Book Review: When I Was You by Minka Kent

When I Was You by Minka Kent


BOOK INFO

Title: When I Was You
Author: Minka Kent
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Publish Date: February 1, 2020
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Series: na
Goodreads Ratings: Me 4.00 / Community 3.97


BOOK BLURB

A stolen identity leads a woman down a dark and desperate path in a gripping novel of psychological suspense by Wall Street Journal bestselling author Minka Kent.

After barely surviving a brutal attack, Brienne Dougray rarely leaves her house. Suffering from debilitating headaches and memory loss, she can rely only on her compassionate new tenant, Dr. Niall Emberlin, a welcome distraction from the discomfiting bubble that has become her existence.

But Brienne’s growing confidence in her new routine is shaken when she stumbles across unsettling evidence that someone else is living as…her. Same name. Same car. Same hair. Same clothes. She’s even friended her family on social media. To find out why, Brienne must leave the safety of her home to hunt a familiar stranger.

What she discovers is more disturbing than she could have ever imagined. With her fragile mind close to shattering, Brienne is prepared to do anything to reclaim her life. If it’s even hers to reclaim.



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MY REVIEW

Brienne was brutally attacked months ago, and now rarely leaves home. She has taken on a tenant, Niall, so that she is not alone. When Brienne learns someone has stolen her identity and is living as her, Brienne has to get out of her comfort zone.

Told with the alternating points of view of Brienne and Niall. Brienne is not the most reliable narrator, since she recently survived a brutal attack. Niall is kind and provides Brienne with the support she needs. Of course, nothing is ever quite as it seems, and there are more layers to the story.

After discovering her identity has been stolen, Brienne is led down a complex and crazy path. This novel definitely requires some suspension of disbelief, but it’s a fun read.


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Book Review: The Look-Alike by Erica Spindler

The Look-Alike by Erica Spindler


BOOK INFO

Title: The Look-Alike
Author: Erica Spindler
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publish Date: January 28, 2020
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Series: na
Goodreads Ratings: Me 4.00 / Community 4.01


BOOK BLURB

From Erica Spindler, the New York Times bestselling author of The Other Girl and Justice for Sara comes The Look-Alike, a thrilling psychological drama about a woman who believes she escaped a brutal murder years ago―but does anyone else believe her?

Sienna Scott grew up in the dark shadow of her mother’s paranoid delusions. Now, she’s returned home to confront her past and the unsolved murder that altered the course of her life.

In her mother’s shuttered house, an old fear that has haunted Sienna for years rears its ugly head―that it was she who had been the killer’s target that night. And now, with it, a new fear―that the killer not only intended to remedy his past mistake―he’s already begun. But are these fears any different from the ones that torment her mother?

As the walls close in, the line between truth and lie, reality and delusion disintegrate. Has Sienna’s worst nightmare come true? Or will she unmask a killer and finally prove she may be her mother’s look-alike, but she’s not her clone?



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MY REVIEW

Sienna Scott returns to her hometown after being gone for ten years. She left town soon after she found a dead body while walking across her college campus late at night. Sienna believed she may have been the intended target that night, but nobody gave her worries any thought. The killer was never found, so Sienna’s fears were never confirmed nor denied. Coinciding with Sienna’s return to town, the case into the murder is being reopened. Sienna fears she may be a target again.

Sienna is an intriguing character. Her mother suffers from paranoid delusions, and Sienna is afraid she may be like her mother. With a killer on the loose, Sienna may be a target, or it may have nothing to do with her. She doesn’t want anyone thinking she’s crazy, so she’s not always forthcoming with her concerns and actions.

An intense psychological thriller that kept me wanting to read more. Slow-burning, atmospheric, and suspenseful.

I received a free ARC of The Look-Alike by Erica Spindler from Macmillan in exchange for an honest review.


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Book Review: The Truants by Kate Weinberg

The Truants by Kate Weinberg


BOOK INFO

Title: The Truants
Author: Kate Weinberg
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Publish Date: January 28, 2020
Genre: Contemporary
Series: na
Goodreads Ratings: Me 3.00 / Community 3.64


BOOK BLURB

Perfect for lovers of Agatha Christie and The Secret History, The Truants is a seductive, unsettling, and beautifully written debut novel of literary suspense–a thrilling exploration of deceit, first love, and the depths to which obsession can drive us.

People disappear when they most want to be seen.

Jess Walker has come to a concrete campus under the flat gray skies of East Anglia for one reason: to be taught by the mesmerizing and rebellious Dr. Lorna Clay, whose seminars soon transform Jess’s thinking on life, love, and Agatha Christie. Swept up in Lorna’s thrall, Jess falls in with a tightly knit group of rule-breakers–Alec, a courageous South African journalist with a nihilistic streak; Georgie, a seductive, pill-popping aristocrat; and Nick, a handsome geologist with layers of his own.

But the dynamic between the friends begins to darken, until a tragedy shatters their friendships and love affairs, and reveals a terrible secret. Soon Jess must face the question she fears most: what is the true cost of an extraordinary life?



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MY REVIEW

Jess Walker experiences a lot during her first year of college. She has two main focuses – a love interest and a professor she idolizes. The love interest situation is complicated, and it’s more of a love triangle than anything. The professor is Dr. Lorna Clay, and she’s teaching a class on Agatha Christie that Jess is enrolled in. Jess soon starts to look to Lorna for advice and support.

This is a contemporary novel set on a college campus. There are mysterious happenings in the novel, but I wouldn’t consider this a mystery. It’s an intriguing read with some interesting elements. My favorite parts were those concerning Agatha Christie.

A promising debut novel. Good for fans of The Secret History. Atmospheric, dramatic, and chaotic.

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


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Weekly Wrap-Up (Jan 24)

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BOOKS READ

• The Truants by Kate Weinberg (eARC)
• Bark of Night by David Rosenfelt (audio)

The Truants by Kate WeinbergBark of Night by David Rosenfelt


CURRENTLY READING

• Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo (print)
• When I Was You by Minka Kent (ebook)
• Robicheaux by James Lee Burke (audio)

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh BardugoWhen I Was You by Minka KentRobicheaux by James Lee Burke


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Book Review: The Other People by C.J. Tudor

The Other People by C.J. Tudor


BOOK INFO

Title: The Other People
Author: C.J. Tudor
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publish Date: January 28, 2020
Genre: Mystery Thriller
Series: na
Goodreads Ratings: Me 4.00 / Community 4.23


BOOK BLURB

A gripping thriller about a man’s quest for the daughter no one else believes is still alive, from the acclaimed author of The Chalk Man and The Hiding Place.

Q: Why are you called the Other People?
A: We are people just like you. People to whom terrible things have happened. We’ve found solace not in forgiveness or forgetting. But in helping each other find justice.

Driving home one night, Gabe is stuck behind a rusty old car. He sees a little girl’s face appear in its rear window. She mouths one word: Daddy. It’s his five-year-old daughter, Izzy. He never sees her again.

Three years later, Gabe spends his days and nights traveling up and down the highway, searching for the car that took his daughter, refusing to give up hope, even though most people believe she’s dead.

When the car that he saw escape with his little girl is found abandoned with a body inside, Gabe must confront not just the day Izzy disappeared but the painful events from his past now dredged to the surface.

Q: What sort of justice?
A: That depends on the individual. But our ethos is a punishment that fits the crime.

Fran and her daughter, Alice, also put in a lot of miles on the road. Not searching. Running. Trying to keep one step ahead of the people who want to hurt them—because Fran knows the truth. She knows what really happened to Gabe’s daughter.

She knows who is responsible. And she knows what they will do if they ever catch up to her and Alice.

Q: Can I request to have someone killed?
A: If your Request is acceptable, and unless there are exceptional circumstances, we fulfill all Requests.



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On his drive home one night, Gabe seems a little girl in the back of another car. When he looks closer, he sees that the girl is his daughter. He tries to catch up to the car, but they get away. He never sees his daughter again.

Told from multiple viewpoints – Gabe, Fran, and Katie. The night Gabe saw his daughter, was the same night someone entered his home and killed his wife and daughter. Gabe is convinved he saw his daughter that night, and that she is still alive. Gabe spends the next few years driving up and down the highway in search of the car that last held his daughter. The police don’t believe him, but he’s convinced she’s out there somewhere. Fran and her daughter are on the run. It’s not clear exactly who is after them and why, but there is someone trying to track them down and kill them. Katie works the night shift as waitress near the highway. As the story progresses, the points of view come together.

An intriguing thriller that combines suspense, paranormal, and vigilantism. I enjoyed the suspenseful mystery, but I wasn’t interested in the paranormal parts. For me, it didn’t really work, but I get how it was used to connect some of the characters. The idea of a vigilante group using the dark web was interesting, and my favorite aspect of the novel.

A good read, and one fans of C.J. Tudor will surely enjoy. Dark, eerie, and mysterious.

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


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Top Ten Tuesday: Most Recent Additions to My Bookshelf

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme originally created by The Broke and the Bookish. It is now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is The Ten Most Recent Additions to My Bookshelf. Listed below are the last 10 books I added to my Goodreads “to-read” shelf.

1. Not That Kind of Guy by Andie Christopher
2. Scorched Grounds by Debbie Herbert
3. Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson
4. Proof of Murder by Lauren Elliott
5. Die for You by Lisa Unger
6. Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight
7. The Widower’s Wife by Cate Holahan
8. The Dilemma by B.A. Paris
9. The Body in the Apartment Judi Lynn
10. In the Darkness by Mike Omer

Not That Kind of Guy by Andie J. ChristopherScorched Grounds by Debbie HerbertEight Perfect Murders by Peter SwansonProof of Murder by Lauren ElliottDie for You by Lisa UngerWhere They Found Her by Kimberly McCreightThe Widower's Wife by Cate HolahanThe Dilemma by B.A. ParisThe Body in the Apartment by Judi LynnIn the Darkness by Mike Omer


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Book Review: Bitter Falls by Rachel Caine

Bitter Falls by Rachel Caine


BOOK INFO

Title: Bitter Falls
Author: Rachel Caine
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Publish Date: January 21, 2020
Genre: Mystery Thriller
Series: Stillhouse Lake #4
Goodreads Ratings: Me 4.00 / Community 4.08


BOOK BLURB

She’s investigating a cold case no one else could—by going places no else would dare.

In spite of a harrowing past still haunting her, Gwen Proctor is trying to move forward. Until a new assignment gives her purpose: the cold-case disappearance of a young man in Tennessee. Three years missing, no clues. Just Ruth Landry, a tortured mother in limbo. Gwen understands what it’s like to worry about your children.

Gwen’s investigation unearths new suspects…and victims. As she follows each sinister lead, the implications of the mystery grow more disturbing. Because the closer Gwen gets, the closer she is to a threat that looms back home.

In a town that’s closed its ranks against Gwen; her partner, Sam; and her kids, there’s no bolder enemy than the Belldene family—paramilitary, criminal, powerful, and vengeful. As personal vendettas collide with Gwen’s investigation, she’s prepared to fight both battles. But is she prepared for the toll it could take on everyone she loves?



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The fourth book in the Stillhouse Lake series by Rachel Caine. Gwen Proctor and her family are back, and they are finding it harder and harder to fit into their local community. Gwen’s trying to keep her family safe and also keep herself busy. She takes on the cold case of a missing young man. Gwen’s investigation leads to her discovering other victims, and wanting to discover who is behind the disappearances.

This is an action-packed and exciting series. Gwen and her kids are not well-liked, and it is extremely difficult on the kids. Things are becoming more serious in their community, and the entire family is uncertain of their futures. I like the different viewpoints, and that each family member’s take on what is happening is represented. The characters in this book are likable and easy to root for. Gwen is still a badass, and she’s raising her kids to be strong, smart, and independent.

A fast-paced thriller that kept me wanting to read more. Interesting mystery with plenty of bad guys, in both Gwen’s personal and professional lives. Intriguing, dark, 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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Weekly Wrap-Up (Jan 17)

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BOOKS READ

• The Look-Alike by Erica Spindler (ARC)
• The God’s Eye View by Barry Eisler (audio)
• Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly (audio)

The Look-Alike by Erica SpindlerThe God's Eye View by Barry EislerDark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly


CURRENTLY READING

• The Other People by C.J. Tudor (eARC)
• Regretting You by Colleen Hoover (eARC)

The Other People by C.J. TudorRegretting You by Colleen Hoover


ADDED TO MY TBR

• Not That Kind of Guy by Andie J. Christopher
• The Dilemma by B.A. Paris

Not That Kind of Guy by Andie J. ChristopherThe Dilemma by B.A. Paris


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Book Review: A Good Man by Ani Katz

A Good Man by Ani Katz


BOOK INFO

Title: A Good Man
Author: Ani Katz
Publisher: Penguin
Publish Date: January 14, 2020
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Series: na
Goodreads Ratings: Me 3.00 / Community 3.60


BOOK BLURB

A dark and gripping novel of psychological suspense about a family man driven to unspeakable acts, in the vein of The Perfect Nanny and We Need to Talk About Kevin.

Thomas Martin was a devoted family man who had all the trappings of an enviable life: a beautiful wife and daughter, a well-appointed home on Long Island’s north shore, a job at a prestigious Manhattan advertising firm. He was also a devoted son and brother, shielding the women in his orbit from the everyday brutalities of the world.

But what happens when Thomas’s fragile ego is rocked? After committing a horrific deed — that he can never undo — Thomas grapples with his sense of self. Sometimes he casts himself as a victim and, at other times, a monster. All he ever did was try to be a good man, but maybe if he tells his version of the story, he might uncover how and why things unraveled so horribly.



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Thomas is a man with a good life. This is his story about how things went wrong.

Told from Thomas’s point of view. He recalls the early days with his wife, his family life, and his work life. While everything seems ordinary, and even a bit dull in Thomas’s life, there is an underlying darkness. As Thomas tells his story, it’s clear that he’s not the good man he claims to be.

This book reminds me of Looker by Laura Sims, but from a male POV. A slow-paced psychological drama. While this novel has several things I love (unreliable narrator, picture perfect life, dark and twisted tale), I was never drawn into the story.

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


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Weekly Wrap-Up (Jan 10)

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BOOKS READ

• A Good Man by Ani Katz (eARC)
• Dark Pattern by Andrew Mayne (audio)
• Two Kinds of Truth by Michael Connelly (audio)
• Puddin’ by Julie Murphy (audio)

A Good Man by Ani KatzDark Pattern by Andrew MayneTwo Kinds of Truth by Michael ConnellyPuddin' by Julie Murphy


CURRENTLY READING

• High Fidelity by Nick Hornby (print)
• Bitter Falls by Rachel Caine (eARC)

High Fidelity by Nick Hornby Bitter Falls by Rachel Caine


ADDED TO MY TBR

• The Body in the Apartment by Judi Lynn

The Body in the Apartment by Judi Lynn


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