#Review | THE MARRIAGE SECRET by Carey Baldwin

The Marriage Secret by Carey Baldwin
Genre: Psychological Thriller
My Rating: 5

Publisher: Bookouture
Publication Date: February 11, 2022
ASIN: B09M79VMSK
Pages: 306
Review Copy From: Publisher via NetGalley
Edition: Kindle

Synopsis (via GR)

He married me despite my darkest secret. But am I safe now that I know his?

From the outside, my marriage to Zach was perfect: dream home, a perfect baby girl and passionate, all-consuming love. When we met, I confessed my darkest secret to him and he never judged me for it. Instead, he vowed to always protect me whatever the cost.

But as I cradle my gorgeous baby, I have to accept that the husband who used to be my everything, has changed. At first it was little things: expecting me to keep to a strict schedule, picking out my clothes for me. Now, he controls every aspect of my life: from how much money I have, to when I leave the house and who I can see.

One fateful night, a young woman is found murdered and Zach is a potential suspect. Turning towards me, a look of warmth returning to his eyes, he swears he’s innocent, and I realize there is only one solution. If I agree to be his alibi, he will keep my secret and our daughter can grow up in a loving home. In that moment, I do what any faithful wife would do: I stand by him.

But I know deep down, only one of us will make it out of this marriage alive.

My Thoughts

WOW!!!! What a read!! But then, I’m not surprised.

I have been a fan of this author since reading Notorious in 2016 and have read every one of her books since.

According to Holly, she and Zach, an OB-GYN, have the perfect marriage, especially after the birth of their beautiful daughter, Jolene. In spite of the secrets that they know about each other and have promised never to tell. Or she thought.

Not long after, things changed. Holly started to have strange incidents and hallucinations. Holly denied it all but Zach saw the changes. And because of that, Zach felt he need to be aware and controlling because he was afraid for their daughter.

Is the obvious always the obvious?

This was a nail-biting read!!! I thoroughly thought so!!!

I pictured every single thing in my mind, so for me, this was like a movie in my head and sitting on the edge of my chair.

The ending! THE ENDING!!!!! Or should I say the endings? It left me breathless!!!!

No pressure Ms. Baldwin…….BUT…….when will the next book be in my hands?

I received a complimentary copy from (Bookouture via NetGalley) in exchange for my honest opinion.

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    Mailbox Monday

    Mailbox Monday

    According to Marcia, “Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

    Click on title for synopsis via GoodReads.

    Monday: (02/07/22)

    Local Gone Missing by Fiona Barton~ Kindle from Berkley via NetGalley

    Saturday: (02/12/22)

    The Betrayal Of Anne Frank by Rosemary Sullivan ~ HC from HarperCollins
    My Wife Is Missing byD.J. Palmer ~ ARC from St. Martin’s Press

     

    Mailbox Monday

    Mailbox Monday

    According to Marcia, “Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

    Click on title for synopsis via GoodReads.

    Monday: (01/31/22)

    Lawn Darts and Lemonade by Steven Manchester~ eBook from Author
    Tuesday: (02/01/22)
    Like Me by Hayley Phelan ~ Kindle from Prime First Reads
    Family Money by Chad Zunker~ Kindle from Prime First Reads
    Thursday: (02/03/22)
    Tell Us No Secrets by Siena Sterling ~ Kindle from William Morrow via NetGalley

     

    #Review | The Last House On The Street by Diane Chamberlain

    The Last House On The Street by Diane Chamberlain
    Genre: Historical Fiction; Women’s Fiction
    My Rating: 5

    Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
    Publication Date: January 11, 2022
    ASIN:B092T7TFP2
    Pages: 346
    Review Copy From: Publisher via NetGalley
    Edition: Kindle

    Synopsis (via GR)

    From bestselling author Diane Chamberlain comes an irresistible new novel that perfectly interweaves history, mystery, and social justice.

    When Kayla Carter’s husband dies in an accident while building their dream house, she knows she has to stay strong for their four-year-old daughter. But the trophy home in Shadow Ridge Estates, a new development in sleepy Round Hill, North Carolina, will always hold tragic memories. But when she is confronted by an odd, older woman telling her not to move in, she almost agrees. It’s clear this woman has some kind of connection to the area…and a connection to Kayla herself. Kayla’s elderly new neighbor, Ellie Hockley, is more welcoming, but it’s clear she, too, has secrets that stretch back almost fifty years. Is Ellie on a quest to right the wrongs of the past? And does the house at the end of the street hold the key? Told in dual time periods, The Last House on the Street is a novel of shocking prejudice and violence, forbidden love, the search for justice, and the tangled vines of two families.

    My Thoughts

    Phenomenal!!!!

    Plot/Story Premise

    The story alternates between the years of 1965 and 2010.
    In 1965 Ellie, is a young woman who decides to help with the cause for allowing African Americans the right to vote. However, the residents of this small town are against her decision and have started harassing her, her family, and the other volunteers.
    In 2010, Kayla has moved into the new house that she and her husband designed but while building there was a horrific accident in the house that caused the death of her husband. Has she made a mistake moving in since there seems to be someone or a group of people trying to torment her into moving out? Why? What is it that this house is causing such a disturbance including one night when the Ku Klux Klan decided to show up on her property?
    How are these two women connected, besides having only the 2 houses on the street, as construction is moving along for more houses in this development?

    Characters

    I was so engrossed within the story that I felt that I was there in this little town in North Carolina. I felt the emotions and sensibilities of each and every one of the characters.

    Setting

    There were different settings in the story but I could picture every one of them, Ellie’s parent’s house, the Church where the volunteers would come together, the families and shanties that the volunteers would stay with for a few days, the houses that the volunteers knocked on doors to explain why it is so important to vote, etc.

    Ending/Conclusion

    WOW!!!! There were stories within the story and as each page revealed one of those “stories” my jaw dropped. I turned the page and needed to pick up my jaw because it was going to fall again!!!!

    Overall opinion

    Not only was this an amazing story it was also an eye-opening education for the reader about the history of segregation in the south during the 1960s..
    As a long-time reader, as I am sure a lot of you are, if we are honest with ourselves, we have read hundreds+ of books but there are some books read that we probably can’t remember what it is about. But I can promise you, this is a story that will stay with you for years to come.
    The narrative is perfection whereas the reader will be kidnapped and become a part of it. A book that you will find any excuse to take you away from adulting and to pick it up and continue reading. A book that is definitely one where you will be telling yourself, just one more chapter and we all know how that goes!!!!
    Engaging!! Riveting!! Provocative!! Heart pounding!! Intoxicating!!

    I received a complimentary copy from St. Martin’s Press via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

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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.
  • I do not have any affiliation with Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble. I am providing link(s) solely for visitors that may be interested in purchasing this Book/EBook.
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    Mailbox Monday

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    Mailbox Monday

    According to Marcia, “Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

    Click on title for synopsis via GoodReads.

    Thursday: (01/27/22)
    It’s News To Me by R.G. Belsky~ Kindle from Oceanview via NetGalley
    The Summer Getaway by Susan Mallery ~ Kindle from Harlequin via NetGalley

     

    The Prisoner of Paradise by Rob Samborn | #Showcase #Giveaway #Excerpt #Thriller

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    The Prisoner of Paradise

    by Rob Samborn

    January 24 – February 18, 2022 Virtual Book Tour

    Synopsis:

    The Prisoner of Paradise by Rob Samborn

    The world’s largest oil painting. A 400-year-old murder. A disembodied whisper: “Amore mio.” My love.

    Nick and Julia O’Connor’s dream trip to Venice collapses when a haunting voice reaches out to Nick from Tintoretto’s Paradise, a monumental depiction of Heaven. Convinced his delusions are the result of a concussion, Julia insists her husband see a doctor, though Nick is adamant the voice was real.

    Blacking out in the museum, Nick flashes back to a life as a 16th century Venetian peasant swordsman. He recalls precisely who the voice belongs to: Isabella Scalfini, a married aristocrat he was tasked to seduce but with whom he instead found true love. A love stolen from them hundreds of years prior.

    She implores Nick to liberate her from a powerful order of religious vigilantes who judge and sentence souls to the canvas for eternity. Releasing Isabella also means unleashing thousands of other imprisoned souls, all of which the order claims are evil.

    As infatuation with a possible hallucination clouds his commitment to a present-day wife, Nick’s past self takes over. Wracked with guilt, he can no longer allow Isabella to remain tormented, despite the consequences. He must right an age-old wrong – destroy the painting and free his soul mate. But the order will eradicate anyone who threatens their ethereal prison and their control over Venice.

    Book Details:

    Genre: Thriller
    Published by: TouchPoint Press
    Publication Date: November 30th 2021
    Number of Pages: 333
    ISBN: 1952816890 (ISBN-13: 9781952816895)
    Series: The Paradise Series, #1
    Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads

    Read an excerpt:

    The flood of questions never left Nick’s lips. Large hands wrenched him up by his armpits.

    A hushed voice spoke in his ear. “Come with us. Quietly.”

    The grip tightened.

    Nick twisted his head to his sides. Bernardo led him away, staring straight ahead. Another security guard in a navy-blue suit flanked him. The man was about Nick’s age, with a close-cropped beard and light brown hair pulled into a tight ponytail—and considerably heftier than Bernardo.

    “Dante,” said Bernardo to the guard, “please notify—”

    Nick whipped his arms from Bernardo’s hold. Twisting, he whacked Dante’s earpiece, jamming the device into the large man’s head. Then he shouldered him into the nearest wall. Appalled gasps rose from the remaining tourists.

    Bernardo grabbed Nick from behind. Nick’s elbow blasted backward, landing with a shattering blow in the man’s ribs. Dante dug his finger into his ear and pulled the piece out. He flicked it at Nick, poised to attack.

    Confident he was quicker, Nick ducked, popped up, and discharged a quick snap of his fist.

    Blood from the brawny guard’s nose sprayed across the polished marble wall.

    Museum patrons, many holding cell phones, cameras, and tablets, backed up, giving the fight a wide berth. Nick clocked Bernardo. His wide tungsten wedding ring connected with the man’s jaw.

    Bernardo stumbled, falling to the floor.

    Nick sprinted for the exit and down the hall, tossing the hat and scarf as he ran.

    Bursting through the Palazzo doors, he descended the Giants’ Staircase three steps at a time but slipped on the courtyard’s stone surface and crashed on his back. A jolt to his tailbone rang up his spine. He rolled onto his side and checked the staircase.

    Bernardo and Dante loomed at the top. The two men hustled down, their dark jackets flowing behind them.

    Tiny gravel pebbles burrowed into Nick’s palms as he scrambled up. He darted for the main entrance, disregarding what felt like a sledgehammer pounding his lower back with every step.

    “Arrestatelo!” Bernardo called out.

    Two uniformed guards rushed to block the front gate.

    Nick stormed ahead.

    The guards braced themselves. Nick plowed into the larger one, his speed and weight bowling the man over.

    The smaller guard dove for Nick, wrapping a firm hold around his ankle. He pitched forward and fell to the ground.

    “Fuck.” Nick kicked his free foot out. It hit the man’s cheek with a sickening crunch. A bloody tooth flew out and skipped across the ground. The guard’s grip loosened.

    Nick clambered to his feet and bolted for the entrance. He dodged a college-aged tourist, jumped the turnstile, and sprinted for St. Mark’s Square.

    A large woman in a neon pink shirt with a matching visor shouted at him. She pulled her young daughter to her as Nick ran by, almost knocking them down. He regretted the bedlam he was causing, but what choice did he have?

    Pigeons flew upward in alarm as he made his way through the golden, late afternoon light of the square. He glanced over his shoulder.

    Bernardo and Dante closed in, thirty feet away.

    Nick’s throbbing back screamed for attention, but he upped his speed and crossed into an alley in the corner of the piazza. He reached the other side, raced through the passageway between buildings, and entered a narrow street. He shuffled into a group of revelers who had overflowed from a crowded wine bar. Shimmying through the people, he spotted a small bridge over the next canal. Nick dashed across it and made another right, which led him to yet another alley.

    Stagnant, rank air engulfed him.

    “Son of a bitch.”

    A dead-end. Illegible graffiti covered the walls. Even in the moment, the vandalism pissed Nick off.

    A steel door was the only possible exit. The rusty knob didn’t budge. Nick pivoted back toward the alley entrance.

    His pursuers cast long shadows that extended to Nick’s sneakers. Despite their broken posture as they fought to catch their breath, their expressions championed triumph. Dante wiped the blood from his nose with a grin.

    “You were warned more than once.” Bernardo’s voice echoed off the walls.

    Unsure how he’d escape, Nick retreated until he bumped against the door.

    The men advanced. Each pulled a silver short sword from a concealed holster beneath their suit jackets.

    Fear and desperation caused Nick’s heart to pound so violently, he thought he heard it. But the blood churning through him generated a stronger urge: revenge. And he could only do right by Isabella if he survived this mess.

    Bernardo lunged. Though burly and one-armed, his movements were lithe.

    Nick dropped low as the sword whizzed over his head.

    Dante positioned his weapon high and brought it down, slicing through Nick’s shirt and into his forearm.

    Nick hollered as the pain seared through him.

    He charged Dante, who raised his sword again. Nick caught his hand and body-checked him into the brick wall. Nick sensed Bernardo behind him and rotated, barely avoiding the blade slicing for his back.

    Planting his foot, Nick went for the sword. His hands clenched around Bernardo’s, and they struggled for control of the hilt. Nick spat in his eyes and wrested the weapon away. With the last of his wavering strength, he slipped behind Bernardo and brought the sword to the man’s armpit under his one arm.

    “Drop it,” he said to Dante, who had his back to the alley’s end.

    Dante scowled but let his weapon fall with an echoing clang.

    “Now kick it over here and lay down. On your stomach. Arms out.”

    Dante did as instructed.

    “Get next to him,” Nick ordered Bernardo with a shove. “Flat.”

    Bernardo followed suit.

    Retrieving Dante’s weapon, Nick kept watch on their forms. His opponents counterbalanced the stare, studying his every move. Nick wrapped his fingers around the hilts. Holding swords felt good. Natural. He flourished them simultaneously and grinned, unaware he had that skill.

    Nick had a peculiar sensation, not that of anger but distinct determination. His mind played through potential outcomes, and one came into focus: he imagined rushing the men, and with raised blades, he hacked their bodies—first their faces, then their necks and torsos. Their warm blood drenched his skin.

    The scene gave him a surge of foul power. He teetered from the unfamiliarity of it and shook his head to clear the image.

    No. Nick wasn’t a murderer.

    Instead, he turned and raced for the alley entrance, tossing the swords away in disgust. His heart sank as he heard the two men getting to their feet. Rounding the corner, Nick ran under an archway connecting two buildings. He angled for the building wall, stepped on a brick edge, and jumped up, catching an exposed pipe ten feet up.

    As footsteps approached, he swung and kicked, striking a direct hit into Bernardo’s face. Bernardo toppled into Dante, the two landing hard on the ground. Nick dropped from the pipe and sprinted in the other direction, his torn shirtsleeve flapping off his bloodied arm. 

    ***

    Excerpt from The Prisoner of Paradise by Rob Samborn. Copyright 2021 by Rob Samborn. Reproduced with permission from Rob Samborn. All rights reserved.

     

     

    Author Bio:

    Rob Samborn

    In addition to being a novelist, Rob Samborn is a screenwriter, entrepreneur and avid traveler. He’s been to forty countries, lived in five of them (including Italy) and studied nine languages. As a restless spirit who can’t remember the last time he was bored, Rob is on a quest to explore the intricacies of our world and try his hand at a multitude of crafts; he’s also an accomplished artist and musician, as well as a budding furniture maker. A native New Yorker who lived in Los Angeles for twenty years, he now makes his home in Denver with his wife, daughter and dog.

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    Mailbox Monday

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    Mailbox Monday

    According to Marcia, “Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

    Click on title for synopsis via Goodreads.

    Wednesday: (01/19/22)
    She Lied She Died by Carissa Ann Lynch~ Kindle from Harper 360 via NetGalley
    The Lies I Tell by Julie Clark ~ Kindle from Sourcebooks Landmark via NetGalley
    On A Quiet Street by Seraphina Nova Glass ~ Kindle from Harlequin Trade via NetGalley

    Thursday: (01/20/22)
    Just Like Mother by Anne Heltzel ~ Kindle from Tom Doherty Associates / Macmillan via NetGalley
    Point Last Seen by Christina Dodd~ Kindle from Harlequin via NetGalley
    Things We Do In The Dark by Jennifer Hillier ~ Kindle from St. Martin’s Press via NetGalley

    Friday: (01/201/22)

    Her Last Affair by John Searles~ Kindle from Scene Of The Crime/William Morrow via NetGalley
    The Lightning Rod by Brad Meltzer~ Kindle from Scene Of The Crime/William Morrow via NetGalley

     

    #Review | Somebody’s Home by Kaira Rouda

    Somebody’s Home by Kaira Rouda
    My Rating: 4
    Genre: Domestic Thriller

    Published by Thomas Mercer
    Publication Date: January 18, 2022
    ASIN: ‎ B08Y8JXZFZ
    Pages: 299
    Review Copy From: Publisher via NetGalley
    Edition: Kindle

    Synopsis (via GR)

    A quiet neighborhood. A lovely home. A promising new beginning. In a heartbeat everything can change in this propulsive novel of suspense by USA Today bestselling author Kaira Rouda.

    Julie Jones has left her suffocating marriage. With her teenage daughter, Jess, she’s starting over. Their new house in Oceanside is the first step toward a new life. Even if it does come with the unexpected. The previous owners, a pastor and his wife, have left something—or rather someone—behind…

    Tom Dean has a bitter hatred for the father who considers him a lost cause, and for the woman who’s moved into their family’s house. The only home he’s ever known. He’s never going to leave. She thinks he’ll be gone in three days, but Tom has the perfect plan.

    For a newly single mother and her daughter, a fresh start is the beginning of a nightmare. Before the weekend is over, somebody is going to get exactly what they deserve.

    My Thoughts

    Ms. Rouda is one of my go-to authors.

    The time frame of this story is one weekend involving 2 families and each chapter is the POV of one of the characters. The characters were 3 dimensional whereas I could vividly picture them in my mind.

    I found that the story was intriguing as it, in my opinion, touched upon issues in today’s climate. The suspense relating to those issues had me turning the pages.

    I did find the book to be an entertaining read.

    I received a complimentary copy from Thomas Mercer via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

    Purchase Links: Amazon 🔗 | Barnes & Noble 🔗 | Goodreads 🔗

    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.
  • I do not have any affiliation with Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble. I am providing link(s) solely for visitors that may be interested in purchasing this Book/EBook.
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