I had an amazing month of reading in May!!
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The weather has been awful...so thankful for books.
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Twenty years ago, Myra Barkley's daughter disappeared from the rocky beach across from the family inn, off the Oregon coast. Ever since, Myra has waited at the front desk for her child to come home. One rainy afternoon, the miracle happens--her missing daughter, now twenty-eight years old with a child of her own, walks in the door.
Elizabeth Lark is on the run with her son. She's just killed her abusive husband and needs a place to hide. Against her better judgment, she heads to her hometown and stops at the Barkley Inn. When the innkeeper insists that Elizabeth is her long lost daughter, the opportunity for a new life, and more importantly, the safety of her child, is too much for Elizabeth to pass up. But she knows that she isn't the Barkleys's daughter, and the more deeply intertwined she becomes with the family, the harder it becomes to confess the truth.
Except the Barkley girl didn't just disappear on her own. As the news spreads across the small town that the Barkley girl has returned, Elizabeth suddenly comes into the limelight in a dangerous way, and the culprit behind the disappearance those twenty years ago is back to finish the job.
Genre: Domestic Suspense
Published by: Crooked Lane Books
Publication Date: March 9th 2021
Number of Pages:
ISBN: 1643856820 (ISBN13: 9781643856827)
Series: Call Me Elizabeth Lark is not a part of a series.
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Melissa Colasanti is a mother and an author. She has a BFA in fiction from Boise State University. Her writing has appeared in Lithub, Memoir Magazine, The Coffin Bell Journal and others. She is the Stephen R. Kustra scholar in creative writing for 2019, and was awarded the Glenn Balch Award for fiction in 2020.
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A photographer or a manipulator?
Delta made her living photographing mainly children’s birthday parties.
Delta also worked with wealthy families. One particular family completely caught her attention, and she wanted to be part of their family in every way possible.
Delta also worked at being made an irreplaceable part of this family. She wanted what they had, and she was even working on trying to be a surrogate mother for them.
THE PHOTOGRAPHER was detailed and slow moving, but Delta certainly wasn’t.
She moved quickly to ingratiate herself with the Straubs. She actually was obsessed with them.
This book was well written and had a unique story line, but it was not a favorite. I did not like Delta, and the other characters were unlikable as well.
Photographers and those interested in photography will enjoy this book along with those who enjoy studying people’s motives and personalities. 3/5
This book was given to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Jack wakes up on a deserted beach in Maryland and has no idea of who he is, where he is, or how he got there.
Meanwhile, Lily, his girlfriend, wonders why Jack never stopped by or hasn’t called.
Jack runs along the beach trying to find something familiar, and the only thing he sees that is familiar is a Maine license plate on a trailer. He climbs in and is taken to Maine without the owner’s knowledge.
When he arrives in Maine, memories surface, and he remembers a phone number. He dials the number, and his stepsister, Maya, recognizes his voice and finds him at a convenience store.
Jack has no idea who Maya is but trusts that she is his stepsister and goes home with her.
Maya had a crush on Jack when they were growing up and was devastated when he left home. She didn't want to lose Jack again and was so happy to find him.
Maya figures out Jack has amnesia, but doesn’t really want him to regain his memory. She hides the fact from Jack that he is a missing person.
The tension in this book is subtle, but you definitely feel it and know it is there.
What is Maya’s story and what are her secrets?
Why did Jack leave in the first place?
Will Jack's memory come full circle?
What will he really remember?
If you are a fan of thrillers, biting your fingernails, solving mysteries, and page-turning suspense, YOU WILL REMEMBER ME should not be missed.
What a terrific read and ending. 5/5
This book was given to me as an advanced digital review copy by the publisher via NetGalley.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Hannah Mary McKinnon was born in the UK, grew up in Switzerland and moved to Canada in 2010. After a successful career in recruitment, she quit the corporate world in favor of writing, and is now the author of The Neighbors, Her Secret Son, and Sister Dear.
She lives in Oakville, Ontario, with her husband and three sons, and is delighted by her twenty-second commute.
MISSING PIECES will have mystery lovers scratching their heads until the last pages as well as loving the intrigue.
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