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And Now She’s Gone Review

Title: And Now She’s Gone
Author: Rachel Howzell Hall
Type: Mystery/Thriller
Pages: 384
Rating: 4/5


***Thank you NetGalley and Macmillan-Tor/Forge for the advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Twists, turns and big surprises oh my! I really enjoyed this book. It kept me guessing the entire time! I found the storyline and plot to be clever and well thought out. It’s the kind of story that truly played out like a movie in my head.

I would love to see this story on the big screen! Isabel Lincoln is missing and Grayson Skyes is private investigator hired by Ian, Isabel’s boyfriend, to find her. As Gray investigates she starts to question why Isabel is missing in the first place and what she might be hiding. The story goes between present day, and Gray’s past. Grays story involves a troubled past with an abusive partner and a name change to escape. Isabel’s story is complex and will keep you guessing.

My only complaint is that there were a lot of characters to keep track of and I struggled a bit with that but the story was really good and I hope this isn’t the last of Grayson Skyes. I would love to read more stories with her in it. I loved loved loved her character. Please please please give me more of Grayson Skyes!

Category Archives: Mystery

Home Before Dark Review

Title: Home Before Dark
Author: Riley Sager
Type: Mystery/Thriller
Pages: 384
Rating: 3.5/5

Maggie Holt lives in the shadow of her Father’s book, House of Horrors which details the time her family lived in Baneberry Hall 25 years ago. Her father claims the home was haunted and that is why they left in a hurry. When Maggie’s father dies and she inherits the house unexpectedly, Maggie decides to get to the bottom of the memoir which she believes to be a complete lie. She goes to Baneberry Hall to get answers. She remembers nothing from her time there and doesn’t believe in ghosts. Once she arrives, her time at Baneberry Hall as a child begins to unfold and she starts to question her everything. Is he fathers book the truth? What secrets does the house hold? Will Maggie find the answers she’s looking for?

This was one of my most anticipated books of 2020. Riley Sager is one of my favorite authors and tends to suck me in right away. While this book did not disappoint me, it isn’t my favorite either. When I realized this was a ghost story, I excepted to be scared. I’ve read other books that have left me shaking and sadly, this didn’t do that. The story did keep me entertained and I loved that the story alternated between the memoir and present day. I didn’t see the final twist coming but at the same time I was a little underwhelmed with the ending. Sager is still remains one of my favorite authors though and I look forward to future books.

Category Archives: Mystery

A Good Marriage Review

Title: A Good Marriage
Author: Kimberly McCreight
Type: Mystery/Thriller
Pages: 400
Rating: 4/5

Great thriller that definitely kept me guessing the entire time. Lizzie is asked to represent Zach who is suspected of killing his wife Amanda. Storyline goes between Amanda (in the past leading up to the day she died) and Lizzie (in the present). Lizzie has her own secrets and slowly she starts to unravel some of Zach and Amanda’s. There was a lot going on in the story which made it seem a little disjointed at times but overall a good read and it all came together in the end. I will definitely read more by this author.

Category Archives: Mystery

No One Saw Review

Title: No One Saw
Author: Beverly Long
Type: Mystery/Thriller
Pages: 384
Rating: 4/5

**Thank you NetGalley and Harlequin for the opportunity of an advanced reader in exchange for an honest review. No One Saw is out June 30th.

A.L. McKrittridge and Rena Morgan are at it again when they need to solve crime of a missing 5 year old girl named Emma Whitman. Emma’s grandmother dropped her off at daycare and left her with a teacher. At the end of the day Emma is gone and all the teachers and staff say Emma was never there. With little evidence they must try to find Emma before its to late.

I really enjoyed 10 Days Gone and was excited to see Beverly Long had a new novel. I absolutely love these two detectives. I find their friendship and banter towards each other both funny and relatable. If you are into detectives solving crimes then this novel is definitely for you. I didn’t enjoy this one as much as her first novel but it was still pretty good. The storyline was not super exciting and I was underwhelmed with the ending but I like I said its a typical crime/whodunit type of story. Sometimes I had a hard time keeping the characters straight. At the end of the day it kept me engaged and I was curious to find out what happened in the end.

Category Archives: Mystery

The Ex-Wife Review

Title: The Ex-Wife
Author: Jess Ryder
Type: Thriller, Mystery, Psychological Thriller
Pages: 352
Rating: 4/5

This book has been on my to be read list for awhile. After not being able to find it at my library or on audio, I decided to buy it from Thriftbooks. I thought it was a pretty good thriller.

Natasha has an affair with Nick and gets pregnant. He leaves his wife, Jen, and marries Natasha. Jen keeps hanging around though and seems to be having a hard time letting go and moving on. Then one day, Natasha wakes up to find her daughter Emily and Nick gone. It seems they took off. Jen is wanting to help Natasha but can she really be trusted?

It’s not a plot you see very often and I felt like it was pretty suspenseful throughout the whole thing. This certainly had me on the edge of my seat. The story flows pretty easily, especially since you are not only going between three different points of view but also two different timelines. The ending wasn’t super exciting but at the same time I really loved the ending. I wish I could say more about why I love it without spoiling it.

I’ll end with saying that there were some really strong female characters in the novel and I love when that happens in a thriller!

Category Archives: Mystery

After Anna Review

Title: After Anna
Author: Lisa Scottoline
Type: Thriller/mystery
Pages: 388
Rating: 4/5

What is this book about?
Noah, a widower, and Maggie, divorced, are married. Both are excited when a surprise shows up at their doorstep. It’s Anna. Maggie’s long lost daughter, who she has not seen since her husband took off with her to Europe when Anna was just 6 months old. But Anna’s arrival changes everything and suddenly she is dead and Noah is accused of her murder. What happened to Anna and did Noah kill her?

What did I think?
I thought this was a fast past thriller. It went from past, when Anna showed up, to present where Noah is going through a trial for Anna’s murder. I thought the storyline was easy to follow and I did not see the major twist coming.

Category Archives: Mystery

Once You Go This Far Review

Title: Once You Go This Far
Author: Kristen Lepionka
Type: Thriller/Mystery
Pages: 320
Rating: 5/5

***Thank you NetGalley and St Martins Press for an advanced copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review.

What is this book about?
Rebecca was an experienced hiker who was found dead at the bottom of the ravine. It appears to be an accidental death but is it really? Maggie, Rebecca’s daughter doesn’t think so. She decides to hire Roxanne Weary, a private investigator, to investigate. The investigation takes Roxanne to Detroit, Columbus, Toledo and Windsor. She talks with many people along the way and soon realizes that it appears Rebecca’s death was no accident. Who is behind the death and what are they hiding.

What did I think?
Ahhhh Lepionka does it again. This book was great! The storyline is well developed. The characters are well developed. The twist and turns are well developed. Everything about this book was great! So much detail. So much WOW! There was so much going on in this story but it was still easy to follow. It was neat to see how everything was connected. I couldn’t put this book down! I highly recommend it you won’t be disappointed! 

Category Archives: Mystery

The Half Sister Review

Title: The Half Sister
Author: Sadie Jones
Type: Mystery, Thriller 
Publisher: St Martin’s Press
Published: 2020
Pages: 320
Rating: 2/5

**Thank you NetGalley and St Martin’s Press for the opportunity to read this book early in exchange for an honest review.


What is this book about?
Kate, Lauren and Rose are at a family dinner when Jess shows up claiming to be a half sister to Kate and Lauren. Jess has a note with DNA results that state their late father is also her father. Lauren accepts it right away but Rose and Kate are skeptical. Kate begins to investigate and finds that someone is hiding a secret.

What did I think?
I didn’t really enjoy this book. I couldn’t connect to the characters at all. I mostly found them annoying and immature. I also found the reactions to the half sister showing up a little far fetched and unrealistic. I felt like this novel was more about family dynamics rather than a thriller. I wish I would have had more background on the Kate and Lauren and how their relationship fell apart. It said many times in the book that they were close at one time. One positive about the book is that the characters were developed well enough that I didn’t get confused when the story switched between points of view. My favorite part of the book was the last 30 or so pages when it felt more like a thriller because I was excited and engaged. I really wish the whole book had been like that.

Category Archives: Mystery

The Tenant Review

Title: The Tenant
Author: Katrine Engberg
Type: Mystery, Thriller 
Publisher: Galley/Scout Press
Published: 2020
Pages: 368
Rating: 3/5

What is this book about?
A young woman named Julie, was discovered and she was gruesomely murdered in her own apartment. Creative lines were carved into her face and she was slaughtered. Jeppe and Anette are police detectives that are in charge of finding the killer. They quickly find a link between the victim and her landlady. In addition to being a landlady, Esther is a writer and her unfinished story resembles Julie’s murder. Is she the murderer or another victim? Will Jeppe and Anette find the killer before he/she kills again?

What did I think?
This is a typical whodunit story. If you are into stories with detectives solving crimes, this story is for you. A girl is murdered, and the detectives have to try and figure out who did it. The storyline is pretty good and found the plot clever. My only complaint with the storyline is there were pieces in the story that weren’t really needed. The main detective has an affair with an married woman after getting divorced and that same main character is also addicted to pain killers. Neither of these things were needed to advance the story and I found those sections kind of boring. The character development was just okay for me. Overall, it was a decent story. It appears there are other books with these detectives but I do not believe I will continue reading it.

Category Archives: Mystery

The Other People

Title: The Other People
Author: C.J. Tudor
Type: Mystery, Thriller 
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Published: 2020
Pages: 327
Rating: 2/5

What is this book about?
When Gabe is on his way home one evening he notices an old car. He sees a little girl peer out the window and she looks just like his daughter Izzy. Then he sees the girl mouth the word daddy. He pulls off the road and calls home only to find out that it appears his wife and daughter have been killed. Gabe spends the next 3 years driving on the highway searching for his daughter because he was sure he saw her. Fran and her daughter Alice are on that same highway but they are on the run. They know the truth about what really happened to Gabe’s family. Gabe wants the truth and his search eventually leads him to The Other People. Who are The Other People and how might they be related to Gabe and Fran?

What did I think?
The plot was weak and disjointed at times. The character development was just ok. The overall idea of The Other People was neat and different but the delivery of the story just fell flat for me. One piece of the ending left me feeling confused. There were certain parts of the story that I felt weren’t needed and others were I struggled to find how it all connected. I think I just need to accept that I am not a fan of this author, unfortunately.

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