Mailbox Monday!

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week.Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles, and humongous wish lists!!Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia @ A Girl and Her Books, has a permanent home now at Mailbox Monday

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Here’s a shout out to the administrators:
Leslie @ Under My Apple Tree 
Serena @ Savvy Verse And Wit
Martha @ Reviews By Martha’s Bookshelf Velvet @ vvb32reads

              THANKS to everyone for keeping Mailbox Monday alive. 

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OR ELSE by Joe Hart
courtesy of Thomas & Mercer via NetGalley

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

I hope you had a great reading week.


This is a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn at BOOKDATE!
Post the books completed, the books you are currently reading, and the books you hope to finish at some point.


THE GUILTY SISTER by Arianne Richmonde
reviewed 10/12
THE MOTHER NEXT DOOR by Tara Laskowski
reviewed  10/15
Reading now. THE PASSING STORM by Christine Nolfi
review will be 10/18

Coming up this week

THE MOTHER NEXT DOOR by Tara laskowski

“A polished and entertaining homage to Big Little Lies and Desperate Housewives… The denouement is bonkers, but satisfying.”
The New York Times Book Review

“A witty, wicked thriller packed with hidden agendas, juicy secrets, and pitch-perfect satire of the suburban dream.”

Andrea Bartz, New York Times bestselling author of We Were Never Here

GOOD MOTHERS…
Never show their feelings.
Never spill their secrets.
Never admit to murder.

The annual Halloween block party is the pinnacle of the year on idyllic suburban cul-de-sac Ivy Woods Drive. An influential group of neighborhood moms—known as the Ivy Five—plans the event for months.

Except the Ivy Five has been four for a long time.

When a new mother moves to town, eager to fit in, the moms see it as an opportunity to make the group whole again. This year’s block party should be the best yet… until the women start receiving anonymous messages threatening to expose the quiet neighborhood’s dark past—and the lengths they’ve gone to hide it.

As secrets seep out and the threats intensify, the Ivy Five must sort the loyal from the disloyal, the good from the bad. They’ll do anything to protect their families. But when a twisted plot is revealed, with dangerous consequences, their steady foundation begins to crumble, leaving only one certainty: after this year’s block party, Ivy Woods Drive will never be the same.

From award-winning author Tara Laskowski, The Mother Next Door is an atmospheric novel of domestic suspense in which the strive for perfection ends in murder…

“Tara Laskowski’s brilliantly paced tale of perfect-suburbia-until-you-scratch-the-surface is as compelling as it is twisted.”
—Hannah Mary McKinnon, bestselling author of You Will Remember Me

MY THOUGHTS

This book is a drama/mystery not a thriller. That is not a bad thing but still…

This book kept me turning the pages to find out who did what and why. Told from three POVS, Theresa, Kendra and you don’t find out who the third really is until near the end. This is about five women, Theresa, Kendra, Bettina, Pia and Alice. They are called the Ivy Five. They all live on a cul-de-sac. Seem very close. They are planning a Halloween party. Done each year but this year it is going to be the biggest and best. Until they start getting messages from someone. They have a huge secret and someone knows what it is. Someone is threatening to expose them.

Theresa is the newest to the neighborhood. Her husband is the new principal at the high school. She has a huge secret that she is terrified of anyone finding out. What will she do to keep her secret. This book is about the drama these five women bring out. The secrets they have kept all these years. Well four of them anyway. Theresa does not know what happened. She didn’t live there back then. Could it be the former home owner. The woman who lived in Theresa’s home before her?

While I didn’t in anyway like any of these characters I did like the book. Though it is filled with a lot of drama and secrets it’s still good. It held my interest. I wanted to know what they were hiding. Who was sending messages. Who was telling the story from the Halloween party. What happened all those years ago. All of my questions were answered. I found out everything I wanted to know and a bit more. This book did not keep me on the edge or make my heart race. It did keep me guessing though. I wanted to know what happened and why.

Well written. The descriptions make you feel like you are there. From the backyard, on the road or down at the lake. Through the forest feeling as though someone is watching you. It’s a good story. The reason I took a star away is I had no feelings reading this one. No tears, edge of the seat. No heart racing. No laughter. Just reading until I found out why the thing that happened, happened. But I still liked the book. Don’t get me wrong it is still a good one to read.

Thank you #NetGalley, #TaraLaskowski, #Harlequin/Gradenhouse for this ARC. This is my own true feelings about this book.

4/5 stars and I do recommend it.

ONE HAPPY FAMILY by Arianne Richmonde

My sister is missing. And the police think I’m to blame.

We haven’t always seen eye to eye, but I do love my sister Cece. She’s confident and free-spirited in a way I never am. And while she’s living her life to the full and posting it all over social media, I’m having early nights in my tiny New York apartment.

I didn’t mean to keep her a secret from my boyfriend, Bradley. But when he found out about her and I caught him scrolling through her pictures online, I knew I had to act before she ruined my life once again.

When the police come knocking at my door, I instantly regret wishing Cece would leave my life for good.

I didn’t want her to vanish forever,did I?

If you enjoy gripping psychological thrillers like The Girl on the TrainGone Girl and The Wife Between Us, you will love this totally addictive novel from a USA Today bestselling author.

MY THOUGHTS

This book is very good. It has lots of twists and a few surprises along the way. It’s well written and makes you wonder what is going on? Who can you trust? 

Twins, Sara and Cece, are mirror images of each other. They are identical to the point that not even their own parents could tell them apart. The only difference being a small mole on Cece’s cheek. They were so alike and so in-tune to each other that they had their own language. They were so alike, but also so different. One being very outgoing. A party girl. The other shy and more of a bookworm. 

These girls were raised by parents who did work in other countries helping people. They were doctors. They were from Switzerland but living and working in Africa most of the time. The twins were born in New York. In the USA. That is where the story takes place. New York. Sara’s story for the most part. She’s trying to distance herself from Cece. Move on and make a life. Cece did something that hurt Sara very bad. 

Sara meets Bradley in the park while taking her dog, Poppy out for her walk and playtime. Poppy is a rescue who was hit by a car and left. Sara took her to the vet and now loves her dearly. Poppy uses a pup wheelchair to move her back part. She may one day walk again. If Sara has anything to do with it she will. Bradley sees Sara in the park and is instantly attracted to her. He’s dressed to the nines and reeks of money. From his three piece suits with expensive ties to the watch he wears. They become great friends and go out on a few dates. But both have deep secrets. They learn things about each other that just didn’t add up. Bradley is a bit of a mystery. He definitely has a lot to hide. 

This book is told from a few POVs. Mainly Sara and Bradley but also Mrs Scott and her son Jack. Mrs Scott pupsits for Poppy when Sara has things to do where she can’t take her with her. Mrs Scott and Jack have a few secrets of their own. Some I sure didn’t see coming. 

Sara and Cece’s parents were killed in a car wreck ten years prior. You will find out about that and how it happened too. A lot of things are going on but it’s easy to follow. 

I have to admit that I figured out one big plot theme pretty early on. It did not take away from the story in any way though. I kept turning the pages to find out what exactly was going on and who exactly did what. The ending reveals a shocker for sure. I really enjoyed this book. It was a quick read for me. One I just couldn’t put down.

Thank you #NetGalley, #ArianneRichmonde, #Bookouture for this ARC. This is my own true feelings about this book.

4/5 stars, lost one because I did figure it out. I do recommend it though. It’s very good. You won’t be sorry.

Mailbox Monday!

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week.Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles, and humongous wish lists!!Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia @ A Girl and Her Books, has a permanent home now at Mailbox Monday

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Here’s a shout out to the administrators:
Leslie @ Under My Apple Tree 
Serena @ Savvy Verse And Wit
Martha @ Reviews By Martha’s Bookshelf Velvet @ vvb32reads

        THANKS to everyone for keeping Mailbox Monday alive. 

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I hope you had a good mailbox.
I had a great mailbox!

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Received this week!

1: THE BOOK WOMAN’S DAUGHTER by Kim Michele Richardson 
courtesy of Sourcebooks Landmark via NetGalley
2: VANISHING POINT by Gregg Olsen
courtesy of Bookouture via NetGalley
3: THE MAGNOLIA PALACE by Fiona Davis
courtesy of Penguin Group Dutton via NetGalley
4: THE SHADOW HOUSE by Anna Downes
courtesy of St Martin’s Minotaur via NetGalley
BOOK MAIL! 
This is the 7th in an 8 book giveaway I won. The author felt bad she was so late sending it so she sent me the 1st and 2nd in the series. 

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

I hope you had a great reading week.

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This is a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn at BOOKDATE
Post the books completed, the books you are currently reading, and the books you hope to finish at some point.

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NO ONE WILL MISS HER by Kat Rosenfield
THE NIGHT OF MANY ENDINGS by Melissa Payne

What I’m reading now

REVIEW WILL BE 10/12

Will be reading

THE NIGHT OF MANY ENDINGS by Melissa Payne

From Melissa Payne, bestselling author of Memories in the Drift, comes an emotionally rich, feel-good novel about hope, second chances, and seeing the world through someone else’s eyes.

Orphaned at a young age and witness to her brother’s decline into addiction, Nora Martinez has every excuse to question the fairness of life. Instead, the openhearted librarian in the small Colorado community of Silver Ridge sees only promise. She holds on to the hope that she’ll be reunited with her missing brother and does what she can at the town library. It’s her home away from home, but it’s also a sanctuary for others who, like her brother, could use a second chance.

There’s Marlene, an elderly loner who believes that, apart from her husband, there’s little good left in the world; Jasmine, a troubled teen; Lewis, a homeless man with lost hope and one last wish; and Vlado, the security guard who loves a good book and, from afar, Nora.

As a winter storm buries Silver Ridge, this collection of lonely hearts takes shelter in the library. They’ll discover more about each other, and themselves, than they ever knew—and Nora will be forced to question her brother’s disappearance in ways she never could have imagined. No matter how stranded in life they feel, this fateful night could be the new beginning they didn’t think was possible.

MY THOUGHTS

Never judge a person for being homeless. Never judge a person for being an addict. Just never judge. That is the best way. People are seldom making the choice to be homeless or on drugs. We as a society tend to say things about homeless people without ever knowing their stories or why they are where they are. Things happen in life that at times are completely out of people’s control. Loss of income. Sickness. Addiction to pain meds that lead to living on the streets. While I certainly do understand that at times people get tired of trying to help other who are addicts I think that if they do let them make the choice on their own they may find the help. They may get clean and find what it is that caused them to become an addict in the first place. It’s rarely as simple as you think. Whether it’s depression, being hurt and taking pain killers, alcoholism, or some other kind of addiction, it starts somewhere. And most likely it was not from someone making the choice to be an addict. Or homeless. Or a burden to their family. This country needs more help facilities for mental health. Affordable ones. Before putting a person in prison. Before giving up on them. I lost a brother in 2010 to drugs/depression and it’s such a sad, useless loss. Good people sometimes make bad decisions or the wrong ones or take that first pill or drink and that’s the beginning of the end. They need somewhere to go. Eventually I believe many could be helped. Now my reasons for saying all of this is this book. One of the storylines in this book is about addiction and homelessness. It hit me personally because of my brother who would have been 65 today. If only.

This is a very moving and touching story. Yes it started out a bit slow but it gained speed rather quickly. At least it did for me. Once I got inthralled with the characters and the things they lived with I was hooked. Once it became clear to me that this was going to be a story of five people who are all completely different yet so alike I had to keep turning the pages. There is the librarian, Nora. She has tried to save her brother, Mario, all her life. Mario is an addict. It started after the loss of their parents in a wreck that he blamed himself for. She has tried to save everyone. She’s that kind of person. But at what cost? She’s living in a world where she seems stuck. She lives for others and not herself. Can she learn anything from these people? Will the be able to help her?

The other people in the library are: Lewis, a homeless man who is also addicted to drugs. From an accident he had and was given pain medication. He’s not a bad person. He’s actually a caring and loving man. Or he was at one time. Then there is Marlene. She lost her husband. Her best friend. The love of her life. She doesn’t want to go on without him. She doesn’t think she needs too. Jasmine, a young girl who is in the library looking for a specific book for her younger sister. One their mother use to read too Jasmine. Their mother died of cancer. Jasmine misses her and wants to help her younger sister remember her. The security guard, Vlado. His family is immigrants. He wants to do something useful but is afraid. He works in the library but should be going to college to be a teacher. These people spend one stormy night together. A big snowstorm that has them all hunkered down together. They are without electricity and it’s so cold. Each has a story to tell. They spend this night together and become lifelong friends. But what happens after the storm. Once they all go on. After?

I truly enjoyed this book. I cried a lot while reading it. Like I said, it hit me personally in so many ways. It was a tearjerker. It was also funny in many parts. Tense in a few. It was to me a great story. I hope everyone who reads it learns how forgiveness is suppose to work. How being a good neighbor is suppose to work. How just being a decent human being is suppose to work. Do not judge. Do something.

Thank you #NetGalley, #MelissaPayne, #LakeUnionPublishing for this ARC. This is my own true thoughts about this book.

4/5 stars and a high recommendation.

NO ONE WILL MISS HER by Kat Rosenfield

“Blade-sharp, whip-smart, and genuinely original — a thriller to refresh your faith in the genre, your belief that a story can still outpace and outsmart you.”–AJ Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in The Window

“Clever and surprising…The superb character-driven plot delivers an astonishing, believable jolt.”–Publishers Weekly (starred review)

A smart, witty, crackling novel of psychological suspense in which a girl from a hardscrabble small town meets a gorgeous Instagram influencer from the big city, with a murderous twist that will shock even the most savvy reader.

On a beautiful October morning in rural Maine, a homicide investigator from the state police     pulls into the hard-luck town of Copper Falls. The local junkyard is burning, and the town pariah Lizzie Oullette is dead—with her husband, Dwayne, nowhere to be found. As scandal ripples through the community, Detective Ian Bird’s inquiries unexpectedly lead him away from small-town Maine to a swank city townhouse several hours south. Adrienne Richards, blonde and fabulous social media influencer and wife of a disgraced billionaire, had been renting Lizzie’s tiny lake house as a country getaway…even though Copper Falls is anything but a resort town.

As Adrienne’s connection to the case becomes clear, so too does her connection to Lizzie, who narrates their story from beyond the grave. Each woman is desperately lonely in her own way, and they navigate a relationship that cuts across class boundaries: transactional, complicated, and, finally, deadly. A Gone Girl for the gig economy, this is a story of privilege, identity, and cunning, as two devious women from opposite worlds discover the dangers of coveting someone else’s life.

MY THOUGHTS

My first book by this author and it won’t be my last. This was a real page turner from start to finish. The twists and turns were perfect. You won’t see it coming!!!!

This is a fast paced thriller that will have you on the edge in quite a few places. Told from different povs it tells the story of a young woman, a wife, who was brutally murdered. The only way she is identified is priceless yet cruel too. Shame on them. I truly liked Lizzie. All the way through this book I rooted for her. Even though she was murdered I still rooted for her. She was the junkyard trash. The girl that was bullied for no other reason than they had no one else to pick on. No one else to hate. She grew up in a junkyard. Her dad, Earl, loved her dearly. Her mother died when she was quite young. She was in my opinion a lovely girl. A very resilient young woman who did nothing except be born and raised in a junkyard.

This story is told from Lizzie’s POV after she is shot in the face. She says straight up that she won’t lie and she doesn’t. She’s a very honest person. A caring person. One who loves animals and who loved her husband, Dwayne,..at least she tried too. He I didn’t like. He was the reason that the people in this town were so mean to Lizzie, most of the time anyway. They said she ruined his life. I say she would have been the best thing to ever happen to him. She was very smart and could get things done. She didn’t care what others thought of her. But she did want a life. A family. A home. I felt sorry for her. She deserved so much better than this town.

There is the rich woman, Adrienne, who comes to stay in Lizzie’s cabin along with her husband. This story is told from her pov also. She lives in The City. She visits the lake for a month and gets to know Lizzie. They become somewhat friends. But Adrienne is also a snob. A society woman who thinks she is so much better than everyone else. She has no worries.

This story is told in a way that you won’t see the twist coming until it hits you between the eyes. Then you get another one. I was stunned. Totally thrown for a loop. I didn’t even go there. I was shocked. I was happy that I didn’t figure out why or who or what. That kept me wanting more. This book is very well written. You feel the things that happen. From the blast of the gun to the spatter of blood. From the hostility of the town to the fear that Adrienne feels. You get to know each person well. You will like very few. I only actually liked two, Lizzie and her dad. The rest were not people I would want to associate with at all. It made this story better though. The meanness of the people in this town made this what it was.

Thank you #NetGalley, #KatRosenfielf, #WilliamMorrow for this ARC. This is my own true feelings about this book.

5/5 stars. It’s great. Edge of your seat thrills with twists that will leave you breathless until the very last page.

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