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The Love Scam by MaryJanice Davidson

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Release Date - August 4, 2020
Rake Tarbell wakes up hungover and very confused. He only realizes where he is when he falls into a canal after walking out of his hotel room. Tourists gather as he's pulled from the canal and realizes he has no idea how he got to Venice, Italy, or where his wallet is. 
Things go from bad to worse when he learns he might be the father of a very precocious girl and that he spent part of the night with a woman who is nothing like his usual choice of company. Claire Delaney is on a mission. She can't tell Rake everything, but one of her jobs is to uncover if he is, in fact, young Lillith's dad. If he is, she is to leave Lillith with him.
When Claire and Rake realize they're being followed, it's a cat and mouse game to keep Lillith safe. One thing Claire never expects is to fall for Rake and start to question if she really wants to move on or if she'd like to make him part of her life.
I didn't ever think it was hard to figure out who…

The Search Party by Simon Lelic

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Release Date - August 18, 2020
After 16-year-old Sadie Saunders disappears, the town and investigating detectives are all certain she's dead. Not only are they certain she was murdered, but they're also acting as judge and jury at the same time and have targeted a local boy as her killer.
Sadie's closest friends aren't sure the town or the detectives have it right. They sneak into the woods to uncover what really happened. All five are hiding secrets and they may have just gone into the woods with the person to did kill Sadie. They may enter the woods together and alive, but what happens in the woods will impact them forever.
I never got into the flow of the story, which made it hard to read. You had the lead detective telling the story from his point of view. You saw the story from the past as the teens all headed into the woods. You also have chapters where the teens are talking directly to the police during interrogations. It seemed disjointed as the story flipped fro…

When I Was You by Amber Garza

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Release Date - August 25, 2020


Kelly Medina is surprised to get a call from her son's old pediatrician about her well-baby appointment. Her son's an adult not a baby. She finds it surprising that a woman with her name has moved to her town. She soon meets and befriends this other Kelly Medina. One thing is clear, younger Kelly is not the best single mom and needs help managing everything. The older experienced mom Kelly is determined to help her out as she settles in this new town. What may seem like help to one could be construed as a dangerous obsession to another.
I have to admit that the writing draws you in. Clearly, there is a lot going on in the older Kelly's life that needs to be explained. That drew me in. The actual plot given in the book blurb about one of the Kelly's going missing comes into play so late in the book that by that point, you know exactly who and why.
That's the big downfall to When I Was You is that it wasn't hard to figure out what was…

The Last Wife by Karen Hamilton

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Release Date - July 7, 2020


After her best friend dies of cancer, Marie agrees to honor Nina's dying wish, but the truth is Marie has always been jealous of everything Nina has. She'd like nothing more than to live Nina's life so being asked to look after Nina's family isn't a big deal. In fact, it could be the best thing that's ever happened to Marie. Or, at least she thinks that to be true, but the reality may be far different.
Things aren't always as they seem in this suspense, but I really struggled to stay with it. Even when I was a good halfway through the book, I was struggling. It's never a good sign. As much as I wanted to find that point where the novel changed and dragged me in, everything in the story dragged. As a new friend is introduced, I didn't care. As Marie embedded herself more and more into Nina's family, I really didn't care. I had to struggle to finish it.
By the end, I'd never liked any of the characters. I shouldn&…

The Night Swim by Megan Goldin

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Release Date - August 4, 2020
Podcaster Rachel Krall finds herself traveling to a coastal town to cover an upcoming rape trial. It's not her usual case, but she's up for the change of pace. Keeping her podcast balanced on the "You Decide" format is important to her, so she's ready to work hard. 
Rachel's voice may be recognizable, but she doesn't often get fans who recognize her. After stopping at a diner, she comes out to find a note on her windshield. A woman named Hannah claims her sister was murdered in that same town 25 years ago. Rachel wants to dismiss it, but something about the facts don't add up. The deeper she digs, the more she realizes that there's something off. The secrets to finding out the truth in both cases may come down to unraveling the secrets people in the town are hiding.
This story does revolve heavily around rape and perceptions of rapists and the woman or girls who are victims. It's the he said/she said aspect that you…

Someone's Listening: A Novel by Seraphina Nova Glass

Release Date - July 28, 2020
Someone's Watching: A Novel for Sale at Amazon

Faith Finley wakes up in the hospital. She's been in a crash and her husband Liam is gone. Police find no evidence he was ever in the car and don't take action. When he doesn't show up for work and others report him missing, things change. She knows something is wrong, and now police are investigating his disappearance, though they think he simply walked away from her and his life as a food critic.
Soon, pages from Faith's self-help book start turning up at her home along with threatening messages. Something happened to Liam and Faith is determined to uncover the truth. Doing so could put her life in jeopardy.
There are a lot of twists in Someone's Watching, and some of those twists and revelations come as surprises. I can't say that the outcome shocked me. I found it predictable, but it did take me a bit to get to that point. Don't be surprised if you find yourself bouncing between…

The Vacation: A Novel by T.M. Logan

Release Date - July 21, 2020
The Vacation: A Novel for Sale at Amazon

It's been years since Kate and her three college buddies have gotten together. Life got in the way. They've all planned to share a luxury villa in France for a week - spouses and kids included. Kate finds out that someone is hiding a secret, however. Her husband gets a text message from one of her friends. They're having an affair, and Kate wants to know which of her friends is putting her marriage in jeopardy.
Soon, it's clear that there are several secrets hidden within the group of friends. No one is innocent, and some of these secrets are worth killing for.
I love T.M. Logan's writing but The Vacation never grabbed me the same way that other novels have. It's not bad, but it seemed to drag. I had a feeling where some of the "secrets" were going. They weren't very surprising.
At the same time, the setting drew me in and I wanted to be at that villa and walking to the village for w…