The Girl You Gave Away by Jess Ryder
Publish Date: March 20, 2020
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It’s Erin’s 40th birthday party, she is surrounded by love and laughter and feels like she is the luckies woman alive.
And then a little red envelope lands on her doormat and everything changes.
Inside is a birthday card from somebody she never dreamed would get in touch. It’s message is a chilling reminder of the dark past that Erin worked so hard to bury, a past that could put her family in terrible danger.
I give this book a rating of 4 stars. The book was kind of slow to start but kept me wanting to read. A lot of unexpected twists and turns and I never knew what was going to happen.
When I Was You by Minka Kent
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
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After barely surviving a brutal attack, Brienne Dougray rarely leaves her house. She suffers from debilitating headaches and memory loss.Now she can only rely on her compassionate new tenant, Dr. Niall Emberlin.
But Brienne’s growing confidence in her new routine is shaken when she stumbles across unsettling evidence that someone else is living as…her. Same name. Same car. Same hair. Same clothes. She’s even friended her family on social media. Brienne must leave the safety of her home to hunt a familiar stranger to find out why.
What she discovers is more disturbing than she could have ever imagined. Brienne is prepared to do anything to reclaim her life. If it’s even hers to reclaim.
I give this book a rating of 5 stars and I highly recommend it. It was a well written suspenseful thriller. Very fast paced. Ive read other books by Minka Kent and she doesn’t disappoint. Looking forward to reading other books.
Mortom by Erik Therme
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Thanks to author Erik Therme for the ebook ARC of Mortom in exchange for an honest review.
Andy Crowl barely knew his recently deceased cousin, Craig Moore. He was especially surprised to be named as the sole beneficiary in Craig’s will. Not that there was much to inherit: just an empty bank account and a run – down house.
Once Andy arrives in the town of Mortom, he’s drawn into his puzzle -obsessed cousin’s true legacy: a twisted an ominous treasure hunt. Beckoned by clues of dead rats and cemetery keys, Andy jumps into the game hoping to discover untold wealth. But unanswered questions about Craig’s untimely demise – arise at every turn, leading Andy to wonder if he’s playing a game… or if the game is playing him.
I give this book a rating of 3 stars. It was a good story idea, it just didn’t come together for me.The characters just didn’t seem that likeable.
I look forward to reading more of Erik Therme’s books.
The Morning Flower By Amanda Hocking
Series: The Omte Origins Book #2 (from the World of the Trylle)
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press – Wednesday Books
Publish Date: August 4, 2020
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When Ulla Tulin took her internship at the MImirin, the only mystery she thought she’d have to solve was that of her birth parents. After a girl named Eliana gets kidnapped while in her care, Ulla knows she has to find out the truth of who Eliana really is – and the only way to do that is by travelling to the Omte capital, the place she suspects her mother is from.
Ulla didn’t expect that when she arrived she would discover the identity of a Skojare man who crossed paths with her mother- a man who could very well be her father.When the head of the Mimirin learns Ulla’s father is connected to the Alvolk, a secret society who believes they were chosen in protecting the FIrst City and the only ones who knows its location. He then sends Ulla and Pan to Sweden where they find him living among the Alvolk.
But all is not what it seems and their urgent quest to find the Lost Bridge to the First City leaves Ulla feeling uneasy – and possibly in danger.
I give this book a rating of 5 stars and highly recommend reading it. I loved this book and couldn’t put it down. The book was well written and the characters were well liked and you really got to know them. The cover was amazing as well. I am also hoping there will be another book to this series!
The Lost City By Amanda Hocking
Series: The Omte Origins Book #1 (from the World of the Trylle)
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press – Wednesday Books
Publish Date: July 2020
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Ulla Tulin was left abandoned in an isolated Kanin city as a baby. She was taken in by strangers and raised hidden away like many of the trolls with mixed blood. Ulla never stopped wondering about her family.
When Ulla is offered an internship working alonside the handsome Pan Soriano at the Mimirin, a prestigious institution, she jumps at the opportunity for a chance to hopefully find her parents. All she wants is to focus on her job and her search for her parents, but all of her attempts are blocked when she learns her mother may be connected to the Omte royal family.
Ulla and Pan soon find themselves wrapped up helping Eliana, an amnestic girl with abilities unlike any they have ever seen before – a girl who seems to be running from something. To figure out who she is they must leave the city, and possibly along the way, they may learn about Ulla’s parents.
I give this book a rating of 5 stars and highly recommend reading it. I loved this book and could not put it down. It kept me wanting to read more. It was well written and has an amazing cover.
The Dream House by Jess Ryder
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Stella has just moved into her dream house with her boyfriend Jack. The Westhill house needs a lot of work though.
Then one night there is a knock on the door. Who could be at the door in the middle of the night? Its a strange woman, Lori who is bartered and beaten and in need of a safe place.
Lori tells Stella and Jack that Westhill house was a refuge for battered women.
Stella is sympathetic and wants to help Lori out while Jack is suspicous.
The story is told in two parts – Now and Then with two main characters, Stella and Kay. I give the book a rating of 4 stars. It was kind of slow yet still kept me wanting to read to find out how the story ends.
This is a psychological thriller that was previously titled The Guest.
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 writing the 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
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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.
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.
Safe Home by Kerry Watts
Series: Detective Jessie Blake #2
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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.