Book Review — “It Takes One to Know One” by Susan Isaacs

There is a lot to like about this book. Corie is a former FBI agent turned suburban mother, wife and book editor who is missing the excitement of her old career. Is she imagining that a member of her Wednesday lunch group is suspicious? Is she reading too much into things? Or is Pete Delaney really hiding something sinister? Corie decides to confide her suspicions to a former coworker and things take an interesting turn. This is all really good. I liked the characters, especially Corie’s Dad who is an ex police officer with a sense of humor and colorful vocabulary. The mystery was also very good. But, for me, something was missing and it lacked the page-turning excitement I need in mysteries. I just wasn’t “hooked” and I can’t pinpoint why. However I did enjoy the book and will read another of Susan Isaacs’ books, which I’ve always heard good things about. Disclaimer– I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Net Galley! 🤩🤩🤩 #netgalley

Book Review — “The Turn of the Key” by Ruth Ware

Rowan Caine has stumbled upon a job that seems too good to be true. She needs a change from her life and this nanny position is just the ticket — high pay, beautiful home in the country and 4 sweet children. But all is not what it seems…. When we meet Rowan she is in prison for murdering one of the children on her watch. Told through a long letter to an attorney, Rowan unravels this ghostly tale of hauntings, poison, lies, creepy characters and devilish children — all within the confines of a “smart” house that is remotely controlled by the absent parents. This is a true page-turner as I literally could not put it down and read it in one day. Ruth Ware is becoming the Queen of the Creepy Mystery and I’m happy to step into her world!! 🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩

Book Review — “Who She Is” by Diane Byington

Faye Smith isn’t your typical teenager. Aside from the “normal” teenage angst, she’s starting a new school (again); her parents are miserable (again) and she just got elbowed in the nose in gym class. What starts off horribly, though, soon changes as Faye begins to find her way and make new friends. Her one true passion, however, is running. And with the help of her new best friend Francie and ex-track coach turned realtor Jess, Faye thinks she can make it all the way from Florida to the Boston Marathon. She will hit some roadblocks along the way — mostly from her horrible parents — but will she make it to the Marathon and find her ticket out of her awful home life? Get ready to fall in love with Faye, Francie and their group of supporters as they run their way into adulthood. This is a sweet, oftentimes funny and most of the time uplifting book about the power of love, friendship and determination. You will root for Faye and enjoy her journey as she finds out “Who She Is”. 🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩. Disclaimer — I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. Thank you BookSirens!!! #BookSirens

Book Review — “The Truth is a Theory” by Karyn Bristol

This book is about four friends who meet in college and their struggles and successes as they navigate “growing up”. Allie, Tess, Megan and Zoe will take you on a journey as they fall in and out of love, get married (some), have kids (some) and search for their own individual truths. I do love this genre and I really liked this book. There are many great quotes to take away and make you think. The characters are well developed and relatable. But if I’m totally honest, it could have been slimmed down in some parts (especially the journal entries). But that didn’t stop me from liking it! Disclaimer — I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. Thank you NetGalley. 🤩🤩🤩🤩 4 stars #NetGalley

Book Review — “Thirteen” by Steve Cavanagh

Creepy! Suspenseful!! Page-turner! Engrossing! These all describe “Thirteen” by Steve Cavanagh. It’s a courtroom drama and murder mystery put together to create a new twist in the serial killer genre. Defense attorney Eddie Flynn has landed a high-profile murder case with an innocent client — or so he believes. The odds are stacked against him until he teams up with ex-FBI agent Harper and the case takes a wild turn. Meanwhile, Joshua Kane is a killer with a purpose — to get on the jury. But who does he need to kill to do it and why is this case worth killing for? Fast-paced and enjoyable to the end. Highly recommended 🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩

Book Review— “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

This book was just sheer pleasure to read. It has all of the right ingredients — a likable, yet complicated heroine, a love story, lots of scandal, great friendships, and to top it all off — celebrity gossip! Evelyn Hugo is a beautiful movie star who’s life, loves and movies (in that order!) have captivated audiences for decades. Nearing 80, she has decided to finally share her story and she’s hand-picked Monique Grant to write it. Most of the book is about Evelyn and is told through her interview sessions, but it’s also a story of the two women and their developing relationship. This is a really enjoyable book and I love how Taylor Jenkins Reid tells a story. The writing is beautiful and it will pull at your heartstrings as you fall in love with these lovely, flawed characters. Highly recommended. 🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩