Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The Perfect Liar by Thomas Christopher Greene

Now this folks is a psychological thriller. The Perfect Liar is quite frankly the perfect title because I didn't  know who was lying and what they were lying about. I had it figured out about four different times and then well, I was wrong. I was in the dark all the way until the end. Which is my kind of book!

Susannah and Max seemed to have it all.  The perfect family, marriage, careers. Or was it all a facade? It is amazing how someone can create a persona for the public and yet they are entirely a different person in their private life. Secrets, murder and weird twisted stuff fill the pages of this page turner.

 I flew through this in less than 24 hours, it was hard to put down. This was one wicked couple. You won't know who to trust, they each have their own kind of crazy going on.

 For a quick, twisted suspense filled read, I recommend you pick up a copy. Happy pub day to The Perfect Liar which is out today!

Many thanks to Thomas Christopher Greene, St. Martin's Press and Netgalley for my ARC!

Sunday, January 13, 2019

What happens in France by Carol Wyer

 What a fun, feel good book this is! Okay I usually don't read much other than thriller/suspense books, hence the name of my blog. I love Carol Wyer's books and I have only read her writing "my type of books." I saw this and couldn't resist it! First of all, it is Carol Wyer and also it just sounded like it would be fun! I mean who doesn't love a stinking cute pug in a beret!!! Love this cover!!!

Bryony Masters is searching for her sister that she has not seen in 30 years. Her sister fled their home at the tender age of 16 and Bryony feels responsible. Bryony's father recently had a stroke and this has prompted her to find her sister before it is too late. Except she has no idea what has happened to Hannah, is she even still alive? She launches a plan to get on a game show that has 4 million viewers, to hopefully reach Hannah or someone that knows what happened to her.

Along the way she befriends a wonderful, witty, fun guy that seems to be her soulmate. They are like two peas in a pod and I wanted them to be together so badly. Sadly we found out quite early on that Bryony was "not his type." As a mutual friend told her that he just broke up with his boyfriend Maxwell. Sigh.....I was so heartbroken as I thought they would be adorable together.......

I highly advise reading Carol's acknowledgments, it is a wealth of information and shows you how much thought was put into the research of this book. Even though this was a fun, feel good read, it has some very personal and serious things behind the inspiration of this book. Thank you Ms. Wyer for another fantastic book!

Thanks so much to Carol Wyer, Canelo publishing and Netgalley for this ARC!

Verity by Colleen Hoover

Believe the hype! This book is a must read! I am not sure how I had not heard about this book until a couple of days ago. How is that possible with all the buzz surrounding it? The reviews are off the charts and well deserved I must say. I did a buddy read with Brenda at Two Sisters Lost In a Coulee. This was a total unplanned buddy read and we flew through this together. Please check out what Brenda had to say @ twosisterslostinacoulee. We both loved it!

So I was minding my own business and surfing around on Twitter and I saw Sue's review of Verity  @ sue31didit. That was all it took I was sold. I had to have this book now. I dropped everything, downloaded it and started reading. Yes her review is that good, check it out. Wow the first chapter is so graphic, shocking and intense! I immediately texted Brenda at Two Sisters Lost In a Coulee and said please do a buddy read with me. Mind you it was about 11:30 pm. Well she dropped everything and here we are. WOW!!! What a way to kick off the new reading year!

First I wondered what the heck is a Verity when I saw the title. Then I figured out Verity was going to be one of our main characters and she is something else. If you did not know, the definition of her name is "the quality or state of being truthful or honest." Hmm well that certainly is interesting. The whole book I was shocked, repulsed and quite frankly scared of her. She is an intimidating woman.

I really feel I can't say much more than this because I don't want to give anything away. Just know, seriously drop what you are doing and read this book!! If anything I dare you to read the first chapter and then try to put this book down. It is so intense and unique it is going to drag you right in and you are going to want more!

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Love You Gone by Rona Halsall

I loved this book from the very first page! I have had my eye on this book for quite some time. I initially passed  up requesting the ARC because I wanted to try to get control of my TBR pile. Well I quickly realized my mistake as the fantastic raving reviews started rolling in. So I had no choice but to grab myself a copy and hot damn it is everything I thought it would be and more!

Imagine arranging to meet your husband and two children at an agreed upon holiday getaway. You are so bogged down with work so they agree to meet you there as they get a head start on the fun. You arrive to the cabin and they are not there. They have every light on and clearly have been there the past couple of days but where are they? The car is in the drive and a note states they went for a hike. You wait and wait and they never come back.

Mel experienced that heart breaking scenario and the search is on for her husband Luke and the children. I could feel her devastation or was it something else? Was she really so desperate to find them or is she scared her secrets were about to be revealed?

Talk about skeletons in your closet! This family has some secrets they are holding close. I could not put this down. Literally if I was forced to put it down, I found my thoughts returning to Mel and her family.

This was my first book by Rona Halsall and I absolutely loved her writing style. It  flowed with such ease. I never felt a slow or dragged out period in this book. It is not a slow burn at all. I loved her choice of short chapters and I flew right through it. I can not wait to read her other novel Keep You Safe! Definitely add me to her fan list!

Doesn't Bookouture have the most stunning covers?! What a beauty this one is!

Monday, January 7, 2019

An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

Quite possibly one of the most unique story lines for a psychological thriller! I thought they had all been used at least once and then some. Not this one, this is like none other that I have read. It had me pondering how the heck did the authors come up with this? Brilliant, unique and twisted could all be used to describe this book. I read this as a group read with my fellow Traveling Sisters and it was quite the hit.

Jessica is a struggling make up artist that decides to sign up for a psychological study at the local university. The study is run by Dr. Shields a respected instructor at the university, what could go wrong? Let's just say things got really weird........

Wow! this book took unethical to a different level. The nurse in me kept screaming OMG what are you doing Dr. Shields?! Why is Jessica going along with this? This book begs to question the age old question of ethics, human nature and what people will do. How far are people willing to go when being pushed? If you are looking for a twisted, crazy book that you can't put down, this is it!

Thank you so much to Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen, St. Martin's Press and Netgalley for this ARC!

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Sneak Peek Sunday

Happy Sunday everyone! It is time for a little Sneak Peek Sunday. This is a meme that was created by Brenda and Norma  over at Two Sisters Lost in a Coulee. Myself, Christina, Brenda and Norma get together on Sundays and share what books we are excited about that have not been published yet. This week we are going to feature The Suspect by Fiona Barton.

 Please pop on over to Two Sisters Lost in a Coulee and Recipe and a Read and see what my Traveling Sisters have to say about this one. Our full reviews will be posted on publication date. Right now we will give you our sneak peek of what we thought since we just finished our group read of this one. I had heard so many great things about it. Well..........see below...this is what I thought....

Yes!! It was a winner in my book! The Suspect increased with intensity for me with each flip of the page. I think the one thing that really made this book so appealing was that it was so realistic. This really could happen.

It did last! It was a suspense filled packed nail bitter all the way to the end for me! I am so glad that I read this with my fellow Traveling Sisters because more than one time I had to have a slight "freak out" while reading this.

Yes Janice I did quite a bit of that. Thank goodness the volume is not on for this GIF! Anyways, I highly recommend The Suspect and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Full review to come on publication date January 22nd!

The New York Times bestselling author of The Widow returns with a brand new novel of twisting psychological suspense about every parent's worst nightmare...

When two eighteen-year-old girls go missing in Thailand, their families are thrust into the international spotlight: desperate, bereft, and frantic with worry. What were the girls up to before they disappeared?

Journalist Kate Waters always does everything she can to be first to the story, first with the exclusive, first to discover the truth--and this time is no exception. But she can't help but think of her own son, whom she hasn't seen in two years, since he left home to go travelling.

As the case of the missing girls unfolds, they will all find that even this far away, danger can lie closer to home than you might think.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

The Diary by Vikki Patis

Secrets, secrets and more secrets! This book is packed full of surprises. Vikki Patis does a fantastic job of capturing teenager drama that goes terribly wrong.

Is it possible to run away from your past or is it going to resurface to haunt you no matter how long it has been? Lauren is soon to find out the answer to that as she returns to her small home town. This is a fantastic debut psychological thriller that addresses some  serious issues. We are allowed into the past and the present with alternating chapters helping us fill in the gaps of what had happened all those years ago.

Even though this is a slow burn for me, it kept me interested the entire time. I found it to be a very realistic portrayal of issues that teenagers face each day. The mean girl drama, suicide, trying to fit in, gossip and secrets spread that can destroy lives. Underage drinking, parties and much more. As adults these girls are trying to come to terms with their past and things they have done. Can someone really change?

This book hooked me from the start and kept me intrigued the entire way. So excited she has a new book coming out March 8th! Count me in for that one!