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: It

Book Review: ItIt
by Stephen King
on September 15th 1986
Pages: 1142
Published by Viking Penguin
Genres: Fiction, Suspense/Thriller

Derry: a small city in Maine, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own home town. Only in Derry the haunting is real...

It began for the Losers on a day in June of 1958, the day school let out for the summer. That was the day Henry Bowers carved the first letter of his name on Ben Hanscom's belly and chased him into the Barrens, the day Henry and his Neanderthal friends beat up on Stuttering Bill Denbrough and Eddie Kaspbrak, the day Stuttering Bill had to save Eddie from his worst asthma attack ever by riding his bike to beat the devil. It ended in August, with seven desperate children in search of a creature of unspeakable evil in the drains beneath Derry. In search of It. And somehow it ended.

Or so they thought. Then.

On a spring night in 1985 Mike Hanlon, once one of those children, makes six calls. Stan Uris, accountant. Richie "Records" Tozier, L.A. disc jockey. Ben Hanscom, renowned architect. Beverly Rogan, dress designer. Eddie Kaspbrak, owner of a successful New York limousine company. And Bill Denbrough, bestselling writer of horror novels, Bill Denbrough who now only stutters in his dreams.

These six men and one woman have forgotten their childhoods, have forgotten the time when they were Losers...but an unremembered promise draws them back, the present begins to rhyme dreadfully with the past, and when the Losers reunite, the wheels of fate lock together and roll them towards the ultimate terror.

“We all float down here!” Stephen King, It Hot diggity dog! It was gripping, ingenious, and yes, scary. No doubt, King is a brilliant master storyteller and worthy of the numerous accolades he constantly receives. Reading the book is a HUGE task at over 1100 pages – yikes!! It…