1. Tiffany Blues by M. J. Rose
2. Our House by Louise Candlish
3. The Masterpiece by Fiona Davis
4. The Day of the Dead by Nicci French
5. The Daisy Children by Sofia Grant 6. Sold on a Monday by Kristina McMorris 7. The Other Woman by Sandie Jones
All were wonderful, and all will be reviewed in the upcoming weeks.
Have you read any or do you plan to read any of them?
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My Book Beginnings is taken from SOLD ON A MONDAY by Kristina McMorris:
"Outside the guarded entrance, reporters circled like a pack of wolves. They wanted names and locations, and links to the Mob, every newsworthy detail for tomorrow's front page."
Typewriter sounds are almost non-existent today, but they kept recurring in Paul’s home and seemed to be coming from the typewriter that his wife had bought him.
After Paul followed his friend because he was driving erratically, he found something horrific and unbelievable.
Paul saw dead bodies in his colleague’s trunk and when Kenneth struck him to silence him, he thought it was all over. Thankfully Paul didn’t die, and Kenneth was imprisoned.
Another thing happened as Paul was following Kenneth. He saw Kenneth dispose of a typewriter in a dumpster. Could that be the same typewriter that Kenneth forced his victims to use to type an apology before he killed them and the typewriter that Paul's wife bought for him at a yard sale? When we do "meet" this, typewriter, bizarre things begin to happen.
THE NOISE DOWNSTAIRS has us following Paul as he is recovering from his physical injury caused by the strike with the shovel as well as the emotional trauma.
Mr. Barclay keeps the tension high, and the story line is intriguing. The ending twists were well hidden from the reader.
The introduction of the typewriter was very clever, and the typewriter seemed to be included as another character.
This was my first book by Mr. Barclay, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
If you have enjoyed Mr. Barclay's books, you won't want to miss his newest. 5/5 This book was given to me as ARC by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Frieda Kline is missing because she wants to be missing, and now Lola who is writing her dissertation has gone out of touch.
Lola is writing a dissertation for her criminology class and wanted to write about Frieda and her involvement in police cases and her connection to Dean Reeve.
Lola’s mentor suggested walking in Frieda’s shoes to get an idea about her. Lola did just that, but it didn’t turn out too well. Lola mistakenly and unknowingly came across Dean Reeve, a serial killer who kills anyone who has contact with Frieda, and who still has it out for Frieda. Dean kills others to get to her.
No one has been able to track Dean down. Dean has been a character along with Frieda in previous books.
Was Dean Reeve back? Frieda definitely thought so, and Dean made sure she knew. And...Frieda knew he wouldn’t stop until he killed her.
The book begins as we find that a killer is on the loose. The murders started with a dead man in a stolen car barreling down a steep hill, and another one was a dead man being burned in a bonfire. But that wasn’t the end of the bodies. The count kept getting higher, and the bodies followed a pattern.
This is only the second book I have read in this series, and I actually didn’t know it was a series when I read the first one. I was not lost while reading so it seems as if you can start in the middle...things went smoothly.
I can see why the series is so well liked. Frieda Kline is a very popular character, but this will be the last book in this series. Frieda is a bit rough outwardly, but she is actually a good Samaritan that the police always call in for assistance on their cases. Frieda is also a psycho analyst.
DAY OF THE DEAD is suspenseful, and you will want to tell Frieda to stop being so stubborn about not allowing the police to take total control of this new Dean Reeve’s madness instead of trying to solve it on her own.
Readers who enjoy suspense, twists and turns, stubborn characters, and a killer who knows how to allude everyone will enjoy this book.
My only complaint is that it was a bit long. 4/5
This book was given to me as an ARC by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. . All opinions are my own.
Cecelia had a perfect life with a perfect husband, two daughters, a beautiful home, and an enjoyable part-time job.
One night could change it all.
Cecelia picked her daughters up
from swim practice, and as she waited for them to change, she was asked
to take a young boy home because his parents didn’t show up.
Cecelia didn’t want to do it,
but she couldn’t leave him at the school alone. Taking him home was the
worst thing that could have happened to her because he may be the
reason her secret becomes revealed. For some reason the boy, Tobias, knows Cecelia
knew Annie, the woman who took care of him and abandoned him.
We get background information on Annie
that is not very pleasant and then move back and forth to the present
with the little boy that connects it all.
I wasn't a fan of the main character
Cecilia. Her past lifestyle was off-putting for me, and her current life was made of lies. She currently had
everything and still wasn't happy.
Tobias was a sweet boy who kept everything inside,
and he definitely had secrets and answers to the questions the police
were asking, but he wouldn't tell them anything. Some of the other characters were very unpleasant.
The ongoing questions in the story line are who is Tobias'
mother, how did Cecelia really know Annie, and just what is Cecelia’s
secret that will destroy her current life.
The author’s writing keeps you engaged and especially when she
leaves an incriminating, clue-revealing tidbit as the last sentence of
the chapter and moves on. We gets hints about what is bothering
Cecelia, but never enough information to figure it out. Tobias knows,
though, and Cecelia is worried.
THE BOY AT THE DOOR is brilliantly written with a creative, odd story line that is a bit unbelievable, but oh so good and attention grabbing. The tension kept me on the edge of my seat as the police questioned Cecelia about Annie and Tobias. THE BOY AT THE DOOR is an excellent suspense debut. 4/5
I received an advanced reader copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
Three friends with issues to resolve take a trip to Mexico to try to reconnect. The issues seemed to compound rather than lessen. When one of the friends is missing the morning after a wild night of drinking, the tension between the two remaining friends continues and worsens as their fears mount. GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT goes back and forth from past to present bringing with it a bit of confusion as to what is going on for the reader, but revealing that the friends have a lot of secrets they never told each other. The book actually dragged on for me even though the secrets were interesting, but they were a bit too vague to bring anything to the story for me until around half way through the book when the reasons for the fights and the estrangements started to emerge. The tension mounted even more when the police arrived, but up until that point, I didn’t think there was that much suspense. GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT gives wonderful reasons for friendships to repair themselves and for women to support each other. GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT was suspenseful because of the missing friend, but the majority of the book was about repairing friendships and revealing secrets. Most of the secrets dealt with domestic abuse which is an excellent topic to get out in the open. Another issue about being safe and making smart decisions when you are in a foreign country and with strangers was addressed. That is great advice and very frightening. The tension in the last 20% of the book definitely picked up my interest and my opinion despite the slow read until then. So instead of a 3/5, I am changing my rating to a 4/5. I received an Advanced Reader copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. . All opinions are my own.