The Three Mrs. Wrights

The Three Mrs. WrightsThe Three Mrs. Wrights by Linda Keir

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

His life in general had been a neatly wrapped package of lies.

Jonathan Wright, also known as Jon, Jack to close friends, Trip to new “friends”, has everything a man could ever want. A beautiful family, gorgeous and devoted wife, successful business, smart and ambitious girlfriend. Jon Wright is not an ordinary man. He is a man with a constant need for new experiences, new challenges, new business ideas, new cars, new hobbies, new lovers. His life is a constant movement, to a new city, a new country, a new lover’s bed. But all good things at one time or another come to an end, and Jon’s was not an exception.

Three strangers, divided by social class, age, and status have one thing in common: they’ve been deceived by a master of lies. And they unite to bring Jon’s cruel actions to justice.

I loved the plot, what a phenomenal and catching story. However, the ending was very disappointing and dry. It felt like a typical Hollywood movie ending. I expected better twists and more amusing revenge. Nevertheless, I’ve enjoyed the novel. Thank you NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for a free and advanced copy of the book.

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Who Did You Tell?

Who Did You Tell?Who Did You Tell? by Lesley Kara

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Life is all about second chances.

Astrid gets a fresh start in life. After the rehab, she moves in with her mother who helps Astrid with her transition. She starts to attend AA meetings, makes new friends, and meets a lovely guy. However, no matter how hard she tries, she can’t escape the past. And eventually, it catches up with her, someone out there knows her secret, the secret that she thought has died with her ex-boyfriend…

Will Astrid’s past ruin her future?

I loved the build-up of the plot, great story and I loved Astrid’s character. However the ending was a little disappointing, I expected a stronger finale. Thank you, NetGalley and Ballantine Books publisher for a free and advanced copy of the novel.

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The Dilemma

The DilemmaThe Dilemma by B.A. Paris

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I didn’t know what to expect when I began reading B.A. Paris’s new book “The Dilemma”. From the previous experience, I knew of an author’s style and her love to shock the reader with deliciously shocking twists. And I must say, I was not disappointed.

It’s Livia’s big day. Ever since the quick wedding she dreamed of having a big fancy party for one of the birthdays. Twenty-two years later, the dream comes thru. Close family and friends, neighbors and colleagues, are all surround the birthday girl, showering her with well-deserved attention and love. But Livia’s mind is not at ease. A secret, a bag of secrets she has been hiding from loved ones, the one that can hurt many families and tore their relationship apart.

And here comes another twist. Livia is not the only one that is keeping the deadly secret. Throughout the big celebration, Adam chats, and drinks, and eats, and dances, and being a perfect host at his wife’s 40th birthday, but his mind is occupied by a tragic event, that is tearing him from the inside out.

The quote says: “the truth will set you free”, but in Adam and Livia’s case it will turn their world upside down.

A phenomenal novel, took me two days to read it. Brilliant story, shocking twists, one phenomenal rollercoaster ride. The thriller of the year! Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for an advanced copy of the book.

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Three Hours in Paris

Three Hours in ParisThree Hours in Paris by Cara Black

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Three Hours in Paris” is an astonishing tale of an American young woman, in a heart of Paris, playing for the English team, with an order to execute German politician and leader of the Nazi Party, the Fuhrer himself. How did an American girl fell into the British spy army to fight against the world’s biggest bully?

Months prior to Sunday, June 23, 1940, Kate experienced the biggest loss of her life, the deaths of her husband, and newborn baby by the hands of the germans. Shortly after, she received an opportunity of a lifetime – to perform an act of revenge.

And finally, June 23, 1940, Kate is back in Paris, the city that once brought her happiness, loving husband, and hopes for a bright future. This time she is here on a mission of her lifetime. Unfortunately, Hitler’s assignation goes wrong, Kate is on a run. And shortly after the fatal morning, she realizes the horrific truth. His mission was never the main plan, she was being used as a decoy. Angry and betrayed, young American finds herself on the dangerous streets of once-beloved Paris, surrounded by an enemy. Kate’s desire to survive pushes her one step forward every time she meets new obstacles, and in the end, she concludes the mission her fellow agents were sent to do but failed in the process.

Yet another phenomenal story of strong women during the horrific days of WWII. I was on the edge of my seat while reading the book. I am fascinated by the bravery of all characters. Thank you, NetGalley and St Martin’s Press for an advanced copy of the novel, and Cara Black for a remarkable and gratifying novel.

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Sweet Little Lies

Sweet Little Lies (Cat Kinsella, #1)Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Caz Frear has written an addictive and compelling story. “Sweet Little Lies” was twisted and filled with complex characters, misdirections, lies, and secrets.

Recent murder hits close to home and brings back memories from Detective Cat’s childhood. The victim is recognized as a missing teen from the time when Cat was just a little girl. While hiding this fact from her superiors, Cat jumps headfirst into the investigation and details that she unveils put a strain on an already difficult relationship with her father.

This book has been sitting on my TBR shelf for ages, I have no idea why it took me so long to get to it. I was drawn to the investigation. I could not get enough of the suspense. At first, I was not impressed by the fact that the detective had a connecting to the victim, but the further I read and discovered the twists – I was hooked to the storyline. The phenomenal story, easy read, great and right amount of characters who are equally involved in the story, many unexpected developments. This novel includes everything required for a juicy thriller read. Do not repeat my mistake and do not let this gem collect dust on your TBR shelf.

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The Apartment

The ApartmentThe Apartment by K. L. Slater

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Words of wisdom say: opportunity only knocks once and then it becomes your choice to open the door or ignore it.

Freya and Dr. Marsden paths cross at a local cafe, and since the meeting, all-stars start to align up for the new widow and her daughter Skye. Beautiful and extremely affordable apartment in a gorgeous victorian Adder House in a center part of London. Moving costs covered. Arrangements for Skye’s school are set. The two Miller girls are showered with expensive gifts and attention. Seem too good to be true? That’s because it is.

Since the move, the suspicious feeling does not leave Freya’s mind. As days go by, she starts to notice strange things – weird noises, objects moved, furniture shifted, odd visions. Adder House is not at all what she imagined it would be, behind its closed doors hide many dark secrets, and Freya’s time is running out.

I must say I was quite surprised by the plot. The novel contains not many but a few very good twists, which makes the read very entertaining. Many thanks to NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer publishing house for a free and advanced copy of the novel.

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The German Heiress

The German HeiressThe German Heiress by Anika Scott

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“The German Heiress” is a story of justice, loyalty, forgiveness, and trust.

After the end of the Great War, Germany’s “the Iron Fräulein” is hunted by English officers. All Clara wants is to locate her best friend and her son. As people say, be careful of what you wish for, you might get that. And what is waiting for Clara at the end of her search is a big shocking secret that has been kept from her by her closest family and friends.

While on the run and searching for her missing friend, Clara meets many people who are loyal to her family and help Clara on her mission. Clara’s path crosses with a war veteran Jakob, who becomes her ally during the hard times.

In a time of war, it took a strong person to break the rules, go against the political power to perform an act of human kindness, protect the innocent. During the great war, while the men were at the front lines protecting their countries – women were left behind to shield the people in need. Anika Scott gave as a perfect example of this effort in her new novel “The German Heiress”. Thank you NetGalley and William Morrow Paperbacks publisher for a free and advanced copy of the novel.

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You Are Not Alone

You Are Not AloneYou Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

From the authors of “The Wife Between Us” and “An Anonymous Girl” comes
new and exciting thriller – “You Are Not Alone”.

Besides running their famous PR business the beautiful, rich and fabulous Moore sisters run a discrete group of people that plan and carry out an act of revenge. Always careful and organized, they have miscalculated one of their plans that led to a very tragic event.

One hot summer morning, Shay walks into a subway station where she witnesses a shocking incident. Distress leads Shay to Moore sisters. And for the first time in months, she feels cared for and most importantly – no longer lonely. As hot summer days turn into chilly autumn, the strange friendship with the sisters starts to take a cold turn as well, and Shay finds herself in a very peculiar situation.

I’ve been a big fan of Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen’s work since their very first book and was looking forward to reading their new novel. I love authors’ co-writing, the plot was great, however, it lacked a mystery. There were not many shocking twists as in the previous books. Nevertheless, I’ve enjoyed the novel. Great storyline, wonderful and entertaining main characters.

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The First Wife

The First WifeThe First Wife by Jill Childs

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

People say that real friendship lasts a lifetime, no matter the time, no matter the distance. Therefore, when Sophie receives Caroline’s email asking to come and spend some time at her new and beautiful beach house, she takes this opportunity to reunite with her childhood friend.

After a cold meet up, Sophie meets Caroline’s family: handsome and dashing husband Dominic and shy daughter Lucy. As days go by, Caroline and Dominic’s constant absence from the house leaves little Lucy in Sophie’s care. And the more time she spends with the little girl, the more concerned she gets about her strange behavior. Questions are raising in Sophie’s head, and shortly after discovering Caroline’s secret she finds herself in danger.

The First Wife” is a gripping page-turner. I enjoyed the plot, the characters, and thrilling twists. I will honestly admit, it took me a while to realize the real truth behind Caroline’s character, nevertheless, the finale was a cherry on top of the cake. Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for a free and advanced copy of the novel and Jill Childs’ for a phenomenal read.

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My Perfect Wife

My Perfect WifeMy Perfect Wife by Clare Boyd

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Glamour, wealth and beauty surround the graceful Huxley family on the cover of the magazine.

Lucas has everything he ever wanted, beautiful wife, cheeky children, expensive house with a grand garden, obedient help. The last thing he longs for is a business deal that can make him rich as a Rockafeller. And to seal the deal – he needs a picture-perfect event. As people say – it’s easier said than done. The sabotage of the deal is in the works, and behind it stands a woman Lucas trusts the most. You would ask: what has his fellow done to deserve this pitiful treatment? Just remember – it always takes two to tango.

Great read, with multiple twists that make the reader question every story and every fact. I wish the ending was stronger and more detailed. Liked the characters, I think it would be great if Agatha’s character was one of the narrators as well. Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture publisher for a free and advanced copy of the novel.

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The Girl You Gave Away

The Girl You Gave AwayThe Girl You Gave Away by Jess Ryder

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It is impossible to suffer without making someone pay for it; every complaint already contains revenge.

Fourteen-year-old Erin found herself in a very peculiar situation. Typical teen looking for parents attention gets involved with a sketchy crowd. As a result, Erin develops a drinking habit, and the biggest surprise of all – falls pregnant. Underaged teen is unable to keep the child, and without her parents’ moral and financial support is forced to place her daughter for adoption.

Twenty-six years later, Erin receives a birthday card, signed “the girl you gave away“. From that moment forward – her life is flipped upside down and very quickly fills with lies, betrayals, blackmail, and revenge.

“The Girl You Gave Away” is full of twists that make the reader glued to the pages, absorbing narrators, and entertaining and mysterious characters. Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for an advanced and free copy of the novel, and Jess Ryder for another phenomenal thriller.

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The Other Mrs

The Other Mrs.The Other Mrs. by Mary Kubica

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Spine chilling and extremely captivating novel that has everything any thriller lover longs for: unreliable narrator, multiple twists, “what-in-the-world” moments.

Just a few weeks after Sadie and Will move their family from busy Chicago to quiet Maine a gruesome murder takes place in the neighboring house. Suddenly, Sadie evolves a big interest to the victim that she never got a chance to meet (or has she?). After a few chats with the police detective, she starts her own investigation, and the shocking facts she discovers – point to her family home. Shocker, I know! But this is only the beginning…

With “The Other Mrs” an author keeps the readers on their toes as she continually shocks and surprised them with the plot twists. Nothing is ever what meets the eye. Everything is interconnected in an elaborate way. Not one fact and story are wasted here in order to build atmosphere, everything is said with purpose and brought back up in due time. Thank you NetGalley and Park Row publisher for an advanced and free copy of the novel and Mary Kubica for a phenomenal story!

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