Book Review: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

"BEST BOOK OF 2019" Summary: The town of Barkley Hill, NC have always wondered about the "marsh girl." Kya Clark had grown up alone on the marsh after both of her parents and siblings left when she was a young girl. The book opens with the death of a popular and handsome young man named …

Book Review: The Mother in Law by Sally Hepworth

  Summary: Lucy is a young mother with a complicated relationship with her mother-in-law, Diana, who is extremely introverted and possibly perceived as snobby. Diana is very wealthy and heads an organization that helps young refugees in Australia that are pregnant. Diana's children often are angered by how much help she gives to these poor …

Book review: Inheritance by Dani Shapiro

Summary: In 2016, Dani Shapiro found through a DNA sample and genealogy website that her biological father was not her real biological father. Inheritance is Dani Shapiro’s journey to find her birth father. My Thoughts: I chose Inheritance due to it being chosen as The Happier Podcast’s book of the month. I love anything associated …

Book Review: Dare to Lead by Brene Brown

Summary: Dare to Lead explores how we can lean into the vulnerability as leaders to become better human beings. She reminds the readers how to use empathy, connection, and courage as leaders. By using her extensive research and her personal experiences, Brene reminds us that we need to be vulnerable and have the tough conversations and …

Book Review: I Know You Know by Gilly Macmillan

Summary: Twenty years ago two boys were murdered in a Bristol near a dog racing track. The surviving best friend of the two boys has let this fester in his head and has started a podcast to begin researching the murder. A man was convicted of the crime, but Cody, the boys' best friend, still …

Book Review: Trust Me by Hank Phillips Ryan

Summary: Mercer is a grieving widow and mother who lost both her husband and daughter in an accident. Mercer is living a depressing, dark life since they've died when she's contacted to write a piece on a young mother who is accused of murdering her daughter. My Thoughts: Crime procedural books are usually not my …

Book Review: She Was the Quiet One by Michele Campbell

Summary: Twin sisters, Bel and Rose, begin a new journey after their mother passes away at a boarding school in New England. Rose is excited for this new academic opportunity, but Bel gets involved with the wrong crowd and things go wrong. Add to the mix a handsome male teacher and you have a dark …

Book Review: The Broken Girls by Simone St. James

Summary: In 1950, there was a boarding school that many felt was haunted. Most of the girls who attended were girls that had trouble in their lives or were escaping something at home. This novel reverts back to 1950 while also examining Fiona’s story. Fiona’s sister had been murdered and buried by the boarding school …

Book review: The Waiting Room by Emily Bleeker

Summary: Ever since Veronica's husband died shortly after the birth of her baby, she has suffered from postpartum depression. Veronica cannot even touch her baby. Veronica's mother has moved in with her to help her. Veronica comes home to an empty house with a missing baby and mother. Veronica becomes involved in an investigation looking …

Book Review: Forget You Know Me by Jessica Strawser

   Summary: Molly and Liza have always been best friends. Just as life goes, they have grown apart and scheduled a FaceTime call for one evening when Molly's husband is away for work and her kids have gone to bed. When Molly goes to check on one of her children, Liza sees a masked man …