Weekly Wrap-Up (Apr 13 – Apr 19)

Weekly Wrap-Up

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BOOKS READ

• Two ebooks – The Body in the Attic and The Body in the Wetlands by Judi Lynn
• Six audiobooks – Burying the Honeysuckle Girls by Emily Carpenter, Malice by Jennifer Jaynes, Off Season by Jack Ketchum, The 17th Suspect by James Patterson, and Deadly Recall and Deranged by T.R. Ragan

The Body in the Attic by Judi LynnThe Body in the Wetlands by Judi LynnBurying the Honeysuckle Girls by Emily CarpenterMalice by Jennifer JaynesOff Season by Jack KetchumThe 17th Suspect by James Patterson Deadly Recall by T.R. RaganDeranged by T.R. Ragan


BOOKS ACQUIRED

One library book – No Exit by Taylor Adams

No Exit by Taylor Adams


CURRENTLY READING

Currently reading three books – one print book (No Exit by Taylor Adams), one ebook (The Dare by Carol Wyer), and one audiobook (Witness by Caroline Mitchell).

No Exit by Taylor AdamsThe Dare by Carol WyerWitness by Caroline Mitchell


ON THE BLOG

THIS WEEK

MONDAY – Book Reviews: Wolfhunter River by Rachel Caine & Catch Your Death by Kierney Scott
TUESDAY – Top Ten Tuesday: Rainy Day Reads
WEDNESDAY – Book Review: The Missing Years by Lexie Elliott
THURSDAY – Book Reviews: The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides & Verity by Colleen Hoover
FRIDAY – Weekly Wrap-Up (Apr 13 – Apr 19)

NEXT WEEK

MONDAY – Book Review: The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth
TUESDAY – Top Ten Tuesday: First Books I Reviewed
WEDNESDAY – Book Review: The Body in the Wetlands by Judi Lynn
THURSDAY – Book Review: The Dare by Carol Wyer
FRIDAY – Weekly Wrap-Up (Apr 20 – Apr 26)

Thanks for stopping by Nightcap Books. Happy Reading!

Book Review: Verity by Colleen Hoover

Verity by Colleen Hoover

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BOOK INFO
Title: Verity
Author: Colleen Hoover
Publisher: Hoover Ink, Inc.
Publish Date: December 7, 2018
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Goodreads Ratings: Me 4.0 / Community 4.45

BOOK BLURB
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Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin when she accepts the job offer of a lifetime. Jeremy Crawford, husband of bestselling author Verity Crawford, has hired Lowen to complete the remaining books in a successful series his injured wife is unable to finish.

Lowen arrives at the Crawford home, ready to sort through years of Verity’s notes and outlines, hoping to find enough material to get her started. What Lowen doesn’t expect to uncover in the chaotic office is an unfinished autobiography Verity never intended for anyone to read. Page after page of bone-chilling admissions, including Verity’s recollection of the night their family was forever altered.

Lowen decides to keep the manuscript hidden from Jeremy, knowing its contents would devastate the already grieving father. But as Lowen’s feelings for Jeremy begin to intensify, she recognizes all the ways she could benefit if he were to read his wife’s words. After all, no matter how devoted Jeremy is to his injured wife, a truth this horrifying would make it impossible for him to continue to love her.


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MY REVIEW
After a terrible accident, Verity Crawford is unable to finish writing her best selling book series. Her husband hires Lowen Ashleigh to ghostwrite the remaining books. While searching for Verity’s notes, Lowen comes across an unfinished autobiography by Verity. The autobiography was never meant to be found, and contains some chilling admissions.

Told with the alternating viewpoints of Verity and Lowen. Lowen is a struggling author who prefers to live a very private life. The opportunity to ghostwrite a popular series comes at a time when she needs the money and the escape. Verity is a popular author who is basically catatonic after an accident. Verity is married to Jeremy, who Lowen starts to have feelings for as the story progresses.

A plot that is fast-paced, twisted, and complex. Characters that are well developed, intriguing, and unlikable. A thriller that will leave you unsettled. Recommended to fans of domestic thrillers.

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

Book Review: The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

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BOOK INFO
Title: The Silent Patient
Author: Alex Michaelides
Publisher: Celadon Books
Publish Date: February 5, 2019
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Goodreads Ratings: Me 4.0 / Community 4.09

BOOK BLURB
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The Silent Patient is a shocking psychological thriller of a woman’s act of violence against her husband—and of the therapist obsessed with uncovering her motive.

Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word.

Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety. The price of her art skyrockets, and she, the silent patient, is hidden away from the tabloids and spotlight at the Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London.

Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivations—a search for the truth that threatens to consume him…


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MY REVIEW
Alicia Berenson is a unique case. She killed her husband and never spoke again. Alicia, the silent patient, is incarcerated at the Grove, a psychiatric facility. Theo is the new criminal psychotherapist at the Grove. He is determined to get Alicia to talk, and reveal what happened that day.

Told with alternating points of view – Alicia and Theo. Alicia’s viewpoint is told using her journal entries before killing her husband. Theo’s viewpoint is as a therapist at the Grove, but also includes info about his personal life. Two different voices that make for a compelling read.

A psychological thriller that kept me intrigued. I read this book after seeing so many rave reviews, and can say it does not disappoint. Highly recommended for fans of psychological thrillers. Clever, suspenseful, and twisted.

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

Book Review: The Missing Years by Lexie Elliott

The Missing Years by Lexie Elliott

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BOOK INFO
Title: The Missing Years
Author: Lexie Elliott
Publisher: Berkley
Publish Date: April 23, 2019
Genre: Mystery Thriller
Goodreads Ratings: Me 3.0 / Community 3.91

BOOK BLURB
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An eerie, old Scottish manor in the middle of nowhere that’s now hers.

Ailsa Calder has inherited half of a house. The other half belongs to a man who disappeared without a trace twenty-seven years ago–her father.

Leaving London behind to settle the inheritance from her mother’s estate, Ailsa returns to her childhood home, nestled amongst the craggy peaks of the Scottish Highlands, joined by the half-sister who’s almost a stranger to her.

Ailsa can’t escape the claustrophobic feeling that the house itself is watching her– as if her past hungers to consume her. She also can’t ignore how the neighborhood animals refuse to set one foot within the gates of the garden.

When the first nighttime intruder shows up, Ailsa fears that the manor’s careless rugged beauty could cost her everything.


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MY REVIEW
Alisa Calder inherited an old Scottish manor from her mother’s estate, but she really only owns half of it. Her father, who disappeared 27 years earlier, owns the other half. With no way to sell or rent the manor, Alisa moves in. She doesn’t relocate alone though, her half-sister, who she doesn’t know well, moves with her.

During her childhood, Alisa lived in the home with her parents, but it’s been so long, she doesn’t feel much of a connection to the local village or the people. The locals remember the Calder family, though not all memories are that favorable. Alisa deals with her present situation, but is also faced with memories from her past… specifically, her father’s disappearance.

While staying in the manor, Alisa encounters a few strange things. In addition, Alisa sometimes questions herself on what is real. This combination makes for a suspenseful and somewhat eerie read.

A slow-building story with intriguing characters. In fact, the home itself is developed as a character rather than a setting. An interesting and complex novel.

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

Top Ten Tuesday: Rainy Day Reads

Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is Rainy Day Read.

I love to relax with a good book on a rainy day. Any book is good on a rainy day, but listed below are 10 books I recommend. For a rainy day read, I enjoy a book that is suspenseful, dark, and atmospheric. The books listed below have at least one of those things.

1. The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

2. An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena

An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena

3. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

4. The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter

The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter

5. Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine

Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine

6. The Killing Echo by Christi Daugherty

The Echo Killing by Christi Daugherty

7. The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

8. Bird Box by Josh Malerman

Bird Box by Josh Malerman

9. Jane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone

Jane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone

10. An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

Book Review: Catch Your Death by Kierney Scott

Catch Your Death by Kierney Scott

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BOOK INFO
Title: Catch Your Death
Author: Kierney Scott
Publisher: Bookouture
Publish Date: April 15, 2019
Genre: Mystery – Crime
Goodreads Ratings: Me 4.0 / Community 3.92

BOOK BLURB
from Amazon:
The scene played over and over in his mind. He only had one choice left. He had to die.

Behind the high and imposing gates of a prestigious college, five students have taken their lives. All of them friends, all of them good kids, all of them dead within months of each other. When FBI Agent Jess Bishop is called in to investigate, what she discovers will make her just as vulnerable as the students she’s trying to protect.

As Jess begins to unravel the secrets behind the deaths, she uncovers something much more sinister at the school and she is determined to find out who is at the centre of it.

Though her team think they’re closing in on the ringleader, Jess becomes convinced they’re going after the wrong person, forcing her to investigate on her own. Desperate to stop any more deaths, she risks everything by putting herself in the firing line. But just how far would she go to save the lives of those around her?


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MY REVIEW
The third book in the Detective Jess Bishop series by Kierney Scott. In this latest book, FBI Agent Jess Bishop investigates a series of apparent suicides at a prestigious boarding school.

While the case Jess investigates is a standalone story, I recommend reading the previous books in the series to better understand the backstory of Jess and the other characters. Jess is a troubled FBI agent with a past she would rather others not know about. She is smart, independent, headstrong, and good a solving difficult cases.

In this book, Jess ends up investigating a series of deaths that have a connection to a coworker. While Jess is the main character, there are other interesting characters on her investigative team. Each of the characters has a distinct personality. I’ve read the previous two books, and find with each book that the characters become better developed. I would like to learn more about some of them, and as the series continues, I expect for this to happen.

An action-packed mystery. Good for fans of crime thrillers. Suspenseful, intriguing, and complex.

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

Book Review: Wolfhunter River by Rachel Caine

Wolfhunter River by Rachel Caine

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BOOK INFO
Title: Wolfhunter River
Author: Rachel Caine
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Publish Date: April 23, 2019
Genre: Mystery Thriller
Goodreads Ratings: Me 4.0 / Community 4.11

BOOK BLURB
from Amazon:
She can’t ignore a cry for help. But in this remote hunting town, it’s open season.

Gwen Proctor escaped her serial-killer husband and saved her family. What she can’t seem to outrun is his notoriety. Or the sick internet vigilantes still seeking to avenge his crimes. For Gwen, hiding isn’t an option. Not when her only mission is to create a normal life for her kids.

But now, a threatened woman has reached out. Marlene Crockett, from the remote town of Wolfhunter, is panicked for herself and her daughter. When Gwen arrives in the small, isolated rural community, Marlene is already dead—her own daughter blamed for the murder. Except that’s not the person Marlene feared at all. And Gwen isn’t leaving until she finds out who that was.

But it may already be too late. A trap has been set. And it’s poised to snap shut on everyone Gwen loves. Her stalkers are closing in. And in a town as dark as Wolfhunter, it’s so easy for them to hide…


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MY REVIEW
First off, this book isn’t really needed for the series. I think most things were wrapped up in book 2, Killman Creek. That said, I enjoy Rachel Caine’s writing style, and thoroughly enjoyed revisiting Gwen and the others in this series.

The third, and final, book in the Stillhouse Lake series. This book has a couple of main stories. One, Gwen is trying to live a normal life with her kids. Unfortunately, there are some people who would like to see her suffer for her husband’s crimes. Two, a woman in Wolfhunter contacts Gwen with a story that intrigues her. Gwen travels to Wolfhunter, and soon suspects something is seriously wrong in the small town. Of course, these storylines intersect to make a fast-paced and exciting read.

Readers who enjoyed Stillhouse Lake and Killman Creek are sure to be thrilled with Wolfhunter River. A suspenseful read that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

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

Weekly Wrap-Up (Apr 6 – Apr 12)

Weekly Wrap-Up

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BOOKS READ

• Three ebooks – Wolfhunter River by Rachel Caine, The Missing Years by Lexie Elliott, and Catch Your Death by Kierney Scott
• Four audiobooks – Every Single Secret by Emily Carpenter, In the Vines by Shannon Kirk, Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica, and Her Last Day by T.R. Ragan

Wolfhunter River by Rachel CaineThe Missing Years by Lexie ElliottCatch Your Death by Kierney Scott
Every Single Secret by Emily CarpenterIn the Vines by Shannon KirkPretty Baby by Mary KubicaHer Last Day by T.R. Ragan


BOOKS ACQUIRED

– One ARC received via Netgalley

Read on Arrival by Nora Page


CURRENTLY READING

Currently reading three books – one print book (Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte), one ebook (The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth), and one audiobook (Legendary by Stephanie Garber).

Four Dead Queens by Astrid ScholteThe Mother-In-Law by Sally HepworthLegendary by Stephanie Garber


ON THE BLOG

THIS WEEK

MONDAY – Book Review: Foul Play on Words by Becky Clark
TUESDAY – Top Ten Tuesday: Things I Do For the Love of Books
WEDNESDAY – Book Review: The Better Sister by Alafair Burke
THURSDAY – Book Reviews: The Woman Inside by E.G. Scott & Her Pretty Face by Robyn Harding
FRIDAY – Weekly Wrap-Up (Apr 6 – Apr 12)

NEXT WEEK

MONDAY – Book Reviews: Wolfhunter River by Rachel Caine & Catch Your Death by Kierney Scott
TUESDAY – Top Ten Tuesday: Rainy Day Reads
WEDNESDAY – Book Review: The Missing Years by Lexie Elliott
THURSDAY – Book Reviews: The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides & Verity by Colleen Hoover
FRIDAY – Weekly Wrap-Up (Apr 13 – Apr 19)

Thanks for stopping by Nightcap Books. Happy Reading!

Book Review: Her Pretty Face by Robyn Harding

Her Pretty Face by Robyn Harding

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BOOK INFO
Title: Her Pretty Face
Author: Robyn Harding
Publisher: Gallery/Scout Press
Publish Date: July 10, 2018
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Goodreads Ratings: Me 4.0 / Community 3.76

BOOK BLURB
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Frances Metcalfe is struggling to stay afloat.

A stay-at-home mom whose troubled son is her full-time job, she thought that the day he got accepted into the elite Forrester Academy would be the day she started living her life. Overweight, insecure, and lonely, she is desperate to fit into Forrester’s world. But after a disturbing incident at the school leads the other children and their families to ostracize the Metcalfes, she feels more alone than ever before.

Until she meets Kate Randolph.

Kate is everything Frances is not: beautiful, wealthy, powerful, and confident. And for some reason, she’s not interested in being friends with any of the other Forrester moms—only Frances. As the two bond over their disdain of the Forrester snobs and the fierce love they have for their sons, a startling secret threatens to tear them apart.

Because one of these women is not who she seems. Her real name is Amber Kunik. And she’s a murderer.

In her masterful follow-up to The Party, Robyn Harding spins a web of lies, deceit, and betrayal, asking the question: Can people ever change? And even if they can, is it possible to forgive the past?


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MY REVIEW
Frances and Kate seem very different, but soon became friends. Their sons go to the same private school, and neither one quite fits in with the other parents. Frances is somewhat ostracized because of her son’s behavioral problems. Kate is confident and not all that interested in blending in with the other parents. As the women’s friendship grows, one learns of the other’s secret. A disturbing secret of a past murder.

Told with alternating timelines (past and present) and three alternating points of view (Frances, Daisy, and DJ). Frances is insecure, but wants to be liked. When she meets Kate, she is happy to finally have a friend. Daisy is Kate’s lonely teenage daughter. DJ is a young child. Frances and Daisy’s timelines are present day, and DJ’s story is in the past.

Her Pretty Face is great domestic drama. It is character driven, which makes for a somewhat slower-paced read. There is intrigue and suspense with the story as well, which makes for a compelling story.

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

Book Review: The Woman Inside by E.G. Scott

The Woman Inside by E.G. Scott

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BOOK INFO
Title: The Woman Inside
Author: E.G. Scott
Publisher: Dutton
Publish Date: January 22, 2019
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Goodreads Ratings: Me 3.0 / Community 3.48

BOOK BLURB
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An impossible-to-put-down domestic thriller about secrets and revenge, told from the perspectives of a husband and wife who are the most perfect, and the most dangerous, match for each other

Rebecca didn’t know love was possible until she met Paul, a successful, charismatic, married man with a past as dark as her own. Their pain drew them together with an irresistible magnetism; they sensed that they were each other’s ideal (and perhaps only) match.

But twenty years later, Paul and Rebecca are drowning as the damage and secrets that ignited their love begin to consume their marriage. Paul is cheating on Rebecca, and his affair gets messy fast. His mistress is stalking them with growing audacity when Rebecca discovers Paul’s elaborate plan to build a new life without her. And though Rebecca is spiraling into an opiate addiction, it doesn’t stop her from coming up with a devious plot of her own, and this one could end absolutely everything.

What follows is an unpredictable and stylish game of cat and mouse—a shocking tale of unfaithfulness and unreliability that will keep you racing until the final twist and make you wonder how well you really know your spouse.


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MY REVIEW
Paul and Rebecca have been married for twenty years. Their marriage has hit a rocky patch, and both of them are keeping secrets.

Told with the alternating viewpoints of Paul and Rebecca. Rebecca is addicted to opiates, making her somewhat unreliable as a narrator. Paul has secrets of his own, including an affair that doesn’t end well. Two manipulative characters that were so unlikable it was hard to care too much with how things turned out for them.

This novel has two main points of view, but also includes a few other POV as the story progresses. The combination of multiple POVs and timelines (before, after, and now) made for a convoluted read. I enjoyed the twistiness of this domestic thriller, but it was not as intriguing as other recent novels.

Crazy mistress. Drug addicted wife. Suspicious husband. A fast-paced and entertaining thriller.

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