This is my second book by Alex Marwood and I am convinced that she is one twisted lady. The Killer Next Door is an absolutely twisted novel. Collette is the main character and she is running for her life. She has learned how to adapt as a woman on the run, constantly looking over her shoulder, and keeping to herself. She lets her guard down by liking her new neighbors. Vesta is a sweet old lady who is like a Gran to all of them and Collette can't help by like the feisty young Sher. The author doesn't hold any punches when she writes about the gruesome parts of the book, and there are several. From a rape to murder, it is all there. Fair warning - it might not be your kind of book if you have a weak stomach....more
Jill Kargman covers a lot of different topics in Sprinkle Glitter on My Grave. Like summer camp and Disney World in "Orlandon't". I found myself laughing out loud at her descriptions of everything from the overpriced hotel to the crap that is peddled in souvenir shops all over the park. $12 for a pin only to trade it away to someone else? No thank you. Her observations made me think that I was right to believe that Jill Kargman is my "Spirit Animal...more
It was great seeing our old friend Myron Bolitar again. There were even some appearances by Myron's nephew, Mickey, known for his own Young Adult series. It feels like it has been a while since Myron made an appearance, but he hasn't lost any of his exceptional talent for solving mysteries. Honestly, I don't remember Win, Rhys's uncle, from earlier novels, but he may not have been around in earlier novels. He and Win seemed to be on opposite ends of the spectrum, but they worked well together. ...more
Modern Lovers spent most of the summer on everybody's "Must Read" list and know I understand why. Emma Straub has written an intelligent, entertaining read about relationships and what it means to grow up. Definitely worthy of being on the "Must Read" list. ...more
The Kept Woman is Karin Slaughter at her best. While there is a lot of history between the characters in The Kept Woman, a new reader is not going to have problems keeping up. A great read if you are looking for a mystery to keep you entertained. ...more
I think Leave Me is one of those novels that a lot of women are going to be able to relate to on a very basic level. What woman hasn't had day-dreamed about driving past home and into a new life? Maribeth was an easy character to like and Jason was an easy character to dislike. The way he left Maribeth to take care of everything all the time was frustrating to me as the reader, I can only imagine the frustration Maribeth felt. But it happens all too often in marriages. I don't agree with the way she ran away, but I completely understand it. What I think it boils down to is Maribeth and Jason were so mired in the muck of their everyday life that they forgot the importance of communication. Not communication about what's for dinner, but communication about their feelings, their hopes, their dreams. In the end, it was the distance between them that gave them the gift of communication. But is it enough to save their marriage?...more
I like many others, was devastated when we learned of Nora Ephron's death. We didn't know then that Nora had kept her Leukemia from many of her friends. She lived a full and busy life right up to the very end and her passing has left a hole in the hearts of many....more
I love it when an author can "fool" me with their story. With most mystery/suspense novels, the obvious guess is usually the correct guess. That was not the case with Missing, Presumed. Susie Steiner has written an intricate tale that will keep you guessing!...more
The Matchmakers of Minnow Bay did not disappoint! Lily Stewart is a fun, but flaky, character. She forgets to pay bills, she trusts all of the wrong people and she is loyal to a fault. Even if they are not deserving of her loyalty. In Minnow Bay Lily stays at a B&B where she befriends the proprietress and finally gets some of her artistic mojo back. It was fun to watch city-girl, Lily, adjust to life in rural America. As a reader, you want to shake Lily for being so trusting, but at the same time, it is one of her better qualities. At first, Ben is a jerk, but I like the town of Minnow Bay enough for Lily to stick around. And of course, things work out just as you would expect them to work out. The predictability of the story is comforting, welcoming, and quite enjoyable.
Bottom line - The Matchmakers of Minnow Bay is a delightful and enjoyable read with fun and quirky characters. A perfect read for a Sunday afternoon. ...more
I have never read a book that infuriated me more than Behind Closed Doors. More than once I wanted to stop reading and put it in the "DNF" pile. But II have never read a book that infuriated me more than Behind Closed Doors. More than once I wanted to stop reading and put it in the "DNF" pile. But I couldn't stop. I would put it down for a few days and then pick it back up. I just had to know what happened to Grace, Millie, and Jack. Grace is the narrator of the story and moves from the present to the past. In the past, we get to see Grace before she met Jack and the early days of their marriage. In the present, we get to see the marriage as it is now. I want to be careful and not give away too much at, but know this, while there is never any graphic descriptions of violence, make no mistake, this book needs one giant "Trigger Warning". The end was brilliantly simple and by the time I made it to the final page I was surprised how quickly it had ended.
it takes guts for an author to be so creative with the timeline of a book. I give Megan Miranda props for taking such a unique path to telling her story. All the Missing Girls is a fast paced thriller that will shock you no matter if the story is told backwards or not. Definitely not to be missed if you love a good mystery. ...more
The Perfect Neighbors is as juicy of a read as there is this summer. We all know that while life may appear perfect on the outside, it very rarely is perfect at all. And that is what Sarah Pekkanen tackles in her new book. Newport Cove is really one of those charming little communities with where neighbors look out for each other. I loved the way the author included transcripts from the local list-serve. It really added to the authenticity of the community. However much the friends appear to have everything together, they are really all hanging on by a thread. I think of all of the women, Susan was my favorite. None of the women are perfect, far from it, but she was the one who seemed to be the only one on a path of growth, albeit slowly. And I think Kelli was my least favorite. I didn't like the way she was chasing after Miller. The author hints that there is something darker going on with Tessa and her husband, but it is the end of the book before the truth is revealed and it is pretty shocking. ...more
The Second Sister was a nice, soothing read about redemption and hope set against the backdrop of a picturesque town in rural Wisconsin. A fun read if you are looking for a little something to help heal the soul....more
All is Not Forgotten is a hard-core psychological thriller. The characters are all so flawed and desperate for one thing - find out what happen to Jenny. If you love a good thriller, this one is for you, but be aware that it has it's graphic moments. ...more
The Singles Game is one of the best "brain candy" books that I have read in a long time. Full of hot men. glamorous women, fabulous clothes, and amazing food. Absolutely a book worth grabbing for your next trip to the beach....more
I have always said that authors are like my rockstars. I love to hear that their lives are so normal that they do things like watch The Bachelor or live in fleece pants. I've Got Sand in All the Wrong Places is so smartly written with a level of wit that is guaranteed to make you laugh. Pick it up for the beach bag, you won't be disappointed....more
I have read every book that Jane Green has written over the last sixteen years. I enjoy her books just as much today as I did with her very first novel. With engaging characters and flawless storyline, Falling is one of her best yet....more
Ruth Ware made a name for herself with the hit In A Dark, Dark Wood (which I have not read yet, but I will) while The Woman in Cabin 10 has some elements of terror, it was not quite as enthralling as I had hoped. I would love to hear what others think, so be sure to let me know what you think after reading it. ...more
The Hopefuls was a really enjoyable read. Interesting, dynamic characters take on the challenges of everyday life, disappointments and all. Who couldn't relate to a book like that? Add this one to the Book Club list, because I think you and your friends are going to have a lot to talk about....more
I love Elin Hilderbrand and her love affair with the magical island of Nantucket. Once again, she makes summertime feel special by transporting us to the wonderful island. For those of us in "flyover" states, we look forward to her books every summer for that very reason. Here's to Us was well worth the wait....more
By the Numbers is everything you have come to expect from the entertaining Jen Lancaster. Funny characters, inevitable growth, and lots of pop cultur By the Numbers is everything you have come to expect from the entertaining Jen Lancaster. Funny characters, inevitable growth, and lots of pop culture references. A quick read that is guaranteed to entertain you.
I have read a lot of Wendy Wax over the last year and I have really come to enjoy her quiet style of "girl power" fiction. Her characters are strong and engaging, despite whatever challenges they may face. If you haven't read her books you simply must....more
One of the reason why I love celebrity memoirs on audiobook is because the celebrity is usually the narrator. In pure comedic fashion David Spade giveOne of the reason why I love celebrity memoirs on audiobook is because the celebrity is usually the narrator. In pure comedic fashion David Spade gives us insight into what life is like as a celebrity.
First Comes Love is an intimate look at the relationship of two sisters and one tragic even that defined their lives. There is a lot of food for thought with this one and could make for great book club discussions. ...more
The way Lisa Jewell crafts this tale you are on the edge of your seat trying to figure out who hurt Grace. My mind went down several different paths before the truth was revealed, but you have to wait for practically the last page to find out the truth...more
One True Loves is one of those books that is making all of the "Must Read" lists of the summer and I completely understand why. This is one you are going to want to read and then discuss Emma's decision with your girlfriends. ...more