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September 6, 2018

2 Final Books to Read Before the Heat of Summer Disappears

by Susan Roberts


July and August is typically the time of the year that Southerners refer to as DOG DAYS - a period of stagnation or inactivity due to the hot temperatures.  We spend as much time in air conditioning as possible.  The way the weather looks this year, it isn't just the South that is having hot and muggy days, and just because we are past Labor Day it doesn't mean the summer heat is gone. Since you can't do much outside due to the heat, it's time to add a few new books to your reading lists.  Both of these books kept me so interested that I barely even knew that the sun was out.

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The Space Between by Dete Meserve

The Space Between
July 2018; Lake Union Publishing
978-1503901407
audio, ebook, print (300 pages); mystery
This is my first book by Dete Meserve and I'm not sure how I missed her earlier books but I know it's time to add them to my books to read lists. This intense novel had me turning pages to get to the bottom of all the mystery. I loved the main character of Sarah and her determination to find out what happened to Ben.

Sarah is an astronomer who has just returned from a trip to NASA to present an exciting new find. When she gets home, her son is there but her husband Ben is not at home. When he still hasn't come home the next day she calls the police to report him missing. She finds a hidden Glock and a deposit for one million dollars in their account. The FBI finds a murdered woman and tie Ben to the murder. Sarah is in despair over Ben's disappearance but just can't believe he is capable of murder. As she tries to get to the bottom of it, she discovers secrets about her husband and issues with their marriage that she never knew existed. As she struggles with the truth she has to rely on her belief that the truth isn't always what it seems and that you have to look at the spaces between the facts to get to the real truth.

This was a fantastic mesmerizing story that kept me up way past bedtime. The two main characters, Sarah and Ben, are written so well that I was hoping for a happy ending for them both because they were such wonderful people.

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Whisper Me This by Kerry Anne King

Whisper Me This
August 2018; Lake Union Publishing
78-1503901957
audio, ebook, print (349 pages); thriller
Once again this is a new author for me and I need to go back and read her earlier books because I found this one so well done. This is an intense novel about the result of domestic abuse through the generations and the ability of women to rise up and take back their power from those who try to abuse them - either physically or emotionally.

Maisey is a single mother with a 12-year-old daughter, Elle. At the beginning of the novel, Maisy is adrift in her life and not living to her potential. She gets a phone call that her mother has just been taken to the hospital and her father may be arrested for neglect. She rushes to her childhood home and finds her father totally confused and finds out that her mother is in a coma that she will probably not come out of. She hasn't been home in years but was still shocked at the situation she found her parents in. After she goes through some of the paperwork, she finds out that she had a twin sister she had dreamed about but had no idea really existed. As Maisey tries to get to the bottom of this startling revelation, she finds even more secrets about her parents that make her wonder if her whole life was a lie. When her daughter's father tries to get custody of Elle, Maisey learns that she has to learn to stand up for herself and her family and stop the cycle of secrets in their lives.

This wonderful intense novel kept me intrigued throughout. It's a wonderful story about a woman who has to learn to find her own voice to protect her daughter and her family.

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Susan Roberts lives in North Carolina when she isn't traveling. She and her husband enjoy traveling, gardening and spending time with their family and friends. She reads almost anything (and the piles of books in her house prove that) but her favorite genres are Southern fiction, women's fiction, and thrillers. Susan is a top 1% Goodreads Reviewer. You can connect with Susan on FacebookGoodreads,  or Twitter.


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