THE STILLWATER GIRLS by MINKA KENT

The Stillwater Girls

A mother and her three daughters live totally off the grid in the Stillwater forest. A place no one wants to go. The girls, Wren, Sage and Evie know nothing beyond their own one room cabin and the mysterious supply man who their mother meets in the forest. The world is dark and dangerous they are told.

When Evie gets sick her mother leaves with to get help.  They never return. Months go by and Wren is sure they will die and then a mysterious man shows up asking questions and the girls take a chance and escape into the forest. What they will find on the other side will rock their lives.

The story is told from multiple view points and I was hooked from the first chapter! The author has a very engaging style and I was reading as fast as I could to see what happened. And at the end is when it all fell apart for me. It was so disappointing. I can suspend belief on a lot of things but this was just so real and raw and gritty up until the end that when the end came I couldn’t make it sync with the rest of the book.

Solid 3 stars on this one.

NetGalley/April 9th 2019 by Thomas & Mercer

 

 

 

 

 

 

BOOKS FOR THE WEEKEND

It’s shaping up to be a lovely weekend outside but alas, allergies. These are the three books I’ll be reading this weekend. I just finished Michelle Campbells A STRANGER ON THE BEACH and that was a wild ride! What’s everyone reading?

Allie Garvey is heading home to the funeral of a childhood friend. Allie is not only grief-stricken, she’s full of dread. Because going home means seeing the other two people with whom she shares an unbearable secret.

Twenty years earlier, a horrific incident shattered the lives of five teenagers, including Allie. Drinking and partying in the woods, they played a dangerous prank that went tragically wrong, turning deadly. The teenagers kept what happened a secret, believing that getting caught would be the worst thing that could happen. But time has taught Allie otherwise. Not getting caught was far worse.

Allie has been haunted for two decades by what she and the others did, and by the fact that she never told a soul. The dark secret has eaten away at her, distancing her from everyone she loves, including her husband. Because she wasn’t punished by the law, Allie has punished herself, and it’s a life sentence.

Now, Allie stands on the precipice of losing everything. She’s ready for a reckoning, determined to learn how the prank went so horribly wrong. She digs to unearth the truth, but reaches a shocking conclusion that she never saw coming–and neither will the reader.

A deeply emotional examination of family, marriage, and the true nature of justice, Someone Knows is Lisa Scottoline’s most powerful novel to date. Startling, page-turning, and with an ending that’s impossible to forget, this is a tour de force by a beloved author at the top of her game.

Abbie awakens in a daze with no memory of who she is or how she landed in this unsettling condition. The man by her side claims to be her husband. He’s a titan of the tech world, the founder of one of Silicon Valley’s most innovative start-ups. He tells Abbie that she is a gifted artist, an avid surfer, a loving mother to their young son, and the perfect wife. He says she had a terrible accident five years ago and that, through a huge technological breakthrough, she has been brought back from the abyss.

She is a miracle of science.

But as Abbie pieces together memories of her marriage, she begins questioning her husband’s motives—and his version of events. Can she trust him when he says he wants them to be together forever? And what really happened to Abbie half a decade ago?

Beware the man who calls you . . .

THE PERFECT WIFE

Drue Campbell’s life is adrift. Out of a job and down on her luck, life doesn’t seem to be getting any better when her estranged father, Brice Campbell, a flamboyant personal injury attorney, shows up at her mother’s funeral after a twenty-year absence. Worse, he’s remarried – to Drue’s eighth grade frenemy, Wendy, now his office manager. And they’re offering her a job.

It seems like the job from hell, but the offer is sweetened by the news of her inheritance – her grandparents’ beach bungalow in the sleepy town of Sunset Beach, a charming but storm-damaged eyesore now surrounded by waterfront McMansions.

With no other prospects, Drue begrudgingly joins the firm, spending her days screening out the grifters whose phone calls flood the law office. Working with Wendy is no picnic either. But when a suspicious death at an exclusive beach resort nearby exposes possible corruption at her father’s firm, she goes from unwilling cubicle rat to unwitting investigator, and is drawn into a case that may – or may not – involve her father. With an office romance building, a decades-old missing persons case re-opened, and a cottage in rehab, one thing is for sure at Sunset Beach: there’s a storm on the horizon.

Sunset Beach is a compelling ride, full of Mary Kay Andrews’ signature wit, heart, and charm.

THE WINTER SISTER by MEGAN COLLINS

The Winter Sister

In this spellbinding and suspenseful debut, a young woman haunted by the past returns home to care for her ailing mother and begins to dig deeper into her sister’s unsolved murder.

At 14, Sylvie’s older sister, Persephone sneaks out of their bedroom window to meet a boy. Sylvie saw her sister get into her boyfriend, Ben’s, car. Three days later her dead body is found in the snow. And no one has been charged with her murder.

Her once close bond with her mother disappeared the same day. She crawled into a bottle of Vodka and Sylvie went to live with her aunt.

At age 30, Sylvie has an art degree but is working as a tattoo artist and living with crippling guilt and a lot of questions.

As if getting laid off isn’t enough drama, a phone call from her Aunt Jill puts her right back into her childhood home with a mother now stricken with cancer, but sober. Things are tense. Sylvie is frustrated and haunted by the murder of her sister and no one being held responsible.

Meeting up with Persephone’s old boyfriend at the cancer center shocks her to her core. She has always believed he killed her sister, but now she isn’t so sure.

Digging into the past she will find shocking secrets kept by her mother and her sister. She will come face to face with a killer but she isn’t about to back away from getting answers.

Even after I had my own suspicions about what was going on the writing was just so good I barely came up for air. This story asks the question exactly how well do we know our mothers, our sisters? And how one decision can shape so many lives over so many years.

The writing is so smooth, it carries you right along through the good, the bad and the really ugly. The characters are real and deeply flawed in some cases. As a debut novel, I don’t think you can get much better!

Well Done!

Netgalley/ February 5th 2019 by Touchstone/ Atria Books