The Survivors by Jane Harper – “Kieran Elliott’s life changed forever on a single day when a reckless mistake led to devastating consequences. The guilt that haunts him still resurfaces during a visit with his young family to the small coastal town he once called home. Kieran’s parents are struggling in a community which is bound, for better or worse, to the sea that is both a lifeline and a threat. Between them all is his absent brother Finn. When a body is discovered on the beach, long-held secrets threaten to emerge in the murder investigation that follows. A sunken wreck, a missing girl and questions that have never washed away…”
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton – “On an autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman knocks at the door of a grand house in the wealthiest quarter of Amsterdam. She has come from the country to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt, but instead she is met by his sharp-tongued sister, Marin. Only later does Johannes appear and present her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. It is to be furnished by an elusive miniaturist, whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in unexpected ways …Nella is at first mystified by the closed world of the Brandt household, but as she uncovers its secrets she realizes the escalating dangers that await them all. Does the miniaturist hold their fate in her hands? And will she be the key to their salvation or the architect of their downfall?“
Sweet Valley High #26 – Hostage! – “When Elizabeth Wakefield learns that Regina Morrow has returned unexpectedly to Sweet Valley from Switzerland, she drops by to visit. A strange woman answers the door and says Regina cannot have visitors. With the help of Jessica, her twin, and Bruce Patman, Regina’s boyfriend, Elizabeth discovers that Regina and her parents are being held hostage! If Elizabeth calls the police, the Morrows may be killed. So she, Bruce, Jessica, and Regina’s brother, Nicholas, vow to rescue the Morrows on their own – before the kidnappers take desperate action!”
Sweet Valley High #27 – Lovestruck – “No one at Sweet Valley High can believe that football star Ken Matthews has fallen in love with super-sophisticated Suzanne Hanlon. Suzanne likes poetry, gourmet food, and art films, while Ken’s idea of a good time is listening to rock ‘n’ roll and eating pizza. Two people couldn’t be more different. Elizabeth Wakefield knows that snobbish Suzanne is wrong for Ken. But Ken seems to be blindly in love with Suzanne and is willing to do anything she wants. Can anyone help Ken come to his senses before he gets hurt?”
Sweet Valley University #22 – Elizabeth’s Summer Love – “Ryan Taylor is a loner at heart. But he can’t keep his eyes – or his lips – away from irresistible Elizabeth Wakefield. Will giving in to his feelings be the biggest mistake of Ryan’s life? Jessica Wakefield’s summer is ruined. First Elizabeth steals the hottest guy on the beach, then housemate Ben Mercer decides Jessica’s the woman of his dreams. Can Jessica prove this loser wrong before he convinces her he’s Mr. Right? Life can’t get much worse for Winston Egbert. Not only did he completely embarrass himself at lifeguard tryouts, but now he’s accepted the most humiliating job on the beach. Sure Harry the Hamburger pays big bucks, but Winston isn’t that desperate for cash… or is he?”
Sweet Valley University #23 – Sweet Kiss Of Summer – “Elizabeth Wakefield has lost her summer love. In the midst of a passionate kiss, head lifeguard Ryan Taylor missed a critical save. Now Ryan has disappeared. Can Elizabeth find Ryan and make him hers again before the summer is over? Nina Harper is determined to get even! Convinced that her new boyfriend, Paul Jackson, is a spy for the rival beach, Nina creates the ultimate test to prove his guilt. Will her plan backfire and destroy her chance for an unforgettable summer? Winston Egbert is one persistent guy. No one wants to be a lifeguard more than Winston – but no one’s less qualified. Can Winston make a miraculous rescue and show everyone he’s not a beach-blanket bozo?”
The Guest List by Lucy Foley – I started up a book club at work, and this was the first book we decided to read as a group. I figured a thriller was a good way to ease us all into reading and getting together to discuss a book. This was a decent thriller that had a few twists and turns along the way, which made for an easy and enjoyable read.
Honeybee by Craig Silvey – This was originally one of my April TBR reads that I had not yet gotten around to reading (and I am still finishing off February’s books, fml) but it was nominated for my work book club book of the month in May, so I picked it up. I read this over the course of a couple of days while on holiday back home in Perth, and it was the perfect vacation read. It was engrossing but easy to read, and the characters and their stories will stay with me for a very long time.
The Bluffs by Kyle Perry – This was my second vacation read for our holiday to Perth, (and another cheeky early read, as this was listed as one of my TBR books for March) and it ended up being an excellent choice. This was a moody thriller set in Tasmania that kept me guessing until the end. Definitely worth picking up if you want to read something you can lose yourself in, and you won’t want to put down.
Sweet Valley University #40 – Private Jessica – “Jessica Wakefield is rocking everyone’s world at the Florida Specialized Security Academy. The only person she can’t impress is her drill sergeant, Vanessa T. Pruitt. Jessica is tired of scrubbing toilets and getting stuck on night watch. Can she cook up a plan wicked enough to give Sergeant Pruitt a taste of her own cruelty? Elizabeth Wakefield’s off-Broadway dreams are turning into nightmares faster than she can say “Bravo!” Her co-producers are pretentious snobs. Her lead actress couldn’t act her way out of a shopping bag. And Tom Watt’s failure to get a job–any job–is driving her crazy! Is Elizabeth’s final curtain call coming sooner than she expected?”
Sweet Valley University #41 – Escape To New York – “Jessica Wakefield is on the loose in the city that never sleeps! Her horrible memories of boot camp disappear when she’s shopping at exclusive Madison Avenue boutiques and partying at wild downtown nightclubs. But will she give up the high life in order to help her sister. With the off-Broadway debut of her play just around the corner, Elizabeth Wakefield hasn’t a nail left to chew–because her lead actress is a disaster! Can she convince Jessica to step in for opening night? Tom Watts has finally found the journalism job he’s been dying for. But now his boss wants him to review Elizabeth’s play! Will Tom find a way to give it a thumbs-up? Or will he be forced to report the cold, hard facts?”
Sweet Valley University #56 – Dropping Out – “Todd thought dropping out of school meant full-time fun at work… so why are his co-workers giving him the cold shoulder? Sam can’t let Elizabeth know that their kiss meant anything… but pretending it didn’t isn’t easy. Nina used to be a straight-A student… but partying has its price. Neil and Jessica are best friends… until she turns on him.”