Book Review: Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte

Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte

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BOOK INFO
Title: Four Dead Queens
Author: Astrid Scholte
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Publish Date: February 26, 2019
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Goodreads Ratings: Me 3.0 / Community 3.79

BOOK BLURB
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Four dead queens. Three days to catch a killer. Two forbidden romances.
One shocking twist you won’t see coming.

Seventeen-year-old Keralie Corrington may seem harmless, but she’s, in fact, one of Quadara’s most skilled thieves and a liar. Varin, on the other hand, is an honest, upstanding citizen of Quadara’s most enlightened region, Eonia. He runs afoul of Keralie when she steals a package from him, putting his life in danger. When Varin attempts to retrieve the package, he and Keralie both find themselves entangled in a conspiracy that leaves all four of Quadara’s queens dead.

With no other choices and on the run from Keralie’s former employer, the two decide to join forces, endeavoring to discover who has killed the queens and save their own lives in the process. When their reluctant partnership blooms into a tenuous romance, they must overcome their own dark secrets in hopes of a future together that seemed impossible just days before. But first they have to stay alive and untangle the secrets behind the nation’s four dead queens.

An enthralling fast-paced mystery where competing agendas collide with deadly consequences, Four Dead Queens heralds the arrival of an exciting new YA talent.


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MY REVIEW
Keralie is a skilled thief. Varin is a on a mission to deliver a package. When Keralie steals the package, both Keralie and Varin are caught up in a conspiracy that results in four dead queens.

A standalone young adult fantasy novel. I enjoy YA fantasy, and am always happy to see standalone reads for those of us not wanting to get into another series. Anyway, I enjoyed the world in this one. Quadara is divided into four quadrants – Archia, Eonia, Ludia, and Toria. Each quadrant has a queen (Iris, Corra, Stessa, and Marguerite) and a specialty/trade (agriculture, technology, arts, and commerce). This is reminiscent of Divergent, but it works in a different way for this novel.

Told with alternating points of view – Keralie and the four queens of Quadara (Iris, Corra, Stessa, and Marguerite). Based on the title, the reader knows the queens are expected to die. Keralie is a thief who gets caught up in the conspiracy around the deaths of the queens. An interesting idea, but the multiple viewpoints didn’t completely work for me. I know multiple POVs are popular, but, for me, it often makes the story not flow as well. Keralie is well-developed and I enjoyed learning about her. The queens are not as well-developed, but there were glimpses of very interesting characters in them.

A murder mystery fantasy. I enjoyed the mystery and fantasy aspects of this novel. I was not a big fan of the romance. It was unnecessary and lacked chemistry.

A great debut novel. I look forward to more from this author. Exciting, fun, and imaginative.

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

Book Review: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

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BOOK INFO
Title: The Hating Game
Author: Sally Thorne
Publisher: William Morrow
Publish Date: August 9, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Goodreads Ratings: Me 4.0 / Community 4.21

BOOK BLURB
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Debut author Sally Thorne bursts on the scene with a hilarious and sexy workplace comedy all about that thin, fine line between hate and love.

Nemesis (n.)
1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome.
2) A person’s undoing
3) Joshua Templeman

Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. Hate. And they have no problem displaying their feelings through a series of ritualistic passive aggressive maneuvers as they sit across from each other, executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company. Lucy can’t understand Joshua’s joyless, uptight, meticulous approach to his job. Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy’s overly bright clothes, quirkiness, and Pollyanna attitude.

Now up for the same promotion, their battle of wills has come to a head and Lucy refuses to back down when their latest game could cost her her dream job… But the tension between Lucy and Joshua has also reached its boiling point, and Lucy is discovering that maybe she doesn’t hate Joshua. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.


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MY REVIEW
Lucy and Joshua work together. Also, they hate each other. They have different personalities and clash on just about everything. It’s no secret they don’t like each other, making for a somewhat interesting work environment. When they are up for the same promotion, things reach a tipping point. They also learn that maybe they don’t really hate each other.

An enemies-to-lovers trope done well. Lucy and Joshua have various games they play at work – The HR Game, The Staring Game, The Mirror Game, The Hating Game, etc. There is no point to any of the games, other than to annoy one another. The personalities of the characters was quirky, honest, and relatable.

A fun contemporary romance. The witty banter between Lucy and Joshua was hilarious. Sweet, humorous, and romantic.

I purchased a copy of this book for my personal reading pleasure.

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters That Remind Me of Myself

Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is Characters That Remind Me of Myself.

I had to think a little about this one, but finally came up with a list. I couldn’t think of any character that was truly like me, but each of the characters listed below has some similar personality traits that I could relate to.

1. Anne Elliott
Persuasion by Jane Austen

Persuasion by Jane Austen

2. Temperance Brennan
Temperance Brennan series by Kathy Reichs

Déjà Dead by Kathy Reichs

3. Katniss Everdeen
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

4. Cath Avery
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

5. Elinor Dashwood
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

6. Millie Morris
My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren

My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren

7. Jane Eyre
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

8. Jo March
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

9. Liz Talbot
Liz Talbot Mystery series by Susan M. Boyer

Lowcountry Boil by Susan M. Boyer

10. Anna Pigeon
Anna Pigeon series by Nevada Barr

Track of the Cat by Nevada Barr

Book Review: The Last Time I Saw You by Liv Constantine

The Last Time I Saw You by Liv Constantine

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BOOK INFO
Title: The Last Time I Saw You
Author: Liv Constantine
Publisher: Harper
Publish Date: May 7, 2019
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Goodreads Ratings: Me 3.0 / Community 3.61

BOOK BLURB
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In a world of wealth and privilege, a killer is hiding…

The internationally bestselling author of The Last Mrs. Parrish follows that success with an addictive novel filled with shocking twists about the aftermath of a brutal high-society murder.

Dr. Kate English has it all. Not only is she the heiress to a large fortune; she has a gorgeous husband and daughter, a high-flying career, and a beautiful home anyone would envy.

But all that changes the night Kate’s mother, Lily, is found dead, brutally murdered in her own home. Heartbroken and distraught, Kate reaches out to her estranged best friend, Blaire Barrington, who rushes to her side for the funeral, where the years of distance between them are forgotten in a moment.

That evening, Kate’s grief turns to horror when she receives an anonymous text: You think you’re sad now, just wait. By the time I’m finished with you, you’ll wish you had been buried today. More than ever, Kate needs her old friend’s help.

Once Blaire decides to take the investigation into her own hands, it becomes clear that all is not as it seems in Baltimore high society. As infidelity, lies, and betrayals come to light, and tensions rise to a boiling point, she begins to alienate Kate’s friends and relatives with her relentless, accusatory questions, as she tries to find Lily’s killer. The murderer could be anyone — friend, neighbor, loved one. But whoever it is, it’s clear that Kate is next on their list…

In The Last Time I Saw You, Liv Constantine takes the lightning pace of The Last Mrs. Parrish and raises the stakes, creating an exquisitely tension-filled and absorbing tale of psychological suspense in which innocent lives—and one woman’s sanity—hang in the balance.

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MY REVIEW
When Kate’s mother, Lily, is found murdered, Kate turns to her former best friend, Blaire, for support. Kate soon receives an ominous text, and it seems she may be the next victim. Blaire decides to investigate and find who killed Lily.

Kate and Blaire had been best friends as teens, but grew apart as they got older. Kate married, had a child, and became a doctor. She has a perfect life. Blaire is divorced, childless, and her career is suffering. Her life is not so perfect. Still, when they reconnect after Lily’s death, their friendship picks right back up. As someone targets Kate with disturbing texts, Kate’s paranoia about those around her increases. In addition, Blaire’s investigation into the murder has some people upset.

Secrets, lies, and betrayal. An entertaining, though somewhat ridiculous, thriller. Unreliable characters, murder mystery, friendship, and family drama. Some intriguing things happening, but it wasn’t pulled together as well as I was hoping for. My main complaint was the lackluster ending. Readers who devour psychological thrillers may find this one to be a disappointment. However, it would make a good choice for those looking for a melodramatic thriller to read at the beach/pool this summer.

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

Weekly Wrap-Up (Apr 27 – May 3)

Weekly Wrap-Up

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BOOKS READ

• Three print books – Fudge Cupcake Murder and Sugar Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke and The Night Olivia Fell by Christina McDonald
• One ebook – The Last Time I Saw You by Liv Constantine
• Two audiobooks – The Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows and Warcross by Marie Lu

Fudge Cupcake Murder by Joanne FlukeSugar Cookie Murder by Joanne FlukeThe Last Time I Saw You by Liv Constantine
The Night Olivia Fell by Christina McDonaldThe Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie BarrowsWarcross by Marie Lu


BOOKS ACQUIRED

One ARC via Netgalley – Dear Wife by Kimberly Belle
Two library books – Stone Mothers by Erin Kelly and Little Darlings by Melanie Golding
One ARC via First to Read – Lock Every Door Riley Sager

Dear Wife by Kimberly BelleStone Mothers by Erin KellyLittle Darlings by Melanie GoldingLock Every Door by Riley Sager


CURRENTLY READING

Currently reading three books – one print book (Stone Mothers by Erin Kelly), one ebook (The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren), and one audiobook (Half Past by Victoria Helen Stone).

Stone Mothers by Erin KellyThe Unhoneymooners by Christina LaurenHalf Past by Victoria Helen Stone


ON THE BLOG

THIS WEEK

MONDAY – Book Review: Cold Waters by Debbie Herbert
TUESDAY – Top Ten Tuesday: Thought-Provoking Book Quotes & April 2019 Reading Recap
WEDNESDAY – Book Review: Read on Arrival by Nora Page
THURSDAY – Book Review: Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
FRIDAY – Weekly Wrap-Up (Apr 27 – May 3)

NEXT WEEK

MONDAY – Book Review: The Last Time I Saw You by Liv Constantine
TUESDAY – Top Ten Tuesday: Characters That Remind Me of Myself
WEDNESDAY – Book Review: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
THURSDAY – Book Review: Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte
FRIDAY – Weekly Wrap-Up (May 4 – May 10)

Thanks for stopping by Nightcap Books. Happy Reading!

Book Review: Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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BOOK INFO
Title: Daisy Jones & the Six
Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publish Date: March 5, 2019
Genre: Historical Fiction
Goodreads Ratings: Me 5.0 / Community 4.32

BOOK BLURB
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Everyone knows DAISY JONES & THE SIX, but nobody knows the reason behind their split at the absolute height of their popularity… until now.

Daisy is a girl coming of age in L.A. in the late sixties, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it’s the rock ’n’ roll she loves most. By the time she’s twenty, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things.

Also getting noticed is The Six, a band led by the brooding Billy Dunne. On the eve of their first tour, his girlfriend Camila finds out she’s pregnant, and with the pressure of impending fatherhood and fame, Billy goes a little wild on the road.

Daisy and Billy cross paths when a producer realizes that the key to supercharged success is to put the two together. What happens next will become the stuff of legend.

The making of that legend is chronicled in this riveting and unforgettable novel, written as an oral history of one of the biggest bands of the seventies. Taylor Jenkins Reid is a talented writer who takes her work to a new level with Daisy Jones & The Six, brilliantly capturing a place and time in an utterly distinctive voice.


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MY REVIEW
Daisy Jones is a young woman with a unique voice and a great look. The Six is a band that has been slowly growing in popularity. When a producer puts the two together for a song, magic happens. The song is a hit, and skyrockets Daisy and The Six to the top of the charts.

The story takes place in the 1970s and is full of sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll. Along with that lifestyle comes plenty of drama. Told in an interview format, everyone’s voice is heard – the band members, their management, and people important to their history. Daisy starts as a groupie, but really wants to create her own music. Billy, The Six’s frontman, wants his band to do well, but he also falls for Camila, gets married, and has a baby. Daisy and Billy both struggle with love and addiction. Daisy and Billy are the main characters, but Camilla was the strongest character.

I absolutely love the atmosphere of this book. It is about a fictional band, but it all seems so real. I’ve read some reviews that complain of the interview format that this book is written in, but I loved that. The format reminded me of Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk, which is my favorite nonfiction book about music. It also reminded me a bit of The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band, where each band member and some management tells their side of the story.

Flawed characters in a complex story. This book did a skillful portrayal of depicting love, creativity, fame, and heartbreak. A great read for fans of historical fiction and the 1970s rock scene. Honest, empowering, and engaging.

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

Book Review: Read on Arrival by Nora Page

Read on Arrival by Nora Page

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BOOK INFO
Title: Read on Arrival
Author: Nora Page
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Publish Date: May 7, 2019
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Goodreads Ratings: Me 3.0 / Community 3.83

BOOK BLURB
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Death, deadly omens, and a decades-overdue book put senior librarian Cleo Watkins on a collision course with a killer in the second Bookmobile mystery.

Septuagenarian librarian Cleo Watkins believes in gracious manners, sweet tea, and justice—library justice. For over forty years, Cleo has tried every trick in the book to get delinquent patron Dixie Huddleston to return the most overdue volume in Catalpa Springs, Georgia. When Dixie says she’ll finally relinquish the book, Cleo is shocked. She’s even more startled by the reason: superstitious Dixie says she’s seen the signs: she’s about to die and is setting her affairs in order.

Cleo dismisses Dixie’s ominous omens…until she and her gentleman friend, Henry Lafayette, arrive at Dixie’s home to find her dead. Cleo suspects murder. The police agree but promptly list Cleo among the likely culprits. To clear her good name and deliver justice, Cleo uses her librarian skills to investigate, with Henry and her trusty bookmobile cat, Rhett Butler, at her side.

However, the killer has opened a new chapter of terror. Death threats appear around town, and residents start seeing bad luck everywhere, including in Cleo and her beloved bookmobile Words on Wheels. With her bookmobile and legacy on the line, Cleo accelerates her sleuthing. Suspects and clues stack up, but so does the danger. Another death is coming due, and Cleo fears the killer may be about to turn the final page on someone she loves most.

Read on Arrival by Nora Page
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MY REVIEW
Cleo is a 75-year-old devoted librarian. One of the library patrons, Dixie, has been delinquent on returning a book for over forty years, and it really irks Cleo. When Dixie agrees to finally return the book, it shocks Cleo. It shocks Cleo even more when she shows up to Dixie’s to get the book, and instead finds Dixie dead. The feud between Cleo and Dixie is well known, so Cleo jumps to the top of the suspect list. Cleo uses her sleuthing skills to investigate. As threats appear around town, it seems the killer is targeting everyone… including Cleo and her bookmobile.

The second book in the Bookmobile Mystery series by Nora Page. I have read the first book in the series, Better Off Read (my review here), and recommend reading them in order. The mystery is a standalone for this book, but, as is often found in a series, the relationships between characters grow with each book.

A fun cozy mystery with quirky characters and a charming Southern setting.

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

April 2019 Reading Recap

Reading Recap

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APRIL STATS

BOOKS READ
· print – 6
· ebooks – 13
· audiobooks – 19

READING CHALLENGES
· Goodreads 144/350 – Read/listened to 38 books this month.
· Audiobook 39/60 – Listened to 10 books this month.
· Colors 9/18 – Read/listened to 5 books this month.
· Genre Bingo 13/24 – Read 1 book this month.
· Library Love 12/60 – Read 4 books this month.
· Modern Mrs. Darcy 9/10 – Read 3 books this month.
· Netgalley & Edelweiss 25/50 – Read 7 books this month.
· Popsugar 25/50 – Listened to 2 books this month.
· Read Harder 9/24 – Listened to 2 books this month.


TOP FIVE APRIL READS

1. Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

2. Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

3. Wolfhunter River by Rachel Caine

Wolfhunter River by Rachel Caine

4. No Exit by Taylor Adams

No Exit by Taylor Adams

5. The Better Sister by Alafair Burke

The Better Sister by Alafair Burke


ON THE BLOG

BOOK REVIEWS
· Murder at the Marina by Janet Finsilver
· The Loch Ness Papers by Paige Shelton
· I Will Never Leave You by S.M. Thayer
· A Dream by Cory Q. Tan
· In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire
· Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus
· Foul Play on Words by Becky Clark
· The Better Sister by Alafair Burke
· The Woman Inside by E.G. Scott
· Her Pretty Face by Robyn Harding
· Wolfhunter River by Rachel Caine
· Catch Your Death by Kierney Scott
· The Missing Years by Lexie Elliott
· The Silent Patent by Alex Michaelides
· Verity by Colleen Hoover
· The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth
· The Body in the Wetlands by Judi Lynn
· The Dare by Carol Wyer
· Cold Waters by Debbie Herbert

TOP TEN TUESDAYS
· Things That Make Me Pick Up a Book
· Things I Do for the Love of Books
· Rainy Day Reads
· First Books I Reviewed on My Blog
· Thought-Provoking Book Quotes

WEEKLY WRAP-UPS
· Weekly Wrap-Up (Mar 30 – Apr 5)
· Weekly Wrap-Up (Apr 6 – Apr 12)
· Weekly Wrap-Up (Apr 13 – Apr 19)
· Weekly Wrap-Up (Apr 20 – Apr 26)


YEARLY GOALS

✓1. Read more print books that I own. – I read 2 books I own this month.
✓2. Read 350 books this year. – I read/listened to 38 books this month.
✓3. Participate in reading challenges. – I read/listened to books for multiple reading challenges this month.
✓4. Finish more book series. – I caught up/finished 6 series this month.
✓5. Post 5 days a week on the blog. – I posted every weekday this month.

Thanks for stopping by Nightcap Books. Happy Reading!

Top Ten Tuesday: Thought-Provoking Book Quotes

Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is Inspirational/Thought-Provoking Book Quotes.

Listed below are 10 thought-provoking literary quotes. There are so many good quotes in books, I had a hard time narrowing this one down to ten.

1. I was within and without, simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life.
The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald F. Scott

2. I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

3. Not all those who wander are lost.
The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

4. Your mind will believe comforting lies while also knowing the painful truths that make those lies necessary. And your mind will punish you for believing both.
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

5. Sometimes the dreams that come true are the dreams you never even knew you had.
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

6. There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.
The Boscombe Valley Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle

7. Maybe who we are isn’t so much about what we do, but rather what we’re capable of when we least expect it.
My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

8. Once you’ve accepted your flaws, no one can use them against you.
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

9. When we think of the past it’s the beautiful things we pick out. We want to believe it was all like that.
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

10. We accept the love we think we deserve.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Book Review: Cold Waters by Debbie Herbert

Cold Waters by Debbie Herbert

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BOOK INFO
Title: Cold Waters
Author: Debbie Herbert
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Publish Date: May 1, 2019
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Goodreads Ratings: Me 3.0 / Community 3.84

BOOK BLURB
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From USA Today bestselling author Debbie Herbert comes a thrilling story of murder and madness set in the darkest corner of Alabama.

Everyone thinks fourteen-year-old Violet is a murderer. After a summer-night swim with her best friend, Ainsley, Violet is found confused, wandering in the forest—and Ainsley’s never seen again. But without a body, murder charges won’t stick, so Violet is sent away.

After more than a decade in a psychiatric ward, Violet returns to her broken-down hometown of Normal, Alabama, to claim her dead mother’s inheritance and help her overworked sister care for their unstable, alcoholic father. Violet, still haunted by that night eleven years ago, endures horrific flashbacks and twisted hallucinations while townsfolk spit accusations—and for all she knows, they’re right.

As the summer heats up, details of Ainsley’s fate appear like a beast’s wild eyes, watching in the darkness, and grim revelations about Violet’s family threaten to devour her. Already on the edge of madness, Violet must fight to keep her sanity long enough for the terrible truth to burst from the cold, dark waters.


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Violet returns to Normal, Alabama after 11 years away. She returns to claim her inheritance from her deceased mother’s estate and help her sister take care of their ailing father. Violet left town after her friend Ainsley went missing. The locals believe Violet killed Ainsley, and now with Violet’s return home, they believe the truth will finally be revealed.

When Violet was 14 years old, she and Ainsley met up for a late night swim. That night, Violet was found confused and wandering the woods. Ainsley was never found. Violet has been in a psychiatric facility ever since. Violet doesn’t remember the events of that night, but the locals believe she got away with murder. Coinciding with Violet’s return home is the draining of the lake where Ainsley went missing. With speculation being that Ainsley’s body may finally be found, Violet is haunted by her past and the occasional flashback of what happened that night.

This book is partly mystery about what happened to Ainsley and partly family drama. There is a lot of drama happening in Violet’s life. She and her sister are not on good terms. Her father health is failing and his behavior is odd. Violet was close to her mother, but her mother’s death has left her feeling alone. Also, Violet is not welcomed back into town with open arms.

This started off as a good story, but I was not feeling it by the end. It starts with a protagonist with no memory of the night that forever changed her life and a small community ready to turn on her. An unreliable narrator and a cast of unlikable characters always peaks my interest. Unfortunately, it didn’t hold my interest at the end of the book. In the end, everything is wrapped up, but I was let down in how it was handled.

This was my pick for Amazon First Reads in April 2019.