Monday, January 7, 2019

Forget you know me by Jessica Strawser

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

Liza and Molly have finally sat down to a skype call and too catch up. When Molly steps away for a minute to take care of one her children. Liza is shocked when sees something on the video. Then everything descends into chaos as they all try to figure out the next steps to fixing their lives.

So this is like super vague, but after kind of looking at the synopsis I just didn't want to give anything away. Which I kind of always say so just count on me to so vague you can't stand it, but hopefully it pulls you in and makes you want to read this. I am not always sure how to feel after I read a novel by Jessica. This is my 3rd one and I think I have always felt the same way when I am done. I often go into the story expecting one thing and it turns out completely different from what I thought it would be.

This was true of this novel as well. I was thinking more of a mystery but it wasn't really that. It was so much and something different. Deeper and that is true of the other two books I have read by this author. For me it doesn't translate into something bad, although I can always get why others rate it lower. One thing that always strikes me is the characters are completely relatable.They are just regular people who sometimes make stupid or horrible choices, or make great choices and that is what appeals to me about her stories. It is something that could happen to you or to someone you know. In the ordinary we find the extraordinary. 

Friday, January 4, 2019

Her One Mistake by Heidi Perks

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

Charlotte has finally got Harriet to let her watch Alice. So as she heads out the the fair with her three kids and Alice she doesn't realize this is going to be the worst day ever. At first everything is fine, but as the kids head off the Jungle Run and Charlotte takes her eyes off of them for one minute it all changes. She sees Jake and Molly, but their is no sign of Alice.

Charlotte frantically begins searching for Alice and calling the police, but no one can find Alice. It is a person's worst nightmare being entrusted to watch someone else's child and losing them. Charlotte feels so guilty. Then the online attacks begin, and a journalist finds out about the time Charlotte lost Jake..

Wow I did not see this one coming, like I thought I knew what it would be about, and then I thought it was something else, and then I thought this and by the time I got what was going on my mind was blown. I couldn't believe it, and I was hooked. I raced through this, I had to know what was going to happen.

Like I want to rant and rave about this, but I can't mention some things because it would be major spoilers, but I want to say kudos to the author for using this type of situation to expose a certain type of behavior that is so insidious we often overlook it. I know that is like so cryptic, but if you read this you will understand that statement in the end. I think if you like suspense, thrillers or mysteries you should read this one.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

The Suspect by Fiona Barton

Thanks to Transworld Digital and Netgalley for a copy of the eARC in exchange for a fair review.

This is told from multiple POV's, it includes Alex's mother, the reporter (Kate), the detective and emails and posts from Alex's POV as well. It all starts with an odd phone call to the reporter from her son Jake who is Thailand, but she doesn't quite get what he is trying to say and she doesn't get to speak to him. The mother is worried because she hasn't heard from Alex in days, and her Rosie's mother is worried as well, because she hasn't heard from her either. Soon the detectives are involved and everyone is wondering about the two girls.

I made this shorter than usual because there is a lot that is slowly revealed, in fact I edited out some that I had revealed after looking at the synopsis of the story. To be honest I wasn't thrilled when I saw that it would contain several different POV, but this one really flowed, you knew who each person was and their relation to the story so it worked really well together. This is one where you barely get to know the main characters, because it almost felt like an aftermath type of story. You do get chapters from Alex so you get a glimpse on what was really happening and you find out some things before the detectives or the parents do. Instead of being told as it happens you find as the story unfolds. I have read all of Fiona's books and I will continue to do so. I just love the way she tells a story.

It grips you right from the start and you never sure if you should be on the edge of your seat and your never sure who did it. I guessed and was wrong at least once well twice if I am honest. I was right with my last guess, but hey you might figure it out quicker than I did.

The suspect is available for pre-order and will be released Jan 22.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

His Dark Magic by Pat Esden

Thank you to Lyrical Press and Netgalley for a copy of the eARC in exchange for a fair review.

Chloe has recently moved to Vermont to go to school, and she is surprised by an early morning visit with a magical invitation. Chloe is excited at the prospect of redeeming herself and joining a new coven. Plus it doesn't hurt that Devon is sexy and interesting.

Soon Chloe finds herself caught up in a relationship with Devon and trying to fit in within the Northern Circle, when she finds out that they want to awaken Merlin, even though she isn't sure it is a great idea she goes along with it. However, Chloe keeps getting mysterious warnings and soon she doubts the Circle's motives and Devon's as well.

Can she help stop what she has unleashed upon the world? Is Devon who she thought he is? Will Chloe be able to redeem herself or will she give into the darkness?

I must admit I have read some of the author's other books so even though I don't normally read this genre I thought why not. I wasn't disappointed, this was a good book. I know that doesn't seem like high praise, but considering I set aside more books than I don't in this genre the fact that I read it all the way through should tell you a lot. I thought it was interesting world, I liked the magic and I really liked Chloe and her friend! I thought the friendship was one of the best parts of the story.

I liked Devon and Chloe, and thought he really came through in the end. I am excited to see where the story goes, I wonder if it will focus on two different characters in the next book or if it will still be Chloe.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Lost Lake by Emily Littlejohn

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

Disclaimer this is the 3rd book in the Gemma Monroe series. However, there won't be any spoilers. You can pick this up and read and not be lost, other than personal knowledge about some of the main characters.

Gemma has been called in about a missing person, but she really doesn't think there is too much reason for worry, more than likely Sari will turn up. However, before the day ends things get weirder when a diary turns up missing for the big gala that Sari just happened to be working on before going missing from Lost Lake. Suspicion falls on Sari almost from the start, just because it she had access to the safe and disappeared just before the theft was discovered.

Then Betty turns up dead and this case just keeps getting stranger especially as Gemma uncovers the dark history of Lost Lake. As the body count rises can Gemma figure out what is going on before it gets worse?

I really like this series, Gemma is a great character. I am still not sure how I feel about her and Brody but it is like a weird side note so I am sure that we are supposed to be invested in that. Sam pops in all the books so far, and I think we need more of him in this series. I was wondering if this was leaning to the supernatural in this one, but alas it was perfectly normal for the most part!

I can't wait to see what else Gemma brings I am slightly heartbroken that I have to wait so long for the next one! You can read this series in order or out of order. Each book is a standalone case only the main characters and side characters carry over. 

Who I Am by Sarah Simpson

Thank you to Netgalley and Aria for a copy of the eARC in exchange for a fair review.

Told in alternating views and between past and present.

Andi is tormented by guilt and she knows that someone knows her secret and lately she has been drinking quite a bit more and not sure how to handle life in general. Camilla is going to make sure that Kyle knows the truth about his lying wife.

As the days go and Andi thinks she is losing her mind, things are getting worse. Everyone knows she is drinking and her friend Carol isn't being so friendly anymore. Kyle is getting more disillusioned with the relationship and soon it will all come to a head.

I wanted to love this, but to be honest I figured out the twist or had a firm idea of it long before it became clear I was right. I don't think this was a dark thriller either. It was a good slow burn of a read, and clearly filled with a lot of liars and some major miscommunication. So I am kind of in the middle of the road with this one. I didn't love it or hate it, I kept reading because I was waiting for something more, but it never really delivered on that note.

However, this book was a great look at feelings, guilt, miscommunication, mistakes, and things that cost us too much.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

An Isolated Incident by Emily Maguire

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

Chris knows when the police arrive at her door it isn't a good thing, and since Bella has been missing for a few days Chris knows this means they found her body. Everything that happens after that is a bit of a daze, and Chris more than thankful for ex, Nate who has shown up to support her.

As the days go past without anyone being arrested, suspicion and gossip begin to grow out of control, but still no one really tells May (the reporter snooping around) the whole truth. Chris is struggling to be in control, but most days she is a hot mess just trying to be normal. It really isn't working and as things get uncovered Chris falls apart even more.

Eventually she begins to suspect everyone, and is barely seeing anyone except her unlikely friendship with May, who has been writing a series of articles covering Bella's death and the investigation.

I thought this would be more a thriller and more of a mystery, but it was more a look at what happens to the family. It is a bit of a slow burn, and I still found it good. It just wasn't quite what I expected. I thought Chris would be finding out who killed her sister, instead the police solved with good old fashioned police work while Chris fell apart and May the reporter tried to keep her afloat.

So if you are looking for a thriller, this is isn't it. It does solve the mystery but the focus isn't what happened to Bella, but how Chris deals with the aftermath of the murder.