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Heartbreak Bay by Rachel Caine [Book Review]

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BOOK INFO

Title: Heartbreak Bay

Author: Rachel Caine

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer

Publish Date: March 9, 2021

Genre: Mystery Thriller

Series: Stillhouse Lake #5

My Rating: 4/5

Heartbreak Bay by Rachel Caine

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They’re hunting a killer so silent, so invisible, that his unspeakable crimes are the only proof he exists.

A car submerged in a remote pond. The bodies of two girls strapped into their seats. The mystery of their mother, vanished without a trace, leads Gwen Proctor and Kezia Claremont into dangerous territory.

On the surface, Gwen’s life is good—two children approaching adulthood, a committed partner, and a harrowing past dead and gone. But that past is attracting the attention of someone invisible…and unstoppable. Trouble’s just beginning. So is the body count in this backwoods Tennessee town.

As threats mount and Gwen’s hunted by an enemy who pulls all the strings, Kezia has her back. But working to solve these vicious and unreasonable crimes will expose them both to a killer they can’t for the life of them see coming.


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MY REVIEW

Heartbreak Bay is the fifth and final book in the Stillhouse Lake series by Rachel Caine. Gwen Proctor and friends are back to solve more gruesome crimes. In this book, Gwen and Kezia work together to catch a serial killer.

While Heartbreak Bay is an exciting book, it does start more slowly than the previous books in this series. This story is told using multiple points of view – Gwen, Kezia, and Sam. Gwen is still the primary character, but it was nice to get more of Kezia in this book. The characters continue to be easy to root for and likable. The story is once again grim and twisted. While this isn’t my favorite book in the series, it was an excellent read. For readers who enjoy dark and suspenseful thrillers, I highly recommend this series. Definitely read them in order though.

The Stillhouse Lake series has been captivating and suspenseful. The author, Rachel Caine, passed away in November of 2020, so this is her last book. This has been one of my favorite series in recent years, and this final book was an emotional read. I had the pleasure meeting Rachel (Roxanne Longstreet Conrad) at a library event a few years ago. It was a delight to meet her and hear her talk about this series and other books she had written.

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

Books in the Stillhouse Lake series:

  1. Stillhouse Lake
  2. Killman Creek
  3. Wolfhunter River
  4. Bitter Falls
  5. Heartbreak Bay
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Every Last Fear by Alex Finlay [Book Review]

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Title: Every Last Fear

Author: Alex Finlay

Publisher: Minotaur

Publish Date: March 2, 2021

Genre: Mystery Thriller

Series: na

My Rating: 4/5

Every Last Fear by Alex Finlay

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“They found the bodies on a Tuesday.” So begins this twisty and breathtaking novel that traces the fate of the Pine family, a thriller that will both leave you on the edge of your seat and move you to tears.

After a late night of partying, NYU student Matt Pine returns to his dorm room to devastating news: nearly his entire family—his mom, his dad, his little brother and sister—have been found dead from an apparent gas leak while vacationing in Mexico. The local police claim it was an accident, but the FBI and State Department seem far less certain—and they won’t tell Matt why.

The tragedy makes headlines everywhere because this isn’t the first time the Pine family has been thrust into the media spotlight. Matt’s older brother, Danny—currently serving a life sentence for the murder of his teenage girlfriend Charlotte—was the subject of a viral true crime documentary suggesting that Danny was wrongfully convicted. Though the country has rallied behind Danny, Matt holds a secret about his brother that he’s never told anyone: the night Charlotte was killed Matt saw something that makes him believe his brother is guilty of the crime.

When Matt returns to his small hometown to bury his parents and siblings, he’s faced with a hostile community that was villainized by the documentary, a frenzied media, and memories he’d hoped to leave behind forever. Now, as the deaths in Mexico appear increasingly suspicious and connected to Danny’s case, Matt must unearth the truth behind the crime that sent his brother to prison—putting his own life in peril—and forcing him to confront his every last fear.

Told through multiple points-of-view and alternating between past and present, Alex Finlay’s Every Last Fear is not only a page-turning thriller, it’s also a poignant story about a family managing heartbreak and tragedy, and living through a fame they never wanted.


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MY REVIEW

Matt Pine receives the devastating news that his parents and younger siblings died while vacationing in Mexico. This isn’t the only tragedy in Matt’s life. His older brother is in prison for murder. The older brother has maintained this innocence, but Matt isn’t so sure. The deaths of Matt’s family members seems suspicious, so he looks for the truth behind the deaths. Along the way, he also looks into his brother’s case.

Told using multiple points of view and alternating timelines. Though a lot happens in this book, it’s easy to follow. The story is compelling and kept my interest. I enjoy a thriller that keeps me guessing and this one delivered.

A page-turning thriller with complex characters and a smart mystery. A fantastic debut novel. I look forward to reading more by Alex Finlay.

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

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The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailey [Book Review]

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Title: The Echo Wife

Author: Sarah Gailey

Publisher: Tor

Publish Date: February 16, 2021

Genre: Mystery Thriller

Series: na

My Rating: 3/5

The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailey

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I’m embarrassed, still, by how long it took me to notice. Everything was right there in the open, right there in front of me, but it still took me so long to see the person I had married.

It took me so long to hate him.

Martine is a genetically cloned replica made from Evelyn Caldwell’s award-winning research. She’s patient and gentle and obedient. She’s everything Evelyn swore she’d never be.

And she’s having an affair with Evelyn’s husband.

Now, the cheating bastard is dead, and both Caldwell wives have a mess to clean up.

Good thing Evelyn Caldwell is used to getting her hands dirty.


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MY REVIEW

Evelyn is an intelligent and driven scientist. Martine is a clone of Evelyn, made from Evelyn’s research. Evelyn didn’t clone herself though. Nathan, Evelyn’s husband, cloned her in secret to make a more docile version of Evelyn. Nathan is having an affair with Martine, until he ends up dead. Now, Evelyn and Martine have a complicated mess to clean up.

A character driven novel that combines drama, mystery, and science fiction. The existence of Martine is troubling for Evelyn, in both her personal and professional lives. This novel tackles some ethical questions that could make for interesting discussions.

Enjoyable book, but it didn’t fully draw me in. I don’t mind the unlikable characters, but there were plots holes that took away from the story for me. Recommended for fans The Perfect Wife by J.P. Delaney, Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, and The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin.

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The Burning Girls by C.J. Tudor [Book Review]

The Burning Girls by C.J. Tudor

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BOOK INFO

Title: The Burning Girls

Author: C.J. Tudor

Publisher: Ballantine Books

Publish Date: February 9, 2021

Genre: Mystery Thriller

Series: na

My Rating: 4/5

The Burning Girls by C.J. Tudor

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An unconventional vicar must exorcise the dark past of a remote village haunted by death and disappearances in this explosive and unsettling thriller from the acclaimed author of The Chalk Man.

A dark history lingers in Chapel Croft. Five hundred years ago, Protestant martyrs were betrayed—then burned. Thirty years ago, two teenage girls disappeared without a trace. And a few weeks ago, the vicar of the local parish hanged himself in the nave of the church.

Reverend Jack Brooks, a single parent with a fourteen-year-old daughter and a heavy conscience, arrives in the village hoping for a fresh start. Instead, Jack finds a town rife with conspiracies and secrets, and is greeted with a strange welcome package: an exorcism kit and a note that warns, “But there is nothing covered up that will not be revealed and hidden that will not be known.”

The more Jack and daughter, Flo, explore the town and get to know its strange denizens, the deeper they are drawn into the age-old rifts, mysteries, and suspicions. And when Flo begins to see specters of girls ablaze, it becomes apparent there are ghosts here that refuse to be laid to rest.

Uncovering the truth can be deadly in a village with a bloody past, where everyone has something to hide and no one trusts an outsider.


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MY REVIEW

Mystery, horror, and historical fiction combine in The Burning Girls by C.J. Tudor.

I enjoyed Tudor’s previous books, The Chalk Man, The Hiding Place, and The Other People, so I was excited to read this one. Admittedly, I had certain expectations going into this novel. Fortunately, I enjoyed this one as much as her earlier novels.

A complex story with interesting characters. Sure to be enjoyed by fans of Tudor’s other books. Dark, eerie, and compelling.

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

Books by C.J. Tudor:
  1. The Chalk Man
  2. The Hiding Place
  3. The Other People
  4. The Burning Girls
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The Housewarming by S.E. Lynes [Book Review]

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Title: The Housewarming

Author: S.E. Lynes

Publisher: Bookouture

Publish Date: October 23, 2020

Genre: Mystery Thriller

Series: na

My Rating: 4/5

The Housewarming by S.E. Lynes

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Everyone is going to the housewarming party.

All the same people who lived on the street the day Abi vanished…

Will her mother finally learn the truth?

Ava only left her daughter in the pushchair for five minutes. The buckle was fastened, and she was sure it was safe. But when she came downstairs, the door was open and Abi was gone – she walked down the road, past the Lovegoods’ house, and was never seen again.

A year later, the Lovegoods throw a housewarming party, showing off the results of their renovation. Ava doesn’t want to go. She can’t bear to look down that end of the road, to see the place where Abi vanished, and she doesn’t want to spend time with people who don’t share her grief. Her husband Matt persuades her: he’s worried about her. A night out might do her good.

But as her friends and neighbours chat, and the drink and gossip flows, Ava learns something new about the day she has re-lived a thousand times. A throwaway comment which could change everything.

Ava thought she knew every last detail of that day.

She’s about to find out she was wrong…


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MY REVIEW

The Housewarming is an emotional and twisty mystery. A mother, Ava, leaves her young daughter in her stroller for a few minutes while she runs upstairs. When Ava comes back down, the front door is open and the child is missing.

A year after their daughter goes missing, Ava and her husband Matt attend a neighbor’s housewarming party. Ava does not want to attend, but Matt believes they need to get out and socialize more. During the housewarming, Ava realizes there is more to her daughter’s disappearance than she ever realized.

Told from multiple points of view, including Ava, Matt, and their neighbors. The different viewpoints add to the story, as does the alternating between past and present. While the beginning goes a little slow, the pace does pick up.

I have enjoyed other books by S.E. Lynes, so I was excited to read this one. The Housewarming didn’t disappoint, and I’m happy to say this author continues to write entertaining mysteries. Other novels that I have read by S.E. Lynes include Mother, The Proposal, The Women, and Can You See Her?.

The Housewarming is a slow-burning mystery. It combines secrets, lies, and a gut-wrenching loss of a child. Fans of S.E. Lynes other novels are sure to enjoy this one too.

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

Books by S.E. Lynes:
  1. Valentina
  2. Mother
  3. The Pact
  4. The Proposal
  5. The Women
  6. The Lies We Hide
  7. Can You See Her?
  8. The Housewarming
  9. The One to Blame
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Don’t Look for Me by Wendy Walker [Book Review]

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BOOK INFO

Title: Don’t Look for Me

Author: Wendy Walker

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Publish Date: September 15, 2020

Genre: Mystery Thriller

Series: na

My Rating: 4/5

Don't Look for Me by Wendy Walker

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They said she walked away. But what really happened to Molly Clarke?
From the bestselling author of All Is Not Forgotten comes a compelling and emotionally powerful story of a daughter’s desperate search to find her mother before it’s too late.

They called it a “walk away.” The car abandoned miles from home. The note found at a nearby hotel. The shattered family. It happens all the time. Women disappear, desperate to start over. But what really happened to Molly Clarke?

The night Molly disappeared began with a storm, running out of gas, and a man offering her a ride to safety. But when the doors lock shut, Molly begins to suspect she has made a terrible mistake.

A new lead brings Molly’s daughter, Nicole, back to the small, desolate town where her mother was last seen to renew the desperate search. The locals are sympathetic and eager to help. The innkeeper. The bartender. Even the police. Until secrets begin to reveal themselves and Nicole comes closer to the truth about that night—and the danger surrounding her.


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MY REVIEW

Molly Clarke has disappeared. The police say she walked away from her family and life, but her daughter, Nicole (Nic), doesn’t believe that. Nic travels to the town where her mother was last seen, and searches for answers.

Told with the alternating points of view of Molly and Nic. Molly is struggling with things from her past and present. She is feeling unloved by her family, but they don’t believe she would walk away from them. Nic has her own struggles, and believes something has happened to her mother. A new lead sounds promising, and Nic goes in search of her mother. The characters are intriguing and the story is suspenseful.

Don’t Look for Me is a tense thriller that captured my attention right away. Captivating, creepy, and twisted.

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

Books by S.E. Lynes:
  1. Four Wives
  2. Social Lives
  3. All Is Not Forgotten
  4. Emma in the Night
  5. The Night Before
  6. Don’t Look for Me
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The Day I Disappeared by Brandi Reeds [Book Review]

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Title: The Day I Disappeared

Author: Brandi Reeds

Publisher: Lake Union

Publish Date: August 25, 2020

Genre: Mystery Thriller

Series: na

My Rating: 3/5

The Day I Disappeared by Brandi Reeds

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Three months after four-year-old Holly Gebhardt was kidnapped, she was inexplicably returned to the same park from which she’d vanished…with no memory of the ordeal. Though a local handyman was convicted, suspicion also fell on his friend—Holly’s mother, Cecily. The troubling doubts about her involvement shattered the family, forever driving a wedge between mother and daughter.

Twenty years later, another girl goes missing under eerily similar circumstances. It’s just the latest in a series of kidnappings that Detective Jason Guidry thinks Holly can help solve. Though Holly has tried to move on with her life, a young girl’s life hangs in the balance. All she has to do is try to remember…

With her memory still mostly blank, Holly is missing vital pieces of the puzzle, and she believes her mother can put them in place. In desperation and fear, Holly and her mother come together again. But in a chilling rush toward the past, Cecily still has secrets she’s yet to share with her daughter. Should she dare to breathe a word, she could lose Holly all over again.


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MY REVIEW

As a child, Holly was kidnapped and returned home a few months later. She’s an adult now, and has no memory of what happened during the time she was kidnapped. Twenty years later, another child is missing, and Holly may be able to help solve the case if she can remember her past.

Told with alternating points of view – Holly and her mother. Holly wants to know about her kidnapping, and her mother may know a lot more than she has led on.

The Day I Disappeared has a complex mother-daughter relationship and a suspenseful mystery. This was a fast-paced and entertaining thriller. Gripping and dramatic.

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

Books by Brandi Reeds:
  1. Trespassing
  2. Third Party
  3. The Day I Disappeared
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The Night Swim by Megan Goldin [Book Review]

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Title: The Night Swim

Author: Megan Goldin

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Publish Date: August 4, 2020

Genre: Mystery Thriller

Series: na

My Rating: 5/5

The Night Swim by Megan Goldin

BOOK BLURB

Ever since her true-crime podcast became an overnight sensation and set an innocent man free, Rachel Krall has become a household name—and the last hope for people seeking justice. But she’s used to being recognized for her voice, not her face. Which makes it all the more unsettling when she finds a note on her car windshield, addressed to her, begging for help.

The new season of Rachel’s podcast has brought her to a small town being torn apart by a devastating rape trial. A local golden boy, a swimmer destined for Olympic greatness, has been accused of raping the beloved granddaughter of the police chief. Under pressure to make Season 3 a success, Rachel throws herself into her investigation—but the mysterious letters keep coming. Someone is following her, and she won’t stop until Rachel finds out what happened to her sister twenty-five years ago. Officially, Jenny Stills tragically drowned, but the letters insist she was murdered—and when Rachel starts asking questions, nobody in town wants to answer. The past and present start to collide as Rachel uncovers startling connections between the two cases—and a revelation that will change the course of the trial and the lives of everyone involved.

Electrifying and propulsive, The Night Swim asks: What is the price of a reputation? Can a small town ever right the wrongs of its past? And what really happened to Jenny?


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MY REVIEW

Rachel has a successful true crime podcast. She has helped set an innocent man free, and now needs to keep her listeners interested. She takes on reporting about an active trial. It’s a controversial rape trial that has a small town divided and national attention on them. While in town to report on the trial, someone contacts Rachel about a previous crime from 25 years earlier. Rachel does her podcast about the current trial, but the past crime has her intrigued.

Rachel is a fantastic protagonist. She’s smart, driven, and determined. Both the present and past mysteries are intriguing, and told in a captivating way. The current trial is a controversial one, but Rachel does a decent job of presenting both sides. As for the older crime, it seems no one in town wants to talk about the girl involved, which makes it even more interesting to Rachel. She continues to work on both cases, and learns details that shed light on both the past and present.

An intense thriller that kept me turning the pages. A great novel for fans of mysteries featuring podcasts and courtroom dramas. Complex, mysterious, and gripping.

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

Books by Megan Goldin:
  1. The Girl in Kellers Way
  2. The Escape Room
  3. The Night Swim
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His & Hers by Alice Feeney [Book Review]

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Title: His & Hers

Author: Alice Feeney

Publisher: Flatiron Books

Publish Date: July 28, 2020

Genre: Mystery Thriller

Series: na

My Rating: 4/5

His & Hers by Alice Feeney

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There are two sides to every story: yours and mine, ours and theirs, His & Hers. Which means someone is always lying.

When a woman is murdered in Blackdown, a quintessentially British village, newsreader Anna Andrews is reluctant to cover the case. Detective Jack Harper is suspicious of her involvement, until he becomes a suspect in his own murder investigation.

Someone isn’t telling the truth, and some secrets are worth killing to keep.


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MY REVIEW

Anna is a news reporter, and she returns to her hometown to report on a murder. The murdered woman was a friend of Anna’s. One of the detectives on the case is Anna’s ex-husband Jack, and he also knew the murdered woman.

Told with the alternating points of view of Anna, Jack, and the killer. Anna and Jack are divorced. Anna still lives in London, but Jack moved back to Blackdown. Anna’s return to Blackdown is more involved than simply reporting on a murder. While there is a murder investigation, there is also a lot of drama going on in Anna and Jack’s personal and professional lives.

His & Hers is a complex mystery that kept me guessing. Flawed and unreliable characters. Lots of drama. Dark, twisted, and clever.

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

Books by Alice Feeney:
  1. Sometimes I Lie
  2. I Know Who You Are
  3. His & Hers
  4. Rock Paper Scissors
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Blacktop Wasteland by S.A. Cosby [Book Review]

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Title: Blacktop Wasteland

Author: S.A. Cosby

Publisher: Flatiron Books

Publish Date: July 14, 2020

Genre: Mystery Thriller

Series: na

My Rating: 4/5

Blacktop Wasteland by S.A. Cosby

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A husband, a father, a son, a business owner…And the best getaway driver east of the Mississippi.

Beauregard “Bug” Montage is an honest mechanic, a loving husband, and a hard-working dad. Bug knows there’s no future in the man he used to be: known from the hills of North Carolina to the beaches of Florida as the best wheelman on the East Coast.

He thought he’d left all that behind him, but as his carefully built new life begins to crumble, he finds himself drawn inexorably back into a world of blood and bullets. When a smooth-talking former associate comes calling with a can’t-miss jewelry store heist, Bug feels he has no choice but to get back in the driver’s seat. And Bug is at his best where the scent of gasoline mixes with the smell of fear.

Haunted by the ghost of who he used to be and the father who disappeared when he needed him most, Bug must find a way to navigate this blacktop wasteland…or die trying.

Like Ocean’s Eleven meets Drive, with a Southern noir twist, S. A. Cosby’s Blacktop Wasteland is a searing, operatic story of a man pushed to his limits by poverty, race, and his own former life of crime.


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MY REVIEW

Beauregard, aka Bug, is a former criminal who has gone straight. He owns an auto body shop, but business is down. He’s worried about how he will provide for his wife and kids, keep his business open, and pay for his mother’s nursing home care. He needs money… and he is the best wheelman around. When a former associate tracks him down, he decides to take one last job.

Bug is a complex character. He is haunted by memories of his father, who was also a wheelman, and left when Bug was a boy. Bug doesn’t know if his father is dead or alive, but he knows he wants to be the man that his father never was. He wants to be a good husband and father, and provide well for his family. Bug has tried to leave the old days as a wheelman behind him, but he is drawn back when he sees no other way to get the money he needs for his family.

While Blacktop Wasteland has wonderful character development, it also has plenty of action and suspense to keep the reader wanting more. Of course, Bug’s “one last job” isn’t as simple as that, and he is pulled in so deep that it puts his family in harms way.

A novel about one man’s struggles with family, poverty, and crime. Recommended for fans of literary fiction and crime fiction. Gritty, compelling, and authentic.

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

Books by S.A. Cosby:
  1. Blacktop Wasteland
  2. Razorblade Tears
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The Girls Weekend by Jody Gehrman [Book Review]

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Title: The Girls Weekend

Author: Jody Gehrman

Publisher: Crooked Lane Books

Publish Date: August 11, 2020

Genre: Mystery Thriller

Series: na

My Rating: 4/5

The Girls Weekend by Jody Gehrman

BOOK BLURB

Their reunion just became a crime scene . . .

June Moody, a thirty-something English professor, just wants to get away from her recent breakup and reunite with girlfriends over summer break. Her old friend and longtime nemesis, Sadie MacTavish, a mega-successful author, invites June and her college friends to a baby shower at her sprawling estate in the San Juan Islands. June is less than thrilled to spend time with Sadie–and her husband, June’s former crush–but agrees to go.

The party gets off to a shaky start when old grudges resurface, but when they wake the next morning, they find something worse: Sadie is missing, the house is in shambles, and bloodstains mar the staircase. None of them has any memory of the night before; they wonder if they were drugged. Everyone’s a suspect. Since June had a secret rendezvous with Sadie’s husband, she has plenty of reason to suspect herself. Apparently, so do the cops.

A Celtic knot of suspense and surprise, this brooding, atmospheric novel will keep you guessing as each twist reveals a new possibility. It will remind you of friendships hidden in the depths of your own past, and make you wonder how well you really know the people you’ve loved the longest.


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MY REVIEW

June reunites with four old college friends (Sadie, Amy, Kimi, and Em). They gather for a baby shower for Amy, hosted by Sadie at her estate in the San Juan Islands. Things are a bit shaky between the old friends when everyone arrives. After a night that no one remembers well, Sadie is missing and everyone is a suspect.

The characters are a group of women in their late thirties. They haven’t been in close contact for years, but decide to reunite when one of them is expecting a baby. Told from June’s point of view. She is not looking forward to the weekend. Sadie is an old frenemy, and is married to an ex-boyfriend of June’s. Amy is Sadie’s cousin, and the pregnant friend. She’s also single and hasn’t told the others who the father is. Em has a secret she doesn’t want revealed. Kimi likes her drugs and booze. An eclectic group for sure.

Tension is high between the women. When they awaken to discover Sadie is missing, they aren’t sure what happened or who could have been responsible. There are a few other characters on the island, but it makes for a small group of suspects in this locked-room type mystery.

This mystery isn’t too difficult to solve, but it’s still a fun read. The Girls Weekend is an atmospheric and dramatic thriller.

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

Books by Jody Gehrman:
  1. Watch Me
  2. The Girls Weekend
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The Request by David Bell [Book Review]

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Title: The Request

Author: David Bell

Publisher: Berkley

Publish Date: June 30, 2020

Genre: Mystery Thriller

Series: na

My Rating: 4/5

The Request by David Bell

BOOK BLURB

Ryan Francis has it all—great job, wonderful wife, beautiful child—and he loves posting photos of his perfect life on social media. Until the night his friend Blake asks him to break into a woman’s home to retrieve incriminating items that implicate Blake in an affair. Ryan refuses to help, but when Blake threatens to reveal Ryan’s darkest secret—which could jeopardize everything in Ryan’s life—Ryan has no choice but to honor Blake’s request.

When he arrives at the woman’s home, Ryan is shocked to find her dead—and just as shocked to realize he knows her. Then his phone chimes, revealing a Facebook friend request from the woman. With police sirens rapidly approaching, Ryan flees, wondering why his friend was setting him up for murder.

Determined to keep his life intact and to clear his name, Ryan must find the real murderer—but solving the crime may lead him closer to home than he ever could have imagined.


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MY REVIEW

Ryan seems to have the perfect life, but he has a dark secret. To keep his secret, he ends up breaking into a woman’s house. An old friend needs some items retrieved from the woman’s home, but Ryan discovers a dead woman instead of the items his friend needed. Ryan isn’t sure why his old friend would set him up for murder, but Ryan is determined to keep him and his family safe.

A complex mystery involving a man that wants to maintain the image of his perfect life. Ryan has made bad decisions in his past, and he continues to make questionable decisions throughout the novel. He isn’t the only one making mistakes though, and it makes for a fast-paced and entertaining thriller.

A fun mystery thriller. Fans of David Bell’s other novels will surely enjoy his latest book. Exciting and twisty.

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

Books by David Bell:
  1. Cemetery Girl
  2. The Hiding Place
  3. Never Come Back
  4. The Forgotten Girl
  5. Somebody I Used to Know
  6. Since She Went Away
  7. Bring Her Home
  8. Somebody’s Daughter
  9. Layover
  10. The Request