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September Reading List

Happy September! It’s time for the monthly book roundup of what I read lately. I read 3 thrillers and I think if you’re into that genre as well, you’ll enjoy these. If you’ve already read these, I’d love to know your thoughts too. Just comment down below. Ok, on to the reviews.

The Arrangement by Robyn Harding*

From Goodreads // Natalie, a young art student in New York City, is struggling to pay her bills when a friend makes a suggestion: Why not go online and find a sugar daddy—a wealthy, older man who will pay her for dates, and even give her a monthly allowance? Lots of girls do it, Nat learns. All that’s required is to look pretty and hang on his every word. Sexual favours are optional.

Though more than thirty years her senior, Gabe, a handsome corporate finance attorney, seems like the perfect candidate, and within a month, they are madly in love. At least, Nat is…Gabe already has a family, whom he has no intention of leaving.

So when he abruptly ends things, Nat can’t let go. She begins drinking heavily and stalking him: watching him at work, spying on his wife, even befriending his daughter, who is not much younger than she is. But Gabe’s not about to let his sugar baby destroy his perfect life. What was supposed to be a mutually beneficial arrangement devolves into a nightmare of deception, obsession, and, when a body is found near Gabe’s posh Upper East Side apartment, murder.

My Review // This was a provocative (or maybe trashy?) concept on the sugar daddy and sugar baby arrangement. Natalie is a young art student, on the verge of being kicked out by her roommates as she can’t pay rent. Desperate for money, she finds a sugar daddy to help her financially. This was an interesting read on a lifestyle that I’m unfamiliar with. There’s murder, sex (not graphic at all which was a plus in my book), and betrayal. I’ve never heard of Robyn Harding before but now I have to add “Her Pretty Face” to my TBR.

I Found You by Lisa Jewell
From Goodreads // ‘How long have you been sitting out here?’
‘I got here yesterday.’
‘Where did you come from?’
‘I have no idea.’
East Yorkshire: Single mum Alice Lake finds a man on the beach outside her house. He has no name, no jacket, no idea what he is doing there. Against her better judgement she invites him in to her home.
Surrey: Twenty-one-year-old Lily Monrose has only been married for three weeks. When her new husband fails to come home from work one night she is left stranded in a new country where she knows no one. Then the police tell her that her husband never existed. Two women, twenty years of secrets and a man who can’t remember lie at the heart of Lisa Jewell’s brilliant new novel.
My Review // Despite the multiple points of view (Alice, Lily, and flashbacks to the past) and the possibility for confusion, I had to keep reading to see how these characters intersect. I was eager to find out who this man with amnesia was. Unfortunately, I found both Alice and Lily annoying in their own ways – Alice a bit too clingy with a complete stranger, and Lily with her hoighty-toityness (my word, ha!). However, I’m a huge fan of Lisa Jewell’s book so this was a satisfying read nonetheless.
The Perfect Wife by J.P. Delaney

From Goodreads // Abbie awakens in a daze with no memory of who she is or how she landed in this unsettling condition. The man by her side claims to be her husband. He’s a titan of the tech world, the founder of one of Silicon Valley’s most innovative start-ups. He tells Abbie that she is a gifted artist, an avid surfer, a loving mother to their young son, and the perfect wife. He says she had a terrible accident five years ago and that, through a huge technological breakthrough, she has been brought back from the abyss.

She is a miracle of science.

But as Abbie pieces together memories of her marriage, she begins questioning her husband’s motives–and his version of events. Can she trust him when he says he wants them to be together forever? And what really happened to Abbie half a decade ago?

Beware the man who calls you . . .

My Review // Even though this is touted as a thriller, it had more sci-fi vibes which, to be honest, I’m not really a fan. But I really enjoyed reading this book! The concept was definitely unique, maybe a bit unrealistic but also futuristic with concepts of artificial intelligence and robots. It wasn’t technical at all and I found this to be an enjoyable read.

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*Thanks to Netgalley for the advanced copies.

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12 Replies to “September Reading List”

  1. Big fat NO on The Perfect Wife for me. I cannot care about artificial intelligence and men who create perfect robot women. The Arrangement was much more seedy than I thought it would be LOL

    1. Haha, I get you on the Perfect Wife. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea. If it was any other author, I think I would’ve given up within the first few chapters. But I found myself flipping the pages so the fact that I finished it, I consider that a small victory. 🙂

  2. I liked The Perfect Wife but I had expected it to be more of a thriller than it really was, which did bum me out a bit. Delaney is typically a bit more clever, in my opinion, and this was more straight-forward than I expected. But I still enjoyed it and I liked the ending. The Arrangement sounds good. I haven’t read any of Jewell’s books yet, although I was approved by NetGalley for her upcoming release, so I’m super excited to read it. She seems to write the kind of mysteries that I would enjoy.

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