The Woman He Loved Before by Dorothy Koomson

9981618Libby has what every woman wants. She has her career, she has her perfectly wonderful husband Jack, a beautiful home…She is the luckiest woman alive. Until they are in a horrible car accident and everything begins to fall apart around her. She stumbles upon a notebook, the diary of Jack’s late wife, Eve, who died mysteriously a few years back. Libby is starting to question everything in her perfect life, and Eve seems to be everywhere. In the walls, sitting on the furniture, in the wine cellar…Libby must recover from her accident in a home where she feels like a guest, suddenly…And what really happened to Eve? Jack won’t talk about it much, and he still screams Eve’s name in his sleep at night. Can you be with someone who still loves someone else with his whole heart? Is it enough to love him and get respect and consideration in return? Then a nosy police officer keeps poking around the house, harassing the couple. Libby must decide what is happening and what she is going to do…And the climax of this novel will completely blow readers away.

Readers who liked “Gone Girl” will love The Woman He Loved Before, by Dorothy Koomson. This novel will keep readers on the edge of their seats all the way until the end, and the ending is nothing you would EVER expect-take my word for it. The audiobook version of the novel, by Hachette audio, is brilliantly narrated and a terrific choice for your next road trip…If you can handle it.

The Middlesteins by Jami Attenberg

13525938Edie Middlestein has a big problem. She can’t stop eating. She thinks about food all day long. This wasn’t a problem until her Doctor told her she had to put it to a stop or she was killing herself. Her family doesn’t know what to do with Edie. After two surgeries, Edie still refuses to make any life changes. Her husband has decided to give up on his wife, for good. The responsibility falls on Edie’s children to make sure that Edie is cared for. But her children have lives of their own. What is a family to do when a loved one refuses to follow medical advice? How can they keep their mother healthy when she is a grown woman who makes her own decisions? Edie’s friends gave up on her long ago, because she will not listen to anyone.

This novel outlines the very real events that domino through families with a member whose habits are killing her. The helplessness and guilt that courses through these people, how it affects their own lives, and the hardship that illness brings into a family. If you want a more serious, family-related read, this one might be an interesting choice for you. Warning, however, it’s pretty sad. The audiobook is available from Hachette Audio, and it is very well narrated.

The Middlesteins, by Jami Attenburg, is a portrayal of obsession, and how that obsession can cause a ripple effect among families that changes everything.

Darkest London Series by Kristen Callihan

Paranormal romance lovers (you know who you are), you have probably run through Laurell K. Hamilton, Kim Harrison, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Lynsay Sands, the works…And you may even be wondering if the genre has much else to squeeze out. Kristen Callihan has written a new series, The Darkest London series, which will be a pleasant surprise. Especially if you are a lover of all things British-this series is set in London (obviously) during the Victorian era. But the London in Callihan’s series is a London ripe with paranormal beings who lurk in the shadows and hide from polite society.

The first novel in the series, Firelight, is about a young woman who marries a Lord by arrangement to settle her father’s debts…A lord who wears a mask and has a mysterious past. Can Miranda learn to love this stranger? Will she learn his secrets? Someone is murdering gentlemen in the night streets of London-is Lord Archer, her new husband, involved somehow?

The second novel in the series, Moonglow, is about a young widow who is being pursued by something dark and evil-something murderous. Women who wear her perfume are dropping dead all over the city, and a sexy nobleman has decided to help keep her safe until the demon is captured…But will Daisy be safe from him?

There are more novels to come in this series, which many readers will find addicting. If you liked Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate series, you will NOT want to miss the Darkest London series by Kristen Callihan. Hachette Audio has come out with Firelight and Moonglow on Audio, as well, and those of you who enjoy listening to your paranormal romance should pick them up today-and they are steamy, so if you are prude, be warned!