May and June Reads

I’ve fallen a little bit behind in sharing but figured it was time to share my May and June reads!

In case you missed it, here’s what I read in January, February , March and April.

As always, you can also follow along on Instagram with #SamaraReads2018.

Not That I Could Tell by Jessica Strawser


This was a March Book of the Month book. The story follows an investigation in a close knit neighborhood after a mother and her twins go missing in the midst of what seems to be an amicable divorce. The neighborhood women are speechless of where she’d gone and why she’d leave and if they should be concerned. I really enjoyed it. I wouldn’t necessarily consider if a thriller but it was a good read.

Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris

B.A. Paris is one of my favorite thriller authors and her newest book does not disappoint. Twelve years ago, Layla goes missing while on a vacation road trip and is never seen again. Her fiancé Finn has moved on and is now engaged to her sister, Ellen, when he starts receiving mysterious emails and starts wondering if Layla is alive or someone is trying to get inside his head.

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell


This was an April Book of the Month book. Ten years ago, 15 year old Ellie Mack goes missing without a trace. Her mother, Laurel, has struggled for the past ten years when she meets Floyd and his 9 year old daughter, Poppy. Poppy strangely resembles her missing daughter and slowly Laurel starts unraveling what really happened to her daughter.

Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown

This has been on my list for quite some time. I’ve read other Brene Brown books and always finished them feeling as though I have sigh better understanding of self. This one was no different. She examines what it means to belong, learning how to behave and love those we don’t see eye to eye with, removes the barriers of hatred. I think EVERY human should read this and apply her principles to life, especially in the hostile political environment we currently live in.

Drunk Mom by Jowita Bydlowska

I ordered this book after seeing Nora Borealis post about it on Instagram. Jowita’s memoir shares, in detail, her downward spiral into alcoholism after becoming a mom. While she openly writes about previously becoming sober, this spiral is dangerous and hard to watch [and read about] She wrote in a very real and raw way- so much so that you could actually feel how strong her desire to drink was on the pages of her book.

The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld

This book was recommended to me by a hockey mom friend. The story follows investigator Naomi [nicknamed The Child Finder] as she looks for a little girl who disappeared in the mountains a few years earlier without a trace. It was a really good read.

Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage

This was an advance readers copy sent to me by the publisher. It goes on sale July 17. Seven year old Hanna is making her mother Suzette crazy. She does not talk, has been kicked out of local schools, yet is a perfect angel when Suzette’s husband and Hanna’s father, Alex, is home. The book is a slow unraveling of the relationship between mother and daughter and ultimately brings quite a bit of awareness to child mental health. I didn’t like the ending. AT ALL.

The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy

This was a May Book of the Month book. A normal girls night out for some mom friends turns scary when one of their babies goes missing while out. There were a lot of characters to keep track of but overall I enjoyed this one.

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