by Erica Spindler
First off can we talk about this cover! I love it, it’s dark, mysterious and so pretty. Okay now on to The Look Alike I’ve read 2 other books by Erica Spindler and loved them so I knew I had to read this one. The Look Alike hooked me instantly and I really got immersed in the story. The characters were well written and seemed realistic and the story line flowed with a few twist and turns. She handled the mental illness of Sienna’s mother very well. It seemed well researched.
Did I figure out the mystery of who killed Sienna’s look alike? Yes with in the first 10 chapters. But that didn’t take away from the book. I still didn’t know how or why it all went down. She sprinkled many plot twist through out and those I didn’t see coming mostly. There was one with her brother that I knew was coming but again didn’t take anything away.
I would suggest this book to many mystery loving friends. I think any one who loves a good old mystery would really enjoy this and any other book by Erica Spindler. I think this is one I will be buying when it comes out because I’d love to have it on my bookshelf .
About the book: Sienna Scott grew up in the dark shadow of her mother’s paranoid delusions. Now, she’s returned home to confront her past and the unsolved murder that altered the course of her life.
In her mother’s shuttered house, an old fear that has haunted Sienna for years rears its ugly head —that it was she who had been the killer’s target that night. And now, with it, a new fear—that the killer not only intended to remedy his past mistake—he’s already begun. But are these fears any different from the ones that torment her mother?
As the walls close in, the line between truth and lie, reality and delusion disintegrate. Has Sienna’s worst nightmare come true? Or will she unmask a killer and finally prove she may be her mother’s look-alike, but she’s not her clone?
Thank you Netgalley and St Martin’s Press for allowing me to read an advance copy of The Look Alike. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.
by Emily Carpenter
This is the first Emily Carpenter book I’ve read. I have The Weight of Lies in my TBR pile and trust me after reading Every Single Secret I’m moving that book up to the top. What caught my eye was the cover. I loved the cover and wondered why all the birdhouses. Well the birdhouses will make sense once you read the book! The setting was creepy and one you just couldn’t put your finger on way it put you on edge. It reminded me of old gothic suspense novels that I’ve read in the past. This book was so good and I never figured it all out. Heck I didn’t even scratch the surface of all the dysfunction going on with Heath, Daphne and so many other characters. Heath thinks going on a 7 day couple retreat to figure out why he has nightmares and night terrors will help. The doctor is said to be the best in the field but is he really? Once in the secluded house with no phones, wifi or way to contact the outside world Daphne starts to get on edge things are not adding up and she things something is very wrong! Then everything starts to unravel things go from bad to beyond bad in a heartbeat. Daphne needs to get out of this couples retreat and fast if she is going to make it out alive. Luca is the cook and has been trying to tell her to run but he is also in danger. The writing goes from the day everything comes to a head and then the days leading up to the final day. I really can’t say much without ruining the book but I can say RUN to your local library or bookstore and grab a copy of Every Single Secret! It’s out no and you will not be disappointed. They only thing that will disappoint you is when you finish the last page and your done with this great book.
About the book: Emotionally guarded Daphne Amos always believed she’d found a kindred spirit in her fiancé, Heath. Both very private people, they’ve kept their pasts hidden from the world, and each other, until Heath’s escalating nightmares begin to put an undeniable strain on their relationship. Determined to give their impending marriage the best chance of succeeding, Heath insists that Daphne join him on a seven-day retreat with Dr. Matthew Cerny, a psychologist celebrated for getting to the root of repressed memories. Daphne reluctantly agrees—even though the past is the last place she wants to go.
The retreat’s isolated and forbidding location increases her unease, as do the doctor’s rules: they must relinquish their keys and phones, they’ll be monitored at all hours by hidden cameras, and they’re never to socialize with the other guests.
One sleepless night, Daphne decides to leave her room…and only then does she realize that the institute is not at all what it seems—and that whatever’s crying out from Heath’s past isn’t meant to be heard. It’s meant to be silenced.
Thank you Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing for allowing me to read Every Single Secret. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.
by Marti Green
Publication date: May 15th 2018
There is so much I want to say about The Good Twin but I don’t want to spoil it for you guys. I will say your going to want to pre-order or get on the wait list at your local library. This book is perfect for summer reading! This book is a clear case of who really is the villain. I mean they all have their moments and money, greed and betrayal are at the heart of it all, isn’t it always. What was so different and great about The Good Twin is that you really do get 2 sides of a story. You get Mallory the first twin we learn about side of what all went down from her life growing up, finding out she actually had a twin to getting in way over her head into something very wrong and illegal! Then we Charlotte’s aka: Charly’s side of the story. We get to know her and find out how it all went down from her perspective. I liked that part of the multi perspective. I also enjoyed that it the book was split into sections and told in its entirety not the constant back and forth like I’m at a tennis game trying to figure out who side I was reading for that chapter. This really worked for me and I think it will work for other readers as well. Their was a lot of back stabbing, surprises and twist and turns. I kinda figured it all out but then guess what I didn’t the author pulled the rug out and I didn’t see that twist coming. I would give The Good Twin 4 solid stars and it would totally be on my re-read list. There was only 1 thing that I didn’t like and it was the speedy tying up loose ends final chapter. It was good I got closure but it felt so fast after her great job at going in-depth on the character’s life and thoughts. Still a great book and I enjoyed it so much, I was reading every chance I got.
About the book: Mallory Holcolm is an unfulfilled waitress and aspiring artist living in a Queens boardinghouse when she learns something astonishing about her past: she has an identical twin sister named Charly she never knew existed.
Charly is a Princeton graduate, a respected gallery owner, and an heiress married to her handsome college sweetheart, Ben. Charly got everything she ever wanted. Everything Mallory wanted, too. And now it might be easier than Mallory ever imagined. Because Ben has reasons of his own for wanting to help her.
It begins with his startling proposal. All Mallory has to do is say yes.
But as their devious plan falls into place, piece by piece, Mallory learns more about her sister and herself than she ever meant to—a discovery that comes with an unexpected twist. A chilling deception is about to become a dangerous double cross. And it’s going to change the rules of Ben and Mallory’s game to the very end.
Thank you so much Netgalley, Thomas & Mercer and Marti Green for letting me read The Good Twin. I enjoyed this mystery so much. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.
A Jed Patrick Novel
by Mike Dellosso
I had not read the first book in this series Centralia before Kill Devil, I meant to but there just wasn’t enough time and I felt like I’d be OK without having read it. This book is part of a series but could be a stand alone as well. You will not be so totally lost if you haven’t read Centralia first, however you will want to grab a copy after reading Kill Devil. There were a few times I would have known what they were talking about or more of the background story of a character. That didn’t detract from this book at all though, it just made me want to read the first book even more. I know I will be reading book 1 sometime soon. Kill Devil is a non stop action paced roller coaster ride. Mike Dellosso really knows how to write, the character development was great and you feel like you know them. The story line while it was fast paced was not so far fetching like some novels can be. Jed Patrick is a great series for both men and women and one I would recommend. Many times people are turned off but christian fiction but this is not preachy in your face christian fiction. The conclusion was believable and left it where I think he could write another book about Jed and his family. I hope he does I really liked this one. This was the first Mike Dellosso book I’ve read but it definitely won’t be the last. I know Father’s Day is tomorrow so it is too late to get this for a Father’s Day gift but it would make a great gift for a father who is a reader and looking for a great series. Plus you can read it after them, or before if you want to make sure they would like it. 🙂
summary: Jed Patrick is convinced he’s doing all it takes to keep his family safe–new names, new location, new identity. But just when he thinks he finally has his life back, trained men claiming to be CIA agents break in and threaten his wife and daughter, proving once and for all his family will never truly be safe until he eliminates the agency dead set on hunting him down.Not knowing if Karen and Lilly are better off by his side or in hiding, Jed is determined to protect them while finding a way to use the classified information that he possesses to dismantle the Centralia Project. But he soon learns that eliminating Centralia may require compromising his own values. As danger escalates, Jed isn’t sure whether there’s anyone or anything he can trust–including his own senses.
by Agatha Christie
series: Miss Marple book 13
Soon after Gwenda moved into her new home, odd things started to happen. Despite her best efforts to modernize the house, she only succeeded in dredging up its past. Worse, she felt an irrational sense of terror every time she climbed the stairs. In her fear, Gwenda turned to Miss Marple to exorcise her ghosts. Between them, they were to solve a “perfect” crime committed many years before.
Sleeping Murder is a relatively unknown Miss Marple book, or at least for me it was. I hadn’t heard of this one but found it at Half Price Books when I went Agatha Christie shopping. The premise behind the book sounded so good. I enjoyed the slow to unfold story line and the cast of characters were great.This one reminded me a lot of my all time favorite of her’s And Then There Were None. Gwenda goes to England ahead of her husband to find and establish a house for them to live in. She is drawn to one in particular and starts to have visions of a time when she was just a toddler. She finds that a bit off since she grew up in New Zealand. Upon some sleuthing of her own she finds out she did indeed live in that house before. Her visions turn sinister when she see’s a murder through her 3-year-old eyes. Can her, her husband and new friend Miss Marple get to the bottom of things or should they just let it be…
Well if you know Miss Marple and Agatha Christie they can’t just let it be
Agatha Christie really is the Queen of Mystery and if you haven’t read her please try to pick up one. My middle grade reader loves Agatha Christie books and for the most part they are fine for her. This one does mention adult situation in 3 sentences for a total of 15 words. Nothing she hasn’t heard on Teen Wolf. I’m really glad I read this one and a bit sad as well. She wrote this as well as another one to be published after her death as a farewell to Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot. I really wish she had written Sleeping Murder way before since I really enjoyed the husband and wife sleuthing team of Gwenda and Giles. Guess if I want a team I’ll just have to read the Tommy and Tuppence book series.
So if you are a fan of mysteries, thrillers and suspense grab Sleeping Murders from your local library or bookstore. If you’re a fan of Agatha Christie and haven’t read this one yet you simply must, it was so good!
by Joy Fielding
You can’t go wrong when it’s a Joy Fielding book. There are a few authors that I know no matter what the books will be great and she is one of those authors. She’s Not There reminds me a lot of the Madeleine McCann case in the beginning. That case I remember so well since I had a 2.5 year old at the time. I couldn’t even imagine what that family went through and still goes through on a day to day basis.
She’s Not There I think did a good job at portraying how the family dynamics fall apart when a tragedy falls on them. I thought each character was developed very well and while I can say I didn’t like some of them I did enjoy reading their stories and how they unfolded. The oldest daughter is exactly how I see a child that is left would act. The story was a page turner and I liked how it kept shifting from present day to year past as the whole story developed. I saw a small part of the ending that happened but I didn’t really see the whole curve ball that was thrown. In all I should have but Joy Fielding did a great job at keeping the reader guessing how they missed some of those clues. I give this one a A and would recommend it for any reader. There is no gore or violence – just a good old suspense story that while might not be exactly ripped from the headlines, most of us will see some similarities.
summary: “I think my real name is Samantha. I think I’m your daughter.”
Carole Shipley’s heart nearly stops when she hears those words from the voice on the other end of the phone. Instantly, she’s thrust fifteen years into the past, to a posh resort in Baja, Mexico—and the fateful night her world collapsed.
The trip is supposed to be a celebration. Carole’s husband, Hunter, convinces her to leave their two young daughters, Michelle and Samantha, alone in their hotel suite while the couple enjoys an anniversary dinner in the restaurant downstairs. But returning afterward, Carole and Hunter make a horrifying discovery: Two-year-old Samantha has vanished without a trace.
What follows are days, weeks, and years of anguish for Carole. She’s tormented by media attention that has branded her a cold, incompetent mother, while she struggles to save her marriage. Carole also has to deal with the demands of her needy elder daughter, Michelle, who is driven to cope in dangerous ways. Through it all, Carole desperately clings to the hope that Samantha will someday be found—only to be stung again and again by cruel reality.
Plunged back into the still-raw heartbreak of her daughter’s disappearance, and the suspicions and inconsistencies surrounding a case long gone cold, Carole doesn’t know whom or what to believe. The only thing she can be sure of is that someone is fiercely determined to hide the truth of what happened to Samantha.
by Randall Silvis
Two Days Gone was a very good suspenseful book. Yes I figured out a big chunk of the plot before it was revealed but that happens a lot when you’ve read as many mysteries as I have. This didn’t ruin the plot line for me I still enjoyed reading and watching it unfold. The characters were very well developed, this is a part of a series: Ryan DeMarco Mystery but I believe this might be book 1 of the series. The writing style was easy to read and follow and while it did have some bad language it wasn’t enough or so vulgar I couldn’t read it. I mean I’ve heard worse, who hasn’t now in days. Overall I think the story was great and a real page turner. I will be looking for more Ryan DeMarco books and hope he publishes the next one soon. I really liked the main character and can’t wait to read more of his life and police work in solving cases. I love a good crime drama whether it is a police procedure or legal procedure. The crime and solving the case unravels slowly but not so slow you lose interest. There is a lot going on within the 392 pages so be patient your going to love this one so much. I already have family and friends who want to read Two Days Gone. The book comes out January 10th so it would make a great winter read or holiday gift, even though it would arrive at a later date. I think I’ll be gifting this one to a few mystery readers I know, and hope they like it as much as I did.
summary: The perfect family. The perfect house. The perfect life. All gone now.
What could cause a man, when all the stars of fortune are shining upon him, to suddenly snap and destroy everything he has built? This is the question that haunts Sergeant Ryan DeMarco after the wife and children of beloved college professor and bestselling author Thomas Huston are found slaughtered in their home. Huston himself has disappeared and so is immediately cast as the prime suspect.
DeMarco knows―or thinks he knows―that Huston couldn’t have been capable of murdering his family. But if Huston is innocent, why is he on the run? And does the half-finished manuscript he left behind contain clues to the mystery of his family’s killer?
Thank you so much Sourcebooks Landmark for sending me Two Days Gone, I’m so happy to have discovered a new author and series to read. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.