Review of Saving Meghan by D.J. Palmer

5 STAR REVIEW

Thank you so much to St. Martins Press and NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

I’m not even sure where to start with this book. After reading the synopsis I immediately thought it was the mom making the kid sick and I thought to myself why would the author give that much information away which would leave no mystery or thrills to the novel. Then as I started reading the book I strongly felt it was the mom, then I thought it was someone else, and then I got to the end of the book and found out who was really hurting Meghan and I was in complete shock.

Becky’s daughter Meghan has been sick for awhile and no doctor or specialist can seem to figure out why. All of her test results come back normal and she appears to be a healthy 15-year-old, just skinny and pale which could be attributed to the fact that she never has an appetite.

After Becky’s husband Carl finds a specialist for a disease they hadn’t considered they think they will finally get the answers they’ve been searching for. Then Becky starts being investigated for Munchausen syndrome by proxy which Carl believes stems from Becky’s mother faking illnesses and having Becky lie for her growing up. Just as the Gerard family feels they’re starting to get answers their while world is taken from them by someone with a sinister plot.

This was honestly one of the best mystery/suspense novels I’ve read in a very long time. I found the beginning of the book to be a little slow for me but I think that was due to a lot of information being thrown out at once. Once I started reading further into the book I was drawn in and couldn’t finish the book fast enough.

I loved all of the characters especially Becky since she was a total mama bear determined to get her child better no matter what it took. There was a few times in the book where I feel she reverted back to how her mother used to have her act but she was honestly trying to do it in the best interest of her child which I think any mom with a sick kid would do.

Trust me when I say the ending will leave you reeling.

Review of The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton

5 STAR REVIEW

Thank you so much to Harlequin Graydon Books and NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Holy psycho woman. This book instantly hooked me and didn’t let go until the last page. The craziness, the plot, the writing style and characters, everything was meshed perfectly together into this great book.

When Juliette’s (formerly Elizabeth or Lily) boyfriend that she’s wildly in love with and obsessed with breaks it off and tells her she has to move out she doesn’t take it nicely. Her now ex, Nate, is a pilot so she decides to become a flight attendant as a start to a way to get him back. Trying to show him how much she’s changed and grown up she starts immersing herself back into his life, including visiting his house when she knows he’s away on flights.

Determined to make Nate hers once again she does everything within her power to ensure he will never leave her again. Even if she has to permanently remove some people along the way.

I was immediately drawn into this story from the first paragraph. I feel like Juliette suffering such a great loss as a child played a huge factor in how she perceives relationships and how she can’t let go of someone. Her character honestly blew me away with how crazy she was and the lengths she was willing to go to get her love back. More than once I felt really bad for her but I also felt bad for the people that had to deal with her crazy antics.

I felt like this book ended with a cliffhanger and now I’m dying to know what happened next. What happened after Nate walked into his house and found that Juliette was there again? I sincerely hope the author has plans for a sequel to this because I’m so curious to know what happens between the two of them and if Juliette gets caught for what she did.

Review of In Another Life by C.C. Hunter

5 STAR REVIEW

Thank you so much to St. Martins Press and NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

I have never read anything by C.C. Hunter and the synopsis of this book really intrigued me. I love YA mystery books and as soon as I saw that this was about a girl that might have been kidnapped and adopted to a different family, I was immediately interested.

This book is about Chloe who is living with her mother that has just overcame breast cancer. After her mother and father divorce, her mom moves them to a new town and Chloe must start at a new school, as a senior no less. She’s known her whole life that she was adopted but she’s never let it bother her and has never had an interest in finding out who her real parents were. One weekend when her father is driving her back to her moms she meets Cash Colton and is instantly drawn to him. Cash’s motives for wanting to get to know her better might have something to do with what happened in Chloe’s past, something she has no idea about, something that Cash has been dealing with for the last 3 years with his current foster parents. Chloe and Cash must find out the secrets about Chloe’s past before that secret ends up getting them killed.

This was a great book right from the start. You’re immediately drawn in when Chloe meets Cash for the first time and trying to figure out what he was talking about when they ran into each other, literally. I loved Cash’s backstory and what he went through with his dad and how he overcame that and was trying to make his life right. I also loved how the story progressed with Chloe slowly learning everything about her first 3 years of life with Cash helping her out.

I love when books are told from both main characters point of view instead of the author trying to have one main character explain both sides. It makes the book feel a lot more in depth and you feel like as a reader you’re not missing out on any important moments with the other characters.

C.C. Hunter’s writing style definitely drew me in and kept my attention. I loved all the drama between Cash and Chloe’s relationship. It was a very enjoyable read and I hope to read other books from the author.

Review of Never Tell by Lisa Gardner

5 STAR REVIEW

Thank you so much to Dutton Books and NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

I have devoured every single Lisa Gardner book there is and I have loved every single one of her books, especially the ones with D.D. Warren as the main character.  I was so glad when I saw her new book featured my favorite detective and her crazy sidekicks back at it again.

When Evie returns to her house she finds the last thing she would ever expect, her husband Conrad shot dead in his office chair, still holding the murder weapon.  It immediately throws Evie back sixteen years ago when she walked into a similar scene at her parent’s home except it was her father she found shot in the kitchen that time.  Evie takes the blame for shooting her father and even though she didn’t shoot and kill her husband, the police arrest her when they find her holding the gun. 

Flora is still trying to heal six years after escaping her kidnapper and is helping D.D. Warren as her CI.  When D.D. starts working Evie’s husbands case Flora realizes she knows Conrad and knows he’s somehow tied to her kidnapper.  

With the help of Flora, Evie, and a crime-obsessed blogger named Keith, D.D. Warren solves her case but no one expected what the outcome would be.

I love Lisa Gardner continues to have D.D. Warren such a huge character in her series and I love that she is bringing back Flora in her stories as well.  This book continuously made me gasp, laugh, and want to be in the pages along with the characters.  Her writing style constantly makes me feel like I can’t read the book fast enough and she always makes you think you know the outcome and then you’re blown away at the end.

Thank you so much to Lisa Gardner for writing another amazing book and Dutton books for giving me the opportunity to read it.

Review of Heartlands by Kerry Watts

5 STAR REVIEW

Thank you so much to Bookouture and NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Holy moly anyone that’s into mystery and thriller novels definitely needs to read this.  I read this entire book in about 8 hours and it was so good.  I’m so excited that this is going to be a series because I need more!

20 years ago a girl named Sophie never made it home from school and two boys were convicted of raping and murdering her.  Now in present day the past seems to be repeating itself, a girl named Shannon hasn’t made it home from school and she bears a striking resemblance to Sophie.  DI Jessie Blake is called to work on the case but can she put her own past behind her and focus fully on finding the missing girl?

I will admit in the beginning I was a little overwhelmed because a lot of the characters were introduced all at once and I got confused until I read further into the book and established who everyone was.  Once I got past that I couldn’t flip the pages fast enough (sorry to my poor Kindle).  I loved all the twists and turns of this book and how you were never ready for what was going to happen next.  I loved all the characters and how the book kept touching on people from the past and then you find out how tied in they are to the present.  And believe me when I tell you, you will not be ready for the ending and finding out what actually happened to Shannon and how the people in her family and community really are.

I’m so excited to read the rest of this series and I’m so glad I get to read more about the character Jessie Blake.  I would love to read more about her past that was touched on and teased in this book.

Review of Evermore by Alyson Noel

5 STAR REVIEW

I just finished this book and I’m sitting here wondering how I’ve never ventured into Alyson Noel’s fantasy novels. I’ve read all of her other books except this series which started back in 2009 and I feel like I really missed out.

I know lots of people disliked this book but I really did like it. Maybe it’s because I’ve been a die hard fan of the author forever but I read this in about 12 hours and honestly couldn’t put it down.

This book is about Ever who after losing her parents and little sister in a tragic car accident wakes up in the hospital and realizes she can now see everyones auras surrounding them and can also somehow still communicate with her little sister Riley, even though she’s dead. She gets moved from Oregon to California to live with her aunt and starts a new school where instead of being in the popular crowd like in her last school, she befriends two of the “outsiders”, a gay guy named Miles and a self-proclaimed goth named Hazel. Having perfected her ways of tuning people’s thoughts out, Ever’s only hopes are to get through school and hope that no one finds out about her psychic abilities. Then the new gorgeous guy Damen starts school and she realizes there’s something different about him, he has no aura and seems to have certain abilities like she does.

I loved all of the characters of this book and how detailed the author was when she was explaining certain scenes and things happening in the book, you almost felt like you were there seeing it with your own eyes and not just reading it. Ever’s character was obviously my favorite as I loved her personality and how she dealt with her psychic abilities. Her and Damen’s relationship was another thing I loved and the ending made me so excited to dive into the rest of the series.

Review of The Suspect by Fiona Barton

5 STAR REVIEW

Holy moly this was such a good book. I have loved Fiona Barton since her first book The Widow and I’m so glad she has continued on with her Kate Waters character throughout her book. This was a great mystery, thriller, suspense all wrapped into one and I enjoyed it so much.

This story follows reporter Kate Waters as she follows a story about two girls that have gone missing in Thailand. Kate herself hasn’t heard from her oldest son in awhile since he left university to travel around so she feels the story touches close to her heart and wants to dig deeper. After speaking with both the girls mothers and the local police, a fire breaks out where the girls were staying and two bodies are found. Just when Kate thinks the story can’t get any crazier she finds out her son Jake that she has not seen or spoken to in awhile may be involved also.

I loved how this story would have chapters from the two girls points of view before they went missing. You got to hear the back story from them firsthand instead of just hearing about it from the other characters. It really bumped up the suspense of this novel and made it that much better. I love Kate Waters character as I have for Fiona Barton’s two previous books and I love how she was personally affected by this, not just writing a story about two girls going missing. This novel had so much suspense and I never got bored of reading it. I finished this book in less than two days and now I’m sad that it’s over and can’t wait to see what the author has coming out next.