[#BookReview] The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware @RuthWareWriter @simonschuster @goodreads #TheWomanInCabin10 #bookofthemonth

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

Genre: Mystery & Thrillers, Suspense

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publication Date: July 19, 2016

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤ 1/2 (4.5)

Book Blurb

In this tightly wound story, Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. At first, Lo’s stay is nothing but pleasant: the cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers remain accounted for—and so, the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite Lo’s desperate attempts to convey that something (or someone) has gone terribly, terribly wrong…

My Thoughts

Well no wonder this book was so good!  It was published on my birthday 😊 LOL.  Just kidding.  Seriously though..OMG..This was WAAY better than In a Dark, Dark Wood (sorry Ruth! It wasn’t my cuppa tea).  I really love how Ware includes a passage from another story before her book begins.  It really sets the tone.

The only reason I deducted 1/2 a star was because I felt the ending was a bit rushed.  But other than that, there were moments I felt like biting my nails cause it was so intense, and I’m not a nail biter.

There was a sound at the door and I stopped.  Stopped everything-stopped breathing, thinking, panicking – I sat, frozen, my back against the bunk.  Should I pounce? Attack?

Whenever I read mysteries/thrillers, I have this tendency to start formulating in my head how things are gonna go down or who I think ‘dunnit’.  Ruth did an excellent job of convincing me that Lo was crazy.  At one point, I even thought Lo may possibly have pulled off a Keyser Soze stint.  For those who don’t know who Keyser Soze is, he’s a character from the movie The Usual Suspects.  If you haven’t seen it, WATCH IT! Great movie!  

There were so many possibilities that I didn’t really anticipate the ending.  The kind of ending I LOVE! 

Have you read this yet? What did you think?

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[#BookReview] The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda @simonschuster @goodreads

** Spoiler free review **

Genre: Mystery/Thriller, Suspense

Publication Date: April 11, 2017

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

My Rating: ❤❤ 1/2 (2.5)-DNF

Book Blurb

Confronted by a restraining order and the threat of a lawsuit, failed journalist Leah Stevens needs to get out of Boston when she runs into an old friend, Emmy Grey, who has just left a troubled relationship. Emmy proposes they move to rural Pennsylvania, where Leah can get a teaching position and both women can start again. But their new start is threatened when a woman with an eerie resemblance to Leah is assaulted by the lake, and Emmy disappears days later.

Determined to find Emmy, Leah cooperates with Kyle Donovan, a handsome young police officer on the case. As they investigate her friend’s life for clues, Leah begins to wonder: did she ever really know Emmy at all? With no friends, family, or a digital footprint, the police begin to suspect that there is no Emmy Grey. Soon Leah’s credibility is at stake, and she is forced to revisit her past: the article that ruined her career. To save herself, Leah must uncover the truth about Emmy Grey—and along the way, confront her old demons, find out who she can really trust, and clear her own name.

Everyone in this rural Pennsylvanian town has something to hide—including Leah herself. How do you uncover the truth when you are busy hiding your own?

My Thoughts

My God, Leah, what did you do?

My thoughts exactly! What DID Leah do that caused her to skip town and start over somewhere else?

As always, I like to go on Goodreads and read the reviews before I purchase a book.  HOWEVER, I also take it with a grain of salt so to speak.  Almost all the reviews said the same thing: They loved All the Missing Girls (myself included) , and had high expectations but was disappointed.  I hate when that happens, and has happened ALOT!  So to be fair, I took a wee break from reading and decided to walk into this with no expectations..as if I’ve never read Miranda’s work.

Maybe it’s the way the story starts..slow.  But then by Chapter 2, things start to pick up.

-a smear of dried blood in the weeds beside the cop, marked off with an orange flag.  The gnats settling over it in the morning light.

Now wait for it..wait for it..by chapter 5, nothing.  That moment is gone.  *Sigh*  I tried to stick with it, but just couldn’t.

I feel like I’ve hit a wall, cause this is the second book in a row I’ve struggled to get into!!  I think this book would’ve been better if it was written in alternating points of view and started at the crime scene.

Have you read it? What did you think?

 

[#BookReview] Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker @RaincoastBooks @StMartinsPress

I’d like to thank Raincoast Books for my copy of Emma in the Night.

Genre: Suspense/Thriller, Fiction

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Publication Date: August 8, 2017

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤

Book Blurb:

One night three years ago, the Tanner sisters disappeared: fifteen-year-old Cass and seventeen-year-old Emma. Three years later, Cass returns, without her sister Emma. Her story is one of kidnapping and betrayal, of a mysterious island where the two were held. But to forensic psychiatrist Dr. Abby Winter, something doesn’t add up. Looking deep within this dysfunctional family Dr. Winter uncovers a life where boundaries were violated and a narcissistic parent held sway. And where one sister’s return might just be the beginning of the crime.

My Thoughts

I have to admit, this isn’t quite the review I thought I would end up writing.  The story started off at full speed:

They found Emma’s car at the beach.  They found her purse inside, on the driver’s seat.  They found the keys in the purse.  They found her shoes in the surf.  Some people believed she had gone there to find a party or meet a friend who never showed.  They believed that she’d gone for a swim.  They believed that she’d drowned.  Maybe by accident.  Maybe a suicide.

Everyone believed Emma was dead.

However, it just wasn’t quite the page turner I anticipated.  I had difficulty getting into it after the second chapter.  There were multiple times I wanted to give up, but I was hooked on wanting to know what happened to Emma: Was she alive? Was she dead? Why did she go missing? Why were Cass and Emma gone for so long?  I had all these questions I couldn’t leave unanswered.

The story was told in alternate points of view between Cass & Dr. Winter.  Now normally I love reading books that are told by different characters, but somewhere throughout this one, the two voices started to sound the same making it hard to remember who was telling the story.

I didn’t particularly like Mrs. Martin and hated that she wanted to be referred to as such.  But on the same note, I applaud the author for creating such a despicable and believable character.  I’m not sure why I didn’t love this more to tell you the truth.  The storyline and ending were brilliant.  Perhaps I wasn’t in the mood to read? Or maybe the were bits of information that really weren’t necessary, making it a slower read.

Despite some of the hurdles, I’m glad I stuck with it cause it was an ending worth reading..one that I didn’t quite see coming.  As a result, I decided to give it a 4 out of 5.

A story is more than the recounting of events.  The events are the sketch, the outline, but it is the colors and the landscape and the medium and the artist’s hand that make it what it is in the end.

Have you read it?  What did you think? Let me know!

 

 

[#BlogTour] True East by Raymond Ahrens #Fiction

Genre: Fiction

Publisher: Tasora Books

Publication Date: July 15, 2017

Book Blurb

Katy Givens, thirty and brilliant, learns in a static-filled phone call that her husband Andrew is missing in the Amazon and possibly dead. Although still mourning the death of their infant son, Katy flies to Brazil in search of Andrew, discovering that the man she married has secrets. As the mysteries surrounding Andrew’s disappearance mount, so does the list of shadowy forces benefitting from the recent discovery of oil in the Amazon.

Katy’s field of genetic anthropology proves useful when accounts of the Unnamed Ones, a primitive and possibly pre-human tribe, are rumored to exist in the same valley as the oil reserves. Katy tracks Andrew through the jungle, deciphering riddles he left before disappearing. Along the way, she barters with a Jewish coin merchant, challenges chance with a fortune teller, and argues the merits of prayer with a Jesuit priest, before placing her faith with the indigenous Tadi.

Purchase Link

Amazon

About the Author

Raymond Ahrens is curious. As a scientist, father, and novelist, he peers under the surface to discover what contradictions lie beneath. His genre of “mythic-realism” synthesizes both the rational and the mythic to arrive at a different way of seeing. His first novel, Drive, explores an old man’s perspective in both a real and imagined world filled with mysteries, myths, and memories. He lives in Newton, MA and Del Ray Beach, FL.

[#BlogTour] Watching You by Gretta Mulrooney @JoffeBooks

I am delighted to be today’s stop on the blog tour for Watching You by Gretta Mulrooney.

Genre: Mystery & Thrillers

Publisher: Joffe Books

Publication Date: June 21, 2017

Description

Who is watching him and what does he want?

Two years ago someone kidnapped Thomas Maddox’s six-month-old son. The case has never been solved and the boy has never been found.

Now someone is watching Thomas and sending him dark emails.  And Thomas keeps suffering nasty accidents.

 

The police won’t do anything more, so Thomas’s wealthy grandfather hires Tyrone Swift to shed light on the case.

Can ex-police detective Tyrone Swift get to the bottom of this tangled web of family secrets and pain, and is there any hope of finding the child alive?

 

WATCHING YOU is a beautifully written mystery that will have you gripped from start to pulsating finish.

 

Perfect for fans of Robert Galbraith, P.D. James, or Ruth Rendell.

** EXCERPT **

They are suffering. They’re going to suffer more. Much more. I will rack up their fear as and when I want. The changes have been rung. Ding ding! This round is mine. It’s my finger on the misery switch now.

There’s no urgency. I’ve been subject to other people’s rules and whims for long enough. My old man. Foster parents. Social workers. Teachers. Care homes. ‘Move here. Move there. Do this. Don’t do that. Hurry up. Eat that. Leave that alone. Don’t you ever listen? Stop causing trouble. You’re a bloody nuisance. Waste of space.

’I’m in no hurry now. I’m in control. I can take my time and enjoy the process. If life is all about costs and payoffs, I’ve paid enough. Now it’s my turn for full payback. That means hard cash too. Sit back and enjoy. Sweet like honey.

I’ve thought this through for a long time. Researching. Planning. Slowly adding fuel to my anger. Relishing the resentment. The observing and waiting has brought its own rewards. 

Finally, I’ve reached the place where I can stake my claim. Even the score.

It’s satisfying to play the long game. Tease and change the rules and tactics when I feel like it. Watch them wriggling, agonising and wondering.

Sometimes I think I’ll never want the game to end because of the satisfaction I get. I know it has to one day. I’m not sure yet how I’ll trigger the end. With fireworks and a big bang, anyway. A grand finale. I’ll wait and see. I’m flexible. Imaginative. Patient. 

My life has been messy and unpredictable. Now they’re finding that their lives are. They’re discovering what it’s like to be scared and wondering what might happen next. To be in someone else’s power. Will that person be cruel to you or kind? Stroke your hair or slap your face? Feed you or keep you hungry? Let you in or lock you out? What mood will they be in today? 

The pleasure, the warm feeling deep inside comes from the watching. The anticipation. Playing another unexpected hand. 

Suffering and damage. 

They feel good. It’s all a bit of a treat. 

Sweet like sugar.

Author Bio
“I was born and brought up in London. My parents were Irish. I studied for a B.A. in English at The University of Ulster and subsequently a qualification in Social Work. I taught English in secondary schools, then worked in social care for many years.

I started writing for children in my thirties and had five books published with Poolbeg Press. My first adult fiction novel won a bursary from East Midlands Arts. My first published novel, Araby, was with Harper Collins, followed by Marble Heart. Robert Hale published the next three novels; Fire and Ice, Out of the Blue and The Apple of Her Eye.

I have had two short stories, The Old Master and The Gold Digger, commissioned by and read on Radio Four.

I have always been an avid reader of psychological thrillers and crime fiction and decided, in retirement, to turn to crime. I am currently working on releasing my fourth novel featuring private detective Tyrone Swift.”

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[Book Review] It Can’t be October Already by Jeffrey Archer @Jeffrey_archer @StMartinsPress

It Can’t be October Already by Jeffrey Archer

Genre: General Fiction

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Publication Date: June 6, 2017

My Thoughts

Ever since I read Only Time Will Tell, I have been a fan of his work.  This was a fun, short story about Pat O’Flynn who returns every October for his detainment in prison.  

Archer has a way with words that draws you in from the moment you begin reading.  Once again, he has showcased his talent in writing and offers another read that didn’t disappoint!

** I’d like to thank St. Martin’s Press for my ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review **

Have you read any of Jeffrey Archer’s work?

[Book Review] Every Last Lie by @MaryKubica 

Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica

**I’d like to thank the publishers for my ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review **

Genre: General Fiction, Mystery & Thrillers

Publisher: Harlequin (US & Canada), Park Row Books

Publication Date: June 27, 2017

Description

“The bad man, Daddy. The bad man is after us.”  
Clara Solberg’s world shatters when her husband and their four-year-old daughter are in a car crash, killing Nick while Maisie is remarkably unharmed. The crash is ruled an accident…until the coming days, when Maisie starts having night terrors that make Clara question what really happened on that fateful afternoon. 

Tormented by grief and her obsession that Nick’s death was far more than just an accident, Clara is plunged into a desperate hunt for the truth. Who would have wanted Nick dead? And, more important, why? Clara will stop at nothing to find out—and the truth is only the beginning of this twisted tale of secrets and deceit. 

Told in the alternating perspectives of Clara’s investigation and Nick’s last months leading up to the crash, master of suspense Mary Kubica weaves her most chilling thriller to date—one that explores the dark recesses of a mind plagued by grief and shows that some secrets might be better left buried.

My Review

I’ve heard so many great things about Mary Kubica.  So of course I jumped at the chance to read Every Last Lie.  Now I understand what the hype is all about!  Kubica has a way with words that intoxicates you from the start.  

It’s been a long time since I was this hooked on a book!  Yay! Happy dance.  

The last time I was this excited was Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code.  I would’ve finished in one night, but I couldn’t keep me eyes open any longer and the sun was starting to rise.

This book is narrated by alternating POV’s: Clara (the wife) and Nick (the husband).  The story starts off with Clara receiving news that her husband has gotten into an accident, and was DOA with her 4 year old unscathed.  As Clara is trying to piece together what really happened the day of the accident, she slowly unravels the secrets he’s been hiding.  Was it really just an accident? Or was he murdered?  Why had he kept things from her?

Just when I thought I had it all figured out, Kubica cleverly threw me back in a loop making me second guess my initial thoughts.

The characters were well developed and despite finding Clara a tad annoying at times, I absolutely loved this story.

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Have you read this book? Or any others written by Mary Kubica?  What do you think of this author?  Tell me your thoughts by leaving a comment ☺

[Book Review] The Child by Fiona Barton @PenguinCanada 

**I’d like to thank Penguin Random House Canada for my ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

The Child by Fiona Barton

Genre: General Fiction, Mystery & Thrillers

Publisher: Penguin Random House Canada

Publication Date: June 27, 2017

My Rating: ❤❤❤ 1/2  (3.5 out of 5)

Description 

As an old house is demolished in a gentrifying section of London, a workman discovers a tiny skeleton, buried for years. For journalist Kate Waters, it’s a story that deserves attention. She cobbles together a piece for her newspaper, but at a loss for answers, she can only pose a question: Who is the Building Site Baby?

As Kate investigates, she unearths connections to a crime that rocked the city decades earlier: A newborn baby was stolen from the maternity ward in a local hospital and was never found. Her heartbroken parents were left devastated by the loss.

But there is more to the story, and Kate is drawn—house by house—into the pasts of the people who once lived in this neighborhood that has given up its greatest mystery. And she soon finds herself the keeper of unexpected secrets that erupt in the lives of three women—and torn between what she can and cannot tell…

My Review

This was a tough one for me to rate because I actually struggled a bit at first. There were parts that were so slow, I wanted to cry. 

Normally, I would have ditched the book, but I was totally submerged in wanting to see how the story behind the building-site baby unfolded. 

I’m glad I kept pressing on because it had some redeeming qualities which made it an overall good read.  I really enjoyed the six degrees of separation between the characters.  The story is told from multiple POV’s: Emma, Angela, Kate, Jude & Will, which was well done in my opinion.  I wouldn’t have categorized this as a thriller though.  It read more like a soap opera or drama.

Even though I had predicted certain parts, Barton did a pretty good job of keeping the reader guessing until the end.

Have you read the book? What did you think?

[#BlogTour] Sparks: Welcome to the Madhouse by Dan Cummings @dancummings85 @SagesBlogTours 



Sparks: Welcome to the MadhouseBy Dan Cummings

Genre: Supernatural/Action & Adventure

Book Blurb

Dave Reynolds has grown jaded with his life, locked in a dead end janitorial job at the Ravenswood Institute for Mental Health, he quietly yearns for some excitement to stir up his mundane existence.  

That is until he learns that far below the hospital’s grounds lies the Madhouse, the regional headquarters of the Frontline Unified Battalion of Arcane Resistance (FUBAR), a clandestine government agency tasked with combating supernatural evil. If that wasn’t enough of a surprise, he also learns that he is a Spark, an individual with latent gifts, carrying the residual energy of a nigh extinct race of universal protectors.  
Drafted into service, he is accidentally afflicted with a curse, casting the sensible, rational aspects of his personality into a subconscious prison, unleashing a clownish psychotic who is as deadly as he is irritating.  
A wild card personified, Dave must now lead Whiskey Team, a motley crew of fellow Sparks and freaks including a punk rock witch, a werewolf, a medium and his ghostly best friend, and a female Japanese ninja, against the Alliance of Nyx, an ancient demonic organisation with designs on global conquest.  
Now, if Dave’s reckless antics don’t get his team killed, they may just stand a chance in this war.
Purchase Links:

Amazon | Amazon UK | Goodreads

 

 About the Author

 Dan Cummings is a self-published author from Liverpool, England. He is also a lowly nerd with a short attention span and shorter fuse (depending on poor sleep), but when he is able to stop ranting with his own internal monologue and focus for a few minutes he enjoys putting the noise in his head on to paper. A lifetime fan of monsters, comic books, sarcasm and casual violence, it is inevitable that these constituents regularly crop up in his books. Heartbreaker is his first foray into horror, whilst Sparks: Welcome to the Madhouse, is the first instalment of an on-going supernatural, action/adventure series.

Author Link: Twitter

[#BlogTour] Under the Approaching Dark by Anna Belfrage @Anna_Belfrage @HFVBT @abelfragauthor #HistoricalFiction #Medieval #UndertheApproachingDarkBlogTour

Hello bookworms!  Today is my stop on the Under the Approaching Dark blog tour.

Under the Approaching Dark
by Anna Belfrage

Publication Date: April 28, 2017
Matador
eBook & Paperback; 424 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction

 

 

Adam de Guirande has cause to believe the turbulent times are behind him: Hugh Despenser is dead and Edward II is forced to abdicate in favour of his young son. It is time to look forward, to a bright new world in which the young king, guided by his council, heals his kingdom and restores its greatness. But the turmoil is far from over.

After years of strife, England in the early months of 1327 is a country in need of stability, and many turn with hope towards the new young king, Edward III. But Edward is too young to rule, so instead it is his mother, Queen Isabella, and her lover, Roger Mortimer, who do the actual governing, much to the dislike of barons such as Henry of Lancaster.

In the north, the Scots take advantage of the weakened state of the realm and raid with impunity. Closer to court, it is Mortimer’s increasing powers that cause concerns – both among his enemies, but also for men like Adam, who loves Mortimer dearly, but loves the young king just as much.

When it is announced that Edward II has died in September of 1327, what has so far been a grumble grows into voluble protests against Mortimer. Yet again, the spectre of rebellion haunts the land, and things are further complicated by the reappearance of one of Adam’s personal enemies. Soon enough, he and his beloved wife Kit are fighting for their survival – even more so when Adam is given a task that puts them both in the gravest of dangers.

“The writing is impeccable. The story has everything. Under the Approaching Dark is just perfect in every sense” – Sharon Bennett Connolly, History The Interesting Bits

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About the Author

Anna was raised abroad, on a pungent mix of Latin American culture, English history and Swedish traditions. As a result she’s multilingual and most of her reading is historical- both non-fiction and fiction. Possessed of a lively imagination, she has drawers full of potential stories, all of them set in the past. She was always going to be a writer – or a historian, preferably both. Ideally, Anna aspired to becoming a pioneer time traveller, but science has as yet not advanced to the point of making that possible. Instead she ended up with a degree in Business and Finance, with very little time to spare for her most favourite pursuit. Still, one does as one must, and in between juggling a challenging career Anna raised her four children on a potent combination of invented stories, historical debates and masses of good food and homemade cakes. They seem to thrive…

For years she combined a challenging career with four children and the odd snatched moment of writing. Nowadays Anna spends most of her spare time at her writing desk. The children are half grown, the house is at times eerily silent and she slips away into her imaginary world, with her imaginary characters. Every now and then the one and only man in her life pops his head in to ensure she’s still there.

Other than on her website, www.annabelfrage.com, Anna can mostly be found on her blog, http://annabelfrage.wordpress.com – unless, of course, she is submerged in writing her next novel. You can also connect with Anna on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, May 1
Review at Oh, for the Hook of a Book!

Tuesday, May 2
Interview at Let Them Read Books
Spotlight at What Is That Book About

Wednesday, May 3
Review at A Book Drunkard

Thursday, May 4
Review at A Holland Reads

Friday, May 5
Spotlight at The Reading Queen

Monday, May 8
Review at So Many Books, So Little Time

Tuesday, May 9
Review at Just One More Chapter

Wednesday, May 10
Review at A Bookaholic Swede

Thursday, May 11
Review at Pursuing Stacie

Friday, May 12
Spotlight at Passages to the Past

Monday, May 15
Review at Historical Fiction Obsession

Tuesday, May 16
Review at Back Porchervations
Guest Post at Ms. Stuart Requests the Pleasure of Your Company

Wednesday, May 17
Spotlight at A Literary Vacation

Thursday, May 18
Review at Svetlana’s Reads and Views

Friday, May 19
Review at Beth’s Book Nook Blog

Monday, May 22
Review at CelticLady’s Reviews

Tuesday, May 23
Review at A Chick Who Reads
Review at The Muse in the Fog Book Reviews

Wednesday, May 24
Excerpt at Jo’s Book Blog
Spotlight at The Paperback Princess

Thursday, May 25
Review at Broken Teepee

Friday, May 26
Spotlight at Laura’s Interests

Sunday, May 28
Review at Bookramblings
Review at Books and Benches

Monday, May 29
Guest Post at Yelena Casale’s Blog

Tuesday, May 30
Interview at Dianne Ascroft’s Blog

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