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 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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Watching the Bodies by Graham Smith @grahamsmith1972

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I’m thrilled to be the next spot on the Watching the Bodies North American blog tour! Watching the Bodies is the first book in Graham Smith’s new Jake Boulder series.

After a murder happens in a small town outside of Salt Lake City, Utah, the police are unprepared to handle the case. Jake Boulder steps in with friend Alfonse, who also happens to be a private investigator, to help the police with the case. As the killer’s pattern becomes clear, the investigative team realizes they have to rush before more bodies accumulate. It’s not long before word gets out that Boulder happens to be the most helpful person on the case, which makes him a target for our serial killer. In a thrilling game of cat and mouse, it’s clear only one will make it out alive – will it be Boulder, or The Watcher?

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The Breakdown by B.A. Paris

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On her way home from a night out, Cass decides to take a shortcut home down a dark wooded road, even after her husband warned her to avoid that route due to the severe storm that was hitting them. While she’s driving, Cass sees a car stopped on the side of the road, and pulls over to see if the driver needs help. Reluctant to get out of the car in the middle of the storm, Cass waits to see if the driver will alert her that they need help. When no such sign comes, she continues her drive home.

The next morning, she hears that a woman was murdered on the same road she took home…it was the woman in the car she saw. Partly wracked with guilt that she didn’t get out of her car, and partly terrified that the killer is still on the loose, Cass winds up on a downward spiral and as she seems to be forgetting more and more details of her life, she questions whether she can even trust herself, or if she’s starting to suffer from dementia the same way her mother did.

Regardless of whether or not she’s forgetting things, she knows she’s been getting daily phone calls each day where the caller says nothing, and she can’t shake the feeling that she’s being watched…

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