(I love to note the first lines of the books I'm reading. First lines can really grab a reader's attention and I love seeing where the author takes th(I love to note the first lines of the books I'm reading. First lines can really grab a reader's attention and I love seeing where the author takes the reader after their first line.)
First line from the prologue—"The Wind flicks wet hair across her face, and she screws up her eyes against the rain. Weather like this makes everyone hurry; scurrying past on slippery pavements with chins buried in collars."
The prologue of this book grabbed me and I needed to keep reading. The worst thing that could happen to a mother happens to this woman. How can she go on?
I Let You Go is an amazing and intense story which I thoroughly enjoyed. There were twists and turns that I did not expect. I remember gasping out loud in surprise at several points in the story. The characters did things I was totally not prepared for and that completely caught me off guard. People and things were not who and what you thought they were going to be.
This is a fabulous story that will keep your attention and you just want the good guys to win. Clare Mackintosh is a new writer to me but I know I will enjoy anything else she writes. I can't wait to read more.
I received a copy of this from First to Read in exchange for my honest opinion....more
The Murder Game is an intriguing story within a story, written by one of my must read authors. You need to read the information below to learn the intThe Murder Game is an intriguing story within a story, written by one of my must read authors. You need to read the information below to learn the interesting way this story came about. After reading Fractured and getting a look at Julie's life, I was super excited to read the story that was such a part of that book. Confused? Don't be, it all makes sense and I loved how these two books are connected.
So .... about The Murder Game. I loved it! What a great look at the inner workings of the legal world, lawyers, and those who think they can get away with murder. It's also a story about friendships and loyalty and secrets.
I loved the uniqueness of bringing a character from one book to life in another one and to be able to tie the stories together like this author did. And I love that Catherine is able to shake things up and make each of her books more enticing than the last. She just keeps getting better and better! ...more
Michelle has written another wonderful story with great characters and a storyline that some of us may be able to relate to; things in our past that wMichelle has written another wonderful story with great characters and a storyline that some of us may be able to relate to; things in our past that we are trying to forget.
Something happened 10 years ago that made Gracie run. She ran away from her hometown and from everyone who loved her. She ran away from her boyfriend and from her family. What on earth could have been so bad that she had to shut everything and everyone out of her life?
When her mother passes away, she is forced to go back and face everyone again. It'll only be for a couple of days, right? And then she can go back to her old life. But is that really what she wants? Or needs?
Gracie is a very likeable character and I immediately needed to know what could have been so bad that she felt she needed to turn away from everyone. She is a good person caught in an overwhelming situation.
Gracie's Song is an emotional journey that captured my heart from the first line and I loved it to the end. Thank you, Michelle for another fantastic story!...more
Laura has written another suspenseful, exciting, and touching novel. Sister Dear is full of great characters, some that you just love to hate. Allie iLaura has written another suspenseful, exciting, and touching novel. Sister Dear is full of great characters, some that you just love to hate. Allie is sent to prison for a murder she swears she didn't commit. When she is released, she comes home with a mission; to find out the truth and to put the man responsible behind bars.
She also wants to rekindle her relationship with her daughter, Caroline, who was five years old when she was sent to prison ten years ago. Will her teenage daughter even want her back in her life after all this time? And then there is Allie's younger sister, who took Caroline in and raised her as her own daughter. She has her own secrets and she is not at all happy about Allie's digging around in the past.
Sister Dear was a wonderful page turner, just like I knew it would be. The storyline felt like it was going to be predictable but then there were twists and turns that I wasn't expecting. And the suspense kept me reading. I thoroughly enjoyed this story to the very end!...more
Fractured is in my opinion, the best book that Catherine McKenzie has written thus far. Her stories have become more substantial and solid as she hasFractured is in my opinion, the best book that Catherine McKenzie has written thus far. Her stories have become more substantial and solid as she has matured as a writer. This one kept me enthralled to the very end.
This story starts out pretty innocently. Julie and her family have moved to Cincinnati to start over, after a stalker has disrupted their lives. This time things will be good, they have left the bad behind. But things don't always go according to plan, do they?
Fractured is an intense story with a twisted story line. Bad things start happening to good, innocent people. But just who are those good, innocent people? Are they as innocent as they first appear to be and are bad things happening to good people, or are there bad people living in the neighborhood? I did not want to put the book down as I needed to get it all figured out.
I have read all of Catherine's books and I am always so excited when she has a new one out. I savor the words she writes and I just adore her stories. I look forward to each and every one of her books.
I received a free copy of Fractured in exchange for an honest review....more