Thank you all so much for your kind words and messages from my last post. My kids and I are all feeling much better…aaaaaand now my husband is sick. When it rains it pours, right? Ridiculous. He’s much better today but the past 2 days have been bad! The silver lining in all of this is that I no longer blame my beloved Chinese restaurant and I can now officially say that I can’t wait to go back! PHEW.
On a side note…today officially marks 1 week since we have have Chinese food in this house. I truly think this must be some type of record for Jon and I! Even when we go on vacation, we usually end of finding a local Chinese restaurant at some point on our trip, lol. This is just madness. Must rectify this issue with some pot stickers STAT.
Today’s book is a perfect reminder that there are BILLIONS of wonderful books out there. It’s easy to forget this when so much of what we tend to read comes from recommendations, best sellers, etc. Sometimes the little unknown books are the gems!
I randomly found this book on a shelf as I was walking through the library. I had never heard of it, never heard of the author, but it sounded interesting to me so I gave it a shot. I’m so glad that I did!
Synopsis from Goodreads:
On the night of Alex Carmody’s sixteenth birthday, she and her best friend, Cass, are victims of a terrible car accident. Alex survives; Cass doesn’t. Consumed by grief, Alex starts cutting school and partying, growing increasingly detached. The future she’d planned with her friend is now meaningless to her.
Meg Carmody is heartbroken for her daughter, even as she’s desperate to get Alex’s life back on track. The Birches, a boarding school in New Hampshire, promises to do just that, yet Alex refuses to go. But when Meg finds a bag of pills hidden in the house, she makes a fateful call to a transporter whose company specializes in shuttling troubled teens to places like The Birches, under strict supervision. Meg knows Alex will feel betrayed—as will her estranged husband, who knows nothing of Meg’s plans for their daughter.
When the transport goes wrong—and Alex goes missing—Meg must face the consequences of her decision and her deception. But the hunt for Alex reveals that Meg is not the only one keeping secrets.
(Disclaimer: I will never post spoilers in my reviews HOWEVER the comment section is completely fair game to discuss any and all specifics including spoilers)
This book was GREAT. I absolutely truly couldn’t put it down! I remember reading it one night while my husband was out with one of his friends for dinner. I was literally glued to my couch all night reading this!
My heart was truly pounding while reading parts of this…love when that happens! There was cliffhanger after cliffhanger…so many different stories, so many different perspectives, so many reasons I couldn’t stop reading.
I really loved this book and highly recommend it! It was a quick read…I read it over the course of a few days. It completely held my interest from page 1 with it’s intense story lines and interesting characters. EXCELLENT book.
Give the unknown books a shot…you might just be pleasantly surprised.
Do you ever read “unknown” books or do you only read books based on recommendations, best sellers, etc.?
Did you read this book? What did you think?
What’s an example of an “unknown” book that you have read and loved?
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