Book Review: The Favorite Daughter by Kaira Rouda @netgalley @KairaRouda #TheFavoriteDaughter #booksonthebookshelf #bookblog #bookblogger #bookreview #bookreviewer

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PUBLISHER: Graydon House

PUBLICATION DATE: May 21st, 2019

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Thank you to the publisher for providing an e-copy of this book via NetGalley.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

The perfect home. The perfect family. The perfect lie.

Jane Harris lives in a sparkling home in an oceanfront gated community in Orange County. It’s a place that seems too beautiful to be touched by sadness. But exactly one year ago, Jane’s oldest daughter, Mary, died in a tragic accident and Jane has been grief-stricken ever since. Lost in a haze of anti-depressants, she’s barely even left the house. Now that’s all about to change.

It’s time for Jane to reclaim her life and her family. Jane’s husband, David, has planned a memorial service for Mary and three days later, their youngest daughter, Betsy, graduates high school. Yet as Jane re-emerges into the world, it’s clear her family has changed without her. Her husband has been working long days—and nights—at the office. Her daughter seems distant, even secretive. And her beloved Mary was always such a good girl—dutiful and loving. But does someone know more about Mary, and about her last day, than they’ve revealed?

The bonds between mothers and daughters, and husbands and wives should never be broken. But you never know how far someone will go to keep a family together…

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MY REVIEW:

Wow what a roller coaster ride! This novel is told from Jane’s point of view and she is unpredictable and unreliable at best! She is a character you will hate, or love to hate, and she kind of grows on you. It was interesting for sure to be told the story from her perspective and to see the story unfold through her eyes. There were times she made me laugh and other times I was shocked by her.

A great novel that will have you immersed in the pages as you read this crazy ride of a book, with a lot of thrills and surprises. Full of drama, secrets, lies and betrayal, it is the perfect recipe for a thriller.

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MY RATING: 4/5 stars

 

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Book Review: The New Neighbors by Simon Lelic @netgalley #TheNewNeighbors #NetGalley #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger #booksonthebookshelf

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PUBLISHER: Berkley

PUBLICATION DATE: April 10th, 2018

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

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

What if your perfect home turned out to be the scene of the perfect crime?

Londoners Jack and Syd moved into the house a year ago. It seemed like their dream home: tons of space, the perfect location, and a friendly owner who wanted a young couple to have it.

So when they made a grisly discovery in the attic, Jack and Syd chose to ignore it. That was a mistake.

Because someone has just been murdered. Right outside their back door.

And now the police are watching them…

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MY REVIEW:

This book was a great read from beginning to end. I did find some parts of the story to be a bit slower paced but then it picked right back up again. A young couple move into their new home together. Syd and Jack are excited and love their new home. However, things aren’t what they seem and the couple soon find themselves being watched by the police for a crime…murder… Are they innocent? Or did they have something to do with it?

There are a lot of twists and turns that will have you on the edge of your seat and keep you guessing as you read through the novel. I enjoyed the thrills and chills in this novel, and would recommend it.

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MY RATING:

4/5 stars

Blog Tour: I Know You’re There by Sarah Simpson @sarahrsimpson @aria_fiction #blogtour #IKnowYoureThere #bookblog #bookblogger #bookreview #bookreviewer #booksonthebookshelf

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Hi everyone and welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour for the new novel I Know You’re There by Sarah Simpson. Thank you to Aria Fiction for inviting me to be a part of the tour and for the e copy of the book via NetGalley.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

Is your house as safe as you think?

Natalie spent most of her childhood feeling afraid. So when she moved into her cosy little flat in St Ives and met her three friendly neighbours, she knew at once it was somewhere she’d feel safe.

Before long, Natalie’s neighbours have become the family she never had. Kind, motherly Morwenna, serious, reliable Nigel, and sweet, anxious Daniel. They collect each other’s mail, water each other’s plants, and share each others lives.

But as Natalie knows all too well, the people who are closest to you can also be the most dangerous. And this house is not as safe as she thinks.

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MY REVIEW:

I enjoyed this book and the suspense that builds as you read the chapters. You know there is a shoe to drop but you don’t know when and I loved that aspect of the book. Natalie doesn’t trust just anyone and with good reason. She has a troubled past. But she feels safe with her neighbours and trusts them but should she? Her world as she knows it could crumble down at any given moment.

I enjoyed reading about Natalie as the main character and her relationship and interaction with all of her neighbours. They were like a close little family and did things for one another. But is everyone who they say they are or are they hiding something?

I enjoyed how the chapters alternated between each characters point of view. Some chapters were told from Natalie’s perspective then would switch to another chapter from another perspective. A unique way of writing which I found added to the enjoyment and thrill of the novel. It also allowed you to get to know each character in the story a bit more which I enjoyed.

Overall a great book that was a joy to read.

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MY RATING: 4/5 stars

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Sarah Simpson has a first-class honours degree in Psychology and has experience working at a Brain Rehabilitation Hospital. She has spent time as a family consultant for Warwickshire and Oxfordshire solicitors and gained knowledge of the Family Court System. She now lives in Cornwall with her husband, three children and animals.

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Book Review: Broken Dolls by Sarah Flint @Aria_Fiction @SarahFlint19 @NetGalley #BrokenDolls #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger #booksonthebookshelf #netgalley

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PUBLISHER: Aria

PUBLICATION DATE: August 7th, 2018

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Thank you to the publisher for gifting me an eARC copy of this book via NetGalley.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

A baby lies abandoned amongst the rubbish; her tiny face as white as alabaster, her body as stiff as a miniature doll.

A young prostitute lies beaten, her figure lying like a mannequin on the frozen concrete, her blood spilt, her life ebbing away.

As DC ‘Charlie’ Stafford and her boss DI Hunter struggle to identify the victim from the violator their hunt brings them to the crack houses of Lambeth, littered with damaged people, their lives scarred by tragedy and violence, most broken beyond repair.

As further lives hang in the balance Charlie must empower the weak to speak out against those who seek to cause harm.

But can a broken doll ever truly be mended; or will the wounds of the past, fashion the events of the future?

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MY REVIEW:

I have read previous novels by Sarah Flint and character DC  Charlie Stafford is one bad ass character. I love how she fights for what she believes in, is a hard worker, dedicated to her job and will do whatever it takes to find justice. She is a very likable character, and a strong, powerful female.

I enjoyed the edginess in this novel and the twists and turns it took as we explore the daily lives of some of the women in this novel who are living in crack houses. They are victims of abuse, both sexual and physical, as well as emotional and are “broken” and have nowhere or no one to turn to for help. They are true victims and it is heartbreaking to hear their story and how they live from day to day and survive in their world as they know it. I found myself flipping through the pages to uncover more of the story and to see if true justice would be found and what would become of the victims as well as the ones committing these heinous crimes.

A truly gripping novel that will have you hooked until the very end.

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MY RATING: 4/5 stars

Book Review: In the Vines by Shannon Kirk @AmazonPub @ShannonCKirk #IntheVines #bookblog #bookblogger #bookreview #bookreviewer #booksonthebookshelf

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PUBLISHER: Thomas & Mercer

PUBLICATION DATE: July 17th, 2018

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Thank you to the publisher for gifting me an e-copy of this book via NetGalley to read and share my review.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

Family ties so strong you can’t escape…

Mary Olivia Pentecost, known as Mop, was born into one of the wealthiest families in the country—and one of the most guarded. Now, two years after her mother’s mysterious death, Mop is seeking closure on the disquieting tragedy by returning to the New England seaside estate of her cloistered Aunty Liv—once her closest relative and confidante.

But behind the walls of the isolated estate, the shadows of the past are darker than Mop imagined. The puzzles of the family history are not to be shared, but unearthed. With each revelation comes a new, foreboding threat—and for Mop, the grave suspicion that to discover Aunty Liv’s secrets is to become a prisoner of them.

How well do we know the people we love? How well do we want to know them? The answers are as twisted as a tangle of vines in this throat-clutching novel of psychological suspense.

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MY REVIEW:

This book was full of surprises and so much drama and suspense, I loved it. I don’t want to give too much away, but the families in this novel are wealthy and powerful, and a bit crazy too! Full of mystery, thrills, secrets, and darkness, you will love this novel as it takes you on a wild journey. Exploring the craziness, the insanity, the uniqueness and the never ending drama in this family, you cannot get enough.

This novel is told from alternating point of views as well as timelines. Parts are told from Aunty Liv’s perspective and parts are told from her niece’s point of view, a woman named Mary Olivia Pentecost (aka Mop). I liked Mop’s character, and enjoyed seeing things from her perspective. Aunty Liv was quite the character as well, and I actually laughed many times as Aunty Liv I found to be quite humorous most times.

I loved this book and I am looking forward to reading her next novel, Gretchen, which is releasing soon.

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MY RATING: 4/5 stars

Blog Tour & Book Review: One More Lie by Amy Lloyd @Hanover_Square @HarperCollins @AmyLloydWrites @netgalley #onemorelie #blogtour #netgalley #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger #booksonthebookshelf

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PUBLISHER: Hanover Square Press

PUBLICATION DATE: May 28th, 2019

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HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY!! This book is released today!

Hi everyone and welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour for Amy Lloyd’s newest novel One More Lie. Thank you to Hanover Square Press, Harper Collins, for gifting the eARC copy of this book to read via NetGalley.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

Charlotte wants to start fresh. She wants to forget her past, forget prison and, most of all, forget Sean. But old habits die hard. Despite the ankle monitor she must wear as part of her parole agreement and frequent visits to her therapist, she soon finds herself sliding back toward the type of behavior that sent her to prison in the first place. The further down that path she goes, however, the closer she gets to the crime that put her in prison all those years ago. And that’s the one memory she can’t face. Until, one day, Sean tracks her down.

As the story builds, Lloyd teases and hints with glimpses of Charlotte’s troubled past, culminating in a shocking conclusion that will leave readers chilled to the bone. For fans of Sometimes I Lie and Behind Her Eyes, Amy Lloyd flexes her muscles with a crime fiction novel of unyielding suspense, creeping paranoia, and dark temptation that peers into the horrors that lurk in the human mind.

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MY REVIEW:

Gripping, thrilling, and addictive. This book will have you sitting on the edge of your seat as you read through the chapters and uncover more of the story and what truly happened that one dark, and fateful day. What happened all of those years ago for Sean and Charlotte to get into so much trouble as 10 year old’s that they would be tried in court as adults? Are young children truly capable of such a heinous crime or has there been some mistake?…. some accident?

I enjoyed reading between alternating timelines. Parts of the novel are written in the present and parts are written in the past. I enjoyed how this allowed us as readers to get glimpses into the past and get small bits of the truth a little bit at a time, which I found added to the  whole suspense and climax of the novel. Everytime we got a piece of information from the past they in jumped to the present, I was left wanting to know more. As we gather more and more pieces of what truly happened we are slowly able to see the full picture. I also liked how parts of the novel were told from His (Sean’s) and Her (Charlotte’s) point of view.

It was clear that Sean was a troubled boy. He grew up in a single parent home, his father was hardly around to supervise and look over him so it was clear to see how he could easily get into so much trouble and be somewhat of a trouble maker. Sean and Charlotte quickly become good friends, doing everything together. The good and the bad.

In the present, Sean and Charlotte having spoken in years. Charlotte is given a new name, a new identity, to protect her from the public and prevent them from knowing who she truly is. As a part of her parole she has to wear an ankle monitoring device and see her counselor regularly. Charlotte and her counselor have a good and close relationship and Charlotte has been seeing her for years. Charlotte is having a difficult time adjusting to life on the outside of prison, as she was in jail since she was at the young tender age of 10. She has to cope with living on her own with room mates, holding down a job, getting to and from work, etc. Which is a lot for her to handle since this is all so very new to her.

Charlotte cannot remember what truly happened all those years ago that put her and Sean in prison. She knows part of what happened but the rest of the day is blocked from her mind. Was what happened that day so awful that she has blocked out the memory of what happened as a way to block the truth and protect herself? Will she ever regain the memories back and if so, how will she deal with the new memory?

A great book that I enjoyed reading and had me hooked to the very end.

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MY RATING: 4/5 stars

Blog Tour: He’s At Your Door by Alex Sinclair @ASinclairAuthor @Bloodhoundbook #Hesatyourdoor #blogtour #bookblog #bookblogger #bookreview #bookreviewer

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PUBLISHER: Bloodhound Books

PUBLICATION DATE: May 20th, 2019

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Hi everyone and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for the newest novel by author Alex Sinclair titled He’s At Your Door. Thank you to Bloodhound Books for inviting me to be a part of this blog tour and for gifting the eARC of this novel.

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ABOUT THE BOOK: 

Karen Rainey lives a sheltered life on the edge of the city. For the last five years, she has rarely left the home unless it was unavoidable. She has her food and anything else she needs delivered to the front door. She works from home to avoid venturing outside.

But Karen isn’t agoraphobic. She’s terrified of her ex-boyfriend, Zach, who is serving a life sentence in prison for a string of bank robberies after Karen testified against him. With the constant threat that Zach might send someone to find and kill her, Karen keeps a low profile.

To aid her in paying the rent each month, Karen takes in the occasional housemate, opting for students from the local university. Her current housemate, Beth, is a young student who has no idea about Karen’s past.

But when a mysterious package is left on her doorstep, it sends Karen’s world into turmoil.

Has Zach found her?

Isolated and frightened, Karen befriends Beth but refuses to tell her everything about her past.

Trapped inside their home, Karen and Beth soon begin to lose their minds.

But is the threat really outside or is it closer to home?

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MY REVIEW:

When I heard that Alex Sinclair was releasing another novel I was thrilled as I have read his previous books and loved them all. This book did not disappoint. He’s At Your Door is full of twists and turns, and surprises that you will not see coming. I loved how the story kept me guessing to the very end, and it was such a gripping thriller it was a pleasure to read.

Trapped in their home, Karen and Beth who are roommates slowly feel like they are truly trapped forever and cannot escape. Prisoners in their own home, with a man outside who wants to get into the house, they feel like they have no where to turn. Will they be able to escape the man that is outside their door or will he eventually get inside their home? What does the man want with them and who exactly is he?

I loved how the novel was written from Karen’s point of view and how we learned about her past that lead her to who she is today. She feels trapped in her own home, and although she isn’t agoraphobic, she does not leave her home. She orders in food, works online, and rarely ever goes outside – all due to her past and her ex Zach, who is in prison serving a life sentence. I cannot imagine living a life where you feel trapped in your own home, never to go outside.

A gripping novel, that will leave you reading page after page and guessing the whole way through.

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MY RATING: 4/5 stars

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Blog Tour: Birthday by Meredith Russo @Mer_Squared @RaincoastBooks #Birthday #BirthdayBlogTour #BlogTour #bookblogger #booblog #bookreview #bookreviewer

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PUBLISHER: Flatiron Books

PUBLICATION DATE: May 21st, 2019

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Hi everyone and welcome to my stop on the Birthday Blog Tour, written by Meredith Russo. Thank you to Raincoast Books for inviting me to be a part of such an exciting tour and for gifting me an ARC of this book to read and share my review with everyone.

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Two kids, Morgan and Eric, are bonded for life after being born on the same day at the same time. We meet them once a year on their shared birthday as they grow and change: as Eric figures out who he is and how he fits into the world, and as Morgan makes the difficult choice to live as her true self. Over the years, they will drift apart, come together, fight, make up, and break up—and ultimately, realize how inextricably they are a part of each other.

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MY REVIEW:

I absolutely loved this book and the story that evolved. I enjoyed reading about the two main characters, Morgan and Eric. Born on the same day at the same hospital, and their lives crossed paths that one fateful day due to a snow storm that left their families trapped in the hospital until the storm passed. They were destined to meet and become the best of friends.

Both characters were very interesting and likable, and I found it quite interesting to read about their character development throughout the book as they grew from young pre-teens into adulthood. It was interesting to read things through their own eyes and experiences and get a glimpse into their deepest thoughts and feelings. Each chapter alternates from Eric’s and Morgan’s point of view and I loved this style of writing. We got to see things through the eyes of both main characters and it was fabulous.

I also enjoyed how the novel was written in sections according to their birthday each year – 16th birthday, 17th birthday, etc. It allowed the reader to see their personal growth as the story progressed and how they grew as young adults year after year. I thought it was special how they always seemed to celebrate their birthdays together each year.

Birthday is a heartwarming story that will leave you feeling happy and will tug on your heartstrings. I loved this story and felt so immersed in it, that I was unable to put it down until I came to the very end.

Thanks for stopping by on my stop of the blog tour. I hope you enjoy the book. On sale now!

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MY RATING: 4/5 stars

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Book Review: Mine by Courtney Cole @GalleryBooks @Court_Writes @netgalley #Mine #netgalley #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger #booksonthebookshelf

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PUBLISHER: Gallery Books

PUBLICATION DATE: May 28th, 2019

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Thank you to the publisher for gifting me an e ARC of this book to read and share my review via Netgalley.

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Our world was crumbling. You took advantage.
He was weak. You’re weaker.
A wedding ring isn’t a challenge. It’s a promise.
But that promise wasn’t for you.
Get some self respect. And get your own life.
My husband isn’t yours.
He’s mine.
And no matter how hard you try, you’ll never be me.
You don’t have the balls.

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MY REVIEW:

Wow what a book! Tessa seems to have it all. A handsome husband, a great job, a beautiful home, 3 amazing children, and a lot of money. Her husband Ethan travels a lot for business, and one weekend Tessa drops her children off at her parents home so she can have a weekend alone with her husband. He is due to arrive back home from his recent work trip later that evening. Tessa is excited and cannot wait to have some alone time with her husband.

While driving back to their home hours away to prepare for her husbands arrival, he calls to let her know that he is sorry but he has to extend his trip to secure a business deal and will not be back that evening. Tessa is devastated, she was so looking forward to spending this weekend with her husband and had everything all planned out.

When Tessa gets home, she picks up her husbands ipad and sees a text from a strange woman. Her name is Lindsey. What the heck is going on? Who is this woman? Tessa quickly learns that her husband appears to be having an affair and her whole world as she knows it comes crumbling down.

This story is told in alternate points of view. Tessa’s POV in the present and Lindsey;s POV in the past. I enjoyed the way this was done to give us some background information on Lindsey and how she met Ethan. It was interesting to read how her story evolved and to hear things from her perspective.

Nothing is as it seems, and both women are ready to fight for the man they love. Who will win? The wife or the mistress? Will one come out on top, will they stay with Ethan? Both are ready for the fight of their life, and both are determined to be the winner. A nail biting, vindictive novel full of lies, secrets, and the ultimate betrayal. A great book!

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MY RATING: 4/5 stars

Book Review: Nothing to Hide by Allison Brennan @StMartinsPress @MinotaurBooks @Allison_Brennan @netgalley #nothingtohide #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger #booksonthebookshelf

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PUBLISHER: Minotaur Books

PUBLICATION DATE: April 30th, 2019

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Thank you to the publisher for the gifted eARC via Netgalley.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

With a background in psychology, FBI Agent Lucy Kincaid is good at getting into the heads of killers and victims both. Still, her latest case is leaving her stumped. A third body has turned up in San Antonio—and it bears the same unique and troubling M.O. as the first two. The killer is clearly trying to send a message. But what is it—and to whom? All roads keep leading Lucy down a dead end. . .

The victims are all married men who led honest lives alongside their adoring wives, but have nothing else in common. When Lucy catches each widow in a lie, she realizes that things are not at all as they seem. What begins as a seemingly straightforward investigation turns into something far darker and more sinister than Lucy could have ever imagined. Can she solve this case before more lives are lost. . . including her own husband?

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MY REVIEW:

This is the first book in the Lucy Kincaid series that I have read and although it is book #15 in the series, you can easily read it as a standalone as I did. I really enjoyed the writing style of this novel and I am definitely interested in checking out the other books in this series.

FBI Agent Lucy Kincaid is a very likable character. She was very knowledgeable in her work and seemed like a kick ass FBI Agent. She knew what she wanted and how to get it, and was hardworking, determined, and not afraid for fight for what she wanted and what she believed in. This case baffles her. Three murdered married men, with no clues, no evidence, no DNA left anywhere, nothing. How can that be? Determined to solve this case, she sets off to uncover what truly happened and bring those responsible to justice.

Lucy is partnered on this case with a member of the local police department who has no use for her or anyone else from the FBI. He states they have messed up his investigations before and he would rather work alone. Despite this fact, Lucy grows on him, and it is interesting to read and their working relationship and seeing him begin to warm up to her and the idea of working with her, even though she is an FBI agent.

This case is more than just a murder investigation. It is not as cookie-cutter and straight forward as that, as there are forces more dark and sinister at work here. What that is exactly, Lucy is determined to find out.

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MY RATING: 4/5 stars