Gretchen

by Shannon Kirk

Publication date: July 23 2019

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Oh. My. Stars! This is the first book I’ve read by Shannon Kirk and it will not be the last. I’m on hold right now for her first one In The Vines. I couldn’t stop reading this book I was walking around my house cleaning and cooking all one handed because my kindle was glued to my hand. There was so many plot twist and turns, I couldn’t figure it out and I loved that I was surprised through out the whole book. I some what figured out the cat angle but that was it. Gretchen was probably the most creepy person I’ve read about in a thriller fiction. My stars she has more than a screw loose she is beyond words. Lucy and her mom’s dynamic was believable and I liked Lucy. She was a strong girl who had a lot of questions, no friends till she meets Gretchen and she’s not to sure about her but happy they are staying put and laying down some roots. She is getting older and starting to question things and that’s when her whole life takes a huge detour.  This whole book is like that one thread that is hanging off a blanket or shirt and you pull it to tighten but the whole thing just falls in a puddle. In this case it’s totally a good thing!  This book is a creepy, get under your skin unnerving psychological thrill ride that I didn’t want to get off. I was so sad when I finished it but I will read it again in a year or so but it will be one I re-read and buy the physical copy of the book when it comes to have on my shelf. I am going pre-ordered 2 books one for me and  I’m gifting one to my mom to read during her chemo treatments. She is going to love it and it will defiantly make time fly by. Gretchen gets 5 stars from me and is right now number 1 on my best books I’ve read in 2019 (and I’ve read 45 so far this year!) Will it fall from number 1 I really don’t see that happening but I do still need to read In The Vines so we will see. 🙂

About the book: The new tenants have a terrible secret. So do the landlord and his daughter… Ever since Lucy was two, she’s been on the run alongside her mother. She’s never understood the reason for a lifetime of paranoia, aliases, and lies. All she understands are the rules: never lock eyes with strangers, never let down your guard, and always be ready to move on. Finally, after thirteen years and eleven states, their next hideaway seems perfect. An isolated, fortress like place in the New Hampshire woods is the new home they share with its owner, a gentlemanly pianist, and his lonely daughter, Gretchen. She’s Lucy’s age and soon becomes Lucy’s first real friend. But Gretchen and her father have secrets of their own—and an obsession with puzzles that draws Lucy into a terrifying new game of hide-and-seek. Lucy’s dark past is about to come calling. And this time, for her and her mother in the house on the hill, it might be too late to run.

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The Scent Keeper

by Erica Bauermeister

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This is the first time I’ve read a book by this author. I’ve seen her one book Joy for Beginners displayed at bookshops before. So I didn’t not know what to expect with this book but I thought the summary sounded great. I have to say first off her writing style is beautiful – wordy and flowing with out be to overwhelming or descriptive that the reader is put off. This is a coming of age book where you follow the character Emmeline from living on the remote island with her dad, to living in the cove and exploring the big city while trying to find her mom and Fisher. This was a book that I enjoyed reading and found myself carving out times to read even if it was just a few minutes here and there on busy days. I plan to pass this one on to my mom, she is looking for a feel good book to read while she get’s her chemo treatments. I’m not going to say anymore just that I can’t recommend this book enough. This is one of those books that is best to go in not reading much about it. It is best to just open it up and dive into the richly scented world that Emmeline lives it. If you are looking a slow developing, beautifully written coming of age story to read this summer than grab a copy of The Scent Keeper. 

About the book: Emmeline lives an enchanted childhood on a remote island with her father, who teaches her about the natural world through her senses. What he won’t explain are the mysterious scents stored in the drawers that line the walls of their cabin, or the origin of the machine that creates them. As Emmeline grows, however, so too does her curiosity, until one day the unforeseen happens, and Emmeline is vaulted out into the real world–a place of love, betrayal, ambition, and revenge. To understand her past, Emmeline must unlock the clues to her identity, a quest that challenges the limits of her heart and imagination.

Thank you St Martin Press for sending me a copy of The Scent Keeper. All thoughts and opinions are mine and not influenced by the free book.

The Night Before

by Wendy Walker

Publication Date: May 14 2019

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The Night Before was really good and while I thought I might have figured out what was going on I was wrong about a few things. Once it started to unfold I couldn’t believe I missed some clues. I’m usually really good at figuring things out but not this time. I got about 80% of the mystery right so the author did a great job at keeping me in the dark. I was thrown but the curve balls within the story line that had some holes that I couldn’t figure out. As the ending was drawing near and everything was spelled out I saw it all and was like yes this makes perfect sense, now why didn’t I see that! This was non stop not sure I’d call it action but it was a non stop roller coaster ride with a lot of loops and turns. It was told in 3 story lines: What Laura was experiencing – What Rosie (Laura’s sister) was experiencing – and lastly Laura and Dr Brody’s transcripts.

The characters are fully developed and while they all grew up together they still have their own secrets that they don’t necessarily want to be exposed. I felt for Rosie she was in the dark most of the time throughout the book. She trusted her sister Laura and would do anything for her. She is trying to unravel what went on the night her sister didn’t come home but she might be the only one that really wants the whole truth.

This was a mystery suspense with both a past mystery that unravels the book progresses and the new mystery of where is Laura and what really happened the night of her first date in a long time. I won’t say much because anything more would start a spoiler. Overall I enjoyed every minute of this book and it was the first Wendy Walker book I’ve read. I do own Emma At Night and moving that one up my TBR stack so I can read it soon. If it is as good as The Night Before I know I won’t be disappointed!

About the book: The night before…and the nightmare after.

Rosie and Laura are as different as two sisters can be. One is stable and has the perfect family. The other struggles to break free from her troubled past. When Laura disappears after going on a blind date, Rosie takes matters into her own hands.

But as Rosie begins to search for her sister, her greatest fears come to the surface. Could Laura be more of a danger than the stranger she meets or is the night before her last night alive?

Told in dual timelines—the night before and the day after—The Night Before is a riveting thriller about family loyalty, obsession, and what happens when the desire for love spins out of control

Thank you Netgalley and St Martin Press for allowing me to read The Night Before. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.

The Stonewall Riots

Coming Out in the Streets

by Gayle E Pitman

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The Stonewall Riots is a very powerful book. This non fiction doesn’t hold back any punches. The author does an amazing job at placing the reader right in the center of the riots that happened in the late 60’s. Riots hold a key place in history through out the years but the 60’s were probably some of the most prominent years for riots. The Stonewall Riots were about fighting for LGBTQ+ rights. This middle grade non fiction tells the full story and includes artifacts: newspaper articles – pictures – arrest sheets and so much more. I had not heard of these riots till I read the book and I’m so glad Gayle Pitman wrote this book. We always hear about the anti-war riots but nothing about this riot. This non fiction was so well researched and presented in a manner that makes the reader feel like they are there. I’m not a non fiction fan. If all non fiction was written like this book I just might be a fan. If you don’t want to pick this up because you think non fiction reads slow and is a little boring. Please give this book a chance, you will not be disappointed! Because of Gayle E Pitman more people will now know about a time in history that you won’t learn about in school , or at least I hadn’t. I think this is an excellent addition to any school or home library.

 

About the book: This book is about the Stonewall Riots, a series of spontaneous, often violent demonstrations by members of the gay (LGBTQ+) community in reaction to a police raid that took place in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. The Riots are attributed as the spark that ignited the LGBTQ+ movement. The author describes American gay history leading up to the Riots, the Riots themselves, and the aftermath, and includes her interviews of people involved or witnesses, including a woman who was ten at the time. Profusely illustrated, the book includes contemporary photos, newspaper clippings, and other period objects. A timely and necessary read, The Stonewall Riots helps readers to understand the history and legacy of the LGBTQ+ movement.

Thank you so much Abrams Books for Young Readers and Netgalley for allowing me to read The StoneWall Riots. I learned so much! All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.

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Until The Day I Die

by Emily Carpenter

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This book did not disappoint. I discovered Emily Carpenter last year when I read her book Every Single Secret. I knew right then that I had to read any book she published. She creates such a fast moving story that instantly hooks you from page one. In Until The Day I Die you are swept up into the Erin a recent widow. She has a lot on her plate – she is grieving the death of her husband, the company they built is skyrocketing, her daughter is getting ready to go off to college and while she doesn’t know it someone very close to her wants her gone. I read this book is a day and a half and was sad when I finished it. This like all her books was so good you don’t want to put it down. My only complaint was the ending did seem more rushed that her other novels, but it didn’t take away from my rating it is still a solid 4 stars for me.

About the book: If there’s a healthy way to grieve, Erin Gaines hasn’t found it. After her husband’s sudden death, the runaway success of the tech company they built with their best friends has become overwhelming. Her nerves are frayed, she’s disengaged, and her frustrated daughter, Shorie, is pulling away from her. Maybe Erin’s friends and family are right. Maybe a few weeks at a spa resort in the Caribbean islands is just what she needs to hit the reset button…

Shorie is not only worried about her mother’s mental state but also for the future of her parents’ company. Especially when she begins to suspect that not all of Erin’s colleagues can be trusted. It seems someone is spinning an intricate web of deception—the foundation for a conspiracy that is putting everything, and everyone she loves, at risk. And she may be the only one who can stop it.

Now, thousands of miles away in a remote, and oftentimes menacing, tropical jungle, Erin is beginning to have similar fears. Things at the resort aren’t exactly how the brochure described, and unless she’s losing her mind, Erin’s pretty sure she wasn’t sent there to recover—she was sent to disappear.

Thank you Lake Union Publishing and Netgalley for allowing me to read this great book. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.

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Deliver Me

by Karen Cole

 

 

This book was so interesting! I don’t think I’ve ever read a book with this story line before. Abby isn’t feeling well and goes to the doctor. She finds out she is pregnant but that is impossible there is no way that could have happened. Then she starts thinking about a party she went to several months ago. She learns something horrible and unthinkable happened and the evil person that did this is not going to go away. He torments her and doesn’t leave her alone. He wants the baby and Abby. She is scared for herself and the baby and can’t let her guard down. This was such a fast paced non stop read. I didn’t guess who the perpetrator was till it was revealed. I love when I get ahold of a book that doesn’t make it easy to guess. I will say this book was hard at times and not for everyone. Usually I don’t read books that deal with this topic but I decided to go out of my comfort zone. This book deals with rape and the aftermath taking it one step further and having to deal with the torment for months afterwards because he won’t let her go. I can’t even imagine having to live through something like what happens in this book. The scary thing is I’m sure it does happen and that just makes it that much scarier of a book to read!  I was very surprised to find out this was Karen Cole’s first novel. She really delivered an intense thriller with Deliver Me, and I can’t wait to see what she comes out with next!

About the book: THE NIGHT SHE DOESN’T REMEMBER WILL BE THE ONE SHE CAN’T FORGET

When Abby’s doctor tells her she’s two months pregnant she doesn’t believe him. She can’t be – she hasn’t had sex for over a year. But to her astonishment and dismay, multiple tests confirm it’s true.

Desperately searching for an explanation, Abby recalls New Year’s Day – the terrible hangover, the hole in her memory where the night before should have been and the inexplicable sense of unease – and realises that this baby must have been conceived at her best friend Danny’s NYE party.

Horrified that someone would have taken advantage of her intoxicated state, Abby enlists the help of Danny to find out which of the party guests assaulted her. But when she starts to receive anonymous messages it seems that while she has been looking into the father of her baby, someone has been watching her…

Thank you Quercus Publishing and Netgalley for allowing me to read Deliver Me. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.

Forget Me Not

by A.M. Taylor

publication date: October 5 2018

 

Forget Me Not was such a great book, and to find out this is her first book really surprised me. I would have sworn she had more books under her belt and hope she continues. I will read all her books! I will say the first few pages were a bit hard to read for me because they echoed what happened to a friend of mine that still is missing. It was like reliving that time and so I put it aside for a bit that day. However I couldn’t get Forget Me Not  so I grabbed it back up. I really got into this book and really wish she had more books I could read. Maybe it was because of that connection, but really I think it’s just that A.M. Taylor is such a great author. The characters were a mixed bunch of people, the main character Maddie was likeable and very Nancy Drew like in wanting to get to the bottom of what happened. The story had many plot twist and turns and will leave the reader wonder just what really happened. She weaved together an unsolved case from the past with a happening now case and all the characters how the events have shaped their lives. I like that she showed how the unsolved case of Nora gone missing has really stayed with them all and shaped the lives they have now.  She created a very realistic storyline and kept me guessing till the minute it was revealed – which usually doesn’t happen. I was totally clueless and when it was revealed I was like oh my gosh I never ever saw that happening!  If you are looking for a great mystery one that will keep you reading than grab FORGET ME NOT! Carve away a good weekend and you will love every minute you spend reading this great book!

About the book: WHAT HAPPENED TO NORA?

When Maddie met Nora, their friendship felt as easy as breathing. And when Nora disappeared, all the air went with her. Without her best friend, Maddie’s life became impossible.

Ten years later, Nora is still missing and Maddie is still searching. People have been questioned. People have even been accused. But no one has managed to find Nora.

Then, in the same spot where Nora went missing, the murdered body of Nora’s little sister is found. Convinced this is no coincidence, Maddie resolves to uncover the killer and find Nora – dead or alive.

But will she be able to cope, when we learn what really happened to Nora…?

Thank you Netgalley, HarperImpulse and Killer Reads for allowing me to read Forget Me Not. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.

I Do Not Trust You

by Laura J Burns and Melinda Metz

 

When I saw the blurb on netgalley for this book I thought it sounded amazing. I mean you have an ancient relic – catacombs of Paris – Forest in Norway and so much more. Sounded like some non stop action/drama with a mix of archaeology. The characters were like able and well developed. The story line was very well written and they did go on an adventure that is for sure. My issue was with the lack of action. They went on this amazing adventure to solve a mystery with a relic but the action was lacking. If you go in thinking it will be an action packed Indiana Jones book it might disappoint you. If you go in thinking I’m going to read a good book that I will like just a slow-moving story line with less action and traveling adventure than you will love it. I think my issue was I was expecting one thing but read something a bit different. Overall I still thoroughly enjoyed I Do Not Trust You and told my high school reader she should add this one to her TBR list. Sometimes things are not what you’re expecting but that isn’t a bad thing. The cover is beautiful, the story is good and solid and I liked the characters. This was a solid 3.75 stars for me and I’m glad I was able to read it.

About the Book:  Memphis “M” Engel is stubborn to a fault, graced with an almost absurd knowledge of long-lost languages and cultures, and a heck of an opponent in a fight. In short: she’s awesome.

Ashwin “Ash” Sood is a little too posh for M’s tastes, a little too good-looking, and has way too many secrets. He desperately wants the ancient map M inherited from her archeologist father, believing it will lead him to a relic with the power to destroy the world. M obviously can’t trust him.

Equally desperate to find the relic for reasons of her own, M forms an uneasy partnership with Ash. From the catacombs of Paris, to a sacred forest in Norway, to the ruins of a submerged temple in Egypt, together they crisscross the globe in their search. But through it all, M can never be sure: Is she traveling with a friend or enemy?

Thank you Netgalley and St Martin Press for allowing me to read I Do Not Trust You. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.

When Never Comes

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.

Every Single Secret

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.