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The Nowhere Child by Christian White @StMartinsPress @MacmillanAudio #bookreview #audiobook

Happy Saturday bibliophiles!

Thrilled to share with you today my audiobook review for this intriguing thriller! This book was full of twists and turns, secrets and lies, and snakes!🐍

  • The Nowhere Child

  • A Novel
  • By: Christian White
  • Narrated by: Katherine Littrell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 01-22-19
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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My Thoughts

A compelling thriller full of twists and turns, secrets and lies, and snakes!🐍 what would you do if you found out you weren’t who you thought you were your entire life? How would you react if you found out you weren’t Kim Australian photography teacher, but Sammy Kentuckian kidnap victim? This book starts with a BANG and maintains it’s intensity until the very end… A brilliantly crafted perfectly paced debut… BRAVO Christian White!

Kim is leading a relatively uneventful life in Australia…. she has a job she enjoys, a sister who loves her, and she is beginning to get it together after losing her mother to cancer…. then one day a strange American shows up with a picture… a picture of a two-year-old girl who he insists is her…. a two-year-old Sammy Who was kidnapped over 20 years ago from a small town in Kentucky, a two-year-old Sammy who happens to be the sister of the strange American Stew…. after a DNA test and confronting her stepfather, Kim decides to head to America to meet her birth family and to figure out how in the world she ended up in Australia? Kim was expecting some culture shock, but she could not begin to imagine how much culture shock she would be in for….

The book seamlessly weaves the past and present storylines together… it was truly fascinating watching Kim navigate her way through small town Kentucky, meeting her birth family, including her mother who is a snake handler in the Pentecostal church…. The past story was equally intriguing… learning about the family at the time of Sammy‘s disappearance, and trying to figure out the how and the who of it all…. as the layers of both past and present were peeled away the creepier and more intricate the deception got…. and the snakes, oh boy those creepy slithery slimy snakes! Yikes! There are parts of this book that still give me the heebie-jeebies!

An intense story that will satisfy your psychological thriller craving! A trope you may have read before, but with a shiny new unique brilliant twist! This is a thriller not to be missed! Absolutely recommend!

🎧🎧🎧 The narrator of this audiobook was Katherine Littrell and I have only two words for you… AUSTRALIAN ACCENT! She did a really good job, even her American male accents were well done… and I appreciated the fact that she did not even attempt to do a southern accent, sometimes that accent can be a bit over exaggerated… as always the audio narration breathed even more life into this already highly entertaining story, a definite must listen!

🎵🎵🎵 song running through my head… Australia makes me think of this song and having that Australian accent in my ear throughout this book really made me think of this song!

”Traveling in a fried-out combie

On a hippie trail, head full of zombie

I met a strange lady, she made me nervous

She took me in and gave me breakfast

And she said

Do you come from a land down under?

Where women glow and men plunder?

Can’t you hear, can’t you hear the thunder?

You better run, you better take cover

Buying bread from a man in Brussels

He was six-foot-four and full of muscles

I said, “do you speak-a my language?”

He just smiled and gave me a vegemite sandwich

And he said

I come from a land down under

Where beer does flow and men chunder

Can’t you hear, can’t you hear the thunder?

You better run, you better take cover, yeah”

– Men at Work 1981

*** The other song I was contemplating was “Union of the Snake” by Duran Duran, I’m such an 80s girl!

*** A huge thank you to Macmillan Audio/Minotaur Books for my copies of this book ***

About the Book

Winner of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award, The Nowhere Child is screenwriter Christian White’s internationally bestselling debut thriller of psychological suspense about a woman uncovering devastating secrets about her family—and her very identity…

Kimberly Leamy is a photography teacher in Melbourne, Australia. Twenty-six years earlier, Sammy Went, a two-year old girl vanished from her home in Manson, Kentucky. An American accountant who contacts Kim is convinced she was that child, kidnapped just after her birthday. She cannot believe the woman who raised her, a loving social worker who died of cancer four years ago, crossed international lines to steal a toddler.

On April 3rd, 1990, Jack and Molly Went’s daughter Sammy disappeared from the inside their Kentucky home. Already estranged since the girl’s birth, the couple drifted further apart as time passed. Jack did his best to raise and protect his other daughter and son while Molly found solace in her faith. The Church of the Light Within, a

 Pentecostal fundamentalist group who handle poisonous snakes as part of their worship, provided that faith. Without Sammy, the Wents eventually fell apart.

Now, with proof that she and Sammy are in fact the same person, Kim travels to America to reunite with a family she never knew she had. And to solve the mystery of her abduction—a mystery that will take her deep into the dark heart of religious fanaticism where she must fight for her life against those determined to save her soul…

Hope you have a wonderful weekend! Berit☀️✨

 

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Summoned to Thirteenth Grave by Darynda Jones @StMartinsPress @MacmillanAudio #bookreview #audiobook

Happy Friday book lovers!

Super excited to share with you today my review for one of my all-time favorite series that sadly is ending with this book! This is a must listen series with amazing narration! If you have not fallen in love with audiobooks yet this is a good place to start!🎧💕

Summoned to Thirteenth Grave

  • Charley Davidson, Book 13
  • By: Darynda Jones
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 01-15-19
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio

My Thoughts

The PERFECT ending to a fantastic series!

Charley Davidson series done but never forgotten!

-T-shirt

WOW talk about going out with a bang! This really was the perfect cherry on top of this wonderful Charley Davidson sundae…. or probably more appropriate the whip on top of The coffee drink… this really was an exceptional series and I have enjoyed every single minute I have spent with these wonderful characters! I will miss them dearly and be looking forward to Beep’s spin off….

Charley has return to earth after being banished for 100 years… 100 years without hair product and caffeine does not a happy Charley make…. she also comes home to a hell dimension having been opened and demons snacking on the citizens of Albuquerque….. throw in a serial killer and a kidnapper and you’ve got a busy Charley…. what’s so wonderful about the series is even though there’s always a lot going on the main focus is on the characters and their relationships…. Charley’s romantic relationship with the smoldering Reyes… her brilliant friendship with Cookie, I don’t know about the rest of you but I’d love to go to lunch with these girls!And i absolutely cannot forget uncle Bob, Amber, Garrett, Artimus, angel, and so many more…. all the essential players are in this book and a lot of lingering questions are answered… and there are some definite surprises, very welcome surprises! If you are a fan of the series this is an absolute must! If you aren’t, do yourself a favor and pick up book one, I promise you will not be able to put it down until you get to book 13!

Goodbyes are never easy, but farewell Charley and gang, thanks for the memories you will be missed!

🎧🎧🎧 this entire series is narrated by Lorelei King and she does an amazing job of bringing Charley to life… I really could not imagine a better narrator for the series.. I really feel as though Lorelei and Darynda we’re on the same page when it came to the characters in this series. An absolute must listen!

🎵🎵🎵 Music running through my mind! There were a couple of songs that really went through my head during this one, but this is the one that stuck with me the most!

That’s great, it starts with an earthquake

Birds and snakes, and aeroplanes

And Lenny Bruce is not afraid

Eye of a hurricane, listen to yourself churn

World serves its own needs,

Don’t mis-serve your own needs

Speed it up a notch, speed, grunt, no, strength

The ladder starts to clatter

With a fear of height, down, height

Wire in a fire, represent the seven games

And a government for hire and a combat site

Left her, wasn’t coming in a hurry

With the Furies breathing down your neck

Team by team, reporters baffled, trumped, tethered, cropped

Look at that low plane, fine, then

Uh oh, overflow, population, common group

But it’ll do, save yourself, serve yourself

World serves its own needs, listen to your heart bleed

Tell me…

-It’s the End of the World As We Know It, and I Feel fine: REM 1987

*** A huge thank you to Macmillan Audio for my copy of this book ***

About the Book


Charley Davidson, Grim Reaper extraordinaire, is pissed. She’s been kicked off the earthly plain for eternity – which is the appropriate amount of time to make a person starkraving mad. But someone’s looking out for her, and she’s allowed to return after a mere hundred years in exile. Is it too much to hope for that not much has changed? Apparently it is. Bummer.
She’s missed Reyes and her daughter, Beep, but now that she’s back on earth, it’s time to put to rest burning questions that need answers. What happened to her mother? How did she really die? Who killed her? And are cupcakes or coffee the best medicine? It all comes to a head in an epic showdown between good and evil in this final smart and hilarious novel. 

Have a wonderful day! Berit☀️✨

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Her Pretty Bones by Carla Kovach @CKovachAuthor @bookouture #bookreview #audiobook

Happy Sunday bibliophiles!

Excited to share with you today my review for the third book in the brilliant Gina Hart series! Big thanks to Noelle for my invitation and to Carla Kovach for her wonderful story!🚨

My Thoughts

Redheads beware! You’re just the girl he’s looking for!

This was a gripping dark and twisted police procedural… The third book in the DI Gina Hart series and just as engaging as the previous two… even though I have read the previous books I do believe this can absolutely be read as a standalone…. but I’m going to bet that after you read this one you will want to go back and read the previous two!

A young girl’s body falls out of the back of a van, she is rushed to the hospital and her last words are, “help her!” A couple days later and a couple miles away a young girl’s body is found in a shallow grave… what these girls had in common their age, their emaciated bodies, and their hair color, red… Gina who just had an argument with her own daughter, is more determined than ever to solve this horrendous case….

I really liked how Gina and Company worked this case… I also liked how we got multiple perspectives including that of another young girl and potential next victim as well as a mother whose daughter was missing… I think the additional perspectives really added a layer of authenticity and terror to the story…. The mystery was full of the perfect amount of twists and turns and red herrings…. my one little niggle with the series is we don’t necessarily get to know Gina quite as much as I would like… we get a little glimpse, but I really would love to get to know this character better!

🎧🎧🎧 Audio Narration:

Tamsin Kennard made this British crime thriller even more British, that’s a good thing! I read the previous two books in the series so listening to the audio was a new experience and it definitely enriched the story for me…Tamsin has a beautiful English accent, much better than the one that runs through my head, she also added a little more of a feminine hand to Gina, and I really like that! She also did a really good job with the male voices, always a bonus! A audiobook narrator that adds another dimension to the story cannot be beat, if you are an audiobook person I’d pick this one up!

An engaging twisted crime thriller that will wake your inner detective! Recommended!

🎵 Music running through my mind! As a redhead that part of the story really stuck with me so the song I have paired with this book is…

Well brunettes are fine man

And blondes are fun

But when it comes to getting the dirty job done

I’ll take a red headed woman

A red headed woman

It takes a red headed woman

To get a dirty job done.

Bruce Springsteen 1993

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

*** many thanks to Bookouture for my electronic copy of this book and to my wallet for my audiobook copy ***

About the Book

THE UNPUTDOWNABLE NEW THRILLER FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE NEXT GIRL

She’s just the girl he’s looking for…

A young woman falls from a van speeding down a quiet road. Battered and bruised, she turns her head to the person who comes to her aid. ‘Help her’, she whispers before her eyes close.

Days later, the body of another young girl is found in a shallow grave just a few miles away. The similarities between the two girls are startling – same age, same frail body, same shocking red hair.

As the town fears there’s a serial killer living amongst them, Detective Gina Harte must put aside her own struggles at home, and catch the killer before he finds another perfect girl.

AN ABSOLUTELY HEART-STOPPING CRIME THRILLER FROM CARLA KOVACH – if you like Lisa Gardner, Robert Bryndza or Clare Mackintosh, Her Pretty Bones will have you hooked.

Buy  Links:       

Amazon:  http://geni.us/B07JK9XXNCSocial

iBookstore: https://tinyurl.com/ycy6h8c3

Kobo: https://tinyurl.com/ydzylg8e

Googleplay: https://tinyurl.com/ybz9adr3

 

 

About the Author

Carla Kovach was born in Birmingham, UK and now resides in Redditch, Worcestershire. Author of supernatural drama ‘Flame,’ psychological thriller ‘To Let,’ crime thriller ‘Whispers Beneath the Pines,’ and holiday comedy, ‘Meet Me at Marmaris Castle.’ Carla also writes stage and screenplays, some of which have been produced in the Worcestershire area. Her feature film ‘Penny for the Guy’ is being made and is set for release in 2019.

Her latest book, Her Final Hour, has been published by Bookouture. It is the second in the DI Gina Harte crime series.

 

 

Author Social Media Links: 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CarlaKovachAuthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CKovachAuthor

Website: https://griffbuck.wordpress.com/

 

Thank you so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day! Berit☀️✨