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 Little Bookshop on the Seine

The Little Bookshop on the Seine

The Little Bookshop on the Seine (The Little Paris Collection, #1; The Bookshop, #2)The Little Bookshop on the Seine by Rebecca Raisin

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A sweet heartwarming story of friendship, trust, and determination.

Sarah is a kind and gracious friend, therefore when her friend from Paris asks to swap their bookshops and lives for a few months, she leaves her small and sweet little town behind in order to help her friend, and to get a taste of Paris.

Upon her arrival in the city of lights, everything seems to fall out of order. Her bags with documents are stolen, the shop is in a complete mess, the staff seems very snobby. And no matter how hard Sarah tries to raise the sales, nothing seems to be working, and worst of all – money start to go missing from the cash register. On top of everything, her long-distance relationship with a handsome freelance reporter is starting to go down the hill as well.

As weeks go by, Sarah achieves one of her goals, bookshops’ employees start to open up and include her in their circle. She meets one of her favorite author, with whom Sarah strikes a great friendship. She also finds a stack of old love letters hidden in a dark corner of the bookshop.

I loved the story. A wonderful set of many different characters, and a great life lesson – don’t judge people your first impression of them, you never know what they are going thru.

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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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The Rumor

The Rumor

The RumorThe Rumor by Lesley Kara

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Rumor had me gripped from start to finish. I was literally sitting on the edge of my seat in anticipation of what would happen next.

It all starts with a rumor… a notorious killer, Sally McGowan, is reportedly resides in a quiet, friendly little town just a few miles from NYC. Joanna finds herself obsessed with an old case, and she shares the findings with her partner, a freelance journalist who decides to write a book regarding the child killer. An innocent rumor makes a huge impact on the town and its residents, and Joanna finds herself and her son in danger. A couple of threatening tweets and photoshopped photo are only the beginning of a horrific discovery she is about to uncover.

The Rumor is clever and twisted and completely engrossing. I haven’t been this satisfied with a book in a while. I would like to thank the publisher, Ballantine Books, for allowing me a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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The Dream House

The Dream House

The Dream HouseThe Dream House by Jess Ryder

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Dream House (originally titled The Guest) is a phycological thriller with a dual timeline. The story is about domestic violence and what effect it takes on young kids who are exposed to it at an early age.

The author introduces us to two different characters: Kay and Stella.

Kay’s life took a drastic change the moment she met Foxy. Dreams of her own little family have finally come true. However, as months went by, behind the closed doors, Kay’s life became a living nightmare. From a charming young man that Kay met just a year earlier, Foxy became controlling and verbally and physically abusive. And worse of all… Kay starts to see the change in her daughter, who starts to adopt her stepfather’s behavior.

Stella’s life also had a drastic change. After the accidental death of her parents, she quit the job she once loved, moved to London suburbs and bought an old Westhill House. From the moment she laid her eyes on it, Stella knew this house is peculiar. Old houses tend to have ghosts attached to them, and Stella is about to meet some of them.

The Dream House is a fantastic, fast-paced story. I highly recommend this standalone for anyone that loves a suspenseful, psychological thriller. Thank you, NetGalley and Jess Ryder for this great read.

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They Called Me Wyatt

They Called Me Wyatt

They Called Me WyattThey Called Me Wyatt by Natasha Tynes

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Dying wasn’t the worst part. It was what came after dying” – After those first words, I jumped head first into the novel.

Birthday is the anniversary of the day on which a person was born. For young Jordanian Siwar Salaihav it is also an anniversary of her death. After Siwar’s life was cut short, her consciousness was reborn in an American boy named Wyatt, who was born on the evening of her death.

As the years went by, young Wyatt struggled with two personalities that are overtaking his body. And on the night of his twenty-fifth birthday, Siwar made the final persistent move that forced Wyatt to stop ignoring the signs and memories that she has been sending to his brain thru the years. Finally, Wyatt teams up with Siwar, digs into her past, and finds the new details that force the detectives to reopen Siwar’s case, and brings the murderer to justice.

I wanted to like the book. The first paragraph was phenomenal, it had a lot of potentials, however, the rest of the novel, all the way thru the end was just simply gibberish. In my opinion, the characters were not fully developed. The dialogs were just awful… awful! The plot unfolded slow. Many details mention in the novel, that also took a large portion of the story were simply useless at the end and played no role in the book’s final conclusion.

Thank you NetGalley, Rare Bird Books Publisher and Natasha Tynes for an advanced copy of the novel.

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