Book Review: The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver

The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver


BOOK INFO

Title: The Two Lives of Lydia Bird
Author: Josie Silver
Publisher: Ballantine
Publish Date: March 3, 2020
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Series: na
Goodreads Ratings: Me 4.00 / Community 3.99


BOOK BLURB

Two lives. Two loves. One impossible choice. From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Reese’s Book Club Pick One Day in December

Written with Josie Silver’s trademark warmth and wit, The Two Lives of Lydia Bird is a powerful and thrilling love story about the what-ifs that arise at life’s crossroads, and what happens when one woman is given a miraculous chance to answer them.

Lydia and Freddie. Freddie and Lydia. They’d been together for more than a decade and Lydia thought their love was indestructible. But she was wrong. On Lydia’s twenty-eighth birthday, Freddie died in a car accident.

So now it’s just Lydia, and all she wants is to hide indoors and sob until her eyes fall out. But Lydia knows that Freddie would want her to try to live fully, happily, even without him. So, enlisting the help of his best friend, Jonah, and her sister, Elle, she takes her first tentative steps into the world, open to life—and perhaps even love—again.

But then something inexplicable happens that gives her another chance at her old life with Freddie. A life where none of the tragic events of the past few months have happened.

Lydia is pulled again and again through the doorway to her past, living two lives, impossibly, at once. But there’s an emotional toll to returning to a world where Freddie, alive, still owns her heart. Because there’s someone in her new life, her real life, who wants her to stay.



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MY REVIEW

On Lydia’s 28th birthday, Freddie, her fiancé, died in a car accident. Lydia is having trouble moving on. She tries sleeping pills, and learns she is transported to another world when she takes them. A world where Freddie is still alive.

A heartbreaking novel. Lydia is devastated with the sudden death of Freddie. She knows she needs to continue living her life, but she is overwhelmed with grief. She does have some support from her mother, sister, and friends, and they help her make steps in her recovery. Lydia is hindered in her grieving process because she has sleeping pills that create an alternate world for her. She is torn between visiting her sleeping world to be with Freddie, and moving on without him in her real life.

An emotional story that deals with grief. While some moments are heavy and sad, others are humorous and uplifting. A beautifully written novel of love, loss, grief, letting go, and starting over. Honest, sweet, and compelling.

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


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Book Review: The Return by Rachel Harrison

The Return by Rachel Harrison


BOOK INFO

Title: The Return
Author: Rachel Harrison
Publisher: Berkley
Publish Date: March 24, 2020
Genre: Horror
Series: na
Goodreads Ratings: Me 3.00 / Community 3.54


BOOK BLURB

A group of friends reunite after one of them has returned from a mysterious two-year disappearance in this edgy and haunting debut.

Julie is missing, and no one believes she will ever return—except Elise. Elise knows Julie better than anyone, and feels it in her bones that her best friend is out there and that one day Julie will come back. She’s right. Two years to the day that Julie went missing, she reappears with no memory of where she’s been or what happened to her.

Along with Molly and Mae, their two close friends from college, the women decide to reunite at a remote inn. But the second Elise sees Julie, she knows something is wrong—she’s emaciated, with sallow skin and odd appetites. And as the weekend unfurls, it becomes impossible to deny that the Julie who vanished two years ago is not the same Julie who came back. But then who—or what—is she?



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MY REVIEW

Julie, Elise, Molly, and Mae have all been friends since college. Julie has gone missing, and she is presumed dead. Two years later, Julie returns. The women decide to meet up at a remote and kitschy hotel. When Julie arrives at the hotel, it’s clear she is not the same person she was two years earlier.

Told from Elise’s point of view. She is the closest to Julie, and the one tasked with finding out what happened to her. Unfortunately, Julie has no memory of the past two years. A enjoyable group of characters. I especially enjoyed the strong female friendships.

A creepy horror novel. The hotel is unusual, but didn’t add the eerie atmosphere I was hoping for. Mysterious and entertaining.

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 (Mar 27)

Weekly Wrap-Up


Hey y’all! I hope everyone is staying safe.

Like everyone else, we’ve been adjusting to our new stay-at-home schedules. Fortunately, my husband was able to switch to working from home fairly easily. I’m a stay-at-home mom, so my schedule didn’t change too much. My son is in Kindergarten, so he’s doing distance learning. His assignments aren’t hard to keep up with, but he’s ready to go back to school and see his friends.

As for books, I’m not reading as much as I would like. Hopefully, I can get back into a reading routine soon. I did host Random House Book Club’s March discussion on Goodreads last night. The book was The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver. I haven’t posted my review yet, but hope to have it on the blog next week.


BOOKS READ

• The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver (print)
• Third Party by Brandi Reeds (audio)

The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie SilverThird Party by Brandi Reeds


CURRENTLY READING

• Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes (print)
• The Return by Rachel Harrison (digital)
• Wall of Silence by Tracy Buchanan (digital)

Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances MayesThe Return by Rachel HarrisonWall of Silence by Tracy Buchanan


ADDED TO MY TBR

• Hurry Home by Roz Nay (ARC via publisher)
• His & Hers by Alice Feeney (ARC via publisher)
• The Half Sister by Sandie Jones (eARC via Netgalley)
• The Swap by Robyn Harding (eARC via Netgalley)

Hurry Home by Roz NayHis & Hers by Alice FeeneyThe Half Sister by Sandie JonesThe Swap by Robyn Harding


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Book Review: Problem Child by Victoria Helen Stone
• Weekly Wrap-Up (Mar 27)


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Book Review: Problem Child by Victoria Helen Stone

Problem Child by Victoria Helen Stone


BOOK INFO

Title: Problem Child
Author: Victoria Helen Stone
Publisher: Lake Union
Publish Date: March 24, 2020
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Series: Jane Doe #2
Goodreads Ratings: Me 4.00 / Community 4.03


BOOK BLURB

She’s cold, calculating, and can deceive with a smile. Jane Doe is back in the Amazon Charts bestselling series—and this time she’s met her match.

After a brutal childhood, Jane Doe has been permanently wired to look after herself and only herself. Now, looking next to normal, Jane has a lover and a job. But she hasn’t lost her edge. It sharpens when she hears from her estranged family.

Jane’s deeply troubled sixteen-year-old niece, Kayla, has vanished, and no one seems to care. Neither does Jane. Until she sees a picture of Kayla and recognizes herself in the young girl’s eyes. It’s the empty stare of a sociopath.

Jane knows what vengeful and desperate things Kayla is capable of. Only Jane can help her—by being drawn into Kayla’s dark world. And no one’s more aware than Jane just how dangerous that can be.



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MY REVIEW

Jane is back! She has a new job and a serious relationship. She’s trying to live a more normal life, but she’s still cold and calculating. When Jane discovers her niece is missing, she doesn’t care. Then she learns her niece may be like her… a sociopath. This intrigues Jane, so she goes in search of her.

This is the second book in the Jane Doe series. I recommend starting with the first book, Jane Doe, before reading this one. The first book is better, plus it introduces Jane and more of her story. Problem Child can be read as a standalone though.

In Jane’s work life, she’s got a coworker trying to claim her work as his own. Obviously, she needs to straighten him out. In her love life, she’s in a relationship with Luke, who’s ready to take things to the next level. Even though Jane has a lot going on, she takes a trip to her hometown to locate her missing niece, Kayla. Jane wants to help Kayla because she reminds Jane of herself.

A fast-paced domestic thriller. Jane’s not a likable character, but she is fun to read about. A gripping novel with dark humor, mystery, and revenge.

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 (Mar 20)

Weekly Wrap-Up



BOOKS READ

• Option B by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant (digital)
• Girl Can’t Help It by Max Allan Collins (audio)
• A Criminal Justice by William L. Myers Jr. (audio)
• Woman Last Seen in Her Thirties by Camille Pagán (audio)

Option B by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam GrantGirl Can't Help It by Max Allan CollinsA Criminal Justice by William L. Myers Jr.Woman Last Seen in Her Thirties by Camille Pagán


CURRENTLY READING

• Problem Child by Victoria Helen Stone (digital)
• Second Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones (digital)

Problem Child by Victoria Helen StoneSecond Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones


ADDED TO MY TBR

• Evil by the Sea by Kathleen Bridge
• Proof of Murder by Lauren Elliott
• Can You See Her? by S.E. Lynes
• What Lies Between Us by John Marrs
• The Girl from Widow Hills by Megan Miranda

Evil by the Sea by Kathleen BridgeProof of Murder by Lauren ElliottCan You See Her? by S.E. LynesWhat Lies Between Us by John MarrsThe Girl from Widow Hills by Megan Miranda


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The Body in the Apartment by Judi Lynn
Book Review: Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel
Top Ten Tuesday: Spring 2020 TBR
Netgally & Edelweiss Shelves (March 2020)
• Weekly Wrap-Up (Mar 20)


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Netgally & Edelweiss Shelves (March 2020)

Since last month’s update, I’ve added 10 ARCs from Netgalley and Edelweiss to my shelf. I can’t wait to read these upcoming books!



Can You See Her? by S.E. Lynes

Can You See Her? by S.E. Lynes
Publisher: Bookouture
Expected publication date: April 22, 2020

What would you do if no-one was watching?

Rachel is afraid she may have done something terrible. She’s sitting in a room, being asked whether she killed someone.

She doesn’t understand how her life has changed so completely. When she was younger, heads would turn when she walked into a room. Her children needed her; her husband adored her.

But somehow the years wore that all away. She was so busy raising her children, looking after her parents… She can barely remember the woman she used to be, the one whose husband told her she was out of his league. The woman she is now just does the laundry and makes the dinner, and can walk into a room without anyone knowing she’s there.

She knows that she hated feeling invisible. She knows that she thought: what would it take for you to see me again? What if I did something no-one thought I was capable of?

Can You See Her? is an utterly compelling and unputdownable psychological thriller, about how far you can push a woman before she will break. Perfect for fans of Gillian Flynn, A.J. Finn and The Silent Patient.


Proof of Murder by Lauren Elliott

Proof of Murder by Lauren Elliott
Publisher: Kensington
Expected publication date: April 28, 2020

Bookshop owner Addie Greyborne must solve a locked-room murder in a supposedly haunted mansion to recover a priceless Sherlock Holmes original…

The seaside New England town of Greyborne Harbor is home to many grand estates, including the Queen Anne Victorian Addie inherited from her great aunt. Now one of those mansions is holding an estate sale, which is just what the bookshop owner needs to replenish her supply of rare editions—even if the house is rumored to be haunted. Assisting an overwhelmed insurance appraiser with the inventory, Addie discovers an 1887 magazine containing Arthur Conan Doyle’s first Sherlock Holmes novel, A Study in Scarlet, which she estimates to be worth over one hundred and fifty thousand dollars.

But when Addie later finds the appraiser dead in the estate’s private library, with the door bolted from the inside, and the priceless edition missing, it’s a mystery worthy of the Great Detective himself. She’s certain the death and the robbery are connected—but who, other than a ghost who can walk through walls, could have gotten in to do the deed? It’s up to Addie to find the key to the crime—before she’s the next one cornered by a killer…


Evil by the Sea by Kathleen Bridge

Evil by the Sea by Kathleen Bridge
Publisher: Lyrical Underground
Expected publication date: May 5, 2020

Liz Holt is bewitched, bothered, and bewildered when a wicked killer objects to a wiccan wedding . . .

Island life can get pretty weird. Wiccan weddings, psychic brides, mermaid parades, eccentric parrots . . . Novelist Liz Holt has gotten used to it since moving back to the barrier island of Melbourne Beach, Florida, and once again working in her family’s hotel and emporium, the Indialantic by the Sea. But one thing she’ll never get used to is murder.

Groom-to-be and leader of the Sunshine Wiccan Society, white warlock Julian Rhodes is poisoned at his rehearsal dinner on the hotel’s sightseeing cruiser. His psychic bride, Dorian Starwood, never saw it coming. An old friend of Liz’s great-aunt Amelia, the celebrity psychic engages Liz to find out who intended to kill her intended. With her Macaw, Barnacle Bob, squawking “Pop Goes the Weasel” at Dorian’s pet ferret, and the streets teeming with mermaids in tails, Liz has got to wade through the weirdness and cast a wide net for the killer—before she’s the next one to sleep with the fishes…


Read or Alive by Nora Page

Read or Alive by Nora Page
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Expected publication date: May 12, 2020

A match-made in cozy heaven for fans of Jenn McKinlay, Kate Carlisle, and book lovers everywhere, Nora Page’s third Bookmobile mystery will (book)worm its way into your heart.

Wrongful accusations have librarian Cleo Watkins and her loved ones booked for trouble.

It’s springtime and septuagenarian librarian Cleo Watkins is celebrating new blooms and old books. To her delight, the Georgia Antiquarian Book Society has brought its annual fair to Catalpa Springs in honor of Cleo’s gentleman friend, respected antiquarian bookseller and restorer, Henry Lafayette. However, trouble rolls in with the fair when a flirtatious book scout makes the rounds, charming locals out of prized books.

Among the conned is Cleo’s cousin, Dot, who handed over a signed, first edition of Gone With the Wind. With no proof the scout took the valuable book, Dot is at a loss. And when the deceitful man is found murdered the very next morning, Dot becomes a prime suspect. To Cleo’s dismay, so is Henry. The scene of the crime is behind Henry’s shop and his bookbinding tool is the murder weapon. As evidence stacks up against Henry, the police aren’t alone in questioning his innocence. Even friends and family ask Cleo how well she truly knows her gentleman friend.

Although books are at the heart of the crimes, Cleo feels dizzyingly out of her depths. Someone is setting up the people she holds dearest. With the authorities on the wrong trail, Cleo has no choice but to catalog the evidence herself. Along with her trusty bookmobile cat Rhett Butler, it will be up to Cleo to book the real killer for good.


What Lies Between Us by John Marrs

What Lies Between Us by John Marrs
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Expected publication date: May 15, 2020

Nina can never forgive Maggie for what she did. And she can never let her leave.

They say every house has its secrets, and the house that Maggie and Nina have shared for so long is no different. Except that these secrets are not buried in the past.

Every other night, Maggie and Nina have dinner together. When they are finished, Nina helps Maggie back to her room in the attic, and into the heavy chain that keeps her there. Because Maggie has done things to Nina that can’t ever be forgiven, and now she is paying the price.

But there are many things about the past that Nina doesn’t know, and Maggie is going to keep it that way—even if it kills her.

Because in this house, the truth is more dangerous than lies.


The Wife Who Knew Too Much by Michele Campbell

The Wife Who Knew Too Much by Michele Campbell
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Expected publication date: June 9, 2020

From Michele Campbell, the bestselling author of It’s Always the Husband comes a new blockbuster thriller in The Wife Who Knew Too Much.

Tabitha Girard had her heart broken years ago by Connor Ford. He was preppy and handsome. She was a pool girl at his country club. Their affair should have been a summer fling. But it meant everything to Tabitha.

Years later, Connor comes back into Tabitha’s life—older, richer, and desperately unhappy. He married for money, a wealthy, neurotic, controlling woman whom he never loved. He has always loved Tabitha.

When Connor’s wife Nina takes her own life, he’s free. He can finally be with Tabitha. Nina’s home, Windswept, can be theirs. It seems to be a perfect ending to a fairy tale romance that began so many years ago. But then, Tabitha finds a diary. “I’m writing this to raise an alarm in the event of my untimely death,” it begins. “If I die unexpectedly, it was foul play, and Connor was behind it. Connor—and her.”

Who is Connor Ford? Why did he marry Nina? Is Tabitha his true love, or a convenient affair? As the police investigate Nina’s death, is she a convenient suspect?

As Tabitha is drawn deeper into the dark glamour of a life she is ill-prepared for, it becomes clear to her that what a wife knows can kill her.


The Girl from Widow Hills by Megan Miranda

The Girl from Widow Hills by Megan Miranda
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Expected publication date: June 23, 2020

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Last House Guest—a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick—comes a riveting new novel of psychological suspense about a young woman plagued by night terrors after a childhood trauma who wakes one evening to find a corpse at her feet.

Everyone knows the story of “the girl from Widow Hills.”

Arden Maynor was just a child when she was swept away while sleepwalking during a terrifying rainstorm and went missing for days. Strangers and friends, neighbors and rescue workers, set up search parties and held vigils, praying for her safe return. Against all odds, she was found, alive, clinging to a storm drain. The girl from Widow Hills was a living miracle. Arden’s mother wrote a book. Fame followed. Fans and fan letters, creeps, and stalkers. And every year, the anniversary. It all became too much. As soon as she was old enough, Arden changed her name and disappeared from the public eye.

Now a young woman living hundreds of miles away, Arden goes by Olivia. She’s managed to stay off the radar for the last few years. But with the twentieth anniversary of her rescue approaching, the media will inevitably renew its interest in Arden. Where is she now? Soon Olivia feels like she’s being watched and begins sleepwalking again, like she did long ago, even waking outside her home. Until late one night she jolts awake in her yard. At her feet is the corpse of a man she knows—from her previous life, as Arden Maynor.

And now, the girl from Widow Hills is about to become the center of the story, once again, in this propulsive page-turner from suspense master Megan Miranda.


Checked Out for Murder by Allison Brook

Checked Out for Murder by Allison Brook
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Expected publication date: August 11, 2020

Carrie Singleton and Evelyn the ghost sleuth the slayings of a starlet and a star-crossed psychic in Agatha Award nominee Allison Brook’s fourth Haunted Library mystery.

Daphne Marriott strolls into Clover Ridge and informs librarian Carrie Singleton that she’s a psychic. But had she foreseen what fate awaited her, Daphne would have steered clear of the quaint Connecticut town. Evelyn, the library ghost, tells Carrie that there’s more to Daphne than she lets on.

The mysterious woman grew up in Clover Ridge with her no-good dad, who apparently met his end at the hands of Daphne’s brother, Billy. Still, Daphne proves a welcome distraction when Carrie’s overbearing mother hits town. Mom’s much younger husband, Tom, is in a movie that’s lensing locally, and she’s there to keep an eye on him: Tom’s costar, sultry Ilana Reingold, is also his ex-fiancée, and there’s no denying the chemistry is still there. Soon after mingling with the moviemakers at a meet-and-greet, Daphne is found dead.

Carrie and Evelyn investigate, assisted by bushy-tailed library cat Smoky Joe. But the suspect list could overflow the library shelves. Has Billy killed another relative? Is their long-missing mother involved? Or Daphne’s mean ex-husband? Carrie’s sure she knows who committed the crime, but can she bind together the clues before the culprit Dewey-decimates the town?


Until I Find You by Rea Frey

Until I Find You by Rea Frey
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Expected publication date: August 11, 2020

In Until I Find You, celebrated author Rea Frey brings you her most explosive, emotional, taut domestic drama yet about the powerful bond between mothers and children…and how far one woman will go to bring her son home.

The Set-Up

Soon, Rebecca Gray won’t be able to see. Diagnosed in her twenties with a degenerative eye disease, each day her world grows a little darker. She’s moved to the suburbs to raise her son, Jackson. In the wake of her husband’s death, it should be a quieter, easier way of life.

It won’t be.

The Moment That Changes Everything

When Bec awakes after fainting in the park, she makes promises to start taking better care of herself. When her son begins to cry, she approaches the crib.

Reaches in.

Picks him up.

But he’s not her son.

The Search

There’s nothing Bec won’t do to find Jackson. But she’s a blind woman in a world where seeing is believing. The police think she’s confused. Her friends don’t see any differences. Relying on the conviction of her instinct and the power of a mother’s love, Bec must push the limits of her world to uncover what happened to her baby boy…and bring him home for good.


Murder in the Bayou Boneyard by Ellen Byron

Murder in the Bayou Boneyard by Ellen Byron
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Expected publication date: September 8, 2020

Maggie Crozat has the Halloween heebie-jeebies in USA Today bestselling and Agatha Award-winning author Ellen Byron’s howlingly funny sixth Cajun Country mystery.

Maggie Crozat, proprietor of a historic Cajun Country B&B, prefers to let the good times roll. But hard times rock her hostelry when a new cell phone app makes it easy for locals to rent their spare rooms to tourists. With October–and Halloween–approaching, she conjures up a witch-crafty marketing scheme to draw visitors to Pelican, Louisiana.

Five local plantation B&Bs host “Pelican’s Spooky Past” packages, featuring regional crafts, unique menus, and a pet costume parade. Topping it off, the derelict Dupois cemetery is the suitably sepulchral setting for the spine-chilling play Resurrection of a Spirit. But all the witchcraft has inevitably conjured something: her B&B guests are being terrified out of town by sightings of the legendary rougarou, a cross between a werewolf and vampire.

When, in the Dupois cemetery, someone costumed as a rougarou stumbles onstage during the play–and promptly gives up the ghost, the rougarou mask having been poisoned with strychnine, Maggie is on the case. But as more murders stack up, Maggie fears that Pelican’s spooky past has nothing on its bloodcurdling present.



STATS

NETGALLEY
Books To Read: 17
Books Approved (all time): 191
Books Reviewed (all time): 174
Feedback Ratio: 91%

EDELWEISS
Books To Read: 10
Books Approved (all time): 61
Books Reviewed (all time): 51
Feedback Ratio: 84%



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Top Ten Tuesday: Spring 2020 TBR

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 Spring 2020 TBR. Below are 10 books I’m planning to read in the next couple of months.

1. A Bad Day for Sunshine by Darynda Jones
2. The Love Story of Missy Carmichael by Beth Morrey
3. The Stolen Letter by Paige Shelton
4. Not That Kind of Guy by Andie J. Christopher
5. Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier
6. He Started It by Samantha Downing
7. All Adults Here by Emma Straub
8. The Last Scoop by R. G. Belsky
9. Read or Alive by Nora Page
10. Happy and You Know It by Laura Hankin

A Bad Day for Sunshine by Darynda JonesThe Love Story of Missy Carmichael by Beth MorreyThe Stolen Letter by Paige SheltonNot That Kind of Guy by Andie J. ChristopherLittle Secrets by Jennifer HillierHe Started It by Samantha DowningAll Adults Here by Emma StraubThe Last Scoop by R.G. BelskyRead or Alive by Nora PageHappy & You Know It by Laura Hankin


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Book Review: Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel

Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel


BOOK INFO

Title: Darling Rose Gold
Author: Stephanie Wrobel
Publisher: Berkley
Publish Date: March 17, 2020
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Series: na
Goodreads Ratings: Me 4.00 / Community 3.94


BOOK BLURB

Mothers never forget. Daughters never forgive.

For the first eighteen years of her life, Rose Gold Watts believed she was seriously ill. She was allergic to everything, used a wheelchair and practically lived at the hospital. Neighbors did all they could, holding fundraisers and offering shoulders to cry on, but no matter how many doctors, tests, or surgeries, no one could figure out what was wrong with Rose Gold.

Turns out her mom, Patty Watts, was just a really good liar.

After serving five years in prison, Patty gets out with nowhere to go and begs her daughter to take her in. The entire community is shocked when Rose Gold says yes.

Patty insists all she wants is to reconcile their differences. She says she’s forgiven Rose Gold for turning her in and testifying against her. But Rose Gold knows her mother. Patty Watts always settles a score.

Unfortunately for Patty, Rose Gold is no longer her weak little darling…

And she’s waited such a long time for her mother to come home.



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Rose Gold was raised by her mother, Patty, and she was seriously ill her whole life. Doctors could never figure out what was wrong with her, and Rose Gold eventually discovered that her mother was behind her illnesses. Patty went to prison, but it’s time for her release. She doesn’t have anywhere to go, and Rose Gold agrees to take her in. They say they forgive one another, but both have twisted plans.

Rose Gold was always weak due to her illnesses and missed out on experiences due to her controlling mother. Patty appeared to be a pillar of the community, and seemed a doting mother. Turns out, she secretly abused Rose Gold her entire life. Rose Gold was 18 years old when she testified against Patty in court. It’s a surprise when Rose Gold picks Patty up from prison when she is released 5 years later, and even more surprising that she lets Patty move in with her. Rose Gold is now a single mother herself, and doesn’t quite trust Patty with her two-month-old son.

Told with the alternating points of view of Rose Gold and Patty. Both are unreliable narrators, and make for unlikable characters. In fact, even the secondary characters are unlikable. It makes for an entertaining read, and one that kept me turning the pages late into the night.

A psychological thriller about a twisted mother-daughter relationship. Clever, dark, and gripping.

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


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Book Review: The Body in the Apartment by Judi Lynn

The Body in the Apartment by Judi Lynn


BOOK INFO

Title: The Body in the Apartment
Author: Judi Lynn
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Publish Date: March 17, 2020
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Series: A Jazzi Zanders Mystery #4
Goodreads Ratings: Me 3.00 / Community 4.23


BOOK BLURB

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?



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This is the fourth book in the Jazzi Zanders mystery series by Judi Lynn. Ansel’s brother Radley has decided to stay in town, and Jazzi and Ansel help him move into his new apartment. During the move, Ansel and Radley’s brother Bain shows up to try and convince Radley to return to the family’s dairy farm. Unfortunately, Radley’s friend Donovan, who lives in the same apartment complex, is killed while everyone is there. Bain becomes a suspect. Jazzi helps solve the murder.

I’ve read the previous three books in this series and recommend reading them in order: The Body in the Attic, The Body in the Wetlands, and The Body in the Gravel. They can be read out of order though. The personal stories are continued, but the mystery is standalone for each book.

Jazzi, Ansel, and her cousin Jerod flip houses. I enjoy the idea of a house flipper amateur sleuth, so this cozy series is a good one for me. Jazzi also likes to cook and enjoys hosting meals for her family and friends. She seemed to cook more in this book, and there are a few recipes included at the end of the book. I’m still perplexed why the detective on the cases always includes Jazzi in the investigation, even bringing her to interviews. Still, it’s a fun and entertaining series.

A light, cozy mystery. Likable characters and a good mystery.

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 (Mar 13)

Weekly Wrap-Up



BOOKS READ

• The Body in the Apartment by Judi Lynn (eARC)
• Born to Run by Christopher McDougall (audio)

The Body in the Apartment by Judi LynnBorn to Run by Christopher McDougall


CURRENTLY READING

• Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel (eARC)
• Artemis by Andy Weir (print)
• Turtles All the Way Down by John Green (audio)

Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie WrobelArtemis by Andy WeirTurtles All the Way Down by John Green


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