• Erin Zaranec

2018 Reads: Books 71-75

A book that starts with a simple dinner party leads to more twists and turns than I could have ever imagined.

Anne and Marco have one of those lives that neighbors envy, they have a great home and a beautiful baby. All of that is shattered after the young couple walks one door over for a dinner party, leaving their baby asleep in her crib.

Arriving home after the dinner party, their baby is gone and - with her - so is their picture perfect life. The detective on their case is suspicious of both parents - who soon start questioning one another, too.

It's a great thriller that'll leave you flipping through the pages.

The Kettle triplets are almost straight out of a movie - they're beautiful, smart, funny, and seem to attract attention everywhere they go.

Although they're triplets who have plenty in common, they're also each their own woman with various quirks, drama, and issues in their lives.

This novel follows the triplets through their 33rd year. I loved the stories of the triplet's lives and hated them at the same time. The book is full of excerpts from strangers who observe and bask in the glory of the women - those descriptions were some of my favorite parts. It's a clever, funny, and fun book about sisterhood and more.

This book was wild! I'm not even sure how to describe it without giving too much away or completely underserving the book's plot.

I'm not typically a fan of sci-fi or anything even remotely fantasy, but Dark Matter captivated me and had me wanting to find out what universe Jason would enter next.

Eleven people depart from Martha's Vineyard in a private jet heading to New York. What should be a quick flight home from a privileged getaway only lasts 16 minutes... until the private jet unexplainably ends up in the ocean with all but two passengers being lost at sea.

Scott Burroughs, an artist who lives on the Vineyard, was a last minute addition to the flight - but he finds himself the lone adult survivor. He finds himself responsible for the life of a four-year-old boy, the only other surviving passenger.

The book does a brilliant job weaving from the past to the present - taking the reader from the middle of the ocean to the backstories of the nine deceased passengers.

What caused the flight crash? How exactly did Burroughs end up on the flight? Who would harm the owner of the jet? Was the crash an accident at all? These questions and more arise throughout the book.

If you follow any 'best reads' book lists, you've definitely heard about An American Marriage.

Roy and Celestial are still newlyweds when Roy is arrested for a crime both he and his bride know he didn't commit. Any chance of a normal, newlywed life they were imaging was suddenly gone for the couple - who could now only interact between prison walls and through letters.

Th novel is written from both character's point of view and through the letters the couple exchanges. It's a gripping read that is full of love, hate, regret, and plenty of other emotions that Jones seamlessly weaves into one story.


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