Monday, July 27, 2020

Show Me Your Books - July

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I didn't read as many books this month as my library e-book account had expired and I had to link it to my old library card. This meant that all of the book I had on hold were pushed back up to 14 weeks. So I have read some that were not on my list and I even got two in that were on long holds but then became available.

What did you read this month?

Someone We Know - Shari Lapena

This was one of the first books that I "lost" when my account was expired. Luckily, I put it back in my holds list and I received it about a week later. I have read most of Shari's books and I have loved them. This one did not disappoint.

The book starts off with a mother finding out that her son has been breaking into people's houses for fun. She sees a text message from a friend and confronts her son about it. She writes letters to the two houses that he has broken into, but leaves them as anonymous.

It turns out that someone has been murdered at one of the houses that the son had broke into. Did he see something? Did he do something?

The book goes back and forth and you keep thinking you figured out who the murderer is, but then the twist comes and you were completely wrong.

The only thing I didn't like was the last page. The ending wasn't fully "closed".

I would give this 4 stars.

Here is Amazon's synopsis:

"This is a very difficult letter to write. I hope you will not hate us too much. . . My son broke into your home recently while you were out."

In a quiet, leafy suburb in upstate New York, a teenager has been sneaking into houses--and into the owners' computers as well--learning their secrets, and maybe sharing some of them, too.

Who is he, and what might he have uncovered? After two anonymous letters are received, whispers start to circulate, and suspicion mounts. And when a woman down the street is found murdered, the tension reaches the breaking point. Who killed her? Who knows more than they're telling? And how far will all these very nice people go to protect their own secrets?

In this neighborhood, it's not just the husbands and wives who play games. Here, everyone in the family has something to hide . . . 

I Found You - Lisa Jewell

I rented this book about three times but never got around to reading it. I don't know why. I love Lisa Jewell's books, but I never started it. That was until I didn't have books to read. I am so glad that I finally started this book and quickly read it.

Alice finds a man on the beach in front of her house. He can't remember anything about himself or how he got to the beach. She takes him in and he stays in her shed off of her house. She gets to know him and tries to help find out who he is.

Meanwhile, back in London, Lily's husband goes missing. Are they the same guy? 

The book goes back and forth between present day (Alice and Frank's story) and Gray and Kristy's story from the 1980's. 

I really enjoyed this book. I loved the different perspectives, trying to figure out what happened in the 80s and how it relates to today and the story of Frank. I didn't guess what really happened, but the book was worth the read.

I give this book 4 1/2 stars.

Here is Amazon's synopsis:

In the windswept British seaside town of Ridinghouse Bay, single mom Alice Lake finds a man sitting on a beach outside her house. He has no name, no jacket, and no idea how he got there. Against her better judgment, she invites him inside.

Meanwhile, in a suburb of London, newlywed Lily Monrose grows anxious when her husband fails to return home from work one night. Soon, she receives even worse news: according to the police, the man she married never even existed.

Twenty-three years earlier, Gray and Kirsty Ross are teenagers on a summer holiday with their parents. The annual trip to Ridinghouse Bay is uneventful, until an enigmatic young man starts paying extra attention to Kirsty. Something about him makes Gray uncomfortable—and it’s not just because he’s a protective older brother.

Who is the man on the beach? Where is Lily’s missing husband? And what ever happened to the man who made such a lasting and disturbing impression on Gray?

The Half Sister - Sandie Jones

I have had this book on my wishlist for awhile now. I liked The Other Woman and I couldn't wait to read this one. I was expecting a thriller from this, but it was more like a mystery book. 

One day Jess shows up and rocks Lauren, Kate and Rose's world as Jess states that she is the half sister of Lauren and Kate and Rose's late husbands daughter. So how did this happen?

Lauren takes to Jess since Lauren is the reason Jess is here. Lauren uploads her DNA sample to a genealogy website just for fun, but finds Jess who is her half sister.

The story goes back and forth between Kate and Lauren's perspective. Kate is a journalist and doesn't believe anything and takes her skills to try to find out the truth. Lauren is accepting and just wants to make Jess feel at home. But does Jess have ulterior motives?

I enjoyed this book. I thought I would like it a lot more, but it is still worth the read. I would give it 4 stars.

Here is Amazon's synopsis:


Sisters Kate and Lauren meet for Sunday lunch every week without fail, especially after the loss of their father.


But a knock at the door is about to change everything. A young woman by the name of Jess holds a note with the results of a DNA test, claiming to be their half sister.


As the fallout starts, it's clear that they are all hiding secrets, and perhaps this family isn't as perfect as it appears.


  1. I liked I Found You! I haven't read the others yet.

    1. It was a good one. Nothing like I expected, but very good.

  2. I haven't read any of these.. but they all sound great. I love a good thriller.

  3. I've been looking for more books to add to my list, and I need to add I Found You <3

    Green Fashionista

    1. It is a great one. I would definitely recommend it.

  4. These look fabulous; but I am just awful about reading suspense/ thrillers (I almost always check the ending first!). LOL

    1. Hahah. That is too funny. I have only done that when I don't like a book.

  5. I do love Lisa Jewell's books. Someone We Know sounds good too!

  6. Ohh so many great books! The Half Sister sounds SO good! xo, Biana BlovedBoston

  7. Ooooh I really want to read The Half Sister! Great shares, my friend! You're keeping my TBR busy!

    1. It is a good one and it was on my list for quite awhile. I love that I am keeping your TBR list busy. I have really loved reading lately.

  8. I Found You sounds soooo good. I'm adding that one to my reading list! My list is like 10 miles long now! Haha.

    1. It was really good. I LOVED that book. My list keeps growing too. I love when I find a great book.

  9. These sound like really good thrillers! I’ll have to add them to my list.

  10. hello there! new to your blog! I had to say when I was reading through your blog and looking at your pictures of the water and the beach, I thought to myself, this looks just like Incline or Lake Tahoe...then I read your "About" to find you are in Reno! I think you get the prize to the nearest blogger to me !! maybe there's someoone here in the sacramento area--technically I am in Granite Bay...but great to find another blogger near me!...
    looking forward to learning more about you!
    xo Eva