The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond @michellerichmon

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Therapist Jake and rock-and-roller-turned-lawyer Alice have just gotten married and are happily in love. Prior to going on their honeymoon, they received a mysterious gift from one of Alice’s high profile clients, and were told that everything would be explained to them when returned from vacation. Upon arriving home, they meet Vivian, who explains that they have been invited to join a secret membership-only group known as The Pact.

The Pact promises to support them in their desire to have a happy and fulfilled marriage. The rules laid out seem straightforward – be honest with your spouse, always answer the phone when your spouse calls, travel with your spouse once a quarter, and so on. Enticed by the promise of a marriage that lasts forever, Jake and Alice sign the contract, however they soon learn that they had no idea what they were getting themselves into. The Pact takes their rules…and consequences…very seriously. After realizing they signed up for more than they bargained for, they also realize there is no way out…

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Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson @peterswanson3

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After years of crippling anxiety, Kate decides to completely jump out of her comfort zone by switching apartments with her American cousin Corbin. For six months, Kate will live in Corbin’s Boston apartment, and Corbin will live in her apartment in London. Kate plans to take art classes in Boston and hopes that she can get a fresh start on her life.

Shortly after arriving in Boston, Kate finds out that Corbin’s next door neighbor, Audrey, has been murdered. Kate tries not to let her anxiety over the situation get the best of her, until the police start questioning Kate and other residents of the apartment complex. Kate meets another neighbor, Alan, who tells her that he’s seen Corbin leaving Audrey’s apartment a number of times…if that’s true, then why did Corbin tell her he hardly knew Audrey?

After doing some of her own snooping, she finds some odd things in Corbin’s apartment that make her wonder if he’s more involved in Audrey’s murder than he’s letting on…and what about Alan, the neighbor who has admitted to watching Audrey through his window? As Kate begins to question what really happened, she’ll find she’s in more danger than she realized…

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It’s Always the Husband by Michele Campbell

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College freshmen Jenny, Aubrey, and Kate end up rooming together at Carlisle University and quickly become friends. Despite their differences and flaws, they stick together through the ups and downs that life brings them…until one night where a traumatic event pulls them apart.

Now, one of them is dead and we follow their story to see how things got to this point. Campbell weaves a story of friendship, love, loyalty, and betrayal. Told in alternating timelines between their college and adult years, we learn about these women and how their college decisions affected their adult lives.

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The Girls in the Garden by Lisa Jewell

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In a quiet, family friendly neighborhood in London, children play outside together, and neighbors are friendly. That is, until a thirteen year old girl is found unconscious in the garden and no one knows what happened.

Told through multiple points of view in alternating timelines, we learn about the secrets families keep and how they can come back to haunt you…and how they relate to the mystery of the unconscious girl…

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The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die by April Henry

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After waking up in a cabin with no memory of how she got there, Cady starts to panic. Soon after regaining consciousness, she hears her captors talking hears one of them tell the other to take her out back and “finish her off”. After managing to escape, she has no idea where to go…she has no money, doesn’t remember her name, and doesn’t know what happened to her.

In her run from these men, she meets Ty, who ends up accompanying her on her journey to get to safety. What Cady does know is that she’s still in danger, she just doesn’t know why.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’ve Recommended to my Mom

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and the theme this week is an open freebie related to Mother’s Day! I decided to feature 10 of the books I’ve recommended to my own mom!

In general, my mom reads a few different genres, but likes books that are upbeat, positive, and don’t have a ton of sexual content. Below are 10 books I’ve suggested she read!

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Spring Cleaning: TBR Edition – how I removed 100+ books from my to read list

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One thing I’m totally guilty of is adding books to my “to be read” list, and then not reading them for months (or years…) later. This leads to me feeling like a) I’m going to drown under a sea of unread books b) my TBR shelf is staring at me and judging me every time I add a new book to the shelf, and c) I’m having an existential crisis about the fact that I will never get through my TBR if I add 10 new books to it for every one book that I finish!

A few weeks ago, I did a post on the oldest books that were on my to read shelf on Goodreads and in going through some of those super old books, I realized there were definitely books on my “to read” shelf that I was no longer interested in reading.

That sparked some spring cleaning, and I removed more than 100 books from my TBR list. I know, I know, some of you read the books you already have before buying more or adding new books to your “to read” shelf, but alas, I am not one of those people. At the start of the year, I had around 800 books in my “to read” shelf, and I’ve narrowed it down to less than 650 now. I know that’s still a lot, BUT it’s progress! I want to share some of the ways I was able to clean up the list, because I’ve heard from a number of people that it’s hard to decide what to remove!

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