Bring Me Back

By BA Paris

In case you have never heard of the author:

She lives in England, and wrote Behind Closed Doors (see review below). She has worked in finance and teaching, and as a dedicated mom.

In case you have never heard of the book:

Finn and Layla. Deeply in love. Then she went missing. What happened to her? Did she disappear? Runaway? Did Finn kill her? Several years later, Finn is set to marry Layla’s sister, Ellen. But then, strange things start happening. Is Layla alive? Is she back? How much does Ellen know? Is she in on it?

How with this all work out??

What did I think of the book:

This was a good one. Page turner. Had me in suspense. Was curious what type of incident would happen next. Good twisty action. Well written. Easy to read, follow along. Closer to the second half is when the good suspense picks up some. Was overall a good, fun read.

Did you read this one? What did you think?

The Girl I Used To Be

By April Henry

In case you have never heard of the author:

April Henry is an American author of young adult fiction and other genres of novels. She lives in Oregon, went to university there, and has won awards for her creativity in writing. She has more than 12 books out.

In case you have never heard of the book:

Who is Olivia? Even she doesn’t know. Several years ago, she was the only survivor when her mother was murdered and her father disappeared. Now she wants to find out who did it, and why.

What did I think of it:

This novel is about the way that both everything and nothing is a secret in a small town. It is about the psychology of memory and discovering your roots. It is about how one moment can either define you or make you strong.

Overall, good thriller. Easy to read. Easy to understand and follow. Not easy to predict the outcome.

Have you read it? Wanna chat? Drop me a line!

Can You Find Her?

In case you have never heard of the author:

Lisa Gardner is from New England, and has written a bunch of Detective DD Warren novels. This one was the 18th novel in the series.

In case you have never heard of the book:

TRIGGER WARNING: This book contains abduction scenes, physical assault scenes, and PTSD.

Find Her is about a Survivor. It is about surviving. It sheds light on the fact that living through a trauma is just the beginning. The REAL work begins once the trauma has ended.
Flora is abducted and spends 472 days surviving.
But her life AFTER, well, it isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. It is nightmares, recovery, self defense, and conflicting feelings. She plans. She feels the need to rescue other abducted individuals, to help them to start to survive.
But, what can Flora do to help her survive her current nightmare? She put herself in this situation…now, she has to work a way out of it.

In case you were wondering what I thought:

This book was suspenseful. This book was consistent. This book was scary. It brought up the subject of long term abductions, conflicting feelings toward your captor, and what a person would do to survive, and how that may cause problems after the abduction has ended.
It made me think of the Jaycee Dugard case, the Elizabeth Smart case, and others like them.
(For more on abductions in the US, visit: https://www.cbsnews.com/pictures/famous-abduction-cases/)

It was an interesting read, and overall, I did enjoy it. I would just like to make you aware of the possible triggers that might bring up bad memories.

Find Her

My Husband’s Wife

Have you ever thought what it would be like to have to decide if a person is guilty or innocent? Have you ever wondered if you would defend them in court? Fall for them? Have your life change because of them?

In case you have never heard of the author:

Her name is Jane Corry. She is an author and journalist, and spent time in a prison. This gave her the inspiration to write this book.

In case you have not heard of this book:

This is a London based thriller: it covers law, love, loss, innocence, guilt, and other aspects of human nature. Our main characters are Lily, a defense lawyer, and Ed, her husband, a temperamental artist. They are navigating through the start of their marriage, rough and untidy.

What did I think of it:

Now, this was a little harder to review. The start of the book was exciting and interesting and the book kept me entertained. But, as it moved along, it got more intense and a little….messy. The end was wrapped up in a bow.

We are introduced to children, friends, parents, lawyers, and others that don’t have a major influence in the long run, but are good fill characters. Some of them are more rounded than others.

Overall, I thought it was good. Thoughtful, interesting, brought up good questions. Smart book.

Have you read it? What did you think?

We love love…

What would you do for the one you love?

If you read YOU, by Caroline Kepnes, you will be pleased to know that Joe’s antics continue in book two, called Hidden Bodies.

In case you haven’t heard of the author:

Caroline Kepnes is the author of the hit book YOU, turned tv series. She is from Massachusetts and uses her knowledge of the area to her advantage.

In case you have never heard of the book:

Joe Goldberg is our new favorite sociopath. The second book delves into a new series of crimes and punishments that he believes are due to deserving people. His reasoning is sideways, but it looks as if his luck is picking up.

What do I think of the book:

I love Joe Goldberg. I hate Joe Goldberg. He is a guilty pleasure. He is passionate, loving, and supportive. But, he is also manipulative, a liar, and a murderer.

As introduced in the first book, the underlying topic of social media pervasiveness and distortion of facts presents an argument for Luddite-ism. While the advancement and access to technology allows us to REALLY be in the moment, it also removes us from really experiencing the moment.

Learning lessons from the past, embracing the future, and understanding the difference between need and want leads Joe to some intense growth in this book. Does it make him okay? No. Does it make him more relatable as a human, and give him more hope of redemption? Absolutely.

While in real life, one would hope for a resolution commiserate with his deeds, in this book, one really holds out hope that Joe will find his way back to humanity.

What did I think of this book:

I loved it. It moved at a good pace, resolved some issues left open in the first book, introduced new issues, gave us new characters, and left us wanting more…

Have you read it? Did you love him or hate him? Tell me below!

Also, for more on this series, see the Podcast “Killer Fun Crime and Entertainment” brought to you by Christy Norman.

Read Between the Lies

In case you have never heard of the authors:

Sarah Pekkanen and Greer Hendricks wrote An Anonymous Girl, the last book I read and reviewed.

In case you have never heard of the book:

Nellie is the perfect wife. She was young, beautiful, and worked hard her whole life. She has a dysfunctional family and a painful past. But then she meets Richard.

Richard is a hard working stock broker, wealthy, orphaned, with a mysterious history and an ex-wife . But, he treats her like a queen, and takes care of EVERYTHING.

In case you were curious what I thought:

A page-turning thriller. It had me confused a couple of times. But once I caught n, it went smoothly. Had me really wanting to know what was coming next.

Having read an ARC for the same authors, the publishing company offered me a book club packet, and I took advantage of it. It included some sealed secret envelopes, a sealed letter from the authors, and some info on how to make the most of a book club revolving around this particular book.

We are currently in the “reading” phase, awaiting everyone’s finish, so that we can have our meet up and enjoy the packet to it’s fullest!

I would recommend this book if you like suspense and are into “what happened next?” type books.

Interested? Hit me up!!

An Anonymous Girl

By Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen. *Advanced Reader Copy*

In case you have never heard of the authors:

Sarah Pekkanen was a journalist with major publications, and then later, wrote several solo novels. She currently lives in Washington, D.C.

Greer Hendricks is the co-author of this book and one other with Pekkanen. She wrote for major publications. She currently lives in New York.

In case you have never heard of the book:

Jessica Farris is a make up artist living paycheck to paycheck, while helping care for her sister from afar, and hiding secrets from her family and friends.

Dr Lydia Shields is a psychologist for a university, an author, and she is conducting a study on morality.

Thomas is Dr Shield’s husband. How is he involved? What is his story? How do the character’s paths cross?

What was my opinion of this book:

This novel was a thriller, suspenseful, and a delicately woven tale of deceit. The language was excellent, the doctor speaking in a mannerly way. The story was written almost as journal entries, from two perspectives, which makes it difficult to maintain a flow at times. Otherwise, it kept me riveted, and excited to get to the end. Overall, good selection. Would recommend.

The marketing team for this book went above and beyond, as well, y’all. They sent out business cards and beauty blenders for Jessica, the main character.

Would you be interested in reading this book? Drop me a line and tell me what you think!

YOU

A Novel by Caroline Kepnes

In case you have never heard of the author:

Born in Massachusetts, she has written for tv news and series. She now lives in California, and has written three best selling novels.

In case you have never heard of the book :

It is a psychological thriller, told in the first person of the main male character, Joe. Joe works in a book store, is well-read and funny, and attracted to Beck. Beck is a college student, earning an MFA in writing in New York. The story is about the lengths that Joe will go to in order to make a relationship happen with Beck, and then maintain it.

My opinion of the book:

I thoroughly enjoyed this smart, thrilling love story of modern times. By modern, I mean that themes of living in the public eye by posting your entire life on social media are covered in depth, and used to produce tension and suspense. It does make me wonder what lengths people go to in order to find connections and make up commonalities that may have never otherwise existed. This book was eye-opening, suspenseful, and intelligent. The vocabulary was modern, and exceptional. I had to lookup two words. I will let you find them on your own. ☺️

Have you read this book? Were you as creeped out about it as I was? Drop me a line and let me know what you thought.

How far would you go?

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein

By Kiersten White

In case you have never heard of the author:

Born in Utah, she graduated from Brigham Young with her study in English. She now resides in California. She writes young-adult fiction in a variety of topics.

In case you have never heard of the book:

If you have ever read Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, then you will have an excellent ground work for this tale. It is penned as a thriller, the tale of Victor’s companion, Elizabeth. She was brought into the family specifically to care for Victor, and remained part of the family, with an easy life of protection due to relation, and no other means or education in anything productive.

When Victor goes off to university, and quits writing letters to Elizabeth, she goes searching for him. What she finds leads her down his twisted path.

This story is told from the view point of Elizabeth, and focuses more on her than anyone else. The writing is accurate in mood and tone, and stays consistent with the writing of Shelley.

What I thought of the book:

I enjoyed the original tale, and this book seemed to expand on that. It made for an enjoyable read. It was easy and quick with a moderate vocabulary. It was similarly timeless, as a tale of horror. Underlying themes of acceptance, love, and protection are relayed delicately. The relevance of shifting power in the lives of women is representative of not only the 18th century, but also in today’s society. Overall. Would recommend to those who enjoy an old fashioned, historically accurate, semi-horror tale.

Have you read it? What did you think? Let me know!

A Ghost Story…

In case you have never heard of this book:

Mary Rose by Geoffrey Girard is an author of a psychological genre. This book proclaims to be a “modern take on a classic ghost story.” This ghost story was an attractive subject for Hitchcock, but it never materialized for him. A re-telling and updating by Girard, Made this book more relevant today.

The story is about a couple: Mary Rose and Simon. It is about their quest to have a normal, loving life, without nightmares and unexplained visions. A trip from New York to England and, later, Scotland, reveal details of Mary Rose’s life that even she didn’t know.

In case you have never heard of the author:

Girard has several degrees and experience both writing and teaching, and writes mainly “thrillers and dark speculative fiction.” (What does that entail?) He offers writing seminars and workshops across the nation.

My opinion of the book:

It was interesting. A charming psychological type book, for those who like being strung along with no true answers. Hints at what happened to a young girl when gone missing, and possible traumas then lead the book down the desired creepy path. The ending is not what I would consider “a true resolution”, but simply a winding down to explaining and understanding the ghost story.

Have you read it? What did you think? Do you have any insights that may make this a better read? Let me know!!