by Barbara Davis
When Never Comes is a book about finding yourself again when you never realized you were lost to begin with. Christy Lynn hasn’t had it easy she is the child of an addict, went into foster care in her teens and ran away right after. She made something of herself in the publishing world and meet her handsome prince a famous author who whisked her off her feet and they got married. However everything comes crashing down when she gets a middle of the night knock on the door and finds out not only is she a widow now but her husband Stephen was having an affair. With photos leaked and the secret out she grabs very little from the house and runs. She runs to the first place that she can and it ends up being the cute little town her and Stephen went to on their honeymoon. While she didn’t plan to stay there she ends up setting down new roots and creating a life she wants but she still has a lot of unanswered questions so she starts poking around and learns more than she bargained for when she meets the “other” woman’s family. Now she has even more questions and begins to realize she might not have even known the man she was supposedly in love with. Could she have been that blind when it came to her husband? When Never Comes is full of a great cast of characters and some shady ones you wish would just crawl back under the rock they came out of. This book is a great beach/pool read this summer. It is a fast read not that heavy and has the happily ever after in the end. Christy Lynn is strong and vulnerable and has a great heart. I really enjoyed her character and all her new friends as well. I’m so glad I went beyond my usual mystery thriller and requested this book.
About the book: As a teenage runaway and child of an addict, Christy-Lynn learned the hard way that no address was permanent, and no promise sacred. For a while, she found a safe haven in her marriage to bestselling crime novelist Stephen Ludlow—until his car skidded into Echo Bay. But Stephen’s wasn’t the only body pulled from the icy waters that night. When details about a mysterious violet-eyed blonde become public, a media circus ensues, and Christy-Lynn runs again.
Desperate for answers, she’s shattered to learn that Stephen and his mistress had a child—a little girl named Iris, who now lives in poverty with her ailing great-grandmother. The thought of Iris abandoned to the foster care system—as Christy-Lynn once was—is unbearable. But she’s spent her whole life running—determined never to be hurt again. Will she finally stand still long enough to open herself up to forgiveness and love?
Thank you Lake Union Publishing and Netgalley for allowing me to read When Never Comes. 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.
by H.P. Wood
It wasn’t anything what I expected but in a good way. I think I was expecting Water for Elephants which I didn’t like as much. However Magruder’s Curiosity Cabinet was full of magic and charm. I feel into the world and loved every minute of this magical book. If you are looking for a magical book to read this summer grab a copy. Magruder’s Curiosity Cabinet is sure to delight and perfect for summer reading.
summary: After Kitty Hayward’s mother vanishes from their Coney Island hotel in 1904, Kitty finds herself alone, hungry, penniless, and far away from her native England. The last people she’d expect to help her are the cast of characters at Magruder’s Curiosity Cabinet, a museum of oddities that is home to a handful of freaks. But even the unusual inhabitants of Magruder’s may not be a match for the insidious sickness that is plaguing Coney Island…
Thank you so much netgalley and Sourcebooks Landmark for allowing me to read and review this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.
by Fiona Barton
First off I want to say the back cover description says “If you’re a fan of Gone Girl and Girl on the Train you will love The Widow” I’m not a fan of either so I went in thinking I’m not sure I’m the right reader for this book. However so many are talking about it like they talked about the other 2 books so I had figured why not give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised and I did like this creepy page turner book. I found myself catching moments here and there to read a little bit more. How that wife could stand behind her man and never leave him and expose all his gross secrets I’ll know or understand. The Widow is really all about the person who can stand behind these monsters, the why and how. She still leaves you hanging a bit but then I guess for each person the reasons would be different. For me I think Jean is just a crazy as her monster of a husband.
The Widow is a fast paced page turner and while it wasn’t a hands down absolute favorite of mine I did like it. I think the creepy factor of what the monster did is what made my skin crawl. I found out that this is her first book and that really surprised me the writing quality is right up there with Lisa Gardner, Joy Fielding and Mary Kubica. This book stayed with me long after I finished it and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a really good book that leaves you thinking and with even more questions after you finish. I know she is already an international bestseller with The Widow but I have a feeling that if her other books are as good as this book than she will be one of those go to authors when you are looking for a great book to read. I would read another book of her’s and will be on the look out for more from her.
summary: Following the twists and turns of an unimaginable crime, The Widow is an electrifying debut thriller that will take you into the dark spaces that exist between a husband and a wife. When the police started asking questions, Jean Taylor turned into a different woman. One who enabled her and her husband to carry on when more bad things began to happen. . . But that woman’s husband died last week. And Jean doesn’t have to be her anymore. There’s a lot Jean hasn’t said over the years about the crime her husband was suspected of committing. She was too busy being the perfect wife, standing by her man while living with the accusing glares and the anonymous harassment. Now there’s no reason to stay quiet. There are people who want to hear her story. They want to know what it was like living with that man. She can tell them that there were secrets. There always are in a marriage. The truth–that’s all anyone wants. But the one lesson Jean has learned in the last few years is that she can make people believe anything.
thank you so much Berkley Publishing, NAL (New American Library) and Fiona Barton for allowing me to read this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the free book.
by Vanessa LaFaye
Florida Keys, 1935. Hurricane Season.
Tens of thousands of black and white men scarred by their experiences of war in Europe return home to find themselves abandoned to destitution by the US government. The tiny, segregated community of Heron Key is suddenly overwhelmed by broken, disturbed men with new ideas about racial equality and nothing left to lose. Tensions flare when a black veteran is accused of committing the most heinous crime of all against a white resident’s wife. And not far off the strongest and most intense hurricane America has ever witnessed is gaining force.
Look at that cover I love it, and it really makes you pick up the book. With in the first few pages of this book a crocodile tries to take a baby away for a meal and the I thought the dog died trying to save the baby. That was some intense few moments enough to grab the reader and make you not want to put this book down. I for some reason when I first got a copy of this book I thought it took place after WWII but it must be WWI they are talking about since 1935 is pre WWII either way no biggie because this book is so great! I loved the story and how everything unfolded. Under A Dark Summer Sky is about picking up the pieces and healing from all the injustices they have experienced not just with the non acceptance of the war but of the racial tensions that are a constant threat in their day to day life. This is like a Florida Keys The Help. This book is right up there with one of my all time favorite books The Help I really enjoyed it so much!
This book has it all a hurricane, some romance, lots of tension, a crime, and picking up the pieces and beginning the healing process. The town of Heron Key is full of tension so thick you could cut it with a knife. The help looks out for one another and the residents are not to happy about all the help being around. Under A Dark Summer Sky explores how the veterans of the war were treated. I knew the Vietnam Vets were treated horrible they were not even allowed to wear their uniforms home. I didn’t realize that vets of WWI were treated the same. I like how she brings to light the unfair treatment of these men that put their life on the line and gave up so much just to keep the same residents that don’t want them around free, protected and save.
Vanessa Lafaye is a wonderful storyteller and I am shocked this is her first book. I was wanting to read more from her and hopefully she is busy on another book because I’m ready for more from her. She creates a setting and is so great at describing everything going on you can just picture it in your head. Her characters are fully developed and the story is full of hope, suspense, healing and survival.
I devoured this book in a weekend and this is perfect for summer reading. Grab a copy and pencil out a big chuck of time because your not going to put this one down.
thank you netgalley, Sourcebooks Landmark and Vanessa LaFaye for allowing me to review an ARC copy of Under A Dark Summer Sky. All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the free book.