Book Review: I’m Fine and Neither Are You by Camille Pagán

I'm Fine and Neither Are You by Camille Pagan

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BOOK INFO
Title: I’m Fine and Neither Are You
Author: Camille Pagán
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Publish Date: April 1, 2019
Genre: Contemporary
Goodreads Ratings: Me 4.0 / Community 3.88

BOOK BLURB
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Honesty is the best policy… except maybe when it comes to marriage in this brilliant novel about the high price of perfection from bestselling author Camille Pagán.

Wife. Mother. Breadwinner. Penelope Ruiz-Kar is doing it all—and barely keeping it together. Meanwhile, her best friend, Jenny Sweet, appears to be sailing through life. As close as the two women are, Jenny’s passionate marriage, pristine house, and ultra-polite child stand in stark contrast to Penelope’s underemployed husband, Sanjay, their unruly brood, and the daily grind she calls a career.

Then a shocking tragedy reveals that Jenny’s life is far from perfect. Reeling, Penelope vows to stop keeping the peace and finally deal with the issues in her relationship. So she and Sanjay agree to a radical proposal: both will write a list of changes they want each other to make—then commit to complete and total honesty.

What seems like a smart idea quickly spirals out of control, revealing new rifts and even deeper secrets. As Penelope stares down the possible implosion of her marriage, she must ask herself: When it comes to love, is honesty really the best policy?


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MY REVIEW
Penelope is working hard to keep her family together. She’s also beyond stressed with her work and home life. When her best friend dies, Penelope realizes other people’s lives aren’t as perfect as they appear. Penelope and her husband agree to make a list of things they want from the other. Despite the problems and secrets, they work to improve their relationship.

Penelope is faced with some harsh realities when her best friend, who seemed perfect, is gone. Her best friend had a lifestyle blog, and seemed to have a great marriage, the most well behaved child, and a perfectly decorated home. This has a ring of truth in the picture perfect lifestyle that is prevalent in our current culture. Penelope soon learns everything is not as it seems, and she reflects on her own life.

Contemporary women’s fiction. Penelope has a hard time balancing marriage, kids, and work. Something a lot of women can relate to. And I imagine a lot of the target audience for this book has been guilty of saying “I’m fine” rather than be vulnerable to their real thoughts and feelings. An emotional story that touches on some timely topics.

This was my Amazon First Reads pick for March 2019.

Book Review: My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

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BOOK INFO
Title: My Lovely Wife
Author: Samantha Downing
Publisher: Berkley
Publish Date: March 26, 2019
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Goodreads Ratings: Me 4.0 / Community 4.08

BOOK BLURB
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Dexter meets Mr. and Mrs. Smith in this wildly compulsive debut thriller about a couple whose fifteen-year marriage has finally gotten too interesting…

Our love story is simple. I met a gorgeous woman. We fell in love. We had kids. We moved to the suburbs. We told each other our biggest dreams, and our darkest secrets. And then we got bored.

We look like a normal couple. We’re your neighbors, the parents of your kid’s friend, the acquaintances you keep meaning to get dinner with.

We all have our secrets to keeping a marriage alive.

Ours just happens to be getting away with murder.


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MY REVIEW
Millicent and her husband are a married couple with two teenagers, great jobs, and a home in a nice neighborhood. They also have a shared interest in murder.

Told from the husband’s point of view. Interestingly, the husband is never named. He and his wife, Millicent, live in a nice, quiet neighborhood. Millicent and her husband occasionally have date nights, but these aren’t the usual type of date nights. During these dates, they plot and scheme how to get away with murder.

Wonderful debut novel. Well written story with complex characters and an intriguing plot. Psychological thrillers often have one crazy spouse, but in this novel, the readers get a double dose of demented.

A deliciously wicked domestic thriller. Great for fans of psychological thrillers. Twisted, dark, and disturbing.

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

Weekly Wrap-Up (Mar 16 – Mar 22)

Weekly Wrap-Up

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BOOKS READ

• Two ebooks – My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing and I’m Fine and Neither Are Your by Camille Pagán,
• Five audiobooks – The Good Widow by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke, A Dog’s Purpose and A Dog’s Journey by W. Bruce Cameron, The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier, and Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King

My Lovely Wife by Samantha DowningI'm Fine and Neither Are You by Camille PaganThe Good Widow by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke
A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce CameronA Dog's Journey by W. Bruce CameronThe Chocolate War by Robert CormierEverybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King


BOOKS ACQUIRED

One ARC via Netgalley – 29 Seconds by T.M. Logan
One ARC via Edelweiss – Girls Like Us by Cristina Alger
One library book – Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

29 Seconds by T.M. LoganGirls Like Us by Cristina AlgerDaisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid


CURRENTLY READING

Currently reading three books – one print book (Verity by Colleen Hoover), one ebook (The River by Peter Heller), and one audiobook (The Stranger Inside by Jennifer Jaynes).

Verity by Colleen HooverThe River by Peter HellerThe Stranger Inside by Jennifer Jaynes


ON THE BLOG

THIS WEEK

MONDAY – Book Review: Little Lovely Things by Maureen Joyce Connolly
TUESDAY – Top Ten Tuesday: My Spring 2019 TBR
WEDNESDAY – Book Review: Nothing to Lose by Victoria Selman & Kill Code by Clive Fleury
THURSDAY – Book Review: The Temp by Michelle Frances
FRIDAY – Weekly Wrap-Up (Mar 16 – Mar 22)

NEXT WEEK

MONDAY – Book Reviews: My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing & I’m Fine and Neither Are You by Camille Pagán
TUESDAY – Top Ten Tuesday: Audiobook TBR
WEDNESDAY – Book Reviews: The River by Peter Heller & Mother’s Day Mayhem by Lynn Cahoon
THURSDAY – Book Review: My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
FRIDAY – Weekly Wrap-Up (Mar 23 – Mar 29)

Thanks for stopping by Nightcap Books. Happy Reading!

Book Review: The Temp by Michelle Frances

The Temp by Michelle Frances

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BOOK INFO
Title: The Temp
Author: Michelle Frances
Publisher: Kensington
Publish Date: January 29, 2019
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Goodreads Ratings: Me 4.0 / Community 3.72

BOOK BLURB
from Amazon:
Wanted: Assistant to provide maternity cover for high-powered TV producer. Must be bright, creative, with killer instincts.

Emma would do anything to work for the woman who has the job she wants. Carrie is at the top of her game, with a dream career, a baby on the way, and a handsome screenwriter husband. For Emma, with parents who don’t understand her ambition and a serious misstep behind her, this temp position might be her last chance.

Carrie has given up more than anyone knows to get to the top of a ruthless business. She won’t give up this baby too. But with Emma filling in for her at the office, her perfect life starts to unravel. Her bank account is inexplicably overdrawn, her husband seems strangely distant and colleagues are all too happy to take Emma’s creative direction. Carrie finds herself dying to get back to work . . . until a letter left at her door changes everything.

Trust and fear trade places in a love triangle that defies readers’ expectations at every turn.


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MY REVIEW
Carrie, a successful TV producer, is pregnant and needs to hire a temp. She will need time off work after the baby comes, even though she hates having to leave her job. She hires Emma. Emma is ambitious and eager to work with Carrie.

Told with the alternating points of view of Carrie and Emma. Carrie and her husband have successful careers and a happy marriage. When Carrie finds out she is pregnant, they’re well planned lives get off course. Emma wants to work in the television industry, but hasn’t had much luck. A temp position with Carrie is a dream for her, and she desperately wants it to work.

A slow-burning psychological thriller. Interesting characters and twisty plot made for a captivating read. Intriguing, suspenseful, and twisted.

I borrowed a copy of this book from my local library.

Book Review: Kill Code by Clive Fleury

Kill Code by Clive Fleury

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BOOK INFO
Title: Kill Code
Author: Clive Fleury
Publisher: TCK Publishing
Publish Date: December 5, 2018
Genre: Science Fiction
Goodreads Ratings: Me 3.0 / Community 4.29

BOOK BLURB
from Amazon:
WHEN THE OCEANS RISE… THE TRUTH DROWNS

It’s the year 2031. Our future. Their present. A world decimated by climate catastrophe, where the sun’s heat is deadly and the ocean rises higher every day. A world ruled by the rich, powerful, and corrupt. A world where a good man can’t survive for long.

Hogan Duran was a good man once. He was a cop, forced to resign in disgrace when he couldn’t save his partner from a bullet. Now Hogan lives on the fraying edges of society, serving cruel masters and scavenging trash dumps just to survive.

But after four years of living in poverty, Hogan finally gets a chance to get back on his feet. He’s invited to join the National Security Council, the powerful paramilitary organization responsible for protecting the rich and powerful from the more unsavory elements of society. All he needs to do is pass their deadly entrance exam, and he’ll be rewarded with wealth and opportunity beyond his wildest dreams.

But this ex-cop’s path to redemption won’t be easy. The NSC are hiding something, and as Hogan descends deeper and deeper into their world, he starts to uncover the terrible truth of how the powerful in this new world maintain their power…and just how far they will go to protect their secrets.

In a world gone wrong, can one man actually make a difference, or will he die trying?

Kill Code is the first novel in an exciting new dystopian science fiction series from the mind of award-winning author, screenwriter, and director Clive Fleury.

Fans of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey, and Divergent by Veronica Roth will be captivated by Kill Code.

You’ll also love this book if you enjoy:
· Dystopian novels and stories
· Stories about futuristic societies
· Stories about disgraced cops
· Stories about unlikely heroes
· Stories about conspiracies
· Stories about injustice


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MY REVIEW
In a not too distant future, climate change has led to a dystopian world where the rich and powerful rule. Hogan Duran gets the chance to join the National Security Council (NSC). It’s a prime position protecting the rich and powerful. Hogan and the other applicants are put through a grueling, and deadly, test to win the highly sought after position. There are secrets in the NSC though, and Hogan starts to question everything during his time there.

Hogan is a tough former cop looking for a chance at a better life. He thinks he’s got the opportunity if he can pass the challenging tests issued by the NSC. Of course, things are a lot more complicated than they first appear.

This is a quick and entertaining science fiction story. The dystopian world is dark and gritty. The characters are strong. The plot is exciting. Good read for fans of dystopian novels. The ending does set it up for a sequel.

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

Book Review: Nothing to Lose by Victoria Selman

Nothing to Lose by Victoria Selman

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BOOK INFO
Title: Nothing to Lose
Author: Victoria Selman
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Publish Date: May 23, 2019
Genre: Mystery – Crime
Goodreads Ratings: Me 4.0 / Community 4.19

BOOK BLURB
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He’s looking for his next victim. She looks just like his last.

Primrose Hill, London. Offender Profiler Ziba MacKenzie arrives at the scene of a gruesome murder with a disturbing sense of déjà vu. Nine days earlier, another woman’s body was found: same location, same MO, same physical appearance. For the police, it’s clear a new serial killer is on the loose. But for Ziba, it’s even more sinister—because the victims look just like her.

Ziba has been the focus of a killer’s interest before, and knows that if she gets too close again this case could be her last. Still, she’s not one to play by the rules—especially when her secret investigation into her husband’s murder begins to attract unwanted attention.

With someone watching her every step, can Ziba uncover what connects the two victims before she becomes one herself?


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MY REVIEW
The second book in the Ziba MacKenzie series by Victoria Selman. Ziba is a profiler who works on gruesome murder cases. Her latest case involves the murder of two women who bear a striking resemblance to Ziba, making her a potential target. In addition to this case, Ziba is secretly investigating her husband’s murder, which was never solved.

The first book in this series is Blood for Blood (my review here). In the first book, Ziba wasn’t all that interesting to me, but I enjoyed her character more in this book. Maybe I was more in the mood for this type of read, or maybe this one is just a better book. Could go either way. Anyway, I recommend reading Blood for Blood first, but Nothing To Lose can be read as a standalone.

This story is told over a series of days as Ziba works to discover who is behind two gruesome murders. To complicate matters, Ziba seems to be a target herself, adding an extra layer of suspense. While the women’s murders presents an interesting and twisty case, I also enjoyed Ziba’s investigation into her husband’s death.

A highly entertaining read for fans of crime fiction. Fast-paced, suspenseful, and exciting.

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

Top Ten Tuesday: My Spring 2019 TBR

Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is Books On My Spring 2019 TBR.

I have a lot of books to read this Spring! Listed below are ten of the books I’m looking forward to reading in the next couple of months. They are listed in order of expected publications dates, and that’s the order I plan to read them. I have ARCs for all of these, and will post reviews near the publication dates.

1. My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing – expected publication March 26, 2019

My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

2. The Loch Ness Papers by Paige Shelton – expected publication April 2, 2019

The Loch Ness Papers by Paige Shelton

3. Murder at the Marina by Janet Finsilver – expected publication April 2, 2019

Murder at the Marina by Janet Finsilver

4. The Better Sister by Alafair Burke – expected publication April 16, 2019

The Better Sister by Alafair Burke

5. The Missing Years by Lexie Elliott – expected publication April 23, 2019

The Missing Years by Lexie Elliott

6. The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth – expected publication April 23, 2019

The Mother-In-Law by Sally Hepworth

7. Wolfhunter River by Rachel Caine – expected publication April 23, 2019

Wolfhunter River by Rachel Caine

8. The Dare by Carol Wyer – expected publication April 25, 2019

The Dare by Carol Wyer

9. The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren – expected publication May 14, 2019

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

10. Murder by the Sea by Kathleen Bridge – expected publication May 21, 2019

Murder by the Sea by Kathleen Bridge

Book Review: Little Lovely Things by Maureen Joyce Connolly

Little Lovely Things by Maureen Joyce Connolly

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BOOK INFO
Title: Little Lovely Things
Author: Maureen Joyce Connolly
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Publish Date: April 2, 2019
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Goodreads Ratings: Me 3.0 / Community 4.38

BOOK BLURB
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If only things had been different

It is the wrong time to get sick. Speeding down the highway on the way to work, her two little girls sleeping in the back seat, medical resident Claire Rawlings doesn’t have time for the nausea overtaking her. But as the world tilts sideways, she pulls into a gas station, runs to the bathroom, and passes out. When she wakes up minutes later, her car—and her daughters—are gone.

The police have no leads, and the weight of guilt presses down on Claire as each hour passes with no trace of her girls. All she has to hold on to are her strained marriage, a potentially unreliable witness who emerges days later, and the desperate but unquenchable belief that her daughters are out there somewhere.

As hopeful and uplifting as it is devastating, Little Lovely Things is the story of a family shattered by unthinkable tragedy, and the unexpected intersection of heartbreak and hope.


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MY REVIEW
Claire Rawlings gets sick while driving with her young children in the car. While her girls sleep in the back seat, Claire pulls over at a gas station. When Claire comes out of the bathroom, her car, and her girls, are gone. The guilt of leaving her children alone and the search for them weighs heavily on Claire. Her health, marriage, and work all suffer as the search for her daughters seems to go nowhere.

Told with alternating points of view, which allows the reader to not only be aware of Claire’s experiences, but also what happened to her girls. A tragic story of two missing children and the impact of their loss on their parents. This book doesn’t look too closely at the investigation into the girls’ disappearance, but instead looks at the people and relationships involved.

An emotional story of every parent’s worse nightmare. The idea of your children disappearing, and having no idea what happened or where they are, is heart-wrenching. A heartbreaking story of guilt, loss, and hope.

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

Weekly Wrap-Up (Mar 9 -Mar 15)

Weekly Wrap-Up

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BOOKS READ

• Two print books – The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides and Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus
• Two ebooks – Kill Code by Clive Fleury Little Lovely Things by Maureen Joyce Connolly
• Two audiobooks – Ugly Young Thing and Don’t Say a Word by Jennifer Jaynes

The Silent Patient by Alex MichaelidesTwo Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManusKill Code by Clive Fleury
Little Lovely Things by Maureen Joyce ConnollyUgly Young Thing by Jennifer JaynesDon't Say a Word by Jennifer Jaynes


BOOKS ACQUIRED

• One ARC received via Edelweiss – Layover by David Bell
• Two ARCs received via Netgalley – The Sound of Echoes by Eric Bernt and Those People by Louise Candlish
• One library book – Verity by Colleen Hoover
• I signed up for Kindle Unlimited again. Like I don’t have enough to read already.
• My local library had a book sale this week. As usual, I managed to find a some books to buy.

Layover by David BellThe Sound of Echoes by Eric BerntThose People by Louise CandlishVerity by Colleen HooverBooks from library book sale


CURRENTLY READING

Currently reading three books – one print book (Her Pretty Face by Robyn Harding), one ebook (Nothing to Lose by Victoria Selman), and one audiobook (The Dark Tower by Stephen King).

Her Pretty Face by Robyn HardingNothing to Lose by Victoria SelmanThe Dark Tower by Stephen King


ON THE BLOG

THIS WEEK

MONDAY – Book Review: A Beautiful Corpse by Christi Daugherty
TUESDAY – Top Ten Tuesday: Standalone Books That Need a Sequel
WEDNESDAY – Book Review: And Then You Were Gone by R.J. Jacobs & The Line Between by Tosca Lee
THURSDAY – Book Review: The Banker’s Wife by Cristina Alger
FRIDAY – Weekly Wrap-Up (Mar 9 – Mar 15)

NEXT WEEK

MONDAY – Book Review: Little Lovely Things by Maureen Joyce Connolly
TUESDAY – Top Ten Tuesday: My Spring 2019 TBR
WEDNESDAY – Book Review: Nothing to Lose by Victoria Selman
THURSDAY – Book Review: The Temp by Michelle Frances
FRIDAY – Weekly Wrap-Up (Mar 16 – Mar 22)

Thanks for stopping by Nightcap Books. Happy Reading!

Book Review: The Banker’s Wife by Cristina Alger

The Banker's Wife by Cristina Alger

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BOOK INFO
Title: The Banker’s Wife
Author: Cristina Alger
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Publish Date: July 3, 2018
Genre: Mystery
Goodreads Ratings: Me 4.0 / Community 3.95

BOOK BLURB
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On an early morning in November, a couple boards a private plane bound for Geneva, flying into a storm. Soon after, it simply drops off the radar, and its wreckage is later uncovered in the Alps. Among the disappeared is Matthew Werner, a banking insider at Swiss United, a powerful offshore bank. His young widow, Annabel, is left grappling with the secrets he left behind, including an encrypted laptop and a shady client list. As she begins a desperate search for answers, she determines that Matthew’s death was no accident, and that she is now in the crosshairs of his powerful enemies.

Meanwhile, ambitious society journalist Marina Tourneau has finally landed at the top. Now that she’s engaged to Grant Ellis, she will stop writing about powerful families and finally be a part of one. Her entry into the upper echelons of New York’s social scene is more appealing than any article could ever be, but, after the death of her mentor, she agrees to dig into one more story. While looking into Swiss United, Marina uncovers information that implicates some of the most powerful men in the financial world, including a few who are too close to home. The story could also be the answer to Annabel’s heartbreaking search–if Marina chooses to publish it.

The Banker’s Wife is both a high-stakes thriller and an inside look at the personal lives in the intriguing world of finance, introducing Cristina Alger as a powerful new voice in the genre.


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MY REVIEW
Annabel’s husband Matthew dies when the private plane he was on crashes. Matthew worked in the world of finance. After his death, Annabel discovers her husband was keeping secrets, and she becomes a target of her husband’s enemies. Meanwhile, Marina, a journalist, is working on a story that could disrupt the financial world.

Told with the alternating viewpoints of multiple characters. I enjoyed the different POVs and found it worked well for this story. Both Annabel and Marina are strong female protagonists with interesting stories.

An intriguing thriller focused on the financial world. There is a fair amount of financial jargon, but it works and is not boring. Complex, compelling, and suspenseful.

I borrowed a copy of this book from my local library.