Posted in Audiobook Review, Mystery, Thriller and Suspense, Young Adult

Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen McManus @writerkmc @PenguinUKBooks #AudiobookReview #YA #Mystery #Thriller

Hi Book lovers! Vicci again,

I love a good YA read, but I also love to get my teeth into a good Thriller, so this one was killing two birds with one stone.

Why did I pick it up? – This is the author of One of Us is Lying, a great YA book that I really enjoyed last year, so I grabbed this one as soon as I could.

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Two Can Keep a Secret
By: Karen McManus
Narrated by: Sophie AmossKirby Heyborne
Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 10-01-19
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd

My Thoughts

This was a great little Thriller that kept me on my toes, and thinking “It was him…NO it was her…NO it was them..NO, who the hell is it?”

Ellery and her twin brother Ezra are going to live with their grandmother, while their mother is away in Rehab, Echo Ridge is their mothers hometown and this is the twins first time there.

The twins soon find that the town is seeped in secrets and lies, and it also seems that girls seem to go missing.  5 years ago a girl went missing and was found murdered, this is not the first time this has happened int this town, and it seems like history is going to start repeating itself again!

Ellery is a True Crime nut, and things just don’t seem right to her.

🎧🎧 – Narrated by Sophie Amoss, and Kirby Heyborne,

They did a fantastic job narrating this book and kept me on my toes throughout.

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About the Book

Ellery’s never been to Echo Ridge, but she’s heard all about it. It’s where her aunt went missing at age 16, never to return. Where a homecoming queen’s murder five years ago made national news. And where Ellery now has to live with a grandmother she barely knows, after her failed-actress mother lands in rehab. No one knows what happened to either girl, and Ellery’s family is still haunted by their loss.

Malcolm grew up in the shadow of the homecoming queen’s death. His older brother was the prime suspect and left Echo Ridge in disgrace. His mother’s remarriage vaulted her and Malcolm into Echo Ridge’s upper crust, but their new status grows shaky when mysterious threats around town hint that a killer plans to strike again. No one has forgotten Malcolm’s brother – and nobody trusts him when he suddenly returns to town.

Ellery and Malcolm both know it’s hard to let go when you don’t have closure. Then another girl disappears, and Ellery and Malcolm were the last people to see her alive. As they race to unravel what happened, they realize every secret has layers in Echo Ridge. The truth might be closer to home than either of them wants to believe.

And somebody would kill to keep it hidden.

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Posted in Mystery, Romantic Suspense, Thriller, Thriller and Suspense

Shelter In Place by Nora Roberts #NoraRoberts @justjanuary #Mystery #Thriller #Romance @audible_com #AudiobookReview

⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 Deputy Barney Stars

The Blurb

Sometimes, there is nowhere safe to hide.

It was a typical evening at a mall outside Portland, Maine. Three teenage friends waited for the movie to start. A boy flirted with the girl selling sunglasses. Mothers and children shopped together, and the manager at the video-game store tended to customers. Then the shooters arrived.

The chaos and carnage lasted only eight minutes before the killers were taken down. But for those who lived through it, the effects would last forever. In the years that followed, one would dedicate himself to a law enforcement career. Another would close herself off, trying to bury the memory of huddling in a ladies’ room, hopelessly clutching her cell phone–until she finally found a way to pour her emotions into her art.

But one person wasn’t satisfied with the shockingly high death toll at the DownEast Mall. And as the survivors slowly heal, find shelter, and rebuild, they will discover that another conspirator is lying in wait–and this time, there might be nowhere safe to hide.

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My Thoughts

⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 Deputy Barney Stars

⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 Deputy Barney Stars

After listening to one of Nora Roberts books the other week, a few more came up in the U.S Audible sale, so I may….or may not have bought a few more to listen to …ummm 4 more!!

I’ve decided that I really like her writing style, and the fact that January LaVoy was narrating it made it even more of a one click for me, Ms LaVoy has been bumped up to my one-click narrator list!

On a normal evening in Portland Maine, Simone is waiting with her two friends to watch a movie in the DownEast Mall, while her mother and her sister do a little bit of retail therapy while waiting for the movie to finish.

That evening will be one that they will ALL never forget.

While waiting for the movie to start Simone decides to visit the bathroom.

Thinking that the movie is really loud as she already hears the gunshots, the moment she opens the bathroom door, she realises that this is not a movie!

For 8 minutes the lives of the people in that Mall was pure terror, the death toll that day was pure heartbreak.

The story then jumps forward years later and we find out what happened to a select few of the people who were there that fateful day.

I absolutely loved this story, Roberts captured the characters so well, Simone and her grandmother CiCi were just fab (I wish that I had a grandmother like that)

I love Reed and the way that he took such a sad tragedy and made a future for himself as a cop, and I love the fact that the person that helped him do that was Essie.

And then we get to the meat of the story, someone isn’t happy about the way that the shooting went down, there were survivors after all, and that should have never happened, perhaps they should finish the job!

An absolute page turner (even though I listened to it) that I couldn’t put down, and I’m going to slowly make my way through Ms Roberts back-catalogue!

🎧🎧 – Narrated by January LaVoy, who I mentioned before is firm becoming a favourite narrator of mine, I picked this up because of her, and I wasn’t disappointed at all. Fantastic narration, and a great story.

Grab this little page turner and strap yourself in!

Vicci

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Posted in Crime Thriller, Mystery, Thriller, Thriller and Suspense

Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh @SSCav @orionbooks @audibleuk #AudiobookReview #Thriller #Mystery #CourtroomThriller #aktbmbookblog

4 Unlucky For Some Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The first thing that grabbed me about this book is the Tagline

THE SERIAL KILLER ISN’T ON TRIAL.

HE’S ON THE JURY…

I mean, that just screams ‘buy me’ right?

This is #4 in the Eddie Flynn series…did I know this before I bought it? No, no I did not!

Luckily it didn’t sway me from following the story, I read it as a stand alone, and apart from a couple of references to a previous crime, and a marriage problem between Flynn and his wife, I didn’t feel that I missed out on any important information.

The Blurb

They were Hollywood’s hottest power couple. They had the world at their feet. Now one of them is dead and Hollywood star Robert Solomon is charged with the brutal murder of his beautiful wife.

This is the celebrity murder trial of the century and the defence want one man on their team: con artist turned lawyer Eddie Flynn.

All the evidence points to Robert’s guilt, but as the trial begins a series of sinister incidents in the court room start to raise doubts in Eddie’s mind.

What if there’s more than one actor in the courtroom?

What if the killer isn’t on trial? What if the killer is on the jury?

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My Thoughts

4 Unlucky For Some Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Thirteen is a legal Thriller (if you hadn’t worked that out already) and follows the story of Eddie Flynn.

His new job? Defending Robert ‘Bobby’ Soloman, a hugely famous Hollywood actor who is accused of murdering his new wife and his security guard.
It seems, and also comes across as an open and shut case, but things aren’t always as they seem.

What is great about this story, is that along with the accused, we also follow the serial killer Kane.

Kane is a killer on a mission, his mission is to get himself on that jury, in fact, he will do anything to get on there.

Kane is a sociopath, he is very clever, cunning, and totally brutal, he has no feelings for anything, or anyone, and boy do we see it!

Told in first person (Eddie) and third person (Kane) narrative, we get to look inside the mind of a serial killer from both sides, and what a fab ride it is!

🎧🎧 – Narration by Adam Sims

Another new narrator for me, he did a great job narrating this book, his character voices were fab and i thoroughly enjoyed it.

If you like a Courtroom Thriller then you’ll love this one.

Vicci

Grab your copy here:

Audible UK – https://amzn.to/2AoUOin

Audible U.S – https://amzn.to/2R3499R

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Posted in #Dark, Crime Thriller, Psychological, Psychological Thriller, Thriller and Suspense

The Good Samaritan by John Marrs @johnmarrs1 #AudiobookReview #Thriller @audibleuk @EKNOWELDEN

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Chilling Stars

Ok then, who’s up for a dark, twisted thriller??

**Holds hand up**

The Blurb

She’s a friendly voice on the phone. But can you trust her?

The people who call End of the Line need hope. They need reassurance that life is worth living. But some are unlucky enough to get through to Laura. Laura doesn’t want them to hope. She wants them to die.

Laura hasn’t had it easy: she’s survived sickness and a difficult marriage only to find herself heading for forty, unsettled and angry. She doesn’t love talking to people worse off than she is. She craves it.

But now someone’s on to her – Ryan, whose world falls apart when his pregnant wife ends her life, hand in hand with a stranger. Who was this man, and why did they choose to die together?

The sinister truth is within Ryan’s grasp, but he has no idea of the desperate lengths Laura will go to…

Because the best thing about being a Good Samaritan is that you can get away with murder.

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My Thoughts

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Chilling Stars

“Good afternoon, you’ve reached the End of the Line, this is Laura speaking. May I ask your name?”

Laura is a soft spoken woman, she will listen to you as you discuss your problems, you will tell her what is making you feel so sad, and of course you wouldn’t be calling the End of the Line helpline, if you wasn’t contemplating ending your own life.

She will not try and talk you out of committing suicide, or tell you that there are better things, no, she is just there to listen to you, and not judge.

Laura is a very well liked colleague in the office, always bringing in her gorgeous hand-baked goods, she keeps herself to herself, and doesn’t mix much, but she always gets involved with charitable volunteering, and always raises lots of money for good causes.

What the people she works with don’t see, is that actually Laura is Bat-Shit-Crazy!

If you are feeling that you are loosing your way and are contemplating ending your life, and just needed someone to talk to, the worst possible person that you could get through to in the call centre would be Laura!

You see, Laura likes the fact that you want to end your life, in fact, she’s banking on it!

Ryan doesn’t know why his pregnant girlfriend would kill herself, and who was the man she was seen holding hands with before they both jumped? He can’t understand why she would want to do this to him and their unborn child, perhaps he needs to do a little investigating?

A cracking thriller to keep you on your toes, with a Good Ol’ Baddie you’ll hate-to-love-to-hate.

🎧🎧 – Narrated expertly by Elizabeth Knowelden, who is a new to me narrator.

Elizabeth’s voice was perfect for Laura and she made this fantastic read even better.

Buckle yourself in, it’s a bumpy ride

Vicci

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Posted in #Dark, Crime Thriller, Psychological Thriller, Thriller and Suspense

Sweetpea by C.J. Skuse @CJSkuse #GeorgiaMcGuire #Dark #Thriller #AudioBookReview #LaughOutLoud

I am so pleased to give you a review of this cracking read, i absolutely LOVED this one, it is right up my street.

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Brilliantly Dark and Funny Stars

51QKj-4IPUL._SX314_BO1,204,203,200_The last person who called me ‘Sweetpea’ ended up dead…

I haven’t killed anyone for three years and I thought that when it happened again I’d feel bad. Like an alcoholic taking a sip of whisky. But no. Nothing. I had a blissful night’s sleep. Didn’t wake up at all. And for once, no bad dream either. This morning I feel balanced. Almost sane, for once.

Rhiannon is your average girl next door, settled with her boyfriend and little dog…but she’s got a killer secret.

Although her childhood was haunted by a famous crime, Rhinannon’s life is normal now that her celebrity has dwindled. By day her job as an editorial assistant is demeaning and unsatisfying. By evening she dutifully listens to her friend’s plans for marriage and babies whilst secretly making a list.

A kill list.

From the man on the Lidl checkout who always mishandles her apples, to the driver who cuts her off on her way to work, to the people who have got it coming, Rhiannon’s ready to get her revenge.

Because the girl everyone overlooks might be able to get away with murder…

My Thoughts

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Brilliantly Dark and Funny Stars

I already knew after I had finished Chapter 3 that I would be giving this book 5 stars!

The main character Rhiannon is just perfect, I laughed out loud many MANY times, she is outrageous, crude, rude and definitely a psychopath, as she proudly tells us!

Did a Buzzfeed quiz this morning – How Psychopathic Are You?
Turns out – Very. I scored 82 percent.

Look, one thing you need to know about this brilliant book, you are either going to absolutely love it, or hate it!

If you are not into inappropriate jokes, and classic put downs I would avoid this one like a dose of the clap, however if you like to have your sides split with laughter then add it straight to your TBR.
(I’ve been adding some of her put-downs in a little book to remember for when me and my husband argue)

The book is written in diary form at the beginning of every chapter, every day she makes a “Kill List” of all of the people that she wants to bump off, this can range from ALL of her work colleagues, to the bloke standing behind her in the supermarket, from her neighbour, to her boyfriend Craig.

The thing is, as funny as her kill list is, girl-next-door Rhiannon Lewis IS actually a killer, and a serial killer at that, something she is very proud of!

Also, I’m officially a serial killer now, according to Google: “a person who murders three or more people with the murders taking place over a period of time with an extended cooling off period”. I fit the bill almost perfectly.
Finally I’ve accomplished something. Finally I have a reason to go to school reunions.
‘Me?’ Pause for hair flick. ‘I’m a serial killer. Yah, I take human heads to work in my lunchbox. I keep my mother’s skull as a bedpost and use my father’s nipples as light pulls, you’re so sweet to notice!’

She hates pretty much everyone and everything, except her dog Tink, and her Sylvanian Families doll house, and makes no bones about telling you what she would like to do to anyone that pisses her off.

There is VERY strong language in this book (the C word is used quite a few times) but it is usually done in a fun jokey way……usually!

She has a lot to say about people and their problems, well if you count things like having a baby a problem!

Just had a text from Cleo – Anni had a baby boy called Samuel at 3.19 this morning. Nine pounds something and no drugs. her vagina must look like a lasagne dropped from a department store roof

The only way i can describe this book is this, it’s a cross between Dexter, YOU by Caroline Kepness, and a Sophie Kinsella / Bridget Jones book!

If those 3 types of book float your boat, and you don’t mind the odd dismembered penis and F’ bomb thrown in, with a little mix of graphic sexual descriptions, then this little gem is the book for you.

🎧🎧 Narrated by Georgia Maguire brilliantly, I laughed out loud multiple times and thought that she did an excellent job, i will certainly be looking out for her other books

There is book 2 available now, and I’ve already grabbed it because of that ending!

Prepare yourself to fall in love with Rhiannon and her literal nutty ways.

P.s, Rights to the book have been bought by a TV company and a series will be on our screens soon.

Enjoy

Vicci

Posted in New Releases, pub Day, Thriller and Suspense

4.5 Startling Stars🌟 When the Lights Go Out by Mary Kubica @MaryKubica @HarlequinBooks #BookReview #PubDay

Happy Tuesday that seems like a Monday! Those long weekends always throw me off!

Thrilled to share with you my review for this suspense filled book with a bit of a controversial ending, that I personally loved!💕

When the Lights Go Out by Mary Kubica

My Thoughts

4.5 Startling Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟💫

WOW! Whether intentional or not this book definitely has an ending that has caused some controversy… for me the ending was absolute PERFECTION! It made every piece of the puzzle in this book fall into place and make complete sense….I’ve read other reviews and people described their reaction to the twist as a gasp, or frustration, or pure hatred… not me… my reaction was…. AHA! now I understand….. now I get what ____ was,And why ____ happened! This is not to say I don’t understand why this ending did not appeal to everybody, because I do… but I think everyone needs to read the book and figure out if it works for them or not….

This was my very first Mary Kubica Book… and I’m not sure why, but I can guarantee I will remedy that real quick…. her writing was so beautiful and smooth, almost lyrical…. even though this was a slow burning suspense I found the pacing perfect… The characters were so well drawn and relatable… I empathized with Eden’s struggles and felt Jessie’s grief…. all the little hints sprinkled throughout this book that made that ending so perfect for me, were just brilliant….

Told from Jesse’s point of view in the present and Eden’s point of view in 1996…. Jesse is a young 20-year-old grieving the loss of her mother and trying to figure out who she really is… literally trying to figure out who she is, after finding out that her Social Security number belongs to a dead girl… eden is a young wife struggling with infertility…. my mind ran through so many scenarios as to who Jesse really was and what Eden had done…. both mother and daughter had tremendous love and respect for one another… you just wanted there to be a good answer for all of your questions….

Absolutely recommend to those who enjoy a good suspense thriller filled with some surprising twists….

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

About the Book

A woman is forced to question her own identity in this riveting and emotionally charged thriller by the blockbuster bestselling author of The Good Girl, Mary Kubica

Jessie Sloane is on the path to rebuilding her life after years of caring for her ailing mother. She rents a new apartment and applies for college. But when the college informs her that her social security number has raised a red flag, Jessie discovers a shocking detail that causes her to doubt everything she’s ever known.

Finding herself suddenly at the center of a bizarre mystery, Jessie tumbles down a rabbit hole, which is only exacerbated by grief and a relentless lack of sleep. As days pass and the insomnia worsens, it plays with Jessie’s mind. Her judgment is blurred, her thoughts are hampered by fatigue. Jessie begins to see things until she can no longer tell the difference between what’s real and what she’s only imagined.

Meanwhile, twenty years earlier and two hundred and fifty miles away, another woman’s split-second decision may hold the key to Jessie’s secret past. Has Jessie’s whole life been a lie or have her delusions gotten the best of her?

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Have you read this? What did you think of that ending??? Berit☀️✨

Posted in Crime Thriller, Mystery, Thriller, Thriller and Suspense

The Thinnest Air by Minka Kent #BookReview

Happy Sunday book lovers today I am sharing with you my review for this book that I absolutely loved up until about 82%; made me think how much of an impact does the ending of a book have on how much you like or dislike a book? I still really like this book I was just disappointed by the ending, but I think sometimes I am more forgiving of a mediocre book with a fantastic ending then a fantastic book with a mediocre ending?🤔

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The Thinnest Air by Minka Kent

My Thoughts

4 Fast Paced Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

This was a fast paced page turning psychological thriller that started with a bang and ended with a fizzle… I started this book with lowered expectations… five of my trusted book Besties read this before me, and I knew they were all disappointed…. and I want to thank all of them for lowering my expectations, because I think I enjoyed this book so much more because of that…. Truly for me up until about 82% this book was brilliant…. I thought my girls were being super unfair to this book as I quickly turned those pages to find out what the heck was going on! And then…… The reveal….. it was such a letdown and it happened really early… I spent the last 10% of this book waiting for the other shoe to drop and it is still dangling on my foot!

Meredith has gone missing… disappearing into thin air, leaving behind her purse and her phone…. did she run away or was she snatched? Why would she leave her seemingly happy marriage? And who would take her?

Loved how this story was revealed to us… we got Meredith’s perspective leading up to the kidnapping and Grier’s ( Meredith’s big sister) perspective after the kidnapping… Grier was a devoted big sister and was not going to stop until Meredith was found! Grier was my favorite character in this book strong, sassy, and determined…. we all need a sibling like her in our lives! Made me wonder what my brothers would do if I were to go missing? They would probably throw a party, LOL I always told my mom I wanted a sister… I’m sure she would be out looking for me unlike those brothers of mine! Let’s hope I never go missing! OK back to the book….

This was a well told story with plenty of suspects and secrets… and as things were slowly revealed Grier found out she did not know her little sister as well as she thought… also as things were revealed I became more and more suspicious of certain characters…. where this book fell short for me is in the ending it was just so vanilla… and I prefer Rocky Road!

I do recommend this book because it was really good up until the ending and, I think if you read it with the expectations of a lackluster ending you’ll enjoy it…Minka Kent has a very readable and smooth style about her writing making this a very quick read…

*** many thanks to Thomas & Mercer for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

A woman’s disappearance exposes a life of secrets in a twisting novel of psychological suspense from the author of The Memory Watcher.

Meredith Price is the luckiest woman alive. Her husband, Andrew, is a charming and successful financial broker. She has two lovely stepchildren and is living in affluence in a mountain resort town. After three years of marriage, Meredith’s life has become predictable. Until the day she disappears.

Her car has been discovered in a grocery store parking lot—purse and phone undisturbed on the passenger seat, keys in the ignition, no sign of struggle, and no evidence of foul play. It’s as if she vanished into thin air.

It’s not like Meredith to simply abandon her loved ones. And no one in this town would have reason to harm her. When her desperate sister, Greer, arrives, she must face a disturbing question: What if no one really knows Meredith at all? For Greer, finding her sister isn’t going to be easy…because where she’s looking is going to get very, very dark.

Hope you have a Sunday filled with fabulous books! Berit☀️✨

Posted in Contemporary Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Thriller and Suspense

Keep Quiet by Lisa Scottoline @LisaScottoline – #FlashbackFriday

Keep Quiet

Keep Quiet by Lisa Scottoline

⭐⭐⭐⭐·5 Twisty Stars

Synopsis

Jake Buckmans relationship with his sixteen-year-old son Ryan is not an easy one, so at the urging of his loving wife, Pam, Jake goes alone to pick up Ryan at their suburban movie theater. On the way home, Ryan asks to drive on a deserted road, and Jake sees it as a chance to make a connection. However, what starts as a father-son bonding opportunity instantly turns into a nightmare. Tragedy strikes, and with Ryan’s entire future hanging in the balance, Jake is forced to make a split-second decision that plunges them both into a world of guilt and lies. Without ever meaning to, Jake and Ryan find themselves living under the crushing weight of their secret, which threatens to tear their family to shreds and ruin them all.

Powerful and dramatic, Keep Quiet will have readers and book clubs debating what it means to be a parent and how far you can, and should, go to protect those you love.

Review

This book makes you think really carefully about what you would do and how far you would go to protect your family.

Jake has a good life, he has a brilliant job that he started from nothing, to the thriving business it is today, he has a beautiful wife Pam who he loves very much, and a teenage son Ryan who he doesn’t know very well at all.

Jakes relationship with Ryan is fading, he is always at work and doesn’t have any time for him, and he wants to put it right.

After a discussion about it with his wife it is decided that he will collect Ryan from the cinema that evening instead of Pam.

He turns up on time and collects Ryan as agreed, they are driving home with the usual uncomfortable silences they start to bond and actually start to chat like father and son.

When Ryan asks to drive his dads car, Jake obviously refuses as Ryan doesn’t have his drivers permit yet although he will have it in 1 month, and it was also after 11pm.

Because they are getting on so well Jake decides that it won’t hurt and pulls over on a long deserted road and lets Ryan drive.
All is well and Ryan is a good driver, they are chatting away and turn a bend and ……………

Jakes life is turned upside down ……..

This book is great, it has twists turns and then when you think you have it BAM another one pops up.

Get ready to have your mind twisted!

Vicci

Posted in Thriller and Suspense, Women's Fiction

Girls Night out by Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke @lizandlisa @amazonpub #BookReview

Happy hump day book friends!

Delighted to share my review with you today for this book that is all about the complexities of female friendship!😍

Girls Night Out by Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke

My Thoughts

4 Stars and A Margarita🍹 🌟🌟🌟🌟

First of all where can I get me one of these BLOWN brush things? Seriously the curly hair struggle is real!!!

My daughter and I were out to dinner tonight and we were talking about things and it came up that I am a girls girl, her… not so much… i’ve always had strong female friendships, and I’ve been beyond blessed to have had the amazing friends that I have had throughout my entire life…. yes even in high school! However even the strongest of friendships can be complex… and the more friends you add to the group the more challenging it can become, it’s hard to maintain a balance… sometimes even the most innocent of actions can cause a great deal of hurt… The fact that the authors of this book are friends added so much authenticity to the book, their friendship poured through the pages…

Ashley, Natalie, and Lauren have been the best of friends for decades… and even though they have been estrange from Lauren for the past year, Ashley is convinced she can rectify this with a fabulous girls getaway to Mexico… some sun, some sand, some tequila, and things will be as good as they used to be, right? Wrong! There are a lot of secrets and hurt between these girls, and even the best of margaritas cannot quickly fix this…

This really was a book about secrets and forgiveness… now I am a true oversharer so I wasn’t always sure why they didn’t share some of this information with one another? especially if they are friends? Just seems like a lot of problems could have been solved if everyone knew what was going on… but this seems to be very common in books and in life… seriously these girls knew how to keep a secret after three margaritas I’d be spilling my secrets to whoever would listen, LOL…. The forgiveness in this book was interesting, I felt some things were more forgivable than others…. how far can you push someone before they’ve had enough?

I liked how we got all three of the girls perspectives… Ashley was a hard character to have much sympathy for… she kept saying how much she wanted to repair their friendship, and then she had a guy spend most of their vacation with them? I would have found this so annoying! A girls vacation should be just that… a GIRLS vacation! Natalie and Lauren were much more likable and relatable, there were times in this book I thought they should just be BFFs and forget about Ashley!

This book really had a bit of everything friendship, secrets, forgiveness and a mystery… where is Ashley? And will Natalie recover her memory? This was just such a good story that truly explored the complexities of female friendship…. the good, the bad, and the ugly…. cannot wait to see what these authors have in store for us next!

Absolutely recommend to everyone who loves a book filled with secrets, mystery, and complicated female relationships…

*** Many thanks to Lake Union for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

For estranged friends Ashley, Natalie, and Lauren, it’s time to heal the old wounds between them. Where better to repair those severed ties than on a girls’ getaway to the beautiful paradise of Tulum, Mexico? But even after they’re reunited, no one is being completely honest about the past or the secrets they’re hiding. When Ashley disappears on their girls’ night out, Natalie and Lauren have to try to piece together their hazy memories to figure out what could have happened to her, while also reconciling their feelings of guilt over their last moments together.

Was Ashley with the man she’d met only days before? Did she pack up and leave? Was she kidnapped? Or worse—could Natalie or Lauren have snapped under the weight of her own lies?

As the clock ticks, hour by hour, Natalie and Lauren’s search rushes headlong into growing suspicion and dread. Maybe their secrets run deeper and more dangerous than one of them is willing—or too afraid—to admit.

Friendship Never Ends! Berit☀️✨

Posted in Mystery, Thriller, Thriller and Suspense

Somebody’s Daughter by David Bell @DavidBellNovels @BerkleyPub #BookReview #SomebodysDaughter

Happy Sunday book lovers!

Thrilled to share with you my review of this fabulous thriller!💛💜

Stay Hidden

Somebody’s Daughter by David Bell

My Thoughts

4 Somebody’s Missing Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

This book pulled me in from the very first chapter and did not let go until the very end… The book is told From alternating points of view… with very short chapters that all have a bit of a cliffhanger at the end… this made this book a very quick and suspense filled read…

One quiet night at home Michael answers the door to find Erica… and his life is changed forever…. Erica‘s daughter Felicity is missing… and the kicker Felicity is also Michael’s daughter, something he is just now finding out… told from the perspective of Michael, his new wife Angela, and a police detective….

Angela was by far the most relatable character to me…. you could just put yourself in her shoes… a loving wife desperate to have a child of her own, who just found out her husband has a child with another woman, and the child is missing…. now those are some tangled emotions to sort through! And if that’s not enough Angela begins to find out more and more family secrets and deceptions… I really feel as though her story was the strength of this book… The perspective of the police detective added some information we might not otherwise no and Michael…. i’m still slightly puzzled by him and quite a few of his actions, but no judgment…

This was a fast paced enjoyable thriller and I had no idea who was guilty until the end… where this book was slightly lacking is the emotional connection between the reader and the child’s parents… I found Erica terribly unsympathetic and Michael just irritated me for some reason… I recently just finished Three Days Missing… another book involving a missing child and the main difference between these books is the emotional connection with the characters as well as a sense of urgency…. yes this book made me turn those pages quickly because I wanted to know what was going to happen next, but TDM made me feel every emotion that mother was going through and I was on pins and needles The entire read…. hate to compare, but because I read these books so close together the difference was noticeable… both books were filled with suspense and kept me guessing until the very end, one was just a little more emotional…

Definitely recommend this to fans of a good suspense filled psychological thriller…

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

About the Book

When Michael Frazier’s ex-wife, Erica, shows up on his doorstep pleading for help, she drops a bombshell that threatens to rip his family apart: Erica’s nine-year-old daughter is missing–and Michael is the father. Unable to quickly determine if Erica is telling the truth, and unwilling to leave the little girl’s fate to chance, Michael has no choice but to follow the elusive trail of the child he has always wanted and never knew he had.

But finding Felicity comes at a price–the closer Michael gets to the truth, the further into jeopardy his marriage falls and the faster his family begins to unravel. As lies that span a decade bubble to the surface and the window for Felicity’s safe return closes, Michael will have just a few short days to decide who can be trusted and who is hiding the truth.

Have a beautiful day! Berit☀️✨