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.

Are You Sleeping

By Kathleen Barber

Are You Sleeping: A Novel by [Barber, Kathleen]

4 out of 5 stars

When I saw that this was going to be a television show, I knew I had better get to reading before it came out. It is very topical in this age of podcasts and Netflix shows that go over older criminal cases. Is it sensationalism or is it really news?

Josie has tried to forget her past and move on but can you ever really do that? Especially when your past is about the murder of your father. Polly Parnell’s podcast about convicted murderer Warren Cave has brought everything into the limelight again. Did Josie’s twin sister Lanie tell the truth?

This is about so much more than just the murder case. It is about the feelings of abandonment and the feelings of sadness at not being able to help the ones you truly love. You will want to slap Polly Parnell quite a few times. Though I do feel as if a lot of these shows do really want to get at the truth for truth’s sake, I did not get that feeling at all with Polly. Polly was out for Polly. I cringed a few times when she would turn up at the wrong time. I also felt a lot for Josie. I could understand her need to move on but I also could understand the need to reconnect, even when she thought she didn’t want to. I loved her relationship with Caleb. I always enjoy a sympathetic partner and not a jerk.

I look forward to seeing how the show turns out. I hope it does justice to this wonderful writing.

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of this book.

The Banker’s Wife

By Cristina Alger

The Banker's Wife by [Alger, Cristina]

4 out 5 stars

If you are looking for a book with twists and turns that take you on a wild ride, this is the one for you!

The story follows Marina, a reporter, and Annabel, who’s husband has mysteriously died in a plane crash, discovering  the truth of what happened. A Swiss bank that Matthew, Annabel’s husband, worked for, is involved in a lot of illegal doings and these women will find out more than they bargained for.

I loved  the women in this book. They were smart, fearless at times, and downright awesome. This includes Zoe, who was Matthew’s assistant. Loved her! This really is a wild ride and the ending was perfection. I have to admit that there were a lot of characters and at times, I had to stop and think, “who is this now”? But it was easy to figure out and I went along my merry way. This is the perfect book in this climate with so much corruption going on in the world today. I got a better understanding of how offshore banking worked. A really good read.

Thanks to Putnam for a copy of this book.

She Was The Quiet One

By Michele Campbell

She Was the Quiet One: A Novel by [Campbell, Michele]

4 out of 5 stars

Bel and Rose Enright are shipped off by their grandmother to Odell School after the death of their mother.  It is an elite boarding school that their father and grandfather attended.  We know from the onset that one of the twins is dead and that one is probably a suspect. What we learn as we read is just how we got to this point. The story is interspersed with different people being interrogated about events leaning up to the death and then we are taken back to see just what the sisters were doing and thinking.

You can tell you are in the throes of a good book when you find yourself talking out loud while reading it. (Maybe that’s just me!) “How can you be so naive?!” “Don’t fall for it!” That was just some of the things I said and probably the few I can write on here. You will definitely become entwined in these characters’ lives. You might want to shake a couple of them but you will want to see how they work through it all. This is a true page-turner and another outstanding outing by Ms. Campbell. You should also read her book It’s Always the Husband.

Thanks to Netgalley and St.Martin’s Press for a couple of this wonderful read.