No One’s Home

No One’s Home

No One's HomeNo One’s Home by D.M. Pulley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Rawlingswood, or as locals call it – haunted/murder house, is a place that keeps the dark secrets of its multiple owners: the Rawlings, Klussmans, Turners, and Spielmans. Rumor has it – every man dies in the house and every female goes mad shortly afterward.

Besides the family’s secrets, the house has a history of its own. And pretty dark one too. A brutal murder has taken place on the current property of the Rawlingswood, and shortly after our famous house has been built on the same spot. Some would think that the Rawlingswood has been cursed from the start. Not one family has lived their “happily ever after” in the big, beautiful but hunted mansion. Will the Spielman family break the curse or would they follow the same road as all previous members of the manor?

No One’s Hom is a deliciously dark and tangled web of secrets and lies. Everything I adore in a psychological thriller! Twists at every corner that will keep you guessing all the way to the end. Thank you, NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer for a free advanced copy of the book, and D.M.Pulley for a phenomenal story.

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Here To Stay

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.

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Mother Knows Best

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.

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Date Night

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.

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The Third Mrs. Durst

The Third Mrs. Durst

The Third Mrs. DurstThe Third Mrs. Durst by Ann Aguirre

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The best revenge is not to be like your enemy.

A small-town girl Marlena learned a very valid life lesson early in life – in order to have a good life one has to work hard towards their goals. And Marlena has a very specific goal. In order to achieve it, she follows the steps of a very close friend she admires the most. Marlena starts her carrier at a modeling agency, where she meets tall, dark and handsome Mr. Durst. A few years later, the couple reconnects in Germany, and soon after tied the knot.

Now, Marlena is living a Cinderella life, but only a few people are aware of a rough price she has to pay to carry the Durst name. Old saying states – it takes two to tango… and it would take a while for Michael Durst to realize that he is not the one leading the dance.

The novel is divided into three parts. The first two parts were phenomenal pageturners, however, the final part has disappointed me. I was expecting a much stronger finale. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the storyline. Thank you NetGalley and Midnight Ink publishers for an advanced free copy of the novel.

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The Escape Room

The Escape Room

The Escape RoomThe Escape Room by Megan Goldin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt.

Sarah Hall is living a dream life. She has a handsome and successful boyfriend, building a prosperous career at Wall Street’s hedge fund Stanhope and Sons, and financial stability. Her future is bright and full of hope. The only thing that bothers Sarah is her team, Vincent, Jules, Lucy, Sylvie, and Sam, a group of deceitful, ruthless and secretive people. But in order to survive in the financial world, one has to grow a tough skin, right? Fortunately, Sarah creates a close friendship with one of her teammates, however, Lucy insists on their friendship to be a secret in their work circle.

On a chilly Friday evening, Vincent, Jules, Sylvie, and Sam receive an invite to an escape room challenge, a team-building exercise. However, the organizer has much darker plans for the group. During their time in the locked elevator, each member of the group evaluates their lives, steps they took to “lock” their deals, people they have destroyed. And, of course, the simple reason behind their actions – money. As hours pass by, “the big four” are starting to realize that this is no longer a game, someone is out for revenge…

The Escape Room is a dark phycological thriller about loyalty, survival and most importantly -vengeance. It was a thrilling read with many twists and turns. A thoroughly engrossing novel that I won’t soon forget.

Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press Publisher for an advanced free copy of the book and Megan Goldin for cleverly written and well-plotted novel.

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The Little Bookshop on the Seine

The Little Bookshop on the Seine

The Little Bookshop on the Seine (The Little Paris Collection, #1; The Bookshop, #2)The Little Bookshop on the Seine by Rebecca Raisin

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A sweet heartwarming story of friendship, trust, and determination.

Sarah is a kind and gracious friend, therefore when her friend from Paris asks to swap their bookshops and lives for a few months, she leaves her small and sweet little town behind in order to help her friend, and to get a taste of Paris.

Upon her arrival in the city of lights, everything seems to fall out of order. Her bags with documents are stolen, the shop is in a complete mess, the staff seems very snobby. And no matter how hard Sarah tries to raise the sales, nothing seems to be working, and worst of all – money start to go missing from the cash register. On top of everything, her long-distance relationship with a handsome freelance reporter is starting to go down the hill as well.

As weeks go by, Sarah achieves one of her goals, bookshops’ employees start to open up and include her in their circle. She meets one of her favorite author, with whom Sarah strikes a great friendship. She also finds a stack of old love letters hidden in a dark corner of the bookshop.

I loved the story. A wonderful set of many different characters, and a great life lesson – don’t judge people your first impression of them, you never know what they are going thru.

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