THE PERFECT LIAR by THOMAS CHRISTOPHER GREENE

The Perfect Liar

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

 

 

 

THE CHRISTMAS WISHING TREE by EMILY MARCH * An Eternity Springs Novel*

The Christmas Wishing Tree (Eternity Springs, #15)

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

 

THE WIFE BETWEEN US BY GREER HENDRICKS AND SARAH PEKKANEN

The Wife Between Us

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.
Assume nothing.

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

The Lost Child by Patricia Gibney

The Lost Child (Detective Lottie Parker, #3)

They placed me in here and threw away the key. I look down at the gown they’ve put on me. I want my own clothes. I don’t know how long I’ve been here.

An elderly woman is found murdered in her own home, and Detective Lottie Parker and her partner Detective Boyd are called in to investigate. When they discover that the victim’s daughter is missing as well, they start to fear for the safety of the whole family…

Two days later as a nearby house is set on fire and with the body count rising, Lottie and her team begin to unpick a web of secrets and lies, as the murders seem to link back to a case investigated by Lottie’s father before he took his own life.

With little knowledge of what really happened to her father, Lottie knows this is a case that could give her some answers. But how much does she want to know? And how far is Lottie prepared to dig to uncover the truth?

This is the third book in the series with DI Parker. Lottie. Lottie has more issues than Vogue. With three kids and one grandson at home and Lottie working crazy cop hours and her husband dead, drinking and popping pills is just one of the many things in her life she is trying to get under control. And she is trying.

When she and Boyd catch this case nothing about it makes sense. There are so many twists and turns and What?? moments in this one I’m surprised I didn’t get whiplash!

Once I started this one I had to finish it. I had to find out if we are finally going to get to see Lottie with her head on straight, the truth about her father’s death, maybe a little romance along the way. And I was not disappointed. Shocked? Oh yes!

This one will keep you on the edge and trying to figure out who is a killer and who is just plain crazy.  And as it goes in life, secrets kept always come to light and Lottie may not want to know some of these secrets.

Well Done!

Netgalley/Bookouture  October 27, 2017

DEAD GIRLS CAN’T LIE By Carys Jones

Dead Girls Can't Lie

Best friends tell each other the truth – don’t they?

When North Stone’s best friend Kelly Orton is found hanging lifeless in a tree, North knows for certain it wasn’t suicide. Kelly had everything to live for – a loving boyfriend, a happy life, and most importantly of all, Kelly would never leave North all by herself.

The girls have been friends since childhood, devoted to each other, soul sisters, or at least that’s what North has always believed. But did Kelly feel the same way, or was she keeping secrets from her ‘best friend’ – deadly secrets…

When the police refuse to take North’s suspicions seriously, she sets out to investigate for herself. But her search soon takes her to a glamorous world with a seedy underbelly, and before long North is out of her depth and getting ever closer to danger. Determined to find the truth, she soon wishes that dead girls could lie, because the truth is too painful to believe…

I have to admit I was not a huge fan of Wrong Number, but I’m always willing to give an author another try.

I would have liked to have had more information on the characters, Kelly came off as someone just using North as a get out of trouble card. I didn’t see a real friendship here.

There was too much wrong with this story to make me care about any of them. I thought it was quite shallow and it did not hold my attention or make me want to know what happened.

Sorry. Thanks Netgalley

FEEL ME FALL by James Morris

Feel Me Fall by [Morris, James]

Emily Duran is the sole survivor of a plane crash that left her and her teenage friends stranded and alone in the jungles of the Amazon. Lost and losing hope, they struggle against the elements, and each other. With their familiar pecking order no longer in place, a new order emerges, filled with power struggles, betrayals, secrets and lies. Emily must explain why she’s the last left alive.

But can she carry the burden of the past?

Discover the gripping new adventure novel that explores who we are when no one is watching, and how far we’ll go in order to survive.   

Emily Duran is on a class trip when the plane crashes in the Amazon. She, along with 5 of her classmates survive and wash up on shore in the jungle.

The story alternates between what brought them to this place and the feelings they have for one another before the crash, along with what happens after the crash as well as what happens after she is rescued.

As the seriousness of the situation hits them, they all react differently. Some the same as they had before, with the same popular kids and the picked on kids. With no food or water they push forward but it seems each has their own agenda.

The fight for survival begins quickly with leaders emerging and the weak standing out.

At first I wasn’t sure of the three timelines but in the end it was the only way you had a clear understanding of what drove the characters to behave the way they did.

A rollercoaster of emotions with this read! All in all this was a really good read!

 

Smooth Operator by Stuart Woods and Parnell Hall

A Teddy Fay Novel Featuring Stone Barrington

Smooth Operator (Teddy Fay, #1)

Stone’s presence is requested at the White House by President Kate Lee. A matter of urgency and secrecy. Of course, this is Washington D.C.

The House Speaker’s daughter has been kidnapped and the people who have her are threatening to kill her if a certain bill isn’t passed. Stone has the perfect guy for the job. Teddy Fay! Now working out in movie land with Stone’s son, Peter. CIA background scrubbed, new identity and no one has any idea who he really is.

With all of the killing going on my head was spinning. Is it a terrorist act? A home grown conspiracy?
Full of twists and turns all the way to the final page! This time we get to see almost all of our favorite characters. Holly, Kate, Anne, and of course Teddy! All time best bad ass!

I am hoping we see much more of Teddy! He is one of my favorite characters.

I FOUND YOU A Novel by Lisa Jewell

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Lisa Jewell is one of those authors who never disappoints. And this is no exception!

Living in Yorkshire, single mom, Alice looks out her window to find a man sitting on the beach staring into the sea. He hasn’t moved. At all. Even when the rain started. He has no idea how he got here or even who he is. But Alice takes him in the same way she takes in homeless dogs. With no husband and 3 kids to care for, she should be a little more cautious bringing strange men into her house, but that’s not Alice.

At the same time 21 year old Lily Monrose has been married to her adoring husband for only a few weeks when he just doesn’t come home one night. Lily knows no one in this foreign place. When she goes to the police she finds out her husband doesn’t exist.

Told from alternating points of view and time, the book is a thrill ride from beginning to end. There were so many twists and turns and odd characters. Most lovable but some not so much.

Will ‘Frank’ get his memory back? Will Lily find her husband? And what connects them all? I must admit I cried like a baby in the end.

I would have no problem recommending this book!  It will be released April of 2017!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lisa Jewell (born 19th July 1968, Middlesex, London) is a popular British author of chick lit fiction. Her books include Ralph’s Party, Thirtynothing and most recently 31 Dream Street. She lives in Swiss Cottage, London with her husband Jascha and daughters Amelie Mae (born 2003) and Evie Scarlett (born 2007).

THE WOMAN IN CABIN 10 by Ruth Ware

The Woman in Cabin 10 by [Ware, Ruth]

Book Blurb:

From New York Times bestselling author of the “twisty-mystery” (Vulture) novel In a Dark, Dark Wood, comes The Woman in Cabin 10, an equally suspenseful and haunting novel from Ruth Ware—this time, set at sea.

In this tightly wound, enthralling story reminiscent of Agatha Christie’s works, Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. The sky is clear, the waters calm, and the veneered, select guests jovial as the exclusive cruise ship, the Aurora, begins her voyage in the picturesque North Sea. At first, Lo’s stay is nothing but pleasant: the cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a dark and terrifying nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers remain accounted for—and so, the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite Lo’s desperate attempts to convey that something (or someone) has gone terribly, terribly wrong…

Lo Blacklock is a travel writer and while she has not had the best past few days, having been burgled, and gotten totally drunk right before leaving on a cruise around Norway on board The Aurora, an expensive yacht, built for smaller groups of 10 or less.

As the other passengers arrive, it felt rather like an Agatha Christie tale. On a ship that no one can leave.

The first night on board Lo is once again drunk and wakes suddenly by a noise next door. Is that blood on the glass? Was that a body?

Even after everyone looks into it and no one seems to be missing from the boat, she will not let it go. Of course no one believes her, part of that probably being that she was drunk and on medication.

The problem is the same issue I had with Girl on a Train. Lo is just not a likable person. None of these people are except maybe the boyfriend. Also the ending left a lot of questions for me that weren’t addressed in the book. It left me questioning how some of it could even be realistic. And obviously I am not alone.

When I was finished I thought, Well that was Girl on a Train on a Boat!

21 DARES by JC GATLIN

21 Dares

It’s all fun and games until someone dies…

Two months into college, Abbie Reed is about to turn 21. Not expecting a big deal as she really has no friends unless you call her cat, Clem, a friend, which she does. Her roommate is older and although they share an apartment, they haven’t made any attempts to get to know each other.

Daily calls from her father, going to classes and seeing a very odd shrink 2 days a week is pretty much all she’s doing.

Until the day she notices someone following her. Every day. Every where. When her shrink suggests she use her birthday as an opportunity to be more social, she isn’t interested in the least. The day before her birthday, she receives a call from a girl she knew back home. When McKenzie would come to visit her Grandmother, she and Abbie would spend time together, but Abbie does not consider her a friend. Abbie and her father lived with her Grandparents, having moved from Tampa after a traumatic event.

The title 21 Dares, relates to the game that McKenzie and Abbie’s roommate, Susan have set up. But why would someone she barely knows throw her this bizarre birthday party and game. She receives the dares by text and as the night goes on it becomes obvious that this is not a game for one of the participants. It is revenge. Sick and twisted, revenge. But for what? And finally she will come face to face with the mysterious man following her. But can she believe him?

I liked the premise of the story, if some of the characters were a bit lacking in personality and we didn’t know much about any of them except Abbie.

But it was a nice easy read and good for a YA book!