Wednesday, January 30, 2019

TLC Book Tours: The Hiding Place (GIVEAWAY!!)

About The Hiding Place
Hardcover: 288 Pages
Publisher: Crown (February 5, 2019)
The thrilling second novel from the author of The Chalk Man, about a teacher with a hidden agenda who returns to settle scores at a school he once attended, only to uncover a darker secret than he could have imagined.
Joe never wanted to come back to Arnhill. After the way things ended with his old gang–the betrayal, the suicide, the murder–and after what happened when his sister went missing, the last thing he wanted to do was return to his hometown. But Joe doesn’t have a choice. Because judging by what was done to that poor Morton kid, what happened all those years ago to Joe’s sister is happening again. And only Joe knows who is really at fault.
Lying his way into a teaching job at his former high school is the easy part. Facing off with former friends who are none too happy to have him back in town–while avoiding the enemies he’s made in the years since–is tougher. But the hardest part of all will be returning to that abandoned mine where it all went wrong and his life changed forever, and finally confronting the shocking, horrifying truth about Arnhill, his sister, and himself. Because for Joe, the worst moment of his life wasn’t the day his sister went missing.
It was the day she came back.
With the same virtuosic command of character and pacing she displayed in The Chalk Man, C. J. Tudor has once again crafted an extraordinary novel that brilliantly blends harrowing psychological suspense, a devilishly puzzling mystery, and enough shocks and thrills to satisfy even the most seasoned reader.
“Some writers have it, and some don’t.  CJ Tudor has it big time – The Hiding Place is terrific in every way.” –LEE CHILD
 
“With The Hiding Place, CJ Tudor has proven that she is a true master at creating perfectly dark, highly propulsive, and tightly coiled mysteries that are utterly impossible to put down. From page one, the reader is pulled in with a gathering sense of dread, and taken on an addictive, thrilling ride to the very last page.” –AIMEE MOLLOY, New York Times Bestselling author of The Perfect Mother

Purchase Links

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Though I love psychological thrillers, this thriller was a little more over the top than I usually read. But after hearing so much hype about The Chalk Man, I knew I had to read CJ Tuodor's second novel!  The book opens with a pretty gruesome scene that made me a little nervous for what I was getting myself into, but after reading the prologue I was hooked. I loved how snarky the main character Joe Thorne, especially in the opening chapters.

The whole story is dark and creepy, and I can't think of beetles now without shuddering. I read the entire second half of the book in one Friday night sitting, partly because I wanted to know what happened and partly because I wanted the creepy stuff to be over.  If you love extra creepy thrillers with a touch of horror--this book is for you. You will not be able to put it down!!

About C.J. Tudor

C. J. TUDOR is the author of The Chalk Man, and lives in Nottingham, England, with her partner and three-year-old daughter. Over the years she has worked as a copywriter, television presenter, voice-over, and dog walker. She is now thrilled to be able to write full-time, and doesn’t miss chasing wet dogs through muddy fields all that much.

Connect with C.J.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Recently Added to my TBR


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

This Week's Topic:

The Ten Most Recent Additions to My To-Read List

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A lot of new and upcoming releases here that I'm excited about!! What are some of you recent additions to your TBR?

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

WWW Wednesday: January 23

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The Three W's are:
 
What did you just finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you'll read next?
 
Recently Finished
 
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Two totally different books! But I loved both! I also watched Crazy Rich Asians the movie on Friday night and LOVED it!!
 
Currently Reading
 
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About 3/4 of the way through the sequel to Crazy Rich Asians, and enjoying it so far. Such a fun world to escape to! I'm also reading The Hiding Place, which I'll be reviewing on the blog for TLC Book Tours January 30th. I'm listening to The Matchmaker on audio from the library since it's one of Elin's I haven't read yet. It's OK so far.
 
Up Next
 
 
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Review of Golden Child  for TLC Book Tours on the blog February 7th!
 
 
 
 What are you reading this week? Happy Reading!
  

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Top Ten Books I Meant to Read in 2018

 
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl
This Week's Topic:
 
Books I Meant to Read in 2018, but didn't
 
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Which ones do you recommend I make sure to read in 2019?
 

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Top Ten New to Me Authors I Read in 2018




Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl


This Week's Topic:

   New-to-Me Authors I Read In 2018
Discovering new authors is so fun! Many of them wrote some of my favorite books of 2018!
 I look forward to future books by these authors!!
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I know, I can't believe 2018 was my first time reading Kristin Hannah and Meg Wolitzer either!!
Who are some new authors you discovered in 2018?

Monday, January 14, 2019

Bout of Books 24 Wrap Up

Bout of Books 24 is complete!  What a great reading week! I definitely spent more time reading than usual this week, and finished three books!  In my original goals I had planned to track time reading, but....I tracked very little. In my daily updates posts, I listed estimated time but didn't want to stress myself out when I should be having fun! But I definitely met my goal--reading, connecting with others (mostly on twitter) and finishing books!

These are the books I finished:

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Since my goal was to finish one book, I was thrilled to finish three! I liked all three of these!

Bout of Books 25 starts May 13th! Can't wait for another round of Bout of Books!

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Book Review: An Anonymous Girl

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384 pages, published January 8, 2019
St. Martin's Press
Note: I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley to facilitate my review. I received no other compensation, and all opinions are my own.

From Goodreads:
Seeking women ages 18–32 to participate in a study on ethics and morality. Generous compensation. Anonymity guaranteed.
When Jessica Farris signs up for a psychology study conducted by the mysterious Dr. Shields, she thinks all she’ll have to do is answer a few questions, collect her money, and leave. But as the questions grow more and more intense and invasive and the sessions become outings where Jess is told what to wear and how to act, she begins to feel as though Dr. Shields may know what she’s thinking…and what she’s hiding. As Jess’s paranoia grows, it becomes clear that she can no longer trust what in her life is real, and what is one of Dr. Shields’ manipulative experiments. Caught in a web of deceit and jealousy, Jess quickly learns that some obsessions can be deadly.

I enjoyed The Wife Between Us and was excited to receive Hendricks and Pekkanen's second novel from the publisher! My undergrad was in psychology so this one grabbed me from the beginning and kept me hooked.  By the time I got halfway through the book, I literally did not stop reading. Though I was irritated with Jess for much of the book (I wanted to shake her and yell "WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!") I just couldn't put it down. Like Jess, I was sucked into the crazy story and couldn't look away from the wreckage. Who can she trust? What can she do? How will this end?  I couldn't stop reading because I needed answers!

The book was told alternately from Jess's point of view and Dr. Sheilds' point of view, which did give some insight into the story. Dr. Sheilds' portions were written as if she were talking or writing to Jess, which felt awkward to me, but perhaps that was the point. It added to how creepy and weird the whole thing was.  An Anonymous Girl is a fantastic, edge of your seat, ignore everything around you until you finish it psycological thriller! Don't miss this one!