When I received this book I immediately started it and finished it within a few days. Behind Closed Doors is a psychological thriller that immediatelyWhen I received this book I immediately started it and finished it within a few days. Behind Closed Doors is a psychological thriller that immediately sucks you in. Jack and Grace are the perfect couple, he is a charming and wealthy man and she is very gracious and an elegant woman. The kind of couple everyone wants to be. In their social circle, their parties are perfect. But behind closed doors, things are very different.
We learn of the courtship and marriage of Jack and Grace, Jack thinks he has met the girl of his dreams and Grace finally finds the man of hers.Grace has a sister. Millie who has Downs and what attracted Grace to Jack in the first place is how well he treated Millie. Grace has plans on having Grace live with her and Jack. Things seem just about perfect.
I was pulled into the story right away reading the perfect romance and started to think things were a bit weird when Grace had to go on the plane to Thailand on her own. As the story went on I became more and more appalled by Jack's behavior and how he started to treat Grace. Once back from their honeymoon, I like Grace hoped everything would get better but things kept spiraling downhill until I could barely believe what was happening.
I really don't want to say too much more but believe me when I say that this is a book you absolutely have to read. You will feel what Grace feels, the emotions, the uncertainty, and fear that comes from living with a sociopath. The best book I have read all year!
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Daughters of La Lune Series! "Opaline has a rare gift: a form of lithomancy that allows her to translate the energy emanating from stones. Certain gemDaughters of La Lune Series! "Opaline has a rare gift: a form of lithomancy that allows her to translate the energy emanating from stones. Certain gemstones, combined with a personal item, such as a lock of hair, enable her to receive messages from beyond the grave. In her mind, she is no mystic, but merely a messenger, giving voice to soldiers who died before they were able to properly express themselves to loved ones." ...from M.J.Rose websiteThe above details what Opaline can do with her gift even when it sucks the soul right out of her with feelings of loss, heartbreak, and grief. Her gift is not all bad though as she communicates with a man who died in the trenches of WWI. In her mind, they can communicate and this is what sustains her through the sadness that she 'sees' when creating her mourning jewelry for mothers of fallen soldiers. Opaline is training with Pavel Orloff, who was trained by Faberge. He owns La Fantasie Russe and is a jeweler of renown in Paris.Opaline's mother is Sandrine Salome who was introduced in The Witch of Painted Sorrows, which told the story of the La Lune legacy. Opaline is gifted with her abilities, different from her mother and grandmother's as they are witches.Opaline does not believe that she is a mystic nor does she really want to be one. She just wants to use her gift and possibly bring some peace to the soldiers who died and their loved ones and when the war is over to just make beautiful jewelry with the training she is receiving from a master jeweler. Her mother has other ideas, wants Opaline to apprentice with the jeweler's wife Anna to understand her special abilities. Opaline, at the behest of Pavel Orloff, must travel to England to deliver a beautiful necklace to the Romanov Dowager Queen, she is also tasked with making a talisman from belongings from the missing Romanov children. This journey is fraught with danger because if her mission is discovered by the Bolsheviks, it could mean death to Opaline. I love reading M.J. Rose's books, they always tell fascinating stories about the paranormal. The Secret Language of Stones takes the reader to war-torn Paris, secret meetings, danger, intrigue, betrayal and mystical elements as only M.J.Rose can do.I started reading the works of M.J. Rose from her earlier work, The Halo Effect, and The Delilah Complex and have been fascinated ever since. The author has the ability with her words to transport the reader to another place and time. Impeccable research and a gift for storytelling that can't be denied. Loved it!This book is the 2nd on the Daughters of La Lune series and I eagerlyawait the next book! ...more
Computer problems? I have read a lot of mystery/thriller books but never one quite like this one. Autumn is a housewife and ex-CIA, who is having probComputer problems? I have read a lot of mystery/thriller books but never one quite like this one. Autumn is a housewife and ex-CIA, who is having problems with a dishwasher in a home that her and husband rent. Her husband is an ex-SEAL and frequently away from home. The home they rent is a very spacious type of home with a soundproofed room in the basement. Autumn is having problems with her Bosch dishwasher. She has her landlady call the company and a repairman, repairman Pete comes out and gives it a look. He finally determines that he can't fix it because is has something to do with a computer board. He tells Fanny that he will have another repairman come and take a look. Another man, whom Autumn calls Vlad, shows up but it turns out he is not a repairman at all but a paid assassin. What he is after is soon determined and Autumn soon realizes that Vlad is out to do her harm and this is when the story takes off. I do not want to say any more on the plot because it would give away too much of the story. Autumn is one tough cookie and has a sense of humor to boot. Kind of a weird sense of humor and it is definitely carried out through the book. This is by no means a fluffy kind of story, even though it does have a good ending, well for some of the characters. It is how Autumn handles herself and the situation that is very readable, I found myself kind of being in horror and laughing at the same time. I enjoyed this book, a short read at 162 pages with an excerpt from another of the author's books, Black Machettes. If you are looking for a good mystery/psychological thriller/humor, then go get this book.
p.s. I will say that I will not be getting a Bosch dishwasher anytime soon. ...more
Journalist Eleonora (“Ellie”) Stone is spending some time with her aunt Lena and cousin Max at her aunts Adirondack lake cottage. While on the dock w Journalist Eleonora (“Ellie”) Stone is spending some time with her aunt Lena and cousin Max at her aunts Adirondack lake cottage. While on the dock with her aunt who is swimming in the nude, the police chief "Tiny" Terwilliger appears and the first thing he says it "You know that nude bathing is prohibited her on Prospector Lake?" That is how Ellie first gets involved in the deaths of two people, one a man and the other a teenage boy. They have appeared to have jumped from a cliff onto the beach below. Is it an accident? Why the two men together, did they know each other? The police chief asks Ellie if she would take pictures of the dead men. This is 1961 and no cell phones in sight and even if there were, the police chief seems to be pretty inept. Ellie notices that Tiny has been drinking and is a very unkempt man who also appears to be a bit racist as he makes comments about the 'Jew communists' staying at Arcadia Lodge. A group of families had gotten together to purchase this lodge and they come for their vacations and get together's to talk about art, literature and politics. Ellie, over a course of time, comes to spend a lot of time with the people from Arcadia Lodge and falls for one of the men there while investigating the deaths of the two men. Ellie is a free-thinking modern woman who has no trouble with having a summer fling. Is it just a summer fling and can she trust the people that she has become close to? How did these men die and if it was murder, who did it and why? This book caught me from the first page, fast reading, and believable characters. This is #4 in the Ellie Stone mystery series and in spite of that, I did not have any difficulties at all getting into the story. It really can be read as a stand alone novel. Ellie is a woman who is a go-getter and a persistent journalist. I enjoyed it and hope to read the previous books in the series at some point! ...more
Emma Matheson is a reporter for the San Francisco Gazette in 1912, when it is rare that a woman is a reporter in the first place. Emma's role in the nEmma Matheson is a reporter for the San Francisco Gazette in 1912, when it is rare that a woman is a reporter in the first place. Emma's role in the newspaper to write pieces that pertain to women's interests. She loves what she does but would love to do more than write fluff stories. She wants to be a reporter who not only writes articles but also investigates them.
Emma usually goes to the police station to find cases to write about. One in particular is a burglary of a house where $8,000 worth of jewelry and other items has been stolen. Emma interviews the mistress of the house who is the sister of Alfred Whitecraft and her maid Marjorie regarding the robbery. The maid eventually is to blame for the robbery and when Emma interviews Marjorie's mother and Marjorie again, she realizes something is not right and there is more to investigate.Trying to figure out why Alfred says that there was no robbery is what spurs Emma on.
Emma is told not to investigate further for her own safety but Emma is very tenacious and persistent so she goes against the police orders and continues to investigate. What she finds is corruption, drugs and people who she thought she could trust but can't. Trying to get past the women belong in the home way of thinking she must prove what she thinks happened and try to stay alive at the same time.
Joyce Strand's books are always a pleasure to read and this is another to add to the TBR pile is you like a good mystery and strong female characters, this one is for you!