Make Me Disappear

Make Me Disappear by Jessica Payne

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Handsome, attentive, wealthy… Daniel is the perfect boyfriend any girl could ask for. And Noelle considers herself the luckiest girl on Earth. But with time Daniel’s attention begins to smother her, and as a result, she finds herself in the tight claws of Daniel’s “love”. But the worst is yet to come. After short but successful research into Daniel’s previous relationship, she uncovers an ugly truth. Guided by fear, Noelle stages her own kidnapping, but that’s when the situation becomes very tricky and the pretend kidnapping turns into a run for her life.

This was definitely an interesting novel. I had many mixed feelings during the read. Will admit, that the plot at times was overdramatic. Certain parts just didn’t seem realistic. However, the pace of the novel was fast, and it moved from one scene to another one with lightning speed. And now, let’s talk about the fiction bomb thrown at the very end of the novel. Although I’ve expected something similar to happen, the magnitude of the twist was simply marvelous.

Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture publisher for a free and advanced copy of this novel.

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The Girl From The Sea

The Girl From The Sea by Shalini Boland

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is my second book by Shalini Boland and I was amazed yet again!

Our main heroine wakes up on the beach, with no memories. Days later she is claimed by a man who says he is her boyfriend. After arriving at her home, meeting her family and friends, and learning about her life before the accident, she realizes that she no longer wants to follow the lifestyle she lived prior to her accident. And it’s easier said than done, especially with a tricky past like Mia’s.

The shocking plot twist comes at a very end. Did I see it coming? Never in a million books! Don’t want to spill any spoilers, but if you’re like me – hard to surprise by a shocking ending – you must drop everything you’re reading and get this book NOW. It took me about 24 hours to read and complete the novel, that’s the major green flag for a thriller book. Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture publisher for a free copy of this amazing thriller!!!

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Last Call At The Nightingale

Last Call at the Nightingale by Katharine Schellman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Absolutely captivating Jazz age mystery.

The Nightingale is more than an underground dance hall. People come here to lose themselves from ordinary everyday life. Release the pressure of playing roles that society is expecting them to be… The Nightingale is home to rebels. Vivian is one of these people. One night, she stumbles upon a body in an alley of the club. the accident can cause big problems for the club and many of its visitors may lose the only place they can truly be themselves. After some persuasion, Vivian decides to help her beloved club, in a long run making new acquaintances and building a new and bright future.

The beginning of the novel was very slow. My biggest pet peeve is the large number of characters in the novel. I was pleasantly surprised by the way the author navigated thru the characters, making them all useful and a part of one big picture. Overall it was a very enjoyable read. Thank you NetGalley and Minotaur Books publisher for a free copy of the novel.

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Together By Christmas

Together by Christmas by Karen Swan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A traumatic event puts a massive strain on Lee and Cuningham’s friendship. And when Cunningham decides to make things right – his action opens a bag of memories that Lee has been working so hard on putting behind her. But while Lee is fighting her own buttle, she finds a note, asking for help. Was it intended for her to find? Unable to leave a person in trouble, Lee is searching for answers, and the person who can help with her quest is someone she swore not to see ever again. But sometimes, personal feelings must be put aside to archive a mutual goal. And all of this is taking during the most special time of the year. Christmas tends to make miracles happen, will it work its miracle on Lee and her struggles?

A wonderful story where light fights the darkness and wins the battle. Karen Swan did yet another wonderful job with this novel. I love the way she combines romance with suspense and produces a unique novel that tends to hold a special place in my memory. This time the main character not only struggles with a disturbing past, but she also finds a way to forgive and reunite with an old special friend, help people in danger and find special someone to complete her family. This is not a cheese romance, the novel includes some gruesome parts. However, in the end, everyone lives happily ever after.

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The Housemaid

The Housemaid by Freida McFadden

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Housemaid is my second novel by Freida McFadden and I was pleasantly surprised by the story.

Nina, a glamorous housewife, Millie, an ex-convict turned housemaid, and Andrew, a handsome and loving husband, and father. Nice set of characters for a phycological thriller. Millie, desperate for a job, jumps into a very great opportunity. But she underestimates her new employees. With no place to go, nor people to help her, she has no choice but to stay employed at the Winchesters’ home.

I was very impressed by the story and the twists that were spread out throughout the novel. Millie’s character was very impressive and kept surprising me with each chapter. But don’t forget Nina, I still can’t decide if I feel sorry for her character or inspired by her patience and calculating skills. Although the theme of the novel reminds me a lot of Ms. McFadden’s previous book “The Wife Upstairs”, maybe it’s the author’s style of novels. Nevertheless, I’ve enjoyed the new book, and loved all the jaw-dropping twists the novel has thrown at me. I was literally on the edge of my seat during the last few chapters. The great ending, with a little cliffhanger, makes me think if we will hear about Millie in the upcoming novel.

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

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The Paris Apartment

The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Paris Apartment is my second novel by Lucy Foley, and boy was I excited reading this book!

When Ben failed to greet Jess at his place, it didn’t ring a bell of danger. But when he didn’t appear at his apartment the next day without a word of explanation, Jess began to dig deeper into her brother’s life in Paris. Strangely, the tenants of the exclusive apartment building where Ben has been residing since his move to Paris had the least to say about his life in this strange city.

This novel is full of twists and turns. I was screaming with excitement when the second part of the novel confirmed my suspicions!! And the story got even bigger and better with each chapter. This book is a page-turner. I’ve finished it within 24 hours. If you’re a thriller junkie like myself – look no further, lock yourself in a quiet place, get lots of treats and wine and enjoy this gripping novel.

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Stay Awake

Stay Awake by Megan Goldin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There are wounds that never show on the body that are deeper and more hurtful than anything that bleeds.

Finally, after years of struggle, Liv is living the life she longed for – a job at a glamorous magazine, an apartment in a beautiful brownstone, a devoted best friend, and a handsome boyfriend. Suddenly, strange things began to happen, she wakes up in random places she has no idea how she got to, with odd writings on her arms, but one stand out of it all – STAY AWAKE. It all begins to crash down at the same time – her best friend and boyfriend are out of reach, strange people living in her apartment, her favorite coffee shop is closed, and her job… is miles away, across the ocean. The last thing Liv remembers before waking up is answering her office phone, now she desperately needs to find out what accrued between the strange phone call and the moment she woke up.

Megan Goldin has blown my mind AGAIN. I’m afraid to give out the details, all you need to know is – the characters are well written, the plot is fantastic, and the pacing is on point. The four stars are for the ending – in my opinion, the perpetrator’s style was completely off when it came to Liv at the end and it threw me off the balance. Nevertheless, it was an addictive and thrilling read. If you’re a fan of bewildered thrillers – this book is for you. Thank you, NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press publisher for a free and advanced copy of the novel.

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The Party At Number 12

The Party at Number 12 by Kerry Wilkinson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

One evening, one party, one murder… one night to remember for the rest of their lives.

After receiving a generous inheritance, Hannah’s mind is set to see the world. Her family and friends have mixed feelings about her plan; nevertheless, they all gathered together to give Hannah a farewell party, aka good ole girls’ sleepover. The party is filled with food, booze, games, and light drugs. In the morning, the gang discovers that one of their girls is dead. The group decides against police involvement, as each person has something to hide from law enforcement. But no matter how hard they have tried to hide all the evidence, police have quickly found their way to a strange group of guests.

What an exciting read. I loved the connection between all the characters. The phenomenal, mysterious plot, and the twisty reveals were well done. The story had me captivated, and I really looked forward to knowing what was going on and how the novel would end. It is hard for me to comprehend the action the group has taken. Maybe it was a shock that guided them to that plan. Nevertheless, I was happy when, despite giving the word to keep up with the lies to protect the group, Hannah gave up and decided to uncover the mystery of her friend’s death. This is my first book by Kerry Wilkinson and definitely not the last. Thank you, NetGalley and Bookouture publisher, for a free and advanced copy of the novel.

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The Younger Wife

The Younger Wife by Sally Hepworth

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The universe is based on a fair exchange. What you give you will get.

The heart wants what it wants, and Heather’s heart wants Stephen. Heather and Stephen had an unusual courtship. But after they confessed to mutual feelings, their relationship quickly led to the walk down an aisle. As Heather’s life began to change, together with a “happy ending” she began to experience a very strange change in herself.

The story is told by three characters: Heather, the younger fiance, and two sisters Tully and Rachel. All three are suffering from childhood traumas, and all three are dealing with their struggles on their own. I liked the fact that the novel was told from three different points of view, each, focusing on Stephen from a different direction. I give this novel four stars for its great plot, wonderful background on three characters. The twist was not shocking, but I’ve enjoyed it as the evil personage met the rightful punishment. This book is a fast, enjoyable, and easy read, without major suspense. Thank you, NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for a free and advanced copy of the novel.

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My Dead Husband

My Dead Husband by N.J. Moss

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

First of all, this is not your typical thriller. So, think twice before reading it.

After a nightmare of a marriage, Ellie manages to gather her strength and leave her abusive husband. But when her life finally got back on track, a shocking turn of events is threatening to ruin her life as she knows it.

I do not even know how to start this review. The writing was great. Incredibly dark, shocking, and disturbing twists at the end of the novel were not foreseen by me. I did finish the book… I wish I had never started it. The plot of the book was well built, but the characters’ link with domestic violence, sex abuse, child rape (just to name a few) was dark and twisted and not at all my cup of tea. I do give an author a credit for going forward with a shocking and gripping idea of the book. Thank NetGalley for a free copy of the novel.

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The Marriage Secret

The Marriage Secret by Carey Baldwin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Be careful what you wish for.

The perfect man, does he exist? Holly found her perfect match when Zach has entered her life. His charm won over her heart and shortly after their first encounter Holly was locked in the golden cage living the perfect life. But was that the perfect life, was that the life Holly desired? Confused by her husband’s behavior and lately by her own “baby brain”, Holly began to analyze her situation and for the very first time saw her husband in a brand new light – perfect Zach didn’t match the image of perfect husband/son/colleague/friend he pretended to be. Holly found herself on the crossroad – to stay and continue to play a perfect family or to run and expose her husband for what he really is?

This novel is a perfect example of gaslighting, manipulation, verbal abuse, it was clearly presented from the very first pages. From a naive and trusting wife, Holly has turned into a fighter. I was impressed by her character’s change throughout the novel. Friend’s betrayal was something that caught me off guard but made a great last surprise. What surprised me was how easily manipulated Holly was. Although, I was happy to see her survive the life she, at last, was trying to escape. A gripping plot with many twists and turns, although the ending left me a bit confused and I didn’t find Holly’s big secret very shocking. Nevertheless, I have enjoyed the read.

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Passerby: A Psychological Thriller by Britney King

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is not a job for an immature…

The Channing family owns an enchanting Magnolia House in Jester Falls. Like any other family, the difference and rivalry between the siblings are common, but nevertheless, they all are guided by love for each other… a truth or a myth? That’s for you to find out.

A massive rip in the family dynamic take the place when one of her brothers brings a mysterious woman home. While everyone in town is captivated by a “fresh blood” in their small part of the woods, Ruth sees nothing but trouble coming from a newcomer.

I can’t find words to describe the novel… but one very good piece of advice – do not read this before bed – guaranteed nightmares. Wow, I do not even know where to start. First, Ruth is a badass girl who keeps her family and business in check. Loved her character – strong and fair with no room for any nonsense. Her brothers – one big bag of surprises. The novel is full of new revelations in each chapter. It is easy to predict that a newcomer stirs up a lot of drama between the siblings, causing a very unfortunate set of events. I loved the idea of the book, and the last few plot twists were entertaining, however, I feel the novel lucked the suspense. Nevertheless, I’ve enjoyed the read and will continue to look forward to the author’s new books. Thank you NetGalley and Hot Banana Press Publisher for a free and advanced copy of the novel.

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