Book Review: The Reckoning by Yrsa Sigurdardottir @MinotaurBooks @YrsaSig #TheReckoning #bookreview #bookblog #bookreviewer #bookblogger

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PUBLISHER: Minotaur Books

PUBLICATION DATE: February 12th, 2019

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Thank you to the Publisher for gifting me a copy of this book to read and share my review.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:
Vaka sits, regretting her choice of coat, on the cold steps of her new school. Her father appears to have forgotten to pick her up, her mother has forgotten to give her this week’s pocket money, and the school is already locked for the day. Grownups, she decides, are useless.

With no way to call home, she resigns herself to waiting on the steps until her father remembers her. When a girl approaches, Vaka recognizes her immediately from class, and from her unusual appearance: two of her fingers are missing. The girl lives at the back of the school, on the other side of a high fence, and Vaka asks to call her father from the girl’s house. That afternoon is the last time anyone sees Vaka.

Detective Huldar and child psychologist Freyja are called in. Soon, they find themselves at the heart of another shocking case.

From the international number one-bestselling author of The Silence of the Sea, winner of the 2015 Petrona Award for Best Scandinavian Crime Novel Yrsa Sigurdardottir returns with the follow-up to The Legacy.

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MY REVIEW:

Although this book is the second book in a series, it can easily be read as a standalone. I haven’t read the previous book but I found it easy to follow along, although I am now curious to read the first book in the series after reading this book.

I found the beginning of the book to be such an addictive read. A young child left at her school, seemingly forgotten to be picked up and no where to go. When she goes home with a school friend to call her father about picking her up, something seems off and strange about the house. Not just the house, but her school friend also seems a bit off and creepy. I found this sucked me right into the book and kept me turning the pages. I wanted to find out what this creepy feeling was and to see what would happen next.

After the uncovering of a strange list in a buried time capsule, more questions are raised. It is revealed that the list is in fact a list of names of people. Who wrote this list of names, and why would a student years ago place the list of names in a time capsule. What does it mean?

Without giving too much away you must read this novel. It was such an intense, gripping, addictive read that I didn’t want to end. There was so much going on that you cannot help but find yourself deeply immersed in the story, and it leaves you wanting answers.

A great novel!

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MY REVIEW:

4/5 stars

Book Review: Looker by Laura Sims #Looker #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger

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PUBLISHER: Scribner

PUBLICATION DATE: January 8th, 2019

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Thank you to the publisher and to NetGalley for the eARC copy of this book to read and share my review.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

A dazzling, razor-sharp debut novel about a woman whose obsession with the beautiful actress on her block drives her to the edge.

I’ve never crossed their little fenced-in garden, of course. I stand on the sidewalk in front of the fern-and-ivy-filled planter that hangs from the fence—placed there as a sort of screen, I’m sure—and have a direct line of view into the kitchen at night. I’m grateful they’ve never thought to install blinds. That’s how confident they are. No one would dare stand in front of our house and watch us, they think. And they’re probably right: except for me. 

In this taut and thrilling debut, an unraveling woman, unhappily childless and recently separated, becomes fixated on her neighbor—the actress. The unnamed narrator can’t help noticing with wry irony that, though she and the actress live just a few doors apart, a chasm of professional success and personal fulfillment lies between them. The actress, a celebrity with her face on the side of every bus, shares a gleaming brownstone with her handsome husband and their three adorable children, while the narrator, working in a dead-end job, lives in a run-down, three-story walk-up with her ex-husband’s cat.

When an interaction with the actress at the annual block party takes a disastrous turn, what began as an innocent preoccupation spirals quickly, and lethally, into a frightening and irretrievable madness. Searing and darkly witty, Looker is enormously entertaining—at once a propulsive Hitchcockian thriller and a fearlessly original portrait of the perils of envy.

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MY REVIEW:

The main character whom is unnamed in this book, quickly becomes obsessed with her beautiful, actress neighbour. Her neighbour seems to have everything she doesn’t – a handsome, doting husband, children, happiness, successful and fulfilling career. She becomes literally obsessed with this woman and her family, watching her when she is either outside, peeking through their windows, following her, etc.

She was so obsessed with her famous neighbour that it was interesting to read what she would do next. She was such an unpredictable character, you never knew what she would be up to next and what crazy thing she would do. I found myself wanting to flip through the pages to read more crazy ideas and thoughts that flitted through her mind.

What started as a simple encounter turned quickly into a dark obsession. Imagine someone becoming obsessed with you and your family, and watched your every move. Would you know that you were being watched?

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MY RATING: 3/5 stars

Book Review: Dear Wife by Kimberly Belle @KimberlySBelle @NetGalley @parkrowbooks #DearWife #KimberlyBelle #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger

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PUBLISHER: Park Row

PUBLICATION DATE: June 25th, 2019

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Thank you to the Publisher, Park Row Books, and NetGalley for the eARC copy of Dear Wife by Kimberly Belle to read and share my review with others. All opinions are my own.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

Beth Murphy is on the run…

For nearly a year, Beth has been planning for this day. A day some people might call any other Wednesday, but Beth prefers to see it as her new beginning–one with a new look, new name and new city. Beth has given her plan significant thought, because one small slip and her violent husband will find her.

Sabine Hardison is missing…

A couple hundred miles away, Jeffrey returns home from a work trip to find his wife, Sabine, is missing. Wherever she is, she’s taken almost nothing with her. Her abandoned car is the only evidence the police have, and all signs point to foul play.

As the police search for leads, the case becomes more and more convoluted. Sabine’s carefully laid plans for her future indicate trouble at home, and a husband who would be better off with her gone. The detective on the case will stop at nothing to find out what happened and bring this missing woman home. Where is Sabine? And who is Beth? The only thing that’s certain is that someone is lying and the truth won’t stay buried for long.

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MY REVIEW:

I have read a few of Kimberly Belle’s other novels and when I found out about this upcoming book I knew I had to read it! I loved it, just as much as I enjoyed reading her other books, especially Three Days Missing and The Marriage Lie. I was not disappointed in this book and found myself immersed in the pages, flipping through the chapters, right to the very end!

Who exactly is Beth? She devises an elaborate plan to escape from her abusive, controlling husband and is on the run from him. She  had money stashed, and had all of the intricate details all planned out… And where has Sabine disappeared? Was someone responsible for her disappearance? If so, who could it be? How are the two stories related?

I was addicted to this fast-paced novel from the beginning. It was interesting to read the book from different perspectives – from the detective in charge of finding missing Sabine, Jeffrey who is Sabine’s husband, and Beth who is running away from her abusive husband.

A complex story that is both a domestic thriller and a psychological thriller. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and all the suspense in the storyline. A unique set of main characters that will keep you guessing to the very shocking ending.

If you are a fan of Kimberly Belle’s novels, be sure to add this book to your list. You will love it.

If you haven’t read any of Kimberly Belle’s novels yet, make sure you check them out!

Well done Kimberly!

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MY RATING: 4/5 stars

Book Tour & Review: Her Closest Friend by Clare Boyd @ClareBoydClark @bookouture #HerClosestFriend #bookouture #blogtour #bookreview #bookblog #bookreviewer #bookblogger

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Thank you to Bookouture for inviting me to be a part of this exciting Books on Tour for Clare Boyd’s novel Her Closest Friend.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Clare lives with her husband and their two daughters in Surrey, where her little green shed at the bottom of the garden provides a haven for her writing life. Before becoming a writer, she enjoyed a career in television, as a researcher in documentaries and then as a script editor in drama at the BBC and Channel Four, where her love of storytelling took hold.

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CONNECT WITH CLARE BOYD:

Twitter 

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WHERE TO BUY THE BOOK:

Amazon | Apple | Kobo | Googleplay

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

Pop music blares from the radio. She sings drunkenly from the backseat. The thrash of windscreen wipers against the driving rain. The screech of tyres. A thud. 

 

Naomi and I are best friends.

School runs, dog walks, a shoulder to cry on over a glass of wine, we’re inseparable.

But now my husband has walked out, I need her more than ever.

I know she will help me pick up the pieces.

Because she knows about the lie I told to protect her.

She knows how much I’ve sacrificed for this friendship. 

And she’d never let anyone hurt me.

Would she?

 

This extraordinary page-turner will suck you in from the very first page and keep you gripped until the breathtaking finale. Fans of The Wife Between UsThe Girl Before and Gone Girl will adore this twisted tale of toxic female friendship.

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MY REVIEW:

I have read novels by Clare Boyd before and was excited to hear about this new book of hers. I was not disappointed. Two friends who have known each other for years. Shared memories, secrets, lies and betrayal. They have always been there for one another and had each other’s backs. Such close friends would always be there for one another… wouldn’t they?

I enjoyed reading about Naomi and Sophie’s friendship and all the things they have gone through together. I found they had a somewhat questionable friendship, that was full of pettiness, jealousy and trying to outdo each other. They both seemed to pretend to be better friends than they actually were but in truth didn’t really seem to be all that fond of one another anymore but tried to keep up with appearances. It was interesting to read about their distrust, and disloyalty. Shouldn’t you be able to trust your closest friend?

Both main characters were interesting to read about their different dynamics of their friendship and the two-facedness that came along with it. The plot unfolded nicely and I enjoyed the fast paced nature of the book. It definitely had me turning the pages. These ladies have a unique friendship for sure!

I enjoyed this book and found it to be an addictive read from cover to the end. I am sure you will enjoy this book as much as I did. Make sure to check this book out now!

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My Rating: 4/5 stars 

 

 

Book Review: Between the Lies by Michelle Adams @StMartinsPress @MAdamswriter #BetweentheLies #bookblog #bookblogger #bookreview #bookreviewer #booksonthebookshelf

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PUBLISHER: St. Martin’s Griffin

PUBLICATION DATE: March 5th, 2019

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Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for gifting me an ARC copy of this book to read and share my review with others.

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ABOUT THE BOOK: 

The truth is hiding between the lies.

What would you do if you woke up and didn’t know who you were?

Chloe Daniels regains consciousness in a hospital with no memory of how she got there. 
She doesn’t recognise the strangers who call themselves family. She can’t even remember her own name.

What if your past remained a mystery?

As she slowly recovers, her parents and sister begin to share details of her life. 
The successful career. The seaside home. The near-fatal car crash.
But Chloe senses they’re keeping dark secrets—and her determination to uncover the truth will have devastating consequences.

What if the people you should be able to trust are lying to you?

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MY REVIEW:

This was the first book I have read by author Michelle Adams and I can now say that I am a fan! Michelle Adams has such a way with writing that demands your attention and holds it the entire way through to the end. I loved everything about Between the Lies, and it was such an addictive read that I was unable to stop reading once I started!

Lies, deceit, betrayal! This book has it all!
Imagine waking up in the hospital with no idea who you are, where you are, or what happened to you… And then suddenly people enter your hospital room telling you that you have been in an accident, an accident that you have no memory of, and then telling you that they are your family. You family, that you do not recognise. They do not look familiar to you at all. You have no idea what your own name is, let along their names.
Chloe has no other choice really but to trust the things that she is told, not only from her doctors but also from the people who are telling her that they are her family. Family is about trust, reliability, and honesty. But if she cannot trust those claiming to be her family, then who can she trust? Are they telling her the truth or are they hiding things from her?
This book was an addictive read from beginning to end! I loved the character development we got to see as Chloe begins to adjust to her new life, and tries to piece together the pieces of her past. She is a strong willed woman who knows what she wants, and will stop at nothing to uncover the truth and get answers! No doubt her family is messed up and is hiding their own fair share of secrets. But if she cannot trust her family, then what is she to do? Which things are her family members telling her real and which are lies? Chloe is determined to find out!
A fabulous book that I devoured! I look forward to reading future titles by Michelle Adams!
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MY RATING: 5/5 stars

Book Promo Book Review: The Housewife by Valerie Keogh @bookouture @ValerieKeogh1 #bookouture #TheHousewife #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger #bookpromo #blogtour

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PUBLISHER: Bookouture

PUBLICATION DATE: February 27th, 2019

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Hi everyone and welcome to my stop on the Book Promo for Valerie Keogh’s new book The Housewife with Bookouture.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

“There’s no place like home” – that’s what I tell myself as I pull another flawless meal from the oven. This perfect house on a quiet street was supposed to be my sanctuary, a place to recover. But everything changed the moment I saw that woman in the charity shop. She triggered something dark, buried deep within my memory…

Now I’ve started forgetting small things, like locking the front door.

And bigger things, like remembering to pick my little girl up from nursery.

I feel terrified every time I pass through a particular spot in our living room.

And sometimes, when I’m alone, I’m sure I can hear a baby crying…

I think the woman in the shop knows what happened to me. But if I can’t trust myself to believe she’s real, who will?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Valerie Keogh grew up reading Agatha Christie so when she started writing it seemed natural to write crime novels. She writes two different series, one based in Ireland featuring Garda Sergeant Mike West and a grittier one based in the UK featuring Nicola Connolly, a serial killer.

The Garda West series: THAT ONE MAY SMILE, CLOSE RANKS, MURDER ON CLARE ISLAND and DEATH IN FOXROCK. 

The Hudson and Connolly series: DEADLY SLEEP, TWISTED POWER, BITTER BUSINESS, and WICKED SECRET.

Valerie has also written a stand-alone psychological thriller, Exit Five from Charing Cross

In March 2018, Valerie signed a two-book contract with the publisher, Bookouture. The first of these, Secrets Between Us, is out now. The Housewife is published Feb 27th 2019.

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CONNECT WITH VALERIE KEOGH:

FACEBOOK | TWITTER

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BUY THE BOOK:

Amazon | Apple Books | Kobo | Googleplay

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MY REVIEW:

The Housewife was an addictive, gripping story from the very beginning. What better than a main character, Diane, who is unpredictable and unreliable. Diane has a spotty memory, and forgets things on a daily basis, and this only added to the thrill and excitement of the book. I found myself turning the pages to see what would happen next. I was unable to put this book down and I devoured it.

Diane had a previous breakdown of which she has no memory of. She was seeing a therapist and herself and her husband hope that she is on the road to recovery. Diane and her husband believe that slowly bits and pieces of her memory will start to come back to her and she will be able to get her memory back. However, things happen that make Diane paranoid, fearful and she believes she is beginning to lose her mind.

Will Diane recover her memory? What exactly happened for her to lose her memory? Why did she have a breakdown?

A great psychological thriller that is sure to be a hit with book lovers.

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MY RATING: 4/5 stars