Wednesday, July 31, 2013

SPOTLIGHT: Books on my Wishlist

There are always books I want to read, but can't always review in a timely manner. This summer there were two books I really wanted read, but just couldn't accept review copies (but they are both on my wishlist!) I've been following other bloggers out there and they are giving very positive reviews for both books. 

I thought it would be fun to spotlight some books that we would love to get our hands on!


A psychotherapist with a small private practice, Jodi likes things orderly and predictable, mapped out well in advance. Jodi's husband Todd, a thriving entrepreneur, is intuitive, spontaneous, and fond of taking risks. Their home, a sumptuous waterfront condo on North Westshore Drive in Chicago, has spacious rooms, plush carpets, and an unimpeded view of the lake stretching to the horizon. Jodi takes pleasure in the tranquil routines of her life: walking the dog by the water, seeing her few, carefully selected clients, practicing her culinary skills, and enjoying a martini with Todd when he gets home from work. Todd's success in business makes their comfortable life possible, and for this Jodi is willing to overlook his occasional indiscretions. She is good at keeping silent and giving him space, makes a habit of turning a blind eye … until the day comes when he goes too far.
Jodi loves her life, and she's willing to kill for it.

THE SILENT WIFE is a finely wrought, emotionally charged psychological thriller about a marriage in the throes of dissolution, a couple headed for catastrophe, concessions that can't be made, and promises that won't be kept.

Elizabeth George (Believing the Lie): "A.S.A. Harrison knocks it out of the park with her first novel The Silent Wife. With a spare, elegant, and deft hand, she paints two dueling psychological portraits of longtime live-in lovers who become putative killer and hapless victim in a tale that no one is likely to forget any time soon. I couldn't put this book down."

Sophie Hannah (Kind of Cruel): “SUPERB… As a novel about the dark side of marriage and relationships, it's better than Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl. A must read for anyone who is occasionally ruthless, reckless or psychologically weird - and anyone who loves clever books with depth and heart.”

The Never List
by Koethi Zan

For years, best friends Sarah and Jennifer kept what they called the Never List:  a list of actions to be avoided, for safety. But one night, against their best instincts, they accept a cab ride with grave, everlasting consequences. For the next three years, they are held captive with two other girls in a dungeon-like cellar by a connoisseur of sadism. Ten years later, at thirty-one, Sarah is still struggling to resume a normal life, living as a virtual recluse under a new name, unable to come to grips with the fact that Jennifer didn't make it out of that cellar. Now, her abductor is up for parole and Sarah can no longer ignore the twisted letters he sends from jail. Finally, Sarah decides to confront her phobias and the other survivors—who hold their own deep grudges against her. When she goes on a cross-country chase that takes her into the dark world of BDSM, secret cults, and the arcane study of torture, she begins unraveling a mystery more horrifying than even she could have imagined.  Sarah must ultimately move through her own terror to protect and preserve herself—and others.

“This is one scary throat-grabber, about two best friends who make one stupid decision and pay for it for the rest of their lives. As twisted and terrifying as any novel in years.”

“This fast-paced, disturbing thriller boasts a chilling premise as well as a layered first-person narrative full of shocking twists and turns.”
—Library Journal

“Zan's first novel is a haunting depiction of the emotional scars left on women held in captivity.” 
—Kirkus Reviews

“Zan's debut novel is shocking and disturbing. The intense psychological thriller combines a horrifying plot, well-developed characters, thought-provoking psychoanalysis and some great phrasing. Read it if you dare.”
—RT Reviews, 4 ½ stars: Top Pick

Tell me what's on your summer wishlist?

1 comment:

  1. Both sound excellent. Thanks for spotlighting them.


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