Sunday, October 21, 2018

Sneak Peek Sunday

Happy Sunday everyone! Once again it is time for a bit of Sneak Peek Sunday! This is a time where myself and my fellow Traveling Sisters @lostinacoulee share with you an upcoming read we are going to do together that we are especially excited about. We are all really looking forward to digging into An  Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen! Since I loved the Wife Between us, I could not hit the request button fast enough on NetGalley. I did my happy dance when it got approved and so did my Traveling Sisters!


 It is getting rave reviews over on Goodreads! Even though publication day is not until January 8, 2019, it already has great feedback. Check out what Goodreads has to say and see if you don't agree that this looks like a fantastic upcoming read! Don't just take my word for it, pop over to my fellow Traveling Sisters Norma & Brenda at twosisterslostinacoulee and Christina at Recipe and a Read and see what they have to say.

The next novel of psychological suspense and obsession from the authors of the blockbuster bestseller The Wife Between Us

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’ll 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 is one of Dr. Shields’ manipulative experiments. Caught in a web of deceit and jealousy, Jess quickly learns that some obsessions can be deadly.

From the authors of the blockbuster bestseller The Wife Between Us comes an electrifying new novel about doubt, passion, and just how much you can trust someone.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Can't Wait Wednesday

You know what time it is...........yep it is time for a little Can't Wait Wednesday! Whew, this week just flew by. If you have not heard yet, this is a time where I share with you what myself and my Traveling Sisters or Traveling Friends groups @lost in a coulee are really excited about reading together. This is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings, which is based on Waiting on Wednesday by Jill at Breaking the Spine. 

 I could hardly contain myself when I found out Norma and Brenda who organize our reads had scheduled yet another Sharon Bolton book for this month! Daisy in Chains! I am still on a reading high from reading The Craftsman earlier this week as I know my Traveling Sisters are also. Don't just take my word for it, please pop over to see what Brenda & Norma at Two Sisters Lost in a Coulee have to say!

Until last week I had never read a Sharon Bolton book ( I know, crazy right)?! What was I thinking? This Goodreads Summary is short and sweet, but just enough to let me know this is going to be my type of book! I just have a little more to say, keep paging down........

 Famous killers have fan clubs.

Hamish Wolfe is no different. Locked up for the rest of his life for the abduction and murder of three young women, he gets countless adoring letters every day. He's handsome, charismatic and very persuasive. His admirers are convinced he's innocent, and that he's the man of their dreams.

Who would join such a club?

Maggie Rose is different. Reclusive and enigmatic; a successful lawyer and bestselling true-crime writer, she only takes on cases that she can win.

Hamish wants her as his lawyer, he wants her to change his fate. She thinks she's immune to the charms of a man like this. But maybe not this time . . .

I am so glad we are going to get to read this together because basically I have a group of people that I can freak out with along the way.  See actual footage below....

I must say I am glad we are reading these two Sharon Bolton books in October, it just feels right! I can't wait to meet Hamish and see what twisted tale the author has in store for us this time. 

 Sharon Bolton

Sharon J Bolton was born and brought up in Lancashire, the eldest of three daughters. As a child, she dreamed of becoming an actress and a dancer, studying ballet, tap and jazz from a young age and reading drama at Loughborough University.

She spent her early career in marketing and PR before returning to full-time education to study for a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) at Warwick University, where she met her husband, Andrew. They moved to London and Sharon held a number of PR posts in the City. She left the City to work freelance, to start a family and to write.

She and Andrew now live in a village in the Chiltern Hills, not far from Oxford, with their son and the latest addition to the family: Lupe, the lop-eared lurcher. Her daily life revolves around the school run, walking the dog and those ever-looming publishing deadlines.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor

It is 1986 and boys will be boys. Meet "the gang" Eddie, Fat Gav (Gavin)  Metal Mickey (Mickey), Hoppo (David) and the only girl in the group Nicky. Spending the summer like kids did in 1986 on  their bikes, poking around in the woods with typical youth competitiveness.

 All is fun and games until Eddie happens upon a dead body in the woods. He is the first on the scene and he happens to know the girl. The scene is pretty gruesome as the body has been dismembered and spread around the woods. The police found all the remains, except the head, her head is missing. Eddie is never quite the same after stumbling upon the murder scene.

 Anderbury is a sleepy little town, where everyone knows each other and is in everyone's business. So you can imagine how this murder of a young girl has shaken the town up. Everyone is a suspect but especially if you are new in town. Especially if your nickname is The Chalk Man.

Fast forward to 2016, our story is being told from the point of view of Eddie Adams who is now a teacher. Still living in Anderbury struggling to make sense of things in his life, dealing with his own demons. Things have been real quiet in town until the past starts to replay itself. Who is behind the mysterious chalk drawings showing up around town? Will the truth ever come out about the tragedies that have happened in this town?

This is a book that I ran out and bought right away when it came out. Then it sat on my shelf for months, pushed aside by blogging deadlines to meet. I felt like I died a little inside every time I saw a raving review, knowing that yet again I had not read this book. I am glad I finally got to see what The Chalk Man was all about. I read it with a group of Traveling Sisters and Friends and it has been fun to see what everyone's thoughts were. We all really enjoyed it.

A very easy and quick read, perfect right before Halloween. With a plot that kept me guessing  what was the truth right up until the last chapter. I am very impressed that this is a debut novel, C.J. Tudor has this "thriller thing" down to a science. I can't wait to get my hands on her next book. Looking forward to more!

Monday, October 15, 2018

The Craftsman by Sharon Bolton

Imagine waking up to a dark, cramped space. Feeling around in panic to discover you are in a casket. How could it get any worse? Then you realize you are not alone in the casket. Holy flipping crap! Like nothing I have ever read. Bring on the nightmares! A chilling, creepy, fantastic 5 star read!

1969 we are introduced to a small town called Sabden, a town with an extensive history linked to witchcraft. Everyone knows of the Pendle witches that have been hung for their practice. Except now the town is in the spotlight for missing children. It comes to light what their fate may have been when the first child Patsy is heard screaming for help while buried alive underground. Will she be rescued in time? Who put her there? Was she buried alive with the person that the casket was meant for? Or was the casket dug back up?

30 years later we join up with Florence Lovelady the police officer that cracked the case. She returns to the small town to attend a funeral of all things. The killer has been caught, so why does she still have so many unanswered questions?

I have read close to 70 books this year and this one is in my top 3! To think, I almost passed on reading this book because I was worried it would be too gruesome for me. I decided to brave it and I am so glad I did. It is a creepy, twisted, edge of your seat thriller. I could not put this one down! Now excuse me as I am off to order my next Sharon Bolton book, Daisy in Chains. I have some catching up to do as I have now added another favorite author to my list! I read this with a group of my Traveling Sisters and I know they are just as excited.

Thank you so much to Sharon Bolton, St. Martins Press and NetGalley for this chilling fantastic ARC.