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$28.00
ISBN: 9781538751947
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - August 25th, 2020

An intense fast paced romantic suspense story that shocks you with twists and turns and some fabulously written characters.

The growth of the characters is a wonderful experience within the schemes running throughout this thriller.

Rusty is one of the best written villains I have come across in a long time; he is menacing, vindictive, sneaky & underhanded and he keeps this story hopping.

I was floored by the ultimate twist at the end! I did not see that one coming.


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The Grace Year: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250145444
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Published: Wednesday Books - October 8th, 2019

Phenomenal!

 

This book is superbly written with ideas and themes that seem familiar but are written in a unique way that leaves the reader in awe when the book ends.  Combining both adventure and dystopian themes, this story covers a society that pushes the boundaries of leaders and followers, the strong against the weak, those who will survive, and those who may or may not.  Characters whom are very realistic in their mannerisms, some we love, and others we grow to despise as the pages fly.

 

It’s about magic & illusions, coercion, controlled environments & so much more.

 

Tierney is the main character & this is her story. She is a beautifully written character, watching her grow throughout the story was like the opening of a chrysalis.  Kiersten, another character, is someone to despise, maybe even hate.  If you are a fan of Lord of The Flies, Harvest Home, and The Village this is the perfect, modern day version and you simply must read this!


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$15.95
ISBN: 9781101971864
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Published: Anchor - January 28th, 2020

Hands down, The Invited is Jennifer McMahon's best book to date.  She deftly weaves a blend of history, mystery, and some good old-fashioned ghostly effects into this tale of builing your dream home on a questionable property.  Every spare minute you have will be spent glued to the pages as you peel back the layers, only to realize there are multiple mysteries hidden within.  Great for fans who enjoy a little haunting!


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ISBN: 9781524744700
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Published: Dutton - July 23rd, 2019

This debut novel is a recipe of: horror, suspense, heady characters, and sheer terror that could possibly hint at possession.

 

The main character, Dixie, is clear thinking in the beginning but as the story continues, it seems we the reader are witness to her psychosis; intriguing for sure.  Is it possible for victims of a gruesome and untimely death to remain behind as spirits? To be confused as to their altered state and act out against those still amongst the living? Or is it all hopefulness & projection? 

 

Was Dixie’s choice to move back into her house to solve her family’s tragic past the right one?

If you want to know the secrets that lie within these pages you must grab yourself a copy, but keep a few lights on!


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ISBN: 9780440000174
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Published: Berkley - February 18th, 2020

This was one of the most engaging and entertaining reads that smoothly blends terror, suspense, horror, and the supernatural all centered around a strange motel.  Undertones are dark and ominous, similar to the creepy feeling of the Bates Motel & "The Twilight Zone" but with a whole new category of weirdness.

 

The story is told to us by two striking viewpoints of Viv (past) & Carly (present), and the back-and-forth meshed together so evenly, that it was actually refreshing.  While not giving away anything, this story has a little bit of everything: disappearances, murders, unsolved cold case crimes, small towns with really big secrets. Unusual sounds and scents increase the intensity as you fly through the pages in hopes that we, the reader, can guess the ending without being too scared.

 

My favorite line in the book is: “What could go wrong?”  And in order for you to find out, you’ve got to grab yourself a copy of this book and dive in!!


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The Woman Inside: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781524744533
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Published: Dutton - January 14th, 2020

This explosive and intense psychological thriller keeps you guessing all the way to the end.

 

Characterizations are phenomenal as the authors pull the reader in with little tidbits of information chapter by chapter until you get the full picture towards the end, and this is what builds the tension and suspense throughout the story.

 

Subjects covered throughout this story are: miscommunication within marriages, lying/cheating, severe mental health issues, bribery, drugs and alcohol and a ton of assumptions that really mess with the characters minds.
Those listed above are just a few of the issues contained within but there is so much more; but I do not believe in spoiling anything!  Fabulous multiple plot twists.

 

I am really grateful for the opportunity to read such a treasure!


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$31.59
ISBN: 9780316451703
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - May 21st, 2019

5 out of 5 stars for this psychological thriller!

 

A story of 2 friends who are very different in personalities that "click" in college and move on in life, until they aren't friends.

Greed for the limelight, each driven with ambition; who's more important? The girl from the big bucks, old-school, moneyed family who takes nothing serious except her booze, drugs & parties; or the gal from a poor broken home who works severely hard to do the righteous things?

 

Who really wins when the relationship is disgustingly toxic from the beginning?

 

Stella is a heady, egotistical character that you will love to hate & Violet is the proverbial girl next door that gains confidences throughout but this story provided some excellent twists and turns and at least 2 shocking "oh my" plot twists... Necessary People was an excellent title for the escapades in this book.

 

I am definitely interested in reading more by this author!


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The Family Next Door: A Novel Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781250217639
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Published: St. Martin's Paperbacks - October 29th, 2019

WOW!!

 

5 out of 5 stars for this phenomenal novel that was fast paced and filled with twists and turns and an explosive plot twist towards the end that through my theory right out the window!

"Nothing is as easy as it seems" would be the closest phrase I can coin for this storyline.

A cast of heady " too perfect to be true" characters all trying to outdo one another on the "whose the best mom" on the cul- de-sac.  A unique twist of a story that was surprisingly awesome.

If you're a fan of twisty stories that involve issues of: trust, family, mental health issues & a big ole surprise, then you need to read this one for sure.