Reckless Girls

by Rachel Hawkins

Rating: 2 out of 5.

I just finished reading “Reckless Girls”, by Rachel Hawkins. Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martins Press for providing me with a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
For starters, I have read alot of books by this author, and have enjoyed them all…but this one not so much.
It is about a group of young people who take off for an adventure at a deserted island. While there, they encounter another couple…and everything is going well…until it’s not. Somehow, secrets and lies are exposed, and nothing is as it seems.
It all seemed a little too convoluted for me. I felt like there was just too much in the book that didn’t make sense. Without giving anything away, I didn’t get a strong feeling for any of the characters and there were things that happened in the book that didn’t make all that much sense.
For me to enjoy a book, I need to be vested in the characters…and I just wasn’t. I didn’t care for any of them. I felt that they were all pretentious, spoiled, and vacuous. The story was too difficult to process at some points. I almost felt like I was missing something important.
Maybe it will appeal to a younger audience sho can relate to the characters sense of entitlement. I am not sure. Suffice it to say…this book just wasn’t for me.
Happy Reading.

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The Family Remains

by Lisa Jewell

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I just finished reading “The Family Remains” by Lisa Jewell. Thank you to NetGalley and Simon and Schuster for providing me with a free copy of ths book in return for an honest review. A fabulous author who has written another fabulous book. I didn’t realize this was a sequel, it was so well written, I didn’t feel like I missed out at all not having read the first book. Lisa Jewell creates rich characters with interesting backstories. She begins the novel with four separate sub-stories and somehow manages to bring all the characters into one singular story by the end of the novel.
The story centers around a murder, a family and a young girl who meets the wrong man. Somehow all these sub stories connect to reveal what happened long ago in a rather toxic home where most of these people lived. It was defenately a page turner and I couldn’t stop reading the book. It is written from 4 different perspectives, which keeps it interesting and mysterious
I loved the family drama, the characters and the evolution of the storylines I loved that every character in this story had a purpose. I loved the twists and turns, and the evolution of the characters and the story. The only negative was that the family tree was somewhat hard to follow, especially because some of the characters changed names. But, at the beginning of the novel, there is an explanation of the family tree. I loved the character of Rachel whose story was interesting, as well as Henry, who was a conflicted and flawed character that I had great empathy for.
Overall, this was a great book. Loved every second of it and I was sad when it ended. Lisa Jewell is a magnificent writer and I am never dissapointed in anything I read from this author.
Happy Reading!

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The Villa

by Rachel Hawkins

Rating: 4 out of 5.
I just finished reading the book "The Villa", by Rachel Hawkins.  Thanks to St Martins Press and NetGalley for an advanced copy in return for an honest review.  Rachel Hawkins is an excellent writer who has a very steady and well paced writing style.  This book is what people call a slow-burn.  No real big moments or reveals, but steady progress towards a resolution.
The story is two fold: surrounding an event that occured in an Italian Villa decades ago, which involved a murder and a mystery.  Fast forward four decades, and two writer who are also best friends go to the same villa to finish their own books, and one of the writer stumbles upon the murder mystery and decides to delve further into it...while trying to finish the book she is currently writing.
There are many characters in this book which the author brings to life quite vividly.  She does an excellent job of breathing personality and urgency into all the characters in the book.  I enjoyed both parts of the book:  the past and the present.
This story is definately worth reading because it is well written and has consistent action.  Even though there are not big moments is has enough action and mystery to entertain the reader, whomever they are.
Happy Reading Everyone!
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The Paper Palace

by Miranda Cowley Heller

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I just finished readiing “The Paper Palace” by Miranda Cowley Heller. I first time author which very much impressed me because it was so well written and wonderfully paced.

This is not my usual choice for reading, but I was intrigued by the description at the back. It is hard to describe what this story is about without revealing too much. Basically it is about unrequited, childhood love and the consequences of the choices we make, secrets that we keep and connections that we make. It is about love, and family and childhood memories and trauma…quite a bit of it actually. What really matters in the end is how this book makes you feel. I felt happy, nostalgic, sad, angry, compassionate and sentimenal. I laughed, almost cried, felt envy, felt empathy…all of these emotions, while reading this book.

It is cleverly told within a 24 hour period in the present, and then in small parts explaining the past. The main character is wonderfully flawed, and I enjoyed all the characters…the villain of the story was well written and I felt the vile and repulsion in my soul when I was reading those parts of the story.

It is a fairly long read, but I found myself stealing moments throughout the day trying to read snippets at a time. Every page served an important purpose, even if you didn’t understand why at the time of reading it.

Overall, a great book, and I can understand why it was so highly recommended.

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Her One Mistake

by Heidi Perks

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I just finished reading “Her One Mistake” by Heidi Perks. Your typical domestic thriller about two friends who develop a friendship, both have secrets. One day one of the friends (Charlotte) takes her kids and the other friends (Harriet) kids to a fair…and the Harriet’s child goes missing. Everyone blames Charlottte, but the truth about Harriet’s slowly unravels and reveals a dark and sinister plot behind the whole event. I’m not sure if the one mistake is Charlotte taking the kids to the fair, Charlotte trusting Harriet, or Harriet thinking she could get away with her plans.

What follows is a thrilling search for answers told from both women’s perspectives, both in past and present tense.

Although it was hard to follow at times, and slightly unbelievable at others, it was an interesting look at how quickly public opinion changes when something bad happens (like a child goes missing). I felt great empathy for both characters, especially when the main character seemingly lost all community support, because they blamed her for the lost child.
I thought the villiam was written with alot of thought and precision. I actually hated the villain and I wanted him so badly to suffer.

The female characters were also well written and I liked their backstories. I think that the backstories are what made this book more enjoyable, especially Harriet, the woman whose child goes missing. I really wanted her to be happy throughout the book and I wanted her child to be okay.

So did Harriet reunite with her child? Did Charlotte restore her reputation and heal from the accusations that she faced? What happened to the main villain? All these questions are answered in the final chapters of this book. You will not regret reading this, especially if you enjy psychological thrillers.
Happy Reading!

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

The Perfect Marriage

by Geneva Rose

Would you defend your husband if he was accused of killing his mistress? Read “The Perfect Marriage”, by Jeneva Rose.

I heard so much about this book and was so thrilled to finally be able to read it. It started off with a bang…right away, there was mystery and intrigue. Did he actually kill his mistress? Would he go to jail? Did his wife believe him?

At the beginning I really liked this book. It was exciting and interesting and super mysterious. But as I continued reading I just got more and more frustrated with the characters, especially the male lead. One minute he loved his wife…the next he was doing something completely stupid. And the wife… she as so incredibly unlikeable…I could not understand her motives.

She was mean and nasty and selfish and condascending.
I was hoping for a stronger story, maybe more courtroom drama, but there were too many red herrings and loose ends, to truly say it was enjoyable.
In the end… I was not overly satisfied and found it tough to recomment.
Just my opinion.

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Then She Was Gone…

by Lisa Jewell

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I just finished reading “Then She Was Gone”, by Lisa Jewell, who is very quickly becoming one of my favourite authors. This is a true psychological thriller, told from many different viewpoints.

It follows the story of a mother who is trying to move on from the disappearance of her wonderful daughter when she was only 15. Her daughter is desribed as perfectly wonderful, the apple of everyone’s eyes. The dissapearance of ther daughter causes the family to fall into turmoil, eventually ending in divorce.

Fast forward 15 or so years, and the mother meets an alluring man and begins to fall for him and his daughter “Poppyy” who bears an uncanny ressemblance to the daugher who dissapeared all those years ago.

What’s the connection? What happened to the daughter? Who is Poppy? All these questions are answered slowly and carefully in a series of tales told from different points of view.
I really liked this book. The characters were well written and vey likeable, but mysterious at the same time. The author took her time setting up the story and the way she told it from different perspectives made it extra entertaining.

It was not too long, actually, the perfect length, with a satisfying and somewhat happy ending.

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Such a Good Mother

by Helen Monks Takhar

Rating: 3 out of 5.
I just finished reading "Such a Good Mother", by Helen Monks Takhar.   I would describe it as a psychological thriller based on the way the story evolves and changes direction so many times, and especially for the way it ends.

The story is about all mother's desires to give their child, and by extension, their family, the best possible chance to succeed.  Sometimes this desire leads women down paths where they compromise their own standards to 'fit in' or be accepted.

Such is the character of Rose, the daughter of a trickster who has to escape her own sketchy past and reinvent herself when she decides to enroll her son in an elite school.  What follows is a searing look into how we compromise ourselves to accomplishour goals of a better life.  All told to an exageratted story but the point is made nonetheless.

There are some twists which I enjoyed and surprised me...especially the final couple of pages.  There is some great storytelling and interesting characters which made me interested to read the entire book.  I hated the main culprit which is a result of how she was written.

However, the main character was not my favourite.  I really wanted to like her, but some of the things she did just didn't make sense to me.  I found her quite unrootable.

Overall, a good book...not my good enough to recommend to readers of this genre

Happy Reading!

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The Widow

by Kaira Rouda

A Husband with secrets. A wife with no limits. A riveting novel of marriage, privilege, and lies

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I just finished reading “The Widow”, by Kaira Rouda. Thank you to Thomas and Mercer and NetGalley for providing me with an advanced copy in return for this review.

I would call this a domestic or political thriller. It deals with lies and manipulations of Washington politics. A power couple of a congressman and his ambitious wife and all the dealings they do to hold on to power. Ultimately all the characters in this book (except the daughter Charlotte) come across as self-serving and immoral, but that is the point of the book…to point out the dealings and secrets and exposures that often go on in political arenas. I have to admit, I often thought of the show “Scandal” as I was reading and how similar it was to the story in this book.

The main character “Jody” is a political wife who does everything she can to retain her position in Washington. She enjoys the prestige that her title affords. When her husband suddenly dies (is he poisoned…that was never answered) she steps into the role as his “widow’ and learns to play the game…and after some mishaps…end up playing it very well.
She is not perfect, but worthy of some admiration for finding a way to survive in the hostile world of politics.

This is a good book, easy to read and full of saucy incidents and enough intrigue to keep the reader interested. The big reveal at the end was unecessary, in my did nothing to make me like the book more.

I enjoy reading books by this author, and her latest I am sure will be enjoyed by many readers like me.

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

I just finished reading “False Witness” by Karin Slaughter. It can only be described as a psychological thriller which delves into drug addiction, child abuse and assault. It is extremely well written. The author does an excellent job of bringing the reader into the world of drug addiction and child abuse and assault.

The story centers around two sisters who survived terrible things in their childhood and did some terrible things as a result. Very quickly in the story, the reader meets the main culprit, who is a hardcore a*e who is manipulating on of the sisters to defend him against a horrible attack and rape charge of his own.

What follows is a search for an end to the manipulation which involves being honest and uncovering much trauma and secrets. In the end, the shining love and affection between the two sisters is told and shown beautifully throughout the book, especially in the final chapters. We see forgiveness, absolution, and redemption.

I really liked this book. It is very long and there were some parts I skimmed over. I found the characters complicated and emotionally traumatized by their past, but they were believable in their pain and search for justice.

There were alot of characters in this book, but the main culprit was written so well, that I developed an instant dislike for him and I really wanted to see him suffer for his actions.
I don’t think I could have finished this book if I had suffered this type of trauma because it was so well-written and realistic. That is the main strength of this book. You can tell it was well researched and thought out.

There is also the inclusion of COVID and how that would impact the lives of those who are already suffering.

I heard that alot of people read this in one day but I needed to take a few breaks during the reading so that I could settle my thoughts and emotions.

Overall, a huge thumbs up for this well-written exciting and thrilling book by Karin Slaughter.
Happy Reading.

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