Jul 302020
 

The Wife Who Knew Too Much by Michele Campbell
Genre: Domestic Thriller
Published by St. Martin’s Press
Publication Date: July 28, 2020
ASIN: B07YRKZ7CK
Pages: 336
Review Copy From: St. Martin’s via NetGalley
Edition: eBook
My Rating: 5

Synopsis (via GR)

From Michele Campbell, the bestselling author of It’s Always the Husband comes a new blockbuster thriller in The Wife Who Knew Too Much.

Tabitha Girard had her heart broken years ago by Connor Ford. He was preppy and handsome. She was a pool girl at his country club. Their affair should have been a summer fling. But it meant everything to Tabitha.

Years later, Connor comes back into Tabitha’s life—older, richer, and desperately unhappy. He married for money, a wealthy, neurotic, controlling woman whom he never loved. He has always loved Tabitha.

When Connor’s wife Nina takes her own life, he’s free. He can finally be with Tabitha. Nina’s home, Windswept, can be theirs. It seems to be a perfect ending to a fairy tale romance that began so many years ago. But then, Tabitha finds a diary. “I’m writing this to raise an alarm in the event of my untimely death,” it begins. “If I die unexpectedly, it was foul play, and Connor was behind it. Connor—and her.”

Who is Connor Ford? Why did he marry Nina? Is Tabitha his true love, or a convenient affair? As the police investigate Nina’s death, is she a convenient suspect?

As Tabitha is drawn deeper into the dark glamour of a life she is ill-prepared for, it becomes clear to her that what a wife knows can kill her.

My Thoughts

Michele Campbell has another winner on her hands!!!

Thirteen years ago, Tabitha Girard, 17 years old, meets the very handsome and very rich Connor Ford one summer, however, his grandmother doesn’t approve since Tabitha was born on the wrong side of the tracks. She knew he was the love of her life but by the end of the summer, Connor had to leave since his grandmother held all the cards and the money.

They both went their separate ways, both having other relationships but Tabitha knew it would always be Connor that had her heart. Until that fateful day that he entered the restaurant where she worked. Their feelings were the same as they once were but one problem, Connor was married to Nina, another very rich woman. Both knowing it was wrong, they couldn’t stop and they had an affair. However, Tabitha soon finds herself pregnant and tries to contact him with the news by going to his wife’s mansion on the night Nina is hosting a 4th of July party. But hours later, Nina is found dead. Was it a suicide or murder? And if murder, who killed her?

When things calm down, Tabitha and Connor marry and are living the life they dreamed about. Being together with a baby on the way. But as time passes both Connor and Tabitha become suspects, with Tabitha being arrested.

I love a book where within the first 2-3 pages, you know that this going to be a wild ride. And this book was. The suspense tension was as fast as watching an Indy 500 car race with no pit stops and hairpin turns. Characters, at times, that were dark and secretive that the reader will be going back and forth as who to believe had a stake in the vast amount of money that Nina leaves behind.

Tabitha claims her innocence but is now questioning if she really knew Connor. Can she truly believe him that he didn’t kill his wife? Or will they have a happily ever after that they both wanted?

A white knuckle read that will have your heart pounding!!! I highly recommend this book for those that enjoy psychological thrillers!!!

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  • Jul 282020
     

    A MILLION LITTLE LIES by Bette Lee Crosby
    Genre: Historical Romance, Family Fiction
    Published by Bent Pine Publishing
    Publication Date: June 16, 2020
    ASIN: B086WQZFNG
    Pages: 260
    Review Copy From: Publisher via NetGalley
    Edition: eBook
    My Rating: 5

    Synopsis (via GR)

    A lifetime of lies, and a truth too painful to tell.

    When Suzanna Duff was ten years old, she lost her mama, and that’s when the lies began. At first, they were just harmless little fibs, a way to hide her unbearable loneliness and the truth about a daddy who came home rip-roaring drunk every night. But in time, the lies grew bigger and now, when she is a grown woman with a daughter of her own, they threaten to destroy everything she loves.

    The irony of this situation is that Suzanna never planned to stay in Georgia, she was simply passing through, looking for a fresh start in New Jersey. Attending that wake with her daughter Annie, was a fluke. An opportunity to enjoy a free meal. It should have entailed nothing more than a solemn nod and a brief expression of sympathy but, Ida Parker, the grieving widow mistook her for her the granddaughter who was carried off as an infant. Too embarrassed to do anything else, Suzanna played along. What harm was there in pretending to be someone else for a few hours? Hours turned into days and days into weeks; strangers became friends, love happened, and before long a year had flown by.

    Now the past is standing on her doorstep and Suzanna must decide to leave here and disappear as she has done before, or tell the truth and break the hearts of those she loves most.

    My Thoughts

    This is the 2nd book that I have read by Ms. Crosby and it did not disappoint.

    As the synopsis states, Susannah Duff finds herself in a situation that would keep her daughter safe, however, with it comes many little lies. Even though she tells herself that she will continue this facade for a few more days, it turns into months, which means more and more little lies. The longer she continues the role of Darla Jean, she realizes what it feels to be safe and to love and be loved.

    But will she ruin everything if she tells the truth? Will she lose those she has fallen in love with, and more importantly, what will it do to her daughter?

    A poignant and heart-wrenching story that tells the story of what it means to be a family. Such a warm and touching read!! I absolutely loved it!!!

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  • Jul 212020
     

    HURRY HOME by Roz Nay
    Genre: Psychological Thriller
    Published by Crooked Lane Books
    Publication Date: July 7, 2020
    ISBN-10: 1643854798
    ISBN-13: 978-1643854793
    Pages: 272
    Review Copy From: Publisher via NetGalley
    Edition: Kindle
    My Rating: 4

    Synopsis (via GR)

    From the bestselling author of Our Little Secret comes a suspenseful new thriller featuring two estranged sisters desperate to keep their deepest and darkest secret where it belongs–in the past.

    Blood is thicker than water… And it could cost you everything.

    Alexandra Van Ness has the perfect life. She lives in an idyllic resort town tucked away in the Rocky Mountains, shares a designer loft with her handsome boyfriend, Chase, and has her dream job working in child protection. Every day, Alex goes above and beyond to save children at risk.

    But when her long-lost sister, Ruth, unexpectedly shows up at her door, Alex’s perfect life is upended. Growing up, Ruth was always the troublemaker, pulling Alex into her messes, and this time will be no different. Still, Alex will help Ruth under one condition: we will never, ever, talk about the past. But when a local child goes missing, both women are forced to confront the secrets they’ve promised to keep buried.

    Utterly engrossing and claustrophobic, Hurry Home is a tantalizing reflection of the chain-and-shackles relationship between sisters that asks: what lines wouldn’t you cross for your own?

    My Thoughts

    Alex Van Ness hasn’t seen her sister Ruth in 10 years until the day she turns up on Alex’s doorstep pregnant and asking for help. The tension between them can be felt but why now and what happened to cause this estrangement?

    This is the first book I read by this author, but seeing a lot of buzz about it, I wanted to check out what everyone was saying.

    Little by little, the relationship of the two sisters is revealed, A tragic accident in their childhood would change them both. But one of them remembers it differently and it changes her, in a very negative way.

    The author has the reader going back and forth between the two trying to guess which one is the liar.

    The suspense held my attention throughout. The writing style allowed me to create vivid imagery in my mind as I read.

    I would definitely be reading more by this author in the future.

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  • Jun 112020
     

    Stranger In The Lake by Kimberly Belle
    Genre: Domestic Thriller
    Published by Harlequin / Park Row
    Publication Date: June 9, 2020
    ASIN: B07WNX6ZZS
    Pages: 352
    Review Copy From: Harlequin via NetGalley
    Edition: eBook
    My Rating: 5

    Synopsis (via GR)

    “Spellbinding. Another outstanding novel by Kimberly Belle, masterfully written to lure you in and never let go.” – Samantha Downing, USA Today bestselling author of My Lovely Wife

    When Charlotte married the wealthy widower Paul, it caused a ripple of gossip in their small lakeside town. They have a charmed life together, despite the cruel whispers about her humble past and his first marriage. But everything starts to unravel when she discovers a young woman’s body floating in the exact same spot where Paul’s first wife tragically drowned.

    At first, it seems like a horrific coincidence, but the stranger in the lake is no stranger. Charlotte saw Paul talking to her the day before, even though Paul tells the police he’s never met the woman. His lie exposes cracks in their fragile new marriage, cracks Charlotte is determined to keep from breaking them in two.

    As Charlotte uncovers dark mysteries about the man she married, she doesn’t know what to trust—her heart, which knows Paul to be a good man, or her growing suspicion that there’s something he’s hiding in the water.

    My Thoughts

    I am a big fan of Ms. Belle and had been waiting patiently to get a copy of this book in my hands. Normally, I would have devoured it in a matter of days, which I had done with her previous books (check out my reviews below), however, it took me much longer. Not because of the storyline, suspense, writing, etc. but because of our current health crisis, which I have had a hard time focusing due to anxiety.

    Charlotte, aka Charlie, McCreedy Keller grew up on the wrong side of town but a year ago married Paul Keller, a big-time architect of custom homes. For Paul, he never thought he would find love again after losing his first wife 4 years ago, which he was a suspect in her questionable death.

    After celebrating, the night before, that they were expecting, Charlotte walk down to the dock to retrieve some papers that she left on his boat. Those papers are not the only thing she finds, there is a body below their dock, reminiscent of where Paul’s 1st wife was found. How could this happen again? And what’s worse, Paul leaves her to deal with the police while he treks and plans to be away hiking in the woods to locate his friend Jax while his other friend, Micah, son of the Police Chief and an underwater crime investigator is on the scene.

    Things are not adding up for Charlotte. Could it be she really doesn’t know her husband? And why are circumstances from a death from 20 years ago, coming to light now?

    The suspense was gripping. The characters were believable. The writing fluid.

    Even though there were not that many characters, aka suspects, I kept going back and forth between a few of them as to who I thought the killer was. By the time I was into 3/4 of the story I was sure I had this mystery figured out. WRONG!!!!!! Not even close! The ending was climatic that left me saying, WAIT!!
    WHAT!!!

    Another entertaining and super suspenseful read by an awesome author!!!! Now I sit and patiently wait for her next book!!

    Check out my previous reviews for:
    Dear Wife
    The Last Breath
    Three Days Missing
    The Marriage Lie

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  • May 202020
     

    The Wife Stalker by Liv Constantine
    Genre: Women’s Psychological Fiction
    Published by Harper Collins
    Publication Date: May 19, 2020
    ASIN: B07WRCHH3W
    Pages: 320
    Review Copy From: Harper Collins
    Edition: print ARC/eARC via NetGalley
    My Rating: 5+

    Synopsis (via GR)

    Breezing into the tony seaside paradise of Westport, Connecticut, gorgeous thirtysomething Piper Reynard sets down roots, opening a rehab and wellness space and joining a local yacht club. When she meets Leo Drakos, a handsome, successful lawyer, the wedding ring on his finger is the only thing she doesn’t like about him. Yet as Piper well knows, no marriage is permanent.

    Meanwhile, Joanna has been waiting patiently for Leo, the charismatic man she fell in love with all those years ago, to re-emerge from the severe depression that has engulfed him. Though she’s thankful when Leo returns to his charming, energetic self, paying attention again to Evie and Stelli, the children they both love beyond measure, Joanna is shocked to discover that it’s not her loving support that’s sparked his renewed happiness—it’s something else.

    Piper. Leo has fallen head over heels for the flaky, New Age-y newcomer, and unrepentant and resolute, he’s more than willing to leave Joanna behind, along with everything they’ve built. Of course, he assures her, she can still see the children.

    Joanna is devastated—and determined to find something, anything, to use against this woman who has stolen her life and her true love. As she digs deeper into Piper’s past, Joanna begins to unearth disturbing secrets . . . but when she confides to her therapist that she fears for the lives of her ex-husband and children, her concerns are dismissed as paranoia. Can she find the proof she needs in time to save them?

    My Thoughts

    WARNING!!! WARNING!!!! Major book hangover!!!!

    This book, by far, will be in my top five best books of 2020!!!

    Piper, who has changed her name moves to the East coast to start her life again after the death of her husband and stepdaughter. Piper was an initial suspect in these deaths until the ruling but the ex-wife and mother of the victims feel they were murdered.

    Joanna, the loving wife of Leo Drakos and mother to Evie and Stelli. Knowing that Leo is still fighting depression she encourages him to attend a class at Piper’s Healing Arts business. But that may have been her biggest mistake because Piper and Leo have instant chemistry. Leo tells Joanna that their relationship is over and tells her to move out and Leo gets sole custody of the children.

    Joanna is devastated and begins stalking Piper and looking into her past.

    The pages were turning at warp speed!!! I kept going back and forth as to who, Piper or Joanna, was the true victim and my opinion kept changing. Heart pounding suspense!! Red herrings throughout!!! The ending, THE ENDING!!! OMG!!! It was intense and one that had my head spinning!!!

    This has got to be one of the best domestic psychological thriller novels that I have read.

    As for a rating, I wish I could say a 10!! It was that good!! Run, don’t walk, to get your hands on a copy!!!!!

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