// Book Review // Sister Dear by: Hannah Mary McKinnon

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Sister Dear by: Hannah Mary McKinnon
Published May 26, 2020 by MIRA
Mystery/Thriller

When Eleanor Hardwicke’s beloved father dies, her world is further shattered by a gut-wrenching secret: the man she’s grieving isn’t really her dad. Eleanor was the product of an affair and her biological father is still out there, living blissfully with the family he chose. With her personal life spiraling, a desperate Eleanor seeks him out, leading her to uncover another branch on her family tree—an infuriatingly enviable half sister.

Perfectly perfect Victoria has everything Eleanor could ever dream of. Loving childhood, luxury home, devoted husband. All of it stolen from Eleanor, who plans to take it back. After all, good sisters are supposed to share. And quiet little Eleanor has been waiting far too long for her turn to play. Continue reading “// Book Review // Sister Dear by: Hannah Mary McKinnon”

// Update on Current Reads // Sadie and The June Boys // #CurrentReads #Sadie #TheJuneBoys

I would make graphics, but I’m kind of lazy right now. That and I am not feeling very inspired for them right now. I wanted to give an update on my time alone at the apartment and reading these two books. I wanted to catch these up with my Harry Potter book, so Harry didn’t get as much attention as I thought he would.

So, both books I’ve past page 50. I am more drawn to know what happens with Sadie than I am with The June Boys. I’m not saying that The June Boys wasn’t great, but I don’t know, I think I want to know what the hell is going on with Sadie and her journey and this podcast that continues to tell the story of her sister’s murder.

The June Boys I’m not sure if it has a typo or not…but the character’s name is Thea – quite a few times someone as called her Thee. I haven’t read that it was some sort of nickname for her, so now I’m not sure if it is, or if this was just a really repetitive typo with this character’s name.

I didn’t read much anymore because I had a hard time going to sleep. After turning on some guided meditation and it starting to rain did the trick. I’m still tired but I want to read some more before the day is over. My SO will be back tomorrow. While I liked the uninterrupted reading time I got yesterday, the stress and anxiety of being home by myself still clouded me to where I was so tired throughout the day at work.

I’m gonna read some more today, but so far, it’s going pretty good. If you have read these two books, let me know and tell me what you think 🙂

// Home Alone w/ 3 Books // #CurrentReads #AloneWithBooks #TheJuneBoys #Sadie

Book Blitz

My SO has to work out of state for the next two days. I have to go back to work tomorrow and I have a feeling I’m not going to sleep well tonight. It’s part of my anxiety. The first night somewhere, even my own home, by myself always gives me nerves. So, I figured if I would pick three books to make my main focus and not go back on YouTube and listen to horror stories…then perhaps I’ll survive this.

That sounded dramatic, but it kind of is…but isn’t. Anyway, I do have some books on my kindle as well, but I picked three physical books that I have that I’ll make my main focus. One book has been on my TBR for longer than the other, and one is also a re-read.

Here are my three books for while I’m home alone.

The fourth book of Harry Potter, of course. I want to finish reading that series again. It’s been a long time since I’ve read the books and I want to go through them and remember what all happened and the different details that made Harry, Harry.

The June Boys and Sadie are books that I saw on Jesse the Reader and now…I can’t get them out of my head. IF you’re not familiar with the other two:

The June Boys:
The Gemini Thief is a serial kidnapper, who takes three boys and holds them captive from June 1st to June 30th of the following year. The June Boys endure thirteen months of being stolen, hidden, observed, and fed before they are released, unharmed, by their masked captor. The Thief is a pro, having eluded authorities for nearly a decade and taken at least twelve boys.

Sadie:
A missing girl on a journey of revenge. A Serial―like podcast following the clues she’s left behind. And an ending you won’t be able to stop talking about.

I started the first part of The June Boys, haven’t started Sadie. I’m 100 pages into The Goblet of Fire. I have several ARCs that I have to read as well – I have my work cut out for me. No horror stories on YouTube for the next couple of days.

Otherwise…I won’t sleep at all. My overactive brain can concoct a lot of things…it’s scary. So I sit here in my Stitch pajama pants with The Carol Burnett Show playing in the background…and now, I shall read.

// Audio Book Review // The Lying Game by: Ruth Ware #SpoilerAlert #Audiobook #BookReview

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The Lying Game by: Ruth Ware
Published July 25, 2017 by Scout Press
Mystery/Thriller/Fiction

On a cool June morning, a woman is walking her dog in the idyllic coastal village of Salten along a tidal estuary known as the Reach. Before she can stop him, the dog charges into the water to retrieve what first appears to be a wayward stick, but to her horror, turns out to be something much more sinister…

The next morning, three women in and around London—Fatima, Thea, and Isabel—receive the text they had always hoped would NEVER come, from the fourth in their formerly inseparable clique, Kate, that says only, “I need you.”

The four girls were best friends at Salten, a second rate boarding school set near the cliffs of the English Channel. Each different in their own way, the four became inseparable and were notorious for playing the Lying Game, telling lies at every turn to both fellow boarders and faculty, with varying states of serious and flippant nature that were disturbing enough to ensure that everyone steered clear of them. The myriad and complicated rules of the game are strict: no lying to each other—ever. Bail on the lie when it becomes clear it is about to be found out. But their little game had consequences, and the girls were all expelled in their final year of school under mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of the school’s eccentric art teacher, Ambrose (who also happens to be Kate’s father). Continue reading “// Audio Book Review // The Lying Game by: Ruth Ware #SpoilerAlert #Audiobook #BookReview”

// Audio Book Review // Lock Every Door by: Riley Sager #Audiobook #LockEveryDoor #BookReview

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Lock Every Door by: Riley Sager
Published July 2, 2019 by Dutton
Thriller/Mystery/Fiction

No visitors. No nights spent away from the apartment. No disturbing the other residents, all of whom are rich or famous or both. These are the only rules for Jules Larsen’s new job as an apartment sitter at the Bartholomew, one of Manhattan’s most high-profile and mysterious buildings. Recently heartbroken and just plain broke, Jules is taken in by the splendor of her surroundings and accepts the terms, ready to leave her past life behind.

As she gets to know the residents and staff of the Bartholomew, Jules finds herself drawn to fellow apartment sitter Ingrid, who comfortingly, disturbingly reminds her of the sister she lost eight years ago. When Ingrid confides that the Bartholomew is not what it seems and the dark history hidden beneath its gleaming facade is starting to frighten her, Jules brushes it off as a harmless ghost story—until the next day, when Ingrid disappears.

Searching for the truth about Ingrid’s disappearance, Jules digs deeper into the Bartholomew’s dark past and into the secrets kept within its walls. Her discovery that Ingrid is not the first apartment sitter to go missing at the Bartholomew pits Jules against the clock as she races to unmask a killer, expose the building’s hidden past, and escape the Bartholomew before her temporary status becomes permanent. Continue reading “// Audio Book Review // Lock Every Door by: Riley Sager #Audiobook #LockEveryDoor #BookReview”

// Audiobook Review // My Lovely Wife by: Samantha Downing #Audiobook #MyLovelyWife #BookReview

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My Lovely Wife by: Samantha Downing
Published March 26, 2019 by Berkley Books
Thriller/Mystery

A couple’s fifteen-year marriage has finally gotten too interesting…

Our love story is simple. I met a gorgeous woman. We fell in love. We had kids. We moved to the suburbs. We told each other our biggest dreams, and our darkest secrets. And then we got bored.

We look like a normal couple. We’re your neighbors, the parents of your kid’s friend, the acquaintances you keep meaning to get dinner with.

We all have secrets to keeping a marriage alive.

Ours just happens to be getting away with murder. Continue reading “// Audiobook Review // My Lovely Wife by: Samantha Downing #Audiobook #MyLovelyWife #BookReview”

// Book Review // A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by: Holly Jackson #BookReview #HollyJackson

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A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by: Holly Jackson
Published May 2, 2019 by Electric Monkey
Mystery/Crime/Young Adult

The case is closed. Five years ago, schoolgirl Andie Bell was murdered by Sal Singh. The police know he did it. Everyone in town knows he did it.

But having grown up in the same small town that was consumed by the murder, Pippa Fitz-Amobi isn’t so sure. When she chooses the case as the topic for her final year project, she starts to uncover secrets that someone in town desperately wants to stay hidden. And if the real killer is still out there, how far will they go to keep Pip from the truth? Continue reading “// Book Review // A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by: Holly Jackson #BookReview #HollyJackson”

// Audio Book Review // You Will Be Mine by: Natasha Preston #Audiobook #BookReview #YouWillBeMine

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You Will Be Mine by: Natasha Preston
Published February 6, 2018 by Sourcebooks Fire
Young Adult/Mystery/Thriller

ROSES ARE RED
VIOLETS ARE BLUE
WATCH YOUR BACK
I’M COMING FOR YOU

Lylah and her friends can’t wait to spend a night out together. Partying is the perfect way to let loose from the stress of life and school, and Lylah hopes that hitting the dance floor with Chace, her best friend, will bring them closer together. She’s been crushing on him since they met. If only he thought of her the same way…

The girls are touching up their makeup and the guys are sliding on their coats when the doorbell rings. No one is there. An envelope sits on the doormat. It’s an anonymous note addressed to their friend Sonny. A secret admirer? Maybe. They all laugh it off.

Except Sonny never comes home. And a new note arrives:

YOUR TURN Continue reading “// Audio Book Review // You Will Be Mine by: Natasha Preston #Audiobook #BookReview #YouWillBeMine”

// Book Review // The Lost Night by: Andrea Bartz #BookReview #TheLostNight

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The Lost Night by: Andrea Bartz
Published February 26, 2019 by Crown
Mystery/Fiction

What really happened the night Edie died? Ten years later, her best friend Lindsay will learn how unprepared she is for the truth.

In 2009, Edie had New York’s social world in her thrall. Mercurial and beguiling, she was the shining star of a group of recent graduates living in a Brooklyn loft and treating the city like their playground. When Edie’s body was found near a suicide note at the end of a long, drunken night, no one could believe it. Grief, shock, and resentment scattered the group and brought the era to an abrupt end.

A decade later, Lindsay has come a long way from the drug-addled world of Calhoun Lofts. She has devoted best friends, a cozy apartment, and a thriving career as a magazine’s head fact-checker. But when a chance reunion leads Lindsay to discover an unsettling video from that hazy night, she starts to wonder if Edie was actually murdered—and, worse, if she herself was involved. As she rifles through those months in 2009—combing through case files, old technology, and her fractured memories—Lindsay is forced to confront the demons of her own violent history to bring the truth to light. Continue reading “// Book Review // The Lost Night by: Andrea Bartz #BookReview #TheLostNight”

// Harlequin Series March 2020 Blog Tour // ARC Review // Before He Vanished by: Debra Webb #ARCReview #HalequinSeries

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Before He Vanished by: Debra Webb
Published March 1, 2020 by Harlequin Intrigue
Romance/Mystery

His disappearance changed her life forever.

Twenty-five years ago, Halle Lane’s best friend vanished from their Tennessee town. When a childhood photo brings Liam Hart to Winchester, Halle is certain the man is the same child who vanished. Now Liam seeks out Halle to help him investigate the circumstances of his mysterious past. Can Liam and Halle uncover the truth before a killer buries all traces of the boy Halle loved—and the man he may have become—forever? Continue reading “// Harlequin Series March 2020 Blog Tour // ARC Review // Before He Vanished by: Debra Webb #ARCReview #HalequinSeries”