Book Review: The Pupil by Dawn Goodwin @Aria_Fiction @netgalley #ThePupil #bookblog #bookblogger #bookreview #bookreviewer #booksonthebookshelf

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PUBLISHER: Aria

PUBLICATION DATE: August 7th, 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:

Literary agent Viola Matthews is sure she’s met Katherine Baxter before. So when her husband and bestselling novelist Samuel Morton introduces Viola to the quiet, unassuming woman he has offered to mentor, she knows their paths have crossed before. The question is where?

As their worlds collide and the bond between Samuel and Katherine deepens, Viola realises she must take control.

If Viola is right, then Katherine needs to pay for something that happened twelve years ago.

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MY REVIEW:

This was an enjoyable read that will keep you guessing and wanting to know more. When Viola is introduced to Katherine, a woman her author husband has introduced her to as the woman he will mentor, Viola is certain they have met before. But where would that have been? Could Viola be mistaken?

Katherine is a married mom with a controlling husband. Her husband Paul doesn’t want her to have much of a life outside the home and being a mother and wife. He certainly doesn’t agree with her pursuing a career in writing or being an author at all. Regardless of his wishes Katherine decides to move forward with her dream of becoming a writer.

I found myself wanting to know more about Viola and Katherine and their history together. What happened between them? Do they truly know one another? You’ll have to read the book to find out.

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MY RATING: 4/5 stars

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Book Review: Seven Days by Patrick Senécal @SimonSchusterCA @SimonSchuster @netgalley #SevenDays #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger #booksonthebookshelf

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PUBLISHER: Simon and Schuster

PUBLICATION DATE: January 1st, 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:

For fans of Stephen King’s Misery and Jo Nesbø’s The Snowman comes an engrossing thriller about a monster who becomes a victim and a victim who becomes a monster. From Patrick Senécal, the Quebec author who has sold over a million books worldwide.

One sunny fall day, Dr. Bruno Hamel’s life changes forever.

His beloved seven-year-old daughter, Jasmine, is the victim of a tragic crime. Grief-stricken, Hamel sets in play a meticulous plan. He will kidnap the man responsible for his daughter’s death and make him pay horribly for what he has done. He manages to ambush a police transport and disappear with his target.

But Hamel hasn’t accounted for Hervé Mercure, a detective with a troubled past who becomes certain he can track down Hamel by studying clues in his past—and in the increasingly unsettling phone calls Hamel makes to his partner, Sylvie.

Both riveting and provocative, this daring thriller is an enthralling meditation on what it means to be human—and to battle the monster within and without.

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MY REVIEW:

Wow what a thrill of a ride! Be sure to buckle your seatbelt! I found myself so deeply immersed in this dark and gripping story, that I could not wait to see what would happen next. A dark, edgy story that follows a man on his mission for revenge – revenge on the “monster” who took the life of his little girl. What ensues will shock you! I know it shocked me! I flipped through the pages and could not put this book down.

I felt so many emotions for the main character in this novel, Dr. Bruno Hamel. He seemed like a well known, respected doctor, loving and doting husband and father, full of kindness and love. Then tragedy strikes and it is like a monster emerges. He turns dark and twisted, and turns on the man responsible. Will Hamel continue to listen to the demons inside his mind or will he triumph over his demons and set things right? At times I felt sorry for Hamel and everything he went through, but then I despised him at times for giving into the demons and being unable to battle the monster within. Then as the story continued I felt sorry for him all over again.

A truly great novel that was a joy and pleasure to read.

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MY RATING: 4/5 stars

 

Book Review: Watching You by Lisa Jewell @lisajewelluk @AtriaBooks @Netgalley @SimonSchusterCA #WatchingYou #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger #booksonthebookshelf #netgalley

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PUBLISHER: Atria Books

PUBLICATION DATE: December 26th, 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:

Melville Heights is one of the nicest neighbourhoods in Bristol, England; home to doctors and lawyers and old-money academics. It’s not the sort of place where people are brutally murdered in their own kitchens. But it is the sort of place where everyone has a secret. And everyone is watching you.

As the headmaster credited with turning around the local school, Tom Fitzwilliam is beloved by one and all—including Joey Mullen, his new neighbor, who quickly develops an intense infatuation with this thoroughly charming yet unavailable man. Joey thinks her crush is a secret, but Tom’s teenaged son Freddie—a prodigy with aspirations of becoming a spy for MI5—excels in observing people and has witnessed Joey behaving strangely around his father.

One of Tom’s students, Jenna Tripp, also lives on the same street, and she’s not convinced her teacher is as squeaky clean as he seems. For one thing, he has taken a particular liking to her best friend and fellow classmate, and Jenna’s mother—whose mental health has admittedly been deteriorating in recent years—is convinced that Mr. Fitzwilliam is stalking her.

Meanwhile, twenty years earlier, a schoolgirl writes in her diary, charting her doomed obsession with a handsome young English teacher named Mr. Fitzwilliam…

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MY REVIEW:

I found myself hooked to this novel from the beginning. I enjoyed how the novel was told from alternating timelines and perspectives. We got to learn about several different and intriguing characters, some you will like and some you will loathe. 

Freddie was quite an interesting and likeable character. A teenager who leads a pretty isolated life, spending a lot of his free time alone in his bedroom and watching people. He would often spy on them and take photos, and enjoyed secretly observing others. When he observes Joey acting strangely around his father he cannot help but wonder what exactly is going on between the two of them. 

Some characters in the novel are not as they appear to be, and what ensues will keep you guessing to the very end. Without giving too much away, the novel is full of secrets, lies and deception. A book that you will enjoy right to the very twist at the end that you will not see coming.

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MY RATING: 4/5 stars

 

Blog Tour: Forget My Name by J.S. Monroe @JSThrillers @Aria_Fiction @HoZ_Books #ForgetMyName #ForgetMyNameBlogTour #bookblog #bookblogger #bookreview #bookreviewer #booksonthebookshelf #blogtour

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PUBLISHER: Head of Zeus

PUBLICATION DATE: October 4th, 2018

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Hi everyone and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Forget My Name by J.S. Monroe. Thank you to the publisher for sending me a beautiful paperback copy of this book to read and share my review. 

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

You are outside your front door. There are strangers in your house. Then you realise… You can’t remember your name.

She arrived at the train station after a difficult week at work. Her bag had been stolen, and with it, her identity. Her whole life was in there –passport, wallet, house key. When she tried to report the theft, she couldn’t remember her own name. All she knew was her own address. Now she’s outside Tony and Laura’s front door. She says she lives in their home. They say they have never met her before.

One of them is lying.

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MY REVIEW:

WOW!! Just wow! This book was absolutely amazing.

This book was thrill after thrill, shock after shock, twist after twist. I loved how the novel kept me guessing to the very end, and you never knew which way the story was going to turn next. With an unreliable, untrustworthy and shady main character, to other characters you will learn to love (or love to hate!), this novel was a heck of a ride and a pleasure to read. From the beginning to the end, I was immersed in this story. Who is this strange woman that comes knocking unexpectedly on Tony and Laura’s door? Why does she think she lives there? And if she does, what are THEY doing in HER house?

Nothing is as it seems, so who can you trust? When you cannot separate the truth from the lies and deception, what are you to do? It will leave you wanting to know more as you read through the chapters and more of the story unfolds.

I found myself wanting to know how the main character had lost her memory. Will she be able to regain her memory and piece back together the pieces of the puzzle that is her life and regain her life back? Or will her life remain a mystery?

A definite must-read that you need to add to your TBR list! You will not be disappointed.

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MY RATING: 5/5 stars

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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J.S. Monroe read English at Cambridge, worked as a foreign correspondent in Delhi, and was Weekend editor of the Daily Telegraph in London before becoming a full-time writer. Monroe is the author of six novels, including the international bestseller, Find Me.

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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

 

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