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The Current by Tim Johnston @TJohnstonWriter @AlgonquinBooks #bookreview #audiobook #thecurrent

Happy Sunday bibliophiles!

Excited to share with you today my review for this wonderful audiobook, a mystery Full of tension and emotion!💜

  • The Current

  • A Novel
  • By: Tim Johnston
  • Narrated by: Sarah Mollo-Christensen
  • Length: 14 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 01-22-19
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: HighBridge Company

My Thoughts

An atmospheric story alive with tension and emotion!

Tim Johnston has written a book that I not only Red but I felt. I felt the tension in my head, I felt the emotion in my heart, and I felt the cold in my bones. There was something so real and raw about this story. It is one of those books that will stick with you long after you turn the last page!

Audrey and Caroline are driving from their southern college to Audreys home in northern Minnesota. Audrey is going home to see her father who is fighting cancer. As they approach audrey’s hometown they make a choice that will change everything… A bathroom break, an assault, an icy road, a narrow bridge, and the girls plummet into the icy river. Two girls go in, one comes out alive, and the other one is missing… but this was no accident. This tragedy dredges up a similar tragedy that happened 10 years ago… a different girl, but the same River. Audrey’s father who was sheriff at the time, headed up the investigation, but is there a connection to this current tragedy? Audrey is devastated, not only dealing with the loss of her friend, but her father’s disease. Consumed with guilt and grief Audrey investigates the past in order to come to terms with the present.

This was a taut tense psychological crime thriller, that you will not be able to put down. I was riveted by every word in this book and drawn to every character. There is something so vulnerable about Audrey, yet she was so strong and smart, i really found myself rooting for her. The rest of the characters were equally compelling, there was something so true about each and every one of them. The mystery was brilliantly crafted full of twists and misdirection. I enjoyed every minute I spend with Audrey trying to figure out what happened 10 years ago, and if it was somehow related to her own tragedy.

An absorbing thriller full of guilt, grief, tension, miss direction, and emotion! Absolutely recommend!

🎧🎧🎧 this audiobook was narrated by Sarah Mollo-Christiensen and she did a stellar job! This is the first book I have listened to that she narrated and she really brought these characters to life.

Song Running Through My Mind

Time, time time, see what’s become of me
While I looked around for my possibilities
I was so hard to please
Don’t look around
The leaves are brown
And the sky is a hazy shade of winter
Hear the Salvation Army band
Down by the riverside’s, there’s bound to be a better ride
Than what you’ve got planned
Carry your cup in your hand
And look around
Leaves are brown, now
And the sky is a hazy shade of winter
Hang on to your hopes, my friend
That’s an easy thing to say
But if your hopes should pass away
Simply pretend that you can build them again
Look around
The grass is high
The fields are ripe
It’s the springtime of my life
Seasons change with the scenery
Weaving time in a tapestry
Won’t you stop and remember me
At any convenient time?

*** many thanks to Algonquin Books for my copy ***

About the Book

In the dead of winter, outside a small Minnesota town, state troopers pull two young women and their car from the icy Black Root River. One is found downriver, drowned, while the other is found at the scene – half-frozen but alive.  
What happened was no accident, and news of the crime awakens the community’s memories of another young woman who lost her life in the same river 10 years earlier and whose killer may still live among them.  
Determined to find answers, the surviving young woman soon realizes she’s connected to the earlier unsolved case by more than just a river, and the deeper she plunges into her own investigation, the closer she comes to dangerous truths and to the violence that simmers just below the surface of her hometown.  
Grief, suspicion, the innocent, and the guilty – all stir to life in this cold Northern town where a young woman can come home but still not be safe. 
Brilliantly plotted and unrelentingly propulsive,
 The Current is a beautifully realized story about the fragility of life, the power of the past, and the need, always, to fight back.
©2019 Tim Johnston (P)2019 HighBridge Company

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Posted in Audiobook Review, Domestic Thriller, Mystery, Thriller

While my Eyes Were Closed by Linda Green @LindaGreenisms @audibleuk #Thriller #Mystery #Fiction #AudiobookReview

I am so pleased to bring you my review of this heart-stopping read, I was so sucked into this story, that I don’t think that I took a breath.

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My Thoughts

Oh my goodness, this is every mothers nightmare!

Imagine you take your little girl to the park to play, she is only 4 years old, and her favourite thing to do while you are there is to play Hide-and-Seek.

You are the person hiding, and she soon finds you, but she wants “one more go” so that she gets to hide too.

“Just one more go Mummy, don’t forget to count to 100, and make sure you close your eyes!”

One…

Two….

….

…..

One Hundred………………………………..

Only… you can’t find her, even when you shout that she is the winner….

And all of your nightmares come true!

This book made me hold my breath for a lot of it as I know that feeling, you know that feeling when you turn around and they are not there, only to breathe out the big sigh of relief when they appear around the corner, but what happens when they don’t?

Switching between the mothers story, and the point of view of the abductor, this cleverly written story had me on the edge of my seat for the whole time.

🎧🎧 – Fabulously narrated by Emma Gregory, Maggie Mash and Gareth Bennett-Ryan who all did an excellent job. I got this in the Audible sale, but it is well worth spending a credit on.

Have a great week

Vicci

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About The Book

One, two, three . . . 

Lisa Dale shuts her eyes and counts to one hundred during a game of hide-and-seek. When she opens them, her four-year-old daughter Ella is gone. Disappeared without a trace. The police, the media and Lisa’s family all think they know who snatched Ella. But what if the person who took her isn’t a stranger? What if they are convinced they are doing the right thing? And what if Lisa’s little girl is in danger of disappearing forever?

Posted in Audiobook Review, Mystery, Non Fiction

Evil Has A Name: The Untold Story of the Golden State Killer Investigation by Paul Holes, Jim Clemente & Peter McDonnell #TrueCrime #AudiobookReview #NonFiction @audible_com

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Scary Stars

The Blurb

The Golden State Killer. The East Area Rapist. The Original Night Stalker. The Visalia Ransacker.

The monster who preyed on Californians from 1976 to 1986 was known by many aliases. And while numerous police sketches tried to capture his often-masked visage, the Golden State Killer spent more than 40 years not only faceless, but nameless.

For his victims, for their families and for the investigators tasked with finding him, the senselessness and brutality of the Golden State Killer’s acts were matched only by the powerlessness they felt at failing to uncover his identity. To be sure, the chances of obtaining closure—or any form of justice—after so many years were slim to none, at best.

Then, on April 24, 2018, authorities arrested 72-year-old Joseph James DeAngelo at his home in Citrus Heights, Calif., based on DNA evidence linked to the crimes. After a decades-long hunt, a suspect was behind bars. Could it be that evil finally had a name?

Delivering all-new details about the investigation and a stunning final act to the events of Michelle McNamara’s haunting bestseller, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, this is the true story of how the suspected Golden State Killer was captured, as told, first-hand, by those closest to the case:

Paul Holes—the forensic criminologist and retired Costa County detective who spent 20 years trying to crack the Golden State Killer case, and finally did.

Jim Clemente (Host)—a retired FBI profiler and former New York City prosecutor who has investigated some of the highest profile criminal cases in U.S. history, including the Unabomber.

Please note: This work contains descriptions of violent crime and sexual assault and may not be suitable for all listeners.

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My Thoughts

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Scary Stars

Wow, this one is going to be a hard one to review because it is real, real scary, real horrid, really really sad!

You may already be aware of this story as it hit the headlines last year after the real Golden State Killer was caught, after 40 years!!!

This audio book reads more like a pod cast in that it has interviews with all of the people involved in the investigation.

Paul Holes was the chief investigator, stumbling across the case completely by accident as it was stored away in an old filing cabinet under “Unsolved”

Paul was training and wanted to further himself in the force, so in his spare time he started studying old “Cold” and Unsolved cases, this one caught his eye, and it soon became his project, and his life!

The Golden State Killer was not always know by this name, he has also been known as The Visaila Ransacker, The Original Night Stalker and The East Area Rapist, finally working his way up the Psycho Tree to The Golden State Killer.

This mans known crimes involve at least 120 burglaries, at least 53 rapes, and at least 13 murders, and the most chilling thing about this is that he got away with it for so very long, for over 10 years, this predator broke in to houses, raped and then eventually started killing his victims.

You hear from some of his victims themselves, who amazing call themselves lucky, and also from some of the families of the victims who unfortunately were not so lucky. Some of the descriptions are very graphic, so be warned if  “little ears” are listening with you!

Paul became obsessed with this case, even up to his last day when he retired, he thought he had his “Last Lead” and even sitting with his boxes of belongings and a borrowed car went to check it out, and thank goodness he did!

With the help of another lady that he met by chance (a blogger) Michelle McNamara, they both became firm friends, and immersed themselves in the case, sharing tips and information with each other.

Sadly Michelle died recently, but Paul gives a lovely talk about her and how she helped him.

We now know that The Golden State Killer is 72 year old Joseph James DeAngelo and this would never have been possible without Paul Holes using Genealogical DNA, something he tried as a last resort, much to the sneers and laughs of the others, by tracing the family tree back generations.

Paul Holes and his team caught the killer that was stuffed in a filing cabinet from 1976 – 1986 and the killer that was free to roam the streets for the next 40 years.

20 years of investigations and a man that never gave up.

Evil now has a name, that name is Joseph James DeAngelo.

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If you like True Crime reads then you will love this one, although it was difficult sometimes to listen to the heartbreak of others, it was also a great Audio Book.

Hope you enjoy

Vicci

Posted in Audiobook Review, Book Bestie Approved

A Deadly Divide by Ausma Zehanat Khan @MinotaurBooks @MacmillanAudio #bookreview #audiobook #bookbestiesadeadlydivide

Happy Thursday booklovers!

Excited to share with you my review for this timely and engaging story that I was lucky enough to read with a few of my book Bestyies.💕

My Thoughts

A timely and intriguing crime thriller that really made me think 💭

Ausma Zehanat Khan has taken today’s important issues pushed them to the forefront of this mystery and did not hold any punches… hate is so ugly and so uncomfortable and there were so many parts of this book that were just that, uncomfortable and ugly…. this is the fifth book in this series set in Canada, but the first book I have read from the series, it worked perfectly fine as a standalone…. I found the political issues of Quebec quite interesting, I really had no idea… unfortunately these are the same problems we have in the US, hate appears to know no boundaries… BUT in this book just as in the real world there were more good honest people than haters…

There was a shooting at a Muslim mosque in a small town in Quebec… it appears to be a hate crime, but Esa and Rachel who have been sent to investigate the case think there is more to this than it appears… A group of white supremacist, a group of girls calling themselves the lilies (and I’m still not sure what their purpose was), A priest, and a stalker all make for a compelling read… add in some complicated romantic entanglements in both Rachel and Esa lives, and there is not much more you could ask four… but for me the true brilliance of this book and what set it apart was the honest and real look at today’s political and cultural environment….

The mystery was interesting and I liked following along with the investigation… my only little niggle with this book was I was sometimes a little overwhelmed with the characters, I couldn’t always remember who was who, but this could be a me problem… it also probably would have helped had I read the previous books in the series, and it definitely did not detract from the overall story…. and it certainly didn’t stop me from donning my detective hat!

This was a relevant, perfectly paced, interesting crime thriller that will keep you guessing until the very end! Recommend!

🎧🎧🎧 I really am so excited to get back to my roots and have the privilege and opportunity to listen to so many wonderful audiobooks. This was another book that was truly enhanced by a rich narrator. Peter Ganim gives his wonderful voice to this series, I just checked and he narrates the full series. He did a wonderful job with all the different characters especially when it came to the female voices, I also was impressed with his French. Now if I’m being completely honest I would have no idea if he was pronouncing it correctly but it sure did sound good!

🎵🎵🎵 song running through my head! We didn’t start the fire🔥

Harry Truman, Doris Day, Red China, Johnnie Ray
South Pacific, Walter Winchell, Joe DiMaggio
Joe McCarthy, Richard Nixon, Studebaker, television
North Korea, South Korea, Marilyn Monroe
Rosenbergs, H-bomb, Sugar Ray, Panmunjom
Brando, “The King and I” and “The Catcher in the Rye”
Eisenhower, vaccine, England’s got a new queen
Marciano, Liberace, Santayana goodbye
We didn’t start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world’s been turning
We didn’t start the fire
No we didn’t light it
But we tried to fight it
Joseph Stalin, Malenkov, Nasser and Prokofiev
Rockefeller, Campanella, Communist Bloc
Roy Cohn, Juan Peron, Toscanini, Dacron
Dien Bien Phu falls, “Rock Around the Clock”
Einstein, James Dean, Brooklyn’s got a winning team
Davy Crockett,…

*** many thanks to Minotaur and Macmillan Audio for my copies of this book ***

About the Book

From the critically acclaimed author Ausma Zehanat Khan, A Deadly Divide is the devastatingly powerful new thriller featuring beloved series detectives Esa Khattak and Rachel Getty.

In the aftermath of a mass shooting at a mosque in Quebec, the local police apprehend Amadou Duchon—a young Muslim man at the scene helping the wounded—but release Etienne Roy, the local priest who was found with a weapon in his hands.

The shooting looks like a hate crime, but detectives Esa Khattak and Rachel Getty sense there is more to the story. Sent to liaise with a community in the grip of fear, they find themselves in fraught new territory, fueled by the panic and suspicion exploited by a right-wing radio host.

As Rachel and Esa grapple to stop tensions shutting the case down entirely, all the time, someone is pointing Esa in another direction, a shadowy presence who anticipates his every move.

A Deadly Divide is a piercingly observed, gripping thriller that reveals the fractures that try to tear us all apart: from the once-tight partnership between detectives Esa and Rachel, to the truth about a deeply divided nation. 

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Mackenzie @ PhDiva

Jennifer @ Tarheel Reader

Have a lovely day! Berit☀️✨

Posted in Audiobook Review

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides @MacmillanAudio #bookreview #audiobook

Happy hump day book lovers!

Today I am so excited to share with you my audiobook review of this brilliant debut thriller! This is a definite can’t miss and was so spectacular on audio!🎧🎨 also as an added bonus I have a little Guest review from my mom, the woman who taught me to love and appreciate books! I will periodically be bringing you many reviews from her, she is the English major after all!💕

  • My Thoughts

  • This book was… simply bRILLIANT! Fraught with tension and an urgency that made me fly through the story!
  • This book has been billed as the “debut thriller of 2019“ and can I just say, it just might be! Bravo Alex Michealides! This was one heck of a debut! A well-crafted, perfectly paced story, that I believe will please even the pickiest thriller lover! This was a unique take on a psychological thriller, seriously the entire book was a twist, because I never knew in what direction it was going….
  • Alicia has been convicted of shooting her husband five times in the face… she was discovered with the gun in hand, covered in blood, and did not offer up a word of defense… not only that she has not spoken a single word since the murder… she now resides at the Grove a psychiatric hospital in northern London…. Theo is a criminal psychotherapist who is obsessed with the mute Alicia… convinced he can get her to talk, he gets hired at the Grove and insists on treating her… why won’t Alicia talk? Why is Theo so obsessed? Why would a seemingly happy wife murder her husband? What really happened that night? These are just a few questions that ran through my head throughout this book…
  • The story is primarily told from Theos point of view… although it is quite remarkable how much Alicia said with her silence… Theo is a complicated character in his own right, with troubles and issues of his own… we learned about Alicia and her marriage through Theos eyes, as he investigated and interviewed those that had known her and her husband Gabriel… we also got an even more personal glimpse into Alicia‘s psyche when she revealed her journal to Theo… nothing in this book was ever quite as it seemed….
  • This was a complicated tale bursting with misdirection and an ending that will make you gasp! I was thinking what? How did I miss this? Someday time permitting I’d like to go back and read this again, and find the clues the author left behind, because I did not see that ending coming! Absolutely recommend this one should not be missed!
  • 🎧🎧🎧 I was fortunate enough to listen to this one on audio and can I just say it was stellar! Jack Hawkins did an amazing job of bringing the character of Theo to life, there really is nothing better than listening to a book that takes place in England with that posh English accent in your ear! Louise Brealey voiced Alicia, another English accent I could listen to all day. It was interesting because I was discussing this book with my mom who does not listen to audiobooks (shame on her) and I think the characters were so much more likable for me because I had more of a connection with them through their voices. Does this make sense? To clarify she love the book, I just think I saw some things a little differently because I had a little more of a personal connection. Audiobooks really do add another dimension to the story, in my humble opinion.
  • 🎵🎵🎵 song running through my head! OK I know this is not politically correct, but seriously this was the song running through my head during this book 🙃
  • … See a clinic full of cynics
    Who want to twist the peoples’ wrist
    They’re watching every move we make
    We’re all included on the list
    … The lunatics have taken over the asylum
    The lunatics have taken over the asylum
    … No nuclear the cowboy told us
    And who am I to disagree
    ‘Cause when the madman flips the switch
    The nuclear will go for me
    … The lunatics have taken over the asylum
    The lunatics have taken over the asylum
    … I’ve seen the faces of starvation
    But I just can not see the points
    ‘Cause there’s so much food here today
    That no one wants to take away
    … The lunatics have taken over the asylum
    The lunatics have taken over the asylum
    The lunatics have taken over the asylum, take away my right to choose
    The lunatics…
  • https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=g0daraC4i0s
  • *** A huge thank you to Macmillan Audio for my copy of this book ***

My Mom’s Thoughts

The author of THE SILENT PATIENT made a wise career move when he decided to write a novel instead of a screenplay.  What a trip he takes the reader on with a calm narrator and a mute patient towards a shocking reveal.  Nothing was quite the way it seemed to be and the truth was well hidden.  A quick, captivating read you won’t soon forget.

About the Book

“That rarest of beasts: the perfect thriller. This extraordinary novel set my blood fizzingI quite literally couldnt put it down.” A. J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the WindowThis program includes a bonus interview with the author.Promising to be the debut of the season The Silent Patient is a shocking psychological thriller of a womans act of violence against her husbandand of the therapist obsessed with uncovering her motiveAlicia Berensons life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of Londons most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word.Alicias refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety. The price of her art skyrockets, and she, the silent patient, is hidden away from the tabloids and spotlight at the Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London.Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivationsa search for the truth that threatens to consume him…. More praise for The Silent Patient: Absolutely brilliant I read it in a state of intense, breathless excitement. Stephen Fry Smart, sophisticated storytelling freighted with real suspense – a very fine novel by any standard. Lee ChildThe Silent Patient sneaks up on you like a slash of intimidating shadow on a bad 

Have a beautiful day! Berit☀️✨

Posted in Audiobook Review, Blog Tour

The Girls at 17 Swann Street by Yara Zgheib @StMartinsPress @MacmillanAudio #bookreview #audiobook

Happy Tuesday and happy publication day to this beautiful story!

I am so delighted to be part of the blog tour and share with you today my review for this hauntingly exquisite story guaranteed to pull at your heartstrings!💛🦢

  • The Girls at 17 Swann Street

  • By: Yara Zgheib
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 02-05-19
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio

My Thoughts

A hauntingly powerful story alive with heartbreak and hope!

Yara Zgheib’s debut is a stunning story resplendent with compassion and heart! An important story, a story that needed to be told, and that could not have been told any better than it was in this book…Miss Zgheib handles the tough and emotional subject of eating disorders with a gentle and loving hand… she handles the subject in a realistic and raw manner, but never lost sight of or compassion for those who suffer…. approximately 1 in 20 Americans suffer from some type of eating disorder in their lifetime… I have work in the fitness industry my entire adult life and I can attest to the fact that eating disorders can manifest in many forms and at any age… my daughter was a competitive dancer when she was younger and the same rules apply in the dance world… there is such an emphasis in so much pressure on women young and old to be thin and fit and perfect especially today when so much is out there on social media…. I truly believe this story will make so many women realize that they are not alone and that there is so much more to life than being thin….

This is Anna’s story… Anna is a 26-year-old exdancer who just moved from France to Missouri with her loving husband Mateus… Anna used to be happy and full of life, she used to be able to enjoy ice cream and french fries… then her relationship with food became toxic and life-threatening… One day when her husband found her after she fainted in the bathroom, they knew it was time for her to get help…. that is when Anna enters the treatment center at 17 Swann Street…

The story is told from the present and the past… Anna’s life leading up to her present situation, including an abusive boyfriend… as well as Anna’s time spent in the treatment center… I really enjoyed getting to know all the girls at 17 Swann Street and hearing their own unique stories…. I also like how the meal plans and treatment notes were interspersed throughout the book, it really added some authenticity to the story… Anna was such a sweet caring girl with such a big heart I had so much compassion for her throughout the story… I was so happy she had such an amazing support system within the treatment center and an incredible husband who was really a rock!

Such an elegant, honest, and emotional story that will have a hold on your heart long after the last page has been read! Absolutely recommend!

🎧🎧🎧 The audiobook was narrated by one of my favorite narrators Saskia Maarleveld… she told the story with so much compassion and beauty… she really painted a beautiful picture with her voice!

🎵🎵🎵 song running through my head, this was not easy I needed to find a hauntingly beautiful song that really was worthy of such a lovely story!
Well I’ve heard there was a secret chord
That David played and it pleased the Lord
But you don’t really care for music, do you?
Well it goes like this:
The fourth, the fifth, the minor fall and the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Well your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew ya
She tied you to her kitchen chair
And she broke your throne and she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
But baby I’ve been here before
I’ve seen this room and I’ve walked this floor
You know, I used to live alone before I knew ya
And I’ve seen your flag on the marble arch
And love…

*** many many thanks to St. Martin’s Press and Macmillan Audio for my copies of this beautiful book ***

About the Book

The chocolate went first, then the cheese, the fries, the ice cream. The bread was more difficult, but if she could just lose a little more weight, perhaps she would make the soloists’ list. Perhaps if she were lighter, danced better, tried harder, she would be good enough. Perhaps if she just ran for one more mile, lost just one more pound.
 
Anna Roux was a professional dancer who followed the man of her dreams from Paris to Missouri. There, alone with her biggest fears – imperfection, failure, loneliness – she spirals down anorexia and depression till she weighs a mere eighty-eight pounds. Forced to seek treatment, she is admitted as a patient at 17 Swann Street, a peach pink house where pale, fragile women with life-threatening eating disorders live. Women like Emm, the veteran; quiet Valerie; Julia, always hungry. Together, they must fight their diseases and face six meals a day.
Every bite causes anxiety.  Every flavor induces guilt. And every step Anna takes toward recovery will require strength, endurance, and the support of the girls at 17 Swann Street.
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Meet the Author

About the Author:
Yara Zgheib is a Fulbright scholar with a Masters degree in Security Studies from Georgetown University and a PhD in International Affairs in Diplomacy from Centre D’études Diplomatiques et Stratégiques in Paris. She is fluent in English, Arabic, French, and Spanish. Yara is a writer for several US and European magazines, including The Huffington Post, The Four Seasons Magazine, A Woman’s Paris, The Idea List, and Holiday Magazine. She writes on culture, art, travel, and philosophy on her blog, “Aristotle at Afternoon Tea” (http://www.aristotleatafternoontea.com/).
Have a beautiful day! Berit☀️✨
Posted in Audiobook Review, Book Bestie Approved

Forget You Know Me by Jessica Strawser @jessicastrawser @GabraZackman @StMartinsPress @MacmillanAudio #bookbestiesforgetyouknowme #bookreview #audiobook

Happy Monday bibliophiles!

Excited to share with you today my review for this dark domestic drama filled with some pretty compelling characters! This was a group read and we were all captivated by these peoples lives!💜

  • Forget You Know Me

  • A Novel
  • By: Jessica Strawser
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 02-05-19
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio

My Thoughts

A real, raw, and riveting story about the good, the bad, and the ugly side of life and love!

Life… it is messy, it is uncomfortable, it is tough… Jessica Strawser Does an amazing job of making her characters pop off the pages, there is an authenticity to her characterization and storytelling… this is an exquisitely told domestic drama with a sprinkle of suspense… it is NOT A THRILLER …and I think if you start this book with the expectation that this is a wonderful exploration of the darker and uglier side of relationships, rather than a edge of your seat thriller you will have a much better reading experience…. in my humble opinion this is a book that has been mislabeled as a mystery/thriller and that has not done the book any favors…

imagine you are on a video chat with your BFF, When she is upstairs checking on one of her kids someone breaks into her house dressed in all black including a face mask… what would you do? That is how this book starts up, Liza and Molly are on the chat, Molly checks on her kids, Liza sees the intruder…. after the intruder closes the laptop on Liza she calls the police and drives all night from Chicago to Cincinnati to check on her friend…. but when Liza reaches Molly‘s house she basically closes the door in her face, what in the world is going on? This one event leads to the unraveling of many secrets and relationships….

A book that takes an in-depth look at the breakdown of both marriage and friendship… how insecurities and fears can lead to lies and secrets that ultimately lead to hurt and betrayal…. all these characters were very real, flawed, and relatable, however not always likable… I have to admit I found Molly insufferable at times or chronic pain frustrated even made the reader, meanwhile I really liked Liza and enjoyed her entire storyline immensely… this is not to say I did not like Molly and her story, I just found that story much more frustrating, Daniel and she needed some serious marriage counseling…. but even my frustration with these characters added to the authenticity of the story, as I mentioned life is messy…. just so many things I loved about this book, I found it fascinating how Liza dealt with her survivors guilt… I enjoyed the bond between little Rosie and Nori… and the sweet romance between Liza and Henry put a big smile on my face, what a wonderful man he was!

A beautifully told story about the complexities of life and relationships, A real story about real people! Absolutely recommend!

🎧🎧🎧 The audio narration definitely added some texture and depth to this compelling story… Gabra Zackman did an impeccable job of making these characters come to life… she did a wonderful job of giving each character their own unique voice alleviating any confusion as to who was telling the story at any given time…

🎵🎵🎵 song running through my head! They brought up Tom Petty in this book so I thought I’d go with one of his songs…

Hey, hey
Don’t come around here no more
Don’t come around here no more
Whatever you’re looking for
Hey, don’t come around here no more
I’ve given up, stop
I’ve given up, stop
I’ve given up, stop, on waiting any longer
I’ve given up, on this love getting stronger
Don’t come around here no more
Don’t come around here no more
Don’t come around here no more
Don’t come around here no more
I don’t feel you anymore
You darken my door
Whatever you’re looking for
Hey, don’t come around here no more
I’ve given up, stop
I’ve given up, stop
I’ve given up, (stop) you tangle my emotions
I’ve given up, honey please admit it’s over…

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

About the Book

Forget You Know Me is that book you can’t put down, and can’t stop thinking about when you are finished.” —Sally Hepworth, bestselling author of The Family Next Door

When a video call between friends captures a shocking incident no one was supposed to see, the secrets it exposes threaten to change their lives forever.

Molly and Liza have always been enviably close. Even after Molly married Daniel, the couple considered Liza an honorary family member. But after Liza moved away, things grew more strained than anyone wanted to admit—in the friendship and the marriage.

When Daniel goes away on business, Molly and Liza plan to reconnect with a nice long video chat after the kids are in bed. But then Molly leaves the room to check on a crying child.

What Liza sees next will change everything.

Only one thing is certain: Molly needs her. Liza drives all night to be at Molly’s side—but when she arrives, the reception is icy, leaving Liza baffled anhd she saw.

Or is there?

In disbelief that their friendship could really be over, Liza is unaware she’s about to have a near miss of her own.

And Molly, refusing to deal with what’s happened, won’t turn to Daniel, either.

But none of them can go on pretending. Not after this.

Jessica Strawser’s Forget You Know Me is a “twisty, emotionally complex, powder keg of a tale” (bestselling author Emily Carpenter) about the wounds of people who’ve grown apart. Best, friends, separated by miles. Spouses, hardened by neglect. A mother, isolated by pain.

One moment will change things for them all. 

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Have a lovely Monday! Berit☀️✨

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The Woman Inside by E. G. Scott @EGScott #bookreview #audiobook

Happy Saturday book lovers!

Excited to share with you today my audiobook review for this most crazy story that completely sucked me in from first sentence to last!

My Thoughts

What a wild thriller! Full of deeply disturbed characters that bring new meaning to the words HOT MESS!

A book chocked full of disturbed people doing despicable things! Adultery, addiction, dishonesty, lying, stealing,stalking…. seriously, what’s not to love? If you are someone who needs to like or relate to the characters in your books this probably isn’t the one for you, BUT if you like to watch things fall apart and people self-destruct this is thriller perfection! It’s kind of like reality television, it’s not like you think these people are upstanding citizens doing amazing things, but they are entertaining people that are just a little south of crazy and you can’t wait to see what they do next!

Rebecca and Paul have been happily married (or so they think) for 20 years… but now Paul is having an affair and Rebecca has a serious opioid addiction, and that’s just the beginning…. these two truly deserve each other they are both extremely selfish, self-absorbed, and manipulative… however when Paul breaks things off with his mistress Sheila, this couple may have met their match… sheila is definitely the type of woman that will boil your rabbit! Yikes just thinking about all the nonsense these characters got up to still makes me cringe a little, but in a good way! This book was just pure madness!

Along with these crazy characters came some pretty wild twists and turns… The story is told from multiple perspectives and from the then and now… my opinions of these characters changed at a rapid rate, I had no idea who was telling the truth or if anyone was ever telling the truth… The ending to the story was so fitting, although somebody really got away with….

A crazy thriller, characters you will love to hate, and enough twist and turns to satisfy any thriller lover! Absolutely recommend!

🎧🎧🎧 this audiobook was narrated by a full cast giving each character their own unique voice…this really enhanced the reading experience!

🎵🎵🎵 song running through my head! This song needs no explanation…

All around me are familiar faces

Worn out places, worn out faces

Bright and early for their daily races

Going nowhere, going nowhere

Their tears are filling up their glasses

No expression, no expression

Hide my head, I want to drown my sorrow

No tomorrow, no tomorrow

And I find it kinda funny, I find it kinda sad

The dreams in which I’m dying are the best I’ve ever had

I find it hard to tell you, I find it hard to take

When people run in circles it’s a very very

Mad world, mad world

Children waiting for the day, they feel good

Happy birthday, happy birthday

Made to feel the way that every child should

Sit and listen, sit and listen

Went to school and I was very nervous

No one knew me, no one knew me

Hello teacher,…

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=SFsHSHE-iJQ

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

About the Book

Rebecca didn’t know love was possible until she met Paul, a man with a past as dark as her own. Their demons drew them together, but twenty years later, the damage and secrets that ignited their love are consuming their marriage. When Paul catches the attention of the police after two women go missing, Rebecca discovers he is planning a new life without her. She hatches a plan to get revenge … but nothing is what it seems. Rebecca and Paul are playing games, but someone else is playing a deadlier game. One that Rebecca and Paul can only lose. ?

Thank you so much for stopping by! Berit☀️✨

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Restoration Heights by Wil Medearis @ABrooklynFin @HarlequinBooks #bookreview #audiobook

Happy Saturday bibliophiles!

Excited to share with you today my audiobook review for this fascinating and diverse mystery with a splash of art!🎨

  • Restoration Heights

  • By: Wil Medearis
  • Narrated by: Angelo Di Loreto
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 01-22-19
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Harlequin Audio

My Thoughts

A compelling mystery peppered with a generous amount of social issues and art!

This was a well-crafted debut that really dissected the social issues impacting New York City… Full disclosure I do not live in New York, I have never been to New York, I probably will never go to New York, I live on the other side of the country in good old southern California where we have our own set of issues…. obviously we have a lot of the same social and racial issues, we are also a melting pot, however the LA area is very spread out and from what I can tell NYC is not…. all this is to say if you are a New Yorker or familiar with the area I think this book will resonate with you a bit more than it did me… that’s not to say I did not enjoy the book, I really did, I really enjoyed the characters, I loved how the story was told, I appreciated the discussion of social issues without being preachy, and most of all I really found the mystery complex and compelling…. Wil Medearis has seamlessly woven together a book that will make you both think and feel…

Reddick is a white man living in a mostly black area of Brooklyn… this is where he is most comfortable and he is not a fan of the impending gentrification of the area… he is also a struggling artist currently working as an art handler… if you are like me and had no idea there was such an occupation, he would go to the homes of the very wealthy and hang their priceless artworks… while working in the home of a wealthy family he hears about a missing girl, and soon figures out he might be the last one to have seen her…. but what would the fiancé of such a wealthy man be doing at a party in his Brooklyn apartment building? And even more puzzling why is the fiancé not more concerned? not contacting the police? Reddick is like a dog with a bone, he will stop at nothing to figure out what happened to Hannah…

Reddick was very passionate about social and racial issues and sometimes it clouded his judgment when it came to figuring this mystery out… it also dictated him getting involved in the first place, it was never quite clear why he would care so much about a complete stranger, other than to prove that this wealthy family was up to no good…. fortunately he had many friends in his life to ground him and to bounce ideas off of… I also really liked how he used his art to try to solve the mystery…And as he got deeper into the mystery he learned that things are much more complex than they appear to be… the web of deceit knows no color!

A slow burning mystery full of well-crafted characters and some thought-provoking issues, absolutely recommend!

🎧🎧🎧 I can guarantee that the audiobook narration to this story definitely added to my enjoyment! Angelo Di Loreto has a stellar voice and really brought all these characters to life, Reddick in particular… he really painted a picture of the story with his voice! And extremely well done audio!

🎵🎵🎵 song running through my head! Lyrics to the song really have nothing to do with this book, however this really was the song running through my head, because it is set in Brooklyn

No sleep till,

Brooklyn!

Foot on the pedal

Never ever false metal

Engine running hotter than a boiling kettle

My job ain’t a job

It’s a damn good time

City to city I’m running my rhymes.

On location

Touring around the nation

Beastie Boys always on vacation

Itchy trigger finger

But a stable turntable

I do what I do best

Because I’m willing and able.

Ain’t no faking

Your money I’m taking

Going coast to coast to watch all the girlies shaking.

While you’re at the job working nine to five

The Beastie Boys at the Garden

Cold kickin’ it live.

No sleep till

Another plane

Another train

Another bottle in the brain

Another girl

Another fight

Another drive all night.

Our manager’s crazy

He always smokes dust

He’s got his own room at the back of the bus….

Beastie Boys 1986

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=uZeXhC6SP2M

*** A huge thank you to Harlequin and Harper Audio for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

Reddick, a young, white artist, lives in Bedford-Stuyvesant, a historically black Brooklyn neighborhood besieged by gentrification. He makes rent as an art handler in Manhattan and spends his free time playing basketball at the local Y. He is also the last person to see Hannah before she disappears.When Hannah’s fiance, scion to a wealthy Upper East Side family, refuses to call the police, Reddick sets out to discover what happened to her. The search pulls him through a dramatic cross section of New York, taking him to the heart of a many-layered mystery that, in its unraveling, shakes Reddick’s convictions and lays bare the complex power dynamics of the city.In lyrical, addictive prose, Wil Medearis asks the question: In a metropolis that prides itself on its diversity and inclusivity, who has the final say over the future? Timely, page-turning and sweeping in vision, Restoration Heights is an exhilarating new entry in the canon of great New York novels. 

Have a fantastic weekend Berit☀️✨

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99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne @WMMorrowBooks @HarperAudio #bookreview #audiobooks

Happy Monday bibliophiles!

I am so excited to share with you my review for this wonderful book! An addictive emotional romance that is 100% fabulous!💕💕

  • 99 Percent Mine

  • A Novel
  • By: Sally Thorne
  • Narrated by: Jayme Mattler
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 01-29-19
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: HarperAudio

My Thoughts

An edgy emotional exquisite romance! This book was 100% eXCEPTIONAL!

Sally Thorne is such a wonderful storyteller! She has woven together an emotional story guaranteed to tug at your heartstrings! I absolutely loved “The Hating Game,“ and when I picked this up I was expecting the same fun funny banter I got in that book…. I did get the same outstanding banter, however this book is a little darker, a little edgier, and a lot more angsty… this book definitely put my heart through the ringer! I wouldn’t say this book is better or worse than THG it is just… different….. however what I loved about THG is absolutely in this book as well… wonderful storytelling, amazing well drawn characters, and fabulous dialogue!

Darcy returns home after her beloved grandmother passes away, leaving her house to her… The house is in need of some major renovation, so Darcy is going to stay in town until the paint dries and she is able to sell the house…. The girl has some major wanderlust and is just itching to get on that next plane headed to adventurous anywhere…. BUT one day she arrives home to find Tom on her front porch, and he is the contractor who has been hired to renovate the house… Tom is the only man who has ever really got a hold of Darcy’s heart, the problem… he is engaged and he is also her twin brothers BFF… to complicate things further Jamie, Darcy’s twin and her are not quite seeing eye to eye on this house renovation….

I do love the friends to lovers trope… and in this book it was done so cleverly end it was oh so complicated! The push and pull between Tom and Darcy was so compelling…. Darcy was a wonderful character, even though I didn’t warm up to her immediately… she was a little prickly and definitely has her guard up, but she was also snarky, smart, strong, and loyal… Tom, I have to admit in my younger days I would’ve found him a little boring or bland, but now that I’m older and no better he was a really nice guy that had a heart of gold, that any woman would be lucky to call their own… he really had very few rough edges, what you see is what you get with him, and what I saw in my mind I definitely liked! The chemistry between these two was off the charts, and when things heated up they hit the boiling point… my only little tiny complaint would be I would’ve liked a little more of these two in the past, maybe some more interaction between them when they were younger, so I could really see where all this angst and lust and longing and love was coming from….

An extremely well told romance, full of engaging characters, witty banter, and sizzling chemistry! Absolutely recommend!

🎧🎧🎧 this book was narrated by Jayme Mattler, she did an amazing job! What I love so much about audio is how much it really brings the characters to life, and Jayme really nailed it in this book! She was Darcy just as much as she was Tom….

🎵🎵🎵 song running through my head! Oh I love this song and it really expressed some of my frustration with these characters during this book!

“Say something, I’m giving up on you

I’ll be the one, if you want me to

Anywhere, I would’ve followed you

Say something, I’m giving up on you

And I am feeling so small

It was over my head

I know nothing at all

And I will stumble and fall

I’m still learning to love

Just starting to crawl

Say something, I’m giving up on you

I’m sorry that I couldn’t get to you

Anywhere, I would’ve followed you

Say something, I’m giving up on you

And I will swallow my pride

You’re the one that I love

And I’m…”

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-2U0Ivkn2Ds

*** Big thanks to Harper Audio and William Morrow for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

Crush: a strong and often short-lived infatuation, particularly for someone beyond your reach…

Darcy Barrett has undertaken a global survey of men. She’s travelled the world, and can categorically say that no one measures up to Tom Valeska, whose only flaw is that Darcy’s twin brother Jamie saw him first and claimed him forever as his best friend. Despite Darcy’s best efforts, Tom’s off limits and loyal to her brother, 99%. That’s the problem with finding her dream man at age eight and peaking in her photography career at age twenty—ever since, she’s had to learn to settle for good enough.

When Darcy and Jamie inherit a tumble-down cottage from their grandmother, they’re left with strict instructions to bring it back to its former glory and sell the property. Darcy plans to be in an aisle seat halfway across the ocean as soon as the renovations start, but before she can cut and run, she finds a familiar face on her porch: house-flipper extraordinaire Tom’s arrived, he’s bearing power tools, and he’s single for the first time in almost a decade.

Suddenly Darcy’s considering sticking around to make sure her twin doesn’t ruin the cottage’s inherent magic with his penchant for grey and chrome. She’s definitely not staying because of her new business partner’s tight t-shirts, or that perfect face that’s inspiring her to pick up her camera again. Soon sparks are flying—and it’s not the faulty wiring. It turns out one percent of Tom’s heart might not be enough for Darcy anymore. This time around, she’s switching things up. She’s going to make Tom Valeska 99 percent hers. 

Have a wonderful day! Berit☀️✨