Burying the Honeysuckle Girls Book
Score: 4
From 145 Ratings

Burying the Honeysuckle Girls


  • Author : Emily Carpenter
  • Publisher : Lake Union Publishing
  • Release Date : 2016-04-26
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 1503935019

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Burying the Honeysuckle Girls Excerpt :

Althea Bell is still heartbroken by her mother's tragic, premature death--and tormented by the last, frantic words she whispered into young Althea's ear: Wait for her. For the honeysuckle girl. She'll find you, I think, but if she doesn't, you find her. Adrift ever since, Althea is now fresh out of rehab and returning to her family home in Mobile, Alabama, determined to reconnect with her estranged, ailing father. While Althea doesn't expect him, or her politically ambitious brother, to welcome her with open arms, she's not prepared for the chilling revelation of a grim, long-buried family secret. Fragile and desperate, Althea escapes with an old flame to uncover the truth about her lineage. Drawn deeper into her ancestors' lives, Althea begins to unearth their disturbing history...and the part she's meant to play in it. Gripping and visceral, this unforgettable debut delves straight into the heart of dark family secrets and into one woman's emotional journey to save herself from a sinister inheritance.

Until the Day I Die Book

Until the Day I Die


  • Author : Emily Carpenter
  • Publisher : Lake Union Publishing
  • Release Date : 2019-03-12
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 1503904210

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Until the Day I Die Excerpt :

From the bestselling author of Burying the Honeysuckle Girls comes a riveting novel about a mother and daughter separated by grief, secrets, and a conspiracy that threatens to destroy their lives. If there's a healthy way to grieve, Erin Gaines hasn't found it. After her husband's sudden death, the runaway success of the tech company they built with their best friends has become overwhelming. Her nerves are frayed, she's disengaged, and her frustrated daughter, Shorie, is pulling away from her. Maybe Erin's friends and family are right. Maybe a few weeks at a spa resort in the Caribbean islands is just what she needs to hit the reset button... Shorie is not only worried about her mother's mental state but also for the future of her parents' company. Especially when she begins to suspect that not all of Erin's colleagues can be trusted. It seems someone is spinning an intricate web of deception--the foundation for a conspiracy that is putting everything, and everyone she loves, at risk. And she may be the only one who can stop it. Now, thousands of miles away in a remote, and oftentimes menacing, tropical jungle, Erin is beginning to have similar fears. Things at the resort aren't exactly how the brochure described, and unless she's losing her mind, Erin's pretty sure she wasn't sent there to recover--she was sent to disappear.

Reviving the Hawthorn Sisters Book

Reviving the Hawthorn Sisters


  • Author : Emily Carpenter
  • Publisher : Lake Union Publishing
  • Release Date : 2020-10-20
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 332
  • ISBN 10 : 1542016193

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Reviving the Hawthorn Sisters Excerpt :

The bestselling author of Burying the Honeysuckle Girls returns to uncover a faith healer's elusive and haunted past. Dove Jarrod was a renowned evangelist and faith healer. Only her granddaughter, Eve Candler, knows that Dove was a con artist. In the eight years since Dove's death, Eve has maintained Dove's charitable foundation--and her lies. But just as a documentary team wraps up a shoot about the miracle worker, Eve is assaulted by a vengeful stranger intent on exposing what could be Dove's darkest secret: murder... Tuscaloosa, 1934: a wily young orphan escapes the psychiatric hospital where she was born. When she joins the itinerant inspirational duo the Hawthorn Sisters, the road ahead is one of stirring new possibilities. And with an obsessive predator on her trail, one of untold dangers. For a young girl to survive, desperate choices must be made. Now, to protect her family, Eve will join forces with the investigative filmmaker and one of Dove's friends, risking everything to unravel the truth behind the accusations against her grandmother. But will the truth set her free or set her world on fire?

The Weight of Lies Book

The Weight of Lies


  • Author : Emily Carpenter
  • Publisher : Lake Union Publishing
  • Release Date : 2017-06-06
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 380
  • ISBN 10 : 147781843X

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The Weight of Lies Excerpt :

In this gripping, atmospheric family drama, a young woman investigates the forty�-year�-old murder that inspired her mother's bestselling novel, and uncovers devastating truths-and dangerous lies. Reformed party girl Meg Ashley leads a life of privilege, thanks to a bestselling horror novel her mother wrote decades ago. But Meg knows that the glow of their very public life hides a darker reality of lies, manipulation, and the heartbreak of her own solitary childhood. Desperate to break free of her mother, Meg accepts a proposal to write a scandalous, tell-all memoir. Digging into the past-and her mother's cult classic-draws Meg to Bonny Island, Georgia, and an unusual woman said to be the inspiration for the book. At first island life seems idyllic, but as Meg starts to ask tough questions, disturbing revelations come to light...including some about her mother. Soon Meg's search leads her to question the facts of a decades-old murder. She's warned to leave it alone, but as the lies pile up, Meg knows she's getting close to finding a murderer. When her own life is threatened, Meg realizes the darkness found in her mother's book is nothing compared to the chilling truth that lurks off the page.

Mice Book
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

Mice


  • Author : Gordon Reece
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2011-08-18
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9781101517710

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Mice Excerpt :

An electrifying psychological thriller about a mother and daughter pushed to their limits. Shelley and her mom have been menaced long enough. Excused from high school where a trio of bullies nearly killed her, and still reeling from her parents' humiliating divorce, Shelley has retreated with her mother to the quiet of Honeysuckle Cottage in the countryside. Thinking their troubles are over, they revel in their cozy, secure life of gardening and books, hot chocolate and Brahms by the fire. But on the eve of Shelley's sixteenth birthday, an unwelcome guest disturbs their peace and something inside Shelley snaps. What happens next will shatter all their certainties-about their safety, their moral convictions, the limits of what they are willing to accept, and what they're capable of. Debut novelist Gordon Reece has written a taut tale of gripping suspense, packed with action both comic and terrifying. Shelley is a spellbinding narrator, and her delectable mix of wit, irony, and innocence transforms the major current issue of bullying into an edge- of-your-seat story of fear, violence, family loyalty, and the outer reaches of right and wrong.

Every Single Secret Book

Every Single Secret


  • Author : Emily Carpenter
  • Publisher : Lake Union Publishing
  • Release Date : 2018-05
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 316
  • ISBN 10 : 1503951901

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Every Single Secret Excerpt :

"Every Single Secret takes you on a journey into a dark, surreal world...A true psychological thriller that will leave you breathless." --Wendy Walker, bestselling author of All Is Not Forgotten and Emma in the Night Emotionally guarded Daphne Amos always believed she'd found a kindred spirit in her fiancé, Heath. Both very private people, they've kept their pasts hidden from the world, and each other, until Heath's escalating nightmares begin to put an undeniable strain on their relationship. Determined to give their impending marriage the best chance of succeeding, Heath insists that Daphne join him on a seven-day retreat with Dr. Matthew Cerny, a psychologist celebrated for getting to the root of repressed memories. Daphne reluctantly agrees--even though the past is the last place she wants to go. The retreat's isolated and forbidding location increases her unease, as do the doctor's rules: they must relinquish their keys and phones, they'll be monitored at all hours by hidden cameras, and they're never to socialize with the other guests. One sleepless night, Daphne decides to leave her room...and only then does she realize that the institute is not at all what it seems--and that whatever's crying out from Heath's past isn't meant to be heard. It's meant to be silenced.

The Island of Missing Trees Book
Score: 4.5
From 11 Ratings

The Island of Missing Trees


  • Author : Elif Shafak
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Release Date : 2021-11-02
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 369
  • ISBN 10 : 9781635578607

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The Island of Missing Trees Excerpt :

A REESE'S BOOK CLUB PICK Winner of the 2022 BookTube Silver Medal in Fiction * Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction "A wise novel of love and grief, roots and branches, displacement and home, faith and belief. Balm for our bruised times." -David Mitchell, author of Utopia Avenue A rich, magical new novel on belonging and identity, love and trauma, nature and renewal, from the Booker-shortlisted author of 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World. Two teenagers, a Greek Cypriot and a Turkish Cypriot, meet at a taverna on the island they both call home. In the taverna, hidden beneath garlands of garlic, chili peppers and creeping honeysuckle, Kostas and Defne grow in their forbidden love for each other. A fig tree stretches through a cavity in the roof, and this tree bears witness to their hushed, happy meetings and eventually, to their silent, surreptitious departures. The tree is there when war breaks out, when the capital is reduced to ashes and rubble, and when the teenagers vanish. Decades later, Kostas returns. He is a botanist looking for native species, but really, he's searching for lost love. Years later a Ficus carica grows in the back garden of a house in London where Ada Kazantzakis lives. This tree is her only connection to an island she has never visited--- her only connection to her family's troubled history and her complex identity as she seeks to untangle years of secrets to find her place in the world. A moving, beautifully written, and delicately constructed story of love, division, transcendence, history, and eco-consciousness, The Island of Missing Trees is Elif Shafak's best work yet.

Forget You Know Me Book
Score: 3
From 17 Ratings

Forget You Know Me


  • Author : Jessica Strawser
  • Publisher : St. Martin's Press
  • Release Date : 2019-02-05
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781250184474

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Forget You Know Me Excerpt :

The next “masterful” (Publishers Weekly) novel from "the gifted Jessica Strawser" (Adriana Trigiani), hailed as “immensely satisfying” (Kathleen Barber) and “that book you can’t put down” (Sally Hepworth). A video call between friends captures a shocking incident no one was supposed to see. The secrets it exposes threaten to change their lives forever. Molly and Liza have always been enviably close. Even after Molly married Daniel, the couple considered Liza an honorary family member. But after Liza moved away, things grew more strained than anyone wanted to admit—in the friendship and the marriage. When Daniel goes away on business, Molly and Liza plan to reconnect with a nice long video chat after the kids are in bed. But then Molly leaves the room to check on a crying child. What Liza sees next will change everything. Only one thing is certain: Molly needs her. Liza drives all night to be at Molly’s side—but when she arrives, the reception is icy, leaving Liza baffled and hurt. She knows there’s no denying what she saw. Or is there? In disbelief that their friendship could really be over, Liza is unaware she’s about to have a near miss of her own. And Molly, refusing to deal with what’s happened, won’t turn to Daniel, either. But none of them can go on pretending. Not after this. Forget You Know Me is a “twisty, emotionally complex, powder keg of a tale” (bestselling author Emily Carpenter) about the wounds of people who’ve grown apart. Best friends, separated by miles. Spouses, hardened by neglect. A mother, isolated by pain. One moment will change things for them all. "[A] great hybrid of women's fiction and suspense...strong character development and unpredictable plot." - Library Journal

Blind Faith Book
Score: 3.5
From 3 Ratings

Blind Faith


  • Author : Alicia Beckman
  • Publisher : Crooked Lane Books
  • Release Date : 2022-10-11
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 297
  • ISBN 10 : 9781639101795

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Blind Faith Excerpt :

Long-buried secrets come back with a vengeance in a cold case gone red-hot in Agatha Award-winning author Alicia Beckman’s second novel, perfect for fans of Laura Lippman and Greer Hendricks. For decades, the unsolved murder of Father Michael Leary has haunted Billings, Montana, the community he served. Who summoned the priest late one autumn night, then left his body in a sandstone gully for the ravens and other wild scavengers? And it’s haunted no one more than Lindsay Keller, who admired and confided in him as a teenager. Compelled by his example to work for justice, she became a prosecutor. But after a devastating case left her shattered, she fled the rough-and-tumble for the safety of a desk, handling real estate deals and historic preservation projects. Good work, but not what she’d dreamed of. Now Lindsay finds herself in possession of the priest’s wallet, the photo of a young girl tucked inside. She’s sure she knows the girl, and that it’s tied to his death. But how? Detective Brian Donovan, a hot-shot Boston transplant, would like nothing more than to solve the county’s coldest case. Probing the life and death of Father Leary takes Lindsay and Donovan deep into long-simmering tensions in this seemingly-peaceful place. Then another woman far away digs up unexpected clues about her own family’s past—a history rooted in a shocking truth—and her questions bring her to Lindsay and the detective. But the dangerous answers could rock the community to its very core.

When I m Gone Book
Score: 5
From 2 Ratings

When I m Gone


  • Author : Emily Bleeker
  • Publisher : Lake Union Publishing
  • Release Date : 2016-03-15
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 1503951456

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When I m Gone Excerpt :

Dear Luke, First let me say--I love you...I didn't want to leave you.... Luke Richardson has returned home after burying Natalie, his beloved wife of sixteen years, ready to face the hard job of raising their three children alone. But there's something he's not prepared for--a blue envelope with his name scrawled across the front in Natalie's handwriting, waiting for him on the floor of their suburban Michigan home. The letter inside, written on the first day of Natalie's cancer treatment a year ago, turns out to be the first of many. Luke is convinced they're genuine, but who is delivering them? As his obsession with the letters grows, Luke uncovers long-buried secrets that make him question everything he knew about his wife and their family. But the revelations also point the way toward a future where love goes on--in written words, in memories, and in the promises it's never too late to keep.

These Silent Woods Book
Score: 4
From 5 Ratings

These Silent Woods


  • Author : Kimi Cunningham Grant
  • Publisher : Minotaur Books
  • Release Date : 2021-11-16
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 255
  • ISBN 10 : 9781250793409

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These Silent Woods Excerpt :

A father and daughter living in the remote Appalachian mountains must reckon with the ghosts of their past in Kimi Cunningham Grant's These Silent Woods, a mesmerizing novel of suspense. No electricity, no family, no connection to the outside world. For eight years, Cooper and his young daughter, Finch, have lived in isolation in a remote cabin in the northern Appalachian woods. And that's exactly the way Cooper wants it, because he's got a lot to hide. Finch has been raised on the books filling the cabin’s shelves and the beautiful but brutal code of life in the wilderness. But she’s starting to push back against the sheltered life Cooper has created for her—and he’s still haunted by the painful truth of what it took to get them there. The only people who know they exist are a mysterious local hermit named Scotland, and Cooper's old friend, Jake, who visits each winter to bring them food and supplies. But this year, Jake doesn't show up, setting off an irreversible chain of events that reveals just how precarious their situation really is. Suddenly, the boundaries of their safe haven have blurred—and when a stranger wanders into their woods, Finch’s growing obsession with her could put them all in danger. After a shocking disappearance threatens to upend the only life Finch has ever known, Cooper is forced to decide whether to keep hiding—or finally face the sins of his past. Vividly atmospheric and masterfully tense, These Silent Woods is a poignant story of survival, sacrifice, and how far a father will go when faced with losing it all.

The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt Book
Score: 4
From 10 Ratings

The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt


  • Author : Andrea Bobotis
  • Publisher : Sourcebooks, Inc.
  • Release Date : 2019-07-09
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781492678878

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The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt Excerpt :

"An amazing novel, one which interrogates, with such controlled and beautiful writing, what it means to be Southern. Utilizing a unique form and a carefully crafted mystery, Bobotis is a writer capable of deep truths, and this novel announces her as a major voice." —Kevin Wilson, author The Family Fang, Perfect Little World, and Baby, You're Gonna Be Mine Judith inherited all the Kratt family had to offer — the pie safe, the copper clock, the murder that no one talked about. She's presided over the house quite well, thank you very much, admittedly with some help from her companion, Olva. But her wayward younger sister suddenly returns home after decades, sparking an inventory of all that belongs to them. Set in the hard-luck cotton town of Bound, South Carolina — which the Kratts used to rule but which now struggles to contain its worst instincts — the new household overflows with memories. Interweaving the present with chilling flashbacks from one fateful evening in 1929, Judith pieces together a list of what matters. Untangling the legacy of the family misfortunes will require help from every one of them, no matter how tight their bond, how long they've called Bound home, or what they own.

The Unremembered Girl Book

The Unremembered Girl


  • Author : Eliza Maxwell
  • Publisher : Lake Union Publishing
  • Release Date : 2017-11
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 1542045851

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The Unremembered Girl Excerpt :

In the deep woods of East Texas, Henry supports his family by selling bootleg liquor. It's all he can do to keep his compassionate but ailing mother and his stepfather--a fanatical grassroots minister with a bruising rhetoric--from ruin. But they have no idea they've become the obsession of the girl in the woods. Abandoned and nearly feral, Eve has been watching them, seduced by the notion of family--something she's known only in the most brutal sense. Soon she can't resist the temptation to get close. Where Henry's mother sees a poor girl in need, his father sees only wickedness. When Henry forges an unexpected bond with Eve, he believes he might be able to save her. He doesn't know how wrong he is. Eve is about to take charge of her own destiny--and that of Henry's family. As both their worlds spin violently out of control, Henry must make an impossible choice: protect the broken young woman who's claimed a piece of his soul, or put everyone he loves at risk in order to do the right thing.

House of Salt and Sorrows Book
Score: 3.5
From 11 Ratings

House of Salt and Sorrows


  • Author : Erin A. Craig
  • Publisher : Ember
  • Release Date : 2020-08-04
  • Genre: Young Adult Fiction
  • Pages : 418
  • ISBN 10 : 9781984831958

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House of Salt and Sorrows Excerpt :

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Get swept away by this “haunting” (Bustle) YA novel about twelve beautiful sisters living on an isolated island estate who begin to mysteriously die one by one. This dark and atmospheric fairy tale inspired story is perfect for fans of Yellowjackets. "Step inside a fairy tale." —Stephanie Garber, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Caraval In a manor by the sea, twelve sisters are cursed. Annaleigh lives a sheltered life at Highmoor with her sisters and their father and stepmother. Once there were twelve, but loneliness fills the grand halls now that four of the girls' lives have been cut short. Each death was more tragic than the last--the plague, a plummeting fall, a drowning, a slippery plunge--and there are whispers throughout the surrounding villages that the family is cursed by the gods. Disturbed by a series of ghostly visions, Annaleigh becomes increasingly suspicious that her sister's deaths were no accidents. The girls have been sneaking out every night to attend glittering balls, dancing until dawn in silk gowns and shimmering slippers, and Annaleigh isn't sure whether to try to stop them or to join their forbidden trysts. Because who--or what--are they really dancing with? When Annaleigh's involvement with a mysterious stranger who has secrets of his own intensifies, it's a race to unravel the darkness that has fallen over her family--before it claims her next. House of Salt and Sorrows is a spellbinding novel filled with magic and the rustle of gossamer skirts down long, dark hallways. Be careful who you dance with... And don't miss Erin Craig's Small Favors, a mesmerizing and chilling novel about dark wishes and even darker dreams.

Where She Went Book
Score: 4
From 4 Ratings

Where She Went


  • Author : Kelly Simmons
  • Publisher : Sourcebooks, Inc.
  • Release Date : 2019-10-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9781492687511

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Where She Went Excerpt :

What happens when your worst fear comes true? Her only daughter has just gone away to college, and Maggie O'Farrell knows she's turning into one of those helicopter parents she used to mock. Worrying constantly, texting more than she should, even occasionally dropping by the campus "just to say hi." But Maggie can't shake the feeling that something terrible is about to happen to Emma. And then, just as Maggie starts to relax, her daughter disappears. The clues are disturbing. An empty dorm room where Emma was supposedly living. A mysterious boy described as Future Husband in her phone. Dormmates who seem more sinister than friendly. As Maggie combs over the campus looking for signs of her daughter, she learns more about Emma's life than she ever thought possible. Kelly Simmons delivers another gripping novel in Where She Went, an unforgettable story of letting go and the secrets that surface when the person keeping them is gone.