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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: 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!

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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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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: January 12th 2016

Happy Tuesday!

Back again with my current read.  Still way far behind on reviews – but something to keep the blog up-to-date.

This week I’m reading The Moonlit Garden by Corina Bomann, one of the Kindle First January Selections releasing 2/1/16.  I’m about 2/3rds of the way through and I’m really enjoying it.  I’d describe it as a pretty mystery. Not dark like my normal reads, but still intriguing as the mystery of this violin is traced back from its current owner.  And my teaser today I thought was good advice for everyone!

“The important thing is that, whatever rubbish the world throws at you, you don’t lose heart, and you make sure you always find a way to rid yourself of the bad stuff.”
(10% into book)

Book Description:

Lilly Kaiser had come to terms with her solitary, uncomplicated life after becoming a young widow. So when a stranger delivers an old violin to her Berlin antiques shop and tells Lilly it belongs to her, she’s completely bewildered. Why should she be the one to inherit such an exquisite instrument?

Together with her best friend, Ellen, and handsome musicologist Gabriel Thornton, Lilly sets out to explore the violin’s legacy. From England to Italy to Indonesia, she follows its winding trail. Along the way, she learns of Rose Gallway, a beautiful woman of English and Sumatran descent who lived among Sumatra’s lush gardens more than a hundred years earlier. A celebrated and sought-after musician, Rose once owned Lilly’s violin and regularly played concerts for Sumatra’s colonial elite—until, one day, she simply disappeared.

As Lilly unravels the mystery behind Rose’s story—and uncovers other unexpected secrets—she’ll come to see her own life in an entirely new light. And as each shared discovery brings her closer to Gabriel, her heart might finally break its long-held silence.

 

What do you think?? Thanks for stopping by – please share yours in the comments!

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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Book Review: Ruthless by John Rector


Ruthless (Click book or see description below)
By John Rector
Released 6/1/15
Provided free through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 4 bones

Bonus Teaser (missed my usual Tuesday post the last few weeks – so here is one for you!):

“No, not the kind of doctors you’re thinking of,” she said.  “These doctors were different.  They were terrifying, and they were ruthless.”
(88% into book)

Talk about fast paced – this book started off strong, ended strong, and didn’t have any downtime in between.  It’s been awhile that I read a book in just a few sittings, but this one had me hooked, and had I not needed sleep, I could have easily finished in just one.

I like how Nick White, trying to be witty and funny, as I’m sure we all do sometimes, found that he did that at the exact wrong time, with the wrong person.  A man used to trusting his gut, soon knew this was not just witty banter with Patricia Holloway but was too far in to get out.

Nick White seemed to be your typical guy.  Separated from his wife, just trying to get by, he found himself mistaken for a hitman while drowning his sorrows over a drink one night in Mickey’s, his usual watering hole.  His emotions getting the better of him when he sees a beautiful young woman’s life at risk, he soon is on the run doing things he never dreamed of.  I love it when a book can put the reader in a position to think what they would do if that happened to them.

Quick read, on the edge of my seat (well bed where I usually read!)  Only complaint is that when we get into the “why” part of the book – I felt it got a little too high level for the book.  Definitely unexpected and not unwelcome – just a bit more than I think the book needed to go.  But overall fun read, great characters, don’t miss this summer read!

Thanks to NetGalley and Amazon Publishing for allowing me to preview!

Book Description:

Nick White is the only person who can save Abigail Pierce. After uncovering a plot to have her killed, he attempts to warn her but instead puts himself squarely in the crosshairs. They know who he is, they know where he lives, they know how to get at his family.

Drawn into the conspiracy surrounding Abigail, Nick soon discovers the danger is bigger than he ever believed. Now he must uncover the truth to save her and himself. Gripping and intense, this novel is a twisted thrill ride from bestselling author John Rector (The Grove, Lost Things, Already Gone, Out of the Black, etc.)

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Book Review: Little Black Lies by Sharon Bolton

Little Black Lies
By Sharon Bolton
Released 5/19/2015
Provided free through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 4 bones

I’ll admit this was the first time, especially in the same year that I have read two books by the same title and by authors with the same initials!  See my other review here, but other than title (and my enjoyment of the book), the similarities of these two books mostly stop there.  This book actually really reminded me of another read from this year: The Missing One, even the covers kind of look similar (and oddly enough I read it right after the other Little Black Lies and did compare the two!)  Have I confused you yet?

But this book, which just released this week, was filled with mystery until the very end.  It held true to the mystery genre and had the reader suspecting every character at different points, with a jaw-dropping ending.  I seriously had to read 4-5 times to make sure I understood!  The subject matter is one that I don’t dive into much, missing children, just because it is so sensitive to me as a mother.  But I had seen a lot of hype around this book, that it made me want to dive in and I’m glad I did.

The beginning is quite disturbing and I was worried I would have to walk away.  One thing I dislike as much as hurting children, is hurting animals.  And you’ll find out very soon upon starting this book what I am referring to.  It is disturbing yet a defining moment for Catrin’s character.  I had to separate from this part, and thankfully was only referred to in the remainder of the book.  And I did try to see her point of view and understand what happened and I will commend the author was doing that so eloquently.

The book centers around Catrin Quinn.  Having lost her 2 sons in a tragic accident a few years prior at the hands of a trusted friend, she is quite the complex character.  Since her sons had passed, 3 boys in her small community have gone missing and no one knows who they can trust.  I really got a great sense of community as each of the characters were so fully developed, no one wanted to think there could be a killer among them.  Relationships were destroyed, dissected, and tested to the limits.

Packed full of action, there was never a dull moment in reading this book.  In efforts to keep it a mystery to you as well, I’m going to leave it at that.  This book will keep you hanging on to the very end and hopefully with your jaw on the floor with mine!  Beautiful writing, great book.

Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for allowing me to preview!

Book Description:
In such a small community as the Falkland Islands, a missing child is unheard of. In such a dangerous landscape it can only be a terrible tragedy, surely…

When another child goes missing, and then a third, it’s no longer possible to believe that their deaths were accidental, and the villagers must admit that there is a murderer among them. Even Catrin Quinn, a damaged woman living a reclusive life after the accidental deaths of her own two sons a few years ago, gets involved in the searches and the speculation.

And suddenly, in this wild and beautiful place that generations have called home, no one feels safe and the hysteria begins to rise.

But three islanders–Catrin, her childhood best friend, Rachel, and her ex-lover Callum–are hiding terrible secrets. And they have two things in common: all three of them are grieving, and none of them trust anyone, not even themselves.

In Little Black Lies, her most shocking and engaging suspense novel to date, Sharon Bolton will keep the reader guessing until the very last page.

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Teaser Tuesday: March 10th

Happy Tuesday!  Hope everyone is finding a way to cope losing that hour this past weekend!  Luckily here in OH it seemed to bring the sun and warmer temps, so I’ll take it – hopefully spring is on its way!

Finished up See Her Run (which I teased last week) and just started another NetGalley read.  One Last Thing by Rebecca St. James and Nancy Rue, which releases TODAY!  I’m only a few chapters in, but can already tell this is going to tackle a pretty tough topic.  And here I was thinking I’d take a break from my heavy mystery run!

“I twirled the ring around my finger now but I couldn’t look at it.  All of that was real.  The life we’d already had together had been true.  I knew Seth.  I knew him like I knew every stony paver and iron bench and azalea bush in this park.
Didn’t I?”
(10% into book)

What do you think?  Thanks for coming by – please leave your teaser in the comments!

Book Description:

Tara had always imagined her happily ever after. But her fiancé’s secrets are changing this story into one she doesn’t even recognize.

Tara Faulkner and Seth Grissom grew up next door to each other in Savannah’s historic district. Their parents are best friends. They finish each other’s sentences all the time. Their fairy tale wedding is a foregone conclusion . . . until Tara discovers another side to Seth three weeks before the wedding.

Reality has crashed in on Tara’s fairy-tale—but hope will lead her to a future she couldn’t have planned for herself.

 

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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Book Review: See Her Run by A.K. Leigh


See Her Run
By A.K. Leigh
Released 2/26/15
Provided free through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 3 bones

I’ve read some really good mystery/thrillers lately, I didn’t feel like this one held up.  It was an interesting story, not like any I had read, though I felt it left me wanting more and I wasn’t excited to pick it up each night.  But that could have something to do with the fact that it was a disturbing subject matter that hurt my heart to read.

The book focuses on Diana King, who we know right off the bat is part of the witness protection program after being badly hurt by her husband, Russ.  Her handler, Chris, is also a recurring character and tasked with keeping her safe.  The book wastes no time jumping into the meat of the book, when Diana meets Jon Smith.  Local heart-throb and benefactor to the little North Carolina town of Smithfield, which we come to find out was named after his family.

Both Diana and Jon have secrets of their own that they struggle with keeping as they move closer to each other.  In typical mystery form, little hints are revealed throughout, and the reader has to hold on to the very end to put it all together.  That is all well and fine, but I get a bit frustrated with books that refer to something throughout the book as if the reader should know what is going on.  It makes me think I’ve missed something!   But luckily, in the end, it’s all put together.

While I didn’t know specifics, I did feel the book was predictable.  No spoilers, but if you’re running/hiding from someone, it’s not too hard to see where it is going.  Thus building tension throughout the whole book.  But the author did a really good job of balancing the mystery part with a bit of romance, which is a bit of a different spin from some other books in this genre.

It was a quick read with never a dull moment, I think I just have too much to compare lately and this one just didn’t hold up, but still a good read.  This is the first book for Ms. Leigh and I wouldn’t let it sway me from reading future books.

Thanks to NetGalley and Momentum Books for allowing me to preview!

Book Description:

Diana King has moved to Smithfield, North Carolina to start fresh. With a new look, a new address, and a new name, she’s hoping to begin a safe, quiet life far from the horrors she’s endured. 

On the painful road to recovery, Diana begins to think she can move forward … until she meets local farmer, Jonathan Smith, and realizes his connection to her previous life. While Jon doesn’t recognize her, they both have an undeniable attraction.

Just when Diana begins to see a hope of happiness, she discovers that her ex-husband Russ is on the hunt and will stop at nothing to get her back. For Diana holds evidence that could lock him away for life .

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Book Review: The Winter Foundlings by Kate Rhodes


The Winter Foundlings (click on book or see below for description)
By Kate Rhodes
Released 2/24/15
Downloaded free through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 4 bones

This was a hang-on-to-the-very-end true mystery if I’ve ever read one.  I guess it is the third book in the Alice Quentin series, but I didn’t feel like I’d missed anything not having read the first two.  I’m not a series fan, but I can definitely see the draw after (unknowingly) reading a few this year!  And I’ll be on the look out for more from Ms. Rhodes.

Alice Quentin is a psychologist and in this book she has signed on for a six-month stint at a high-security hospital (Northwood) housing some of the most dangerous criminals in London.  Hoping for some downtime to focus on some research, Alice is soon drawn into a new case.  This one involving the abduction and later killing of young girls.  Conveniently her new position also helps in the current case, as it seems this latest killer may be continuing (or copying) the killing spree of a high-profile inmate at Northwood, Louis Kinsella.   Alice is back and forth between Northwood and London throughout the book working both angles of the case.

The build-up of the book is really well done, but I felt like the ending was really rushed.  Like getting to 96% of the book and still not having answers!  It was all wrapped up and definitely a surprise, I just found myself wanting more information in the end.  But in true mystery sense, I was racking my brain trying to figure out who the killer was throughout the whole story.

And fun fact, The Foundling Museum, referenced throughout the book, and the motivation for the killer (not a spoiler – it’s in the title!) is a real place in London, initially a hospital or home for abandoned children.  And now the museum, which Alice visits in the book, pays tribute and holds some items from those children.  Fortunately, it does not appear that this rest of the story holds any truth!

The Foundling Hospital Collection spans four centuries and contains paintings, sculpture, prints, manuscripts, furniture, clocks, photographs and ephemera. Some of the most poignant items in the Collection are the foundling tokens.  These were pinned by mothers to their baby’s clothes and upon entry, the Hospital would attach them to the child’s record of admission. As foundling babies were given new names, these tokens helped ensure correct identification, should a parent ever return to claim their child. The children were not allowed to keep their tokens, which were frequently everyday objects, such as a coin or button. The Hospital gradually evolved a more sophisticated administrative system, whereby mothers were issued with receipts. So the practice of leaving tokens died out at the beginning of the nineteenth century. (from Foundling Museum website)

I really liked Alice as a character and really experienced the case right along side her.  Scared for her at times, but with the utmost respect.  There was just the right amount of personal life thrown in with the case that rounded this book out really well.

Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for allowing me to preview.  Great book, check it out!

Book Description:

Psychologist Alice Quentin has been looking forward to a break from her hectic London life. She has vowed to stay clear of police work. The previous cases she helped the police with have left her scarred. So, when Alice is given the rare opportunity to study treatment methods at Northwood high-security hospital outside of London, she is eager to get to work.

But then a young girl is discovered, dressed all in white, on the steps of the Foundling Museum. Four girls have recently gone missing in North London—this is the third to be found, dead. The fourth may still be alive, and Alice Quentin may be able to help. Britain’s most prolific child killer, Louis Kinsella, has been locked up in Northwood for over a decade. Yet, these recent kidnappings and murders are clearly connected to Kinsella’s earlier crimes. It seems that someone is continuing where he left off. So, when Detective Don Burns comes asking for Alice’s help, how can she refuse? Alice will do anything to help save a child—even if that means forming a relationship with a charismatic, ruthless murderer. But Kinsella is slow to give away his secrets, and time is running out for the latest kidnap victim, who is simply trying to survive. In her quest to save a life, Alice finds she has put her own life on the line.

The Winter Foundling is Kate Rhode’s exciting thriller featuring Alice Quentin following Crossbones Yard and A Killing of Angels.

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