiss, she’s thrilled she finally connected with someone.

When Louise arrives at work on Monday, she meets her new boss, David. The man from the bar. The very married man from the bar…who says the kiss was a terrible mistake but who still can’t keep his eyes off Louise.

And then Louise bumps into Adele, who’s new to town and in need of a friend, but she also just happens to be married to David. David and Adele look like the picture-perfect husband and wife, but then why is David so controlling, and why is Adele so scared of him?

As Louise is drawn into David and Adele’s orbit, she uncovers more puzzling questions than answers. The only thing that is crystal clear is that something in this marriage is very, very wrong, but Louise can’t guess how wrong―and how far a person might go to protect their marriage’s secrets."

I've been hearing about this book a lot lately and I've just been drawn to it.  It sounds like a book that I will enjoy and that description....oh my!  I've got a copy of this one as well thanks to NetGalley and since this book releases this month will probably reading this one in the very near future.  I want to see what the hype is all about!

The Twilight Wife by A.J. Banner

"From bestselling author A.J. Banner comes a dazzling new novel of psychological suspense in the vein of S.J. Watson’s Before I Go to Sleep and Mary Kubica’s The Good Girl that questions just how much we can trust the people around us.

Thirty-four-year-old marine biologist Kyra Winthrop remembers nothing about the diving accident that left her with a complex form of memory loss. With only brief flashes of the last few years of her life, her world has narrowed to a few close friendships on the island where she lives with her devoted husband, Jacob.

But all is not what it seems. Kyra begins to have visions—or are they memories?—of a rocky marriage, broken promises, and cryptic relationships with the island residents, whom she believes to be her friends.

As Kyra races to uncover her past, the truth becomes a terrifying nightmare. A twisty, immersive thriller, The Twilight Wife will keep readers enthralled through the final, shocking twist."

I added this book to my must-read pile thanks to Litsy.  I then immediately requested a copy of this book from my library as well and it just came in.  I adored Before I Go to Sleep so really reading this one with that comparison was a for sure thing!  I love the cover for this book as well!

Whew!  I have TONS of really great reading ahead of me with these books.  I'm currently working my way through a nonfiction read (Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer) but after that one of these books is next for sure.  I'm just going to have to go off pile as these books are calling to me the loudest!  
Which of these books would you read next if you had to choose?  Do share as we all know how indecisive I can be!  


  1. Every one of these books has been or currently is on my TBR list. I've already read THE MARRIAGE LIE and liked it a lot. I have THE TWILIGHT WIFE on my Kindle. Have heard some mixed reviews of it, but I'm still very much interested. The other 3 are also on my list and I'll likely get around to them at some point. Good luck with these and this is nice feature!

    1. Kay- You and I have such similar reading tastes when it comes to mysteries :) I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed The Marriage Lie as I am so intrigued by it!

  2. The Marriage Lie is on my list too. I haven't heard of some of the others Sam.

    1. Marce- You'll have to let me know what you think if you read it!!! These others might be something you would enjoy as well :)

  3. I have these books on my list too. I just heard about the Pinborough book this week and thought it sounded so interesting. All look great. Hope you get a chance to check them out!

    1. Iliana- I keep hearing about the ending for some reason- it has me so curious! You'll have to let me know if you end up reading it!


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