Saturdays at the Café

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Saturdays at the Café is a weekly feature hosted here to talk about and discuss the books I’ve discovered during the past week, added to my shelf and am excited about reading. They may be new/scheduled releases I’ve seen on NetGalley, at the library, or from publishers or they may be older titles my friends have reviewed and shared on Goodreads or blogs.

The Line Between

When Wynter Roth is turned out of New Earth, a self-contained doomsday cult on the American prairie, she emerges into a world poised on the brink of madness as a mysterious outbreak of rapid early onset dementia spreads across the nation.

As Wynter struggles to start over in a world she’s been taught to regard as evil, she finds herself face-to-face with the apocalypse she’s feared all her life—until the night her sister shows up at her doorstep with a set of medical samples. That night, Wynter learns there’s something far more sinister at play and that these samples are key to understanding the disease.

Now, as the power grid fails and the nation descends into chaos, Wynter must find a way to get the samples to a lab in Colorado. Uncertain who to trust, she takes up with former military man Chase Miller, who has his own reasons for wanting to get close to the samples in her possession, and to Wynter herself.

Filled with action, conspiracy, romance, and questions of whom—and what—to believe, The Line Between is a high-octane story of survival and love in a world on the brink of madness.

I had this on my library wishlist so long I cannot remember who’s responsible for bringing it to my attention! It finally came available and the story is now even more timely.


The Suicide House

A chilling murder in a prestigious prep school is at the heart of this riveting new novel from acclaimed author Charlie Donlea, featuring forensic reconstructionist Rory Moore and her psychologist partner, Lane Phillips.

Inside the walls of Indiana’s elite Westmont Preparatory High School, expectations run high and rules are strictly enforced. But in the woods beyond the manicured campus and playing fields sits an abandoned boarding house that is infamous among Westmont’s students as a late-night hangout. Here, only one rule applies: don’t let your candle go out–unless you want the Man in the Mirror to find you. . . .

One year ago, two students were killed there in a grisly slaughter. The case has since become the focus of a hit podcast, The Suicide House. Though a teacher was convicted of the murders, mysteries and questions remain. The most urgent among them is why so many students who survived that horrific night have returned to the boarding house–to kill themselves.

Rory, an expert in reconstructing cold cases, is working on The Suicide House podcast with Lane, recreating the night of the killings in order to find answers that have eluded the school, the town, and the police. But the more they learn about the troubled students, the chillingly stoic culprit, and a dangerous game gone tragically wrong, the more convinced they become that something sinister is still happening. Inside Westmont Prep, the game hasn’t ended. It thrives on secrecy and silence. And for its players, there may be no way to win–or to survive. . . .

I am beyond thrilled that Donlea is bringing us more from the characters introduced in his last book! Scheduled for release in July, I’m hoping to get it for audio review. Thanks to Tina @ Reading Between the Pages for the heads up in her Look Who Has a New Book Coming Out post!


One by One

Getting snowed in at a beautiful, rustic mountain chalet doesn’t sound like the worst problem in the world, especially when there’s a breathtaking vista, a cozy fire, and company to keep you warm. But what happens when that company is eight of your coworkers…and you can’t trust any of them?

An off-site company retreat meant to promote mindfulness and collaboration goes utterly wrong when an avalanche hits, the corporate food chain becomes irrelevant and survival trumps togetherness. Come Monday morning, how many members short will the team be?

It’s the latest from one of my auto-listen authors, scheduled for release in September. You bet I’m hoping to get this for audio review! Tina @ Reading Between the Pages strikes again for the heads up!


To Tell You the Truth

Everybody lies . . .

Bestselling mystery writer Lucy Harper’s talent for invention has given her fame, fortune, and an army of adoring readers. It has also saddled her with dependents, namely her fawning husband Dan.

When Dan suddenly goes missing, his disappearance evokes dark memories that take Lucy back more than thirty years—to the day her brother vanished without a trace. That’s when Lucy began conjuring stories. The police investigation revealed few confirmed details, so she created tales to fill in the gaps, to explain what happened that day her brother disappeared—and young Lucy was the only witness.

Now decades later, with the whole watching, Lucy’s past and present are colliding, and this bestselling author skilled in telling stories is losing control her own narrative.

Where is Dan? What happened to Lucy’s brother? And is the brilliant mystery writer—an expert in devising red herrings and hidden clues—revealing all she knows about both disappearances?

With twists and turns that lead all the way back to World War II, Gilly Macmillan reveals the answers in this clever and compulsively readable mystery sure to thrill fans of Liv Constantine and Shari LaPena.

And it’s three for three from Tina @ Reading Between the Pages! Also scheduled for release in September, it’s another audio review hopeful.

The Jackal

From #1 New York Times bestselling author J.R. Ward comes the start of a captivating new Black Dagger Brotherhood spin-off series set in an underground prison where only murderous and thieving creatures dwell.

That’s it. No more info. But, it’s the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood and that’s all I need to know. Apparently, I recommended the audiobook for library purchase some time ago and I’m first in the queue for when it’s released in August!


The Closer You Get

Coworkers Ruby and Harry are in love—but they’re married to other people. They decide to tell their spouses that their marriages are over and to start a new life together. Ruby has wanted to leave her controlling husband for a while, so she tells him she’s leaving and waits at the hotel where she and Harry are to meet. But Harry never shows up.

Suddenly, Ruby has lost everything. Harry won’t answer her calls, and she’s fired from her job. She finds a cheap apartment in a run-down part of town, all the while wondering what happened to Harry.

Just as Ruby thinks she’s hit rock bottom, strange and menacing things start to happen—someone is sneaking into her apartment, and someone is following her home late at night—and she is going to have to fight for her survival.

I couldn’t resist this offer for audio review after reading the description. Can’t wait to get to this one!

In Her Shadow

A pregnant young woman becomes obsessed with the disappearance of her lover’s wife–only to discover that she may be headed for the same fate–from New York Times bestselling author Kristin Miller.

When secretary Colleen Roper becomes pregnant by her boss, Michael, he whisks her away to Ravenwood, his opulent estate. Abruptly thrust into a life of luxury she’s never known, Colleen finds the immense house suffused with the memory of Michael’s wife, Joanna, who left months ago and haunts her imagination. With rooms she’s prohibited from entering and a staff that greets her with hostility, there is little room for a new mistress of Ravenwood.

It’s not long before bones are unearthed in the grove across the street and Michael falls under the suspicion of detectives. The soon-to-be mother of his child finds herself hurled deeper into her lover’s dark past, a past filled with unfaithfulness and deception. Making a claim to her new life is harder than it seems—especially since she’s walking in the shadow of the hauntingly beautiful Joanna. As Colleen untangles truth from lies, she discovers that nothing is what it seems, and that some people will kill to keep their secrets as quiet as the dead.

Inspired by Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, In Her Shadow is the chilling story of one woman’s desperate desire to be loved and the ghosts that threaten to get in her way.

Yum! A ghost story with a gothic feel, inspired by Rebecca…what’s not to like? Snapped this up when offered for audio review.


Walk the Wire

Amos Decker — the FBI consultant with a perfect memory — returns to solve a gruesome murder in a booming North Dakota oil town in the newest thriller in David Baldacci’s #1 New York Times bestselling Memory Man series.

When Amos Decker and his FBI colleague Alex Jamison are called to London, North Dakota, they instantly sense that the thriving fracking town is ripe for trouble. The promise of a second gold rush has attracted an onslaught of newcomers all hoping for a windfall, and the community is growing faster than houses can be built. The sudden boom has also brought a slew of problems with it, including drugs, property crimes, prostitution — and now murder.

Decker and Jamison are ordered to investigate the death of a young woman named Irene Cramer, whose body was expertly autopsied and then dumped in the open — which is only the beginning of the oddities surrounding the case. As Decker and Jamison dig into Irene’s life, they are shocked to discover that the woman who walked the streets by night as a prostitute was a teacher for a local religious sect by day — a sect operating on land once owned by a mysterious government facility that looms over the entire community.

London is a town replete with ruthless business owners, shady government officials, and religious outsiders, all determined to keep their secrets from coming out. When other murders occur, Decker will need all of his extraordinary memory and detective skills, and the assistance of a surprising ally, to root out a killer and the forces behind Cramer’s death. . . before the boom town explodes.

I don’t know how this one got by me as I love the Amos Decker series, though I’m one book behind. Nevertheless, I’ve recommended the audiobook for library purchase and I’ve got time to catch up.

Open Book

This was supposed to be a very different book. Five years ago, Jessica Simpson was approached to write a motivational guide to living your best life. She walked away from the offer, and nobody understood why. The truth is that she didn’t want to lie.

Jessica couldn’t be authentic with her readers if she wasn’t fully honest with herself first.

Now, America’s Sweetheart, preacher’s daughter, pop phenomenon, reality TV pioneer, and the billion-dollar fashion mogul invites readers on a remarkable journey, examining a life that blessed her with the compassion to help others but also burdened her with an almost crippling need to please. Open Book is Jessica Simpson using her voice, heart, soul, and humor to share things she’s never shared before.

First celebrated for her voice, she became one of the most talked-about women in the world, whether for music and fashion, her relationship struggles, or as a walking blonde joke. But now, instead of being talked about, Jessica is doing the talking. Her book shares the wisdom and inspirations she’s learned and shows the real woman behind all the pop-culture clichés — “chicken or fish,” “Daisy Duke,” “football jinx,” “mom jeans,” “sexual napalm…” and more. Open Book is an opportunity to laugh and cry with a close friend, one that will inspire you to live your best, most authentic life, now that she is finally living hers.

I originally took a pass on this book, even though I admire how Simpson has recreated herself and withstood some incredible meanness. But after seeing so many glowing reviews from trusted friends, I reconsidered and got in the library queue for the audiobook. I like hearing autobiographies/memoirs in the writer’s own voice. My number came up this week!


The Deep

The water-breathing descendants of African slave women tossed overboard have built their own underwater society—and must reclaim the memories of their past to shape their future in this brilliantly imaginative novella inspired by the Hugo Award nominated song “The Deep” from Daveed Diggs’ rap group Clipping.

Yetu holds the memories for her people—water-dwelling descendants of pregnant African slave women thrown overboard by slave owners—who live idyllic lives in the deep. Their past, too traumatic to be remembered regularly, is forgotten by everyone, save one—the historian. This demanding role has been bestowed on Yetu.

Yetu remembers for everyone, and the memories, painful and wonderful, traumatic and terrible and miraculous, are destroying her. And so, she flees to the surface, escaping the memories, the expectations, and the responsibilities—and discovers a world her people left behind long ago.

Yetu will learn more than she ever expected to about her own past—and about the future of her people. If they are all to survive, they’ll need to reclaim the memories, reclaim their identity—and own who they really are.

Inspired by a song produced by the rap group Clipping for the This American Life episode “We Are In The Future,” The Deep is vividly original and uniquely affecting.

This is so out of my comfort zone it’s not even on my radar screen. But, I’m committed to pushing myself into the fantasy genre as I believe it stimulates creative thinking. I got the audiobook from my library.


What books did YOU add to your shelves this week?

36 thoughts on “Saturdays at the Café”

  1. Good morning and Happy Saturday!
    I loved The Line Between and I have a feeling you will too!
    I do have the Ruth Ware book in my sights as well as the Jesssica Simpson book which I hear is great. Charlie Donlea is always been a go to author and I will be checking that one out too! and The Deep sounds good too!

    I added and bought Valentine and Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow. Am reading Beach Read (adorable) and Beyond the Horizon by Eoine Lane (terrific writing and story set in Ireland)

    Enjoy the gorgeous day and the rest of the weekend.


  2. I’ve been surprised at how many completely glowing reviews I’ve seen of Jessica Simpson’s book too! A friend and I were talking about it, how she’s never really been of all that much interest to us as a celebrity or singer but she seems to have really hit a chord in talking about her life and what she’s been through. I’m looking forward to hearing what you think of it!

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  3. OOOO so many goodies. I might have been the one to recommend The Line Between because I LOVED it and the sequel. I’m so excited about the Charlie Donlea, and Ruth Ware as I am a fan. I need to get on to reading more series by Baldacci I’m playing catchup there.

    Stay safe and be kind. Happy reading!

    Anne – Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   

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  4. Loved the Tosca Lee duet – you’ll enjoy it. It’s well written, timely, and captivating. I listened to the audiobooks. I also listened to Open Book last week and was captivated until the end, even though I’ve never been a big JS fan. It’s a great memoir, fresh, open, and courageous at times.

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        1. I can’t stand reality TV unless it’s a competition like The Voice but clips from her show kept showing up in mainstream morning shows because they were sometimes outrageous. She was a real media queen for a time, and not always in a good way. But, she’s extremely likable.

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  5. I’ve added Here And Now by Osho. This one should be read if you’re trying to find peace in all the chaos there is right now in the world. It’s helping me be more patient and relax in the present. Things I personally struggle with.

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  6. Eek I just found this link up in my spam. I am thrilled you found so many good books to add to your TBR list! I am also hoping to do the audio version of One by One and I picked up Donlea’s newest on NetGalley last week.

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