Drinking cost Helen the custody of her son. While working to overcome her addiction, an eccentric wealthy couple, Ava and Swift Havilland, befriend her. The Havillands are wealthy philanthropists who established a charity devoted to rescuing dogs. Their home is filled with fabulous friends, expensive art, and over the top parties. As Helen increasingly falls under the Havillands’ influence by running errands and doing chores for them, Ava and Swift promise to help Helen regain custody of her son—but at what cost?
A mother and daughter are separated at a crowded fair and suddenly 8-year-old Carmel vanishes. Kate Hamer’s book alternates perspectives between Carmel and her mother, Beth. The Girl in the Red Coat captures the heart wrenching effects of such a tragedy from both Carmel and Beth’s perspectives. This book is suspenseful, deeply emotional, and very engrossing – twists and turns in the plot kept me riveted until the end. If you have anything else to do, don’t start this book as you won’t be able to put it down until it is finished.
When Rachel and Patty were kids, their dad was the detective hot on the trail of the Sunset Strangler, a serial killer who preyed on young women in their neighborhood. Thirty years later, Rachel is still searching to capture the killer. This is a can’t-put-down whodunit and a story that explores deep family bonds in a coming of age tale. Check out After Her by Joyce Maynard.
I just finished Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn…it was the best book I have read in a LONG time. This captivating story unfolds in alternating chapters. A woman disappears from her home on the morning of her 5th wedding anniversary and her husband is the prime suspect. The truth is revealed in a tale with twist and turns up until the very end. This book kept me turning pages long into the night! I highly recommend it!
This is a coming of age story of 17-year-old Marjorie, the only child of parents who are basically illiterate. Her family is caught up in a bizarre church (cult), where the infliction of humiliating punishments on children is demanded. It is a moving and intense story, but uplifting. I couldn’t put it down!
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn (2009)
Libby Day was seven when she testified that her brother murdered their family in a brutal rampage. Years later, she begins to question her recollection and sets out to uncover the truth. A can’t-put-down read!
Everyone is Beautiful by Katherine Center (2009)
Lanie’s life is not turning out how she expected. When she is uprooted from Texas to live in the Northeast, she finds her life more out of control than ever. Lanie takes the opportunity to get control and ends up finding herself in the process. A light, funny read.