Thursday, August 15, 2019

Review: Stay

Stay Stay by Catherine Ryan Hyde
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I wasnt sure about this book. I received an ARC from NetGalley but it wasnt my usual genre - mystery/thriller/psychological so I wasnt prepared for what I read. The story starts with Lucas, a fourteen year old boy, who was very confused. His home was unsettling with his parents fighting all the time and as a teenager he had loads of questions about life. And no one to talk to.

His best friend, Connor wasnt much help either - having an unstable mom and being depressed himself. The story takes you through their friendship and relationship with Zoe, grandma-aged lady living in the woods who was responsible for the deaths of two children when the school bus she was driving veered off the road.

And from there the story took hold of me and wouldnt let go. It hit home a bit because it also covers the time of the Vietnam War which Lucas' brother served in and I grew up in that era. I found myself turning pages and reading every minute I could because the home life these boys had was what brought them to be closer and rely on each other for their well being.

Lucas' philosophy on life was amazing especially the book , in the second half, fast forwards 50 years and finds Lucas telling his stories to Connor's grandson.....who states "everyone dies in your story" to which Lucas replies: "If you think having and losing is so bad, try never having." So profound are the statements in this book. A must read. I was glad I read out of my usual genre.

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Saturday, August 10, 2019

Review: The Woman at Number 19

The Woman at Number 19 The Woman at Number 19 by J.A. Baker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If you ever wanted to get into the mind of a mentally ill person, this book will do it for you. Esther lost her husband and children in a car accident. She is then left to deal with this grief. The story centers around how she copes with this tragedy.

But the more you get into Esther's mind the more you see that things are not what they seem. As Esther loses her grip with reality we find her obsessed with the woman at number 19....and this obsession has control over her. The more I read the book the more I even became obsessed with both woman.

To say more is to give away the story which you will find mind boggling. It is a kindle unlimited book, so put this one on your list as a must read.

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Review: I'll Never Tell

I'll Never Tell I'll Never Tell by Catherine McKenzie
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

What happened to Amanda? This book takes place around a camp that is run by the MacAllisters and their 5 children who attend every summer. But the mystery is about to be unravelled because they all return when their parents pass away and they hold the memorial at the camp.

The story runs back and forth between the time back when Amanda was found with a head wound and the present. Mr. MacAllister makes his will out leaving one son out because he believes he was involved in the incident. But the further I read the more the book was implicating others. What exactly happened to Amanda? No one is telling.

I enjoyed the story but found it a bit slow. But at the same time it kept me going because I, too, wanted to know what happened to Amanda.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Review: When We Believed in Mermaids

When We Believed in Mermaids When We Believed in Mermaids by Barbara O'Neal
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What happens when your sister has been dead for 15 years and you suddenly see her on TV? Well, you get yourself on a plane and search for her. And that is exactly what Kit does - and that is where the story starts. It goes back and forth to the terrorist attack on the train her sister was on to the time that Kit is in New Zealand looking for her sister.

Kit also find romance in New Zealand and finally finds her sister. But at what price? Josie's family doesnt know about her past and Kit's showing up brings up all the memories, past hurts and trauma and a flood of emotions. Actually found myself tearing up over some of the incidents that happened to these two sisters.

But the bond is there and we find out how strong it is. Lovely story that kept me turning the pages. Thanks to #NetGalley for the ARC copy and right now it is on Amazon as a Kindle Unlimited book.

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Monday, July 22, 2019

Review: The Arrangement

The Arrangement The Arrangement by Robyn Harding
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow, I did not see that coming. I thought I knew what was going to happen in this book but the ending surprised me.

The story centers around Natalie who is a young art student in NYC, barely getting by on her scholarship, low paying job and living in an apartment with two other girls. Until a friend tells her how she can make money...by being a Sugar Baby. Through an online service she can hook up with men older who will take her to posh restaurants, pay her for her time, and maybe more.

We follow Natalie and her relationship with Gabe until he breaks it off with her. Things get weird and suspenseful until a murder occurs....then all I wanted to do was finish this book. It is being released on July 30, make sure you get this book. You won't regret it!

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Saturday, July 20, 2019

Review: I WILL MAKE YOU PAY

I WILL MAKE YOU PAY I WILL MAKE YOU PAY by Caroline Bale
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh my, never in a million years did I guess the ending of this book. I usually try to figure out who the culprit is and I was way off. I kept this book with me always reading here and there because it was a fascinating story.

A female detective, Ellen McClure, gets herself involved in a murder investigation of an ex-prostitute. Her boss thinks it's the victims former clients but Ellen feels different. Being female also doesnt help her in a predominantly male precinct.

Now the predator is after Vicky and her daughter and it is up to Ellen to save them. But who does she trust? This is a page turner and you will not be disappointed in the story but you will be surprised with the ending. Definitely looking forward to more books in this series.

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Sunday, July 14, 2019

Review: The Wall: A psychological thriller

The Wall: A psychological thriller The Wall: A psychological thriller by I. C. Cosmos
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The story centers around Alex....who had everything. Beautiful home, handsome husband (Jack) and money. She was the best at what she did - interior designing and her husband built the places she designed for. Together all was well....perfect....but was it?

You see Jack had a psycho ex-wife, Vivien, (who I would have killed) and she made life miserable. Why not? She was miserable....a greedy little witch (not the word I wanted to use, lol) who did everything in her power to bring Alex down.

This book had me turning pages to see what Vivien would do next and she kept surprising me at the lengths she went through to do damage. But it also showed how strong Alex was - "What doesnt kill you, makes you stronger". So true.

My only regret is that it ended BUT this is Book 1 and so I must wait to read the continuing story of Alex Demarchelier...looking forward to it.

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Sunday, July 7, 2019

Review: Reckless Beginnings

Reckless Beginnings Reckless Beginnings by Tina Hogan Grant
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Finished this book in 3 days; would have been sooner but life got in the way. Love, love this author and am looking forward to her next book.

The story was amazing...I felt a bit sorry for Tammy and what she went through but in the end I realized how strong she had become. The story starts off with the three sisters living in England and when her father moved to the US, Donna wants to live there. But being a bit of a wild child, she soon goes missing. Tammy then decides when she is old enough she will go to American to find her sister.

But here the story turns. We finally find Tammy in the US and learn all about her life, her trials and tribulations and I totally forgot about Donna. But dont worry we learn more about her toward the end of the book.

My only regret is that I finished the book and feel like I need to know more about this family.....but then the book ends with these words..... END OF BOOK ONE.

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Friday, July 5, 2019

Review: Good Girls Lie

Good Girls Lie Good Girls Lie by J.T. Ellison
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Since I have read other J. T. Ellison books I was expecting this to be a five star one again. So I was happy when I received an ARC from #Netgalley.

Apparently Ellison changed her writing a bit...she explains in the end why she wrote this book. While it was interesting I just couldn't get into it....but surprisingly I did manage to finish it. The book centers on an all girls schools for exceptional girls named the Goode School, making way for them to go on to bigger things. But little does the head dean, Westhaven, know that her girls are not all good.

When girls start dying and it looks like murder...things are not what they seem. It is only then we find the girls have secrets and they do lie. A bit slow going it is a good story.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Review: A Nearly Normal Family

A Nearly Normal Family A Nearly Normal Family by M.T. Edvardsson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

How far would you go to protect the ones you love?

Eighteen-year-old Stella Sandell stands accused of the brutal murder of a man almost fifteen years her senior. She is an ordinary teenager from an upstanding local family. What reason could she have to know a shady businessman, let alone to kill him?

Stella's father is a pastor and mom is an attorney. While their relationship wasn't the best, Stella is still their daughter and they both find ways to protect her. The story goes back and forth between the mom and dad and Amina, Stella's best friend. I truly could not figure out if Stella was guilty or not. The author saves this information for the very last pages. As you sit through the court case you find yourself doubting several parts of what was said and trying to put the puzzle together. But I honestly can say I sat on the edge of my seat waiting for that verdict.

It's a suspenseful legal thriller that will keep you turning the pages. Thank you #NetGalley for the chance to read this book.

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Review: The Thief of All Light

The Thief of All Light The Thief of All Light by Bernard Schaffer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Having read The Unsettled Grave by Bernard Schaffer it was only right to read the first book in this series (although not required to understand the two separate stories). It was to get to know better the relationship between Santero and Rein. And again it did not disappoint.

Here we find out how they met and how fierce their commitment to catching the bad guys keeps them going. Again they are hunting down serial killers. This one is more personal for Santero because she knows the people abducted. But this team works well together.

And Santero gets more than she bargained for when going after this psychopath. This is definitely another page-turner and I would love to see a Book 3 after reading Book 1 and 2.

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