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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All The Flowers In Paris

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.

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The Perfect Wife

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.

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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 Puppet Master

The Puppet Master

The Puppet MasterThe Puppet Master by Ronald S. Barak

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

“The Puppet Master” is a political mystery novel set in the heart of American capital. This is the second book in the series but it is a prequel to “The Amendment Killer”.

Washington DC’s world got shaken when three leading politicians were suddenly murdered. Cliff Norman, the murder suspect was quickly identified and taken into custody. However, right before the suspect’s trial, the numbers of events begin to happen, and the prime detective on the case, Frank Lotello, starts to question every lead that originally guided them to Norman.

Although I liked the idea of the book, the actual plot took too long to unveil. The novel does cover many political issues and how disrupting the legal system of justice is. I didn’t feel there was much suspense in the book. There was a reference to an old Columbo show in the story, and actually, that’s exactly what the novel has reminded me of, good, old Columbo episode.

Thank you Ronald Barak for a free copy of the book.

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One Little Secret

One Little Secret

One Little SecretOne Little Secret by Cate Holahan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am becoming a big fan of Cate Holahan. After reading ‘Lies She Told” I was very excited to get my hands on her new book “One Little Secret”. And once again, I was not disappointed by the story.

When three couples arrived at a glass house for a short getaway, they never thought that their vacation will end with a murder. Each guest of the house carries a secret, and some even share a few…

At the end of the night, one of them is dead… and every person left in the house has a motive.

Honestly, I was not impressed with Detective Gabby’s approaches to the case. And her family’s involvement. However, I was glued to the pages of the book by multiple twists that connected the three couples.

“One Little Secret” is a captivating mystery novel that keeps amusing the reader with new twists with every chapter. I had a really hard time predicting the ending and must admit I was pleasantly surprised by the finale. Thank you NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books Publisher for an advanced free copy of the novel.

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