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Home Before Dark

Home Before Dark

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Thank you to Dutton and Edelweiss for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

Author: Riley Sager

Publisher/Date: Dutton/June 30, 2020

What I Enjoyed:

  • Slow clap for Mr. Sager who year after year wows us with his books! I have enjoyed or loved every single one and I can say this is now my favorite.
  • The atmosphere of this book was so well written. I am a wimp, so this one totally spooked me out.
  • I loved the book within the book. We got to read Maggie’s father’s book intertwined with Maggie’s experience in the present.
  • The ending was so well done. I absolutely loved it.

What I Did Not:

  • To be honest, I have no complaints about Sager’s newest!

Rating: 5 stars

For those who: have enjoyed any of Sager’s books or those looking for a good spooky read!

Synopsis:

Maggie Holt is used to such questions. Twenty-five years ago, she and her parents, Ewan and Jess, moved into Baneberry Hall, a rambling Victorian estate in the Vermont woods. They spent three weeks there before fleeing in the dead of night, an ordeal Ewan later recounted in a nonfiction book called House of Horrors. His tale of ghostly happenings and encounters with malevolent spirits became a worldwide phenomenon, rivaling The Amityville Horror in popularity—and skepticism.

Today, Maggie is a restorer of old homes and too young to remember any of the events mentioned in her father’s book. But she also doesn’t believe a word of it. Ghosts, after all, don’t exist. When Maggie inherits Baneberry Hall after her father’s death, she returns to renovate the place to prepare it for sale. But her homecoming is anything but warm. People from the past, chronicled in House of Horrors, lurk in the shadows. And locals aren’t thrilled that their small town has been made infamous thanks to Maggie’s father. Even more unnerving is Baneberry Hall itself—a place filled with relics from another era that hint at a history of dark deeds. As Maggie experiences strange occurrences straight out of her father’s book, she starts to believe that what he wrote was more fact than fiction.

 

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This is How I Lied

This is How I Lied
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Thank you to Park Row books for sending me a Netgalley of this book for an honest review. 

Author: Heather Gudenkauf

Publisher/Date: Park Row/May 12, 2020

What I Enjoyed:

It was a fast paced thriller. Though I had my thoughts on who it was, it was quite the ride getting there. Also, though I ended up being right, I still second guesses my way through a lot of the story because there were so many people who could have killed Eve. The twists were believable and the author did not try to “shock” the reader with something completely unbelievable.  The ending was perfect for this book and that was great because thrillers sometimes try to throw in one more twist.

What I Did Not:

I personally am over alternating time lines. We go back and forth. Many thrillers seem to not be able to be written without this now. Nora’s therapy notes I felt were truly an unneeded addition since she happily told you everything when she spoke. Many gaps can get filled in without using multiple POVs and timelines

Rating: 4 stars

For those who: want a well written suspense novel.

Synopsis:

Twenty-five years ago, the body of sixteen-year-old Eve Knox was found in the caves near her home in small-town Grotto, Iowa—discovered by her best friend, Maggie, and her sister, Nola. There were a handful of suspects, including her boyfriend, Nick, but without sufficient evidence the case ultimately went cold.

For decades Maggie was haunted by Eve’s death and that horrible night. Now a detective in Grotto, and seven months pregnant, she is thrust back into the past when a new piece of evidence surfaces and the case is reopened. As Maggie investigates and reexamines the clues, secrets about what really happened begin to emerge. But someone in town knows more than they’re letting on, and they’ll stop at nothing to keep the truth buried deep.

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What Lies Between Us

What Lies Between Us
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Thank you to Amazon UK for the free Netgalley of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Author: John Marrs

Publisher/Date: Amazon UK/May 15, 2020

What I Enjoyed:

  • This was a turn the pages as fast as possible.
  • Every single twist just made this book better and better.
  • Though I am totally over alternating time lines, I do not think this story could be told with out it.
  • The ending made me go SHUT UP! It was really that good.

What I Did Not:

  • Nothing

Rating: 5 stars

For those who: anyone who enjoyed psychological thrillers. This was one of the best I have read.

Synopsis:

They say every house has its secrets, and the house that Maggie and Nina have shared for so long is no different. Except that these secrets are not buried in the past.

Every other night, Maggie and Nina have dinner together. When they are finished, Nina helps Maggie back to her room in the attic, and into the heavy chain that keeps her there. Because Maggie has done things to Nina that can’t ever be forgiven, and now she is paying the price.

But there are many things about the past that Nina doesn’t know, and Maggie is going to keep it that way—even if it kills her.

Because in this house, the truth is more dangerous than lies.

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House of Earth & Blood

House of Earth & Blood
(Crescent City 1)

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Author: Sarah J Maas

Publisher/Date: Bloomsbury/March 3, 2020

What I Enjoyed:

Literally everything. I really enjoyed this whole entire story from start to finish. The characters were well written and we got background on the important ones we needed. I am so excited that this series will continue along with ACOTAR. Maas is hands down becoming one of my favorite authors.

What I Did Not:

I have to wait a year for the next one which is pretty annoying. 🙂

Rating: ALL the stars

For those who: enjoy anything Maas has every written or those who have been curious about fantasy but avoid YA

Synopsis:

Bryce Quinlan had the perfect life—working hard all day and partying all night—until a demon murdered her closest friends, leaving her bereft, wounded, and alone. When the accused is behind bars but the crimes start up again, Bryce finds herself at the heart of the investigation. She’ll do whatever it takes to avenge their deaths.

Hunt Athalar is a notorious Fallen angel, now enslaved to the Archangels he once attempted to overthrow. His brutal skills and incredible strength have been set to one purpose—to assassinate his boss’s enemies, no questions asked. But with a demon wreaking havoc in the city, he’s offered an irresistible deal: help Bryce find the murderer, and his freedom will be within reach.

As Bryce and Hunt dig deep into Crescent City’s underbelly, they discover a dark power that threatens everything and everyone they hold dear, and they find, in each other, a blazing passion—one that could set them both free, if they’d only let it.

With unforgettable characters, sizzling romance, and page-turning suspense, this richly inventive new fantasy series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas delves into the heartache of loss, the price of freedom—and the power of love.

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Little Secrets

Little Secrets

 

Thank you to St. Martin’s Press and Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

Author: Jennifer Hillier

Publisher/Date: St. Martin’s Press/April 21, 2020

What I Enjoyed:

  • I enjoyed this one overall and found myself glued to my kindle.
  • The plot was well done and I did not feel like any of it was out of reach of possibility.
  • The characters each played the roles perfectly and were well written.
  • The way everything connected was done perfectly.

What I Did Not:

  • Honestly, there was nothing here I felt like I disliked

Rating: 5/5

For those who: enjoyed Hillier’s last book and are ready for more of her remarkable ability to weave a story.

Synopsis:

 

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The Two Lives of Lydia Bird

The Two Lives of Lydia Bird

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Thank you to the publisher for a free netgalley copy in exchange for an honest review.

Author: Josie Silver

Publisher/Date: Ballantine Books/March 3, 2020

What I Enjoyed:

  • The plot drew you in from the very first page. We all get annoyed with our other halves. But what if that is your last phone call?
  • The parallel timelines was similar to The Bookseller and I enjoyed that story as well.
  • The emotions that Silver can put into a book were astounding. I felt myself physically aching for Lydia and Jonah for their respective struggles.
  • The supporting cast was well done and did not feel like extras

What I Did Not:

  • I was not a huge fan of the very fan. I felt it was not necessary.
  • At one point the book dragged a smidge, especially in the Croatia part.

Rating: 4/5

For those who:

  • enjoyed Silver’s last book; One Day in December
  • for those who want to feel any emotion when reading a book

Synopsis:

Lydia and Freddie. Freddie and Lydia. They’d been together for more than a decade, and Lydia thought their love was indestructible.

But she was wrong. On her twenty-eighth birthday, Freddie died in a car accident.

So now it’s just Lydia, and all she wants to do is hide indoors and sob until her eyes fall out. But Lydia knows that Freddie would want her to try to live fully, happily, even without him. So, enlisting the help of his best friend, Jonah, and her sister, Elle, she takes her first tentative steps into the world, open to life–and perhaps even love–again.

But then something inexplicable happens that gives her another chance at her old life with Freddie. A life where none of the tragic events of the past few months have happened.

Lydia is pulled again and again across the doorway of her past, living two lives, impossibly, at once. But there’s an emotional toll to returning to a world where Freddie, alive, still owns her heart. Because there’s someone in her new life, her real life, who wants her to stay.

Written with Josie Silver’s trademark warmth and wit, The Two Lives of Lydia Bird is a powerful and thrilling love story about the what-ifs that arise at life’s crossroads, and what happens when one woman is given a miraculous chance to answer them.

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Follow Me

Follow Me

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Thank you to Gallery Books for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Author: Kathleen Barber

Publisher/Date: Gallery Books/February 25, 2020

What I Enjoyed:

  • the pace was perfect
  • the storyline was very relevant for today’s use of social media
  • the amount of people you could suspect
  • the way the author kept the suspense and made you suspect EVERYONE

What I Did Not:

  • nothing in particular to be honest. i just don’t give 5 stars to thrillers/suspense often

Rating: 4/5

For those who: want a quick paced thriller that will make you suspect everyone!

Synopsis:

Audrey Miller has an enviable new job at the Smithsonian, a body by reformer Pilates, an apartment door with a broken lock, and hundreds of thousands of Instagram followers to bear witness to it all. Having just moved to Washington, DC, Audrey busies herself impressing her new boss, interacting with her online fan base, and staving off a creepy upstairs neighbor with the help of the only two people she knows in town: an ex-boyfriend she can’t stay away from and a sorority sister with a high-powered job and a mysterious past.

But Audrey’s faulty door may be the least of her security concerns. Unbeknownst to her, her move has brought her within striking distance of someone who’s obsessively followed her social media presence for years—from her first WordPress blog to her most recent Instagram Story. No longer content to simply follow her carefully curated life from a distance, he consults the dark web for advice on how to make Audrey his and his alone. In his quest to win her heart, nothing is off-limits—and nothing is private.

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The Return

The Return

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Thank you to the publisher & edelweiss for the free digital copy in exchange for an honest review!

Author: Rachel Harrison

Publisher/Date: Berkley/March 24, 2020

What I Enjoyed:

  • the buildup was well done!
  • the atmosphere was fantastic!
  • the story had some creepiness

What I Did Not:

  • the ending was too what just happened for me. though the atmosphere was built up, it was not built up for this type of ending.

Rating:  2/5 This one just fell flat for me!

For those who:

  • enjoy a slow burn and can ignore an interesting ending

Synopsis:

An edgy and haunting debut novel about a group of friends who reunite after one of them has returned from a mysterious two-year disappearance.

Julie is missing, and the missing don’t often return. But Elise knows Julie better than anyone, and she feels in her bones that her best friend is out there, and that one day she’ll come back. She’s right. Two years to the day that Julie went missing, she reappears with no memory of where she’s been or what happened to her.

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The Look-Alike

The Look Alike

Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for a free copy! 

Author: Erica Spindler

Publisher/Date: St. Martin’s Press/January 28, 2020

What I Enjoyed:

  • I loved the story line!
  • The twists were fabulous.
  • The ending was perfect and I really enjoyed it. Lots of thrillers drop off with endings that are lame. But this one was really well done.
  • The pace of the story was fast paced.

What I Did Not:

  • I didn’t hate the romance in the book, but the romance was annoying in moments.
  • The very last two pages made me gag!

Rating: 4/5

For those who: enjoy a good thriller

Synopsis:

Sienna Scott grew up in the dark shadow of her mother’s paranoid delusions. Now, she’s returned home to confront her past and the unsolved murder that altered the course of her life.

In her mother’s shuttered house, an old fear that has haunted Sienna for years rears its ugly head —that it was she who had been the killer’s target that night. And now, with it, a new fear—that the killer not only intended to remedy his past mistake—he’s already begun. But are these fears any different from the ones that torment her mother?

As the walls close in, the line between truth and lie, reality and delusion disintegrate. Has Sienna’s worst nightmare come true? Or will she unmask a killer and finally prove she may be her mother’s look-alike, but she’s not her clone?

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Don’t Read the Comments

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Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for a free digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Author: Eric Smith

Publisher/Date: Harlequin/January 28, 2020

What I Enjoyed:

  • I thought the author attempted to tackle some deep issues in a book written well for teens
  • The main protagonist was well written and I felt that there are people who could relate to her

What I Did Not:

  • Though my first point is a positive, it is also a negative. The author tries to tackle almost too many issues. Due to this, I felt that none were very developed.
  • I am very thankful for being able to read this book, but I would steer most adults away. Just because it was very teenage-esque. Which is fine, but not my jam.

Rating: 3/5

For those who: Enjoying gaming; teenagers

Synopsis:

Divya Sharma is a queen. Or she is when she’s playing Reclaim the Sun, the year’s hottest online game. Divya—better known as popular streaming gamer D1V—regularly leads her #AngstArmada on quests through the game’s vast and gorgeous virtual universe. But for Divya, this is more than just a game. Out in the real world, she’s trading her rising-star status for sponsorships to help her struggling single mom pay the rent.

Gaming is basically Aaron Jericho’s entire life. Much to his mother’s frustration, Aaron has zero interest in becoming a doctor like her, and spends his free time writing games for a local developer. At least he can escape into Reclaim the Sun—and with a trillion worlds to explore, disappearing should be easy. But to his surprise, he somehow ends up on the same remote planet as celebrity gamer D1V.

At home, Divya and Aaron grapple with their problems alone, but in the game, they have each other to face infinite new worlds…and the growing legion of trolls populating them. Soon the virtual harassment seeps into reality when a group called the Vox Populi begin launching real-world doxxing campaigns, threatening Aaron’s dreams and Divya’s actual life. The online trolls think they can drive her out of the game, but everything and everyone Divya cares about is on the line…

And she isn’t going down without a fight.