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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: The Widow File by S.G. Redling


The Widow File
By S.G. Redling
Click book for description
Available 1/1/14

I am trying something different for a change.  I’ve been loving NetGalley but decided to switch it up this time and try out a new feature offered to Amazon Prime Members (such as myself – proud member for 2+ years!) called Kindle First.  Each month I am offered a few pre-release titles, where I can pick one to read (and lucky for you all – review it too!)  So here goes my first one!

Finish time: 5 nights.  Again I probably could have finished this in one sitting.  It is the first book that I can honestly say I did not want to put down.  I am tempted to use profanity to emphasize just how crazy this book is, but I don’t do that – so let’s just say it is INSANE!!  Non-stop action from the first page.  I was seriously holding my breath and each night this book entered my dreams as I could not stop thinking about it.

Dani Britton is a great main character.  So well described, that I could just picture the short, spunky, dark-haired, little firecracker that she was.  I can only hoped if faced with a similar situation that I have half as much smarts and sense as she did.  Not that I ever hope or expect to be in that kind of situation.  She takes paranoia and planning to an extreme that I can’t even touch.  Seriously, at the end this is just solidified (as well as many points throughout the book.)

She keeps coming back to something her mother told her about being careful v. clever.  An interesting question that gets the reader thinking throughout the book.  At each and every challenge Dani is presented with, she is quickly able to read the situation, assess it, and act fast.  She never knows who she can trust and has to go solely on her gut instinct, which in her case is usually pretty good.

As a reader, you don’t know who you can trust too.  You don’t know what is going to be thrown at her and the book keeps you guessing to the very end.  And the ending is good, and maybe left open to a sequel?

Read the description, as I don’t want to give away any details, but the book is definitely an action-packed thriller, mystery, suspense, and I even see love story thrown in there in one description.  It’s not like any book I have read recently, but it removed me from my comfort zone and transported me into this crazy chase of a book and I enjoyed every second of it.  If you want a book that is hard to put down, challenges your thinking, and really enjoyable, read this book!

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