I just finished reading “The Engagement”, by Samantha Hayes. Here are my thoughts. I LOVED this book. I read it in one day and couldn’t put id down. It has excitement intrigue, conflict, lies, secrecy, and an overwhelming show of the love between parent and child.
This book is about a woman named Hannah who has a daughter named Belle. The two characters are very close and when Belle decides to return home from France, Hannah decided to surprise her with an 18th birthday party. The surprise though is on Hannah when Belle brings with her a fiancee (Jack) who Hannah knows and has a past with. Jack has changed his name and his real motives are revealed. Can Hannah and her husband Rob stop lying to each other long enough to get through to Belle and save her?…Read and find out.
What I liked about the book. The Epilogue. OHMYGOD! It was so good!!!! I had a feeling it was going to go that way but still…the final reveal was outstanding! Kudos to the author. What a stroke of genius! I also liked the fast pace of the story and how interconnected all the characters were. It was so well written. Thank You to NetGalley and BooKOuture for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
What I didn’t like. I thought the character of Belle was written to be a bit too stupid. Hello Girl! RED FLAG…RED FLAG! it took her a while to recognize the truth about Jack and I was getting frustrated with her naivete.
This is definately a need-to-read . I am quite sure it will thoroughly entertain.
I Just finished reading the story “A Death at the Party” by Amy STuart. Here are my thoughts. It was a well. paced and unique story about a woman who is planning her famous mother’s 60th birthday party. The story takes place in one day and is divided into three parts and told from different perspectives. There are alot of sub-plots going which are creatively interwoven together to end in a huge BIG reveal at the end of the birthday party.
What I liked about this story was the relationship between the mother and daughter, and the feeling that they hav to protect each other at al costs. I love that every character in the book is important and has something to contribute to the book. I love that there are tiny hints and reveals throughout the book and the the author gradually reveals the main question or mystery in the book. I love that the characters are flaswed but ultimately there is a human side revealed.
What I didn’t like about the book. I didn’t like that the main character was unfaithful. And Im not sure why that had to occur.
Other than that, it was a great book that I devoured quickly. I wanted to get to the end so that my questions could get answers and was pleasantly surprised that the ending was not what I expected. Well written and well paced with exciting reveals in interesting characters with intermingling backgrounds made this book a great read. Thanks to NetGalley and Simon and Schuster for a copy of this book in return for an honest review.
I just finished “The HouseMaid) by Freida McFadden. Here are my thoughts. This book is about a young woman named Millie who takes a job as a housemaid for a wealthy family. She needs to do a perfect job as she is an ex-convict and she is living in her car. Her job is to do housecleaning and cooking for the Winchesters: Nina (the wife who is demanding and seems to sabatoge her at every step, Cece (the spoiled-rottern daughter) and Andrew (The gorgeous husband who seems to be perfect). What follows is a series of strange occurences where nothing is at it seems and everything is strange and bizarre….until somethimg MAJOR happens and then things begin to make sense.
What I liked about this book is that it was action packed, filled with surprises and revelations that I wasn’t expecting. I liked the main character. She was trying to fix her life in toxic circumstances. The plot went along quickly and there were alot of surprising revelations which made this book a quick read.
What didn’t like. I’ve read books like this before, so I felt like the book wasn’t a unique plot. In fact, I’ve read quite a few books like this. The typical “things aren’t what they seem” type of pscychological thriller. The only thing I appreciated about the plot, is how they set up the character of Millie for another book.
Overall, in spite of the similarities to other books, I enjoyed the read…enough to read the sequel.
I just finished reading “The Personal Assistant” with Kimberly Belle and here are my thoughts. This is a story about a woman who hires a personal assistant to help her run her social media platforms. This woman (called AC) disappears one day just as Alex is getting cancelled because of something that she posted. When the threats from social media trolls get nasty and viscous Alex finds out that her seemingly perfect husband, Patrick is hiding secrets. The story is told from the point of view of Alex, Patrick and A.C. It is a rollercoaster of frightening moments, deception, lies and intrigue. The ending ties mostly everything together, but a few questions were left unanswered.
What did I like? I liked the characters, expecially the daughters of Alex. I liked the lessons about the true consequences of living your life on Social Media and the toxicity that surrounds it. I liked the ending (for the most part).
What I didn’t like? The main character. I feel like she played the victim card too much. There were so many red flags and she ignored them. But maybe that was the point of the story. That there is a toxic underbelly to social media that exploits and harms society.
And the unanswered questions that I had about events in the story that I fele were dropped, or maybe I was supposed to infer them. I was actually a little disappointed when the instigator of the original media post that trigerred this story was revealed… don’t buy it…not at all.
Anyways, the story was entertaining, full of exciting events and lots of drama… Happy Reading
I just finished reading “A Nearly Normal Family”, by M T Edvardsson. It is about a young girl, Stella who is accused of murder and the search for what really happened is told through three perspectives, the Dad, the Daughter and the Mom.
First of all, the Dad comes across as loving and kind but not capable of acting rationally or with any sense of calm. While he is right to be worried, he refuses to listen to anyone’s advice and acts in his own manner
The Daughter comes across as a typical teenager, enthralled with a much older man who promises her love and adventure. Her story is closely tied to that of her best friend Amina, who is hard to understand.
The mom is the most interesting character, by far. She is a lawyer and she is calm and calculated and tries to get her husband to believe in her. I sense real love between Ulrika and Adam, but Ulrika is hiding things from Adam and it casts a dim shadow on her character.
I never got the sense that this was a normal family…they are anything but. But the honest way they are portrayed paints a real picture of what normal really is…full of ups and downs, mysteris and lies, deception and truth. And the truest fact which is that parents will go to great lengths to protect their children…even in they have to sully the truth.
I just finished reading “One True Loves” by Taylor Jenkins Reid. At first I thought it was too cheesy, and I was going to put it away. Thank God I didn’t. I quickly became engrossed in the love story of one woman and two men. The first love story was romantic and thrilling and about young love. The second love story was about maturity and safety and making a home. I love both love stories and was not ready to read about who she picks at the end….but she did pick.
So what happened…Basically a young woman (Emma) marries a young man she is deeply in love with and they decide that they want a life filled with adventure. Everything is great until Jessie dissapears and is presumed dead. Emma is devasted beyond measure and decides to return home to her hometown where she meets her old friend Sam…and well…they decide after a while that they too are in love. But then…a few years later after disappearing…Jesse returns and Emma must choose which man she wants to be with.
What I loved about this story was the way the author created both scenarios in such a wonderful and exciting way so that there was no doubt that the decision about who to choose was going to be a difficult one. Both men are wonderful and very different…and Emma is heartbroken that she must choose because she knows that one of her true loves will be deeply wounded.
What I didn’t like about this book? Honestly, not much. The ending was wonderful and easy to agree with the decision that Emma makes.
This book was wonderful, romantic, full of adventure and heartbreak. One True Loves is one truly great read.
I just finished reading “The Guilt Trip” by Sandie Jones. I would consider this a book about lies and betrayal at the highest level. Three couples go to Portugal for a wedding and stay in a fancy villa. While there, secrets are exposed and betrayals are revealed, and basically nothing is at it seems.
Those who start out as loyal are shown to be incredible selfish and deceptive. Those who start off as sneaky and secretive are shown to be kind and compassionate at the end. You never quite know who to believe or trust…until the las 20 or so pages where all is revealed, and it is explosive…
I liked the characters of Rachel (the main character) and Noah. They seemed genuine and concerned for each other. I liked the naughtiness of Paige and Ali. I absolutely disliked Jack… He was a despicable character who I was pleased with how the story ended for him. I didn’t like the feeling of whiplash I got as the story progressed. It was almost to many twists and turns…and after a while I just wanted the truth to come out.
The author did an excellent job of building up the backstory of the characters which made the ending satisfying. I though Rachel was week and gullible in some parts and I just wanted to shake her. I guess my main issue is that it took SOOOO long for the truth to come out. Overall, a good mystery filled with secrets and lies and bad behaviour by all …except Will (I loved him!) Happy Reading everyone.
I just finished reading “The Marriage”, by K.L. Slater and I really enjoyed it. This book is about a woman whose son dies very young at the hands of his best friend. At the beginning of the book it is revealed that she has fallen in love with and is going to marry the man who murdered her son. WHAT!!!b And…he is twenty years younger than her.
At first it seems like she has a plan and that she is doing this to hurt him…and his mother, who is obviously against the marriage. So seems to be everyone else, including the grandson who wants nothing to do with the man who killed his father. There is also something fishy going on with the dad who seems very detached and overly critical of his son. You would think he would be happy that his son is back..but he almost seems upset.
What follows is a circus of drama that makes the book unputdownable as secrets are slowly revealed to expose many truths (some that I didn’t see coming.
I enjoyed this book…It was thrilling, suspenseful, well-written and full of action.
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I just finished reading “The Silent Ones” and it was awesome. It tells the stories of two young girls who go on an adventure to visit and old lady and it doesnt end well. These two young girls are cousins and their moms are sisters who have issues of their own. Suffice it to say there is ALOT of family drama which creates an interesting story full of twist and turns.
What did I like about this book? Well, for one there was a great background to this story which created an interest in the relationship between the sisters and what caused the relationship to develop. Also the ending with the brother was so awesome. I loved it.
What did I not like about this book? While most of the story seemed realistic, there were definately parts which required a suspension of disbelief. At times, the story telling was believable..at other times it wasn’t.
All in all, I was interested in the sisters as well as the cousins, and managed to read the entire book quite quickly. Well Done, K.L. Slater, Well Done…
I just finished reading “On a Quiet Street” by Seraphina Glass. This book centers around three women, each in a dysfunctional relationship who are trying to inadvertantly help each other out. Each has their own mystery to solve and each woman relies on each other to bring solutions to their problems. All three women, Cora, Paige, and Georgia are all interesting women with great personalities who are all looking for a better life. Their lives intertwine because they all live in this posh neighborhood and know each other. I really liked this book. I found it very easy to read and follow along with. The writer kept the story going, revealing just enough to keep the reader interested in the outcome. The women were strong, yet vulnerable and I loved how they had each other’s backs. Doing the right thing for the right reasons, and using eny tactic necessary to get the results they wanted which at the end of the day was truth and love. I love domestic thrillers. This book had everythink I could want: dynamic characters, rootworthy heroines and a very satisfying ending. Bravo to Ms. Glass. I will definately be reading books from this author in the future. Happy Reading.