Mailbox Monday
We had a really nice Christmas. I hope you did too. I received a few books this week, one of which I’ve already started listening to.

To check out everyone’s additions and add you own link, head to the Mailbox Monday Blog.

I received Beautiful Ruins and Gone Girl from my Secret Santa, Laura from Book Snob, along with some goodies and awesome book darts. Both have been on my wish list for a while and I’m really looking forward to them.

Mailbox Monday – 12/28Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
Published by Harper Perennial on April 2, 2013
Genres: Fiction
Pages: 337
Format: Paperback
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From the moment it opens—on a rocky patch of Italian coastline, circa 1962, when a daydreaming young innkeeper looks out over the water and spies a mysterious woman approaching him on a boat—Jess Walter's Beautiful Ruins is a dazzling, yet deeply human, roller coaster of a novel. From the lavish set of Cleopatra to the shabby revelry of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, to the back lots of contemporary Hollywood, Beautiful Ruins is gloriously inventive and constantly surprising—a story of flawed yet fascinating people navigating the rocky shores of their lives while clinging to their improbable dreams.

Mailbox Monday – 12/28Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Narrator: Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
Published by Random House Audio on August 26, 2014
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Length: 19 hrs 11 mins
Format: Audiobook
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On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife's head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media--as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents--the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter--but is he really a killer?
As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn't do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?

He Will Be My Ruin came in the mail from Atria.

Mailbox Monday – 12/28He Will Be My Ruin by K.A. Tucker
Published by Atria Books on February 2, 2016
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Pages: 352
Format: ARC
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The USA TODAY bestselling author of the Ten Tiny Breaths and Burying Water series makes her suspense debut with this sexy, heartpounding story of a young woman determined to find justice after her best friend’s death.

On the surface, Celine Gonzalez had everything a twenty-eight-year-old woman could want: a one-bedroom apartment on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, a job that (mostly) paid the bills, and an acceptance letter to the prestigious Hollingsworth Institute of Art, where she would finally live out her dream of becoming an antiques appraiser for a major auction house. All she had worked so hard to achieve was finally within her reach. So why would she kill herself?

Maggie Sparkes arrives in New York City to pack up what’s left of her best friend’s belongings after a suicide that has left everyone stunned. The police have deemed the evidence conclusive: Celine got into bed, downed a lethal cocktail of pills and vodka, and never woke up. But when Maggie discovers a scandalous photograph in a lock box hidden in Celine’s apartment, she begins asking questions. Questions about the man Celine fell in love with. The man she never told anyone about, not even Maggie. The man Celine believed would change her life.

Until he became her ruin.

On the hunt for evidence that will force the police to reopen the case, Maggie uncovers more than she bargained for about Celine’s private life—and inadvertently puts herself on the radar of a killer. A killer who will stop at nothing to keep his crimes undiscovered.

Did Santa leave any presents under your tree?


  1. Hi Carol,

    I already have ‘Gone Girl’ on my Want to read list – I’m a complete sucker for any murder/mystery or suspense/thriller.

    I don’t do audio books at all though, as I can’t stand being read to and never could, even as a young child.

    I also like the sound of ‘He Will Be My Ruin’ – the cover is great.

    Thanks for sharing and have a great new Year 🙂


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