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Sister of Mine by Laurie Petrou @lauriepetrou @crookedlanebks #BookReview

Happy Saturday bookworms!

Super excited to share with you today my review for this unique and compelling book!

Sister of Mine by Laurie Petrou

My Thoughts

4 Sister Sister Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

“A sister is both your mirror —and your opposite.”

I’ve read quite a few books lately with complicated sister relationships… I unfortunately or fortunately, depending upon how you look at it do not have a sister… I have brothers, my daughter has brothers, I haven’t had to navigate the sister relationship as a sister or as a mother of sisters…. so the sister relationship is a bit of an enigma to me… just asked my daughter if she wished she had a sister… and her answer was an emphatic “NO,” our house only has room for one princess!

This was a compelling domestic thriller that really focus on the complex relationship between sisters Penny and Hattie… its about that fine line between love and hate…. and how your best friend can also be your worst enemy…. The relationship between these two sisters was so dynamic, it change from minute to minute… I didn’t always know who the good sister or bad sister was… I found One sister more empathetic than the other, but my opinions did change throughout the book….

The story is narrated by Penny… I found her narrative to be very compelling, emotional, and uncomfortable…. as the older sister she felt responsible for her little sister… and at the core of everything lies a secret… A secret that binds the sisters together and also tears them apart…

This was a unique dark thriller… The story was really more about these characters, rather than a shocking twist… there was a surprising ending… however that was simply the icing on this thrilling cake….

Absolutely recommend this book to people who enjoy domestic thrillers with complex characters and relationships…

*** many thanks to Crooked Lane for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

When is a debt ever fully paid?

Penny and Hattie are sisters in a small town, bound tight to the point of knots. They share a secret they cannot escape, even while it pulls them apart. One night, a match is lit, and Penny’s terrible husband is killed – a marriage going up in flames, and offering the potential of a new life. The sisters retreat into their family home – a house of secrets and memories – and try to live in the shadow of what they put in motion. But Penny’s husband is not the only thing they are hiding, from the outside world and from each other. Under a cloud of long-held resentments, sibling rivalry, and debts unpaid, the bonds of sisterhood begin to crack. How long will Penny and Hattie demand the unthinkable of each other? How often will they say, “You owe me,” and when will it ever be enough?

Have a wonderful weekend full of books! Berit📚

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4.5 BIG Stars🌟 Our House by Louise Candlish @louise_candlish @BerkleyPub #BookReview

Happy hump day y’all!

Thrilled to share with you my review for this brilliant book!😍

My Thoughts

4.5 Stars Filled With Madness 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5

Our House by Louise Candlish

🎵Father wears his Sunday best

Mother’s tired she needs a rest

The kids are playing up downstairs

Sister’s sighing in her sleep

Brother’s got a date to keep

He can’t hang around

Our house, in the middle of our street

Our house, in the middle of our

Our house it has a crowd

There’s always something happening

And it’s usually quite loud

Our mum she’s so house-proud

Nothing ever slows her down

And a mess is not allowed

….🎵

-Madness-Our House 1982

Fiona was certainly house proud, but whether or not she liked a mess she certainly found herself in the middle of one… imagine returning home to find someone else has moved into your house… The problem? As far as you know your house was never for sale… and why can you not reach your ex-husband on his phone? Where is your stuff, where are your children? Sounds dreadful, doesn’t it?

The unraveling of this story was quite brilliant… told from Fiona‘s perspective through podcast episodes… Fiona was such a likable generous person who absolutely put her children before all else…. and truly this “bird nest “custody arrangement really played nicely into her house being sold right out from under her… BUT I’m absolutely not going to blame the victim here! We also got Brahm’s perspective through a letter/word doc…. now it was really hard for me to elicit any sympathy for him, he really was a reckless selfish individual…. The one good thing I can say about him is I do think he truly loved his wife and children, he just didn’t know how to go about it…. but what a horrible mess he left for Fiona to clean up!

Along with the podcast and word doc we also got the real time story… this was a TS read and some of the sisters found this to be repetitive…. however, I did not… I really liked getting to see events unfold from both Fiona and Brahm’s points of view… and I felt the use of different medias really kept it fresh….

This book was such a crazy ride! Such a rollercoaster… I got all buckled in and then… that huge hill that starts your heart kmbeating faster and fills you with anticipation… and just when you least expect it you’re headed down that huge hill being turned upside down and then you come to a screeching slamming jarring stop!…. that really is this book so many twists, so many turns, and an ending that will leave you reeling!

Strongly recommend this book to all psychological thriller lovers and I hope you enjoy the ride!

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

About the Book

On a bright January morning in the London suburbs, a family moves into the house they’ve just bought in Trinity Avenue.

Nothing strange about that. Except it is your house. And you didn’t sell it.

When Fiona Lawson comes home to find strangers moving into her house, she’s sure there’s been a mistake. She and her estranged husband, Bram, have a modern co-parenting arrangement: bird’s nest custody, where each parent spends a few nights a week with their two sons at the prized family home to maintain stability for their children. But the system built to protect their family ends up putting them in terrible jeopardy. In a domino effect of crimes and misdemeanors, the nest comes tumbling down.

Now Bram has disappeared and so have Fiona’s children. As events spiral well beyond her control, Fiona will discover just how many lies her husband was weaving and how little they truly knew each other. But Bram’s not the only one with things to hide, and some secrets are best kept to oneself, safe as houses.

Have a brilliant day! Berit☀️✨

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4.5 Mind Blowing Stars🤯🌟 Believe Me by J P Delaney #JPDelaney #BookReview #PubDay

Happy Publication Day to this enthralling psychological thriller!

Thrilled to share with you today my review for this unique and dark thriller that I could not put down!

My Thoughts

4.5 Mind Blowing Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5

WOW! What a crazy ride this book was! This book sucked me in from the very first page… and after it tossed me around and turned me on my head it spit me back out and left me spinning…. Claire I might need to crown you the most unreliable narrator of them all! Bravo! J P Delaney for writing such a unique and twisted thriller!

Claire is a struggling British actress living in New York without a green card… so what’s a girl to do? Claire being resourceful and an actress begins working for a divorce lawyer and becomes a decoy… trapping cheating husbands and making enough money to pay the bills, all seemeds good until… One of the wives she was working for ends up murdered… don’t even want to say anything else about the plot, because this is a journey best gone into blind…

This was an enthralling story that left me not trusting anybody! I thought it was so uniquely told I loved the script aspects… I loved all the psychology and the criminal profiling… The poetry discussed in this book will probably resonate with others more than me… poetry not my thing, to be honest I didn’t even know this was a real poet… color me ignorant! This was a group read and fortunately my fellow sisters were kind enough not to make me feel stupid when I excitedly told them that Baudelaire was a real live poet!🤦‍♀️

You do need to suspend belief for parts of this book and just go with it… but BELIEVE ME it is so worth it! The twists in this book they keep coming… this was a wild ride I was sad to have to get off of!

Strongly recommend to all fans of a well-done unique psychological thriller that will blow your mind🤯

*** many thanks to Valentine Books for my copy of this book ***

If you want the real 411 on the poet Baudelaire please visit one of my book Besties’ blog Mackenzie @PhDiva… she actually studied this poet in college in French, And I didn’t even know he was a real person! But to be fair I was a Kinesiology major! I know where your hamstring is!😂

About the Book

A struggling actor, a Brit in America without a green card, Claire needs work and money to survive. Then she gets both. But nothing like she expected.

Claire agrees to become a decoy for a firm of divorce lawyers. Hired to entrap straying husbands, she must catch them on tape with their seductive propositions. The rules? Never hit on the mark directly. Make it clear you’re available, but he has to proposition you, not the other way around. The firm is after evidence, not coercion. The innocent have nothing to hide.

Then the game changes.

When the wife of one of Claire’s targets is violently murdered, the cops are sure the husband is to blame. Desperate to catch him before he kills again, they enlist Claire to lure him into a confession.

Claire can do this. She’s brilliant at assuming a voice and an identity. For a woman who’s mastered the art of manipulation, how difficult could it be to tempt a killer into a trap? But who is the decoy . . . and who is the prey?

Enjoy the day! Berit☀️✨