Everyone should take a few moments to treat themselves to some terrific new books! Here are a few recommendations to get you started:
Dear Laura by Gemma Amor
Every year, on her birthday, Laura gets a letter from a stranger. That stranger claims to know the whereabouts of her missing friend Bobby, but there’s a catch: he’ll only tell her what he knows in exchange for something…personal.So begins Laura’s sordid relationship with her new penpal, built on a foundation of quid pro quo. Her quest for closure will push her to bizarre acts of humiliation and harm, yet no matter how hard she tries, she cannot escape her correspondent’s demands. The letters keep coming, and as time passes, they have a profound effect on Laura.From the author of Cruel Works of Nature comes a dark and twisted tale about obsession, guilt, and how far a person will go to put her ghosts to bed.
Jen’s Teaser Review
This was a fun novella to read. I think this is my first time to read Gemma Amor so I was glad to be picking up something by her. Her writing was compelling, and I flew through Dear Laura in one sitting.
Read Jen’s entire review at Book Den.
Now You’re One of Us by Asa Nonami
In the tradition of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca and Ira Levin’s Rosemary’s Baby, here is a new classic about the bride who’s no longer sure what to think. All families have their own rituals, secrets, and credos, like a miniature religious cult; these quirks may elicit the mirth or mild alarm of guests, but the matter is rather more serious if you’re marrying into a household. If its’s a Japanese one with a history, the brace yourself: some surprising truths lurk around the corner.
Toni’s Teaser Review
I loved the dreamlike quality that Nonami interjects into this story. Reading this story was like walking around without the right amount of sleep. The story is a slow burn. It starts out innocently enough but it progresses to all out craziness.
Read Toni’s entire review at The Misadventures of a Reader.
Reception by Kenzie Jennings
While her rehab counselor’s advice replays in her mind, Ansley Boone takes on the role of dutiful bridesmaid in her little sister’s wedding at an isolated resort in the middle of hill country, a place where cell reception is virtually nonexistent and everyone else there seems a stranger primed to spring. Tensions are already high between the Boones and their withdrawal suffering eldest, who has since become the family embarrassment, but when the wedding reception takes a vicious turn, Ansley and her sister must work together to fight for survival and escape the resort before the groom’s cannibalistic family adds them to the post wedding menu.
Tracy’s Teaser Review
I was hooked from the middle, beginning, and through on to the finish point. Oh, and that ending? Well, let’s just say, I was taken aback. Wow. I am still not quite sure how I feel about it. Only life stopped me from devouring (wink wink) this book in one sitting.
Read Tracy’s entire review at Sci-fi & Scary.
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