Book Review — “Lock Every Door” by Riley Sager

Oooohhh! This was a good one! Jules Larsen’s life has hit rock bottom, but her new job as an apartment sitter in New York’s Bartholomew can be just the thing she needs. Or is it? Starting out with some strange “rules” and some even stranger neighbors, Jules begins to realize that if it looks too good to be true — it probably is. Are Jules’ new neighbors evil? Is the Bartholomew haunted? Is Jules just imagining things? Why are so many apartment sitters now MISSING?!?! You will scream for her to “GET OUT!!” and but you won’t be able to stop reading! This is really well written and aside from the creepy twist (YUCK!!!), I really enjoyed this page-turner. Lock your doors and be prepared to be entertained and a little bit scared!!! 🤩🤩🤩🤩. Definitely recommend!!

Book Review — “The Heart’s Invisible Furies” by John Boyne

I absolutely loved this book. Follow Cyril Avery throughout his life from a young boy in the 1940’s in Ireland – to a young man in Amsterdam – to an adult in America – and back to Ireland as an old man in 2015. This is an epic story filled with sadness, loss and betrayal but all the while lifted up by love and laughter. You will laugh at/with Cyril, in his role as narrator, with his dry wit and sarcastic look at life — and you will surely cry with him as his life unfolds with the many small hurts and major tragedies that fill any life that’s worth celebrating. I’ve been told that the Audible version is wonderfully read as well, and as much as I’ve loved reading this — I’m thinking of giving that version a try too. This is a long book, but so worth it. By the end you will consider Cyril and old, dear friend and you will have experienced an amazing read. Highly recommended 🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩

Book Review — “The First Mistake” by Sandie Jones

Sometimes the books in this genre seem to run together and when you read the synopsis of the book you might think “I’ve read this story before in a different book”. But don’t judge a book by its description; this one actually has a few new twists and some genuine surprises. Is Alice’s husband, Nathan, really who he seems? And is her best friend, Beth, a true friend or an imposter? And how many betrayals can Alice withstand? From the beginning page “The First Mistake” is a well-written page-turner that — just as it’s characters — won’t be exactly what you expect. Enjoy!! 🤩🤩🤩🤩

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. 🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩

Book Review — “The Girl in the Woods” by Patricia MacDonald

Blair Butler escaped the unhappy home she grew up in and fled to Philadelphia where she created a fulfilling life. But now her sister, Celeste, is dying and she’s forced to return to say “goodbye”. What she doesn’t expect, however, is Celeste’s death-bed confession about the night her friend Molly Sinclair was murdered. Knowing there is a man in prison for a murder he didn’t commit, Blair can’t turn her back on this situation. Who killed Molly Sinclair? How did they get away with it? Are they still living in this small town in the Pocono Mountains? Armed with these questions Blair sets off to find the truth — but will the killer’s face be the last thing she sees? “The Girl in the Woods” is a good read and well-written. It held my interest and I became invested in the story and its characters. This is definitely a page-turner and I recommend it to all mystery lovers!! Disclaimer– I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Net Galley for this great book!! #NetGalley

Book Review — “The Billion Pound Lie” by Bill Dare

Did you ever dream about winning the lottery? Ever wonder how you’d feel? What you’d spend your money on? Well, Leo Morphetus knows how it “feels” to win the lottery — the only thing wrong is that he really didn’t win!! After hitting rock bottom and a night of drinking with his friend, Vince, the whole world thinks Leo has won a billion pounds in the lottery. Never saying he DID win — and never saying he DIDN’T — Leo and Vince manage to stir the media into a frenzy, make some promises they’ll be embarrassed not to keep, and start off on an amazing journey around town in their newly hired limo. This is a funny book, with funny lines, zany characters and an unbelievable yet fully enjoyable story that’s very entertaining. You will root for Leo and you’ll almost wish he HAD won. And, really, we all know that if you tell a lie long enough it eventually becomes true…. Disclaimer: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Book Sirens for advancing me this enjoyable book!! Release date: August 16, 2019

Book Review — “A Divided Mind” by M. Billiter (pseudonym)

“A Divided Mind” is an honest story about a young man’s journey through mental illness. Branson hears voices and sees shadows. No one has ever met or seen his best friend. He has blackouts and loses time. He’s also a high school track star, a brother, a boyfriend, a son. This novel is told through Branson and his mother, Tara, and it is emotional, heart-breaking and uplifting. It’s not just about mental illness but also about love, friendship, healthiness and survival. You will feel for all of the family members that this mental illness touches. But more importantly, you will see that Branson is more than his illness, stronger than his weakness, and loved & celebrated more than he his feared & misunderstood. That being said, this is not a happy book with a neat, happy ending. It’s an honest story about a young man and his family, who are all just doing their very best. Disclaimer — I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Book Sirens for this great book. Highly recommended!! #booksirens

Book Review — “Nine Perfect Strangers” by Liane Moriarty

Wow!!! You book yourself into a “wellness retreat” and you get waaaaay more than you bargained for!!! “Nine Perfect Strangers” check into the Tranquillum House and get the experience of a lifetime. They are told “your lives will never be the same”, and that’s about the only true thing on the brochure! I really liked this book, but I can see why some didn’t. It’s strange & creepy and takes you down a road where you’ll need your imagination. Masha, the owner and leader of Tranquillun House, is someone you do not want to see on your next spa vacation — she’s a complete nutter!! I definitely recommend this book, and think it’s a fun page-turner. Check yourself in and go along for the weird ride!!

Book Review — “I Know Who You Are” by Alice Feeney

Alice Feeney’s follow up to “Sometimes I Lie” did NOT disappoint!! Meet Aimee Sinclair, an up and coming actress who’s life starts to unravel when her husband disappears. His cellphone and wallet are on the dining room table, but he is…gone. And the evidence points towards Aimee killing him. You’ll travel back in time with her and learn of a troubled past filled with lies and brutality. Is someone from her past stalking her? Is it all in her imagination? Is she doing this herself? Can Aimee be a murderer and not remember? This is a fun, dark book and great for a rainy summer day!!

Book Review — “Across a Broken Shore” by Amy Trueblood

“Across a Broken Shore” is historical fiction set in San Francisco in the early 1930’s during the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge. You will meet Willa, who’s torn between a guilty promise made to her family and her true dreams for a fulfilling life. Willa is set to enter the convent and realize her parents’ dreams, but she longs for a different life. In a chance encounter she meets Dr. Katherine Winston, who opens her eyes and her heart to the possibility of a career in medicine. This book touches on so many topics in such a masterful way — the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge and the men who risked their lives to build it — the prejudices and road blocks females faced in the early 1930’s, especially those wanting to be physicians — family responsibilities and limitations — the Great Depression and “Hoovervilles” where the less fortunate congregated — first love — and friendship. “Across a Broken Shore” is a touching novel filled with great characters and a piece of history that is sometimes overlooked. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Historical Fiction and strong female characters. Disclaimer — I received this book for free from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks Net Galley!! Release date: 11/5/19 #netgalley

Book Review — “The Furies” by Katie Lowe

I was excited to have some dark and eerie fun reading this book, and for the most part I did.  There were a lot of things I really enjoyed — the witchcraft, the friendship, the mystery and the twist at the end.  But in some places this book went to far and made the characters too unlikeable.  I would have liked it better with a little deeper character development and a little less “cold-hearted teens”.   But I did enjoy most of it and am happy I read it.  PS — love the cover design!!  Disclaimer— I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.  Thanks Net Galley!! Release date 10/08/19