It’s time for July’s READING LIST! It’s been a slow month in terms of reading for me. I only have 3 books to share with you today and 2 of them don’t come out until the 23rd so I apologize for teasing you but make sure you add those books to your TBR if you’re into thrillers/mysteries!
A Stranger On The Beach by Michele Campbell*
Her spectacular new beach house, built for hosting expensive parties and vacationing with the family she thought she’d have. But her husband is lying to her and everything in her life is upside down, so when the stranger, Aiden, shows up as a bartender at the same party where Caroline and her husband have a very public fight, it doesn’t seem like anything out of the ordinary.
As her marriage collapses around her and the lavish lifestyle she’s built for herself starts to crumble, Caroline turns to Aiden for comfort…and revenge. After a brief and desperate fling that means nothing to Caroline and everything to him, Aiden’s obsession with Caroline, her family, and her house grows more and more disturbing. And when Caroline’s husband goes missing, her life descends into a nightmare that leaves her accused of her own husband’s murder.
The Two Lila Bennetts by Liz Fenton*
In one life, she’s taken hostage by someone who appears to be a stranger but knows too much. As she’s trapped in a concrete cell, her kidnapper forces her to face what she’s done or be killed. In an alternate life, she eludes her captor but is hunted by someone who is dismantling her happiness, exposing one secret at a time.
Lila’s decorated career as a criminal defense attorney, her marriage, and her life are on the line. She must make a list of those she’s wronged—both in and out of the courtroom—to determine who is out to get her before it’s too late. But even if she can pinpoint her assailant, will she survive? And if she does, which parts of her life are worth saving, and which parts must die? Because one thing’s for certain—life as Lila Bennett knew it is over.
My review // This was a clever concept for a book, a la Sliding Doors, where Lila Bennett’s life is split in half and you have two parallel stories in one. Lila is a powerful and successful criminal defense attorney. She knows she has many enemies. Chapters alternate between “Captured” where Lila is held hostage by an unknown captor and “Free” where she goes about her life. This concept also reminded me of Dark Matter where our life is impacted by the decisions we make. Highly recommend! This one also comes out on the 23rd.
The Suspect by Fiona Barton
From Goodreads // When two eighteen-year-old girls go missing on their gap year in Thailand, their families are thrust into the international spotlight: desperate, bereft and frantic with worry.
Journalist Kate Waters always does everything she can to be first to the story, first with the exclusive, first to discover the truth – and this time is no exception. But she can’t help but think of her own son, who she hasn’t seen in two years since he left home to go traveling. This time it’s personal.
And as the case of the missing girls unfolds, they will all find that even this far away, danger can lie closer to home than you might think . . .
My review // I’m a huge fan of Fiona Barton and her writing style. This one was perfectly paced and I thought the alternating chapters with the multiple viewpoints (Kate, Alex before she went missing, Leslie (Alex’s mother), and the Detective assigned to the case) were nicely done without the confusion when there are multiple characters.
*Thanks to Netgalley for the advanced copies.