Top 5 Tuesday – Top 5 sequels I need to get to.


Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme that Bionic Bookworm hosts.  Today’s topic is Top 5 sequels I need to get to.

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Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

Nine Perfect Strangers

Nine people gather at a remote health resort. Some are here to lose weight, some are here to get a reboot on life, some are here for reasons they can’t even admit to themselves. Amidst all of the luxury and pampering, the mindfulness and meditation, they know these ten days might involve some real work. But none of them could imagine just how challenging the next ten days are going to be.

Frances Welty, the formerly best-selling romantic novelist, arrives at Tranquillum House nursing a bad back, a broken heart, and an exquisitely painful paper cut. She’s immediately intrigued by her fellow guests. Most of them don’t look to be in need of a health resort at all. But the person that intrigues her most is the strange and charismatic owner/director of Tranquillum House. Could this person really have the answers Frances didn’t even know she was seeking? Should Frances put aside her doubts and immerse herself in everything Tranquillum House has to offer – or should she run while she still can?

It’s not long before every guest at Tranquillum House is asking exactly the same question.

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Liane Moriarty is one of my favourite authors, some of my favourite books include Big Little Lies and My Husband’s Secret. Sadly, Nine Perfect Strangers isn’t going to making it onto my favourite lists any time soon. In summary, there was a lot of characters and not much going on.

The novel was told from 11 different perspectives – the 9 strangers, Masha (the head of the spa) and Yao (one of the spa worker’s). It was a lot of people to sort through and the majority of the novel was focused on Frances who is a romance writer and recently was scammed by an online romance. I didn’t love Frances and I would of focused more on some of the other characters that we didn’t hear too much from (Lars, the divorce attorney or Caramel, who’s husband left her for a younger woman).

Sadly for most of the novel, not much happens. You are projected from character to character, learning their backstory and the reason why they went to the spa. There is a bit of a twist near the mid point of the novel and it becomes unrealistic. I was hoping there was some sort of murder mystery, but there was nothing of that sort. It was a lot of nothing.

3 calculators out of a potential 5. A disappointing read, but it made for some interesting discussion at our book club!


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Cover Your Eyes by Mary Burton

Cover Your Eyes

Don’t Look 

At first, they struggle to escape. Then a torrent of blows rains down upon their bodies until their eyes cloud over in final agony. The killer shows no remorse–just a twisted need to witness each victim’s last terrified moments.

Don’t Speak

Public defender Rachel Wainwright is struggling to reopen a decades-old case, convinced that the wrong man is in prison. Homicide detective Deke Morgan doesn’t want to agree. But if Rachel’s hunch is correct, whoever fatally bludgeoned young, beautiful Annie Dawson thirty years ago could be the source of a new string of brutal slayings.

Just Prepare To Die

Rachel’s investigation is about to reveal answers–but at a price she never thought to pay. Now she’s become the target of a rage honed by years of jealousy and madness. And a murderer is ready to show her just how vicious the truth can be…

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Cover Your Eyes is the first novel in the Morgans of Nashville series. Each novel in the series focuses on a Morgan sibling (4 siblings in total) who end up falling in love and solving a murder. Up first is Homicide detective Deke Morgan, who is living in his late father’s shadow. He is even working with his father’s ex-partner.

In comes Rachel Wainwright who is fighting to overturn her client’s conviction. Unfortunately for her, her client is seen as one of Nashville’s most convinced killers who was put away by Deke’s father 30 years ago. There is also new deaths of young women that has everyone questioning who is the real killer.

I’m torn on my thoughts of the novel. I didn’t guess who the killer was at all, but it almost seemed like too much was saved until the end. There was so much revealed in the last 5 pages that it was hard to keep up. I was confused on what I was suppose to focus on as the biggest reveal. I also didn’t love Deke and Rachel as main characters.

2 calculators out of a potential 5. Sadly this was a miss for me. I have the fourth novel in the series sitting on my book shelf that I’m not in a hurry to get to.


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I can’t wait for … Sunset Beach by Mary Kay Andrews (Can’t-Wait Wednesday)


Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a meme hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss the books we are excited about that we have yet to read. The book I can’t wait to read is this week is:

sunset beach

Drue Campbell’s life is adrift. Out of a job and down on her luck, life doesn’t seem to be getting any better when her estranged father, Brice Campbell, a flamboyant personal injury attorney, shows up at her mother’s funeral after a twenty-year absence. Worse, he’s remarried – to Drue’s eighth grade frenemy, Wendy, now his office manager. And they’re offering her a job.

It seems like the job from hell, but the offer is sweetened by the news of her inheritance – her grandparents’ beach bungalow in the sleepy town of Sunset Beach, a charming but storm-damaged eyesore now surrounded by waterfront McMansions.

With no other prospects, Drue begrudgingly joins the firm, spending her days screening out the grifters whose phone calls flood the law office. Working with Wendy is no picnic either. But when a suspicious death at an exclusive beach resort nearby exposes possible corruption at her father’s firm, she goes from unwilling cubicle rat to unwitting investigator, and is drawn into a case that may – or may not – involve her father. With an office romance building, a decades-old missing persons case re-opened, and a cottage in rehab, one thing is for sure at Sunset Beach: there’s a storm on the horizon.

What novel are you excited to read? Let me know in the comments below!

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