A Dark Lure – Loreth Anne White
Book Reviews / 28 November 2017

A Dark Lure by Loreth Anne White is a harrowing story of pain, survival, and new beginnings. That seems neat and tidy, but it’s not. It’s a windy, intricate story.

I listened to the Audible version of A Dark Lure, and when I initially saw it was 14 hours, I groaned. BUT I was committed to the blurb and reviews, so I started listening. In my experience, 14 hours of audio typically means three collective hours of minutia. I was very pleasantly surprised. A Dark Lure was all story all the way through to the end. Sure, there’s some background info – what story doesn’t have that? But the background info was just enough to be exciting and not so much that it dragged. Great balance!

The Memory Watcher – Minka Kent
Book Reviews / 20 November 2017

It is hard to believe that The Memory Watcher by Minka Kent is a debut novel. Woah, I was seriously impressed.

Ten years ago, Autumn Carpenter gave up her baby for adoption. And one day, she magically finds her on Instaface. (Picture Instagram!). The reason I phrase it that way is that we don’t know how she located her. We just know that she did.

By way of Instaface, Daphne and Graham McMullen have the picture-perfect life, with the picture-perfect children, in the picture-perfect house, complete with the picture-perfect dog.

Duplicity – Sibel Hodge
Book Reviews / 13 November 2017

Duplicity is my first book by Sibel Hodge, and what an excellent choice I made if I don’t say so myself.

Max and Alyssa are newlyweds, when just a month after their wedding, someone kills Max in their home. Alyssa escapes by way of the bathroom window and runs to her neighbor’s house nekkid and afraid.

Intertwined with Max and Alyssa’s plot is a story about the “other one.” A girl who has grown up on a farm with an abusive father and a submissive mother.

The Good Daughter – Karin Slaughter
Book Reviews / 7 November 2017

Title: The Good Daughter Author: Karin Slaughter Genre: Fiction Publisher: HarperLuxe Release Date: 22 August 2017 Format: Audible Pages: 560 Two girls are forced into the woods at gunpoint. One runs for her life. One is left behind… Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn’s happy small-town family life was torn apart by a terrifying attack on their family home. It left their mother dead. It left their father — Pikeville’s notorious defense attorney — devastated. And it left the family fractured beyond repair, consumed by secrets from that terrible night. Twenty-eight years later, and Charlie has followed in her father’s footsteps to become a lawyer herself — the ideal good daughter. But when violence comes to Pikeville again — and a shocking tragedy leaves the whole town traumatized — Charlie is plunged into a nightmare. Not only is she the first witness on the scene, but it’s a case that unleashes the terrible memories she’s spent so long trying to suppress. Because the shocking truth about the crime that destroyed her family nearly thirty years ago won’t stay buried forever… The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter Narrated by Kathleen Early The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter, narrated by Kathleen…

The Surrogate – Louise Jensen
Book Reviews / 5 November 2017

The Surrogate is the first book I’ve read by Louise Jensen and indeed won’t be the last.

Kat and Nick are desperate for a child. After being unable to have their own, they turn to adoption. Kat and Nick are devastated after two adoptions fall through and they are at a loss on what else they can do.

Enter Kat’s best friend from high school, Lisa. Lisa offers to be a surrogate for Kat and Nick, and graciously, they accept.