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Buried Secrets: A gripping thriller you won’t be able to put down - T.J. Brearton

Wow, the secrets are never ending in this action packed thriller. 

Newlyweds, Brett and Emily, are ecstatic about their new house. Lots of room for the kids they are hoping to have and lots of land for the garden that Brett wants so bad. Everything is going their way, that is until Brett uncovers human bones while working on his garden. That is just the first secret that that is unveiled in this unputdownable, riveting, hold onto your horses book that should most certainly be started well before bedtime.

And, just when you think there are no more secrets to be had and the book is winding down - SURPRISE - there's more!

An excellent read that I thoroughly enjoyed!

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

Wish You Were Here: A Novel - Renée Carlino

Oh, this book. There were times I was SO frustrated with Charlotte and times she actually had me crying. I actually cried through several parts of this book. And, when I finished, I cried some more.

This was such a heart rending story. I absolutely LOVED it. I knew something was up with Adam almost right away, but my guess about his issue was totally wrong. Yay!! The characters were so real and had me totally mesmerized and engrossed in their world. 

A story about love, loss, growing up, and somewhat cheesy at times, that I absolutely loved and enjoyed.

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

Best Intentions: A Novel - Erika Raskin

This was a very entertaining read for me. I really liked the main character, Marti, a loving mother of three and a wife of a resident doctor, who has just recently returned to work as a social worker. The "demands" of her husband in his job as a resident usually leaves her holding the bag and doing EVERYTHING regarding the household and the kids. Marti is a very likable character and I really enjoyed meeting her. She has the biggest heart and is constantly trying to overcome her frustration with things at her home between herself and her husband.

When Marti is accused of a horrific crime, I was a little confused. It was introduced in the ARC (I know this may change in the edited version) suddenly and out of nowhere. It kind of through me off to begin with, but after rereading that part, I realized that I didn't miss anything. It was just thrown in. I only add this to my review because it slowed me down in my reading. Other than that, I flew through this book. After the arrest of Marti, I felt so sorry for her and angry, angry, angry. 

I love it when authors get my emotions in an uproar and mine were certainly riled while reading this book. I guessed the husband's secret very early in the book and that also flicked on an emotion switch for me. Yay!!

An excellent read with great characters, character development and writing.

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

The Fallen - Ace Atkins

Another excellent read from Tibbehah County where Quinn Colson is the sheriff. This time, he is facing a group of bank robbers who come into banks wearing Donald Trump masks and execute the robbery like a military team. In and out in 90 seconds, that's their formula and they haven't failed yet. Operating all over the country with no rhyme and reason, the FBI gets involved and it's a major case for the small town sheriff. And then there's always the usual suspects causing trouble and keeping Quinn busy.

A great read, of course, and one that I truly enjoyed and sped right through. Filled with action, it's a thrilling ride that had me consumed.

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

Finding Claire Fletcher - Lisa  Regan

I really liked this story a lot. A story of a girl who was kidnapped when she was 15 years old. It is now 10 years later and Claire Fletcher shows up in a bar, having drinks with a detective and proceeding to follow him home for the night. She leaves him early the next morning with only a note with her address and a second dirty wine glass as proof that she was there.

This begins Connor Parks journey on a decades old cold case. Because, when he goes to the address listed on the note, he discovers that the woman he is looking for disappeared 10 years ago.

The story is filled with Lynn (Claire) reliving her decade with her abductor. The horrors, the loathing and the detestation of the monstrosity that was her abductor. It's also filled with suspense, action and a jaw dropping reality of the monster.

I loved that this book was written differently than most abduction books I have read. With the historical aspect of the story, your not really seeing it happen, but just hearing about it.

An excellent read that I sped through, especially towards the end, and could not put down.

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

Bed-Stuy Is Burning: A Novel - Brian Platzer

A story that takes place all in one day. However, there is a lot of history about Bed-Stuy, so be prepared for that.

It's really a sad sort of story about what can happen, or maybe did, when the rich try to come into a neighborhood and take it over from the people who have been there for decades. People who may not have the ways or means to move anywhere else.

There is also a lot of discrimination going on in this book. Towards the people, the police and the neighborhood.

A story of a riot and the people who were involved whether by choice or by just being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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

Murder Take Three: A British Country House mystery (A Langham and Dupre Mystery) - Eric Brown
When I started reading this book, I just knew that there was going to be an ending that included gathering everyone in one room and announcing the killer. Yep, I was right. It was just that kind of read.

On a film set where just about everyone has some kind of hatred for the director, there are lots of suspects when his girlfriend gets killed in his bed. 

At the ending with the list of suspects (everyone on the set) the culprit had a jaw dropping secret. There is also a historical murder that was once solved, or was it?

A decent and entertaining read.

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

 

Away With the Fairies - Kerry Greenwood
I just love Phyrne Fisher. I don't think there were a lot of women like her around 1928. This is a woman you do not want to mess with. She is constantly throwing out verbal threats and sometimes she even has to act on them. (People can be so foolish!) She also has a big heart, doesn't take any crap, has lots of money and is willing to give it out to anyone who needs it or anyone who help the case she is involved in at the moment.

This latest one has two mysteries going on. The first is her "lover" Lin Chang has gone to China to purchase a new shipment of silk and she hasn't heard from him in weeks. She's very concerned. The second is a middle aged woman who is quite eccentric and has been murdered. This case takes her into the magazine/newspaper/publishing world. The rag she is helping by writing some fashion articles has mostly women. And, believe me, these women can argue about the nit pickiest things. HA!!

Two mysteries, one she works with the police, and the other, she works alone. Her most favored way to work things. She gets away with a lot more that way.

Always a great read, Phyrne Fisher is a hero and well beyond her time.

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

 

The Other Girl - Erica Spindler

I love Erica Spindler's books. I always know that I am getting a good read and a good bang for my buck. As usual, this one did not fail.

I was a little disappointed that I knew like in Chapter Two who the suspect was, but really did I know who it was? I really only knew what part she had played in the main character's, Miranda Radar, life. So the suspense was on. Lots of suspects but which was "the other girl" in Miranda's life?

I sped through this book and it seemed like the shortest 352 pages I have ever read. That's how involved I was in the story. Another excellent read by a great author. Filled with suspense, action, and a strange murder, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

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

Emma in the Night - Wendy   Walker

I think this has to be one of the most dysfunctional families that I have ever read about in fiction. The mother suffers from a narcissistic condition that keeps her making sure that she is the best at everything there is. Her daughters must constantly tell her that she is the best mom. Her husband has to constantly tell her that she is the best wife and he has to insure that he does nothing to convey any other message. The penalties for not following the rules of the mother are very severe. You can be cut out of the mother's life very easily. A punishment that really messes with children, young and old alike.

The mother in this book has started a war and the daughters are done with being soldiers on a battlefield. The results are very dangerous in this well written book. I do have to say that I did not finish the first book written by this author. I didn't realize that until I had finished this one, however. My main concern was that there was a lot of psychological chatter and diagnoses. Something I was not expecting in the first book. With this book I went into it just knowing that two sisters ran away and one reappeared after three years. I think I enjoyed this one a lot better because I had no preconceived notions and the "psych" jargon didn't really bother. Actually, it was very interesting.

I read this book all in one sitting and will definitely take another look at Wendy Walker's first book as I didn't finish it the first time.

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 Wildling Sisters - Eve Chase

I absolutely loved Black Rabbit Hall by Eve Chase and when I saw this book available for request, I immediately pushed that button. 

While this is a good read, I didn't feel as mesmerized by the story like I had in the first book. There were parts that I loved about this book as well, don't get me wrong. There were, however, parts that I felt were fluff and parts where I thought expansion could be done.

It was still a good read and I was definitely entertained. I will also "hit that button" again for any future Eve Chase books.

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

Blame - Jeff Abbott
Blame is running rampant in Lakehaven, Texas. Fingers are being pointed all over the small little town and they mostly seem to be pointing at Jane Norton. A seventeen year old girl who crashed her car with her neighbor and best friend, David Hall in a seemingly one vehicle involved accident. Jane woke up after four days in a coma to discover that she has lost three years of memories. Those three years contain the death of her father and three years at high school. 

At first when she woke up, she didn't even recognize her mother. Although that memory came about very soon. Her friends, before high school, she remembers, as fourteen years old, not as they are today. Her new friends made in high school, she doesn't remember at all. She even has to relive the fact of her father's death due to an accident while handling a gun. A memory that was horrible to live through the first time.

When a suicide note is found near the crash several days later, Jane is blamed for the death of her friend, David. David is a very popular guy at school, Jane isn't or wasn't until now. However, her popularity is entirely negative. David has lived next door to her for years, they grew up together. She considered the Halls her extended family, not anymore. The fingers are pointing to blame and it's all in Jane's direction. This leads Jane to extremes in her living situation as she can't stand to live in "that house" anymore.

This is just the start of this book that leads to lots of suspense, action, jaw dropping findings, backstabbing, false newspaper stories, and mystery. The allegations have Jane determined she did not kill David, it was an accident and she will do whatever it takes to change everyone's opinion.

Another great read by Jeff Abbott that I requested on sight and am absolutely grateful to Grand Central Publishing and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
 
 

 

The Darkness Within - Lisa Stone

I have never ever felt such a strong negative emotion towards any character as I did for Jason/Shane in this book. I literally wanted to reach through the pages and put my hands on his throat and just squeeze. This character was the most despicable character ever. I think what grated me the most was how the author gave the reader his feelings, beliefs and reasons that he felt he could do these things to people. Not only was he horrendous to women, he was plain out horrible and rude to everyone who came in contact with him. Except, of course, those, and at times, he needed something done for him. Then he could be the most charming person ever.

This, of course, made for a pretty good book that I was seriously interested in. However, I did feel that there was a lot of the book that was included purely to add length to the book. Those parts did drag along and I ended up skipping several pages.

Overall, I think the book was a good read, just lengthy in some areas and repetitive. The cellular memory part was something that I was not aware of and was an interesting concept in the book. And, I still want to put my hands around that man's neck. HA!!

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

The Late Show - Michael Connelly
Michael Connelly has a new series starring Renee Ballard and I am psyched! I love this character! Her boldness, relentlessness, and determination are just some of the traits of this ballsy character that I love!

Renee has just been demoted to "The Late Show" which is the 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. shift that no one really wants due to a sexual harassment allegation she imposed on her superior. Especially a stubborn, tenacious woman like Renee who wants to be able to investigate the cases and see them through. This determination, while an excellent trait for a policewoman, gets her into a lot of trouble at work and into some scary situations with some intimidating suspects. 

Keeping herself safe is foremost in her mind, however, she sometimes lets the heat of the moment and the risks fall wayside leading to her abduction and near death.

I especially loved the ending. I had to read twice the part when the suspect was revealed. I could not believe it. I was so sure it was someone else. How did this other guy slip into that list? I surely did not see that one coming.

Renee Ballard is definitely and going to be one of my favorite characters. I can't wait to read more books with her as the main character. Especially now that she has a "new job".

Thanks to Little, Brown and Company and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
The Writing Desk - Rachel Hauck
I love Rachel Hauck's books and when I see one offered, I immediately push the "request button". However, this one, not so much. It was still a good read, but I just didn't feel the connection with the characters as much as I usually do when I read her books.

I did, however, love Birdie. Her ambition and heart had me rooting for her throughout the whole book while she went through the trials of her daily life. And, what a life! A woman who only wanted to write and to marry someone she loved. Her mother was dead set on that idea from the very beginning. She was determined, whether Birdie loved them or not, that Birdie would marry a man worthy of the union of marriage through wealth and prestige. In that sense, Birdie's mother only goal left in life was to insure that Birdie marry the man she had picked for her. A man who was a huge flirt and would undoubtedly cheat on her time after time. Birdie's story was absolutely a great one.

However, Tenley, the present day woman who had written a best selling novel and was having a very hard time with her second book was somewhat like her name. Tenley, for me, was tenous. A self-absorbed character who was always "woe is me". When in actuality, she had everything. Her constant whining was really grating one me. I even preferred Tenley's mother over Tenley. And Tenley's mother was portrayed more as self centered than Tenley. There were lots of times when I would wish that the book was going back in time to Birdie's life, one I liked reading about a lot more.

All in all, it was still a good read and I did enjoy doing so. Of course, this by no means indicates that I won't push that "request button" again because I know I will! Honestly, I can't wait for the next one!

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

 

Bring Her Home - David Bell
I love David Bell's books. I know when I pick one up to read that I am assured of a great read. That assurance certainly was true, yet again, with this book.

The plot twists involved while Bill Price is searching for his daughter, Summer, are jaw dropping. The suspect list is long and seeing Bill literally beat his way to finding his daughter is heart breaking. Especially so soon after losing his wife.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and my inability to put it down proved that fact. A read that will have you turning the pages without noticing the time, that I loved!

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