I can’t wait for … The Stranger Inside by Lisa Unger (Can’t-Wait Wednesday)

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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:

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Twelve-year-old Rain Winter narrowly escaped an abduction while walking to a friend’s house. Her two best friends, Tess and Hank, were not as lucky. Tess never came home, and Hank was held in captivity before managing to escape. Their abductor was sent to prison but years later was released. Then someone delivered real justice—and killed him in cold blood.

Now Rain is living the perfect suburban life, her dark childhood buried deep. She spends her days as a stay-at-home mom, having put aside her career as a hard-hitting journalist to care for her infant daughter. But when another brutal murderer who escaped justice is found dead, Rain is unexpectedly drawn into the case. Eerie similarities to the murder of her friends’ abductor force Rain to revisit memories she’s worked hard to leave behind. Is there a vigilante at work? Who is the next target? Why can’t Rain just let it go?

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

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The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

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When she stumbles across the advert, she’s looking for something else completely. But it seems like too good an opportunity to miss: a live-in nanny position, with a staggeringly generous salary. And when Rowan arrives at Heatherbrae House, she is smitten by the luxurious ‘smart’ home fitted out with all modern conveniences, by the beautiful Scottish Highlands, and by this picture-perfect family.

What she doesn’t know is that she’s stepping into a nightmare – one that will end with a child dead and her in a cell awaiting trial for murder.

She knows she’s made mistakes. But, she maintains, she’s not guilty – at least not of murder. Which means someone else is.

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The Turn of the Key is one of the most highly anticipated thriller novels of the summer and I’m happy to say that it does not disappoint. It had just the right amount of creepiness and a short list of suspects, even though I didn’t guess the ending at all.

Right from the first 20 pages, you know what has happened. A child is dead and her recently hired nanny is sitting in jail. The nanny is writing letters to a potential solicitor on her side of the story and how she is innocent. The ending is different than anything that I had read before and I really loved how it was done. I was shocked and was left wanting more.

4 calculators out of a potential 5. Check this one out!

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Promise Me (Myron Bolitar #8) by Harlan Coben

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The school year is almost over. In these last pressure cooker months of high school, some kids will make the all too common and all too dangerous mistake of drinking and driving. But Myron is determined to help keep his friends’ children safe, and so he makes two neighborhood girls promise him that if they are ever in a bind but are afraid to call their parents, they will call him.

Several nights later, the call comes at two a.m. The next day, a girl is missing, and Myron is the last person who saw her. Desperate to fulfill a well-intentioned promise turned horribly wrong, Myron races to find her before she’s gone forever.

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I was worried that the Myron Bolitar series would start going downhill after the 5th novel. Even though I thought it was looking that way, Coben’s 8th novel of the series turns things around and I really enjoyed it.

Myron Bolitar is quite the character all of his own. He was going towards a career in the NBA, when a knee injury took him out before he could play his first NBA game. He switched gears and became a sports agent and later goes on solving murders and kidnappings. I love Myron and his relationship with all of the main cast (Win, Esperanza and Big Cyndi). I wish the novel had more of Myron’s parents and not just one brief scene.

I really enjoyed the mystery, even though, it started off a bit tame – teenage girl goes missing/runs away. Once the novel got to the half way point, it really picks up and I didn’t see the reveal coming at all.

4 calculators out of a potential 5. If you are looking for mystery series with lots of humour, you need to check out this series!

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Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center

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Cassie Hanwell was born for emergencies. As one of the only female firefighters in her Texas firehouse, she’s seen her fair share of them, and she’s excellent at dealing with other people’s tragedies. But when her estranged and ailing mother asks her to uproot her life and move to Boston, it’s an emergency of a kind Cassie never anticipated.

The tough, old-school Boston firehouse is as different from Cassie’s old job as it could possibly be. Hazing, a lack of funding, and poor facilities mean that the firemen aren’t exactly thrilled to have a “lady” on the crew, even one as competent and smart as Cassie. Except for the handsome rookie, who doesn’t seem to mind having Cassie around. But she can’t think about that. Because she doesn’t fall in love. And because of the advice her old captain gave her: don’t date firefighters. Cassie can feel her resolve slipping…but will she jeopardize her place in a career where she’s worked so hard to be taken seriously?

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I didn’t think I would fall in love with this novel as much as I did. I had read Katherine Centre’s previous novel, How to Walk Away, and really enjoyed it, but I still wasn’t expecting to love Things You Save in a Fire more than her previous novel.

The characters just shined through here. I loved each character and their interactions with Cassie. Cassie is a firefighter and a really good one. She knows the mindset of the male firefighters and understands that she has to act a certain way and knows that the number one rule is don’t date another firefighter. Of course, all of that falls apart when she meets the rookie.

The plot isn’t too complicated and even though I had figured out what had happened and what was going to happen, I still enjoyed every page. The characters warmed my heart – Cassie, the rookie, Diana (Cassie’s mom) and Josie (Diana’s friend), just to name a few. There are also a few novels that I have read where I have gotten complete closure. I felt like I knew what happened to everyone that I cared about and I was completely satisfied (another rarity!).

4 calculators out of a potential 5. This is a novel that you don’t want to miss out one!

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