The Other Mrs.

By Mary Kubica

The Other Mrs.: A Novel by [Kubica, Mary]

4 out of 5 stars

Mary Kubica is really the master at the slow ride thriller. It starts off with a simmer and then heads into a full boil of twists and shocks. It can be a little forgotten moment or a big old house filled with corners that will make you try to figure out just what the heck is going on. The story is told in three separate voices. Sadie is a doctor who has moved with her family into her husband’s sister’s old house. It also comes along with his dark, angry niece. A murder occurs in the little town and things don’t add up for Sadie. We also have Camille, a seductress who seems to want Sadie’s husband to herself. Then there is Mouse, a quiet little girl whose life turns upside with the arrival of her “fake” mom.

The three narrators give us a different view of what is going on. I felt that I knew what was going on and I partly did, I will only say that much. There were some things that were so dark that I didn’t realize what was going on. This is another hit in the thriller/mystery realm of Mary Kubica. It is definitely a page turner!

Thanks to Netgalley and Park Row for an advance copy of this book.

Dead To Her

By Sarah Pinborough

Dead to Her: A Novel by [Pinborough, Sarah]

4 out of 5 stars

If you like twisty, sordid tales of love, revenge, mystery, this is definitely the author for you. This story is a sexually fueled ride through the upper crust of Southern society and those outliers that find themselves thrust into that world. Marcie Maddox is the second wife who is taken aback by the new second wife of her husband’s partner. Keisha is a very young black woman from Britain who is the exact opposite of his first wife. As Marcie watches everyone revolve around Keisha, she too is thrown into the whirlwind. Secrets abound. Then, as anyone who reads Ms. Pinborough knows, there is a twist at the end that makes you shout “AHA!”

It is hard to put this one down. I loved the little pieces of the puzzle along the way. The voodoo was a very nice touch for the story. It was hard to feel sorry for any of them but they all did have their moments. I will warn you that there is a bit of sex and I know some people just can’t deal with that. It made sense to me with the characters. If you have never read her before, I suggest you do. Behind Her Eyes was one of my favorite reads.

Thanks to Netgalley and William Morrow for an advance copy.

Name Drop: The Really Good Celebrity Stories I Usually Only Tell at Happy Hour

By Ross Mathews

Name Drop: The Really Good Celebrity Stories I Usually Only Tell at Happy Hour by [Mathews, Ross]

5 out of 5 stars

Who among us doesn’t like a book that dishes up some celebrity stories and one that has recipes to boot?! Who among us doesn’t love the national treasure that is the adorable Ross Mathews?

Ross has to be hands down one of the people that I would love to meet up with at happy hour and listen to his stories. He is hilarious. His pop culture references are on point. He seems like one of the nicest people ever. He is a Seahawks fan. Go Hawks! He is everything I want in a friend and I feel we would be best friends forever.

His stories are really a lot of fun. You will find yourself just laughing at his misadventures and thinking that you would probably do the same thing. He writes kindly of all the people, even the ones that might not have been so kind to him. Looking at you, Matthew Perry.

It is just one big delightful book. I bet it would be great in audio. Thanks for making me laugh during this crazy time, Ross. Oh and yes, I cried when he wrote about his mom at the end. You have to love a mama’s boy.

Thanks to Netgalley and Atria Books for an advance copy of this wonderful book.

The Look-Alike

By Erica Spindler

The Look-Alike: A Novel by [Spindler, Erica]

4 out of 5 stars

This was my very first book by Erica Spindler and I have to say, I enjoyed it quite a bit. It won’t be the last one I read.

There is something about a death in the snow at night that already leads itself into something you want to uncover. When you add an eerie suspicion that it might be you that was the target, you want to uncover more. Sienna Scott stumbled upon a murdered girl in college one night, who happened to be wearing almost the exact same jacket and gloves. When no murderer has been arrested, she begins to wonder that maybe she was the target. Take into account that her mother has a mental disorder that leads her to paranoia and fear that someone is trying to get her, you begin to wonder if she is right or she is like her mother. We travel back and forth between the past and the present where Sienna has come back home after years abroad. Not only does she have to deal with memories, the case has been reopened and Sienna is getting phone calls that have her on edge.

You will feel the mounting fear rising in your chest as the story stretches out. You start to second guess everyone and everything. There is a great group of characters lead by Sienna that has you hoping you are right about some things and wrong about some things. The mystery didn’t last throughout the whole book, I pretty much figured out the killer pretty quickly, but that didn’t take away from the story at all. Sienna is someone you will want to root for.

Thanks to Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press for a review copy of this book.

The Jetsetters

By Amanda Eyre Ward

The Jetsetters: A Novel by [Eyre Ward, Amanda]

5 out of 5 stars

I have read every single one of Amanda Eyre Ward’s books and have loved them all. Again, I have fallen in love. The very dysfunctional Perkins family has gathered together for a cruise in Europe that the matriarch Charlotte has won. She hopes that it will be a means of getting her family all together and around her more. Charlotte is a rather distant type of person. She longs for love and joy again, apart from her chardonnay and Triscuits and cheese, yet she was raised to not really show emotion. Lee is an actress with no job and carries a big family secret on her shoulders.  Cord is gay and has not come out to his family. Regan is unhappily married. Against the backdrop of Europe, so beautifully described in the book, can they find some kind of peace and family relationship?

I love how this was not all tied up in a nice little bow. It was messy and chaotic and loving and sad. It was exactly what a family is. A few times I wanted to shake a few of them and that to me is the perfect book, I become so involved in these fictional characters that they become very real to me. Amanda Eyre Ward does that to me every time.

If you have never read Amanda Eyre Ward (firstly, what is wrong with you?), you would not go wrong to read this gem. It comes out March 3.

Thanks to Netgalley and Ballantine Books for a copy of this wonderful book for my reading enjoyment.

The Better Liar

By Tanen Jones

 

The Better Liar: A Novel by [Jones, Tanen]

4 out of 5 stars

This is really quite an amazing debut novel by Tanen Jones. It is dark and twisty and perfect for reading when you are huddled in your bed with a cold. My addled cold brain was messed up enough and then I get further into this book and my head was swimming.

Leslie is looking for her sister because she needs her to collect her father’s inheritance. When she goes looking for her, she finds her dead and ends up with a young actress named Mary, who will fill the bill nicely. You can already tell that this is not going to go any which way you think it is. I do have to say that part way through I had a big “What if” question mark and I am not going to give anything away but cold be damned! I loved how it was told in the voices of Mary, Leslie, and her sister Robin. It gave a depth to the backstory and made you understand just who they were.

I loved where this book took me and I look forward to wherever Tanen Jones takes me next book.

Thanks to Netgalley and Random House Ballantine for a copy of this book.

 

Such a Fun Age

By Kiley Reid

Such a Fun Age by [Reid, Kiley]

4 out of 5 stars

I am so glad that I picked this book up for my last book of 2019. It lived up to all the hype I had read beforehand. It felt like I breezed through it even though the storyline had so many different layers. The two main characters of Alix and Emira were at such different stages in their lives but the combination made the reader want to know more. They are connected through something that I didn’t see coming, that was a great twist. It makes you think about how you would handle situations and just how politically and racially woke you are.  Emira with little Briar, Alix’s daughter, was both touching and heartbreaking. The ending had me saying Wow. That added a layer all in it’s own.

Such a Fun Age is such a great book. It is an incredible debut from someone I know I will read again.

Thanks to Netgalley and Penguin Group Putnam for a copy of this wonderful book.