Why would you harm your little sister?
Keely and her sister were in foster care since their mother died and both left the care home they were in without permission, but Keely is the only one who makes it into the public eye and tells the police her story.
Where is her sister Nina?
Keely won’t tell the police why Nina wasn’t with her, but seeing Keely covered in blood made DCI Jonah Sheens and his team know it is urgent to find her as soon as possible.
The team was definitely challenged as Keely was hinting at clues to her sister's whereabouts as she told her story about their days in foster homes and as the team tried to interpret and figure out the clues they knew Keely was weaving into the story.
Her story is chilling, and her personality is frightening.
She grins when she sees the team thinking they have figured out a clue, and she enjoys seeing that her tricks worked to lead them in the wrong direction.
Keely is a tough one...manipulative, angry, unlikeable, brilliant, and cruel.
The reader is frustrated along with the police team as they try to figure things out and figure out where her sister is before it is too late.
Those readers who “really” enjoy guessing will not want to miss this twisty, creative read.
Ms. Lodge brilliantly kept us at bay and created another amazing thriller. 5/5
**Be aware that child abuse is part of the story line**
This book was given to me by the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.
Thursday, June 30, 2022
Why would you harm your little sister?
Wednesday, June 29, 2022
Shawn Nocher’s latest novel THE PRECIOUS JULES — is a story about family bonds, heart breaking decisions, and struggling to do what is right amidst great challenges.
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Tuesday, June 28, 2022
What could have caused the police to re-open the cold murder case of Emma's husband? She was cleared as a suspect back then.
Did she marry again too soon afterward his passing?
Emma knows she had wished something would happen to her mostly abusive husband, but no one must know that. She did a pretty good job of faking her sorrow when he died.
Now that she was married to a successful man and a success herself, what could possibly have made them re-open the case?
Does Emma know something she doesn’t want the investigators to know? Or does someone else know something that she isn’t aware of?
Who can she trust to know her true feelings?
But is there really anything else to tell?
Who is the person behind the murder? There are many characters it could be.
Those are the questions that make readers of THE SECOND HUSBAND curious and turning the pages.
Ms. White keeps you guessing and wondering who the murderer is in this marvelous, twisty, hard-to-put-down gem. 5/5
This book was given to me as a PDF by Wunderkind-PR for an honest review.
Monday, June 27, 2022
A unique extension of a literary classic, author Esther Erman has blended historical romance and mystery in her new novel, Rebecca of Salerno: A Novel of Rogue Crusaders, a Jewish Female Physician, and a Murder.
Inspired by the 1820 novel Ivanhoe, which introduced us to the legend of Robin Hood through the side character of Locksley, Erman highlights Rebecca from the novel.
Rebecca shines with adventure and female empowerment as a beautiful, brilliant, and brave jewish woman, who after falling deeply in love with a man she couldn’t marry, vowed to stay single and have a career as a healer.
At the time, none of this was normal for a jewish woman.
(She Writes Press, August 2, 2022)
PRAISE FOR REBECCA OF SALERNO:
With grace and verve, Esther Erman revives the character of Rebecca of Ivanhoe fame, bringing that valiant and resourceful heroine to Salerno. Trained as a physician in this medieval oasis of tolerance and learning, Rebecca hopes to leave her memories of England behind. However, embroiled in an attempt save a rabbi falsely accused of murdering a Crusader, she once again learns how expendable her fellow Jews are when faced with antisemitic sentiment.”– Michelle Cameron, award-winning author of The Fruit of Her Hands and Beyond the Ghetto Gates
“In Rebecca of Salerno, Erman creates a rich historical tapestry rife with fascinating characters and an intriguing, page-turning story. Readers will be dazzled by the descriptions of life and school in medieval Salerno and fall in love with the smart, passionate Rebecca as she pursues her dreams—and justice—in this satisfying mystery.”– Hannah Jayne, Best Selling Author of Truly, Madly, Deadly and The Girl in the Headlines
“Ms Erman writes a compelling story of a passionate Jewish heroine solving a murder mystery in the brutal setting of the Crusades. The depth of her knowledge of the customs and language of this period is unsurpassed. A book to be read with relish by lovers of historical fiction.”– Neil Kaplan, Author - Acquiring Polish Citizenship by Descent
“...The reader discovers a strong, brave woman who, while pursuing a path to become a healer in the face of great odds, holds on tenaciously to basic Jewish values like the pursuit of justice. How her values are tested is a constant theme in the narrative. We are privy not only to Rebecca’s actions and words but to her thoughts and inner struggles as well. This is a compelling story.”– Rabbi Sheldon Lewis, author of Torah Of Reconciliation and Letters Home: A Jewish Chaplain's Vietnam Memoir
“Rebecca of Salerno gives voice to one of literature’s overlooked heroines, the courageous, intelligent, big-hearted Rebecca of Walter Scott’s Ivanhoe. In telling Rebecca’s story, Esther Erman deftly weaves a wealth of historical detail about the lives of Jewish women in medieval Europe into a gripping, fast-paced tale of vengeance, love, and healing… Erman’s masterful achievement left me feeling moved and inspired.”– Professor Juliet Shields, Dept. of Humanities, Northumbria University, author of Nation and Migration
“...Erman has produced a superb work of historical fiction. It is everything the genre begs for: romance, intrigue, and a captivating mystery…Rebecca of Salerno is not only an enjoyable read, it is a history lesson for Jews and gentiles alike.”– Sara Zeff Geber, PhD, Free-lance author
ABOUT REBECCA OF SALERNO:
Broken-hearted after fleeing England and her ill-fated love for the Christian knight Ivanhoe, Rebecca discovers the medical school in Salerno, where Jews, Christians, and Moslems—men and women—can study together.
Still in thrall to Ivanhoe, she resists traditional and societal demands on women to wed and bear children, instead building her life as a physician.
But the dawn of the thirteenth century brought political changes that threatened the security of Jewish life in the Kingdom of Sicily.
When a rabbi is falsely accused of murdering a crusader, Rebecca and Rafael, the man who loves her, throw themselves into pursuing justice and protecting their community.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Like her heroine, Rebecca, Esther Erman was a refugee. A naturalized citizen, she early developed a passion for language, which led to her earning a doctorate in language education, writing her dissertation about the Yiddish language, and working with international students on many levels.
A multi-published author, Esther now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband.
When they’re not traveling—especially to be with family in other parts of the US and in England—she loves to bake, quilt, and add to her monumental book collection.
Find out more about them at www.EstherErman.com.