The Golden Couple , by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

Rating: 4 out of 5.


The Golden Couple by Greer Hendricks



I just finished reading “The Golden Couple” by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen. I want to thank NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for providing me with an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I have read quite a few books by these authors. They always do a very good job of creating a mystery and growing that mystery through a variety of suspicious characters. I kept trying to figure out who was lying and who was telling the truth and the main suspects kept changing.
The novel is about a couple who are undergoing therapy because of infidelity. There are many small mysteries throughout the book, and the authors do a masterful job of weaving it all together into a logical conclusion at the very end.
The characters in the book were layered and all had their own secrets, so that it was not easy to predict who was good and who wasn’t. I liked this book because it kept me interested in the characters and what their real motives were. There was an interesting backstory to the main characters that played a huge part in the resolution of the story.
I liked that the main character, Avery, was portrayed as a strong and confident woman who could stand her ground and make her own decisions. I also liked all the supporting characters (Polly, Skip, even Natalie-especially at the end) because they were mysterious in their own right. As for the “Golden Couple” Marisa and Matthew- I knew something was off with them and I wanted to figure out what they were up to. It was a good ending-that is all I am going to say.
I have enjoyed all books by these authors. They are a reliable duo and they write stories with strong female characters, which I like. While this novel wasn’t as exciting as previous ones, it was certainly entertaining enough to merit a recommendation from this reader.

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I am Not who You think I am by Erik Rickstad

Rating: 5 out of 5.
I Am Not Who You Think I Am by Eric Rickstad



I just finished reading “I Am Not Who You Think I Am”, by Eric Rickstad. I want to thank NetGalley and Blackstone Publishing for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


First of all, let me say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I was intrigued by the title and it did not dissapoint. This book is all about how we are not what or who people think we are, that we hide behind secrets and lies and missed opportunities. Furthermore, sometimes finding out the truth can be more devastating than finding out that people haven’t been honest with us in the first place. Sometimes, as this story shows, secrets are meant to be kept hidden, for the betterment of all involved.


The story takes us through the life of a young boy who sees his father commit suicide. He finds a note at his father’s feet that says “I am not you you think I am”.. Years pass and one day, he decides to find out the mystery behind the note.


What follows are a series of missteps and revelations that both broke my heart and kept me reading, because the mystery was so well written and described by the author, that I felt like I was part of the action itself.


Eric Rickstad is a phenomenal writer. He has an incredible ability to create a setting that places the reader inside not just the setting but in the minds and hearts of the characters. He created such believable and complex characters that had such a rich history that I was drawn into the mystery and wanted so badly for the truth to be revealed that I read this book in a matter or days, stealing every moment I could to continue in the journey of the mystery in the book.


It is not a happy book. At times I felt uncomfortable with the events in the novel, but it is steeped in the realistic nature of relationships between parents and their children, and between children and adults. It made me think about how far I would go to protect my own children from learning terrible truths about me. In the end, it is a piece of fiction with obviously villanous characters but must of the characters are broken and are in the search for acceptance and truth.


This book is different from most I have read, because all the characters are flawed and some are not redeemable. But that is the type of book I enjoy. It was a great reading experience, and I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys this genre.

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The Younger Wife by Sally Hepworth

The Younger Wife

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.


I just finished reading The Younger Wife, by Sally Hepworth. I would like to thank NetGalley for a copy of this book in return for an honest review. This book is a story about family and trauma and how childhood trauma affects adult life. It is a story about the relationship between fathers and their daughters, and daughters and their mothers, and the importance of truth and honesty and self worth.
The book is told from the perspective of three main characters who all have a relationship with the male main character. Two of them are his daughters, and the other is his soon to be wife. All the main characters are dealing with the trauma from their own secrets, which makes them relatable and intriguing. I very much liked the three main female characters, especially the way they bonded with each other.
The main story is the search for the truth as to who Stephen (the girl’s father) really is. And the side stories of the three women in the book, make for a very compelling read.
I was instantly drawn into the mysteries and secrets of the women and wanted them to heal from their own personal trauma. The author did an excellent job of creating characters the I could feel empathy and compassion for.
The psychological thriller part of the book was the way the Dad (Stephen) dealt with the women in his life. Very subtle and well-written as well, and not entirely evil and not entirely good. I was constantly going back and forth between what I felt about him.
The book was well written, easy to read, and entertaining from start to finish. The ending was a good affirmation to remain true to yor instincts and to believe in yourself, which is a good lesson for anyone, regardless of age.
If you enjoy pshycholgical thrillers, I believe this should be on your need-to-read list. You will not be dissapointed. I certainly wasnt.

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Nanny Dearest by Flora Collins

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
Nanny Dearest by Flora Collins



I have just finished reading Nanny Dearest by Flora Collins and I have to say WOW. I want to thank Net Galley for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

This book is definately a psychological thriller, exploring the effect of grief and the need for connections in life. It also explore’s how personal trauma affects a person throughout their life, and the importance of taking care of your mental health and developing and nurturing a good support system.

The author tells a story about two women who meet later in life but their connection was formed when the youngest girl (Suzy) meets up with her childhood nanny (Annaliese) Suzy lost her mother very young and is just recovering from losing her father as well. Being reunited with her former Nanny gives Suzy the warmth and comfort that she so desperately craves, but in so doing, she cuts off all ties with her friends and even her job.

What follows is an interesting journey between a desperate former Nanny who is obssessed with Suzy,and a young woman who is trying to recover her life and be happy.

What happens? Well, you will have to read the book to find out. But the book is very well written and the character’s though flawed are very rootable. There aren’t any huge WOW moments, but there are enough dramatic moments so that the book does not dissapoint.

For anyone who likes this genre, I highly recommend this book. You will not be disappointed.

Cheers


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Lost and Found #1 by J.S. Ellis

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I just finished “Lost and Found” by J.S. Ellis. I want to thank Book Sirens for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is a book about a friendship between two friends that is called into question when one friend secretly begins dating a man that the other friend has a crush on.

The beginning of the story had me interested because it brings to the forefront the lines that unite and ultimately break friendship, especially between women and roommates

Ultimately when one of the women goes missing, the story turns into a gripping mystery which I was very interested in following.

The author spent time setting up the main characters and did a good job of building up their bond, so that I was interested in finding out what happened tot he girls.

As with many books, there were some parts that tended to drag on, but considering there is a sequel to the mystery, I can understand why the author chose to spread the story over two books.

I really enjoy these types of pshychological thrillers, and I think that any reader that enjoys this genre will like reading this book as well.

I will definately be reading the follow up book to fint out how the mystery is solved.

Happy reading everyone.

I received an advance review copy for free and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

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“Sometimes I Lie” by Alice Feeney

Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney


I just finished reading “Sometimes I Lie”, by Alice Feeney. This book came very highly recommended by so many people and I was very excited to read it. It started off very mysteriously, the narrative shifting from the present to the future to the past. Intersperced in the story was a journal which didn’t have an author, so the reader was left to figure it out.
The main character in the story is Amber and her sister Claire. They are both married, and Amber suffers a car accident where she ends up in a coma in the hospital. Her visitors include her husband Paul and her sister Claire, and there is an air of mystery around them. There also enters a horrible character named Edward who is absolutely evil and awful.
The story revolves around the unhealthy relationship of the two sisters. The reader never really knows whether the sisters are good or evil, and the question remains, even at the end.
The ending includes alot of mystery and suspense and a final page that leaves the reader mystified and even more confused. Who really is Amber? And who really is Claire? If you like psychological thrillers, with unresolved questions, then this is the book for you.
It is very well written and incredibly creative, but make sure you are paying attention to the dates and characters while you are reading or else you will find yourself having to re-read some chapters.
I did like this book, but found the character of Edward absolutely despicable and I am not sure why he had to be included in the story. Edward and the ending (I like things tied up nicely at the end) are the reasons I can’t give this book five stars.
Maybe…just maybe…there is a sequel in the works? The ending sure does call for one. Anyways…A book I will not soon forget…
Happy Reading Everyone.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

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“Keep me Close” by Jane Holland

Keep Me Close by Jane Holland

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.


I just finished reading the book “Keep Me Close” by Jane Holland. Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.
The book tells the story of Kate, a woman who is trying to care for her mother who has early onset dementia while holding down a demanding job in a Publishing firm, and starting a new relationship. She has to deal with finding a good caregiver for her mother, dealing with an acrimonious boss, and a rather creepy author. Then she starts receiving threatening letters which claim she was responsible for the death of her boyfriend. But the kicker comes when bruising and signs of abuse begin to appear on her mother’s body.
In her quest to find out who is causing her mother’s suffering, Kate and the reader begins to suspect everyone.
This book has many twists and turns, some expected and some not. Kate tries her best to remain strong but her homelife and worklife start to unravel.
I liked the beginning of the story, it hooked be quite quickly. The story had interesting characters which were well written, and there was alot of intrigue surrounding each character and their motives.
In the end, I liked the story right up until the last chapter. I felt the ending was too cliche. I have read ALOT of psychological thrillers, and I was disappointed because I suppose I was expecting a more clever resolution.
If you don’t read alot of psycholocial thrillers, then I know you will love this book. I suppose I have read too many of these types of endings to appreciate them as much anymore.
Happy Reading Everyone!

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“Catch Her when She Falls” by Allison Buccola

Catch Her When She Falls by Allison Buccola

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I just finished reading “Catch Her When She Falls” by Allison Buccola. Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with a free copy in exchange for a review of the book.
This book follows the life of Micah whose best friend Emily was killed in highschool by Micah’s boyfriend, Alex. Micah is haunted by Emily’s death and the role that she played in sending Alex to jail. Now she is back in her hometown living with Alex’s best friend Ryan and running a Coffee Shop. But then mysterious threats begin targetting Micah, which brings into question whether or not Alex was actually responsible for Emily’s death. This sends Micah into a tailspin and she becomes obsessed with learning the truth, which eventually sends her looking for Emily’s strange younger brother Joshua…..
I enjoyed reading the backstory of Micah and her friends. She is definately a flawed character but I felt her pain and sorrow throughout the book. I also enjoyed how Micah was portrayed as this strong but equally vulnerable character, who wanted to do the right thing but was afraid to. The story kept sending clues about who the real killer might be throughout the book so that I was never quite sure of who actually killed Emily. At one point I even though Micah might have done it.
Although there were some head scratching moments in the book, overall I really enjoyed the story and the author did an excellent job of tying it up at the end, even though it was a bit messy.
My only advice to to the reader is watch for the timeline because this story is told in three different time periods: the far past, the near past and the present…hope that makes sense.


Happy Reading

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“The Couple Upstairs” by Shalini Boland

The Couple Upstairs

Rating: 4 out of 5.

 I just finished reading “The Couple Upstairs” by Shalini Boland. Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for a review.
I almost put this book down at the beginning because it just did nothing for me. I am glad I didn’t, because about a third of the way into it, the story got much more interesting. It began slowly, but ended in a very exciting way. Because it is a psychological thriller, the twist at the end was expected. I knew that there had to be a twist, but I didn’t figure out what it could be. The author did an excellent job of introducing the back story through a narrative, but I didn’t put the pieces together.
In the end, I found this book to be unique and intriguing with a strong and capable female lead character. I love that she was flawed but prinicpled.
To say that the characters are not who or what they seem is an understatement but I do believe that anyone how enjoys psychological thrillers will enjoy this book. The story is well told with well-developed characters that the reader cares about.
I am happy to recommend this book.

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“The Other Passenger” by Louise Candlish

The Other Passenger by Louise Candlish

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.



I just finished reading “The Other Passenger”, by Louise Candlish. It was intriguing,twisty, and full of surprises. It also reflects today’s obsession with money. The story revolves around two couples who become friends. The two men, Kit and Jaimie commute to work by boat and the two women Melia and Clare work together. Melia and Kit are in debt, living paycheck to paycheck, while Jaimie and Clare live a life of luxury thanks to Clare’s rich family.
The story evolves into a murder mystery after one of them disappears and another is a suspect. The story is fueled by the need and greed for money and the attitudes of different generations towards what they need and want. Alot of what the characters whine and complain about is exactly what we see today. Young people struggling to buy a home and not earning enough money, begrudging the fifty year old crowd for “having it all”.
This attitude towards money and the need to have it leads to an outrageous plot to enrich the lives of Kit and Melia.
To say more will give away too much, but the way the story unravels and exposes plot twists made this book hard to put down.
I read it very quickly and was constantly trying to figure our what was really happening. All the characters had their flaws, but they each served the purpose of moving the story forward and keeping it interesting.
If you like stories with twisty turns and surprising revelations, I am quite sure you will enjoy this book. I know I did and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys this genre. You will not be disappointed….believe me!


Happy Reading!

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