Category Archives: Review

Murder Mile by Lynda La Plante

display-a785585dc884488f3ada15bd0809fc4d.jpgAh, another book by Lynda La Plante. She is such a talented author that I know, no matter what I read of hers, it’s going to be good, interesting, gripping, and will leave me by the seat of my pants until I flip the last page. My first book of hers was Widows, and let me tell you, it set high bars as far as writing is concerned, and she does not disappoint.

Follow Jane Tennison on her journey to hunt down and discover the identity of a serial killer wreaking havoc and murder on the wintry town. Tennison is a likable and relatable character, who you root for from beginning to end.

This book weaves in and out of events seamlessly, never leaving you without suspense and always leaving you with wanting more.


Consumed by J.R. Ward

display-6bc9c690f06159b45838926ea270557bI have heard great things about J.R. Ward prior to this book, but never had the pleasure of reading her books. . . until now.

Consumed is everything a thriller and mystery should be and more. The mystery of the fire starter and Danny and Anne’s search for the fire starter is what kicks this book off to a whirlwind of a start, but when the fire starter begins to target Anna when they’re hot on the arsonist’s trail, this is where the suspense of the novel picks up and grabs you, not letting you go until the very last page.

The writing in this book is wonderful and captivating, thrusting you into the character’s world. It is all-consuming and leaves you thinking about what will happen next. If you’re not reading the book, you’re thinking about the book.

Release Date: October 9, 2018

The Byline Bible by Susan Shapiro

display-5813de1fceae32dc759cc478766ce9d9.jpgThis is a great book that will no doubt help a lot of people. This will be best used and kept as a reference book and is certainly a good book to have in your arsenal, whether or not you’re in the entertainment field or looking to go into it.

As someone who is currently most of the way through earning a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, this is definitely a useful book. I am pleased to have this as not only a reference guide, but to also have in my arsenal.

While this book may not give you every single thing you need to know on how to get published, it will certainly be handy for your journey into publishing and certainly can’t hurt. I’d suggest going out there and grabbing this one, no matter where you are on your journey.

Release Date: TODAY August 21, 2018

The Other Woman by Sandie Jones

display-d39b6c6f4b4a74c4fc87915004a25977.jpgI LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this book. The writing, first and foremost, was captivating and thrilling, well put together, flowed extremely well, and made me not want to miss one second of reading this book.

I am a big fan of psychological thrillers and this one certainly falls within my ‘Top 20’ list for gripping thrillers. A man, getting married, loves his wife. His mother, however, isn’t prepared to let him go. As irritating as this sounds, it is a REALITY, though only partly, because Pammie (a.k.a. mother) is a piece of work, I tell you. I’m sure you’ve known someone like her in your life. The closeness of reality and the thrilling addition of being a work of fiction is what made this book enjoyable, it was a quick read, and it engulfed me.

Release Date: TODAY August 21, 2018

The Darkest Lecgacy by Alexandra Bracken

display-1d859f37f4e132734125e8231555be96.jpgSo, I jumped right into this book as it’s been a while since I have been in the Darkest Minds world, but nevertheless, I loved every page of this!! I love Alexandra Bracken’s writing from the Darkest Minds books and it still carries on in The Darkest legacy. I am super hyped for the movie, releasing this Friday – August 3 – and I love these characters so much. I was glad to see Suzume in a better light and her journey in this book is certainly one of intrigue and interest as she tries to clear her name. I love this series so much, and since reading this, I’ve picked up a copy of the Darkest Minds to sort of re-read, since it’s been years, so I can fully appreciate this book later on, even though it was amazing this first read around!

Release Date: TODAY

All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin

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display-779903f7f072dbce0ff33be539878e03To start, I absolutely love Emily Giffin. Her writing is superb and she is such a great storyteller, I have not read a book of her I didn’t like and I practically screamed when I found out she was coming out with another book.

This story is told from three perspectives and I honestly thought it would be a problem, but it isn’t. This story follows Nashville’s elite and shows that one “mistake” can alter so much. I am also a big fan of stories following “wealthy” families when they get the light shone on them, showing that they are just like the rest of society with their problems and their secrets, they just deal with their problems at white tie galas and I deal with mine binge-watching Parks & Rec in sweatpants.

Release Date: TODAY

The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn

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40389527Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.

Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare.

What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems.

Let me just start off by saying, even though it took me a full week to finish reading this book, I actually read it in about two day’s reading time. As you all know, one of my favorite genres is thrillers. I love the suspense of not knowing where the book is headed, twists that I anticipate, or twists I expect and then am floored by my wrong assumptions. This book had all of that. The writing was incredible and made this book so enjoyable.

*semi-spoilers, but nothing too deep*

     Anna Fox, a former child psychologist, suffers from agoraphobia after a terrible accident with her husband and daughter, unable to leave her house beyond the backyard. She spies on her neighbors through the windows of her home, most notably through her bedroom window. On Halloween night, Jane Russell, the new neighbor, saves Anna from the nasty teens who throw eggs at her house.

A few days later, Jane pops by again. This time, she stays awhile, and Anna and Jane become friends, bonding over wine, old movies, and chess. Jane gets a little drunk and slips up, mentioning that Alistair, her husband, is controlling and loses his temper.

A few days later, Anna hears a scream from the Russell’s home. She looks over and sees Jane with a sharp silver thing sticking out of her chest, bleeding. After she calls for help, she ventures outside – the first time in almost a year – and across the street to help Jane. She collapses on the way and then wakes up in a hospital room to a nurse and a detective.

After the detective takes her home when she recovers, he and another detective survey the house. Their most troubling find is the table left littered with pills and wine, both recently used.

Perhaps she imagined the whole thing? That’s what the detective thinks, anyway. And then the doorbell rings and Alistair walks in with Jane in tow…

…and Anna’s never seen this woman in her life.

When I tell you I’ve never been in love with a thriller book until this one, I am telling the TRUTH. The writing from A.J. Finn makes this book stand out above the rest, and the twists and turns just gripped me throughout its entirety. I was questioning everyone, every reality, and every possibility I could, but I was still floored with the last twist near the end.

If you enjoy thrillers and suspense, read this book, you won’t regret it! As a matter of fact, you’re doing yourself a disservice if you don’t read this book. The way the chapters are set up makes it a quick read, but the writing sucks you into this world.