Sadie by: Courtney Summers

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Sadie hasn’t had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she’s been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water.

But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie’s entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister’s killer to justice and hits the road following a few meagre clues to find him.

When West McCray—a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America—overhears Sadie’s story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie’s journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it’s too late.

 

My Review:

I would recommend this book to younger readers who have not quite ventured into the Mystery, Thriller, Crime genres yet.  I enjoyed the plot line and really like the set up of the podcast transcriptions.  I thought that when were hearing from Sadie’s perspective, we were losing a bit of the story.  As an older reader who loves those genres, I found myself to be a bit disappointed in the story as a whole.

I gave this book 3 crowns.

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The Other Woman by: Sandie Jones

The Other Woman Publication Date: August 21, 2018

Synopsis:

A deliciously disturbing, compulsively readable debut domestic suspense–prepare to meet The Other Woman: there’s nothing she won’t do to keep you away from her son …

Emily thinks Adam’s perfect; the man she thought she’d never meet. But lurking in the shadows is a rival; a woman who shares a deep bond with the man she loves.

Emily chose Adam, but she didn’t choose his mother Pammie. There’s nothing a mother wouldn’t do for her son, and now Emily is about to find out just how far Pammie will go to get what she wants: Emily gone forever.

The Other Woman is an addictive, fast-paced psychological thriller about the destructive relationship between Emily, her boyfriend Adam, and his manipulative mother Pammie.

My Review:

This was a fast-paced, well written thriller.  Everyone usually has horror stories to tell about their mother-in-law but Emily has the best story.  Her mother-in-law to-be, Pammie, is certifiable.  She does things to Pammie without anyone knowing and poor Emily is trying desperately to appease her fiance.  The hidden comments, the pictures of exes that appear in photo albums, the invite to Emily’s ex-best friend to her hen party; these are just a few of the things that Emily has to deal with.

How can Emily survive a relationship with her beloved fiance when his mother will do  everything she can to sabotage it?  This was an entertaining read and I had a hard time putting it down.

I gave this book 4 crowns.

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The Fifth to Die by: J.D. Barker

The Fifth to Die

Description from the Publishers through Netgalley

My Review:
Last year, I read the first book in the 4MK Thriller series, The Fourth Monkey, and I loved it.  When I saw that the second book was about to be released, I requested it to review right away.  This is a stellar second book in a series.  I loved every, single page!  J.D. Barker has a way to transport the reader right into the story.   I was yelling out loud while reading this book, which made for some funny looks from my husband.  I would realize that I had my hands covering my head while I was reading at work.  I loved every second of this book.
I am so glad that there will be a third book to this series and I will definitely read anything Barker writes.
I gave this book 5 crowns.
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pro_reader_120 I received an E-ARC from the Publishers 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

Description from the publisher through Netgalley

 

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

Description from the publishers through Netgalley

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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The Last Time I Lied by: Riley Sager

The Last Time I Lied Publication Date: July 3, 2018

Description from the publishers through Netgalley:

My Review:
I really enjoyed Riley Sager’s first book and was very excited to see the description of this one.  I devoured this book in about two days.  This kept me on my toes and I wanted to know what was going on.  I kept trying to guess as to who did it and every time I did, I was wrong.  I love that he is able to keep me guessing until the very last page.
This is the perfect summer read as it takes place in a summer camp.  The tried and true camp favorite game of Two Truths and a Lie is so well woven into the fabric of this story.  This was an excellent thriller.
I gave this book 5 crowns.
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pro_reader_120 I received and E -ARC of this book from the publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.