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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. 

The Besties

Mackenzie @ PhDiva

Jennifer @ Tarheel Reader

💛💜 don’t forget to check out Jennifer and Kenzie’s wonderful reviews!

Have a lovely Monday! Berit☀️✨

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The Line Between by Tosca Lee @ToscaLee @HowardBooks #bookbestieslinebetween #bookreview

Happy Tuesday bibliophiles!

Excited to share with you my review for this exciting book! This is not my normal genre I guess this would be called pre-apocalyptic fiction? Is there such a thing as this? Anyways it was quite the thrilling story and I am so happy to have read it! This was a group read With my Besties and we all thoroughly enjoyed it!🖤

The Line Between by Tosca Lee

My Thoughts

Wowza this was quite the unexpected gem of a pre-apocalyptic story!

This is not my usual reading genre, but boil boy this book sucked me in from the very first page! Tosca Lee thread together a remarkable story… an intense pre-apocalyptic story laced with a generous amount of thrills and romance… this is such a well written book that I think will appeal to a wide audience of readers!

Wynter grew up in the compound of the New Earth doomsday post apocalyptic cult… as she grew up she began to question things including the teachings of the leader of the cult Magnus… this leads to her eventually being cast out, only to find that the outside world is going a bit mad…. there is an epidemic sweeping the US the spreading of early onset dementia, and there appears to be no cure in sight…. when Wynter’s sister shows up at her door with a case filled with vials of a potential cure… Wynter soon finds herself on the road to Colorado with the possible fate of the world in her hands…..

Wynter was so smart and so strong and yet she had such a naïveté to her… she is one of those characters that will get under your skin and who you won’t soon forget, there was just something so beautiful and comforting about her inner strength… for some reason I never doubted that this girl who grew up extremely sheltered could manage to make it from Chicago to Colorado in dire circumstances…. admittedly though it was very fortunate that she ran across X military XMMA fighter Chase along the way… Chase was another strong smart character who definitely reassured me… The strength and charisma of these characters really set the tone for the story and I think that’s what I really was drawn to… I felt as though the thread running throughout the story was that of hope rather than doom… this book was uplifting rather than depressing, and that’s not something I often find in books of this genre… add in a plot that will keep you riveted and a sprinkling of romance… and you’ve got yourself one stellar story!

An addictive pre-apocalyptic thriller full of some pretty amazing characters and a generous peppering of hope! Absolutely recommend!

🎵🎵🎵 song running through my head! If you have read this book you will know why I chose this one, this was a song that ran through Wynter’s head…

There’s somethin’ wrong with the world today

I don’t know what it is

Something’s wrong with our eyes

We’re seein’ things in a different way

And God knows it ain’t his

It sure ain’t no surprise

Livin’ on the edge

Livin’ on the edge

Livin’ on the edge

Livin’ on the edge

There’s somethin’ wrong with the world today

The light bulb’s gettin dim

There’s meltdown in the sky

If you can judge a wise man

By the color of his skin

Then mister you’re a better man than I

Livin’ on the edge

You can’t help yourself from fallin’

Livin’ on the edge

You can’t help yourself at all

Livin’ on the edge

You can’t stop yourself from fallin’

Livin’ on the edge (everybody, everybody)

Tell me what you think about your situation

Complication, aggravation is getting to you

If chicken…

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=7nqcL0mjMjw

*** many thanks to Tosca Lee for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

In this frighteningly believable thriller from New York Times bestselling author Tosca Lee, an extinct disease re-emerges from the melting Alaskan permafrost to cause madness in its victims. For recent apocalyptic cult escapee Wynter Roth, it’s the end she’d always been told was coming.

When Wynter Roth is turned out of New Earth, a self-contained doomsday cult on the American prairie, she emerges into a world poised on the brink of madness as a mysterious outbreak of rapid early onset dementia spreads across the nation.

As Wynter struggles to start over in a world she’s been taught to regard as evil, she finds herself face-to-face with the apocalypse she’s feared all her life—until the night her sister shows up at her doorstep with a set of medical samples. That night, Wynter learns there’s something far more sinister at play and that these samples are key to understanding the disease.

Now, as the power grid fails and the nation descends into chaos, Wynter must find a way to get the samples to a lab in Colorado. Uncertain who to trust, she takes up with former military man Chase Miller, who has his own reasons for wanting to get close to the samples in her possession, and to Wynter herself.

Filled with action, conspiracy, romance, and questions of whom—and what—to believe, THE LINE BETWEEN is a high-octane story of survival and love in a world on the brink of madness. 

The Besties

Mackenzie @ PhDiva

Jennifer @ Tarheel Reader

Holly @ Dressed to Read

🌹 be sure to check out all the girls reviews! Always wonderful to get multiple opinions!

have a wonderful day! Berit☀️✨

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One Fatal Mistake by Tom Hunt @TomHuntWriter @BerkleyPub #bookbestiesonefatalmistake #bookreview

Happy Tuesday bibliophiles!

Excited to share with you today my review for this fast paced thriller that will keep you glued to those pages! This was a group read with my Besties, and we were all riveted by this addictive read!💕

Available February 5, 2019

One Fatal Mistake by Tom Hunt

My Thoughts

An addictive fast paced read that will keep you glued to those pages!

How far would you go to protect your child? A tragic accident… a fatal mistake… a lie… a cover up… A BIG hot mess!

This book was packed full of nonstop action from first page to last… josh was involved in a tragic accident that led to the death of a man… in the process of covering it up Josh and his mom Karen run into Ross and Amber… Ross and Amber have just robbed a bank and are on the run… after Josh and Karen’s lives clash with Ross and Amber things go sideways, in a big way! Not going to go into the plot more, just know it is one wild and crazy ride….

This was such an entertaining read, but it also gave you some food for thought… Karen was a wonderful character and a definite loving mother, but… did she do the right thing? And in this situation is there a right thing? Would you help your child bury the body, literally or figuratively? I really have no idea what I would have done in Karen’s situation, and hopefully I will never need to know! Such a fun twisty story that definitely kept me engaged throughout! A book full of likable characters making some pretty bad decisions! It definitely showed you how one mistake, one lie, can lead to so much tragedy….

A nonstop thrilling thriller that will make your heart beat a little bit faster and make you need to catch your breath! Absolutely recommend!

🎵 Music running through my head! This song kept going through my head, because of Ross and Amber being on the run, and wanted dead or alive!

“It’s all the same, only the names will change

Everyday, it seems we’re wastin’ away

Another place where the faces are so cold

I drive all night just to get back home

I’m a cowboy, on a steel horse I ride

I’m wanted dead or alive”

Bon Jovi 1986

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Py6U3XMy-AM

*** thank you to Berkley for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

The author of Killer Choice, a thriller “full of shocks and twists you won’t see coming” (Lee Child), delivers a nail-biting novel about a hit and run, and a lie that goes horribly wrong…

Her son accidentally kills a man.

When eighteen-year-old Joshua Mayo takes a man’s life in a horrible accident, he leaves the scene without reporting the crime to the police. He hopes to put the awful night behind him and move on with his life. But, of course, he ends up telling his mother, Karen, what happened.

Karen has raised Joshua on her own in Cedar Rapids, Iowa–and she’d thought they’d finally made it. He was doing well in school and was only months from starting college. After hearing his dark confession, she is forced to make a choice no parent should have to make, one that draws them both into a web of deceit that will change their lives forever–if they make it out alive….

The Besties Thoughts

Jennifer @ Tarheel Reader

Holly @ Dressed to Read

Mackenzie @ PhDiva

Kendall

there are no friends like book friends! Berit☀️✨

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The Suspect by Fiona Barton @figbarton @BerkleyPub #bookbestiessuspect #bookreview

Happy Thursday from a cold and wet Southern California!☔️

Apologies if I did not make it to your blog yesterday, I have a cold/flu that is kicking my old booty! So fingers crossed I wake up this morning feeling better!

Excited to share with you today my review for this engaging mystery with a dash of thriller! Another wonderful group read with my Besties!💕

The Suspect by Fiona Barton

My Thoughts

This was an intriguing story that kept the mama bear in me on the edge of my seat!

This is a story guaranteed to make any parent squirm… Leslie and Jenny receive the call that no mother ever wants to receive, they need to head to Thailand to identify their daughters bodies…

Being a parent is a tough job, and being the parent of adult children is sometimes even harder… i’ve read so many reviews that state that they don’t know anyone who would allow their children to go to Thailand at the age of 18? And that’s fine if you don’t believe you would allow your children to go to Thailand, but it does not mean that a parent that would allow their children to go to Thailand is a bad parent…. I also think that a lot more UK kids in their late teens early 20s travel, the gap year is much more common… I personally don’t know anyone here in America who had a gap year? With the exception of Malia Obama, who I guess I don’t know personally…It is more than likely I would not want my kids to go to Thailand, but there comes a point in your child’s life that it is up to them… in this book Alex has graduated is about to head off to university and has saved her money for an entire year for this trip, in hindsight probably not the greatest idea, but… well I went off on a bit of a tangent there, sorry about that…. back to the book!

When two 18-year-old girls Alex and Rosie go missing while on holiday in Thailand it stirs up all kinds of emotions in Kate…. Kate’s son Jacob dropped out of university and went traveling to Thailand to “find himself“ with very sporadic communication with Home… Kate who is a reporter instantly gets herself on the case, and when the families travel to Thailand she is compelled to go too… but Kate has no idea what awaits her in Thailand, secrets and deceptions that will turn the reporter into the story!

This book really was more of a mystery/police procedural/family drama than a traditional thriller… but I was still completely engrossed in the story wanting to know what happened to these girls… I really liked Alex and I loved getting to know her through her Facebook posts and communication with her BFF back home… Rosie on the other hand was much less sympathetic, to say the least…. my heart broke for these parents and I really felt their pain and their need for justice and truth…. I can only imagine how hard it would be as more andMore truths were revealed about your daughters’ horrifying last days…

A perfectly paced story that was propelled forward by short concise chapters… i’d say this book was more plot driven then character driven, and generally I do like a story to be more character driven, but this one completely captivated me…. as I said my mama bear was on high alert… I just needed to know what had happened to these girls, and how these parents coped with living my worst nightmare….

A well constructed story with a large dose of mystery and a splash of thriller! Recommend!

🎵 OK I’m going to start doing something a little different with all my reviews. I love music and I always have a song going through my head as I’m reading… so I’m going to start sharing with you lyrics and a link to the song running through my head while reading. At least until I run out of songs or inspiration!

Bangkok, Oriental setting
And the city don’t know that the city is getting
The creme de la creme of the chess world
In a show with everything but Yul Brynner
Time flies doesn’t seem a minute
Since the Tirolean spa had the chess boys in it
All change don’t you know that when you
Play at this level there’s no ordinary venue
It’s Iceland or the Philippines or Hastings or
Or this place!
One night in Bangkok and the world’s your oyster
The bars are temples but the pearls ain’t free
You’ll find a god in every golden cloister
And if you’re lucky then the god’s a she
I can feel an angel sliding up to me

– Murray Head 1984

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

About The Book

The new must-read standalone crime thriller from the author of Sunday Timesbestseller, The Widow, and the Richard & Judy No. 1 bestseller, The Child – featuring unforgettable journalist, Kate Waters.

The police belonged to another world – the world they saw on the television or in the papers. Not theirs.

When two eighteen-year-old girls go missing on their gap year in Thailand, their families are thrust into the international spotlight: desperate, bereft and frantic with worry. 

Journalist Kate Waters always does everything she can to be first to the story, first with the exclusive, first to discover the truth – and this time is no exception. But she can’t help but think of her own son, who she hasn’t seen in two years since he left home to go traveling. This time it’s personal.

And as the case of the missing girls unfolds, they will all find that even this far away, danger can lie closer to home than you might think . . . 

The Besties Thoughts

Jennifer @ Tarheel Reader

Mackenzie @ PhDiva

Holly @ Dressed to Read

Book friends are the best friends! Berit☀️✨

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The Liar’s Room by Simon Lelic @Simon_Lelic @BerkleyPub #bookbestiesliarsroom #bookreview

Happy Tuesday bibliophiles!

Today is publication day for this intense and deliciously disturbing thriller! This was a group read and we all were definitely thrilled by this thriller! I go as far as to say this is a can’t miss!🖤

The Liar’s Room by Simon Lelic

My Thoughts

This was a highly addictive intense read that made my heart race and my mind spin!

Wow! This was one thrilling verbal ping-pong match! An intense game full of thrills, chills, secrets, and lies! I felt as though I was on high alert this entire book, there is a definite sense of impending doom throughout this entire story… two liars, one room, and one fantastically disturbing tale!

Susanna is a counselor, and the book starts out with Adam a new patient entering her office for the first time… there is something familiar about Adam, but Suzanna cannot put her finger on it… as the therapy session progresses things start getting a little strange, and then a little disturbing, and then downright creepy…. when Adam shows Susanna a picture of her teenage daughter Emily, Susanna knows there is much more to this therapy session then… well therapy…. yikes, I get chills just thinking about it! Who is Adam? And what does he want with Susanna? And what has he done with her daughter? These were the questions spinning through my head throughout most of this book…. and try as hard as I might, I could not figure out the connection… oh I had theories and speculations, all of them wrong!

Boy oh boy this is one crazy ride that will keep you on pins and needle’s from first page to last…. I had no idea what I was in for when I pick this book up, but it definitely exceeded all my expectations! A story that will leave you a little unsettled, a little off balance, and a lot bewildered! Filled with unreliable, untrustworthy, and unlikable characters that will have you questioning everything….

This is the perfect thriller for the thriller lover it is dark, creepy, and disturbing… this book will screw with your mind and leave you reeling! absolutely recommend!

*** huge thank you to Berkley for my copy of this book ***

PS: before I wrote this review I was going to give this book four stars, but after this review I’m going to have to give it the full five, this is a story that really had it all!💫

About the Book

A new spine-tingling thriller from the author of The New Neighbors that takes place over the course of a therapy session, in which neither patient nor therapist are who they claim to be.

Two liars. One room. No way out.

Susanna Fenton has a secret. Fourteen years ago she left her identity behind, reinventing herself as a therapist and starting a new life. It was the only way to keep her daughter safe.

But when a young man, Adam Geraghty, walks into her office, claiming he needs Susanna’s help but asking unsettling questions, she begins to fear that her secret has been discovered.

Who is Adam, really? What does he intend to do to Susanna?

And what has he done to her daughter?

The Besties

Jennifer @ Tarheel Reader

Holly @ Dressed to Read

Mackenzie @ PhDiva

Kendall

Be sure to check out the rest of the girls reviews!

Book friends are the best friends!

Berit☀️✨

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In Dog We Trust by Beth Kendrick @BKendrickBooks @BerkleyPub #bookbestiesindogwetrust #bookreview #aktbmbookblog

Happy Thursday book lovers!

Excited to share with you today my review for this book filled with love and sloppy kisses!🐶

This was a group read and we were all completely head over paws in love with the book!🐾💕🐾

In Dog We Trust by Beth Kendrick

My Thoughts

A fun and fluffy tale full of love, friendship, and sloppy dog kisses!🐶

This adorable story was comfort food for my heart and soul… sometimes you just need a lovely story that will put a smile on your face and a wag in your tail… this is the fifth book in Beth Kendrick’s Black Dog Bay series and can absolutely without a doubt be read as a standalone…. this was my first book in the series, but I have every intention to go back and read the previous books… A perfect palate cleanser to throw in between all those dark and twisty reads…

Joslin was out running one day saves the life of a purebred show dog, and before she knows it she’s become a dogsitter…. it’s a good thing Joslin adores dogs, even though her mom didn’t let her have one as a child…. before she knows it the three dogs that she is sitting have completely captured her heart… and Curtis, Carmen, and Hester completely captured mine as well!

There was a lovely romance in the story but it was a realistic slow burn that was kind of in the background… I really love that, because it allowed this book to explore some other really wonderful relationships…. my favorite of those being the friendship between Joslyn and Bri…. these girls had such a strong friendship the ultimate besties, everyone needs a Bri in their life, or a Joslin… The relationship between Joslyn and her mother was also charming, complicated, but charming…. The romance was sweet and satisfying even though it was understated…

This book is guaranteed to make you feel good about all creatures big and small, two legged and four! The next time you need a book pick me up, pick this one up! Absolutely recommend!🐾

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

the Book

From the author of Once Upon a Wine, a new novel set in the charming seashore town of Black Dog Bay, Delaware.

When everything has gone to the dogs . . .

When Jocelyn Hillier is named legal guardian for the late Mr. Allardyce’s pack of pedigreed Labrador retrievers, her world is flipped upside down. She’s spent her entire life toiling in the tourism industry in Black Dog Bay and never expected to be living the pampered life of a seasonal resident in an ocean side mansion, complete with a generous stipend. But her new role isn’t without its challenges: The dogs (although lovable) are more high-maintenance than any Hollywood diva, the man she wants to marry breaks her heart, and she’s confronted at every turn by her late benefactor’s estranged son, Liam, who thinks he’s entitled to the inheritance left to the dogs.

Jocelyn has worked too hard to back down without a fight, and she’s determined to keep her new fur family together. As she strives to uphold the “Best in Show” standards her pack requires, Jocelyn finds love, family, and forgiveness in the most unexpected places. 

The Besties

Jennifer @ Tarheel Reader

Holly @ Dressed to Read

Mackenzie @ PhDiva

Kendall

Have a wonderful day filled with books and furry friends!🐶🐾 berit☀️✨

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The Au Pair by Emma Rous @EJRous @BerkleyPub #bookbestiesaupair #bookreview #pubday #aktbmbookblog

Happy Tuesday bibliophiles!

Super excited to share with you today my review for this thrilling thriller that is published today by Berkley😍

This was a group read and we all absolutely loved all the twists and turns and reveals!💕💕

The Au Pair by Emma Rous

My Thoughts

An exquisitely spun web of spellbinding secrets and dark deceit!

This suspenseful story Will keep you riveted from first line to last… a magical tale that will awaken your imagination and stretch your mind….Emma Rouz has woven together an enchanting story that will make the unbelievable believable….

This book is like a walk on a foggy morning… when you start out you can barely see your hand in front of your face… but as you go on the fog begins to Clear… The path is Windee with some unexpected twists and you may not end up where you originally thought you would…. but every step was SO worth the satisfying end….

A grande estate, a set of twins, a mysterious photograph, and a rumor of a curse… Seraphine has always felt as though she didn’t quite belong… so when she discovers a picture after her father passes away… A picture with only one baby…Seraphine is more convinced than ever that things are not as she’s been told her entire life…. is the baby in the picture her or her twin brother Danny? And why are both babies not in the picture? And how can her mother look so happy when merely hours later she takes her own life? So many questions and only one person who knows the answers….

This book was told from duel perspectives… Seraphine and her struggle to finding who she really is… and Laura, The au pair, in 1991 when she was working for the family taking care of Edwin the twins older brother…. both these characters were likable and sympathetic, but I have to admit Laura really stole the show for me…. A better au pair you could not ask for…. not to mention the girl was thrown into this dysfunctional family’s drama…

A captivating creepy story with a gothic vibe that will keep you glued to those pages! A dark deceptive tail that will leave your mind reeling and your heart racing! An absolute must read! Strongly recommend!

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

About the Book

A grand estate, terrible secrets, and a young woman who bears witness to it all. If V. C. Andrews and Kate Morton had a literary love child, Emma Rous’ The Au Pair would be it.

Seraphine Mayes and her twin brother Danny were born in the middle of summer at their family’s estate on the Norfolk coast. Within hours of their birth, their mother threw herself from the cliffs, the au pair fled, and the village thrilled with whispers of dark cloaks, changelings, and the aloof couple who drew a young nanny into their inner circle.

Now an adult, Seraphine mourns the recent death of her father. While going through his belongings, she uncovers a family photograph that raises dangerous questions. It was taken on the day the twins were born, and in the photo, their mother, surrounded by her husband and her young son, is beautifully dressed, smiling serenely, and holding just one baby.

Who is the child and what really happened that day?

One person knows the truth, if only Seraphine can find her.

The Besties Thoughts

Jennifer @TarheellReader

Holly @ Dressed to Read

Mackenzie @ PhDiva

Kendall

Book friends are the best friends! Berit☀️✨

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An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen @greerkh @sarahpekkanen @StMartinsPress #bookbestiesananonymousgirl #bookreview #aktbmbookblog

Happy Monday book lovers!

Tomorrow is publication day for this dark, twisted, and deliciously creepy book! I am so excited to share my review today with you! This was a group read and it is a unanimous must read! Different and even better than this duels first book!🖤🖤

An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks;& Sara Pekkanen

My Thoughts

Whoop!They did it again!!! Even better than the first book this writing dual wrote together!

An intense twisty story that will make your head spin and your heart race! A book that made me check behind me just in case somebody creepy was watching! An absolute must read my psychological thriller loving friends, the hype is real!

Jess is a struggling makeup artist trying to find her way in NYC… in need of money she fakes her way into a psychological research project… The research soon begins to spin out of control, leaving Jess bewildered and concerned… soon lines become blurred and research becomes reality…. A naïve girl, a creepy doctor, and a question of ethics… how much money would it take for you to compromise your morality? And how vulnerable does that make you?

Jess was such a sympathetic character, I really adored her, and oh how I felt for her! She really wanted to help her family out and I think that might have blinded her to some huge red flags when it came to good old Dr. Shields… dr. Shields, yikes! SO creepy! I don’t even want to use a pronoun, because I think it is best to go into this book not even knowing if the doctor is a he or a she…. just know they are one manipulative disturbed SOB! There were so many times during this book I was on pins and needle’s, just waiting to see what the doctor would do next!

This book was an intense ride until the very last word! A different and unique approach to the psychological thriller a twist to the twist! Absolutely recommend, this is one of the best!

*** A big thanks to St. Martin’s Press for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

Seeking women ages 18–32 to participate in a study on ethics and morality. Generous compensation. Anonymity guaranteed. 

When Jessica Farris signs up for a psychology study conducted by the mysterious Dr. Shields, she thinks all she’ll have to do is answer a few questions, collect her money, and leave. But as the questions grow more and more intense and invasive and the sessions become outings where Jess is told what to wear and how to act, she begins to feel as though Dr. Shields may know what she’s thinking…and what she’s hiding. As Jess’s paranoia grows, it becomes clear that she can no longer trust what in her life is real, and what is one of Dr. Shields’ manipulative experiments. Caught in a web of deceit and jealousy, Jess quickly learns that some obsessions can be deadly. 

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The BESTIEs Thoughts

Mackenzie’s Thoughts: Full review on PhDiva
With a tantalizing writing style, this book pulled me in until the final delicious ending scene. I am blown away!!!!!”
Holly’s Thoughts: Full review on Dressed to Read
Highly recommend this suspense filled mind game that pushes all the boundaries.”
Kendall’s Thoughts: Full review on Goodreads

Holy gucamole! This was so incredibly devious and good!

Jennifer Thoughts: Full review on Tarheel Reader

The Wife Between Us is my favorite thriller of 2018, and the bionic author duo is back with an equally enthralling thriller likely to by favorite for 2019-released thrillers. Smooth writing, nail-biting, ramped up tension = the perfect tale of suspense.”

My Thoughts:Full review above🙂

Woomp!They did it again!!! Even better than the first book this writing dual wrote together!

An intense twisty story that will make your head spin and your heart race!

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Untouchable by Jayne Ann Krentz @jayneannkrentz @BerkleyPub #bookbestiereadsuntouchable #bookreview #aktbmbookblog

TGIF! Last day of holiday vacation for me, back to life, back to reality!

Today I am sharing with you a book I read with my Book Besties, romantic suspense that was very heavy on the suspense and kept us all on our toes!💕

Untouchable

by Jayne Ann Krentz

My Thoughts

A riveting romantic suspense with a large dose of suspense and a dab of romance, that kept me on my toes!

Jayne Ann Krentz is a comfort read for me, I remember reading her ages ago… there are few authors I read both in my 20s and my 40s and JAK is one of them…. this is the third book in this series and the first book I read… from what I can tell each book is self-contained and about a different foster brother…. I think what I missed from not reading the previous books is the villain was not completely fleshed out… other than that I believe this book can absolutely be read as a standalone, but after reading this book you might want to go back and check out the other brothers stories….

Jack is a consultant for the FBI working cold cases… having lost his mother to a fire a lot of his investigation involves cases of fire, he also has some dream/sleep issues…. I have to admit I never completely understood or bought into some of Jack’s dream scenes in this book.. I think he was hunting for people in his dreams, I’m not sure, I have to admit this was a pretty confusing part of this book… in all honesty this did not need to be included, but that’s my opinion…. The positive side of this dream searching was this is how he met Winter Meadows… A meditation therapist with a fabulous name! Soon after meeting, Jack and Winter had the bad guys after them… this pursuit took them up and down the California coast…

I really liked how they investigated the criminals, I liked how Jack looked into the cold cases and put the pieces together… I liked the chemistry between Jack and Winter I thought it very organic… and I really love the character of Winter… I would have really enjoyed an entire book just about her she was very strong and resourceful and sassy…. I also would have really loved some more scenes with all three of the brothers, I really would’ve liked to see that bond more… but perhaps that is something I missed in the previous books?

A fast-paced, action packed, tension filled story that will appeal to fans of romantic suspense! Recommend!

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

About the Book

A man’s quest to find answers for those who are haunted by the past leads him deeper into the shadows in this electrifying novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Promise Not to Tell.

Quinton Zane is back.

Jack Lancaster, consultant to the FBI, has always been drawn to the coldest of cold cases, the kind that law enforcement either considers unsolvable or else has chalked up to accidents or suicides. As a survivor of a fire, he finds himself uniquely compelled by arson cases. His almost preternatural ability to get inside the killer’s head has garnered him a reputation in some circles–and complicated his personal life. The more cases Jack solves, the closer he slips into the darkness. His only solace is Winter Meadows, a meditation therapist. After particularly grisly cases, Winter can lead Jack back to peace. 

But as long as Quinton Zane is alive, Jack will not be at peace for long. Having solidified his position as the power behind the throne of his biological family’s hedge fund, Zane sets out to get rid of Anson Salinas’s foster sons,starting with Jack.

The Besties

Be sure to check out the rest of the girls blogs today!

Mackenzie @ PhDiva

Holly @ Dressed to Read

Jennifer @ Tarheel Reader

 

Excerpt

She heard the key in the lock. The door opened. The creep was silhouetted against the light of the hallway fixture, a balding, big-bellied man dressed in an undershirt and trousers.

He did not see her sitting there in the shadows of the upper bunk. He moved into the room, heading toward the lower bunk.

He reached down and started to pull the covers off of Alice’s thin, huddled body.

“Go away, Mr. Tyler,” Winter said. She switched on the penlight and began to move it in an intricate pattern. “You’re not supposed to be here. You don’t want to be here.”

She kept her voice calm; soothing but firm.

Startled, Tyler halted and instinctively averted his gaze from the narrow beam of light.

“What the hell?” In the next breath he softened his voice to a drunken croon. “What’s the matter, honey? Couldn’t sleep? I know it’s hard adjusting to a new house and a new family. But you’re in a good home now. There’s nothing to worry about. I’ll take care of you and Alice.”

“Go away, Mr. Tyler,” Winter said again. She kept the penlight moving, faster now.

Tyler was distracted by the light. He stared at; looked away and then gazed at it again.

“I’m going to take poor little Alice to my bedroom,” he said. “She’s afraid to be alone.”

“Alice is not alone,” Winter said. “I’m here with her. Go away. You don’t want to be in this room. It’s hard to breathe when you come in here. You can’t catch your breath. Your heart is pounding harder and harder. You wonder if you’re having a heart attack.”

Tyler did not respond. He was transfixed by the motion of the light. He started to wheeze.

“When I say Winnie-the-Pooh you will realize that you can’t breathe at all when you’re in this room,” Winter said. “You will leave. That is the only way to ease the terrible pain in your chest. If you stay in this room you will have a heart attack. Do you understand?”

“Yes.” Tyler’s voice was now that of a man in a trance; expressionless.

The rasping and wheezing got louder.

“Winnie-the-Pooh,” Winter said in a tone of soft command.

Tyler came out of the trance gasping for air.

“Can’t breathe,” he said, his voice hoarse with panic. He swung around and lurched out into the hallway. “My heart. Can’t breathe.”

He staggered down the hallway and stumbled toward the kitchen. Winter jumped down to the floor.

“Winter?” Alice whispered from the shadows of the lower bunk.

“It’s okay,” Winter said. “But you have to get up and get dressed. We’re going to leave now.”

A heavy thud sounded from the kitchen. It was followed by an unnatural silence.

“What happened?” Alice asked.

“Stay here,” Winter said. “I’ll go take a look.”

She went to the door. With the penlight in hand she moved cautiously down the hall. Alice climbed out of bed but she did not wait in the bedroom. She followed Winter.

Tyler was sprawled on the kitchen floor. He did not move. His phone was on the floor close to his hand. Panic arced through Winter. She wondered if she had killed the creep.

Alice came up beside her and took her hand, clinging very tightly. She looked at Tyler’s motionless body.

“Is he dead?” she asked.

“I don’t know,” Winter said. “I’ll check.”

She squeezed Alice’s hand and then freed her fingers to cross the kitchen floor. She stopped a short distance away from Tyler and tried to think about what to do next. In the movies and on television people checked the throat of an unconscious person to find out if there was a pulse.

Gingerly she reached down and put two fingers on Tyler’s neck. She thought she detected a faint beat but she couldn’t be certain. He might not be dead yet but it was possible that he was dying. It was also possible that he was simply unconscious and would recover at any moment. Winter knew that neither outcome would be good for Alice or herself.

Posted by arrangement with Berkley, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company. Copyright © Jayne Ann Krentz, 2019.

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Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center @KatherineCenter @StMartinsPress #bookbestiereadsthingsyousaveinafire #lookingahead 🔥

Happy Thursday book lovers!

Today I am Sharing with you a look ahead at a book that I just finished and absolutely loved! The book doesn’t come out until August 2019, but I strongly encourage you to put it on your TBR now!🔥👩🏻‍🚒👨🏻‍🚒

This was a group read with my Book Besties and we all loved it!👯‍♀️👯‍♀️

Things You Save in a Fire

by Katherine Center

About the Book

From the New York Times bestselling author of How to Walk Away comes a stunning new novel about family, hope, and learning to love against all odds. 

Cassie Hanwell was born for emergencies. As one of the only female firefighters in her Texas firehouse, she’s seen her fair share of them, and she’s excellent at dealing with other people’s tragedies. But when her estranged and ailing mother asks her to uproot her life and move to Boston, it’s an emergency of a kind Cassie never anticipated.

The tough, old-school Boston firehouse is as different from Cassie’s old job as it could possibly be. Hazing, a lack of funding, and poor facilities mean that the firemen aren’t exactly thrilled to have a “lady” on the crew, even one as competent and smart as Cassie. Except for the handsome rookie, who doesn’t seem to mind having Cassie around. But she can’t think about that. Because she doesn’t fall in love. And because of the advice her old captain gave her: don’t date firefighters. Cassie can feel her resolve slipping…but will she jeopardize her place in a career where she’s worked so hard to be taken seriously?

Katherine Center’s Things You Save in a Fire is a heartfelt, affecting novel about life, love, and the true meaning of courage. 

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The Besties Thoughts

My Thoughts:

HOT DAMN! This book is on FIRE!!!🔥

Loved this engaging story from first word to last! The characters were wonderful, The romance was sweet, the friendships were strong, and I loved the firehouse setting! Cannot think of a better way to kickoff my 2019 reads!

Jennifer’s Thoughts:

“Loved the characters, loved the relationships, loved how reading it made me feel- loved it all!”

Holly’s Thoughts:

This was such a charming, humorous, and touching story. I didn’t want it to end!

Kendall’s Thoughts:

Things You Save in a Fire is a truly remarkable read with characters that will sweep you off your feet, heartfelt writing, all in all a beautiful story that unfolds across the pages with ease.

Mackenzie’s Thoughts:

“A story about not only forgiving others, but forgiving ourselves as well. This heartwarming novel truly is good for the soul!”

Check out Kenzie’s blog for more thoughts! Here

Be sure to put this on your calendar – August 2019!  

Book friends are the best friends! Berit☀️✨