Followers by Megan Angelo

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Followers is a dystopia quite unlike anything I’ve read up until now. Half the book is set in  2051, mostly in the closed town of Constellation, California. Government-appointed celebrities live 99% of their lives in front of a camera, for the viewing pleasure of the rest of the country. Corporate sponsors dictate what happens in their lives, and the stars have zero input. No one is allowed to leave.  Despite having millions of followers, that is precisely what Marlow wants to do when she learns her life is based on a lie.

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The Family at Number 13 by S.D. Monaghan

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Connor thinks St. Catherine’s Hill will be an ideal place to live and run his therapy practice, and he’s eager to become part of the neighborhood. Unbeknownst to him, his new neighbors are already antagonistic towards him. One is a former client with an axe to grind. The other is a woman named Mary whose family life is made difficult by her troubled nephew and indifferent husband. All of them have secrets, but one leads to tragedy.

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Fallen Idols: A Century of Screen Sex Scandals by Nigel Blundell

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All too often, celebrities are put on pedestals only to fall when scandal strikes. In Fallen Idols, Nigel Blundell takes readers on a trip down memory lane, recalling infamous events in the lives of select notables that occurred within the last century.

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Guilty by Laura Elliot

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When Constance Lawson goes missing,  all efforts are initially focused on finding the thirteen-year-old and reuniting her with her grieving family. All that changes when ambitious journalist Amanda Bowe zeroes in on Constance’s uncle, Karl Lawson, twisting his close relationship with Constance into something sordid, implying that he is responsible for her disappearance, destroying Karl’s life in the process. It only took seven days.

Six years later, Amanda has everything she ever wanted. She’s married, has a young son, and is the host of a hit talk show. All it takes is a single phone call to shatter the illusions of her perfect life, plunging her into a nightmare that feels all to familiar… Continue reading “Guilty by Laura Elliot”

Drift Stumble Fall by M. Jonathan Lee

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Richard isn’t happy with his life. He often feels resentful of his wife and children, burdened by the weight of responsibility that goes hand-in-hand with having a family. When he isn’t hiding in the bathroom to get a break from his family, Richard can be found gazing at a neighbor’s home. Bill and his wife seem to have a perfectly peaceful life, and Richard envies them. Meanwhile Bill—a father without children—envies Richard and his young family. Both men wish for what the other has, neither one realizing that they are both deeply unhappy.

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