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Short Books for a Busy Week

We’ve all been there: you’re swamped with assignments, essays and exams at school or you’re in over your head at work. Sometimes it can be difficult to find time to read when life gets hectic. Here’s a list of short books for when you don’t have a lot of time on your hands!

Sharp objects by gillian flynn

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This novel will have you on your the edge of your seat throughout, which is important when you’re trying to read in the middle of a busy week. It’s a gripping story of a reporter, recently released from a mental hospital, who is tasked with covering two murders which took place in her hometown. She’s forced to face her self-involved, hypochondriac mother and step-sister and delve deep into her puzzling past in this psychological thriller.

On earth we’re briefly gorgeous by ocean vuong

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This novel fits so much into a small amount of pages, making it a must-read for an overloaded week. In excruciating, devastating prose, Vuong tells a story of family, race and class from the perspective of a son to a mother who can’t read.


Red at the bone by jacqueline Woodson

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Woodson tells an intriguing story of the ties that bind a family together after an unexpected pregnancy brought a new child into the world. The writing in this book alone is enough to make it onto your must-read list. Woodson writes with striking honesty while exploring the difficult and important topics of identity, family, class, racism and mother-daughter relationships.

Her body and other parties by Carmen maria Machado

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Her Body and Other Parties is perfect for anyone who loves science fiction and fantasy. A collection of brilliant short stories, this small book will help you get through a busy week while giving you a dose of smart, well-crafted science fiction and psychological realism.

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5 Amazing Psychological Thrillers If You’re Missing ‘Sharp Objects’

Don’t worry, you weren’t the only one suffering from withdrawal when Sharp Objects came to an end. I too suffered and continued to suffer… that is, until I found the perfect cure. “What is it?” I hear you cry. Well, I’m glad you asked. The cure is the following five amazing psychological thrillers that you will no doubt both devour and be devoured by. These books are so gripping, so creepy, and so enthralling, you’ll have no choice but surrender yourself to them, allowing them to totally rid you of those withdrawal symptoms!

So, without further ado, let me present to you the cure!


1. The Favorite Daughter by Kaira Rouda 


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Kaira Rouda, author of Best Day Ever, is back with The Favorite Daughter, and you’re going to need to sit down. In addition to being one of PopSugar’s Best Books of Spring, and receiving a starred review from Publishers WeeklyThe Favorite Daughter has been described by USA Today bestselling author Cristina Alger, as “compulsively readable and deeply satisfying psychological suspense.” Liv Constantine, author of the national bestseller The Last Mrs. Parrishsaid it “leaves you wanting more;” New York Times bestselling author Heather Gudenkauf dubbed it  “a smart, wickedly plotted psychological thriller brimming with dark surprises.” The praise is as endless as you’ll wish this book was almost as soon as you begin. Check out the synopsis below, and don’t forget to grab your copy!


From the author of Best Day Ever, another gripping novel of psychological suspense set in an upscale Southern California community, for fans of B.A. Paris and Shari Lapena.

The perfect home. The perfect family. The perfect lie.

Jane Harris lives in a sparkling home in an oceanfront gated community in Orange County. It’s a place that seems too beautiful to be touched by sadness. But exactly one year ago, Jane’s oldest daughter, Mary, died in a tragic accident and Jane has been grief-stricken ever since. Lost in a haze of anti-depressants, she’s barely even left the house. Now that’s all about to change.

It’s time for Jane to reclaim her life and her family. Jane’s husband, David, has planned a memorial service for Mary and three days later, their youngest daughter, Betsy, graduates high school. Yet as Jane reemerges into the world, it’s clear her family has changed without her. Her husband has been working long days—and nights—at the office. Her daughter seems distant, even secretive. And her beloved Mary was always such a good girl—dutiful and loving. But does someone know more about Mary, and about her last day, than they’ve revealed?

The bonds between mothers and daughters, and husbands and wives should never be broken. But you never know how far someone will go to keep a family together…



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A Sunday Times Top 10 bestseller, Hamilton’s The Perfect Girlfriend is Culturefly‘s buzzed-about ‘addictive psychological thriller,’ and the Sunday Mirror notes: “You don’t often come across a character who is both sociopathic and compelling. Buckle your seatbelts, you’re in for a very bumpy ride… Let this supremely enjoyable thriller whisk you up, up and away.” Good Housekeeping advises: “Be prepared to put your life on hold.” So, are you prepared? Hope you’re ready for the description.


The Last Mrs. Parrish meets Fatal Attraction in this riveting, voice-driven domestic suspense novel about a woman who will stop at nothing to reclaim her ex-boyfriend, including training as a flight attendant at the airline that employs him.

Juliette has everything going for her: she’s young, pretty, and driven, and she’s training for an exciting new career as a flight attendant.

The darkness in her past doesn’t matter, because she’s moved beyond all that, and she’s building a great new life for herself—one that will impress her ex-boyfriend, Nate, who left her in a foolish moment of commitment-phobia, one that he surely regrets now. But he’ll be so proud of her once he sees how much she’s grown. And he will see her. After all, he’s a pilot at the very same airline where Juliette is training.

What kind of man wouldn’t appreciate the effort Juliette has taken to win Nate back? She cleans his apartment when he’s not there, and makes sure to leave all his favorite foods in the fridge. It’s only a matter of time before he leaves his airheaded new girlfriend and realizes Juliette is the only one for him.

He will realize it. Juliette will make sure of it. After all, she is the perfect girlfriend.


3. Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll 


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Knoll’s debut Luckiest Girl Alive is not only New York Times bestseller, but it’s also the recipient of celeb Reese Witherspoon’s most serious attention. Witherspoon optioned it for a film in conjunction with Lionsgate. And don’t worry about it being one of those adaptations that the author has nothing to do with—Knoll herself adapting the screenplay. We’re safe! Of course, the characters may not be… “Loved Gone Girl?” asks Good Housekeeping. (Yes! you exclaim.) “We promise this is just as addictive.” Okay, and I can vouch that the same can be said for fans of Sharp Objects! Lauren Weisberger, author of The Devil Wears Pradacalled Luckiest Girl Alive “biting and shocking—it kept me riveted from cover to cover.”


Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll is an audacious, page-turning debut thriller that will appeal to fans of Gillian Flynn, Paula Hawkins and Jodi Picoult.

Her perfect life is a perfect lie . . . Ani FaNelli is the woman who has it all: the glamorous job, the designer wardrobe, the handsome and rich fiancé. But behind her sharp edges and meticulously crafted facade lies the darkest of pasts . . .

When a documentary producer invites Ani to tell her side of the chilling and violent incident that took place when she was a teenager at the prestigious Bradley school, she hopes it will be an opportunity to prove how far she’s turned her life around since then. She’ll even let the production company film her lavish wedding, the final step in her transformation.

But as the wedding and filming converge, Ani’s past threatens to come back and haunt her. And as her immaculate veneer starts to crack, she is forced to question: will breaking her silence destroy all that she has worked for – or, will it at long last, set Ani free?


4. Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott


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Okay, if Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train, likes your thriller, you’re probably pretty great, and Hawkins had this to say about Abbott’s latest offering: “Megan Abbott at her very best. Cool, crisp, chilling.” The New Yorker said that Give Me Your Hand is “steeped in the feminine gothic… [the novel] explores what characters who have been beaten down and confined by sexism might be capable of. Abbott tempts us to read her tale as a study in what happens when female revenge overflows its bounds…” Sounds amazing, right? Thats because it is.


You told each other everything. Then she told you too much.

Kit has risen to the top of her profession and is on the brink of achieving everything she wanted. She hasn’t let anything stop her.

But now someone else is standing in her way – Diane. Best friends at seventeen, their shared ambition made them inseparable. Until the day Diane told Kit her secret – the worst thing she’d ever done, the worst thing Kit could imagine – and it blew their friendship apart.

Kit is still the only person who knows what Diane did. And now Diane knows something about Kit that could destroy everything she’s worked so hard for.

How far would Kit go, to make the hard work, the sacrifice, worth it in the end? What wouldn’t she give up? Diane thinks Kit is just like her. Maybe she’s right. Ambition: it’s in the blood . . .

5. As Long as We Both Shall Live BY Joann Chaney


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Kirkus Reviews called Chaney’s As Long As We Both Shall Live “a perfectly paced, shock-studded chiller from an author to watch.” People thought it was “unputdownable….anything but predictable,” and that “the female characters are forces of nature, and the plot twists are deliciously demented, a la Gone Girl and Big Little Lies.” The New York Times called Chaney a “thoughtful and nuanced writer,” who is always only “a half-step ahead of us but continually getting away, right through the book’s conclusion…” Don’t trust those sources? Well, trust your own eyes! Grab a copy and see for yourself.

As Long As We Both Shall Live is JoAnn Chaney’s wicked, masterful examination of a marriage gone very wrong . . .

‘My wife! I think she’s dead!’ Matt frantically calls to park rangers, explaining that he and his wife, Marie, were out hiking when she stumbled on a cliff edge and fell into the raging river below. They start a search but aren’t hopeful: no one could have survived that fall.
It’s a tragic accident.

But when police discover Matt’s first wife also died in suspicious circumstances – a fire in their family home – they have a lot more questions for him.

Is Matt a grieving husband, or has he just killed his second wife? Detectives Loren and Spengler dig into the couple’s lives to see what they can unearth. And they find that love’s got teeth, it’s got claws, and once it hitches you to a person, it’s tough to rip yourself free.

So what happens when you’re done making it work?

‘My wife! I think she’s dead!’ Matt frantically calls to park rangers, explaining that he and his wife, Marie, were out hiking when she stumbled on a cliff edge and fell into the raging river below. They start a search but aren’t hopeful: no one could have survived that fall.
It’s a tragic accident.

But when police discover Matt’s first wife also died in suspicious circumstances – a fire in their family home – they have a lot more questions for him.

Is Matt a grieving husband, or has he just killed his second wife? Detectives Loren and Spengler dig into the couple’s lives to see what they can unearth. And they find that love’s got teeth, it’s got claws, and once it hitches you to a person, it’s tough to rip yourself free.

So what happens when you’re done making it work?


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5 Novels to Read If You Can’t Get Enough of ‘Sharp Objects’

If you have been watching HBO ’s intense crime drama Sharp Objects or have read the Gillian Flynn novel on which it is based, then you’ve probably ploughed through her other books, Gone Girl and Dark Places and are probably craving more dark, gritty family dramas. If our predictions are correct, you might just like these five! 



1. Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson


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The novel centers on Christine, a woman with anterograde amnesia which means that she wakes up every day not knowing who she is. The story follows her as she tries to reassemble her memories from her video diary that her doctor recommended keeping. She learns that her mysterious husband, Ben has been trying to restore the pieces of Christine as well and she is unsure if she can trust her husband and more importantly if she can trust herself. 



2. Bonfire by Krysten Ritter


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Written by Krysten Ritter, star of Netflix’s Jessica Jones, Bonfire is a mystery suspense thriller. The novel tells the story of Abby Williams, an environmental lawyer in Chicago that must go back home to Indiana to investigate a case regarding her town’s most high-profile company, Optimal Plastics. She starts to find weird connections between the company and a decade-old scandal involving a popular girl named Kaycee Mitchell and her close friends just before Kaycee’s disappearance. Past memories are revealed and Abby starts to doubt what she sees and discovers a secret and dangerous ritual called “The Game” that threatens reputations and Abby’s life as well. 


3. Dead Letters by Caite Dolan-Leach


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This story centers on a woman named Ava who moves to Paris to escape issues with her family in upstate New York. These issues include a failing family vineyard, an absent father, a mother facing dementia and a capricious sister. However, after she learns of the death of her twin sister Zelda, Ava must return home. She had always known that Zelda has a tendency for tricks and Ava can’t shake the feeling that Zelda is still alive. Once she begins to discover an enigmatic set of clues it only enhances her suspicions that her sister is still alive.


4. Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent


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Lydia Fitzsimons’ life seems perfect. Her husband Andrew is a respected judge and they live with their adored only son Laurence in a comfortable and spacious house where Lydia was raised. However, her life takes a dark turn when her husband commits a terrible crime and her son Laurence begins to suspect something is wrong…


5. The Broken Girls by Simone St. James


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Similar to Sharp Objects’ Camille Preaker, this novel’s main character, Fiona Sheridan, is a journalist with a dark and broken past and she returns to Idlewild Hall, her dead sister’s boarding school where she was murdered twenty years ago. Although her sister’s boyfriend was convicted for her murder Fiona feels that there is something missing. When Fiona finds out that an unknown benefactor plans to restore the school she decides to write a story about it. However, a surprising discovery during the school’s renovations will reveal more about the death of her sister that was meant to be hidden and long forgotten. 


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Female Rage Is Real and Shouldn’t Be Minimized, Says ‘Gone Girl’ Author Gillian Flynn

Female rage is at the forefront of Gillian Flynn’s novels. Her memorable female protagonists, including Amy Dunne (Gone Girl) and Camille Preaker (Sharp Objects), exemplify the complexities of emotion and behavior as well as how female anger is oppressed by societal gender rules. Through her complex protagonists, Flynn hopes to open the floor about female anger and cease ignoring and minimizing it. 


In an interview with Vanity Fair, In Flynn expressed her views towards female anger, why we ignore it, and why we need to let women voice their frustrations.


“I think there’s a deep societal fear of female rage, partly because it hasn’t been experienced a lot,” Flynn told Vanity Fair. “Men—I speak in vast generalities—are often very afraid of what they don’t know how to handle. And they haven’t had to handle female rage a lot, and they think they need to handle it.”



Amy Adams as Camille Preaker in Sharp Objects (2018) | HBO


Flynn also discussed female anger, or lack thereof in regards to the #MeToo movement, a phenomenon which has heavily exposed the gross sexual harassment many women have experienced. According to Flynn, though the movement would be as an appropriate time as ever to voice female anger, many females have been urged to react differently.


But I’ll tell you what concerns me: there’s a lot of shushing going on. I keep doing these panel discussions where I hear women advising that we shouldn’t be angry, that we shouldn’t be approaching this [#MeToo moment] with anger, that we should embrace this moment with care and gentleness. And I think that’s insane.


“There’s a huge place for anger right now—particularly for the many, many women who’ve been violated—and this is a time to be angry. Let’s be very angry. Constructive anger is a very useful tool, and is a very important thing to express.”


Read the full interview here.


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The Trailer for Sharp Objects Has Dropped and It Is Intense

HBO released a new trailer for it’s new show Sharp Objects based off the 2006 novel by Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn. 





The shows stars Amy Adams as Camille, a crime reporter who after a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital must return to her small hometown in Missouri to cover the murder of two preteen girls. However, when forced to reconnect with her mother Adora played by Patricia Clarkson, Camille must confront her past psychological demons to get her story. Unfortunately, in her effort to uncover the truth she runs into an extremely dangerous situation. 


The limited series was developed by Marti Nixon (UnREAL, Dietland), produced Jason Blum (Get Out) and directed by Jean-Marc Vallee (Big Little Lies, Wild). The series contains eight episodes and will premiere Sunday, July 8th at 9 p.m. on HBO. 



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