Top Ten Tuesday #1: Books on My TBR List I Predict Will Be Five-star Reads

Hello everyone! I’m participating in Top Ten Tuesday for the first time today. TTT is hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl, and you can check out more about it here.

Today’s prompt is books I want to read that I predict will be five star reads. So, without further ado, let’s start! If you’ve read any of these books, let me know in the comments what you thought about them!

Number one: Three Hours by Rosamund Lupton

This one was on several people’s January wrap-ups, and everyone had glowing reviews about it. It’s about a gunman in a school, which no-one can leave because there’s a blizzard. It’s told from the points of view of the people trapped in the school, I believe. I put this on my TBR list the first time I saw it mentioned, and it’s risen higher every time I’ve seen people talk about it.

Number two: Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel

This book isn’t out until next month, or I would’ve read it already. It seems like it’s inspired by the story of Gypsy Rose Blanchard – it’s about a girl whose mother makes her believe is very sick. The mother ends up going to prison, and when she gets out, the daughter wants her revenge. It looks like it’s going to be an incredible read, and I’m really excited for it.

Number three: Reputation by Sara Shepard

I’m a little hesitant to put this one on the list. Sara Shepard’s Pretty Little Liars series was the greatest thing in literature when I read it as a preteen, but I’m nervous that this new novel won’t live up to my memories of her amazing writing. It’s about a man who is murdered, and his wife and her sister must figure out who did it.

Number four: The Deep by Alma Katsu

The Titanic fascinates so many people, because of how horrible the tragedy is. I know there’s theories human minds are fascinated by bad things because we want to understand and know how to prevent it from happening to us. Either way, I had a childhood fascination with the Titanic. This book is about the Titanic with a paranormal aspect – someone shows up who definitely didn’t survive the sinking.

Number five: Little Darlings by Melanie Golding

A mother is convinced her twins were taken and replaced by other babies. I don’t know too much about this book, but I love thrillers, and I was hooked from the moment I read a little blurb about it. I really need to read this book soon!

Number six: Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier

This book is another one I don’t know much about, but just looks very good. A woman whose son disappeared learns her husband is having an affair with the woman who might have kidnapped her son. She’s determined to protect him – but she learns he may be involved.

Number seven: The Ex Girlfriend by Nicola Moriarty

This book is about a true crazy ex-girlfriend, who’s going after her boyfriend’s new girlfriend. I’m such a sucker for a good thriller, if you haven’t been able to tell by now from this list.

Number eight: Lock Every Door by Riley Sagar

I loved The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sagar, and I’m hoping I’ll love this book just as much. A lady goes missing in Jules’ apartment building, and she has to figure out what happened to her. Riley Sagar writes really good thrillers, and I’ve heard good things about this book.

Number nine: The Model Wife by Tricia Stringer

The summary of this book reminds me a lot of Recipe For A Perfect Wife by Karma Brown, which was one of my favorite reads of January. Both involve antique books for wives discovered in the modern day. Which doesn’t sound like a big similarity, but it’s part of what made Recipe For A Perfect Wife so good, so I’m excited to read this one.

Number ten: The Sunday Girl by Pip Drsydale

This book was recommended to me based on some Goodreads algorithims, and it definitely looks good. A broken-hearted girl is determined to get revenge on the man who hurt her. This book isn’t out in the US until May, but is out in Australia now. I’ll definitely be reading it when it’s out in the US!

Well, that’s it for my first Top Ten Tuesday. I hope you guys enjoyed it. As I said above, let me know if you’ve read any of these books, or if you added any of them to your TBR list!


Review: The Body In Question by Jill Climent

Genre: Fiction

Released: June 11, 2019

Page count: 192

Summary: When Hannah, married to an older man, is called onto jury duty for a murder trial, she begins an affair with one of her fellow jurors. She has to balance the affair with trying to decide whether the defendant is guilty, as well as her elderly husband’s rapidly declining health.

Rating: 4/5 stars

Review: I went into this book expecting it to be a mystery, courtroom drama type book. I was sort of taken aback when the novel began to focus much more on the romance between Hannah and a fellow juror, and her balancing relationship with him and her relationship with her husband. The courtroom drama part of the novel definitely takes a backseat – you don’t even end up with conclusions about the crime, which made me feel a little cheated but reminded me that in real life it’s hard to ever really know definitively. Sometimes, unlike in the mysteries I typically read, things aren’t tied up with a pretty bow and you know exactly who did what and why. There are so many different themes that are intricately and beautifully woven together. It has beautiful writing, and plenty of sentences that make you sit back and think about them.

I recommend this for people interested more in relationship between humans than people looking for a good mystery or courtroom drama type book. Definitely beautifully written, and grabs your attention. You don’t want to stop reading!