The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver | Ballantine Books { Book Review}

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The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver

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Book Summary:

Written with Josie Silver’s trademark warmth and wit, The Two Lives of Lydia Bird is a powerful and thrilling love story about the what-ifs that arise at life’s crossroads, and what happens when one woman is given a miraculous chance to answer them.
 
Lydia and Freddie. Freddie and Lydia. They’d been together for more than a decade and Lydia thought their love was indestructible. But she was wrong. On Lydia’s twenty-eighth birthday, Freddie died in a car accident.
 
So now it’s just Lydia, and all she wants is to hide indoors and sob until her eyes fall out. But Lydia knows that Freddie would want her to try to live fully, happily, even without him. So, enlisting the help of his best friend, Jonah, and her sister, Elle, she takes her first tentative steps into the world, open to life—and perhaps even love—again.
 
But then something inexplicable happens that gives her another chance at her old life with Freddie. A life where none of the tragic events of the past few months have happened.
 
Lydia is pulled again and again through the doorway to her past, living two lives, impossibly, at once. But there’s an emotional toll to returning to a world where Freddie, alive, still owns her heart. Because there’s someone in her new life, her real life, who wants her to stay.

Publication Date:

March 3rd, 2020

Genre:

Contemporary Fiction

Purchase Your Copy:

Amazon Link | LibroFM Bookstore Link | Book of the Month Club Referral 

My Review:

The Two Lives of Lydia Bird

The Two Lives of Lydia Bird 

The Two Lives of Lydia Bird was a highly anticipated book for me as I very much delighted in Josie Silver’s 2018 novel One Day in December. Not only did I end up enjoying The Two Lives of Lydia Bird but I ended up connecting with it even more than my first book by Silver.

I can appreciate a fun contemporary romance but I definitely am drawn to plotlines that are a bit more realistic and relatable so this was a great fit for me. Silver shines at sharing stories that are heartwarming while also feeling like they are rooted in reality.

This book was heavy at times and I appreciated the look at the process of grief, especially for a young woman who was still finding herself when she lost the love of her life. The plotline isn’t seamless and I got a lot out of seeing the main character Lydia move through the different stages of loss.

Josie Silver

While there was a romantic storyline, I appreciated that this new guy didn’t just sweep Lydia off her feet and make her forget about her grief. The overwhelming and persistent feelings of loss felt real and the tumultuous road to her healing made this book feel heartbreaking and powerful at the same time. If you are looking for an engaging and emotional read, I definitely recommend this one.

Thank you to Ballantine Books for the gifted advanced copy and galley. 


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You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen | St. Martin’s Press {Gen The Bookworm Book Review}

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You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

Book Summary:

The electrifying number-one New York Times best-selling authors of The Wife Between Us and An Anonymous Girl return with a brand new novel of psychological suspense.

Shay Miller wants to find love, but it eludes her. She wants to be fulfilled, but her job is a dead end. She wants to belong, but her life is increasingly lonely.

Until Shay meets the Moore sisters. Cassandra and Jane live a life of glamorous perfection, and always get what they desire. When they invite Shay into their circle, everything seems to get better. Shay would die for them to like her. She may have to. 

Publication Date:

March 3rd, 2020

Genre:

Domestic Thriller/Psychological Thriller

My Rating:

⭐️⭐️⭐️

My Review:

Book of the Month February 2020

You Are Not Alone started off on a great note for me as far as thrillers go.  The first scene totally grabbed my attention and immediately made me want to know more. I appreciated that the book summary was pretty undescriptive, which helped me not make any assumptions about the plotline.

Unfortunately, it just went a little downhill for me after that and I found keeping up with all the characters tedious, especially with the jumping between past and present. I didn’t find any of them particularly likable and some of their choices just made me think “huh?!”.

The pace did pick up at the end but it just felt a little too unbelievable for me at that point. Without a strong connection to the characters, the ending wrapped up too quickly. I think this just might be my own reading taste but endings out of nowhere just don’t work for me, especially when I haven’t been given anything that helps me feel super invested with the main characters.

Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.


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Follow Me by Kathleen Barber | Gallery Books {Gen The Bookworm Book Review}

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Follow Me by Kathleen Barber

Book Summary:

From the author of Truth Be Told (formerly titled Are You Sleeping)—now an Apple TV series of the same name—comes a cautionary tale of oversharing in the social media age for fans of Jessica Knoll and Caroline Kepnes’s You.

Everyone wants new followers…until they follow you home.

Audrey Miller has an enviable new job at the Smithsonian, a body by reformer Pilates, an apartment door with a broken lock, and hundreds of thousands of Instagram followers to bear witness to it all. Having just moved to Washington, DC, Audrey busies herself impressing her new boss, interacting with her online fan base, and staving off a creepy upstairs neighbor with the help of the only two people she knows in town: an ex-boyfriend she can’t stay away from and a sorority sister with a high-powered job and a mysterious past.

But Audrey’s faulty door may be the least of her security concerns. Unbeknownst to her, her move has brought her within striking distance of someone who’s obsessively followed her social media presence for years—from her first WordPress blog to her most recent Instagram Story. No longer content to simply follow her carefully curated life from a distance, he consults the dark web for advice on how to make Audrey his and his alone. In his quest to win her heart, nothing is off-limits—and nothing is private.

With “compelling, suspenseful” (Liz Nugent) prose, Kathleen Barber’s electrifying new thriller will have you scrambling to cover your webcam and digital footprints.

Publication Date:

February 25th, 2020

Genre:

Domestic Thriller/Psychological Thriller

My Rating:

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

My Review:

Kathleen Barber

Follow Me (you can pre-order a copy with my affiliate link HERE)

Follow Me is a psychological thriller full of twists and turns and kept me captivated until the end. I loved that the storyline was based around social media and the idea that nothing is ever as shiny or perfect as it may appear online.

This page-turner is shared in alternating chapters between the main character Audrey, her best friend Cat and a third narrator who is only known by the reader as “him.” I thought this was such a clever way to have the story unfold and I loved that it kept me guessing.

Audrey isn’t very likable and I think that is the author’s point. She may have over two million followers online, but she lives for the posts and likes while her “real life” is quite dull and lonely. Her best friend Cat is the complete opposite and I enjoyed the polarization between these two characters that ended up adding a lot of dimension to this storyline.

Follow Me was creepy but light enough for a weekend or beach read which was exactly what I was looking for.

Thank you to NetGalley and Gallery Books for an advanced copy.


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Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier | Minotaur Books {Gen The Bookworm Book Review}

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Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier

Book Summary:

From the author of Jar of Hearts, a mother driven to the edge by the disappearance of her son learns her husband is having an affair with the woman who might have kidnapped him.

Four hundred and eighty seconds. That’s how long it took for someone to steal Marin Machado’s four-year-old son.

Marin had the perfect life. Married to her college sweetheart, she owns a chain of upscale hair salons, and Derek runs his own company. They’re admired in their community and are a loving family. Up until the day Sebastian is taken.

A year later, Marin is a shadow of herself. The FBI search has gone cold. The publicity has faded. She and her husband rarely speak. The only thing keeping her going is the unlikely chance that one day Sebastian reappears. She hires a P.I. to pick up where the police left off, but instead of finding him, she discovers that Derek is having an affair with a younger woman.

Kenzie Li is an artist and grad student—Instagram famous—and up to her eyeballs in debt. She knows Derek is married. She also knows he’s rich, and dating him comes with perks: help with bills, trips away, expensive gifts. He isn’t her first rich boyfriend, but she finds herself hoping he’ll be the last. She’s falling for him—and that was never part of the plan.

Discovery of the affair sparks Marin back to life. She’s lost her son; she’s not about to lose her husband, too. Kenzie is an enemy with a face, which means this is a problem Marin can fix. But as she sets a plan in motion, another revelation surfaces. Derek’s lover might know what happened to their son. And so might Derek.

Publication Date:

April 21st, 2020

Genre:

Domestic Thriller, Psychological Thriller, Mystery & Suspense

My Rating:

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫⁣

My Review:

Jennifer Hillier

Little Secrets (you can pre-order using my affiliate link HERE.)

Mood Reading…

My reading choices tend to be very cyclical as I am primarily a mood reader. I go in waves and sometimes I am into drawn-out character-driven family sagas, other times I am looking for a lighter read.

When I am reading to escape, thrillers, suspense and mysteries are my kinds of books. They are entertaining, face paced and super engrossing which is great for when you have a million other things running through your head.

Last week was one of those times and after seeing my friend Kristina raving about Little Secrets on #bookstagram, I couldn’t wait to read it myself.  I try to read books by their release dates so I can stay more on top of things, but it doesn’t always happen! I am currently reading an August 2020 advanced reader copy so yeah, I don’t do all that well with this, ha!

More About Little Secrets:

So Little Secrets ended up being just what I needed.  It was engaging from the very first page and I just love Jennifer Hillier’s writing style so much. Her characters are multifaceted and the plot has enough twists and turns to keep me guessing but not so much that they just felt like they came out of nowhere.

I love a book where things look a little too perfect on the outside to be true and this book has all of that and more. It does involve the kidnapping of a small child but it has so many other elements that made it rise above this common thriller plotline. I so enjoy a good domestic thriller and this one is a roller coaster of suspense with a super satisfying ending.

Jennifer Hillier

I loved it so much that I am now listening to Hillier’s 2018 release Jar of Hearts on audio.  It’s just the best when you read a book you don’t know a lot about beforehand and then leave with a new author to follow along with.

Thank you to Minotaur Books and NetGalley for an advanced copy in exchange for an unbiased review. 


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