#WWWWednesday – September 15th | What Are You Reading?

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived on Taking on a World of Words.

The Three Ws are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Everything about The Stowaway screamed “Read Me” and so I will starting this afternoon (once I get home from work). It just sounds like a crazy thrill ride and you all know that I love thrillers – the crazier the better.

The Stowaway by James Murray and Darren Wearmouth

  • Genre: Thriller
  • Print Length: 320 pgs
  • Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
  • Publication Date: September 21, 2021
From writer, producer, and actor best known as “Murr” on the hit television shows Impractical Jokers and The Misery Index, James S. Murray, and co-writer Darren Wearmouth, comes The Stowaway, a suspenseful masterpiece that leaves a cruise ship stranded at sea with a serial killer hiding aboard. Two years ago, Maria Fontana, the head of the Psychology Department at Columbia University, sat on a jury for one of the most depraved cases ever to pass through the hallowed halls of City Hall. Wyatt Butler, an antique watch restorer and alleged serial killer, was portrayed in the courtroom as a brutal monster. But Maria had to make the tough choice. In good conscience, she couldn’t convict him based purely on circumstantial evidence, and her deciding vote set Wyatt Butler free. The media soon outed her as the lone juror and her successful and quaint life was turned upside down. The victims of Wyatt’s ritualistic killings never forgave her either. Now, she and her family have decided to take a vacation to get away from everything: a two-week-long transatlantic cruise. Nothing, and nobody should be able to bother her there. With her two twins and her fiancé Steve, she is set to put the past behind her as soon as the ship leaves port. But when a passenger mysteriously disappears, Maria is left to wonder if maybe this was no coincidence. When another passenger is discovered brutally murdered in a similar way to Butler’s ritualistic MO, the ship goes on lockdown. Maria, one of only twelve people in the world with intimate knowledge of the case, faces a perilous ticking clock. Is it a copycat? Or is she trapped on board with the bloodthirsty maniac she chose to set free?

Big things come in small packages and nothing is truer when it comes to The Santa Suit. It’s only 224 pages but it everything you can want in a holiday story. I laughed, I shed a tear or two, and I came away from it feeling the spirit of the holidays in a very strong way.

The Santa Suit by Mary Kay Andrews

  • Genre: Holiday fiction
  • Print Length: 224 pgs
  • Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
  • Publication: September 28, 2021
From May Kay Andrews, the New York Times bestselling author of Hello, Summer, comes a novella celebrating the magic of Christmas and second chances in The Santa Suit. When newly-divorced Ivy Perkins buys an old farmhouse sight unseen, she is definitely looking for a change in her life. The Four Roses, as the farmhouse is called, is a labor of love—but Ivy didn’t bargain on just how much labor. The previous family left so much furniture and so much junk, that it’s a full-time job sorting through all of it. At the top of a closet, Ivy finds an old Santa suit—beautifully made and decades old. In the pocket of a suit she finds a note written in a childish hand: it’s from a little girl who has one Christmas wish, and that is for her father to return home from the war. This discovery sets Ivy off on a mission. Who wrote the note? Did the man ever come home? What mysteries did the Rose family hold? Ivy’s quest brings her into the community, at a time when all she wanted to do was be left alone and nurse her wounds. But the magic of Christmas makes miracles happen, and Ivy just might find more than she ever thought possible: a welcoming town, a family reunited, a mystery solved, and a second chance at love.

I saw Catriona Ward and another author talking about The Last House on Needless Street, and I just had to read it. Another Stephen King quote on how good it is. He hasn’t steered me wrong yet.

The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward

  • Genre: Thriller/Horror
  • Print Length: 352 pgs
  • Publisher: Macmillan-Tor/Forge
  • Publication Date: September 28, 2021
In a boarded-up house on a dead-end street at the edge of the wild Washington woods lives a family of three. A teenage girl who isn’t allowed outside, not after last time. A man who drinks alone in front of his TV, trying to ignore the gaps in his memory. And a house cat who loves napping and reading the Bible. An unspeakable secret binds them together, but when a new neighbor moves in next door, what is buried out among the birch trees may come back to haunt them all.

What are you reading this week? Anything that you’re particularly excited about?

12 Replies to “#WWWWednesday – September 15th | What Are You Reading?”

    1. I think so too. I would normally have passed it by thinking it was too scary for me but listening to the authors talk about it, I just knew I had to read it. 🤞

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  1. I’m intrigued by all three of these. Santa Suit sounds like fun, Needless Street I keep waffling about (will it be too dark for me), but The Stowaway sounds like a home run.
    I never did get approved for Rock Paper Scissors, but scooped it up from Amazon and started it yesterday. I’m only 25% into it at this point, but I’m loving it!

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  2. I enjoyed Needless Street!! There is a twist that took me by surprise. I also have The Santa Suit on my TBR. Can’t wait to see what you think about it!!

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  3. I also enjoyed The Santa Suit, for a novella, it was still a complete story.

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