The Visitor by K.L. Slater #bookreview @KimLSlater @bookouture

The Visitor

Just Released on March 2, 2018

The Visitor by K.L. Slater

4.25 Secret filled stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟.25

Synopsis

Everyone has a secret in their past.

Everyone pretends to be something they’re not.

But someone is always watching… and that someone is closer than you think.

Holly returns to her home town after some time away – she has been through something terrible and now she needs a safe haven in which to recover, and to plan the rest of her life. She finds a room in a quiet and leafy suburban street, in the home of Cora Barrett.

David lives next door to Cora Barrett and he sees everything that happens on Baker Crescent. David stays at home, and he watches: he likes to feel safe and he doesn’t like to leave the house. He wants to keep his friends and neighbours safe too. So he observes them, and he records every tiny detail of their lives, just in case the information is ever needed.

Both lonely and vulnerable, Holly and David gradually begin to strike up a friendship. But Holly can’t shake the feeling that someone from her past might have tracked her down. And David is always watching… But uncovering the secret that could save his new friend and neighbor could be the one thing that destroys him.

Review

Holly is escaping from something, but what? David won’t go out at night, but why? Secrets, secrets, and even more secrets….. this was a character driven, slow burning, thrill of a book…..

Holly is running from her past, trying to start a new life, but her past is not done with her…. David is a grown man who likes routine and Rules… he also feels it is his duty to protect himself and the neighborhood…. he is vigilant and keeps constant surveillance….

Holly and David form an unlikely friendship…. Holly needs David to help her figure out who if anybody is watching her…. David is just grateful to have somebody treat him like a human being…. neither Holly or David were terribly likable or relatable, however that did not matter they were so well developed…. also and this is something I always love in books…. they both became much more likable and relatable as the book progressed… as secrets were revealed you became to understand them and their motivations….

The absolute beauty of this book was I thought we were going in a completely different direction then we ended up in…. and at the end I was quite surprised with the outcome…. this book did not put me on the edge of my seat… but I rapidly turned those pages to find out what secret was going to be revealed next….. well paced, because secrets were dropped throughout the book, keeping you wanting more….

Absolutely recommend if you enjoy a slower burning psychological thriller with very well-developed characters….

*** thank you to the publisher and Net Galley for a copy of this book ***

What is your secret?

Berit

The Wrong Sister by T.E. Woods #bookreview @tewoodswrites @KensingtonBooks

The Wrong Sister

The Wrong Sister by T.E. Woods

4.5 whaaat? Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5

Synopsis

Sometimes a perfect stranger . . . 
From behind the wheel of her car, Tess Kincaid glimpses a woman walking down a Madison, Wisconsin, street. They’ve never met, but Tess senses an undeniable familiarity about her. Hair color, square chin, wide-set blue eyes . . . Tess sees the same features every time she looks in the mirror.

Is neither of those things. 
Intrigued, Tess introduces herself and discovers that she and her doppelganger, Mimi, have more than appearance in common. They even share the same birthday. Mimi—confident and outgoing where Tess is understated and shy—is convinced they’re twins, separated shortly after birth. Tess, who’s felt unloved and unmoored since her mother disappeared years ago, only knows that there’s more than coincidence at play. And when a body is discovered in a local marsh, Tess is entangled in a search for the truth that will prove fascinating, disconcerting, and ultimately terrifying . . .

Review

What would you think if you saw your identical twin walking down the street? And you don’t have an identical twin? Would you hunt her down and confront her? Would you have drinks with her? Would you question everything you’ve ever known about your life? Well that is what Tess did….

Tess has a quiet life, she works at a library, and takes care of her alcoholic father…. her mother left her father and her when she was 12 and she feels tremendous guilt…. she thinks she drove her mother away and consequently ruined her father’s life…. A lot for a girl of 12 to put on herself….

Mimi, Tess’s doppelgänger has had quite the different life…. she is a recent graduate from Tufts with a PhD in history, interviewing for a job as a professor at the local university…. after meeting and deciding to have drinks, the girls discover they have more in common than just their looks…. they have the same birthday, their mothers have the same first name, and did I mention they look identical? What is going on?

This book had my head spinning…. Tess is being interviewed in a Police Station about a body… and the story is told in flashback scenes, in bits and pieces…. I had so many theories it was crazy….. but nothing had my head spinning more than the truth…. what an ending… an ending I needed to read twice…..

Strongly recommend to my psychological thriller loving friends…. absolutely join Mimi and Tess on the journey to find out what the heck is going on? What is the truth?

*** thank you so much to the publisher and Net Galley for a copy of this fabulous book ***

Prepare to go, huh?

Berit

Posted in Contemporary Romance, Contemporary Suspense, Psychological, Thriller and Suspense

Shadow of the Forgotten by McKenna Grey and Everly Archard #blogtour #bookreview @InkSlingerPR

Today we have the blog tour for SHADOW OF THE FORGOTTEN by McKenna Grey & Everly Arcard. Check it out and grab your copy today!

 

Title: SHADOW OF THE FORGOTTEN

Author: McKenna Grey & Everly Archard

Genre: Romantic Suspense

 

About Shadow of the Forgotten:

From a quaint and unsuspecting town in northern Maine comes SHADOW OF THE FORGOTTEN, the second book in the Kyndall Family Thrillers, a contemporary romantic suspense series filled with gripping intrigue, riveting romance, and nonstop adventure.

A woman preyed upon by corruption.

Heather York’s investigative career with the U.S. Marshals Service is neither glamorous nor dangerous, but when she’s thrust to the precipice of an unexpected threat, she has no choice but to wonder if she was meant to be collateral damage or the intended victim.

A man who won’t abandon her.

At a luxury lakeside lodge in Maine, Jordan Kyndall’s plans to celebrate the wedding of his college roommate go awry before the happy couple has a chance to say “I do.” Jordan anticipated a good time with old friends. Instead, he stumbles upon a gruesome scene in the picturesque woods of the woman whose lifeless body unexpectedly stirs his protective nature.

An obsession that could destroy them both.

As the threat against them grows and the questions multiply, they’ll have to trust each other—and their feelings—if they’re going to survive.

Get Your Copy Today:

Shadow of the Forgotten – Book Two

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Catch up on the Series:

Blade of Death – short prequel

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The Dragon’s Staircase – Book One

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About McKenna Grey & Everly Archard:

McKenna Grey is the contemporary alter-ego of an award-winning historical romance and western author. Never one to limit her imagination, she ventured into the realm of contemporary romantic suspense and thrillers where she blends touches of romance with gripping adventure and mystery. She also writes sweet contemporary stories to break up the murder and mayhem. Visit www.mckennagrey.com to learn more.

Connect with McKenna Grey:

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Everly Archard is the pseudonym of an award-winning paranormal and fantasy romance author. Her passion for romance with an edge led her to explore the world of romantic suspense. Visit www.everlyarchard.com to learn more.

Connect with Everyly Archard:

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Enter the Giveaway:

Review

4 suspenseful stars🌟🌟🌟🌟

This is a romantic suspense that is heavier on the suspense then the romance…. as a fan of the thriller/suspense genre this was not a problem for me at all…. however if you are picking this book up for the romance it really does take a backseat to the thrills….

Jordan and Heather meet at a friends wedding in Maine…. there is an initial strong attraction, but soon after their meeting people start getting killed…. is the true target of the killer really Heather?

This is where my one major problem with the book comes in…. Jordan has known Heather for fewer than 24 hours and yet he is willing to risk the life of himself and his family for her…. really? I mean Jordan seems like a great guy and his family is awesome, but this was slightly implausible to me….. however this isn’t necessarily all that uncommon in books, so I decided to go with it….

So now Heather is in danger and Jordan is determined to protect her at all costs…. but why is this killer so fascinated with her, is it related to her job? And if so who is behind it? There were some definite intense moments in this book, and really towards the end I could not wait to find out what was really going on….. and as an avid psychological thriller reader of course I was twisting it a little more than it needed to be twisted, but the ending was interesting and satisfying…..

My favorite part about this book was the relationship between Jordan and his siblings… loved how there they were for one another….. would absolutely read another story in this series…. especially if it were about Owen… would like to know more about him….

*** thank you to the author for gifting me with a copy of this book ***

Prepare to be Twisted,

Berit

The Daughter

The Daughter

The Daughter by Lucy Dawson

4.25 intriguing stars🌟🌟🌟🌟.25

Blurb

You lost your daughter. You will never forgive yourself. And now someone’s determined to make you pay…

Seventeen years ago, something happened to Jess’s daughter Beth. The memory of it still makes her blood run cold. Jess has tried everything to make peace with that day, and the part she played in what happened. It was only a brief moment of desire… but she’ll pay for it with a lifetime of guilt.

To distance herself from the mistakes of the past, Jess has moved away and started over with her family. But when terrifying things begin happening in her new home, seemingly connected to what happened to Beth, Jess knows that her past has finally caught up with her. Somebody feels Jess hasn’t paid enough, and is determined to make her suffer for the secrets she’s kept all these years.

Review

The beginning of this book is heart wrenching…. Jessica lives every mother‘s worst nightmare…. that phone call from the school, that your child has been rushed to the hospital…. this was brilliant on the authors part, it made Jessica such a sympathetic and relatable character…. I have to say Beth’s funeral was one of the toughest things I’ve read…. definitely have tissue handy…..

After Jessica loses her little girl she is encouraged to leave her home town, Her dad, and her husband…. The book then jumps forward 17 years and we find Jessica living a new life, but never forgetting her old life….. and her old life has definitely not forgotten her….

Secrets lead to lies and lies lead to secrets… it is a vicious circle…. Jessica absolutely has not always made the best choices, but I could always understand her motivations….

Some pretty creepy things happen in this book… that keep you wanting to know what exactly is going on….. I was keeping my fingers crossed for Jessica the entire time…. I did see one of the twists coming, but another twist took me by surprise…. and that was the creepiest of them all…..

I unquestionably recommend this book to all fans of the psychological thriller….. I especially recommend if you are a mother, you will sympathize with Jessica and feel her struggle throughout….

*** i’d like to thank Net Galley and the publisher for a copy of this book ***

Enjoy,

Berit

You – Featured on Flashback Friday

You

You by Caroline Kepnes

5 seriously sick stars🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Blurb

When a beautiful, aspiring writer strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do: he Googles the name on her credit card.

There is only one Guinevere Beck in New York City. She has a public Facebook account and Tweets incessantly, telling Joe everything he needs to know: she is simply Beck to her friends, she went to Brown University, she lives on Bank Street, and she’ll be at a bar in Brooklyn tonight—the perfect place for a “chance” meeting.

As Joe invisibly and obsessively takes control of Beck’s life, he orchestrates a series of events to ensure Beck finds herself in his waiting arms. Moving from stalker to boyfriend, Joe transforms himself into Beck’s perfect man, all while quietly removing the obstacles that stand in their way—even if it means murder.

Review

This book was fantastically disturbing! I mean pretty much everyone in this book was really well….. disturbed! I really don’t know what to think of myself….. but I enjoyed being in the mind of a psychopath for 11 hours on audio!

I would strongly recommend the audio on this book…. the narrator Santino Fontana does amazing! It’s like you are there…. in Joe’s head…. and as crazy as Joe is, he really is quite the compelling character…..
Wow! Wow! Wow! If you are expecting a sweet romantic love story do not read this book…. but if you are wanting a dark, twisted, psychological thriller…. I’d pick this book up, For sure….
And there is a sequel?

Look out amazing Amy…. Or maybe Joe will have met his match😉

PS: I’d love to get Joe from this book, Amy from Gone Girl, Paul from Best Day Ever, and Emma from Until I Met Her into the same room and see what happens, LOL 😝

Enjoy,

Berit

Best Day Ever

Best Day Ever

Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda

BEST AUDIOBOOK NARRATION EVER 🎧
5 BIG I LOVE ME some CRAZY STARS!!! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Blurb

I glance at my wife as she climbs into the passenger seat, and I am bursting with confidence. Today will be everything I’ve promised her…and more…

Paul Strom has the perfect life: a glittering career as an advertising executive, a beautiful wife, two healthy boys and a big house in a wealthy suburb. And he’s the perfect husband: breadwinner, protector, provider. That’s why he’s planned a romantic weekend for his wife, Mia, at their lake house, just the two of them. And he’s promised today will be the best day ever.

But as Paul and Mia drive out of the city and toward the countryside, a spike of tension begins to wedge itself between them and doubts start to arise. How much do they trust each other? And how perfect is their marriage, or any marriage, really?

Forcing us to ask ourselves just how well we know those who are closest to us, Best Day Ever crackles with dark energy, spinning ever tighter toward its shocking conclusion. In the bestselling, page-turning vein of The Couple Next Door and The Dinner, Kaira Rouda weaves a gripping, tautly suspenseful tale of deception and betrayal dark enough to destroy a marriage…or a life.

Review

I want to give major props to audiobook narrator Graham Halstead his portrayal of Paul was absolute perfection! Six stellar stars to him for enhancing this very entertaining crazy ride of a book…. I definitely believe this is a case where the audio brought such life to the character of Paul, you just couldn’t help but fall in love with this book!

Paul is a total narcissist…. and it isn’t too far into this book when you discover this fact as well…. paul’s inner dialogue and his justification for his actions, were simply priceless to me….. paul’s character as well as Mia’s were so well developed….. I had felt as though I had spent the day with them after finishing the book, and I was quite exhausted from it!

At first it appears as though Paul and Mia are the ideal couple… just about to have the Best Day Ever…. you find out real quick though that things aren’t quite as they seem…. as the book progresses you get to know the true Paul….. and there are some pretty tense moments when you’re not quite sure what is going to happen…. The audiobook kept me listening well into the night, not wanting to press the pause button!

I do recognize this book is not for everybody…. Paul is terribly unlikable, he really has not a single redeemable quality…. if I were to meet Paul in real life I’d hope I’d be smart enough to stay clear….. but as I said I love me some crazy…… I really enjoy what goes on in the head of a narcissist who is also psychotic…. please don’t judge me!😉

I strongly recommend this book on audio, for those of you that like well developed yet disturb characters and some tense situations…

Enjoy,

Berit

Audio book     

Keep Her Safe

Keep Her Safe

Keep Her Safe by Richard Jay Parker

3.75 stars rounded up🌟🌟🌟.75

Blurb

How far would you go to protect your child?

Maggie’s daughter Penny is her whole world… and she’d do anything to protect her. So when Maggie wakes one night to find a strange woman in her home, she runs to lock herself in her bedroom with her child. But Maggie knows why she’s come…

Someone has been targeting mothers and offering them a choice: do as he says or their child disappears. This stranger in her home has until dawn to follow his orders… but Maggie too has the ‘choice’ to make. Can she put the pieces together to stop the cycle before her time is up?

An edge-of-your-seat thriller that will keep you guessing until the last page. Perfect for fans of Adam Croft and Tess Gerritsen.

Review

What would you do to save your child’s life? Could you take the life of another person? Would you be able to leave another person’s child motherless? These are the questions brought up by this book…. questions I myself as a pretty ferocious mother have no idea what the answers are to…. I just hope I am never put in the position to need to answer any of these questions, that is for sure!

The first half of this book was seriously intense…. Holly has been sent by a man calling himself “the babysitter“ to kill Maggie in order to save the life of her daughter Abigail…. Maggie understands the desire for a mother to protect her child all too well, because she was just recently put in the same situation in order to save her daughter Penny…..

This is a definite plot driven story…. and in the beginning I felt as though I was in the house with Maggie and Holly… and I had no idea what either woman was going to do… and no idea what the right thing to do was…. then at about 60% this book took a very odd turn out of nowhere…. and while I still found Maggie and Hollys situation quite compelling… the rest of it was just a little out of place for me….

I would have really liked Holly and Maggie’s characters to have been better developed…. you really didn’t know much about them… other than the fact that they were mothers… there were little tidbits of backstory but not enough to sink your teeth into…. it also would have been interesting to have had the POV of “the babysitter“…. perhaps if I had been more invested in these characters the plot turn would not have been so jarring….

I would absolutely read another book from this author… the first half was really one of the more intense books I have read lately, unfortunately the last half of this book just fell a little short for me….

*** i’d like to thank Net Galley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review ***

Enjoy,

Berit

Kindle

Little Liar

Little Liar

Little Liar by Clare Boyd

4 Page turning stars for the book🌟2 stars for the blurb🌟🌟

Blurb

The perfect family… or the perfect lie?

When a child’s scream pierces the night, Mira does what any good neighbour would do: she calls the police. She wants to make sure that Rosie, the little girl next door, is safe.

Opening her front door to the police the next morning, Gemma’s picture-perfect family is forced under scrutiny of social services.

As her flawless life begins to crumble around her, Gemma must fight to defend the family she loves and protect her daughter from the terrible secret she’s been keeping.

But who has Rosie been confiding in when Gemma’s back is turned? And why has she lied to the police?

When Rosie disappears without a trace, Gemma thinks she only has herself to blame. That is, until she finds a little pink diary containing a truth even more devastating than the lie…

Review

This book was very good, kept me turning those pages to see what was going to happen next…. although I would classify this more as a domestic thriller rather than a psychological thriller…. The book did a fantastic job touching on family dynamics….

Gamma was such a relatable character, living out every mothers nightmare…. as a Mom myself, I know there have been times I’ve thought to myself ~I hope nobody was walking by hearing my child scream like that, they’d probably call the authorities~….. well this is what happens to Gamma when her nosy neighbor Mira calls the authorities, after hearing 10-year-old Rosie screaming at night…..

Rosie quite honestly is every mothers nightmare as well…. I have a daughter who has some sass, but things that came out of Rosie’s mouth and her actions were so cringe worthy…. I seriously wanted to reach into the pages and smack the girl myself, she just was a piece of work that girl!

Mira has some major issues of her own…. The woman is so miserable and she has a husband who brings her champagne and chocolate while she is in the bath….who does this? So miserable Mira with the doting husband takes it upon herself to save bratty Rosie…..

Really felt awful for Gamma she was a good person just trying to be a good mother and just put into such a horrible situation…. she did have a pretty good support system with her husband, her mother and her best friend, but even their faith in her dwindles at times….

My only problem with this book was the ending…. there were some lessons to be learned, because lots of things went sideways because people were lying…. also nobody suffered any consequences in the end from behaving badly…. it was a little too much of a fairytale ending with a slight twist….

I would absolutely recommend this to people who enjoy a good domestic drama filled thriller with well-developed characters….

PS: the blurb….. don’t read the blurb….. it really has nothing to do with the book, and it mentions something that happens well after 60 percent of the book is over…. I often wonder who writes the blurbs for these books? Because this blurb does not fit this book…. and it is a good book that deserves a better blurb!

*** i’d like to thank Net Galley and the publisher for a copy of this book, in exchange for my honest review***

Enjoy,

Berit