Happy May!! Though, Michigan definitely feels more like early March 😒 There are a few great book titles releasing this month that I can’t wait to share with you! Here’s your May reading list!
May Reading List
Thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for the advance reading copies, so I can honestly review each title! #NetGalley
No One Needs to Know
No One Needs to Know by Lindsay Cameron is available 5/9, and it was utterly compulsive!
Perfect for fans of Gossip Girl and those who love a look at the darker side of social media, this one will have you thinking about it once you’ve walked away!
Set in the Upper East Side, No One Needs To Know focuses on the parents of the privileged, UES private school kids. It was sexy, full of tension, and literally like the adult version of Gossip Girl (while having a *completely* different story line – this novel is hardly a love story 😉)
UrbanMyth is a site where people in this UES neighborhood can anonymously post questions, comments, and gossip. One day, a hacker group hacks the site, and leaks everyones post with their emails (kiiiiiind of like when Nate gets a hold of all of Gossip Girl’s sources, and Louis leaks them!). But then someone ends up dead.
I absolutely loved how the first page started with the mystery narrator noticing she’s listening for the sirens… throughout the book there are many references to sirens (hopefully intended by the author!), which made it very fun to “play along” and guess who was guilty!
No One Needs to Know was a quick, easy, but compulsive read, and deserves a top spot on your May Reading List!
Killing Me by Michelle Gagnon is available 5/16. WOW – this was SUCH a uniquely original story! I’ve read a lot of books about con artists/grifters, but this was a favorite!
The beginning pages of Killing Me had me hooked. You instantly feel connected to Amber, and her commentary during her abduction is hilarious and really relatable.
Amber is abducted one day (not a spoiler, this happens on page 1!), and with some “help” escapes her would-be death by a serial killer – but not before being shaved and painted blue. She goes on the run, when her past threatens to catch up with the life she’s created for herself.
Amber decides to head to Vegas, the land of the easy score. She ends up connecting with some extremely likable characters. You can’t help but root for Amber here, as she refuses to be the target of yet another serial killer.
What a fun read. One of the most witty and entertaining thrillers I’ve read (I would consider this a fluffy thriller, with a fun little twist at the end!)
I read this in 5 hours, and literally had a hard time walking away from it to feed my family 😅 Killing Me is an absolute must-read for this summer!
I Didn’t Do It
Ahhh – Jaime Lynn Hendricks is one of my favorite authors for a reason! I Didn’t Do It is available 5/23. Go ahead and pre-order this one now, because it’s a must for your May Reading List!
At first, i worried this was too similar to It Could Be Anyone (also by Jaime Lynn Hendricks), with the murder and narrative perspectives from possible suspects… but JLH managed to make this completely different – and also managed to sneak SEVERAL twists in here — this fast-paced whodunit thriller kept me guessing (and turning pages!!)
We start with author friends gathering at a thriller convention called Murderpalooza, and author Kristen is up for the big award of the year… and is subsequently discovered stabbed in her room the next morning.
The story is told from the perspective of our other main characters (and our narrators): golden boy Davis, award nominee Vicky, has-been Mike, and newbie Suzanne (who earns herself the nickname of Stalkanne, which i loved 😂) Each of them has motive, and each of them receives a threatening text. I love the integration of Twitter in this – it made it fresh, and it’s absolutely believable that the twitter mob would point fingers without any proof.
I will say I did guess the first big twist, and had a feeling one author in particular had sooooome secrets. The ending was delightfully done, and I’ll read anything JLH writes 🙌🏻
Nothing is what it seems in this wild ride!! I highly, highly recommend I Didn’t Do It.
The New Mother
The New Mother by Nora Murphy is available 5/30. And it was a doozy!
Motherhood is rough. Bringing home a new baby and watching your husband ride back off into the sunset to work (and get a huge promotion) like nothing in his life has changed, while you sit at home with no adult-contact and a fussy baby could drive anyone mad.
Meet: Natalie. She’s a hard working lawyer whose life was just turned upside down with the birth of her fussy son, Oliver. She’s type A, and so in love with her son, she’d do anything for his happiness. But he is NOT an easy baby, cluster feeding, and not sleeping through the night. Natalie puts herself and her career on hold and slowly starts to lose herself, in the name of motherhood.
Enter: bright and cheerful neighbor Paul, a stay-at-home dad who lives just down the street. He is seemingly the answer to all Natalie’s problems. He’s great with her baby, and such a great listener. But what exactly are his intentions? And is Natalie the answer to all of his problems? (dun dun dun!)
The narration flips between Natalie and Paul, which made it very interesting. While the beginning of the book had me immediately on Team Natalie, the middle of the book draaaaagged. It took me days to get through. However, I picked it back up at 51% (according to my Kindle), and I finished The New Mother in one sitting. Unputdownable in those last chapters!
Deliciously f*cked up, and an absolute page-turner toward the end. The New Mother should be on you May Reading List…. but maybe don’t read it while you’re on maternity leave 😉
Check out my May Reading List and a few other recent books I loved below:
And see my April Book List here.