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The Serial Killer's Daughter: A totally gripping thriller full of shocking twists - Lesley Welsh

Woah! Don Tyler is one scary dude. He is definitely one I would not like to meet in a dark alley. Actually, he is not one I would like to meet in broad daylight even, anywhere. I can truthfully say that this book scared the crap out of me. This guy was relentless. Heartless and hell bent to get whatever and whoever he wanted. I finished reading this book about 2:30 in the morning. I HAD to start another book, just to get this guy out of my mind. There was no way I was sleeping with him still on my mind.

Definitely a great read and if your into creepy, scary, a book that should be right up your alley.

Thanks to Bookouture and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. Kudos to the author, you are one sick woman! HA!!

The Man Who Loved Too Much - Book 1: Archipelago - John Rachel, Cassandra Nutterknoll, Archimedes Delusio III

Billy Green certainly had an interesting life growing up which is what this book is about. Taking Billy from about the age of four until almost his junior year in college. His mother doted on him and his father was absolutely horrible to him. I could not believe some of the things that man said to Billy.

Billy was certainly funny in his ways of looking at things. I really enjoyed reading about Billy. There were a few times when it slowed down and I had to skip a few pages. However, for the most part, this was a very entertaining read. The descriptions and phrases used were hilarious at times. I pretty much sped through the pages, laughing most of the way, until Billy got to college and met Natalie. Then it sort of became redundant and rather lackluster. The ending . . .

Yeah, that's about it was. Then I realized there are more Billy books. If the rest of his time with Natalie is as unexciting as it was in this book, I don't think I have the desire to carry on. However, until that point, I was a huge Billy fan.

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

Small Hours - Jennifer Kitses
An overview of the life of Tom and Helen is told in between another plot line which describes a 24 hour period in their lives. A period in which every bad decision that could be made by each of these people is made. Both of these people are the most irritating and frustrating characters that ever graced the pages of a book.

Tom is a cheater and a stupid one at that. His "boss", "woman he cheated with" and "mother of his third child" first says she's going to have an abortion and then decides to keep the child, but raise it all on her own. Tom wants to be in the child's life and she says okay. She does not need his financial support, but agrees the child needs a father figure. He neglects his job and his other children to be with this child. Why?

Helen is in the words of Prince "just like my mother, she's never satisfied". She just wants and wants. She's quit her job to freelance and stay home with the children and can't handle it. They have moved to the burbs into a house they can't afford, way overpaid and can't get out of the house without losing a ton of money. All because Helen wanted to. Now, she doesn't like the neighborhood (um, perhaps she should have checked it out instead of just relying on the picture of the house) and wants to move, loss or not.

I spent most of the time while reading this book frustrated because these people, like I said, made every bad choice they could make. While the book was well written (the author certainly had my emotions going) I just could not stand the characters. At all.

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

 

Eight Is Enough - Tom Braden

This book was the basis of the tv show "Eight is Enough" which I loved and watched every week. It was the about the trials and tribulations of having eight kids. The show, according to this book, did a very good portraying this family.

There were some funny stories. I loved the telegram from RFK to Tom Braden that said "you win." meaning that Tom had eight kids and RFK only had seven at that time.

A fun, enjoyable read that had me on IMDB looking up the cast of characters and seeing what had become of all those kids. A real trip down memory lane.

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

Fatal Facade (An Allison Campbell Mystery) (Volume 4) - Wendy Tyson

Another Allison Campbell read wherein she is hired to "reinvent" Elle Rose, the daughter of an aging rock star who loves to really party and whose antics have had her in the limelight more times than she would like.

This one takes place in Italy and right before Allison shows up, Elle's husband is found dead at the bottom of a cliff. The police say it was accidental, but after another death shortly thereafter, was it?

The story is full of quirky characters all staying at Elle and her father's castle due to a filming of a movie in Italy. Something is definitely going on at this castle and Allison fears for herself and her niece who is staying there with her.

A really good story that is both creepy with the characters and the setting that I really enjoyed reading. This is one of my favorite cozies and I was very excited when I saw that I had been approved to read this.

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

The Breakdown - B. A. Paris

I could not wait to start reading this book. I was so happy when I found out that I had been approved to do so.

However, I think this one took way too long letting the reader know that Cass was freaking out over seeing her friend in the woods. I got it, I truly got it, pages and pages ago. And, it was pretty predictable. I was pretty sure what was going on very quickly and detested that character. However, what I thought and how the author ended the book were not exactly quite right. So, I do have to give the author an extra star for that.

That is not to say that I would not read another book by this author. I just think this one really didn't do it for me.

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 Marsh King's Daughter - Karen Dionne

A teenager is abducted when she is 14 and has a child when she is 16. This story is told by that child after about 12 years of fleeing the abductor, she only knew as her father. It dealt a lot with her feelings and emotions of growing up with only her mother and her abductor (father) and no one else around. Helena knew of no other life and was relatively happy until the fateful day they escaped. Then she realized what her father had done and why her mother acted the way that she did.

I really liked this book and lot and felt for Helena. She was a different kind of girl due to her upbringing, but one that you can't help but root for and feel empathy towards. I can definitely say all the buzz around this book is worth it.

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

Love Like Blood: A Tom Thorne Novel (Tom Thorne Novels) - Mark Billingham

This was a great read with an extra bonus. I had no idea there was such a thing as honour killings. The act of killing a family member in certain religions because they are not "respectful". Such as women who want to wear makeup, go out to bars, etc. That was very enlightening and jaw dropping for me.

The book went at a pretty fast pace and was very enjoyable. I really liked the characters, Tanner and Thorne. Tanner was a very hell bent woman and she was bound and determined to find the killers of her partner. Thorne was a likable character and I would definitely read another book wherein he is the main character.

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

The Salt House - Lisa Duffy

Wow, an emotionally charged, wonderfully written book that I just devoured. I could not put this book down. Kudos to the author on a great debut.

A great story about a family dealing with a lot of things coming at them head on in their day to day life.

I highly recommend this book to everyone who loves to read books about family, human emotions, love, feelings, and day to day life.

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

The Little French Bistro - Nina George
At first, I had a really hard time getting into Marianne. She seemed like a really weak, spineless woman. I mean the book started out with her wanting to kill herself. She was describing her forty year marriage with how she had one pair of shoes that she paid full price and let her husband berate her for that for years. How her husband had numerous affairs and she stood by and let him. He also took numerous holidays without her. I was loathing this character. How can a woman let herself be treated this way?

Then I realized she was married when she was 19 and knew no better.

Then she discovers what love can be and what it is all about. And yet, she contemplates going back to her husband?

I'm not going to tell you whether she does or does not go back to him, but I will tell you that hers was certainly a jacked up story.

I can say that the story was well written with beautiful descriptions of the scenery surrounding Marianne and of her friends. The characters that Marianne runs into along her journey are definitely interesting and quirky. Marianne's story is not the only love story going on in this book. There are several others and they are quite magical.

An interesting read that did have me shedding a few tears at the end.

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

 

The Last Place You Look - Kristen Lepionka

Wow, this book was full of action. And while looking for the daughter of murdered parents, Roxane stumbles upon other missing girls from small town, Belmont. Coincidence? Yet, every time Roxane shows up in Belmont, she is escorted out of Belmont or simply told to leave. Something is definitely fishy in Belmont. Are they covering for the rich and famous family that owns everything in Belmont or is something else going on?

I can truthfully say that you should not start this late at night. I did stay up ALL night reading this book. It was sunrise when I finished this book. I could not put it down. I was livid when they held Roxane for over 12 hours in the Belmont jail without arresting her or anything on her fifth or sixth trip to Belmont looking for Sarah or clues to her whereabouts.

This book has so many plot twists and everywhere Roxane turns there is another clue or another body. The suspects are numerous. The action is pulsating and goose pimpling. The ending will definitely have you on the edge of your seat. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and highly recommend this book. Roxane (with one "n") doesn't give up. She's like the Energizer bunny and I would LOVE to see more of this lady. She is one Kicka$$ woman I would not like to meet in a dark alley!

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

The Last Place You Look - Kristen Lepionka

Wow, this book was full of action. And while looking for the daughter of murdered parents, Roxane stumbles upon other missing girls from small town, Belmont. Coincidence? Yet, every time Roxane shows up in Belmont, she is escorted out of Belmont or simply told to leave. Something is definitely fishy in Belmont. Are they covering for the rich and famous family that owns everything in Belmont or is something else going on?

I can truthfully say that you should not start this late at night. I did stay up ALL night reading this book. It was sunrise when I finished this book. I could not put it down. I was livid when they held Roxane for over 12 hours in the Belmont jail without arresting her or anything on her fifth or sixth trip to Belmont looking for Sarah or clues to her whereabouts.

This book has so many plot twists and everywhere Roxane turns there is another clue or another body. The suspects are numerous. The action is pulsating and goose pimpling. The ending will definitely have you on the edge of your seat. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and highly recommend this book. Roxane (with one "n") doesn't give up. She's like the Energizer bunny and I would LOVE to see more of this lady. She is one Kicka$$ woman I would not like to meet in a dark alley!

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

The Rules of Love & Grammar - Mary Simses

Grace has just lost her job, her boyfriend broke up with her and now the apartment upstairs has had a leak that just happened to flow right into her apartment. Now, she's back home living with her parents for who knows how long.

Things aren't always going right for Grace and they continue that way after she returns back to her hometown. Lots of things and people from her past keep coming up, sometimes good and sometime bad.

This was a cute story, I did have trouble with the protagonist though. She irked me quite a bit, however, she did have some reasons and past issues which helped to make her into the person she had become. And, while she irked me, she wasn't even close to being the worst character I've come upon. She had her faults and once you discovered some things in her past, you could see how she would be that way.

All in all, I enjoyed the story with a lot of sympathy for Grace.

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

No Turning Back: A Novel - Tracy Buchanan

This book is crazy with plot twists. First of all, Anna thinks a group of teenagers on the beach is after her and her baby as they start towards them and she runs from them only to find out they just want to return something she has dropped. Then next another teenager comes towards her and her baby mumbling something while swing a knife at her. He accidentally stumbles into her comb neck first and dies gaining her newsworthy attention as to whether she is either a murderess or a victim. Then the parents of the boy are out to get her. The next thing you know the brother of the boy is trying to help her figure out what happened and why the boy seemed incoherent and why he was poisoned.

Next, it seems a serial killer who poisoned his victims over 20 years ago, but suddenly stopped seems to have started again is up to his tricks again and is after young teenage boys again. And all the victims seem to have something in common with Anna.

And the ending will absolutely blow your mind.

This is definitely one that I whipped through. I could not read the pages fast enough. These boys were dying left and right. I could not fathom that Anna would become friends with the brother of the boy that she killed. I was screaming at her and asking her if she was stupid or what. And her brother, I just so wanted to slap him. And her mother, I did not know what was up with her. She was buried so deep down inside of herself, she was definitely hiding something. I had to know what was going on with these characters. I could not find out fast enough.

I want to shout out a huge thanks to Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley for the privilege and of their providing me with a free e-galley in order that I might read and give an honest and unbiased review.

Find Her (D. D. Warren) - Lisa Gardner

I just love Lisa Gardner books. She never fails to disappoint and she kept up that tradition with this book.

This one involves a girl who had been held hostage for 472 days. Her story was pretty creepy and very gross during her captivity. The story also dealt with a Stockholm Syndrome mentality acquired by the abductee.

Now, Flora has been found and her abductor is dead. Flora has spent the last five years improving herself in case that happens to her again. And it may just happen, Flora is determined to find a recent girl who did not come home one night.

This book was absolutely awesome and I flew through the pages. And, of course, I stayed up way past my bedtime, but it was worth it. I definitely recommend this if your into suspense.

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

The Identicals: A Novel - Elin Hilderbrand

Remember that cute little girl on Bewitched named Tabitha and how she would twitch her nose and be so adorable. Well, this Tabitha is nothing like that. This Tabitha is not a nice person. She's very snooty, condescending and selfish. And she dislikes her twin sister, Harper, a LOT!

Harper and Tabitha are identical twins who were separated in their teens when their parents got divorced. Their mother decided she didn't want to be living alone and made the girls pick which one was going to live with her and who was going to live with their father. Yes, Tabitha got a lot of her personality from her uptight mother. Prior to this decision, the girls were best friends and did everything together.

Fourteen years later, Tabitha has a 16 year old hellion (daughter) and has just kicked out her latest boyfriend. Tabitha lives in Nantucket and has been pampered most of her life without her sister. Harper lives in Martha's Vineyard and has worked every menial job you can think of to make ends meet. She's just lost her latest job and is facing what to do with their father's house after his recent death.

This was a very good read with just about everything in it. I really felt for Harper and Tabitha definitely got on my nerves. However, I am glad of the time I got to spend with them and really enjoyed it. Definitely a great beach read!

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