#WWWWednesday | What I #amreading This Week – June 29, 2022

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Because I enjoyed the last Kathy Reichs’ Temperance Brennan book, the publisher sent me a widget to the next one – Cold, Cold Bones. The blurb is very compelling, and I was lucky enough to get a physical copy as well as the digital one, so I’m enjoying both. I just started it, but it’s sure to be an excellent thrill ride.

  • Genre: Mystery/Thriller
  • Pages: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner
  • Publication Date: July 5, 2022
#1 New York Times bestselling thriller writer Kathy Reichs returns with her twenty-first novel of suspense featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan who, after receiving a box containing a human eyeball, uncovers a series of gruesome killings eerily reenacting the most shocking of her prior cases. Winter has come to North Carolina and, with it, a drop in crime. Freed from a heavy work schedule, Tempe Brennan is content to dote on her daughter Katy, finally returned to civilian life from the army. But when mother and daughter meet at Tempe’s place one night, they find a box on the back porch. Inside: a very fresh human eyeball. GPS coordinates etched into the eyeball lead to a Benedictine monastery where an equally macabre discovery awaits. Soon after, Tempe examines a mummified corpse in a state park, and her anxiety deepens. There seems to be no pattern to the subsequent killings uncovered, except that each mimics in some way a homicide that a younger Tempe had been called in to analyze. Who or what is targeting her, and why? Helping Tempe search for answers is detective Erskine “Skinny” Slidell, retired but still volunteering with the CMPD cold case unit—and still displaying his gallows humor. Also pulled into the mystery: Andrew Ryan, Tempe’s Montreal-based beau, now working as a private detective. Could this elaborately staged skein of mayhem be the prelude to a twist that is even more shocking? Tempe is at a loss to establish the motive for what is going on…and then her daughter disappears. At its core, Cold, Cold Bones is a novel of revenge—one in which revisiting the past may prove the only way to unravel the present.

I admit it – I was attracted to Paradise Girls because of the cover. It’s not the first time and I am sure not the last time. That’s my ideal setting, though, so how could I pass it up. My heart was warmed by this lovely story, and I particularly liked how it ended not all tied up in a nice and tidy bow.

  • Genre: Women’s Fiction
  • Pages: 320 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martins Griffin
  • Publication Date: July 5, 2022
Sandy Gingras’s Paradise Girls features a broken engagement. A ruined vacation in paradise. One adorable little girl. The perfect recipe for the chance of a lifetime… Mary Valley is in a funk. She’s a writer for home magazines, but she’s lost touch with what home means. Her life seems meaningless. The last house she wrote about was a gazillion-dollar mansion with a moat! Plus, she’s estranged from her daughter, CC and granddaughter, Larkin and mired in a dead-end relationship with her boss. Daniel is a man adrift since his son Timmy was killed in Afghanistan. He’s living on a houseboat in Florida with Timmy’s three-legged dog, Tripod and taking tourists out on fishing charters. But his life is on the edge. He’s painting his houseboat black, and he can’t stop thinking about “getting lost at sea.” When Mary’s boss tells her he’s spending Christmas with his ex, she books a trip with her family to The Low Key Inn, a hotel on the edge of the Everglades. But things go wrong from the get-go. CC bails out of the vacation, and Mary is stuck with an unhappy Larkin. The hotel is dated and down-on-its-luck, and perhaps its owner is a witch. Then Mary meets Daniel, casts a hook into his head and wrecks his boat. This is the story of how wounded people can help each other heal, how lost people can help each other find their way home. How life can become a love story…

Look Closer by David Ellis looks like an incredible thriller read and the early reviews are overwhelmingly 5 stars. I can’t wait to read my first David Ellis book, this weekend!

  • Genre: Psychological Thriller
  • Pages: 459 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
  • Publication Date: July 5, 2022
From the bestselling and award-winning author comes a wickedly clever and fast-paced novel of greed, revenge, obsession–and quite possibly the perfect murder. Simon and Vicky couldn’t seem more normal: a wealthy Chicago couple, he a respected law professor, she an advocate for domestic violence victims. A stable, if unexciting marriage. But one thing’s for sure … absolutely nothing is what it seems. The pair are far from normal, and one of them just may be a killer. When the body of a beautiful socialite is found hanging in a mansion in a nearby suburb, Simon and Vicky’s secrets begin to unravel. A secret whirlwind affair. A twenty-million-dollar trust fund about to come due. A decades-long grudge and obsession with revenge. These are just a few of the lies that make up the complex web…and they will have devastating consequences. And while both Vicky and Simon are liars, just who exactly is conning who? Part Gone Girl, part Strangers on a Train, Look Closer is a wild rollercoaster of a read that will have you questioning everything you think you know.

What are you reading? Do you love it?

16 Replies to “#WWWWednesday | What I #amreading This Week – June 29, 2022”

  1. You have such great taste, Tessa! I have to agree with Jenny.. they all look pretty great.
    I’m glad you’re enjoying them!

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    1. It totally does. There were points where I was iffy about where it was going but ultimately I enjoyed it very much!


  2. Cold, cold bones, a new one from Kathy Reichs, now I am definitely going to read that. I have read the whole series, when a colleague at work brought them in for me to read.

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  3. Wow – that description of Look Closer is irresistable. I like a story where you don’t know who to trust. Keeps me guessing.

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