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The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware @RuthWareWriter @PenguinUKBooks #BookReview #TheTurnOfTheKey #RuthWare

Hi Book Buddies,

You know when you get that book that you want everyone to read, and you’re like HERE READ THIS??
I have that book for you right now :O)

I’m ashamed to say that this is my first Ruth Ware book, however it will certainly NOT be my last!

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My Thoughts

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Our story starts with a woman called Rowan Caine, who is writing a letter, from prison, to a solicitor, she is in prison for the murder of a child, that she swears she Did. Not. Commit!

So, what happened?

Rowan explains all in her letter.

While searching for something completely different on the internet, an advert catches Rowan’s eye, and she just can’t say no.

The advert is for a live-in Nanny, somewhere in the Scottish Highlands.

After reading the advert and picking her jaw off the floor after seeing the amazing salary that was being offered, Rowan applies for the job, has her interview and is promptly offered the position.

The house is stunning, a very old building that has now been given the modern treatment the house is now ‘Smart’, everything is connected wirelessly and can be accessed through a phone App, whether that be the lights, curtains, music, or even the cameras in each room!

Not long after being in the house, Rowan discovers things aren’t quite as picture perfect as they seem, things are…strange.

Noises and random things keep happening, and she’s getting a very creepy vibe from certain rooms in the house.

After chatting to a local, it turns out that Rowan is now the 4th girl this year to take up the Nanny position at Heatherbrae House, but why did the other girls leave?

A gloriously creepy, Gothic thriller that you will be invested in until the very last page!

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Narrated perfectly by Imogen church, who was just brilliantly cast for this role, her calming voice made the creepy parts even more creepy, her “Creek Creek Creek” will be burned in my eardrums for a long while 😲

Enjoy,

Vicci

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About The Book 

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When Rowan stumbles across the advert, it seems like too good an opportunity to miss: a live-in nanny position, with a very generous salary. And when she arrives at Heatherbrae House, she is smitten by the luxurious ‘smart’ home fitted out with all modern conveniences by a picture-perfect family.
What she doesn’t know is that she’s stepping into a nightmare – one that will end with a child dead and her in cell awaiting trial for murder.
She knows she’s made mistakes. But she’s not guilty – at least not of murder. Which means someone else is…

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A Beginners Guide to Winning an Election by Michael French @tlcbooktours #bookreview

Happy almost Friday y’all!

So excited for the long weekend coming up! This was a fun read perfect for both young adults and not so young adults!

My Thoughts

This book was the perfect blend of politics and teenage drama. Michael French does a marvelous job of exploring The political world in an entertaining and relatable way. This is a young adult book, but you can definitely see a crossover to today’s political climate. The book starts off with Brit excited to be on “team Mathew“, putting up posters and campaigning for the boy who has always been part of the high school political arena. When she realizes things are a little shady she finds herself being framed for something she didn’t do and eventually being kicked off the campaign. Brit is now a little disillusioned, a little hurt, and a lot angry, so she decides she is going to run against the powerhouse that is “team Mathew“. But how do you fight a dirty campaign and loads of money? Well Brit gives it a shot with the help of an amazing AP history teacher and a lot of self-confidence and integrity.

I like this book way more than I was anticipating. I was so riveted and invested in Brit and her campaign. She was such a great character you could not help but cheer for her, I found myself crossing my fingers that she was going to be the next student body president. The book is set six years in the future and this gave it a bit of a unique twist. The story really delved into the world of politics not only at the high school level but at the national level, the good, the bad, and the oh so very ugly. Even our heroine Brit got a little caught up in it all and had to make some tough decisions. This book is a great teaching tool for middle grade and high school age kids, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and learned some things as an adult.

This book in three emojis: 🗳 👩🏼‍🎓 🏫

About the Book

Brit Kitridge’s plan was just to get her high school diploma and head to college and med school, but nobody can escape from fate, or is it history? The Beginner’s Guide To Winning an Election reveals our main character’s love for history, and after a summer reading books that fuel her passion for politics, Brit decides to join TM (Team Mathew), a fourteen-member group that has helped Mathew Boltanski win every election he’s ever entered. Now he’s going for the big one—student body president. By orchestrating brilliant campaigns one after the other, TM has made Matthew a national young star and promising politician who could even run for higher office in Washington. When Brit is accused of sabotaging the team, she realizes that Hawthorn High has its secrets, and someone needs to shed some light on them. The story is set in a world six years ahead of our time. Security is a constant issue. Politics isn’t black-and-white, it’s not even gray anymore. Inflation is out of control and the educational system is in crisis. But what happens when you find out what’s really going on? What do you do with secrets no one but you wants to hold up to the light?

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The Last Widow by Karin Slaughter @slaughterkarin @wmmorrowbooks @tlcbooktours #bookreview #thelastwidow

Happy Thursday all! This was my first Karin Slaughter and I absolutely loved it! Definitely will not be my last! Thanks Trish for my invitation to the tour!

My Thoughts

The Hype IS Real!!!

This was my very first Karin Slaughter and I have to say… I get it! Dark, disturbing, and oh so delicious! This is the ninth book in the Will Trent series, but I thoroughly enjoyed it as a standalone. I’d definitely go back and read the previous books I’d like to learn the history between these characters especially Will and Amanda (his boss/pseudo-mother). Will was quirky and likable, I’d love to witness how his character has evolved through the course of the series.

The book starts with a BANG! Dr. Michelle Spivey a scientist at the CDC is abducted from a Walmart parkinglot. The book then jumps forward a month, will and his girlfriend Sarah(Who is also a medical examiner) are at her parents house when they hear an explosion. The explosion appears to have happened at Emory university home of the CDC and several hospitals. Will and Sarah immediately start heading to the bomb sight knowing they will be needed, but they never get there. There is a car accident, a gun fight, and then another kidnapping. Chaos ensues …we are then caught up in the dark world of white supremacy, terrorism, rape, and pedophilia. Most of this was so timely, so real, it made the book all that more frightening. The book jumps around between the perspectives of Will, Sarah, and Will’s partner Faith. This was extremely impactful because we were always privy as to what was going on, there were even a few times we got the same scene from both Will and Sarah’s perspectives. This book was action packed edge of your seat thrilling from first page to last. Never a doll moment! Karin Slaughter has a new fan right here!

This book in three emoji’s: 💣 🔪 👩🏼‍🔬

About The Last Widow

• Hardcover: 464 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow (August 20, 2019)

New York Times bestselling author Karin Slaughter brings back Will Trent and Sara Linton in this superb and timely thriller full of devious twists, disturbing secrets, and shocking surprises you won’t see coming

A mysterious kidnapping

On a hot summer night, a scientist from the Centers for Disease Control is grabbed by unknown assailants in a shopping center parking lot. The authorities are desperate to save the doctor who’s been vanished into thin air.

A devastating explosion

One month later, the serenity of a sunny Sunday afternoon is shattered by the boom of a ground-shaking blast—followed by another seconds later. One of Atlanta’s busiest and most important neighborhoods has been bombed—the location of Emory University, two major hospitals, the FBI headquarters, and the CDC.

A diabolical enemy

Medical examiner Sara Linton and her partner Will Trent, an investigator with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, rush to the scene—and into the heart of a deadly conspiracy that threatens to destroy thousands of innocent lives. When the assailants abduct Sara, Will goes undercover to save her and prevent a massacre—putting his own life on the line for the woman and the country he loves.

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About Karin Slaughter

Karin Slaughter is one of the world’s most popular and acclaimed storytellers. Published in 120 countries with more than 35 million copies sold across the globe, her eighteen novels include the Grant County and Will Trent books, as well as the Edgar-nominated Cop Townand the instant New York Times bestselling novels Pretty Girls and The Good Daughter. Slaughter is the founder of the Save the Libraries project—a nonprofit organization established to support libraries and library programming. A native of Georgia, Karin Slaughter lives in Atlanta. Her standalone novels The Good Daughter and Cop Town are in development for film and television.

Find out more about Karin at her website and connect with her on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

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A wedding in Cornwall by Laura Briggs @paperdollwrites @rararesources #bookbirthday #guestpost #aweddingincornwall #giveaway

Happy Thursday and happy third birthday to this charming book!🎉🎉🎉

Laura Briggs is such a wonderful author! I find all her stories so full of whimsy and charm and will read just about anything she writes! Thanks Rachel for inviting me to this celebration!

A Wedding in Cornwall

It’s the career move of a lifetime, and Julianne can’t believe it’s hers: a position as an event planner at a country house in Cornwall, England, beginning with the wedding of a celebrity! If her old firm’s senior planner back in the States hadn’t fallen suddenly sick with the chicken pox, Julianne would never have found herself chosen for a life in one of England’s most beautiful coastal counties, surrounded by rugged shores, quaint cottages, elegant gardens and a house to die for.

But life in Cornwall isn’t exactly as Julianne imagined it. Her first bride-to-be is a resentful, petted snob, the groom is immature and bored, and the Cornish staff of Cliffs House has a difficult time believing that an event planner from a mid-level position can handle a wedding this big. And then there’s a personal matter — the handsome, sometimes charming, sometimes standoffish gardener Matthew Rose. He and Julianne have a strangely complicated relationship somewhere between friendship and attraction. But with a secret in his past, and a scheming bridesmaid plotting to have Matthew all to herself, will Julianne find a way to untangle her feelings and the problems of planning a perfect Cornish wedding?

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Author Bio –

Laura Briggs is the author of several feel-good romance reads, including the Top 100 Amazon UK seller ‘A Wedding in Cornwall’. She has a fondness for vintage style dresses (especially ones with polka dots), and reads everything from Jane Austen to modern day mysteries. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, caring for her pets, gardening, and seeing the occasional movie or play.

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Giveaway to Win one of 4 Fabulous A Wedding in Cornwall Prizes (Open Internationally)

1st Prize: A Demelza collectible Knitdark character doll (Open Internationally) – 1 winner

A wonderful keepsake for fans of all-things Poldark, this Demelza doll was made by Angela Blay, whose popular Knitdark creations have been featured on The Graham Norton Show. You can learn more about the Knitdarks at Angela’s Twitter page @kwerkyknits as well as her Etsy shop at https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/kwerkyknits

2nd Prize A Kindle/Tablet case featuring cover art from the series A Wedding in Cornwall (Open Internationally) – 1 winner

A specially designed case for a Kindle or Tablet featuring cover art from the series A Wedding in Cornwall. The final product’s size, image, texture, and color will depend on the winner’s device.

3rd Prize: A Paperback Copy of A Wedding in Cornwall: Books 1-6 (Open Internationally) – 1 winner

This winning paperback (non-signed) contains the novellas A Wedding in Cornwall, A Christmas in Cornwall, A Cottage in Cornwall, A Manor in Cornwall, A Bake Off in Cornwall, and A Castle in Cornwall.

4th Prize: A Paperback Copy of A Wedding in Cornwall: Books 7-12 (Open Internationally) – 1 winner

This winning paperback (non-signed) contains the novellas A Romance in Cornwall, A Star in Cornwall, A Sewing Circle in Cornwall, A Talent Show in Cornwall, An American in Cornwall, and A Garden in Cornwall.

*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

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If You Like These, You Might Like My Cornish Romance Series!

Thank you so much to everyone at Audio Killed the Bookmark for letting me share about the book birthday event for A Wedding in Cornwall with their lovely readers! I penned the first of what would become twelve novellas in the series three years ago now and watched with surprise as it climbed to the Top 100 Amazon UK. Readers warmly embraced the story of Julianne, an American event planner who finds a new life, new job, and new love when she takes a job at a gorgeous Cornish estate. For those of you who think it might be right up your street but can’t quite decide, I thought it might be helpful (and fun!) to list some things that readers who like A Wedding in Cornwall also tend to like.

The TV show Poldark:

It’s no secret that A Wedding in Cornwall took some of its inspiration from the BBC’s Poldark. After all, the book’s hero, Matthew Rose, is described as being a Poldark look-alike and nicknamed ‘Ross’ by a few of his admirers (a joke that only the heroine, Julianne, doesn’t get, since she’s never before seen an episode of Poldark when she arrives across the pond!) And then there’s the Cornish setting they have in common—albeit a highly fictionalized version in my book— with Julianne’s world full of romantic cliffside views and scenic beaches, cosy little cottages with rambling gardens, a big manor house, and a sleepy little village where residents gather at the local pub for a night’s entertainment.

Escapist Romance Reads:

By ‘escapist’, I mean fun, uplifting reads that transport you from everyday life to glamorous or exciting settings. Julianne’s work as an event planner involves everything from holiday balls to royal weddings to helping with a televised baking contest that resembles The Great British Bake Off. And for a supposedly sleepy village, there is always plenty of excitement in Ceffylgwyn, not the least of which involves Shakespearean dramas with behind-the-scenes romances, a local talent show based on The X Factor, and even a visit from a famous romance writer in search of inspiration for their next story.

Austen-esque Stuff:

Jane Austen might be the gold standard of romance reads, and she’s certainly influenced my writing in different ways over the years, with several Austen re-tellings in my past publications. With picturesque gardens, a stately manor house, and a hero with a bit of brooding in him, there’s a glimmer of Austen’s influence in Julianne’s world, I hope!

Hallmark Channel Movies:

If you love a good cuppa—or cup of cocoa—with a round of sweet romance Hallmark style, then A Wedding in Cornwall might also be your cup of tea. Julianne may not be getting swept off to a castle with a handsome prince like the heroines in Hallmark’s royal romance movies, but a grand manor house and Poldark-esque gardener is a pretty fair trade, right? Plus you get a cast of quirky, colorful side characters, a picturesque setting, and the kind of happy-ever-after that Hallmark viewers appreciate in their favorite films. There’s even a cosy Christmas story for those who love their seasonal romances (and yes, there’s snow and tree decorating involved).

Harry Potter:

Okay, just kidding. Mostly. I mean, pretty much EVERYONE likes Harry Potter, so the odds are good, right? Ah, well… it was worth a try 😉

Seriously, though, I do hope this will inspire you to give Julianne’s adventures a glance. All twelve novellas are available individually as well as in book bundles and paperback. Happy reading.

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More Then a Game by Ralph Robb @ralphrobb @rararesources #excerpt #morethenagame

More Than A Game

Sabina Park Rangers is the first team of black players to reach the final of the Watney’s Challenge Cup. But coach Horace McIntosh has more selection problems than most. The First Division champions want to sign one of his best players – and right up until the day of the match he is uncertain that he will have a team for the biggest game in the club’s history because of arrests, a scam and an atmosphere of impending violence.

Author Bio – Ralph Robb was born and raised in the industrial town of Wolverhampton, England, and now lives in Ontario, Canada with his wife, two cats and a dog. A proud father of four, Robb works as an engineering technician and loves rugby, martial arts and of course a good book. His world is balanced by his obsession with comic books, quality TV, global events and the great outdoors.

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Excerpt

Taken from the Prologue – giving an introduction to the setting of the book.

Horace McIntosh had set up business in 1957 after listening to his recently arrived compatriots grumble about their inability to get a decent haircut from an English barber. In the following twenty-four years his trade hadn’t altered much: even though the seventies was the decade of the big Afro, for a lot of his younger customers it was still mostly all about a trim and a touch of Dax, or a shave and a splash of Brut. It was the shop’s interior that had undergone the most changes during the time he had been cutting my hair. Over the years the walls had become covered with posters of black football players. When I first went there in the sixties there were only creased sepia-tinted photos of the Caribbean All Stars and Jamaican sides of the fifties. The only exception to the football theme was a framed photo of the all-conquering West Indies cricket team. As time went by, the walls began to be covered with pictures of mainly South American footballers as it would be years before Jamaica’s ‘Reggae Boyz’, or the Trinidad and Tobago side made their appearances at the World Cup finals. Up until then most of Wolverhampton’s West Indian soccer fans supported Brazil – or failing that any international side that happened to be playing England. As I headed into adolescence black players were still a rarity – some said an exotic curiosity – in English soccer, as there seemed to be a common belief amongst professional managers that black men were not robust enough for the rigours of the British game. That began to change in the mid-seventies when Ron Atkinson of nearby West Bromwich Albion became the first high-profile manager to challenge the notion of race-based fragility and put three black players into his team. Photos of Regis, Batson and Cunningham were promptly added to Horace’s wall to join the lonely figure of Clyde Best, a Bermudan who had once played for West Ham United. Wolves followed suit a few years later and put a couple of black players called Hazell and Berry into the first team, giving the town’s black people more than a passing interest about what they were up to. Looking back from a time when nearly one in four of the superstars in the English Premier League are black, the 1980s really do seem a very strange and backward time.

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The Summer of Going Topless by Liz Davies @lizdaviesauthor @rararesources #bookreview #thesummerofgoingtopless

Happy hump day!

This was such a fun book and I am so excited to share my review with you today! Thanks so much Rachel for my invitation to this tour!

The Summer of Going Topless

Candice Summerville is invisible. No one seems to notice her – not really. Heck, she often doesn’t notice herself, except for her monthly scrutiny in the mirror to check on her body’s steady slide towards middle age.

But when her ancient, practical estate car is consigned to the scrap heap, Candice falls in love with a cute, purple convertible, and from that moment on her life begins to take on a whole new meaning. Strangers wave at her and people stop to talk, and suddenly she isn’t invisible any longer.

Life seems to be looking up, especially when she meets silver fox and handy-man, Paul. There’s just one fly in the ointment, one thing she that has her second-guessing herself.

Is it the car that Paul sees – or is it her?

My Thoughts

And she’ll have fun, fun, fun till her daddy takes the purple convertible away….

This book was so much FUN and made me want to run out and purchase a purple convertible. Candace is pushing 50, divorced from a cheating husband, and her kids are grown up and out of the house. Her life is pretty humdrum… work, eat, sleep, repeat. Then one day her car breaks down with no chance of being repaired and Candace finds her self sporting a purple convertible. Suddenly everyone is stopping and taking notice of Candace! She starts to rejuvenate her life: yoga, haircut, a new outfit, and even a little romance. But then Candace begins to worry, is it her or is it the convertible?

Loved Candace she was so relatable and likable. I had a lot in common with Candace, I am turning 50 this year, I am divorced, and my kids are almost all grown up. Fortunately though I don’t feel quite as stuck in a rut as Candace did, but still there were a lot of things I could find extremely relatable. This book was just pure entertainment A lovely pick me up! Delightful characters and a whimsical storyline, the perfect book to end your summer with.

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Purchase Links:

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Author Bio –

Liz Davies writes feel-good, light-hearted stories with a hefty dose of romance, a smattering of humour, and a great deal of love.

She’s married to her best friend, has one grown-up daughter, and when she isn’t scribbling away in the notepad she carries with her everywhere (just in case inspiration strikes), you’ll find her searching for that perfect pair of shoes. She loves to cook but isn’t very good at it, and loves to eat – she’s much better at that! Liz also enjoys walking (preferably on the flat), cycling (also on the flat), and lots of sitting around in the garden on warm, sunny days.

She currently lives with her family in Wales, but would ideally love to buy a camper van and travel the world in it. 

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Because You’re Mine by Rea Frey @stmartinspress @macmillanaudio #bookreview #becauseyouremine

Happy Tuesday all!

Today I have a review for another book I thoroughly enjoyed! A compelling story with a shocking ending!

My Thoughts

”The truth will set you three, but it is the lies that will keep you safe.

Rea Frey has written a compelling tale brimming with secrets and lies, mystery and deceit. I was completely grip from the first page to the shocking end. Lee is a single mother to Mason a charming boy on the autism spectrum. Grace is her BFF newly divorced and has a son the same age as Mason. Noah is Mason’s tutor/therapist, Grace’s friend and Lee’s secret crush. The story bounces between these three character’s points of view as well as present and past. If you are a fan of the unreliable narrator, you will be thrilled to know you get three in this book. Lee, Grace, and Noah all have secrets to hide, all cover them up with lots of lies, and you never know quite how deep the deception runs.

This book was perfectly paced. The twists were revealed throughout the story, keeping you on high alert throughout. Someone is killed early in the book, leading to even more questions. But I truly thought I had all this figured out. Several twist were revealed and I was thinking Yep I’ve got this. BUT then things started to go a little sideways and I realized I didn’t have much of anything figured out. So well told! And yes there were a few unbelievable coincidences, but hey this is fiction! And I loved it! And can I just say that ending! Well done!

This book in three emoji’s: 💇🏻‍♀️ ⛰ 👩‍👦

🎧🎧🎧 The audio is narrated by Samantha Desz. This is my first time listening to an audio narrated by Samantha and she did a really good job, especially with the different voices and perspectives. Would definitely listen to another book narrated by her.

*** Big thanks to St. Martin’s Press and Macmillan Audio for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

An “insidious, suspenseful tale” (J.T. Ellison) with a “shocker of an ending you won’t see coming” (Michele Campbell), Because You’re Mine by Rea Frey, the author who “brings to mind Jodi Picoult” (Booklist) and “will appeal to readers of Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen” (Sally Hepworth) is an audiobook about how the truth will set you free. 
But it’s the lies that keep you safe. 
Single mother Lee has the daily routine down to a science: shower in six minutes. Cut food into perfect squares. Never leave her on-the-spectrum son Mason in someone else’s care. She’ll do anything –
 anything – to keep his carefully constructed world from falling apart. Do anything to keep him safe. 
But when her best friend Grace convinces her she needs a small break from motherhood to recharge her batteries, Lee gives in to a weekend trip. Surely a long weekend away from home won’t hurt? Noah, Mason’s handsome, bright, charismatic tutor – the first man in ages Lee’s even noticed – is more than happy to stay with him. 
Forty-eight hours later, someone is dead. 
But not all is as it seems. Noah may be more than who he claims to be. Grace has a secret – one that will destroy Lee. Lee has secrets of her own that she will do anything to keep hidden. As the dominoes begin to fall and the past comes to light, perhaps it’s no mystery someone is gone after all….
Because You’re Mine is a breathtaking audiobook of domestic drama and suspense. 
Prepare to stay up all night.

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The Passengers by John Marrs @johnmarrs1 @berkleypub #bookreview #thepassengers

Happy Monday all!

This book is coming out in the US tomorrow and it completely blew my mind! This was my first John Marrs but definitely will not be my last!

My Thoughts

This is my brain🧠. This is my brain after reading this book🤯. Any questions?

John Marrs completely blew my mind with this exhilarating thriller! Eight passengers in eight separate driverless cars, all of them with secrets, none of them making it to their desired destination. Imagine you’re in a driverless car you have no control, no brakes, no steering wheel, you can’t even open the doors,and somebody has taken over the car. In 2 1/2 hours all eight of these cars will collide head on end it is up to a “jury” and the public to decide who will survive. Or imagine this you are trapped in a room on a jury of sorts and your job is to decide the fate of these eight strangers. Yikes! I don’t know which situation I’d want to be in less.

This was a fast-paced wild ride full of twists, turns, and plenty of bumps in the road. I was right there with these characters in these cars, I could feel their panic and fear. I was also right there in that room trying to determine the fate of these characters. I can’t even imagine determining whether someone should live or die? Part of the brilliance of this story was how the lives of these characters were revealed to us. It was so real and disturbing how my opinion was altered as each piece of information was shared. I was so invested in the story, I seriously could not put it down! And then that end! WHAT! BRAVO John Marrs! This is an absolute can’t miss!

This book in three emoji’s: 🤯 🚗 👩🏻‍⚖️

*** Big thanks to Berkley for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

You’re riding in your self-driving car when suddenly the doors lock, the route changes and you have lost all control. Then, a mysterious voice tells you, “You are going to die.” 
Just as self-driving cars become the trusted, safer norm, eight people find themselves in this terrifying situation, including a faded TV star, a pregnant young woman, an abused wife fleeing her husband, an illegal immigrant, a husband and wife, and a suicidal man. 
From cameras hidden in their cars, their panic is broadcast to millions of people around the world. But the public will show their true colors when they are asked, “Which of these people should we save? …And who should we kill first?”

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The Perfect Son by Lauren North @lauren_c_north @berkleypub #bookreview #theperfectson

Happy Friday all! We made it!

This book was so so good! A slow burn with an exceptional ending, yes please!🧸

My Thoughts

Lauren North has crafted a clever and compelling psychological thriller. This was an absorbing story packed with tension, suspicion, and heartbreak. Tess has recently lost her husband Mark and now believes that her beloved son has been taken. Tess’s grief and frustration was palpable, drawing you further in as you turn the pages. The book starts off with Tess in the hospital having been stabbed and desperate to know what they are doing to try to find her son Jamie. The book then tells the story of the events leading up to the day of Jamie‘s birthday starting on the day of the fatal accident that killed Mark. Also peppered throughout the book were police interviews with Tess’s brother-in-law Ian and her grief counselor Shelley. I was suspicious of and second guessing everything and everyone. Why was Shelly a virtual stranger such a rock for Tesse? Surely nobody is that kind and supportive to someone they don’t even know. And then there was Ian… he was a little too concerned about life insurance money. I had oh so many theories and all of them wrong! This book left me with my jaw on the floor and a million thoughts running around in my head. An excellent debut that I would absolutely recommend.

*** many thanks to Berkley for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

A disturbing and shocking debut novel of psychological suspense about a recently widowed mother, her young son, and the lengths she’ll go to in order to keep him safe.
When Tess Clarke wakes up in the hospital the day after her son Jamie’s eighth birthday, she’s sure of these things: She’s been stabbed, her son is missing, her brother-in-law and her grief counselor are involved. But no one is listening to her.
After her husband, Mark, died suddenly in a terrible accident a few months earlier, the only thing keeping Tess together is Jamie. As they struggle to make sense of their new life without Mark, they find joy in brief moments of normalcy like walking to school and watching television together. Life is hard without Mark, but Tess has Jamie, and that’s what matters.
But there in the hospital, confused and surrounded by people who won’t listen, Tess’s world falls apart. To save her son, she must piece together what happened between Mark’s death and Jamie’s birthday, but the truth might just be too much for her to bear.

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Her Secret Son by Hannah Mary McKinnon #bookreview #hersecretson

Happy Thursday everybody!

Excited to share my review with you today for this addictive story! This is one of those books that you just cannot put down!

My Thoughts

How far are you willing to go for the ones you love? Hannah Mary McKinnon has written an addictive tension filled story that kept me on my toes. This is one of those books that you want to make sure you make time for before picking up, because you’re not going to want to put it down. Imagine this… Your significant other dies leaving you with the responsibility of taking care of her seven-year-old son Logan. You are young so you never made arrangements as to guardianship in case she died, but is there more to it than that? As you start looking for necessary paperwork you begin to discover things were not quite as they seemed, and your significant other had been keeping some huge secrets from you… huge! That is the situation that Josh finds himself in thinking he never knew the woman he loved Grace, at all. Determined to piece things together Josh finds himself in a small town full of secrets and despair.

Really like Josh, I really felt for him throughout this entire story, what a terrible position to find yourself in. The bond he and Logan shared was so sweet and I definitely was hoping that they would end the story as father and son. Josh really had an amazing support system in his sister and best friend, seriously we all need cheerleaders like this behind us! I was all in, furiously turning the pages, needing to know answers to the questions, but then a few things happened that unsettled me a bit. Josh made a questionable decision that didn’t sit well with me. And then the ending… I still am not quite sure what to think. A lot of people had to do a lot of wrong things for that book to have ended the way it did. Surprising? Absolutely! Definitely did not see it coming. Do I recommend the book? Definitely! It was a extremely compelling read, that I am still thinking about days later. For me those are signs of a good book!

About the Book

How far would you go to protect the ones you love…when they may not be yours to protect?
When Josh’s longtime partner, Grace, dies in a tragic accident, he is left with a mess of grief – and full custody of her seven-year-old son, Logan. While not his biological father, Josh has been a dad to Logan in every way that counts, and with Grace gone, Logan needs him more than ever.
Wanting to do right by Logan, Josh begins the process of becoming his legal guardian – something that seems suddenly urgent, though Grace always brushed it off as an unnecessary formality. But now, as Josh struggles to find the paperwork associated with Logan’s birth, he begins to wonder whether there were more troubling reasons for Grace’s reluctance to make their family official.
As he digs deeper into the past of the woman he loved, Josh soon finds that there are many dark secrets to uncover, and that the truth about where Logan came from is much more sinister than he could have imagined….
Tightly paced and brimming with tension, Her Secret Son is a heartbreakingly honest portrait of a family on the edge of disaster and a father desperate to hold on to the boy who changed his life.

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