Category: Book Review

#Review | DON’T LOOK FOR ME by Wendy Walker

Don’t Look For Me by Wendy Walker
Genre: Domestic Thriller
Published by St. Martin’s Press
Publication Date: September 15, 2020
ASIN : B08472L3TM
Pages: 345
Review Copy From: Publisher via NetGalley
Edition: Kindle
My Rating: 5+

Synopsis (via GR)

“In Wendy Walker’s thrilling novel Don’t Look for Me, the greatest risk isn’t running away. It’s running out of time.

One night, Molly Clarke walked away from her life.

She doesn’t want to be found.

Or at least, that’s the story.

The car abandoned miles from home.

The note found at a nearby hotel.

The shattered family that couldn’t be put back together.

They called it a “walk away.”

It happens all the time.

Women disappear, desperate to leave their lives behind and start over.

But is that what really happened to Molly Clarke?

My Thoughts

When it comes to Wendy Walker’s books, one word comes to mind both as a positive and a negative and that is the word huge.

First the positive, I am a huge fan of her books!!!

Five years ago, the Clarke family endured a horrific tragedy when the mother, Molly accidentally ran over their youngest child Annie. Since then, John, her husband, their daughter Nicole and son Evan have grown apart and tried dealing with their grief in different ways. Sometimes even it being destructive.

Molly knows and feels that her family blames her and wonders if it would be better if she wasn’t present in their lives. But this particular morning, as she is leaving to drive to her son’s school to watch his game, Nicole spews hurtful words in an argument and storms off. After watching him play, she tries to get his attention and he walks right by her not even acknowledging her. On the ride home, her thoughts turn to what the past 5 years have been and she is not paying attention that she is running low on gas and a hurricane is to hit the area. Parking on the side of the road hoping for some help might be her best or worst decision.

How does Ms. Walker do it?

This story did not let up in the suspense! The writing was so descriptive that I felt that I was transported into the story and unaware of my surroundings. The characters were so believable, almost to a fault because I couldn’t figure out who I should be trusting. The twists and turns gave me whiplash. I found myself holding my breath and at other times scaring myself with my audible gasps. And the ending was explosive!

This was truly a white-knuckle, hold onto your seat read!!! Another 5+ star novel!

Now for the huge negative. And that’s having to wait to get my hands on her next book!!

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  • #Review | THE NIGHT SWIM by Megan Goldin

    The Night Swim by Megan Goldin
    Genre: Psychological Fiction, Thriller
    Published by St. Martin’s Press
    Publication Date: August 4, 2020
    ASIN : B0818N4HC8
    Pages: 348
    Review Copy From: Publisher via NetGalley
    Edition: Kindle
    My Rating:5

    Synopsis (via GR)

    After the first season of her true crime podcast became an overnight sensation and set an innocent man free, Rachel Krall is now a household name―and the last hope for thousands of people seeking justice. But she’s used to being recognized for her voice, not her face. Which makes it all the more unsettling when she finds a note on her car windshield, addressed to her, begging for help.

    The small town of Neapolis is being torn apart by a devastating rape trial. The town’s golden boy, a swimmer destined for Olympic greatness, has been accused of raping a high school student, the beloved granddaughter of the police chief. Under pressure to make Season Three a success, Rachel throws herself into interviewing and investigating―but the mysterious letters keep showing up in unexpected places. Someone is following her, and she won’t stop until Rachel finds out what happened to her sister twenty-five years ago. Officially, Jenny Stills tragically drowned, but the letters insists she was murdered―and when Rachel starts asking questions, nobody seems to want to answer. The past and present start to collide as Rachel uncovers startling connections between the two cases that will change the course of the trial and the lives of everyone involved.

    Electrifying and propulsive, The Night Swim asks: What is the price of a reputation? Can a small town ever right the wrongs of its past? And what really happened to Jenny?

    My Thoughts

    I’m not going to reiterate the synopsis, since it is right on for the plot of the story, but do want to mention a couple of caveats upfront.

    Over the many years of reading, my “authors to read” list is quite long. So when I see positive remarks about a “new to me” author showing up in my feed, do I take a chance of investing my time into reading the book? I have, in the past, and a few times, unfortunately, the book wasn’t for me. And as one says, so many books, so little time.

    So what do I do? I read some reviews, both good and bad, on retail sites. But what makes up my mind is to read reviews by book bloggers/reviewers that I have been following over the years and find to be both honest and credible, which is what happened with this book.

    Another caveat is the genre. I have been addicted to psychological thrillers over the past year or so but have yet been able to figure out how a story ends. But finally, I think this was the one I solved. Finally!!!

    As I read about the current trial that Rachel Krall was covering in her Podcast, however, with the fluid and descriptive narrative I felt that I was actually in the courtroom as a juror or watching it on Court TV, and I had it all figured out!!! It was a slam dunk!!!!

    That is, until the author, threw a 3 point shot with 2 seconds left on the clock!!!

    This was one heck of a read and I’m so glad I took the chance on this “new to me” author who is now on my “authors to read” list.

    Exceptional! This was definitely a page turner!!! And one that I highly recommend!!!

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  • This blog was founded on the premise to write honest reviews, to the best of my ability, no matter who from, where from and/or how the book was obtained, and will continue to do so, even if it is through PICT or PBP.
  • I received a copy of this book, at no charge to me, in exchange for my honest review. No items that I receive are ever sold…they are kept by me, or given to family and/or friends.
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  • #Review | THE MOTHER-IN-LAW by Kiersten Modglin

    The Mother-In-Law by Kiersten Modglin
    Genre: Psychological Thriller, Suspense
    Published by Independently published
    Publication Date: February 28, 2020
    ISBN-13: 979-8619486407
    ASIN: B0858TT441
    Pages: 290
    Review Copy From: Personal purchase
    Edition: TPB
    My Rating: 5

    Synopsis (via GR)

    There’s something strange about Loren’s new mother-in-law…

    When Loren meets Jack, she’s sure he’s the man she’s been waiting for—a perfect husband and a father for her young daughter. Shortly after their wedding, their plans to start a life together are put on hold when the couple receives word that Jack’s father has died.

    In an effort to appease her new husband, Loren invites her mother-in-law, Coralee, to stay with them while she grieves. When strange things begin to occur just after her arrival, Loren questions how much she knows about the woman she invited into her home.

    One calculated move after the next, Coralee attempts to drive a wedge between Loren and her new husband. Jack believes his mother’s strange behavior is just further proof she needs their help, but Loren isn’t so sure. As Coralee’s actions become increasingly sinister, Loren is pushed to her breaking point and she realizes she must do whatever it takes to get rid of her mother-in-law for good.

    What she doesn’t know about her new family could kill her…

    My Thoughts

    This was a “new to me” author, but on the enthusiastic recommendation of a FB friend, I thought I would read one of her books. And it being a psychological thriller, which over the past year has been my favorite genre of books, I took a leap of faith and purchased two of her books. Did I make the right decision?

    Loren Heinz, her 4-year-old daughter Rynlee, and cousin Meridith all lived in their childhood home. She and Meridith are also partners in a boutique.

    After her boyfriend and father of Rynlee walked out on them, Loren swore that if she ever met another man, he would have to be the kind of man that would be a life long partner. She would take her time so that her daughter could not be hurt again.

    Not long after she met Jack Wells in an off chance incident when his dog got loose and caused her to fall. Something clicked between them, 3 months later they were engaged and married within 6 months in a small ceremony. Unfortunately, because Jack’s father was terminally ill, his parents would not be attending. But to their surprise, his mother, Coralee, did stop by for only a short time because his father only had days to live. Due to this situation, they postponed their honeymoon and sat vigil. Soon after, Malcolm did pass away.

    Jack was an only child and seeing how distraught his mother was, they invited her to stay with them for a short while until she got on her feet. But Coralee had another agenda. A very sinister plan that was in the making for years.

    Loren tried very hard to form a relationship with her mother-in-law but after 3 months living with them and Coralee’s atrocious and impinging behavior, Loren wanted her to leave. But soon, Loren would realize what a mistake she had made inviting this monster of a mother-in-law to stay with them. What follows is a total nightmare.

    I was totally pulled into this bone-chilling plot and the pages just kept turning! A chilling and eerie read that I could not put down!

    I just found another author to add to my “authors to read list” and plan on buying more books by this author!!! Thank you Misty for recommending this amazing author!!!!

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    REVIEW DISCLAIMER

  • This blog was founded on the premise to write honest reviews, to the best of my ability, no matter who from, where from and/or how the book was obtained, and will continue to do so, even if it is through PICT or PBP.
  • I received a copy of this book, at no charge to me, in exchange for my honest review. No items that I receive are ever sold…they are kept by me, or given to family and/or friends.
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  • #Review | THE FIRST TO LIE by Hank Phillippi Ryan

    The First To Lie by Hank Phillippi Ryan
    Genre: Domestic Thriller, Psychological Thriller
    Published by Macmillan
    Publication Date: August 4, 2020
    ASIN: B07WYSGYDT
    Pages: 345
    Review Copy From: Publisher via NetGalley
    Edition: eBook
    My Rating: 5

    Synopsis (via GR)

    What happens when an undercover reporter gets in too deep? And when a practiced liar has to face off with her own truth—how does she choose her true reality?

    Who will be the first to lie?

    Bestselling and award-winning author and investigative reporter Hank Phillippi Ryan delivers another twisty, thrilling suspense novel that will leave you breathless.

    My Thoughts

    O! M! G! My head is spinning like Regan in The Exorcist!!!

    Investigative reporter, Ellie Berensen goes undercover at a big and powerful pharmaceutical company, Pharminex, to expose them that they are prescribing a drug that does irreparable side effects for women wanting to start a family. They know this but feel those that do have the side effects they can pay off since they are making major money due to those that don’t.

    During Ellie’s undercover persona, one of the victims ends up dead. And then an employee at Pharminex does too in the same manner. Is Pharminex behind these murders? Or is there something more nefarious happening?

    This book takes the reader on a thrilling roller coaster ride with so many loops, turns, drops, and just as you are pulling in to the station, it takes off again. A white knuckle read that the author slowly pulls off the layers of an onion until the very last word.

    I would love to know the author’s process of writing this book because it was brilliant!!!! Just BRILLIANT!!!!

    I promise you, this book will pull you in and not let go. Don’t even try to figure it out, because you won’t be able to, just enjoy the ride!!!

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    REVIEW DISCLAIMER

  • This blog was founded on the premise to write honest reviews, to the best of my ability, no matter who from, where from and/or how the book was obtained, and will continue to do so, even if it is through PICT or PBP.
  • I received a copy of this book, at no charge to me, in exchange for my honest review. No items that I receive are ever sold…they are kept by me, or given to family and/or friends.
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  • #Review | EMMA IN THE NIGHT by Wendy Walker

    Emma In The Night by Wendy Walker
    Genre: Psychological Thriller
    Published by St. Martin’s Press
    Publication Date: August 7, 2018
    ISBN-10: 1250141427
    ISBN-13: 978-1250141422
    Pages: 336
    Review Copy From: Elizabeth Silvers Reviews
    Edition: TPB
    My Rating: 5

    Synopsis (via GR)

    From the bestselling author of All Is Not Forgotten comes a thriller about two missing sisters, a twisted family, and what happens when one girl comes back…

    One night three years ago, the Tanner sisters disappeared: fifteen-year-old Cass and seventeen-year-old Emma. Three years later, Cass returns, without her sister Emma. Her story is one of kidnapping and betrayal, of a mysterious island where the two were held. But to forensic psychiatrist Dr. Abby Winter, something doesn’t add up. Looking deep within this dysfunctional family Dr. Winter uncovers a life where boundaries were violated and a narcissistic parent held sway. And where one sister’s return might just be the beginning of the crime.

    My Thoughts

    I know when I pick up a Wendy Walker book that it will be a wild ride. Was it?

    Three years ago, Emma and Cass Tanner disappeared, never to be found. Until now!!

    Cass knocks on her mother’s door. The mother who both girls had a very rocky relationship with. And all Cass keeps saying is that she came back to find Emma. Because of her return, the police, agents, and Dr. Abby Winter, all that worked the case when the girls disappeared are now back on the case.

    This book was a phenomenal read. I became totally engrossed in the story! A story that takes so many twists and turns! I had such a hard time putting this down!!! A thrilling read with an ending that blew me away.

    If you are a fan of psychological thrillers then you need to read this one!!!!!

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    REVIEW DISCLAIMER

  • This blog was founded on the premise to write honest reviews, to the best of my ability, no matter who from, where from and/or how the book was obtained, and will continue to do so, even if it is through PICT or PBP.
  • I received a copy of this book, at no charge to me, in exchange for my honest review. No items that I receive are ever sold…they are kept by me, or given to family and/or friends.
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  • #Review | SISTERS by Fran Lewis

    SISTERS by Fran Lewis
    Genre: Children, Friendship, Siblings
    Published by World Castle Publishing, LLC
    Publication Date: July 10, 2020
    ISBN-10: 1951642953
    ISBN-13: 978-1951642952
    Pages: 151
    Review Copy From: Author
    Edition: TPB
    My Rating: 4

    Synopsis (via GR)

    We grew up as Marcia and Fran. My sister was beautiful, thin and talented. She has the lead in productions of Broadway Shows in our school. These are true stories. Marcia was a ray of sunshine on a stormy day. She was rare. Never saying a negative word about anyone, always looking for the positive in people. No matter how difficult the problem, she figured out the solution. Sometimes the solution would make you smile and other times double over laughing. This is. A collection of stories to remind young people that sisters are best friends forever.

    My Thoughts

    I usually don’t read YA/MG books, however, when I read the synopsis I thought this might be such a great book to add to my granddaughters’ library when they get older. Was I right?

    SISTERS contain journal entries from sisters, Bertha and Tillie’s, younger days. I found it also had topics that are much deeper than the relationship between siblings and that children have to deal with even in today’s culture. It also touched upon when an elderly relative has an illness and how a family comes together to help.

    At times I was laughing and other times, my heart ached for Bertha who endured bullying. And what was refreshing is how Bertha learned that her sister, Tillie always had her back.

    I am so glad that I decided to read this book. I think it is a positive and powerful read for children entering middle school especially in today’s climate with bullying.

    It will definitely be added to my granddaughters’ shelves.

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  • This blog was founded on the premise to write honest reviews, to the best of my ability, no matter who from, where from and/or how the book was obtained, and will continue to do so, even if it is through PICT or PBP.
  • I received a copy of this book, at no charge to me, in exchange for my honest review. No items that I receive are ever sold…they are kept by me, or given to family and/or friends.
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  • #Review | THE WIFE WHO KNEW TOO MUCH by Michele Campbell

    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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  • This blog was founded on the premise to write honest reviews, to the best of my ability, no matter who from, where from and/or how the book was obtained, and will continue to do so, even if it is through PICT or PBP.
  • I received a copy of this book, at no charge to me, in exchange for my honest review. No items that I receive are ever sold…they are kept by me, or given to family and/or friends.
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  • #Review | A MILLION LITTLE LIES by Bette Lee Crosby

    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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  • This blog was founded on the premise to write honest reviews, to the best of my ability, no matter who from, where from and/or how the book was obtained, and will continue to do so, even if it is through PICT or PBP.
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