Weekly Wrap-Up (Feb 21)

Weekly Wrap-Up



BOOKS READ

• The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James (eARC)
• Pretty as a Picture by Elizabeth Little (eARC)
• A Cold Trail by Robert Dugoni (audio)

The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. JamesPretty as a Picture by Elizabeth LittleA Cold Trail by Robert Dugoni


CURRENTLY READING

• The Breakdown by B.A. Paris (print)
• Follow Me by Kathleen Barber (eARC)
• The Twelve by Justin Cronin (audio)

The Breakdown by B.A. ParisFollow Me by Kathleen BarberThe Twelve by Justin Cronin


ADDED TO MY TBR

Nothing new added this week.


BLOG POSTS

Book Review: The Other Mrs. by Mary Kubica
Book Review: The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James
• Weekly Wrap-Up (Feb 21)


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Book Review: The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James

The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James


BOOK INFO

Title: The Sun Down Motel
Author: Simone St. James
Publisher: Berkley
Publish Date: February 18, 2020
Genre: Mystery Thriller
Series: na
Goodreads Ratings: Me 5.00 / Community 4.21


BOOK BLURB

Something hasn’t been right at the roadside Sun Down Motel for a very long time, and Carly Kirk is about to find out why in this chilling new novel from the USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of The Broken Girls.

Upstate New York, 1982. Viv Delaney wants to move to New York City, and to help pay for it she takes a job as the night clerk at the Sun Down Motel in Fell, New York. But something isnʼt right at the motel, something haunting and scary.

Upstate New York, 2017. Carly Kirk has never been able to let go of the story of her aunt Viv, who mysteriously disappeared from the Sun Down before she was born. She decides to move to Fell and visit the motel, where she quickly learns that nothing has changed since 1982. And she soon finds herself ensnared in the same mysteries that claimed her aunt.



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MY REVIEW

In Fell, New York, the Sun Down Motel is a rundown motel where strange things happen. In 1982, Viv was the night clerk at the Sun Down Motel. One night she simply disappeared. In 2017, Carly is curious what happened to her aunt Viv in 1982, so she goes to Fell to retrace Viv’s steps. Not much has changed since 1982, and Carly is faced with the same mysteries as her aunt.

Told with alternating points of view (Viv and Carly) and alternating timelines (1982 and 2017). Viv is a young woman wanting to get away from her family in 1982. She makes it as far as Fell, and ends up with a job as a motel night clerk. While there, she is intrigued with several local murders, and starts to investigate. Carly has always wondered what happened to her aunt Viv. While looking for answers, Carly’s steps are eerily similar to her aunt’s.

An absorbing and atmospheric paranormal mystery. The characters are captivating. The setting is haunting. The story is gripping. An excellent read that I highly recommend

I received a free digital copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.


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Book Review: The Other Mrs. by Mary Kubica

The Other Mrs. by Mary Kubica


BOOK INFO

Title: The Other Mrs.
Author: Mary Kubica
Publisher: Park Row
Publish Date: February 18, 2020
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Series: na
Goodreads Ratings: Me 3.00 / Community 3.97


BOOK BLURB

Propulsive and addictive, The Other Mrs. is the twisty new psychological thriller from Mary Kubica, the New York Times bestselling author of The Good Girl

She tried to run, but she can’t escape the other Mrs.

Sadie and Will Foust have only just moved their family from bustling Chicago to small-town Maine when their neighbor Morgan Baines is found dead in her home. The murder rocks their tiny coastal island, but no one is more shaken than Sadie.

But it’s not just Morgan’s death that has Sadie on edge. And as the eyes of suspicion turn toward the new family in town, Sadie is drawn deeper into the mystery of what really happened that dark and deadly night. But Sadie must be careful, for the more she discovers about Mrs. Baines, the more she begins to realize just how much she has to lose if the truth ever comes to light.



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MY REVIEW

Sadie and her family recently moved to a small island town in Maine. Their neighbor is killed in her home, and everyone on the island is on edge. Sadie’s family is under suspicion, and she is determined to find out what happened.

An atmospheric and twisty psychological thriller. Told with alternating points of view – Sadie, Camille, and Mouse. The viewpoints are all female, but very different.

I enjoyed the writing style and eerie atmosphere of this book, but wasn’t wowed with the story. I imagine occasional readers of this genre will be highly entertained, but more seasoned readers of domestic thrillers may be a bit let down. Dark, suspenseful, and twisty.

I received a free digital copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


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Weekly Wrap-Up (Feb 14)

Weekly Wrap-Up



BOOKS READ

• Unfollow Me by Charlotte Duckworth (eARC)
• All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders (audio)
• Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe (audio)
• Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell (audio)
• Scorched Grounds by Debbie Herbert (audio)

Unfollow Me by Charlotte DuckworthAll the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane AndersRobinson Crusoe by Daniel DefoeOutliers by Malcolm GladwellScorched Grounds by Debbie Herbert


CURRENTLY READING

• The Other Mrs. by Mary Kubica (eARC)
• Prince of Shadows by Rachel Caine (print)
• Silent Redemption by Ellen J. Green (audio)

The Other Mrs. by Mary KubicaPrince of Shadows by Rachel CaineSilent Redemption by Ellen J. Green


ADDED TO MY TBR

• Stranger in the Lake by Kimberly Belle (ARC via Netgalley)
• Watching from the Dark by Gytha Lodge (ARC via Netgalley)
• The Stolen Letter by Paige Shelton (ARC via Netgalley

Stranger in the Lake by Kimberly BelleWatching from the Dark by Gytha LodgeThe Stolen Letter by Paige Shelton


BLOG POSTS

Book Review: Dead to Her by Sarah Pinborough
Netgalley & Edelweiss Shelves (February 2020)
• Weekly Wrap-Up (Feb 14)


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Netgally & Edelweiss Shelves (February 2020)

Since my last update, I’ve added 6 ARCs from Netgalley and Edelweiss to my shelf. I’m trying not to request too many books, but there’s always some that catch my eye. I can’t wait to read these upcoming books!



The Stolen Letter by Paige Shelton

The Stolen Letter by Paige Shelton
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Expected publication date: April 7, 2020

New York Times bestselling author Paige Shelton returns with the next installment of The Scottish Bookshop Mystery series, The Stolen Letter

Delaney Nichols is confident she’s doing what she loves—case in point, just one day after returning from her fabulous European honeymoon, she’s eager to get back to the Cracked Spine, the bookstore where she works. But as she disembarks her bus and hurries toward the shop she and another woman collide, sending a stack of books the woman is carrying to the ground.

Delaney’s hapless victim’s name is Mary, and the two women can’t help but notice that they bear an uncanny resemblance to one another. According to Mary, they both also look like the long-beheaded Mary Queen of Scots. Even stranger, Mary believes she is the reincarnation of the Scottish queen. But peculiar as Delaney’s doppelganger is, she doesn’t have time to dwell on it: on her arrival to the bookshop, she learns the Edinburgh city council wants to close the Cracked Spine, citing code violations, and she’s determined to stop them.

But when Mary’s husband dies in a car explosion—and Delaney learns he was the very member of city council who proposed that the city take a closer look at the bookshop’s construction—she starts to wonder if her meeting with Mary wasn’t an accident. Edinburgh has become as filled with intrigue and deception as any European court, and Delaney is determined to get to the bottom of this royal mystery.


Not That Kind of Guy by Andie J. Christopher

Not That Kind of Guy by Andie J. Christopher
Publisher: Berkley
Expected publication date: April 14, 2020

An office attraction becomes something more when they’re off the clock in this delightful romantic comedy by the USA Today bestselling author of Not the Girl You Marry.

State attorney Bridget Nolan is successful in all aspects of her life—except romance. After breaking up with her longtime boyfriend, she’s been slow to reenter the dating scene. To be honest, she has more important things to do like putting bad guys behind bars. But with her brother’s wedding right around the corner, she suddenly needs a date and fast. Lucky for Bridget, the legal intern is almost done with his program.

Matt Kido is dumbstruck by Bridget—total love at first sight—but there’s one problem. She’s totally off-limits while she’s his boss. But the moment he no longer reports to her, Matt decides to take a chance. An impulsive decision takes them to Las Vegas where, as the saying goes, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.

Unless you put a ring on it.


They Did Bad Things by Lauren A. Forry

They Did Bad Things by Lauren A. Forry
Publisher: Arcade Crimewise
Expected publication date: June 2, 2020

And Then There Were None meets The Last Time I Lied in this gripping psychological thriller.

In 1995, six university students moved into the house at 215 Caldwell Street. Months later, one of them was found dead on the sofa the morning after their end-of-year party. His death was ruled an accident by the police. The remaining five all knew it wasn’t, and though they went on with their lives, the truth of what happened to their sixth housemate couldn’t stay buried forever.

Twenty years later, all five of them arrive—lured separately under various pretenses—at Wolfheather House, a crumbling, secluded mansion on the Scottish isle of Doon. Trapped inside with no way out and no signal to the outside world, the now forty-somethings fight each other—and the unknown mastermind behind their gathering—as they confront the role they played in their housemate’s death. They are given one choice: confess to their crimes or die.

They Did Bad Things is a deviously clever psychological thriller about the banality of evil and the human capacity for committing horror.


Stranger in the Lake by Kimberly Belle

Stranger in the Lake by Kimberly Belle
Publisher: Park Row
Expected publication date: June 9, 2020

Charlotte didn’t know her greatest risk was saying, “I do.”

When Charlotte married the wealthy widower Paul, it caused a ripple of gossip in their small lakeside town. They have a charmed life together, despite the cruel whispers about her humble past and his first marriage. But everything starts to unravel when she discovers a young woman’s body floating in the exact same spot where Paul’s first wife tragically drowned.

At first, it seems like a horrific coincidence, but the stranger in the lake is no stranger. Charlotte saw Paul talking to her the day before, even though Paul tells the police he’s never met the woman. His lie exposes cracks in their fragile new marriage, cracks Charlotte is determined to keep from breaking them in two.

As Charlotte uncovers dark mysteries about the man she married, she doesn’t know what to trust—her heart, which knows Paul to be a good man, or her growing suspicion that there’s something he’s hiding in the water.


The Dilemma by B.A. Paris

The Dilemma by B.A. Paris
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Expected publication date: June 30, 2020

A woman’s birthday party takes a dark turn in a poignant, heart-stopping new novel from the reigning queen of suspense, NYT and USA Today bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors, The Breakdown, and Bring Me Back.

Knowing the truth will destroy her. Keeping it secret will destroy him.

It’s Livia’s 40th birthday, and her husband Adam is throwing her the party of a lifetime to make up for the wedding they never had. Everyone she loves will be there, except her daughter Marnie, who’s studying abroad.

But although Livia loves Marnie, she’s secretly glad she won’t be there. Livia has recently uncovered a secret about their daughter which, if revealed, will shake the foundation of their family to its core. She needs to tell Adam, but she’s waiting until the party is over so they can have this last happy time together.

Adam, meanwhile, has his own surprise for his wife: he’s arranged for Marnie to secretly fly back for the family celebration. But during the day, he hears some terrible news and he too is faced with a dilemma.

How far would you go to give someone you love a last few hours of happiness?


The Vacation by T.M. Logan
The Vacation by T.M. Logan
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Expected publication date: July 21, 2020

In The Vacation, a captivating thriller from T. M. Logan, the bestselling author of Lies and 29 Seconds, four lifelong friends on a luxurious vacation come face-to-face with an explosive secret.

It was supposed to be the perfect vacation, dreamed up by Kate as the ideal way to turn 40: four best friends and their husbands and children, spending a week in a luxurious villa under the blazing sunshine of Provence.

But there is trouble in paradise.

Kate suspects that her husband is having an affair—and that the other woman is one of her best friends. One of these women is willing to sacrifice years of friendship and destroy her family. But which one?

As Kate closes in on the truth in the stifling Mediterranean heat, she realizes—too late—that the stakes are far higher than she ever imagined. And someone in the villa may be prepared to kill to keep their lies hidden.



STATS

NETGALLEY
Books To Read: 13
Books Approved (all time): 180
Books Reviewed (all time): 167
Feedback Ratio: 93%

EDELWEISS
Books To Read: 14
Books Approved (all time): 61
Books Reviewed (all time): 47
Feedback Ratio: 77%



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Book Review: Dead to Her by Sarah Pinborough

Dead to Her by Sarah Pinborough


BOOK INFO

Title: Dead to Her
Author: Sarah Pinborough
Publisher: William Morrow
Publish Date: February 11, 2020
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Series: na
Goodreads Ratings: Me 4.00 / Community 3.57


BOOK BLURB

For fans of Liane Moriarty, Liv Constantine and Lisa Jewell, a twisty psychological thriller about a savvy second wife who will do almost anything to come out on top from the New York Times bestselling author of Behind Her Eyes.

Marriage can be murder…

SOMETHING OLD
Marcie’s affair with Jason Maddox catapulted her into the world of the elite.

Old money, old ties, old secrets. Marcie may have married into this world—

but she’ll never be part of it.

SOMETHING NEW
Then Jason’s boss brings back a new wife from his trip to London.

Young, attractive, reckless—nobody can take their eyes off Keisha.

Including Marcie’s husband.

SOMETHING YOU CAN NEVER, EVER UNDO…
Some people would kill for the life Marcie has—what will she do to keep it?



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Marcie had an affair with Jason, but now she’s his new wife. She’s married into the high society life, and she wants to keep her place in it. When Jason’s boss, William, brings home a new, young wife, Marcie feels threatened. Jason starts acting sketchy, and Marcie thinks the worst.

A fun thriller that starts off with drama that leads to murder. Told with multiple points of view – Marcie and Keisha. Marcie was the young new wife in the social circle until Keisha came along. Marcie has become accustomed to the high-class lifestyle, but everything isn’t perfect between her and Jason. Keisha is William’s new wife, and it’s pretty clear she’s in it for the money. Marcie and Keisha are second wives and trophy wives, and both have secrets from their pasts.

This novel has unlikable characters, secrets, betrayals, voodoo, and a delicious ending. The characters are unlikable, but they’re enjoyable to read about. The southern setting of Savannah is fantastic. A great read for fans of domestic thrillers.

I received a free digital copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


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Weekly Wrap-Up (Feb 7)

Weekly Wrap-Up



BOOKS READ

• Minor Dramas & Other Catastrophes by Kathleen West (eARC)
• I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson (print)
• Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan (audio)

Minor Dramas & Other Catastrophes by Kathleen WestI'll Give You the Sun by Jandy NelsonMr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan


CURRENTLY READING

• Dead to Her by Sarah Pinborough (eARC)
• The Poison Garden by A.J. Banner (audio)

Dead to Her by Sarah PinboroughThe Poison Garden by A.J. Banner


ADDED TO MY TBR

• They Did Bad Things by Lauren A. Forry (eARC via Edelweiss)
• The Vacation by T.M. Logan (eARC via Netgalley)
• The Silence by Daisy Pearce (ebook via Amazon First Reads)

They Did Bad Things by Lauren A. ForryThe Vacation by T.M. LoganThe Silence by Daisy Pearce


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Book Review: Behind Every Lie by Christina McDonald
February 2020 TBR
Book Review: Minor Dramas & Other Catastrophes by Kathleen West
• Weekly Wrap-Up (Feb 7)


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Book Review: Minor Dramas & Other Catastrophes by Kathleen West

Minor Dramas & Other Catastrophes by Kathleen West


BOOK INFO

Title: Minor Dramas & Other Catastrophes
Author: Kathleen West
Publisher: Berkley
Publish Date: February 4, 2020
Genre: Contemporary
Series: na
Goodreads Ratings: Me 4.00 / Community 4.13


BOOK BLURB

Perfect for fans of Where’d You Go, Bernadette and Small Admissions, a wry and cleverly observed debut novel about the privileged bubble that is Liston Heights High—the micro-managing parents, the overworked teachers, and the students caught in the middle—and the fallout for each of them when the bubble finally bursts.

When a devoted teacher comes under pressure for her progressive curriculum and a helicopter mom goes viral on social media, two women at odds with each other find themselves in similar predicaments, having to battle back from certain social ruin.

Isobel Johnson has spent her career in Liston Heights sidestepping the community’s high-powered families. But when she receives a threatening voicemail accusing her of Anti-Americanism and a liberal agenda, she’s in the spotlight. Meanwhile, Julia Abbott, obsessed with the casting of the school’s winter musical, makes an error in judgment that has far-reaching consequences for her entire family.

Brought together by the sting of public humiliation, Isobel and Julia learn firsthand how entitlement and competition can go too far, thanks to a secret Facebook page created as an outlet for parent grievances. The Liston Heights High student body will need more than a strong sense of school spirit to move past these campus dramas in an engrossing debut novel that addresses parents behaving badly and teenagers speaking up, even against their own families.



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Contemporary drama revolving around a high school. Julia Abbott is a helicopter mom who does something dumb at the high school, and, of course, it’s caught on video. She goes viral, causing problems for her and her kids. Meanwhile, the teachers are worried about their jobs since enrollment is down. Isobel Johnson is a teacher that tends to push issues in an attempt to broaden her students perspectives. This makes her a target for some of the parents, who wish she would simply stick with the curriculum.

Told using multiple points of view, the drama of family and school life plays out. Along with Julia and Isobel, other POVs are used, including another teacher and Julia’s kids. The use of multiple viewpoints works for this novel, and allows for a variety of topics to be covered.

A fun read for fans of family dramas and school politics. A wonderful debut novel. Entertaining, compelling, and relevant.

I received a free digital copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.


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February 2020 TBR

Happy February!

My TBR for this month is like last month… mostly ARCs and books on Kindle Unlimited. I’m also hoping to read a few books that I own. I haven’t requested many ARCs lately, so I’m starting to get caught up on my reading. As for KU, I’m planning to keep it for another couple of months, then cancel it and focus on other books.



Follow Me by Kathleen BarberUnfollow Me by Charlotte DuckworthThe Other Mrs. by Mary KubicaPretty as a Picture by Elizabeth LittleDead to Her by Sarah PinboroughThe Sun Down Motel by Simone St. JamesThe Poison Garden by A.J. BannerA Cold Trail by Robert DugoniSilent Redemption by Ellen J. GreenScorched Grounds by Debbie HerbertPrince of Shadows by Rachel CaineThe Breakdown by B.A. Paris



ARCs

• Follow Me by Kathleen Barber
• Unfollow Me by Charlotte Duckworth
• The Other Mrs. by Mary Kubica
• Pretty as a Picture by Elizabeth Little
• Dead to Her by Sarah Pinborough
• The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James


Kindle Unlimited

• The Poison Garden by A.J. Banner
• A Cold Trail by Robert Dugoni
• Silent Redemption by Ellen J. Green
• Scorched Grounds by Debbie Herbert


Owned Books

• Prince of Shadows by Rachel Caine
• The Breakdown by B.A. Paris



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Book Review: Behind Every Lie by Christina McDonald

Behind Every Lie by Christina McDonald


BOOK INFO

Title: Behind Every Lie
Author: Christina McDonald
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publish Date: February 4, 2020
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Series: na
Goodreads Ratings: Me 3.00 / Community 4.13


BOOK BLURB

If you can’t remember it, how do you prove you didn’t do it?

Eva Hansen wakes in the hospital after being struck by lightning and discovers her mother, Kat, has been murdered. Eva was found unconscious down the street. She can’t remember what happened but the police are highly suspicious of her.

Determined to clear her name, Eva heads from Seattle to London—Kat’s former home—for answers. But as she unravels her mother’s carefully held secrets, Eva soon realizes that someone doesn’t want her to know the truth. And with violent memories beginning to emerge, Eva doesn’t know who to trust. Least of all herself.

Told in alternating perspectives from Eva’s search for answers and Kat’s mysterious past, Christina McDonald has crafted another “complex, emotionally intense” (Publishers Weekly) domestic thriller. Perfect for fans of Lisa Jewell’s I Found You and Karin Slaughter’s Pieces of Her, Behind Every Lie explores the complicated nature of mother-daughter relationships, family trauma, and the danger behind long-held secrets.



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Eva is determined to clear her name when she is suspected of killing her mother. On the night of her mother’s murder, Eva was struck by lightning, and she doesn’t remember anything from that night. As Eva tries to discover what happened that night, she learns her mother had secrets.

Told with alternating points of view – Eva and Kat, Eva’s mother. Eva’s story is told in the present day, while Kat’s story tells about the past. Eva is an unreliable narrator, since she’s been struck by lightning and can’t remember what happened the night of her mother’s death. Eva does have vague memories of being with her mother, but it’s unclear what happened that night.

Every person in this book is keeping secrets and telling lies, so Behind Every Lie is an apt title for this book. There is a complicated backstory and a lot of twists and turns. An entertaining read for fans of psychological thrillers. Suspenseful, dramatic, and intense.

I received a free digital copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


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