Two Girls Down

Two Girls Down (Alice Vega #1)Two Girls Down by Louisa Luna

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Louisa Luna’s novel “Two Girls Down” covers every mother worts nightmare – the abduction of the children.

When two young girls are taken from the busy mall parking lot – the family hires Alice Vega, the private investigator. Alice has successful eighteen cases behind her back and Jamie’s family put all their trust in her. In the first days of the investigation, Alice enlists a former police officer, Max Caplan, and with his connection to the local police to help resolve the case. Alice and Cap, determined to reunite missing girls with their mother, follow on every tip, interview multiple suspects, untangle every web of lies and finally fall on the right track of girls’ abductors.

I enjoyed this book, although at times I found it slow, and Jamie’s character to be flawed and unlikeable. And finally, my biggest peeve – too many characters that had not much to do with the story and suspects that kept Vega and Cap running around like hamsters in a spinning wheel. The ending was appalling and not at all expected.

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The Tenant

The TenantThe Tenant by Katrine Engberg

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I have to admit when I started this book I wasn’t sure if I was going to enjoy it. However, after the first chapter – I got sucked right into it.

The novel starts with the murder of a young girl, followed by another murder of her friend. Copenhagen detectives Korner and Werner were assigned to resolve the mystery of the double murder, and the more they looked into the past of the young girl – the more twisted it became: young pregnancy, affairs with older men, and more murders.

And the frightening (and in my opinion the best) part of it all – the murder was written a month before the victim’s death by her very own landlady. Shocker, I know! This little twist spiced up the storyline.

This book held my interest from beginning to end. I had a few issues along the way with the characters and plot, but none of those issues were enough to ruin the reading experience. Thank you, NetGalley and Gallery/Scout Press publisher for a free and advanced copy of the novel.

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A Noel Killing

A Noël Killing (Verlaque and Bonnet, #8)A Noël Killing by M.L. Longworth

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It was a pleasure to reconnect with Antoine Verlaque and Marine Bonnet again, and the best part of all was to spend a wonderful Christmas time with then in spectacular Aix-en-Provence.

And all was fun and games with joyful Christmas carols and delicious dinner and wine… until a local businessman dropped dead in the middle of Christmas festivities in a local church. Verlaque, who hates Christmas, was absolutely excited to shift his attention to a new case. And what a case… it involved secrets, mafia, and shady business owners… all fun ingredients for a juicy and thrilling Christmas mystery.

I’m loving Antoine and Marine relationship. Not a fan of many characters that are involved in the novel, but it worked well for this storyline. This is a perfect book to cuddle up with during cold winter evenings.

Thank you Penguin Books for a free copy of the novel and M. L. Longworth for a marvelous Christmas mystery.

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Rebecca

RebeccaRebecca by Daphne du Maurier

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again…

Young, timid and naïve companion to a rich American woman meets a dashing and charming widower on the holiday in Monte Carlo. Shortly after meeting wealthy Englishman, she accepts his surprise marriage proposal, and after tying the knot and marvelous honeymoon in Italy, Maxim de Winter brings the young wife back to his ominous and gothic estate of Manderley. The married life in Manderley is everything young Mrs. de Winter has ever dreamed of, however, the shadow of recently drowner wife of Maxim beginning to weight on the new marriage.

Rebecca de Winter – a famous beauty with miraculous taste in fashion, devoted and loving wife and perfect hostess… Our young Mrs. de Winter has large shoes to fit, however at every step and turn her efforts are desperately crashed.

Rebecca is one of the quintessential books I ever read. Deception, misery, revenge, unhealthy relationships – this novel has it all! My advice to you – take a trip to gothic Manderley, you will not be left disappointed.

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The Wives

The WivesThe Wives by Tarryn Fisher

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“The Wives” is a thriller in the best tradition of Alfred Hitchcock, it’s the kind of book that’s nearly impossible to put down.

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Seth live in a polygamy relationship. The only thing that all three women have in common is Seth. They have never met, live in different cities, have distinct hobbies and careers, they never contacted each other, and more than that – they do not even know each other’s names. However, this idyllic arrangement is about to hit an iceberg. Buckle up your belts – you’re in for a mystifying ride.

This novel is amazing suspense, it has everything: unreliable narrator, twisty turns, “what in the world?” moments. A perfect marriage/relationship/arrangement that is a lot more then meets the eye. The best part about this novel is the punches never stop coming. Even when I neared the end – BOOM another big reveal. I’m very good at predicting the ending, and with this book, I’ve made many assumptions, several guesses as to what is going on – and yet I was still so wrong! Thank you NetGalley and Graydon House publisher for a free and advanced copy of the novel, and Tarryn Fisher for a hopelessly tragically perfect thriller.

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Never Have I Ever

Never Have I EverNever Have I Ever by Lucy V. Hay

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

New mother, happily married and successful writer – three remarks that perfectly describe our feisty main character – Samantha. The story begins with her recent move from busy and noisy London back to her home town – Ilfracombe. The relocation went nice and smooth, her son Caleb and husband Mo seem to adjust and favor the new home. And so did Sam, until old ghosts started to make a fresh appearance in her new life.

Never Have I Ever Been Punished For What I Have Done…

Seriously, if I would ever receive that kind of note, I would pack up my life and move far far away from a creepy place and weirdos that write such threats. But of course, Sam decides to stand her grounds and find and confront her bully. In order to do so, Sam must go down her memory lane, reconnect with old friends and acquaintances. What first sounded like a good plan – started to bring back the memories Samantha spend twenty-three years to forget.

Should the past be left in the past? And what sacrifices a woman can make to keep her family safe?

Well written, dark, disturbing, twisty, and unsettling. Looking forward to reading more from the talented author. Thank you, NetGalley and Hodder & Stoughton publisher for a free and advanced copy of the novel.

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The Other Daughter

The Other DaughterThe Other Daughter by Shalini Boland

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Other Daughter” includes everything that vivid psychological thriller lovers, like myself, look for in the novel and thrive from.

Catriona’s life, like a domino effect, is crashing down at a rapid speed. In a state of shock, she makes a decision, that will change her life as she knows it. In the meantime, on the other side of London, Rachel is taking a two and a half years old Holly to a playhouse, not knowing that it will be the last time she will see her daughter.

Two devastated mothers, two timelines, one appalling story…

I love everything about this book. I will honestly admit that I didn’t see the plot twist coming. Phenomenal writing, very catching storyline. And the characters are outstanding. Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for a free and advanced copy of the novel.

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The Last Wife

The Last WifeThe Last Wife by Nicola Marsh

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Last Wife is a mystery novel involving around prestigious and powerful Chicago family – the Parkers.

The novel starts with an intriguing email that contains scandalous info on all-female members of the Parker clan, the information that can not only ruin the family’s relationship but also their public reputation. The mysterious email was followed by a chain of accidents that harmed each member of the Parker tribe. And for the first time in years – Parkers unite in order to find the person responsible for the family’s misfortune.

The novel had such great potential. I was hooked to the plot from the first pages, however, the “big twist” I was so anxiously waiting for and the ending of the story was quite dissatisfying. It was a great build-up of the storyline, I wish there was the more fascinating finale. Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture publisher for an advanced and free copy of the novel.

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One Night Gone

One Night GoneOne Night Gone by Tara Laskowski

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A young carnival worker Maureen finds herself in Opal Beach, the perfect summer vacation town of multiple wealthy families. While in town with the carnival, she meets and befriends a couple of people who advise her to plant her roots in the small town. But before Maureen can follow her friends’ advice – she suddenly disappears.

A few decades later, Allison, a fresh divorcee and a woman who carries a close resemblance to the missing teenager, moves into the town. Per her sister’s advice, Allison is devoted to making this relocation a new phase of her life. As days go by, Allison learns more about her neighbors, town’s residents, and most of all – the terrifying secret a charming little town of Opal Beach has been hiding for years.

I have been struggling with the plot of the novel for a good first half of the book, I didn’t find it catching. However, the second part has been more thrilling and entertaining. I think I would have loved the story a lot more if I had found the characters more likable and less predictable. Thank you NetGalley and Graydon House publisher for a free advanced copy of the book.

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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 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 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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