Happy Friday the 13th! I hope everyone is having a great Friday. This month, one of my personal goals was to read a bit more than I have in the past months. I haven’t been able to dedicate as much time as I wanted to for reading and I wanted to fix that. This month, I have read two books for the first time and they’re both so well-written! Here’s what I think about them.
The Last Mrs. Parrish
I had this book on my to-read list for a long time before I was able to read it. In fact, I had purchased it on Kindle a few months ago before getting around to it. I was on a flight to Portland, Oregon for a volleyball tournament. I started reading this book and then couldn’t put it down for the rest of the weekend (when I wasn’t playing volleyball, of course). In my opinion, this book has some of the biggest twists I’ve ever read. At one point, I thought I knew what was going to happen and then bam. Plot twist. I really recommend it!
Synopsis: Amber Patterson is fed up. She’s tired of being a nobody: a plain, invisible woman who blends into the background. She deserves more—a life of money and power like the one blond-haired, blue-eyed goddess Daphne Parrish takes for granted. To everyone in the exclusive town of Bishops Harbor, Connecticut, Daphne—a socialite and philanthropist—and her real-estate mogul husband, Jackson, are a couple straight out of a fairy tale. Amber’s envy could eat her alive . . . if she didn’t have a plan. Amber uses Daphne’s compassion and caring to insinuate herself into the family’s life—the first step in a meticulous scheme to undermine her. Before long, Amber is Daphne’s closest confidante, traveling to Europe with the Parrishes and their lovely young daughters, and growing closer to Jackson. But a skeleton from her past may undermine everything that Amber has worked towards, and if it is discovered, her well-laid plan may fall to pieces. With shocking turns and dark secrets that will keep you guessing until the very end, The Last Mrs. Parrish is a fresh, juicy, and utterly addictive thriller from a diabolically imaginative talent.
This has been a popular dystopian novel for a long time. I had heard about it from friends and added it to my list of books a while back. I finally made time to read it and I’m glad that I am! I’m only about a third of the way done with the book, but I’m hooked. I can’t wait to see what happens and how Sloane and James find each other. So far, I’m happy with the book and recommend it!
Synopsis: Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone—but so are their memories. Under constant surveillance at home and at school, Sloane puts on a brave face and keeps her feelings buried as deep as she can. The only person Sloane can be herself with is James. He’s promised to keep them both safe and out of treatment, and Sloane knows their love is strong enough to withstand anything. But despite the promises they made to each other, it’s getting harder to hide the truth. They are both growing weaker. Depression is setting in. And The Program is coming for them.
Those are the books I’ve been a big fan of this month! Have you read them? What did you think? I’m always looking for more book recommendations, if you have any, please let me know! Thank you so much for reading!