She Lies In Wait

By Gytha Lodge

She Lies in Wait: A Novel by [Lodge, Gytha]

3,5  out of 5 stars

Thirty years after Aurora Jackson has gone missing, her body is found at the campground she was last seen at. She had went that night with her sister Topaz and a group of her sister’s friends. We get the backstory as to what happened in Aurora’s eyes as we alternate with the investigation into her murder. This is the first in a series with Detective Chief Inspector Jonah Sheens. I really look forward to reading more about him because he is a very interesting character. He grew up with the kids involved so he had a higher stake in it than most.

The story unfolds as each suspect is brought in for questioning and little by little, secrets are revealed. I really had no idea who the killer was. It could have been any of them. I loved Jonah’s process and his thinking as he slowly unfolded everything.

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

The Au Pair

By Emma Rous

The Au Pair by [Rous, Emma]

5 out of 5 stars

I think I entered into reading this book with a misconception. I was thinking it was a mystery/thriller. It definitely is a mystery but it is a lot more than that.

When Seraphine’s father dies suddenly of an accident, she stumbles upon s photograph that starts her down a path that will change everything she believes about her family.  It is a picture of her mother, father and a baby on the day she was born.  It is also right before her mother kills herself. The problem is, Seraphine is a twin. Why only one baby? As she searches for the truth, we are also given the backstory of Laura, the au pair who came to stay that year to watch the oldest son Edwin. The Summerbourne  manor holds lots of secrets and Laura is right in the middle of them all.

This is a wonderful book! It slowly unfolds to the reader in a very delectable way. As secrets are revealed, your mind will start spinning in a lot of directions. You might have it figured out, you might not. (I had some but there were some great surprises!) This is the author’s first novel and what a way to debut into the world. I look forward to many more!

Thanks to Netgalley and Berkley Publishing for an advanced copy of this wonderful book.

Watching You

By Lisa Jewell

Watching You: A Novel by [Jewell, Lisa]

5 out of 5 stars

This beauty comes out at the end of December and you are going to want to read it! This is my second Lisa Jewell book and like I said after the first one, Then She Was Gone, I don’t know why I am so late to the party!

There is a dead body in one of the houses in Melville Heights. (And I have to admit I thought it was one person but was so wrong) The story takes us between the police questioning a few people, to the stories of the people living there. They all seem to revolve around Tom Fitzwilliam, the headmaster at a local school. There is Joey, who recently moved in with her brother and pregnant wife. She feels a connection to him. There is Jenna, who’s mother has some serious mental issues and believes that Tom is watching her ever since a vacation they took. Jenna also has serious doubts about Tom’s character around female students. Tom’s son, Freddie, who keeps an eye on the comings and goings of the street, feels like he both loves and hates his father. Then there is Nicola, Tom’s wife, who seems to try to be something she’s not for him. It all swirls and ebbs around and around until you start to not trust everyone and isn’t that the most delicious part of reading?!

This is such a page-turning read and I could not wait to see how it all played out. Each of the main characters are written with such clarity and you really could feel what they were all about. I really loved the progression in Freddie. And who doesn’t love that little tidbit at an ending that makes you go AHA! I will read more and more from this wonderful writer, at least until I finish her library, and wait for more.

Thanks to Netgalley and Atria for this fantastic book.

Lies

By T.M. Logan

Lies by [Logan, T. M.]

3.5 out of 5 stars

Joe Lynch happens upon his wife’s car while with his young son. He follows her into a hotel parking lot and finds her arguing with a friend. He has no idea why she would be arguing with Ben and something niggles at him about the situation. When she leaves and he confronts Ben, Ben tells Joe that Joe has no idea what’s really going on. He goes to punch Joe. Joe pushes him away, not wanting to hit someone not quite up to his size, Ben falls and hits his head. Joe’s son is in the midst of an asthma attack so Joe runs home and when he goes back, Ben is gone. He asks his wife what’s going on and she tells him she was just helping Ben out with a client but as the story unfolds, and Joe is implicated in Ben’s disappearance, there is lie upon lie upon lie.

I did not see the biggest lie reveal at all. I thought I knew what was happening and was pretty proud of myself but I was wrong. There were some parts that really dragged for me and I wanted them to move a little quicker but all in all, it is a good thriller with a very likable lead character.

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

You Were Always Mine

By Nicole Baart

 

You Were Always Mine: A Novel by [Baart, Nicole]

4 out of 5 stars

Jessica Chamberlain is navigating life as best she can now that she and her husband Evan have separated. When he is killed, Jessica has to face life as a mother of her two sons alone. Max, a teenager, is angry at his mom, angry at the world. He feels if she did not kick him out, their dad would still be there. Gabe, their young adopted son, is loving but has his own developmental issues. It all leads to the private adoption when Jessica finds out that Evan was in contact with Gabe’s biological mother. Was what he finds out the cause of his death?

There are a lot of twists, the most major one I did not see coming, that make this a page turner. As you read Evan’s letters to Gabe’s birth mom, you really start to wonder why would he not tell Jessica and what the heck was going on! There is a fine line between thinking you are doing what is right and actually doing what is right. The best intentions of mice and men…. I liked Jessica. I loved that she followed her intuition despite others not believing her.

Thanks to Netgalley and Atria for a copy of this book.

The Lies We Told

By Camilla Way

The Lies We Told by [Way, Camilla]

4 out of 5 stars

There are lies, lies and even more lies in this twisty little tale.  When Clara’s boyfriend Luke doesn’t return home or even show up the next day for work, she knows something is wrong. He had been harassed by someone but even she did not know to what extent until he is missing. When she opens up his laptop and finds a ton of messages from a seemingly crazy woman, she goes with his best friend to the police. The search begins and there is so much that is uncovered.

Each chapter goes between the search for Luke and a woman writing about her young daughter who seems to be quite the Bad Seed. Little Hannah does a lot of very nasty things with no affect whatsoever. When she overhears her mother talking to another woman about a secret they share, it sets off a chain of events with disastrous results. Is this all tied to Luke’s disappearance? Well of course you think it has to because why are we reading about her.

Then the lies. There are so many lies. Everyone has some to tell. The last little lie at the end threw me for a loop, that’s for sure.

It will definitely keep you reading to see just what craziness is going to happen. Clara is a wonderfully sympathetic character and you want so much for her. Hannah is such a psychotic character, perfectly written. It has more than enough twists and turns to keep you turning the pages. It is a very good read for a cold October night.

Thanks to Netgalley and Berkley Publishing for an advance copy of this book.

The Exes’ Revenge

By Jo Jakeman

 

The Exes' Revenge by [Jakeman, Jo]

4 out of 5 stars

Our story begins at a funeral and ends with a funeral. It is the funeral of Imogen’s soon-to-be ex-husband. In front of Imogen sits his latest girlfriend Naomi and behind her, his first wife Ruby. These three women are as different as night and day but they all have something in common, the abusive Phillip. What starts as a disagreement between Imogen and Phillip over their house, ends up with someone locked in a basement converted room and lots of violence.

The book takes us back before the funeral and what leads up to his death.  But in between, there is a ton of action. I definitely could see this being a movie. I have no idea who I would cast but it would be quite the film.

I loved watching Imogen come into her own after years of mental and physical abuse from Phillip. I also loved that the spunky Naomi was not having any of it period. Ruby, on the other hand, seemed to be in a la la land but you have to know that the truth can slap you in the face.

This is definitely a page turner that you will read very quickly. Just desserts are the most delicious.

Thanks to Netgalley and Berkley Publishing for this review copy.