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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MY REVIEW

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)

Weekly Wrap-Up



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


BLOG POSTS

Book Review: A Good Man by Ani Katz
• Weekly Wrap-Up (Jan 17)


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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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MY REVIEW

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)

Weekly Wrap-Up



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


BLOG POSTS

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Books for First Half of 2020
Netgally & Edelweiss Shelves (January 2020)
Book Review: How Quickly She Disappears by Raymond Fleischmann
• Weekly Wrap-Up (Jan 10)


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Book Review: How Quickly She Disappears by Raymond Fleischmann

How Quickly She Disappears by Raymond Fleischmann


BOOK INFO

Title: How Quickly She Disappears
Author: Raymond Fleischmann
Publisher: Berkley
Publish Date: January 14, 2020
Genre: Mystery Thriller
Series: na
Goodreads Ratings: Me 3.00 / Community 3.48


BOOK BLURB

The Dry meets The Silence of the Lambs in this intoxicating tale of literary suspense, set in the relentless Alaskan landscape, about madness and obsession, loneliness and grief, and the ferocious bonds of family….

My proposition is very simple: I am going to ask you for three gifts, and for each gift you deliver, I will take you one step closer to Jacqueline.

It’s been twenty years since Elisabeth’s twin sister, Jacqueline, disappeared without a trace. Now thirty-year-old Elisabeth is living far from home in a small Alaskan town. She’s in a loveless marriage and has a precocious young daughter she loves more than anything but who reminds her too much of her long-missing sister.

But then Alfred, a dangerous stranger with a plan of his own, arrives in town and commits an inexplicable act of violence. And he offers a startling revelation: He knows exactly what happened to Elisabeth’s sister, but he’ll reveal this truth only if she fulfills his three requests.

Increasingly isolated from her neighbors and imprisoned by the bitter cold and her own obsession, Elisabeth can almost hear her sister’s voice saying, Come and find me. And so she will, even if it means putting herself—and her family—in danger.



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MY REVIEW

Elisabeth Pfautz lives in a small Alaskan town with her husband and daughter. While her husband is away on business, a stranger, Alfred Seidel, arrives in town and needs somewhere to stay. The Pfautz home is the place where locals direct someone in need of a room for a night or two, and Elisabeth reluctantly agrees that the man can stay there. Shortly after his arrival, he kills a local man. While in jail, Alfred wants to speak with Elisabeth, and only Elisabeth. To convince her to help him, he says he knows what happened to Elisabeth’s sister, Jacqueline. Twenty years earlier, Jacqueline disappeared, and Elisabeth is consumed by her need to find out what happened to her sister.

The remote setting is fantastic. It really sets the tone for a moody and somewhat depressing read. The characters are intriguing. Elisabeth is lonely, and has never gotten over her sister’s disappearance. Even putting herself and her family in danger doesn’t hold her back from learning about what happened.

A slow burning and atmospheric mystery. While there were some compelling parts to the novel, I was never fully 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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Netgally & Edelweiss Shelves (January 2020)

I’m starting a new monthly post for my Netgalley and Edelweiss shelves. I use both sites regularly, so I always have new books to read. Both sites are great for requesting ARCs, though it can be a challenge to not overdo on the requests. Lately, I’ve been pretty good about keeping the number of ARCs to read at a manageable amount. That hasn’t always been the case.

Last year, I started reading books a week or so before they were scheduled for publication. That way, I could easily post a review close to the publication date. That system works well, and it ensures I have a decent TBR to work from each month. Prior to that, I reviewed books as I received them. For now, I’m sticking with reading and reviewing close to the publication date. There is one problem with that system though. I have books I really want to read sitting around for months before I get to them. So, I may end up going back to reviewing books as I receive them.



NEW ON MY SHELF

He Started It by Samantha Downing

He Started It by Samantha Downing
Publisher: Berkley
Expected publication date: April 28, 2020

From the twisted mind behind mega hit My Lovely Wife comes the story of a family—not unlike your own—just with a few more violent tendencies thrown in….

Beth, Portia, and Eddie Morgan haven’t all been together in years. And for very good reasons—we’ll get to those later. But when their wealthy grandfather dies and leaves a cryptic final message in his wake, the siblings and their respective partners must come together for a cross-country road trip to fulfill his final wish and—more importantly—secure their inheritance.

But time with your family can be tough. It is for everyone.

It’s even harder when you’re all keeping secrets and trying to forget a memory, a missing person, an act of revenge, the man in the black truck who won’t stop following your car—and especially when at least one of you is a killer and there’s a body in the trunk. Just to name a few reasons.

But money is a powerful motivator. It is for everyone.


The Body in the Apartment by Judi Lynn

The Body in the Apartment by Judi Lynn
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Expected publication date: March 17, 2020

The charming homes of River Bluffs, Indiana, make perfect projects for house-flipper Jazzi Zanders. Less charming is her hothead brother-in-law, who’s a bit of a fixer-upper himself.
But could he also be a murderer?

Jazzi married her gorgeous contractor Ansel—not his family. But somehow she keeps living with them. So she’s delighted to help Ansel’s brother Radley move out of their home and into his own place, in the same building as his work supervisor, Donovan. But when Donovan is shot and his apartment ransacked following an argument with Ansel and Radley’s older brother Bain, their sibling becomes a suspect—especially after his missing gun turns up as the murder weapon.

Told not to leave town by Detective Gaff, big brother moves in with . . . Jazzi and Ansel. Now Jazzi needs to prove Bain’s no killer, not only to keep him out of jail—but to get him out of their house. What was the killer looking for in Donovan’s apartment? And what will happen to the next person who gets in the way?



STATS

NETGALLEY
Books To Read: 13
Books Approved (all time): 176
Books Reviewed (all time): 163
Feedback Ratio: 93%

EDELWEISS
Books To Read: 16
Books Approved (all time): 53
Books Reviewed (all time): 37
Feedback Ratio: 70%



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Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Books for First Half of 2020

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 Most Anticipated Book Releases for the First Half of 2020. Listed below are ten books I’m looking forward to reading this year.

1. Dead to Her by Sarah Pinborough (February 11, 2020)
2. The Other Mrs. by Mary Kubica (February 18, 2020)
3. Follow Me by Kathleen Barber (February 25, 2020)
4. You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen (March 3, 2020)
5. Revolver Road by Christi Daugherty (March 10, 2020)
6. Unfollow Me by Charlotte Duckworth (March 10, 2020)
7. Problem Child by Victoria Helen Stone (March 24, 2020)
8. Behind Every Lie by Christina McDonald (April 1, 2020)
9. Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier (April 21, 2020)
10. He Started It by Samantha Downing (April 28, 2020)

Dead to Her by Sarah PinboroughThe Other Mrs. by Mary KubicaFollow Me by Kathleen Barber
You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks and Sarah PekkanenRevolver Road by Christi DaughertyUnfollow Me by Charlotte Duckworth
Problem Child by Victoria Helen StoneBehind Every Lie by Christina McDonaldLittle Secrets by Jennifer HillierHe Started It by Samantha Downing


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Weekly Wrap-Up (Jan 3)

Weekly Wrap-Up


Happy New Year!

I slowed down on my reading and blogging the last couple of months, but I’m ready to start the year with some good reads.


BOOKS READ

• How Quickly She Disappears by Raymond Fleischmann (eARC)

How Quickly She Disappears by Raymond Fleischmann


CURRENTLY READING

• Rules of Civility by Amor Towles (print)
• All the Devils by Barry Eisler (audio)

Rules of Civility by Amor TowlesAll the Devils by Barry Eisler


ADDED TO MY TBR

• When I Was You by Minka Kent
• Last Day by Luanne Rice
• He Started It by Samantha Downing

When I Was You by Minka KentLast Day by Luanne RiceHe Started It by Samantha Downing


BLOG POSTS

Book Review: Good Girls Lie by J.T. Ellison
Book Review: I Choose You by Gayle Curtis
December 2019 Recap
2019 Year in Review
Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Mysteries & Thrillers in 2019
Reading Challenge: PopSugar 2020
Reading Challenge: Genre Bingo 2020
Reading Goals for 2020
January 2020 TBR
• Weekly Wrap-Up (Jan 3)


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January 2020 TBR

Happy New Year!

Welcome to my first monthly TBR! This year I’m going to try and post monthly TBRs to keep up with my reading lists.

My TBR for this month in primarily ARCs and books on Kindle Unlimited. I’m also hoping to read a few books for reading challenges. I’m trying not to request/accept as many ARCs as I did last year, but I still have a fair amount to get through in the next few months. As for KU, I signed up again. I’m planning to only keep a subscription for a few months, then cancel it and focus on other books… like owned books.



How Quickly She Disappears by Raymond FleischmannA Good Man by Ani KatzBitter Falls by Rachel CaineThe Look-Alike by Erica SpindlerThe Other People by C.J. TudorThe Truants by Kate WeinbergAll the Devils by Barry EislerDark Pattern by Andrew MayneRaven Lane by Amber CowieRegretting You by Colleen HooverThe Other Wife by Claire McGowan



ARCs

• How Quickly She Disappears by Raymond Fleischmann
• A Good Man by Ani Katz
• Bitter Falls by Rachel Caine
• The Look-Alike by Erica Spindler
• The Other People by C.J. Tudor
• The Truants by Kate Weinberg


Kindle Unlimited

• All the Devils by Barry Eisler
• Dark Pattern by Andrew Mayne
• Raven Lane by Amber Cowie
• Regretting You by Colleen Hoover
• The Other Wife by Claire McGowan



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Reading Goals for 2020

Yearly Goals

Happy New Year!
New year. New reading goals.

1. Participate in reading challenges.
I’m planning on two yearly reading challenges. In the past, I’ve only done yearly challenges, but this year I want to incorporate more monthly or other short-term reading challenges.
· PopSugar
· Genre Bingo

2. Read more books that I own.
I have this goal every year, yet I continue to buy more and more books. Anyway, I normally don’t have a number goal to work toward, but this year I set one. I want to read at least 50 books that I own.

3. Catch up on book series.
I want to catch up on ongoing series and completed series.

Cheers to the New Year! Wishing you a year of good books and success with your reading goals. Happy reading!