Dangerous Crossing by Rachel Rhys (via Netgally- available January 9th 2018 in the US and Canada. Available now in the UK)- Traveling from England to Australia in 1939, the inhabitants of a large passenger ship become enmeshed in each others lives, affecting everyone in different ways. I loved this book as I felt it really brought to life the spirit and drama of the era and let me tell you, there is a twist that cannot be missed! Fantastic historical read.
Map of the Heart by Susan Wiggs – Camille has become paralyzed by fear since her husbands tragic death while on vacation years before. When she discovers that her sick father wishes to return to French town he grew up in, she must find the courage to travel again. Once in France, shocking discoveries about her father’s family and the appearance of an intriguing man force her to embrace life again. This book was another super delightful read conjuring up the era of the Second World War, with a sweet love story mixed in. Perfect beach read for this winter!
Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery by Robert Kolker– Looking in detail at the lives of five victims of a still unknown serial killer that terrorized Long Island in the early 2000’s. Exhaustively researched, the victims are brought to life as women, daughters and mothers and how Craigslist and the inaction of police were both instrumental in the deaths of these marginalized people.
Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places by Colin Dickey – In this book, the author explores how ghost stories are shaped by the history of the places that are said to be haunted. Looking at famous (and not so famous) hauntings across America, the reader gets a strong sense of how we look at our past as reflected by the stories we tell .
The Break By Marian Keyes– Amy’s husband Hugh wants a six month break from marriage but he makes it very clear that he is not leaving her. He takes off to Asia leaving her totally confused and devastated. Then she decides that if he gets a break from marriage, then so does she! I have read every one of Marian Keyes’ novels and this is probably one of my favourites. I laughed so hard and cried almost as hard. For me, that makes it a newer perfect fun read.
Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella (advance copy via Netgalley- available February 13th 2018)- Sylvie and Dan have been together for years, with a nice home and adorable twin daughters. Life is nice… but a little boring. They decide to shake things up by creating special surprises for each other. This decision will lead to shocking revelations about their marriage and family that neither could have anticipated. This book is classic Kinsella, the author of the Shopaholic series. Another perfect vacation read.