Never Coming Home

by Hannah Mary McKinnon

Cover Image: Never Coming Home

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I just finished reading “Never Coming Home” by Hannah Mary McKinnon. Let me tell you…It is a doozy of abook.

I am so happy I read this book. I chose it because I like the author, but I have to say that this is my favourite book by her so far. It was so different from anything I have ever read. Why? Because it is written from the point of view of the bad guy. The reader gets an intimate look inside the main villian in the story and the way it is written, makes the reading riveting and so exciting.

The story centers around a charmer who marries a rich young women with the sole purpose of defrauding her. He thinks he has gotten away with the perfect crime…only to find out that someone knows what he did. Going between the present and the past, we learn why the main character became so villainous, but we also learn of his tender side, which made me very conflicted in my attitude towards the main character.
What follows is a cat-and-mouse chase where nothing is as it seems, and the reader is kept guessing.

There was a consistent pace in the action and there was alway something interesting going on. Most of the questions I had were answered at the end except for one…What happened to the dog? I loved the dog…I was rooting for the dog.

An absolutely wonderful surprise of a novel that I am so glad I read and would recommend as anyone’s next read. Did I mention it was funny too…Like I said, very well written. Congratulations to the author. A must read for anyone who likes domestic thrillers.
Happy Reading!

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Rag Dog Girls

By Sydney James

Rag Doll Girls by Sydney    James
Two little girls went out to play…I came back.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I just finished reading “Rag Doll Girls” by Sydney Jones. I received a free copy of this book from Book Sirens in exchange for an honest review.

This book tells the story of a little girl (Lisa) who is haunted by a tragic event that happened to her when she was a little girl. She has since moved to New York where she self-medicates with food. When her grandmother dies, she is guilted into returning to Sweden for the funeral and with her sister, Astrid, returning to the cabin where the tragic event occured.

What follows is a journey to self-acceptance and more importantly self-forgiveness. Lisa begins the story as not very likeable, but I love reading about her journey. It is real and tragic and sad and honest.

The author did a great job of setting up the story and weaving together the past and the present. It was well written and easy to read follow.

I enjoyed the sub-plots in the story and especially the way her relationship with her niece and nephew grew.

The ending made my heart smile and gave me the sense that all is right with the world. There is a little bit of everything in this story for lovers of psychological thriller, but especially the complex and confusing relationship between the two sisters, which was honestly, for me anyways, the best part of this book. Congratulations to the author.

Happy Reading Everyone!

#psychologicalthriller, #ragdollgirls, #psychologicalthriller, #sydneyjames #womensfiction #femaleleadcharacters

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The New Neighbor

by Carter Wilson

The New Neighbor by Carter   Wilson

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I just read “The New Neighbor” by Carter Wilson.

This book is about a widowed man named Marlowe who, after the loss of his wife and winning a lottery, decides to move himself and his seven year old twins to a new town to start over. What follows is a mystery involving threatening letters demanding money and strange goings on in the new mansion he has bought which contains mysteries of its own.
Marlowe is a likeable character but he is full of self-loathing and there were times I really wanted to yell at him. In trying to figure our what is happening to himself and to his family he spirals out of control and seems to spend alot of time self-sabotaging.

There are a few twists along the way and the story proceeds at a good pace which kept me interested thorughout. I liked the relationship he had not just with his children and father but also with his lawyer Maya.

What I didn’t like was that the mystery of the family that lived in the mansion before him never got solved. For spending so much time talking about this family, I was surprised at the way the book ended, without much resolution.

In the end, all the main characters (Marlowe included) receive some closure and seem on the mend.

I felt the need to read each page slowly and pay attention to detail so that I fully understood what was happening.

A good book, with some unresolved plotlines. I feel the book could have been more satisfying had the mystery of the previous family that lived in the mansion been resolved more adequately.

Happy Reading!

#thenewneighbor, #carterwilson, #mysterythriller, #psychologicalthriller

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Not a Happy Family

by Shari Lapena

Not a Happy Family by Shari Lapena
In this family everyone is keeping secrets…even the dead…

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I just finished reading “Not a Happy Family”, by Shari Lapena and I was not disappointed. It was a fast paced easy read full of twists and turns that kept me on my toes.
A Domestic thriller about siblings who are set to inherit millions after their parents are found murdered. The father was a total jerk to his children, so the three siblings are all considered suspects.
What follows is a series of revealed secrets that lead the reader down a delicious path of lies and deceit and red herrings until…the truth is uncovered.
Shari Lapena knows how to engage and keep her audience. She does an excellent job or creating not so perfect characters who have something to hide, and make them interesting to the reader.
This book was read quickly, and I found most of the story lines were tied up nicely at the end. The author did an excellent job of providing each main character with a great backstory to explain their action or inaction. At one point, any of the main characters could have done it, but I liked how the story was tied it up in the end.
Another great book by Shari Lapena that everyone who likes this genre should read.
Happy Reading everyone!

#domesticthriller, #familydrama, #notahappyfamily, #sharilapena, #whodidit

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The Wife Upstairs

by Rachel Hawkins

The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I just finished reading “The Wife Upstairs”, by Rachel Hawkins. A book filled with unlikeable people who do unlikeable things to each other and only look out for themselves. You never quite know if these people actually like each other or not, but either way, it was a good read.
This book’s main character is called Jane, and she is the character I like the most. Trying to run from her past and make a better future, she meets Eddie, a widower and they fall in love, but she has to deal with the story of his dead wife Bea, and her best friend Blanche. There are other sub-plots in the story which add to the intrigue for sure.
This boom was filled with twists and turns and the ending was just vague enough that it left me wondering….
Anyway, The Wife Upstairs is well written, with well developed characters and a plot that is interesting and intriguing. Even though I was left with questions at the end of reading this book, it didn’t really matter because that was the essence of the book: How everything we think we know is not really what we know and how people are not who we think they are. Mysterious and full of secrets and bad intentions.
I liked the book and I think others will as well.
Happy Reading.
#thewifeupstairs, #rachelhawkins, #psychologicalthriller, #femalelead #lovetriangle

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The Half Sister

by Sandie Jones

The Half Sister by Sandie Jones
Meet the Half Sister and Unravel the ties that Blind Us

I just finished reading “The Half Sister”, by Sandie Jones, who is quickly becoming one of my go-to authors. I would consider this book a domestic thriller and it is quite a read.
The story centers around a family of two girls and a mother (the father is recently deceased), and follows their reaction when a mysterious young woman appears on the mom’s doorstep claiming to be their half-sister, fathered obviously by the dead father who can’t provide any clarity.

There are some sub-plots like the one sister’s (Kate) difficulty with getting pregnant, and the other sister’s (Lauren) difficulty with her loser husband.

The story is told from the perspective of the two sisters, one who is accepting, the other who isn’t. In the middle is the mother, who I couldn’t quite decide whether I liked or not.
There is alot of action and revelation which drives the story and makes it interesting to read. I definately wanted to find out the truth…and in the end I did.

The story was concluded in a way that left me satisfied and happy. I really liked the sisters, but there were a few unanswered questions that left me wondering…
All in all, a good book and a worthy read.

Happy Reading!

#thehalfsister, #domesticthriller, #mysterythriller, #femaleleadcharacters, #sandiejones, #sisters, #women’sfiction

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The Marriage Lie

by Kimberly Belle

The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle
Even the Perfect Marriage has its Dark Side…

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I just finished reading “The Marriage Lie”, by Kimberly Belle. It is about a woman (Iris) who is happily married to Will. One day Will leaves for a business trip but then his plane falls down and he is presumed dead. Only problem is that he wasn’t supposed to be on the plane to Seattle….where was Will really going and why did he lie?
Iris begins an investigation, first with her brother Dave, and then with her attorney/friend Owen, and what follows is a constant flurry of truths uncovered and clues found that eventually lead to the truth.
I liked this book. It started off great, with the author perfectly describing the grief and pain that Iris is going through and finding out Will isn’t who she thought he was.
As great as the story began, at some point it became a little over the top. I think it was when the story flipped from Iris and her brother to the introduction of Corban. At that point I started liking the story less, because I really enjoyed reading about Iris and her brother.
Anyway, I did like the ending…it was very satisfactory. I was happy with the main character (Iris) and the decisions that she made. Overall, I good read, but not my favourite by this author.
Happy Reading.

#domesticthriller, #psychologicalthriller, #women’sfiction, #themarriagelie, #kimberlybelle

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The Good Sister

by Sally Hepworth

Rating: 5 out of 5.
The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth
Everyone has a Dark Side…

I just finished reading “The Good Sister” by Sally Hepworth. All I can say is BRAVO!!. What a great book. The main character (Fern) is absolutely delightful. She has a twin sister named Rose who always takes care of and protects her…or does she?
Rose and Fern are twins and have a shared secret about a past event that occured in their childhood. The story is told through Fern’s perspective (she is a librarian with sensory issues who relies on her sister alot) and Rose’s diary which explains her perspective on her past and present. Fern wants to make Rose happy by having a baby for her, but slowly begins to realize that perhaps Rose isn’t who she seems to be. In the meantime, Fern meets “Wally”…let the fun begin. I won’t tell you who the good sister is, you need to read the book to find out.
I devoured this book in two days, and I was so caught up in it I even forgot to eat lunch. The mystery in this book slowly unravels itself and the author perfectly sums it all up at the end..leaving no stone unturned or questions unanswered.
I love books that have great characters and Fern was just that. So well written that I couldn’t help but love her and want the best for her. There weren’t alot of unnecessary characters or events in the story and I felt like every chapter was important to understanding the relationship between the two sisters and how it developed over time.
I loved the ending and felt satisfied that all characters got what they deserved. I can’t recommend this book enough. Definately a must read for all lovers of this genre (psychological thriller). I am so happy I read this book. Sally Hepworth, the author, never disappoints and I will definately read more from her!
Happy Reading!

#psychologicalthriller #thegoodsister #twinlove #femalelead #sallyhepworth #mustread

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The Last Thing he Told Me

by Laura Dave

The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I Just finished reading “The Last Thing He Told Me” by Laura Dave. I thought it was amazing, one of the best books I have read this year. Definately Top Five on my list. I chose this book because it was highly recommended and I am so glad I did.
The story is about a woman whose name is Hannah. Her husband disappears without a trace leaving behind a note which asks Hannah to protect his daughter Bailey. What follows is a desperate journey to finding the truth about her husband and an ending that is both surprising and appropriate.
The author did an excellent job of hooking the reader and providing a history of Hannah and her husband through flashbacks. Her journey to find her husband was filled with mystery and intrigue which was resolved at a steady and consistent pace. The characters were flawed but rootable and that’s what I liked about the story. The way the characters interacted seemed natural and believable.

This novel showed the lengths that adults will go to in order to protect their children, and also the need that children have for stability and trust. It showed that people are not one dimensional that they can be good and bad at the same time.
There was enough mystery and intrigue that I read this book in less than two days. Well written well paced, interesting characters, great mystery, wonderful conclusion. Everything you could ask for in a psychological or mystery thriller.

A great read for lovers of this genre, and I will definately be reading this author again.

#psycholgicalthriller #thelastthingheToldme #femaleleadcharacter #mustread

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The Night She Disappeared

by Lisa Jewell

The Night She Disappeared by Lisa Jewell

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I just finished reading “The Night She Disappeared” by Lisa Jewell. This book came so highly recommended I couldn’t wait to read it. I was so excited to read this author because I do so enjoy her novels. And it was very well written, with wonderfully developed characters, and an emerging story line that was extremely layered and well crafted. The author tied up everything at the end and managed to connect all the characters in some way to the main event of the story which was the disappearance of a young mother Tallulah, and her boyfriend.

I really felt alot of pain for Tallulah’s mom and her grief and frustration was palpable. All the supporting characters were well written as well: I especially liked the character of Sophie and her determination to get to the bottom of the mystery.

But even though the story was well written and the characters were well developed, the story just fell flat for me. I am not sure why, because normally I like books like this one. Maybe it was the main mystery as to why a young woman would disappear without a word to anyone. I am not sure, but I read the whole book hoping that my mind would change.
I will say that the last 50 pages or so were the best part of the book, in my opinion. The ending was satisfactory, but overall, not my favourite read.

#psychologicalthriller #thenightshedisappeared #femaleleadcharacter #lisajewell
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