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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.

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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! 

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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.

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The New Husband Review

Title: The New Husband
Author: D.J. Palmer
Type: Thriller/Mystery
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Published: 2020
Pages: 384
Rating: 4/5

Thank you to author DJ Palmer and publisher St Martin’s Press for an advanced readers copy of this book. It comes out April 14th.

What is this book about?
Nina’s world is turned upside down after she receives word that her husband Glen is missing. The only clues are a pool of blood on his fishing boat. To make matters worse she discovers he had been having an affair and had been hiding other things from her. After almost 2 years Glen is no where to be found. Assuming he has died Nina moves on. She meets a man named Simon, who is also a widower. Simon seems really perfect. He knows all her favorite things, her son loves him and he was there for her when she needed him. Nina tries to put her life back together with her new future husband but her friends don’t like him and neither does her daughter. Then unlocks some secrets. Is she making the right choice with Simon or is he hiding something? Is Glen dead or did he run off and start his life over?

What did I think?
I want to start by saying that I thought the plot was good. Its a storyline that I don’t see often. It was clever but also a slow build. The character development was ok. Not awesome but not terrible either. The plot twist was decent. I enjoyed the ending. I originally had rated this a 3 when I finished, but after sitting on it for a bit, I keep going between 3 and 4. What’s pulling me from a 3 to a 4, is that I feel like this book does a pretty great job of how subtle emotional abuse can be and how easy it can be want to stay with the abuser. I do not want to say much more than that, because I don’t want to spoil this book for those that want to read it. Overall this was a pretty decent thriller. I liked this authors other book, Saving Megan a bit more.

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A Sweet Mess Book Review

I want to thank NetGalley and St Martin’s Press for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book releases July 14th 2020.

Title: A Sweet Mess
Author: Jayci Lee
Type: Romantic Comedy
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press/Griffin
Published: 2020
Pages: 320
Stars: 3/5

Disclaimer: This book comes out on July 14th, There is a lot of time between now and then. Some of the things I am going to bring up that I didn’t care for could be corrected by then.

What is this book about?
Aubrey Choi is a baker and owns her own bakery. Landon Kim is a famous food critic that has a blog and writes restaurant reviews for a famous magazine. Landon and Aubrey meet a bar and have a passionate one night stand but not before he randomly arrives at her bakery after being stranded with car trouble. He mistakenly buys a chocolate bundt cake for a 6 year old girl’s birthday. The problem is the little girl requested the cake be filled with peanut butter and gummy worms. Not knowing Aubrey is the owner of the bakery he write a negative review. Even after finding out how he came to eat the cake, Landon refuses to write a second review to correct his mistake. Instead, he comes up with a plan to save Aubrey’s bakery. It just involves spending 3 weeks in wine country with one another. Spending time with the man who had a hand in dismantling her business (and having a one night stand with) doesn’t sound like the best idea but it’s the only option she has. What is the plan to save her business and will it work? Can Landon and Aubrey work together or will their lust for one another get in the way?

What did I think?
I thought this was a quick and fast read. I didn’t love it but I didn’t hate it either. I enjoyed that it had strong female characters and that these characters were business owners and Korean American. I feel like we need more representation like this in books. I loved the talk about food and cakes. I can tell that the author really knows her stuff about food. There were parts that I found really funny and I felt like this mostly played out like a chick flick movie in my head. I didn’t love the transitions in this book. Certain parts jumped ahead a month or two leaving the reader wondering if they missed something. The author also switches between POV but there wasn’t any way for the reader to know it was happening. It would switch from Aubrey’s character to Landon in the next paragraph. I am hoping that when this book comes to a full print later this year that there will be some way to identify that this is happening. I didn’t love the plot twist and ending but it did end how must romantic novels do. Overall this is a pretty cute read. I look forward to more books by this author.

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You Are Not Alone Book Review

Title: You Are Not Alone
Authors: Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
Type: Thriller, Mystery, Fiction
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Published: 2020
Pages: 352
Stars: 2/5

I want to thank St Martins Press and NetGalley for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

What is this book about?
Shay, a math whiz, is in her 30’s when she is laid off from her job and her crush/roommate starts dating someone else. She has no friends and feels lonely. Things get worse for her when waits for the subway and sees a stranger jump from the platform and is killed instantly. She decides she wants to learn more about Amanda, the girl from the subway. She meets two women at the memorial, who are everything she wishes she could be.

Cassandra and Jane are sisters and they know why Amanda jumped to her death. Afraid she told Shay, they befriend Shay in attempt to find out what she knows. They are desperate to keep this secret and will go to any lengths to keep it quiet.

What did I think?
I am so sad because I wanted to love this book. I very much enjoyed these authors past novels and was excited to read this one. I was highly disappointed. There were so many characters to keep track of and not only did it switch points of view often but it also switched timelines. It was difficult to keep everything straight. This made this novel feel like it had no plot. None of the characters were likable either. So many characters were introduced but for some of them you had no clue how they met each other or how their friendship developed. So much of it was unbelievable e.g. at one point, when they were doing flash back, Amanda who was a nurse, steals some drugs for her friends Cassandra and Jane. I can’t think of any scenario where someone would do this for a friend. Especially for people they barely know. I spent a large majority of the book wishing I could finish so I could move onto something else. I will say, that I became more interested at around 70% when things started to pick up but then the ending felt rushed.

This book comes out on March 3, 2020

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