Updated book recommendation: Bait, by J. Kent Messum

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(Note: This recommendation was first published in October of 2013. You can see the original version here.)

If you’re at all like me and you’re craving a tense, thrilling, at least somewhat-scary type of book right now, then you’ll definitely want to add Bait, by J. Kent Messum, to your list. True, it’s been a while since I last read the novel. That doesn’t change how I feel about it, however.

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Book recommendation: The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins

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Have you figured out yet that I tend to be pretty slow to read really popular books? This isn’t on purpose, but it does seem to happen fairly often. Gone Girl, the Percy Jackson series, On Writing… and those are just a few of my more recent late-to-the-party reads.

I doubt my streak is going to end any time soon. It certainly didn’t when it came to today’s recommendation: The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins.

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Cover reveal: Nelumbo Nucifera, by Cristina Slough

It’s been a while since I’ve done a cover reveal, hasn’t it? When I read the summary for Nelumbo Nucifera, though, it seemed like a great novel to get me back into the swing of things.

It turned out to be a good choice. Just wait until you see this cover. Ready?

I love the colours in this one. And that key in the woman’s back… it hints so well at what the main character, Gaby, seems to be going through (based on the summary, at least).

Speaking of which… I think it’s time you learn a little more about Nelumba Nucifera and it’s author, Cristina Slough.

About Nelumba Nucifera:
On the surface, Gaby Parker has it all; however, behind closed doors, is a woman who lives in constant fear of the man who was supposed to love her: her husband, Kyle. Beaten, desperate, and broken, Gaby realizes the only way to escape from her violent husband is to kill herself — on paper. Gaby is dead, and Riley Locklin is born, residing in the tranquil coastal town of Chesswick Bay Montauk where she hopes to start over and meets a man who shows her bruises aren’t kisses.

Meanwhile, back home, Kyle is doing everything in his power to prove Gaby isn’t dead.

But…police find her burnt-out car and remains?

Kyle isn’t buying it; he knows she’s still alive. He launches his own full investigation to find his wife — and he’ll stop at nothing to claim her back. A female Detective assigned to his wife’s case doesn’t like him very much after discovering a domestic violence report – scorned by the history of her mother’s domestic abuse, she’s determined to send Kyle down for his wife’s murder.

And then he finds her. Will Gaby finally take a stand?

About Cristina Slough:
Novelist, movie addict, and animal lover, Cristina Slough is the author of Nelumbo Nucifera and Till Death Us Do Part.

Cristina has always been a bookworm, rarely seen without a pen and paper in her hand, she loves delving into a literacy fictional world of her own.  

Although Cristina loves pink and fluffy, her writing isn’t. She loves to focus on raw human emotion and gritty story lines; she’s very fond of messing with her readers heads by weaving twists into her books.

Cristina is married to Adam, who runs a successful business; together they share their Bedfordshire home with their son, and several spoiled pets. As a family, they love to travel frequently, the United States being a firm favorite.


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Book recommendation: The Other Typist, by Suzanne Rindell

Let’s kick this book recommendation off with an admission: when I picked up The Other Typist, ready to dive into reading it, I had no idea what to expect. Sure, I’d read the summary on the book flap. And sure, I’d picked it out of the “fiction and literature” section of the bookstore.

But, I didn’t know what genre it actually fell into. Would I be reading a romantic story, or a tragic one? A suspenseful thriller or lighthearted tale of friendship?

It turned out that The Other Typist had a little bit of all four. At least, I think it did. I’m still not entirely sure.

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Book recommendation: Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn

Like many people, I’ve been aware of Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn, for quite a while. I’m not sure of exactly when it got my attention, just that I found out about the novel before I found out that it was being made into a movie. It sounded like a good thriller. And, well, I’m almost always up for a good thriller.

There was quite a length of time between when I learned of the novel and when I bought it. Though, to be honest, I bought it for someone else. I gave it to my grandma last Mother’s Day, hoping that she would enjoy as much as I felt I would… and that she would one day let me borrow it.

As it turned out, I was right on both counts.

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Book recommendation: Pretty Girl-13, by Liz Coley

Sometimes, I read a book’s summary and I find myself intrigued.

Now, I don’t mean the usual “Huh, this sounds interesting” kind of intrigued that usually leads me to read a book. I’m referring more to the type of intrigued that’s a little harder to nail down–the type that makes a book stick in my mind and not leave me alone until I read it.

That’s the type of intrigued I felt when I read the summary for Pretty Girl-13, by Liz Coley. I came across the summary quite a while ago, and bought the novel itself within the past month or so. I didn’t have a chance to read it until last week, but it had been in the back of my mind ever since I had first come across it.

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Book recommendation: Billy, by Whitley Strieber

Yes, I’m still getting through all of the older books I took home from my parents’ house. Which means I have another recommendation for one of those older books today. But, I promise that I’ll have a newer book recommendation for you next week. I need a bit of a break from all of the adult thrillers I’ve been reading lately — and most of the books I brought home from my parents’ house seem to be in that genre.

Anyway, today I’m introducing you to Billy, by Whitley Strieber. Or, reintroducing you to it, if you’ve already read it. Billy is a fantastic novel, full of tension, moments of horror, and dynamic characters. But my favourite aspect of the novel, by far, is how much time it dedicates to its antagonist.

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