The Silent Girls – Dylan Young
Book Reviews , Spotlights / 19 January 2018

The Silent Girls by Dylan Young is the first book in the Anna Gwynne series. What a great start!

17-year-old Nia has a sleepover in her family’s stable for her birthday one evening. Her father goes to check on her and finds her friend drugged and barely conscious and his daughter missing.

Soon, Nia is found dead, in a shallow grave, with her arm reaching out and stab wounds all over her body. Strikingly similar to Emily’s body found eighteen years earlier.

His Kidnapper’s Shoes – Maggie James
Book Reviews / 13 January 2018

His Kidnapper’s Shoes is the first book I’ve read by Maggie James. This was a little gem of a book. It’s shortish, so it’s an easy read (or listen in my case!). But don’t let that fool you, there’s a lot of story packed into those 200-some-odd pages.

26-year-old Daniel has never truly bonded with his mother the way most kids have. Then, he and his stepfather just outright did not get along. (He refers to him as asshole many times throughout the book).

He has a lot of visions of two other kind women, which he sometimes thinks is in his head, sometimes thinks is reality. But when he asks his mother Laura merely says, “Honey, that’s just a dream.” But is it?

The Fourth Monkey – J.D. Barker
Book Reviews / 6 January 2018

The Fourth Monkey Killer starts with a man getting hit by a bus, and in his possession they find a notorious white box tied with black ribbon. In the box? An ear.

Detectives Porter, Nash, and Claire (she has a last name, but she mostly went by Claire) kick into gear, when they realize that this man is the Four Monkey Killer. The Four Monkey Killer kidnaps women, delivers their ears, eyes, and tongue in succession before finally killing the woman. And here he is, about to deliver an ear, laid out in front of them dead!

The Lullaby Girl – Loreth Anne White
Book Reviews / 31 December 2017

The Lullaby Girl by Loreth Anne White is a novel that delves much more deeply into the past of Angie Pallorino, the heroine of book 1, The Drowned Girls.

There are a lot of series books you can get away with reading out of order, but I don’t feel this series is one of them. Do yourself a favor and read The Drowned Girls – the 5-star book 1 in the Angie Pallorino series. It’s hard to discuss The Lullaby Girl without giving away The Drowned Girls, but I will try.

Luckiest Girl Alive – Jessica Knoll
Book Reviews / 5 December 2017

One sentence of advice. Go into Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll blind. Seriously, I would not have enjoyed the book nearly as much if I had known the subject matter I was going in. Because of that, the primary twist was a “Woah” instead of a “Meh.”

“Ah-knee” Finelli has it all. The perfect body, the perfect job, the perfect fiancé, the perfect life.

But deep inside Ani Finelli, things just aren’t perfect. Because once upon a time she was Tifani Finelli. And she went to the Bradley School, where things went all wrong. That’s all I’m sharing. LOL

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 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.

The Wife Between Us – Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
Book Reviews / 25 October 2017

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen is a masterfully woven tale. Like plaid, where the reds and blues overlap in some parts and are separate in others. What a great book!

Let’s start with Vanessa.

Vanessa lives with her aunt. She’s an emotional wreck, reeling from her divorce to the wealthy, benevolent, and charming Richard.

Richard becomes engaged to his new lovely, and Vanessa is borderline stalking her! Woe is Vanessa.