Tuesday, June 18, 2019

The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda

Avery is left with her grandmother's house after she passes, a wealthy family buys it, and they hire Avery to manage this house and their entire neighborhood of exclusive, rented summer cottages.

Avery is an excellent manager, becomes friends with the Lowman's daughter, Sadie, and is treated like family, and then is faced with Sadie's death that is being ruled as a suicide.  Avery knows Sadie wouldn't kill herself and especially on the night of the annual Plus-One end-of-the-summer party.

Avery stuck to her theory that Sadie didn't commit suicide, and she found a few things to prove the police investigation hadn't been thorough and that no one could be trusted. 

Her investigation made me nervous, though, because of the way she went about gathering evidence.

We move from chapter to chapter telling the before and after of Avery and Sadie's friendship and of the goings on at the rental community. Was Sadie really Avery’s friend or did she think of Avery as the help and pretend to be her friend? Was anyone really Avery's friend?

I was a bit confused at first about what was going, but once Avery found evidence and clues about what really happened and things were revealed, the interest kicked up.

THE LAST HOUSE GUEST will be for you if you enjoy a beach setting, characters that have secrets, characters that are broken, and a mystery that keeps you guessing.

The ending is definitely a surprise. 4/5

This book was given to me as ARC by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Girl In The Rearview Mirror by Kelsey Rae Dimberg

The title intrigued me from the start.  Does it mean not looking back? Does it mean looking the other way?  Does it mean keeping your secrets and your past hidden?

We meet Finn whose real name is Natalie, but she doesn't tell anyone because she wants to hide her past.

Finn left her home and moved to Arizona, worked in the office of a Senator's son, and then became the nanny for his four-year-old daughter.

Everyone seemed to have secrets, told lies, were manipulative, and users. Some of the characters were also odd but most were selfish.

GIRL IN THE REARVIEW MIRROR dragged a bit at first, and the story line was difficult to get straight, but the writing and the underlying hints about what was really going on kept me reading as the author has us mingling with the upper crust.

The chapters will keep your interest because of the author's skill of inserting subtle facts throughout the chapters and as the chapters end.

The story line increased in intensity and twists and kept me rapidly turning the pages to find out what really was going on, what really was happening, who could be trusted, and who was lying.

If you enjoy personal and family drama, seeing how the upper crust lives, and what lengths people go to in order to keep something hidden, GIRL IN THE REARVIEW MIRROR, will be something to add to your reading list.  4/5

This book was given to me as an ARC by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Blue Books

Thank you to @howjessreads of Instagram and Litsy for today’s prompt.


Today’s Prompt: Blue Books

A excellent reads!!

Which ones have you read?

It's Monday!! What Are YOU Reading? - 6/17/2019

I hope you had a great reading week.  
This is a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn at BOOK DATE!

Post the books completed, the books you are currently reading, and the books you hope to finish at some point.
Books Completed:

THE ORPHAN'S SONG by Lauren Kate - review will be on June 26 - finished on June 12.

This is a beautiful book.

DEAR WIFE by Kimberly Belle - review will be on June 25 - finished June 8.
THE LAST HOUSE GUEST by Megan Miranda - review will be on June 18 - finished June 5.
GIRL IN THE REARVIEW MIRROR by Kelsey  Rae Dimberg - review is today.

THE FIRST MISTAKE by Sandie Jones - review is in the book's title.

THOSE PEOPLE by Louise Candlish - review and giveaway link are in the book's title.

ASHES by Sharon Gloger Friedman - review is in the book's title.
NEVER HAVE I EVER by Joshilyn Jackson - review will be on July 30 - finished on April 2.

Book Currently Reading:

THE SUMMER COTTAGE by Viola Shipman - review will be on June 27.

Really enjoying this book.  Has anyone read it?
Books Up Next:

THREE WOMEN by Lisa Taddeo - review will be on July 7.

THE GOLDEN HOUR by Beatriz Williams - review will be on July 9.

BETHLEHEM by Karen Kelly - review will be on July 10.

LAYOVER by David Bell - review will be on July 11. 

STRANGER ON THE BEACH by Michelle Campbell - review will be on July 23.

THE CHELSEA GIRLS by Fiona Davis - review will be on July 31.

BECAUSE YOU'RE MINE by Rea Frey - review will be on August 5.

THE WOMEN OF THE COPPER COUNTRY by Mary Doria Russell - review will be on August 6.
THE DOLL FACTORY by Elizabeth Macneal - review will be on August 12.
THE WINEMAKER'S WIFE by Kristin Harmel - review will be on August 13.

THE OYSTERVILLE SEWING CIRCLE by Susan  Wiggs - review will be on August 20.

THIS TENDER LAND by William Kent Krueger - review will be on September 3.

TODAY WE GO HOME by Kelli Estes - review will on September 4.

29 SECONDS by T. M. Logan - review will be on September 10.

THE LAST TRAIN TO LONDON by Meg Waite Clayton - review will be on September 11.

THE MURDER LIST by Hank Phillippi Ryan - review will be on September 12.

RED SKY IN THE MORNING by J. Walter Ring - review will be on September 26.

COLD WOODS by Karen Katchur - review will be on October 1.

HOUSE OF BRIDES by - review will be on October 22.

HOW QUICKLY SHE DISAPPEARS by Raymond Fleischmann - review will be on January 14, 2020.