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The Family Secret

The Family Secret (Cat Carlisle, #2)The Family Secret by Terry Lynn Thomas

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I was first introduced to Cat Carlisle in Terry Lynn Thomas’ previous book “The Silent Woman” about a year ago. And from the very first pages, I was charmed by her courageous and sassy character.

In “The Family Secret”, Cat leaves London for a quiet village she grew up in. Cat’s friends Annie and Thomas are joining her on the trip. Once in Rivenby, Cat is finding herself in a middle of yet another murder investigation. And this time around the suspect is her childhood friend. Mrs. Carlisle is determined to clear her friend’s name, and while doing so she uncovers even more dangerous secrets that place her and people she cares about in danger.

I was quite disappointed by the story. The suspense element was pretty predictable, and it didn’t capture my attention at all, as it did in the first book. There are also way too many characters to mingle with. Nevertheless, I am looking forward to learning about Cat Carlisle’s next adventure. Thank you, NetGalley and HQ Digital publisher for a free and advanced copy of the book.

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Forgotten Murder

Forgotten MurderForgotten Murder by Dolores Gordon-Smith

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A good old saying states: do not judge a book by its cover… well, I do judge a book by its title, and in this particular case I was pleasantly surprised by the story behind this intriguing name.

Dolores Gordon-Smith and her wonderful detective Jack Haldean take us back to 1926. Young Jenny Langton, a friend of Haldean’s family, approaches Jack with a unique request to dig into a history of a suburban residence. An earlier visit to a large Victorian estate triggers Jenny’s memory. She sees a disturbing vision that leaves her feeling frightened. This story intrigues Jack and he agrees on helping Jenny figure out the reasons behind her unusual recollection.

Every family has its skeletons hidden in the closet. Ready or not, Jenny is about to discover hers with the help of witty and clever Mr. Haldean.

I am extremely excited to discover The Jack Haldean murder mysteries and looking forward to reading all the previous books. Thank you Dolores Gordon-Smith for a wonderful and engaging story and NetGalley together with Severn House Publishers for a free and advanced copy of the book.

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Blind Betrayal

Blind Betrayal (Defenders of Justice #3)Blind Betrayal by Nancy Mehl

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Blind Betrayal is a third book of “Defenders of Justice” series. Character’s history is described very thoroughly in this book, therefore if you didn’t read the previous two books – there is no problem with getting familiar with the characters.

The story begins with three US marshals that escort a reporter to DC to testify in front of the grand jury. Because of the breach in the system, that has a piece of important information released, Casey, Doug and E.J. are now on their own with a mission to deliver their witness into a safe FBI protection.

The book has a good storyline, and that’s the only good part of the book. The novel had a fine beginning, the first chapter was amazing. Shortly afterward the plot became too predictable. Twists were revealed before it was applied in a story.

I received a complimentary copy of Blind Betrayal by Nancy Mehl from Bethany House Publishers.

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Between The Lies

Between the LiesBetween the Lies by Michelle Adams

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When I saw this book available on NetGalley – I requested it without reading the synopsis. I have read Michelle Adams’ previous book last year and was amazed by the writing style and most importantly by its plot twists. And I am happy to report that this book did not disappoint me one bit.

Michelle Adams does not waste any time. She throws the reader right in the middle of the action. We meet our main character Chloe during a fatal car accident. Days later she wakes up from a coma with no memory of her previous life. Freaky, I know. However, everyone underestimates our little fighter. As weeks go by, and countless therapy sessions, Chloe starts to suspect that her family is hiding something from her. After multiple unanswered questions, our fearless Chloe takes the matter into her own hands and goes out into an unfamiliar world to find the truth and answers about herself and people that surround her. However, who can she really trust and how can she avoid walking into a well-set trap.

A phenomenal story about survival, and trusting your own intuition. No one knows us better than ourselves. Michelle Adams has outdone herself. I can’t wait for her next book. Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press Pub for a free copy of the book.

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Then She Was Gone

Then She Was GoneThen She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve heard and read many good reviews about this book and now I am so happy I gave it a chance. This is my first book by Lisa Jewell, and I’m sure it is not the last. I was hooked to the story from the very first pages. I must warn you, this is a very chilling and shocking story.

Child’s disappearance is any mother’s worst nightmare. And Laurel was not an exception. After Ellie has vanished, Laurel’s marriage and relationship with her older children felt apart. But just like every mother, Laurel never lost hope of finding her daughter again. And one fine day, in a cafe, she runs into a very handsome tall dark stranger who sweeps her off her feet.

After meeting Laurel’s new lover, her family starts to wonder if she has found a replacement for a family she has lost 10 years ago. Floyd seems to have the same style of clothes and manners as Paul, Laurel’s ex-husband, he lives just blocks away from family’s old home that was sold after Paul and Laurel’s divorce… and his nine-year-old daughter Poppy is a split image of Ellie.

Creepy? I know! But it gets much worse! I was literally on the edge of my seat by the time I reached the end of the book. This is one of my favorite suspense novels. It keeps the reader thinking. I did figure out a few plot twists before I got to it in the book, but the overall story is quite atrocious.

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The Lost Girls Of Paris

The Lost Girls of ParisThe Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, therefore I was very interested in what this novel had to offer.

One summer morning, Grace stumbles upon a suitcase at Grand Central Station. Inside it, she finds twelve photographs of young women. Hours after the encounter with the suitcase, Grace learns that its owner, Eleanor Trigg, has been hit by the car hours earlier and died on the scene, right in front of Grand Central. But when Grace discovers another piece of information about the victim, she does unthinkable – she goes to Washington DC to investigate further into Eleanor’s case and photographs she has found in her suitcase.

Two years prior, Eleanor formed a group of female secret agents that were sent to France to help with the resistance. A few weeks into the new operation, Eleanor noticed discrepancies in communication with her girls, and shortly after – the agents started to disappear without the trace. Eleanor was released of her duties as soon as she brought her suspicions to the Director of an agency. Two years later, her questions about the lost girls were not answered and Eleonor finally received a chance to follow their steps to discover the truth.

This is a great story about friendship and survival. I enjoyed each character, their determination to keep moving forward has inspired me. Thank you, NetGalley and Park Row publisher for a free and advanced copy of this book, and huge thank you to Pam Jenoff for an incredible story.

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An Anonymous Girl

An Anonymous GirlAn Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Antagonistic, chilling, and frightening are the words that come to my mind when I try to describe this novel. After stories like this, I start to question everyone and everything around me. Interesting, isn’t it, how a person can really think they can play and manipulate real people like marionettes? Welcome to the world of Dr. Lydia Shields, where everything is possible…

A struggling make-up artist Jess Farris hears of a psychology study from her client. Rules seem to be simple: arrive on time, answer a few questions, and receive $500 at the end of the two-day study. However, days after the study is completed, Jess receives a text message, from Dr. Shield, with an offer she can’t refuse. Within a few weeks, Jess starts to question every “test” and “request” Dr. Shields sets up for “Subject 52”. Therefore, she decides to dig dipper into Lydia Shields’ life. By the time Jess realizes that she is involved in a web of lies and secrets, it’s too late to escape manipulating psychiatrist… Jess belongs to her now.

“An Anonymous Girl” is a second psychological suspense novel written by a dynamic duo Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen. And just like their first book “The Wife Between Us”, it didn’t disappoint. It’s quite a rollercoaster, each chapter reveals a new secret. It’s one of those books that you read so fast that you skip the words and lines because you can’t wait to find out what happens next.

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