Girls Like Us by Cristina Alger-Book Review

I love a good story about a female cop that knows how to get the job done when it comes to solving a murder case. This book was one of those books. I really enjoyed the main character Nell Flynn. She had a crazy past but I didn’t feel like that author allowed that to get in the way of the main story about solve two murders of locals girls that were connected. This is the first book I’ve read by Cristina Alger but definitely not the last. I give this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2. Thank you to Net Galley, Penguin Group and Putnam’s Sons Books for the ARC. This book will be published July 2nd so add it to your tbr list.

Synopsis:

FBI Agent Nell Flynn hasn’t been home in ten years. Nell and her father, Homicide Detective Martin Flynn, have never had much of a relationship. And Suffolk County will always be awash in memories of her mother, Marisol, who was brutally murdered when Nell was just seven.  When Martin Flynn dies in a motorcycle accident, Nell returns to the house she grew up in so that she can spread her father’s ashes and close his estate. At the behest of her father’s partner, Detective Lee Davis, Nell becomes involved in an investigation into the murders of two young women in Suffolk County. The further Nell digs, the more likely it seems to her that her father should be the prime suspect–and that his friends on the police force are covering his tracks. Plagued by doubts about her mother’s murder–and her own role in exonerating her father in that case–Nell can’t help but ask questions about who killed Ria Ruiz and Adriana Marques and why. But she may not like the answers she finds–not just about those she loves, but about herself.

Dead Girls Club by Damian Angelica Walters- Book Review

I first want to say thank you to Net Galley and Penguin Random House for the ARC of this book to read and review. This book was a lot of fun to read. I remember when I was younger and playing the game Bloody Mary in a dark bathroom waiting to see if I saw her in the window. This story is about four young teen girls who have a club where they tell scary stories and one of those is Red Lady, Red Lady, show us your face. And of course something ends up going wrong. It took me a few chapters to get into, but once I did I was completely hooked. I give this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2. It brought some fun memories from when I was younger and had sleepovers with friends.

Synopsis:

Red Lady, Red Lady, show us your face…

In 1991, Heather Cole and her friends were members of the Dead Girls Club. Obsessed with the macabre, the girls exchanged stories about serial killers and imaginary monsters, like the Red Lady, the spirit of a vengeful witch killed centuries before. Heather knew the stories were just that, until her best friend Becca began insisting the Red Lady was real–and she could prove it. That belief got Becca killed.It’s been nearly thirty years, but Heather has never told anyone what really happened that night–that Becca was right and the Red Lady was real. She’s done her best to put that fateful summer, Becca, and the Red Lady, behind her. Until a familiar necklace arrives in the mail, a necklace Heather hasn’t seen since the night Becca died.  The night Heather killed her.Now, someone else knows what she did…and they’re determined to make Heather pay.

Author Highlight- Liane Moriarty

Liane Moriarty is one of my favorite authors. I have read many of her books and can say that so far I have enjoyed them all. Of course I have may favorites: The Husband’s Secret, Big Little Lies and What Alice Forgot. I still have some of her others that I want to read, but I don’t think her writing could disappoint me at this point. I’m always looking forward to her new books coming out. I have them marked on my calendar so I make sure that I get them right when they become available. If you are looking for good, easy reads with a little suspense and mystery then definitely check her books out.

Keeping Lucy by T. Greenwood-Book Review

Oh this book pulled at so many heartstrings. I can’t imagine being in a situation where my husband and his family choose to take my child away from me because she has down syndrome. I can’t imagine being lied to by the people I trust the most. This book will bring on so many emotions but also shows that there is nothing a mother won’t do for her child. I loved this book so much and would highly recommend it. While there are a few things in this book that are far-fetched, the story as a whole is absolutely beautiful. It’s a quick read but it will stay with you days after reading it. I give this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. This story is based on true events which makes it even more moving. It will be published August 6th. Thank you to Net Galley and St Martin’s Press for the ARC to read and review

Synopsis:

Dover, Massachusetts, 1969. Ginny Richardson’s heart was torn open when her baby girl, Lucy, born with Down Syndrome, was taken from her. Under pressure from his powerful family, her husband, Ab, sent Lucy away to Willowridge, a special school for the “feeble-minded.” Ab tried to convince Ginny it was for the best. That they should grieve for their daughter as though she were dead. That they should try to move on. But two years later, when Ginny’s best friend, Marsha, shows her a series of articles exposing Willowridge as a hell-on-earth–its squalid hallways filled with neglected children–she knows she can’t leave her daughter there. With Ginny’s six-year-old son in tow, Ginny and Marsha drive to the school to see Lucy for themselves. What they find sets their course on a heart-racing journey across state lines—turning Ginny into a fugitive. For the first time, Ginny must test her own strength and face the world head-on as she fights Ab and his domineering father for the right to keep Lucy. Racing from Massachusetts to the beaches of Atlantic City, through the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia to a roadside mermaid show in Florida, Keeping Lucy is a searing portrait of just how far a mother’s love can take her.

Nearly Normal Family by M.T. Edvardsson- Book Review

I had high hopes for this book. I had seen many people who like this book and was hoping to love it as much as them, but I was a little disappointed. I think the story as a whole was intriguing, but I had a hard time really liking the characters. I also got a little bored with the story going back in the past so much. I understand that the author was wanting to give background into the characters, but I ended up getting bored and felt it took away from the main part of the story itself. I enjoyed the fact that the author wrote the story from the different perspectives of the characters. I would give this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️. Thank you to NetGalley and Celadon Books for the ARC. This book will be published June 25th.

Synopsis:

Eighteen-year-old Stella Sandell stands accused of the brutal murder of a man almost fifteen years her senior. She is an ordinary teenager from an upstanding local family. What reason could she have to know a shady businessman, let alone to kill him? Stella’s father, a pastor, and mother, a criminal defense attorney, find their moral compasses tested as they defend their daughter, while struggling to understand why she is a suspect. Told in an unusual three-part structure, A Nearly Normal Family asks the questions: How well do you know your own children? How far would you go to protect them?

Author Highlight- Lisa Jewell

Since I have begun Bookstagramming this year, I have read so many great books by so many great authors. In this post I’m talking about Lisa Jewell’s books. While I haven’t read all of her books, I have read a few and so far they have all been great. I am already looking forward to reading more by her. My favorite one so far is Then She Was Gone. It was a great story with so many twists and turns. While it was a suspense book, it also left me a little heart-broken (but with hope) at the end of story. In other words, this book left me with many emotions along the way.

The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager- Book Review

I think Riley Sager may be becoming one of my favorite authors. I just read the third Riley Sager book this month and once again I was not disappointed. If you are looking for great suspense books with a little thriller then his books are a must. While I really enjoyed this one, it wasn’t my favorite of his. I would still absolutely recommend reading this one though. I was guessing at the big secret the whole time I was reading this book and it was definitely a shocker at the end. What better place for suspense and thrill than at a summer camp? (Which it also makes a good read for this time of year since it’s summer time) I give this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. While it wasn’t my favorite of his three books it’s was still a great read with a great ending.

Synopsis:

Two Truths and a Lie. The girls played it all the time in their cabin at Camp Nightingale. Vivian, Natalie, Allison, and first-time camper Emma Davis, the youngest of the group. But the games ended the night Emma sleepily watched the others sneak out of the cabin into the darkness. The last she–or anyone–saw of them was Vivian closing the cabin door behind her, hushing Emma with a finger pressed to her lips. Now a rising star in the New York art scene, Emma turns her past into paintings–massive canvases filled with dark leaves and gnarled branches that cover ghostly shapes in white dresses. When the paintings catch the attention of Francesca Harris-White, the wealthy owner of Camp Nightingale, she implores Emma to return to the newly reopened camp as a painting instructor. Seeing an opportunity to find out what really happened to her friends all those years ago, Emma agrees. Familiar faces, unchanged cabins, and the same dark lake haunt Nightingale, even though the camp is opening its doors for the first time since the disappearances. Emma is even assigned to the same cabin she slept in as a teenager, but soon discovers a security camera–the only one on the property–pointed directly at its door. Then cryptic clues that Vivian left behind about the camp’s twisted origins begin surfacing. As she digs deeper, Emma finds herself sorting through lies from the past while facing mysterious threats in the present. And the closer she gets to the truth about Camp Nightingale and what really happened to those girls, the more she realizes that closure could come at a deadly price.

Reading Tracker

I absolutely love reading but it’s sometimes hard to keep track of all the books I’ve read. I found this reading tracker on Etsy and I love it. It’s a cute and easy way to keep track of all the great books I’ve read throughout the year. Check out @simplecolourbeauty for this reading tracker. I know you will enjoy it as much as I have.