Monday, April 15, 2019

The Escape Room by Megan Goldin

Thank you St.Martin's Press and Netgalley for a copy of the eARC in exchange for fair review.

This starts off with a security guard alone on a weekend shift noticing something strange is going on in the building. At first he things he is imagining things, but when he hears gunshots he calls 911. When the police arrive they think he has gone crazy, until the elevator starts coming down. When it opens none of them are prepared for what follows.

Told from alternating viewpoints and with one being told from the past moving towards the present. We slowly learn about Vincent and his team and the Friday evening they all come together in the elevator to go to the Escape Room. They think this is a simple team building event until the message says you have one simple goal to get out alive.

I am going to leave it that vague, I will say it took me awhile to figure it out. This isn't your normal thriller. To some degree from the first chapter you know that things don't quite end well, but you don't know who is in the elevator nor do you know why. Over the course of the book you begin to figure out as do the characters involved.

I found myself completely drawn in as the book went on. I will say I wasn't all that surprised by the reveal, I figured it out before it got there, but I still enjoyed it all.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

I won this in a goodreads giveaway!

So Millicent and her husband have secrets.. Everyone has secrets right... But not everyone has their kind of secrets..

So normally I say quite a bit more about what goes on in the basic story, but literally that would spoil everything so I have to be super vague. Like super vague.. However, I could not put this down. I started it and finished it in one afternoon. I was pulled in and on the edge of my seat. Some of the things that happened I was not super shocked about. Others blew my mind.

From the outside looking in, they seem like a normal power couple. They have a nice house, nice life, and two great kids. But what they do to keep the marriage spicy is not normal, not at all. I also realized that the husband's name is legit never mentioned in the entire book. There are instances when he uses other names, but no one says his name at all. What is really horrifying is that I found myself rooting for him. I am also slightly horrified that I admitted that.

So if you are looking for the next thriller to keep you on the edge of your seat, than look no further. This book was amazing. I am still thinking about it and totally left wanting to know more. I want to read more.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Little Darlings by Melanie Golding

Thanks to Netgalley and Crooked Lane Books for a copy of the eARC in exchange for a fair review.

Lauren has recently given birth to her twins, but when she wakes in the hospital one night to a young women trying to take her twins she is terrified. But when no one is found everyone thinks she is crazy. Lauren is feeling so overwhelmed and losing a lot of sleep so she thinks maybe they are right. Maybe she is just imagining it all.

When she comes home with Patrick she still feels like she is drowning and can't catch a breath, but after a fight with Patrick as she steps outside to get away from him she sees the woman again. Lauren knows that she can't leave the babies alone, especially after her friend Cyndi comes over and reads part of the story about a set of twins changed.

As the weeks go by and Lauren refuses to leave the house, and Patrick is sleeping in another room, she begins to feel like maybe that all was part of her imagination until the day she finally goes out with the twins and accidentally falls asleep at the park. When she wakes the babies are gone.

When I started reading this I was wondering what I picked up... I mean it was one where the title caught my attention and I didn't read the synopsis so I went in blind. As I kept reading I was still wondering what was going on. It totally made me think of that movie with Angelina Jolie, Changeling. I was really wondering if she was crazy or what, but the whole time DI Harper is investigating and finding things that support Lauren so I still wondered what was going to happen.

I really wasn't expecting that aspect of fantasy mixed in with the normal every day world. It was brilliant and I devoured this book. I couldn't stop reading it.  I wanted more. 

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

The Night Olivia Fell by Christina McDonald

Thank you Gallery Books and Netgalley for a copy of the eARC in exchange for a fair review.

Abi is woken up by a phone call to tell her that her daughter has been in an accident. Abi is stunned when she arrives at the hospital to find that Olivia is brain dead and on life support. Olivia had fallen off a bridge, but Abi is really thrown when they tell her that they can't take her off life support because she is pregnant.

Now Abi, is determined to figure out what happened to Olivia. But she can't seem to get help from the police, and all of Olivia's friends seem to be hiding things. Will she ever figure it out? Who is the father of her baby? Why was she out that night? What else was Olivia hiding?

The blurb says for fans Reconstructing Amelia. I have to admit they are similar. Some differences, but told in a similar manner. We get alternating viewpoints, one is Olivia and the other Abi. One is clearly the present and the other is telling from Olivia's POV all the events that led up that night.
I couldn't stop reading it, and I will fully admit that I was crying at the end. It was one that I really hated that there couldn't be a better ending, but in it's own way it was still a beautiful ending.

I have to say that while I did guess what happened, I only guessed shortly before the reveal. I guessed wrong at least twice before. I loved Abi, and I totally really loved the fact that I could feel the love between mother and daughter. It is part of what made me cry at the end. As a parent I completely connected with Abi, and how she felt, and everything she went through. So if you are a parent and read this be prepared for all the feels.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

The Lonely Dead by April Henry

I won this in a Goodreads Giveaway. I also want to thank Henry Holt & Co and Netgalley for a copy of the eARC in exchange for a fair review.

Adele can see the dead, well she hasn't for awhile because she has been taking her meds. But lately she hasn't been which is why she is shocked when her friend Tori calls her name as she is walking home from the park. However, she notices immediately that she is dead or well she doesn't want to notice that. So despite not wanting to draw attention to herself she makes the call from a payphone to report the body.

Soon Adele finds herself in the middle of investigation and if she isn't careful she might just get arrested for her friend's murder.

So this is brief and spoilers, but I also want to talk about a few things. I have read most of April's other books and this just kind of fell flat for me. It had so much potential, the plot, the storyline, and even most of the characters. Sadly I can't even rave about the all of the things I want too because spoilers.

That being said Adele, on the one hand I loved her, on the other I was like girl wake up... I mean for real. Her mother warned her, but she couldn't listen. Second the investigation was like stumbling in the dark, I mean literally considering how she found out everything. I had a pretty good idea, but wasn't for sure. Mostly because I didn't know if there was going to be a really shocking twist. Kudos for the red herrings and things thrown out to make you think otherwise.

Luke, don't get me started on him... and him and Adele...for someone not on the popular side and having been picked one and humiliated she was super naive when it came to him. I know this is a YA so don't think I am judging it too harshly. These are high schoolers and at least 17 so you may not always be completely on the game, but you should know most of the people you are in classes with it, at least by reputation.  Overall, I liked the book, I just wanted more from it.

Monday, January 21, 2019

What we buried by Kate A. Boorman

Thanks to Henry Holt & Co and Netgalley for a copy of the eARC in exchange for a fair review.

Liv and Jory are on the verge of life changing news. Liv has sued their parents for emancipation and everyone knows they are going to win. But just as Jory is heading up the stairs with their parents everything changes in the blink of an eye. They just disappear. 

Soon Liv and Jory are heading to a remote cabin to figure out what their parents are up and what is going on.

One weird tripping ride later here I am. So like I am super vague now, but for two reasons one I am still wondering what I read and what really was happening in the book so that makes it hard to write a review when you are unsure of what was actually going on and two spoilers. Like you might be smarter than me so I don't want to ruin the book for you. That being said this was super compelling because I was trying really hard to figure out what was going on and what had happened. Sadly I did not figure that out so I am not sure I love this or like it a lot.

So it may be that the author ended things a certain way so that we the readers could read into however we like, I will just be upfront and say that I am not a reader that enjoys making up my own ending. I want to know, like I really want to know what happened. So for me this was amazing writing and I have a few things to google because I admit that I don't know what Moeibus is and I now need to know this. The characters were okay and the plot was compelling. It could be a thriller, but it is not what I consider a thriller.

The Girls at 17 Swann Street by Yara Zgheib

Thank you St. Martin's Press and Netgalley for a copy of the eARC in exchange for a fair review.

First this book is not yet released, you can pre-order on Amazon or wherever you get books from. It will be released Feb 5, 2019.

Second I fully admit this would not be a book I would normally seek or pick out to read. Usually my book clubs get me out of my wheelhouse, but this time I was emailed with per-approval for the ARC. So I thought why not. I didn't bother to look at the synopsis or even glance at what it would be about.

Anna has just been admitted to 17 Swann Street, she has anorexia, recently she has started passing out as her weight has dropped to a dangerous level. She does not want to be there, but her husband has made her. All of her family is concerned about the weight loss since they moved to America. Anna isn't be honest about her eating or what has got her here.

As she begins to get to know the other women at 17 Swann Street, Anna has to start confronting her choices and begin considering does she actually want to recover or will this kill her. Along the way the friends she made will make their choices as well and some of those will profoundly affect her.

Normally I am vague because it is a mystery and too many clues will give things away, in this case this is a book you should read and immerse yourself in. It isn't a fun book, and it brought me to tears several times. This a deep dive into the head of a young woman who is anorexic and all of the little things that led her down a path that almost killed her. It is very heartbreaking and realistic. I read it all in one sitting. I couldn't put it down even though I didn't always like the writing style. It also strikes at the core of something all women can relate too whether they eat the way they should or if they are struggling with less than healthy choices. I related so much on her thoughts about body issues and it was worse for her as a dancer, because those thoughts were reinforced by people around her initially setting the groundwork  for what was to come later.

Even if this isn't something you would normally read I think you should read it anyway!