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.

Thank you Netgalley for allowing me to read Gretchen by Shannon Kirk. All thoughts and opinions are mine and not influenced by the free book.

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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.

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.

Not Even Bones

by Rebecca Schaeffer

Publication Date: September 4 2018 ( Our local Barnes and Noble already has them out and has very few copies left. The cashier told me they can’t keep them on the shelf. They put out a few and they are mostly gone. My Teen bought a copy after reading the ebook ARC. I’m not sure why they are out but Go Run Grab a copy Now!!! )

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WOW! Not Even Bones was so creepy good I was really taken by surprise by how this story was written. I really think it is a first for me of this kind. The author doesn’t hold back in dialogue or descriptions. I’ve read a lot of books about Supernaturals or in this case they are called UnNaturals. The girl Nita is a strong girl who makes an uneasy alliance and takes no prisoner’s so to speak. She does things she wouldn’t do on a normal day but sometimes we have to do things we don’t want to in order to survive and escape from a very deadly situation. Yes there is a tiny bit of romance I guess??? I really think it’s just they are good friends but maybe there is something more. The author includes all kinds of UnNaturals everything from unicorns to unnaturals who can heal, glow or feed off of other’s pain. The story explores unnaturals human trafficking and selling of body parts. I guess you could say it parallels what happens in the real world today. My favorite unnatural was the pink dolphins of the Amazon. Mirella was really great and one I was routing for. I saw on GoodReads there is a book 2! I hope I don’t have to wait a year for it to come out. I will say it is gory and bloody but if you can get past that it is a really great book and one my teen and I devoured in a few days time.

About the Book: Dexter meets This Savage Song in this dark fantasy about a girl who sells magical body parts on the black market — until she’s betrayed.

Nita doesn’t murder supernatural beings and sell their body parts on the internet—her mother does that. Nita just dissects the bodies after they’ve been “acquired.” But when her mom brings home a live specimen, Nita decides she wants out — dissecting living people is a step too far.

But when she tries to save her mother’s victim, she ends up sold on the black market in his place — because Nita herself is a supernatural being. Now Nita is on the other side of the bars, and there is no line she won’t cross to escape and make sure no one can ever capture her again.

Nita did a good deed, and it cost her everything. Now she’s going to do a lot of bad deeds to get it all back.

 

Thank you Netgalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for allowing me to read Not Even Bones. All thougts 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.

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.

The Good Twin

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.