If You’re Reading This

If You’re Reading This… by Kiersten Modglin

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Colbie decides to take a trip with her three best friends on the one-year anniversary of her fiance’s passing. The trip started with a mysterious letter, written by her late boyfriend. The getaway, which was supposed to heal and nourish Colbie’s grief, revealed deep dark secrets of the man she once vowed to love for the rest of her life.

If You’re Reading This is a great suspense story, however, I have expected more. Kiersten Modglin’s style is like no other, the finales of her previous books have left me with my jaw hanging. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy this read, in the end, I simply didn’t feel amazed by the final twists of the story. Overall, it was a fast-paced read with a thrilling storyline.

Said that – I am looking forward to all future novels by this amazing author.

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



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Paperback Jack

Paperback Jack by Loren D. Estleman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



The post-war publishing world meets Jacob Happelmen with a new challenge. Ever clever writer is able to write himself into a new and quite successful career. But the road he took to get there and the relationships he has made to help him reach the rise of his career are under thorough investigation. And once the famous author is about to get famously punished.

Phenomenal fast pace novel full of clever characters and a gripping plot. Jacob is by far my absolute favorite character, his witty humor and never-ending sarcasm made this novel even more entertaining. I am absolutely amazed by how much I’ve enjoyed this story. Great writing style and I can’t wait to read more of Loren D. Estleman’s novels. This may be my new favorite historical fiction read.

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



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The Couple In The Cabin

The Couple In The Cabin by Daniel Hurst

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Upon her arrival at home, unannounced, Grace finds her beloved husband in the arms of his young lover. In her angry state, she locks the lovers in the cabin.

Great idea of the plot, however, the writing and presentation were a bit unnatural. At times it felt forced and overstated. Great set of characters followed by a fast and smooth flow of the storyline. I look forward to Daniel Hurst’s new novels in the future.

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



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The Babysitter

The Babysitter by Gemma Rogers

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Her best friend’s baby has been abducted at the park during their weekly walk. She knows who took the baby. But in order to reveal the name of the abductor, she has to tell the truth.

The name of the novel reveals the master manipulator of the novel. And in all honesty, her delusional state gave me full-body chills. Overall, I did enjoy the idea of the plot and all the twists included in it. I wish the parents had more dark secrets revealed, that would absolutely add more stars and suspense to the novel.



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The Nurse’s Secret

The Nurse’s Secret by Liz Lawler

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Sarah may be thirty-something years of age, but like a cat, she has lived multiple lives. Today she is a new wife and a beloved and well-experienced nurse. Unfortunately, her bad luck strikes again, and her husband William is found dead at their home. The main detective in charge of William’s case is Sarah’s ex-lover. On top of this, her fellow nurse assumes the role of a mother hen, and Sarah finds herself in an awkward situation.

Revenge is a word that comes to my mind when I think of this novel. The main job of the nurse is to provide comfort and support to the patient. But our nurse leaves multiple dead bodies behind her. The plot of “The Nurse’s Secret” is a combination of multiple secrets that are revealed throughout the novel. I must admit, the storyline was too busy for my liking. Too many characters with their own agenda and backstories. I did like the finale of the novel, not the typical happy-ending, but a very optimistic one. Makes me wonder if there will be a sequel to this book.

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



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The It Girl

The It Girl by Ruth Ware

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Ten years ago, Hannah found her best friend and roommate strangled on the floor of their room. Today, the man convicted of the crime has died in prison. And this event sparks new memories in Hannah’s head. The obsession with the old trauma begins. After speaking to the group of her college friends, Hannah begins to suspect that she has identified the wrong man as her friend’s murderer.

I am a long-time fan of Ruth Ware. One of her tricks is to let the reader spot the villain early in the novel, but puzzle them with the way they have performed their evil mission. Loved the plot, and absolutely enjoyed the way the events of the fatal night got untangled at the end. BUT, I just could not stand Hannah. Her constantly indecisive and whiney character irritated me to my bones. Nevertheless, I have enjoyed the novel and would recommend it to all my suspense/thriller-loving friends.



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The Marriage Lie

The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Iris’s worst nightmare is upon her. A phone call informing that Will was on a plane that was crushed on the way to its destination. But there is one detail, a very important one – Will was on the way to Orlando, and the plane that crashed was en route to… Seattle. Was it a mistake or deliberate deceit? With the help of her twin brother, Iris begins to analyze her current widow status, her marriage, and her husband.

Secret life, fraud, deception – this novel has it all. At first, it seems like a simple plot, a husband who lives a double life. On some level it is true, but there is so much more. And the ending is simply plausible. Kimberly Belle puller an astonishing ploy at the very end of the novel. This is my first book by the author and I find her writing impeccable.

The Marriage Lie is a riveting, well-developed, and captivating novel. It’s fast pacing, one or two sit-read. Sip your glass of wine, lay on your favorite couch, silence your loved ones and begin to enjoy this wonderful thriller!



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The Ex Wives

The Ex Wives by Jenna Kernan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


When they met – Jackson swept Alana off her feet. A handsome husband secured a glamorous lifestyle and a bright future for her daughter – she feels as if she has hit a jackpot. But behind Jackson’s charming and generous smile, hides a manipulative and dangerous side that makes Alana question his true motives. And only a year after their lavish wedding, she is looking for a way out of her marriage. But that’s when she learns the truth…

The Ex Wives is a typical phycological thriller about a single mother living in poverty, who comes across a prince charming, who swipes her onto his dark and shiny horse and puts her into a golden cage. We all know that story. And that’s when Jenna Kernan comes in. Her main character uses multiple tactics to free herself and her daughter from the hands of her scheming husband, but she is unsuccessful. Going to the police is not an option. Jackson’s family is running the town they live in. The only way out of this horrific marriage is to expose the entire family. And everything starts with a photograph in the unmarked box.

This thriller is an addictive read. I enjoyed all twists and turns of the plot, and there were a lot of them. If you are looking for a quick suspense read – I highly recommend this novel, as it has an unexpected and twisty finale waiting for you at the end of the book. Thank you, NetGalley for a free and advanced copy of the novel.



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The Marriage Pact

The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


After their wedding, Alice and Jake open an unusual gift from their last-minute guests. An invitation to join a marriage group simply known as The Pact, an organization has claimed to hold a secret to a long and happy marriage. And so Alice and Jake accept the invitation and begin their married life.

The Marriage Pact was an entertaining read. Frankly, I was surprised the two smart people have fallen into the cult. But, we would not have the story otherwise. Anyway, the punishments and demands of The Pact were absurd and comical at times. Alice and Jake tried to stand their ground, but the organization was fast to shut them down. The novel is full of the manipulation and control set by The Pact, it kept me interested although it was occasionally melodramatic. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the ending.



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Her Perfect Twin

Her Perfect Twin by Sarah Bonner

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



Identical twin sisters Leah and Megan are complete opposites when it comes to their lifestyles. Each sister envies the life of her twin. But you can’t have it all, or can you?
One fatal night allows one of the twins to choose the life she wants to live and get revenge – all in one sweep of a bottle.

Deliciously sweet suspense novel. It will keep you guessing over and over and over again. Chapter after chapter, the novel captured me in its bewildering web. I could not get enough of the twin sisters and their twisted lives. Searching for a new entertaining thriller? Look no further, grab this book, a glass of wine and enjoy the labyrinth of mysterious affairs, and lies.

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



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The Widow

The Widow by K.L. Slater

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



A young mother goes missing from a village Christmas party. Kate’s husband becomes a suspect, but she knows, he would not hurt the young woman. His keys are found in the missing girl’s house. Her cellphone is located in Michael’s toolbox. Who is the guy she has been married to for so many years? And where is the missing girl?

I will be honest, I wanted to give up on the book. The plot was good but unfolded so very slowly. I love K.L.Slater, but this book is not my favorite, too many characters, and too much drama, mostly caused by very poor communication. The pace has picked up by the very end, and what a great finale!



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Luckiest Girl Alive

Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


A handsome blue blood fiance, a successful career, and chic friends – Ani is living a glamorous life. Confident, elegant, and simply prosperous, she is what every twenty-something women in New York want to be. But behind Ani’s charming smile hides a secret. And now is the time to tell her side of the story.

Luckiest Girl Alive is an entertaining yet very slow read. The plot lucked suspense, and many twists were predictable. Ani’s character is struggling with childhood trauma on the inside, while on the outside she is playing happy-go-lucky fiance, friend, daughter, and writer. I had a hard time liking Ani, as a teenager and an adult. I wanted to like her, but there was something about this character that irritated me very much.

Overall, it was an ok read. It didn’t keep me on the edge of my seat, although I was expecting a big shocking reveal at the end. Would I recommend it to my friends? Nah, will skip this one.



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