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The Turn of the Key | Ruth Ware | Simon & Schuster | Pub: August 6, 2019 I’m a huge fan of Ruth Ware, but I have to admit that this book doesn’t compare to how much I loved The Woman in Cabin 10. It was a very slow-paced read, there was barely any action and I felt like it was dragging on. The book did pick up near the end but overall, it was kind of excruciating to read. I still gave this book 4 stars, so there are other things I quite enjoyed! Firstly, you can always count of Ruth Ware to deliver an atmospheric vibe! A super technological advanced mansion in the middle of the woods? Yes please. That definitely increased the creepiness factor. I also really enjoyed the creativity of the writing. The book was narrated by letters written by the main character, as she was sending them to a solicitor in hopes that he would help get her out of jail. Super creative! I’ve never seen anything like that done before. Finally, I loved the unpredictable twists and the g...
You Are Not Alone    | Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen |  St. Martin's Press | Pub: March 3, 2020 What a psychological thriller! Sarah and Greer are masters at writing psychological thrillers! As expected, this book contains so many twists and turns it almost gave me whiplash, in a good way! In addition to the gripping suspense, the premise is so original! Some characters were truly devious, but I really loved the main character, Shay Miller, and was absolutely rooting for her! I loved the transformation we saw in her as the story developed. Amazing ending!!! The only reason this isn’t a 5-star read for me is due to some missing pieces to the story, but overall, such a great book that is brilliantly written! Highly recommend. Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for providing me with an electronic ARC of this book via NetGalley. As usual, my reviews are my honest and unbiased opinions. Synopsis You probably know someone like Shay Miller. She wants to ...
The Wife Stalker |  Liv Constantine  |  Harper Collins | Pub: May 19, 2020 This is one book I for sure thought I knew how it was going to unfold the whole time. In my mind this was a super predictable story. Boy was I wrong!! Due to the huge twist and brilliant ending, this is making it extremely hard to review since I don’t want to give any spoilers. All I will say is, it was definitely a page turner for me right from the get go, even though I thought I knew where it was going, I couldn’t stop reading. Which is a great quality in a book in my opinion! The writing was excellent and the story had an amazing premise !! Highly recommend. Thank you to Harper Collins for providing me with an electronic ARC of this book via NetGalley. As usual, my reviews are my honest and unbiased opinions. Synopsis Breezing into the tony seaside paradise of Westport, Connecticut, gorgeous thirtysomething Piper Reynard sets down roots, opening a rehab and wellness space and joining a l...
                                       This is How I Lied |  Heather Gudenkauf  |  Park Row Books | Pub: May 12, 2020 I have to admit I didn’t enjoy Before She Was Found that much. However, I remembered the crazy unpredictable ending, so I had to give this one a go and I was not disappointed! I enjoyed this book so much and I will forever be reading books by Heather Gudenkauf. The story is told by three POVs; Officer Maggie Kennedy O’Keefe, who is investigating the 25-year-old murder of her best friend Eve Knox, Eve Knox, the murder victim, and Nola Knox, Eve’s crazy sister. I must say I completely hated Nola’s character! She was absolutely vile and evil. That was probably the whole point, but I had zero sympathy for her and could not stand reading her chapters. However, I really loved Officer Maggie’s character and loved to read what she went through in 1995 and how the events in 1995 changed her life. This was a total page-turner with a killer ending! If you think y...
Darling Rose Gold | Stephanie Wrobel | Berkley | Pub: March 17, 2020 This book was definitely a creepy, dark and twisty psychological thriller! The story contains two POVs, Rose Gold’s and her mother Patty. My sympathy kept changing as I was reading their POVs. Both characters have many issues and are quite deranged but that’s what kept me wanting more! I had to know what would unfold. I kept wanting to scream at the characters like WHY are you acting like this?!? But that’s what kept me engaged! Definitely expect some unpredictable twists. This is a 4-stars for me since I will admit I was getting annoyed at Patty and Rose Gold’s shenanigans but overall original and entertaining story! Thank you to Simon & Schuster for providing me with an electronic ARC of this book via NetGalley. As usual, my reviews are my honest and unbiased opinions. Synopsis For the first eighteen years of her life, Rose Gold Watts believed she was seriously ill. She was allergic...
                                      The Other Mrs. |  Mary Kubica  |  Park Row Books | Pub: February 18, 2020 After having multiple problems in Chicago, Sadie and Will decide to uproot their family and move to Maine. Where Will inherited his sister’s house, and his niece Imogen. Thinking that Maine would be their fresh start until one of the neighborhood women gets murdered! Sadie is questioning if someone in her family had anything to do with the murder and starts acting irrational to try to find out the truth. It was really a fun read, especially since there were three POVs so it made it even more suspenseful as you are trying to piece the story together. Since the setting of the story is in Maine, you can except an atmospheric scenery of dark skies, rain, fog, and wind. Some twists were unpredictable, some were predictable, nothing truly mind-blowing, but I still really enjoyed the storyline! Thank you to Park Row Books for providing me with an electronic ARC of this b...
The Hand on the Wall |  Maureen Johnson |   Harper Collins | Pub: 1/21/20 “I don’t know how to tell where it all starts or stops. It’s like a loop.” WOW… WOW WOW WOW. What a wild ride. WILD. If I would have known how incredible this series was earlier on, I would NEVER have waited this long to read it. The Hand on the Wall was the last book in the Truly Devious series, and it did not disappoint. More death, more secrets and a whole bunch of crimes solved. I was right about some things from earlier on in the series and I had the last book narrowed down to 3 suspects. It was one of them but not who I would have thought, and it definitely did not go down the way I had anticipated. Besides being completely awed by this intricate mystery, I have to talk about Stevie. Stevie is our main character. High school student with crippling anxiety and an obsession to solve the Ellingham case. Stevie thinks she is wrongfully accepted into the school. She feels she isn’t gifted enough, lik...
The Vanishing Stair |  Maureen Johnson |   Harper Collins | Pub: 1/22/19   “A lot of things happen when you go out and do them on purpose.” Yes friends, yes. I have read the second book in the Truly Devious series in 24 hours and I will begin the third book as soon as I am finished writing this. GUYS… THIS SERIES THOUGH. In each book we get a few more puzzle pieces that click into place. I did guess who the “bad guy” was (that we know of at this point in time) but there is still so much we don’t know. I am still not even sure what characters we can truly trust in this. Besides our main character, Stevie, I don’t really trust anyone else. That’s a lie… I trust Larry… Nate is my favorite character and I think I may be able to trust him. These are the books I love. The ones that make you think but aren’t serious. I can’t really give more of a review since it would be spoilers and I don’t do the spoiler thing but if you love mysteries, PICK UP THIS SERIES. Synopsis (Credit:  Go...
Truly Devious |  Maureen Johnson |   Harper Collins | Pub: 1/16/18   “We have a limited emotional vocabulary. We’re indoor kids.” I have been in such a mood for mystery books and Truly Devious did not disappoint in the mystery department! Truly Devious flip flops between 1936 and present day at Ellingham Academy. In 1936, Ellingham’s family was kidnapped along with a student who was just minding her own business reading. Come to present day, Stevie is accepted into the academy because of her obsession with the crimes there of 1936. As Stevie tries to solve the crime in the first book, bad things start to happen, and a student is dead. Has Truly Devious made their return or is it a coincidence?   I enjoyed this book because you really can’t tell who is the “bad guy” so far. Apparently, we don’t find much out until book 3 which I am completely okay with because of how well this is written. Stevie is also a great character. She has really bad anxiety which is addressed through...