Book Review: The Perfect Daughter by DJ Palmer @djpalmerauthor @StMartinsPress #ThePerfectDaughter #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger #booksonthebookshelf

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PUBLISHER: St. Martin’s Press

PUBLICATION DATE: April 20th, 2021

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Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for the eARC of this book via NetGalley.

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ABOUT THE BOOK: 

Grace never dreamt she’d visit her teenaged daughter Penny in the locked ward of a decaying state psychiatric hospital, charged with the murder of a stranger. There was not much question of her daughter’s guilt. Police had her fingerprints on the murder weapon and the victim’s blood on her body and clothes. But they didn’t have a motive.

Grace blames herself, because that’s what mothers do—they look at their choices and wonder, what if? But hindsight offers little more than the chance for regret.

None of this was conceivable the day Penny came into her life. Then, it seemed like a miracle. Penny was found abandoned, with a mysterious past, and it felt like fate brought Penny to her, and her husband Arthur. But as she grew, Penny’s actions grew more disturbing, and different “personalities” emerged.

Arthur and Grace took Penny to different psychiatrists, many of whom believed she was putting on a show to help manage her trauma. But Grace didn’t buy it. The personas were too real, too consistent. It had to be a severe multiple personality disorder. One determined psychiatrist, Dr. Mitch McHugh, helped discover someone new inside Penny—a young girl named Abigail. Is this the nameless girl who was abandoned in the park years ago? Mitch thinks Abigail is the key to Penny’s past and to the murder. But as Grace and Mitch dig deeper, they uncover dark and shocking secrets that put all their lives in grave danger.
 

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MY REVIEW:

I loved the storyline of this novel and reading about Penny and her struggles with DID. Some of her other personalities included Ruby, Chloe and Eve. Each has their own unique personalities, often switching from one to the other so suddenly and without warning. Penny is at a Psychiatric Hospital being evaluated by doctors and awaiting trial for murder. The question is: Does Penny truly have DID or has she been playing and tricking everyone for years, acting like other people and personalities?

I loved flipping through the pages to unfold what would happen next. I enjoy reading books with an unreliable main character and this book has exactly that. Penny isn’t the most reliable character. I enjoyed reading about her work with Dr. Mitch and awaiting his decision as to whether she definitely had DID or not. Her personalities were all unique and interesting.

If you love a good thriller that will keep you guessing until the end, be sure to add this book to your list. You will not be disappointed.

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MY RATING: 4/5 stars

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Book Review: The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth @StMartinsPress @SallyHepworth #TheGoodSister #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger #booksonthebookshelf

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PUBLISHER: St. Martin’s Press

PUBLICATION DATE: April 13th, 2021

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Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for the eARC of this novel via NetGalley.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

Twin sisters Fern and Rose are as different as they are close—Rose the responsible, married sister, and Fern the quirky free spirit. Rose has always protected Fern from their mother, who hid her sociopathic nature from the world—and from Fern herself…

Years ago, Fern did a terrible thing, something Rose has never spoken of. And when Fern decides to help Rose gain her heart’s desire of becoming a mother, Rose learns with growing horror that maybe Fern’s actions only have terrible outcomes…maybe the secrets Rose herself has been keeping are rising to the surface…and their mother may have the last word after all.

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MY REVIEW:

Twins sisters who are alike in many ways yet different as well. Rose is married and successful, Fern is single and can be awkward and quirky. They had a rough upbringing, their mom struggled with her mental health and they were often homeless and lived in a library from time to time. Their mother wasn’t the most stable and supportive role model in their life so they often had to reply on one another – mostly Rose looking out for Fern. Now that they are adults and Fern lives alone and has a job, Rose still plays the caretaker and looks after Fern as she feels it is her responsibility to look out for her.

I enjoyed how this novel was told from two POV’s – from Fern’s POV and from Rose’s POV as we reach entries in her diary. We watch as their relationship evolved from childhood into adulthood, and not everything is as it appears to be. We learn many revelations from reading the entries in Rose’s diary, that prove not everything is as it appears. Full of secrets, lies,, betrayal, and deception, this book will have you hooked as you read along and learn about Rose and Fern’s relationship, and find out who they truly are. Are they both hiding something? Which one can you trust to tell you the truth?

An enjoyable read that I highly recommend.

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MY RATING: 4/5 stars

Blog Tour: The Funny Thing About Norman Foreman by Julietta Henderson @HarperCollins @JuliettaJulia1 #blogtour #TheFunnyThingAboutNormanForeman #TheFunnyThingAboutNormanForemanBlogTour #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger #booksonthebookshelf #booksof2021

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PUBLISHER: MIRA

PUBICATION DATE: April 13th, 2021

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Hi everyone and welcome to my stop on the exciting Blog Tour for The Funny Thing About Norman Foreman by Julietta Henderson.

This book goes on sale tomorrow, April 13th, 2021 so be sure to mark your calendars and grab your copy of this book!

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

Little Miss Sunshine meets Wonder in this delightfully charming, uplifting book club debut about a twelve-year-old would-be comedian who travels across the country to honor his dead best friend’s dream of performing in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe—the only problem being that his friend was the funny one of their duo.


Twelve-year-old would-be comedian Norman has got a lot going on, including a chronic case of psoriasis, a distinct lack of comic timing and a dead best friend. All his life it’s just been him, his single mum Sadie, and Jax, the ‘funny one’ of their comedy duo. So when Jax dies not only is Norman devastated, it’s also the end of the boys’ Five Year Plan to take their comedy act to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe when they turned fifteen.

But Norman decides to honor Jax by performing at the Fringe, on his own. And not when he’s fifteen—but rather in four weeks’ time. But there’s another, far more colossal objective on Norman’s plan that Sadie wasn’t quite ready for: Norman wants to find his father. Eager to do anything that might put a smile on her boy’s face, Sadie resolves to face up to her own messy past and track down the father who doesn’t even know Norman exists, and whose identity Sadie herself isn’t quite sure of.

Thus begins a road trip from Cornwall to Scotland, featuring a mother and son who will live in the reader’s heart for a long time to come.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Julietta Henderson credit Lizzy C Photography

Julietta Henderson is a full-time writer and comedy fan who splits her time between her home country of Australia and the UK. The Funny Thing about Norman Foreman is Julietta’s first novel.

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CONNECT WITH THE AUTHOR:

Website: https://juliettahenderson.com/ 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/juliettajulia1 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/juliettahendersonauthor/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19633416.Julietta_Henderson

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WHERE TO BUY THE BOOK:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Funny-Thing-About-Norman-Foreman/dp/0778331954 

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-funny-thing-about-norman-foreman-julietta-henderson/1136909248 

Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/books/the-funny-thing-about-norman-foreman/9780778331957 

IndieBound: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780778331957 

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Walmart: https://www.walmart.com/ip/The-Funny-Thing-about-Norman-Foreman-Original-ed-Hardcover-9780778331957/588572104 

Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/the-funny-thing-about-norman/9780778331957-item.html 

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-funny-thing-about-norman-foreman-3 

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Julietta_Henderson_The_Funny_Thing_About_Norman_Fo?id=EG3eDwAAQBAJ&hl=en 

Audible: https://www.amazon.com/Funny-Thing-About-Norman-Foreman/dp/B089ZN5RXJ 

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MY REVIEW:

Heartwarming, sad, funny, and charming, this novel will pull at your heartstrings and have you flipping the pages as you follow 12 year old Norman and his mom Sadie as they set out on their adventures and follow Norman’s dreams. Young Norman and his best friend Jax had a dream they planned to fulfill together, but that all changed when young Jax died. Norman sets out to continue fulfilling their dream although he will do it alone, and also intends to find his biological father as well on the journey.

I enjoyed reading about Norman and Sadie’s life together and reading about Norman setting out to fulfill his dream of performing at The Fringe. I enjoyed reading the novel from the alternating POV”s of both Sadie and Norman, as we get get a better glimpse into their thoughts and their personalities throughout the novel and it helps add to their character development. They were an interesting parent-child duo that was fun and interesting to read about and you can’t help but fall in love with them.

Overall a wonderful book that I recommend you add to your TBR!

 

Book Review: Just My Luck by Adele Parks @HarlequinBooks #JustMyLuck #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger #booksonthebookshelf

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PUBLISHER: MIRA

PUBLICATION DATE: April 6th, 2021

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Thank you to the publisher for the eARC of this book via NetGalley.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

It was supposed to be the lottery win they’d always dreamed of…

For fifteen years, Lexi and Jake have played the same six numbers with their friends. Over drinks, dinner parties and summer barbecues, the three couples have discussed the important stuff—kids, marriages, careers—and they’ve laughed off their disappointment when they failed to win anything.

But then the unthinkable happens. There’s a rift in the group. Someone is caught in a lie. And soon after, six numbers come up that change everything forever.

Lexi and Jake have a ticket worth millions. And their friends are determined to claim a share.

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MY REVIEW:

In this novel we are introduced to a group of friends. Sometimes they lie to one another, hide secrets from one another. I mean what could go wrong right? There is Jake and Lexi, a married couple with two children. Then there is their married friends Jennifer and Fred. One day Jennifer and Fred lie to Jake and Lexi, saying they are going away for the weekend, when in fact they stayed in their home. Jake and Lexi find out that their friends had lied to them, but why would they do such a thing? A bunch of friends who were close then suddenly start drifting apart. So many lies, betrayals, deception and envy.

I enjoyed the multiple POV’s in this novel. It was interesting and fun to get different perspectives and see different sides to the stories. With so many twists and turns, this novel will have you guessing and sitting on the edge of your seat.

An intriguing novel that was enjoyable and one I recommend.

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MY RATING: 3/5 stars

Book Review: The Dinner Guest by B.P. Walter @OneMoreChapter_ @HarperCollinsUK @netgalley #TheDinnerGuest #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger #booksonthebookshelf #netgalley

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PUBLISHER: One More Chapter

PUBLICATION DATE: April 1st, 2021

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Happy Publication Day to The Dinner Guest by B.P. Walter! Thank you to One More Chapter for the eARC of this amazing book via NetGalley.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

Four people walked into the dining room that night. One would never leave.
Matthew: the perfect husband.

Titus: the perfect son.

Charlie: the perfect illusion.

Rachel: the perfect stranger.

Charlie didn’t want her at the book club. Matthew wouldn’t listen.

And that’s how Charlie finds himself slumped beside his husband’s body, their son sitting silently at the dinner table, while Rachel calls 999, the bloody knife still gripped in her hand.

Agatha Christie meets Donna Tartt in this nerve-shredding domestic noir thriller that weaves a sprawling web of secrets around an opulent West London world and the dinner that ends in death.

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MY REVIEW:

Addictive, thrilling, entertaining, shocking, edge of your seat chills! 5 words that describe this book perfectly! Meet Matthew and Charlie. A married couple living their best life. They have a son together, Titus. One day they randomly meet a friendly woman named Rachel and they quickly become friends. Or at least she becomes friends with Matthew. Not so much with Charlie. Charlie is skeptical of this woman they have just met and is baffled by how quickly she becomes friends with his Matthew.

I enjoyed how the beginning of the book starts with a huge revelation, and then the rest of the story unfolds to reveal what happened at the dinner party that resulted in what happened and revealed at the beginning of the novel. I found myself flipping through the pages to uncover the mystery of what happened at the dinner party and how things transpired and went oh so wrong.

So many twists and turns and I loved it. There is so much deceit, lies, betrayal, secrets, and half truths in this book, you will find yourself guessing and second guessing what is going on. Who is responsible? Do you truly know those you are closest to, or do you only see what they want you to see? With a shocking twist that you won’t see coming, I cannot recommend this book enough!

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MY RATING: 5/5 stars