The Project by: Courtney Summers

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Expected Publication Date: February 2, 2021

Description from the Publishers through Netgalley

“[A] deeply disconcerting investigative thriller that seems unassuming but worms under the skin and into the mind.” – Booklist (Starred Review)

“A powerful, suspenseful, and heartbreaking thriller about identity, sisterhood, and belonging.” – Kirkus (Starred Review)

“A gripping, flawless psychological thriller ready to leave readers shattered.” – School Library Journal (Starred Review)


“In this compelling and absorbing YA novel, two sisters make the most painful of choices based on their love for one another.” – Shelf Awareness


“This is a beautifully-written, compelling book about the lengths to which someone will go in order not to lose their sense of belonging. It’s full of twists and turns, keeping its readers guessing until the very end. The characterisation is masterfully done and so empathetic that the reader will find it almost impossible not to sympathise with the characters even if they are seemingly going down the wrong path. It’s a tour de force, unflinchingly posing uncomfortable questions and forcing its readers to dig deep into themselves in order to find the answers.” – The Nerd Daily

From Courtney Summers, the New York Times bestselling author of the 2019 Edgar Award Winner and breakout hit, Sadie, comes a sensational follow-up—another pulls-no-punches thriller about an aspiring young journalist determined to save her sister from a cult.


“The Unity Project saved my life.”

Lo Denham is used to being on her own. After her parents died, Lo’s sister, Bea, joined The Unity Project, leaving Lo in the care of their great aunt. Thanks to its extensive charitable work and community outreach, The Unity Project has won the hearts and minds of most in the Upstate New York region, but Lo knows there’s more to the group than meets the eye. She’s spent the last six years of her life trying—and failing—to prove it.

“The Unity Project murdered my son.”

When a man shows up at the magazine Lo works for claiming The Unity Project killed his son, Lo sees the perfect opportunity to expose the group and reunite with Bea once and for all. When her investigation puts her in the direct path of its charismatic and mysterious leader, Lev Warren, he proposes a deal: if she can prove the worst of her suspicions about The Unity Project, she may expose them. If she can’t, she must finally leave them alone.

But as Lo delves deeper into The Project, the lives of its members, and spends more time with Lev, it upends everything she thought she knew about her sister, herself, cults, and the world around her—to the point she can no longer tell what’s real or true. Lo never thought she could afford to believe in Lev Warren . . . but now she doesn’t know if she can afford not to.

Welcome to The Unity Project.

My Review

Like a lot of book readers, I am fascinated by things that I do not know much about. This story centers itself around a cult and the people that are a part of it. The story is interesting and the characters are genuine. I did feel that parts of the plotline dragged a bit but I was able to push through.

Lo, as a character was vulnerable and searching for something more in her life. She wanted recognition for her writing and not the scars on her face. She wanted a relationship with her sister after she lost her family. She just wanted. Lo knows about The Unity Project because they have her sister and she wants to expose them like no other writer ever has before.

I am not giving away any more of the story but I do want to say that the ending was ridiculous. It was fast, without details, and just ruined the reading process for me. I found the ending to be so disappointing that I aa almost mad that I read the book.

I gave this book 2 crowns.

I received this E- ARC from the publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

If I Disappear by: Eliza Jane Brazier

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Publication Date: January 26. 2021

Description from the Publisher through Netgalley

“Blending the true crime compulsion of Michelle McNamara’s I’ll Be Gone in the Dark with the immersive creepy-craziness of Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects, Brazier creates a heady, pitch-dark cocktail all her own.”
Publishers Weekly

“This twisted and riveting thriller is one that will keep you up late at night with suspense.”
—CNN
A Most Anticipated Book of 2021 by CNN • E! Online • Buzzfeed • Popsugar • Crime Reads • Hello Giggles 

When her favorite true crime podcast host goes missing, an adrift young woman sets out to investigate and plunges headfirst into the wild backcountry of Northern California and her own dangerous obsession.

Sera loves true crime podcasts. They give her a sense of control in a world where women just like her disappear daily. She’s sure they are preparing her for something. So when Rachel, her favorite podcast host, goes missing, Sera knows it’s time to act. Rachel has always taught her to trust her instincts.

Sera follows the clues hidden in the episodes to an isolated ranch outside Rachel’s small hometown to begin her search. She’s convinced her investigation will make Rachel so proud. But the more Sera digs into this unfamiliar world, the more off things start to feel. Because Rachel is not the first woman to vanish from the ranch, and she won’t be the last…

Rachel did try to warn her.

My Review

Another novel with a podcast based premise is hitting the market. If I Disappear does not follow its predecessors in the way that it is formatted, meaning that it is not like listening to a podcast. There are brief snippets of the podcast episode that the main character, Sera refers to but it doesn’t necessarily read as if you are listening to the podcast.

Sera jumps in her car one day and decides that she is going to be the person that finds and rescues her favorite podcast host Rachel, that has disappeared. Sera gets a job at the ranch that Rachel’s parents own so that she can get into Rachel’s mindset before her disappearance.

I wanted to love this story but it just didn’t grab my attention. It wasn’t a bad read but it wasn’t the best of its kind. For me, it was middle of the road.

I gave this book 3 crowns.

I received this E-Arc from the Publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Waiting for the Night Song by: Julie Carrick Dalton

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Publication Date: January 12, 2021

About the Book: Cadie Kessler is a forestry researcher on the verge of an important discovery that could prevent costly damage to the very wilderness that is her safe haven. But when she gets an urgent message from her long-estranged best friend, Daniela Garcia, they must face a dark secret that ended both their idyllic childhood bond and the magical summer they shared over 25 years ago. Cadie must decide what she is willing to sacrifice to protect the people and the forest she loves, as drought, foreclosures, and wildfire spark tensions between displaced migrant farm workers and locals. 
“A killer, gorgeous debut that tackles love, racism and even climate change. Waiting for the Night Song will break your heart, leave you breathless and wanting more.” ―Rachel Barenbaum, bestselling author of A Bend in the Stars“Smart and searingly passionate…Waiting For The Night Song is an illuminating snapshot of nature, betrayal and sacrifices set in the evocative New Hampshire wilderness.” ―Kim Michele Richardson, award-winning author of The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek

ABOUT THE AUTHOR As a Boston-based journalist, JULIE CARRICK DALTON has published more than a thousand articles in The Boston Globe, BusinessWeek, The Hollywood Reporter, and other publications. She contributes to DeadDarlings, The Writer Unboxed, and GrubStreet’s writer’s blogs. Mom to four kids and two dogs, Julie also owns and operates a 100-acre organic farm in rural New Hampshire, the backdrop for Waiting for the Night Song, her debut. Her second novel, THE LAST BEEKEEPER, will be released in 2022. Learn more at https://juliecarrickdalton.com.

My Review:

This is a very interesting story. I have not read anything quite like this before. The author has combined science and mystery with a bit of cultural racism to make a story that touches your heart.

I did struggle a bit in the beginning to get into the science aspects of this story but once I did, I was hooked. I appreciated the social relationships that were woven throughout the story as well. I think that if you liked The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert, American Dirt by Jeanine Cummings and you enjoy a mystery story, this is for you.

I gave this book 4 crowns.

I received this ARC from the publishers in exchange for an honest review.