Review: Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda

Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda

Best Day Ever is a suspense novel, but what I really liked about it is that it was written from the perspective of the attacker. Paul thinks he is the model husband, but it’s pretty clear to the reader that he is not as nice to Mia as he should be. Paul and Mia are going away for the weekend, and I really enjoyed being inside his head as he and Mia drove to their vacation home and tried to have “the best day ever.” Kaira Rouda did a great job writing this character. As the title implies, the book spans only one day, and […]

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Review: Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips

Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips

Fierce Kingdom is a great suspense novel. I read it in just two days. Most suspense stories these days seem to be about single women being pursued by a scary man – boyfriend, husband, stranger – regardless, they all seem the same. This book is quite different. It’s about a woman, Joan, and her 4 year-old son who get trapped inside the zoo when there is a mass shooting. Joan has to try to get herself and her child alive without revealing to him just how dangerous their current situation actually is. I really enjoyed this book. I was sucked into the story right away. […]

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Review: Getting Off On Frank Sinatra by Megan Edwards

Getting Off on Frank Sinatra by Megan Edwards

There is something about Megan Edwards writing that hooked me in right away. This book is the first in a new mystery series. Copper Black is a lowly reporter who happens to get wrapped up in a murder investigation. She’s young and eager with amazing connections. I liked her right away. While at a party with her priest brother, she scores a story about an elite private school. Little does she know that she will stumble upon the body of Marilyn Weaver, the school’s founder, later the next day. There is a lot going on in this book. It sets up well for a series, […]

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Review: The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

The Woman in Cabin 10 was a great suspense story, and it made me want to go on another cruise. Lo, a travel journalist, gets a break when her pregnant boss cannot go on the maiden voyage of a new, small, luxury cruise ship, The Aurora Borealis. The night before the journey, Lo’s apartment is broken into, so she’s a little on edge. When she witnesses something strange happening in the cabin next door in the dead of night, no one believes her. She begins to go a little crazy, and she doesn’t know who to trust. This book was written so well. I didn’t […]

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Review: The Leaving by Tara Altebrando

The Leaving by Tara Altebrando

The Leaving is a great YA suspense novel. On the first day of kindergarten six students went missing, and now 11 years later five of them return. They cannot remember where they’ve been, but they act like normal teenagers, so obviously they’ve grown up relatively normally somewhere. This story sucked me right in. I was so intrigued and curious about what could have happened to these kids. The story is told in alternating perspectives – Scarlett and Lucas,two of the kids who have returned, and Avery, the younger sister of the boy who never came back. Scarlett’s mother is convinced the kids were abducted by […]

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Review: The River at Night by Erica Ferencik

The River at Night by Erica Ferencik

The River at Night was a good read, but it wasn’t as good as I was hoping given the hype. Four friends, Pia, Rachel, Sandra, and Winifred, head to the remotest region of Maine for a river rafting trip, their annual girls weekend. The story is narrated by Wini, who’s recently gone through a divorce and is still devastated by the death of her brother. She has reservations about the trip, but Pia, the wild, outgoing one, convinces her everything will be fine. The women are accessing a never before rafted river because their young tour guide’s family owns the land that has the only […]

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Review: The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

The Roanoke Girls was kind of like a train wreck. I couldn’t tear myself away from this incredibly twisted story. But I loved it. The writing was so compelling, and the suspense was subtle, but it kept me reading. I just had to know what happened – in both the past and the present. In the past, 15 year-old Lane moves back to the family homestead in Kansas after her mother commits suicide. There she meets her grandparents, and her cousin Allegra, also 15. She spends only one summer there, but it’s a summer that changes her life forever. The family secrets are revealed to […]

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Review: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Dark Matter is hugely popular right now for good reason. It’s technically science fiction because it deals with the multiverse and parallel dimensions, but it’s really more a suspense novel. Jason Dessen gave up a career in physics to become a husband, father, and college professor. He could have been one of the great minds of his time, but instead he is loving his average life almost 100% of the time. One night while coming home from a celebration for a former colleague who’s won a prestigious award, he his kidnapped and sent to a different world where everyone thinks he has invented “the box” […]

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Review: The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney

The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney

The Girl Before was a terrific suspense story. It’s written in alternating timelines. In the present, Jane is looking for an apartment after a devastating still birth. In the past, Emma and her boyfriend are trying to escape memories of a horrific break-in. Both women move into a rather futuristic house, built by Edward Monkford, with incredibly cheap rent with the caveat that they have to agree to a huge list of rules and some amount of monitoring and periodic check-ins with the house’s computer system, Housekeeper. In Jane’s plot line we know that Emma has died, but we don’t know exactly how. Both women […]

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Review: The Things We Wish Were True by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen

The Things We Wish Were True by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen

I could not put this book down. The Things We Wish Were True follows a group of neighbors over one summer. Everyone is keeping secrets, and they unfold slowly in this character-driven novel. The characters are brought together by a boy’s near-drowning at the neighborhood pool. The book switches between many characters, and that’s what kept my interest since character-driven books aren’t usually my thing. Jencey has recently moved back to Sycamore Glen to live with her parents. She runs into Bryte, her former best friend, at the neighborhood pool. Bryte is now married to Jencey’s first love, Everett. Jencey begins falling for Lance, a father of 2 whose wife […]

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