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Dead at First Sight by Peter James
@peterjamesuk @PGCBooks @panmacmillan

#BookReview Dead at First Sight by Peter James @peterjamesuk @PGCBooks @panmacmillanTitle: Dead at First Sight

Author: Peter James

Series: Roy Grace #15

Published by Pan Macmillan on July 2, 2019

Genres: Mystery/Thriller, Police Procedural

Pages: 400

Format: Paperback

Source: Publishers Group Canada

Book Rating: 8/10

 

Synopsis:

A man waits at London Airport for Ingrid Ostermann, the love of his life, to arrive. Across the Atlantic, a retired NYPD cop waits in a bar in Florida’s Key West for his first date with the lady who is, without question, his soulmate. The two men are about to discover they’ve been scammed out of almost every penny they have—and that neither woman exists.

Meanwhile, a wealthy divorcée plunges, in suspicious circumstances, from an apartment block in Munich. In the same week, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is called to investigate the suicide of a woman in Brighton, that is clearly not what it seems. As his investigations continue, a handsome Brighton motivational speaker comes forward. He’d discovered his identity is being used to scam 11 different women, online.

Roy Grace realizes he is looking at the tip of an iceberg. A global empire built on clever, cruel internet scams and the murder of anyone who threatens to expose them.


Review:

Dark, devious, and pacey!

Dead at First Sight is a sharp, compelling, police procedural that immerses you into the gritty, disturbing underworld of cybercrime, specifically online dating, and highlights just how easy it is to prey on humanity’s insatiable need to love and be loved.

The writing is complex and intense. The characters are a mix of ruthless, vulnerable, and tenacious. And the plot is a suspenseful tale full of twists, turns, action, duplicity, manipulation, intrigue, power, greed, violence, and murder.

Overall, Dead at First Sight is another timely, insightful, action-packed tale by James that highlights just how exposed the internet actually makes us and how easy and quickly it is for those with nefarious tendencies to commit crimes and destroy lives worldwide.

Dead at First Sight is the fifteenth novel in the Roy Grace series and even though there are some references to cases and events from the previous books, it can certainly be read as a standalone if desired.

 

This book is available now.

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Thank you to Publishers Group Canada for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

About Peter James

Peter James is the international bestselling author of many award-winning novels. His Detective Superintendent Roy Grace series, set in Brighton, has been translated into thirty-seven languages with worldwide sales of over eighteen million copies, and has given him eleven consecutive Sunday Times number ones. In 2015 WHSmith customers publicly voted him the Greatest Crime Author of All Time and in 2016 he became the recipient of the coveted CWA Diamond Dagger lifetime achievement award for sustained excellence. Peter has also written a short story collection, A Twist of the Knife, and his standalone titles include Perfect People and The House on Cold Hill. He has also co-written a non-fiction account of Brighton’s toughest cases with former detective Graham Bartlett entitled Death Comes Knocking. The Perfect Murder, Dead Simple and Not Dead Enough have all been turned into smash-hit stage plays. All his novels reflect his deep interest in the world of the police. Three of his novels have been filmed and before becoming a full-time author he produced numerous films, including The Merchant of Venice, starring Al Pacino and Jeremy Irons. He divides his time between his homes in Notting Hill, London and near Brighton in Sussex.

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The Runaway Daughter by Joanna Rees
@joannareesbooks @PGCBooks @panmacmillan

#BookReview The Runaway Daughter by Joanna Rees @joannareesbooks @PGCBooks @panmacmillanTitle: The Runaway Daughter

Author: Joanna Rees

Series: A Stitch in Time #1

Published by Pan Macmillan on July 2, 2019

Genres: Historical Fiction

Pages: 496

Format: Paperback

Source: Publishers Group Canada

Book Rating: 9/10

 

Synopsis:

The first novel in a dazzling and sweeping historical trilogy from bestselling author Joanna Rees.

It’s 1926 and Anna Darton is on the run from a terrible crime. Alone and scared in London, salvation comes in the form of Nancy, a sassy American dancer at the notorious nightclub, The Zip. Re-inventing herself as Vita Casey, Anna becomes part of the line-up and is thrown into a hedonistic world of dancing, parties, flapper girls and fashion.

When she meets the dashing Archie Fenwick, Vita buries her guilty conscience and believes him when he says he will love her no matter what. But unbeknown to Vita, her secret past is fast catching up on her, and when the people closest to her start getting hurt, she is forced to confront her past or risk losing everything she holds dear.


Review:

Glamorous, absorbing, and incredibly atmospheric!

The Runaway Daughter is an immersive, alluring tale that takes you into the life of Anna Darton, a determined, naive, resilient, young woman who suddenly finds herself alone, overwhelmed, and on the run from a past filled with cruelty, dominance, and violence.

The prose is fluid and expressive. The characters are well drawn, authentic, and intriguing. And the story sweeps you away to the bustling city of London during the 1920s when extravagance and self-indulgence were rampant, and women were cutting their hair, shortening their skirts, getting their groove on, and gaining some independence.

Overall, I would have to say that The Runaway Daughter is a smashing tale by Rees that has just the right amount of drama, romance, and suspense to be a pleasing, entertaining read for historical fiction lovers everywhere.

 

This novel is available now.

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Thank you to Publishers Group Canada for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

About Joanna Rees

Joanna Rees, aka Josie Lloyd and Jo Rees, is a bestselling writer of twelve novels, including rom-coms, blockbusters and big- hearted adventures such as Come Together, Platinum and A Twist of Fate.The Runaway Daughter, published in August 2019, is the first in The Stitch in Time trilogy set in the 1920s and following the fortune of budding fashion designer and girl-about-town, Vita Casey. The second part, The Hidden Wife is out in 2020.Based in Brighton, Joanna is married to the author Emlyn Rees with whom she has three daughters. They have co-written seven novels, including the Sunday Times number one bestseller Come Together, which was translated into twenty-seven languages and made into a film. They have written three bestselling parodies of their favourite children’s books, including We’re Going On A Bar Hunt and The Teenager Who Came To Tea as well as a light-hearted activity book encouraging people to stop being addicted to their technology called Switch It Off.

Photograph from www.curtisbrown.co.uk.

It’s Monday (July 1, 2019)!
What Are You Reading! #IMWAYR
#Books #Reading #TBRList

 

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? hosted by Kathryn at Bookdate is a weekly post to share what you’ve recently finished reading, what you’re currently reading, and what you plan on reading this upcoming week.

 

So here is what I just read, am reading, and what I plan to read next:

 

What I Read Last Week:

 

Title: The Runaway Daughter (A Stitch in Time #1)

Authors: Joanna Rees

Immediate Thoughts: Glamorous, absorbing, and incredibly atmospheric!

Rating: 9/10

Publication Date: July 2, 2019

 

 

Title: The Barista’s Beloved (River Hill #4)

Authors: Rebecca Norinne & Jamaila Brinkley

Immediate Thoughts: Cute, charming, and light!

Rating: 8.5/10

Publication Date: June 1, 2019

 

 

Title: Foxglove Farm

Author: Christie Barlow

Immediate Thoughts: Inspiring, heartwarming, and sweet!!

Rating: 8/10

Publication Date: June 28, 2019

 

 

Title: Layover

Author: David Bell

Immediate Thoughts: Unpredictable, complex, and character driven!

Rating: 6.5/10

Publication Date: July 2, 2019

 

 

Title: Good Guy (Rookie Rebels #1)

Author: Kate Meader

Immediate Thoughts: Sassy, steamy, and sexy!

Rating: 10/10

Publication Date: July 30, 2019

 

 

Title: Red, White & Royal Blue

Author: Casey McQuiston

Immediate Thoughts: Witty, optimistic, and emotive!

Rating: 9/10

Publication Date: May 14, 2019

 

 

What I’m Currently Reading:

 

At the height of WWII, five idealistic young Americans receive a mysterious letter from the OSS, asking them if they are willing to fight for their country. The men and women from very different backgrounds–a Texan athlete with German roots, an upper-crust son of a French mother and a wealthy businessman, a dirt-poor Midwestern fly fisherman, an orphaned fashion designer, and a ravishingly beautiful female fencer — all answer the call of duty, but each for a secret reason of his or her own. They bond immediately, in a group code-named Dragonfly.

Soon after their training, they are dropped behind enemy lines and take up their false identities, isolated from one another except for a secret drop-box, but in close contact with the powerful Nazi elite who have Paris under siege.
Thus begins a dramatic and riveting cat-and-mouse game, as the young Americans seek to stay under the radar until a fatal misstep leads to the capture and the firing-squad execution of one of their team. But…is everything as it seems, or is this one more elaborate act of spycraft?

 

What I’m Reading Next:

 

A shocking discovery.
An island wrapped in secrets.

A tiny island community is stunned by the discovery of a long-buried body.

For Stella Harvey, the news is doubly shocking: the body was found in the garden of her childhood home.

The home her family fled without explanation twenty-five years ago.

Now, questioning her past and desperate to unearth the truth, Stella returns to the isolated Dorset island. But she quickly finds that the community she left isn’t as welcoming as she remembers – and that people in it will go to any length to protect their secrets.

But one thing rings true…
You can’t bury the truth forever.

 

Current Stats:

 

# of Books Still on my Goodreads TBR List: 441 (😊)

 

 

# of Books Read in the #20BooksofSummer Challenge: 4/20

😬 (16 More to Go!) 😬

 

 

 

Have you read any of my upcoming reads? What do you have coming up?

#BookReview
Sweet Summer Sunset by Delores Fossen
@dfossen @HarlequinBooks

#BookReview Sweet Summer Sunset by Delores Fossen @dfossen @HarlequinBooksTitle: Sweet Summer Sunset

Author: Delores Fossen

Series: Coldwater Texas #3

Published by Harlequin Books on June 25, 2019

Genres: Contemporary Romance

Pages: 384

Format: Paperback, ARC

Source: Harlequin Books

Book Rating: 8/10

 

Synopsis:

Coldwater’s most-wanted cowboy is just her best friend–until one sizzling summer kiss changes everything…

Rodeo rider Nico Laramie may have a not-so-squeaky-clean reputation with the women of Coldwater, but there are rules he doesn’t break. No bullies. No married women. And definitely not his best friend, Eden Joplin. So what exactly is Nico thinking, kissing Eden in front of her jerk ex-husband? With the proverbial bull out of the pen, Nico is about to get gored–hard.

Eden has secretly been writing a sex-advice blog called “Naughty Cowgirl,” but her divorce killed all her sexy inspiration. Then, when her gorgeous best friend kisses her in a way that makes her toes curl, suddenly Eden’s mojo is back. And the heat isn’t going away. Now something deep and long-denied is happening between them. Something that could destroy their friendship…or finally prove that this time it’s the real deal.


Review:

Spirited, steamy, and sweet!

Sweet Summer Sunset is an easy, tantalizing, friends-to-more romance that features the ruggedly handsome, playboy Nico and the sassy, fun-loving, sex blogger Eden as they discover that they may actually like each other as more than just friends after one surprising, spontaneous, toe-curling kiss.

The prose is alluring and light. The characters are funny, supportive, and kind. And the plot is an enticing ride of steamy chemistry, playful banter, bull riding, community, family, friendship, secrets, scandals, and drama.

Overall, Sweet Summer Sunset is the third novel in the Coldwater, Texas series that is undoubtedly another entertaining, spicy, enjoyable read by Fossen that’s perfect for any hot summer night.

 

This book is available now.

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Thank you to Harlequin Books for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

About Delores Fossen

Delores Fossen is a USA Today bestselling author, who has sold over 100 novels. Needless to say, she writes a lot. She’s had the honor of receiving the Booksellers’ Best Award for romantic suspense, the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, and was a finalist for the prestigious Rita. Her books have been featured in Vogue, Woman’s Day and Woman’s World. She’s also had nearly a hundred short stories and articles published in national magazines.

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The Woman in the White Kimono
by Ana Johns @author_AnaJohns @HarperCollinsCa @SavvyReader #SavvyReadathon

#BookReview The Woman in the White Kimono by Ana Johns @author_AnaJohns @HarperCollinsCa @SavvyReader #SavvyReadathonTitle: The Woman in the White Kimono

Author: Ana Johns

Published by Park Row on May 28, 2019

Genres: Historical Fiction

Pages: 352

Format: Paperback, ARC

Source: HarperCollins Canada

Book Rating: 10/10

 

 

Synopsis:

Oceans and decades apart, two women are inextricably bound by the secrets between them.

Japan, 1957. Seventeen-year-old Naoko Nakamura’s prearranged marriage to the son of her father’s business associate would secure her family’s status in their traditional Japanese community, but Naoko has fallen for another man—an American sailor, a gaijin—and to marry him would bring great shame upon her entire family. When it’s learned Naoko carries the sailor’s child, she’s cast out in disgrace and forced to make unimaginable choices with consequences that will ripple across generations.

America, present day. Tori Kovac, caring for her dying father, finds a letter containing a shocking revelation—one that calls into question everything she understood about him, her family and herself. Setting out to learn the truth behind the letter, Tori’s journey leads her halfway around the world to a remote seaside village in Japan, where she must confront the demons of the past to pave a way for redemption.

In breathtaking prose and inspired by true stories from a devastating and little-known era in Japanese and American history, The Woman in the White Kimono illuminates a searing portrait of one woman torn between her culture and her heart, and another woman on a journey to discover the true meaning of home.


Review:

Poignant, beautiful, and incredibly heartwrenching!

The Woman in the White Kimono is predominantly set in Japan during the late 1950s, as well as present day, and is told from two different perspectives; Tori, a young journalist who journeys to Japan after her father’s death to unravel the secrets of his past and to find the family he may have left behind, and Naoko, a young Japanese girl whose forbidden love for an American soldier will change her life forever.

The prose is vivid and expressive. The characters are multi-layered, vulnerable, and resilient. And the plot is a profoundly moving tale about life, love, familial relationships, heartbreak, loss, guilt, grief, desperation, courage, hope, and regret.

Overall, The Woman in the White Kimono is the perfect blend of historical facts, evocative fiction, and palpable emotion. It’s a bittersweet, tender, affecting tale that will not only make you smile, make you cry, but resonate with you long after the final page has been read.

 

This novel is available now.

Pick up a copy from your favourite retailer or one of the following links.

                                            

 

 

Thank you to HarperCollins Canada for providing me with a copy as a prize during the #savvyreadthon.

 

About Ana Johns

Ana Johns studied broadcast journalism and worked over twenty-years in the creative arts field, as both a creative director and business owner before turning her hand to fiction. THE WOMAN in the WHITE KIMONO, an instant Globe and Mail & Toronto Star bestseller & BBC Radio2 Book Club Pick, is her first historical fiction.

Photograph by Ana Johns.

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Death of an Angel by Derek Farrell
#DeathofanAngel @fahrenheitpress @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtours

#BlogTour #BookReview #Giveaway Death of an Angel by Derek Farrell #DeathofanAngel @fahrenheitpress @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtours

#BlogTour #BookReview #Giveaway Death of an Angel by Derek Farrell #DeathofanAngel @fahrenheitpress @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtoursTitle: Death of an Angel

Author: Derek Farrell

Series: The Danny Bird Mysteries #4

Published by Fahrenheit Press on February 27, 2019

Genres: Mystery/Thriller

Pages: 362

Format: eBook, ARC

Source: Damppebbles Blog Tours

Book Rating: 9/10

 

Synopsis:

A woman is found dead in a London street – the evidence suggests she plummeted to her death from a nearby tower block – but did she fall or was she pushed? And why does she have Danny Bird’s name written on the back of her hand?

So begins this 4th magnificent outing for Danny and the gang from The Marq.

In the frame for a murder he didn’t commit, London’s self-proclaimed Sherlock Homo has no choice but to don his metaphorical deerstalker one more time to prove his innocence and uncover the truth about the tragic death of Cathy Byrne. 

With the indomitably louche Lady Caz by his side, Danny plunges headlong into a complex investigation while at the same time trying to be a dutiful son to his increasingly secretive parents, and still find the time to juggle his frustratingly moribund love-life.


Review:

Clever, menacing, and darkly comedic!

Death of an Angel is a twisty, complex, mischievous tale that takes you into the life of pub manager, amateur sleuth extraordinaire, Danny Bird as he dreadingly gets mixed up in another case involving a suicide victim with his name on her hand, a husband with a fondness for state-of-the-art cars, and a gang of hoodlums with a penchant for money, machetes, and hounds.

The prose is witty and tight. The characterization is spot on with a whole slew of characters who are eccentric, gregarious, and sharp-witted. And the plot, including all the subplots, unravel and intertwine into an irresistible tale of deception, manipulation, greed, jealousy, corruption, mayhem, oddball mishaps, slapstick moments, violence, and murder.

Overall, Death of an Angel is so much better than I ever expected and surprising brilliant in every way. It’s an intricate, fresh, edgy mystery that not only kept me guessing and amused until the very last page but had me purchasing the first three paperbacks in the series as quickly as possible.

 

This novel is available now.

Pick up a copy from your favourite retailer or from one of the following links.

         

 

 

 

These books can be purchased as paperbacks or ebooks direct from the publisher Fahrenheit Press at: http://www.fahrenheit-press.com/books_fahrenheit.html

Or from Amazon:

Death of a Diva   Death of a Nobody   Death of a Devil   Death of an Angel

Death of a Diva is also available as a deluxe edition Hardback limited to only 50 Copies worldwide here.

 

Giveaway

One lucky winner will receive a signed copy of Death of an Angel and 10 runners up will receive a set of Danny Bird pin badges featuring the covers of all four books. 

To be in with a chance of winning all entrants have to do is visit derekfarrell.co.uk and subscribe. 

Winners will be chosen on 1st July.

 

Thank you to Fahrenheit Press and Damppebbles Blog Tours for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

About Derek Farrell

Derek Farrell is the author of the Danny Bird Mysteries, ‘Death of a Diva,’ ‘Death of a Nobody’ ‘Death of a Devil,’ and ‘Death of an Angel.’
He was educated in Dublin, and, whilst waiting to become a writer of fabulous crime novels has passed his time being a burger dresser, bank cashier, David Bowie’s paperboy, and an Investment Banker in New York’s World Trade Centre (a bit like The Wolf of Wall Street, only with fewer hookers and more midgets, since you ask).

He is married and divides his time between London, West Sussex and Dublin.

 

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Seven Nights of Sin
by Kendall Ryan @KendallRyan1

#BlogTour #BookReview Seven Nights of Sin by Kendall Ryan @KendallRyan1

#BlogTour #BookReview Seven Nights of Sin by Kendall Ryan @KendallRyan1Title: Seven Nights of Sin

Author: Kendall Ryan

Series: Penthouse Affair #2

Published by Dream Press on June 25, 2019

Genres: Contemporary Romance

Pages: 296

Format: eBook, ARC

Source: Kendall Ryan

Book Rating: 9/10

 

Synopsis:

He’s the powerful CEO. I’m the know-it-all intern.

Things went further than they should have, but I don’t have any regrets. Well, maybe just one . . .

I went and did the one thing he told me not to–fall in love with him.

Now I have seven days to prove my trust and devotion. Turns out money is a powerful drug, but love is even more addictive.

Seven Nights of Sin is the stunningly sexy and heart-tugging conclusion to The Two Week Arrangement.


Review:

Slow-burning, absorbing, and passionate!

Seven Nights of Sin is an emotive, smouldering tale that picks up right where The Two-Week Arrangement left off, taking us back into the lives of Dominic and Presley just after a misunderstanding has left their relationship in tatters and insecurities, doubts, and baggage have reared their ugly heads.

The writing is fluid and sultry. The characters are ambitious, forgiving, and dependable. And the plot is an enchanting, slightly angsty tale filled with life, love, family, friendship, palpable chemistry, scrumptious tension, fervour, vulnerability, and romance.

Overall, Seven Nights of Sin is a sexy, engaging, swoon-worthy conclusion to the Penthouse Affair duet that is heartfelt, entertaining, and full of heat.

 

This book is available now.

Pick up a copy from your favourite retailer or from one of the following links.

                                       

 

 

 

About Kendall Ryan

A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 1.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She’s a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she’s appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.

 

Thank you to Kendall Ryan for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

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Luck of the Draw by B.J. Daniels
@bjdanielsauthor @HarlequinBooks

#BookReview Luck of the Draw by B.J. Daniels @bjdanielsauthor @HarlequinBooksTitle: Luck of the Draw

Author: B.J. Daniels

Series: Sterling's Montana #2

Published by HQN Books on May 21, 2019

Genres: Romantic Suspense

Pages: 384

Format: Paperback, ARC

Source: Harlequin Books

Book Rating: 8/10

 

Synopsis:

He may get a second chance at his one true love–if someone doesn’t kill her first

When Garrett Sterling leaves for a horseback ride through his family’s sprawling Montana property, he’s expecting a relaxing break from the construction at the Sterling guest ranch. What he gets is something far more sinister. It all happened so fast that it’s hard for Garrett to sort out the facts. But two things are certain: someone is dead and the killer knows there was a witness.

When a woman from his past emerges as a key piece of the investigation, Garrett is determined to uncover what really happened that day, how she’s involved–and why everything she’s ever told him is a lie.


Review:

Steamy, twisty, and action-packed!

In this second novel of the Sterling’s Montana series, Luck of the Draw, we head back to the mountains of the northwest and into the life of the ruggedly handsome, dependable Garrett Sterling as he inadvertently finds himself a witness to murder and helping the one woman who stole his heart and previously left without a trace.

The writing is crisp and tight. The characters are mysterious, multilayered, and persistent. And the suspenseful plot unravels and intertwines into a fervent tale filled with twists, turns, secrets, lies, familial drama, greed, danger, romance, and murder.

Overall, Luck of the Draw is a passionate, sinister, entertaining tale by Daniels that has all the elements you look for in a romantic suspense series and yet is just as satisfying as a standalone novel.

 

This book is available now.

Pick up a copy from your favourite retailer or from one of the following links.

                                        

 

 

Thank you to Harlequin Books for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

About B.J. Daniels

B.J. Daniels’ life dream was to be a policewoman. After a career as an award-winning newspaper journalist, she wrote and sold 37 short stories before she finally wrote her first book. Since then she has won numerous awards including a career achievement award last year for romantic suspense.

She lives in Montana with her husband, Parker, two Springer Spaniels, Jem and Spot, and a temperamental tomcat named Jeff. When she isn’t writing, she snowboards, camps, boats and plays tennis.

It’s Monday (June 24, 2019)!
What Are You Reading! #IMWAYR
#Books #Reading #TBRList

 

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? hosted by Kathryn at Bookdate is a weekly post to share what you’ve recently finished reading, what you’re currently reading, and what you plan on reading this upcoming week.

 

So here is what I just read, am reading, and what I plan to read next:

 

What I Read Last Week:

 

Title: Sweet Summer Sunset (Coldwater Texas #3)

Authors: Delores Fossen

Immediate Thoughts: Spirited, steamy, and sweet!

Rating: 8/10

Publication Date: June 25, 2019

 

 

Title: The Woman in the White Kimono

Authors: Ana Johns

Immediate Thoughts: Poignant, beautiful, and incredibly heartwrenching!

Rating: 9/10

Publication Date: May 28, 2019

 

 

Title: Between the Orange Groves

Author: Nadia Marks

Immediate Thoughts: Captivating, informative, and picturesque!

Rating: 8/10

Publication Date: July 2, 2019

 

 

Title: How to Hack a Heartbreak

Author: Kristin Rockaway

Immediate Thoughts: Light, cute, and timely!

Rating: 8/10

Publication Date: July 30, 2019

 

 

Title: Dead at First Sight (Roy Grace #15)

Author: Peter James

Immediate Thoughts: Dark, devious, and pacey!

Rating: 8/10

Publication Date: July 2, 2019

 

 

What I’m Currently Reading:

 

The first novel in a dazzling and sweeping historical trilogy from bestselling author Joanna Rees.

It’s 1926 and Anna Darton is on the run from a terrible crime. Alone and scared in London, salvation comes in the form of Nancy, a sassy American dancer at the notorious nightclub, The Zip. Re-inventing herself as Vita Casey, Anna becomes part of the line-up and is thrown into a hedonistic world of dancing, parties, flapper girls and fashion.

When she meets the dashing Archie Fenwick, Vita buries her guilty conscience and believes him when he says he will love her no matter what. But unbeknown to Vita, her secret past is fast catching up on her, and when the people closest to her start getting hurt, she is forced to confront her past or risk losing everything she holds dear

 

What I’m Reading Next:

 

Isla and Drew Allaway appear to have the perfect life – a strong marriage, two beautiful children and their picture-perfect home, Foxglove Farm.
 
But, new mum Isla is struggling.  She loves her little family but with Drew working all hours on the farm, Isla’s lonely.

When she discovers that Drew has been keeping secrets from her, Isla has to face losing the home they all love.
Can the Love Heart Lane community pull together once more to help save Foxglove Farm?  And can Isla save her home…and her marriage?

 

Current Stats:

 

# of Books Still on my Goodreads TBR List: 444 (😊)

 

 

# of Books Read in the #20BooksofSummer Challenge: 3/20

😬 (17 More to Go!) 😬

 

 

 

Have you read any of my upcoming reads? What do you have coming up?

#BookReview
Dear Wife by Kimberly Belle
@KimberlySBelle @parkrowbooks @HarperCollinsCa

#BookReview Dear Wife by Kimberly Belle @KimberlySBelle @parkrowbooks @HarperCollinsCaTitle: Dear Wife

Author: Kimberly Belle

Published by Park Row on June 25, 2019

Genres: Mystery/Thriller

Pages: 384

Format: Paperback, ARC

Source: HarperCollins Canada

Book Rating: 9/10

 

 

Synopsis:

Beth Murphy is on the run…

For nearly a year, Beth has been planning for this day. A day some people might call any other Wednesday, but Beth prefers to see it as her new beginning–one with a new look, new name and new city. Beth has given her plan significant thought because one small slip and her violent husband will find her.

Sabine Hardison is missing…

A couple of hundred miles away, Jeffrey returns home from a work trip to find his wife, Sabine, is missing. Wherever she is, she’s taken almost nothing with her. Her abandoned car is the only evidence the police have, and all signs point to foul play.

As the police search for leads, the case becomes more and more convoluted. Sabine’s carefully laid plans for her future indicate trouble at home and a husband who would be better off with her gone. The detective on the case will stop at nothing to find out what happened and bring this missing woman home. Where is Sabine? And who is Beth? The only thing that’s certain is that someone is lying and the truth won’t stay buried for long.


Review:

Well crafted, menacing, and delightfully unnerving!

Dear Wife is a suspenseful, riveting thrill ride that delves into the emotional and psychological damage caused by domestic abuse and highlights just how easily dominance, manipulation and intimidation can be masked as love.

The writing is tight and intense. The characters are resolute, secretive, and apprehensive. And the plot, told from three different POVs, builds steadily as it twists, turns, and unravels all the behaviours, motivations, relationships, and personalities within it.

Dear Wife is, ultimately, a story of obsession, deception, desperation, survival, violence, and murder. It’s creepy, shocking, unputdownable, and without a doubt one of the best psychological thrillers I’ve read this year.

 

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Thank you to HarperCollins Canada for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

About Kimberly Belle

Kimberly Belle is the USA Today and internationally bestselling author of five novels, including the forthcoming domestic suspense, Dear Wife (June 2019). Her third novel, The Marriage Lie, was a semifinalist in the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Mystery & Thriller, and her work has been translated into a dozen languages. A graduate of Agnes Scott College, Belle divides her time between Atlanta and Amsterdam.

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