The Escape Room

by Megan Goldin

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The Escape Room has probably been one of the most buzzed about books this summer on Instagram and such. So many people have it on their TBR’s so I was so happy to be able to read it before it’s publication date. I want to go on an escape room adventure sometime, however not if they are like this! 🙂 This book is such a great escape and I enjoyed reading it. Were the characters like-able? NO! I don’t think I liked any of them. They were some of the most hateful people. However I think that was the author’s intentions, at least I hope it was. Was the book believable? I’m not sure for me no it wasn’t, it was good and predictable and a entertaining book to read. The one thing I really liked that I think is absolutely perfect for this book is we read the ending more or less as the prologue and then we go back to the beginning where it all began. So while we know the ending we get to see how it all unfolds and unravels to get to that point. While some books this would ruin the whole story for The Escape Room it totally works. In the end I enjoyed it, would recommend it and gave it 4 solid stars. I will be seeking out the author’s previous book and will read anything else she publishes. This is in my top 10 of 2019 for sure.

About the book: 

Vincent, Jules, Sylvie, and Sam are ruthlessly ambitious high-flyers working in the lucrative world of Wall Street finance where deception and intimidation thrive. Getting rich is all that matters, and they’ll do anything to reach the top.

When they are ordered to participate in a corporate team-building exercise that requires them to escape from a locked elevator, dark secrets of their team begin to be laid bare.

The biggest mystery to solve in this lethal game: What happened to Sara Hall? Once a young shining star—”now gone but not forgotten”.

This is no longer a game.
They’re fighting for their lives.

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MEGAN GOLDIN worked as a correspondent for Reuters and other media outlets where she covered war, peace, international terrorism and financial meltdowns in the Middle East and Asia. She is now based in Melbourne, Australia where she raises three sons and is a foster mum to Labrador puppies learning to be guide dogs. THE ESCAPE ROOM is her debut novel.

 

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

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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.

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.

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.