Verity by Colleen Hoover
Publisher: Hoover Ink, Inc.
Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the verge of financial ruin when she accepts the job offer of a lifetime. Jeremy Crawford, husband of bestselling author Verity Crawford, has hired Lowen to finish writingthe remaining books in a successful series his injured wife is unable to finish.
Lowen arrives at the Crawford home, ready to sort through years of Verity’s notes and outlines, hoping to find material to get her started. What Lowen doesn’t expect to uncover in the chaotic office is an unfinished autobiography Verity never expected anyone to read. Page after page of bone – chilling admissions, including Verity’s recollection of what really happened the day her daughter died.
Lowen decides to keep the manuscript hidden from Jeremy, knowing its contents would devastate the already grieving father. But as Lowen’s feelings for Jeremy begin to intensify, she recognizes all the ways she could benefit if he were to read his wife’s words. After all, no matter how devoted Jeremy is to his injured wife, a truth this horrifying would make it impossible for him to continue to love her.
I give this book a rating of 5 stars and highly recommend reading it. This book was hard to put down from the beginning. It pulled me right in! Very dark and disturbing. A great thriller to read!
Close to the Bone by Kendra Elliot
Series: Widow’s Island Novella Book #1
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Thanks to NetGalley and publisher Montlake Romance for the ebook ARC of Close to the Bone by Kendra Elliot in exchange for an honest review.
FBI Special Agent Cate Wilde is back home on a remote Pacific Northwest Island when she gets a call. A teenager’s skeletal remains have been found on a nearby island.
Together with Tessa Black, a childhood friend turned local deputy, Cate confronts dreary weather and leads to make sense of the death. The complications pile up as Cate is distracted by the coroner on the case – and by memories that draw her twenty years into the past. The remains suggest eerie similarities between the victim, and Cate and Tessa’s friend Samantha, who disappeared when she was 14 years old.
Cate finds herself up against closemouthed locals, buried secrets and even her own heart. As the case unravels, will she be able to find justice for the missing and the dead.
I give this book a rating of 4 stars and recommend reading it. This was a good start to the series.The series is all at novella length and written between Kendra Elliot and Melinda Leigh by alternating the books.
Don’t Say A Word by Jennifer Jaynes
Series: Strangers Book #3
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Death has always stalked single mother Allie Callahan. For the first time in her life, she has found a fragile sort of happiness, living a quiet peaceful life in East Texas with her son, Sammy and her adoptive mother, Bitty.
Allie fears she may be affected by the same mental illness that destroyed her serial-killer mother and brother. She’s haunted by the idea that she could become unable to care for Sammy.
When twelve year old twins, Zoe and Carrie arrive on her doorstep late one night, their parents murdered in a vicious double homicide, Allie’s strength and sanity are put to the test.
What did the twins see on the night of their parents’ horrific murder? They are too afraid to say. Soon faced with a series of frightening phone calls, a rising body count, and the pressure of keeping the girls and her own son safe, Allie fears she’ll lose her mind – and her one shot at happiness – once and for all.
I give this book a rating of 5 stars. Another great read from Jennifer Jaynes. There were many twists and turns throughout the entire story and an unexpected ending. The book can be read as a stand alone or in the series.
Thanks to NetGalley and publisher Bookouture for the ebook ARC of Safe Home by Kerry Watts in exchange for an honest review.
Claire laid her baby boy in his cot and shortly fell asleep after. She doesn’t hear the door opening or the footsteps on the stairs.
Claire Lucas is woken when her husband, Darren asks where their baby boy is. She is dazed and confused. When she follows there and into Finley’s room, he is missing. The only thing left in his cot, is his teddy bear. Detective Jessie Blake rushes to the family’s modern home in the rugged Scottish highlands. She notices instantly that Darren avoids eye contact and Claire seems disconnected. Jessie knows their is no normal for losing a child, but something doesn’t feel right.
As a ghost of Jessie’s past comes back to haunt her, she must put aside her own personal tragedy to save baby Finley.
I give this book a rating of 4 stars. I recommend reading this book. I did not read the first book in the series. This was a very good book which was able to be read as a stand alone book. There was many twists and turns that I did not see coming.
Thanks to the publisher Bookouture for the ebook ARC of The Silent Ones by K.L. Slater in exchange for an honest review.
Ten year old cousins, Maddy & Brianna have been arrested for a terrible crime.
The small village of Nottinghamshire recoils in horror, the pressure of a tragedy blows Juliet and her sister, Chloe’s life apart.
And things get even worse when their daughters retreat Into a self-imposed silence.
Can anyone reach Maddy and discover the truth before her fate is sealed? Juliet is crushed. Nothing will ever be the same for her darling daughter. But she knows to find out she must unlock secrets from her and Chloes terrible past, a past they swore to never speak about again.
I give this book a rating of 4 stars and I would recommend reading it. This book had quite a few unexpected twists and turns. It was a page turner leading up to an explosion conclusion.
The Dancing Girls by M.M. Chouinard
Series: Detective Jo Fournier #1
Thank to NetGalley and publisher Bookuture for the ebook ARC of The Dancing Girls by M.M. Chouinard in exchange for an honest review.
The light in her wide brown eyes dimmed as she drew her last breath.She might have been beautiful lying there on the floor, if it wasn’t for the purple marks on her neck and the angry red line where her wedding band used to be…
When Jeanine Hammond is found dead in a hotel in the picture-perfect town of Oakkhurst, a newly-promoted Detective Jo Fournier is thrown into a disturbing case.Who would murder this shy, loving wife and leave her body posing like a ballerina?
Jo wants to know why Jeanine’s husband is so controlling about money, and where her wedding ring is but before she and her team can get close to the truth, another woman is found strangled in a hotel room, arms placed gracefully above her head like a dancer.
While digging through old case files, Jo makes a terrifying link to a series of cold cases: each victim bears the same strangulation marks. But the FBI won’t take Jo seriously.
Just as Jo is beginning to lose hope, she finds messages on the victims’ computers that make her question whether these small-town women were hiding big lies. Jo thinks this is the missing link between the victims, but she knows the killer is moments away from selecting his next victim. Will it lead her to the most twisted killer of her career in time, or will another innocent life be lost?
I give this book a rating of 5 stars and highly recommend reading it.
This book was a very disturbing read at parts with very graphic details. The author made everything seem so very real and you got to know each character very well. It was well written and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.
Thanks to NetGalley and publisher Bookouture for the ebook ARC of I Know You by Erik Therme in exchange for an honest review.
Sisters Bree and Alissa Walker share a special bond. Neglected by their parents, they have always looked out for one another.
But one day, 16 year old Alissa goes missing. When Bree discovers her green backpack with all of her belongings, abandoned on the steps of their run-down trailer, she knows that something bad has happened… then she receives a chilling message.
Someone has Alissa. But Bree will have to give up something very precious in exchange. Desperate to save Alissa, Bree looks at everyone close in their family. She is sure that Alissa’s best friend, Liz is keeping something back about her little sister and the boy at school, and why has their estranged uncle, who they’ve not seen in years, been hanging around again?
It soon becomes clear that the person behind the message knows a lot about the dark truths within the Walker family and will go to any length to get revenge.
Bree discovers something about her brother, Tyler that she wishes she hadn’t a dangerous secret, which is also the key to bringing her little sister back home….
I give this book a rating of 4 stars. The book was a quick read. It kept me wanting to read more. It also had many twists and turns. But I found at some points in the book, it kind have seemed to drag on what was happening.
Save Me by Tonya Coffey
Series: A Night Hawks Saga Book #2
Publisher: Tonya Coffey
Thanks to author Tonya Coffey for an ebook ARC of Save Me.
Do you have an angel? I do… She’s my candy striper, Kady.
It took me three months to get back to riding my Harley. One month to admit to the club, Night Hawks that my mom was in rehab and I needed help with my little brother and sister.
And it took one day for me to walk through fire for my candy striper, Kady Gilreath. When Kady’s boyfriend pulls her into a life of abuse, drugs and death, I won’t stand by and watch her become one of the missing.
When the smoke clears, I’ll be at Kady’s mercy and she’ll be faced with the choice of saving me.
I give this book a rating of 5 stars and highly recommend reading it. Very well written book and full of detail. The characters really come to life. I enjoyed this book just as much as the first book, I Promise in the series.
Suffocating Secrets by E.A. Owen
Series: Tragic Mercy Book 2 Publisher: Twisted Karma Publishing
Thanks to the author E.A. Owen for an ebook copy of Suffocating Secrets.
Trevor Williams will stop at nothing to make that his daughter, Isabella is safe. But Trevor’s world is thrown into sudden turmoil when an seemingly unstoppable killer tortures the community without mercy.
Isabella, a loner with more secrets than friends is desperate to be understood. Isabella lives her life the best she can, unaware that her loving father has secrets of his own. Is the bond between father and daughter strong enough to survive the death trap surrounding them, or will their secrets make them the next target?
I give this book a rating of 5 stars and highly recommend reading it.There were many twists and turns. And just when I thought I had the book figured out, there was another twist. Great ending!
I also loved the first book in the series, A Curse of Torment.
My Sister is Missing by Carissa Ann Lynch Publisher: Killer Reads Publish Date: Feb 8, 2019
Thanks to NetGalley and publisher Killer Reads for the ebook ARC of My Sister is Missing by Carissa Ann Lynch in exchange for an honest review.
A twenty-year old local mystery that has never been solved.
A bone-chilling VHS tape depicting a horrific crime.
Neighbours with something to hide.
And a sister who is missing.
Emily has to find out the truth. But is her sister Madeline the victim… or the one to blame?
I give this book a rating of 5 stars and I highly recommend reading it!
Emily returns to the small town of Bare Border to see her niece and nephew and sister, Madi who has something important to tell her.
The next day Madi disappears and Emily is determined to find out what happened.
This book was very intriguing and it kept my attention. It was a very intense book, and Carissa Ann Lynch did a great job at bringing all the characters to life. This book had many unpredictable twists and turns!