The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewel (Book Summary)

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On Libby’s 25th birthday, she received an inheritance – a huge house (a mansion). It is where her family used to live – according to old news articles, her parents were involved in a cult suicide pact, along with an unidentified man.

Libby asked the help of Miller Roe – an investigative journalist who wrote the article about her parents’ death. Together, they explored the house.

When Libby & Miller Roe decided to stay for the night at the house, they met a man who introduced himself as Phin. Phin was staying in the house, waiting for Libby. He invited them to his apartment, not far from home. He told them stories about what really happened in that house, but he made them drink wine, and in the morning, their memories were hazy. Miller Roe lost the recording (he suspects Phin) deleted it. When Libby & Miller Roe woke up, they were locked in the room, but he simply claimed he forgot to unlock it when Phin appeared. He claims that he closes doors for his guests because he usually sleeps walks. Continue reading The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewel (Book Summary)

Recursion by Blake Crouch (Book Summary)

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Barry Sutton is a detective who attempted to save a woman from killing herself – he wasn’t able to save her, but he got curious about why she killed herself. She was said to have FMS (False Memory Syndrome), a known disease in Manhattan. Someone with FMS suddenly wakes up with a new set of memories – like having another life. Most people with FMS become suicidal because they are no longer sure what’s real and not.

As Barry dug into the woman he tried to save – he ended up in a hotel. He lost consciousness, and when he woke up, he was on a chair, and the man was with him. He asked him to describe the day his daughter, Megan, died. He told the memory, and it suddenly seemed so vivid. The next thing he knew, he was already in that memory, and he could stop Megan from getting hit by a truck. A man he met from the hotel showed up and told him that he was given a gift. He could go back in time, and this is now his reality. A new timeline has been created – he gets to live his life again. Continue reading Recursion by Blake Crouch (Book Summary)

Broken Things by Lauren Oliver (Book Summary)

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Summer, Mia, and Brin were best friends who loved a novel called ‘From the Way to Lovelorn.’ They loved it so much that they believed they had found Lovelorn. The book is unfinished. There is no end, no sequel, and the author is dead. So, Summer, Mia, and Brin wrote their own sequel.

However, Summer died – she was murdered near the shed they called Lovelorn. There were three suspects for her murder – Mia, Brin, and Owen. Owen is Mia’s childhood sweetheart who ended up briefly dating Summer. There was an investigation. The evidence gathered isn’t enough to arrest them, but the people from their town already judged them. They lost contact with each other.

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The Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll (Book Summary)

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Ani FaNelli looked like she had everything she wanted in her life. She has a great career in the NY times and a rich & handsome fiance – Luke. She will be married in a few weeks, and she has been stressed and has been dieting. Before the wedding, she agreed to do a documentary on what happened to her in Bradley, the prestigious school where she attended middle school.

Ani FaNelli at 14 years old: 

She came from a Catholic School. When she started attending Bradley, her first friend was Arthur. A large boy with glasses. Arthur introduced her to Beth, and Ani sat with them during lunch. Then Ani met Hillary and Olivia, the popular girls. She also met Dean, Liam, and Peyton. She sat with them during lunch. Continue reading The Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll (Book Summary)

Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus (Book Summary)

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Ellery and Ezra moved to Echo Ridge to live with their grandmother since Sadie is in rehab.

When Ellery and Ezra arrived, they were fetched by their grandmother and Melanie Kilduff. Melanie is the mother of the late Lacy Kilduff, the homecoming queen who was strangled to death 5 years ago in murder land, now known as fright farm.

As they drove, they saw a dead body in the middle of the road – it was the biology teacher, and he was already dead. The next day, officer Ryan Rodriguez questioned Ellery and Ezra – officer Rodriguez was very stunned to see them (later in the book, it was revealed that officer Rodriguez was their half-brother. They saw a picture of his later father, who looked precisely like Ezra. They confronted Sadie about this, and she admitted to having slept with a married man when she was in Echo Ridge) Continue reading Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus (Book Summary)

Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker (Book Summary)

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Emma (17 yrs old) and Cassandra (15 yrs old) were believed to have run away from home and disappeared. Emma’s car was found in the river and a strand of Cassandra’s hair. Their disappearance remained a mystery three years later – until Cassandra came back.

Cass appeared by the doorstep, rang the doorbell, and waited for her mother to open.  Her mother, Judy Martin, hugged her as she cried. Judy attended to Cass. She let her eat, take a shower, and rest. Cass’s stepfather, Jonathan Martin, called the police to inform them about her return. Dr. Abby Winter handled the case, along with Leo Strauss.. they immediately went to Martin’s house to ask Cass what had happened. Continue reading Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker (Book Summary)

Tarnished by Julia Crouch (Book Summary)

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Margaret Thwaites or Peg lives with Loz’s girlfriend in an apartment. Peg works as a library assistant while Loz is a chef.

Aside from being an assistant, Peg does her duty to Doll (her nan/grandmother) and Aunt Jean (her father’s sister). Doll suffers from Dementia while Jean is obese and bedridden.

Because of Doll’s condition, Peg decides to reach out to her estranged father, Raymond. She found him in Spain through his bar called Flamingos. Raymond already has his own family – a new wife named Caroline and Paulie’s son. He’s a wealthy businessman, and when they met, he offered Peg money so she could put the past behind and so he could make it up to her. When Peg mentioned Doll to Raymond, he got furious. He clarified that he would never contact Doll and Jean again. Disappointed, Peg decided to go home. Continue reading Tarnished by Julia Crouch (Book Summary)

The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker (Book Summary)

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The sleeping sickness started at a college dorm. Cara was the first victim, followed by other girls. The victims of this sickness just slept.

Those who lived on the same floor as the victims were quarantined and were asked not to leave, but the virus still spread in a small town called Santa Lora.

The government isn’t sure how to deal with this rare sickness. As it spread, Cordon Sanitaire (restriction to leave to avoid the spread of infection) has been declared for the entire town. Even the nurses got sick. The authorities could no longer attend to everyone’s needs. Continue reading The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker (Book Summary)

Kisscut by Karin Slaughter (Book Summary)

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Both Dr. Sara Linton and police chief Jeffrey  Tolliver were not on duty that night at the skating rink when something happened:

Sara bumped into one of her patients, Jenny, who looked unwell on her way to the bathroom. When Jenny was gone, Sara noticed that she got streaked with blood. She assumed it was from Jenny.

Outside, Jeffrey saw Jenny pointing a gun towards Mark. Jenny swore that she would shoot Mark, and she asked Jeffrey to shoot her. Left with no choice, Jeffrey hit Jenny. Jenny died, and Mark was saved. Continue reading Kisscut by Karin Slaughter (Book Summary)

The Breakdown by BA Paris (Book Summary)

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Cass Anderson took the hard road one stormy night and saw a car parked beside the road. There was a woman inside. Cass pulled over but didn’t get out of the car because she feared it may just be a setup from some robbers. So she just stayed in the car for a while and waited for the other driver to signal that she needed help. But the other driver showed no signs of needing help, so she just drove off.

Cass heard the news the next day – a woman was murdered in the woods. The same woman that she saw last night, the woman that she didn’t help. Her conscience started bothering her. Continue reading The Breakdown by BA Paris (Book Summary)