Good Girls Lie by JT Ellison- Book Review

This is my first book by JT Ellison but definitely won’t be my last. I loved this book. If you are looking for a thriller with so many dark twist and turns, then this is the perfect book. The more I read the more I became completely obsessed with what was going to happen next. I love the complexity of this story, JT Ellison left nothing out with all the details in the story as well as the characters. It had been while since I read a thriller that kept the story going with more twist than I can count, which is another reason I love this book. I give this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫. Thank you to @netgalley and @harpercollinsus for the ARC. This book will be published December 30th.

Synopsis:

Perched atop a hill in the tiny town of Marchburg, Virginia, The Goode School is a prestigious prep school known as a Silent Ivy. The boarding school of choice for daughters of the rich and influential, it accepts only the best and the brightest. Its elite status, long-held traditions and honor code are ideal for preparing exceptional young women for brilliant futures at Ivy League universities and beyond. But a stranger has come to Goode, and this ivy has turned poisonous. In a world where appearances are everything, as long as students pretend to follow the rules, no one questions the cruelties of the secret societies or the dubious behavior of the privileged young women who expect to get away with murder. But when a popular student is found dead, the truth cannot be ignored. Rumors suggest she was struggling with a secret that drove her to suicide. But look closely…because there are truths and there are lies, and then there is everything that really happened.

Run Away by Harlan Coben- Book Review

I’ve heard of author Harlan Coben but this is the first book I’ve read by him. I was give an ARC of this book by Net Galley and Grand Central Publishing in exchange for a review. This was a great quick thriller read with a lot of twists that continued until the end. I felt that is was easy to get into from the first page and really enjoyed the story dynamics. Not only was this book full of action and also had a deep emotional underlying story as well. The storyline was a little hard to follow because I felt as if there were so many characters that I couldn’t quite keep track of everyone where they connected in the story. I give this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2. It was fast paced but it was also easy to get lost behind all the characters that continued to be presented.

Synopsis:

You’ve lost your daughter.
She’s addicted to drugs and to an abusive boyfriend. And she’s made it clear that she doesn’t want to be found. Then, by chance, you see her playing guitar in Central Park. But she’s not the girl you remember. This woman is living on the edge, frightened, and clearly in trouble. You don’t stop to think. You approach her, beg her to come home. She runs.  And you do the only thing a parent can do: you follow her into a dark and dangerous world you never knew existed. Before you know it, both your family and your life are on the line. And in order to protect your daughter from the evils of that world, you must face them head on.

The Mother in Law by Sally Hepworth- Book Review

Thank you to Net Galley and St. Martin’s Press for the ARC to read and review. I really enjoyed this book. I felt like the characters were easy to like and the story was intriguing. I really enjoyed the main character Lucy, and felt like she was extremely easy to relate to. She seemed like an every day normal person that has felt like there was a little tension with her in-laws. It was fun to see this story take all the twist and turns and the endings was definitely a surprise which I did not see coming. I give this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. It’s a quick fast pace read that keeps you intrigued the whole time. I will definitely be reading more books by Sally Hepworth.

Synopsis:

From the moment Lucy met her husband’s mother, she knew she wasn’t the wife Diana had envisioned for her perfect son. Exquisitely polite, friendly, and always generous, Diana nonetheless kept Lucy at arm’s length despite her desperate attempts to win her over. And as a pillar in the community, an advocate for female refugees, and a woman happily married for decades, no one had a bad word to say about Diana…except Lucy. That was five years ago. Now, Diana is dead, a suicide note found near her body claiming that she longer wanted to live because of the cancer wreaking havoc inside her body. But the autopsy finds no cancer. It does find traces of poison, and evidence of suffocation. Who could possibly want Diana dead? Why was her will changed at the eleventh hour to disinherit both of her children, and their spouses? And what does it mean that Lucy isn’t exactly sad she’s gone?

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.

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?