Friday, October 19, 2018

Review: The Glass Ocean by Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig & Karen White


Title: The Glass Ocean
Author: Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig & Karen White
Published: September 2018, William Morrow
Format: ARC Paperback, 416 pages
Source: Publisher

Summary:
From the New York Times bestselling authors of The Forgotten Room comes a captivating historical mystery, infused with romance, that links the lives of three women across a century—two deep in the past, one in the present—to the doomed passenger liner, RMS Lusitania.

May 2013
Her finances are in dire straits and bestselling author Sarah Blake is struggling to find a big idea for her next book. Desperate, she breaks the one promise she made to her Alzheimer’s-stricken mother and opens an old chest that belonged to her great-grandfather, who died when the RMS Lusitania was sunk by a German U-Boat in 1915. What she discovers there could change history. Sarah embarks on an ambitious journey to England to enlist the help of John Langford, a recently disgraced Member of Parliament whose family archives might contain the only key to the long-ago catastrophe. . . .

April 1915
Southern belle Caroline Telfair Hochstetter’s marriage is in crisis. Her formerly attentive industrialist husband, Gilbert, has become remote, pre-occupied with business . . . and something else that she can’t quite put a finger on. She’s hoping a trip to London in Lusitania’s lavish first-class accommodations will help them reconnect—but she can’t ignore the spark she feels for her old friend, Robert Langford, who turns out to be on the same voyage. Feeling restless and longing for a different existence, Caroline is determined to stop being a bystander, and take charge of her own life. . . .

Tessa Fairweather is traveling second-class on the Lusitania, returning home to Devon. Or at least, that’s her story. Tessa has never left the United States and her English accent is a hasty fake. She’s really Tennessee Schaff, the daughter of a roving con man, and she can steal and forge just about anything. But she’s had enough. Her partner has promised that if they can pull off this one last heist aboard the Lusitania, they’ll finally leave the game behind. Tess desperately wants to believe that, but Tess has the uneasy feeling there’s something about this job that isn’t as it seems. . . .

As the Lusitania steams toward its fate, three women work against time to unravel a plot that will change the course of their own lives . . . and history itself.



My thoughts: Is there anything better than reading a book by three of your favorite authors? I love that these three gals have written yet another stellar book together...and one that is impossible to tell who wrote what part. I adored their first adventure as a writing team - The Forgotten Room, so I couldn't wait to see what came next...and I definitely was not disappointed. 

 This book is such a beautifully written story about the fateful voyage of the Lusitania - a voyage I am ashamed to admit I didn't know much about. I loved the way the story was told - this time with one of the characters, Sarah, being in the present day (2013), and two of the characters, Caroline and Tessa, being in the past (1915) in the same time period. I haven't seen that before and found it very interesting. 

All three women are very strong, well-developed characters and I was equally invested in all their story lines...each time the book would switch to another section, I was disappointed to leave the one we were just with, but looking forward to catching up with whoever we were now joining up with, if that makes sense. The characters just beg you to want to follow them and care about them.

The mystery that is set up will keep you engaged and is quite intricate and well thought out. It slowly unravels and there are some unexpected little twists and turns to keep you on your toes. And of course, it wouldn't be a 3W book without some romance thrown in. There are love triangles that will keep you guessing all the way through, and might not go the way you expect!

I loved this book - it has a little bit of everything and as much as I devoured it, I had to pace myself so as to not read it too fast because I didn't want it to end too soon. I definitely recommend this book to fans of historical fiction - you won't be disappointed!

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Review: The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter by Hazel Gaynor (audio)


Title: The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter
Author: Hazel Gaynor
Narrator: Imogen Church
Published: October 2018, Audio - HarperAudio / Print - William Morrow Paperbacks
Length: 10 hours 27 minutes / 383 pages
Source: Audio - Hoopla Digital (Library) / Print - William Morrow

Summary: 
From The New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Came Home comes a historical novel inspired by true events, and the extraordinary female lighthouse keepers of the past two hundred years.
 
They call me a heroine, but I am not deserving of such accolades. I am just an ordinary young woman who did her duty.”

1838: Northumberland, England. Longstone Lighthouse on the Farne Islands has been Grace Darling’s home for all of her twenty-two years. When she and her father rescue shipwreck survivors in a furious storm, Grace becomes celebrated throughout England, the subject of poems, ballads, and plays. But far more precious than her unsought fame is the friendship that develops between Grace and a visiting artist. Just as George Emmerson captures Grace with his brushes, she in turn captures his heart.

1938: Newport, Rhode Island. Nineteen-years-old and pregnant, Matilda Emmerson has been sent away from Ireland in disgrace. She is to stay with Harriet, a reclusive relative and assistant lighthouse keeper, until her baby is born. A discarded, half-finished portrait opens a window into Matilda’s family history. As a deadly hurricane approaches, two women, living a century apart, will be linked forever by their instinctive acts of courage and love.


My thoughts: I adore Hazel Gaynor's books...I have read every single one of them and fall more in love with her writing with each book. And, I find that they are the perfect books to listen to - her stories just translate so well on audio. My only complaint is that I now have to wait until her next book comes out.

This book was completely captivating right from the start. I knew I would enjoy it, but I didn't expect to feel such an emotional connection to the characters as I did. I found that even when I had to put the book down (damn life getting in the way!) I was constantly thinking about the characters and the story and what would happen next. And I couldn't wait to pick it up again but at the same time, I also didn't want to rush through it...this was a book that I did not want to end.

I loved the way this story was told, using the dual narrative and found that I was equally invested in both time lines. The book is based on the true story of Grace Darling, a lighthouse keeper's daughter. The story alternates between Grace's story in 1838 and Mathilda Emmerson's story in 1938. Both women are brave, strong and inspiring in their own right, yet this is also a story that is full of tragedy, heartache and terrible loss.

This book will take you on quite an emotional journey. It is a story about relationships and sacrifices, love and loss, and living life to its fullest and with passion. These characters have certainly worked their way into my heart and I won't be forgetting them anytime soon. There is a reason I love Hazel Gaynor's books and this latest one proves it...simply put - a beautifully written story!


Audio thoughts:  This was such a great book to listen to...and Imogen Church did a fantastic job narrating it. The book takes you on an emotional journey, for sure, but Imogen Church handles the emotions perfectly. She gives each character their own unique voice and her accents were great, as were her intonations and pacing. I thoroughly enjoyed this audio book. 


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Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Review: The Clockmaker's Daughter by Kate Morton


Title: The Clockmaker's Daughter
Author: Kate Morton
Published: October 2018, Atria Books
Format: ARC Paperback, 496 pages
Source: Publisher


Summary:
A rich, spellbinding new novel from the author of The Lake House—the story of a love affair and a mysterious murder that cast their shadow across generations, set in England from the 1860's until the present day. 

My real name, no one remembers.
The truth about that summer, no one else knows.

 
In the summer of 1862, a group of young artists led by the passionate and talented Edward Radcliffe descends upon Birchwood Manor on the banks of the Upper Thames. Their plan: to spend a secluded summer month in a haze of inspiration and creativity. But by the time their stay is over, one woman has been shot dead while another has disappeared; a priceless heirloom is missing; and Edward Radcliffe’s life is in ruins.

Over one hundred and fifty years later, Elodie Winslow, a young archivist in London, uncovers a leather satchel containing two seemingly unrelated items: a sepia photograph of an arresting-looking woman in Victorian clothing, and an artist’s sketchbook containing the drawing of a twin-gabled house on the bend of a river.

Why does Birchwood Manor feel so familiar to Elodie? And who is the beautiful woman in the photograph? Will she ever give up her secrets?

Told by multiple voices across time, The Clockmaker’s Daughter is a story of murder, mystery, and thievery, of art, love and loss. And flowing through its pages like a river, is the voice of a woman who stands outside time, whose name has been forgotten by history, but who has watched it all unfold: Birdie Bell, the clockmaker’s daughter.



My thoughts: This was one of my most anticipated reads of October and one of the books I was most excited to pick up at Book Expo this past Spring. I even had the pleasure of meeting, albeit briefly, the lovely Kate Morton, and getting my copy signed! While this is only the second book of hers I have read, I was super excited to say hi to her and tell her how much I loved The Forgotten Garden and that I own all her other books - and you can be sure those other books have been moved up in status and are now classified as must-be-read-soon!

This latest book by Kate Morton is just what I remember about her writing - a multi-layered novel with complicated characters that are intricately woven together. It is definitely a book that requires some patience and concentration, but once you become involved in the book, I think you will be hard-pressed to walk away. I was immediately wrapped up in the story line and found myself wondering just how everything would tie-in, and at times, I did become a bit impatient when another new character would be introduced, but I soon became so wrapped up in their story that I forgot all about the end game and just enjoyed the story for what it was.

Kate Morton has a way of immersing you into the story, transporting you back and forth between the different time periods and then bringing the mysterious narrator - who is not revealed until midway - back time and time again to tie in everything.  And I loved that the house, Birchwood Manor, becomes a character itself. This house has seen it all...it knows all the great secrets of all the people who have come to visit or stay. 

I don't even think I could name a favorite character because each time I came to fall in love with one, another would be introduced and I would immediately become enchanted with them so that in the end, I just ended up enjoying each and every one of the characters and their stories. And as each of the character's stories are told and their connections slowly start to connect, you are left in awe, and a bit in suspense.

This book combines mystery, murder, love and loss, art and local folklore to tell an absolutely enchanting tale that will have you completely engaged from start to finish. It is the kind of book that for as big as it is, you don't want it to end...it is that good! I loved every minute that I spent with these characters and know that this book will have a cherished spot on my bookshelf and will most definitely be reread again in the future. I definitely recommend picking this one up! 

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Monday, October 08, 2018

Book Spotlight: The Night Stalker by Robert Bryndza - with link to Giveaway

Last week, Robert Bryndza's 2nd book in his Erika Foster series, The Night Stalker, was released in the U.S. I have long been a fan of this series since the first book was published in the UK back in 2016 and I am thrilled that the series is finally being published here in the states. And I am thrilled to be able to offer one reader a copy of this book...But - the giveaway is over on my Instagram page. 

You can find my review of The Night Stalker here.

Read on to see what others have to say and then you can find out where to enter the giveaway below!!!



Title: The Night Stalker
Author: Robert Bryndza
Series: Erika Foster, #2
Published: October 2018, Grand Central Publishing
Format: Paperback, 416 pages


Summary:
If the Night Stalker is watching, you're already dead... 

In the dead of a swelteringly hot summer's night, Detective Erika Foster is called to a murder scene. The victim, a doctor, is found suffocated in bed. His wrists are bound and his eyes bulging through a clear plastic bag tied tight over his head.

A few days later, another victim is found dead, in exactly the same circumstances. As Erika and her team start digging deeper, they discover a calculated serial killer - stalking their victims before choosing the right moment to strike.

The victims are all single men, with very private lives. Why are their pasts shrouded in secrecy? And what links them to the killer?

As a heat wave descends upon London, Erika will do everything to stop the Night Stalker before the body count rises, even if it means risking her job. But the victims might not be the only ones being watched... Erika's own life could be on the line.

 
The global bestselling author of The Girl in the Ice is back with a heart-racing, electrifying thriller. If you love Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott and Peter James, you'll be hooked on Robert Bryndza.



What others are saying: 

"The Night Stalker is dark, fast-paced and shot through with wit and psychological insight. I couldn't put it down."Mark Edwards, bestselling author of Follow You Home 

"Readers will want more time with the low-key, determined Foster, and, happily, more is happily on the way, with Dark Water the next in the series."Booklist

"Erika is fast becoming one of my favourite detectives...I absolutely loved this heart-pounding, fast-paced, chilling crime thriller."The Book Review Café

"Just when I thought it couldn't get any better...From the first page, we're sucked in with tension that had me holding my breath."The Suspense is Thrilling Me

"A truly brilliant crime series...The Night Stalker made me feel like I had been swept up in a whirlwind and had me clinging on for dear life, only letting me go right at the very end."By The Letter Book Reviews

"Intense, suspenseful, and clever...a gripping page turner that is disturbingly real, and I highly recommend it."What's Better Than Books?
  
"Absolutely brilliant ...impossible to put this book down! ... A must read."The Quiet Knitter 

"A truly fantastic and exciting serial killer chiller!"Booklover Catlady

"The Night Stalker is a very gripping, engaging read full of nail-biting tension. Once I started reading it, I couldn't stop!...an amazing work of fiction no reader of the crime genre should miss."Relax and Read Reviews

"I think any fans of a good police procedural will become completely engaged in this series featuring a gritty and determined strong female lead."Carrie's Book Reviews


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Giveaway Details -- (US Only) 
Thanks to the publisher, one reader will win a finished copy of  The Night Stalker  by Robert Bryndza. To enter the giveaway, please head over to my Instagram page to this post. The giveaway ends Friday, October 12th and is not affiliated with or sponsored by Instagram.
 


 
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Friday, October 05, 2018

Review: Your Second Life Begins When You Realize You Only Have One by Raphaelle Giordano


Title: Your Second Life Begins When You Realize You Only Have One
Author: Raphaelle Giordano
Published: July 2018, G.P. Putnam's Sons
Format: Paperback, 256 pages
Source: Publisher


Summary:
The feel-good #1 bestselling French novel about a woman whose mission to cure her "routine-itis" leads her to lasting joy and true fulfillment, for fans of The Alchemist and Hector and the Search for Happiness
  
At thirty-eight and a quarter years old, Paris native Camille has everything she needs to be happy, or so it seems: a good job, a loving husband, a wonderful son. Why then does she feel as if happiness has slipped through her fingers? All she wants is to find the path to joy.

When Claude, a French Sean Connery look-alike and routinologist, offers his unique advice to help get her there, she seizes the opportunity with both hands. Camille's journey is full of surprising escapades, creative capers, and deep meaning, as she sets out to transform her life and realize her dreams one step at a time . . .

A charming, feel-good, and universal story of one woman's journey from boredom and dissatisfaction to happiness and fulfilment--for fans of Hector and The Search for Happiness, The Little Paris Bookshop, and Eat, Pray, Love.



My thoughts: Sometimes you just pick up a book at the right time and this was that book for me. I had been reading another book that needed total focus and concentration and I just wasn't in the right head-space for it, and so I put that one down and picked this one up...and it was the perfect book for me at that time. 

I'm not really one for self-help books, but I found that this book reads like a fun, whimsical novel this is chock-full of little tidbits of practical advice for living your best, happy life. It all centers around the idea that negativity in our life is not productive and we follow Camille on a journey as she discovers how to undo this in her life and become a happier person. And what a journey it was! The book is full of inspiration and motivation and it is certainly one I plan on keeping on my shelf to remind me of this when I feel discouraged and down by life.

I definitely needed this book when I picked it up...isn't is funny how a book can find us like that? This book was a light, charming book yet it resonated with me on so many levels and is definitely a keeper!


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Thursday, October 04, 2018

Review: When the Men Were Gone by Marjorie Herrera Lewis


Title: When the Men Were Gone
Author: Marjorie Herrera Lewis
Published: October 2018, William Morrow Paperbacks
Format: ARC Paperback, 240 pages
Source: Publisher


Summary:
In Marjorie Herrera Lewis’s debut historical novel the inspiring true story of high school teacher Tylene Wilson—a woman who surprises everyone as she breaks with tradition to become the first high school football coach in Texas—comes to life.

"A wonderfully touching and beautiful story…Tylene makes me laugh, cry, and cheer for her in ways I have not done in a long time.”—Diane Les Bocquets, bestselling author of Breaking Wild  

  
It's a man's game, until now...
Football is the heartbeat of Brownwood, Texas. Every Friday night for as long as assistant principal Tylene Wilson can remember, the entire town has gathered in the stands, cheering their boys on. Each September brings with it the hope of a good season and a sense of unity and optimism.

Now, the war has changed everything.  Most of the Brownwood men over 18 and under 45 are off fighting, and in a small town the possibilities are limited. Could this mean a season without football? But no one counted on Tylene, who learned the game at her daddy’s knee. She knows more about it than most men, so she does the unthinkable, convincing the school to let her take on the job of coach.

Faced with extreme opposition—by the press, the community, rival coaches, and referees and even the players themselves—Tylene remains resolute. And when her boys rally around her, she leads the team—and the town—to a Friday night and a subsequent season they will never forget.        

Based on a true story, When the Men Were Gone is a powerful and vibrant novel of perseverance and personal courage.



My thoughts: It's not too often that I read a book that is focused on sports...not that I don't like sports, but it's not really my thing. But, something about this book just called to me, plus, it was set during the war and I love books set during the war. Especially ones that focus on women and their roles during that time. This book is a truly powerful read...one that packs quite an emotional punch you aren't quite expecting.

This book is based on a true story and it's quite remarkable. It showcases the strength and determination one woman had to keep the young seniors in her high school from joining the war before their time. She wanted them to be boys as long as they could and without a football coach, feared they would run off and join the war a year early. Only problem was, there were no other viable options for a coach but her...and unfortunately a woman doing a man's job wasn't looked upon too favorably. She was met with opposition from all sides...including from some of the players.

What makes Tylene Wilson so remarkable, and what makes this story so powerful and emotional is just how she came to know so much about football. Of course, we get little bits of this sprinkled in throughout the book, but when the whole story is finally revealed - WOW! It's heart-stopping and makes you just appreciate her dedication and commitment to these boys all the more. 

I loved reading about such a strong, independent woman. And I liked that even though this book was set during the war, it focused on how people were impacted on the home front - how towns and families were affected. This little book packs quite a punch and will certainly be one I won't be forgetting anytime soon.


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Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Review: The Kennedy Debutante by Kerri Maher


Title: The Kennedy Debutante
Author: Kerri Maher
Published: October 2018, Berkley Books
Format: ARC Paperback, 384 pages
Source: Publisher


Summary:
A captivating novel following the exploits of Kathleen "Kick" Kennedy, the forgotten and rebellious daughter of one of America's greatest political dynasties.
    
London, 1938. The effervescent "It girl" of London society since her father was named the ambassador, Kathleen "Kick" Kennedy moves in rarified circles, rubbing satin-covered elbows with some of the 20th century's most powerful figures. Eager to escape the watchful eye of her strict mother, Rose, the antics of her older brothers, Jack and Joe, and the erratic behavior of her sister Rosemary, Kick is ready to strike out on her own and is soon swept off her feet by Billy Hartington, the future Duke of Devonshire. But their love is forbidden, as Kick's devout Catholic family and Billy's staunchly Protestant one would never approve their match. When war breaks like a tidal wave across her world, Billy is ripped from her arms as the Kennedys are forced to return to the States. Kick gets work as a journalist and joins the Red Cross to get back to England, where she will have to decide where her true loyalties lie--with family or with love . . .


My thoughts:  It's no secret that I am a huge Kennedy fan, but my knowledge lies primarily with JKF and I will admit it is limited to mostly pop culture references. But, I am on a mission to change that. I have a rather large collection of books on the Kennedys - a good mix of historical fiction and nonfiction and I am determined to read them all - once I get them out of storage. This book, which I was thrilled to have picked up at Book Expo this past Spring, has sparked that interest in all things Kennedy for me all over again!

I admit I did not know much about Kathleen "Kick" Kennedy prior to going into this book. But I loved the way the writing and the story pulled me in right from the beginning. Kick is a socialite, through and through, and while this book primarily focuses on her life, I loved that we get little details about all the siblings throughout the book, so much so that I am determined to read something about each and every one of them. This book showcases just how much Kick's family life - her staunch Catholic upbringing, her mother's strict upbringing and that complex relationship, her father's favoritism to her older brothers - how it all affected her and how she dealt with it in her own way. 

Kick is such a fascinating person. She is full of strength and independence. She was willing to take chances, despite her famous last name. She was willing to take a stand, stand up for herself, and stand up for what she believed in. And that is how she lived her life.

I loved this book. I loved all the rich details that Kerri Maher provided about the life and times in London both before the war as well as during the war. I felt that I was right there with the characters, so vivid were the descriptions. But I also loved the Author's Note, where Kerri detailed her research. She also provided a list of books she used, some of which I already own. And you can be sure I will be hunting down those I do not. This book was a delight to read and a much welcome addition to my Kennedy collection!!!


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Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Book Spotlight: The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain - with link to Giveaway

Today, Diane Chamberlain's latest novel, The Dream Daughter, was published and because I ended up with an extra copy, I'm going to give that copy away - and it's a finished copy. But - the giveaway is over on my Instagram page. I will be reading this book and sharing my review soon. You can see what others have to say below and then you can find out where to enter the giveaway below!!! 



Title: The Dream Daughter
Author: Diane Chamberlain
Published: October 2018, St. Martin's Press
Format: Hardcover, 384 pages


Summary:
From bestselling author Diane Chamberlain comes an irresistible new novel.
  
When Caroline Sears receives the news that her unborn baby girl has a heart defect, she is devastated. It is 1970 and there seems to be little that can be done. But her brother-in-law, a physicist, tells her that perhaps there is. Hunter appeared in their lives just a few years before—and his appearance was as mysterious as his past. With no family, no friends, and a background shrouded in secrets, Hunter embraced the Sears family and never looked back.

Now, Hunter is telling her that something can be done about her baby's heart. Something that will shatter every preconceived notion that Caroline has. Something that will require a kind of strength and courage that Caroline never knew existed. Something that will mean a mind-bending leap of faith on Caroline's part.

And all for the love of her unborn child.

A rich, genre-spanning, breathtaking novel about one mother's quest to save her child, unite her family, and believe in the unbelievable. Diane Chamberlain pushes the boundaries of faith and science to deliver a novel that you will never forget.



What readers are saying:

"Carly is a likable heroine...she's caught in a heart-wrenching dilemma as she realizes time travel is, 'if anything, an inexact science.' The story is well-paced and the ending satisfyingly sweet."Kirkus

"Exciting and heartfelt...Chamberlain expertly blends the time-travel elements with the wonderful story of a mother’s love and the depths of sacrifice she makes for her child. This is a page-turning crowd-pleaser." Publishers Weekly

"Chamberlain stretches her sense of familial relationships and toe-curling suspense in new directions, weaving in elements of trust, history, and time as she explores the things we do for love. With a little tension and a lot of heart, The Dream Daughter will delight Chamberlain's fans and hook new readers." Booklist

"A heartwarming and exciting page turner." The Augusta Chronicle

"Chamberlain writes with supernatural gifts...fate, destiny, chance and hope combine for a heady and breathless wonder of a read." ―Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Orphan's Tale

"Can a story be both mind-bending and heartfelt? In Diane Chamberlain’s hands, it can. The Dream Daughter will hold readers in anxious suspense until the last satisfying page." ―Therese Fowler, New York Times bestselling author of Z

"Endearingly human...You will want to share this book with friends so you can all experience it together." ―Suzanne Lucey, Page 158 Books

"Spellbinding...vivid...the ride of your life." ―Samantha Flynn, Quail Ridge Books


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Giveaway Details -- (US Only) 
Thanks to the publisher, one reader will win a finished copy of  The Dream Daughter  by Diane Chamberlain. To enter the giveaway, please head over to my Instagram page to this post. The giveaway ends Friday, October 5th and is not affliated with or sponsored by Instagram.


 


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Review: Under My Skin by Lisa Unger


Title: Under My Skin
Author: Lisa Unger
Published: October 2018, Park Row Books
Format: ARC Paperback, 368 pages
Source: Publisher


Summary:
New York Times bestselling author and master of suspense Lisa Unger comes an addictive psychological thriller about a woman on the hunt for her husband's killer
 
What if the nightmares are actually memories?

It's been a year since Poppy's husband, Jack, was brutally murdered during his morning run through Manhattan's Riverside Park. In the immediate aftermath, Poppy spiraled into an oblivion of grief, disappearing for several days only to turn up ragged and confused wearing a tight red dress she didn't recognize. What happened to Poppy during those lost days? And more importantly, what happened to Jack? The case was never solved, and Poppy has finally begun to move on. But those lost days have never stopped haunting her. Poppy starts having nightmares and blackouts--there are periods of time she can't remember, and she's unable to tell the difference between what is real and what she's imagining. When she begins to sense that someone is following her, Poppy is plunged into a game of cat and mouse, determined to unravel the mystery around her husband's death. But can she handle the truth about what really happened?


My thoughts: This was one of my most anticipated books to get when I went to Book Expo last Spring...especially since Lisa Unger was going to be there signing the books. I was thrilled to be able to say hi to her and tell her how much I love her books! 

This book was a tough one to read...it's a good one for sure, but you totally need to be able to focus on it and pay attention. It's a bit all over the place, but it totally works. It's a really interesting premise and with Poppy going in and out of her dreams, it's hard to know what is real and what is not. There were so many times I was confused and felt lost...and found myself back-tracking just to get things straight, but make no mistake...this is a very clever, very complex plot and you just need to give it your utmost attention.

Poppy is having a difficult time with reality after her husband Jack was murdered. What happened to him? She doesn't quite know what is real and what is not. She can't quite tell if some of the things are real, if they are dreams or if they are even hallucinations, and what is even more remarkable is that you as the reader aren't sure either. The deeper you get into the book, the more confused you get as well. All this is happening as Poppy is desperately searching for the truth about her husband's murder. 

This book will consume you the further you get into it. It totally gets under your skin (pun intended) as you become just as desperate as Poppy is to learn the truth. It's one crazy, twisty read and becomes more and more addictive the deeper you get into it. Definitely a thrilling read!


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Monday, October 01, 2018

Month in Review: September 2018



Happy October!!! Oh, how I love October - the leaves start to change, there's a crispness in the air, it's apple and pumpkin season, and it's time to break out the scarves, sweaters and boots and get all cozy! It's the perfect time for thrilling, haunting reads and I have some good ones coming up so I hope to have a productive reading month this October. September turned out to be pretty good as you can see below!

 
Reading Stats:  
  • Read this month: 20
  • Year to date: 156

Books Read:
 
  1. Tell Me You're Mine -- Elisabeth Noreback ****
  2. After Nightfall -- A.J. Banner (audio book) ****
  3. Leverage in Death -- J.D. Robb ***
  4. Truth & Lies -- Caroline Mitchell (audio book) ****
  5. In Her Bones -- Kate Moretti (e-book) ****
  6. Lies -- T.M. Logan *****
  7. The Dinner List -- Rebecca Serle *****
  8. The Glass Ocean -- Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig & Karen White *****
  9. The Impossible Girl -- Lydia Kang *****
  10. I Know You Know -- Gilly Macmillan *****
  11. The Masterpiece -- Fiona Davis *****
  12. The Christmas Sisters -- Sarah Morgan ****
  13. The Storyteller's Secret -- Sejal Badani ****
  14. The Girl Made of Clay -- Nicole Meier ****
  15. Unlucky 13 -- James Patterson ***
  16. You Were Made for This -- Michelle Sacks (audio book) ****
  17. The Kennedy Debutante -- Kerri Maher ****
  18. Under My Skin -- Lisa Unger ****
  19. The Nightmare -- Lars Kepler ****
  20. 14th Deadly Sin -- James Patterson ***
  
Favorite Books of September: 
 
  • The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle
  • The Impossible Girl by Lydia Kang
  • I Know You Know by Gilly Macmillan


Update #UnReadShelfProject2018:

*These numbers only refer to books that have been sitting on my shelf for a while or that I have recently purchased. It does not include any review books.

  • Total # unread books on shelf at beginning of September: 209
  • Books read in September (that count): 2
  • Books bought/received as gift in June: 1 (and I already read both of them!)
  • Books cleaned off shelf/donated: 0
  • Total unread books on shelf at end of August: 207
 
 YTD Stats:
 
  • Total # unread books on shelf at beginning of January: 260
  • Total Books read from shelves (that count): 17
  • Total Books bought/received as gift: 10 (and I already read 4 of them!!!)
  • Total Books cleaned off shelf/donated: 43
  • Total unread books on shelf at end of June: 207

 

*Kathyrn over at The Book Date has created a Month in Review meme for those who put together these monthly posts. From now on, I'll be linking my post up each month...Thanks Kathryn for putting this meme together!!!


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