Blog Tour: Jane Anonymous by Laurie Faria Stolarz @lauriestolarz @WednesdayBooks #janeanonymous #janeanonymousbook #blogtour #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger #booksonthebookshelf #tffbc

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PUBLISHER: Wednesday Books

PUBLICATION DATE: January 7th, 2020

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Hi everyone and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Jane Anonymous by Laurie Faria Stolarz. Thank you to the publisher for an ecopy via NetGalley, and to The Fantastic Flying Book Club for inviting me on the tour!

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

Bestselling author Laurie Faria Stolarz returns with Jane Anonymous, a gripping tale of a seventeen-year-old girl’s kidnapping and her struggle to fit back into her life after she escapes.

Then, “Jane” was just your typical 17-year-old in a typical New England suburb getting ready to start her senior year. She had a part-time job she enjoyed, an awesome best friend, overbearing but loving parents, and a crush on a boy who was taking her to see her favorite band. She never would’ve imagined that in her town where nothing ever happens, a series of small coincidences would lead to a devastating turn of events that would forever change her life.

Now, it’s been three months since “Jane” escaped captivity and returned home. Three months of being that girl who was kidnapped, the girl who was held by a “monster.” Three months of writing down everything she remembered from those seven months locked up in that stark white room. But, what if everything you thought you knew―everything you thought you experienced―turned out to be a lie?

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BOOK LINKS:

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Laurie Faria Stolarz grew up in Salem, MA, attended Merrimack College, and received an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College in Boston. Laurie Faria Stolarz is an American author of young adult fiction novels, best known for her Blue is for Nightmares series. Her works, which feature teenage protagonists, blend elements found in mystery and romance novels. Stolarz found sales success with her first novel, Blue is for Nightmares, and followed it up with three more titles in the series, White is for Magic, Silver is for Secrets, and Red is for Remembrance, as well as a companion graphic novel, Black is for Beginnings. Stolarz is also the author of the Touch series (Deadly Little Secret, Deadly Little Lies, Deadly Little Games, Deadly Little Voices, and Deadly Little Lessons), as well as Bleed and Project 17. With more than two million books sold worldwide, Stolarz’s titles have been named on various awards list.

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AUTHOR LINKS:

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MY REVIEW:

A great book that will have you guessing with all the twists and suspenseful events. I loved how this book drew me in and had me reading more as I wanted to know hat would happen next.

I really enjoyed reading about Jane’s character development throughout the novel. It was interesting to read alternate timelines, as the story was told partly from “then” when she was held captive, and the “now” when she has found freedom again. I enjoyed how it went back and forth, only giving us glimpses and pieces at a time, slowly, until we got the bigger picture of what truly happened.

An emotional roller coaster, that covers many sensitive topics, including mental health, abduction, imprisonment, etc, this book will have you feeling so many raw emotions. You will be hooked once you start reading this novel, and you will want to read it all in one sitting!

Great job on a wonderful book Laurie! I look forward to reading more novels written by you!

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MY RATING: 5/5 stars

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Blog Tour & Book Review: How Quickly She Disappears by Raymond Fleischmann @BerkleyPub @penguinrandom @R_Fleischmann #HowQuicklySheDisappears #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger #blogtour #booksonthebookshelf

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PUBLISHER: Berkley

PUBLICATION DATE: January 14th, 2020

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Happy Publication Day to How Quickly She Disappears by Raymond Fleischmann. Thank you to Berkley for inviting me to be a part of this exciting blog tour and for gifting me a beautiful finished hardcover copy of this book to read and share my review with others.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

It’s 1941 in small-town Alaska and Elisabeth Pfautz is alone. She’s living far from home, struggling through an unhappy marriage, and she spends her days tutoring her precocious young daughter. Elisabeth’s twin sister disappeared without a trace twenty years earlier, and Elisabeth’s life has never recovered. Cryptic visions of her sister haunt her dreams, and Elisabeth’s crushing loneliness grows more intense by the day. But through it all, she clings to one belief: That her sister is still alive, and that they’ll be reunited one day.

And that day may be coming soon. Elisabeth’s world is upended when Alfred Seidel — an enigmatic German bush pilot — arrives in town and murders a local man in cold blood. Sitting in his cell in the wake of his crime, Alfred refuses to speak to anyone except for Elisabeth. He has something to tell her: He knows exactly what happened to her long-missing sister, but he’ll reveal this truth only if Elisabeth fulfills three requests.

Increasingly isolated from her neighbors and imprisoned by the bitter cold and her own obsession, Elisabeth lets herself slip deeper into Alfred’s web. A tenuous friendship forms between them, even as Elisabeth struggles to understand Alfred’s game and what he’s after.

But if it means she’ll get answers, she’s willing to play by his rules. She’s ready to sacrifice whatever it takes to be reunited with her sister, even if it means putting herself — and her family — in mortal danger.

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MY REVIEW:

First of all lets admire the beauty of this cover! Such a beautiful book cover!

This book had me hooked! I enjoyed the plot of the book – Elisabeth lost her twin sister Jacqueline some 20 years ago when she simply vanished without a trace. All these years later Elisabeth still cannot help but wonder where her sister is and what happened to her. Is she still alive? If she is still alive, then why hasn’t she reached out and gotten in contact after all these years? Elisabeth is determined to find her twin sister and find out what happened all those years ago.

I enjoyed reading about her interactions with Alfred. He was dark, twisted, and clearly had his own agenda. He loved talking in riddles and playing games, and it was interesting to read about his growing relationship with Elisabeth. If Elisabeth wanted to find out the truth about her missing sister then she had to play Alfred’s games, had to befriend him, and play by his rules or else risk never fining out the truth about her sister? Is she willing to risk all that? Definitely not! She would do (and pretty much did do) anything and everything he asked to get one step closer to finding out the truth about her sisters disappearance. She not only puts herself in danger, but her entire family as well.

Will she find out the truth about what really happened to her sister or is she playing Alfred’s game all for nothing? You’ll have to read this novel to find out!

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MY RATING: 4/5 stars

Book Review: Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda @KairaRouda #BestDayEver #BestDayEverNovel #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblogger #bookblogger

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PUBLISHER: Graydon House

PUBLICATION DATE: September 19th, 2017

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

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

 

I glance at my wife as she climbs into the passenger seat, and I am bursting with confidence. Today will be everything I’ve promised her…and more…

 

Paul Strom has the perfect life: a glittering career as an advertising executive, a beautiful wife, two healthy boys and a big house in a wealthy suburb. And he’s the perfect husband: breadwinner, protector, provider. That’s why he’s planned a romantic weekend for his wife, Mia, at their lake house, just the two of them. And he’s promised today will be the best day ever.

But as Paul and Mia drive out of the city and toward the countryside, a spike of tension begins to wedge itself between them and doubts start to arise. How much do they trust each other? And how perfect is their marriage, or any marriage, really?

Forcing us to ask ourselves just how well we know those who are closest to us, Best Day Ever crackles with dark energy, spinning ever tighter toward its shocking conclusion. In the bestselling, page-turning vein of The Couple Next Door and The Dinner, Kaira Rouda weaves a gripping, tautly suspenseful tale of deception and betrayal dark enough to destroy a marriage…or a life.

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MY REVIEW:

This book was amazing and had me HOOKED from the beginning. I loved how the story unfolded, starting with husband and wife Paul and Mia about to begin what is planned to be a romantic getaway. Setting out on their journey to their lake house, Paul is determined that it will be the “best day ever”.

OMG I cannot say enough great things about this amazing novel! If you haven’t read this book yet you are seriously missing out! Go get it now! You’ll see what I am talking about.

I loved the sarcastic tone to the novel (Yes I am a sarcasm type person and I LOVED IT!). I enjoyed the dark humour, the suspense, the edge-of-your-seat chapters, and the thrills of what was to unfold next. I enjoyed how fast-paced this novel was and it is definitely one of my favourite novels of the year!!

Without giving too much away you seriously will love this novel!

This was the first book I have read by Kaira Rouda but will definitely not be my last! I am thrilled to get my hands on her other books as well!

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MY RATING: 5/5 stars

Book Review: The House Swap by Rebecca Fleet #TheHouseSwap #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger

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PUBLISHER: Doubleday

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Thank you to the publisher for a gifted free copy of this book to read and share my review.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

 

‘No one lives this way unless they want to hide something.’

When Caroline and Francis receive an offer to house swap, they jump at the chance for a week away from home. After the difficulties of the past few years, they’ve worked hard to rebuild their marriage for their son’s sake; now they want to reconnect as a couple.

On arrival, they find a house that is stark and sinister in its emptiness – it’s hard to imagine what kind of person lives here. Then, gradually, Caroline begins to uncover some signs of life – signs of her life. The flowers in the bathroom or the music in the CD player might seem innocent to her husband but to her they are anything but. It seems the person they have swapped with is someone she used to know; someone she’s desperate to leave in her past.

But that person is now in her home – and they want to make sure she’ll never forget . . .

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MY REVIEW:

Imagine swapping houses with a complete stranger. Or at least someone you think is a stranger, completely unknown to you… would you swap houses and take the chance to live in someone else’s home for a while, and have them live in yours? What if that person you swapped houses with has something to hide? What if they are looking for something that you are trying to hide?

I enjoyed the premise of this book and it had me guessing what was going to happen next. I was curious to see how the story would unfold and I was curious who this other swap person was and what exactly it was they were after.

I enjoyed how the story was told from alternating timelines and alternating point of views. Overall a good story that I enjoyed.

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MY RATING: 3/5 stars

Book Review: The Perfect Child by Lucinda Berry @lucindaberry22 @AmazonPub #ThePerfectChild #ThePerfectChildBook #lucindaberry #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger #partner #booksonthebookshelf

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PUBLISHER: Thomas & Mercer

PUBLICATION DATE: March 1st, 2019

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Thank you to Amazon Publishing for gifting me a beautiful hardcover copy of this book to read and share my review with my followers. Can we take a few moments to just admire the beauty of this book cover? Absolutely beautiful I LOVE IT!!

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

A page-turning debut of suspense about a young couple desperate to have a child of their own—and the unsettling consequences of getting what they always wanted.

Christopher and Hannah are a happily married surgeon and nurse with picture-perfect lives. All that’s missing is a child. When Janie, an abandoned six-year-old, turns up at their hospital, Christopher forms an instant connection with her, and he convinces Hannah they should take her home as their own.

But Janie is no ordinary child, and her damaged psyche proves to be more than her new parents were expecting. Janie is fiercely devoted to Christopher, but she acts out in increasingly disturbing ways, directing all her rage at Hannah. Unable to bond with Janie, Hannah is drowning under the pressure, and Christopher refuses to see Janie’s true nature.

Hannah knows that Janie is manipulating Christopher and isolating him from her, despite Hannah’s attempts to bring them all together. But as Janie’s behavior threatens to tear Christopher and Hannah apart, the truth behind Janie’s past may be enough to push them all over the edge.

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MY REVIEW:

Be careful what you wish for because you just might get it!!

Oh my goodness! Just WOW!!! This book is simply amazing! This novel will have you sitting on the edge of your seat, gasping and breathless over the craziness and goings-on in this novel! I loved how dark and twisty this novel was and you will NOT be disappointed!!

Christopher and Hannah are a happily married couple. One is a doctor and one is a nurse. The only thing missing in their happy lives is a child of their own. They desperately want a child and then as luck would have it young Janie comes into their lives. She needs a place to live, they want a child in their home… PERFECT! Talk about great timing! They decide to take her into their home until more permanent arrangements can be made.

This novel is told in alternating POV’s – Christopher’s and Hannah’s. There is much suspicion as to the way Janie came into their lives. Where does she come from? Where are her parents? As the mystery of Janie begins to unfold, not everything is as it first appeared to be, and it is clear there are way more dark and sinister parts at play here. Janie becomes manipulative, often pitting Christopher and Hannah against one another, and shows favouritism.

Without giving too much away this is definitely a must read that you need to add to your TBR list right now!! You will not regret it.

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MY RATING: 5/5 stars

Book Review: A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult @jodipicoult @PenguinRandomCA #ASparkOfLight #ASparkOfLightBook #bookblog #bookblogger #bookreview #bookreviewer #booksonthebookshelf #partner

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PUBLISHER: Random House Canada

PUBLICATION DATE: October 2nd, 2018

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Thank you to Penguin Random House Canada for gifting me a beautiful hardcover copy of this book to read and share my review with others. Just look at the cover of this book!! Totally amazing!

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

At Mississippi’s sole remaining women’s reproductive services clinic, a gunman bursts in and takes its patients and staff hostage. The stories that brought these individuals to the clinic vary, from a woman awaiting cancer screening results to a protestor hoping to catch the clinic in a scandal that could be used in a pro-life campaign. Then there is the police hostage negotiator, whose daughter is also trapped inside the facility, and the gunman himself, who has a vendetta to carry out. Meanwhile, across the state, a seventeen-year-old woman lands in the hospital after an attempt to self-terminate her pregnancy and is subsequently charged by the pro-life DA for the murder of her unborn child. They, too, are connected to the events unfolding in the clinic.

As the book moves backward in time, each chapter set one hour earlier than the last, we learn how all these people and their stories are unwittingly connected–and that none of these characters’ reasons for being where they are at this fateful place and time are exactly what it appears at first glance.

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MY REVIEW:

Wow! Just wow! This novel is heartbreaking, thought-provoking, and incredible! Jodi Picoult has done it yet again with another pulse-pounding novel that will leave readers thinking about this novel long after they have finished reading it!

I absolutely loved how uniquely written this book was – written in reverse timeline. Every chapter was written an hour previous to the last chapter, and it was unique and I loved it. It allowed us the reader to slowly gain more pieces of the puzzle and get a clearer picture of what is going on and the events that lead to where the book started (the ending). We slowly learn what brought each person to the clinic and their individual stories.

This book will have you sitting on the edge of your seat as you read chapter after chapter, biting your nails and frantically flipping through the pages to see which direction this story will take next. You will feel many different emotions while reading this novel, so be sure to have a box of tissues handy.

We get glimpses into the lives and thoughts of each of the hostages that day as well as a glimpse into their lives beforehand, and experience their thoughts and emotions while they are held hostage in the clinic. We also get an understanding of what brought each of them into the clinic on that fateful day and the factors in their lives that have led them to make the decisions that they have made.

A book you will surely love! Be sure to grab your copy today if you haven’t already read this novel! You will love it!

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MY RATING:

5/5 stars

Book Review: Someone We Know by Shari Lapena @sharilapena @doubledayca @doubledaybooks #SomeoneWeKnow #SomeoneWeKnowBook #bookblog #bookblogger #bookreview #bookreviewer #booksonthebookshelf

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PUBLISHER: Doubleday Canada

PUBLICATION DATE: July 30th, 2019

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ABOUT THE BOOK: 

Maybe you don’t know your neighbours as well as you thought you did. . . .

“I’m so sorry. My son has been getting into people’s houses. He’s broken into yours.”

In a quiet, leafy suburb in upstate New York, a teenager has been sneaking into houses–and into the owners’ computers as well. Learning their secrets, and maybe sharing some of them, too.

Who is he, and what might he have uncovered? As whispers start to circulate, suspicion mounts. And when a woman down the street is found murdered, the tension reaches its breaking point. Who killed her? Who knows more than they’re telling? And how far will all these very nice people go to protect their little secrets?

In this neighbourhood, it’s not just the husbands and wives who play games. Here, everyone in the family has something to hide.

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MY REVIEW:

I have read (and LOVED) all of Shari Lapena’s novels and was thrilled to hear about this newest release! I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy. I was not disappointed. I loved how this book was filled with suspicions, lies, deception, betrayal and secrets. Spouses keeping secrets from one another, parents keeping secrets from their children and vice versa. Everyone has something to hide and I loved that about this book!

Imagine receiving a note in your home anonymously from someone claiming their son has broken into houses in the community and that yours might be one of them. I mean what would you think? What would you do? I love how no one in this novel is innocent, everyone has something to hide, and all the adults are connected in some sinister way. I love it!

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MY REVIEW:

5/5 stars

Book Review: Woman on the Edge by Samantha M. Bailey @sbaileybooks @SimonSchusterCA #WomanOnTheEdge #bookreview #bookblogger #bookblog #bookreviewer #partner #booksonthebookshelf

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PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster

PUBLICATION DATE: November 26th, 2019

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Thank you to Simon and Schuster Canada for gifting me a beautiful paperback ARC copy of this book to read and share my review.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

A moment on the subway platform changes two women’s lives forever—a debut thriller that will take your breath away.

A total stranger on the subway platform whispers, “Take my baby.”

She places her child in your arms. She says your name.

Then she jumps…

In a split second, Morgan Kincaid’s life changes forever. She’s on her way home from work when a mother begs her to take her baby, then places the infant in her arms. Before Morgan can stop her, the distraught mother jumps in front of an oncoming train.

Morgan has never seen this woman before, and she can’t understand what would cause a person to give away her child and take her own life. She also can’t understand how this woman knew her name.

The police take Morgan in for questioning. She soon learns that the woman who jumped was Nicole Markham, prominent CEO of the athletic brand Breathe. She also learns that no witness can corroborate her version of events, which means she’s just become a murder suspect.

To prove her innocence, Morgan frantically retraces the last days of Nicole’s life. Was Nicole a new mother struggling with paranoia or was she in danger? When strange things start happening to Morgan, she suddenly realizes she might be in danger, too.

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MY REVIEW:

Addictive, thrilling, and edgy (see what I did there!). This book will have you sitting on the edge of your seat as you flip through the pages to see how the story unfolds and see what will happen next. Imagine you are standing and waiting for your train to come, and a stranger approaches you saying “take my baby” then places the baby in your arms and falls in front of an oncoming train. Wow!

I love how this book dives right into the heart-pulsing drama from the very beginning of this story. Woman on the Edge is told from alternating POV’s – Morgan in the now, and Nicole from before. I loved how it was written this way to show both sides of the entire story from each woman’s point of view. and also reading from Nicole in the “before” helps us to understand what was going on in her life that led to the events in the here and now.

I enjoyed reading about both Nicole and Morgan’s characters, and they were both likeable and fun to read about. I loved learning about their individual lives, and the events that led to their fateful meeting that day on the subway platform.

Full of twists and turns, darkness and secrets, this book will draw you in to the very end! Way to go Samantha, I look forward to reading your other novels!

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MY RATING: 5/5 stars

Book Review: The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell @AtriaBooks @SimonSchusterCA @lisajewelluk @netgalley #TheFamilyUpstairs #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger #booksonthebookshelf

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PUBLISHER: Atria

PUBLICATION DATE: November 5th, 2019

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

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

Be careful who you let in.

Soon after her twenty-fifth birthday, Libby Jones returns home from work to find the letter she’s been waiting for her entire life. She rips it open with one driving thought: I am finally going to know who I am.

She soon learns not only the identity of her birth parents, but also that she is the sole inheritor of their abandoned mansion on the banks of the Thames in London’s fashionable Chelsea neighborhood, worth millions. Everything in Libby’s life is about to change. But what she can’t possibly know is that others have been waiting for this day as well—and she is on a collision course to meet them.

Twenty-five years ago, police were called to 16 Cheyne Walk with reports of a baby crying. When they arrived, they found a healthy ten-month-old happily cooing in her crib in the bedroom. Downstairs in the kitchen lay three dead bodies, all dressed in black, next to a hastily scrawled note. And the four other children reported to live at Cheyne Walk were gone.

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MY REVIEW:

This book was an entertaing, addictive read. This was the first book by Jewell that I have read and I am looking forward to reading her other books after reading this one. I loved how slowly the mystery of what happened in the house at 16 Cheyne Walk all those years ago are revealed to us, and it leaves you wanting more as we learn piece by chilling piece. Such a dark, edgy past, that leaves you with a lot of questions, but fear not. All your questions will be answers as you read the chapters. So many secrets and lies, hidden truths and drama. Libby is excited to find out who her true parents are. When she turns 25 she finally receives the letter she has been waiting for all these years.

I enjoyed reading about Libby. She was an interesting and likeable character, and I enjoyed learning about her past and her birth family, and learning their secrets and their lies all those years ago. It was fun to read about Libby’s growth as a character in the book and I enjoyed reading about her encounter with the other characters in this novel as well.

Without giving too much away you’ll have to read this book! A definite must add to your TBR!

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MY RATING: 4 stars

 

 

Blog Tour & Book Review: The Last Thing She Told Me by Linda Green @LindaGreenisms @Mobius_Books #TheLastThingSheToldMe #TheLastThingSheToldMeBlogTour #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger #partner #booksonthebookshelf

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PUBLISHER: Mobius Books (formerly Quercus)

PUBLICATION DATE: March 7th, 2019

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Thank you to Mobius Books for inviting me to be a part of this exciting blog tour and for gifting me a beautiful, finished paperback copy of this book to read and share my review.

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Even the deepest buried secrets can find their way to the surface…

Moments before she dies, Nicola’s grandmother Betty whispers to her that there are babies at the bottom of the garden.

Nicola’s mother claims she was talking nonsense. However, when Nicola’s daughter finds a bone while playing in Betty’s garden, it’s clear that something sinister has taken place.

But will unearthing painful family secrets end up tearing Nicola’s family apart?

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MY REVIEW:

This book was chilling, addictive, and intense! I loved the lies, secrets and betrayals in this novel, especially since they were across many generations. Not only did Nicola’s grandmother Betty have many family secrets she was hiding, so too did Nicola’s mother. What secrets could they possibly be hiding and why? What could be so bad that they were willing (almost!) to take those secrets to the grave?

That is until Nicola’s sick and dying grandmother Betty whispers to her before she passes away that there are babies in the garden. Then she slips away before Nicola could get more answers. Babies in the garden? That cannot be! Why would there be babies in the garden? And if there were babies truly in the garden, which babies were they? Desperate for answers Nicola asks her mother for clarification and to try to seek out answers, but Nicola’s mother gets very upset and claims Nicola is talking nonsense. She closes off herself and gets angry, telling Nicola to forget it as she is mistaken. But Nicola is determined her grandmother was telling the truth and sets out to uncover the mystery of those last words and get some answers, whatever the cost.

I loved Nicola’s character. She was a lovely person and I enjoyed her character. She was a kind and caring mother and wife, and loved her family dearly. She wanted what was best for her family, and was determined to uncover the truth and find out what her family was possibly hiding and why. Even though the truth had the potential to tear her family apart as she knew it, she still set out to uncover the truth.

Chapter after chapter is full of shocking twists and turns, and shocking revelations that will have you flipping through the pages to the very shocking ending. I loved this book and I am sure you will too!

Be sure to add this book to your TBR list. It is on sale now!

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MY RATING: 5/5 stars

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