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Behind the Red Door by Megan Collins **Book Review** @atriabooks

Happy Friday book people!

Do you like disturbing characters in your stories? Then do I have a book for you, some of the most deranged people I’ve read about in quite some time.🩸

My Thoughts

Dark and disturbing. Tents and atmospheric. I have not read a book that has made me cringe quite as much as this one in quite some time. There were SO many seriously disturbed characters it’s a wonder that Fern wasn’t more screwed up. Fern is summoned home by her less than stellar father to help him pack because he is moving to Florida. At the same time a woman goes missing. The missing woman Astrid went missing previously 20 years ago and Fern is convinced there is a connection, not only between these incidences, but between herself and Astrid. As fern reads Astrid’s memoir and is prodded by her father the pieces of the past start to come together. Can Fern help find Astrid and will this unlock secrets of her past?

OK… Fern had the most messed up parents ever. Her father was a psychologist who studied fear and used his daughter as a research subject, running experiments on her. I legit cannot understand why she was even there helping him move he was such an awful person. And her mom was just as bad she let all of this happen? Ugh 😫 This was a book bursting with unreliable narrator‘s, I don’t think anyone was honest about what was going on. The mystery of the missing woman Astrid was interesting, but I wish there was a little more tension. It also could’ve been a little more fast-paced, I like my thrillers to be a little more frantic. A well told thriller with some well developed deranged characters.

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*** Big thank you to Atria for my gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ***

About the Book

The author of the “suspenseful, atmospheric, and completely riveting” (Megan Miranda, New York Timesbest-selling author) debut The Winter Sister returns with a darkly thrilling novel about a woman who comes to believe that she has a connection to a decades-old kidnapping and, now that the victim has gone missing again, begins a frantic search to learn what happened in the past.

When Fern Douglas sees the news about Astrid Sullivan, a 34-year-old missing woman from Maine, she is positive that she knows her. Fern’s husband is sure it’s because of Astrid’s famous kidnapping – and equally famous return – 20 years ago, but Fern has no memory of that, even though it happened an hour outside her New Hampshire hometown. And when Astrid appears in Fern’s recurring nightmare, one in which a girl reaches out to her, pleading, Fern fears that it’s not a dream at all, but a memory.

Back home in New Hampshire, Fern purchases a copy of Astrid’s recently published memoir – which may have provoked her original kidnapper to abduct her again – and as she reads through its chapters and visits the people and places within it, she discovers more evidence that she has an unsettling connection to the missing woman. As Fern’s search becomes increasingly desperate, she hopes to remember her past so she can save Astrid in the present…before it’s too late.

Featuring Megan Collins’ signature “dark, tense, and completely absorbing” (Booklist) prose and plenty of shocking twists and turns, Behind the Red Door is an arresting thriller that will haunt you long after you hear the last word.

Have a fabulous day! XOXO Berit🦋

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Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Tea Shop by Roselle Lim **Book Review** @berkleypub

Happy Thursday friends!

Bespoke you all… SO. GOOD. A little magic. A little matchmaking. A lot of love.🍵

My Thoughts

Matchmaking and magic. Second chances and new beginnings. Food and family. Roselle Lim whisked me away to Paris with her lovely descriptive storytelling. Vanessa has been able to taste the future since she was young whenever she drinks tea. Even though she no longer drinks tea she still is compelled to burst out loud with her predictions. Something she is not thrilled about, especially because a lot of predictions are disturbing. I mean you wouldn’t want to tell your cousin at her wedding that her husband’s going to cheat on her or tell your father at a baseball game that is best friend is going to die, would you? Needing to learn to control her gift, as well as needing a little time away from the family Vanessa heads to Paris with her Aunt Evelyn to help open her tea shop. Will the city of lights bring some clarity to Vanessa‘s life?

Loved this book! It was so magical, so whimsical, so charming. Vanessa was such a sweet character loved spending time with her traveling around Paris. I also really liked Aunt Evelyn and her desire to help Vanessa. Loved how important family was in the story, Loved all the culture. Food played a big part in the story: delicious 10 course Chinese wedding dinners, yummy French pastries, and of course tea. There was also some sweet romance in the story for both Vanessa and Evelyn. I love both their love stories and the idea of red thread. This was an engaging story that hit me right in the heart!

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*** Big thank you to Berkley for my gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ***

About the Book

From the critically acclaimed author of Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune comes a new delightful novel about exploring all the magical possibilities of life in the most extraordinary city of all: Paris.
 
Vanessa Yu never wanted to see people’s fortunes—or misfortunes—in tealeaves.
 
Ever since she can remember, Vanessa has been able to see people’s fortunes at the bottom of their teacups. To avoid blurting out their fortunes, she converts to coffee, but somehow fortunes escape and find a way to complicate her life and the ones of those around her. To add to this plight, her romance life is so nonexistent that her parents enlist the services of a matchmaking expert from Shanghai.
 
After her matchmaking appointment, Vanessa sees death for the first time. She decides that she can’t truly live until she can find a way to get rid of her uncanny abilities. When her eccentric Aunt Evelyn shows up with a tempting offer to whisk her away, Vanessa says au revoir to California and bonjour to Paris. There, Vanessa learns more about herself and the root of her gifts and realizes one thing to be true: knowing one’s destiny isn’t a curse, but being unable to change it is.

 

Roselle Lim is a Filipino Chinese writer who came to Canada from the Philippines as a young teen and learned English by watching wrestling shows on television. She has a degree in humanities and history from York University.

Have a lovely day! XOXO Berit🦋