Wednesday, November 2, 2022

What I'm Excited to Read Soon


Today, I was very happy to find in my mailbox the newest book by author J.L. Hyde! I first found out about her while stalking my friends goodreads TBR to find her a new book for her birthday last year.  I read the description for her book Underground, and found out in the blurb she had an Instagram account (bookandbeerreview) and she was from the U.P. and a CMU grad.  So I had to buy that for my friend who is a CMU grad. And then I began stalking her on her insta page.  Pretty soon, I had to buy her newest (at the time) Delta County for myself.  I took it with me to Mexico, and devoured it.  And I think that might have been when I first sent her a comment as her internet creeper and sent a picture of me reading it in Mexico. Since then, I've been her non-murdery insta creeper.

In January, I decided I needed to buy Underground for myself, so I did, and then when her other book, Summer of '99, came out, I of course had to get that as well.  And I've been anxiously awaiting her very latest book, Midnight in Delta County since I stalked her in person this last May when she did a book signing at a winery about an hour away and said she was making a sequel that ties in Delta County and Summer of '99.

If you are like sure, that's fine, but what are these books about? Let me tell ya.

Delta County
is about Heather Matthews who after being gone for 10 years returns to her hometown, Escanaba.  10 years ago the worst thing in her life happened and she barely looked back. Now back in her hometown she is finding out things she never knew before, does this change everything she's ever known about the incident and the people she is closet too? 

Summer of '99 OMG as someone who grew up in the 90s she nails the time period.  This is also set in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  I read this book in less than 24 hours.  So soo soo good.  

"For over four decades, Camp Shady Oaks was the premiere youth camp for a summer filled with nature, survival skills, and fun in the remote woods of the Hiawatha National Forest. In 1999, it was forced to close abruptly when tragedy struck.

What is now the abandoned location of one of Michigan’s most notorious unsolved mysteries gains national attention when former camper Quinn Harstead pens a best-selling account of the events that occurred.
The camp remains empty and frozen in time for twenty-three years before Quinn receives an invitation for its grand reopening. Will she return to the place that continues to haunt her memories in search of answers, or will the secrets of Shady Oaks stay buried forever?"

Midnight in Delta County is a sequal to both of these books.  So if you are interested read them in order of Delta County, Summer of '99, and then  Midnight in Delta County.

Then her very first book is a standalone, Underground.  

"After suffering for years in her thankless and stressful role working for a restaurant group in Illinois, Lindy Michaels finally catches a break when her husband, Hayden, receives a promotion that will allow her to quit her job. The only catch? It requires them to move to Oklahoma City.

After relocating, Lindy spends more and more of her newfound free time with her online group of true-crime enthusiasts and even makes a real-life friend from the group, who happens to live in Oklahoma.

The women quickly become close as they meet weekly to drink coffee and discuss their lives and the latest headlines. The peace is short-lived when they find themselves in the middle of their own true crime nightmare after a terrifying encounter connects them to the case of a local missing woman. Just how far will they go to find answers?"

Let me tell you, the twists at the end of these books are sooo good.  Sometimes I hate super dumb twists, but THIS IS NOT THE CASE.  These twists are amazeballs.

And at bare minimum you should follow her on Instagram to follow along with what she's reading and drinking and the other funny stories she shares!

Have you read any of these books by J.L. Hyde??

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