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The House of Memory (Pluto's Snitch) - Carolyn Haines

I love Carolyn Haines books and this one did not disappoint. I miss Sarah Booth, but Raissa James is growing on me. As a matter of fact, I think I liked this second book in the series better than the first.

I liked the addition of Zelda Fitzgerald that gave it a little credibility, however, I know it was still fiction. I can't help it, but sometimes I wondered if Raissa had any relations to Jitty, Sarah Booth's haint. HA!

A good story with a lot of creepiness involved that I loved!

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

Two Sisters: A gripping psychological thriller with a shocking twist - Kerry Wilkinson

This was my first book by this author and I really enjoyed it. The story of two sisters who find out that their brother did not die years ago like they thought because that's what their parents told them was intense at times and very entertaining all of the time. 

I will definitely be reading more of this author in the future.

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

Persons Unknown: A Novel - Susie Steiner

Like the author's first book, this one was okay for me. A good read for the most part. A little lengthy in some parts. 

I liked how the author handled the chapters with the different characters and yes, I even liked poor Birdie.

Manon did get on my nerves a few times, but it wasn't so annoying that I cringed everytime the story came back to her. It is a series that I would read more of.

The ending was something that I didn't see coming - well not entirely all of it. 

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

The Secrets She Keeps - Michael Robotham

Yowsa! I stayed up late reading this one! 

Agatha, who is pregnant, has become obsessed with a customer (Meghan) who comes into the grocery store where she stocks the shelves. Agatha is stalking Meghan, unbeknownst to her, trying to imbibe herself into Meghan's life. Meghan has a nice house, a TV sports announcer husband, and two children (a perfect set, a boy and girl). She's a stay at home with her own blog wherein she posts about the daily life of a married homemaker with two children discussing their antics. Meghan is also pregnant, Agatha soon discovers.

Meghan and Agatha become friends. However, Meghan is unaware of the secrets of Agatha's past and how those secrets will absolutely crush her world. 

A book filled with suspense, action, danger and the craziness of the thoughts in Agatha's head together with her secret past made this a very enjoyable book that I could not put down. Agatha's thoughts and how she sees the world is jaw dropping and unbelievable.

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

The Atlas of Forgotten Places: A Novel - Jenny D. Williams

I absolutely loved this book. A book filled with family, love, friendship, action and suspense set in Africa during the revolutionary war in Uganda and the Congo.

Sabine, who has retired from a long career of aid work to Germany, discovers that her niece, Lily, who went to Uganda to follow in her aunt's footsteps, is missing. Lily was scheduled to come home for the holidays, however, she was not on the plane when it landed. Sabine knows that the only way she is going to find her niece is to go to Uganda herself and look into the matter. 

What she finds there is so different from how it was when she was there as an aid worker. There has been a revolutionary war and poverty is everywhere. Families are missing family members and it seems everyone is trying to find their loved ones. However, with Lily being white, she hopes that this will put a spark under everyone and Lily will be found easily and safely. That does not happen.

The story of Sabine's journey is filled with action and suspense. I sped right through this book totally engrossed. Jenny D. Williams has done a great job in this, her debut novel. The writing and how she plotted everything was impeccable. 

A book filled with emotion, surprises, and lots and lots of danger which I found very entertaining. I would definitely read this author's next 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.

Down a Dark Road - Linda Castillo

I absolutely love Linda Castillo's Kate Burkholder books. This is the 4th book I've read in the series with 2 others on my TBR list. I know that I am going to get an entertaining read filled with action, suspense and another view into the life of the Amish without any explicit sex scenes. This one did not fail, again.

This one involves Kate's childhood friend, Jacob King, who she hasn't seen in 20 years. He was her first crush and he moved away when Katie was 14. When Kate discovers that Jacob has just escaped from prison, where he was serving a sentence for murdering his wife and that his children are in Painter's Mill, all sorts of memories come to mind. When ambushed by Jacob and held hostage, Kate talks with Jacob and listens to his story that "he did not kill his wife". This is further confirmed by his five year old daughter, Sadie, who says it wasn't her datt (dad) she saw standing by her parent's bed that night.

Kate is released, but not without controversy. One that puts her reputation on the line by her police cohorts, the town council and the public eye.

A book full of action, suspense and remnants of Kate's past that I found very entertaining and one that I could not put down.

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

Goodbye, Vitamin: A Novel - Rachel Khong

An entertaining, poignant, funny debut told from the perspective of Ruth whose father is suffering from Alzheimer's. Ruth's mother has all but given up as she just can't take it anymore and her brother is still away for college, absolutely no help. So, Ruth, who is suffering from an emotional break up with her fiance, is asked to leave San Francisco and come to LA to attend to her father.

The things that Ruth comes up with to help her father are sometimes just laugh out loud hilarious. She is constantly reading about things that cause and can help her father's symptoms. Jellyfish everything for one day was just a little gross, however. Ha!! She even goes so far as to set up "fake" classes to help her father think that he is still teaching at the University!

An enjoyable read from a debut author, Rachel Khong.

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

When the English Fall: A Novel - David Williams

This was a very entertaining book which told of the apocalypse from an Amish view. The "English" are people who do not follow the Amish order. It dealt a lot with the Amish order and only mentioned what was going on with the "English". 

Written from Jacob's diaries, the story tells of Jacob's daughter having "spells" and repeating the phrase "The English are Falling". Suddenly, his daughter gets better, but doesn't stop talking about when "The English are Falling". When one night Jacob and his daughter are watching the skies and a plane drops out of the air, crashing miles away, his daughter says "And now it has begun". Cars stop on the road, the lights of Lancaster are not burning anymore and everywhere is eerie and pitch black.

The story tells of how the Amish are sending food and supplies to the local city and others things that the Amish do to help their fellow mankind. All is well until everyone finds out that this phenomenon is not going to be solved in a few days, it's here to stay.

The was a very entertaining debut by David Williams and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. The ending led me to believe that there is more coming in this series, however, I could be wrong.

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

A Panicked Premonition - Victoria Laurie

This is my second Abby Cooper book. Yes, I know, a little late to the game. However, this character is really growing on me. I thoroughly enjoyed reading reading this book. Lots of quirky characters, action and suspense. All right up my alley!

This one involved a murder in a panic room. What? Isn't that where you go to be safe if your house is being invaded? Abby's husband is seriously involved in this on a very personal reason. His side company builds panic rooms and. . . they just happened to build this one. Getting to the bottom of this one has Abby meeting a lot of people that she would rather not meet. (I love the barbs she self consciously throws out!).

Trying to figure this one out has everyone involved and I sped through this book. There are also lots of suspects with the main one coming to everyone's list, except Abby and the team, is Dave, Dutch's good friend and employee. Lots of laughs to go with all the action, definitely an entertaining read.

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

The Devil's Muse: A Maureen Coughlin Novel (Maureen Coughlin Series) - Bill Loehfelm

Wow, I really felt like I was actually a part of Mardi Gras reading this book. The author did a great job putting me there. I actually felt the rush, the tensions and just a little claustrophobic. I'm sure that it helped that I had been to Mardi Gras in Galveston. However, this book put me right back there.

The characters in this book were very well developed and I grew to like them immediately (well, except for one) and to feel for the pressures of their jobs. Dealing with multiple gunshots in the middle of Mardi Gras and the pressures and issues of having to do their jobs? I felt for these characters.

A wonderful story that I just ripped right through, enjoyed the feelings it brought and meeting these characters.

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

Hello, Sunshine: A Novel - Laura Dave

Wow, someone has taken Sunshine MacKenzie and ruined her career all over social media. All her lies that have been made up to become the You Tube sensation that she is have been discovered and they want the world to know.

A definite eye opening experience for the main character of this book. One minute she's a hot sensation, the next she's nothing. She loses her career, husband, persona and herself. The poor thing then returns to her roots and she is shunned by the only family she has left. I really felt for this character. 

This was a great story and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. This would make a great beach read.

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

The Stolen Girls: A totally gripping thriller with a twist you won’t see coming (Detective Lottie Parker) (Volume 2) - Patricia Gibney

Zing! This book hit the target when calling for entertainment and suspense. I found myself yelling at these characters several times. There are some pretty creepy bad guys in this story, however, you don't always know which one is the bad one. A road construction worker keeps finding bodies, what is up with that? Is he a suspect or is someone out to frame him? And just where are these girls coming from?

The story of the connection of most of the characters involved in the disappearance of these girls slowly unfolds and when it does, that's where the zing comes in.

This one kept me guessing and there is no way anyone could really figure out what brought all these characters together. A definite must read!

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

Unnatural Habits - Kerry Greenwood

I love Kerry Underwood's books and especially the Phryne Fisher series. Set in 1929 (love reading about that era) Phryne Fisher is a force to be reckoned with. She goes in with an authority that tells everyone "I am here and here's what we are doing". Her "crew" is filled with some pretty quirky characters and I found myself chuckling at them and their antics several times.

A great series that, while I have not read all of them, I have certainly enjoyed the ones that I have read. I love when people say something can't be done and she replies "yes, it can", here's the money, get it done! 

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

The Last Hack: A Jack Parlabane Thriller - Christopher Brookmyre

Wow, at first my eyes were going fuzzy on me with all the computer talk in this book. However, the author did dumb it down enough for me to where I mostly understood what was going on, not how but the what.

This book was crazy once I got through the first couple of chapters. Hackers who just like to go into corporate websites just because they can. And then, there are the criminals who want to get in to steal things or for other criminal activities. When one hacker is being blackmailed to steal a new product from a computer company, that's when things really take off. And boy did they take off. The action had me holding my breath while my heart sped up.

I definitely enjoyed this book and would like to thank Grove Atlantic and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

The Lake (A Konrad Simonsen Thriller) - Lotte Hammer, Søren Hammer

I love reading books by Scandinavian authors. They always write so well and tell great stories. This book is no exception. I will tell you that with the names of the people, cities, etc. they can be tedious. Again, this book is no exception. 

That being said. This was a great story. I loved how the author played out the mystery and the investigation. Full of quirky characters, character names and cities, it takes a little while to get into this book. However, once I did, I was enthralled and just could not put the book down. Some very interesting criminals were part of this book as well.

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

Devastation Road: A Novel - Jason Hewitt

This was a very interesting story about a man who apparently got amnesia and woke up in a field towards the end of WWII. This journey was a great read and one I really enjoyed.

The characters he finds along the way are VERY interesting. The first one, a boy, speaks no English and the second one has a baby she is willing for someone, anyone to take. 

The ending when Owen starts to remember things is very good. The truth about his "friends" on the journey is sad and a total surprise.

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