Book Reviews · Mystery · Suspence · Thriller

Here To Stay

Here To StayHere To Stay by Mark Edwards

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was not even close to what I expected since I read the synopsis. It started as any good quality thriller and turned very dark very fast.

It all starts with The Robinsons. Selfish, unrepentant and wicked family, that brings atrocity and misery anywhere they go. This time, their victim is Elliot – Gemma’s, the eldest Robinson’s daughter, new husband.

Since the moment the Robinson’s stepped their feet into Elliot’s beloved old Victorian house – his life as he knows it starts to shatter with a rapid speed. It takes a matter of days for the family to show their true colors and for Elliot to regret the day he met his wife. He finds himself in an ineluctable position, with his personal and professional lives on an edge of ruin.

How far the person can go to get their life back… While reading the novel, I kept thinking: what would I do if I were to find myself in a similar situation? Phenomenal read, with a spine chilling ending. I undoubtedly recommend this book to any suspense/thriller lover. Thank you, NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer publisher for a free and advanced copy of the novel.

IMG_20190922_134155_039

View all my reviews

Biography / Memoir · Book Reviews · History · Non Fiction

Condé Nast: The Man and His Empire

Condé Nast: The Man and His Empire -- A BiographyCondé Nast: The Man and His Empire — A Biography by Susan Ronald

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Susan Ronals did an incredible job of composing a phenomenal book about the life of the publishing magnate Conde Nast, the founder of Vogue, Glamour, Conde Nast Traveler, Vanity Fair, and many more world’s best-known magazines.

The book begins with a story of Nast family, their origin and background. Very early in the book, we find out that Conde has come from a broken family, however, it never reflected on his character. Opposit to his father, he remained close with his family, children, and ex-wives.

From the first pages of the book, Conde’s character showed affection to the circle of his friends and partners, dedication, fearfulness, honorable and strong will. He never has forgotten where he came from, and people who helped him succeed. Although, he was equitable with his frenemies and competitors.

It was very interesting to read about the way Conde has built and extended his publishing empire. He is a great example of a man who has been knocked down in personal and business lives, however no matter how hard the hit was – Conde always found ways to get back up. I’m fascinated by his life and accomplishments.

Thank you Susan Ronals for a remarkable story and introduction to the life of world’s famous publishing mogul. And big thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press publishing for a free and advanced copy of the book.

IMG_20190915_113143_688

View all my reviews

Book Reviews · Mystery · Suspence · Thriller

Mother Knows Best

Mother Knows BestMother Knows Best by Kira Peikoff

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Mother Knows Best is a thrilling novel about a love triangle and an illegal study that creates one of the captivating page-turners on the book market.

Claire’s family is a carrier of a genetic mutation that has been passed from generation to generation, affecting every member of the family, resulting early passing of the relatives and of course – devastation to the family. After Claire’s son passed away from the disease – she did not give up on the opportunity to become a mother again. And one day the Gods of the worldwide web brings Claire and Jillian, young scientist, together. Jillian shares a “tip” with her new friend. The “tip” contains information on a study that has not yet been tested on humans, however, the experiment could give a chance to a person with Claire’s disease to give birth to a healthy child. And a day later, Claire finds her way to the office of New York’s famous fertility doctor – Robert Nash who has been working on this study. And after a little convincing, Rob, Claire and Jillian create a first genetically modified child with three parents. And that’s when their problems begin…

Mother Knows Best is an easy read, with a very fast and intriguing storyline. I loved the experiment idea that was portraited in the novel. All adult characters were fascinating, my only issue was with children’s roles, their dialogs, a trail of thoughts and behavior were unrealistic for kids that age.

Thank you, NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for an advanced free copy of the novel.

IMG_20190820_192455_531

View all my reviews

Book Reviews · History · Non Fiction

The Russia Trap

The Russia Trap: How Our Shadow War with Russia Could Spiral Into Nuclear CatastropheThe Russia Trap: How Our Shadow War with Russia Could Spiral Into Nuclear Catastrophe by George Beebe

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“The Russia Trap” is a great book that combines a political and economic history of Russia. This book is direct, short and up to the point guide for anyone who is not familiar with the history of Russia after the Cold War. Not only the author introduces the reader to the history of one of the largest countries in the world, but he also explains the relationship between US and Russia, or in other words – “the war behind the scene”.

This book would be a perfect present for any political or eastern European enthusiast. Thank you, NetGalley and Thomas Dunne Books publisher for a free and advanced copy of the book.

IMG_20190817_101948_242

View all my reviews

Book Reviews · Mystery · Suspence · Thriller

Date Night

Date NightDate Night by Samantha Hayes

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Date Night” by Samantha Hayes is a book that will suck you in from the start.

A romantic date night that supposed to improve the relationship between Libby and Sean has hit a rock bottom. However, the worst part was waiting for them at home… Although “waiting” is not the correct word. At the end of the night, the couple reports their babysitter missing.

Sasha’s disappearance is not the only issue she is dealing with, recently Libby received a note that informs her of Sean’s infidelity, and discovered a hidden secret present prepared by her husband for someone else. Due to her recent meltdown, Libby’s business starts to struggle as well. And to top all her recent problems – she becomes a person of interest in Sasha’s disappearance.

“Date Night” is an absolute page-turner. I was on the edge on my seat while reading the novel. Warning – do not believe everything you read… But do not disregard the warning signs. Sometimes, the person one trusts the most is the person they should beware of.

Million thanks to the NetGalley and Bookouture for an advanced free copy of the book, and Samantha Hayes for an incredible story.

IMG_20190810_090841_301

View all my reviews

All About Paris · Book Reviews · Historical Fiction · Romance · Suspence

All The Flowers In Paris

All the Flowers in ParisAll the Flowers in Paris by Sarah Jio

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Two women, two timelines, one apartment…

2019, sunny and warm Paris.
A terrible accident leaves Caroline without a memory. After returning from a hospital, she finds herself in a glamorous apartment in Paris… all alone. Between the flashbacks of her memory, Caroline rediscovers herself in today’s world. She uncovers the love for painting, delicious french cuisine… and french man. During one of the sleepless nights, Caroline explores her large flat only to stumble on old wartime letters hidden in one of the bedrooms.

1943, Nazi-occupied Paris.
Cecile’s world turns upside down when she sees a yellow star painted on the window of the flower shop owned by her father. To top that, she catches the eye of a tyrant German officer. There is only one way to avert the destiny that hovers over all jews in Paris – run. But her plans are discovered, and Cecile becomes a prisoner in the Nazi’s home.

All The Flowers In Paris is a bittersweet novel of two women that at some point in their lives share the same apartment on rue Cler. Their stories are heartbreaking and full of grief, but, in the end, it teaches a valuable lesson – the ability to forgive, love and be thankful for good times and bad.

Thank you NetGalley and Orion publisher for an advanced free copy of the novel, and Sarah Jio for a wonderful story.

IMG_20190808_081034_601

View all my reviews

Book Reviews · Suspence · Thriller

The Perfect Wife

The Perfect WifeThe Perfect Wife by J.P. Delaney

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Fascinating, indefinable and stupendous are the words that come to my mind while thinking of this novel. The book lures the readers into its pages and story from chapter one and crips them there until the last page.

Tim Scott is an innovative genius in the robotic industry. After his wife’s disappearance, full of grief – Tim invests all his time and power into bringing his wife back. And he succeeds.

Abbie and Tim’s romance began shortly after her arrival in Scotts Robotics. And just as fast the two have tied the knot. Their family was extended with the same speed. However, this time the couple was hit by an obstacle – their beloved son was diagnosed with autism. This put a heavy string on the couple’s marriage. And shortly after another tragedy struck Scott’s family – Abbie’s disappearance.

Fast forward five years – we are introduced to a new, shiny and in all words “perfect” Abbie the cobot. Tim’s perfect wife is back in her full glory. But one question still remains unanswered – what has happened to “real” Abbie.

The Perfect Wife” is an exhilarating novel, full of thrilling secrets and new innovations. I was mesmerized by a human vs robot theme. Thank you, NetGalley and Ballantine Books Publishers for a free advanced copy of the book, and J.P. Delaney for a phenomenal story.

IMG_20190804_110533_584

View all my reviews