Book Review: Emma in the Night

Book Review: Emma in the NightEmma in the Night
by Wendy Walker
on August 8th 2017
Pages: 320
Published by St. Martin's Press
Genres: Mystery/Crime, Suspense/Thriller

One night three years ago, the Tanner sisters disappeared: fifteen-year-old Cass and seventeen-year-old Emma. Three years later, Cass returns, without her sister Emma. Her story is one of kidnapping and betrayal, of a mysterious island where the two were held. But to forensic psychiatrist Dr. Abby Winter, something doesn't add up. Looking deep within this dysfunctional family Dr. Winter uncovers a life where boundaries were violated and a narcissistic parent held sway. And where one sister's return might just be the beginning of the crime.

My Takeaway So right off the top, I didn’t enjoy Emma in the Night like I thought I would. I felt the story dragged and I struggled a bit to finish it. I absolutely loved All is Not Forgotten and found it unputdownable! But Emma in the Night…

Book Review: Anatomy of a Scandal

Book Review: Anatomy of a ScandalAnatomy of a Scandal
by Sarah Vaughan
on January 23rd 2018
Pages: 400
Published by Atria/Emily Bestler Books
Genres: Mystery/Crime, Suspense/Thriller

Sophie’s husband James is a loving father, a handsome man, a charismatic and successful public figure. And yet he stands accused of a terrible crime. Sophie is convinced he is innocent and desperate to protect her precious family from the lies that threaten to rip them apart.

Kate is the lawyer hired to prosecute the case: an experienced professional who knows that the law is all about winning the argument. And yet Kate seeks the truth at all times. She is certain James is guilty and is determined he will pay for his crimes.

Who is right about James? Sophie or Kate? And is either of them informed by anything more than instinct and personal experience? Despite her privileged upbringing, Sophie is well aware that her beautiful life is not inviolable. She has known it since she and James were first lovers, at Oxford, and she witnessed how easily pleasure could tip into tragedy.

Most people would prefer not to try to understand what passes between a man and a woman when they are alone: alone in bed, alone in an embrace, alone in an elevator… Or alone in the moonlit courtyard of an Oxford college, where a girl once stood before a boy, heart pounding with excitement, then fear. Sophie never understood why her tutorial partner Holly left Oxford so abruptly. What would she think, if she knew the truth?

My Takeaway Anatomy of a Scandal is full of courtroom drama — the British way. I feel this book resonates and is relevant to the #MeToo movement currently taking place. Sadly, too often men in influential positions abuse their power and take advantage of others. With Anatomy of a Scandal…

Book Review: The Last Mrs. Parrish

Book Review: The Last Mrs. ParrishThe Last Mrs. Parrish
by Liv Constantine
on October 17th 2017
Pages: 560
Published by HarperLuxe
Genres: Mystery/Crime, Suspense/Thriller

A mesmerizing debut psychological thriller full of delicious twists about a coolly manipulative woman who worms her way into the lives of a wealthy “golden couple” from Connecticut to achieve the privileged life she wants.

Amber Patterson is fed up. She’s tired of being a nobody: a plain, invisible woman who blends into the background. She deserves more—a life of money and power like the one blond-haired, blue-eyed goddess Daphne Parrish takes for granted. To everyone in the exclusive town of Bishops Harbor, Connecticut, Daphne and her husband, Jackson—the beautiful philanthropist and the confident real estate mogul—are a golden couple straight out of a fairytale, blessed with two lovely young daughters.

Amber’s envy could eat her alive . . . if she didn't have a plan. Amber uses Daphne’s compassion and caring to insinuate herself into the family’s life—the first step in a meticulous scheme to undermine her. Before long, Amber is Daphne’s closest confidante, traveling to Europe with the Parrish family, and growing closer to Jackson. But a skeleton from her past may undermine everything that Amber has worked towards, and if it is discovered, her well-laid plan may fall to pieces.

With shocking turns and dark secrets that will keep you guessing until the very end, The Last Mrs. Parrish is a fresh, juicy, and utterly addictive thriller from a diabolically imaginative talent.

My Takeaway Intense. Gripping. Addictive. Yes, yes, and yes! The Last Mrs. Parrish is one heck of a ride! I was hooked from the beginning and did not want to put it down. This debut psychological thriller moves at a fast pace and is full of juicy drama, and intricate…

Book Review: The Wife Between Us

Book Review: The Wife Between UsThe Wife Between Us
by Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen
on January 9th 2018
Pages: 352
Published by St. Martin's Press
Genres: Mystery/Crime, Suspense/Thriller

A novel of suspense that explores the complexities of marriage and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.

When you read this book, you will make many assumptions. You will assume you are reading about a jealous wife and her obsession with her replacement. You will assume you are reading about a woman about to enter a new marriage with the man she loves. You will assume the first wife was a disaster and that the husband was well to get rid of her. You will assume you know the motives, the history, the anatomy of the relationships.

Assume nothing.

My Takeaway Whoa!!! The Wife Between Us, was suspenseful, thrilling, and a definite page-turner! From the beginning, I did not want to put this book down (you won’t either). Authors, Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen provide a heck of a psychological thriller full of curve balls, and…

Book Review: The Blackbird Season

Book Review: The Blackbird SeasonThe Blackbird Season
by Kate Moretti
on September 26th 2017
Pages: 338
Published by Atria Books
Genres: Fiction, Mystery/Crime

New York Times bestselling author Kate Moretti’s latest is the story of a scandal-torn Pennsylvania town and the aftermath of a troubled girl gone missing.

“Where did they come from? Why did they fall? The question would be asked a thousand times…

Until, of course, a more important question arose, at which time everyone promptly forgot that a thousand birds fell on the town of Mount Oanoke at all.”

In a quiet Pennsylvania town, a thousand dead starlings fall onto a high school baseball field, unleashing a horrifying and unexpected chain of events that will rock the close-knit community.

Beloved baseball coach and teacher Nate Winters and his wife, Alicia, are well respected throughout town. That is, until one of the many reporters investigating the bizarre bird phenomenon catches Nate embracing a wayward student, Lucia Hamm, in front of a sleazy motel. Lucia soon buoys the scandal by claiming that she and Nate are engaged in an affair, throwing the town into an uproar…and leaving Alicia to wonder if her husband has a second life.

And when Lucia suddenly disappears, the police only to have one suspect: Nate.

Nate’s coworker and sole supporter, Bridget Harris, Lucia’s creative writing teacher, is determined to prove his innocence. She has Lucia’s class journal, and while some of the entries appear particularly damning to Nate’s case, others just don’t add up. Bridget knows the key to Nate’s exoneration and the truth of Lucia’s disappearance lie within the walls of the school and in the pages of that journal.

Told from the alternating points of view of Alicia, Nate, Lucia, and Bridget, The Blackbird Season is a haunting, psychologically nuanced suspense, filled with Kate Moretti’s signature “chillingly satisfying” (Publishers Weekly) twists and turns.

My Takeaway “Where did they come from? Why did they fall? The question would be asked a thousand times…” Kate Moretti, The Blackbird Season The Blackbird Season has been receiving lots of buzz and I was expecting to love it, but the book just didn’t quite…