Because She Loves Me – Mark Edwards
Book Reviews / 29 July 2017

Because She Loves Me by Mark Edwards is a fantastic read, full of past traumas, jealous rages, and all of the women in Andrew’s life.

Andrew Sumner is a lonely computer nerd with a painful past. His only family is his sister Tilly, who has paraplegia. When he met Charlie, his entire world lit up, and he was happier than ever. Formerly a work from home recluse, he is suddenly beginning to interact with the world again.

99 Red Balloons – Elisabeth Carpenter
Book Reviews / 27 July 2017

99 Red Balloons is a fantastic debut novel by Elisabeth Carpenter.

8-year old Grace goes missing from a sweet shop on her way home from school. Her parents, Matt and Emma, are frantic. With the support of Emma’s sister Stephanie and the half-hearted company of their mother, Matt and Emma unravel.

Meanwhile, Maggie becomes obsessed with Grace’s disappearance. To the point of purchasing multiple copies of the same newspaper. Why? Because her 5-year-old granddaughter, Zoe, was kidnapped under similar circumstances 30-years ago.

Consenting Adults – Mark Edwards
Book Reviews / 26 July 2017

Consenting Adults by Mark Edwards is a short story featuring Edward Rooney, PI from the 2015 book, Follow You Home.

I am not much of a fan of short stories. Due to their length, I miss the development of the scenes and characters. Mark Edwards introduces us to Edward Rooney in Follow You Home, which mitigates the lack of character development a little.

The Magpies – Mark Edwards
Book Reviews / 20 July 2017

The Magpies by Mark Edwards takes annoying neighbors to a whole new level. The hoaxes begin. Some are harmless, but some are deadly.

Even though a few clues were left, the twist at the end caught me by surprise. I’ve since begun listening to another book by Mark Edwards where there is mention of the character involved in the twist. I enjoy those types of elements in books.

The Magpies is a definitive 4-star book for me. The Magpies was my second book by Mark Edwards, and I am currently in the process of reading a third.

The Marriage Pact – Michelle Richmond
Book Reviews / 18 July 2017

The Marriage Pact begins to take off when Alice and Jake receive a wedding gift from one of Alice’s clients. It’s a wooden box, with a locked wooden box inside. They arrange a meeting with a woman named Vivian, who unlocks the box for them. She explains the marriage pact. The Marriage Pact is a group of Friends who support each other’s efforts in having a happy marriage.

At least that’s what Jake and Alice believed up until their first infraction… Alice is a copyright attorney and finds herself wearing a locked bracelet. All because she works late. And it spirals from there.

The Butterfly Garden – Dot Hutchison
Book Reviews / 16 July 2017

“Maya” woke up in the butterfly garden, where the Gardener collects butterflies.  Human butterflies.  After having their wings tattooed on their backs and their names selected, they are free to wander the garden. 

The gardener truly loves his butterflies, so although he rapes them, he does so with care.  The same can’t be said for his eldest son, Avery, who is sadistic and cruel.

Witness – Caroline Mitchell
Book Reviews / 12 July 2017

2017 has been a fantastical year of discovering new (to me) 5-star authors, such as Patricia Gibney, Carol Wyer, Kerry Wilkinson, and Erin Kelly.  Now, I can add Caroline Mitchell to the list.

Witness is the first book I’ve read by Caroline Mitchell and it most certainly won’t be the last.  The best part is, she has quite a selection of books for me to choose from.  But I really would like to start the Ruby series next. ♥️

Each Little Lie – Tom Bale
Book Reviews / 8 July 2017

Each Little Lie by Tom Bale is a twisty story of lies and deception. Jen is just an ordinary single mom, when suddenly extraordinary things begin happening to her.

One day, Jen sees a man drop his keys in the grass just before his ride picks him up. Jen grabs the keys and flags the car down, but no avail… it was gone. And now she is left with the conundrum of what to do with the keys and how to safely get them back to the owner.

Follow You Home – Mark Edwards
Book Reviews / 5 July 2017

Follow you home starts on a train trip where Laura and Daniel are on an adventure.  They meet Ian and Alina, whom convince the sleepy Laura and Daniel to stow away in an empty sleeper compartment for a snooze.  As they come around to check passports, Laura and Daniel awaken to find that theirs are missing.