The Divines by Ellie Eaton – “The girls of elite English boarding school, St. John the Divine, were notorious for flipping their hair, harassing teachers, chasing boys and chain-smoking cigarettes. They were fiercely loyal, sharp-tongued, and cutting in the way that only teenage girls can be. But for Josephine, now in her thirties, her time at St. John feels like a lifetime ago. She hasn’t spoken to another Divine in fifteen years, not since the day the school shut its doors in disgrace… But an impromptu visit reawakens blurry recollections of those doomed final weeks that rocked the community. With each memory that resurfaces, she circles closer to the ugly secret at the heart of the school’s scandal. But the more Josephine recalls, the further her life unravels, derailing not just her marriage and career, but her entire sense of self.”
Force of Nature by Jane Harper – “Five women reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking along the muddy track. Only four come out the other side. The hike through the rugged Giralang Ranges is meant to take the office colleagues out of their air-conditioned comfort zone and teach resilience and team building. At least that is what the corporate retreat website advertises. Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk has a particularly keen interest in the whereabouts of the missing bushwalker. Alice Russell is the whistleblower in his latest case – and Alice knew secrets. About the company she worked for and the people she worked with. Far from the hike encouraging teamwork, the women tell Falk a tale of suspicion, violence and disintegrating trust. And as he delves into the disappearance, it seems some dangers may run far deeper than anyone knew.”
Survive The Night by Riley Sager – I’d been in a bit of a reading slump for a few weeks in August, and this was the book that kicked me back into reading. I binged this over one weekend in early September, and it was a fast-paced and easy thriller to get lost in. I am usually pretty good at picking the twist in thrillers, and I had my mind so set on the outcome of this book that when it didn’t play out the way I’d expected I was actually disappointed, because I thought my ending was better. I rarely rate thrillers over a three, unless they are really surprising to me, and this sat comfortably as a three out of five for me.
Sweet Valley University – Deadly Terror: The Return of William White, Part II – “Elizabeth Wakefield thought she was seeing things when William White came back into her life. But William actually survived the accident she believe had killed him–and he’s changed. His handsome face is heartbreakingly scarred, and he’s humble, caring, and sensitive. In fact, William staged the entire Virtual Reality Fair just to win Elizabeth back. And it’s working. William’s timing couldn’t have been more perfect. He breezed into Elizabeth’s life just when her love for Tom Watts was falling apart. Once Elizabeth succumbs to William’s spell, he’s going to make her pay for everything she put him through… and he’s going to love every minute of it…”
Sweet Valley University Thriller Edition – Love and Murder – “When Lila Fowler meets the mysterious, sexy Damon Price, the connection is too intense to be explained. Lila instantly feels as if she’s known him for ages. And when she experiences the recklessly passionate thrill of his kisses, she knows that he feels the same way. But despite their deep bond, Lila knows nothing about Damon’s past. Then the nightmares begin. Vivid, violent nightmares from another era in which she becomes Flora Grey, the wife of Theodore, an abusive man who looks exactly like Damon. Before long, Lila discovers that the Greys really existed… and that Flora was murdered by her husband. The more Lila learns about the couple, the more Damon seems to have adopted Theodore’s evil ways. Could Flora’s tragic history be repeating itself?”
Sweet Valley High #52 – Fooling Around – “Jessica’s loving the single life… till an older guy catches her eye. Elizabeth wishes Sam would get a clue… and she wishes Finn would get closer. Dana and Todd are on cloud nine… until reality sends them to ground zero. Nina is adjusting to her new life… but she’ll never get used to her psycho roommate.”
Sweet Valley High #29 – Bitter Rivals – “Elizabeth Wakefield is ecstatic. Her dearest childhood friend, Amy Sutton, is moving back to Sweet Valley. Elizabeth can’t wait to see her again and introduce Amy to her current best friend, Enid Rollins. Amy is an undeniable hit at Sweet Valley High. She’s glamorous and vivacious, and she becomes the newest member of the cheerleading squad. But to Elizabeth’s shock, Amy and Enid seem to be heading for a showdown. Will the prospect of having two best friends leave Elizabeth with none?”
Sweet Valley University #26 – The Trial of Jessica Wakefield – “Jessica Wakefield’s been arrested for cocaine possession! Her new boyfriend, Nick Fox, is the only one who can help her. But does Nick believe in her innocence? Or has Jessica lost her love and her freedom? Alexandra Rollins has the evidence to get Jessica out of jail. But her shocking information came from a drug-abuse hotline. Should she break her vow of confidentiality to save a friend? Elizabeth Wakefield and Tom Watts have broken up! Elizabeth is dangerously close to seeking comfort in the arms of another guy… one she’s known for a long, long time!”