I have loved many books by @dot_hutchison, especially the Collector series, so I knew that when I saw she had a new book coming out that I definitely wanted to read it. I have to admit this one fell a little short for me. I liked the female cast, especially Rebecca and her very blunt friend Ellie. I also enjoyed the feminine power that was displayed through out the story but I just had a hard time getting behind the premise of alligators. If you read this one, then you will know what I’m talking about. I don’t want to say too much and give things away. I did enjoy a few twist and turns along the way and the ending, in my opinion, was the best part. Thank you to @netgalley and @thomasmerceruk for the ARC. This book comes out September 1! I give this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️.
Synopsis: Florida journalism undergrad Rebecca Sorley is like any other college student. She tries to keep up with her studies, her friends, and her hot-tempered roommate, Ellie, who regularly courts trouble with the law. When a male student’s remains are found in alligator-infested waters, the university warns students to stay away from the reptiles. But then a second body shows up, and the link is undeniable. Both men belonged to the same fraternity and had a reputation for preying on and hurting women. Ellie has previously threatened to kill men who don’t take no for an answer. Rebecca and her friends thought Ellie was kidding. But now a vigilante killer is roaming campus–someone who knows how to dispose of rapists. Someone determined to save female students from horrible crimes. With each passing day, those who know Ellie become more convinced she’s responsible. But if she is, stopping her might not be in everyone’s best interest…
I love @meganlmiranda books and this was really good! It fast paced with so many great twist and turns. I really enjoyed the characters and felt they were easy to connect with. I did feel like the story dragged a little in the middle so I was starting to lose interested but I kept reading and it pick back up. I enjoyed the relationship with Arden and her Mother because it felt real and showed the turbulence between them. This isn’t my favorite of Miranda’s book but still a good read. Thank you to @netgalley and @simonandschusterfor the ARC. I give this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫.
Arden Maynor was just a child when she was swept away while sleepwalking during a terrifying rainstorm and went missing for days. Strangers and friends, neighbors and rescue workers, set up search parties and held vigils, praying for her safe return. Against all odds, she was found, alive, clinging to a storm drain. The girl from Widow Hills was a living miracle. Arden’s mother wrote a book. Fame followed. Fans and fan letters, creeps, and stalkers. And every year, the anniversary. It all became too much. As soon as she was old enough, Arden changed her name and disappeared from the public eye. Now a young woman living hundreds of miles away, Arden goes by Olivia. She’s managed to stay off the radar for the last few years. But with the twentieth anniversary of her rescue approaching, the media will inevitably renew its interest in Arden. Where is she now? Soon Olivia feels like she’s being watched and begins sleepwalking again, like she did long ago, even waking outside her home. Until late one night she jolts awake in her yard. At her feet is the corpse of a man she knows—from her previous life, as Arden Maynor.
I absolutely love a good mystery book and this one did not disappoint. I enjoyed the characters, especially Maureen. I love all the twist and turns this story took me on and couldn’t read this book fast enough. I also loved the location of this book, who doesn’t enjoy a good mystery in a quiet little beach town! The ending was so good because I didn’t see it coming at all which I always enjoy! I give this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.
Synopsis: One sultry summer, Maureen Haddaway arrives in the wealthy town of Opal Beach to start her life anew—to achieve her destiny. There, she finds herself lured by the promise of friendship, love, starry skies, and wild parties. But Maureen’s new life just might be too good to be true, and before the summer is up, she vanishes. Decades later, when Allison Simpson is offered the opportunity to house-sit in Opal Beach during the off-season, it seems like the perfect chance to begin fresh after a messy divorce. But when she becomes drawn into the mysterious disappearance of a girl thirty years before, Allison realizes the gorgeous homes of Opal Beach hide dark secrets. And the truth of that long-ago summer is not even the most shocking part of all…
I love love love this book! This was such a fun, laugh out loud read and I absolutely loved it! I enjoyed the characters and the chemistry they had with each other from the first page until the last page. I enjoyed it so much that I had the hardest time putting it down and read it in two days. If you haven’t read this one but a love great and funny rom com then this book is definitely for you! Plus is being made into a movie so it’s a much read before the movie is released! I give this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫.
Synopsis: emesis (n.) 1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome. 2) A person’s undoing 3) Joshua Templeman Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. Hate. And they have no problem displaying their feelings through a series of ritualistic passive aggressive maneuvers as they sit across from each other, executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company. Lucy can’t understand Joshua’s joyless, uptight, meticulous approach to his job. Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy’s overly bright clothes, quirkiness, and Pollyanna attitude. Now up for the same promotion, their battle of wills has come to a head and Lucy refuses to back down when their latest game could cost her her dream job…But the tension between Lucy and Joshua has also reached its boiling point, and Lucy is discovering that maybe she doesn’t hate Joshua. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.
This was such a great suspenseful psychological thriller that had me captivated the whole time. It was amazingly written, believable characters, and so much depth and emotion from beginning to end. There so many great dark twist and turns that kept me guessing until the shocking conclusion that I didn’t see coming. I couldn’t not put this book down! This book is definitely worth reading! Thank you to @netgalley and @macmillanusa for this ARC. I give this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.
Synopsis: All it takes to unravel a life is one little secret… Marin had the perfect life. Married to her college sweetheart, she owns a chain of upscale hair salons, and Derek runs his own company. They’re admired in their community and are a loving family—until their world falls apart the day their son Sebastian is taken. A year later, Marin is a shadow of herself. The FBI search has gone cold. The publicity has faded. She and her husband rarely speak. She hires a P.I. to pick up where the police left off, but instead of finding Sebastian, she learns that Derek is having an affair with a younger woman. This discovery sparks Marin back to life. She’s lost her son; she’s not about to lose her husband, too. Kenzie is an enemy with a face, which means this is a problem Marin can fix. Permanently.
This was my second Stephen King book I read earlier this year and absolutely loved it. I literally couldn’t put it down and read it in 3 nights. I really enjoyed this one because the story was so intriguing with a different twist. I fell in love with all the kids in this book and rooted for them until the very end! This story was engaging and King does amazing writing when it surrounds pure evil. He knows exactly how to get you hooked into a story of innocence and bring out the evil and selfishness of those around it. This one is a definite 5⭐ read!
Synopsis: In the middle of the night, in a house on a quiet street in suburban Minneapolis, intruders silently murder Luke Ellis’s parents and load him into a black SUV. The operation takes less than two minutes. Luke will wake up at The Institute, in a room that looks just like his own, except there’s no window. And outside his door are other doors, behind which are other kids with special talents—telekinesis and telepathy—who got to this place the same way Luke did: Kalisha, Nick, George, Iris, and ten-year-old Avery Dixon. They are all in Front Half. Others, Luke learns, graduated to Back Half, “like the roach motel,” Kalisha says. “You check in, but you don’t check out.” In this most sinister of institutions, the director, Mrs. Sigsby, and her staff are ruthlessly dedicated to extracting from these children the force of their extranormal gifts. There are no scruples here. If you go along, you get tokens for the vending machines. If you don’t, punishment is brutal. As each new victim disappears to Back Half, Luke becomes more and more desperate to get out and get help. But no one has ever escaped from the Institute.