Book Review: The Ever After by Sarah Pekkanen

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Josie and Frank are married with 2 children, 2 young daughters. She is happily married, until one day she discovers an email from a female “friend” on her husband Frank’s phone, to discover that he has been having an affair. Her world is turned upside down. How did she not recognize the signs? How far had this affair really gone?How could she not know that something was wrong in their marriage? What was Josie going to do?

This book takes you on an emotional roller-coaster of a journey as you follow the heartache Josie is going through and the questions she asks about where and how things had gone all wrong. Was she going to end the marriage? Was she going to try to make it work, for the sake of her family? for her children? How could she ever trust her husband again, if they decided to try to make their marriage work?

This book pulls you in from the very beginning. I read this book in just under 24 hours, it was such a gripping, thrilling novel I was unable to put it down for very long. It was my first book written solely by Sarah Pekkanen and I am a fan, it was so gripping and entertaining!

If you are a fan of thriller and suspense books, then this is a must read for you.

Thank you to Netgalley and Atria books for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Book Review: The Memory Box by Eva Lesko Natiello

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Imagine googling your name and not recognizing any of the facts it comes up with about yourself. You are not sure if you have forgotten all of the things you are reading about yourself or if it is wrong and the information is just not true…but describing someone else entirely. And if it is you, then why can’t you remember?

This book is like being on a roller-coaster of a ride that you are unable to get off. Lots of twists and turns, and what-the-heck is going on moments, Just when you think you know what is going on and what will happen next you find out you were completely wrong, only to figure it out again and be proven wrong again.

The book pulls you in from the beginning, and is a thrilling ride from beginning to end. Often leaving you confused, and it messes with your mind. It’s one heck of a twisty, mesmerizing ride.

Having said that, it didn’t live up the the expectation that I had when I began reading it. It was a good book but just not what I had expected. It has a lot of great reviews and high star ratings, so be sure to check it out if you like psychological thrillers.

Thank you to Netgalley and the Publisher for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Book Review: The Last Night Out by Catherine O’Connell

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Gripping, thrilling, and a roller-coaster ride! This book is a must read for any fan of suspense, thriller type books. Wow! I loved this book! This was my first book by Catherine O’Connell and I was very impressed! It was so well written, and captivating, it pulled me in from the very first page – in face from the very cover of the book I was hooked!

Six friends, an upcoming wedding, a murder…. What happen on the night one of them died? Who is telling the truth? Who is lying? Which lies are they telling and what do they have to hide?

This is a page turner of a book that will have you up reading into the late hours of the night as you want to keep reading more to find out what will happen next. I read this book in about a day and it was so hard to put down, it held my interest throughout. Never a dull moment in the book, a lot of shocking twists and turns, and a few finals oh-my-gosh moments at the end, this book was a pleasure to read and review. Just when I thought I had it all figured out I was proven wrong. Again and again.

Overall this book was a fantastic read, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it from cover to end.

Thank you to Netgalley and the Publisher Severn House Publishers for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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Book Review: Last Goodbye by Arlene Hunt

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Gripping, thrilling, and captivating! Last Goodbye is a fantastic book for any fan of thrillers or murder mysteries!

This was the first book I have read by Arlene Hunt and I was impressed. It was an easy read and was very well written. This book pulls you in from the very beginning and is a great page turner through the book, keeping your interest as you are reading more wanting to find out what is to happen next.

There is a killer on the loose that seems to have an interest in killing couples. The women are dressed and posed in a certain way after being murdered and the murderer likes to leave bouquets of yellow roses at the murder scene. Who is the murderer? Detectives Quinn and Malloy are out to find the murderer before they strike again, but where do they look first? What is the meaning behind all the yellow roses? And why only couples?

This book will have to reading late into the night, in search of finding out what will happen next and if the murderer will strike again!

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher Bookouture for an advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Book Review: Grave Island by Andrew Smyth

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This book follows the story of Philip Hennessey, an intelligence officer with the army. One day he is caught with some secret files which he did not take, but instead appeared out of nowhere. Hennessey states that he did not take them and has no idea how they got there, but is unable to prove that. As a result, he is discharged from the army. How can he prove his innocence? Why would someone leave the files there and set him up?

Hennessey is approached by his ex-wife’s friend, who thinks that her father’s death was a murder, and asks Hennessey for his help in trying to figure out what exactly happened to her father.

This book was a good thriller, that had you guessing what was going to happen next. If you like thriller books that keep you guessing what will happen next then this is a good book for you.

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Book Review: The Retreat by Mark Edwards

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From the beginning this book had my interest. A young girl was down by the water with her mom and dad, only to go missing. Where did the girl girl? She seems to have disappeared, and they cannot find her. Now a few years later, her mom lives alone and opens a writers retreat in her home, – a place for authors to come and enjoy solitude while writing their books.

As I continued reading there were several twists and turns. A few haunting revelations, which were interesting. It had some good points and some dry points which I found difficult to hold my interest, but I continued reading in the hopes that the book would pick up. I was determined to find out just exactly what happened to the little girl.

I continued reading and overall it was a good book. I struggled to get through the book but overall it was an ok read for me.

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Book Review: Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier

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Gripping, thrilling, suspensefull!! Wow! Just WOW! This book was incredible! From the very first page pulling you in and keeping you on the edge of your seat throughout the entire book, this book was AMAZING!! Had me reading late into the night to find out what would happen next. I finished this book in just over a day. That’s how great it was!

Kaiser (Kai), Georgina (Geo) and Angela are all  best friends in highschool. They do everything together, that is until Georgina meets Calvin – a good looking, older man who has a keen interest in Georgina. Georgina and Calvin seem inseparable, they do everything together, and soon Kai and Angela feel left out and forgotten about.

This story was told from two different points of view – Georgina (Geo) and Kaiser (Kai) from different timelines – present and past. The story unfolds and you learn bit by bit what happened on that fateful night many years ago. Who was responsible? Who is to blame?

I love a book that captivates it’s audience from the very beginning, and this book did that for me.  This is a must read for fans of suspense and thrillers!

Thank you to St. Martin’s Press/Minotaur Books and NetGalley for an advance reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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Book Review: Every Single Secret by Emily Carpenter

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This was my first book I have read by author Emily Carpenter. I was so impressed! This book pulled me in from the very beginning and kept my interest throughout. It leaves you with many questions and as you read the answers are revealed.

Heath and Daphne are in a whirlwind romance, they both have secrets in their past but have agreed to not talk about them – with anyone, including each other. This seems to work for them both, until one night Heath begins have nightmares and begins saying strange things in his sleep, and doing things that he cannot remember the next morning when he wakes up. Daphne is left wondering what the heck is going on, and what secrets is he hiding.

When Heath suggests they attend a couple retreat together, Daphne is reluctant to go. She wants to go and support Heath so he can receive help for his troubled past, but she does not want to take part in the retreat herself. So she agrees to go to support Heath. The secrets that are exposed there are gripping! As you learn about both of their paths and the secrets they are hiding, many answers to your questions are slowly revealed.

This was a book that had be reading into the late hours of the night not wanting to put the book down. I was always wanting to read more to find out what would happen next. Many twists and turns along the way and every twists and surprises until the very end. I love these types of books.

This is a must read for any suspense or thriller fan! A truly fantastic read!

Thank you to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Book Review: One Little Lie by Sam Carrington

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Once I began to read this book I was initially confused with how the story jumped around from one character to the next and it took a bit of time to figure out who was who and how they were all connected. It got a bit confusing until you got familiar with the characters, and there were quite a few main characters in the story. I struggled to get into this book, and I think the main reason was how it seemed to jump around from points of views of different characters. It was hard to keep them all straight and initially remember who each character was, and keep their story straight and separate from each other. Once I finished reading the book it was clear why it was written in this way, which makes sense at the end, but I felt it took away from the enjoyment of the book (for me).

There were several twists and turns in the book, which I really liked, and a few shocking revelations that I did not expect. It was an ok book overall, I just found myself struggling to get through it and make it to the end. A lot of parts I found were dragged out and took away from the enjoyment of the story.

Thank you to NetGalley and the Publisher Avon Books UK for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Book Review: Missing Pieces by Laura Pearson

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Gripping, tragic and thrilling. Three words to describe this book. The book follows a family after a tragic loss and tells about how this tragedy has shaped their lives. The mother is having a difficult time coping and it shows in her daily life, the father is struggling to keep his wife’s spirits up and keep the family together. To find out what tragic I am talking about, you’ll have to check out the book and find out 🙂

I was hooked on this book from the very first page. This book had me up reading into the late hours of the night, often until 2am or later to find out what was going to happen next. Be prepared for a lot of “wow” and “oh no” moments and even a tear or two as you read about the family dynamics and tragedy in this book. So much sadness and grief and it pulls on your heart strings.

I liked how this book was written in two parts. In the first part of the book you follow the lives of the mother, father and their daughter Esme leading up to the tragedy and the time that follows. In the second part of the book you follow their lives and how the tragedy has affected their lives 25 years later.

Thank you to NetGalley and Ipso Books for an ARC copy of this book. It was a pleasure to read and give my honest review.

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