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After Nightfall - A. J. Banner

For me, this was an okay read. It had good characters, good plot twists and action. However, it just seemed to go on just a little too long.

Usually, I'm the one who is suspecting everyone in the book of "doing it" (the killing). However, in this book, Marissa, one of the main characters is making my head spin with all the characters that she is suspecting. And seriously? Everyone on that street has an emergency visit from the cops? That's a little extreme. And yes, I am rolling my eyes.

An okay read that seriously should have been shortened and with just a few less accidents and events going on.

Thanks to Lake Union Publishing and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

She Was the Quiet One - Michele Campbell
This was my second book by this author and in both instances, I rated the books 5 stars.

This one was different from the first book as it took place at a boarding school and the main characters were twins, fraternal twins. They looked nothing alike and they were total opposites of each other. And boy could they fight - they fought about everything.

Naturally, being at a boarding school, there are lots of other characters that come into play during this book as well.

I really enjoyed reading this book. I was mesmerized by the setting, the characters and the plot twists. Definitely an author that should be on everyone's TBR pile.

Thanks to St. Martin's Press and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

 

Good Little Girls - Rita Herron

This was a different kind of book for me and a new author. 

A story where Wyatt (the cop) finds Tinsley after she had been abducted and held prisoner by someone named "Skull". Wyatt is able to get Tinsley away, however, Skull is not to be found.

The book definitely held my attention and had me ripping through those pages hoping that Tinsley gets over her fear of "Skull" and that Skull is not able to find her and abduct her again.

The book pretty much kept me riveted and mesmerized until near the end. I definitely could have done without the bedroom scene. I mean, it's a thriller, and I have to sit through pages of bedroom behavior because the characters want to screw? There is no sexual action (other than the deviant sexual action going on while Tinsley was abducted) until the very end. Definitely put in there to appease someone. However, that someone is not me. Could have definitely done without the 20 or so pages of the bedroom scenes.

Thanks to Montlake Romance, Lake Union Publishing and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

Girls' Night Out - Lisa Steinke, Liz Fenton

Three friends, Ashley, Natalie and Lauren, used to be so close. However, it seems lately that the trio are not as close as they used to be and Natalie wants to change that. So, of course, a trip to Tulum, Mexico is in order - a place to "relax". 

When Ashley ends up missing, relaxing time is over and the friends must figure their stuff out and find her.

While I found this to be a pretty good read, I did have trouble with all the bickering going on with these women. And there was a LOT of bickering. They were really turning me off. I almost put the book down. However, I did finish it.

Thanks to Lake Union Publishing and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

Fruit of the Drunken Tree: A Novel - Ingrid Rojas Contreras

I had a really hard time getting into this book. Actually, I never did get into this book. It was rather slow for me. It was about the day to day in Bogota and dealt with a well off household who hired poor girls to clean and the poor girls.

With it being day to day activities, it was written day to day. It was just really, really slow for me. I think had I not had such a long TBR pile and had I more time, I could have given this book a little more time. However, for me, there are too many good books out there to be bogged down by a slow one.

I was not crazy about the characters, it was kind of boring and was not holding my attention.

I absolutely LOVE the cover, however.

Thanks to Doubleday Books and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

The Sinners - Ace Atkins

I absolutely LOVE this series by Ace Atkins. While this was the 8th book in the series, it was my 4th or 5th book. I didn't start at the beginning, but I started as soon as I could. 

Tibbehah County has always got something going on, even though it's so small. And this book had lots going on. There are three different sets of bad guys and you definitely don't want to get caught up in their crap. 

Quinn Colson is kind of like an old time Western sheriff IMO. He's laid back, however, he's not going to take any crap off anyone. He's someone I think I could hang around for a while.

Old man Pritchard cracked me up in this book. Having spent a long time in jail and just now getting out. I had never heard of Red Velvet Oreo's until this book. And yes, I had to get some at the grocery store the last time that I went. And yes, they are delicious.

I especially loved the part about Proctor and Gamble. I remember when everyone said they were the devil company due to their logo. That was a historical event you won't see in many history books.

As I've said, I love this series and can't wait to read the next one.

Thanks to Penguin Group Putnam and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

Believe Me - J.P. Delaney

First of all, I was so excited to get this book. I really loved "The Girl Before" and I could not wait to get started on this one. (Also excited about the movie for the first book!)

I just read the NY Times article that talks about the author of these books. I seriously, like the majority of people, thought that these books were being written by a woman. Wrong!!! Definitely had me fooled though.

This book was driving me crazy at times trying to figure out just who was the craziest character. I love the blurb "Who is the decoy and who is the prey" That definitely sums up this book. 

I was especially glad to see that not everyone, like myself, really liked that "Elf" movie. Ha!!!

Thanks to Random House/Ballantine and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

Somebody's Daughter - David Bell
Imagine finding out late one night that you have a 10 year old daughter. One you never knew you had or that was even alive. Then you find out this daughter is missing. Pretty scary and pretty effed up.

During the first 30% of this book, there is a lot of background stuff going on that just wheeled me (as if the lead in blurb wasn't enough).

There was a lot going on in this book and it definitely held my interest. I did not want to put this book down or even take a break. I had to know what in the heck was going on. The plot twists are crazy good. At one part in the book, the characters are in three different locations. The author writes a couple of pages about what's going on in each location and does this several times. It's like bulletin points as to what's going on and just keeps the action going. Major fuel to get my pulse racing.

This was my fifth book by David Bell and I can tell you that it won't be my last. He definitely gives you a lot for your money in his books. They are definitely never boring.

Thanks to Berkley Publishing Group and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

 

Baby Teeth - Zoje Stage

This has got to be one of the creepiest books that I have ever read. The idea that a child can think like this and do these things just blew me away. There were several times that I had to just put the book down and get away from it from a few minutes. It seriously affected me mentally.

However, there is no way that I will ever forget this book. It's one that will stay with me for a very long time. While the subject matter is pretty much on the garish side, it was a good read.

Thanks to St. Martin's Press and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

The Thinnest Air - Minka Kent

Wow! This book was cray, cray good. Once I got into it, I could not put it down! It was seriously crazy with plot twists and the number of suspects? - that would be everyone in the book.

There was one big huge jaw dropper moment and I was like Yowza! Then, the real story is revealed. OMG - cray, cray.

This was my first book by this author and it definitely will not be my last. I really got into this book.

Thanks to Thomas and Mercer and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

Her Pretty Face - Robyn Harding

This is the second book that I have read by this author and again, she did not disappoint.

The book is written in the present with two women with teenage sons hanging out and becoming friends. There is also a past part wherein someone has killed a 15 year old girl. The past deals with the courtroom drama and highlights the kidnapping, torture, rape and killing of this 15 year old girl.

I just knew one of these women in present day - Frances or Kate - was the one being referred to in that historical part. It was killing me, however, as to who it was. I went back and forth with my guessing. It was written so that you would do so.

However, when it all does come out of the woodwork, there are some jaw dropping events that I definitely did not see coming.

I found this to be an excellent read and I am really glad that I got the chance to read it!

Thanks to Gallery, Threshold, Pocket and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

Give Me Your Hand - Megan Abbott
I was really disappointed while reading this book. Megan Abbott has written some excellent books and I have thoroughly enjoyed them.

This one? It took so long to really get into the story, for me. It was all about Kit and Diane in the past for a long, long time it seemed. Honestly, by the time Diane does show back up in Kit's life, I'm not sure I really care. 

However, when the action started, it was going. During all this time, however, there was a murder and years later, bodies are dropping out of the ceiling. Literally.

Not my favorite by this author, but still a decent read once you get about halfway through.

Thanks to Little, Brown & Company and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

 

The Lido - Clare Corbett, Libby Page

I can definitely see where the blurbs would get the idea that this book is like a Frederik Backman book. While I did see that comparison, I also saw that while it was similar, it wasn't quite as good.

However, this was definitely a "feel good" book. I can't believe the whole thing was about people not wanting to close down The Lido (a local pool wherein the widow character has been swimming for 80 years).

All during the book, my mind was telling me "all this ruckus over a pool?". However, I kept reading. There were some excellent characters and the writing was done well. I just went with the flow and I'm glad that I did.

Thanks to Simon & Schuster and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

Walk a Crooked Line (Jo Larsen Book 2) - Susan McBride
 
 

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Walk a Crooked Line by Susan McBride
Walk a Crooked Line (Jo Larsen, #2) 
by 
Susan McBride (Goodreads Author)
 
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Debbie Krenzer's review 
Jul 16, 2018  ·  edit

 
really liked it
bookshelves: ebooksnet-galley-books 
 

This was my first book by what is a new author to me and it definitely did not disappoint. I will definitely be looking for more of these Jo Larsen books in the future.

This one dealt with a girl, in chapter one, jumping from a water tower. Trying to determine if this girl jumped or was she pushed? And if she was pushed, how was she pushed?

I really liked the characters in this book (not the entitled teenagers, of course) and thought that the writing was done very well. There were numerous suspects in here with a jaw dropping result. About 65% of the way through this book, it took a turn that I definitely did not see coming or was even expecting.

Excellent read for me!

Thanks to Thomas & Mercer and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
A Gathering of Secrets - linda castillo

This was my fifth Kate Burkholder book and as usual, this one did not disappoint. I came onto this Amish country sheriff's scene a little late. Considering I started with book number 6. However, not reading the first 5 have not hindered my enjoyment of these stories in the least. 

I always find it fascinating to hear about Amish life (it's just so different) and the way that Kate handles all the bad things that come through her little part of the world.

I do have to say, however, that I hope Kate and Tomassette (sp?) never get caught living together. I love them as a couple.

An excellent series that I have found to be very interesting and very good reading.

Thanks to St. Martin's Press and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

The Subway Girls - Susie Orman Schnall

I absolutely loved this book!!! 

For once, the blurbs were right. This book did remind me of Fiona Davis' books. And, I thought that before I read the blurb on Goodreads.

This was a story of two strong, different generation, women. One past and one present, both dealing with women's rights issues who come together when the younger one decides to look into the Ms. Subways beauty pageants for a current ad campaign.

I flew through this book. I loved how it went back and forth between the history of one woman and the current events of another.

I am so glad that I got a chance to read this book and find yet, another new author.

Thanks to St. Martin's Press and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.