It has been a busy time and I have not updated on Books, Novels and More in a few months.
However, I continued to update my book of the month selections on my main blog. I'm now updating the book blog with those monthly picks.
The posts are shown in the original state as I wrote it on my main blog. So the dates of the blog posts are different, they were not written on the same day. Each were done in the month the selection was made.
Here is the listing for the book of the month selections for the period of July 2017 - March 2018.
Summer reading is always a joy. Finding the time to take a moment and crack open a book you've anticipated reading is a glorious way to relax after a busy week. My TBR pile continues to grow, but that's a good thing. Trust me...it just solidifies the fact that in the literary world, there continues to be interesting writers releasing quality work...creating new stories to uncover and devour.
The book of the month for July 2017 is the thriller All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda.
This will hopefully be another mystery filled suspense novel that I will enjoy. If so, All the Missing Girls Will be a page turning winner, that will knock the reader off their feet with sharp twists and turns.
Forget everything you think you know about those closest to you, sometimes they're the ones you really don't know. But then again, it could just be your suspicions running amok.
Get your read on and grab a copy of this month's book of the month selection.
As always....happy reading!
***A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER***
A New York Times Book Review “Editors’ Choice”
Entertainment Weekly — Thriller Round-Up
The Wall Street Journal — 5 Killer Books for 2016
Hollywood Reporter — Hot Summer Books…16 Must Reads
“This thriller’s all of your fave page-turners (think: Luckiest Girl Alive, The Girl on the Train, Gone Girl) rolled into one.” —TheSkimm
“Both [Gillian] Flynn’s and Miranda’s main characters also reclaim the right of female characters to be more than victim or femme fatale… All the Missing Girls is set to become one of the best books of 2016.” —Los Angeles Review of Books
“Extremely interesting…a novel that will probably be called Hitchcockian.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Are you paying attention? You’ll need to be; this thriller will test your brain with its reverse chronological structure, and it’s a page-turner to boot.” —Elle
Like the spellbinding psychological suspense in The Girl on the Train and Luckiest Girl Alive, Megan Miranda’s novel is a nail-biting, breathtaking story about the disappearances of two young women—a decade apart—told in reverse.
It’s been ten years since Nicolette Farrell left her rural hometown after her best friend, Corinne, disappeared from Cooley Ridge without a trace. Back again to tie up loose ends and care for her ailing father, Nic is soon plunged into a shocking drama that reawakens Corinne’s case and breaks open old wounds long since stitched.
The decade-old investigation focused on Nic, her brother Daniel, boyfriend Tyler, and Corinne’s boyfriend Jackson. Since then, only Nic has left Cooley Ridge. Daniel and his wife, Laura, are expecting a baby; Jackson works at the town bar; and Tyler is dating Annaleise Carter, Nic’s younger neighbor and the group’s alibi the night Corinne disappeared. Then, within days of Nic’s return, Annaleise goes missing.
Told backwards—Day 15 to Day 1—from the time Annaleise goes missing, Nic works to unravel the truth about her younger neighbor’s disappearance, revealing shocking truths about her friends, her family, and what really happened to Corinne that night ten years ago.
Like nothing you’ve ever read before, All the Missing Girls delivers in all the right ways. With twists and turns that lead down dark alleys and dead ends, you may think you’re walking a familiar path, but then Megan Miranda turns it all upside down and inside out and leaves us wondering just how far we would be willing to go to protect those we love.
The August 2017 book of the month pick was the the must read thriller Into The Water by Paula Hawkins. This is a taut mystery thriller that will stay with you well after the last page is read. This gripping tale is one that can't be missed.
If you want a page turning suspense that will anticipate each twist and turn, grab a copy of last month's book of the month selection.
As always....Happy reading!
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
An addictive new novel of psychological suspense from the author of #1 New York Times bestseller and global phenomenon The Girl on the Train
“Hawkins is at the forefront of a group of female authors—think Gillian Flynn and Megan Abbott—who have reinvigorated the literary suspense novel by tapping a rich vein of psychological menace and social unease… there’s a certain solace to a dark escape, in the promise of submerged truths coming to light.” —Vogue
A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged.
Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother's sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from—a place to which she vowed she'd never return.
With the same propulsive writing and acute understanding of human instincts that captivated millions of readers around the world in her explosive debut thriller, The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins delivers an urgent, twisting, deeply satisfying read that hinges on the deceptiveness of emotion and memory, as well as the devastating ways that the past can reach a long arm into the present.
Beware a calm surface—you never know what lies beneath.
The September book of the month selection is the powerful debut novel The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.
This is story entrenched in the current epidemic happening in our country today. Deep, thought provoking and must read. Grab a copy today.
As always...happy reading!
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.
Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.
But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.
Last month, the October book of the month pick was the engrossing thriller The Good Widow by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke. It's been a busy and hectic time, so it's been a minute since I've posted on The Chocolate Chick. I definitely wanted to pop in and update the blog with a few posts, including the October book of the month post.
While this post is late, the book of the month selection was posted under the book of the month section on the right of the blog page or at toward the end of the blog page if on a mobile device on October 6, 2017. The book of the month selection will always be posted by the the 10th of the month in that section, even if the blog post is not up at the time.
The Good Widow is must read roller coaster thriller that will leave you reeling.
The November book of the month selection will be posted in the book of the month section tomorrow!
As always...happy reading!
Elementary school teacher Jacqueline “Jacks” Morales’s marriage was far from perfect, but even in its ups and downs it was predictable, familiar. Or at least she thought it was…until two police officers showed up at her door with devastating news. Her husband of eight years, the one who should have been on a business trip to Kansas, had suffered a fatal car accident in Hawaii. And he wasn’t alone. For Jacks, laying her husband to rest was hard. But it was even harder to think that his final moments belonged to another woman—one who had left behind her own grieving and bewildered fiancé. Nick, just as blindsided by the affair, wants answers. So he suggests that he and Jacks search for the truth together, retracing the doomed lovers’ last days in paradise. Now, following the twisting path of that fateful road, Jacks is learning that nothing is ever as it seems. Not her marriage. Not her husband. And most certainly not his death…
This is definitely a late post. But, it is a crazy busy time and of course that is a good thing. On top of that, it's my favorite time of the year. I'm obsessed with winter and the holiday season. While I love to read in general, there is something about finding time to read on a cold day, curled up with a good book and cup of hot chocolate or coffee.
With that being said, the book of the month selection for last month was a gripping suspense thriller by James Patterson and David Ellis. The Black Book was the November 2017 pick. You will never go wrong with a James Patterson read.
Get into it.
As always....happy reading!
#1 New York Times
#1 USA Today
#1 Wall Street Journal
#1 Chicago Tribune
#1 Entertainment Weekly
#1 Publishers Weekly
How can you prove your innocence when you can't remember the crime?
Being a cop runs in Billy Harney's family. The son of Chicago's Chief of Detectives, there's nothing Billy won't give up for the job - including his life. Left for dead alongside his tempestuous former partner and a hard-charging assistant district attorney out for blood, Billy miraculously survives. But he remembers nothing about the events leading up to the shootout. Charged with double murder and desperate to clear his name, Billy retraces his steps to get to the bottom of what happened. When he discovers the existence of a little black book that everyone who's anyone in Chicago will stop at nothing to get their hands on, Billy suspects it contains the truth that will either set him free...or confirm his worst fears.
The December book of the month pick was THE MAGPIES by Mark Edwards. This page turner was an engrossing suspense thriller that pulled you in and wouldn't let go until the reader turned the very last page. There are interesting characters compiled in THE MAGPIES, and the churning of their story will leave you shook.
As always....happy reading!
Meet the neighbours from hell, in the gripping thriller that reviewers and readers describe as "fast-paced," "chilling," and "impossible to put down.”
When Jamie and Kirsty move into their first home together, they are full of optimism. The future, in which they plan to get married and start a family, is bright. The other residents of their building seem friendly too, including the Newtons, a married couple who welcome them to the building with open arms.
But then strange things start to happen. Dead rats are left on their doorstep. They hear disturbing noises, and much worse, in the night. After Jamie's best friend is injured in a horrific accident, Jamie and Kirsty find themselves targeted by a campaign of terror.
As they are driven to the edge of despair, Jamie vows to fight back—but he has no idea what he is really up against . . .
The Magpies is a gripping psychological thriller in which the monsters are not vampires or demons but the people who live next door. It is a nightmare that could happen to anyone.
The January 2018 book of the month selection is simply put...a must read. The unraveling of the current administration with Trump as the leader is a threat to our democracy, freedom and safety.
Read Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff.
As always...happy reading!
#1 New York Times Bestseller
With extraordinary access to the West Wing, Michael Wolff reveals what happened behind-the-scenes in the first nine months of the most controversial presidency of our time in Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.
Since Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, the country―and the world―has witnessed a stormy, outrageous, and absolutely mesmerizing presidential term that reflects the volatility and fierceness of the man elected Commander-in-Chief.
This riveting and explosive account of Trump’s administration provides a wealth of new details about the chaos in the Oval Office, including: -- What President Trump’s staff really thinks of him -- What inspired Trump to claim he was wire-tapped by President Obama -- Why FBI director James Comey was really fired -- Why chief strategist Steve Bannon and Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner couldn’t be in the same room -- Who is really directing the Trump administration’s strategy in the wake of Bannon’s firing -- What the secret to communicating with Trump is -- What the Trump administration has in common with the movie The Producers
Never before in history has a presidency so divided the American people. Brilliantly reported and astoundingly fresh, Fire and Fury shows us how and why Donald Trump has become the king of discord and disunion.
The February book of the month pick was the intense read The Good House by Tananarive Due. This is a story that will grip you into a sense of what you truly believe about good and evil. Take a ride through amazing writing that draws the reader in with precision and an unmistakable curiosity of what lurks behind the doors of The Good House.
Grab a copy and find out!
As always...happy reading!
The home that belonged to Angela Toussaint's late grandmother is so beloved that townspeople in Sacajawea, Washington, call it the Good House. But that all changes one summer when an unexpected tragedy takes place behind its closed doors...and the Toussaint's family history -- and future -- is dramatically transformed.
Angela has not returned to the Good House since her son, Corey, died there two years ago. But now, Angela is finally ready to return to her hometown and go beyond the grave to unearth the truth about Corey's death. Could it be related to a terrifying entity Angela's grandmother battled seven decades ago? And what about the other senseless calamities that Sacajawea has seen in recent years? Has Angela's grandmother, an African American woman reputed to have "powers," put a curse on the entire community?
A thrilling exploration of secrets, lies, and divine inspiration, The Good House will haunt readers long after its chilling conclusion.
Time sure does fly. So happy Spring is here. With that being said, let me jump right into the post.
The March book of the month selection was the shocking psychological thriller 'Behind Closed Doors' by B.A. Paris. Forget what you think you know on the outside, the truth is far more sinister. This book was profoundly disturbing. It kept you drawn in...you will not be able to put this book down.
As always...happy reading!
The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie? Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth; she has charm and elegance. He’s a dedicated attorney who has never lost a case; she is a flawless homemaker, a masterful gardener and cook, and dotes on her disabled younger sister. Though they are still newlyweds, they seem to have it all. You might not want to like them, but you do. You’re hopelessly charmed by the ease and comfort of their home, by the graciousness of the dinner parties they throw. You’d like to get to know Grace better.
But it’s difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are inseparable.
Some might call this true love. Others might wonder why Grace never answers the phone. Or why she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn’t work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. Or why she never seems to take anything with her when she leaves the house, not even a pen. Or why there are such high-security metal shutters on all the downstairs windows.
Some might wonder what’s really going on once the dinner party is over, and the front door has closed.
From bestselling author B. A. Paris comes the gripping thriller and international phenomenon Behind Closed Doors.