The Next Girl by Carla Kovach – @CKovachAuthor @bookouture #bookreview

The Next Girl

Arriving To Thrill You Today – April 2, 2018

The Next Girl by Carla Kovach

4 Bold Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟


She thought he’d come to save her. She was wrong. 

Deborah Jenkins pulls her coat around her as she sets out on her short walk home in the pouring rain. But she never makes it home that night. And she is never seen again …

Four years later, an abandoned baby girl is found wrapped in dirty rags on a doorstep. An anonymous phone call urges the police to run a DNA test on the baby. But nobody is prepared for the results.

The newborn belongs to Deborah. She’s still alive.

If you love Lisa Gardner, Patricia Gibney and Robert Bryndza, you’ll love this jaw-dropping new crime thriller from Carla Kovach. The Next Girl will keep you guessing until the very last page.


Well, this was absolutely a wonderful start to this new series…. I might need to rethink my entire I don’t necessarily always like police procedural thing… because the last few I have really enjoyed…. maybe I like them better when they take place in the UK? so I should modify it to I don’t always necessarily enjoy police procedural stories unless they take place in the UK….

This series focuses on Gina Hart a detective somewhere in the UK…. i’m sure the exact setting of this book was mentioned, however it is not coming to mind and it doesn’t even matter because the plot and the characters were so fabulous…. I usually focus a lot on the characters and I did like Gina and I’m really looking forward to see her character grow throughout the series… however I have to give it to this amazing plot it kept me enthralled….

What would you do if your wife the mother of your children went missing without a trace? What if it was your daughter who went missing? How would you handle the day today, how would you move on? And what would you do when a baby who was abandoned at the library turned out to be a DNA match to your missing wife/Daughter? Debra has been missing for over four years and now little baby Isabel has turned up… her mother is Debra, but where is Debra? Not only did we get the point of view of Gina, but we also got the point of view of Luke Debra‘s husband and Deborah herself….. oh and I mustn’t forget the point of view of Debra‘s kidnapper and he was as creepy and delusional as you would expect….

Really enjoyed how the story unraveled…. you know the kidnapper was somebody who had some connection to Debra’s life, but who was it? Love all the different points of views… couldn’t even imagine how Luke would deal with the situation especially because he had just begun dating somebody else…. and I have to admit I always enjoy being in the mind of the antagonist… Love the thought process of the crazy person especially how they justify their actions…..

Strongly recommend to fans of crime fiction, police procedurals, and a book with a very strong plotline…..

*** thank you so much too Bookouture and Net Galley for a copy of this book ***

Thrills abound,


Flashback Friday Featuring – One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus – #FBF #bookreview @writerkmc

One of Us is Lying

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

5 suspicious Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟


The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little LiarsOne of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.

Pay close attention and you might solve this.

On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?
Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.”


Please ignore all comparisons of this book to The Breakfast Club…. and go into this book with an open mind….

The only similarity to this book and that fabulous 80s movie is these five very stereotyped teenagers spend some time in detention together… this is where the similarities end…. and I mean this in a good way…. I really enjoyed this book….

Loved all these characters….. and I really wanted them all to be innocent…. it was fun and interesting to see all the character growth in all of them stemming from this tragedy….. they all had secrets to hide, but ultimately I think they found strength in each other….

I really don’t want to say too much… but I didn’t see the end coming until quite late in the book…. and it still surprise me some….

Absolutely recommend whether you are a fan of young adult or not…. any age this is a fabulous book filled with wonderful characters and twists and turns….. Who is lying?

Enjoy solving the mystery,


Flashback Friday Featuring – Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer – #fbf #young adult @susanbpfeffer #Sci-fi

Life as We Knew It

Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Stock up on tinned goods stars


Miranda’s disbelief turns to fear in a split second when a meteor knocks the moon closer to the earth. How should her family prepare for the future when worldwide tsunamis wipe out the coasts, earthquakes rock the continents, and volcanic ash blocks out the sun? As summer turns to Arctic winter, Miranda, her two brothers, and their mother retreat to the unexpected safe haven of their sunroom, where they subsist on stockpiled food and limited water in the warmth of a wood-burning stove.

Told in journal entries, this is the heart-pounding story of Miranda’s struggle to hold on to the most important resource of all–hope–in an increasingly desperate and unfamiliar world.


This one my first (of now many) YA books I loved this series, but this one will hold a special place in my heart for the introduction of other fantastic books.

I was quite worried about re reading this as this was my first YA book that I read a couple of years ago and it holds quite a nice little place in my heart, however I was not disappointed phew !

16 yr old Miranda gives us a blow by blow account of her life from her diary, and what a life it is.

The strange thing is I’m sure this could happen, I mean REALLY happen, and that is what scares me, I’ve read some reviews that are shouting about the size of the meteor and the trajectory of it etc. but it’s a book, a fiction book but I mean it could happen !

So, everyone and his dog are watching a meteor hit the moon in a ‘Sky at Night ‘ kind of thing.

Everyone is outside watching, there are parties and picnics  – however when it hits IT HITS !!!!!

The moon gets moved off its axis and comes a little bit closer to earth.
The scientists did not really do their math correctly and didn’t realise the size of the meteor, (as I said it’s fiction obviously if the moon was going to be hit by a meteor I would hope that scientists would be able to tell the size of the thing!)

Anyhoo the moon controls our tides and things right?

So after the now mahoosive moon is hit, the world starts going all weird, like tidal waves and tsunamis, volcanoes and earthquakes, you know the usual Saturday night out in town!

Soo most of the world seems to be wiped out, BUT because you are only reading Mirandas diary, you are kept in the dark about what is going on elsewhere in the world, and you feel the suffocation as her world slowly gets smaller and smaller until they are all living in 1 room sharing 1 tin of soup between 4 people.

The starving is this one thing that gets to you, I felt really guilty while I was reading this for even drinking a cup of tea !

I will be reading the rest of the series again and the new book is out this year as well so I hope that it continues from Mirandas point of view.

I would thoroughly recommend reading this book – its fab.



Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson ~ #YoungAdult #Debut @WriteinBK


Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Amazing Narration Stars!


Mary B. Addison killed a baby.

Allegedly. She didn’t say much in that first interview with detectives, and the media filled in the only blanks that mattered: A white baby had died while under the care of a churchgoing black woman and her nine-year-old daughter. The public convicted Mary and the jury made it official. But did she do it? She wouldn’t say.

Mary survived six years in baby jail before being dumped in a group home. The house isn’t really “home”—no place where you fear for your life can be considered a home. Home is Ted, who she meets on assignment at a nursing home.

There wasn’t a point to setting the record straight before, but now she’s got Ted—and their unborn child—to think about. When the state threatens to take her baby, Mary must find the voice to fight her past. And her fate lies in the hands of the one person she distrusts the most: her Momma. No one knows the real Momma. But who really knows the real Mary?


Ok first thing to say about this audio book is WOW!!

The narration was **OUTSTANDING**, perfectly narrated by Bahni Turpin, you may have heard her voice before in The Help by Kathryn Stockett, (if you have never listened to an audio book before, i always recommend that one to begin with, it started my addiction)

Anyway back to the book….

This was a bit of a tough read, especially as you are not really sure of the truth.

Mary B Addison is a baby killer…Allegedly

We follow her story in a group home, and hear her journey from ‘baby jail’ to now.

You see, when Mary was arrested and sent away, she was 9, she was babysitting with her mother and the baby was killed… her….Allegedly!

The thing that makes it worse (for her) she is black, and the baby was white.

“Doesn’t matter what you say about racial equality, you’ve never seen white families storming the steps of city hall demanding justice for a little black baby.”

Considering this was a debut novel, this was a moving, gripping, sometimes shocking story with twists and turns that i didnt see coming AT ALL.

The group home is as bad as you think it is, i was terrified for Mary most of the time, the characters was brilliantly written, even the bad ones, special mention to ‘New Girl’

Now Mary is pregnant herself and wants to try and be the best that she can be, she doesn’t want to bring up her baby in that environment, and tries to better herself by getting her schooling qualifications.

The thing is she needs to ask for help, and no-one, not even her mother is really willing to help her.

This book is a dark read, Mary has been horribly abused by the system just because she is a famous baby killer……Allegedly.

But did she really do it??

Find out for yourself,


The Choice by Jake Cross ~ #bookreview @JakeCrossAuthor @bookouture

The Choice

The Choice by Jake Cross

3.5 Unbelievable Stars 🌟🌟🌟.5


‘You’ve got to help me,’ she pleads. 

On a wet road in the black of night, Karl Seabury is driving home to his pregnant wife. Suddenly, caught in his headlights in the middle of the road is a woman shaking with fright.

The woman says her name is Liz Smith, that her home was attacked, and that she was the only one to escape.

In a split-second decision, Karl decides to help her to safety. But Liz is hiding a dark secret and now his good deed has put his family in terrible danger…

An absolutely unputdownable thriller, with twist after twist after twist, that will leave you breathless. Perfect for fans of Robert Dugoni, John Marrs and Harlan Coben.


This book will require you to stretch your imagination … leave all the questions at the door… and just enjoy the ride…. this was a fast paced, plot driven, implausible book…. I truly believe this would make a better movie than it did a book, it was just so over-the-top, and so unbelievable…..

This is not to say I did not enjoy it, I did….. however I did spend a lot of the book a little lost…. I also spent a lot of this book wondering why these characters are even in this situation in the first place? Why in the world would Carl pick a strange woman up in the middle of the night and insert her into their lives… and put his wife and unborn baby in danger? I really had a hard time connecting with any of the characters, with perhaps the exception of Katie who I felt so bad for…. here she is pregnant caught in the middle of this madness….

This book was cray cray… all these characters running around doing outrageous things…. everyone was up to something and none of it good…. not absolutely certain what I think of the ending….. this book just didn’t quite hit the mark for me, but it might for you!

Recommend if you are able to suspend reality for an entire book, filled with fast-paced thrills…..

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

Suspend some disbelief and enjoy,


Not That I Could Tell by Jessica Strawser ~ New Release ~ @jessicastrawser @StMartinsPress #bookreview

Not That I Can Tell

New Release Today March 27, 2018

Not That I Could Tell by Jessica Strawser

4.5 Dramarana Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5


When a group of neighborhood women gathers, wine in hand, around a fire pit where their backyards meet one Saturday night, most of them are just ecstatic to have discovered that their baby monitors reach that far. It’s a rare kid-free night, and they’re giddy with it. They drink too much, and the conversation turns personal.

By Monday morning, one of them is gone.

Everyone knows something about everyone else in the quirky small Ohio town of Yellow Springs, but no one can make sense of the disappearance. Kristin was a sociable twin mom, college administrator, and doctor’s wife who didn’t seem all that bothered by her impending divorce—and the investigation turns up more questions than answers, with her husband, Paul, at the center. For her closest neighbor, Clara, the incident triggers memories she thought she’d put behind her—and when she’s unable to extract herself from the widening circle of scrutiny, her own suspicions quickly grow. But the neighborhood’s newest addition, Izzy, is determined not to jump to any conclusions—especially since she’s dealing with a crisis of her own.

As the police investigation goes from a media circus to a cold case, the neighbors are forced to reexamine what’s going on behind their own closed doors—and to ask how well anyone really knows anyone else.


This was a really fun read for me….. set in small town Ohio where the houses were as eclectic as the citizens….. whenever I read a book that takes place in a small town I always feel a little jealous, having lived in major cities my entire life….. and Yellow Springs was so picturesque and ideal, just the place you’d want to raise your family…..

The neighbor ladies get together for a girls night out…. kid free and husband free… The wine is flowing, the fire is burning, and the tongues are loose….. and the next day Kristin is gone along with her twins… did she leave of her own volition? Or has something more sinister happened?

This book really was about Clara and Izzy and how they coped with the disappearance of their friend/neighbor….. I really liked both of these ladies and related to them both in very different ways…. Clara is a stay at home mother with a fabulous husband (I must say) raising two kids and trying to be the best mom she possibly can…. Izzy oh Izzy… my heart broke for you girl! Caught in an impossible situation filled with regret… fighting her way back…. I really loved her character growth in this book… and I actually would appreciate another book with her to see where she goes from here……

I loved being the nosy neighbor without having to leave the comfort of my own home or peak out my window….. I loved getting a glimpse into all these characters lives… the good, the bad, and the ugly…. and a very special mention needs to go out to the very precocious 12-year-old Nancy Drew A.k.a. Hallie…. there were some times during this book I absolutely felt as though she was more in touch with what was going on then the adults… and the girl had spirit!

Absolutely recommend two fans of domestic thrillers with a slower pace…. this book didn’t keep me on the edge of my seat however I really wanted to know what was going on and The sooner the better….

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

Have fun reading,


Dark Lies by Nick Hollin ~ New Release ~ @vonmaraus @bookouture #bookreview

Dark Lies

New Release Today ~ March 26, 2018

Dark Lies by Nick Hollin

4 Wild Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟


Don’t trust your friends. Don’t trust your family. Don’t trust yourself… 

The people of London fear for their lives when a twisted serial killer called The Cartoonist starts targeting young mothers, leaving their bodies on display in their homes with speech bubbles drawn from their lips. He has a terrifying story to tell, but first, the right people need to be listening…

Nathan Radley has a brilliant and dangerous talent.Formerly one of the best criminal psychologists on the police force he’s renowned for getting deep into the minds of the murderers he hunts. But for the past year he has lived in isolation, haunted by this gift and his own dark desires.

DI Katie Rhodes’ career is spinning out of control.She’d sworn never to knock on her old partner Nathan’s door again, but when she sees his distinctive birthmark drawn in chocolate on one of the victims, she knows she doesn’t have a choice.
As the body count rises and the clues become more and more personal, Katie and Nathan join forces for one final case together.

Why is The Cartoonist using Katie and Nathan’s own dark secrets as calling cards on his victims? What does he want, and how many more innocent lives will be taken before they can crack his disturbing riddle?

To find a murderer, first you need to think like a murderer. The Cartoonist doesn’t just know this, he’s counting on it…

An absolutely nail-biting serial killer thriller perfect for anyone who loved the twisted mind games in Hannibal. Fans of M.J. Arlidge, Helen Fields and Rachel Abbott will not want to miss this page-turning debut!


WOW! This book sure took me on a wild and crazy ride…. good thing I don’t have motion sickness or I would be sick from all the twists and turns (this is where you laugh😂) this isn’t a traditional psychological thriller…. maybe more of a hybrid between a psychological thriller and a police procedural? There is definitely psychology involved because one of the main protagonists is a profiler….

Our two main protagonists Katie and Nathan were not necessarily terribly likable or relatable, however they were very well-developed and interesting…. Katie is the daughter of a cop, a father she admires greatly, so of course she follows in his footsteps…. Katie feels as though she has some pretty big shoes to fill, but was Dad as perfect as she thinks…. Nathan is a profiler, able to get into the minds of killers…. but how far away from being a killer yourself are you, when you can think and feel like them?

Why are there not more books with profilers in them? I find this fascinating the psychology behind why people do the things they do…. The taking of a crime scene and piecing together the type of person that would commit such a crime…. this aspect of the book was truly fascinating and I really actually would’ve like even more of it….

Women are being murdered and clues are being left to let Katie and Nathan know that this is personal…. but what are the odds of this being tied to both of their pasts? The death of Nathan‘s mother and an act Katie‘s father committed, both of which happened long ago? So many twists in this… who was good and who was bad? Can Katie and Nathan ever trust each other again? Should they ever trust each other again?

The conclusion to this book was wild…. something I did not see coming, neither did Katie or Nathan…. so curious to see where the next book in the series goes…. this case was so personal… so what’s next?

Recommend to fans of psychological thrillers, crime thrillers, and all things crazy….

*** Thank you so much too Bookouture and Net Galley for a copy of this book ***

Enjoy the ride,


Flashback Friday Featuring ~ The Secrets She Keeps by Michael Robotham ~ #FBF #bookreview #thriller

Happy Friday all!

Today for my Flashback Friday review I am posting my review of one of the best psychological thrillers of last year… hope you enjoyed the review and even more importantly I hope you get a chance to read/listen to this fabulous book!

The Secrets She Keeps

The Secrets She Keeps by Michael Robotham

5 BIG Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟


In the bestselling tradition of The Girl on the Train and In a Dark, Dark Wood, from the internationally bestselling author whom Stephen King called “an absolute master” of the psychological thriller, comes a riveting suspense novel about the unlikely friendship between two pregnant women that asks: how far would you go to create the perfect family?

Agatha is pregnant and works part-time stocking shelves at a grocery store in a ritzy London suburb, counting down the days until her baby is due. As the hours of her shifts creep by in increasing discomfort, the one thing she looks forward to at work is catching a glimpse of Meghan, the effortlessly chic customer whose elegant lifestyle dazzles her. Meghan has it all: two perfect children, a handsome husband, a happy marriage, a stylish group of friends, and she writes perfectly droll confessional posts on her popular parenting blog—posts that Agatha reads with devotion each night as she waits for her absent boyfriend, the father of her baby, to maybe return her calls.

When Agatha learns that Meghan is pregnant again, and that their due dates fall within the same month, she finally musters up the courage to speak to her, thrilled that they now have the ordeal of childbearing in common. Little does Meghan know that the mundane exchange she has with a grocery store employee during a hurried afternoon shopping trip is about to change the course of her not-so-perfect life forever…

With its brilliant rendering of the secrets some women hold close and a shocking act that cannot be undone, The Secrets She Keeps delivers a dark and twisted page-turner that is absolutely impossible to put down.


Now this was a psychological thriller!!!

So well written, the layers kept coming off…. at just the perfect pace….. The story is told from alternating perspectives…… this is very common now, but I have to say it is probably my favorite writing style… I just love to get in the heads of these characters…..

Megan and Agatha befriend each other finding commonality in the fact that they are both pregnant and due just about the same time….. from the outside it appears as though Megan has the perfect life… but everyone in this book is keeping some secrets…. I love when an author can make even the most despicable of characters sympathetic…. throughout this book I didn’t know who I was cheering for….

I definitely recommend this to anybody who is a fan of a good psychological thriller…. plenty of twists and turns, and plenty of twisted characters…..

Narration:Lucy Price-Lewis did an excellent job, she really has a fantastic voice and added so much to the story💚

Have a lovely weekend!

Berit 💛 


Flashback Friday Featuring ~ Starters by Lissa Price

Happy Friday peeps!

My #FlashbackFriday read was a complete accident, i needed a book that was set in LA for a reading challenge, and i stumbled across this little beauty.

I went in completely blind thinking i was going to hate it, and ended up loving it!


Starters by Lissa Price

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Dystopian Stars



Callie lost her parents when the Spore Wars wiped out everyone between the ages of twenty and sixty. She and her little brother, Tyler, go on the run, living as squatters with their friend Michael and fighting off renegades who would kill them for a cookie. Callie’s only hope is Prime Destinations, a disturbing place in Beverly Hills run by a mysterious figure known as the Old Man.

He hires teens to rent their bodies to Enders—seniors who want to be young again. Callie, desperate for the money that will keep her, Tyler, and Michael alive, agrees to be a donor. But the neurochip they place in Callie’s head malfunctions and she wakes up in the life of her renter, living in her mansion, driving her cars, and going out with a senator’s grandson. It feels almost like a fairy tale, until Callie discovers that her renter intends to do more than party—and that Prime Destinations’ plans are more evil than Callie could ever have imagined. . . .


Sleep on a floor in a derelict house?

Struggle to feed yourself every day?

Are you underweight due to the lack of food you are eating?

Do you hate being unclean and smelly?

Do you want to be beautiful?

Then all YOU need to do is pop down to PRIME DESTINATIONS and we can solve all of your problems.

Small print …….
Prime Destinations will insert a microchip into your brain and hook you up to another person so they can be you, the other person is an “Ender” (an old rich person who age is on average 100 yrs old). Here the Ender will leave their body wired up and enter your body, becoming you for a week/month/year……however long you signed up to rent your body out for. You will of course be paid well for this “donating” and we will also make you beautiful again. Your new body user will sign a contract to make sure that they use your body in the best possible way without damaging it at all

Come on down to PRIME DESTINATIONS to make your dreams of being rich a reality.

Callie is aware of Prime Destinations (the body bank for short!) Her and her brother Tyler are starving, and he is really ill, she finds that she has no choice but to donate her body for a time to get money to pay for her little brothers treatment, and to get enough money for them to maybe buy a home for them both… This was a bad mistake, she knew it as soon as she leaves Prime Destinations, she knows it as soon as she starts to black out, she definitely knows it when she wakes up with a gun in her hand!

Good book with a story that kept me engaged all the way through, a couple of good twists too that I didn’t see coming, I will definitely look out for the 2nd book in the series to find out what happens.

🎧🎧Great narration by Rebecca Lowman, a new-to-me narrator, she did a great job🎧🎧

Choose Wisely,


The Italian Party by Christina Lynch ~ #bookreview @Clynchwriter @StMartinsPress

The Italian Party

The Italian Party by Christina Lynch

4.5 Fantastico Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5.


A delicious and sharply funny page-turner about “innocent” Americans abroad in 1950s Siena, Italy. Newly married, Scottie and Michael are seduced by Tuscany’s famous beauty. But the secrets they are keeping from each other force them beneath the splendid surface to a more complex view of ltaly, America and each other.

When Scottie’s Italian teacher–a teenager with secrets of his own–disappears, her search for him leads her to discover other, darker truths about herself, her husband and her country. Michael’s dedication to saving the world from communism crumbles as he begins to see that he is a pawn in a much different game. Driven apart by lies, Michael and Scottie must find their way through a maze of history, memory, hate and love to a new kind of complicated truth.

Half glamorous fun, half an examination of America’s role in the world, and filled with sun-dappled pasta lunches, prosecco, charming spies and horse racing, The Italian Party is a smart pleasure.


Grande Successo! this book was an unexpected Gem for me….Siena,Italy 1956….Two Young newly married Americans…. full of secrets and hope….

Scottie and Michael are newly married…. both of them came to the marriage with many secrets and for different reasons…. Michael works for Ford selling tractors to the Italian farmers…. but he has a hidden agenda… he wants to bring the American Capitalistic ways to Italy and fight communism…..scottie is a girl that got herself in trouble and the only way she sees out is by marrying somebody and becoming the perfect wife…. so what happens when two people that hardly know each other move to a country where they don’t know anybody?

Michael and Scottie were very well-developed characters… I felt for both of them… they both really wanted to do the right thing but they both got themselves into some pretty tough situations….. situations that would not be a big deal today but this is 1956…. I really loved that this book was set during this timeperiod As well…. there are very few books that I have read set in the late 50s, and this is probably the only book I’ve read set in Italy during that time….. for me Italy itself is a character in any book I read that takes place there, it seems like such a colorful culture…. and all that delicious food!

This wasn’t a book filled with twists and turns, but it sure kept me turning the pages…. I was so invested in how Michael and Scottie were going to work this out…. how and when were secrets going to be revealed? How were people going to react? I also was fascinated with the Italian political culture at the time…. I am not a huge historical fiction person, but this was an absolutely compelling read….

Strongly recommend to fans of historical fiction or anybody who loves a good story….

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

Godere (enjoy),