Monday Reading Check In

Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for the complimentary copy of THE NEW HUSBAND by D.J. Palmer!

Hello book friends! I hope that you are all well and staying healthy and safe. I’m at work today, but things are definitely far from normal. The weekend was filled with lots of distractions, some good (buddy reads and video chats with friends) and some just distracting. My parents’ pup went home and the house was a lot more peaceful on Sunday as a result. My reading was a bit all over the place and I started and stopped a few books due to my short attention span!

THE NEW HUSBAND by D.J. Palmer is thankfully a book that grabbed my attention and did a good job of holding on when I started it yesterday. The book opens with a gruesome discovery, a boat is found with a bloody deck and only a dog on board. Jumping forward in time seventeen months, Nina is moving into a new home with her new man Simon and her children, her husband having never been found after disappearing off his boat. Nina’s daughter Maggie is particularly rattled by the loss of her father and the move in with this new man, though even Nina has doubts about whether she is making the right moves.

I’m really enjoying this one and how it is playing out. We are primarily getting Nina’s perspective, but some chapters give Maggie’s perspective as well. Maggie is struggling socially at school and she seems to be the most suspicious of what Simon’s motivations are. On the surface Simon seems to be Mr. Perfect, but obviously things aren’t always what they appear. Secrets about Nina’s missing husband are starting to come out as well. I’m about a quarter of the way through this one and I can’t wait to get home and relax and dive deeper into the mystery!

In addition to this one, I have some more on the go for March (as always):

I just started SIX OF CROWS by Leigh Bardugo on the weekend, but didn’t make it too far into this one. It throws a lot at the reader in the beginning, a lot of characters and action at the outset which didn’t entirely work for my short attention span with all that is going on int he world. Though I had hoped to finish this one for the fantasy readathon last week, I decided I would set this one aside and pick it back up later in the month.

I am also continuing with THE HANDMAID’S TALE: THE GRAPHIC NOVEL by Margaret Atwood and Renee Nault, THE STARLESS SEA by Erin Morgernstern and SCYTHE by Neal Shusterman which are all for buddy reads on Instagram.

How was your weekend? Do you have any good and distracting reads in progress? I’d love to hear!

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