Book Review: The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware @RuthWareWriter @SimonSchusterCA @simonschuster #TheTurnoftheKey #bookblog #bookblogger #bookreview #bookreviewer #booksonthebookshelf

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PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster

PUBLICATION DATE: August 6th, 2019

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Thank you the Simon & Schuster Canada for gifting me a paperback copy of this book to read and share my review, as well as an eARC via Netgalley.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

When she stumbles across the ad, she’s looking for something else completely. But it seems like too good an opportunity to miss—a live-in nannying post, with a staggeringly generous salary. And when Rowan Caine arrives at Heatherbrae House, she is smitten—by the luxurious “smart” home fitted out with all modern conveniences, by the beautiful Scottish Highlands, and by this picture-perfect family.

What she doesn’t know is that she’s stepping into a nightmare—one that will end with a child dead and herself in prison awaiting trial for murder.

Writing to her lawyer from prison, she struggles to explain the unravelling events that led to her incarceration. It wasn’t just the constant surveillance from the cameras installed around the house, or the malfunctioning technology that woke the household with booming music, or turned the lights off at the worst possible time. It wasn’t just the girls, who turned out to be a far cry from the immaculately behaved model children she met at her interview. It wasn’t even the way she was left alone for weeks at a time, with no adults around apart from the enigmatic handyman, Jack Grant.

It was everything.

She knows she’s made mistakes. She admits that she lied to obtain the post, and that her behavior toward the children wasn’t always ideal. She’s not innocent, by any means. But, she maintains, she’s not guilty—at least not of murder. Which means someone else is.

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MY REVIEW:

Wow! Just WOW!! Ruth Ware does it yet again with another heart-pounding, addictive novel! Way to go Ruth! This book was so good I literally flew through the chapters eager to see what would happen next. I loved Rowan’s character. She was determined to fight for what she wanted in life, although she didn’t always make the best decisions, and seemed like a truly nice young woman. After moving into the Heatherbrae House to care for three young girls while their parents were away on business with work, Rowan finds herself living in a beautiful, modern home with many perks. Slwoly but surely strange things begin to happen in the home that Rowan is unable to explain. Things begin going missing, being misplaced, strange noises are made, the two oldest girls act strange from time to time and she has a rough go of it as the family’s new live-in nanny. Determined not to give up Rowan does her best to take care of the girls and be the best nanny that she can possibly be, despite it all.

With shocking twists and turns, this novel will have you sitting on the edge of your seat as you read along and flip the pages. With revelation after revelation, and a shocking end that will  have you saying WHAT!? this book was seriously amazing. You must read it now, you will love it!

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MY RATING: 5/5 stars

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Book Review: Say You Still Love Me by K.A. Tucker @kathleenatucker @AtriaBooks @SimonSchusterCA @simonschuster #SayYouStillLoveMe#bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger #booksonthebookshelf

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PUBLISHER: Atria Books

PUBLICATION DATE: August 6th, 2019

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Thank you to the publisher, Simon & Schuster Canada, for gifting me a paperback copy of this book as well as an eARC via NetGalley.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

Life is a mixed bag for Piper Calloway.

On the one hand, she’s a twenty-nine-year-old VP at her dad’s multibillion-dollar real estate development firm, and living the high single life with her two best friends in a swanky downtown penthouse. On the other hand, she’s considered a pair of sexy legs in a male-dominated world and constantly has to prove her worth. Plus, she’s stuck seeing her narcissistic ex-fiancé—a fellow VP—on the other side of her glass office wall every day.

Things get exponentially more complicated for Piper when she runs into Kyle Miller—the handsome new security guard at Calloway Group Industries, and coincidentally the first love of her life.

The guy she hasn’t seen or heard from since they were summer camp counsellors together. The guy from the wrong side of the tracks. The guy who apparently doesn’t even remember her name.

Piper may be a high-powered businesswoman now, but she soon realizes that her schoolgirl crush is not only alive but stronger than ever, and crippling her concentration. What’s more, despite Kyle’s distant attitude, she’s convinced their reunion isn’t at all coincidental, and that his feelings for her still run deep. And she’s determined to make him admit to them, no matter the consequences.

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MY REVIEW:

A great novel full of romance, fond memories, heartache, and the rekindling of old love. Piper is a successful business woman. She comes from a hardworking family, works at a high pressured job, and is a strong, independent woman. She is faced with many pressures such as working closely alongside her ex-fiance, working for her father’s company, and the pressures and stressors of everyday life. One day she runs into someone she thinks she recognizes from her past. A man who looks very similar to the young boy she fell in love with at summer camp many years ago….the boy she fell in love with, who left her broken hearted. Is this the same boy she loved all those years ago?

I enjoyed Piper’s character. She was powerful, strong, and knew what she wanted in life and wasn’t afraid to fight for it. She was an interesting character and was kind, funny and smart. I enjoyed reading glimpses of the past when Piper was a young girl and attended the summer camp where she met many people including the love of her life, Kyle. I enjoyed reading about their adventures as teens together and their love story unfold. A great novel that you will enjoy from beginning to end.

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MY RATING: 4/5 stars

Blog Tour Book Review: The Perfect Son by Lauren North @Lauren_C_North @BerkleyPub #ThePerfectSon #bookblog #bookblogger #bookreview #bookreviewer #booksonthebookshelf #blogtour

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PUBLISHER: Berkley

PUBLICATION DATE: August 13th, 2019

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

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

A disturbing and shocking debut novel of psychological suspense about a recently widowed mother, her young son, and the lengths she’ll go to in order to keep him safe.

When Tess Clarke wakes up in the hospital the day after her son Jamie’s eighth birthday, she’s sure of these things: She’s been stabbed, her son is missing, her brother-in-law and her grief counselor are involved. But no one is listening to her.

After her husband, Mark, died suddenly in a terrible accident a few months earlier, the only thing keeping Tess together is Jamie. As they struggle to make sense of their new life without Mark, they find joy in brief moments of normalcy like walking to school and watching television together. Life is hard without Mark, but Tess has Jamie, and that’s what matters.

But there in the hospital, confused and surrounded by people who won’t listen, Tess’s world falls apart. To save her son, she must piece together what happened between Mark’s death and Jamie’s birthday, but the truth might just be too much for her to bear.

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MY REVIEW:

WOW!! This book had me feeling all the feels. Imagine losing your husband due to a tragic accident and finding yourself mourning and raising the child you had together all alone. Your son is the only thing you have left in your life after losing your husband and you will do anything and everything in your power to keep your son safe and happy. You will protect him at all costs and ensure he leads a happy and healthy life despite the pain and sorrow you are both enduring.

I loved Tess’s characte . She was a smart, caring and interesting woman who seemed to really love her husband and seemed liked a really great mom. Her character was a very likeable character. As for her brother in law and grief counselor turned new best friend I was weary of them and didn’t trust the . They didn’t  seem to have Tess’s best interests at heart and even seemed to be working together to bring her down many times. It felt as though they were trying to get the money Tess was getting after her husband’s death.

As the chapters unfold you get the bigger picture of what is going on and it all comes together. Without giving too much away I absolutely LOVED this book! There were so many shocking surprises and twists that I did NOT see coming and I loved that. I thought I had it figured out but boy was I wrong! And that shocking reveal at the end….ohh I loved it!!

Well done for a debut novel! You must read this book now!

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MY RATING: 5/5 stars

Book Review: Blood’s Nexus by K. MacBurn #BloodsNexus #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger #booksonthebookshelf

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PUBLICATION DATE: March 29th, 2019

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

Graduating high school should have been the last step to getting out from under her step-father’s thumb, but somehow Taylor gets saddled with house-sitting for the entire summer.


It was going fine until the nightmares started, then that weird arch in the storage garage caught her attention.


Curiosity should come with a big flashing warning label.


Now trapped in another world, something is hunting her and her only allies are an inexperienced guardian and a perverted old monk.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

K. MacBurn

Being from a small rural town in Nova Scotia Canada I was always on the lookout for new, exciting adventures. When I realized that there wasn’t a lot around I started to write my own.

Over the years I have written so many short stories that no one has ever read I took that next step and am sending a few into the world. Simple reads, that are boiling over with action and a little fluff are my goals in every piece while drawing from my martial art and Corrections background to put realism in fight scenes, and my antagonists.

In short, I hope you find the adventure you are searching for in my works.
Peace!

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CONNECT WITH AUTHOR K. MACBURN:

Author Website| Goodreads| Amazon| Instagram| Facebook

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MY REVIEW:

Gripping, immersive, and intriguing. Blood’s Nexus had me hooked from the start. What starts off as what should have been any normal summer for a teenager turns out to be not so normal for young Taylor. The synopsis of the book had me hooked. What could Taylor’s stepfathers arch in the storage garage be for? Why would he have it?

I found this book to be fast-paced and it had me turning the pages to see what would happen next. I enjoyed the mystery of the arch and this whole other world Taylor found herself in, as well as all the various unique characters we are introduced to in the story. All the characters have their own interesting personalities, and some made me laugh with their wit and spunky attitude. I especially enjoyed the guardian’s character whose task was to protect Taylor in this other world. Why would Taylor need protection in this alternate world? Who is on the hunt for her, and what could they possibly want with her?

Taylor herself is a badass female, and she was an interesting character in the novel. She was determined to fight for what she believed to be right and was caring and kind towards others. I feel bad for her having such an evil step-father. He was a mean character and didn’t seem to be all that fond of Taylor.

I really enjoyed the ending of this book. I did not see that coming at all! I am definitely looking forward to reading the next book in the series to see where the journey and story takes us to next!

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MY RATING: 5/5 stars

Book Review: The Two Lila Bennetts by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke @LUAuthors @AmazonPub @LizandLisa #TheTwoLilaBennetts #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger #booksonthebookshelf

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PUBLISHER: Lake Union Publishing

PUBLICATION DATE: July 23rd, 2019

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

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

Lila Bennett’s bad choices have finally caught up with her. And one of those decisions has split her life in two. Literally.

In one life, she’s taken hostage by someone who appears to be a stranger but knows too much. As she’s trapped in a concrete cell, her kidnapper forces her to face what she’s done or be killed. In an alternate life, she eludes her captor but is hunted by someone who is dismantling her happiness, exposing one secret at a time.

Lila’s decorated career as a criminal defense attorney, her marriage, and her life are on the line. She must make a list of those she’s wronged—both in and out of the courtroom—to determine who is out to get her before it’s too late. But even if she can pinpoint her assailant, will she survive? And if she does, which parts of her life are worth saving, and which parts must die? Because one thing’s for certain—life as Lila Bennett knew it is over.

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MY REVIEW:

What a wild ride! This book is so unique in the way that it was written… two possible storylines of two possible lives of Lila Bennett. It was so interesting to read the novel the way it was written like this and I really enjoyed the dynamics of the books and the duality of Lila’s life. Such an interesting concept of a novel and it was entertaining and full of twists and surprises.

Lila is a complicated character in this novel. She is full of secrets and has let many people down. No one is perfect, of course, but Lila has made her fair share of mistakes and wronged other people. Now it is up to her to right those wrongs, before it is too late. Will Lila succeed?

A novel that will have you immersed so deep into the story that won’t notice the time flying by until you are at the end of the book. Great job on this book. I look forward to the next novel you write together!

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MY RATING: 4/5 stars

Book Review: The Rumour by Lesley Kara @TransworldBooks @LesleyKara #TheRumour #booksonthebookshelf #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger

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PUBLISHER: Bantam Press, Penguin House UK
PUBLICATION DATE: December 27th, 2018

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

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

When single mum Joanna hears a rumour at the school gates, she never intends to pass it on. But one casual comment leads to another and now there’s no going back . . .

Rumour has it that a notorious child killer is living under a new identity, in their sleepy little town of Flinstead-on-Sea.

Sally McGowan was just ten years old when she stabbed little Robbie Harris to death forty-eight years ago – no photos of her exist since her release as a young woman.

So who is the supposedly reformed killer who now lives among them? How dangerous can one rumour become? And how far will Joanna go to protect her loved ones from harm, when she realizes what it is she’s unleashed?

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MY REVIEW:

This book, wow! I was addicted from the very beginning right through to the end. Just a few words is all it takes… and those words quickly spread like wildfire throughout the small town! What started off as a seemingly casual comment, full of innocence, turns into the biggest rumour the town has seen for a long time – Sally McGowan is back in town and living hidden from everyone under a new name and new identity. She could literally be anyone. No one has seen her for years, and the town is trying to determine who it could be. Is it true, or just a silly rumour?

Everyone is on high alert and determined to find out the truth. They want answers, and are on a mission to uncover the mystery of who Sally McGowan truly is.

I enjoyed how fast paced this novel was. It takes you on a wild ride and you will not be able to put this book down. I was flipping through the pages wanting to know more. The twists and turns are gripping and entertaining, and there are many shocking revelations that will rock you and that you won’t see coming!

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MY RATING: 5/5 stars

 

Book Review: A Stranger on the Beach by Michele Campbell @MCampbellBooks @StMartinsPress #AStrangerontheBeach #bookblog #bookblogger #bookreview #bookreviewer

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PUBLISHER: St. Martin’s Press

PUBLICATION DATE: July 23rd, 2019

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Happy Publication Day to this amazing, gripping novel!

Thank you to the publisher St. Martin’s Press for a gifted physical copy of this book to read and share my review with my followers.

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ABOUT THE BOOK: 

There is a stranger outside Caroline’s house.

Her spectacular new beach house, built for hosting expensive parties and vacationing with the family she thought she’d have. But her husband is lying to her and everything in her life is upside down, so when the stranger, Aiden, shows up as a bartender at the same party where Caroline and her husband have a very public fight, it doesn’t seem like anything out of the ordinary.

As her marriage collapses around her and the lavish lifestyle she’s built for herself starts to crumble, Caroline turns to Aiden for comfort…and revenge. After a brief and desperate fling that means nothing to Caroline and everything to him, Aiden’s obsession with Caroline, her family, and her house grows more and more disturbing. And when Caroline’s husband goes missing, her life descends into a nightmare that leaves her accused of her own husband’s murder.

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MY REVIEW:

Caroline seems to have it all. A lavish beach house, a doting husband, a daughter in university, and lots of money. What else could she possibly want? She is the envy of everyone and seems to have the perfect life. One day Caroline sees a man standing on the beach, a stranger that seems to be watching her property. Why would this man be standing there staring at her house?

Caroline throws a lavish party at her beach house, only for her husband to call and tell her something with work has come up and he unfortunately will not be able to make it home in time for the party. Caroline is upset. What could be more important than attending his own party with his wife, and their family and friends? Later on at the party, Caroline finds out that he husband has made a brief appearance with another woman. Caroline is furious and confronts him and this mystery woman. Who is this strange woman and why would she show up with her husband? Confused and hurt, Caroline doesn’t know what to think.

I loved the dark and twisty mystery of this book, and the way it kept you on your toes and at the edge of your seat as the book takes you on a wild ride right through to the very shocking ending of this book! And wow, what a ride it was! There is so much deceit, lies and betrayal, it was hard to figure out who was actually telling the truth. There are so many unreliable characters in this book that it makes for a fabulous book! Who is telling the truth? Are they all just as crazy as the next person, or are there actual victims here?

There were times I felt sorry for Caroline, then for her husband, then for Aiden. As the story unfolds, I wasn’t sure who to feel sorry for, and I loved that about this book. Just when you think you have it all figured out you find out you were wrong.

This book will definitely not disappoint! A great read that was addictive from the very beginning!

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MY RATING: 5/5 stars

Book Review: Vox by Christina Dalcher @CVDalcher @BerkleyPub @PenguinRandomCA @penguinrandom #Vox #100words #bookblog #bookblogger #booksonthebookshelf #partner #bookreview #bookreviewer

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Today this amazing book is available in paperback! If you haven’t had your eyes on this book be sure to check it out and add it to your summer reading list!

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

In the near future, the American government has silenced half of the population by placing a wrist band on all of the female population, women and children alike. The wrist band on each female counts each word spoken by the female, and pulses on their wrist as each word is spoken. They are only allowed to speak 100 words a day. Go over that 100 words, and you pay the price, depending on how much you go over in words.

This book follows the family and life of Dr. Jean McClellan. She is married and they have 1 daughter, and the rest of their children are boys. While sitting around the family dinner table, her husband and sons talk about their day – how work was, what they learned in school, etc while Jean and her daughter are silent as they have limits on the words they can speak.

Jean is determined to do something about this new rule the government has put into place. Women can no longer hold jobs, girls are no longer taught in school to read and write. Jean strongly feels that this is not right.

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MY REVIEW:

This book was amazing! I loved the way it was written and the author’s style of writing. It held my attention from beginning to end and was so hard to put down, I read this in a day. It was that good of a book. A crazy roller coaster of a ride, this book did not disappoint. Several twists and turns to keep you interested throughout.

Imagine being a woman and only being allowed to say 100 words a day. Wearing a tracker on your wrist that tracks the words you speak, knowing that all males – including your husband and son, can speak freely, but you have to closely monitor what you want to say on a daily basis or suffer consequences? I cannot imagine!

I cannot say enough great things about this book. It was a pleasure to read. If you are looking for the next great book to read then this is it. Be sure to add this one to your tbr list!

If you could only speak 100 words a day, what would you say to be heard?

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Book Review: For Better and Worse by Margot Hunt #ForBetterandWorse #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger #booksonthebookshelf #netgalley

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PUBLISHER: MIRA

PUBLICATION DATE: December 11th, 2018

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Thank you to the publisher for the eARC of this novel via Netgalley to read and share my review.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

On their first date back in law school, Natalie and Will Clarke bonded over drinks, dinner and whether they could get away with murder. Now married, they’ll put the latter to the test when an unchecked danger in their community places their son in jeopardy. Working as a criminal defense attorney, Nat refuses to rely on the broken legal system to keep her family safe. She knows that if you want justice…you have to get it yourself.

Shocked to discover Nat’s taken matters into her own hands, Will has no choice but to dirty his, also. His family is in way too deep to back down now. He’s just not sure he recognizes the woman he married. Nat’s always been fiercely protective, but never this ruthless or calculating. With the police poking holes in their airtight plan, what will be the first to fall apart: their scandalous secret—or their marriage?

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MY REVIEW:

Enter married couple Natalie and Will Clarke. They met years ago in law school, and joked about whether or not they thought they could get away with murder. Fast forward many years later, and that theory is put to the test. They have a young son together and his safety is put into jeopardy when something happens in their community that may involve their son. The person blamed claims he is innocent, but who really knows? Nat decides to take matters into her own hands, and plans to get revenge on this man who is well known in the community – her son’s school principal!

Will is shocked when he learns his wife Nat plans to take matters, and justice, into her own hands. When he learns of her plan, he is shocked and speechless! Is his wife truly capable of what she is claiming to do? Does he really know his wife, and had he ever really known her at all? As Will manages to get dragged into this situation with his wife, he becomes involved in her scheme as well, whether he meant to be or not. They are now facing serious charges if they are ever caught for what they did, and want to remain anonymous and try to cover their tracks. Will they be able to pull it all off?

As the story continues, they begin to sweat, panic, and stress as the police are investigating what happened that one fateful night, and they claim they are innocent, but their nerves are catching up to them. Will they be able to keep their cool until the police are off their trail or will they cave and give themselves away? 

I enjoyed the book as you never knew which way events would turn. There were moments I thought for sure the marriage would completely crumble, and at times I thought they would give themselves away to the police. A novel that will keep you guessing until the shocking last pages, this novel was a good read with a shocking ending you won’t see coming.

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MY RATING: 3/5 stars

Book Review: The Woman in our House by Andrew Hart @AmazonPub @netgalley #TheWomanInOurHouse #AndrewHart #bookblog #bookblogger #bookreview #bookreviewer #partner #booksonthebookshelf

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PUBLISHER: Lake Union Publishing

PUBLICATION DATE: June 18th, 2019

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Thank you to the publisher for gifting me an eARC via Netgalley to read and share my review with others.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

What happens when you open your home to the perfect stranger?

Anna Klein is ready to return to work as a literary agent for the first time since having children. She and her husband, Josh, decide to hire a live-in nanny with some trepidation, but all their misgivings disappear as soon as they meet Oaklynn Durst. She has stellar references, a calm disposition, and a natural way with children. Not to mention their kids simply adore her.

But not long after Oaklynn arrives, the children start to come down with the most puzzling illnesses and inexplicable injuries. When the maternal Oaklynn is there to comfort everyone, Anna can’t help feeling a little eclipsed. And suspicious. Her husband and friends assure her that her anxieties are getting the best of her—Oaklynn is perfect. But Anna’s not so sure…

As she delves into Oaklynn’s past, she discovers too late that the woman who has been living in her house is not at all who she claims to be. But Oaklynn’s not the only one who has been lying. And when everyone’s dark secrets are forced into the light, the consequences may just turn deadly.

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MY REVIEW:

This was a gripping, entertaining, edge of your seat novel that will keep you on your toes and leaving you flipping through the pages wanting to know more. The main characters Anna, Josh and Oaklynn are such diverse characters and they are have their fair share of secrets, lies and personality quirks that make for a very dynamic and entertaining read.

Anna and her husband Josh agree to hire a live in nanny to care for their two young girls so Anna can return to work as a literary agent. At first things are going well. Their two children seem to really adore and get along well with their new nanny Oaklynn. Oaklynn seems perfect – she is great with the girls, and is like a second mother to them. Anna suddenly becomes suspicious of Oaklynn, as many strange and unexplainable things begin to happen not only to the girls but to others around them. Add to that the jealousy that Anna begins to feel, as well as the guilt, when the girls grow increasingly closer and closer to Oaklynn. Anna feels Oaklynn is overstepping sometimes and Anna becomes frustrated as she is the parent, the mother… not Oaklynn.

Is everyone who they say they are, or are some keeping their true selves hidden from everyone else? This book is packed full of shocking twists and turns of events that will leave you guessing and wanting more.

A great novel that I recommend highly for your summer read this summer!

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MY RATING: 4/5 stars