Book Review

Book Review: The Chain by Adrian McKinty-3 Stars

The Chain was a diabolical thriller involving a chain of kidnappings. One parent must kidnap another child after they discover their own child has been taken. They will not get their child back until the parents of their victim takes a child. This was definitely a unique read with a well thought out plot, but it seemed a little slow moving and unbelievable. The ending was crazy and part two moved a lot faster than part one which was good.

As a mother, this whole premise was horrifying but ultimately I was left feeling a little let down with this one. It just started out slow, and it eventually ended with a big bang that seemed to come out of nowhere and seemed odd and far-fetched.

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Harlequin Blog Tour: The Last Affair by Margot Hunt-4 Stars

 

I’m excited to be on a blog tour for Margot Hunt’s newest release, THE LAST AFFAIR!

BOOK SUMMARY:
Gwen Landon—poster woman for perfect wife, mother, and suburban bliss—is found brutally
bludgeoned to death behind her Floridian McMansion. Beautiful and beloved by her community, Gwen
makes an unlikely victim. But just a scratch below the surface of her perfectly curated world reveals one
far more sinister. When looking back over the six months leading up to her death, the question of, “who
would do this?” quickly shifts to, “who wouldn’t?”

Commercially successful food blogger and mother of three, Nora Holliday never imagined she would
have the nerve, let alone time, to get involved an affair. Trapped in an unhappy marriage, she does
whatever it takes to keep it all together. But when Nora runs into Gwen Landon’s husband at a hotel in
Orlando, his easy kindness and warmth proves too tempting to resist. As their affair spirals dangerously
out of control, it seems things can’t get more complicated—until Gwen turns up dead.

 

This was a juicy, drama filled mystery that kept me hooked from the start! It begins with Gwen being found murdered in her backyard, and the story backtracks, following up until the day she’s killed.

When Abby, trying to recover from a broken heart and betrayal, leaves college and moves back home, she thought she could just retreat into her own sorrows and simply worry about her own problems, and how to get revenge on her EX best friend and boyfriend. She didn’t expect to catch her father with another woman. She vows to find out who this woman is, at any cost.

Ms. Hunt did an excellent job at character development. Both Abby and Gwen grated on my nerve with their whiny attitudes, and Abby for meddling in something way out of her control. Nora seemed the “perfect” wife and mother- always baking, lovingly caring for her kids, and staying with her sorry excuse of a husband, it’s easy to see why she was drawn to Josh’s charms.

The suspect list could literally be anyone-Nora’s husband, a recovering alcoholic… Josh, determined to get rid of Gwen so he can continue this illicit romance with Nora…Nora herself… the list goes on. This book will keep you guessing until the big reveal!

If you like mysteries and domestic suspense, definitely add this to your TBR. Keep reading for an excerpt, author info, and links to purchase your copy!

 

THE LAST AFFAIR
Author: Margot Hunt
ISBN: 9780778309222
Publication Date: November 26, 2019
Publisher: MIRA BOOKS

Here’s a excerpt! I hope it captures your attention like it did mine!

Prologue

Other than the woman’s blood-covered body splayed facedown in the grass, it could
have been any typical upscale Floridian backyard.
There was the ubiquitous pool with a water fountain feature, a patio furnished with
both a dining set and outdoor sectional couch, and an enormous gas grill capable of
cooking hamburgers by the dozen. A large pergola with a tropical vine trained over it
covered part of the patio. The dining area was shaded by a black-and-white-striped
awning. It was the very picture of suburban domestic bliss. It could have been the set
for a commercial advertising anything from laundry detergent to allergy medicine.
Again, except for the dead body.
The area had already been taped off. The first officers on the scene appeared with an
ambulance in response to a frantic 911 call placed by the woman’s daughter. The
paramedics had assessed the situation, and quickly determined that the woman was
dead. The fact that the back of her head had been bashed in with what looked like a
paving stone, conveniently dropped next to her prone body, made it immediately clear
that it had not been a natural death. The responding officers called the sheriff, who
responded by sending in a full investigative team. The medical examiner was now doing
a preliminary examination of the body, while police officers combed the area for
additional evidence. Two detectives, Mike Monroe and Gavin Reddick—separated by
twenty years and sixty pounds—were overseeing the operation, standing at the edge of
the patio under the shade of the pergola. It was the third week in April, but this was
South Florida and the temperature had already climbed into the low nineties.
“The paving stone came from the stack out in the front yard. They were delivered last
week by the company who’s installing the driveway,” Detective Reddick said. He was
the younger of the two men and had a wiry frame and angular face.
“Weapon of convenience. Suggests it wasn’t premeditated,” Detective Monroe said.
He had a ruddy complexion and a full head of thick dark hair, swept back off his face. A
strand never moved out of place, even in a strong wind.
“Plus he dropped the weapon, rather than taking it with him. Probably panicked.”
“Could be a she,” Monroe said mildly.
Reddick shrugged. “Blunt force trauma to the back of the head? You know the stats.
Overwhelming likelihood that it’s a man, and probably someone the victim was
intimately involved with. Husband, maybe a boyfriend.”
“The husband was with the daughter when she called it in.”
“Doesn’t mean he didn’t do it, and then had her place the call.”
“No, it doesn’t.”
The family had been sequestered indoors, both to keep them out of the way, and so
that the officers waiting in the house with them could observe anything they did or said.
Other than the husband, there was a daughter in her early twenties and a teenage son.
The daughter was reportedly distraught, while the husband and son had both been
eerily quiet. It was possible they were in shock.

“Do we have an ID on the victim?” Reddick asked.
“It’s her house,” Monroe grunted.
“Yeah, but I like doing things the official way, you know? I’s dotted, t’s crossed, all of
that. Building a case, basic detective work.”
Despite the chilling scene in front of them—the woman’s body still sprawled on the
grass, the back of her head a pulpy, bloody mess—the corner of Monroe’s mouth
quirked up in a half smile. “Sure, kid, tell me all about basic detective work. I’ve only
been doing this for, what…thirty-two years now? The husband ID’d her. Victim is Gwen
Landon, age forty-nine. Married, mother of two. Husband said she hasn’t had any recent
conflict with anyone.”
“Other than the person who caved in the back of her head with a paving stone,”
Reddick pointed out.
“Wouldn’t be the first time a husband didn’t know his wife as well as he thought he
did.”
“Possible. But there’s another possibility, too.”
“What’s that?”
Reddick turned to look at his partner. His eyes were small and dark, and he had a
habit of squinting when he concentrated intently on something.
“The husband is a liar,” Reddick said.

Margot Hunt is a critically acclaimed author of psychological suspense. Her work has been praised by Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist and Kirkus Reviews.

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Book Review: The Whisper Man by Alex North- 5 Stars

“If your window’s left unlatched, you’ll hear him tapping at the glass. If you’re lonely, sad, and blue, The Whisper Man will come for you.”

HOLY GUACAMOLE YALL. This book was CREEPY!!!! I loved it!

Still devastated after the death of his mother, Jake and his dad Tom are needing a fresh start. They move into a supremely scary looking house in a town that was home to notorious child killer ‘The Whisper Man.’ Frank Carter groomed & lured his victims, young boys, with whispers. Now, another boy has gone missing, 20 years after Carter went to prison. Detective Pete Willis was on the original case and is now more determined than ever to catch this killer. Is he a copycat or Carter’s accomplice from so long ago?

When Jake claims he’s hearing whispers outside his window and is caught talking to himself, Tom worries if they’re in danger or if it’s just Jake’s imagination.

Equal parts suspense, thriller, and police procedural, this book will grip you from the first page! It is definitely a terrifying read; perfect for October!

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Book Review: Someone We Know by Shari Lapena-5 Stars

Someone We Know was a great whodunit mystery!

It starts out with a woman being beaten to death with a hammer and shortly after, Robert Pierce goes to the police to report his wife Amanda is missing. It’s obvious he isn’t really worried or concerned about his missing wife. The neighborhood is on edge thinking they are living near a murderer, but that’s not the only drama that’s going on.

Every house has its secrets, and teenager Raleigh gets a thrill from breaking and entering people’s houses and snooping around on their computers. When his mom Olivia finds out, she sends anonymous letters to the two houses Raleigh admitted to entering, one being the Pierce house right around the time Amanda went missing.

Every one has something to hide it seems, but who is guilty of murder?

Shari Lapena is a must read for me. Her novels are quick reads that keep you on the edge of your seat, dying to find out the truth!

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Book Review: The Perfect Wife by J.P. Delaney- 4 Stars

The Perfect Wife is something I would classify as a suspenseful sci-fi mystery/thriller. Abbie wakes up in a haze and quickly learns from her creator Tim that she is a co-bot: a companion robot, that was created in the likeness of her Tim’s dead wife. She has the real Abbie’s memories and appearance. She was created so that Tim and his son Danny wouldn’t be alone. Sounds perfect, right? The perfect wife and mom, gone too soon, but thanks to scientific advances and plenty of money, your loved one can be recreated to be just like the real thing!

Abbie and Tim had a seemingly perfect marriage, but of course nothing is ever as it seems. Diving between the past and present, co-bot Abbie comes to realize something is amiss. She has to figure out what Tim is really all about and what happened to Abbie so that she won’t become just a discarded pile of technology.

This book was really creepy and unique. I can’t give too much away but this one will definitely shock you and keep you reading for hours if you enjoy sci-fi books that really mess with your mind!  Just when you think you’ve figured it out you’re hit with something crazy!

Do you like to read science fiction? It’s not one of my typical genres but I have been enjoying it lately!

Thank you to Netgalley for an advance copy of this book!

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Book Review: The First Mistake by Sandie Jones-4.5 Stars

Sandie Jones has once again given me a suspenseful thriller full of twists and surprises that made me desperate to read this every spare second I had! I loved her debut, The Other Woman, so much I immediately requested this from NetGalley the instant I saw it.

 

Alice runs a successful company with her second husband, Nathan. After tragically losing her first husband, Nathan seemed like the perfect man, showing up right when Alice needed someone the most.  She also has a best friend named Beth that she can always count on, and two wonderful daughters. Life is pretty good for Alice, until she finds something that makes her start to question everything she thought she knew about those around her.

The twist took me by surprise and I’m glad I didn’t see it coming because man, was it insane! This is definitely a quick read but there are quite a few characters to keep up with.

If you’re looking for a thriller chock full of twisty revenge and suspicion, make sure to pick this one up!

Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC of this book.

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Book Review: Such a Perfect Wife by Kate White-3.5 Stars

Kate White brings reporter/wannabe detective Bailey back in her 8th book, Such a Perfect Wife.

I love the Bailey Weggins series! She is such a fearless, intelligent woman. In this novel, Bailey is reporting for online news outlet Crime Beat on location in Lake George, New York, where beautiful and well loved mother named Shannon has gone missing. Like all of Bailey’s adventures, she immediately is drawn to the case and makes it her mission to do more than just your typical news reporting. She wants to get to the bottom of Shannon’s disappearance, even if it means putting herself in harm’s way.

She strikes up a friendship with Alice, a local reporter, and the pair start working together to solve this mystery. But when they start getting too close to to the truth the killer intends to make them suffer and pay for what they’ve found out!

This story kept my attention through the very end. The many possible suspects and constant speculation made it more of a slower read than the others in this series and I didn’t find it as captivating as the previous books but I still enjoyed it!

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Book Review: My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing- 5 Stars

This will be a pretty short review because it will be too easy to give away spoilers if I say too much!

A husband and wife need to spice up their marriage. Instead of counseling, more date nights or intimate time, they turn to murder. Scheming, plotting, messed up murders. Told from the husband’s point of view, My Lovely Wife is disturbing and thrilling. The couple themselves are so dark, one more so than the other, and I was glued to the pages pretty much all day, just waiting to see what would happen next!

There are SO many twists, and that bombshell at the end- woah! I will say I started to figure out what was really going on in this relationship but it didn’t ruin the book for me at all. I read a lot of psychological thrillers and this one was definitely unique and different from the typical thriller!

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Book Review: No Exit by Taylor Adams- 5 Stars

This book is terrifying, tense, and action packed! It’s actually more gruesome and gory than I anticipated which made it even more frightening!

Darby is traveling from college to visit her mother in the hospital who is dying. A terrible winter storm is coming through which ends up stranding her in a rest stop with four other people. Desperate to find cell service and check on her mom, she winds through the parking lot looking for a signal when she sees a young child locked in a cage in the back of a van! Obviously she can’t get a cell signal to call 911, so she sends a text with her location in hopes it will eventually go through. But who inside the rest stop is so evil they’ve kept a child locked in a cage? Who can she trust enough to share what she’s discovered and hopefully find an ally?

As the night goes on it becomes obvious the stranded travelers are in terrible danger. The snow storm is so bad, and they are in such a remote area, it will be hours before emergency services will come. Over the course of the evening the terror and gore go from 0 to 60 in one scene! I really liked Darby and while she made some stupid choices at times I applaud her for everything she did at whatever cost, to protect the kidnapped child. Don’t read this one before bed!

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Book Review: Closer Than You Think by Lee Maguire-4 Stars

Someone has it out for psychologist Bryce Davidson. He’s already dealing with a messy separation from his wife, now someone is sending him threatening emails, breaking in to his house, and they know EVERYTHING about his life. Working in an institution surrounded by other psychologists, psychiatrists and patients, Dr. Davidson has a pretty big suspect list to pull from, but who could possibly hate him to this extent of revenge?

This novel started out a little slow, and there were so many characters and plot lines to keep up with but once everything started coming together towards the end it was awesome! Loaded with twists and turns, I was left in the dark just like Dr. Davidson about the identity of his stalker right until the very last second. This book is definitely creepy enough to have you glancing over your shoulder as you’re reading. Besides the thriller aspect, I really enjoyed the medical/psychological aspect, like the hypnosis and therapy of one of the patients, especially since the author has a  background similar to that of Bryce’s. It looks like this will be a series and I can’t wait to follow Dr. Bryce Davidson along on his next journey.

Thank you to TCK Publishing for gifting me a copy of this book.

 

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