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Sunday, January 7, 2018

Book Review: The Wife Between Us: A Novel by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen-Mystery/Thriller/Suspense

Hello dear Readers,

Below my book review of The Wife Between Us: A Novel by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen.



Title: The Wife Between Us: A Novel 
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Genre: Mystery/Thriller/Suspense
Author: Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: January 9, 2018
Language: English
Hardcover: 352 pages
Meet the Author: Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
Buy Me: Amazon

Book Description
"A jaw-dropping psychological thriller." ―Publishers Weekly, starred review 

"Fiendishly clever...in the vein of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train. This one will keep you guessing." –Anita Shreve, New York Times bestselling author of The Stars are Fire

When you read this book, you will make many assumptions.
You will assume you are reading about a jealous ex-wife.
You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement – a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they both love. 
You will assume you know the anatomy of this tangled love triangle.
Assume nothing.

Twisted and deliciously chilling, Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen's The Wife Between Us exposes the secret complexities of an enviable marriage - and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.
Read between the lies.

My Thoughts
What a way to start the New Year. This book is already one of my favorites of 2018. 

Lots of unexpected and jaw-dropping twists. I could not put it down, so addictive. For a lover of this genre as I am this was the perfect book to kick off my reading year.

At the end of the book description it says Read between the lies. After you finish it that statement becomes so so real that is almost impossible not to feel blown away. These are a few of the feelings I had while reading the book. I was shocked, surprised, hate and love at the same time for the characters, trying to make sense of all the things happening. When I thought I had it figured out there it was, the twist I was not expecting at all. Fast paced, full of suspense, complex characters, a very clever plot. This book has it all and more. One of the best books I have read on this genre which I recommend a 100%.

Thank you Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for the advance copy in exchange for an honest review.

Wendy

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

New Release Tuesday #1: January 02, 2018

Hello dear Readers,

Releasing today another book in the DC Icons Series. Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu.


Title: Batman: Nightwalker
Series: DC Icons Series
Genre: Teens-Sci-Fi-Fantasy
Author: Marie Lu
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: January 02, 208
Language: English
Hardcover: 288pages
Meet the Author: Marie Lu
Buy Me: Amazon

Book Description

The new, eagerly anticipated BATMAN YA novel is an action-packed thrill ride that could only be penned by #1 New York Times bestselling author MARIE LU.

Before he was Batman, he was Bruce Wayne. A reckless boy willing to break the rules for a girl who may be his worst enemy.

The Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham City, and Bruce Wayne is next on their list.
The city's elites are being taken out one by one as their mansions' security systems turn against them, trapping them like prey. Meanwhile, Bruce is about to become eighteen and inherit his family's fortune, not to mention the keys to Wayne Industries and all the tech gadgetry that he loves. But on the way home from his birthday party, he makes an impulsive choice and is sentenced to community service at Arkham Asylum, the infamous prison that holds the city's most nefarious criminals.

Madeleine Wallace is a brilliant killer . . . and Bruce's only hope.
The most intriguing inmate in Arkham is Madeleine, a brilliant girl with ties to the Nightwalkers. A girl who will only speak to Bruce. She is the mystery he must unravel, but is he convincing her to divulge her secrets, or is he feeding her the information she needs to bring Gotham City to its knees?

In this second DC Icons book--following Leigh Bardugo's Wonder Woman: Warbringer--Bruce Wayne is proof that you don't need superpowers to be a super hero, but can he survive this game of tense intrigue, pulse-pounding action, and masterful deception?

Act fast! The first printing includes a poster of Bruce! Each first printing in the DC Icons series will have a limited-edition poster--collect them all to create the full image!

"The trickiest aspect of any Batman narrative is getting into Bruce Wayne's head, and [Lu] doesn't miss a beat. . . . An engaging character piece with enough Batman allusions to intrigue fans and newcomers alike."
--Kirkus Reviews

"A fast-paced story line, action-packed fight sequences, and hi-tech gadgetry expected from any Batman story make this a fun read with wide appeal."
--SLJ


Wendy

Monday, January 1, 2018

Reading Goals 2018

Hello dear Readers,

With the new year just starting I set some reading goals for 2018. 

As I have done the last few years, I set my Goodreads reading challenge to 35 books and a few other goals which you can see on my picture below. However, what I really hope I can accomplish this year is go back to where I was before and that is to read everyday. 2017 was a pretty busy year and there were days I simply didn't have time to read at all and honestly I don't like that so we will see how it goes.




Wendy

Best Books I Read In 2017

Hello dear Readers,

Another year came to an end and with it a lot of great books.

Here are my favorite books or the best books I read in 2017. No particular order, and not all of them were published in 2017 but I read them in 2017.

You can click on each Title to read my Review.




Wendy

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Book Review: Emma in the Night: A Novel by Wendy Walker-Mystery/Thriller/Suspense

Hello dear Readers,

My book review of Emma in the Night: A Novel by Wendy Walker.


Title: Emma in the Night: A Novel 
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Genre: Mystery/Thriller/Suspense
Author: Wendy Walker
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: August 8, 2017
Language: English
Hardcover: 320 pages
Meet the Author: Wendy Walker
Buy Me: Amazon

Book Description
"Both twisted and twisty, this smart psychological thriller sets a new standard for unreliable narrators." –Booklist, Starred Review
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.
Bestselling author Wendy Walker returns with another winning thriller, Emma in the Night.

My Thoughts
Another psychological thriller which kept me interested from page one to the end. This one in particular with a lot of unexpected twists and definitely an unexpected ending, did not see that coming. Very complex characters which have to deal with a lot of internal struggles, family relationships can be hard at times and Emma in the Night shows us a very clear example of that. With a refreshing writing Wendy Walker gives us a story full of suspense, complicated, very self-centered but reliable characters, unexpected twists and an ending which will be hard to forget.

Wendy

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Novels at Night IG Book Club Pick of the Month: October 2017- The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones

Hello dear Readers,

Our IG Book Club Novels at Night is back with another exciting read for October. 

The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones.


Title: The Hearts We Sold 
Genre: Sci-Fi, Horror, Paranormal, Romance
Author: Emily Lloyd-Jones
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: August 8, 2017
Language: English
Hardcover: 400 pages
Meet the Author: Emily Lloyd-Jones
Buy Me: Amazon

Book Description

A thrilling blend of sci-fi, paranormal horror, and romance--perfect for fans of Holly Black, Leigh Bardugo, and Stranger Things.

When Dee Moreno makes a deal with a devil--her heart in exchange for an escape from a disastrous home life--she finds her trade may be more than she bargained for. And becoming "heartless" is only the beginning. What lies ahead is a nightmare far bigger, far more monstrous than anything she ever could have imagined. 

With reality turned on its head, Dee has only a group of other deal-making teens to keep her grounded, including the charming but secretive James Lancer. And as something like love grows between them amidst an otherworldly ordeal, Dee begins to wonder: can she give James her heart when it's no longer hers to give?

The Hearts We Sold is a Faustian tale for the modern age that will steal your heart and break it, and leave you begging for more. 

Wendy

Book Review: The Final Girls: A Novel by Riley Sager-Mystery/Thriller/Suspense

Hello dear Readers,

My book review of Final Girls: A Novel by Riley Sager.


Title: Final Girls: A Novel 
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Genre: Mystery/Thriller/Suspense
Author: Riley Sager
Publisher: Dutton
Publication Date: July 11, 2017
Language: English
Hardcover: 352 pages
Meet the Author: Riley Sager
Buy Me: Amazon

Book Description
THE NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER



“The first great thriller of 2017 is here: Final Girls, by Riley Sager. If you liked Gone Girl, you’ll like this.”—Stephen King
Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie–scale massacre. In an instant, she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to—a group of similar survivors known in the press as the Final Girls. Lisa, who lost nine sorority sisters to a college dropout's knife; Sam, who went up against the Sack Man during her shift at the Nightlight Inn; and now Quincy, who ran bleeding through the woods to escape Pine Cottage and the man she refers to only as Him. The three girls are all attempting to put their nightmares behind them, and, with that, one another. Despite the media's attempts, they never meet.
Now, Quincy is doing well—maybe even great, thanks to her Xanax prescription. She has a caring almost-fiancĂ©, Jeff; a popular baking blog; a beautiful apartment; and a therapeutic presence in Coop, the police officer who saved her life all those years ago. Her memory won’t even allow her to recall the events of that night; the past is in the past. 
That is, until Lisa, the first Final Girl, is found dead in her bathtub, wrists slit, and Sam, the second, appears on Quincy's doorstep. Blowing through Quincy's life like a whirlwind, Sam seems intent on making Quincy relive the past, with increasingly dire consequences, all of which makes Quincy question why Sam is really seeking her out. And when new details about Lisa's death come to light, Quincy's life becomes a race against time as she tries to unravel Sam's truths from her lies, evade the police and hungry reporters, and, most crucially, remember what really happened at Pine Cottage, before what was started ten years ago is finished.

My Thoughts

Don't want to spoil this book. I will only say all that hype and everybody talking about the book, all that was worth it. One of the best Thrillers I have read this year. I recommend it 100%.

Wendy

Book Review: It's Always the Husband: A Novel by Michele Campbell-Mystery/Thriller/Suspense

Hello dear Readers,

My book review of It's Always the Husband by Michele Campbell.


Title: It's Always the Husband: A Novel
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Genre: Mystery/Thriller/Suspense
Author: Michele Campbell
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: May 16, 2017
Language: English
Hardcover: 336 pages
Meet the Author: Michele Campbell
Buy Me: Amazon

Book Description
"This book is perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty's Big Little Lies." –Redbook Magazine
"Fans of Ruth Ware and Gillian Flynn meet your next obsession." ―BuzzFeed
"In the tradition of Big Little Lies comes the excellently titled It's Always the Husband, a thriller about three friends–frenemies, really–who met as college roommates." –New York Post
*Named one of "50 Best Books for the Beach" by Coastal Living

*Named one of "7 Books You Won't Be Able to Put Down This Month" by InStyle
*Named one of "6 Books to Cure Your Little Big Lies Withdrawal" by Elle.com
*Named one of "20 Must-Read Books for Spring 2017" by Redbook
*Named one of "8 Thrillers You Will Devour This Summer" by BuzzFeed

“A page-turning whodunnit that will speak to anyone who’s ever had a frenemy.” –Ruth Ware, bestselling author of The Woman in Cabin Ten
Kate, Aubrey, and Jenny first met as college roommates and soon became inseparable, despite being as different as three women can be. Kate was beautiful, wild, wealthy, and damaged. Aubrey, on financial aid, came from a broken home, and wanted more than anything to distance herself from her past. And Jenny was a striver―brilliant, ambitious, and determined to succeed. As an unlikely friendship formed, the three of them swore they would always be there for each other.
But twenty years later, one of them is standing at the edge of a bridge, and someone is urging her to jump.
How did it come to this?

Kate married the gorgeous party boy, Aubrey married up, and Jenny married the boy next door. But how can these three women love and hate each other? Can feelings this strong lead to murder? When one of them dies under mysterious circumstances, will everyone assume, as is often the case, that it’s always the husband?
A suspenseful, absorbing novel that examines the complexities of friendship, It’s Always the Husband will keep readers guessing right up to its shocking conclusion.


My Thoughts

Another mystery- thriller I could not put down. Kept me guessing and wanting to know what was going to happen next and the ending unexpected but very satisfying. Full of twists, intriguing and unique characters and a great plot. I totally recommend this book and will be definitely reading more books of this author.

Wendy

Book Review: Behind Closed Doors: A Novel by B.A. Paris-Mystery/Thriller/Suspense

Hello dear Readers,

My book review of Behind Closed Doors: A Novel by B.A. Paris.


Title: Behind Closed Doors: A Novel
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Genre: Mystery/Thriller/Suspense
Author: B.A. Paris
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: August 09, 2016
Language: English
Hardcover: 304 pages
Meet the Author: B.A. Paris
Buy Me: Amazon

Book Description
THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES AND USA TODAY BESTSELLING DEBUT PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER YOU CAN'T MISS!


The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie?


“A hair-raising debut, both unsettling and addictive...A chilling thriller that will keep you reading long into the night.” ―Mary Kubica, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Good Girl
This is one readers won’t be able to put down.” ―Booklist (starred review)
"A can’t-put-down psychological thriller.” ―Library Journal (starred review)
“This debut is guaranteed to haunt you...Warning: brace yourself.” ―Bustle (10 New Thrillers to Read This Summer)
The sense of believably and terror that engulfs Behind Closed Doors doesn't waver.” ―The Associated Press, picked up by The Washington Post
This was one of the best and most terrifying psychological thrillers I have ever read.” ―San Francisco Book Review
Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth; she has charm and elegance. He’s a dedicated attorney who has never lost a case; she is a flawless homemaker, a masterful gardener and cook, and dotes on her disabled younger sister. Though they are still newlyweds, they seem to have it all. You might not want to like them, but you do. You’re hopelessly charmed by the ease and comfort of their home, by the graciousness of the dinner parties they throw. You’d like to get to know Grace better.
But it’s difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are inseparable.
Some might call this true love. Others might wonder why Grace never answers the phone. Or why she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn’t work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. Or why she never seems to take anything with her when she leaves the house, not even a pen. Or why there are such high-security metal shutters on all the downstairs windows.
Some might wonder what’s really going on once the dinner party is over, and the front door has closed.
From bestselling author B. A. Paris comes the gripping thriller and international phenomenon Behind Closed Doors.

My Thoughts

Never though I was going to hate a character more than I did Joe Goldberg from Caroline Kepnes book "You", but I did. Jack Angel, but interesting enough, even though I hated him but like Joe, these type of characters are a huge part why I love mystery, thriller books so much. They bring so much to the story that it would not be the same without them.

I loved this book. I enjoyed every page of it. It made feel sad, scared, anxious. I could feel the fear in every word and every sentence. But at the same time it made me happy to see how brave Grace was and how she managed to escape from such a monster, yes, that is the one word I would use to describe Jack Angel. Grace truly loved him and he did not deserve to be loved like that. 

Behind Closed Door is one of these books that you cannot stop thinking about even after finish it. I could not stop thinking about how evil of a character Jack is and how innocent Grace is at the beginning and how cruel he was to her but all these elements plus a fantastic writing make this book a master piece, one that I totally recommend. B.A. Paris is now one of my favorite authors.

Wendy

Book Review: The Breakdown: A Novel by B.A. Paris-Mystery/Thriller/Suspense

Hello dear Readers,

My book review of The Breakdown: A Novel by B.A. Paris.


Title: The Breakdown: A Novel
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Genre: Mystery/Thriller/Suspense
Author: B.A. Paris
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: July 18, 2017
Language: English
Hardcover: 336 pages
Meet the Author: B.A. Paris
Buy Me: Amazon

Book Description
Named One of the Most Anticipated Thriller Novels Of 2017 by Bustle!
THE NEW CHILLING, PROPULSIVE AUDIOBOOK FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES AND USA TODAY BESTSELLING BEHIND CLOSED DOORS.
If you can’t trust yourself, who can you trust?
Cass is having a hard time since the night she saw the car in the woods, on the winding rural road, in the middle of a downpour, with the woman sitting inside―the woman who was killed. She’s been trying to put the crime out of her mind; what could she have done, really? It’s a dangerous road to be on in the middle of a storm. Her husband would be furious if he knew she’d broken her promise not to take that shortcut home. And she probably would only have been hurt herself if she’d stopped.
But since then, she’s been forgetting every little thing: where she left the car, if she took her pills, the alarm code, why she ordered a pram when she doesn’t have a baby.
The only thing she can’t forget is that woman, the woman she might have saved, and the terrible nagging guilt.
Or the silent calls she’s receiving, or the feeling that someone’s watching her…
You won't be able to put down B. A. Paris's The Breakdown, the next chilling, propulsive audiobook from the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors.
"[Georgia Maguire's] overall narration is calm and elegant but emotional and alarming during the horrific moments Grace experiences." -AudioFile on Behind Closed Doors.

My Thoughts

BA Paris has easily become one of my favorite author and as with Behind Closed Doors I absolutely loved The Breakdown. I could not put it down. 

From page one I was hooked and wanted to know what the character's story and in what kind of journey I was getting myself into. Once more, BA Paris gives us well-developed and interesting characters, twists and unexpected situations and a story full of suspense and even though not expected  but an ending which fit the story perfectly. 

The Breakdown, a fantastic Thriller which I totally recommend.

Wendy