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Teaser Tuesday: March 15th 2016

Happy Tuesday – hope it’s a SUPER one too (go vote if that applies to you!)  Having some computer issues lately, missed you all last week (and way behind on reviews again) – but hope to be up and running again soon and hopefully with some new blog content (not book related – but purpose related) – yay!

Loving the book I’m reading this week – No One Knows by J.T. Ellison – a NetGalley read releasing next Tuesday (3/22/16).  Almost done and still not sure where it is going to go!

And I’m throwing in 2 teasers this week – mainly because I thought the first one was just a good line – teaser or not!!

What was it about moments, the ones that start with a capital M, that made you notice each and every detail?
2% into book*

Hiding the truth from herself wasn’t going to work anymore.  She didn’t want to drag herself through it all again, but she’d be damned if she would miss an opportunity to find out exactly what had happened to Josh.
45% into book*

Book Description:

In an obsessive mystery as thrilling as The Girl on the Train and The Husband’s Secret, the New York Times bestselling coauthor of the Nicholas Drummond series will make you question every twist in her page-turning novel—and wonder which of her vividly drawn characters you should trust.

The day Aubrey Hamilton’s husband is declared dead by the state of Tennessee should bring closure so she can move on with her life. But Aubrey doesn’t want to move on. She just wants Josh back. It’s been five years since he disappeared, since their blissfully happy marriage—they were happy, weren’t they?—screeched to a halt and Aubrey became the prime suspect in his disappearance. Five years of emptiness, solitude, loneliness, questions. Why didn’t Josh show up at his friend’s bachelor party? Who anonymously sent Aubrey her favorite cocktail at the bar where Josh stood her up? Was he murdered? Did he run away? And now, all this time later, who is the mysterious and strangely familiar figure suddenly haunting her new life?

As her heroine faces the possibility that everything she thinks she knows about herself, her marriage, and her husband is a lie, New York  author J.T. Ellison expertly peels back the layers of a complex woman who is hiding dark secrets beneath her unassuming exterior. In a masterful thriller for readers who love Gillian Flynn, Liane Moriarty, and Paula Hawkins, Ellison pulls you into a you’ll-never-guess merry-go-round of danger and deception. Round and round and round it goes, where it stops…no one knows.

What do you think? Please share yours below too! Thanks for stopping by today!

Teaser

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Jenn of BooksandaBeat.Com Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

*Teaser pulled from ARC (advanced review copy) and may not tie to final version.

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Book Review: North of Here by Laurel Saville


North of Here by Laurel Saville (click on book or see below for description)
Releases 3/1/16
February Kindle First Read

Rating: 2 bones (2/5 bones)

I wasn’t expecting a happy story in picking up this book.  Actually I’m not sure what I was expecting, but let’s just say I’m happy to be finished with this book now as it got a bit to weird for my liking.

It started out ok.  It was clear by the section titles “Miranda & Dix” then “Darius & Sally” (and so on) that there would be a few stories/characters that the reader could likely assume would intersect at some point.  This was true and it was enjoyable to see how it would happen.  The first section kept my hopes high although it was a story I have read many times before.  Unapproachable, tough guy eventually opens up to naive girl after tragedy.  I’m not spoiling anything, you can see it all coming.  The second section, well there was no guessing what was going to happen when a rich boy trying to break free from his family buys a large abandoned piece of property.  And still – I didn’t see it coming, but maybe I should have?  Still holding out hope – I trucked on.

But then it just got weird.  Not good weird, just creepy, uncomfortable and I wanted it to be over.  Now don’t get me wrong, the pages kept turning, it didn’t drag on by any means, I just really didn’t care for it.  I could have handled a whole host of emotional topics, as I mentioned, I wasn’t looking for happy, this just didn’t do it for me.  The writing was decent as I had a clear picture of some of the very vivid (disturbing) scenes described, my review is solely based on the subject matter.

As to not spoil anything, I’ll keep this vague and stop here.  The ending I guess I would say is sweet, after a few more unexpected twists, but by that point, I was done.  Maybe I have piqued your interest?  It is worth reading so you can share your thoughts – I’d love to talk about it more.

Thank you to Kindle First (Amazon) for the opportunity to preview this book!

Book Description:

The sounds of unexpected tragedies—a roll of thunder, the crash of metal on metal—leave Miranda in shock amid the ruins of her broken family.

As she searches for new meaning in her life, Miranda finds quiet refuge with her family’s handyman, Dix, in his cabin in the dark forests of the Adirondack Mountains. Dix is kind, dependable, and good with an ax—the right man to help the sheltered Miranda heal—but ultimately, her sadness creates a void even he can’t fill.

When a man from her distant past turns up, the handsome idealist now known as Darius, he offers Miranda a chance to do meaningful work at The Source, a secluded property filled with his nature worshipers. Miranda feels this charismatic guru is the key to remaking her life, but her grief and desire for love also create an opportunity for his deception. And in her desperate quest to find herself after losing almost everything, Miranda and Dix could pay a higher price than they ever imagined.

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Book Review: The Passenger by Lisa Lutz

The Passenger by Lisa Lutz
Released 3/1/16
Downloaded free through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 4 bones (4/5 bones)

Don’t expect to sit back and relax and read this book.  This book will have you holding your breath and waiting for relief for Tanya (or whoever she is) and wondering if it will ever come.

As the blurb starts out below, the book begins with the death of Frank, Tanya’s husband.  And she runs.  It’s apparent that she really didn’t do it right from the start – so why does she run?  The book dives right in as Tayna changes identity and begins her quest for escape (I started to write freedom, but when you’re running from the law – you learn pretty fast that freedom will never be a part of it.)

We learn bits and pieces of the past through emails with a mystery man named Ryan corresponding to a woman named Jo.  But it takes the better part of the book to determine what happened so many years ago and why she ran in the first place.

The book is broken into sections titled appropriately with Tanya’s current identity.  Some last for a few months, while others last only a day.  I’m exhausted for her as she is constantly looking over her shoulder, trying to figure out what is next, and never able to fully trust anyone.  She does let two interesting characters close to her – Blue and a local town sheriff.  Both of these relationships appear throughout the book and will keep you wondering if either of them are out to get her, use her, or maybe even help her.

It’s an exciting, yet bumpy ride, but with a good ending.  Great book!  Thank you to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for allowing me to preview!

Book Review:

In case you were wondering, I didn’t do it. I didn’t have anything to do with Frank’s death. I don’t have an alibi, so you’ll have to take my word for it…

Forty-eight hours after leaving her husband’s body at the base of the stairs, Tanya Dubois cashes in her credit cards, dyes her hair brown, demands a new name from a shadowy voice over the phone, and flees town. It’s not the first time.

She meets Blue, a female bartender who recognizes the hunted look in a fugitive’s eyes and offers her a place to stay. With dwindling choices, Tanya-now-Amelia accepts. An uneasy―and dangerous―alliance is born.

It’s almost impossible to live off the grid today, but Amelia-now-Debra and Blue have the courage, the ingenuity, and the desperation, to try. Hopscotching from city to city, Debra especially is chased by a very dark secret…can she outrun her past?

With heart-stopping escapes and devious deceptions, The Passenger is an amazing psychological thriller about defining yourself while you pursue your path to survival. One thing is certain: the ride will leave you breathless.

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Teaser Tuesday: March 1st 2016

Hi March!!  Some exciting things happening over here that may be taking over the blog this spring/summer…stay tuned but here is a hint:

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This week I began a new book that is keeping me up late.  It’s The Unforgotten by Laura Powell a NetGalley read releasing March 17, 2016- and isn’t this just a beautiful cover!?  So far a great mystery too!

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“All that exists in this second, in this street, is the headline board.  At first, Mary reads it again and things she must be hallucinating, but she screams again, and again it comes out as a peculiar, raspy cough.”
7% into book*

Book Description:

It’s 1956 and fifteen-year-old Betty Broadbent has never left the Cornish fishing village of St Steele or ventured far beyond the walls of the boarding house run by her erratic mother. But when the London press pack descends to report on a series of gruesome murders of young women, Betty’s world changes. In particular she is transfixed by mysterious and aloof reporter, Mr Gallagher.

As the death toll rises, an unlikely friendship blossoms between Betty and Gallagher. But as their bond deepens, they find themselves entangled with the murders and each is forced to make a devastating choice, one that will shape their own lives – and the life of an innocent man – forever.

What do you think? Please share yours below too! Thanks for stopping by today!

Teaser

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Jenn of BooksandaBeat.Com Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

*Teaser pulled from ARC (advanced review copy) and may not tie to final version.

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Teaser Tuesday: February 23rd 2016

Tuesday – hello again!  I’ve finished 2 books since last week and need to get on some reviews!  And I have another thrilling one to share today.

It’s The Girl You Lost by Kathryn Croft, an impulse download from Amazon this week.  I really enjoyed The Girl with No Past a few months back – so I thought I’d give this one a go.  So far so good – and I love this short yet powerful teaser!

“But what was I truly frightened of? What we had just done, or the fact that I had liked it?”
8% into book

Book Description:

Eighteen years ago your baby daughter was snatched. Today, she came back.

A sinister and darkly compelling psychological thriller from the No.1 bestselling author of The Girl With No Past.

Eighteen years ago, Simone Porter’s six-month-old daughter, Helena, was abducted. Simone and husband, Matt, have slowly rebuilt their shattered lives, but the pain at losing their child has never left them.

Then a young woman, Grace, appears out of the blue and tells Simone she has information about her stolen baby. But just who is Grace – and can Simone trust her?

When Grace herself disappears, Simone becomes embroiled in a desperate search for her baby and the woman who has vital clues about her whereabouts.

Simone is inching closer to the truth but it’ll take her into dangerous and disturbing territory.

Simone lost her baby. Will she lose her life trying to find her?

What do you think? Please share yours below too! Thanks for stopping by today!

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB/Jenn of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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Teaser Tuesday: February 16th 2016

Happy Tuesday!  Glad I remembered it was Tuesday – long weekend has me a bit confused.  But happy to be here!

After just finishing a disappointing read, I was excited to start The Passenger by Lisa Lutz last night.  The action started right away and I didn’t want to put this one down last night!  It releases March 1, 2016 and I was provided an ARC through NetGalley!

“When I was done, that slicing pain across my back, like an invisible scar, seemed to ease.  It has been so long since I’d spoken the truth, it sounded like a lie.  I had a hell of a story to tell, but Blue seemed to take it in stride.”
15% into book*

Book Description:

From the author of the New York Times bestselling Spellman Files series, Lisa Lutz’s latest blistering thriller is about a woman who creates and sheds new identities as she crisscrosses the country to escape her past: you’ll want to buckle up for the ride!

In case you were wondering, I didn’t do it. I didn’t have anything to do with Frank’s death. I don’t have an alibi, so you’ll have to take my word for it…

Forty-eight hours after leaving her husband’s body at the base of the stairs, Tanya Dubois cashes in her credit cards, dyes her hair brown, demands a new name from a shadowy voice over the phone, and flees town. It’s not the first time.

She meets Blue, a female bartender who recognizes the hunted look in a fugitive’s eyes and offers her a place to stay. With dwindling choices, Tanya-now-Amelia accepts. An uneasy―and dangerous―alliance is born.

It’s almost impossible to live off the grid today, but Amelia-now-Debra and Blue have the courage, the ingenuity, and the desperation, to try. Hopscotching from city to city, Debra especially is chased by a very dark secret…can she outrun her past?

With heart-stopping escapes and devious deceptions, The Passenger is an amazing psychological thriller about defining yourself while you pursue your path to survival. One thing is certain: the ride will leave you breathless.

What do you think? Please share yours below too! Thanks for stopping by today!

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB/Jenn of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

*Quote was pulled from an ARC and may not tie exactly to final version.

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Book Review: Baggage by S.G. Redling

Baggage by S.G. Redling
Released 2/9/16
Provided free through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 3 bones(2.5/5 bones)

This book definitely held my interest, but left me a bit disappointed.  Like many mysteries, tiny details were revealed throughout the book, but this one definitely held on to secrets until the bitter end.  Like 95-97% of the way through to get answers.  And the outcome, to me, felt disconnected from the rest of the book.  I won’t reveal any spoilers, but you really won’t ever guess it, at least I didn’t.  Which is usually a good thing, and while explained, I still felt it was a stretch.

The main character Anna Ray is a train wreck.  She’s been through hell but tends to dwell in it, through ignorance, self-pity, and wine, lots of wine.  We know that February 17th is a tough day for her and the general details around why, but it takes the whole book to get the whole story.  And this year, this date is no different when more bad things happen on February 17th.  Her cousin Jeannie, the only family she really knows, comes to town to help her deal, but seems to be just as bad as Anna as their first night together ends with them black out drunk!

I just wasn’t invested in the story and was glad when it was over.  Which is a bit disappointing because I loved The Widow File, a 5 bone read for me, which I hold for only my very favorites!  I won’t let this keep me from picking up books from Ms. Redling in the future, this one just didn’t do it for me.

Thank you to NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer for allowing me to preview this book.

Book Description:

A new thriller from the bestselling author of Flowertown, The Widow File, and Redemption Key.

Over the years, terrible things keep happening to Anna Ray on February 17. First, there was the childhood trauma she’s never been able to speak about. Then, to her horror, her husband killed himself on that date.

A year later and a thousand miles away, Anna tries to find solace in the fresh start of a new job in a new place. She takes comfort in her outspoken cousin Jeannie, the confidant and best friend who’s there whenever she needs help. On the eve of the dreaded anniversary, Anna and Jeannie hit the town, planning to ease the pain with an alcohol-induced stupor and then sleep…

But when Anna awakes on the darkest day of her year, she has no idea that fate is about to intervene in the form of a pair of gruesome murders with eerie similarities to her violent past. This time, however, she won’t be an abandoned daughter or a grieving widow. This time, she’ll be a suspect.

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Teaser Tuesday: February 9th 2016

Happy Tuesday!

This week’s read falls into my favorite category of mystery/thriller.  And although I’m almost finished with this book, like 80%+, it still remains a complete mystery to me.  I’m worried there won’t be enough time to get all the answers I need!  We’ll see though.

It’s a NetGalley read called Baggage by S.G. Redling and it releases TODAY!!  Very exciting.  Review coming very soon.

“If I had just come home and found that waiting for me?  Well, I still would have gotten destroyed, but I would have gotten rage drunk.  Or worse, weepy drunk.  Every drop of wine would have tasted like tears and loneliness and I’ve had enough of that.”
18% into book*

Book Description:

Over the years, terrible things keep happening to Anna Ray on February 17. First, there was the childhood trauma she’s never been able to speak about. Then, to her horror, her husband killed himself on that date.

A year later and a thousand miles away, Anna tries to find solace in the fresh start of a new job in a new place. She takes comfort in her outspoken cousin Jeannie, the confidant and best friend who’s there whenever she needs help. On the day of the dreaded anniversary, Anna and Jeannie hit the town, planning to ease the pain with an alcohol-induced stupor and then sleep…

When Anna awakes the next morning, she thinks she can put one more February 17 behind her, but fate is about to intervene in the form of two gruesome murders with eerie similarities to her violent past. This time, however, she won’t be an abandoned daughter or a grieving widow. This time, she’ll be a suspect.

What do you think? Please share yours below too! Thanks for stopping by today!

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB/Jenn of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

*Quote was pulled from an ARC and may not tie exactly to final version.

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Book Review: A Cure for Madness by Jodi McIsaac

A Cure for Madness
By Jodi McIsaac
Released 1/19/16

Rating: 3 bones(3/5 bones)

What a scary concept – a virus that makes people crazy.  Now I know our world has it’s share of crazy people – but what if it was contagious?  And there wasn’t a cure!

It’s a story, not unlike others I’ve read, of a homecoming for someone who has tried hard to escape their past.  In this case it is Clare Campbell, who left Clarkeston Maine five or so years ago.  She is brought back after her parents are murdered.  She is forced to face many people from her past and make some tough decisions.  Overall it’s a bit of a redemption story, which I always appreciate.  But it took her awhile to get there and she sort of drove my crazy too at times!

The other main player in the book is Clare’s brother, Wes.  I loved the vivid descriptions of him and had a very clear picture of him in my head as we went through the book.  He just seemed like a troubled, but very good guy who Clare had taken advantage at times.  But the sibling bond was there throughout the book and they ultimately had to work together to get through the scary situation they were in.

Throw in the government and hospitals being secretive and no one really wanting to divulge answers, and this was a very fast paced read.  The description keeps it pretty vague – so I will follow suit.  It was an interesting read, contained all the elements of a good book (even some romance thrown in!), just felt a little familiar and compared some others of late just didn’t hold up.

But thank you to NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer for allowing me to preview!

Book Description:

Clare Campbell has worked hard to create distance between herself and her troubled family. But when she receives news of her parents’ murder, she’s forced to return to the quiet town of Clarkeston, Maine, to arrange their funeral and take legal guardianship of her unpredictable and mentally ill brother, Wes.

While Clare struggles to come to grips with the death of her parents, a terrifying pathogen outbreak overtakes the town. She is all too familiar with the resulting symptoms, which resemble those of her brother’s schizophrenia: hallucinations, paranoia, and bizarre, even violent, behavior. Before long, the government steps in—and one agent takes a special interest in Wes. Clare must make a horrifying decision: save her brother or save the world.

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Teaser Tuesday: February 2nd 2016

Better late than never as I’m really trying to keep up my blog this year!  Happy Tuesday!  And Happy Groundhog Day!  (An early spring has been predicted here!)

This week I am reading A Cure for Madness by Jodi McIsaac which released January 19th 2016.  Another terrifying read – although Find Her will be hard to tops in terms of that!

“I wished I could freeze time.  I’d read the books, seen the TV shows.  When someone called late at night and warned you they had difficult news, it always meant that your life was about to change in a horrible, irreversible way – and there was nothing you could do to stop it.”
6% into book*

Book Description:

Clare Campbell has worked hard to create distance between herself and her troubled family. But when she receives news of her parents’ murder, she’s forced to return to the quiet town of Clarkeston, Maine, to arrange their funeral and take legal guardianship of her unpredictable and mentally ill brother, Wes.

While Clare struggles to come to grips with the death of her parents, a terrifying pathogen outbreak overtakes the town. She is all too familiar with the resulting symptoms, which resemble those of her brother’s schizophrenia: hallucinations, paranoia, and bizarre, even violent, behavior. Before long, the government steps in—and one agent takes a special interest in Wes. Clare must make a horrifying decision: save her brother or save the world.

What do you think?? Please share yours below too! Thanks for stopping by today!

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB/Jenn of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

*Quote was pulled from an ARC and may not tie exactly to final version.

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