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What I'm Reading Wednesday: Tales of Suspense

Wednesday, September 30, 2020


Welcome to this week's edition of What I'm Reading. Admittedly I'm a bit behind on my reading lately, as we spent the past week in West Virginia with family. However, the weather in Georgia has fallen from the 80s to the 60s seemingly overnight, so I'm more than ready to curl up with a cup of pumpkin spice coffee, a blanket, and one of the books from my library stack. 

This week I'd like to share with you three suspenseful tales I've read recently that are perfect for the spooky month of October! I'd also love to have you join our The Midnight Society October book club where we are reading five eerie short stories during the month of October. It's not too late to join the fun! 

The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley (BookshopAmazon)

While waiting for my turn at the library with her newest novel The Guest List, I checked out Lucy Foley's backlist title The Hunting Party. I'm very glad I did. This novel tells the tale of a group of old college friends who take their annual New Year's trip, this time to a remote lodge in Scotland. While on the surface the friends are ready to enjoy their reunion, old tensions begin to surface, culminating in the mysterious murder of one of the guests. 

And Then You Were Gone by R.J. Jacobs (BookshopAmazon)

A young woman named Emily goes on an overnight boating trip with her boyfriend, and when she wakes up in the morning, he's gone. This Double Jeopardy-type beginning quickly takes its own turn as the police try to convince Emily that her excellent swimmer boyfriend has accidentally drowned. Emily cannot accept that determination and suspects something more sinister. Compounding the uncomfortable suspense surrounding the disappearance is that Emily suffers from bipolar disorder and stops managing her treatment. 

One Night Gone by Tara Laskowski (BookshopAmazon)

Many books I check out from the library are ones that I have had on my to be read list for a while and patiently wait my turn to receive. However, I saw this one on the shelf a couple weeks ago when I went in to pick up my holds. The cover featured an endorsement from Tana French, whom I love, so I decided to give it a try. It was excellent. This novel tells the story of Allison, a recently divorced and unemployed woman who takes a job house sitting at a beach house for the winter. She wants time alone to heal and plan for her future, but instead she comes across a decades-cold murder that she feels compelled to solve, putting herself in mortal danger in the process. 

I hope these suspenseful tales will (pumpkin) spice up your fall reading list! And don't forget, I'd love to see you back here tomorrow for our Midnight Society discussion of "The Tell-Tale Heart"

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