The Other Mrs by Mary Kubica


Genre: Mystery & Thrillers

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐ 1/2

**Thank you Netgalley & Park Row Books for my eARC **

If you like:

-Multiple POV’s
-Plot twists
-domestic thrillers
-unreliable characters

I wasn’t feelin her last book, but I feel like Mary Kubica really amped up her game with the storyline for this one.  From the creepy looking house, the murder and the introduction of Camille & Mouse 😳

While I enjoyed it as a whole, I wasn’t mind blown like I wanted to be:

-It was a bit slow and lackluster after the 2nd chapter.

-There was some repetitiveness, but there was a reason for it, which I don’t want to give any spoilers.

– I figured out the plot twists within the first 3 chapters.  But having read Kubica’s work before, I already expected a predictable read.

Overall, I loved the ending and still found myself flipping the pages at 2am.  Definitely a worthwhile read.

Have you read it? Have you read any of her other books? Sadie and Will Foust have only just moved their family from bustling Chicago to small-town Maine when their neighbor, Morgan Baines, is found dead in her home. The murder rocks their tiny coastal island, but no one is more shaken than Sadie, who is terrified by the thought of a killer in her very own backyard.

But it’s not just Morgan’s death that has Sadie on edge. It’s their eerie old home, with its decrepit decor and creepy attic, which they inherited from Will’s sister after she died unexpectedly. It’s Will’s disturbed teenage niece Imogen, with her dark and threatening presence. And it’s the troubling past that continues to wear at the seams of their family.

As the eyes of suspicion turn toward the new family in town, Sadie is drawn deeper into the mystery of Morgan’s death. But Sadie must be careful, for the more she discovers about Mrs. Baines, the more she begins to realize just how much she has to lose if the truth ever comes to light.

Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh

Genre: Mystery & Thrillers

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS a bad case. Only a bad client.

This was like learning to drive a stick shift for the very first time. At times it’s moving well, others not so much.

What worked well:

I enjoyed the alternating POV’s between Eddie & Kane.

Kane was a great villain: ever so calculated with impeccable timing.

What didn’t:

Unfortunately, the story itself didn’t quite have the same effect as the premise did.
It was entertaining, but not the nail biting experience I was hoping to get.

THE SERIAL KILLER ISN’T ON TRIAL.

HE’S ON THE JURY…

They were Hollywood’s hottest power couple. They had the world at their feet. Now one of them is dead and Hollywood star Robert Solomon is charged with the brutal murder of his beautiful wife.

This is the celebrity murder trial of the century and the defence want one man on their team: con artist turned lawyer Eddie Flynn.

All the evidence points to Robert’s guilt, but as the trial begins a series of sinister incidents in the court room start to raise doubts in Eddie’s mind.

What if there’s more than one actor in the courtroom?

What if the killer isn’t on trial? What if the killer is on the jury?

The Chain by Adrian McKinty #Netgalley

** Thank you Netgalley and Mulholland Books for my eARC **

Genre: Mystery & Thrillers

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐ 1/2

Number one: you are not the first and you will certainly not be the last. Number two: remember, it’s not about the money —it’s about The Chain.

Would you kidnap someone’s child in order to rescue yours?

This book starts off intense. I’m not much of a sports fan, but it was like watching game 6 of the 2019 NBA finals (Raptors vs Golden State Warriors). Anything to do with children going missing gives me anxiety!

I had a hard time deciding how to rate this one because the writing fell a little short for me. While it was fast-paced, it read more like a sports commentary. The intensity was there, but it lacked the emotions I wanted to feel. I wanted to feel like it was real..like the pages were coming to life. I think this could have been achieved if the story was told in first person, rather than third.

Overall, it was still a good read. It was addictive and made me wanna keep turning the pages!

Have you read it?

You just dropped off your child at the bus stop. A panicked stranger calls your phone. Your child has been kidnapped, and the stranger explains that their child has also been kidnapped, by a completely different stranger. The only way to get your child back is to kidnap another child within 24 hours. Your child will be released only when the next victim’s parents kidnap yet another child, and most importantly, the stranger explains, if you don’t kidnap a child, or if the next parents don’t kidnap a child, your child will be murdered. You are now part of The Chain.

The Arrangement by Robyn Harding #Netgalley

** Thank you Netgalley and Simon & Schuster Canada for my eARC **

Genre: Mystery & Thrillers

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐ 1/2

Welcome to the sugar bowl.

How far would you go to solve a financial crisis?

This was Pretty Woman meets Fatal Attraction.

I really enjoyed Her Pretty Face, so naturally, I was looking forward to reading The Arrangement. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite have the same effect on me, and was off to a rocky start .

What didn’t work for me:

The writing was a bit underwhelming. It didn’t always feel like storytelling and was lacking a certain quality. I think it may have worked better if it had been told in first person.

The story was slow building. A little too slow in my opinion. I nearly gave up, but really wanted to know how things would go down.

What I did enjoy:

The last 80% of the book was like a rollercoaster ride and the best part. I like the twist Harding threw in there! That wasn’t the person I had my finger pointed at, but I was extremely close!

Overall, it wasn’t a bad read and was a bit of a guilty pleasure..like reading a tacky gossip magazine full of sex and sugar daddies.

Have you read it? Have you read Her Pretty Face?

Natalie, a young art student in New York City, is struggling to pay her bills when a friend makes a suggestion: Why not go online and find a sugar daddy—a wealthy, older man who will pay her for dates, and even give her a monthly allowance? Lots of girls do it, Nat learns. All that’s required is to look pretty and hang on his every word. Sexual favours are optional.

Though more than thirty years her senior, Gabe, a handsome corporate finance attorney, seems like the perfect candidate, and within a month, they are madly in love. At least, Nat is…Gabe already has a family, whom he has no intention of leaving.

So when he abruptly ends things, Nat can’t let go. She begins drinking heavily and stalking him: watching him at work, spying on his wife, even befriending his daughter, who is not much younger than she is. But Gabe’s not about to let his sugar baby destroy his perfect life. What was supposed to be a mutually beneficial arrangement devolves into a nightmare of deception, obsession, and, when a body is found near Gabe’s posh Upper East Side apartment, murder.

[#Netgalley] The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda

Thank you Netgalley and Simon & Schuster Canada for providing me an eARC

Genre: Mystery & Thriller

My Rating: ⭐⭐1/2

Publication Date: June 18, 2019

I loved All The Missing Girls and was hoping to get the same high with this one. The Perfect Stranger was a complete flop for me and resulted in a DNF. But I believe in second chances and the premise for this one sounded VERY promising.

Unfortunately, I find myself chasing the dragon here.
This was every bit as slow as her last novel in my opinion. The only reason I pressed on was cause I wanted to know what REALLY happened with Sadie, which I had already guessed after the first few chapters.

Although my review sounds mainly negative, there were a couple of things I enjoyed. Megan Miranda managed to create a very picturesque setting, which I liked and I appreciated the alternating timelines. She did manage to throw in a bit of a twist, but nothing that took my breathe away.

Sorry..I really wanted to love this one and hoped it would be the IT book of summer 2019. But sadly, there was no redemption here for me.

Have you read this yet? Or any other Megan Miranda books?

Littleport, Maine is like two separate towns: a vacation paradise for wealthy holidaymakers and a simple harbour community for the residents who serve them. Friendships between locals and visitors are unheard of – but that’s just what happened with Avery Greer and Sadie Loman.

Each summer for a decade the girls are inseparable – until Sadie is found dead. When the police rule the death a suicide, Avery can’t help but feel there are those in the community, including a local detective and Sadie’s brother Parker, who blame her. Someone knows more than they’re saying, and Avery is intent on clearing her name before the facts get twisted against her.

[#Netgalley] The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

Genre: Chick Lit, Contemporary Romance

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐ 1/2

Chick flicks are a guilty pleasure of mine, and this read very much like one.

It was cute, funny & cheesy at times. But it was a nice quick read, making it the perfect beachy read.

Olive annoyed me at times, but I enjoyed some of the banter that went on between her and Ethan.

**Thank you Netgalley and Simon & Schuster Canada for my ARC**

Have you read this or any other books written by Christina Lauren?

[#MiddleGradeBooks] The Humiliations Of Pipi McGee by Beth Vrabel @RP_Kids #Netgalley

Genre: Middle Grade Fiction

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This was a silly and entertaining read, with some laugh out loud moments. It kind of reminded me of Diary of a wimpy kid.

Middle grade can be pretty brutal and kids aren’t always nice, especially when something embarrassing happens!

I found Pipi to be a relatable character and liked that she had a blended family, which is pretty common these days.

Kudos to the author for writing such diverse characters and backgrounds without shoving it down your throat or making it feel forced.

The pacing was a tad slow at times, but overall it was an enjoyable read. I particularly liked the drawing of bacon with boobies! 😜

The first eight years of Penelope McGee’s education have been a curriculum in humiliation. Now she is on a quest for redemption, and a little bit of revenge.
From her kindergarten self-portrait as a bacon with boobs, to fourth grade when she peed her pants in the library thanks to a stuck zipper to seventh grade where…well, she doesn’t talk about seventh grade. Ever.
After hearing the guidance counselor lecturing them on how high school will be a clean slate for everyone, Pipi–fearing that her eight humiliations will follow her into the halls of Northbrook High School–decides to use her last year in middle school to right the wrongs of her early education and save other innocents from the same picked-on, laughed-at fate. Pipi McGee is seeking redemption, but she’ll take revenge, too.

Netgalley Review: Mr. Nice Guy by Jennifer Miller & Jason Feifer #Netgalley

Genre: Romance, Chick Lit

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

Pub Date: Oct 16, 2018

What It’s About..

Lucas Callahan, a man who gave up his law degree, fiancée and small-town future for a shot at making it in the Big Apple. He snags an entry-level job at Empire magazine, believing it’s only a matter of time before he becomes a famous writer. And then late one night in a downtown bar he meets a gorgeous brunette who takes him home…

Carmen Kelly wanted to be a hard-hitting journalist, only to find herself cast in the role of Empire’s sex columnist thanks to the boys’ club mentality of Manhattan magazines. Her latest piece is about an unfortunate—and unsatisfying—encounter with an awkward and nerdy guy, who was nice enough to look at but horribly inexperienced in bed.

Lucas only discovers that he’s slept with the infamous Carmen Kelly—that is, his own magazine’s sex columnist!—when he reads her printed take-down. Humiliated and furious, he pens a rebuttal and signs it, “Nice Guy.” Empire publishes it, and the pair of columns go viral. Readers demand more. So the magazine makes an arrangement: Each week, Carmen and Lucas will sleep together… and write dueling accounts of their sexual exploits.

It’s the most provocative sexual relationship any couple has had, but the columnist-lovers are soon engaging in more than a war of words: They become seduced by the city’s rich and powerful, tempted by fame, and more attracted to each other than they’re willing to admit. In the end, they will have to choose between ambition, love, and the consequences of total honesty.

My Thoughts..

This totally reminded me of Sex and the City (Season 2, episode 15 Shortcomings) Do you know the episode?

The Characters

Carmen was like Carrie Bradshaw with a hint of Samantha, and Lucas was like kinda like Jared mixed with Josh (the guy Miranda faked orgasms with).

Jays was kind of the Mr. Big of the story.

What I liked..

This book had some really great moments, especially the letters between Carmen & Nice Guy.

I constantly found myself rooting for Nice Guy. After all, he was a genuinely nice guy who was inexperienced with women and sex.

What didn’t work..

It took me a while to get invested in the characters, as it was a bit of a slow start.

I can’t put my finger on it, but I felt like something was lacking..there was no spark.

Overall, it was an entertaining read and I liked that it wasn’t your typical happy ending. 🙂

Have you read it? Or watched Sex and the City?

**Thank you St. Martin’s Press & Netgalley for my copy**

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

**Special thanks to Harper Collins Canada & Stuart Turton for my HCC First Look copy**

The truth isn’t always kindness

Evelyn Hardcastle

Genre: Mystery & Thrillers

My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Pub Date: Sept 18, 2018

What It’s About..

At a gala party thrown by her parents, Evelyn Hardcastle will be killed–again. She’s been murdered hundreds of times, and each day, Aiden Bishop is too late to save her. Doomed to repeat the same day over and over, Aiden’s only escape is to solve Evelyn Hardcastle’s murder and conquer the shadows of an enemy he struggles to even comprehend–but nothing and no one are quite what they seem.

My Thoughts..

Can you imagine what it would be like to wake up in someone else’s body and have absolutely no idea who or where you are?

Talk about a mind-blowing read! Seriously, this was like slap you in the face, kick you in the crotch good!!

I have not read a mystery novel this good in a very long time! In fact, I was in a slump with this genre for quite some time now. I had almost given up on reading anymore mystery & thrillers until I was fortunate enough to snag a copy of this gem.

Do you remember the game Clue?

This was just like that with a hint of Hercules Poirot, but even better. Just when you thought you had an ah-ha moment, Turton throws you for another twist and palm-sweating moments.

Despite my list of suspects and notes, I was still stumped until the end.

And the end..

Brilliant! Just Brilliant!! 👏👏👏 SO DID NOT see that coming!

The Characters..

OMG..There were so many great characters!

My faves

ANNA

Very witty & cunning. She is not what you think.

EVELYN HARDCASTLE

One word: GENIUS

AIDEN BISHOP

I actually had a bit of a love/hate for him. I admired his determination and heart, but his stubborness made him weak and at times I wanted grab him by the collar and shake the crap outta him.

THE FOOTMAN

OMG! This guy was always one step ahead of you! If you wanna talk about creepy, he totally had Jack the Ripper vibes.

Some of my tips if you plan to read it:

– There’s alot going on and many characters, which can make it confusing. All you need to remember is that the main character becomes 8 different people. Thankfully, the author labels each day that takes place and some of the info repeats itself.

-Even if you reached 40-50% of the book, don’t bother trying to skip to the end to see what happens! (Yea..you know you do it!) Believe me, I tried and it won’t make any sense unless you see the story through. You won’t truly KNOW, until you have ALL the facts.

But don’t fret, it’s such an action packed and mind boggling read, even if you don’t know what’s going on in the first few chapters, you’ll still want to keep reading.

Do you like mysteries & thrillers that throw you for a loop? Have you had a chance to read this? What did you think? Let’s chat!

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