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7 Books You Need To Read This August

Turn off the TV this month and curl up on the couch with one of these amazing reads. From addiction to murder to nosy neighbors, these books will keep you entertained all August long. So pause that Netflix show and binge-read these books instead!

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1. The Bad Dream Notebook by Linda Dahl

After the traumatic death of her father, teenage Mona's casual drug use turns into a heroin addiction. As her grieving mother attempts to save her, countless arguments, arrests, thefts, rehabs, and relapses become their lives. When Mona finally takes charge of her life and recovery, both mother and daughter face a renewal that neither thought was possible. A poignant and witty read, The Bad Dream Notebook flawlessly and honestly examines the ripple effects of addiction and loss.

2. Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker

The Tanner sisters disappeared three years ago. Now, Cass returns without Emma. She tells the story of their kidnapping and a mysterious island where they were held captive for all those years. But upon closer examination, Cass's story doesn't add up. Cass is hiding something, and it's up to Dr. Abby Winter to find out what it is before it's too late. Wendy Walker outdoes herself with this one!

Emma in the Night is a riveting page-turner sure to captivate fans of The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl.

3. Mrs. Saint and the Defectives by Julie Lawson Timmer

Markie and her son Jesse are just trying to get away. After a humiliating fall from marital, financial, and professional grace, Markie decides to move to a new small town. Everything is going according to plan until Mrs. Saint - their elderly, European, and nosy neighbor - decides to take it upon herself and her group of "defectives" to fix Markie's life. Though reluctant at first, Markie learns that second chances and new experiences are the key to happiness.

4. The Lying Game by Ruth Ware

Lies bound four girls together at a second-rate boarding school near the English Channel. The Lying Game was simple: lie often, confess if you're about to be caught, and never lie to each other. When the consequences of their lies start to catch up with them, one by one, the girls realize that their game was bigger than they ever imagined. Will the truth set them free, or will the lies tear them apart forever?

5. The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter by Theodora Goss

Mary Jekyll, alone and penniless following her parents’ death, is curious about the secrets of her father’s mysterious past. One clue hints that Edward Hyde, her father’s former friend and a murderer, could be near by and closer than she ever imagined. There's a reward for information leading to his capture, and it would solve almost all of Mary's troubles. However, in her search for Mr. Hyde she uncovers more questions than answers. When her investigation leads her to the discovery of a secret society, the horrors of her past return. Will she escape the monsters or become one of them?

6. Any Dream Will Do by Debbie Macomber

Shay Benson was a devoted older sister, but when her younger brother borrowed money and got her tangled up into his web of lies, she had to start over. Pastor Douglass was a devoted husband, but the death of his beloved wife has found him wandering with no purpose. When their paths cross in his church, a friendship blossoms. Together, they learn to heal and trust once more. But when Shay's brother returns to town, he threatens to drag her back down with him. Can she stay strong, or will she once again find herself entangled in her brother's shady deals?

7. Mrs. Fletcher by Tom Perrotta

Eve Fletcher is trying to figure out what comes next. A forty-six-year-old divorcee whose only child has just left for college, Eve is struggling to adjust to her empty nest when one night her phone lights up with a text message. And from there she is thrust into a world previously unknown to her - one full of sex, intrigue, and MILFs. When her online exploits spill into the real world, her quiet, normal life is changed forever. Will Eve roll with the punches and move on, or be lost in a world of text messages and lies?

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