I've reached a new level of boredom. I pretty much live off of Netflix and go to bed at 9:00 because at least when I go to bed, I'm somewhat productive (rebuilding my energy for the next day). I figured that a lot of you might need some new things to do so it's time for me to introduce to you five books that will (hopefully) bring some joy to your life.
#5: The Night Olivia Fell by Christina McDonald
The Night Olivia Fell is a new book I just got last month and I wasn't sure if I'd like it but I was pleasantly surprised. It follows a mother and daughter both in the past and present. In the present, Abi Knight learns that her daughter Olivia is in the hospital after a seemingly accidental fall from a bridge. She soon learns that Olivia is not only brain dead but also pregnant. Olivia must remain on life support until the baby can be born. While waiting for the time to come, Abi embarks on her own investigation to discover what led to Olivia's fall after she found threatening messages on Olivia's phone and learns that the police plan to declare it an accident without looking any further. In the past, which takes place from the spring of that year to the night of the fall, Olivia begins to unravel a family secret: her father's identity. As the past and present collide, mother and daughter make shocking discoveries about both themselves and each other.
#4: Collared by David Rosenfelt
This title may sound odd but it's actually a pretty cool book. A dog is abandoned at a dog rescue center and he turns out to be the "DNA dog". A few years prior, baby Dylan vanished while he was at the park with his nanny. That family dog Cody was also taken. Police right away suspected Dylan's mother's ex, Kieth and went to search his home. There was no sign of Dylan but police did find dog hair which they found odd since Kieth didn't have a dog. The hairs were logged in the police forensic database and came back as Cody's. Hence, the nickname, "DNA dog". Kieth was arrested for kidnapping based on that evidence but Dylan was never found. He just disappeared. Now that Cody is back, the investigation is re-opened. Will Dylan ever be found or is he forever lost?
#3: The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson
I don't know if you remember all the way back to September but in that book club post, there was a book called Truly Devious. That book was apart of a trilogy and this would be book two. The Vanishing Stair picks up a little while after the events at the end of the last book. Stevie Bell is still trying to solve the infamous mystery surrounding Ellingham Academy. After another body is found, seemingly dead by accident, Stevie is more determined to figure out who Truly Devious is and who's responsible for the events in the present. Some think the past should stay buried but will Stevie listen, especially if her life depends on it?
#2: The Hand in the Wall by Maureen Johnson
The mystery of Truly Devious is finally solved (did you think I'd make you wait for the third book?). Stevie figured it out. She cracked one of America's most infamous crimes of the 20th century. But somewhere inside of her is still doubtful. The culprit is caught but there's still the question of the missing Alice Ellingham, the daughter of the school's founder who disappeared along with her mother in 1936 at the age of three. Her body has never been found but where would she be? Stevie has almost all the pieces but they still don't fit just yet. However, when the school evacuates ahead of a deadly snowstorm, Stevie decides to stay on the mountain to find the killer. All the answers are there but is she ready for the truth?
#1: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
Following two sisters, Vianne and Isabelle as Germany invades France in World War II, this book details their struggles and victories as they both deal with their own situations. One sister is forced to house German soldiers if she wants to survive, making multiple risky decisions to protect her young daughter while the other becomes part of the resistance, risking her life time and time again to save others. While the story highlights a time of unrest in world history it also sheds light on a part of history that never had a place on the world's stage: the women's war. Weaving together two sister's stories who have been separated by time, experience, and personal ideals but each taking similar paths to protect, love, survive, and win back their freedom. A novel that celebrates human resilience and the strength of women in the face of adversity, The Nightingale is a novel for all.
April's picks are some of my favorites and some that I just discovered over the last couple of weeks. Let me know if you read any of these or what you've been reading from your own bookshelf. Tune in next month for more picks from me and I'll see you all next week!
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