Book Review — “The Perfect Mother” by Caroline Mitchell

I really liked this book! First of all, the writing was great and Caroline Mitchell reels you in from the beginning. It doesn’t wander…blather on…etc and I was drawn in on every page. Roz is a young girl living in Ireland. She has a good life and good friends but a dead-end job and now she’s pregnant. Deciding to give the child up for adoption, she joins a website that facilitates high-end adoptions. That’s where she meets Sheridan and Daniel — a power couple that will give her baby everything she can’t. It’s the opportunity of a lifetime, isn’t it? Sworn to secrecy of their identity, Roz is flown to America, first-class, and brought by chauffeur to their beautiful home. But (no surprise here!!) this celebrity couple isn’t what they seem; everyone working for them is either scared or non-communicative, and none of her friends and family know where Roz is. This is fast-paced and creepy, as intended. And what I really appreciated is that I did, in fact, like Roz, as Mitchell did a great job in making her relatable and believable. Too many times in these types of novels I am so annoyed by the stupidity of the heroine that I’m ready to snuff her off myself by the end. Not so here; so kudos to the author. Good, fun, creepy read. Disclaimer — I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher!!! #NetGalley 🤩🤩🤩🤩

Book Review — “The Dispatcher” by John Scalzi

This was a very enjoyable Audible Originals book. Set in a world where murder is no longer possible (due to government intervention) — this is another “good intentions gone bad” book. Meet the Dispatchers, people whose job it is to prevent murder — but not in the traditional way. These government-paid employees prevent murder by being “dispatched” to kill the intended victim using a method that send them back to their bedroom, naked but with a second chance. As with any government-sponsored idea, corruption begins and now it’s the Dispatchers that are being hunted. But by whom? Nice and short and well read by Zachary Quinto. Definitely worth your time. 🤩🤩🤩🤩

Book Review — “Big Lies in a Small Town” by Diane Chamberlain

If you had the chance to start a new life, would you take it? Morgan Christopher gets that chance when she’s visited in prison by two women who are strangers to her but are offering not only a release from prison but also a job restoring a post office mural that was mysteriously important to one of the women’s father. Thus begins both Morgan’s second chance and the rebirth of the mysteries surrounding the mural. Told alternately between Morgan in 2018 and Anna (the mural’s artist) in 1940, “Big Lies in a Small Town” is a story of jealousy, lies, murder as well as friendship, loyalty and strength. This was an interesting storyline filled with well-defined characters. Diane Chamberlain navigates between the past and present flawlessly and the reader gets to discover the mystery along with the 2018 characters. Definitely a good read!! Disclaimer — I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley. Thank you NetGalley and the publisher! 🤩🤩🤩🤩

Book Review — “The Poison Garden” by A. J. Banner

So, for most of this book I was annoyed. The men were hideous and creepy. And the main character, Elise, was the utmost victim. I mean, how can one person have such bad judgment? How stupid can one woman possibly be???? Honestly, I almost stopped caring and rooting against her. BUT in a rare twist of fate — I actually liked the ending more than the rest of the book!! Maybe because there was finally a strong female character. (I don’t care if you’re crazy as long as you’re not pathetic.) Maybe because there was finally some vengeance. Well, for whatever reason — I was so pleased with the twist at the end that it redeemed the book. At least I walked away satisfied. 🤩🤩🤩

Book Review — “The Wives” by Tarryn Fisher

This was definitely a strange one, but I liked it!! The writing was good and the main character was likable. I was rooting for her to get her life in order and ditch Seth! Thursday is married to a polygamist — sharing her husband with two other women. Tiring of this lifestyle, Thursday decides to reach out to the other two women. At first she just researches who they are, but then she can’t help herself and escalates to meeting them under an alias and finally confronting them about their lives and the man they share. Its an interesting novel (and, of course, there’s a twist!!!) It will make you wonder how people live a lifestyle in which they “happily” share a man. “The Wives” is suspenseful, riveting and a fun escape. 🤩🤩🤩🤩