Secrets Of The Nile

Secrets of the Nile by Tasha Alexander

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is my first Lady Emily Mystery, and despite the fact it is the 16th novel, I fell right into the story without needing the explanations of her previous books.

A spectacular vacation planned by Lord Bertram Deeley for his close friends is taking place on a lavish cruise on the Nile. But Lord Deeley falls dead during the first dinner party and the cause of his death is cyanide. Has one of the guests arrived at the party with a vicious plan to kill their host? As Lady Ashton and her husband take a closer look at their peers, they uncover a scandalous reality, every single guest has a motive to poison the late Lord Deeley, but who took the advantage of the opportunity and murdered their host?

The remarkable story of the murders that are taking place on the historic Nile. Although the novel does have a very close writing style to the famous queen of mystery Agatha Christie, this story is its own gem. Not a big fan of a large number of characters, although it worked so well in the novel and the author has utilized every one of them in a great thrilling fashion. The last plot twist was wonderful, although I have predicted it, loved the explanation provided by the author. Even though I liked the novel, it was a very slow and long read. The second sub-story was good, but not impressive. It made the point it was supposed to make, just took a very long time getting there. Nevertheless, I loved Lady Emily Ashton and her corkiness and looking forward to reading more of her adventures.

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Bring Me Back

Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The novel is written in a typical thrilling B.A.Paris style.

Layla vanishes from the rest stop on the way home from a romantic holiday. Years after her disappearance, the grief brings Finn and Ellen, Layla’s sister, together. As they are about to start a new chapter of their lives, an elderly neighbor catches glimpse of the missing girl. Is Layla alive? And if so, why is she playing games instead of reuniting with her loved ones?

A gripping thriller, that I have been waiting for years to read. What took me so long? I was on the edge of my seat throughout the novel and finished it in one day, that’s how you know this is a page-turner. Spoiler alert – I always knew that Layla was alive. But I didn’t expect the whole psychological confusion behind the character. The revelations of the last chapters are mind-blowing. Phenomenal read, this is B.A.Paris I love and admire.

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The Silence Before Dawn

The Silence Before Dawn by Amanda Lees

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Marianne’s resistance network has faced a betrayal. But anger and heartbreak won’t stop her and her intention to free France from the dirty and bloody hands of german soldiers. Going from one mission to another, Marianne meets people who help her accomplish her goals.

Whenever I was beginning to lose interest, the author managed to pull me back into the pages of the book with yet another thrilling twist. Great story of the resistance and their war against the Nazi occupiers. Fast pacing and intriguing WWII read. A wonderful set of characters, too many to my liking, but an author made it work. The novel left me with many unanswered questions, and hopefully, the next book of the series will have all the answers.

Thank you NetGalley for a free and advanced copy of the novel in the exchange for my honest review.

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Verity by Colleen Hoover

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

An opportunity of a lifetime falls onto Lowen’s hands, and she is chosen to co-write the upcoming novels with a Queen of mystery Verity Crawford. After signing the deal, Lowen’s life, like puzzle pieces, begins to fall into the right places. And now, seating in the chair of the notorious writer, and reading her autobiography, against her own will Lowen begins to fall in love with Verity’s family. But suddenly, she hears a noise upstairs, in the bedroom that belongs to a paralyzed woman.

Love CoHo, but I was not impressed with this novel. It felt as if I have read this before. The plot was annoyingly predictable. The autobiography felt unrealistic and overplayed. And the letter at the end of the book felt overemphasized. It was too long and explained to an excessive degree. I didn’t feel any suspense while reading the novel and was hoping for a gripping twist at the end but was left disappointed.

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The Code Breaker

The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race by Walter Isaacson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wonderful and informative biography of Nobel Prize winner Jennifer Doudna. This is a very different kind of read, not my usual type and it took me longer than usual to finish it. Correction, it took me a long time to begin the book, once I started – it was hard to put it down. Walter Isaacson has a very specific way to simplify and describe a very complex world of science.

In this book, the author describes the development of CRISPR, and how it leads a team of scientists all over the world to create covid-19 vaccines, edit DNA, and open a world to a list of new “medical miracles”. Although the book includes numerous medical researchers and scientists, it mainly focuses on Doudna and the work that was done in her lab.

Thank you, Goodreads for a free copy of the book.

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Other People’s Secrets

Other People’s Secrets by Meredith Hambrock

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Oakwood Hills has been more than just a place of work for Baby and people living in the surrounding area. And now, since her adoptive mother’s passing, it is her place of living. But unexpected news crashed Baby’s world. Her beloved resort is under new ownership, and the new owner’s plan is to rebrand the good old resort. Baby doesn’t share the same hopes for the new kind of business the new owner is planning on bringing to Oakwood Hills, so she takes the matter into her own hands.

I have so many issues with the main character. To me, Baby was extremely unlikeable, a bully, a drunk, and a lawbreaker. Although she had semi-good intentions at heart, her approach to the situation was absolutely awful. I didn’t find her actions heroic, and she constantly got herself and her fellow townspeople in trouble. The novel had a promising start but the more I read into it the more annoyed I was with Baby and the storyline. Nevertheless, I would read more novels written by the author. Thank you, NetGalley for a free copy of the novel.

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The Prisoner

The Prisoner: A Novel by B.A. Paris

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

After the death of her father, Amelie’s life hits very rock bottom. Within a few years, she manages to improve her lifestyle and marry one of the wealthiest bachelors in London. And now, seating on a mattress in a pitch-dark room, she looks back at the last two weeks of her life determined to break free of her captivity and make her husband pay for his wrongdoings.

Huge fan of B.A.Paris but this book just didn’t trigger the excitement in me as her previous novels did. The plot was good, but it was incredibly easy to predict the ending. The split dual timeline revealed all the exciting twists very early in the book. There were a few thrilling moments here and there, but I felt disappointed by the novel at the end. Nevertheless, I am looking forward to the author’s new novels, and in a meantime, I will look into her oldies.

Thank you, NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for a free and advanced copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

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The Lost Girls of Willowbrook

The Lost Girls of Willowbrook by Ellen Marie Wiseman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A shocking discovery of her twin sister’s fate sends Sage on the way to the most chilling place on Staten Island, Willowbrook. Driven by an eagerness to find and help her sister, unknowingly Sage walks into a hell on earth. And a spread-of-the-moment visit to Willowbrook is going to change her fate.

It has been a few days since I finished the novel, and I still have full-body chills. The treatment of mentally challenged children that was described in the novel was disturbing. This book is a work of fiction, however, the novel is based on real-life facts about the Willowbrook State School which has been a dumping ground for unwanted children. The physical abuse, neglect, and other mistreatments of the children are thoroughly incorporated into the book. It is not an easy read, and I give full credit to the author for the courage to bring back the story from the 1960s and remind us of the horrors of the so-called “institution” for children with an intellectual disabilities.

Thank you, NetGalley for an advanced copy of the novel in exchange for my honest review.

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The Blame Game

The Blame Game by Sandie Jones

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Growing up in a domestic abuse home, and losing her mother and sister at a very young age, gave Naomi a great push of opening her own practice to work and help peoples who are suffering from physical and domestic violence. But Naomi does so much more for her patience, which draws an issue in her own marriage. But she has no idea that one of her latest clients is playing a very dangerous game of life and death.

This novel had my mind working from the very first to the very last pages. It has been a few days since I finished the novel, and my mind is still on this last plot twist. Phenomenal writing, and a great plot, loved Naomi’s back story, although I was a bit disappointed by the latter. Wish there was more of it to the novel. Nevertheless, Naomi’s clients produced enough drama for one book. I enjoyed all the twists provided in the story. It was a fast-paced read, I was very intrigued and had a hard time putting the novel down, hence it took me a bit more than one day to finish it.

Thank you to Macmillan Audio and Sandie Jones for providing this complimentary ARC through NetGalley.

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Die Around Sundown

Die Around Sundown by Mark Pryor

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A past comes to hunt Henri Lefort. Years after the ghastly affair, he is met face to face with the truth. Unfortunately, he has very little time to deal with this problem. Nazi’s occupation of his beloved Paris is in full swing and he has unsolved murder on his hands. On top of this all, Princess Marie Bonaparte decides to introduce Henri to psychological therapy, which should help our headstrong detective to improve his post-war irritable triggers.

I absolutely enjoyed every aspect of this book. And can’t choose what I loved more: Henri’s humorous sarcasm or the jaw-dropping twist at the end of the novel. From the very first pages of the novel, Henri made me chuckle out loud. His sassy attitude gives the character a distinctive appeal and reminds me a lot of Hercule Poirot. But the shocking twist of the story took me by a surprise. I had a completely different scenario playing in my head. I am a HUGE fan of Agatha Christie’s novels and their unpredictable endings, and this specific book gave me the same spine-chilling exciting feeling. I cant hardly wait for the next adventure of Henri Lefort.

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The Visitors

The Visitors by Miranda Rijks

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mike and Nadia, with their young daughter, are Hannah’s new visitors at her beloved barn that was recently restored and set as a holiday rental. Shortly after their arrival, Hannah begins to dislike the couple. But the worst is yet to come.

I have not been disappointed by Miranda Rijks’s novels yet, and this new read is quite enthralling. Ignorant, rude, and inadequate tenants are the host’s worst nightmare. Mike and Nadia are falling under the listed categories. And it only gets worst. It is very easy to tell from the plot of the novel that the visitors are here with an ulterior motive. Their hidden agenda is revealed towards the end of the novel, and the twists it comes with are worthwhile. And finally, the last chapter… I could have not thought of a better ending for Hannah.

Overall it is a great fast pace book. I would recommend it to readers who enjoy light thriller novels. It would make a great end-of-summer beach read.

Thank you, NetGalley for a free and advanced copy of the novel.

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The Light We Left Behind

The Light We Left Behind by Tessa Harris

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The sudden death of Maddie’s mentor gives her an opportunity to help her country to fight an enemy. While the brave men protected their lives on the front lines, Maddie and her team worked on extracting the war secrets from their jailed enemies. Using the psychology and Dr. Baskin’s notes, she is trying to break into the mind of the Nazi captured general.

I did enjoy the psychology part of the novel, the way the British intelligence agency was able to read the minds of Germany’s most notorious generals. I was impressed by the treatment the high-rank Nazi generals received while being detained on English soil. Nevertheless, let’s get back to the story. Great plot, loved the spy act of the novel. A cute love triangle that played an essential role in the book. I would not call this novel intriguing. It’s a great, light, feel-good read, perfect for lovers of WWII history. Honestly, after reading multiple gruesome WWII books, the mind and soul demand something pleasing and hopeful, and this book was a perfect choice.

Thank you Harper Collins for a free copy of the novel.

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