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.

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Bring Me Back

by B.A. Paris

 

I’ve been all over the board with B.A. Paris books. Her first one Behind Closed Doors really didn’t sit well with me it was so disturbing and I couldn’t get past the fact that he was such a deranged person. Then we had The Breakdown, I liked that one and found it really suspenseful.  Just recently her latest Bring Me Back came out and I devoured it in a day and a half. I really liked this one and think it might be a favorite of the 3. It was a “haunting/stalking” like nothing I’ve read before. Yes I figured it out by part 2 but not 100% I still had questions and some of my theories weren’t right, and some of the plot twist were big twist! B.A. Paris is a master storyteller and her books are ones you will have very concrete views on. This like her other novels will have a strong loved it and hated it camp. Her novels really seem to create strong emotions with readers. I can’t wait to see what she creates next. B.A. Paris will be an author I will always read.

Finn never really knew what happened to her girlfriend Layla when she vanished into thin air. He stopped living for a long time and couldn’t get over his own possible role in her disappearance. He also never told the full truth of what all went on leading up to those final moments they were together. Eventually he starts to feel alive again when Layla’s little sister comes down to England and he falls for Ellen. Just when he thinks his life is finally going to be happy weird things start happening and he can’t get over the fact that someone is trying to tell him something and isn’t going to let his past with Layla rest. So begins the unraveling of Layla’s vanishing and Finn’s reckoning.

About the book: She went missing. He moved on. A whole world of secrets remained—until now.

Finn and Layla are young, in love, and on vacation. They’re driving along the highway when Finn decides to stop at a service station to use the restroom. He hops out of the car, locks the doors behind him, and goes inside. When he returns Layla is gone—never to be seen again. That is the story Finn told to the police. But it is not the whole story.

Ten years later Finn is engaged to Layla’s sister, Ellen. Their shared grief over what happened to Layla drew them close and now they intend to remain together. Still, there’s something about Ellen that Finn has never fully understood. His heart wants to believe that she is the one for him…even though a sixth sense tells him not to trust her.

Then, not long before he and Ellen are to be married, Finn gets a phone call. Someone from his past has seen Layla—hiding in plain sight. There are other odd occurrences: Long-lost items from Layla’s past that keep turning up around Finn and Ellen’s house. Emails from strangers who seem to know too much. Secret messages, clues, warnings. If Layla is alive—and on Finn’s trail—what does she want? And how much does she know?

Thank you so much St. Martin Press for sending me a copy of Bring Me Back. I really enjoyed this book and all thoughts and opinions are mine and not influenced by the free book.

The Wife Between Us

by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

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A novel of suspense that explores the complexities of marriage and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love. 

When you read this book, you will make many assumptions.
You will assume you are reading about a jealous wife and her obsession with her replacement.
You will assume you are reading about a woman about to enter a new marriage with the man she loves.
You will assume the first wife was a disaster and that the husband was well rid of her.
You will assume you know the motives, the history, the anatomy of the relationships.

Assume nothing.

 

 

The Wife Between Us is a book like no other I’ve read. I thought I had it all figured out but boy was I wrong. There are so many plot twist and turns that the they really keep the reader on their toes. I’m not going to say to much since I don’t want to give away even the tiniest bit of information. Just know that this book is so good and you have to add it to your TBR, and move it to the top!  Nellie is a woman who you feel a bit sorry for her. She has the love of her life’s ex-wife who just can’t seem to leave her alone. She really is starting to question this woman’s sanity and her own safety. Vanessa is just trying to help she doesn’t want Nellie to fall into the same trap she fell into. Can Vanessa save Nellie without risking her own life? Is Richard really prince charming or someone all should fear?

The authors have a lot of back story to set up so stick with it. The beginning might seem a bit slow but is worth it. I enjoyed this book so much and this may end up being a favorite mystery – thriller – suspense book I read so far this year.  I didn’t want to put down but also didn’t want it to end. I can’t wait to read more from them in the future.

Thank you so much St Martin Press for sending me a copy of The Wife Between Us. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book. 

The Witch House of Persimmon Point

by Suzanne Palmieri

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When Byrd Whalen returns to her family’s ancestral home to uncover secrets threatening to destroy a legacy she holds dear, the dark haunted histories of the Amore women reveal themselves, leading Byrd to question everything she’s ever believed about herself in Palmieri’s fourth novel.

 

First Thoughts:

I have never read a book by Suzanne Palmieri. So I went into this with no back history or sure if it was related to any of the other Witch books she has written. I picked this one up first from my BookSpark Fall Reading Challenge box because I thought: Witches and Mystery a perfect spooktober read.

Characters:

The characters were very well developed and you get a whole history lesson on all the important back characters. This really helped me as a first time reader and I enjoyed getting to know the history of the Amore Women. They are a strong group of women and I really feel in love with their characters.  I will be checking out more of her books to see if I can read more about the fabulous Byrd Whalen.

Plot and Writing:

The author did a fabulous job and not making me feel lost and like I should stop reading. The writing flowed well and made reading though this book a breeze. The plot was a big heavy one with a lot of back story and family history. She did great at weaving that in throughout  the book.  There was so much going on but you can tell she knows and loves her characters.

Final Thoughts:

Well this wasn’t a spooktober book to read for the mystery and witches that I was think it would be about. However I got a sweet family story with so many new characters that I want to read more about. I will be checking out the rest of her books. Overall I really enjoyed this one and so happy I was introduced to a new to me author.

Thank you St Martins Press, BookSpark Fall Reading Challenge and Suzanne Palmieri for allowing me to read The Witch House of Persimmon Point. All thoughts and opinions are mine and not influenced by the free book.

Behind Closed Doors

by B.A. Paris

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Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth; she has charm and elegance. He’s a dedicated attorney who has never lost a case; she is a flawless homemaker, a masterful gardener and cook, and dotes on her disabled younger sister. Though they are still newlyweds, they seem to have it all. You might not want to like them, but you do. You’re hopelessly charmed by the ease and comfort of their home, by the graciousness of the dinner parties they throw. You’d like to get to know Grace better.

But it’s difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are inseparable.

Some might call this true love. Others might wonder why Grace never answers the phone. Or why she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn’t work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. Or why she never seems to take anything with her when she leaves the house, not even a pen. Or why there are such high-security metal shutters on all the downstairs windows.

Some might wonder what’s really going on once the dinner party is over, and the front door has closed.

 

First Thoughts:

My first initial thoughts were this is really good I’m going to like this psychological thriller. Than I got further into the book and decided Yikes, this book is disturbing on so many levels. What is even more disturbing is that there are people this twisted and sick out there.

Characters:

Jack and Grace are the envy couple of their friends. Jack is a high-powered attorney working to save women from their abusive husbands and boyfriends. Grace is the timid wife that is the perfect hostess and very loving sister. Millie is Grace’s sister who is sweet and very intuitive to what people are really like.  Esther is the meddling new friend that Grace really needs since she also things something is not right. There are more characters but these are the ones that really stuck out for me.

Plot and Writing:

The plot to Behind Closed Doors was good don’t get me wrong it was just so dark and twisted that it really got to me through out reading this. I had to read 2 books at the same time. Since at times I really just wanted to read something happy-go-lucky. B.A. Paris is a good writer and definitely writes one dark twisted thriller. I will read another book by B.A. Paris.  Her next one The Breakdown comes out June 20, 2017. While I can say Behind Closed Doors might not be a favorite since it made me uncomfortable reading it. I did  finish it and she does such big plot twist and reveals. It was great to read how the story unfolds and I loved seeing everything from Grace’s eyes.

Final Thoughts:

My final thoughts on Behind Closed Doors is that it’s not for every reader. It will crawl under your skin and get to you at times. It is crazy to think there are people out there this mean, crazy, and twisted but there are. I can say while at times Grace really made me mad for staying I still liked her, Millie and Esther the best. If you read this you might want to have a happy book to grab at times. Overall I could see this being made into a movie.

thank you BookSpark Fall Reading Challenge, B.A. Paris and St Martins Press for allowing me to read this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book. 

 

Karolina’s Twins

by Ronald H Balson

 

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Karolina’s Twins was simply amazing. This book captured me and held me, it was so captivating. I found myself wanting to skip doing stuff because I didn’t want to stop reading.  The present day story with her back story really made this 2 books in one. I loved it so much and will be buying a hardback as soon as it comes out. This book is for every reader that loves WWII stories. I read the author loosely based this on a real story. I can’t even imagine the horrors they and she experienced and would like to thank her and the author for sharing this story. It has touched me and will stay with me always. Karolina’s Twins is my number 1 read of 2016 and top 20 of all time!

She made a promise in desperation Now it’s time to keep it Lena Woodward, elegant and poised, has lived a comfortable life among Chicago Society since she immigrated to the US and began a new life at the end of World War II. But now something has resurfaced that Lena cannot ignore: an unfulfilled promise she made long ago that can no longer stay buried. Driven to renew the quest that still keeps her awake at night, Lena enlists the help of lawyer Catherine Lockhart and private investigator Liam Taggart. Behind Lena’s stoic facade are memories that will no longer be contained. She begins to recount a tale, harkening back to her harrowing past in Nazi-occupied Poland, of the bond she shared with her childhood friend Karolina. Karolina was vivacious and beautiful, athletic and charismatic, and Lena has cherished the memory of their friendship her whole life. But there is something about the story that is unfinished, questions that must be answered about what is true and what is not, and what Lena is willing to risk to uncover the past. Has the real story been hidden these many years? And if so, why? Two girls, coming of age in a dangerous time, bearers of secrets that only they could share. Just when you think there could not be anything new to ferret out from World War II comes Karolina’s Twins, a spellbinding new novel by the bestselling author of Once We Were Brothers and Saving Sophie. In this richly woven tale of love, survival and resilience during some of the darkest hours, the unbreakable bond between girlhood friends will have consequences into the future and beyond.

Thank you so very much St Martin’s Press and Ronald Balson for allowing me to read Karolina’s Twins. This book was simply amazing, and so captivating. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.

I’ve Got Sand In All the Wrong Places

by Lisa Scottoline Francesca Serritella

I’m a big fan of Lisa Scottoline but have never read the non fiction books written by her and her daughter. I have to admit I’ve never really read a whole lot non fiction but I would read more if they were all this fun. I’ve Got Sand in all the Wrong Places was a laugh out loud funny book. I enjoyed all the stories some I  couldn’t stop laughing at. The best one for me was Fighting Like… by Francesca Serritella. I have kids and I have pets so this one was that I could relate to. These book was a light hearted easy to read book that makes it perfect for summer reading. This is one of those feel good books that isn’t too heavy and one all can find a story or two or three or more that they love. The stories are short and this book can be read in big reading session or a story or two at bedtime. I would gift this book to my friends and would recommend it to any reader. I will be grabbing the rest of their funny relate able  books from my local library. I’m so happy I found out about this side of Lisa Scottoline and was able to read the book.

summary: Lisa and Francesca are back with another collection of warm and witty stories that will strike a chord with every woman. This six book series is among the best reviewed humor books published today and has been compared to the late greats, Erma Bombeck and Nora Ephron. Delia Ephron said of the fifth book in the series, Have a Nice Guilt Trip, “Lisa and Francesca, mother and daughter, bring you the laughter of their lives once again and better than ever. You will identify with these tales of guilt and fall in love with them and fierce (grand) Mother Mary.” This seventh volume will not disappoint as it hits the humorous and poignant note that fans have come to expect from the beloved mother-daughter duo.

thank you so much St Martin’s Press, Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella for allowing me to read and review I’ve Got Sand in all the Wrong Places. All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the free book.