Books With a Twist You Won't See Coming

First, there were ten–a curious assortment of strangers summoned as weekend guests to a private island off the coast of Devon. Their host, an eccentric millionaire, is nowhere to be found. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they’re unwilling to reveal–and a secret that will seal their fate. For each has been marked for murder. Before the weekend is out, there will be none. And only the dead are above suspicion.

Aiden Bishop knows the rules. Evelyn Hardcastle will die every day until he can identify her killer and break the cycle. He has eight days, and eight different incarnations, but every time the day begins again, Aiden wakes up in the body of a different guest at Blackheath Manor. And some of his hosts are more helpful than others. But he will soon learn that there are two other people competing to find out the murderer and only one person can win.

Things have been wrong with Mr. and Mrs. Wright for a long time but when they win a weekend away to Scotland, it might be just what their marriage needs. Every anniversary the couple exchange traditional gifts and each year Adam’s wife writes him a letter that she never lets him read. They both know this weekend will make or break their marriage, but they didn’t randomly win this trip. One of them is lying, and someone doesn’t want them to live happily ever after.

Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all-a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora. But one night when they are at a dinner party next door, a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately falls on the parents. Detective Rasbach knows that the panicked couple is hiding something. Both Anne and Marco soon discover that the other is keeping secrets, secrets they’ve kept for years.

Shortly after her 25th birthday, Libby Jones learns that she has inherited an abandoned London mansion from her biological parents. Adopted as a baby, Libby is excited to learn about her birth family. But her family history is much more than she anticipates when she finds out her parents committed suicide as part of a cult, and her siblings vanished. As scary as that is, the truth is even darker. 

Josh Baxter, the man behind the wheel, is a virtual stranger to Charlie. They met at the campus ride board, each looking to share the long drive home to Ohio. The longer she sits in the passenger seat, however, the more Charlie notices there’s something suspicious about Josh. Trapped in a terrifying game of cat and mouse played out on pitch-black roads and in neon-lit parking lots, Charlie knows the only way to live is to survive the night.

“I need you.” Those three words send Isa Wilde running to her friend’s side. At boarding school as a teenager, Isa befriended Fatima, Thea, and Kate in a year that would change their lives. The three were inseparable and reckless, playing a game of their own making where they lied to everyone around them but not to each other. When a bone is found in the marsh, their childhood lies come back to haunt them.

During a summer party at the family farm in the English countryside, sixteen-year-old Laurel Nicolson escapes to her childhood tree house and spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm. She watches as her mother speaks to him. Before the afternoon is over, Laurel will witness a shocking crime. Fifty years later, Laurel, now a successful London actress, returns to the farm and is overwhelmed by family secrets she had not thought of in decades.

Working as a lady’s maid in Monte Carlo, the narrator is swept off her feet by the handsome widower Maxim de Winter. After a rushed courtship and impulsive marriage, she returns as his wife to his beautiful estate, Manderley. Yet, she quickly learns she is not the true mistress of the estate, as the household will not let her forget the memory of Rebecca, de Winter’s first wife who drowned the year before.

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Adapted from the short story in this collection of the same name, The Black Phone is set to be released in June. The story is one of John Finney, who is in trouble. The kidnapper locked him in the basement, a place stained with the blood of half a dozen other children. With him is an antique phone, long since disconnected, which transmits the voices of the previous victims who just might give him the means to escape.

Ben Mears has returned to Jerusalem’s Lot in the hopes that living in an old mansion, long the subject of town lore, will help him cast out his own devils and provide inspiration for his new book. But when two young boys venture into the woods and only one comes out alive, Mears begins to realize that there may be something sinister at work and that his hometown is under siege by forces of darkness far beyond his control.

The story goes on with the soon to be released adaptation of the “The Lord of the Rings” series titled “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.” Beginning in a time of relative peace, the series follows characters, both familiar and new, as they confront the long-feared reemergence of evil to Middle-earth. Traveling to the furthest reaches of the map, these characters carve out legacies that live on long after they are dapibus leo.

Frances is a coolheaded and darkly observant young woman, vaguely pursuing a career in writing while studying in Dublin. At a local poetry performance one night, she meets a well-known photographer, and Frances is reluctantly impressed by the older women’s sophisticated home and handsome husband, Nick. But however amusing Frances and Nick’s flirtation seems at first, it begins to give way to a strange—and then painful—intimacy.

Belly measures her life in summers. Everything is good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count down the weeks until summer, and the weeks spent away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer. But one summer, one wonderful and terrible summer, everything changes and ends up just the way it should have been all along.

Rotterham Home was a hospice for young people. Every night at twelve, a group of five young kids at the hospice came together. They called themselves the Midnight Club, and they would take turns telling each other stories. But one night, in the middle of a particularly scary story, the five kids make a pact with each other. The first one who dies is to make every effort to contact the others from beyond the grave. Then one of them does die, and the story begins.

 This story is one of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German occupied, war-torn France. This heartbreakingly beautiful novel illuminates the women’s war, a part of history we seldom see, and celebrates the resilience of the human spirt and the durability of women.

Wendy has long heard the family legend—madness strikes the Darling women, traditionally after romance visits in the form of an overgrown boy. The Darling girl will fall in love, the boy will desert, and the girl is left flirting with lunacy’s lure. Wendy wants to be grateful for her childhood adventure, but instead she is lost and consumed by the mystery of her grandmother Jane, whose disappearance following her own romance remains unsolved.

Halloween, 1963. They call him the October Boy, and everybody in this small Midwestern town knows who he is. How he rises from the cornfields every Halloween, a butcher knife in his hand, and makes his way toward town, where gangs of teenage boys eagerly await their chance to confront the legendary nightmare. Both the hunter and the hunted, the October Boy is the prize in an annual rite of life and death.

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With a little creativity and effort, you can have a gorgeous garden for next-to-nothing. Included is a substantial plant directory of more than 100 plants that will multiply and make more plants without any help from you at all. Each entry in the plant directory includes a photo of the plant, its optimum soil, shade, its planting requirements and strategies for propagation.

Plans are provided for built-in, portable planters, window and porch boxes, and more, along with tips on how to convert barrels, buckets, and baskets into unique planters. See how to create spectacular hanging, suspended, barrier and seating wall gardens, and how to make raised beds for special application as handicapped and easy-access gardens.

A guide to planning and planting a beautiful, bountiful garden includes all-organic, low-work techniques for building healthy soil and hundreds of ideas for easy-care plants and gardens in a “tips” format that is easy to follow. This is the ideal book for the lazy, overly busy, or physically restricted gardeners.

Smith’s legendary high-yield gardening method emphasizes wide rows, organic methods, raised beds, and deep soil. Try new and unusual varieties, and learn how to innovatively extend your growing season. With thorough profiles of hundreds of popular varieties, this book provides expert information and an inspiring roadmap for gardeners of all skill levels to enjoy abundant homegrown vegetables.

Drawing on her experiences gardening in Australia and the U.K., Marylyn Abbott explains how to use light to bring a flower bed or border to life, through simple observation of the light patterns and sky colors on a garden and clever mixing of varieties. Watch as she explores the vastly different quality of the gentle English light and the harsh Australian light.

Not everyone has a garden–but with only a handful of materials and a little bit of time, everyone can bring the beauty of nature into their home. Plant Craft features projects inspired by the natural world and made out of live plants, cut flowers, foraged branches, and more. You’ll learn how to create a colorful floral mural, an elegant table centerpiece, a serene underwater sculpture, a whimsical mobile, and more.

Gardening is a rewarding hobby. And one that can produce you substantially more crop if done correctly. Using innovative gardening methods such as hydroponics or greenhouse gardening can help your plants mature 25% faster while delivering a 30% increase in yield. If you want to taste the pleasure of your homegrown food, this book is for you.

Are you interested in creating a bountiful garden but worried that you don’t have enough space? Raised-Bed Gardening for Beginners shows you how simple it can be to plan, build, and grow your own raised-bed garden in whatever space is available. Learn to build your bed, select the right plants, grow your own vegetables, and much more.

Just as stylish accessories bring a room to life, gorgeous planted containers are the finishing touch for every garden home. With this book, P. Allen Smith, shows how to create a beautiful container garden in a matter of minutes, in an innovative recipe-style format complete with ingredients lists, step-by-step planting instructions, and advice on how to effectively display these colorful accents.

Pack your Suitcase and Grab your Passport: Summer Getaways Lost in the Stacks

Single mom Amy Byler needs a break. So when the guilt-ridden husband who abandoned her shows up and offers to take care of their kids for the summer, she accepts his offer and escapes to New York City. Usually mild mannered, Amy finally lets her hair down in the city that never sleeps. But as the summer draws to an end, Amy realizes too late that she must make an impossible decision: stay in this exciting new chapter of her life, or return to the life she left behind.

Rachel and Jack. Paige and Noah. And Will. Five friends who’ve known each other for years. Then along came Ali, Will’s new fiancée. The three couples travel to Portugal for Ali and Will’s destination wedding. And things seem great until Rachel discovers a shocking secret about Ali that changes everything. As the weekend unfolds, the secrets each of them holds begin to spill, and friendships and marriages threaten to unravel.

Alex and Poppy have nothing in common but somehow, ever since a fateful car share home from college many years ago, they are still best friends. That is until two years ago, when they ruined everything. They haven’t spoken since but Poppy decides to convince Alex to take one more vacation together—to lay everything on the table, and make it all right. Miraculously, he agrees. And now she has one week to fix everything. What could possibly go wrong?

Two parents in Washington State are bound by tragedy when their sons were involved in a murder-suicide. Separated by only a silvery stretch of trees, the two parents are emotionally stranded, and isolated by their great losses. Then a mysterious pregnant girl emerges out of the woods and into the lives of those same boys’ families, bridging the gap and changing everything.

 Erin and Mark couldn’t be happier when they set off to Bora Bora for their honeymoon. Things quickly changed, however, when they spot something suspicious in the water while scuba diving. Could the life of your dreams be the stuff of nightmares? Suddenly the newlyweds must make a dangerous choice to speak out about what they’ve seen or protect their secret. 

Anna is spending the summer in the Hamptons as a nanny, in a community on edge after the disappearance of Zoe Spanos. Anna, who is constantly reminded of her resemblance to Zoe, begins to dig deeper into the unsolved case. Two months later, she finds herself charged with the manslaughter of a girl she’d never met. Did Anna really kill Zoe?

Lina is spending a summer in Tuscany, but she isn’t in the mood for Italy’s famous sunshine and fairy-tale landscape. She’s only there because it was her mother’s dying wish for her to get to know her father. Her focus shifts when she is given her mother’s journal and discovers long hidden secrets with the help of a charming local boy. “People come to Italy for love and gelato,” someone tells her, but sometimes they discover so much more.

Six years after the fight that ended their friendship, Daphne is shocked when Drue walks back into her life with a massive favor to ask. Daphne hasn’t spoken a word to Drue, so she’s rightfully speechless when Drue asks her to be her maid-of-honor at her wedding. Letting glamourous Drue back into her life is risky, but it comes with an invitation to spend a weekend at a waterfront Cape Cod mansion and Daphne finds herself powerless as ever to resist.

Everyone imagines running away from their life at some point. But Birdy has actually done it. And the life she’s run into is her best friend Heather’s. The only problem is, she hasn’t told Heather. The summer job at the highland Scottish hotel that her world class wine-expert friend ditched turns out to be a lot more than Birdy bargained for. Can she survive a summer pretending to be her best friend?

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