The Couple Next Door: If you like thrillers – whether movies or books, or both…this is a MUST read. Quick synopsis: What seems to be Anne and Marco Conti’s first night out together since the birth of their baby soon becomes the worst night. They go over to their neighbor’s house for a dinner party after debating on whether or not to leave their baby asleep in her crib after the babysitter cancelled while they have dinner with their neighbors. They decide to bring the monitor to their neighbors’ and check on her every 30 minutes. Their baby vanishes after the last check-up.
The parents are prime suspects in their own baby’s disappearance, and both are keeping some pretty big secrets from each other. Shari Lapena is a master at weaving one of the most intricate spider web of lies I’ve ever read. The plot is a roller coaster, and you will be saying “what the fuck just happened?!” several times. I thought I had it figured out, but boy was I wrong…and I love a good shocking story. I read this book in 2 sittings, I could not put it down..so, cancel your plans if you read this one!
Down The Rabbit Hole: This is such a juicy read. I actually listened to this book on Audible (not sponsored) during a drive to and from the Bay Area to LA. I loved listening to Holly detail the dynamics between other girls in the Playboy Mansion, all of house rules, and her impressions of Hugh Hefner. For the record, she does a spot on impression that you will get a kick out of if you watched The Girls Next Door. This book is the perfect beach read!
The Girl On The Train: Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard of The Girl On The Train. What prompted me to read the book was the fact that I wanted to see the movie, but I like the book first. Last year, The Girl On The Train came out of nowhere as a New York Times Best Seller. It is very cleverly written, and its narrators are three women who are much more connected than you think at the beginning of the story. This is a classic case of whodunit, specifically – who murdered one of the main characters? The story unfolds little by little with each chapter that focuses on each of the main characters. A must read if you love a good thriller.
The Total Money Makeover: This one is not your typical fun read like the others. But it is an eye opening, helpful book that is full of tools for building wealth and budgeting. I loved this quote from Dave Ramsey: “If you will make the sacrifices now that most people aren’t willing to make, later on you will be able to live as those folks will never be able to live.” YES, love this! At the core of The Total Money Makeover are 7 “baby steps” to financial freedom. I know it sounds very infomercial-y, but it’s actually full of helpful tools and advice. The one thing I did not love about this book is Dave Ramsey’s advice and know-it-all attitude on some things such as: sharing a bank account with your partner and using credit cards. But his 7 core points of advice and how to get there are worth the read!
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