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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!

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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!

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: 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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Book Review: Find Her by Lisa Gardner


Find Her
By Lisa Gardner
Releases 2/9/16
Provided through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 4 bones(4.5 /5 bones)

Well.  This one kind of left me speechless.  Trembling in a corner, shaking and speechless.  I have never been so chilled to my core by a book.  For that reason I loved it.  For the subject matter, I cannot give it a solid five.  Seriously disturbing stuff.

Crash & Burn was my first introduction to Ms. Gardner.  A January read from last year that had me hooked.  So I was very excited to see a new one for this year.  And you can tell I’m excited as I have taken a few months off from reviews and this one will (maybe) throw me back in the game.  This is the kind of book that all other thrillers need to live up to.

Read the description below.  Flora Dane was held hostage for 472 days, a number you will become quite familiar with throughout the book.  We meet Flora 5 years after that kidnapping.  Now living in Boston and trying to adapt to back into society.  But obviously something like that will change you – so she has become obsessed with the abductions of other girls and seems to live between being extra cautious (3 deadbolts on her apartment door) and extra reckless (heading out to bars to entice men.)  Flora is a very complex character, severely scarred from her past, trying to have a future, and yet again finds herself in a compromising (terrifying) situation.

The book starts out action packed, then falls into the rhythm of alternating between Detection D.D. Warren and her team searching for the missing girls, and Flora’s account of her 472 days in captivity and current situation she has found herself in.  It’s set up so perfectly that after the Flora chapters, I needed the almost “break” of what was currently happening to slow my heart-rate and prepare for the next chapter.

Chilling is the best word to describe this book.  I have never had a book terrify me this much.  I don’t want that to sound bad or scare you away – just be prepared (as any good thriller fan should always be!)  I had an inkling as the book went on as to where this was going, but there were still so many pieces to put together (both on Flora’s past and the current case), that I couldn’t get to the end fast enough to put it all together.  And it was tied up perfectly yet still left me thinking about it long into the night.

Thank you to NetGalley & Penguin Books for allowing me to preview.  I also always have to give a special shout out to the author when there are notes at the end – those are my favorite!

You have been warned – don’t miss this book for the ride of your life!  Now onto something a little lighter….maybe!

Book Description:

Flora Dane is a victim. 

Seven years ago, carefree college student Flora was kidnapped while on spring break. For 472 days, Flora learned just how much one person can endure.

Flora Dane is a survivor.

Miraculously alive after her ordeal, Flora has spent the past five years reacquainting herself with the rhythms of normal life, working with her FBI victim advocate, Samuel Keynes. She has a mother who’s never stopped loving her, a brother who is scared of the person she’s become, and a bedroom wall covered with photos of other girls who’ve never made it home.

Flora Dane is reckless. 

. . . or is she? When Boston detective D. D. Warren is called to the scene of a crime—a dead man and the bound, naked woman who killed him—she learns that Flora has tangled with three other suspects since her return to society. Is Flora a victim or a vigilante? And with her firsthand knowledge of criminal behavior, could she hold the key to rescuing a missing college student whose abduction has rocked Boston? When Flora herself disappears, D.D. realizes a far more sinister predator is out there. One who’s determined that this time, Flora Dane will never escape. And now it is all up to D. D. Warren to find her.

Thanks for stopping by today – what do you think – would you read it?

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Teaser Tuesday: January 26th 2016

I’m super excited about the book I started this week.  It is called Find Her, by Lisa Gardner and it releases 2/9/16.  Ms. Gardner also happened to write one of my favorite books from 2015 – Crash & Burn.

The book dove right into being terrifying and seems to gaining momentum.  It already has me hooked – can’t wait to see where it goes!

“When I wake up, the sun is gone, my room is dark, and I know immediately that I’m not alone.  I can feel a draft against my cheek, the muted hush of an intruder’s shuffling footstep.”
(22% into book*)

Book Description:

Flora Dane is a victim. 

Seven years ago, carefree college student Flora was kidnapped while on spring break. For 472 days, Flora learned just how much one person can endure.

Flora Dane is a survivor.

Miraculously alive after her ordeal, Flora has spent the past five years reacquainting herself with the rhythms of normal life, working with her FBI victim advocate, Samuel Keynes. She has a mother who’s never stopped loving her, a brother who is scared of the person she’s become, and a bedroom wall covered with photos of other girls who’ve never made it home.

Flora Dane is reckless. 

. . . or is she? When Boston detective D. D. Warren is called to the scene of a crime—a dead man and the bound, naked woman who killed him—she learns that Flora has tangled with three other suspects since her return to society. Is Flora a victim or a vigilante? And with her firsthand knowledge of criminal behavior, could she hold the key to rescuing a missing college student whose abduction has rocked Boston? When Flora herself disappears, D.D. realizes a far more sinister predator is out there. One who’s determined that this time, Flora Dane will never escape. And now it is all up to D. D. Warren 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!

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

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