Close to the Bone by Kendra Elliot
Series: Widow’s Island Novella Book #1
Publisher: Montlake Romance
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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.
The Dancing Girls by M.M. Chouinard
Series: Detective Jo Fournier #1
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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.
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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.
My Sister is Missing by Carissa Ann Lynch Publisher: Killer Reads Publish Date: Feb 8, 2019
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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!
Keep Her Close by Erik Therme
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Someone took your daughter. And nobody believes you…
Then: Three-year-old Ally was found alone in a parking lot. She was barefoot and only dressed in a yellow sundress. In the middle of winter.
What kind of person would abandon their daughter?
Now: Fifteen year later and Ally has a new family.
But her real father has sent her a letter.
Ally doesn’t tell anyone she’s going to meet him.
And now Ally is missing.
I give this book a rating of 5 stars and I highly recommend reading it. This book was a fast paced thriller. Just when I thought I had it figured out, there was a twist that I didn’t see coming. The story was well written and many surprisingtwists and turns This is the first book I have read by Erik Therme and it definitely won’t be my last!
The Darkest Star by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Origin Book #1
Publisher: Tor Teen
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Seventeen year old Evie Dasher gets caught up in a raid at a notorious club known as one of the few places where humans and the surviving Luxen can socialize freely. She meets Luc, an unnaturally beautiful guy she initially assumes is a Luxen… but he is in fact something much more powerful. Her growing attraction for Luc will lead her deeper and deeper into a world she had only heard about, a world where everything she thought she knew will be turned on its head …
I give this book a rating of 4 stars and I recommend reading it. This is the first book I have read by Jennifer L. Armentrout. It was really good and it kept me wanting to read more. It was a well written YA novel. I can’t wait to read book #2 in the series Origin.
An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publish Date: January 8, 2019
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Seeking women ages 18-32 to participate in a study on ethics and morality. Generous compensation. Anonymity guaranteed.
When Jessica Farris signs up for a psychology study conducted by the mysterious Dr. Shields, she thinks all she will have to do is answer a few questions, collect her money, and leave. But as the questions grow more and more intense and invasive and the sessions become outings where Jess is told what to wear and how to act, she begins to feel as though Dr. Shields may know what she’s thinking… and what she’s hiding. As Jess’s paranoia grows, it becomes clear that she can no longer trust what in her life is real, and what i one of Dr. Shield’s manipulative experiments. Caught in a web of deceit and jealousy, Jess quickly learns that some obsessions can be deadly.
I give this book a rating of 4 stars and highly recommend it. I was hooked from the very beginning. I could not wait to read this book since I read Hendricks & Pekkanen’s last book together, The Wife Between Us. This book was captivating and pulled you right in. I was on the edge of my seat until the very end. The end was shocking and unexpected.
I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Random House :The Dial Press Publish Date: February 5, 2019
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Fixie Farr has always lived by her father’s motto: “Family first.” But since her dad passed away, leaving his charming housewares store in the hands of his wife and children. Fixie spends all her time picking up the slack from her siblings instead of striking out on her own. The way Fixie sees it, if she doesn’t take care of her father’s legacy, who will? It is simply not in her nature to say no to people.
So when a handsome stranger in a coffee shop asks her to watch his laptop for a moment, Fixie not only agrees – she ends up saving it from a certain disaster. Turns out the computer’s owner, Sebastian is an investment manager. To thank Fixie for her quick thinking, Seb scribbles an IOU on a coffee sleeve and attaches his business card. But Fixie laughs it off – she’d never actually claim an IOU from a stranger. Would she?
Then Fixie’s childhood crush, Ryan comes back into her life and his lack of a profession pushes all of Fixie’s buttons. She wants nothing for herself- but she’d love Seb to give Ryan a job. So Seb agrees, until the tables are turned once more and a new series of IOUs between Seb and Fixie – from small favors to life-changing moments. Soon Fixie, Ms. Fixit for everyone else, is torn between her family and the life she really wants. Does she have the courage to take a stand? Will she finally grab, the life, and love, she really wants?
I give this book a rating of 5 stars and I highly recommend reading it. As soon as I saw this book, I knew I had to read it! Sophie Kinsella is one of my favourite authors and this book is just as addicting as all of the others. I really liked the story line and about half of the characters. The book was so hard to put down and I felt so many emotions throughout the book. Everything came together really well and I can’t wait to read more from Sophie Kinsella.
The Gift That I Can Give by Kathie Lee Gifford
Illustrated by: Julia Seal
Publisher: Thomas Nelson: Children’s ISBN: 9781400209248
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God, will You show me The gift I can give As I grow and love And learn how to live?
This is a heartwarming story that shows how all children can do something to make a positive impact on others. From simply being kind to giving a loved one an extra-big hug to cheering on a friend. This story will inspire children with many ways to show God’s love.
I give this book a rating of 5 stars and highly recommend it. I enjoyed reading this to my 4 year old daughter at bedtime. It was very adorable and I absolutely loved the bright and colourful pastel drawings. This book has a strong religious message but, the message is good and very positive.
Apple of My Eye by Claire Allan
Publisher: Avon Books UK Publish Date: January 24, 2019
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Just how far is a mother willing to go?
When a mysterious not arrives for Dr Eliana Hughes who is six months pregnant. She now begins to doubt every aspect in her life – from her mixed feelings about motherhood to her marriage to Martin, who has become distant in recent months.
As the person behind the note escalates their campaign to out Eli’s husband as a cheat, she finds herself unable to trust her own instincts, and as pressure builds, she makes a mistake that jeopardises her entire future.
Elsewhere, someone is watching. Someone who desperately wants a baby to call their own and will go to any lengths to become a mother – and stay a mother.
I give this book a rating of 5 stars and I highly recommend it. This book kept me guessing from the beginning to the very end. There were many twists and turns An excellent psychological thriller. It was written in 3 points of view; Eli, Louise and Angela. This is the first book I have read by Claire Allan, and it definitely won’t be the last!