Monday, October 10, 2016

I'm currently reading and considering for Book Club

Book Date now hosts It's Monday What Are Your Reading?  The meme that we use to share what we read this past week and what our plans are for the upcoming week.  It's a great way to see what others are reading and add to your own To Be Read List.

I'm currently (considering it as my Book Club read)

Book Summary

When her father falls into a coma, Indian American photographer Sonya reluctantly returns to the family she’d fled years before. Since she left home, Sonya has lived on the run, free of any ties, while her soft-spoken sister, Trisha, has created a perfect suburban life, and her ambitious sister, Marin, has built her own successful career. But as these women come together, their various methods of coping with a terrifying history can no longer hold their memories at bay.
Buried secrets rise to the surface as their father—the victim of humiliating racism and perpetrator of horrible violence—remains unconscious. As his condition worsens, the daughters and their mother wrestle with private hopes for his survival or death, as well as their own demons and buried secrets.
Told with forceful honesty, Trail of Broken Wings reveals the burden of shame and secrets, the toxicity of cruelty and aggression, and the exquisite, liberating power of speaking and owning truth.

I reviewed - My Review 3 1/2 stars

What I think is next for me.

I'm considering this one also as a next read and for Book Club, what do you think?

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Review - The Sinner Book 5 of Graveyard Series

Published - September 27, 2016

Book Summary

I am a living ghost, a wanderer in search of my purpose and place… 
I'm a cemetery restorer by trade, but my calling has evolved from that of ghost seer to death walker to detective of lost souls. I solve the riddles of the dead so the dead will leave me alone. 
I've come to Seven Gates Cemetery nursing a broken heart, but peace is hard to come by…for the ghosts here and for me. When the body of a young woman is discovered in a caged grave, I know that I've been summoned for a reason. Only I can unmask her killer. I want to trust the detective assigned to the case for he is a ghost seer like me. But how can I put my faith in anyone when supernatural forces are manipulating my every thought? When reality is ever-changing? And when the one person I thought I could trust above all others has turned into a diabolical stranger?

My Review - Book 5 of the Graveyard Series
3 1/2 stars

We have new covers and a slightly different feel to the story now.  I understand change must happen but for me the new just didn't work.  Amanda Stevens creates the creepy atmosphere brilliantly and that does capture you but the storylines no longer pull me in.

I was really hoping this was going to be the ending of the series but there is one more to wait for, The Awakening due out March 2017.  It sounds like it will be about Devlin who I really miss.  He became the love of Amelia but there were secrets, suspense around who and what he really was.  I feel like I have been waiting for 2 books now which is also a huge disappointment for me.  Amelia and Devlin had a connection, I would like to have an ending to it as she even wonders why he is still on her mind.

Another man, possible love interest is used in the Sinner, at first I didn't understand but The Sinner was using him to get to Amelia, this was well done and definitely bought a sense of fear but also pull to Amelia that she sensed as attraction but knew better to accept that.

He was all too aware of the changes inside me and sometimes still I would catch him watching me with those dark, soulful eyes as if to say, I know who you are but I don't know what you are and that worries me.  Kindle 21%

She gets pulled into an investigation when she comes across a body in the cemetery she is restoring.  The body looks fresh like it had just been put there and it was in a caged grave.  Some of the history about cemeteries is also a nice feature in the books and allows us to learn more about Amelia's legacy.

What part was I to play in all this?  I wondered.  As much as i had learned about myself and about my gift, I still sometimes puzzled over my destiny.  I could endure, if not embrace, my role in helping trapped spirits move on.. In time, I might even learn to accept my great-grandmother's legacy of tracking those supernatural beings she and Papa had called malcontents - entities with no other earthbound purpose than to create chaos among the living.  Kindle 79%

I really feel like The Visitor and The Sinner didn't progress enough which has frustrated me and lessened my reading pleasure with these books. I don't regret starting this series, the beginning ones are memorable and loved my time reading them.

My Reviews
The Abandoned  Prequel
The Restorer Book 1
The Kingdom Book 2
 The Prophet Book 3
The Visitor Book 4

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Review - The Guest Room by Chris Bohjalian

Book Published - January 2016

Book Summary from Amazon

From the New York Times bestselling author of Midwives and The Sandcastle Girls comes the spellbinding tale of a party gone horribly wrong: two men lie dead in a suburban living room, two women are on the run from police, and a marriage is ripping apart at the seams.
When Kristin Chapman agrees to let her husband, Richard, host his brother’s bachelor party, she expects a certain amount of debauchery. She brings their young daughter to Manhattan for the evening, leaving her Westchester home to the men and their hired entertainment. What she does not expect is this: bacchanalian drunkenness, her husband sharing a dangerously intimate moment in the guest room, and two women stabbing and killing their Russian bodyguards before driving off into the night.

In the aftermath, Kristin and Richard’s life rapidly spirals into nightmare. The police throw them out of their home, now a crime scene, Richard’s investment banking firm puts him on indefinite leave, and Kristin is unsure if she can forgive her husband for the moment he shared with a dark-haired girl in the guest room. But the dark-haired girl, Alexandra, faces a much graver danger. In one breathless, violent night, she is free, running to escape the police who will arrest her and the gangsters who will kill her in a heartbeat. A captivating, chilling story about shame and scandal, The Guest Room is a riveting novel from one of our greatest storytellers.

My Review - 4 star

The Guest Room made me think, what would I do.  I understood the dilemma Richard and Kristin put themselves in, they supported their family in a special moment, who knew all hell would break lose with life or death consequences.

I have nothing against bachelor parties and some good fun with strippers.  Why not allow your husband to host one for his brother at your house.  I also have a 9 year old daughter and can see staying over at grandma's for the night, no big deal when you have a trusting relationship.  And then you get a call in the middle of the night that changes things forever.

All the men are having fun and making some shady inappropriate decisions but then one of the young ladies decided her life over fun and work and kills the guard in front of everyone, then shots in the other room.  Both guards are dead and the girls flee.  SHOCKING

This is where the betrayal, humiliation, legal and financial worries, marriage - for better or worst come into play.  I thought Chris Bohjalian did a great job on showing us the life of a sex slave to how the modern day support, at times without knowing.  There are always friends that never think consequences or beyond the moment of fun and all lose because of a very bad decision.

I really loved the family unit with Richard, Kristin and their daughter.  Richard was truly a good man. And I understood all of his decisions. Really great discussion on what would you do while reading.

The story was told from present and then from Alexanders side from the beginning of her life to being captured and put into the sex slave world right up to the night of the Bachelor party and running for her life.

The ending surprised me, I really like when an author doesn't always go for the life always works out endings, powerful.  I don't think my book club would appreciate this one, I need to think more about it and make a decision but I really enjoyed it.

A few years ago I recommend Trans-Sister Radio by Chris Bohjalian to them.  That was a great discussion.  Highly recommend.

Have you read a Chris Bohjalian?  Which one would you recommend?

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Monday's come to fast.........

Book Date now hosts It's Monday What Are Your Reading?  The meme that we use to share what we read this past week and what our plans are for the upcoming week.  It's a great way to see what others are reading and add to your own To Be Read List.

I can't believe it has been a month since I have participated.  Life has been crazy but really I just think Monday's come to fast.

I'm currently reading - the finale in a favourite series - it releases Tues, Sept 27

I just completed and reviewed - 4 stars

I missed a couple of weeks, I don't know how that happened, I had some great book dates though, here are my reviews.

I think this will be next read.  I can't believe NetGalley has it available and my request as an international blogger was approved.  SO GRATEFUL

Friday, September 16, 2016

NetGalley Discussion Hosted by Kourtni Reads

Kourtni from Kourtni Reads created this discussion - go here to join

Disclaimer: This post is in no way affiliated with or sponsored by NetGalley. Just a fun post based on a website that I’m sure a lot of us book bloggers spend a lot of time on.😉
The rules:
  • Link back to the tag’s creator (Kourtni Reads)
  • Thank and link back to the person who tagged you
  • Answer the questions the best you can. If you don’t use NetGalley, you can substitute other sites or places where you get books!
  • Tag a few people to do this too

Auto-Approved: Who’s one author whose books you automatically want to read, regardless of what they’re about?

Specifically from NetGalley my auto-approved authors that I would buy if not offered are:
  • Andrea Kane - Forensic Instincts series
  • Amanda Stevens - Graveyard Queen series
  • JT Ellison

Request: What makes you want to request a book that you see on NetGalley?

Blogger recommendations is my #1 or favourite authors.  I have tried a few from the covers and or descriptions but to be honest this is a hit or miss for me.  Being an international blogger doesn't always help with the choices either. Sad face when I get turned down.

Feedback Ratio: Do you review every book you read? If not, how do you decide what books to review?

The suggested feedback ratio is 80% and I am currently at 79%.  To be honest since they put this in I am a little stressed out by it.  I try not to request often because I want to make sure I enjoy them.  I have tried to review everyone that I request but I am down by 2.  I need to think about how to give feedback when it is a DNF.
I try to review every book I read but I have realized this year that I haven't.  I want to sit and think about it then I start another book and it's usually a done deal then.  There are 3 I really want to review but I'm starting to think it's not going to happen.

Badges: If you could create your own badge to display on your blog, what would it be for?

Badge, hmmmm - How about a country representing Badge - A Bermudian NetGalley blogger.  I currently have 4 but didn't even consider putting them on my sidebar, do bloggers or authors really care?

Wish for It: What’s one book that you are absolutely dying to read?

I have been waiting for months to read this one, I need it on Kindle immediately.  I understand how UK and International readers patiently wait now.  I am unsure when it will be released in the US for Kindle, I heard November.  It isn't on NetGalley either.


The day Adam Dunne's girlfriend, Sarah, fails to return from a Barcelona business trip, his perfect life begins to fall apart. Days later, the arrival of her passport and a note that reads ''I'm sorry--S'' sets off real alarm bells. He vows to do whatever it takes to find her. 

Adam is puzzled when he connects Sarah to a cruise ship called the Celebrate --and to a woman, Estelle, who disappeared from the same ship in eerily similar circumstances almost exactly a year before. 

To get answers, Adam must confront some difficult truths about his relationship with Sarah. He must do things of which he never thought himself capable. And he must try to outwit a predator who seems to have found the perfect hunting ground …

2016 NetGalley Challenge: What was the last book that you received as an ARC that you reviewed? If you’ve never received an ARC, what’s the last book you reviewed?

The last book reviewed actually was a NetGalley choice from Auto Approved.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Review - The Hidden Legacy by G. J. Minett

Published - November 2015


Ellen has received a life-changing inheritance. If only she knew who had left it to her . . . 

1966. A horrifying crime at a secondary school, with devastating consequences for all involved.

2008. A life-changing gift, if only the recipient can work out why . . .

Recently divorced and with two young children, Ellen Sutherland is up to her elbows in professional and personal stress. When she's invited to travel all the way to Cheltenham to hear the content of an old woman's will, she's far from convinced the journey will be worthwhile.

But when she arrives, the news is astounding. Eudora Nash has left Ellen a beautiful cottage worth an amount of money that could turn her life around. There's just one problem - Ellen has never even heard of Eudora Nash. 

Her curiosity piqued, Ellen and her friend Kate travel to the West Country in search of answers. But they are not the only ones interested in the cottage, and Ellen little imagines how much she has to learn about her past . . .

My Review - 4

This book has the feel of a classic, something quiet and remarkable about it.  I am impressed it is G. J. Minett's debut.  The opening is one of the best I have read, shocking incident that lays the foundation for the book.  

Ellen is the main character and a strong willed one, I respected and really enjoyed.  She is told a beautiful cottage has been given to her from the will of a lady she has never heard of.  Ellen begins the journey of trying to find out why while we read and slowly discover the hidden legacy right to the end.  

Ellen's mom has Alzheimer disease and is unable to answer Ellen's questions.  She goes into the unknown with her best friend Kate which made the journey more believable. 

The story was told by different time periods and multiple characters, mostly from the current 2008, 1974, 1966 when the intro incident occurred etc, I found this at times to be a little puzzling but it did still move the story along. I enjoyed all of the characters, even disliking the reporter, but he was still a great character.  The intricate details of a will and the secrets numerous characters wanted to understand and be revealed was the essence of this beautiful mystery.

But it's the lack of detail that's the problem.  He's at that stage in life where he doesn't want mysteries any more - what he wants is answers.  Kindle 66% 

I prefer more seating on the edge of my seat thrillers, but this mystery you had to take your time and cherish the moments. If you enjoy historical novels and mysteries, I highly recommend this one to you.

I read the review of The Hidden Legacy over at Cleopatra Loves Books blog and had to download it. It was one of her top ten books in 2015 and a 5 star read, check out her review. 

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

My must read 2016 list because of YOU, 6/10

During the Top Ten posts in December, I created a must read list for this year.  It was great to see many bloggers with similar interest posting with passion, I was so excited to restart blogging again.  

I am thankful, your recommendations have been amazing.  I have read 6 out of the 10 so far.  This may be the first year of reading all from my Top Ten Must Read List post from January's in the past.

Here is my list.

I haven't read it yet but I love Elizabeth Haynes so looking forward to it.

I need to review this one.  Lisa Genova is a favourite author, this was my least favourite by her though.

My Review - it has the potential to make my favourite list of the year

My Review - another that has the potential to make my favourite list of the year.

I just finished this little gem.  In between my thriller addiction reads this was perfect.  Review to come

This one continues to call my name.

My Review - Another author I enjoy, it was good but not one of her best in my opinion.

This is the only one that is on the fence now but we will see.

This one is also calling my name.  Possibly my next read actually.

My Review - This one was my 1st read of the year and has the potential to be on my favourite list also.

Have a great week.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Sundays in bed with......... The Hidden Legacy by G. J. Minett

This meme is hosted by Kate over at Midnight Book Girl, go over to join.  The meme that dares to ask what book has been in your bed this morning? Come share what book you’ve spent time curled up reading in bed, or which book you wish you had time to read today! 

I read the review of The Hidden Legacy over at Cleopatra Loves Books blog and had to download it. It was one of her top ten books in 2015 and a 5 star read, check out her review.  I started last night and as soon as my eyes opened I went into it again.  I love finding a book that is perfect for the mood I am in.  Thanks Cleo.

Have you read it?

Published - November 2015


Ellen has received a life-changing inheritance. If only she knew who had left it to her . . . 

1966. A horrifying crime at a secondary school, with devastating consequences for all involved.

2008. A life-changing gift, if only the recipient can work out why . . .

Recently divorced and with two young children, Ellen Sutherland is up to her elbows in professional and personal stress. When she's invited to travel all the way to Cheltenham to hear the content of an old woman's will, she's far from convinced the journey will be worthwhile.

But when she arrives, the news is astounding. Eudora Nash has left Ellen a beautiful cottage worth an amount of money that could turn her life around. There's just one problem - Ellen has never even heard of Eudora Nash. 

Her curiosity piqued, Ellen and her friend Kate travel to the West Country in search of answers. But they are not the only ones interested in the cottage, and Ellen little imagines how much she has to learn about her past . . .

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Review - The Girl in the Ice by Robert Bryndza

Published - February 2016

Book summary

Her eyes are wide open. Her lips parted as if to speak. Her dead body frozen in the ice…She is not the only one.
When a young boy discovers the body of a woman beneath a thick sheet of ice in a South London park, Detective Erika Foster is called in to lead the murder investigation.
The victim, a beautiful young socialite, appeared to have the perfect life. Yet when Erika begins to dig deeper, she starts to connect the dots between the murder and the killings of three prostitutes, all found strangled, hands bound and dumped in water around London.
What dark secrets is the girl in the ice hiding?
As Erika inches closer to uncovering the truth, the killer is closing in on Erika.
The last investigation Erika led went badly wrong… resulting in the death of her husband. With her career hanging by a thread, Erika must now battle her own personal demons as well as a killer more deadly than any she’s faced before. But will she get to him before he strikes again?


My Review 4 1/2 stars

I was really impressed with this police procedural crime thriller.  I have to say a great police procedural is right up there with the best psychological thrillers for me now.  When they are great, wow.  I really didn't want to put this book down and I am proud to say I had it right, but didn't take away from the enjoyment at all as Robert Bryndza made me question myself throughout the book.  I would love to vent but it would be a spoiler and the vent is not about the writing or execution just 'people'.

When a wealthy woman is found murdered they bring Detective Erika Foster in to handle the case.  Erika is still healing from a loss when out in the field and her boss treats her as if he is doing her a favour.  Unfortunately money and power are leading this case, instead of allowing a transparent investigation to occur.  Erika is finding similarities to the murder and believes she is dealing with a serial killer but why can't she get a break.  Numerous clues but nothing makes sense to come together to break the case.

As Erika gets closer she also puts herself in danger, she escapes once but will she be able to be saved again?  This is edge of your seat worthy and you just cannot wait until the murderer or serial killer is found.  There are so many twists and turns and it keeps your mind wondering, I really like the fear the murderer put in his victim, shocking once you get to the ending.  Again, my venting point I can't discuss.  I really like that I keep finding amazing, strong, smart women as Detectives, she wouldn't be stopped as she had integrity and would do what was right even when told no.

This crime thriller/police procedural will keep you fully engaged, the tension is constant and when it all comes together, BAM, I was pleased. I also really enjoyed all the characters, Robert Bryndza gave the characters a genuine place where you felt you understood decisions, good and bad which helped the dialogue to feel real also.

Sometimes reading thrillers they can start to have the same feel but this one was different and I will look out for more by Robert Bryndza.  I prefer stand alone's but I definitely look forward to reading more in this series.

What are some of your favourite crime thriller series?

My top 2 are Andrea Kane's Forensic Instincts series and JT Ellison's Samantha Owen series.

I also really enjoyed the beginning of MJ Alridge series, Eeny Meeny.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Review - Behind Closed Doors by B A Paris

Published - August 9, 2016

Book Summary

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth; she has charm and elegance. He’s a dedicated attorney who has never lost a case; she is a flawless homemaker, a masterful gardener and cook, and dotes on her disabled younger sister. Though they are still newlyweds, they seem to have it all. You might not want to like them, but you do. You’re hopelessly charmed by the ease and comfort of their home, by the graciousness of the dinner parties they throw. You’d like to get to know Grace better.
But it’s difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are inseparable.
Some might call this true love. Others might wonder why Grace never answers the phone. Or why she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn’t work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. Or why she never seems to take anything with her when she leaves the house, not even a pen. Or why there are such high-security metal shutters on all the downstairs windows.
Some might wonder what’s really going on once the dinner party is over, and the front door has closed.
From bestselling author B. A. Paris comes the gripping thriller and international phenomenon Behind Closed Doors.

My Review - 4 1/2 stars

The intensity in this book is non stop, shocking and many moments I realized I was holding my breath.  I am so impressed this is a debut, well done BA Paris.  I felt relieved at the end which isn't a good thing but my oh my, intense.  The summary says we all know a couple like Jack and Grace, I sure as hell hope not.  That thought is scary and very creepy, there are some things I will never overlook with friends now.  I will give a warning, this is probably the worst kind of mental manipulation abuse I have read, it can be very hard to read if you are not into emotional intense reads.  I found this harder to read them physical abuse.

I saw a free 5 chapter download and immediately started to read it.  I was hooked and then realized I had 6 weeks before it was released, I will never do that again.  I totally teased myself and I couldn't wait to find out what was behind closed doors.

I enjoyed the switch of chapters from Past to Present, this totally captured my attention and the best part is that the intensity never let go.  I would say this makes my favourite psychological thriller so far this year.  If you enjoyed Into The Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes you will enjoy this one.

You know something is not right with this couple but you are unable to put your finger on it.  Jack is an affluent lawyer that falls in love with Grace and her sister Millie who has Downs syndrome.  The plan is for Millie to move in with them once they marry and she finishes school.  He is a complete gentleman to the outside world but no one can come between Grace and Millie.  Family 1st.

When everything - the loneliness, the boredom, the fear, the despair - got too much to bear, I closed my eyes and thought of Millie. Kindle 43%

I did think could this happen and you know what, I believe money talks and Jack being an affluent lawyer I am heartbroken to say yes it could.  Jack truly is the biggest cruelest arsehole I have read I think, and I enjoy this genre so I have read a lot.

'Fear' he whispered.  'There is nothing quite like it.  I love how it looks, I love how it feels, I love how it smells.  And I especially love the sound of it.'  Kindle 50%

Millie loved to read mysteries, especially Agatha Christie.  I loved Millie as a character which made me love Grace even more  These stories always work better with loving, alluring characters that you feel for.

I loved the ending of this book with the discussion between Grace and her friend Esther.  Intuition - follow it.

Waiting the 6 weeks was totally worth it, that intensity was unreal.  I was happy to breathe again at the end of the book.

Monday, August 15, 2016

It's Monday but I need to write reviews, eek

Book Date now hosts It's Monday What Are Your Reading?  The meme that we use to share what we read this past week and what our plans are for the upcoming week.  It's a great way to see what others are reading and add to your own To Be Read List.

I am 3 behind in reviews, I know for others this is not a lot but it is for me.  I definitely want to do 2 out of the 3.

Currently reading - remember my post about reading the 1st five chapters sample and teasing myself..... I didn't realise it wasn't released but I'm loving it so far, worth the wait, so intense.

I need to review - good but took a little long to finally get to the point, unsure of my feedback yet, but I am thinking 3 1/2 stars.

I also need to read - it is my least favourite by her so far, I have read them all, a favourite author.

I need to read this for my book club in September, but so not my kind of book.

I am also reading Strala Yoga.  I am honoured to be a Strala Yoga Guide and so happy for Tara releasing another book.

Have a great week.

Monday, August 1, 2016

It's Monday, August already. What are you reading?

Book Date now hosts It's Monday What Are Your Reading?  The meme that we use to share what we read this past week and what our plans are for the upcoming week.  It's a great way to see what others are reading and add to your own To Be Read List.

Currently reading

I completed but still need to review.  My least favourite by Lisa Genova

I also reviewed this one, it was so good, I'm impressed and look forward to her new one.

There are so many books on my mind, unsure what I will read next.  Can you believe it is Aug 1st?

Have a great week.

Friday, July 29, 2016

ARC Review - Only Daughter by Anna Snoekstra

Published releasing date - September 20, 2016

Book Summary

In 2003, sixteen-year-old Rebecca Winter disappeared.  
She'd been enjoying her summer break: working at a fast-food restaurant, crushing on an older boy and shoplifting with her best friend. Mysteriously ominous things began to happen—a presence in her room at night, periods of blackouts, a feeling of being watched—though Bec remained oblivious of what was to come.  
Eleven years later she is replaced. 
A young woman, desperate after being arrested, claims to be the decade-missing Bec.  
Soon the impostor is living Bec's life. Sleeping in her bed. Hugging her mother and father. Learning her best friends' names. Playing with her little brothers. 
But Bec's welcoming family and enthusiastic friends are not quite as they seem. As the impostor dodges the detective investigating her case, she begins to delve into the life of the real Bec Winter—and soon realizes that whoever took Bec is still at large, and that she is in imminent danger.

My Review - 3

Only Daughter is the debut book by Anna Snoekstra from Australia.  I see huge potential with this author's writing in the psychological thriller genre.  This is a story about what is done in the dark will come out in the light and that family deep rooted secrets will come out and have you hurt all over again.

A young woman is arrested and instead of facing her consequences she remembers an old police story where she looked like the victim and says she was abducted and that her name is Bec Winter.  How shocking and ridiculous is this lie but she gets away with it, or does she......  'Surely, a mother would know her only daughter.'  Kindle 11%

The story felt a little farfetched to start with coincidence after coincidence and then you realize the story may not be about her replacing Bec's life but finding out where Bec disappeared.  The officer in charge is disappointed she won't help him find who took her and starts to think she is protecting someone, but who?  Bec has no idea what she has started all over again with her new family and friends.  Instead of living the life with a beautiful reunion she ends up with guilt and continuous stress on tricking her new family and getting the cops to give up on the investigation.

'I'm being hunted.  Staked on every angle.  Hoe is the only safe place left.  Sitting on the couch, I try to breathe.  Feeling helpless will get me nowhere.  Fear will get me nowhere.' Kindle 49%

The story switches between 2003 before Bec goes missing and 2014 when she is replaced.  I thought this was a solid story keeping you engaged but it missed the thrill and the highs and lows that keep you on the edge of your seat.  You knew something was off with the mom and dad but never exactly what, so many of the secrets were not fleshed out because the characters were one dimensional. You know the mom is conflicted but there is no growth to understand why.  Then there is the best friend's father, weird things are said and done in the past and present but never comes to intuition, you just have this feeling that is never revealed.

I enjoyed the ending but it could have been longer to answer some questions.  The text messages she was receiving added a great potential threat and edge of your seat thrill but never was fully captured to be thrilling and a true threat.  'Get Out' and 'Leave now or it will happen again.'   This execution was a miss and could have taken the book to another level but great debut overall.

Thanks to Netgalley for pre-approving Only Daughter for me to review.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Review - I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

Book Summary

On a rainy afternoon, a mother's life is shattered as her son slips from her grip and runs into the street . . .

I Let You Go follows Jenna Gray as she moves to a ramshackle cottage on the remote Welsh coast, trying to escape the memory of the car accident that plays again and again in her mind and desperate to heal from the loss of her child and the rest of her painful past. 
At the same time, the novel tracks the pair of Bristol police investigators trying to get to the bottom of this hit-and-run. As they chase down one hopeless lead after another, they find themselves as drawn to each other as they are to the frustrating, twist-filled case before them. Elizabeth Haynes, author of Into the Darkest Corner, says, “I read I Let You Go in two sittings; it made me cry (at least twice), made me gasp out loud (once), and above all made me wish I'd written it . . . a stellar achievement.”

My Review 4 1/2

I Let You Go is execution sweetness........  I added this to my to be read list as it was on many bloggers Top Ten 2015 list.  I found it quite slow in the beginning, it captured my attention but I was starting to worry, it didn't say pick me up, read on and then 40% it got interesting and I couldn't put it down, one more day, late night and finished it, WOW.

I do feel like I have to give a warning. The abuse in this book is torture to read, highly emotional and heartbreaking, it took my breath away and made me think of victims that live this every day.  I am unable to say more or it can become a spoiler.

The planning the author did for this book and the way she tied all the characters and coincidences together is mind blowing, I am so impressed.  I do feel like the twist at the end with the additional connection was completely unnecessary and didn't add or take away from the story.

In the beginning the chapters  go back and fourth between Jenna's life and the Detectives.  At times I was more interested in the Detectives life, I think he was starting to have a mid life crisis.  Then the first in your face WHAT closes off Part 1 brilliant.

I did think about part of the reason for the accident but definitely not all.  I highly recommend this one and have to say push through the beginning, it is worth it.  A true Psychological Thriller, really great debut, I look forward to more by Clare Mackintosh.