Elm Hollow Academy is an all-girls school in a boring town by the coast with a rather dark past. Witch trials in the 17th century and one supposedly hung from a tree on campus. Theories abound about the school and the odd things that happen there.
Violet is sixteen and has already had her fair share of tragedy and loss. She is that character on the fringe. Even she isn’t sure she belongs here. Or anywhere.
The talk of the school when Violet arrives is the mysterious disappearance of Emily Frost. Said disappearance means there is an opening in a study group with their instructor, Annabelle. Mysterious Annabelle. She teaches the girls about the Furies and how they took revenge on the men who wronged them.
Only these girls aren’t taking notes, they are taking action and Violet is drawn into something deadly and it could get her killed. Not knowing who to trust, she trusts herself.
There are plenty of books dealing with angst-ridden teenaged girls at schools. This had less to do with popularity and boys and more to do with witchcraft.
It was really wordy and the middle got a bit old quickly. The end was unexpected and rather disappointing I thought.
NetGalley/ October 8th, 2019 by St. Martin’s Press
Full of drama, lies, and suspense, this is the tale of three lives that intersect leaving one dead.
Lee appears to be a single mother who is obsessive about her son Mason’s safety. As a child on the spectrum, she trusts no one else to care for him. 24/7 Lee is there. Homeschooling, distrustful Lee.
Grace, divorced single mother to Luca. Grace loves Mason and he loves her. She gets him. When she introduces Lee to Noah, an Occupational Therapist, not only does Mason fall for him but so does Lee.
When Grace finally convinces Lee to come on a group girls weekend with Noah watching Mason, one of them will not return. And that is when secrets begin to come out. Lee’s version of how Mason was conceived and Grace’s confession about Noah.
This was a twisty edge of your seat waiting to see who was even telling one truth!
Noah has his own agenda. He also has his own secrets. And his are exposed along with everyone else. Almost everyone else, because of that ending! A suspenseful and compulsive read!
NetGalley/St. Martin’s Griffin August 06, 2019
Emotional, Suspenseful, Domestic Drama, and Murder! Who are these people that Ryan Gracey thought were family?
Ryan has always been told she was a change of life baby. Born prematurely when her mother went to Mexico on a trip and was all of a sudden pregnant. When she came home she had a baby and Ryans older sister was off to college.
In Ryan’s mind, her older sister, Wendy, can do no wrong. She is the perfect daughter, wife, mother and career woman. In Ryan’s mind. But all of that comes into question when in the same week her father has a heart attack, her sister calls begging her to go watch her two little girls and she’ll be home at some point. What? As Ryan drops her own life to go and help her mother and sister, she is finding some strange things at her sister’s home. Where is Wendy? Who is Wendy?
Could Wendy be the perfect liar as well? Ryan intends to use her crime podcast contacts to find out the truth. Where is her sister? Heck, who is her sister? It seems as if everyone has a different opinion and when the truth comes to light, it’s explosive!
NetGalley/Mira June 25th, 2019 by MIRA
Fawn Grove, Maine is a small town full of small-minded people. It’s been a long time since Lucy Abbott has come back to her hometown and some things have changed and some are fighting change.
The refugees who have settled here are not wanted. There is so much tension you could cut it with a knife. Everyone seems to be prejudiced and duplicitous. Kids, adults, no one is being honest.
After suffering in Afghanistan, Lucy is hiding her identity from everyone but her immediate family. No one in town recognizes her. After what happened to her over there she is having trouble just leaving her room.
She can’t let go of the crimes happening in her own town. An Afghani girl buried up to her neck and stoned. A boy with his throat slit and an Islamic symbol left behind. Who is behind all of this hate and violence?
Well let me tell you this, the second half of the book there is a huge WOW! And the Wows just keep coming after that. The teenagers, including her own niece are absolutely despicable and you will have to read it to see just how bad they are.
One ending I did not see coming!
NetGalley/ April 30th 2019 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
Susannah and Max, along with her son are living the dream in a Vermont university town. Max is a well-known ‘artist’ and has secured a position at the university while Susannah is a stay at home mom to a her teen son. She has a lot of very odd behaviors.
They seem perfectly matched and are still in love and passionate. Life is good. Until it isn’t. Finding notes on their front door with cryptic messages has them both shaken. For Max the notes could destroy his career and his marriage. Max has secrets. Lots of secrets.
When the person Max suspected of leaving the notes turns up dead, Susannah tries to run with her son, but her son it turns out is not on her side. Why? Because she has secrets too. And someone knows them. And only when they come out will we find out who the perfect liar is.
The story was told from both points of view as well as past and present. The premise of the story was good. It was a twisty, nasty tale! But I didn’t know or understand the characters well enough to care if any of them got caught or disappeared. They just had no depth to any of them.
Give it a read and see what you think.
Netgalley/ January 15th 2019 by St. Martin’s Press
I would love to live in Eternity Springs. It is truly a magical place.
Devin is perfectly happy with his life. Being a fishing guide in Australia with no wife or kids. And he loves coming home to his family in Eternity Springs. And it is during that Christmas visit that mysterious and magical things begin to happen. Doing a good deed ruins his phone and the one he has borrowed is apparently the number for the North Pole. So when he gets a Christmas Eve call from a little boy in Nashville who really wants a Dad for Christmas, something about it pulls at him.
In Nashville, Dr. Jennifer Stockton is celebrating Christmas Eve with her son when all hell breaks loose as the doors are broken down, and a SWAT team with guns is staring at her. She has been swatted. But who is this mysterious stalker who keeps finding her and terrorizing her and her son, Reilly?
When the two finally meet in Eternity Springs, Devin and all the guys are determined to help Jenna and uncover her stalker.
Will her phone Santa come through? Will she finally be able to find peace and safety for herself and Reilly? You will have to read this one to find out.
A story of family, love, healing and maybe a bit of magic!
Netgalley/September 25th 2018 by St. Martin’s Press
A novel of suspense that explores the complexities of marriage and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.
When you read this book, you will make many assumptions.
You will assume you are reading about a jealous wife and her obsession with her replacement.
You will assume you are reading about a woman about to enter a new marriage with the man she loves.
You will assume the first wife was a disaster and that the husband was well rid of her.
You will assume you know the motives, the history, the anatomy of the relationships.
It is very rare for me to give a book a 5 star rating. But I’m here to tell you that I am giving it to this one!
The blurb above says it all. Assume nothing. So there is really very little I want to say in this review that would spoil one second of you reading this and being as shocked out of your mind as I was. There is no figuring this one out on page one. I was figuring this one out until the last page.
If Suspense Thrillers/Psychological Thrillers are your genre, you are in for a massive treat with this one. I read it all at once. I just couldn’t stop. I certainly hope there will be more from the authors!
Netgalley/St.Martin’s Press January 09, 2018