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.

 

her pretty face

By Robyn Harding

Her Pretty Face by [Harding, Robyn]

4 out of 5 stars

Frances Metcalfe has no real friends among the mothers of her son’s private school. Her son has some issues and an incident with a bottle of water, sets the tone for how the others treat her. Until Kate Randolph appears on the scene. She is everything Frances feels she is not. She is a tall, thin, classy woman compared to Frances’ rather frumpy, overweight appearance. Frances has something from her past that has left her feeling bad about herself. Her husband tells her he loves her just as she is but Frances is loaded with self-doubt so when Kate comes to the rescue, her life starts to change. But is anyone who we truly think they are?

Kate’s daughter Daisy comes and goes as she pleases. Kate doesn’t seem to care. A stranger seems to be buzzing around Daisy’s life but why? What is his agenda?

The story also lets us hear the from the voice of DJ, who’s sister was tortured and killed by a couple when she was a teen. He knows that there was more to the story than the young woman told. She was not who she pretended to be.

Everyone pretending to be someone else can only lead to one thing, an explosion.

It was so hard to put this book down. I had figured out things pretty early on but the way it was written, really enhanced the whole reveal and aftermath. I loved Frances coming to grips with her life and herself. It was a total rebirth. Daisy was a very powerful character. It was fascinating to watch her grow up and work things out. Once everything hit the boiling point, it was hard to put down. Another great outing by Robyn Harding. You will enjoy The Party too, if you haven’t picked it up yet.

This would make a fabulous miniseries.

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

Bring Me Back

By B.A. Paris

Bring Me Back: A Novel by [Paris, B. A.]

4 out of 5 stars

B.A. Paris has a wonderful way around a mystery/thriller. I enjoyed her last two books and this one slid easily with the others.

Finn’s girlfriend Layla disappeared one night from a rest stop. The details are sketchy because Finn has not told the police the whole truth, which you will find out as you read. Years later, Finn is engaged to Layla’s sister Ellen. Ellen is the polar opposite of Layla but Finn has found a somewhat peaceful life until….(cue the dramatic music) a little Russian nesting doll appears and then emails from Layla appear. Now, if only Layla will appear….

I really enjoyed the back and forth between Finn and Layla’s emails. It was such a cat and mouse game. I have to admit though that I felt it started to drag in a few places and I was wanting to fast forward to what happened after. But I didn’t and the ending was worth the price of admission. It is one you will not see coming.

I look forward to whatever she writes next!

Thanks to St. Martin’s Press for letting me read this book early.

Paper Ghosts

By Julia Heaberlin

Paper Ghosts: A Novel of Suspense by [Heaberlin, Julia]

4 out of 5 stars

This book has such an interesting concept; is Carl a serial killer or just some old photographer with dementia? Grace wants to know what happened to her sister and Carl is the likely suspect in her mind. His photographs are eerie and have hints of girls who have gone missing, never to be found again. She plans a road trip hoping to find her answers but it is hard to tell what is real in his mind or not.

I took care of my mom, who suffered from Lewy Body Dementia, for four years. Ms. Hearberlin wrote perfectly of the struggles of someone who has it. My mom had people that talked to her. One was very evil and wanted to kill her. She was terrified. One was a sweet nurse who did not want any harm to come to her. Carl’s friends reminded me so much of what my mom dealt with. She also remembered a lot about her past and then in other moments, not at all. The way Grace dealt with him was a lot of how I felt (well except I didn’t think she was a killer!). You are patient and then you are not. You don’t know what’s real or not. But then again,, I think Grace had a thin rope that she was hanging onto anyway. She is definitely one of the most complex characters I have read it a while.

You will be completely wrapped up in Grace’s search and her slow and painful realizations. Such a good read.

Thanks to Netgalley and Ballantine for this wonderful read.

Then She Was Gone

By Lisa Jewell

Then She Was Gone: A Novel by [Jewell, Lisa]

5 out of 5 stars

This was my first book by Lisa Jewell and why I am late to the party, I will never know.  This will definitely not be my last!

When Ellie Mack goes missing, the police think she ran away. Her mother Laurel knows she could not have. She was the family golden child. She had everything going for her. She was a bit nervous for her Math exams but she had a tutor, Noelle, who had helped her. She was very creepy but she helped her.

Years have gone by and with more news, the family finally goes on with their lives. Laurel and her husband have gone their separate ways. Laurel meets Floyd at a coffee shop and immediately, there is something between them. But it is when she meets his brilliant daughter Poppy, that things go from zero to one hundred in this story. Poppy looks exactly like Ellie. But how could that be? A trick of the mind or something a lot more sinister?

I was so wrapped up in this book. I read with a deep feeling of dread. I read with tears in my eyes. I read with my mind working a mile a minute putting two and two (or three) together. Whatever the emotion, I read and I read and I read. The writing is superb. The storyline, with the four different voices, played out so perfectly. It gave us a look into everyone’s view of what happened and why. It was creepy at times. Okay, a lot of the time but how I loved the creepy factor. Just a perfect read. I will be picking up more Lisa Jewell books immediately.

Thanks to Netgalley and Atria Books for this fantastic read.

The Elizas

By Sara Shepard

The Elizas: A Novel by [Shepard, Sara]

4 out of 5 stars

Eliza Fontaine wakes up in the hospital after being found at the bottom of the pool. She swears she was pushed but the problem is, she has been saved from drowning a few times before. She doesn’t remember most of what happened the night of the pool incident and with the help of the guy who saved her, she tries to recreate what happened. Her family is walking on eggshells around her and as her debut novel The Dots is about to be published, they want it stopped. But why?

We go back and forth between what is happening with Eliza and excerpts of the novel, which worked really well.  The novel gives us great insight into what probably is happening. You know what you are reading and have it pretty figured out but why can’t Eliza remember anything?

I have never read Ms. Shepard before. I never read any Pretty Little Liars. But I have to say that I was drawn in from the start . I wanted to shout at Eliza about what was in the book. It was so obvious what was happening but we do see what we want to, especially when we care about a person. The more Eliza dug, the more she resembled Dot in her novel. I loved the character of Desmond and all his quirks. He added an element of fun to the mystery.  If you are a fan of Ms. Shepard, I am sure you will eat this one up.

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