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Love this stunning cover...and the story inside was just asThanks to Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review!
Love this stunning cover...and the story inside was just as beautiful! Nothing is quite the same for Abe and Joanna when Lioness enters their lives. Up until that point, middle-aged Abe & Joanna had been living a predictable and unremarkable existence as a comfortably unmarried couple, until the day that they met Lioness, a young waitress at a local diner. They are immediately drawn to the young woman and impulsively invite her to live in Abe's garage. From there, inexplicable things begin to happen and Abe & Joanna begin to wonder who this mysterious young woman is.
Beagle's writing is smooth and magical, and I was immediately drawn in. The characters are flawed and down-to-earth, in striking contrast to the ethereal and magical qualities of Lioness. You don't learn until the end of the book why Lioness possesses these otherworldly characteristics, so it is quite surprising to learn who/what she truly is at the end of the book.
I would recommend this to anyone who appreciates stories of magical realism with endearingly realistic characters. ...more
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I am a huge fan of paranormal shows and books, so I was thrilled wheI received an e-copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I am a huge fan of paranormal shows and books, so I was thrilled when I was notified that my request for this book had been accepted. My excitement was short-lived though because all of the locations described in this book are very well-known sites for paranormal activity, hence they've been featured on many ghost hunting shows and in other books I've read. I was already familiar with the histories of these locations and I've seen/read about more compelling evidence that was captured by other investigators than the evidence (or lack thereof) that was captured by Whitmer and her husband. Overall, I felt that the book lacked originality and the writing left much to be desired. ...more
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I'm going to be honest, it took me a little while to become inveThanks to Netgalley for providing me with this ebook in exchange for an honest review!
I'm going to be honest, it took me a little while to become invested in this book because it is narrated in reverse. The unique format of the story had me confused for about 2/3 of the book, but by the end things were falling into place left and right and I couldn't read fast enough. The author took a huge risk by writing the story in this way, and it worked! It kind of reminded me of The Girl on the Train because you have the feeling that there's more to the story, just out of reach, until it all smacks you in the face at the end...and it hurts so good!
It all begins when Nic is called back to her hometown, Cooley Ridge, to help her brother get the family home ready to sell now that their father is in poor health and no longer able to live there on his own. Upon her return, Nic is swept up into the search for a missing girl - a search that has eerie similarities to the search for her friend, Corinne, who went missing ten years prior and was never found. Even though Nic left Cooley Ridge ten years ago, she finds that long-buried secrets have a way of sneaking back out into the open when you least expect them to and can shed mysterious events in a whole new light.
Megan Miranda has set the bar high for herself in her debut novel. I loved the twists and turns and how the narration kept circling back to the night, ten years ago, that Corinne disappeared after the county fair. The visual of the Ferris wheel kept playing in my head because that's kind of how it felt to read this book. I felt as though I was sitting at the top of the wheel with the wind in my hair and the thrill of being suspended in the air and a lurch in my stomach, knowing that the wheel (the story) was going to take yet another wild spin. The only thing that prevented me from giving this a perfect 5* review was that I wanted to get deeper inside of the characters. I felt a bit detached from them throughout the story and I really wanted to crawl inside of them and see what made them tick. I suppose, in order for the story to work out the way it did, the author had to leave some things to the imagination, but I wanted to connect with Nic, Tyler, and Daniel in a way that would help me understand their motives better. That said, I enjoyed the ride and I look forward to reading anything else that this author might publish in the future!...more
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I have been reading a lot of suspense lately,Thank you to Netgalley for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review!
I have been reading a lot of suspense lately, and this is one of my recent favorites! The main character, Grace, is mourning the loss of her best friend, Charlie, and trying to figure out why Charlie left behind a cryptic apology. Her search for answers leads her to Charlie's half-sister, Anna, whom Grace quickly befriends. After meeting Anna, Grace's life is quickly turned upside down. Is Anna to blame, or could it be the shadowy figure that has been stalking Grace at every turn?
The more involved I got in this story, the more questions I had. I couldn't wait to get home from work each day so I could read more of this book and try to figure out who was behind all of the tragedy in Grace's life. It was a fast-paced, action-packed story and I enjoyed every suspenseful minute! I am looking forward to reading anything else this author publishes....more
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Taken straight from the headlines, Before the Fall telI was provided with a digital ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Taken straight from the headlines, Before the Fall tells the tale of a fatal plane crash from which two unlikely survivors emerge - a struggling artist and a 4 year-old boy. Aboard the private jet that evening traveled seven affluent passengers, the artist, and a small crew. After the crash and a harrowing swim to shore, Scott Burroughs, the artist, is hailed by many as a hero for saving the little boy's life, while others cast suspicion and blame in his direction in an attempt to make sense of this unfathomable tragedy. What follows is a media frenzy and an in-depth look at the passengers whose lives were cut short in a matter of a few terrifying minutes.
Hawley has crafted a well-developed and engaging mystery that slowly unfolds as the reader learns more about the characters involved. Woven amongst this intricate and devastating narrative is a reflection of today's news media and how tragic events can quickly become twisted and manipulated to satisfy the hidden agendas of those in power.
On the one hand I was completely engaged in this book because I just had to know what happened to cause the plane to crash. On the other hand I found the events of this book to be unsettling because these types of tragedies occur in real life. It really makes you think about how fragile and unpredictable life can be and how tragedy can strike when you least expect it....more
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Let me begin by saying that the story is just as beautiful as the cover! I defI received this e-book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
Let me begin by saying that the story is just as beautiful as the cover! I definitely need to get a copy of this for my classroom library because I know my students will fall in love with these characters!
The main character, Charlie Reese, is a young girl who has been sent to live with her aunt and uncle due to an unstable home life. All she wants is to go back home and be with her family, even though she knows it isn't that simple. Charlie believes that if she just keeps on wishing, things will turn out right. Along the way, she learns that love and friendship can be found even in the most unlikely places...even in the form of a stray dog!
It's been a while since I've read anything by Chadwick, but now I remember why I enjoy her novels so much. Her characters are well-researched and flesIt's been a while since I've read anything by Chadwick, but now I remember why I enjoy her novels so much. Her characters are well-researched and fleshed out in a way that makes you feel as if you are watching events unfold before your eyes. Prior to reading this book, I had no knowledge of the empress Matilda, daughter of King Henry I, or his wife, Adeliza. So often in history we learn about the men involved, but the women are only a side-note, with their greatest accomplishments being the bearing of heirs. It is refreshing to read a historical novel that doesn't sugarcoat this fact, but instead shows how these women struggled with and eventually overcame these barriers to make their mark on history. ...more
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First of all, I love the cover of thThank you to Netgalley and Galley/Scout Press for sending me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review!
First of all, I love the cover of this book! It's simple, but it manages to convey a sense of claustrophobia in the midst of a vast ocean, which is the feeling I had throughout this story. I thought Ware's first book, In a Dark, Dark Wood was pretty good, and this one was even better!
Travel journalist, Lo Blacklock, has landed the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to write about her experience on the luxury cruise liner, Aurora, as it embarks upon its maiden voyage in the North Sea. The trip starts out smoothly enough, but quickly takes a turn for the worse when Lo is witness to a terrible crime - she believes she has seen a woman thrown overboard. The problem: everyone on board is accounted for, and there is no evidence to corroborate Lo's story. Is she going crazy? Is someone hiding a horrible secret? Is she in danger with no chance of escape?
If you like stories with unreliable narrators, like The Girl on the Train, then this book is right up your alley. Lo Blacklock is not a particularly likable character, and because of that, it keeps you wondering the whole time if she actually saw what she saw or if she has completely lost it. The suspense ratchets up as the story progresses until the claustrophobia of the small cruise ship in a vast, unforgiving ocean becomes almost overwhelming. All of these elements come together to create an eerie and twisted murder mystery that you won't be able to put down!
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Nurse Lib Wright has been commissioned for an unusual task - sThanks Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review!
Nurse Lib Wright has been commissioned for an unusual task - she is to spend two weeks observing an 11 year-old girl living in Ireland, who claims she has not consumed any food or drink (other than a tiny bit of water) for 4 months. Many believe that a miracle has occurred and that young Anna might even be a saint. Lib is not convinced of these claims, and so sets out to expose the whole undertaking as an elaborate hoax. However, things are not always as simple as they seem, and Lib finds herself at war with her training as a nurse and her human empathy for a suffering child. Alone in an unfamiliar land where people observe religious traditions and superstitions as sacred, Lib soon realizes that, as an outsider, she has no one with which to share her growing concerns. As a result, she finds herself confiding in the most unlikely of people - the journalist who is there to report on Anna's case. With his support, Lib uncovers the truth and sets a plan into motion that will forever change the lives of all involved.
I have always enjoyed Donoghue's writing style, with the exception of Room (sorry...I know I'm in the minority), and The Wonder did not disappoint! This was a quick read for me because I couldn't wait to see what new pieces of the puzzle would be revealed with each reading. I have to admit that I was perplexed for most of the book, just as Lib felt during her watch. I could not figure out what was truly happening and I kept vacillating back and forth from believing it was divine intervention to thinking that this was the work of some treacherous person willing to exploit a young girl for gain. I won't spoil the ending for anyone because I hope you will read for yourselves to experience the range of emotions that I went through when I read it. All in all, a well-written, original story! ...more
After reading the first book in the Amos Decker series - Memory Man - for book club, I just had to read the next book in this series! I'm new to the BAfter reading the first book in the Amos Decker series - Memory Man - for book club, I just had to read the next book in this series! I'm new to the Baldacci bandwagon, but I can see why people enjoy his books so much. The characters - particularly the main character, Amos Decker - are down-to-earth and realistically flawed, which I appreciate as a reader. I don't quite know why, but Amos Decker reminds me of Cormoran Strike from Robert Galbraith's (aka JK Rowling's) best-selling mystery series.
To give you a brief run-down of the story, it's about a man (Melvin Mars) on death row who is saved from lethal injection at the last minute when a man he's never even heard of confesses to the crime for which Melvin was convicted - murdering his parents 20 years prior. Amos Decker, who has recently joined a special FBI task force, hears of the case and convinces his team to investigate. What follows is a twisty tale of racism, deceit, betrayal, and explosive secrets.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story, and once again, I was not able to predict the outcome no matter how I tried to wrap my brain around it. I'm hoping Baldacci is planning to continue this series and I hope that he brings Melvin into subsequent storylines because I think the two of them would make a great team. I would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys a fast-paced and perplexing mystery!...more
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I was drawn to this book first by the whimsical cover, and then by the dThank you to Netgalley for the advanced copy in exchange for an honest review!
I was drawn to this book first by the whimsical cover, and then by the description of time travel and a friendship that stands the test of distance and time. I was not disappointed!
Charlotte and Kitty are best friends, living in war-torn England in 1940. In a terrifying turn of events, Charlotte narrowly escapes a tragic fate by traveling forward in time to the year 2013. But now what? What happened to her family...to Kitty? Can she discover the secrets of time-travel and return to her family, or should she learn to live as a young girl in America in the future?
I thoroughly enjoyed this charming story and I couldn't wait to see how it would end. I couldn't help but hold out hope that Charlotte and Kitty would one day be reunited against all odds. I'm looking forward to purchasing a copy of this book for my classroom library because I know my students will love it! ...more
Ahhh-mazing! This series just keeps getting better, and I am NEVER able to figure out who the murderer is! If you haven't read this series yet, what aAhhh-mazing! This series just keeps getting better, and I am NEVER able to figure out who the murderer is! If you haven't read this series yet, what are you waiting for?!?...more
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This was my first Lisa Unger book and itThank you to Net Galley for providing me with an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!
This was my first Lisa Unger book and it won't be my last! Finley, the main character, has psychic abilities, whether she likes it or not. As a result, she moves back to The Hollows to live with her grandmother, Eloise, who has similar abilities. Despite her best efforts to resist the sounds and visions that crowd into her head, Finley becomes inextricably involved in a local abduction mystery involving a missing girl.
This was a quick and enjoyable read for me. I liked the characters and I was on the edge of my seat, anxious to see if Finley would be able to sort the images in her head in time to save the girl from her sinister fate. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a fast-paced mystery with aspects of the supernatural!...more
I am finally giving myself permission to give up on this book. I was thrilled when I won this book in a giveaway, but my excitement was short-lived. TI am finally giving myself permission to give up on this book. I was thrilled when I won this book in a giveaway, but my excitement was short-lived. This book is just too dense and bogged down with details to be entertaining to someone with only a casual interest in the Salem witch trials. It is extremely rare that I don't finish a book once I've started, but I've been reading this one for several months and I can't seem to finish more than four pages in one sitting. I apologize to the author for my review as I know this must have taken several years worth of research and writing to produce this book, and it is very well-written and researched. This is just my personal opinion and I cannot speak for the book in its entirety as I haven't read the whole book. ...more