Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Review: Last Seen Leaving

Last Seen Leaving Last Seen Leaving by Catherine Lea
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love when books grab me from the first page and wont let go. This book did that for me. It starts with Syd Shaeffer and her career as NY District Attorney. And then spins off to her losing her sight and trying to run a law office after her fiance leaves her.

Things get worse when she finds out her ex-fiance goes missing in New Zealand and is called upon to find him. Dont get the police involve she is told, and so she goes off to find him. Things get complicated and a bit difficult for her but she doesn't let anything get in her way.

An interesting read and many twists and turns with an ending that will surprise you. Sometimes I got mad but mostly I was intrigued with the way Syd was able to handle this case. Looking forward to reading more books by Ms Lea.

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Review: Guilty as Sin

Guilty as Sin Guilty as Sin by Adam Croft
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am yet to read a book by Croft that isn't great. Another story that keeps me turning the pages. If you haven't read anything by him yet, please start. You won't regret it.

This story is part of a series so you might want to start with #1 Too Close for Comfort just to familiarize yourself with Knight & Culverhouse.

When seventeen-year-old Danielle Levy goes missing one lunchtime, DS Wendy Knight and DCI Jack Culverhouse believe they have a routine case on their hands.

Then a local businessman is found dead and the case takes a whole new
turn as Knight and Culverhouse begin to unravel the cases and their connection. Didn't see this ending either which makes Croft's books even more interesting. Great suspense and story.

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Sunday, January 6, 2019

Review: The Songbird Girls

The Songbird Girls The Songbird Girls by Richard Jay Parker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first time reading this author. And I wasnt disappointed with this story. Apparently this is the second book about Det. Fabian but it didnt matter that I didnt read the first book. It starts with Det. Fabian and his involvement with a serial killer, Christopher Wisher. Wisher is behind bars and three years later Fabian is summoned to Wisher's cell and handed a diary to read. Shortly after, Wisher commits suicide by hanging himself.

The diary now is full of statements Fabian doesnt understand until the killings start again, exactly like Wisher did previously. But Wisher is dead - who is doing the killings? and what does the diary have to do with it? It goes along until we come up to Fabian's daughter who apparently has a new boyfriend...and gets involved in these killings.

I would have given it 5 starts except I wasn't happy with the near ending. It sort of swerved off in a direction I wasn't ready for and was disappointed in. I would read his other books though as it was a fast read and kept me turning pages...

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

Review: Saving Noah

Saving Noah Saving Noah by Lucinda Berry
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow, need a heart wrenching book to read? I stumbled upon this book recently through Goodreads and could not put it own. Not my usual genre of mystery/thriller but a book that will have you turning the pages way into the night.

The author herself is a psychologist who deals with childhood trauma and writes this book eloquently but it will get into your soul, especially if you are a mom.

We read about Noah, who is at war with himself when he confesses to being a pedophile to his mom, Adrianne. And from there we follow her love and her pain in helping Noah. I also realized she was alone in her quest getting no help from her husband - but you find out why later in the book.

As a mom, I know we will do anything for our children....but Adrianne's protection of him was above and beyond. Make sure you have tissues with you when reading.

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Monday, December 31, 2018

Review: The Wedding Guest

The Wedding Guest The Wedding Guest by Jonathan Kellerman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have always read Kellerman books so when Netgalley asked me to review his newest book for an honest opinion, I was looking forward to it. I love the stories with Alex and Milo and their cases of solving crimes, but this book had way too many adjectives.

Describing a room they were investigating took way too long and lost my interest from time to time. But, the story in itself was intriguing. Why wouldnt it be? A wedding of all places, and a guest goes into the upstairs bathroom (downstairs had too long a line) and finds a young girl sitting on the toilet apparently dead. Strangled. And so the case starts.

The questioning starts, no one seems to know her and the more you get into the book the more you realize there is more to the story than meets the eye. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it when it comes out February 5, 2019.

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Friday, December 28, 2018

Interrupting for an important message

I usually review books on this blog leaving my other blog for talking about my business and everyday happenings.

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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Review: The Waiting Room

The Waiting Room The Waiting Room by Emily Bleeker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I originally was giving this book three stars - if I was even going to finish it. It centered around Veronica and her baby. After her husband was killed she went such a deep depression she could not even hold, much less take care of her baby. Her mother lived with her to help her through this time, and Veronica also went to a therapist to help her cope.

It was slow but interesting, so I didn't give up reading. And I was so glad I didn't. Once the baby was kidnapped things started to pick up but along with that there were deep, deep secrets. Then she became a prime suspect in the disappearance of her baby..... And then the book did a complete turn around (cant tell you without spoiling) and the characters became more interesting so I decided to give the book four stars. Until nearing the end.....completely blew my mind (again, no spoilers). Definitely changed to a five star book.

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Saturday, December 15, 2018

Review: Before We Were Strangers

Before We Were Strangers Before We Were Strangers by Brenda Novak
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I wish Brenda Novak would write faster than I read...as her books keep getting better and better. This one centers around Sloane who left home after her mom went missing. She went on to NY where she became a famous model, but never forgot the little town she left behind or the sweetheart she left either. She always thought something wasnt right - moms do not just leave their children...something was wrong with this picture.

And so with the belief that her father had something to do with her mother's disappearance, she returns home only to find the more she digs, the more questions arise and how it will affect her family. With the help of her former boyfriend, she pushes forward anyway.

With a few surprises popping up and even more questions, this book is a real page-turner.

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Friday, December 7, 2018

Review: The Tattooist of Auschwitz

The Tattooist of Auschwitz The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I put off reading this book because of the content. But with so many people rating it high, I just had to start it. Of course, I finished it in 3 days and while sad and sometimes overwhelming, it was a good read. What happened at Auschwitz was incomprehensible and so we learn the story of Gita and Lale and what they did to survive this terrible time in their lives.

Lale lived his life by the motto: "If you wake up in the morning, it is a good day" and so his story is told day by day, what he did to survive to see another day. His love for Gita who was in the same camp was insurmountable and I believe kept them going.

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Monday, December 3, 2018

Review: Hate Notes

Hate Notes Hate Notes by Vi Keeland
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I won this book through Goodreads and although my genre of reading is usually mysteries, thrillers and suspense books, I gave it a try and was pleasantly surprised. There were times in the story that I actually had tears.

It starts when Charlotte goes into a store to sell her wedding dress because the wedding wasnt happening after she found her boyfriend with another woman. She was given a credit and decided to take another wedding dress because of a blue note attached to it from another love gone wrong. And then starts the love story of a lifetime.

She ends up meeting (through unusual circumstances) the groom of this other wedding dress who also broke up with his fiance, and begins a love-hate relationship with him. Bitter sweet from time to time, the chemistry between them is mind-boggling. Was glad I got out of my usual genre to read this beautiful romance book.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Review: Girls' Night Out

Girls' Night Out Girls' Night Out by Liz Fenton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Three long time friends, Ashley, Natalie and Lauren decide to take a vacation in Mexico together to bring their friendship together again after some trying times - a death, abuse and business problems.
Thinking it will heal their friendship, they find it is not working, and when Ashley goes missing, the pressure is on to not only find her, but to ponder the secrets and dangers surrounding their friendship.

I love that the story kept you guessing on what happened to Ashley, and I did have a love-hate relationship with all of the girls...I sometimes found myself yelling at them to just grow up and deal with your problems. It seems blame was thrown all over the place. The story also made me sad that a long time relationship they had could easily fall apart.

But it is well worth the read!

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