Smothered by: Autumn Chiklis

Smothered  Publication Date: August 7, 2018

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The Shortest Way Home by: Miriam Parker

The Shortest Way Home  Publication Date:  July 31, 2018

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My Review:

I adored this debut novel from Miriam Parker.  It was exactly what I was in the mood for without knowing it.  It was one of the best books I read this month.  I loved all of the characters in this book and really was invested in the story.  It is a novel on the shorter side at 320 pages and I read it very quickly.  I wanted a glass, okay, really a bottle, of wine and plate of cheese by a fire while reading this story.

I highly recommend this book.  I gave it 5 crowns.

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pro_reader_120 I received this E-ARC from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

She Was the Quiet One by: Michelle Campbell

She was the quiet one  Publication Date:  July 31, 2018

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My Review:

Although the story was captivating in its’ own way, the plot was disturbing.  I found myself not really wanting to read too much more but I wanted to finish the story.  I did know the ending for the most part, it wasn’t really a surprise.  I don’t want to give the story line away so I won’t go into detail, but the writing style was good.  I own but have not yet read her other novel, It’s Always the Husband.  I will give that a chance to see how I feel about Michelle’s books in general.

I gave this book 3 crowns.

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pro_reader_120 I received this E-ARC from the publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

Her Pretty Face by: Robyn Harding

Her Pretty Face Publication date: July 10, 2018

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My Review:
I read and enjoyed Robyn Harding’s The Party, last year.  I was excited to see if I liked her newest release as much as I did the last one.  I definitely did!  I read this book in less than two days and it had me guessing and second guessing myself at every page.  Robyn can really write a psychological thriller!
I won’t tell you anything about the story line but I can say it makes you second guess everything you think you know about people.  At about the halfway point, be prepared to not be able to put the book down until it is over.
I gave this book 4 crowns.
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pro_reader_120I received this e-ARC from the Publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Exhibit Alexandra by: Natasha Bell

Exhibit Alexandra

Description:

A shocking, original psychological thriller about a mother gone missing and the family she leaves behind, ultimately proving how unknowable even those closest to us can be. 

Alexandra Southwood is missing. Held in a room against her will, she’s forced to imagine how her husband, Marc, and two daughters are coping in the wake of her disappearance. She’s shown news clips of Marc, desperately appealing to the public for information on her whereabouts. She tortures herself with visions of her family’s devastated new reality. She thinks of what’s lost, remembering the beginnings of her romance with Marc and the beautiful family they built together.

Marc’s pain is visceral. He thinks of nothing but his wife. He shifts from utter despair to frantic action, and when the police discover Alexandra’s bloody belongings by the river, turning their missing-persons case into a murder investigation, he cannot accept that she is lost to him. He embarks on his own journey, through the dark maze of the art world that so gripped his wife, following a trail that leads him to find answers to questions he never meant to ask.

My Review:

I received this book from the publishers through a now defunct website that provided books to reviews in exchange for honest reviews.

I listened to this book on audio and I really didn’t know what to expect.  I found it to be an interesting book.  It is a story of life imitating art imitating life.  It was hard to determine what was actually happening and that made me sympathize with Marc.  How do you continue living life and raising your two girls when you have a feeling that your missing wife is still alive and out there somewhere?

I was an intriguing read and I gave it 3 crowns.

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