Born and raised in Santa Monica, California, Julie Clark grew up reading books on the beach while everyone else surfed. After attending college at University of the Pacific, and a brief stint working in the athletic department at University of California, Berkeley, she returned home to Santa Monica to teach. She now lives there with her two young sons and a golden doodle with poor impulse control. The Ones We Choose is her first novel.
Julie Clark recommends
Not My Boy (2021)
"A missing child, a family with multiple secrets, and a cast of characters that are complicated and fully realized...Not My Boy lands the reader in the middle of a mystery that is propulsive and impossible to put down."
Are We There Yet? (2021)
"Kathleen West’s latest novel, Are We There Yet, brilliantly portrays the angst, the pain, and the triumph of modern day parenting. But this book is about more than hyper-competitive parenting. It’s about friendships and betrayals. It’s about how we handle failure and the many ways we let those we love down, and then put the pieces back together again. Are We There Yet perfectly captures the friendships we form when our children are little, and the often painful ways they shift and change as our kids grow up and into their own identities. I fell head-first into this novel and I didn’t want to leave."
The Dead Husband (2021)
"How far would you go to protect the ones you love? Rose Yates has come home to a house and a family she'd rather forget. But what waits for her there isn't the closure she's been hoping for. Instead, her past hides in the dark corners and recesses of her mind, ready to spring out at her. Carter Wilson's writing is evocative and tense, his characters deeply flawed yet relatable. In THE DEAD HUSBAND, he weaves a story of a woman running from her past and the detective determined to uncover her secrets."
The Next Wife (2021)
"Rouda’s talent for making readers question everything and everyone shines through on every page of her propulsive new thriller The Next Wife. Her narrators are sharp and unpredictable, each one with a tangle of secrets to unravel. The Next Wife will leave you tense and gasping, with a chilling twist you won’t see coming."
Take What You Can Carry (2021)
"With lush, vivid settings, Take What You Can Carry is a story of love and family, and of the heartbreaking power of returning home to the place that knows you best."
In My Dreams I Hold a Knife (2021)
"Nostalgic and sinister, In My Dreams I Hold A Knife whisks the reader back to college. Glory days, unbreakable friendships, all-night parties and a belief that the best in life is ahead of you. But . . . . the unbreakable bonds may be hiding fractured secrets of a group bound not by loyalty but by fear. Twisty and compulsively readable, In My Dreams I Hold a Knife will have you turning pages late into the night, not just to figure out who murdered beloved Heather Shelby, but to see whether friendships forged under fire can ever be resurrected again."
The Other Me (2021)
Sarah Zachrich Jeng
"Mind bending and emotional...a taut psychological thriller with a twisted question at its core: Would you be willing to lose a life you love in order to gain something you thought was lost forever?"
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