I have always been an avid reader. My favourite types of books are thrillers & self-help or as I prefer to call them, motivational books. It can be hard to find time to read consistently, however I do my best to enjoy this past-time as much as possible.
Below are a list of my top 8 favourite books from 2018. Most of these descriptions are not my own words- they are from Indigo. Let me know if you’ve had a chance to read any of these, or recommend me some new reads! I’m always on the hunt!
- YOU DO YOU– BY SARAH KNIGHT
Sarah Knight is the Queen of telling it like it is. In this book, Knight discusses how to stand up for who you are and what you really want, need, and deserve–showing when it’s okay to be selfish, why it’s pointless to be perfect, and how to be “difficult.” Knight delivers her trademark no-bullshit advice about how to take risks, silence the doubters, and prove the haters wrong, the social “contract” and how to amend it, and why it’s not your job to be nice. She is a real hard-hitter and says it like it is, without all the frills. Very refreshing read.
2. INTO THE WATER– BY PAULA HAWKINS
Paula Hawkins, the writer of the #1 New York Times Bestseller, The Girl on the Train, returns with this suspenseful thriller. After several deaths occurring in the bottom of the river in this small town, a teenage girl tries to uncover the truth about what has happened to her mother, best-friend and several others in this town. This book is impossible to put down, as Hawkins keeps you consistently on the edge of your seat.
3. THE DRY– BY JANE HARPER
When Aaron Falk, a Federal Agent, returns to his hometown for his best friend Luke’s funeral, secrets of the past return. Twenty years earlier, Falk was accused of murder, and Luke was his alibi. Falk and the local detective learn that there is more to Luke’s death than meets the eye. Small towns always have hidden big secrets. Definitely another page turner!
4. IF YOU KNEW HER– BY EMILY ELGAR
When young, beautiful Cassie Jensen arrives unconscious to the intensive care ward at St. Catherine’s hospital after being struck in a hit-and-run while out walking her dog, chief nurse Alice Marlowe thinks she looks familiar. She starts digging deeper into Cassie’s relationships, only to discover something about her patient that she’d been keeping secret from everyone, including her devoted husband and family. Soon Alice finds herself obsessed with her patient’s past and future, even willing to put her own career on the line in her single-minded search for answers.
5. THE MEASURE OF MY POWERS– BY JACKIE KAI ELLIS
In this memoir, Jackie Kai Ellis’s life was the one that she and every woman wanted. She was in her late twenties and married to a handsome man, she had a successful career as a designer, and she had a beautiful home. But instead of feeling fulfilled, happy, and loved, each morning she’d wake up dreading the day ahead, searching for a way out. Depression clouded every moment, the feelings of inadequacy that had begun in childhood now consumed her, and her marriage was slowly transforming into one between strangers–unfamiliar, childless, and empty. In the darkness, she could only find one source of light: the kitchen. It was the place where Jackie escaped, finding peace, comfort, and acceptance.I loved this book so very much because of Jackie’s way with words, her honesty, and the grace she found in herself throughout this story. A must-read!
6. THEN SHE WAS GONE– BY LISA JEWELL
Ellie Mack was the perfect daughter. She was fifteen, beloved by her parents, friends, and teachers. Suddenly, she was gone. Now, her mother Laurel Mack is trying to put her life back together. It’s been ten years since her daughter disappeared, seven years since her marriage ended, and only months since the last clue in Ellie’s case was unearthed. So when she meets an unexpectedly charming man in a café, no one is more surprised than Laurel at how quickly their flirtation develops into something deeper. And now, the unanswered questions she’s tried so hard to put to rest begin to haunt Laurel anew. Where did Ellie go? Did she really run away from home, as the police have long suspected, or was there a more sinister reason for her disappearance?
7. LET ME LIE– BY CLARE MACKINTOSH
The police say it was suicide. Anna says it was murder. They’re both wrong.
Last year, Tom and Caroline Johnson chose to end their lives, one seemingly unable to live without the other. Their daughter, Anna, is struggling to come to terms with her parents’ deaths, unwilling to accept the verdict of suicide. Now with a baby herself, Anna feels her mother’s absence keenly and is determined to find out what really happened to her parents. But as she digs up the past, someone is trying to stop her.
Sometimes it’s safer to let things lie….
8. THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW– BY A.J. FINN
Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors. Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, mother, their teenaged son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare. What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems.
So there you have it! As you can see, I’m a thriller-addict. I love that these stories get me out of my head for a while and give me something exciting to focus on. I hope you get a chance to check some of these out. If you only pick up one, I suggest The Woman In The Window. I made my whole family and best-friend read it, because that’s how good it was. There are so many plot twists. It is guaranteed to keep you guessing the whole read through! Let me know what you think, and as always, have an amazing week!
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