An Anonymous Girl, Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
They're back, back, back again with another psychological thriller. Since I'm fifty percent of a writing duo, about to become thirty-three and a third percent of a writing trio for an upcoming project, I have a fascination with writing teams. I wonder how they work. I know how Lynx & LeRoux works and it's mostly crazy. So, I often think about how other teams do it. I have a feeling Hendricks and Pekkanen take a different approach than we do.
In An Anonymous Girl, our leading lady signs up to take a pretty straight forward psychological survey promising great compensation and anonymity. And then it gets weird. Of course it does. I read The Wife Between Us last year; I thought it was fun, had a great twist, and then it had a second twist near the end that, for me, felt forced. So, overall, I gave it a four star rating. As soon as I finish my current reads, I'll probably pick this one up for my Kindle. I read my Kindle at night because I am basically a bat. I can't see a dang thing, but make up for it with stellar hearing. I tend to read psychological thrillers only at night and only on my Kindle. I don't know why. I've given up trying to figure myself out.
Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive, Stephanie Land
The gap between the ultra rich and the poor is wide, and growing wider. Ironically, these worlds that are so very different often intersect than the lives of the ultra rich and the middle class. Because the underpaid and overworked poor work for the ultra wealthy. In Maid, the author tells stories of wage inequality from a first hand perspective; because they are her stories.
I have not read this book yet, but it was my BotM selection for January, so expect a review, realistically, late February or March. I chose it because I'm focusing on debuts, I think stories like Stephanie's are, while very common, not often told or listened to, and Meghan MacLean Weir recommended it. She wrote The Book of Essie, which, if you've met me, you know, I absolutely loved.
Checkin' in with JP:
So, I saw something a few weeks ago, I don't know how true it was and didn't care enough to look in to it further, that said JP made eighty-six million dollars last year. I assume he is currently working on fourteen new projects - hey, Lynx & LeRoux have seven projects on our storyboard, so I get that part - and having a second Scrooge McDuck-style money pool installed.
That's it, folks. My picks for new releases out this week. If you want the full list, there's this thing called Google. I'm just kidding, here's the link to Amazon's list.