Book Review: Sins as Scarlet by Nicolas Obregon @MinotaurBooks @NicObregon #SinsasScarlet #bookblogger #bookreviewer #bookreview #bookblog #booksonthebookshelf


PUBLISHER: Minotaur Books

PUBLICATION DATE: December 18th, 2018


Thank you to the publisher Minotaur Books for sending me a free paperback advanced readers copy of this book.

SYNOPSIS: (from Goodreads)


Former homicide detective Kosuke Iwata is on the run from his past . . . 

Five years ago, he lost his family. Now he may have found his redemption.

Living in LA and working as a private detective, he spends his days spying on unfaithful spouses and his nights with an unavailable woman.

Still he cannot forget the family he lost in Tokyo.

But that all changes when a figure from his old life appears at his door demanding his help.

Meredith Nichol, a transgender woman and his wife’s sister, has been found strangled on the lonely train tracks behind Skid Row.

Soon he discovers that the devil is at play in the City of Angels and Meredith’s death wasn’t the hate crime the police believe it to be. Iwata knows that risking his life and future is the only way to silence the demons of his past.

Reluctantly throwing himself back in to the dangerous existence he only just escaped, Iwata discovers a seedy world of corruption, exploitation and murder – and a river of sin flowing through LA’s underbelly, Mexico’s dusty borderlands and deep within his own past.




This was the first book I have read by Nicolas Obregon and even though this was a second book in the Inspector Iwata series it can be read as a standalone book. After reading this book I am definitely interested in reading the first book in the series. I loved Obregon’s style of writing, and the way the writing sucks you into the book as if you are there living in the book yourself.

Inspector Iwata was a badass Inspector, who sometimes broke the rules and did what he had to do to solve a case and get the job done. I loved Iwata’s personality and his view on things in the world. Kosuke Iwata is a very likeable character and I enjoyed reading about his daily life, both while he was working as an Inspector and while he was on his own downtime, simply living his life like everyone else.

It was interesting to get the glimpses into his past, not only of his own childhood growing up but about his life with his wife in Japan that has made him into the man he is today. He get a better understanding of the obstacles and experiences he had over his life that have shaped and moulded him into the man he is now.

This book was an interesting read that grabs the reader’s attention and demands it the whole way through to the very ending. I enjoyed how the book incorporated different cultures, countries, lifestyles, and characters into the book. We are introduced to such a wide variety of characters and I really liked that about this book. Some characters you will quite like and some characters you will absolutely despise.

I definitely recommend this book. A great read all the way through!

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Blog Tour & Book Review @bookouture @ASinclairAuthor #TellMeNoLies #bookouture #blogtour #bookreview #AlexSinclair


PUBLISHER: Bookouture

PUBLICATION DATE: October 25th, 2018


Welcome to my stop of the Bookouture Blog Tour for Tell Me No Lies by Alex Sinclair. Thank you to Noelle at Bookouture for the invitation to join the tour.



How well do you really know your husband?

Grace Dalton is trying to put her life back together after her husband John died suddenly in a hit and run. Her perfect world is collapsing around her, the home she hoped to fill with children is huge and empty, and she’s paralysed with grief.

But as Grace sorts through her husband’s belongings, she realises the man she loved was lying to her. There’s a mysterious list of names hidden among his things, a secret bank account, and a shocking revelation about his family that he kept from her since the day they met.

Who was John Dalton?

As Grace tries to identify the names on the list she realises something is wrong. She’s imagining things: seeing John in the faces of strangers and finding things in an entirely different place to where she’d swear she left them.

Is Grace losing her grasp on reality, or is someone trying to stop her finding out the truth about her husband?

A gripping psychological thriller that will have you questioning everything you think you know. If you enjoyed The Wife Between UsThe Girl on the Train or Behind Closed Doors, you’ll love this book!



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Alex Sinclair is a psychological thriller author from a quiet country town outside of Melbourne, Australia.

When he’s not spending time with his wife and daughter, Alex can be found obsessing over his fiction. He loves to write fast-paced, gripping stories with killer twists. Alex is an avid reader of psychological thrillers and has a passion for good storytelling.

Alex’s novel, The Last Thing I Saw (available now), is the first of three gripping psychological thrillers he is publishing with Bookouture in 2018. His second psychological thriller, The Day I Lost Her, was released on the 13th of July, 2018. Tell Me No Lies is out now!






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This was the second novel I have read by Alex Sinclair and I was not disappointed. Sinclair has a wonderful way of writing that keeps the reader’s interest and has you hooked from the very first page!

Three words to describe Tell Me No Lies – Betrayal, Lies and Deception! This book was amazing and oh the lies! There were lies, lies and more lies! The sweet man Grace thought she was married to turned out to have so many shocking secrets and hidden truths it is hard to believe what is real and what is imagined.

The story is told in alternating timelines. Some chapters are written in the present and some chapters are written 6 weeks ago on the night of their 5th Wedding Anniversary.

Do we ever truly know the person we are in love with? Can we always believe everything we see and are told? This book will have you sitting on the edge of your seat as you read along. A gripping psychological thriller that will leave you gasping and open mouthed as you read along.

I felt sorry for Grace and all the turmoil she goes through after the death of her husband John. She struggles with her mental health and dealing with his sudden loss of his life. She finds it difficult to carry on with her routine day to day tasks and struggles with telling the difference between reality and her imagination. Is Grace going crazy or is someone playing mind games with her? She really does not know!

I felt so bad for Grace and reading about her struggles. She is clearly going through a very difficult time and it was nice to read about how her good friend Jennifer was there for her in so many ways and helping her through her grieving process.

I enjoyed the many twists and turns in this book. There were several moments in the book where I was shocked with what I was learning and reading and many things I did not see coming at all. And the ending! Oh so very good!

All the stars for this book! If you haven’t read this book yet be sure to add it to your TBR list. You will be glad you did!

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Book Review: Hearts of the Missing by Carol Potenza @MinotaurBooks @calypza #HeartsoftheMissing #bookreview #bookblog



PUBLISHER: Minotaur Books

PUBLICATION DATE: December 4th, 2018


Thank you to Minotaur Books for sending me a free physical ARC copy of this book. This book is a winner of the Tony Hillerman Prize.



When a young woman linked to a list of missing Fire-Sky tribal members commits suicide, Pueblo Police Sergeant Nicky Matthews is assigned to the case. As the evidence leads her to a shocking discovery, she uncovers not only murder but an ominous, vengeful twist that strikes at the very core of what it means to be a member of the Fire-Sky People. With an intimate knowledge of Fire-Sky customs and traditions, the killer ensures the spirits of those targeted will wander lost forever. As Nicky closes in on the murderer, those closest to her are put in jeopardy. She realizes she must be willing to sacrifice everything–her career, her life, and even her soul–to save the people she is sworn to protect.



I loved all the suspense, mystery and surprises in this book. There was so much suspense that it had me hooked to the storyline and I was so into uncovering the mystery of what was going on that I flew through this book and felt myself on the edge of my seat as I was reading through the chapters.

We are introduced to the main character Nicky Matthews, a police sergeant. While at the scene of a crime she sees a white rabbit and an elderly woman’s face in a window. Was the woman really there or was it a spirit? Nicky comes to learn that both the face of the elderly woman and the white rabbit are omens of things to come… but what does it mean?

One by one several local people go missing. Nicky is determined to find out what is going on in her town and find who is responsible. One day Nicky is contacted by a young boy and his grandmother. The young boy’s cousin has gone missing and they fear she has met the same fate as the other missing people of this town. Nicky has been assigned to the case and she is determined to find this young woman.

The case takes Nicky on a whirlwind of a ride. What Nicky finds is shocking! There are several shocking twists and turns in the book that you definitely won’t see coming and I loved that! It kept me on the edge of my seat and reading late into the night to see what would happen next.

I really enjoyed reading about Nicky’s characters. She was a badass and had determination to solve each of her cases, and this one would be no different. She had a fun personality and it was interesting and fun to read about her character and watch her evolve in this story. I also enjoyed reading about her close friends Savannah and Ryan.

Without giving too much away this book was amazing! I really enjoyed this book and I highly recommend it!

All the stars for this book!

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Book Review: The King’s Gambit by Thom L. Matthews #bookreview #bookblog #bookblogger #TheKingsGambit



Thank you to the author for sending me a free copy of The King’s Gambit. The book cover is stunning and the synopsis of the book had me intrigued to read this book.



It has been centuries since Earth’s societies crumbled, leaving the planet a nearly barren wasteland. Since then, the remnants of humanity have slowly rebuilt isolated civilizations with new cultures and ideas, all seemingly unaware of how the world ended. It is a world ravaged by war, illness, and famine. To Benedict Limmetrad, the outcast son of Freztad’s former chief, that world is about to get much bigger. When the mysterious forces of a faraway land capture a beloved member of his village, Ben embarks on a quest to bring her home-only to discover that the world is far more dangerous and mysterious than he had once thought. His journey proves perilous, and he is faced with death and danger at every turn. Throughout his quest, Ben’s values and sense of self are pushed to the limits as he uncovers the secrets of the world, its past, and himself.


This book was very well written. I enjoyed the style of writing and the way the story was told in such a way to grab the audience. I enjoyed reading about the various civilizations and how they were all different from one another in various ways. The characters and the civilizations all had unique names which I liked and felt added to the uniqueness to the story.

The main character Ben was abandoned by his father. Ben has no memory of him at all, or his mother, and was raised by his father’s sister. The only thing Ben has that belonged to his father was a watch with a mysterious symbol on it. But Ben doesn’t know what the symbol is or what it means.

Ben grew up with his cousin Rose. They are best friends and like siblings. They did everything together, and grew up together in the village of Freztad.

We are introduced to many characters in this book, and it was fun to read about the various characters and learn their different personalities and way of life. Some characters you will hate and some characters you will love.

We follow Ben on his journey as he leaves the safety and comfort of his village on a quest to rescue someone he cares about who left the village and was supposed to return a few days later but seems to have vanished. Ben braves the outside world, having only been in his own village of Freztad. It is all he has known and he has no knowledge or experiences with other villages.

Ben faces many challenges and does quite well I think in the big world that is new and unfamiliar to him. He is faced with many trials and tribulations that he must overcome, in order to find the missing person from his village that he is looking for.

Overall I really enjoyed this book and reading about the various villages that were created in this new world. Since this book is the first book in a series I am curious to know what will happen next.

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Book Review: Jane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone @VictoriaDahl @LUAuthors @AmazonPub #JaneDoe #bookblog #bookreview #bookblogger



PUBLISHER: Lake Union Publishing

PUBLICATION DATE: August 1st, 2018


Thank you to Lake Union Publishing, Amazon Publishing for sending me a beautiful finished copy of Jane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone to read and share my review with my followers.




A double life with a single purpose: revenge.

Jane’s days at a Midwest insurance company are perfectly ordinary. She blends in well, unremarkably pretty in her floral-print dresses and extra efficient at her low-level job. She’s just the kind of woman middle manager Steven Hepsworth likes—meek, insecure, and willing to defer to a man. No one has any idea who Jane really is. Least of all Steven.

But plain Jane is hiding something. And Steven’s bringing out the worst in her.

Nothing can distract Jane from going straight for his heart: allowing herself to be seduced into Steven’s bed, to insinuate herself into his career and his family, and to expose all his dirty secrets. It’s time for Jane to dig out everything that matters to Steven. So she can take it all away.




Three words to describe this book – vengeful, relentless, gripping!

This book! Wow! Where to start!? What a fabulous dark thriller of a novel. I devoured this book in one day it is THAT GOOD! I was unable to put this book down and found myself immersed in the story, turning the pages to see what Jane would do next. She was out for revenge, and would stop at nothing to get that revenge! And boy oh boy, revenge she certainly did get!

Jane would stop at nothing to destroy the person she set out to destroy. She was relentless in her goal to destroy this person’s life and to get back for all the wrongs this person has done in the past. Jane was quite convincing acting as a “plain Jane” and it was fun to read about her dual personalities… the “real” Jane vs. “plain” Jane. Such a gripping read that had me hooked from the start of the book and had me sitting on the edge of my seat as I read through the book.

Victoria girl, you need to write a sequel to this book. I am not ready to be done with Jane yet and I absolutely LOVED her character in this book. Jane was so unpredictable it was fun to read what she would do next. She was dark and twisted! And that made for a wonderful book.

If you haven’t read this book yet be sure to get your hands on a copy. You will absolutely love it!

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Book Review: The System (The Bubo Series Book #1) by Jess Peters




2045. The world was overpopulated. When the black death happened, millions died. This time it’s mutated and come back worse. The system seeks to save humanity. They pick the brightest minds to work in medical and science to help research a cure or vaccination. 

Daniel wants to contribute to society and help save humanity. To do so, he must pass the system. A series of tough gruelling tests to give those who are seventeen a work quadrant. 

Medical and science is where you want to be. To research and create a cure. Rations and living conditions are better there. Getting there is another matter. On his quest in helping humanity’s survival, will he discover that all is not as it seems?

The system seeks to save. Is this the truth or are they hiding something and do they really want to save humanity?




The System was a fun book to read. I enjoyed reading about the dystopian feel in the book and reading about the various different factions in the story line. Society as they knew it has fallen apart. Depending on where you scored in the various tests in the system would determine which faction you were placed in. Not everyone made it through the final series of tests and some even failed out of the tests quite miserably. The tests were hard, gruelling, and both mentally and physically exhausting. Most wanted to get into the top faction where the best rations and living conditions were.

Daniel was a fun character to read about. He was determined and quite a bright young man, and he had a lot of heart and cared about others. He would do anything for his friends and family, and those he cared about. He wanted to pass the test with amazing scores and strived to make it into the top faction of medical and science. Along the way he grew weary of the system’s true intentions and wanted to see if everything they were all lead to believe was truth or if the system was lying to them all and had other plans.

It was fun to read the story from Daniel’s point of view and see things through the perspective and eyes of a young teenager. It was a refreshing story and I enjoyed the book. I look forward to the next book in the series.

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Book Review: When the Lights Go Out by Mary Kubica @MaryKubica @HarperCollinsCa @HarperCollins #bookreview #bookblogger #bookblog #bookreviewer #WhentheLightsGoOut #MaryKubica



PUBLICATION DATE: September 4th, 2018


Thank you to Harper Collins Canada for sending me a beautiful free paperback copy of When the Lights Go Out by Mary Kubica to read and share my review.



This book follows the main character Jessie Sloane. Her mother is sick and after years of caring for her sick mother Jessie is on the path to rebuilding her life. She suffers from insomnia, and is unable to sleep despite the fact that she is exhausted from lack of sleep. She moves out of her family home and gets her own apartment, applies for college, and is set to begin the next chapter of her life. 

Then a problem arises. The college she has applied to informs her that her social security number has raised a red flag. Confused Jessie Discovers a shocking detail that causes her to doubt everything she thought she knew.

As more days pass with Jessie’s insomnia causing her to become increasingly tired and exhausted, she begins to hear things and see things. She is not sure what to believe and what is real. Her judgement becomes blurred, and she has a difficult time separating reality from her imagination and mind playing tricks on her.

Will Jessie be able to uncover the truth, and finally be able to get some sleep?




Thrilling, and gripping!

When the Lights Go Out is the first book I have read by Mary Kubica and it won’t be my last. I was thrilled when I received a free copy of this book from the publisher to read and review, as I have heard many wonderful things about this book and author.

The story is told in alternating point of views. Parts are told by Jessie and parts are told by her mother Eden.

I enjoyed reading parts narrated by Eden as it allows us to get a better understanding of what Eden herself had gone through in life which lead to the decisions she has made in her life. The trials, tribulations, heartache, struggles, etc that made her who she was as a person. Eden was a likeable character that you cannot help but like after reading everything that she has gone through as a person. To top it all off Eden gets sick and is being cared for by her daughter.

Jessie was also a likeable character. I felt bad for her to read about the suffering and exhaustion she experience due to her insomnia. She is unable to sleep despite how exhausted she is, and you cannot help but feel bad for her when you learn about all the tricks her mind is playing with her due to her insomnia. She struggles with determining what is reality and what is all in her imagination.

This book was enjoyable from the very first page. I enjoyed reading the story and watching it all unfold, and each chapter left me wanting to read more to see what would happen next. There are several twists and shocking turns to keep you on the edge of your seat, and will have you turning the pages late into the night as you read through this book.

I did not expect the main twist in the book at all. To be completely honest I thought it would go a totally different way and that is ok. It totally caught me off guard with the twist, one that I definitely did not see coming.

A fantastic thriller that I highly recommend! I’ll be on the lookout for your other books Mary Kubica. Great job!

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Book Review: Leave No Trace by Mindy Mejia @AtriaBooks @SimonSchusterCA @SimonBooks @MejiaWrites #LeaveNoTrace #bookreview #bookblogger



PUBLICATION DATE: September 4th, 2018



Thank you to Simon and Schuster Canada for sending me a free beautiful paperback copy of Leave No Trace by Mindy Mejia to read and share my review with my followers.



There is a place in Minnesota with hundreds of miles of glacial lakes and untouched forests called the Boundary Waters. Ten years ago a man and his son trekked into this wilderness and never returned.

Search teams found their campsite ravaged by what looked like a bear. They were presumed dead until a decade later…the son appeared. Discovered while ransacking an outfitter store, he was violent and uncommunicative and sent to a psychiatric facility. Maya Stark, the assistant language therapist, is charged with making a connection with their high-profile patient. No matter how she tries, however, he refuses to answer questions about his father or the last ten years of his life

But Maya, who was abandoned by her own mother, has secrets, too. And as she’s drawn closer to this enigmatic boy who is no longer a boy, she’ll risk everything to reunite him with his father who has disappeared from the known world.



Compelling, powerful, mysterious! Three words to describe this book!

From the very first page of this book I was hooked. I enjoyed Mejia’s style of writing and the way she pulls the audience into the story in this book. A young boy named Lucas Blackthorn goes missing with his father all those years ago, only to return years later? Yes please!

I found myself immersed in Leave No Trace as it unfolded and we learn more bit by bit what happened all those years ago and why the boy and his father disappeared and why he hasn’t resurfaced until now. I enjoyed reading about Maya and Lucas’ interactions as Lucas was a patient of Maya’s and reading about their initial meeting at the psychiatric facility. When Lucas would not talk to any nurses or doctors prior to now it was interesting to see if he would open up and talk with Maya, feeling comfortable around her enough to open up. It was very interesting to watch them develop a professional relationship and to watch it grow into more of a friendship over time.

If you are looking for a fantastic thriller of a book to read and devour, look no further. I recommend this book and you will not be disappointed!

This was the first book I have read by Mindy Mejia and if definitely won’t be my last! Highly recommend this book!

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Book Review: The Saturday Night Ghost Club by Craig Davidson @PenguinRandomCA @penguinrandom #bookreview #bookblogger #bookblog #bookreviewer #TheSaturdayNightGhostClub #CraigDavidson


PUBLISHER: Knopf Canada, Penguin Random House

PUBLICATION DATE: August 14th, 2018


Thank you to Penguin Random House Canada for sending me a beautiful hardcover copy of this book to read and share my review with my followers. This cover is stunning and is kinda creepy, and I was thrilled to read this with Halloween just around the corner. This was the first book I have read by this author, and bonus… he is a Canadian author 🙂


ABOUT THE BOOK (found on Goodreads): 

When neurosurgeon Jake Breaker operates, he knows he’s handling more than a patient’s delicate brain tissue–he’s altering their seat of consciousness, their golden vault of memory. And memory, Jake knows well, can be a tricky thing.

When growing up in 1980s Niagara Falls, a.k.a. Cataract City–a seedy but magical, slightly haunted place–one of Jake’s closest confidantes was his uncle Calvin, a sweet but eccentric misfit enamored of occult artefacts and outlandish conspiracy theories. The summer Jake turned twelve, Calvin invited him to join the “Saturday Night Ghost Club”–a seemingly light-hearted project to investigate some of Cataract City’s more macabre urban myths. Over the course of that life-altering summer, Jake not only fell in love and began to imagine his future, he slowly, painfully came to realize that his uncle’s preoccupation with chilling legends sprang from something buried so deep in his past that Calvin himself was unaware of it.



This book was a great choice being that Halloween is just around the corner. We read alternating timelines – when Jake was a young boy and a member of The Saturday Night Ghost Club with his friend Billy, his Uncle Cal and his Uncle’s friend, and the present when Jake is a grown man with a family of his own and a professional doctor.

It was fun to read about all the adventures of the Saturday Night Ghost Club and read about what they were up to and all of the urban myths they were trying to discover and uncover the truth about. Their club took them on many ghost hunts and truth seeking adventures, and it was fun to read about all of their findings. It was refreshing to read the story from Jake’s point of view as a young pre-teen and see the world through his eyes. He was a fun character to read and learn about, and to watch him grow and see his personality come through on a daily basis.

His Uncle Cal was quite the interesting character. He seemed like the fun Uncle that everyone wishes they had in their lives. He was spunky, had a sense of adventure, like to hunt for ghosts and believed in all kinds of weird paranormal stuff. He was young at heart and up for adventure. It was interesting to read along and find out that Cal had secrets of his own, secrets that he himself wasn’t even aware of. That was certainly a twist in the book that I enjoyed and didn’t see coming.

Overall the book was an interesting read and I enjoyed the refreshing take on urban myths and the idea of the Saturday Night Ghost Club.

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Book Review : The Winters by Lisa Gabriele @VikingBooks @PenguinRandomCA @penguinrandom @doubledaybooks @doubledayca #TheWinters #LisaGabriel #bookreview #bookblog

The Winters


PUBLICATION DATE: October 16th, 2018


Thank you to Penguin Random House Canada and Doubleday Books Canada for sending me a beautiful ARC copy of The Winters by Lisa Gabriele to read and share my review with my followers. The book cover is beautiful.



A young woman is living on the Cayman Islands. She is living in housing that is provided by her employer  – an Australian named Laureen. The young woman works for Laureen and her boating company, to pay off some debts that were left behind after her own father had passed away.

One day at work she meets an older, wealthy and successful man named Max Winters. He is good looking, rich, lives in a mansion on Long Island, and is a widower. Before long they are spending time together as he hires her to take him out on the boats belonging to the boating company. They have a whirlwind romance, and very soon Max Winters asks her to marry him and move with him back to the USA. 

Excited to start this new chapter of her life, she says yes and makes the move with Max back to Long Island. She is anxious though, as Max has a teenage daughter named Dani. She can be upfront, rude, crude and sassy and does not take to her father’s new girlfriend at all. In fact, Dani seems intent on making her life a living hell and will stop at nothing to ruin the relationship.

Slowly, she learns things about her fiance and his past marriage. Things that Max has kept from her. Did he simply forget to mention such things to her or did he deliberately lie and withhold things from her? She finds herself beginning to question if she truly knows her fiance at all. 



I enjoyed this book and the story line of it all. It was a bit slow paced in some parts, but overall I found the plot interesting and enjoyed reading about this twisted whirlwind of a romance. What started off as a seemingly beautiful love story ended up dark and sinister…Are we to believe Max Winters, the handsome rich man or seems to have it all, or do we believe his troubled teenage daughter who seems to stop at nothing to destroy her father’s new relationship and stop the marriage before it happens?

Dani is all messed up. She clearly has issues, acting hot and cold towards her father’s new fiance. One day she seems nice and sweet and interested in building a relationship with her soon to be step-mother, and the next day she is out to embarrass and destroy her. I felt myself sorry for her at times throughout the book. She did lose her mother after all, in a tragic accident that claimed her mother’s life. She was really close with her mother. Dani was easy to dislike in this book after all the stunts she pulled to try to ruin her father’s new relationship. 

Max seemed like the perfect man who had it all. A great job, he was handsome, rich, lived in a mansion, had a daughter and was engaged to be married. Is he truly the perfect man his fiance thinks he is, or is he more dark and sinister?

Overall I enjoyed reading this book and there are a few shocking twists and turns in the book that I didn’t see coming. 

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