The panic unleashed by a mysterious contagion threatens the bonds of family and community in a seemingly idyllic suburban community. The Nash family is close-knit. Tom is a popular teacher, father of two teens: Eli, a hockey star and girl magnet, and his sister Deenie, a diligent student. Their seeming stability, however, is thrown into chaos when Deenie's best friend is struck by a terrifying, unexplained seizure in class. Rumors of a hazardous outbreak spread through the family, school and community. As hysteria and contagion swell, a series of tightly held secrets emerges, threatening to unravel friendships, families and the town's fragile idea of security. A chilling story about guilt, family secrets and the lethal power of desire, THE FEVER affirms Megan Abbott's reputation as "one of the most exciting and original voices of her generation."* *Laura Lippman
Trivia-on-Book: Luckiest Girl Alive: A Novel by Jessica Knoll Take the challenge yourself and share it with friends and family for a time of fun! Luckiest Girl Alive, the debut novel of author Jessica Knoll, deals with various facets of the human psyche which we usually do not want to talk about. It is an enthralling tale of a twenty-eight-year-old girl, Ani, who works for a magazine, lives a comfortable life and is about to get married her rich and famous lover. All seems well in Ani's life until she reveals that she has been living a lie all along. Working on a documentary, Ani takes us back in time where several skeletons tumble out of her closet. Knoll has done a wonderful job in threading the human duality (read hypocrisy) into a series of events which are interesting and also force the readers to introspect. You may have read the book, but not have liked it. You may have liked the book, but not be a fan. You may call yourself a fan, but few truly are. Are you a fan? Trivia-on-Books is an independently curated trivia quiz on the book for readers, students, and fans alike. Whether you're looking for new materials to the book or would like to take the challenge yourself and share it with your friends and family for a time of fun, Trivia-on-Books provides a unique approach to Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll that is both insightful and educational! Features You'll Find Inside: • 30 Multiple choice questions on the book, plots, characters and author • Insightful commentary to answer every question • Complementary quiz material for yourself or your reading group • Results provided with scores to determine "status" Promising quality and value, come play your trivia of a favorite book!
Two missing girls. Thirteen years apart. An intense psychological thriller for readers of I Am Watching You, The Luckiest Girl Alive, and All the Missing Girls. Olivia Shaw has been missing since last Tuesday. She was last seen outside the entrance of her elementary school in Hunts Point wearing a white spring jacket, blue jeans, and pink boots. I force myself to look at the face in the photo, into her slightly smudged features, and I can't bring myself to move. Olivia Shaw could be my mirror image, rewound to thirteen years ago. If you have any knowledge of Olivia Shaw's whereabouts or any relevant information, please contact... I've spent a long time peering into the faces of girls on missing posters, wondering which one replaced me in that basement. But they were never quite the right age, the right look, the right circumstances. Until Olivia Shaw, missing for one week tomorrow. Whoever stole me was never found. But since I was taken, there hasn't been another girl. And now there is.
All she wanted was the life they had… It is the day of Erin’s fortieth birthday party. Pink and silver balloons drift through her garden, the platters of food are empty and the recycling is overflowing with empty wine bottles. As Erin mingles with groups of family and friends, surrounded by love and laughter, she feels like the luckiest woman alive. She has no idea what fate has in store… Then a little red envelope lands on the doormat and everything changes. Inside is a birthday card from somebody she never dreamed would get in touch. Its message is a chilling reminder of the dark past that Erin has worked so hard to bury, a past that could put her precious family in terrible danger… A gripping, spine-chilling read brimming with secrets and lies. If you loved The Girl on the Train or The Woman in the Window, then this dark, twisting psychological thriller from bestselling author Jess Ryder is guaranteed to have you gripped. What readers are saying about The Girl You Gave Away: ‘Very well written. The storyline was so enticing that there is no surprise and the author sucks you in. I read this book in about two days. I cannot wait to read another story by this author.’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Another gripping read from a talented author who has become, for me, a firm favourite. Ms Ryder deftly crafts a story that will keep you reading into the night, desperate to see how it all plays out… I am always thrilled to read the newest offering from a favourite author, and this one does not disappoint.’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘What a great book. Would definitely recommend to it others I know. Great work will look out for this author again.’ NetGalley Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Yet another superb psychological thriller from Jess Ryder… The Girl You Gave Away is an excellent psychological thriller and something Jess Ryder seems to excel in. A real page-turner of a book and a certain 5 star read.’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘I was disappointed when the book ended. I was not ready to say goodbye yet… I was captured by the writing style and the heartbreaking story that kept me up till 2 am.’ B for Book Review, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Full of twists that make the reader glued to the pages, absorbing narrators, and entertaining and mysterious characters… another phenomenal thriller.’ Alina’s Reading Corner, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Wow!! This is a gripping book that had me reading until the wee hours. From the first chapter I was pulled into the story and didn’t want to put it down… There is everything possible in this book, mystery, love, heartbreak, twists, blind alleys… The book is one of the best psychological suspense stories I have read. You don’t want to miss out on reading this book… 5 stars all the way.’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Was gripped from the first chapter, kept me guessing, plenty of twists, did not see the ending coming. Definitely worth reading.’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘This book had me hooked that I was up until the wee hours of the morning to find out how it all ended… As it ramped up with certain twists, it just kept on coming and I did not want to stop reading… I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a great thriller novel!… It did NOT disappoint!’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘WOW. I finished this book last night and have not stopped thinking about it since.’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘A lot of powerful drama and superb suspense definitely lead to a 5 star rating!!!’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘If you're after a page-turner, The Girl You Gave Away is exactly that. A terrific hook grips you from the start, and the story maintains its grip throughout the well-paced narrative… I read this in one sitting.’ NetGalley Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Another irresistible thriller” (Entertainment Weekly) from Jessica Knoll—author of Luckiest Girl Alive—the New York Times bestselling story about two sisters whose lifelong rivalry combusts when they join the cast of a reality show—resulting in murder. Brett and Kelly have always toed the line between supportive sisters and bitter rivals. Brett grew up as the problem child, constantly in the shadow of the beautiful and brilliant Kelly—until Kelly tarnished her reputation by getting pregnant while in college and keeping the baby. Now Brett—tattooed, body-positive, engaged to a powerful female lawyer, and only twenty-seven—has skyrocketed to meteoric professional success through a philanthropic cycling business. Untethered by children of her own, she’s fueled by the bitter resentment of her youth. Brett’s become the fan favorite on a reality show featuring hyper-successful, beautiful, and hugely competitive entrepreneurial women—think Real Housewives meets Shark Tank. Goal Diggers’ success means Brett is the object of vitriol and jealousy among her cast mates. Meanwhile, Kelly, penniless and struggling to raise her daughter alone, finds herself crawling back to Brett to beg for a job. When Kelly is cast alongside Brett and her three shameless costars—Stephanie, Lauren, and Jen —shocking secrets come to light. And Brett and Kelly will do whatever it takes to keep the world, and their cast mates, in the dark. The show’s executives expect a season filled with the typical catfights and posturing that makes these shows catnip for the viewing public. But no one expects that the fourth season of Goal Diggers will end in murder… “Engrossing…Deliciously savage and wildly entertaining” (People, Book of the Week), The Favorite Sister is “a twisty, sexy thriller, jam-packed with wit and snark” (Glamour). This “binge-worthy beach read” (USA TODAY, 3 out of 4 stars) offers a scathing take on the oft-lionized bonds of sisterhood, and the relentless pressure to stay young, relevant, and salable.
John Searles’s Help for the Haunted is an unforgettable story of a most unusual family, their deep secrets, their harrowing tragedy, and ultimately, a daughter’s discovery of a dark and unexpected mystery. Sylvie Mason’s parents have an unusual occupation—helping “haunted souls” find peace. After receiving a strange phone call one winter’s night, they leave the house and are later murdered in an old church in a horrifying act of violence. A year later, Sylvie is living in the care of her older sister, who may be to blame for what happened to their parents. Now, the inquisitive teenager pursues the mystery, moving closer to the knowledge of what occurred that night—and to the truth about her family’s past and the secrets that have haunted them for years. Capturing the vivid eeriness of Stephen King’s works with the compelling quirkiness of John Irving’s beloved novels, Help for the Haunted is that rare story that brings to life a richly imagined and wholly original world.
When Trish buys a lottery ticket on a whim, she never expects to win. Yet, she wins big and believes her life has changed for the better. A reporter for the community newspaper walks into her life and they immediately hit it off. Events progress toward marriage. Her only worry is the man in the sedan who begins to follow her. Who is he and what does he want? The answer comes as a total shock.
"Ava Antipova has her reasons for running away: a failing family vineyard, a romantic betrayal, a mercurial sister, an absent father, a mother slipping into dementia. In Paris, Ava renounces her terribly practical undergraduate degree, acquires a French boyfriend and a taste for much better wine, and erases her past. Two years later, she must return to upstate New York. Her twin sister Zelda is dead. [But is she?]"--Dust jacket flap of hardcover printing.