Review of Until The Day I Die by Emily Carpenter

1 star review

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

I have a feeling this is going to be a very unpopular opinion about this book. I was very excited to read this book after hearing numerous great things about the author Emily Carpenter and her past books. I myself have never read anything by her nor heard of her so I was excited when I received this.

This book is about Erin who is reeling after the sudden death of her husband. Left to deal with a successful tech company and a college bound daughter on her own, Erin starts to disconnect from everyone. When her friends and family suggest spending some time at a wellness spa in the Caribbean islands Erin feels she has no choice but to go. While her daughter Shorie is trying to deal with college and uncover what’s going on within the tech company Erin starts to realize that the resort isn’t aiming for her to get better, they’re trying to make her disappear.

Honestly I had pretty high expectations for this book after hearing everyone talk about how good it is. I unfortunately did not like it one bit. It reminded me of Liane Moriarty’s “Nine Perfect Strangers” which, by the way, I hated that book also. The situations and events that occurred are so far-fetched and over the top you honestly can’t believe it’s really happening. And then when you get to the end of the book and figure out who’s behind the crime and why they did it, you realize how truly over the top this book is.

After reading this horrible book I started looking to Emily Carpenter’s other books and am I the only one that noticed they’re pretty much all the same? Almost every book has to do with a husband, wife, or parent dying and then shady things happening on a foreign island. Can we not have an original thought and not repeat the same book over and over again just with different characters? Sorry to sound so crass but I honestly feel like I wasted my time reading this book.

Review of The Surrogate by Louise Jensen

4 out of 5 stars

I wasn’t sure what to make of this book while I was reading it and I’m still not sure what to think of it. On one hand I did enjoy this book and all of its suspense and gasp worthy moments. But then on the other hand I found myself severely annoyed with the main character to the point where I wanted to smack her.

This book is about Kat who wants a baby so bad but unfortunately she can’t conceive one. Her and her husband Nick have had two adoptions fall through on them so when Kat runs into her old best friend that she hasn’t seen in 10 years and finds out she has been a surrogate mother before she thinks it’s fate that they ran into each other. Putting the past behind them and moving on from a tragic accident that took Lisa’s twin brother and Kat’s first love Lisa becomes pregnant and Kat believes she’s finally getting what she’s always wanted, a baby. But when Kat starts thinking people are watching her and mysterious things start showing up she wonders if Lisa still isn’t over the past and is seeking her revenge.

I did enjoy moments of this book a lot and the ending did throw me for a major loop which is true Louise Jensen style. I know there are women in the world beyond desperate to have a baby but some of the things that Kat did and thought about doing honestly made me want to call her a crazy bitch, even more so at the ending. I honestly didn’t care for any of the characters in the story that much but I feel the suspense and thrills made up for that. This book won’t stop me from reading more by the author but it definitely wasn’t my favorite.

Review of Between the Lies by Michelle Adams

2 out of 5 stars

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

I’ve never read anything by Michelle Adams and this one was a huge flop for me. I did not like this book at all, it didn’t hold my attention and I didn’t like any of the characters. I’m only giving it 2 stars because I made it through the whole book but I really wanted to give it 1 star.

This book is about Chloe who after a horrible car accident is left with no memory and due to her extreme injuries moves back in with her parents and her sister. Her dad begins trying to help her piece together her life and help her recover her memories. Then when Chloe starts remembering bits and pieces of her past life that contradict what her family has been telling her she doesn’t know what to believe, is her mind creating things that didn’t happen or has everything her family told her a lie?

I honestly could not stand Chloe the whole book and then it got to the ending and I really really didn’t like her. I’m not going to give away any spoilers but I couldn’t believe what she did and then she ended up with the happily ever after. And please don’t even get me started on her mom, dad, and sister. What they did to Chloe was beyond wrong and I would be livid if my family had done it to me. Don’t get me wrong, I have no good feelings towards Chloe and honestly feel like she got what she deserved but holy moly what a screwed up family.

Thank you again to St. Martins Press and NetGalley for the copy of this book. I wish I could say I liked it but I really didn’t sadly.

Review of Say You’re Sorry by Karen Rose

4 out of 5 stars

Thank you so much to Berkley Publishing Group and NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review,

I have always loved Karen Rose and this one definitely did not disappoint. I love romantic mystery books and she hits it on the nail every time.

This book is about Daisy who gets attacked one night while walking home by a man with a stocking on his face. She uses what she’s learned to attack back and she gets away from him. During the fight when she tries to grab his coat she accidentally rips a necklace off his neck, a locket with the name Miriam engraved on it. FBI agent Gideon Reynolds recognizes it as it’s tied to past crimes and it’s tied to his personal past. Gideon becomes Daisy’s personal bodyguard and is trying to figure out how this guy is connected to his past before the guy succeeds in getting Daisy again.

This was such an awesome fast paced thriller but I wouldn’t expect anything else from Karen Rose. Even though a majority of her books are pretty long they are never drawn out or boring, her writing style and plot keeps you interested throughout the entire book and then she always throws in little (or sometimes big) shockers that you’re never prepared for, The characters were well-developed and I liked all of their parts within the story. I loved the slow romance within the story and how the two main characters helped each other so much.

Excellent, excellent story and I’m very excited for this new series.

Review of The Promise by Teresa Driscoll

1 out of 5 stars

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

This book started off so good for me. It instantly drew me in as do any books written around boarding schools, especially thrillers and suspense novels. I didn’t like the characters all that much but I felt that the story made up for them.

This book is about Beth who is trying to forget the secrets of her past and live in the present with her husband and two children. When she finds out that the boarding school she attended is being closed down she tries to reach out to her two best friends from school, terrified that their big secret will be revealed when they demolish the school. After strangle and startling occurrences start happening in her life she fears that someone else knows about their secret and is trying to get back at them.

I made it about 70% of the way through this book and then called it quits. The buildup to the big secret the two girls are hiding was so big and the way it was eating Beth alive so bad I knew it had to be something good. But I was so way off. The way Beth was acting and she even hired a dang private investigator to try and find her other friend I thought maybe they had murdered someone and buried their body on the school grounds. Nope, it wasn’t really all that exciting. Don’t get me wrong what they did was absolutely terrible but I figured the way the two main characters were acting that it would directly impact their lives, when in reality it really didn’t.

Such a disappointment for me this book was. I hate books that hype you up that much and then when the big mystery is revealed it’s a total dud.

Review of The Night Olivia Fell by Christina McDonald

4 out of 5 stars

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

I have nothing but great things to say about this book. This was an excellent book from a debut author and I enjoyed every minute of it. I sincerely hope she has more works planned for the future because this was excellent!

Abi is startled awake by the phone ringing in the middle of the night and she immediately knows something is wrong. They tell her her daughter Olivia has been in an accident and is in the hospital. Abi rushes to get there and finds out that her daughter is in a coma and essentially brain dead, she had fallen off of a bridge and the injuries were extreme. The doctors tell her the only reason they’re keeping her on life support is because Olivia is pregnant, which Abi had no idea about. As Abi starts to look into this “accident” more she wonders not only what happened to Olivia on that bridge, who was she there with and who is the father of her unborn grandchild?

This was such an emotional story and I loved reading it. It had plenty of suspense and a great twist that I didn’t even see coming. I loved how the story shifted between Abi in the present day and Olivia in the past before the accident happened so you got a picture of everything that happened prior to Olivia falling off the bridge. I loved how through the whole book you’re introduced to new characters and you’re wondering along with Abi whether they had something to do with Olivia’s accident or not.

Excellent, excellent book and Christina McDonald did a great job for her first book!

Review of Forget You Know Me by Jessica Strawser

3 out of 5 stars

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 wanted to like this book so much more than I did. I devoured her book Not That I Could Tell so I had high expectations for this book. I thought it was going to be a great thriller but turned out to be more of a drama book.

This book is about Liza and Molly who have been best friends forever but now live in different states. They try to catch up as much as possible and one night while they’re on Skype Liza sees a masked man in Molly’s house while she’s upstairs with the children. She calls the police but when she confronts Molly about it, Molly blows it off and pretends that nothing happened. Liza can’t figure out why her best friend is acting like nothing happened and she starts to wonder what secrets her friend is keeping from her.

The beginning was so intriguing for me and instantly hooked me and then the further I got into it the more bleh it became. I feel like the book peaked at the beginning and then nothing but drama for the rest of it. I was so confused because it started out as a good thriller at the beginning and then the genres started jumping around so I got a little lost. I’m not sure how this was categorized as a suspense thriller because it honestly was anything but. I’m only giving it three stars because I do love the author and her writing style and this book won’t stop me from reading anything else by her but this was a big flop for me.

Review of I Invited Her In by Adele Parks

4 out of 5 stars

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

This is the kind of gripping thriller that I can never put down. I have never read anything by Adele Parks but this book instantly sucked me in and I couldn’t stop reading.

This book is about best friends Mel and Abi that share everything and are more like sisters than friends. While in school Mel ends up pregnant from a one night stand and has to drop out. That changes everything for the two girls and they drift apart. Fast forward seventeen years and Mel is now married with three children and Abi is married to Rob and living the life of luxury, until Abi finds her husband in bed with his personal assistant. Abi reaches out to Mel to tell her she’s coming home and Mel invites her to stay with her family and recover from it all. Now Mel is wondering who this girl she knew so well years ago really is and isn’t ready for how life changing it would be when she invited her in.

I love how this book was told from the different characters mainly Mel and Abi. You got to hear the story from two different perspectives and I really enjoyed that. I did think that Abi used Mel as almost a doormat and walked all over Mel and I got a little irritated that Mel just let it happen because it’s her old friend. I also felt bad for Ben since he pretty much got sidelined and ignored once Abi was back in the picture.

I do plan on reading more books by Adele Parks since I devoured this one so fast!

Review of Watcher in the Woods by Kelley Armstrong

4 out of 5 stars

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.

This was my first book to read from the series (wasn’t even aware there was other books before this one) and I plan on going back and reading the the first three since I enjoyed this one so much. I have loved her writing since her YA novels back in the late 2000s so I was very excited for this new series. Well, new to me at least.

This book is about Casey who is the only detective in the small town of Rockton in the Yukon. The town of Rockton is far off the grid and a town of secrets, where people pay to hide out from their old life for a few years before beginning a brand new one. Murderers that have been released, criminals on the run, and people fleeing from their abusers come here to hide out where the contact with the outside world is regulated. When a U.S. Marshall comes to arrest a fugitive and is shot and killed, Casey’s list of suspects keeps getting bigger and bigger. Casey must figure out which criminal killed the Marshall and how he even found out about the remote town.

Going into this having not read the first three books in the series I would get a little confused when things that happened previously were mentioned. One thing I would love to know is more details about how Casey came to be in this small town and I do plan on reading the other books in the series. I loved the characters and mystery in this book also, I loved the small remote town that no one really knows about. This is an edgy and dark story and I think the author has more books planned for this series and I’m very excited to read them!

Review of The Stranger Inside by Laura Benedict

4 out of 5 stars

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

This book was super creepy to me and I can’t even imagine having to go through this.

When Kimber returns home from a short vacation she’s startled to discover that her keys no longer fit in the door.  Thinking there’s something faulty with her keys she goes to use her extra one hidden and realizes there’s a bike on her porch that isn’t hers and she sees a shadow in her window.  Quickly calling the police thinking they will take care of removing the intruder Kimber learns there’s nothing they can do to help her.  This new tenant has a lease signed by her and is adamant that he is renting the house from her for the next six months.  Kimber calls her lawyer ex-boyfriend to help her but realizes no one can help her unless she reveals a secret that this stranger knows from her past.  Kimber’s past is threatening to be revealed and she wonders why all of this is happening at once while dealing with a stranger in her house with her personal items and sleeping in her bed *insert creepy chills here*.

I loved how this book from the very beginning started with creepy suspense and instantly hooked me.  I wanted to know who the heck was in this ladies house and how they came to have a lease with her signature on it.  Sadly this does happen in the real world all too often and I felt horrible for Kimber at first because this was happening to her but then the story went on and I started to detest Kimber because of the things she did in her past.  I’m not saying anyone deserves to have this happen to them but they do say karmas a bitch.