Not a One-Star Review

The Last Word By Taylor Adams During their marathon sessions of “Hangman,” Deek tried to convince Emma to meet him in person for a cup of ginger tea. This request would become symbolic of their promise to stay alive as H.G. Kane terrorized Emma’s beach house. Cozy up with this titillating thriller and a warm…

To the Dead Girl’s Cave We Go

What Lies in the Woods By Kate Alice Marshall Naomi was quietly eating her peanut butter sandwich in the woods when her attacker changed her life forever. Dredge up memories of your own childhood with these peanut butter and jelly bars. Click here to get the recipe from Kitchen Fun with My Three Sons. If…

Some Books are Not Good Audiobooks

The Angel Maker By Alex North Christopher Shaw, the younger brother of Katie Shaw, is attacked on his way home from school by a crazy madman. In the struggle, Christopher almost has his face ripped off. This incident understandable leads Christopher down a dark path of drugs and homelessness as an adult. Today’s squeamish book…

The Cure for Cancer

The Panacea Project By Catherine Devore Johnson After Calla is diagnosed with cancer, her friend/social worker/mother figure, Rae, jumps into action. She brings Calla a bag of healthy groceries, including a large amount of kale, so that Calla can begin a cancer-friendly diet. Introduce your book club to The Panacea Project with this delicious and…

To Hell and Back

Sign Here By Claudia Lux Most of Hell is fresh out of humanity, but Peyote proves that he still has a little sweetness remaining under all his spice. Bring a taste of Heaven to your hellish gathering with Sign Here‘s recipe match, Sweet and Spicy Jalapeño Poppers. Click here to get the recipe from Taste…

Che Macello!

The Villa By Rachel Hawkins Chess and Emily spend most of the book holed up inside Villa Aestas, but they do occasionally leave so they can explore the nearby Italian town of Orvieto. Between their adventures and their writing, they probably want a quick meal. That’s why our recipe match for The Villa features a…

Abusive Past, Modern Murder

The Family Remains by Lisa Jewell Thank you to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for the chance to review this book. One of my favorite questions to ask other readers is, “What authors are on your auto-read list?” Lisa Jewell has been one of mine for the last couple of years, so I was excited…

Therapist Thrillers

The Golden Couple by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen  I’m making “therapist thrillers” a new genre. As soon as you hear it, you can think of a book that fits, right? As thrillers continue to probe the boundaries of mental health, more therapists are taking on main character roles. Following in the footsteps of The…