The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter

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28 years ago, Charlie’s life was torn apart. Some bad men were angry at her father, and took it out on his family instead. Charlie, her sister Samantha, and their mother were attacked in their house, and their mother was murdered. Now, almost three decades later, Charlie is still living in the same town, working as a lawyer, and trying to save her failing marriage. In a moment of weakness, Charlie has a one night stand, which sets up a series of events that lead Charlie to the local school where an active shooter is on campus.

Charlie has to navigate the most recent tragedy, but also has to deal with the resurfacing emotions and memories of the events that took place all those years ago. As secrets come to light, Charlie has to fact her past in order to move forward.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading is a weekly feature hosted by Kathryn at Bookdate, where we can share what you have been reading, what you are currently reading, and what you’ll be reading soon.

I’ll start with what I finished last week!

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Bring Her Home by David Bell

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A year and a half after the death of his wife, Bill and his teenage daughter Samantha are trying are trying to piece their lives back together. Unfortunately, the worst is not over for Bill. When Summer and her best friend Hailey go missing, Bill is a wreck. Days later, two bodies are dumped in the local park, beaten beyond recognition. Summer is in a coma in the ICU, and Hailey is taken to the local morgue.

The more time Bill spends in Summer’s hospital room, the more he starts to question whether the girl in the hospital bed is actually his daughter. As more questions start to arise, Bill is determined to uncover who is behind these brutal attacks, and why.

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Top Ten Tuesday: 10 books I rated 1 star

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For those of you who are unfamiliar, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the BookishΒ and this week’s prompt is around books you struggled to get through/had a hard time with. I decided to feature 10 books that I rated one star on Goodreads. It feels weird writing a post that’s so negative, but regardless, check out my list below of books I didn’t like!

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The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy

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When Aila’s mother Juliet dies and her father is drafted for the war, she and her brother Miles pack up and move to the city of Sterling to stay with her mother’s best friend. Sterling is also the city her mother grew up in, and it’s full of mysteries.

Not long after arriving, Aila and Miles find out that in the city of Sterling something new disappears every 7 years. Things like reflections, scent, and the stars are gone, and there are rumors that Aila’s mother was the catalyst for the disappearances starting. Aila is determined to take her mother’s notes and solve the mystery of Sterling and its disappearances once and for all.

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A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena

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Tom is happily married to Karen, and are still in the blissful newlywed stage. When Tom arrives home from work one day, he finds his house unlocked, but Karen is nowhere to be found. Her purse, ID, and cell phone are all still at home, and his gut tells him something is wrong. Shortly after he calls the police, he gets a knock on his door. Unaware that he’s just called to report his wife missing, the police show up at his house to inform him that his wife has been in a car accident and that she’s been taken to a local hospital.

Luckily, Karen is okay, however she has no memory of the night. She knows she was speeding recklessly and that she crashed her car into a pole in the middle of a bad neighborhood, but she has no idea why she would have been there, or why she was in such a hurry to leave. When a murder is reported and found to have taken place around the same time and place the police begin to question whether or not Karen was involved, Karen quickly realizes that she needs to recover her memory and prove that she’s innocent – especially when she realizes someone has been in her house and has been moving her things around.

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When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

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Teenager Dimple Shaw wants nothing to do with the Indian traditions her parents try and instill in her. Her passion is coding, and all she wants is to attend Insomnia Con, which will give her the opportunity to develop her own app as part of a competition. She’s beyond thrilled when her parents agreed to let her go. What she doesn’t know is that Rishi Patel will also be attending Insomnia Con, and that their parents have arranged for them to be married.

Rishi is excited about the prospect of an arranged marriage, and thinks tradition is an important part of his life, and he’s crushed when Dimple doesn’t feel the same way. Despite Dimple’s protests, she and Rishi are partnered together for their app project, and Dimple begins to see that there’s more to Rishi than she thought.

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