Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier @jenniferhillier

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Twenty years ago, Geo was sixteen years old and madly in love with her older boyfriend, Calvin. Geo’s relationship with Calvin caused a rift between Geo and her best friends, Angela and Kaiser. Angela, used to being the one who gets the attention from boys, was jealous, and Kaiser, who had secretly been in love with Geo for years, found it hard to watch her fawn over someone else.

When Angela disappears, all of the friendships and relationships between the group are fractured, and for good reason. Fifteen years later, Geo has moved on with her life, and has tried her hardest to put the past behind her. Her new life shatters when Angela’s body is uncovered, and she’s arrested in relation to the murder – it turns out, her ex boyfriend Calvin was a serial killer known as the Sweetbay Strangler. What’s worse, is the fact that Geo knew what happened to Angela and never told.

After spending five years in prison, Geo returns home. While everyone thinks they finally know the truth, there are dark secrets buried deep, and what happened that fateful night is more chilling than anyone knows. Now, the obsessive past catches up with the deadly present when new bodies begin to turn up, killed in the exact same manner as Angela. How far will Geo go to protect her past?

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A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews @PaperFury

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Fifteen year old Beck has been playing the piano for as long as he can remember. He longs to play the music he composes in his head, but is forced to play the classics by his violent mother. The more mistakes he makes, the worse the consequences are. As Beck strives for perfection to please his mother, he begins to resent playing the piano all together.

When Beck is forced to partner with a girl named August for a school project, he is drawn to her eternal optimism, but feels forced to push her away. His mother would never approve of the distractions a friendship would create. As August refuses to give up on Beck, he can’t help but wonder if a new life could be waiting just around the corner if he only dares to stand up to his mother. Is he willing to risk everything he’s known for a chance at happiness?

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My anticipated June 2018 book releases!

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I love sharing these posts and talking about new releases, partly because it reminds me of which books are coming out soon! Today I’m talking about the books that are coming out in June that I’m looking forward to. Check out my list below and let me know which books you’re anticipating! A special shoutout to the very first book on my list, because my wonderful friend Cait wrote it!

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The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll

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When five successful young women agree to appear on a reality series set in New York City called Goal Diggers, they are launched into stardom, and all that comes with it.

Brett’s the fan favorite. At only twenty-seven, the success of her spin studio and her recent engagement to her girlfriend have made her the object of jealousy and vitriol from her cast mates and former friends.

Kelly, Brett’s older sister and business partner, is the most recent recruit, dismissed as a hanger-on by veteran cast, is protecting Brett and their shocking secret.

Stephanie is a successful bestselling author worried that she’s getting too old for the producer’s liking. There have long been whispers about her husband and his wandering eye, and she and Brett have had a major falling out. Will these storylines be enough to keep her on the show?

Lauren, the start-up world’s darling whose drinking has gotten out of control, is Goal Diggers’ recovery narrative—everyone loves a comeback story.

And Jen, made rich and famous through her popular vegan food line plays a holistic hippie for the cameras, but is someone else when the cameras are off.

What the producers didn’t expect is that the season will end in murder…

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The Third Victim by Phillip Margolin

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A woman stumbles onto a dark road in rural Oregon–tortured, battered, and bound. She tells a horrific story about being kidnapped, then tortured, until she finally managed to escape. She was the lucky one–two other women, with similar burns and bruises, were found dead.

The surviving victim identifies the house where she was held captive and the owner, Alex Mason–a prominent local attorney–is arrested. Although he loudly insists upon his innocence, his wife’s statements about his sexual sadism and the physical evidence found at the scene, his summer home, is damning.

Regina Barrister is a legendary criminal defense attorney, known as “The Sorceress” for her courtroom victories. But she’s got a secret, one that threatens her skill, her reputation, and, most of all, her clients. And she’s agreed to take on the seemingly impossible task of defending Alex Mason.

Robin Lockwood, a young lawyer and former MMA fighter, has just left a clerkship at the Oregon Supreme Court to work for Regina Barrister. The Alex Mason trial is her first big one, a likely death penalty case, and she’s second chair to Regina. Increasingly, she’s worried her boss’s behavior and the details in the case against their client don’t quite add up.

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Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh

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Months apart, Tom and Caroline Johnson committed suicide, one seemingly unable to live without the other. Their adult daughter, Anna, is struggling to come to terms with her parents’ deaths, unable to comprehend why they chose to end their lives without so much as a goodbye.

Now with a young baby herself, she starts to question her parents’ deaths after receiving an anonymous note suggesting that their deaths weren’t suicides. What Anna doesn’t know is that by digging up their past, she’s putting her future in danger.  Someone is trying to stop her. She soon learns that nothing is as it seemed, and that maybe it’s better to let things lie…

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The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

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Up and coming artist Emma has a past, and that past has affected her work, though no one knows about it. Fifteen years ago, she attended summer camp at Camp Nightingale. She made friends with the other girls in her cabin, Vivian, Natalie, and Allison, even though they were three years older than she was. When Emma wakes up one morning and the three girls are missing, panic sets in at the camp. The last Emma saw of them, they were sneaking out of the cabin and Vivian was telling Emma to keep quiet. The girls were never found, and the camp closed its doors for good.

Now, fifteen years later, Emma’s paintings each secretly contain the three missing girls hidden behind trees and branches. At an art exhibit, Emma is contacted by Franny, the rich owner of the camp, who says she’s opening the camp once again, and wants Emma to come back as an art instructor. In this, Emma sees an opportunity to try to find out what really happened to her friends.

After returning to the camp, Emma quickly realizes that something is off when she discovers a security camera pointed directly at her cabin, and worse, finds cryptic clues Vivian left behind about the camp’s history. As Emma digs deeper to uncover the truth about what happened all those years ago, she realizes the truth may come at a deadly price.

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