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The Darkest Secret by Alex Marwood Book Summary:
“If there has been a better mystery-suspense story written in this decade, I can’t think of it . . . transcend[s] the genre.” —Stephen King “A cruel and cunning mystery . . . Plot-twisting, mind-altering and monstrously funny.” —The New York Times Book Review The latest gripping psychological thriller from Edgar Award winner Alex Marwood When a child goes missing at an opulent house party, it makes international news. But what really happened behind those closed doors? Twelve years ago, Mila Jackson’s three-year-old half-sister Coco disappeared during their father’s fiftieth birthday celebration, leaving behind her identical twin Ruby as the only witness. The girls’ father, Sean, was wealthy and influential, as were the friends gathered at their seaside vacation home for the weekend’s debauchery. The case ignited a media frenzy and forever changed the lives of everyone involved. Now, Sean Jackson is dead, and the people who were present that terrible night must gather once more for a funeral that will reveal that the secrets of the past can never stay hidden. Perfectly paced all the way through its devastating conclusion, The Darkest Secret is one that fans of Gillian Flynn and Liane Moriarty won’t be able to put down.
The Darkest Secret by Gena Showalter Book Summary:
Though they carry an eternal curse, the Lords of the Underworld are irresistiblyseductive—and unimaginably powerful… Don't miss a single book in this stunning paranormalseries from New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter! Keeper of the demon of Secrets, Amun can manipulate the darkest thoughts of anyone nearby. But when the immortalwarrior is chained and isolated to protect those he loves, death is his only hope ofrelease—until he meets Haidee, a fellow prisoner whose beauty and hidden vulnerabilitydraw him into a reckless test of his loyalty…. Haidee is a demon-assassin, raised to despise Amun's kind. Yet how can she hate the man whose touch sets her aflame? But to savehim, she must give herself body and soul…and face the wrath of a powerful adversary swornto destroy her. Book 7 of Lords of the Underworld. Originally published in 2011.
The Darkest Secrets Remain Untold by Thania Duggal Book Summary:
A collection of poetry. The purpose of this book is to encourage female empowerment, and encourage women to find the courage and strength to fight their battles. The book was written to draw attention to the global concerns such as human trafficking, violence against women, female genital mutilation and war crimes.
The Darkest Secret of Life by MS Sheilah Nyakane Book Summary:
A young lady, daughter of a single mother, living in Letaba, Limpopo Province, South Africa, is coming of age. She misses not having a father in the family and pesters her mother to find out who her father is, where he is and the dozens of other unanswered questions. Her mother refuses to provide any details. As a teenager, this problem looms large in the daughter's life. This universal cry for knowledge about her origin will resonate in every country. The daughter's reaction to not knowing, the mother's worries and the ultimate resolution provide a glimpse of the culture in this area of darkest Africa.
My Darkest Secret by Sean Bloomfield Book Summary:
Filmmaker and author Sean Bloomfield devoted his career to documenting the miraculous, but an unspeakable tragedy plunged him into a darkness he never thought possible.Drawing on his experiences in Medjugorje, a village in Bosnia-Hercegovina where the Virgin Mary reportedly appears, Sean embarks on a spiritual journey in search of light amid the darkness.
Nixon's Darkest Secrets by Don Fulsom Book Summary:
A veteran White House reporter reveals our 37th president was even more sinister and haunted than we knew. While Richard Nixon resigned from the White House as our most disgraced president, the American people never knew the full extent of his demons, paranoia, prejudices, hatreds, and chicanery. Calling on his work in covering Nixon in the White House, as well as scores of interviews and invaluable, newly declassified documents and recordings, reporter Don Fulsom sheds new light on “Tricky Dick” by revealing his violent streaks, paranoia, mob ties, and even treasonous activity in exchange for political gain. Nixon’s Darkest Secrets reveals that the Watergate scandal was only half the story, and sheds new light on our most devious president.
Brave New Universe by Paul Wesson,Paul Halpern Book Summary:
Cosmologists yearn to behold the unseen elements of our universe. And as new technologies become more powerful and precise, scientists are getting their wishâ€"though these tools are challenging the limits of our imagination as fast as they are answering many longstanding questions. Space is one of the last great frontiers for modern man. A never-ending source of investigation and inspiration, it beckons to scientists with an irresistible sirenâ€™s call. And in this glorious age of cosmology, astronomical measurement has never been more precise. The power provided to us by extraordinary new observational mechanisms has shattered former suppositions and stimulated exciting new visions of the universe. Using modern instruments such as the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP), astronomers now have access to information about the age and composition of the universe. By providing greatly improved answers, high-resolution satellite data and novel telescopic techniques have transformed one of scienceâ€™s most speculative fields into a triumph of meticulous and rigorous detection. Yet as the technological tools grow increasingly robust and we are able to see farther and know more, we find that we have even more questions. Could there be realms beyond ordinary space? Might time, space, and matter simply be illusions? What unique blend of cosmological factors influences life on Earth? Featuring interviews with leaders in the field as well as thought-provoking descriptions of their work, Brave New Universe is a guided tour of current advances and controversies in cosmology.
The Darkest of Secrets by Kate Hewitt Book Summary:
Khalis Tannous has spent years ruthlessly eradicating every hint of corruption and scandal from his life?even shunning his own family. When Grace Turner arrives at Khalis's private Mediterranean island to view his family's stolen collection of priceless art, even he isn't blind to her beauty. Yet he recognizes the shadows in her eyes?she, too, has her secrets. Grace can foresee the cost of giving in to temptation, but she is helpless to resist Khalis's slow, determined seduction. But will she risk everything she has for a night in his bed?
The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty Book Summary:
Discovering a tattered letter that says she is to open it only in the event of her husband's death, Cecelia, a successful family woman, is unable to resist reading the letter and discovers a secret that shatters her life and the lives of two other women.
The Poison Garden by Alex Marwood Book Summary:
A new novel of insidious secrets and chilling revelations surrounding a mysterious cult--the latest gripping psychological thriller from Alex Marwood When nearly one hundred members of The Ark, a sinister apocalypse cult are found dead by poison at their isolated community in North Wales, those left alive are scattered to the winds with few coping skills and fewer answers. For twenty-three-year-old Romy, who has never known life outside the compound, learning how to live in a world she has been taught to fear is terrifying. Now Romy must start a new life for herself--and the child growing inside her. She is determined to find the rest of her family and keep her baby safe, no matter the cost. But as the horrors of her past start to resurface, she realizes that leaving her old life behind won't be easy. Outside the walls of The Ark, the real evil has only just begun. A brilliantly plotted, page-turning novel from "one of psychological suspense's best writers" (The Boston Globe), The Poison Garden will leave you stunned.
The Darkness Beneath by Keri Beevis Book Summary:
"A gripping, edge of your seat author who always delivers." - Heidi Swain Lizzie Kent wasn't supposed to babysit the night she was murdered. She was covering for her best friend, Nell O'Connor, so Nell could sneak out and meet her boyfriend. Nell has had to live with the guilt ever since. Eighteen years later and Nell returns to Purity Island, desperate to escape a bad relationship. She has inherited her aunt's rundown guesthouse and hopes the island will offer her sanctuary and a fresh start. Her return isn't welcomed by everyone, though, in particular Sam Kent, who blames Nell for his sister's death. A few unsettling incidents soon make it apparent that someone is trying to spook her. Is Sam responsible or has Nell's abusive ex-boyfriend managed to track her down? Or is it someone with a more sinister agenda? Someone with a dark secret they will go to any length to keep hidden?
The Killer Next Door by Alex Marwood Book Summary:
“The Killer Next Door is even better [than The Wicked Girls]. Scary as hell. Great characters.” —Stephen King Winner of the Macavity Award for Best Mystery Novel and nominated for the Anthony Award for Best Paperback Original Alex Marwood’s new book, The Darkest Secret, is available now from Penguin Books Everyone who lives at 23 Beulah Grove has a secret. If they didn’t, they wouldn’t be renting rooms in a sketchy South London building for cash—no credit check, no lease. It’s the kind of place you end up when you you’ve run out of other options. The six residents mostly keep to themselves, but one unbearably hot summer night, a terrible accident pushes them into an uneasy alliance. What they don’t know is that one of them is a killer. He’s already chosen his next victim, and he’ll do anything to protect his secret. Alex Marwood’s debut novel The Wicked Girls earned her lavish praise from the likes of Elizabeth Haynes, Laura Lippman, and Erin Kelly and received the Edgar Award. Now, Marwood’s back with a brilliant, tightly paced thriller that will keep you up at night and make you ask yourself: just how well do you know your neighbors? “Taut, assured and reminiscent of Ruth Rendell's psychological novels, Marwood's second book more than lives up to the promise shown in her splendid debut, The Wicked Girls.” —The Guardian From the Trade Paperback edition.
The Darkest Surrender by Gena Showalter Book Summary:
Possessed by the demon of Defeat, Strider cannot lose a challenge without suffering unimaginable pain. For him, nothing stands in the way of victory. Until Kaia, an enchanting Harpy, tempts him to the razor's edge of surrender. Known among her people as The Disappointment, Kaia must bring home the gold in the Harpy Games or die. Strider is a distraction she can't afford because he has an agenda of his own—steal first prize, an ancient godly artifact, before the winner can be named. But as the competition heats up, only one prize will matter—the love neither had thought possible.…
Her Last Secret by Barbara Copperthwaite Book Summary:
‘WOW – I am absolutely blown away… this book really, really got under my skin. I feel slightly dizzy now and need a lie-down with a soft pillow and lots of chocolate.’ Goodreads reviewer ‘OMFG this is Barbara Copperthwaite’s best book yet!! … just blew everything else out of the water. Seriously. This book had me on edge…my poor nerves were shattered. Buy it, read it, love it!’ Goodreads reviewer ‘Gripped from page one until the very end…A great rollercoaster of a story!! Wow, wow, wow!! Five stars!!’ Stardust Book Reviews Some secrets you can never tell. Everyone thinks the Thomases are the perfect family: grand London house, gorgeous kids. They don’t know wife Dominique is a paranoid wreck. They don’t know husband Ben is trapped in a web of deceit. They don’t know daughter Ruby lives in fear of the next abusive text. But someone knows all their secrets. Can the lies that bind them tear them apart? A gripping psychological thriller that will have you holding your breath until the very last page. Fans of Behind Closed Doors, Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train will be hooked. See what readers are saying about Her Last Secret: ‘OMG… I was well and truly hooked… had me guessing right until the very end!… I am blown away. I cannot recommend this enough… without a doubt a must read’ Chelle’s Book Reviews ‘OH MY WORD! This is a fantastic read!...intense and terrifying…an absolutely gripping read. I was totally immersed…Outstanding, I highly recommend!’ Chat About Books ‘Thrilling and captivating! A tangled web of lies and secrets is masterfully woven in this psychological thriller…I was hooked right from page one… a big fat 5 stars from me, I totally recommend this book.’ Bonnie’s Book Talk ‘An enthralling read that draws you in the further you get into it whilst getting darker and darker. Totally jaw dropping stuff. Loved it’ By The Letter Book Reviews ‘Her Last Secret is a dark, unsettling and addictive read that will reel you in and keep you hooked from the very first page.’ Brew and Books Review ‘Shocking, breath taking, gripping and heart-breaking, at one point I was almost in tears. I absolutely loved this well-written, emotional roller coaster, the twists in the story keep you hooked, trying to work out what happened that night. Highly recommended.’ Nicki’s Life of Crime ‘I loved everything about this book from beginning to end… It's with books like this that I wish I could read faster than I do. A simply terrific read.’ Goodreads reviewer ‘This book absolutely consumed me from start to finish and even when I wasn't reading it i was thinking about it. It is totally gripping and there were so many twists my head was spinning – an absolutely fantastic read!’ Goodreads reviewer ‘What a book! I genuinely think this is one of the best books I've ever read, I sat and read it in one go. I couldn't guess how it was going to end and didn't anticipate the epilogue. A gripping page turner that had me in tears towards the end.’ Goodreads reviewer ‘I'm still open mouthed at the finale. It was so cleverly crafted…this book is compelling, unputdownable…if you are a fan of books that surprise you, then this is the book for you.’ Rachel’s Random Reads ‘This book had me gripped from the very first few pages…This really was a page turner - you are desperate to read more.’ Bookworms and Shutterbugs ‘Absolutely superb, she's only gone and done it again - did NOT want to put this book down!!’ Donna’s Book Blog
The Guardians of the Covenant by Tom Egeland Book Summary:
In the year 1013, Viking warriors raided an Egyptian tomb and unknowingly stole the greatest secret of the Old Testament. When a quirky archaeologist finds ancient Viking parchments containing runes and riddles, his mundane life is changed for good. These codes lead him on a quest for clues in mysterious places, from Egyptian tombs to antiquarian bookshops. Powerful forces are against him, but he manages to unveil a religious cover-up with potentially fatal consequences.
A Husband and Wife's Darkest Secret by Sheila G Barr Book Summary:
A Husband and Wife’s Darkest Secret By: Sheila G Barr Steven and Annette Wells are a picturesque American family. They have a house in the suburbs; six beautiful children; and are well-liked by their neighbors and community. But Steven and Annette have a dark secret: they’re killers. Blinded by their own prejudice, they go on a killing spree in San Francisco. Can anyone stop them?
Dark Secrets by Anne Schraff Book Summary:
Written for young adults, the Urban Underground series confronts issues that are of great importance to teens, such as friendship, loyalty, drugs, gangs, abuse, urban blight, bullies, and self-esteem to name a few. More than entertainment, these books can be a powerful learning and coping tool when a struggling reader connects with credible characters and a compelling storyline. The highly readable style and mature topics will appeal to young adult readers of both sexes and encourage them to finish each eBook. Cesar Chavez HS Series - At school it looks like Naomi and Clay are just a happy couple. But there's a darkness in him. He doesn't treat Naomi right. He's jealous and spiteful. So why does Naomi put up with a guy like Clay? Dark secrets, every family has them, but some are darker than others.
The Darkest Secrets by Heather Wynter Book Summary:
As Amelia's investigation reveals a series of abductions and murders are related, she tries not to let her past get in the way. In doing so she discovers this case has more to do with her than she thinks. Dealing with past trauma, the lines blur. People hide the darkest secrets for a reason. People will kill to keep them just that, secrets.
Into the Darkest Day by Kate Hewitt Book Summary:
“If you only read one book this year, please make it this one. I cannot express how much I loved reading this book.” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “I love you.” He looked into her eyes. “But there’s something you need to know—about who I really am.” London, 1944: When Lily finds meets American GI Matthew, she’s mesmerised by him. She knows his mission will take him into battle, and that their love barely stands a chance. But she wants to listen to her heart. How can she though, when she discovers Matthew is not the man he claims to be? That he is harbouring a secret that could change not just her life, but the lives of many others… Present day, USA: Abby has done everything she can to keep her life quiet, unassuming and safe. Living on an apple farm in rural Wisconsin, nothing can shake her stability. Until a mysterious stranger arrives—with a Purple Heart he insists belongs to her grandfather. A medal that his own grandmother had kept for decades. But how did she end up with Abby’s grandfather’s medal? And what secrets and lies will be uncovered when they find out the truth about the past? A heartbreakingly powerful, epic love story about courage, true love and broken trusts, Into the Darkest Day is an unforgettable story perfect for fans of Nora Roberts, Kristin Hannah and The Notebook. Readers are loving Into the Darkest Day: “A gripping and exceptional inspiring story that had me in floods… Kate Hewitt has created a powerful story that is historically accurate. It left me stepping away thinking wow! I have read many WW2 stories but this is something else. A must read for all who love an emotional WW2 read.” Chells and Books ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “An emotionally charged story right from the first chapter… I knew once I started I would not be able to put this book down… I was up till 4AM reading fighting for my eyes to stay open… Gripping and captivating!” Sinfully Wicked Book Reviews ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Epic in every sense of the word, this book is one of the finest examples of historical fiction I have read.” Fireflies and Free Kicks ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “A beautiful story that’s filled with a poignancy that makes your heart hurt… I loved every single breathtaking word of it!” Cal Turner Reviews ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “An amazing story… This is a book to savour, and one that I found myself constantly thinking about, long after I put it down.” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “History came alive in this book… [It] will tightly clasp hold the heart of the reader… All together totally unforgettable.” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “The WW2 descriptions and stories were out of this world… A page-turner.” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Wow, Kate Hewitt has done it once again!… [It] grabbed me immediately!… I found the characters captivating and endearing… Kate Hewitt is one of my ‘must read’ authors.” Steph and Chris’s Book Review ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Touching… truly a powerful story. It was incredibly deep… Exceptional.” Robin Loves Reading ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “[It] will stay with you long after it ends… A heartbreaking love story… A must read.” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Made me totally lose myself… I just couldn’t tear myself away… Powerful.” On the Shelf Books “One of the best books I’ve read this year. Equal parts heartbreaking and heartwarming… Unputdownable… There aren’t many books that really pull at my heartstrings, but this was one of them.” Hayley on Holiday ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
PostSecret by Frank Warren Book Summary:
The instructions were simple, but the results were extraordinary. 'You are invited to anonymously contribute a secret to a group art project. Your secret can be a regret, fear, betrayal, desire, confession or childhood humiliation. Reveal anything - as long as it is true and you have never shared it with anyone before. Be brief. Be legible. Be creative.' It all began with an idea Frank Warren had for a community art project. He handed out postcards, asking people to write down a secret and post it to him, anonymously. The response was overwhelming. In under a year, Frank had over 10,000 cards which he posted on the website. The confessions were thought-provoking, funny and weird, touching on every aspect of human experience and revealing much about the state of modern life, and catapulting PostSecret to the status of global phenomenon. Superbly illustrated throughout, this book is a great conversation piece, fascinating to flick through, and almost unputdownable once you have.
Darkest Secrets of Charisma by Tom Marcoux Book Summary:
What do you want? A new job? More money? Better relationships? Imagine you have hidden charisma that could help you easily get cooperation from people in business and personal situations. What makes this book different is: it's about making the good things inside you come out. Instead, other books focus on the outside--artificially changing clothing, body language, etc. Here Marcoux reveals how you can tap into your natural gifts and tendencies to radiate Three Types of Charisma. Discover how to influence people with your words. In many cases charisma consists of learnable skills. Movie star good looks may remain outside what is possible, but creating an impact with how we listen, how we speak, how we react to those around us--that anyone can achieve. The result? An individual charisma others feel when you go to a job interview, when you give a public talk, when you do a task at work. Even introverts can find a way to use their strengths, forging success based on cooperation and superior performance. The secret lies mostly in a simple truism: "To influence people, minimize resistance." Learn to do that, then watch your dreams and desires come true! * "A fresh approach so that you can have great influence with people in business and personal situations. Tom Marcoux introduces you to three forms of charisma (that other books miss). Marcoux's methods help you use your personal gifts to shine in any situation. You do not need a movie star appearance to gain cooperation and get what you want! Marcoux even shows how introverts can take their natural tendencies and make warm connections that gain results. Get this book. You'll enjoy your new power and new opportunities. - Dr. JoAnn Dahlkoetter, - Dr. JoAnn Dahlkoetter, Author of "Sports Psychology Coaching for Your Performing Edge" * "Whatever you want in life, radiating charisma can smooth the way. Unfortunately, many of us have fallen prey to what Tom Marcoux calls the lies about charisma. One of the lies he debunks is: Charismatic people always feel comfortable before and during an important event, such as public speaking, networking or some other social event. This book shows how you can feel discomfort but still come across as confident and charismatic. The secrets include ways to radiate all three forms of charisma that Marcoux identifies: Warm Trust Charisma, Natural Charm Charisma and Magnetic Charisma. This book reveals how to access one's natural gifts to build warm connections. Marcoux shows you how to get out of your own way and radiate natural charm that other people find pleasing and warm. This book will help you inspire people to support you in fulfilling your dreams." -- Danek S. Kaus, Author of Instant Charisma: How to Program Yourself to Have that Certain Magic
Selp-Helf by Miranda Sings Book Summary:
#1 New York Times Bestseller In this decidedly unhelpful, candid, hilarious “how-to” guide, YouTube personality Miranda Sings offers life lessons and tutorials with her signature sassy attitude. Over six million social media fans can’t be wrong: Miranda Sings is one of the funniest faces on YouTube. As a bumbling, ironically talentless, self-absorbed personality (a young Gilda Radner, if you will), she offers up a vlog of helpful advice every week on her widely popular YouTube channel. For the first time ever, Miranda is putting her advice to paper in this easy-to-follow guide, illustrated by Miranda herself. In it, you’ll find instructions on everything: how to get a boyfriend (wear all black and carry a fishing net), to dressing for a date (sequins and an orange tutu), to performing magic (“Magic is Lying”), and much, much more! Miranda-isms abound in these self-declared lifesaving pages, and if you don’t like it…well, as Miranda would say…“Haters, back off!”
Our Dark Secret by Jenny Quintana Book Summary:
From the author of The Missing Girl, Jenny Quintana’s gripping novel, Our Dark Secret, tells the story of two girls, two deaths and two decades of silence . . . The crazy girls, they called them – or at least, Elizabeth liked to think they did. As a teenager in the late 1970s, she was clever, overweight and a perfect victim for the bullies. Then Rachel and her family arrived in town and, for Elizabeth, it was as if a light had been switched on. She was drawn to the bright and beautiful Rachel like a moth to a flame. Rachel had her own reasons for wanting Elizabeth as a friend, and although their relationship was far from equal, Elizabeth would do anything for Rachel. Then the first body was discovered. Twenty years on, Elizabeth wants nothing more than to keep the secrets of her teenage years where they belong: in the past. But another body has been found, and she can’t keep running from what happened. Can she?
The Secret in the Dark by Carolyn Keene Book Summary:
Nancy investigates a classic case of musical mystery and suspense. Violinist Deirdre Thompson is vying for top honors in Seattle’s most prestigious musical competition, but Nancy finds that something about the contest strikes the wrong chord. The concert hall is the focus of a criminal conspiracy, and Deirdre, who is blind, is the first to sense trouble—and the first to face danger! Nancy vows to discover who wants Deirdre out of the contest and out of the picture.
Craigslist Confessional by Helena Dea Bala Book Summary:
“Touching.” —The New York Times For fans of Humans of New York and PostSecret, a collection of raw, urgent, and heartfelt stories, shared anonymously. Helena Dea Bala was an exhausted and isolated DC lobbyist, suffocating under the weight of her student loan debt, when she decided to split her lunch with a man who often panhandled near her office. They chatted effortlessly as they ate; there were no half-truths or white lies, and no fear of judgment. Helena felt connected and unburdened in a way she hadn’t in years. Inspired, she posted an ad on Craigslist promising to listen, anonymously and for free, to whatever the speaker felt he or she couldn’t tell anyone else. Emails from people desperate to connect flooded her inbox, and she listened. Within months, Helena quit her job, deferred her loans, and dove into listening full time. The forty first-person confessions in this book are vivid, intimate, and real; they range from devastating traumas, to lost loves, to reflections on hard choices. Some accounts are quotidian, like that of one increasingly estranged husband: “I want to feel that we’re not just roommates—that we’re not just waiting for the kids to grow up so that we can move on.” Others are deeply disconcerting, like that of a sex addict employed by a religious organization and several are heartening, like that of a mother who dares to hope that her daughter, born with life-threatening heart defects, will one day walk down the aisle: “Sometimes you need to have the audacity to believe that it will all be okay, that it is okay to have the same kinds of dreams as everyone else.” In its complex portrayal of the common human experience, Craigslist Confessional challenges us to explore the depths of our vulnerability and expand the borders of our empathy.
The Black Book of Secrets by F. E. Higgins Book Summary:
A boy arrives at a remote village in the dead of night. His name is Ludlow Fitch—and he is running from a most terrible past. What he is about to learn is that in this village is the life he has dreamed of—a safe place to live, and a job, as the assistant to a mysterious pawnbroker who trades people's deepest, darkest secrets for cash. Ludlow's job is to neatly transcribe the confessions in an ancient leather-bound tome: The Black Book of Secrets. Ludlow yearns to trust his mentor, who refuses to disclose any information on his past experiences or future intentions. What the pawnbroker does not know is, in a town brimming with secrets, the most troubling may be held by his new apprentice.
Everybody Lies by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz Book Summary:
Foreword by Steven Pinker Blending the informed analysis of The Signal and the Noise with the instructive iconoclasm of Think Like a Freak, a fascinating, illuminating, and witty look at what the vast amounts of information now instantly available to us reveals about ourselves and our world—provided we ask the right questions. By the end of an average day in the early twenty-first century, human beings searching the internet will amass eight trillion gigabytes of data. This staggering amount of information—unprecedented in history—can tell us a great deal about who we are—the fears, desires, and behaviors that drive us, and the conscious and unconscious decisions we make. From the profound to the mundane, we can gain astonishing knowledge about the human psyche that less than twenty years ago, seemed unfathomable. Everybody Lies offers fascinating, surprising, and sometimes laugh-out-loud insights into everything from economics to ethics to sports to race to sex, gender and more, all drawn from the world of big data. What percentage of white voters didn’t vote for Barack Obama because he’s black? Does where you go to school effect how successful you are in life? Do parents secretly favor boy children over girls? Do violent films affect the crime rate? Can you beat the stock market? How regularly do we lie about our sex lives and who’s more self-conscious about sex, men or women? Investigating these questions and a host of others, Seth Stephens-Davidowitz offers revelations that can help us understand ourselves and our lives better. Drawing on studies and experiments on how we really live and think, he demonstrates in fascinating and often funny ways the extent to which all the world is indeed a lab. With conclusions ranging from strange-but-true to thought-provoking to disturbing, he explores the power of this digital truth serum and its deeper potential—revealing biases deeply embedded within us, information we can use to change our culture, and the questions we’re afraid to ask that might be essential to our health—both emotional and physical. All of us are touched by big data everyday, and its influence is multiplying. Everybody Lies challenges us to think differently about how we see it and the world.
Darkest Hour by Virginia Andrews Book Summary:
DARKEST HOUR takes us back to the story of Dawn's grandmother Lillian, and a thriving plantation called The Meadows. Lillian's happy life is shattered when her sister Emily reveals the shocking secret of her birth. And her heart is torn anew when, in a drunken haze, her father subjects her to the most brutal degradation. Then he loses The Meadows in a card game, and Lillian is faced with a new and terrifying prospect: arrogant, handsome playboy Bill Cutler will return the plantation - only if Lillian will marry him. Too frightened to defy her father, Lillian is forced to leave her childhood home behind, and make a bold new beginning as the mistress of a hotel called Cutler's Cove.