Saturday, September 16, 2017

A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena

Tom Krupp returns from work and something is amiss. His wife, Karen is not home and her purse and cell phone have been left behind and there is indications that she left in a rush. A knock on the door raised more questions than answers. His wife has been in a car accident and is left with partial amnesia. She has no recollection of what happened before and after the accident. 

Not for from the scene of the accident a body has been found. The police wonder if the events that happened on the same day are in some way connected and an investigation begins. 

The story unravels slowly and while it was interesting enough it didn't hold my full attention. The characters needed further development and the final reveal and plot twist wasn't nearly as scandalous as I would liked. I was able to easily predict it. 

The secrecy and betrayal between the characters is spicy and keeps the story rolling. It's like watching a novella or hearing juicy gossip  that sucks you in and before you know it, your addicted to finding out the truth.

The book does end rather abruptly and I have to wonder if there was a major edit because I felt as though something was missing. This book was "ok" but it took me far longer to read than usual as it didn't "call" to me.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Unraveling Oliver by Liz Nugent

Oliver and Alice are married and have written children's novels together. Oliver is the writer, Alice the illustrator. One night, Oliver goes mad and violently beats, Alice putting her in a coma.

In order to get the present, one must revisit the past and the following chapters are filled with Oliver's life. Oliver's life history is filled with shame, depravity, deception and a sociopathic dipistion.

The first few chapters are dark and juicy. Empathy ensues and then Olivers character begins to emerge. Oliver's. The following chapters are "fillers" and predictability settles in and then a interesting turn of events happens. Revealing much about Oliver.

I had to be honest here -- I really enjoyed the start of the book but struggled getting through a little more than a quarter. I usually give up on the book by that time but I felted committed to finishing the book and the end was worth it and very interesting.

Did it deliver? A little bit but I wouldn't put it in front of my to read pile.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Life's Work: A Moral Argument by Dr. Willie Parker

Life's Work is an argument for Choice. If  abortion is a sensitive topic, I suggest that you scroll past this post.

Dr. Willie Parker grew up in the south, in a Christian home and is an abortion provider. His book chronicles the path that lead him to this and the struggle that many women go through in order to obtain this elective procedure.

He brings a lot of clarity and compassion to this hot topic. Life's Work is well written and it clearly illustrates what a strong advocate and activist he is.

I strongly recommend this book and give Dr. Willie Park two thumb's up.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond

Newlywed's Jake and Alice have just opened up a wedding gift from one of Alice's prominent clients and the gift is enticing enough for Jake and Alice to accept it and become part of, "The Pact."

Alice is a successful lawyer and Jake is a therapist. Their lives seem to be headed in the right direction and when presented with this seemingly innocent "gift" they naively sign the documents without reading them which turns out to be a big mistake. They each have their own reasons for joining but are quick to find out something sinister is afoot.

The Pact has one goal and it is to keep marriages happy and intact. Seems simple enough,  right?  Not so much! Their are rules and infractions but the initial seduction of  glamour and ritz entices them.

Everything seems to be perfect until a penalty is assessed on Alice and then suddenly things take a dark turn. Jake and Alice find out that something sinister lies amongst The Pact and it's members but getting out could cost them their lives.

This is a page turner for sure! It's bizarre, strange and takes readers on a mysterious thrilling ride.

Monday, August 7, 2017

The Best of Enemies by Jen Lancaster

The Best of Enemies is full of snark and loads of fun! I love all the 80s and 90s references and spent the better half of an afternoon laughing and really enjoying one of Jen's fictional novels.
This book has a bit of mystery to it and I think Jen has finally found her niche in fiction novels as this is her best one yet (I have loved all her non-fiction ones to date).  The Best of Enemies introduces us to some interesting, relatable characters. 

We have Jack, Kitty, Sarabeth, Teddy and Bobby. They are all connected through friendship of sorts and when Sarabeth's husband dies in a plane crash they are all reunited.

 Jack and Kitty are at odds with one another and have been for years - This plays out in past and present tense with Jack and Kitty giving their version of events.The back and forth dialogue and chapters is hilarious as you can easily see how interpretations can and do create chaos. 

This book is has laugh, plot twists and engaging characters. The story unfolds in a clever manner and will keep you up until the wee hours of the night!

Friday, July 21, 2017

The Lying Game by Ruth Ware

The Lying Game comes out, July 25th

One text " I need you" has Isa, Kate, Fatima and Thea reuniting. The 4 women meet in their youth when they attend a boarding school known as "Salten House", while residing their played, The Lying Game. It consists of 5 rules. The are:
                                                           1. Tell A lie. 
                                                           2. Stick to your story. 
                                                           3. Don't get caught.
                                                           4. Never lie to each other. 
                                                           5. Know when to stop lying

A lie they told many years ago is being unearthed and the consequences are dire. If their truth surfaces their lives will be over. T

hey reconvene in under 24 hours and their story unfolds in a typical whodunit fashion. The story flips between past and present. The characters are well developed and the story moves along at a fast enough pace. Isa our narrator is unreliable, which is often one of my favorite things when reading mystery/suspense novels. 

The flashback portions are my favorite and the ending was fitting. This is my most favorite of Ruth Ware's novels. If you haven't picked up anything by her yet.. I suggest you start with this book.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Queen (The Blackcoat Rebellion) by Aimée Carter

Queen is the conclusion to, The Blackcoat Rebellion.  
In Queen we know a lot more about Kitty than ever. We know her parentage and that the Hart family is a lot messed up that one would possibly imagine. 

Queen is filled with some big moments but the ramifications are costly. Kitty is still working with the Blackcoats. In typical Carter fashion characters you thought were dead come back and you question if dead characters are really dead and you'd actually be okay if everyone was dead so the book could just end already.

There is a big twist but if you are clever enough you will figure it out in book 2 before the big reveal here. The best part of this book is that some characters grow and redemption happens for others.

There are many aspects I enjoyed about this book but Pawn was the best book in the series. I don't think I will be rereading this series. 

A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena

Tom Krupp returns from work and something is amiss. His wife, Karen is not home and her purse and cell phone have been left behind and there...