behind the red door by Megan Collins

Behind the Red Door: A Novel

From the author of The Winter Sister, comes this psychological thriller that seriously messed with my head!

Fern had an unorthodox upbringing to say the least! There are gaps in her memory and one day watching the news she sees a story about Astrid Sullivan, 34, and missing. But this isn’t the first time she has gone missing. Fern is positive she knows this woman. Scraps of memories bring nightmares that feel real.

Fern’s husband is convinced she is probably just remembering reading the first story as it happened near her childhood home. But Fern isn’t so sure.

When her distant father asks her to come home to help him clear out the house, she should have just hung up the phone!

I really don’t want to say a lot about the story. It is too wickedly twisted and you should have the joy of discovering what I did. And OMG! I just thought my family was screwy!

A great followup to The Winter Sister!

NetGalley/ August 4th, 2020 by Atria Books

 

 

 

THE HALF SISTER by SANDIE JONES

The Half Sister

Kate and Lauren are sisters who have nothing in common on the surface. One is career-oriented and seems to live a glamourous and carefree life with her husband while the other is married to a jerk with kids and an unhappy life.

But on Sunday they all sit at their recently widowed mother’s home for dinner. They are all still grieving. Kate was especially close to her father while Lauren has always been closer to their mother, Rose.

What no one knows is Kate has been trying for years to conceive a baby. And Lauren would just as soon leave her husband and escape her life.

All of that is the backdrop for the one Sunday dinner when there is a knock at the door and a woman stands there asking for their father. Who she says is her father as well. It seems she has uploaded her DNA and found a match with Lauren. But has she? Can they believe anything she says?

These sisters could have avoided all of this if any of them had bothered to talk to each other. But secrets are what families do. And sometimes they are what blows your world apart. And everyone in this book is keeping secrets!

There were some issues I had with the DNA thing, but overall it was a good mystery!

NetGalley/ June 16th, 2020 by Minotaur Books

 

 

 

 

THE GIRLS WEEKEND by Jody Gehrman

The Girls Weekend

Their reunion just became a crime scene . . .

Five former college friends reunite over the summer break and English professor June Moody isn’t exactly thrilled about going.

Her oldest friend and enemy Sadie, is hosting a girls’ weekend baby shower at her massive estate where she lives with June’s old crush, now Sadie’s husband, and Sadie’s pregnant cousin Amy, who she has always looked after.

Things are tense and there is a very uncomfortable feeling to the entire group. The husband is living in the lake house and the cousin living in the guest house and the gardener is living in a yurt.

After a night of drinking and revisiting old grudges, the morning finds them with no memory of what happened. The house is destroyed. There is blood on the landing. And Sadie is gone.

Everyone is a suspect and with memories sketchy, the suspense was palpable. The women were all pretty horrible and everyone is lying. I think we all knew who did what early on.

As a character, June was my least favorite. I just did not care for her. But the story will leave you wondering how well you know the people you call friends.

NetGalley/June 9th, 2020 by Crooked Lane Books

 

 

 

THE WIFE WHO KNEW TOO MUCH by MICHELE CAMPBELL

The Wife Who Knew Too Much

From Michele Campbell, the bestselling author of It’s Always the Husband comes a new blockbuster thriller in The Wife Who Knew Too Much.

 

At first, I thought I was reading A Stranger on the Beach again. Nora, a very wealthy woman with a huge house on the beach has discovered a secret. And after her huge party tonight she is planning on confronting her cheating husband and his love.

But Nora is smart. She has a diary and records it all. Including the bit about her husband planning to kill her.

Meanwhile, for some reason, her cheating hubby, Connor, is in a small town his family used to come to on vacation. It’s there that he met and had a summer fling with a local girl, Tabitha. He was the one who got away for her. And when he walks into her diner, she falls hook, line, and sinker for his bull.

When she comes up pregnant and shows up at the big party at Nina’s house, Hoping to find Connor and give him the good news. But Conner is playing a different game with someone else hoping to get his hands on Nina’s money.

Tabitha is in her mid-thirties and should know better but she acts like a simple-minded child and it’s not a good look. Who is Connor? Does he care about her or anyone but himself? It’s not looking like it.

Honestly, I didn’t care for a single character. Not even Nina. In my own opinion, I felt like it was the same book as the last one with name changes.

Give it a try and see what you think.

NetGalley/ July 28th, 2020 by St. Martin’s Press

 

behind every lie by Christina McDonald

Behind Every Lie

Highly charged suspense and a feeling of urgency, make this a great read and I wouldn’t have expected otherwise given her prior work!

Eva Hansen remembers blood and pain. When she wakes in the hospital to discover she has been struck by lightning and she can’t remember a thing. She was found in the street covered in blood, close to her own mother’s home, where police have discovered her mother murdered.

Told from the points of view of Eva and Kat, this was intense. With everyone looking at her suspiciously and thinking she must have killed her mother, Eva leaves Seattle for London, where her mother’s story began. But someone is following her every move and she may be the next to die. At this point with her memory in tatters, she even doubts herself.

Family secrets. Oh my what a tangled web they can be and these were deadly! A twisty, twisted, horrible, edge of your seat read! I can’t wait to see what is next for Ms. McDonald!

I loved every twisted moment of it!

NetGalley/ April 1, 2020 by Gallery Books

THE SECRETS THEY LEFT BEHIND by Lissa Marie Redmond

The Secrets They Left Behind

 

Shea O’Conner is a twenty-three-year-old cop in Buffalo, a regular patrol officer, who looks more like a teenager than an adult, and, who is still recovering emotionally and physically from the wounds inflicted by a sadistic killer in a case none of her co-workers even know about.

When she is asked to go undercover at a small college in a town where three freshmen mysteriously disappeared over Christmas. The three girls had last been seen at a party and had left together. Cell phones, purses, even coats are still in the living room. But the girls are gone and the trail is cold.  With a new last name and an ‘uncle’ as the Chief of Police of Kelly’s Falls, Shea enrolls in school and starts embracing her new role as a college student.

There were a lot of secrets in this little town. And someone has no problem killing to keep them that way. While Shea is getting in with the students and families of the girls, she also is aware of someone watching her. And the closer she gets the more danger she is in.

Will she make it out of this one alive? I really enjoyed this one. Just goes to show, you don’t really know anyone.

Well Done!

NetGalley/ April 7th, 2020 by Crooked Lane Books 

THE FINAL DECEPTION by HEATHER GRAHAM

The Final Deception

New York Confidential #5

How do you confront a threat that is hiding in plain sight? FBI agent Craig Frasier and psychologist Kieran Finnegan hunt an escaped serial killer in the latest explosive thriller in the New York Confidential series.

The gruesome murders confessed to by the killer called the Fireman have left their mark on Kieran and Craig.

Even locked away his name and his story are chilling. When Kieran is asked to consult with the man to see if he is insane or just plain evil, she is not prepared for the man she meets. 

But just days later there is another body. With the same MO and in a bizarre turn of events our serial killer escapes from prison and is now on the loose. While the body count rises, Craig and Kieran may be in the most danger as they chase an escaped killer and try to unravel a web of lies, greed and straight-up crazy!

Graham never fails to give us a good, twisty, thriller of a tale! This was like trying to untangle a Rubick’s Cube! So many threads to pull at and everyone had me thinking, “Oh, yeah, he did it. ” And every time I was wrong.

Well Done!

NetGalley/ March 31st, 2020 by MIRA

 

 

The Boy From The Woods by Harlan Coben

 

The Boy from the Woods

Harlan Coben is a master of suspense. His books are like a game of ‘which shell is the pea under’. You have to pay close attention to multiple storylines within the main bombshell plot. And this one has my favorite character, Hester Crimstein.

Thirty years ago Hester discovered that her son, David had an imaginary friend at the edge of the woods. Only he wasn’t imaginary. He was a real boy, living in the woods with no name, no identification, nothing. Named Wilde, he is still a mystery even to himself.

When a local girl goes missing, the famous and oh so wonderful lawyer, Hester Crimstein, asks Wilde to use his skills to help find her. In doing so he finds that everyone is lying. Everyone is keeping secrets. Secrets that someone will kill to keep quiet. Is the missing girl part of some high school game or something more sinister?

An edge of your seat thriller with an ending I never saw coming. But it was a very satisfying one!

NetGalley/ March 17th, 2020 by Grand Central Publishing

 

 

 

 

YOU ARE NOT ALONE by GREER HENDRICKS & SARAH PEKKANEN

You Are Not Alone

Some people contend there are two primal fears. The first and most basic is the end of our existence. The second is isolation; we all have a deep need to belong to something greater than ourselves.”

Shay Miller is in her 30’s and has just been downsized. She’s been roommates with her best friend Sean forever and now he suddenly has a serious girlfriend who would rather not have Shay living there.

Jobless, homeless and alone. This isn’t how she planned her life but it’s how it turned out. She is a loner who wants to belong. To someone or something. She’s brilliant in her field of Data but nailing interviews isn’t her strong suit. You can tell there is going to be an interesting backstory here.

Jane and Cassandra Moore are sisters and own a successful business. They have tons of friends and are so what Shay wants to be. Or does she?

When Shay witnesses a woman jump in front of a subway train, the Moore sisters seem to be the answer to all of Shay’s problems. Since they appeared in her life things just work out. She desperately wants them to like her and that desperation may be exactly what gets her killed.

Whenever I see a new book on the NetGalley shelf by these two writers I am unable to resist asking for it! The flow, the characters, the twists, and turns will have you staying up long past your bedtime just to figure out this puzzle! Because if you are like me, you have an idea but oh my that ending!

Never disappoint!

NetGalley/ March 3rd, 2020 by St. Martin’s Press

 

 

 

 

behind every lie by Christina McDonald

Behind Every Lie

Remember The Night Olivia Fell?  Welcome to the author’s next domestic suspense thriller!

If you can’t remember it, how do you prove you didn’t do it?

Highly charged suspense and a feeling of urgency, make this a great read and I wouldn’t have expected otherwise given her prior work!

Eva Hansen remembers blood and pain. When she wakes in the hospital to discover she has been struck by lightning and she can’t remember a thing. She was found in the street covered in blood, close to her own mother’s home, where police have discovered her mother murdered.

Told from the points of view of Eva and Kat, this was intense. With everyone looking at her suspiciously and thinking she must have killed her mother, Eva leaves Seattle for London, where her mother’s story began. But someone is following her every move and she may be the next to die. At this point with her memory in tatters, she even doubts herself.

Family secrets. Oh my what a tangled web they can be and these were deadly! A twisty, twisted, horrible, edge of your seat read! I can’t wait to see what is next for Ms. McDonald!

I loved every twisted moment of it!

NetGalley/ February 4th, 2020 by Gallery Books