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.

Book Review: The Line Between by Tosca Lee

The Line Between by Tosca Lee

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BOOK INFO
Title: The Line Between
Author: Tosca Lee
Publisher: Howard Books
Publish Date: January 29, 2019
Genre: Mystery Thriller
Goodreads Ratings: Me 4.0 / Community 4.40

BOOK BLURB
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In this frighteningly believable thriller from New York Times bestselling author Tosca Lee, an extinct disease re-emerges from the melting Alaskan permafrost to cause madness in its victims. For recent apocalyptic cult escapee Wynter Roth, it’s the end she’d always been told was coming.

When Wynter Roth is turned out of New Earth, a self-contained doomsday cult on the American prairie, she emerges into a world poised on the brink of madness as a mysterious outbreak of rapid early onset dementia spreads across the nation.

As Wynter struggles to start over in a world she’s been taught to regard as evil, she finds herself face-to-face with the apocalypse she’s feared all her life—until the night her sister shows up at her doorstep with a set of medical samples. That night, Wynter learns there’s something far more sinister at play and that these samples are key to understanding the disease.

Now, as the power grid fails and the nation descends into chaos, Wynter must find a way to get the samples to a lab in Colorado. Uncertain who to trust, she takes up with former military man Chase Miller, who has his own reasons for wanting to get close to the samples in her possession, and to Wynter herself.

Filled with action, conspiracy, romance, and questions of whom—and what—to believe, The Line Between is a high-octane story of survival and love in a world on the brink of madness.


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MY REVIEW
Wynter Roth is banished from the cult New Earth. Now in her twenties, Wynter has lived with them since she was a kid. New Earth has cut itself off from the rest of the world and maintained a self-sufficient environment. New Earth has always told its members that the end of the world was coming. When Wynter leaves, she enters a world where a mysterious disease is quickly spreading. She has been told the apocalypse was coming, and now she is faced with that reality. However, Wynter soon learns she may be able to help save the world.

Wynter is a smart and courageous young woman. She wants to protect her sister and her niece, but she doesn’t know how after she is banished from New Earth. When Wynter’s sister locates her and gives her some medical samples, along with information that Wynter did not know, Wynter does all she can to help. Wynter needs to get the samples to Colorado, and she’s not sure who she can trust along the way. Enter Chase, a former military man.

A fast-paced and exciting thriller. Intriguing characters. Suspenseful story. Great for fans of novels involving cults and apocalyptic storylines.

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

Book Review: And Then You Were Gone by R.J. Jacobs

And Then You Were Gone by R.J. Jacobs

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BOOK INFO
Title: And Then You Were Gone
Author: R.J. Jacobs
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Publish Date: March 13, 2019
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Goodreads Ratings: Me 4.0 / Community 3.78

BOOK BLURB
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For fans of B. A. Paris and Mary Kubica comes a propulsive, twisting psychological thriller that asks, How can you save someone else if you can’t save yourself?

After years of learning how to manage her bipolar disorder, Emily Firestone finally has it under control. Even better, her life is coming together: she’s got a great job, her own place, and a boyfriend, Paolo, who adores her. So when Paolo suggests a weekend sailing trip, Emily agrees—wine, water, and the man she loves? What could be better? But when Emily wakes the morning after they set sail, the boat is still adrift…and Paolo is gone.

A strong swimmer, there’s no way Paolo drowned, but Emily is at a loss for any other explanation. Where else could he have gone? And why? As the hours and days pass by, each moment marking Paolo’s disappearance, Emily’s hard-won stability begins to slip.

But when Emily uncovers evidence suggesting Paolo was murdered, the investigation throws her mania into overdrive, even as she becomes a person of interest in her own personal tragedy. To clear her name, Emily must find the truth—but can she hold onto her own sanity in the process?


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MY REVIEW
While on a sailing trip, Emily wakes to find her boyfriend Paolo is missing. Since Paolo is a strong swimmer, Emily finds it hard to believe he could have drowned. As days pass, Paolo’s disappearance starts to lean toward murder… with Emily as a suspect. Emily struggles with managing her bipolar disorder, which she though was under control, while she searches for answers to what happened to Paolo.

Emily makes for an interesting unreliable narrator. She has been managing her bipolar disorder well, but when Paolo goes missing and she becomes a suspect, she no longer has control. In addition to that, her memory of the night Paolo went missing is very hazy. The fun thing about unreliable narrators is the reader never knows if they can be trusted.

When Emily looks into Paolo’s disappearance, she learns more about his work. Paolo works in medical research, and while Emily was aware of the virus he was working with, she learns a lot more about his research and coworkers as she questions what happened to him.

A fast-paced thriller. Intriguing, suspenseful, and twisty.

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

Top Ten Tuesday: Standalone Books That Need a Sequel

Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is Standalone Books That Need a Sequel.

I’ve read so many books that have sequels, but, unfortunately, I have a difficult time keeping up with reading them. Lately, I’ve been preferring to read standalones, mainly to avoid starting new series. Anyway, listed below are ten standalone books that I enjoyed, and wouldn’t mind hearing more from these characters.

1. Bird Box by Josh Malerman

Bird Box by Josh Malerman

2. The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

3. Jane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone

Jane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone

4. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

5. The Wife by Alafair Burke

The Wife by Alafair Burke

6. Our House by Louise Candlish

Our House by Louise Candlish

7. Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney

Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney

8. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

9. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

10. Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh

Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh

Book Review: A Beautiful Corpse by Christi Daugherty

A Beautiful Corpse by Christi Daugherty

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BOOK INFO
Title: A Beautiful Corpse
Author: Christi Daugherty
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Publish Date: March 12, 2019
Genre: Mystery – Crime
Goodreads Ratings: Me 5.0 / Community 4.35

BOOK BLURB
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From Christi Daugherty, author of The Echo Killing, comes another pulse-pounding suspenseful thriller featuring crime reporter Harper McClain.

For a woman, being killed by someone who claims to love her is the most ordinary murder of all.

With its antebellum houses and ancient oak trees draped in a veil of Spanish moss, Savannah’s graceful downtown is famous around the world. When a woman is killed in the heart of that affluent district, the shock is felt throughout the city. But for crime reporter Harper McClain, this story is personal. The corpse has a familiar face.

Only twenty-four years old, Naomi Scott was just getting started. A law student, tending bar to make ends meet, she wanted to change the world. Instead, her life ended in the dead of night at the hands of an unseen gunman. There are no witnesses to the crime. The police have three suspects: Scott’s boyfriend, who has a criminal past he claims he’s put behind him, her boss, who stalked another young bartender two years ago, and the district attorney’s son, who Naomi dated until their relationship ended in acrimony. All three men claim to love her. Could one of them be her killer?

With the whole city demanding answers, Harper unravels a tangled story of obsession and jealousy. But the pressures on her go beyond the murder. The newspaper is facing more layoffs. Her boss fears both their jobs are on the line. And Harper begins to realize that someone is watching her every move. Someone familiar and very dangerous.

Someone who told her to run before it’s too late…


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MY REVIEW
Crime reporter Harper McClain is back in the second book in this suspenseful series. A local woman is killed late at night in Savannah’s tourist district. There are no witnesses to the crime, but the police have three suspects. Harper digs deep to discover who is behind the murder.

Harper is back, and after the events in the first book, her relationship with the Savannah police department is suffering. Since she is a crime reporter, this makes her job a little more challenging. Using the few connections she still has, along with her smarts and determination, Harper works to discover the killer in a local murder. This death has hit a little close to home since Harper knew the victim. Being close to the crime both helps and hinders her work as a crime reporter.

The local murder isn’t the only mystery in Harper’s life. It seems someone is watching her. This storyline started in the previous book, but it goes much further in this one. Add in work place drama and a little romance, and this makes for a gripping read.

I loved the first book in this series, The Echo Killing, so I was looking forward to reading this one. I’m happy to say, this continues to be an engaging and thrilling series. I recommend picking up the first book in this series before reading this one.

Compelling characters. Complex and entertaining story. Atmospheric setting. A perfect choice for fans of mystery thrillers.

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

Weekly Wrap-Up (Mar 2 – Mar 8)

Weekly Wrap-Up

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BOOKS READ

• One ebook – A Beautiful Corpse by Christi Daugherty
• One audiobook – Murder Most Frothy by Cleo Coyle

A Beautiful Corpse by Christi DaughertyMurder Most Frothy by Cleo Coyle


BOOKS ACQUIRED

• One ebook received via First to Read – The River by Peter Heller
• One ebook received via Amazon First Reads – I’m Fine and Neither Are You by Camille Pagán
• One ebook received from the author – Kill Code by Clive Fleury
• Two books borrowed from the library – Her Pretty Face by Robyn Harding and Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus

The River by Peter HellerI'm Fine and Neither Are You by Camille Pagan
Kill Code by Clive FleuryHer Pretty Face by Robyn HardingTwo Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus


CURRENTLY READING

Currently reading three books – one print book (World War Z by Alex Michaelides), one ebook (And Then You Were Gone by R.J. Jacobs), and one audiobook (Decaffeinated Corpse by Cleo Coyle).

World War Z by Max BrooksAnd Then You Were Gone by R.J. JacobsDecaffeinated Corpse by Cleo Coyle


ON THE BLOG

THIS WEEK

MONDAY – Book Review: Call Me Evie by J.P. Pomare
TUESDAY – Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I’d Switch Places With for a Day
WEDNESDAY – Book Review: Until the Day I Die by Emily Carpenter & Smash and Grab by Joe Albanese
THURSDAY – Book Review: Only Child by Rhiannon Navin
FRIDAY – Weekly Wrap-Up (Mar 2 – Mar 8)

NEXT 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 & Book Review: The Line Between by Tosca Lee
THURSDAY – Book Review: The Banker’s Wife by Cristina Alger
FRIDAY – Weekly Wrap-Up (Mar 9 – Mar 15)

Thanks for stopping by Nightcap Books. Happy Reading!

Book Review: Only Child by Rhiannon Navin

Only Child by Rhiannon Navin

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BOOK INFO
Title: Only Child
Author: Rhiannon Navin
Publisher: Knopf
Publish Date: February 6, 2018
Genre: Contemporary
Goodreads Ratings: Me 4.0 / Community 4.24

BOOK BLURB
from Amazon:
Readers of Jodi Picoult and Liane Moriarty will also like this tenderhearted debut about healing and family, narrated by an unforgettable six-year-old boy who reminds us that sometimes the littlest bodies hold the biggest hearts and the quietest voices speak the loudest.

Squeezed into a coat closet with his classmates and teacher, first grader Zach Taylor can hear gunshots ringing through the halls of his school. A gunman has entered the building, taking nineteen lives and irrevocably changing the very fabric of this close-knit community. While Zach’s mother pursues a quest for justice against the shooter’s parents, holding them responsible for their son’s actions, Zach retreats into his super-secret hideout and loses himself in a world of books and art. Armed with his newfound understanding, and with the optimism and stubbornness only a child could have, Zach sets out on a captivating journey towards healing and forgiveness, determined to help the adults in his life rediscover the universal truths of love and compassion needed to pull them through their darkest hours.


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MY REVIEW
Zach and his first grade class squeeze into the classroom closet when a gunman enters the school. They can hear the gunshots as multiple lives are lost during the attack. After the shooting, Zach’s mother is one of the adults who holds the gunman’s parents responsible for their son’s actions. Zach is overlooked in a world of grieving adults. With his innocence and optimism, he attempts to help the ones he loves through the difficult time.

Told from the viewpoint of a child – Zach. An interesting POV, and one that seems fairly accurate. After such a terrible tragedy, not only are the children upset, but the adults are too. Seeing the behaviors and actions of the adults through a child’s eyes were a great way to tell this story.

Fantastic debut novel. An emotional story told in a captivating way. Loss, grief, anger, guilt, love, forgiveness, healing, and hope. This one can be hard to read due to the sensitive topic, but it’s well worth picking up.

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

Book Review: Smash and Grab by Joe Albanese

Smash and Grab by Joe Albanese

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BOOK INFO
Title: Smash and Grab
Author: Joe Albanese
Publisher: Books to Go Now
Publish Date: February 28, 2018
Genre: Crime
Goodreads Ratings: Me 4.0 / Community 4.50

BOOK BLURB
from Amazon:
Wick was a normal young man, passing his days at a part-time job and wasting his nights with friends and booze. That was until someone smashed a brick to the side of his head and knocked Wick’s life upside down. The culprit, Kenny, a young man in a dire situation, has only one goal: to get the job done, no matter who gets in his way.


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MY REVIEW
A novella about two young men, Wick and Kenny, and their shady group of friends and acquaintances.

This is a quick read at 52 pages. A clever story with crime, drugs, and enough twists to keep it interesting.

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