The Wife Between Us

by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

Publication January 9 2018

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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. 

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And Then There Were None

by Agatha Christie

And Then There Were None was my first jump into Agatha Christie. I love a good mystery and classics so I’m not sure why it took me so long to read one of the legend’s books. This was a good one to start with because besides Murder on the Orient Express I believe this is just as popular. I also grabbed the recent movie remake from the library so I could watch the book come to life afterwards.

And Then There Were None (Book): This book was so fast pace and non stop action. Every time I thought I might know who it was they were no longer in the picture. This was a book I couldn’t put down and ended up reading it all in 1 setting. This book hooked me and I want to read and collect all of her books. I can see why she is called the Queen of Mystery. Even now so many years later her books are still so good. I’ve always said you can’t go wrong with a good classic and this proves it. The characters were all a little unlike-able but I think that was the point. They did horrible things and got away with it. What really made this atmosphere seem eerie and upped the mystery factor was the nursery rhyme and the little solider pieces. Each murder followed the nursery rhyme and then a pawn would be missing. I really liked the plot line of each character being a pawn in this persons game. It was an angle that I wasn’t expecting and really made the story fit together so well. It did read a little dated but not so much that it would be hard for the younger generations to read and enjoy it. My classic bookworm reader in the house loved it and she even figured it out. If any one ask me for some good thrills and chills books to read I will be telling them they have to read this book!

And Then There Were None (Movie): The movie did change-up some of the story line and while I knew the changes since I had just read the book it didn’t ruin the movie for me. I was fine with the changes. That being said there was  only thing I would have taken out. The party scene where they were all doing drugs. I mean yes drugs were around even back then but it didn’t really add anything important to the movie so I would have left it out. The characters in the movie seemed a little less evil and I liked them a tiny bit better than I did in the book. Most of the time I will say the book was better sometimes way better. In this case yes the book was better but for me the movie was just as good in its own right. I think if someone watched this having never read the book or any Agatha Christie books they might just go to their library or bookstore and grab some of her works.

This combination hooked my bookworm and I and we decided we are going to read and collect all of Agatha Christie’s books. We hope to find more movies or TV Shows based on the books so we can continue the Read and Watch with not only Agatha Christie but with more classics. We are making October Agatha Christie binge read and see just how many we can read. We also want to read Murder on the Orient Express before the remake comes out on the big screen November 10th.

Final Girls

by Riley Sager

I got a copy of Final Girl as the BOTM (Book of the Month) July book selection. I joined 3 months ago when they were running a special 3 months for 30 bucks and a copy of Into The Water by Paula Hawkins for free. I love that you pay for 3, 6 or 12 months up front so that amount of months is paid for in advance. You get to pick your book and can skip 1 month each membership time-table. I’m doing another 3 months to see if it’s something I want to keep up and maybe sign up for a longer period. OK on to this 5 star book…

 

 

Final Girls was so good I’m not sure where to begin. I knew I wanted to read this a long time ago when I first heard about it. I love horror movies and in all there is that final girl who is the sole survivor to an unthinkable act. This book was dubbed as a must read for fans of those movies. This book was so good. I was hooked from page one and was even reading while cooking  – which is hard to do when it involves making burgers and fries. The writing style was good and I liked the way the story flowed. The characters and there were a lot were well developed and I didn’t get confused by who was who and what back story did they belong to like some other books. There were a lot of backstories within the main story and I liked reading about all of them. I will say I figured out the who was behind everything fairly early on in the book but still enjoyed it so much. I didn’t have the why and back story of the character so I had to keep reading to see just what was wrong with that character. Final Girls are strong girls and survivors and Quincy had some issues of being the sole survivor. She blocked out everything which was her coping mechanism. She also had trust issues, I mean who can blame her right? Overall I think the author portrayed her well-rounded for having been through something that horrible. I really think Final Girls would make for a great movie or 1 season TV show. The ended kinda seemed like it could continue but I’m not thinking that is the case. Maybe the author left it open for us to decide or for them to return to if they ever want to.  Overall I would say this by far is my favorite book I’ve read this summer and will be top 3 for 2017. I recommend this book to anyone who loves a great well-rounded page turning book that keeps you up at night or in my case getting up at 4 am because you can’t sleep another wink till you finish the book.

about the book: Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie–scale massacre. In an instant, she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to—a group of similar survivors known in the press as the Final Girls. Lisa, who lost nine sorority sisters to a college dropout’s knife; Sam, who went up against the Sack Man during her shift at the Nightlight Inn; and now Quincy, who ran bleeding through the woods to escape Pine Cottage and the man she refers to only as Him. The three girls are all attempting to put their nightmares behind them, and, with that, one another. Despite the media’s attempts, they never meet.

Now, Quincy is doing well—maybe even great, thanks to her Xanax prescription. She has a caring almost-fiancé, Jeff; a popular baking blog; a beautiful apartment; and a therapeutic presence in Coop, the police officer who saved her life all those years ago. Her memory won’t even allow her to recall the events of that night; the past is in the past.

That is, until Lisa, the first Final Girl, is found dead in her bathtub, wrists slit, and Sam, the second, appears on Quincy’s doorstep. Blowing through Quincy’s life-like a whirlwind, Sam seems intent on making Quincy relive the past, with increasingly dire consequences, all of which makes Quincy question why Sam is really seeking her out. And when new details about Lisa’s death come to light, Quincy’s life becomes a race against time as she tries to unravel Sam’s truths from her lies, evade the police and hungry reporters, and, most crucially, remember what really happened at Pine Cottage, before what was started ten years ago is finished.

Two Days Gone

by Randall Silvis

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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.

15th Affair

Women’s Murder Club #15

by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

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Detective Lindsay Boxer chases an elusive suspect … her husband.As she settles into motherhood and a happy marriage, Lindsay Boxer thinks she has found domestic bliss. But when a beautiful, alluring blonde woman with links to the CIA disappears from the scene of a brutal murder at a downtown luxury hotel, Lindsay’s life begins to unravel. Before she can track down the woman for questioning, a plane crash plunges San Francisco into chaos and Lindsay’s husband Joe vanishes. The deeper she digs, the more Lindsay suspects that Joe shares a secret past with the mystery blonde. Thrown into a tailspin and questioning everything she thought she knew, Lindsay turns to the Women’s Murder Club for help as she tries to uncover the truth. Filled with pulse-pounding international intrigue, 15th Affair proves that all is fair in love, war, and espionage.

 

I really like James Patterson books, they are fast paced, non stop action and real page turners. Somehow or another I’ve never read a Women’s Murder Club book until now. Not sure how, I thought for sure I had ready at least one before but nope. So my first book in this series was 15th Affair. I like that while I didn’t know the relationship and connections of some of the key characters, I wasn’t really that lost. I liked the main character Lindsey and thought she handled her self well and well I would have totally broke down and curled into a ball but that is why I’m not a fictional character that is a kick butt girl cop. It only took a few days to read this since I didn’t like having to put it down. I liked the story and will start the series from the beginning next time a grab a Women’s Murder Club.

Thank you Little Brown and Company for allowing me to read James Patterson 15th Affair. All thoughts and opinions are my own 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. 

 

Private Paris

by James Patterson and Mark Sullivan

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I’ve been a James Patterson fan since 1995, when I read Kiss The Girl. I stayed up all night reading it. Seriously, I did. I drank lots of Irish Breakfast Tea and refused to go to sleep till I knew how it ended. I finished it by morning handed to my mom and she did the same that day. Now she is a big James Patterson fan also. I haven’t read all his books, he has A LOT, but I’ve read most. I really like the Private series and so I was excited to read Private Paris.

Private Paris was a really good very fast paced book that I couldn’t put down. I like that while Private is a series you can pick up any book and start reading and not be lost. The characters are well developed and I think the writing team of James Patterson and Mark Sullivan is a good one and I hope they continue writing more books in the series. I can honestly say I don’t think there is a book I haven’t liked that had James Patterson on the cover. Private Paris has many topics and world events that are sadly happening right now. They handle these sensitive issues well and Jack Morgan the main character is a good guy that gets the job done. Over all I think Private Paris was a great book to read and loved sneaking moments of reading time. Overall I give Private Paris 4 stars. 🙂

 

summary: Paris is burning–and only Private’s Jack Morgan can put out the fire.

When Jack Morgan stops by Private’s Paris office, he envisions a quick hello during an otherwise relaxing trip filled with fine food and sightseeing. But Jack is quickly pressed into duty after a call from his client Sherman Wilkerson, asking Jack to track down his young granddaughter who is on the run from a brutal drug dealer.

Before Jack can locate her, several members of France’s cultural elite are found dead–murdered in stunning, symbolic fashion. The only link between the crimes is a mysterious graffiti tag. As religious and ethnic tensions simmer in the City of Lights, only Jack and his Private team can connect the dots before the smoldering powder keg explodes.

Thank you Grand Central Publishing for allowing me to read and review Private Paris. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.