Thursday, July 20, 2017

Kiss My Boots - Review

Idgie Says:
This story is incredibly similar to the first book in the series - guy leaves town suddenly,  gone for years, no contact, girl stays behind in an angsty mood, never settling for anyone else.  Guy suddenly comes back, rest of book is them getting back together.  The girls in these two books are best friends and quite similar. 

To me, these books are interchangeable.  So if you want an angsty read, grab either one of them. 

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Kiss My Boots



Pub Date

1st Book in Series

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Break Down - Review

Idgie Says:

B.A. Paris' book before this, Behind Closed Doors, was astoundingly twisty. New plots and twists and shocks kept coming out of left field. This novel promises to be the same.


Cass didn't follow her husband's wishes and drove through an unsafe shortcut on her way home one night. She saw a women in a broken down car. She tries to downplay in her mind that the woman didn't want help as she didn't wave her down - though in reality she didn't want to be caught by her husband not following his request, therefore she doesn't stop to help.


The next morning that woman is found dead in that car, throat slashed.


Not only is Cass filled to the brim with remorse, but she is struggling with the fear of dementia as her mother died from it very early in life. Cass has never mentioned this to her husband.


When she begins to forget more and more and lose chunks of her time and life - is it stress from her guilt about the woman, dementia or is someone playing terrible tricks on her?


A good, riveting read!


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THE BREAKDOWN by B.A. Paris

(On Sale: July 18, 2017)

St. Martin's Press

The next chilling, propulsive novel from the NYT and USA Today bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors. If you can’t trust yourself, who can you trust? Cass is having a hard time since the night she saw the car in the woods, on the winding rural road, in the middle of a downpour, with the woman sitting inside—the woman who was killed. She’s been trying to put the crime out of her mind; what could she have done, really? It’s a dangerous road to be on in the middle of a storm. Her husband would be furious if he knew she’d broken her promise not to take that shortcut home. And she probably would only have been hurt herself if she’d stopped.

But since then, she’s been forgetting every little thing: where she left the car, if she took her pills, the alarm code, why she ordered a pram when she doesn’t have a baby. The only thing she can’t forget is that woman, the woman she might have saved, and the terrible nagging guilt. Or the silent calls she’s receiving, or the feeling that someone’s watching her….

The Ex-Suicide: A Mountain Brook Novel - Spotlight

The Ex-Suicide, Katherine Clark’s fourth Mountain Brook novel, is a satirical comedy of manners about a prominent Alabama family living across the street from the Birmingham Country Club. The house happens to be where the writer Walker Percy lived as a child with his family until his father committed suicide in the attic with a shotgun. The only son of the current residents, Hamilton “Ham” Whitmire has several Ivy League degrees as well as a generous trust fund but is striving mainly to be an “ex-suicide,” as defined by Percy’s writings. As a result of Ham’s intellectual aspirations and philosophical principles, and thanks to his trust fund, he has succeeded only in figuring out what he does not want to do with his life. Unfortunately this comprises just about all known occupations, but especially any involving the family business, which his imperious, society-matron mother insists he take over from his aging father.


When the novel opens, the thirty-seven-year-old son has recently returned to his hometown and taken a teaching position at a historically black college in the “other” Birmingham―not the one where he grew up. As an anxiety-ridden, panic-attack-prone depressive in a perpetual state of existential crisis, Ham must plan carefully how to get through each day without putting his life in the hands of the mental-health-care professionals. But, according to his mother, he must also take over the reins of the family business, get married, and carry on the family name.


Ham isn’t in Birmingham long before he learns his college is also in an existential crisis and fighting to keep its doors open. Even worse, circumstances force him to take at least an interest in the family business. While seeking refuge and stability in the waiting room of his therapist’s office, he finds himself in the emotional thrall of a beautiful old flame who is in the midst of a devastating divorce. She is anxious to have Ham back in her life, at least as an escort, but probably more.


Will Ham buckle under all the pressures―as Percy’s father famously did in the attic of what is now his parents’ home? Or will he be able to pull himself together and live up to society’s (and his mother’s) expectations? Fortunately Ham is one of Norman Laney’s former pupils, and Laney never gives up on a student. In the midst of Ham’s crisis, Laney steps into the breach in hopes that Ham chooses life as an ex-suicide

  • Series: Story River Books
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  •  Publisher: University of South Carolina Press (July 18, 2017)
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  • First Three Books in the Series