Weekly Wrap-Up (Mar 2 – Mar 8)

Weekly Wrap-Up

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BOOKS READ

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

A Beautiful Corpse by Christi DaughertyMurder Most Frothy by Cleo Coyle


BOOKS ACQUIRED

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

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


CURRENTLY READING

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

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


ON THE BLOG

THIS WEEK

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

NEXT WEEK

MONDAY – Book Review: A Beautiful Corpse by Christi Daugherty
TUESDAY – Top Ten Tuesday: Standalone Books That Need a Sequel
WEDNESDAY – Book Review: And Then You Were Gone by R.J. Jacobs & Book Review: The Line Between by Tosca Lee
THURSDAY – Book Review: The Banker’s Wife by Cristina Alger
FRIDAY – Weekly Wrap-Up (Mar 9 – Mar 15)

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Book Review: Only Child by Rhiannon Navin

Only Child by Rhiannon Navin

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Book Review: Smash and Grab by Joe Albanese

Smash and Grab by Joe Albanese

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

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


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

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

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

Book Review: Until the Day I Die by Emily Carpenter

Until the Day I Die by Emily Carpenter

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BOOK INFO
Title: Until the Day I Die
Author: Emily Carpenter
Publisher: Lake Union
Publish Date: March 12, 2019
Genre: Mystery Thriller
Goodreads Ratings: Me 4.0 / Community 4.01

BOOK BLURB
from Amazon:
From the bestselling author of Burying the Honeysuckle Girls comes a riveting novel about a mother and daughter separated by grief, secrets, and a conspiracy that threatens to destroy their lives.

If there’s a healthy way to grieve, Erin Gaines hasn’t found it. After her husband’s sudden death, the runaway success of the tech company they built with their best friends has become overwhelming. Her nerves are frayed, she’s disengaged, and her frustrated daughter, Shorie, is pulling away from her. Maybe Erin’s friends and family are right. Maybe a few weeks at a spa resort in the Caribbean islands is just what she needs to hit the reset button…

Shorie is not only worried about her mother’s mental state but also for the future of her parents’ company. Especially when she begins to suspect that not all of Erin’s colleagues can be trusted. It seems someone is spinning an intricate web of deception—the foundation for a conspiracy that is putting everything, and everyone she loves, at risk. And she may be the only one who can stop it.

Now, thousands of miles away in a remote, and oftentimes menacing, tropical jungle, Erin is beginning to have similar fears. Things at the resort aren’t exactly how the brochure described, and unless she’s losing her mind, Erin’s pretty sure she wasn’t sent there to recover—she was sent to disappear.


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MY REVIEW
Erin Gaines, her husband, and two friends created a tech company that has started to take off. Erin’s husband died unexpectedly, and Erin is grieving his loss. Her daughter Shorie is leaving for college, but wants to stay home and work at her parents company. Between their grieving and difference of opinions regarding Shorie’s future, the mother-daughter relationship has become strained. Erin is encouraged to go to an exclusive spa for help, but it turns out the spa is not the relaxing resort experience she was expecting.

Told with alternating viewpoints – Erin and Shorie. Erin is grieving, working too much, and doesn’t seem to be taking care of herself. Shorie is smart and resourceful, and wants to work with her parent’s tech company rather than go to college. Erin and Shorie love each other, but their relationship is strained with what is currently happening in their lives. Erin’s friends and family encourage her to attend a spa on a private island to help her get back on track. The island resort turns into a dangerous experience. While Erin is away on the island, Shorie starts to look into some questionable activity going on with the tech company.

An exciting thriller, especially the parts that take place in the jungle of the private island. This book combines a mystery at a tech company and a perilous island experience. Overall, a wild, mysterious, and fast-paced page turner.

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

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I’d Switch Places With for a Day

Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is Characters I’d Like to Switch Places With.

This one was a challenge! There are so many interesting characters to choose from. Below are 10 characters that I would enjoy being for a day.

1. Nancy Drew – Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene

The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene

2. Stephanie Plum – Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich

One for the Money by Janet Evanovich

3. Fortune Redding – Miss Fortune series by Jana Deleon

Louisiana Longshot by Jana Deleon

4. Sookie Stackhouse – Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris

Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

5. Katniss Everdeen – The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

6. Jane Doe – Jane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone

Jane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone

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

My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren

8. Charley Davidson – Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones

First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones

9. Lindsey Boxer – Women’s Murder Club series by James Patterson

1st to Die by James Patterson

10. Anna Pigeon – Anna Pigeon series by Nevada Barr

Track of the Cat by Nevada Barr

Book Review: Call Me Evie by J.P. Pomare

Call Me Evie by J.P. Pomare

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BOOK INFO
Title: Call Me Evie
Author: J.P. Pomare
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Publish Date: March 5, 2019
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Goodreads Ratings: Me 3.0 / Community 3.97

BOOK BLURB
from Amazon:
In this propulsive, twist-filled, and haunting psychological suspense debut perfect for fans of Sharp Objects and Room, a seventeen-year-old girl struggles to remember the role she played on the night her life changed forever.

For the past two weeks, seventeen-year-old Kate Bennet has lived against her will in an isolated cabin in a remote beach town–brought there by a mysterious man named Bill. Part captor, part benefactor, Bill calls her Evie and tells her he’s hiding her to protect her. That she did something terrible one night back home in Melbourne–something so unspeakable that he had no choice but to take her away. The trouble is, Kate can’t remember the night in question.

The fragments of Kate’s shattered memories of her old life seem happy: good friends, a big house in the suburbs, a devoted boyfriend. Bill says he’ll help her fill in the blanks–but his story isn’t adding up. And as she tries to reconcile the girl she thought she’d been with the devastating consequences Bill claims she’s responsible for, Kate will unearth secrets about herself and those closest to her that could change everything.

A riveting debut novel that fearlessly plumbs the darkest recesses of the mind, Call Me Evie explores the fragility of memory and the potential in all of us to hide the truth, even from ourselves.


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MY REVIEW
Kate, a teenager, is living in a remote cabin with Jim. She has no memory of why she is being kept in the cabin, or who Jim is. She only knows that something terrible has happened. Jim says he’s trying to help her, but she’s not sure she can really trust him.

Told with alternating timelines – before and after. In the before timeline, Kate has some disturbing things from her past, but also some pretty normal teenage problems. In the after timeline, it’s clear something bad has happened, but the details are slowly revealed.

A story that combines memory loss and kidnapping into an entertaining psychological thriller. The main character is a teenager, and this book does read a lot like a young adult story rather than adult. Good for fans of YA thrillers. Suspenseful story of secrets and lies.

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

Weekly Wrap-Up (Feb 23 – Mar 1)

Weekly Wrap-Up

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ON THE BLOG

THIS WEEK

MONDAY – Book Review: Beautiful Bad by Annie Ward
TUESDAY – Top Ten Tuesday: Fictional Places in Books I’d Like to Visit
WEDNESDAY – Book Review: The Last Woman in the Forest by Diane Les Becquets & The Perfect Child by Lucinda Berry
THURSDAY – Book Review: The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle & February 2019 Reading Recap
FRIDAY – Weekly Wrap-Up (Feb 23 – Mar 1)

NEXT WEEK

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


BOOKS READ

PRINT & EBOOKS

Two books read this week – Until the Day I Die by Emily Carpenter and In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire.

Until the Day I Die by Emily CarpenterIn an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire

AUDIOBOOKS

Two audiobooks listened to this week – The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah and Collared by David Rosenfelt.

The Nightingale by Kristin HannahCollared by David Rosenfelt


CURRENTLY READING

Currently reading three books – one print book (The Woman Inside by E.G. Scott), one ebook (The Line Between by Tosca Lee), and one audiobook (One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus).

The Woman Inside by E.G. ScottThe Line Between by Tosca LeeOne of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus


BOOKS ACQUIRED

One ARC received via Edelweiss – The Last Time I Saw You by Liv Constantine
Four ARCs received via Netgalley – The Third Mrs. Durst by Ann Aguirre, Murder by the Sea by Kathleen Bridge, The Perfect Wife by J.P. Delaney, and The Dare by Carol Wyer
One book borrowed from the library – The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

The Third Mrs. Durst by Ann AguirreMurder by the Sea by Kathleen BridgeThe Last Time I Saw You by Liv Constantine
The Perfect Wife by J.P. DelaneyThe Silent Patient by Alex MichaelidesThe Dare by Carol Wyer

Thanks for stopping by Nightcap Books. Happy Reading!

February 2019 Reading Recap

Reading Recap

FEBRUARY STATS

BOOKS READ
· Print – 7
· Ebooks – 13
· Audiobooks – 15

READING CHALLENGES
· Goodreads 73/350 – Read/listened to 35 books this month.
· Audiobook 23/60 – Listened to 11 books this month.
· Colors 1/18 – Read 1 book this month.
· Genre Bingo 6/24 – Read 1 book this month.
· Library Love 5/60 – Read 4 books this month.
· Modern Mrs. Darcy 4/10 – Read 2 books this month.
· Netgalley & Edelweiss 10/50 – Read 8 books this month.
· Popsugar 19/50 – Read 6 books this month.
· Read Harder 7/24 – Read 3 books this month.


TOP FIVE FEBRUARY READS

1. Before She Knew Him by Peter Swanson

Before She Knew Him by Peter Swanson

2. One Dog Night by David Rosenfelt

3. Beautiful Bad by Annie Ward

Beautiful Bad by Annie Ward

4. The Last Woman in the Forest by Diane Les Becquets

The Last Woman in the Forest by Diane Les Becquets

5. Before We Were Strangers by Brenda Novak

Before We Were Strangers by Brenda Novak


ON THE BLOG

BOOK REVIEWS
· The Hiding Place by C.J. Tudor
· The Swan Keeper by Milana Marsenich
· Murder at the Mill by M.B. Shaw
· A Cold Brew Killing by Lena Gregory
· Before She Knew Him by Peter Swanson
· Kingdom Cold by Brittni Chenelle
· Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren
· The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray
· Chocolate Cream Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke
· Between the Lies by Michelle Adams
· The Hunger by Alma Katsu
· Dracul by Dacre Stoker and J.D. Barker
· Beautiful Bad by Annie Ward
· The Last Woman in the Forest by Diane Les Becquets
· The Perfect Child by Lucinda Berry
· The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle

TOP TEN TUESDAYS
· Upcoming Releases I’m on the Fence About
· Favorite Couples in Books
· Books I Loved with Fewer Than 2000 Ratings on Goodreads
· Fictional Places in Books I’d Like to Visit

WEEKLY WRAP-UPS
· Weekly Wrap-Up (Jan 26 – Feb 1)
· Weekly Wrap-Up (Feb 2 – Feb 8)
· Weekly Wrap-Up (Feb 9 – Feb 15)
· Weekly Wrap-Up (Feb 16 – Feb 22)

TAGS
· The 80s Movie Book Tag


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 35 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 finished 0 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!

Book Review: The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle

The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle

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BOOK INFO
Title: The Dinner List
Author: Rebecca Serle
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publish Date: September 11, 2018
Genre: Magical Realism
Goodreads Ratings: Me 4.0 / Community 3.67

BOOK BLURB
from Amazon:
“We’ve been waiting for an hour.” That’s what Audrey says. She states it with a little bit of an edge, her words just bordering on cursive. That’s the thing I think first. Not: Audrey Hepburn is at my birthday dinner, but Audrey Hepburn is annoyed.”

At one point or another, we’ve all been asked to name five people, living or dead, with whom we’d like to have dinner. Why do we choose the people we do? And what if that dinner was to actually happen? These are the questions Rebecca Serle contends with in her utterly captivating novel, THE DINNER LIST, a story imbued with the same delightful magical realism as One Day, and the life-changing romance of Me Before You.

When Sabrina arrives at her thirtieth birthday dinner she finds at the table not just her best friend, but also three significant people from her past, and well, Audrey Hepburn. As the appetizers are served, wine poured, and dinner table conversation begins, it becomes clear that there’s a reason these six people have been gathered together.

Delicious but never indulgent, sweet with just the right amount of bitter, THE DINNER LIST is a romance for our times. Bon appetit.


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MY REVIEW
Sabrina’s birthday dinner has quite the guest list – her best friend, her father, her boyfriend, her favorite college professor, and Audrey Hepburn. This is not any normal dinner gathering, and it seems Sabrina has some things from her past to discuss with the invited guests.

A unique and magical story that answers the question that many people have discussed – If you could have dinner with any five people, living or dead, who would they be? Sabrina chooses people she cares about, and Audrey Hepburn. Because, who wouldn’t invite Audrey.

As the dinner progresses, it’s clear there are some serious topics to be discussed. While sometimes emotional, there are moments of humor. A delightful book for readers who enjoy magical realism. Thought-provoking, engaging, and heart-breaking.

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

Book Review: The Perfect Child by Lucinda Berry

The Perfect Child by Lucinda Berry

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BOOK INFO
Title: The Perfect Child
Author: Lucinda Berry
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Publish Date: March 1, 2019
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Goodreads Ratings: Me 3.0 / Community 4.21

BOOK BLURB
from Amazon:
A page-turning debut of suspense about a young couple desperate to have a child of their own—and the unsettling consequences of getting what they always wanted.

Christopher and Hannah are a happily married surgeon and nurse with picture-perfect lives. All that’s missing is a child. When Janie, an abandoned six-year-old, turns up at their hospital, Christopher forms an instant connection with her, and he convinces Hannah they should take her home as their own.

But Janie is no ordinary child, and her damaged psyche proves to be more than her new parents were expecting. Janie is fiercely devoted to Christopher, but she acts out in increasingly disturbing ways, directing all her rage at Hannah. Unable to bond with Janie, Hannah is drowning under the pressure, and Christopher refuses to see Janie’s true nature.

Hannah knows that Janie is manipulating Christopher and isolating him from her, despite Hannah’s attempts to bring them all together. But as Janie’s behavior threatens to tear Christopher and Hannah apart, the truth behind Janie’s past may be enough to push them all over the edge.


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MY REVIEW
Christopher and Hannah are a happy couple, but they long to have a child. When Janie, an abandoned six-year-old, shows up at the hospital where they work, Christopher wants to foster her. Despite the warnings about raising a child with an abusive past, they take her into their home and family. They are not prepared for the challenges they face.

Told with alternating points of view – Christopher, Hannah, and Piper, Janie’s social worker. Christopher adores Janie and finds it difficult to believe she is capable of the harmful behavior others warn him about. Hannah is more realistic about the difficulties they face. Piper is Janie’s social worker, and presents an outsider’s view of the family and their behaviors.

It’s no surprise that Janie suffers from physical and mental issues due to her abusive past. With their medical background, Christopher and Hannah do seem like the perfect couple to take care of Janie. Unfortunately, Christopher is blinded by his love, and Janie’s manipulation, to see how bad things are. My biggest issue with this book was Christopher’s disregard for Hannah’s concerns and the safety of their family. If Christopher hadn’t been such a dolt, this would have been a better book for me.

A disturbing domestic thriller. While it is clear something very bad has happened, the very bad thing isn’t revealed until late in the book. Makes for a suspenseful read. Good for fans of Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage.

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