Book Review: The Overnight Guest by Heather Gudenkauf @hgudenkauf @parkrowbooks #TheOvernightGuest #booksof2022 #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger #booksonthebookshelf

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PUBLISHER: Park Row

PUBLICATION DATE: January 25th, 2022

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Thank you to Park Row for the eARC of this novel via NetGalley.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

She thought she was alone…

True crime writer Wylie Lark doesn’t mind being snowed in at the isolated farmhouse where she’s retreated to write her new book. A cozy fire, complete silence. It would be perfect, if not for the fact that decades earlier, at this very house, two people were murdered in cold blood and a girl disappeared without a trace.

As the storm worsens, Wylie finds herself trapped inside the house, haunted by the secrets contained within its walls—haunted by secrets of her own. Then she discovers a small child in the snow just outside. Bringing the child inside for warmth and safety, she begins to search for answers. But soon it becomes clear that the farmhouse isn’t as isolated as she thought, and someone is willing to do anything to find them.

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MY REVIEW:

I am a huge fan of novels by Heather Gudenkauf so of course I was thrilled to get a copy of her latest, The Overnight Guest. This book had me hooked from the very beginning. I loved the plot and reading along, learning about Wylie Lark and her life. I really enjoyed reading the alternate POV’s, parts from Wylie’s POV and then parts of someone else’s POV from their life. There are many twists and turns and shocking revelations that I did not see coming and I absolutely loved it!

A fast paced novel that will have you flipping the pages to see what is going to happen next. Who is the child that Wylie found outside in the middle of a snow storm, in the middle of nowhere? Where did the child come from? Why is the child alone? A gripping thriller that you will devour!

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MY RATING: 5/5 stars

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PUBLISHER: Macmillan Audio

PUBLICATION DATE: January 11th, 2022

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Thank you to Macmillan Audio for this early access to the audiobook via NetGalley.

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ABOUT THE BOOK: 

When Chloe Davis was twelve, six teenage girls went missing in her small Louisiana town. By the end of the summer, Chloe’s father had been arrested as a serial killer and promptly put in prison. Chloe and the rest of her family were left to grapple with the truth and try to move forward while dealing with the aftermath.

Now 20 years later, Chloe is a psychologist in private practice in Baton Rouge and getting ready for her wedding. She finally has a fragile grasp on the happiness she’s worked so hard to get. Sometimes, though, she feels as out of control of her own life as the troubled teens who are her patients. And then a local teenage girl goes missing, and then another, and that terrifying summer comes crashing back. Is she paranoid, and seeing parallels that aren’t really there, or for the second time in her life, is she about to unmask a killer?

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MY REVIEW:

Wow! An amazing debut thriller! Addictive, thrilling, edge-of-your-seat entertainment! I loved this audiobook from the very start. There are a lot of twists and turns, and the story is full of suspense and thrills that will have you hooked as you listen along. I really enjoyed the narrator of this book as well, their voice was very easy to listen to and it worked very well with the story.

I really liked Chloe’s character and learning about her past that has made her who she is today. She had a troubled past and her life hasn’t been easy, especially after her father had been arrested as a serial killer and is now in prison. When many teens in the area suddenly appear to go missing Chloe tries to uncover just what is in fact going on. It is eerily similar to what happened all those years ago. Could it just be an uncanny coincidence?

A fabulous novel that I really enjoyed and I highly recommend!

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MY RATING: 5/5 stars

Book Review: The Ex-Husband by Karen Hamilton @KJHAuthor @netgalley #TheExHusband #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger #booksof2022 #booksonthebookshelf

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PUBLISHER: Graydon House

PUBLICATION DATE: January 18th, 2022

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

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

It’s an offer she can’t refuse…and can’t escape.

True: Charlotte has an unsavory past. She married the wrong man, got caught up in his con artist games, took what wasn’t hers. She got out, though: divorced Sam, started fresh.

False: She left him before things went too far. Nothing bad happened.

True: Sam is missing, and before he disappeared, he left cryptic messages about someone threatening him—someone who has been threatening Charlotte, too.

True: She’s on the straight and narrow, has accepted a job as a personal assistant for an engagement party on board a private luxury cruise ship, the Cleobella.

False: No one on board knows about her past, and she’s far away from anyone who means her harm.

As the Cleobella sails through its glittering destinations—the Bahamas, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago—increasingly sinister events haunt the guests, and the turquoise waves and sun-drenched beaches give way to something darker. Someone knows what Charlotte did. Is it the blushing bride? The seemingly placid mother-in-law? Or the mysterious heiress?

Someone knows, and someone wants revenge—before the ship reaches its final port. 

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MY REVIEW:

This isn’t the first book I have read by Karen Hamilton so of course I was thrilled to get my hands on her latest novel, The Ex-Husband. I was hooked on this book from the very start. There are so many twists and turns that you won’t see coming, and I was flipping through the pages to see what was going to happen next.

Charlotte has a past – a past she has been trying to move on from and start anew. But sometimes no matter how hard you try to run away from your past it always has a way of sneaking back up on you. This is the case for Charlotte. Not everything is as it first seems, and you will be guessing the entire way as you read this book. 

A book that I highly recommend that you read.

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MY RATING: 4/5 stars