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.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Tell Me No Lies by Alex Sinclair

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

Grace and her husband John are out to dinner one night when to her horror she watches John get hit by a truck and die right in front of her. Grace falls apart and it takes her six weeks before she leaves the house the first time. Then she only makes it out because it is his funeral. With her best friend by her side Grace barely manages to hold it together.

However, when she meets with the lawyer after the funeral Grace is shocked to find out that John took out a million dollar policy on them both just shortly before he died. She is completely blown away. As Grace begins to go through his stuff in order to move on she finds that there are even more things about him that she doesn't know.

Soon Grace knows that she isn't delusional and things are getting out of control, but can she save herself and her friends before it is too late?

Whew this was not a super thriller, but I couldn't put it down, I read the book and was so drawn into the story. Although I will say at some point I knew what was going on the moment certain things were revealed. Or at least suspected it, but it didn't take away from the story for me. I couldn't wait to see how it would turn out for Grace.

This is told in then and now chapters, but from Grace's point of view. The then is the day that he died just told from the start of the day leading up to the dinner. I also really enjoyed that Grace was a bit of a mess and had flaws, but she was genuine and did care! A great read and the second book I have read by this author, and I will keep reading this author!

Monday, October 22, 2018

Wild Hunger

Wild Hunger is the first in a spin off series from The Chicagoland Vampires. Wild Hunger picks up with the children of the main characters and this first book centers on Merit and Ethan's daughter. 

While Merit and Ethan never get around to that Paris honeymoon in the original series their daughter is living/studying/working there. 

Right from page one you know there's something wrong. Elisa, living and studying abroad in Paris, doesn't want to go home to Chicago. It's not her parents she's avoiding and yet you get the impression that's part of it. 

In this newest spin-off readers will get to see all of our old favorite characters from Chicagoland Vampires in supporting roles. We'll also get to see how their children turned out as this new series, aptly named Heirs of Chicagoland, focuses on them and some surprising offspring of some of the other characters from the first series. 

Wild Hunger definitely lived up to the standards that we've come to expect as readers of Chloe Neill's books and of Urban Fantasy in general. 

I'm a tad bit salty over some of the children's characters but that's a GOOD THING! As a reader I don't want all of the angst to be resolved by the end of the book..there needs to be something bringing me back for the second book and WOW does Wild Hunger deliver on that. 

If you were a fan of the Chicagoland Vampire's character, theme, and story line then you'll be very pleased with this newest series "Heirs of Chicagoland".

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Home and Away by Candice Montgomery

Thank you Page Street Publishing for a copy of the ARC in exchange for a fair review.

Tasia is enjoying her life, a cornerback for a great team until one night everything in her life falls apart. I was going to spoil the heck out of the book, but I went back to check the synopsis before I just charged ahead and I am glad I did, because they didn't give it away and neither will I. So now my challenge is how to talk about this book without ruining it!

Okay first I am not a football fan, but I thought it was super cool that Tasia played football and went about playing in such a way that you could have nothing but respect for it. I am not so sure she handles everything else in a great way, but this is in essence is what this book is about. It is a coming of age, figuring out who you are, forgiveness, and dealing with major changes.

Tasia doesn't always handle things right or even close to right, but she does in a way that is true to who she is and for me is what caught my attention and held me the whole time I was reading this book. I loved the characters, her friends and the new friends and Kai. They were so opposite and made for each other it is ridiculous. Trist was amazing as well so level headed and just always making her think about the choices she made and what was going on.

To be honest when I started this I didn't think I was going to enjoy it all that much, but it made me a think a lot and I really can't help enjoying books that make me think. Plus I enjoy coming of age and massive self reflections stories especially when they are so compelling.  

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

The Lies We Told by Camilla Way

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

Clara isn't worried too much when Luke fails to come home one night, but after he misses a major interview and no one can find him she knows that something is wrong. Everyone else though thinks that maybe he just took off, but that isn't the Luke she knows. So Clara begins to work with Mac in order to uncover Luke's past and find out what is really going on.

The deeper Clara digs the more uncomfortable she becomes, and she really wonders who she can trust. It seems like someone is one step ahead of her, and when the police find proof that Luke disappeared she knows that she is in a race against time. Especially in light of all the emails and harassment Luke has been enduring for months.

Will Clara uncover the mystery behind Luke's disappearance? Will she also find the truth about what happened to his sister all those years ago? Can Clara trust anyone?

I was hooked the moment I started reading. It alternates between Clara in the present and Beth in the past. Slowly we begin to learn about Hannah, but it takes awhile before we realize exactly how she fits in the situation. I was kind of frustrated about the end, for reasons I won't spoil, but it doesn't take away from my love of the story.

I will say that I loved Clara and she was the only person in the story that was remotely likable. It was heartbreaking to see her go through all that she did. However, she handled things better than I ever would that is for sure. This is my second book this author, and I for one can't wait to see what else she brings us.