Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Falling Behind

Happy Wednesday Everyone!!! So my Traveling Sisters and I decided to try out a new meme today. Usually on Wednesdays we post our Can't Wait Wednesday, but this week we are going to do a post on the books we have fell behind on. Admit it, we have all been there!  Normally we will post this on Friday and call it Falling Behind Friday but we are going to give it a go and see what you think today. Please pop over to  Brenda and Norma at Two Sisters Lost in a Coulee and Christina at Recipe and a Read  

So to answer Bethany's question the story is.... I have failed to read The Exes' Revenge by Jo Jakeman. Quite honestly I can't wait to read this book! It just has fallen through the cracks and gotten lost in the shuffle of all the other books on the TBR pile. No fear though, this is on our list for November for a must read. My Traveling Sisters and I have realized this book needs to be read and soon!

You are so welcome for me getting this 80's song Don't You Forget About Me from The Breakfast Club stuck in your head all day......Don't, Don't, Don't, Don't you......Nope The Exes' Revenge I will not forget about you!

I have heard so much positive feedback on this book and I am expecting a fun, suspense filled ride with a little karma on the side.  I can't wait to read this with a bunch of my Traveling Sisters!!

Goodreads Summary

 A wickedly dark debut thriller about three women who've all been involved with the same man and realize the one thing they have in common is that they all want revenge against him...

Divorces are often messy, and Imogen's is no exception. Phillip Rochester is controlling, abusive, and determined to make things as difficult as possible. When he shows up without warning demanding that Imogen move out of their house by the end of the month or he'll sue for sole custody of their young son, Imogen is ready to snap.

In a moment of madness, Imogen does something unthinkable--something that puts her in control for the first time in years. She's desperate to protect her son and to claim authority over her own life.

But she wasn't expecting both Phillip's ex-wife and new girlfriend to get tangled up in her plans. These three very different women--and unlikely allies--reluctantly team up to take revenge against a man who has wronged them all.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Sneak Peek Sunday

Happy Sunday my peeps! It is once again time for Sneak Peek Sunday! This is a time when I give you a sneak peek into what myself and my Traveling Sisters are planning on reading together soon. Please pop over to see what Norma and Brenda at Two Sisters lost in a Coulee and Christina at Recipe and a Read have to say.

I was casually scrolling through NetGalley, minding my own business and then I saw it. Holy crap, The Hiding Place by C.J. Tudor was up for request! I could not hit request fast enough.

Word spread quickly between the Traveling Sisters as we awaited to be approved. Since The Chalk Man was such a creepy, chilling read, I am sure Tudor  is going to have a wild ride awaiting us with her latest. Then I got approved.............

 I can't wait to see what my Traveling Sisters have to say about this one. Check out the blurb for this chilling thriller and see what you think. Who has read this one already??? I would love to hear your thoughts on it.

Goodreads Summary

The thrilling second novel from the author of The Chalk Man, about a teacher with a hidden agenda who returns to settle scores at a school he once attended, only to uncover a darker secret than he could have imagined.

Joe never wanted to come back to Arnhill. After the way things ended with his old gang--the betrayal, the suicide, the murder--and after what happened when his sister went missing, the last thing he wanted to do was return to his hometown. But Joe doesn't have a choice. Because judging by what was done to that poor Morton kid, what happened all those years ago to Joe's sister is happening again. And only Joe knows who is really at fault.

Lying his way into a teaching job at his former high school is the easy part. Facing off with former friends who are none too happy to have him back in town--while avoiding the enemies he's made in the years since--is tougher. But the hardest part of all will be returning to that abandoned mine where it all went wrong and his life changed forever, and finally confronting the shocking, horrifying truth about Arnhill, his sister, and himself. Because for Joe, the worst moment of his life wasn't the day his sister went missing.

It was the day she came back.

With the same virtuosic command of character and pacing she displayed in The Chalk Man, CJ Tudor has once again crafted an extraordinary novel that brilliantly blends harrowing psychological suspense, a devilishly puzzling mystery, and enough shocks and thrills to satisfy even the most seasoned reader.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Sadie by Courtney Summers

I loved this book!!! 5 flipping fabulous stars!!

Sadie has lived a hard life, is the understatement of the year. We join up with Sadie when she is 19 and her sister would have been 13. Except Sadie's little sister was murdered and the killer is on the loose. Sadie's heart and soul has gone into raising her younger sister after their drug addicted mother Claire took off and escaped to Los Angeles. A child herself at 16, Sadie steps in to raise Mattie so they will not have to be separated by foster care. Mattie is all Sadie has in this life. Sadie is all Mattie has, except Mattie still idolized her mother as she was too young to see the truth.

Sadie completely falls apart upon learning of the death of Mattie. Sadie is on a mission hell bent on making the murderer pay. You see, Sadie knows who killed Mattie, it is someone from their past. She just doesn't know where to find him.

This book is so unique. The author has you following along with Sadie's journey as she hunts down the killer in Sadie's own chapters. Yet we also are following along with a radio podcast being put on by a fellow named West McCray. The podcasts are reporting the search for Sadie as she now has gone missing. So they are retracing all Sadie's steps along the way. I loved the podcast chapters, there was so much personality and it was so entertaining as they interviewed people that Sadie had come into contact with.

I loved this book! I did not pick up this book as an ARC because quite frankly I did not want to read a YA. Well then all the rave reviews started rolling in from people that I know read the same type of books I do and they loved it. So I picked up my copy of Sadie and whoa this is not your typical YA. There was a lot of hard core, not so pretty details. These details made you feel like you were right there with Sadie. I was rooting for Sadie all the way.

I read this with a group of my Traveling Sisters and Traveling Friends and everyone seemed to love it. We checked in and discussed our feelings on it and the podcast feature was quite the hit as was Sadie herself. Not everyone was too keen on the ending, which I totally understand. I personally loved the ending and thought it was a very clever and a thought provoking way to wrap it up. My lips are sealed, I can't say anymore, you need to read it yourself and see if you agree! Highly recommend Sadie girl!!! P.S. I love this cover! That crisp white with the red is so attractive. Yes I love my pretty covers!

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Can't Wait Wednesday

Seriously, how is it Wednesday again, already?! Well you know what time it is........yep it is time for Can't Wait Wednesday! It is a time when I tell you about a book that myself and my Traveling Sisters are really excited about and we are going to read  together.  A couple weeks ago Brenda and Norma @twosistersinacoulee asked all the Traveling Sisters if they wanted a copy of One Day in December by Josie Silver........see my reaction below

Umm....yes please!!!  I am so excited that I got a copy. Pop in to see what Norma and Brenda at Two Sisters Lost in a Coulee and Christina at Recipe and a Read have to say about it.

So anyone that reads my reviews knows that I am a thriller book type of girl. Hence, the name of my blog. Every so often though I like to get a little crazy and shake things up a bit and read a different genre. You know, one where someone doesn't have to die...anyways, this looked like the perfect book. The story line sounds intriguing and fun, the title leads us to believe it takes place in December- which is right around the corner! Have you seen the cover? I ask again, have you seen that drop dead gorgeous cover? I am a sucker for a good cover.
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Best of all, it is getting great reviews on Goodreads. I really can't wait to read this with my Traveling Sisters. I am sure it is going to be a hit!

Goodreads summary
 A love story about what happens after you meet, or rather, don't meet the one.

Laurie is pretty sure love at first sight doesn't exist anywhere but the movies. But then, through a misted-up bus window one snowy December day, she sees a man who she knows instantly is the one. Their eyes meet, there's a moment of pure magic...and then her bus drives away.

Certain they're fated to find each other again, Laurie spends a year scanning every bus stop and cafe in London for him. But she doesn't find him, not when it matters anyway. Instead they "reunite" at a Christmas party, when her best friend Sarah giddily introduces her new boyfriend to Laurie. It's Jack, the man from the bus. It would be.

What follows for Laurie, Sarah and Jack is ten years of friendship, heartbreak, missed opportunities, roads not taken, and destinies reconsidered. One Day in December is a joyous, heartwarming and immensely moving love story to escape into and a reminder that fate takes inexplicable turns along the route to happiness.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Malice by Jennifer Jaynes

You can trust your pediatrician right? He is always going to do the ethical thing for your child and what is in their best interest, correct? He would never be guilty of malice and doing things for his own personal financial gain, or would he?

Dr. Daniel Winters has it all. He has a career as a pediatrician and an exclusive office, Healing Hands which has a one year wait for new patients. He has a beautiful beach front home in Malibu and a wife named Mia that looks like a model and is smart as hell. Life is good...until it is not.

A new vaccine is out for children and it is called Respira. For some reason Healing Hands is pushing this vaccine, even though it is used to prevent the common cold. They don't even want their doctors to use the word vaccine for it, they prefer the term "immune system booster." It is totally safe, or is it? Dr. Winters is struggling with that question himself. Meanwhile doctors that have spoken out against Respira are found murdered. He may lose his job, his home, his wife and his career if he follows his gut on this.

Mia meanwhile is sneaking around, getting mysterious texts and has many holes in her story as to where she is. Daniel Winters is wondering if there may be more to his wife than he knows about. She doesn't like to talk about her past, what is she hiding?

This book had me from the very first chapter. It pulled me right in and would not let me go. I flew through this book. I have never read a Jennifer Jaynes book and I can assure you I will be reading more from her. It was a gripping thriller that really had a lot of depth to it. It made you question to what degree that things like this occur in our medical field. What lengths people go to for money, no matter if it meant they are harming others. Even if they have taken the oath to heal others and do no malice.  Loved it!

Much thanks to Jennifer Jaynes, Thomas & Mercer and NetGalley!

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.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Sneak Peek Sunday

Happy Sunday Everyone! That means it is time for Sneak Peek Sunday! This is a day where I share with you what myself and my Traveling Sisters are planning on reading. We only share the ones we are really excited about and this week is no exception!

This week we are looking forward to reading My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing. I was so flipping excited to get my hands on this as were some other Traveling Sisters. 

Please pop in and see what Brenda and Norma at Two Sisters Lost in a Coulee and Christina at Recipe and a Read has to say about it. I think we are all in agreement this is a must read!  There has been a lot of hype around this book even though the pub date is not until March 26, 2019! It just sounds so darn good. My favorite type of book is a domestic psychological thriller and this looks like it has the stuff to be a fantastic one! A combination of Dexter and Mr. & Mrs. Smith.......YES please!!! Have you read this one yet? If so, let us know what you thought!

Goodreads Summary

Dexter meets Mr. and Mrs. Smith in this wildly compulsive debut thriller about a couple whose fifteen-year marriage has finally gotten too interesting...

Our love story is simple. I met a gorgeous woman. We fell in love. We had kids. We moved to the suburbs. We told each other our biggest dreams, and our darkest secrets. And then we got bored.

We look like a normal couple. We're your neighbors, the parents of your kid's friend, the acquaintances you keep meaning to get dinner with.

We all have secrets to keeping a marriage alive.

Ours just happens to be getting away with murder.

 Samantha Downing

 Born in the Bay Area and now living in the Big Easy, I consider both to be home. Along the way I went to school, worked a few jobs and learned a thing or two. Throughout it all, I wrote. Never studied writing, it's just a hobby that grew into a passion. A dozen books later, my first novel will be published in 2019. My Lovely Wife is not the first one I wrote, it's the first one I submitted (trust me, the other eleven are terrible).
When I was a kid, my mom brought me to the library every two weeks. I checked out a stack of new books and new worlds. The best thing was becoming so absorbed in a book I couldn’t put it down. I walked around with it in front of my face, I took it to the bathroom, the kitchen, the book came with me wherever I went. I tripped, ran into walls and stubbed my toes because I never watched where I was going.
This is why I write. I want to tell stories that make people walk into walls.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Our Little Lies by Sue Watson

Well Sue Watson fans, are  you wondering if she can pull off a thriller genre? Wonder no more, the answer is yes! She was able to spin us a twisted tale worthy of the title psychological thriller.

Marianne Wilson has the world at her fingertips. Living a posh lifestyle with her cardio thoracic surgeon husband Simon and their children.

Marianne's sole job in life is to be a homemaker, the "perfect wife" to Simon aka Dr. Wilson. Of course Simon deserves dinner on the table waiting for him every night, an immaculate home scrubbed to perfection, an attentive wife and obedient children. I mean he deserves it, right? He demands it to be so. Appearance is everything for the doctor and his wife.

I must say this title was extremely fitting for this dysfunctional family dynamics. I was quickly drawn into this story as it was completely believable. Sadly we never know what goes on behind closed doors. I found myself wondering if Simon was really the controlling violent husband portrayed by Marianne. Or perhaps is she riddled with psychiatric disorders and heavy amount of prescription drugs as Simon suggests? Who is telling the truth?

Sue Watson brought us an exciting story of lies, deceit, death and family dysfunction. I often found myself questioning if Marianne was a reliable narrator. It made for an interesting story that kept me guessing all the way until the end!

Thank you so much to Sue Watson, Bookouture and NetGalley for this ARC.

Can't Wait Wednesday

You know what time it is...........

If you don't know, it is Can't Wait Wednesday! If you don't already know this is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings, which is based on Waiting on Wednesday by Jill at Breaking the Spine. 

This is a time that I share with you the books that I have coming up this week and highlight the ones I just can't wait to read. This week it is The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor! Even better than reading it by myself I am so excited that my fellow Traveling Sisters and Traveling Friends are going to be joining in with this read! That way we can check in and freak out together about just how good it is! Please pop in and take a look at our other group reads we are excited about this week with Brenda and Norma at Two Sisters Lost in a Coulee and Christina at Recipe and a Read.

I am sure that everyone that would be reading this blog would be able to relate to this. This is a book that I had to have as soon as it came out in the U.S. I ran straight out and eagerly bought it.......to have it sit on my shelf for months. What???!! Ok to your average Joe this might sound ridiculous but I know you fellow bloggers get it. You have deadlines with other books to meet and there is that one book that you die a little bit inside each time you see a raving review written because you have not read it yet. Well this is definitely that book for me! If you are living under a rock and have not heard of The Chalk Man, I will include a Goodreads Summary so you can see why I am so excited to read it. Happy reading to my fellow Traveling Friends and Traveling Sisters! We are excited about this one.

Goodreads Summary

You can feel it in the woods, in the school and in the playground; you can feel it in the houses and at the fairground. You can feel it in most places in the small town of Anderbury . . . the fear that something or someone is watching you.

It began back in 1986, at the fair, on the day of the accident. That was when twelve-year-old Eddie met Mr Halloran - the Chalk Man.

He gave Eddie the idea for the drawings: a way to leave secret messages for his friends and it was fun, until the chalk men led them to a body.

Thirty years later, Ed believes the past is far behind him, until an envelope slips through the letterbox. It contains a stick of chalk, and a drawing of a figure.

Is history going to repeat itself?

Was it ever really over?

Will this game only end in the same way?

Meet C.J. Tudor

C. J. Tudor was born in Salisbury and grew up in Nottingham, where she still lives with her partner and young daughter.

She left school at sixteen and has had a variety of jobs over the years, including trainee reporter, radio scriptwriter, shop assistant, ad agency copywriter and voiceover.

In the early nineties, she fell into a job as a television presenter for a show on Channel 4 called Moviewatch. Although a terrible presenter, she got to interview acting legends such as Sigourney Weaver, Michael Douglas, Emma Thompson and Robin Williams. She also annoyed Tim Robbins by asking a question about Susan Sarandon’s breasts and was extremely flattered when Robert Downey Junior showed her his chest.

While writing the Chalk Man she ran a dog-walking business, walking over twenty dogs a week as well as looking after her little girl.

She’s been writing since she was a child but only knuckled down to it properly in her thirties. Her English teacher once told her that if she ‘did not become Prime Minister or a best-selling author’ he would be ‘very disappointed.’

The Chalk Man was inspired by a tub of chalks a friend bought for her daughter’s second birthday. One afternoon they drew chalk figures all over the driveway. Later that night she opened the back door to be confronted by weird stick men everywhere. In the dark, they looked incredibly sinister. She called to her partner: ‘These chalk men look really creepy in the dark . . .’

She is never knowingly over-dressed. She has never owned a handbag and the last time she wore heels (twelve years ago) she broke a tooth.

She loves The Killers, Foo Fighters and Frank Turner. Her favourite venue is Rock City.

Her favourite films are Ghostbusters and The Lost Boys. Her favourite authors are Stephen King, Michael Marshall and Harlan Coben.

She is SO glad she was a teenager in the eighties.

She firmly believes that there are no finer meals than takeaway pizza and champagne, or chips with curry sauce after a night out.

Everyone calls her Caz.

Monday, October 8, 2018

The Night Before by Wendy Walker

Laura Lochner moves back to town after a devastating break up with her boyfriend. This is one of many failed relationships for Laura. Moving back to Deer Hill Lane stirs up plenty of emotions in Laura. You see, her boyfriend Mitch was murdered there and she was at the scene.

Laura moves in with her sister Rose and her husband Joe. They have the perfect marriage, or do they? It seems like Laura and Joe are pretty tight. Staying up late into the night after Rose goes to bed. Friends since childhood, is Joe just being a shoulder to cry on?

Laura signs up for a dating service findlove.com. She meets up one night with a charming older guy Jonathan Fields. Laura seems to be drawn into self destructive relationships that never work out. Is that why she is attracted to Jonathan? Is it because his story seems riddled with untruths?

Laura never comes home from the date....the end...just kidding but that is the end of my summary. You will have to read the rest for yourself!

I read this book with a group of my Traveling Sisters. The general consensus was that we loved it! I have never read a Wendy Walker book before and I loved her writing style. I flew through this book in less than a day. The unique and interesting thing about this book is the way the author leads you on. I literally had no clue as to how this would pan out. All my predictions at the half way point of this book were 100% wrong! If you want a book that will hold your interest, make you change your mind half a dozen times and still be wrong- this is the book for you!

Thank you so much to Wendy Walker, St. Martin's Press and Netgalley for this fantastic ARC.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Sneak Peak Sunday- The Dead Ex by Jane Corry

Thanks for joining me for Sneak Peak Sunday! This is a chance for me to give you a peak into what upcoming reads myself and my Traveling Sisters are really excited about. My WhatsApp was on fire when the first Traveling Sister got their hands on this must read book, the news spread like wildfire!

I have to admit I have been green with envy the last couple of months as everyone in the UK has had a chance to read this book. The Dead Ex is not slated to be published in the United States and Canada until Jane 29, 2019! So I can't even tell you how excited I am to be reading this with my fellow Traveling Sisters- Brenda and Norma with Two Sisters Lost in a Coulee and Christina with Recipe and a Read.

Jane Corry is a must read author for me. Every book so far has been an 5 star read for me, so I am so excited to finally get my hands on her new one! If you get a chance pop on over to my fellow Traveling Sisters and get a sneak peak into what other books we are excited about. If this isn't already on your TBR list I bet it will be after reading this Goodreads summary! Have you read The Dead Ex? What were your thoughts?

Goodreads Summary

One man's disappearance throws four women's lives into chaos--and not all will survive. . .

Vicki works as an aromatherapist, healing her clients out of her home studio with her special blends of essential oils. She's just finishing a session when the police arrive on her doorstep--her ex-husband David has gone missing. Vicki insists she last saw him years ago when they divorced, but the police clearly don't believe her. And her memory's hardly reliable--what if she did have something to do with it?

Meanwhile, Scarlet and her mother Zelda are down on their luck, and at eight years old, Scarlet's not old enough to know that the "game" her mother forces her to play is really just a twisted name for dealing drugs. Soon, Zelda is caught, and Scarlet is forced into years of foster care--an experience that will shape the rest of her life . . .

David's new wife, Tanya, is the one who reported him missing, but what really happened on the night of David's disappearance? And how can Vicki prove her innocence, when she's not even sure of it herself? The answer lies in the connection among these four women--and the one person they can't escape.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Can't Wait Wednesday


Thanks so much for joining me for Can't Wait Wednesday. This is a chance to tell you what books I am really excited about reading and get you excited about them too! It is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings, which is based on Waiting on Wednesday hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine.

I have to admit I literally jumped up and down when I got this advanced copy of The Mother-In-Law by Sally Hepworth.  It is so fitting to feature this on Can't Wait Wednesday because the suspense is killing me. I have to see what this is about. Let's talk about this cover! I love beautiful covers and this one is to die for.

I am even more excited that I will be taking this journey with some Traveling Sisters. Norma and Brenda from Two Sisters Lost in a Coulee and Christina from Recipe and a Read. I can't wait to see what these girls have to say about this one. I am so glad I am reading along with them or I would have a serious case of FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) with this one! Check out this blurb from Goodreads and then tell me if you don't feel the same way. Is this on your list to be read too?

Goodreads Summary

From the moment Lucy met her husband's mother, Diana, she was kept at arm's length. Diana was exquisitely polite, and properly friendly, but Lucy knew that she was not what Diana envisioned. But who could fault Diana? She was a pillar of the community, an advocate for social justice who helped female refugees assimilate to their new country. Diana was happily married to Tom, and lived in wedded bliss for decades. Lucy wanted so much to please her new mother-in-law.

That was five years ago.

Now, Diana has been found dead, a suicide note near her body. Diana claims that she no longer wanted to live because of a battle with cancer.

But the autopsy finds no cancer.
The autopsy does find traces of poison and suffocation.
Who could possibly want Diana dead?
Why was her will changed at the eleventh hour to disinherit both of her adult children and their spouses?

With Lucy's secrets getting deeper and her relationship with her mother-in-law growing more complex as the pages turn, this new novel from Sally Hepworth is sure to add to her growing legion of fans.

Monday, October 1, 2018

In Her Shadow by Mark Edwards

Jessica Gardner lost her sister Isabel (Izzy) five years ago to a bizarre freak accident. Since that time she has immersed herself in motherhood doting on her two children Felix and Olivia. The children don't know much about aunt Izzy as they have been spared the details of her death. Felix was rather young at the time and Olivia was not even born yet.

Suddenly Izzy becomes a daily topic of conversation for four year old Olivia. Jessica is bewildered as to how Olivia seems to know details of Izzy's life. Unsettling details of an aunt that she never knew. The thing is nobody has told Olivia about these things and they are extremely accurate. So you can imagine Jessica's further shock when Olivia implies that aunt Izzy was murdered. Is her daughter actually communicating with her dead sister? How else could she knows these things? If she is and it is true that she was murdered, that means the culprit is still on the loose.

Jessica finds herself searching for the truth about her sister and what is going on with her daughter. She begins to question the motives of everyone in her inner circle, trying to unravel the details of that fateful night her sister lost her life.

I have been hearing so much about Mark Edwards and how fantastic his books are. A truly suspenseful read that kept me wondering what the heck happened to Izzy. I began to wonder if Olivia really did have the power to talk to her aunt. I found myself on edge wondering what Olivia was going to reveal to us next. Would she lead us to the killer? Or was this simply a case of a child repeating things they have heard. Hmmm I going to say no on that. See what you think!

Thank you so much to Mark Edwards, Thomas & Mercer and NetGalley for this ARC.