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Tips for Living

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  11,968 ratings  ·  971 reviews
On the day Nora discovered that her husband, Hugh, had gotten another woman pregnant, she made a vow: I will come back to life no matter how long it takes…

It’s taken Nora three years. With the help of her best friend, she fled New York City for a small resort town, snagged a job as the advice columnist for the local paper, and is cautiously letting a new man into her life.
Kindle Edition, 328 pages
Published February 1st 2018 by Lake Union Publishing (first published January 1st 2018)
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alison bourassa Becca, the characters and the plot were very different from “The Girl on the Train.” I enjoyed the book, and during the read, it never crossed my mind…moreBecca, the characters and the plot were very different from “The Girl on the Train.” I enjoyed the book, and during the read, it never crossed my mind that the plot correlated with other popular novels. (less)
Gina W I never even thought of that book when reading this one. This story plays out like something you would see on Dateline or Crime Watch Daily, good…moreI never even thought of that book when reading this one. This story plays out like something you would see on Dateline or Crime Watch Daily, good twists and turns, give it a try!(less)
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Jan 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Here we have a plucky heroine whose lying, cheating ex-hubby is found dead. She quickly becomes a person of interest prime suspect in his murder. But don't worry too much - her newfound love interest, and determined best friend will help her prove her innocence, though it will be up to the heroine, and NOT the police to solve the crime. Oh, and of course, there's a cute, full-of-wisdom, elderly relative on hand to lend advice and comfort. Need I even mention that the villain will explain everyth ...more
Diane S ☔
3.5 Nora and Hugh, an up and coming artist, have been together for twelve years though married for only one. Nora finds out that no only had Hugh cheated on her but he is going to have a child with that woman, something Nora had badly wanted for herself. She moves away, works at a small town new paper writing a column called Tips for Living. A big tourist town, the population swells in the summer, she is gutted when Hugh, his new wife and young daughter a!so move to this town that she calls home ...more
Amber Myott
Despite glowing reviews from other “good readers” I gave this 3 stars. While the first 100 pages hooked me in I found the middle quite slow and the thoughts of the main character very repetitive.
There were many red herrings but it was all eventually revealed in a somewhat convoluted ending .
For me it was an OK holiday read .
Jan 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime
Nora is a small town journalist and one night the town experiences a double murder of a husband and wife (Hugh and Helene). Nora finds herself the murder suspect. Hugh is her ex-husband and Helene became pregnant with Hugh’s child while Nora and Hugh were still married. To add to the suspicion Nora has a sleepwalking condition and finds she cannot remember the night of the murders and wakes up the following morning with mud on her clothes and her hair mixed with leaves and twigs. Even Nor
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
Disappointingly Predictable

I was able to read to the end even after feeling it was too obvious who the killer was... This was forgivable. However, the abrupt and lazy descriptions of people, such as "Latina woman" "African-American owner," "Asian man," "Jamaican attendant," and "Indian Doctor" descriptions pulled me out of the story. And the Irish lady drinks and tends bar...There were no depth to the characters the author chose to call out for their ethnicity or origin. It read very "Hey look a
Jan 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-for-review
3.5 Stars.
This book started out with a bang and took off at a frenetic pace, which I loved. Nora lives in Pequod, New York, a tourist town, as a newspaper columnist trying to get her life back on track after her husband left her for another woman who got pregnant with his child. She’s trying to piece her life back together when her ex and his new wife are found brutally murdered in their bed. This beginning had me flipping pages quickly.

I felt the middle slowed down as Nora is trying to determin
Linda Zagon
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lindas Book Obsession Review of “Tips For Living” by Renee Shafransky
By Linda Zagon

Kudos to debut author Renee Shafransky for a suspenseful, captivating, and intriguing novel “Tips For Living” :A Novel Of Suspense.(Lake Union Publishing: February 1,2018).
The genres for “Tips For Living” are Mystery and Suspense, Thriller,and Fiction. The timeline of the story is in the present, and told only in the past when it pertains to the characters or events. The
Story takes place in Pequod,a small town
Jan 29, 2018 rated it liked it
*3-3.5 stars.

From the title, you might think this is a self-help book with advice for living a good life, right? But no, it's a cozy mystery set in Pequod, New York. Forty-one-year-old Nora Walker works for the Pequod Courier and writes a snarky, humorous column for the paper that is entitled Tips for Living (in a seaside town where rich people spend their summers and drive the prices and property taxes up for the local townspeople.) Nora's father once said to her: "Here's a tip, kiddo. A tip f
Jan 29, 2018 rated it did not like it
Honestly completely baffled by the 3.94 rating this book currently has - it was a pretty immediate DNF for me, but I forced myself to get through at least a third of it to be sure. Unfortunately, I really should've just quit while I was ahead.

The writing is clunky and awkward. The author lays out every single detail - does she think we have no reading comprehension skills whatsoever? For example: "He waved the wand over my jeans and black cardigan, and it dawned on me that for weeks I’d been wea
Erin Clemence
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads, kindle
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel.

When Nora discovers her husband, Hugh, has gotten another woman pregnant she vows to start her life again and not be dragged down by the pain in her past. Three years later she is working as a newspaper columnist in a small town, trying to start over. When her husband and her his now wife move into the same town Nora resides, Nora’s pain and anger return to her all over again. When her ex-husband and his new wife ar
Dec 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very fast-paced read with interesting characters. Nora was incredibly relatable, and my heart went out to her as she tried over and over again to keep her life on track. Tips for Living gives the reader a window into what life is like in a small town and how hard it is to move on when your past won't leave you alone. With a bit of suspense thrown in, this was a perfect book to spend the day reading.
Carol Boyer
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this captivating suspenseful book, Tips for Living! Renee Shafransky writes with depth of character and has plenty of surprise plot twists that hooked me from the start and kept me guessing who killed Hugh Walker. You think you know who but I was very surprised. Imagine the shock for Nora his his ex wife, when she learns her rich famous artist husband impregnated another women while they were still newlyweds. Add to that the new pregnant wife Helene, shows up next to her at her Pilates c ...more
Abram Dorrough
I’d have to agree with fellow reviewer Melki; this is definitely a “cozy mystery” and not a suspenseful novel. One is never at the edge of one’s seat while reading, the story does not feel like it is urgent or time sensitive, but there is a sense of mystery that spurs the reader forward. This book doesn’t offer much in terms of originality, but the writing is solid.

Of course, an antagonist revealing his or her identity while pointing a gun at the protagonist followed by a chase scene that result
Amy Parakkat
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No matter how bad a day you're having, Nora's is worse. Forty-something with literary talent to spare, she's living (hiding?) in a tiny Long Island village away from the big city life she used to live with her artist ex-husband and his fancy new wife. Then, her old life turns up in pilates class. And then it turns up dead. Who would YOU suspect?

"Tips for Living" will have you guessing till the end, but that's not the only reason to read it. Shafransky's way with words is extraordinary: through h
Olga Fry
After a decade of partnership, Hugh and Nora decide to take the plunge into marriage and family. Unfortunately, where Nora expected a happily-ever-after ending, Hugh took up an affair less than a year into their marriage, getting his mistress pregnant and divorcing Nora. It took her the better part of three years but she considered herself close to healed (at least, in comparison to how she felt at the beginning of it all). She felt that way right up until Hugh and his new family move into her s ...more
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: partner-read
Thanks to the publisher and author for the copy in exchange for my honest review!

When diving into TIPS FOR LIVING by Renee Shafransky, I was entirely sure what to expect. A lot of times I think it's best to go into books blind so that you have no preconceived notions or expectations. In this case, I was very pleasantly surprised. I wasn't expecting it to be as suspenseful as it was - I figured it would be more on the lighter side of the genre. There's murder, red herrings, some romance, and it
Dec 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book grabbed me from the very beginning. I did not want to put it down.

Nora had every right to hate her ex-husband Hugh and his current wife Helene - the woman he got pregnant while he was married to Nora. But, she vowed not to become an angry, bitter woman and began to rebuild her life. She'd moved away from the city, gotten a job with a small town paper, and was well on her way, and then the ex-husband and his new family move to the same small town, and the new wife joins Nora's Pilate
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The one word I would use to describe this book would be "average." I was not as impressed as I hoped I would be. When I was reading about the author after I finished the book, I discovered she wrote several screenplays and was not surprised because as I read this, it came across like somewhat of a screen play. It lacked details that a great suspense novel has, but those details would've been conveyed through good acting on screen. That being said, I definitely think this would have gone better a ...more
Jan 10, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Here and then there and then everywhere... this book just didn't seem to flow. Ben was supposed to be enduring?! He was pathetic. I've never read a book where I dislike all the characters, until now.
Christine Moore
Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a can't put down until you finish book! Poor Nora her marriage ends because her husband cheats on her. She moves away and starts her life again then next thing you know her husband moves near her! When her ex-husband and his new wife are murdered the police look at Nora. Did Nora get the ultimate revenge? I really enjoyed this book and it kept me guessing until the very end. I received an advanced readers copy and all opinions are my own.
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Sadly, this intriguing book ended up being only mediocre, perhaps because the intrigue was stretched out far beyond the point where it was interesting. I couldn't wait to finish and move on to my next read, which isn't a good sign and doesn't bode well for my checking out any successive efforts from this author.
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tips for Living will undoubtedly be a must read for all suspense readers in 2018. The story kept me captivated and rooting for the MC however it also had me worried for her. Absolutely captivating characters in an idyllic setting, emotional pain and of course murder, what more do we want in a weekend read? Renee Shafransky's writing style will draw in many loyal fans. Five stars.

I'd like to thank NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for providing me an advanced copy for my unbiased review.
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 I would not call this a thriller at all. It was a chick lit with a murder.
Edina Livnjak
Simpatična priča o Nori koja se preselila iz Njujorka u malo turističko mjesto nakon bračnog brodoloma. Problem nastaje kada se i njen bivši muž s novom porodicom preseli u isto mjesto. Još veći problem: bivši muž i njegova supruga su ubijeni, a Nora postane glavna osumnjičena.
Najgore od svega je to što Nora ni sama nije sigurna u svoju nevinost, zbog epizoda s mjesečarenjem koje joj se javljaju. Počinje i sama istraživati, kako bi otkrila istinu i skinula sumnju sa sebe.
Melissa Lee
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Usually, with books like these I can guess the outcome pretty quickly. Tips For Living was pretty different in that sense. They give you so many options and I thoroughly enjoyed being in the dark about who the true villain was until the climax of the book. I really enjoyed it.
Kelly Laubner
Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Not what I expected...

The title sounds more like that of a self help book, in the end though I guess it really was. Nora helped herself! Another quick read that I couldn’t put down until I found out who the murderer was.
May 06, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
All I ever want to read are woman protagonist did-she-murder-her-husband thrillers so I figured this would be a go, but even with my fairly low standards this was a complete dud. It was a poor knock off of Girl on the train, every character and plot point was thin and contrived and the book was not good with race. If a character was not white she went out of her way to describe their race in a way that felt like she was trying to be like “see I’m not racist, I’m putting people of color into my n ...more
Cynthia  Hale
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved reading this delightfully suspenseful and soulful book. Along with the kinds of down to earth characters that you really do meet in your Pilates class, the story comes to life with a sense of what it’s like to live in a small town. The mystery kept me guessing, yet it’s far from a simplistic “who done it” thriller. Through the observations and insights of a strong and yet vulnerable main character named Nora, the author reveals how a person can move through loss that at first seems unbea ...more
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an enjoyable cozy mystery. The setup will have you fearing you know who did it, but I was surprised until close to the end.

It’s not formulaic. The characters are distinct. I liked Nora a lot. The entire city of Pequod with all the idiosyncrasies of her citizens came alive in the book.

Definitely a book to be put on the Cozy Mystery good list. I will be eagerly awaiting the writer’s next book.
Laura Nale
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Tips for life

I gave this book 4 stars because I could not put it down. It had me from the first paragraph. I did however guess the killer but for different reasons than the ones given. A very easy read.
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Renée Shafransky is a writer and psychotherapist with a background in theater and film. Tips for Living, to be published by Lake Union in 2018, is her first novel. She has directed theatrical works by Spalding Gray and Jon Robin Baitz, among others. She produced the award-winning film, Swimming to Cambodia, directed by Jonathan Demme, as well as Variety, by Bette Gordon, which was selected for pre ...more
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