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New Book Releases Featuring Ali-Afzal, Pek, and Wrobel

by Sara (@meaningfulmadness)


Here are three books coming out today that I'm excited to read!

Book Cover of Would I Lie to You by Aliya Ali-Afzal

Aliya Ali-Afzal's Would I Lie to You

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Description from Publisher:

"At the school gates, Faiza fits in. It took a few years, but now the snobbish white mothers who mistook her for the nanny treat her as one of their own. She’s learned to crack their subtle codes, speak their language of fashion and vacations and haircuts. You’d never guess, seeing her at the trendy kids’ parties and the leisurely coffee mornings, that her childhood was spent being bullied and being ashamed of her poor Pakistani immigrant parents.

"When her husband Tom loses his job in finance, he stays calm. Something will come along, and in the meantime, they can live off their savings. But Faiza starts to unravel. Creating the perfect life and raising the perfect family comes at a cost – and the money Tom put aside has gone. Faiza will have to tell him she spent it all.

Unless she doesn’t…


"It only takes a second to lie to Tom. Now Faiza has mere weeks to find $100,000. If anyone can do it, Faiza can. She’s had to fight for what she has, and she’ll fight to keep it. But as the clock ticks down and Faiza desperately tries to put things right, she has to ask herself: how much more should she sacrifice to live someone else’s idea of the dream life?"


Why I want to read it: Thrillers are a hard genre for me, but this description is very compelling. It doesn't sound like anything I have read, so this is going to the top of my TBR.


 

Book Cover of The Verifiers by Jane Pek

Jane Pek's The Verifiers

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Description from Publisher:

"Claudia is used to disregarding her fractious family’s model-minority expectations: she has no interest in finding either a conventional career or a nice Chinese boy. She’s also used to keeping secrets from them, such as that she prefers girls—and that she’s just been stealth-recruited by Veracity, a referrals-only online-dating detective agency.


"A lifelong mystery reader who wrote her senior thesis on Jane Austen, Claudia believes she’s landed her ideal job. But when a client vanishes, Claudia breaks protocol to investigate—and uncovers a maelstrom of personal and corporate deceit. Part literary mystery, part family story, The Verifiers is a clever and incisive examination of how technology shapes our choices, and the nature of romantic love in the digital age."


Why I want to read it: Okay...this was one of my anticipated preorders of 2022 (see my list here), so I am super excited to read it. It sounds like it might be cozy mystery-ish, and you know I am here for that!


 

Book Cover of This Might Hurt by Stephanie Wrobel

Stephanie Wrobel's This Might Hurt

(Bookshop.org | Libro.fm)


Description from Publisher:

"Welcome to Wisewood. We’ll keep your secrets if you keep ours.


"Natalie Collins hasn’t heard from her sister in more than half a year.


"The last time they spoke, Kit was slogging from mundane workdays to obligatory happy hours to crying in the shower about their dead mother. She told Natalie she was sure there was something more out there.

And then she found Wisewood.


"On a private island off the coast of Maine, Wisewood’s guests commit to six-month stays. During this time, they’re prohibited from contact with the rest of the world—no Internet, no phones, no exceptions. But the rules are for a good reason: to keep guests focused on achieving true fearlessness so they can become their Maximized Selves. Natalie thinks it’s a bad idea, but Kit has had enough of her sister’s cynicism and voluntarily disappears off the grid.


"Six months later Natalie receives a menacing e-mail from a Wisewood account threatening to reveal the secret she’s been keeping from Kit. Panicked, Natalie hurries north to come clean to her sister and bring her home. But she’s about to learn that Wisewood won’t let either of them go without a fight."

Why I want to read it: OOOHHHH. This one sounds so good. I know nothing about it except the description but it sounds SO compelling. I can't wait to find out about the mysteries at Wisewood and see what happens to Natalie and Kit!


 

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