Hey guys!!! It’s time again for another Top Ten Tuesday hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is Upcoming Releases I’m On the Fence About. Some of these books are from authors I’ve read before and were iffy about. Some of these authors I haven’t read before but the books sounded interesting. So let’s dive in to see what I picked.
The Night Olivia Fell By Christina McDonald
Plot: In the vein of Big Little Lies and Reconstructing Amelia comes an emotionally charged domestic suspense novel about a mother unraveling the truth behind how her daughter became brain dead. And pregnant.
A search for the truth. A lifetime of lies.
In the small hours of the morning, Abi Knight is startled awake by the phone call no mother ever wants to get: her teenage daughter Olivia has fallen off a bridge. Not only is Olivia brain dead, she’s pregnant and must remain on life support to keep her baby alive. And then Abi sees the angry bruises circling Olivia’s wrists.
When the police unexpectedly rule Olivia’s fall an accident, Abi decides to find out what really happened that night. Heartbroken and grieving, she unravels the threads of her daughter’s life. Was Olivia’s fall an accident? Or something far more sinister?
Christina McDonald weaves a suspenseful and heartwrenching tale of hidden relationships, devastating lies, and the power of a mother’s love. With flashbacks of Olivia’s own resolve to uncover family secrets, this taut and emotional novel asks: how well do you know your children? And how well do they know you?
My Thoughts: So I have never read anything by this author. The book is described to be like Big Little Lies and Reconstructing Amelia, two books I really like. I feel publishers like to throw popular book when they describe books and then it’s not like those books. So I’m a little skeptical. This ends up coming out today so I’m interested to see what people have to say.
Girls with Sharp Objects By Suzanne Young
Plot: The Girls of Innovations Academy are beautiful and well-behaved—it says so on their report cards. Under the watchful gaze of their Guardians, the all-girl boarding school offers an array of studies and activities, from “Growing a Beautiful and Prosperous Garden” to “Art Appreciation” and “Interior Design.” The girls learn to be the best society has to offer. Absent is the difficult math coursework, or the unnecessary sciences or current events. They are obedient young ladies, free from arrogance or defiance. Until Mena starts to realize that their carefully controlled existence may not be quite as it appears.
As Mena and her friends begin to uncover the dark secrets of what’s actually happening there—and who they really are—the girls of Innovations will find out what they are truly capable of. Because some of the prettiest flowers have the sharpest thorns.
My Thoughts: So I have never read anything by Suzanne Young before. Her series The Program has been on my TBR for a while now. Last year I discovered I liked boarding academy books a lot and this takes place in an academy. It seems really interesting. Overall it seems to have really good reviews so I’ll most likely aim to check this out this year.
Serious Moonlight By Jenn Bennett
Plot: After an awkward first encounter, Birdie and Daniel are forced to work together in a Seattle hotel where a famous author leads a mysterious and secluded life in this romantic contemporary novel from the author of Alex, Approximately.
Mystery-book aficionado Birdie Lindberg has an overactive imagination. Raised in isolation and homeschooled by strict grandparents, she’s cultivated a whimsical fantasy life in which she plays the heroic detective and every stranger is a suspect. But her solitary world expands when she takes a job the summer before college, working the graveyard shift at a historic Seattle hotel.
In her new job, Birdie hopes to blossom from introverted dreamer to brave pioneer, and gregarious Daniel Aoki volunteers to be her guide. The hotel’s charismatic young van driver shares the same nocturnal shift and patronizes the waterfront Moonlight Diner where she waits for the early morning ferry after work. Daniel also shares her appetite for intrigue, and he’s stumbled upon a real-life mystery: a famous reclusive writer—never before seen in public—might be secretly meeting someone at the hotel.
To uncover the writer’s puzzling identity, Birdie must come out of her shell…discovering that most confounding mystery of all may be her growing feelings for the elusive riddle that is Daniel.
My Thoughts: So I’ve read two of Jenn’s contemporaries. One I ended up really enjoying the other one I really was not a fan of at all. So I am on the fence about this one. I feel I will most likely end up picking this up just to see if I’ll continue picking up her books.
The Hummingbird Dagger By Cindy Anstey
Plot: 1833. After young Lord James Ellerby witnesses a near-fatal carriage accident on the outskirts of his estate, he doesn’t think twice about bringing the young woman injured in the wreck to his family’s manor to recuperate. But then she finally regains consciousness only to find that she has no memory of who she is or where she belongs.
Beth, as she takes to calling herself, is an enigma even to herself. She has the rough hands of a servant, but the bearing and apparent education of a lady. Her only clue to her identity is a gruesome recurring nightmare about a hummingbird dripping blood from its steel beak.
With the help of James and his sister, Caroline, Beth slowly begins to unravel the mystery behind her identity and the sinister circumstances that brought her to their door. But the dangerous secrets they discover in doing so could have deadly ramifications reaching the highest tiers of London society.
My Thoughts: So I honestly don’t know anything about this book. I saw the cover of this and was admittedly drawn to it. I am usually not into historical fiction but I’m very intrigued. I read the summary and I want to check this out. Nobody I’m friends with or follow on goodreads has read this but I am interested to see what people say closer to release.
The Better Sister By Alafair Burke
Plot: Though Chloe was the younger of the two Taylor sisters, she always seemed to be in charge. She was the honor roll student with big dreams and an even bigger work ethic. Nicky was always restless . . . and more than a little reckless—the opposite of her ambitious little sister. She floated from job to job and man to man, and stayed close to home in Cleveland.
For a while, it seemed like both sisters had found happiness. Chloe earned a scholarship to an Ivy League school and moved to New York City, where she landed a coveted publishing job. Nicky married promising young attorney Adam Macintosh, and gave birth to a baby boy they named Ethan. The Taylor sisters became virtual strangers.
Now, more than fifteen years later, their lives are drastically different—and Chloe is married to Adam. When he’s murdered by an intruder at the couple’s East Hampton beach house, Chloe reluctantly allows her teenaged stepson’s biological mother—her estranged sister, Nicky—back into her life. But when the police begin to treat Ethan as a suspect in his father’s death, the two sisters are forced to unite . . . and to confront the truth behind family secrets they have tried to bury in the past
My Thoughts: So last year I read The Wife and I wasn’t a huge fan of it. I really like the cover of this. Plus like I said before I always like to give authors another chance. This book seems to have a little bit of mixed reviews. I am curious to see what more people say when it comes out.
Inspection By Josh Malerman
Plot: J is a student at a school deep in a forest far away from the rest of the world.
J is one of only twenty-six students, all of whom think of the school’s enigmatic founder as their father. J’s peers are the only family he has ever had. The students are being trained to be prodigies of art, science, and athletics, and their life at the school is all they know—and all they are allowed to know.
But J suspects that there is something out there, beyond the pines, that the founder does not want him to see, and he’s beginning to ask questions. What is the real purpose of this place? Why can the students never leave? And what secrets is their father hiding from them?
Meanwhile, on the other side of the forest, in a school very much like J’s, a girl named K is asking the same questions. J has never seen a girl, and K has never seen a boy. As K and J work to investigate the secrets of their two strange schools, they come to discover something even more mysterious: each other.
My Thoughts: Last year I read Bird Box and Unbury Carol. I enjoyed Bird Box. I really did not like Unbury Carol at all. I was not a fan. I ended up not finishing it. This does sound really interesting. It seems like people that have read it are liking it. I am a bit skeptical to see how I’d like it though.
The Night Before By Wendy Walker
Plot: First dates can be murder.
Rosie and Laura are as different as two sisters can be. One is stable and has the perfect family. The other struggles to break free from her troubled past. When Laura disappears after going on a blind date, Rosie takes matters into her own hands.
But as Rosie begins to search for her sister, her greatest fears come to the surface. Could Laura be more of a danger than the stranger she meets or is the night before her last night alive?
Told in dual timelines—the night before and the day after—The Night Before is a riveting thriller about family loyalty, obsession, and what happens when the desire for love spins out of control.
My Thoughts: So I read a book by Wendy Walker in 2017. I ended up enjoying it but not loving it. I really wanted to read another book by her to see what I think of her writing. I don’t know much about this on but I’ll keep my eye on it when it comes out.
I Know Who You Are By Alice Feeny
Plot: l Know Who You Are is the brilliant tale of two stories. One is about Aimee Sinclair—well-known actress on the verge of being full-on famous. If you saw her, you’d think you knew her. One day towards the near-end of her shoot on her latest film, Aimee comes home from filming to find her husband’s cell phone and wallet on the dining room table. He never goes anywhere without them. But he’s nowhere to be found. She’s not too concerned—they had a huge fight the night before. They both said things they didn’t mean. He might have done things he didn’t mean, things she can’t forget. Even though she has a history of supposedly forgetting. After all, she’s a very good actress.
The next morning she goes for her morning run and then goes to her favorite coffee shop. But her card is denied. When she calls the bank they say her account has been emptied of $10,000. She immediately suspects her husband. But they say no, it was Aimee herself who closed out the account. And thus begins a bizarre rabbit hole into which Aimee finds herself falling where nothing is at it seems.
Alternating with Aimee’s story is that of a little girl who wandered away from home. We always tell our kids not to talk to strangers or bad things will happen. Well, bad things happen.
In I Know Who You Are, Alice Feeney proves that she is a master at brilliantly complicated plots and twists after twists.
My Thoughts: I recently read Sometimes I Lie. I ended up enjoying it but there were things it could have done without. So I am interested in hopefully checking this out and seeing how her second book is.
The Kingdom By Jess Rothenberg
Plot: Welcome to the Kingdom… where ‘Happily Ever After’ isn’t just a promise, but a rule.
Glimmering like a jewel behind its gateway, The Kingdom(TM) is an immersive fantasy theme park where guests soar on virtual dragons, castles loom like giants, and bioengineered species–formerly extinct–roam free.
Ana is one of seven Fantasists, beautiful “princesses” engineered to make dreams come true. When she meets park employee Owen, Ana begins to experience emotions beyond her programming including, for the first time… love.
But the fairy tale becomes a nightmare when Ana is accused of murdering Owen, igniting the trial of the century. Through courtroom testimony, interviews, and Ana’s memories of Owen, emerges a tale of love, lies, and cruelty–and what it truly means to be human.
My Thoughts: This is another author I have never read a book before. I am really into the cover. It looks super interesting. I just read the summary and it mentioned talk of a theme park. I love theme parks so I am interested to see how this is included in the story. It’s different from what I normally read. So I am a little skeptical but it does seem like it’ll be an enjoyable read.
Untitled By Paula Hawkins
Plot: Not available right now
My Thoughts: So Paula Hawkins wrote The Girl on the Train which I thought was a bit over hyped. I have been wanting to read Into the Water for a while now. I think I am a bit skeptical of picking that up because it’s had mixed reviews. I do own a copy. So apparently she has a new book coming out this year. I am intrigued but also a skeptical. I probably will decide if I will actually pick this up after reading Into the Water. I have been thinking of reading that for Thrillerathon which is happening this month. So I’ll see once that happens.
Have you guys read any of these books? If so I would love to know what you’ve thought of them. If not, what are some books you are currently on the fence about picking up?
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I actually added The Kingdom to my TBR list after you put it on my radar with this post! It definitely seems really intriguing and has me curious (I’m definitely a fan of the cover). I not much of a thriller reader, so I can’t offer many thoughts on your other books, but I hope you enjoy them, if you end up trying them out!
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Oh yay I am happy you ended up finding a book out of this post. I am very intrigued by it especially because of the cover. The cover is gorgeous. I probably will check it out when it comes out.
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It seems so interesting, so I’m excited to check it out!
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