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Things in Jars

I’m a little behind schedule to meet my reading goal for 2020, but I’m thinking I’ll be able to make it up during the week vacation we have coming up. I am SO excited. Things in Jars by Jess Kidd was probably the most unique novel I’ve read this year. It started a little slow but definitely picked up and drew me in the more I read. It felt very Sherlock Holmes but with a sci-fi twist.

Bridie is a female detective in London and is hired to find the kidnapped daughter of an English nobleman. But it turns out she is no typical child. Bridie must make her way through history, science, and folklore to make sense of this mysterious girl and what may have happened to her. She also has to confront her own past as demons from her childhood make their way into the crazy chase of child and kidnappers.

I definitely recommend it but make sure you get through the beginning, which is a little confusing as you learn who the characters are. Enjoy!


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The Nanny

I’m well into books for 2020 and this one may be my favorite so far. The Nanny by Gilly Macmillan kept me on my toes the entire time. Jocelyn Holt’s nanny, Hannah, up and disappears when she is 7 and 30 years later, she still seems devastated and holds this against her mother. This seems a little ridiculous and Jocelyn wasn’t my favorite character, but that was really the only downside to the book.

She and her daughter are forced now to return and live with her mother and while there, her entire world turns upside down. Her relationships with both her mother and daughter are challenged and she discovers secrets about her and her family’s past that are hard to come to grips with. Every time I thought I had it figured out there would be another surprise. I definitely recommend this one. Enjoy!


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The Last House Guest

This is my second read by Megan Miranda and there are definitely similarities between them. Similar threads of suspense, revisiting past events, friends looking for answers while also being suspected.

The Last House Guest was a great thriller. Avery and Sadie are good, albeit unlikely friends. Or so it appears. But after Sadie’s death, everything Avery thought was true is no longer so clear. Working for Sadie’s family, hanging out with Sadie and her friends, Avery’s family history – it all begins to unravel when she begins to look more closely at Sadie’s supposed suicide. There are essentially two mysteries in the story and I was proud to say I did figure out one of them. But the other I was not sure about until it was revealed. This was a quick read that will definitely keep you reading to see what happens next. Enjoy!