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 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.

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.