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Monday, August 19, 2019

Review of A Stranger on the Beach by Michele Campbell

I received a copy of this title via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

There is a stranger outside Caroline's house.

Her spectacular new beach house, built for hosting expensive parties and vacationing with the family she thought she'd have. But her husband is lying to her and everything in her life is upside down, so when the stranger, Aiden, shows up as a bartender at the same party where Caroline and her husband have a very public fight, it doesn't seem like anything out of the ordinary.

As her marriage collapses around her and the lavish lifestyle she's built for herself starts to crumble, Caroline turns to Aiden for comfort...and revenge. After a brief and desperate fling that means nothing to Caroline and everything to him, Aiden's obsession with Caroline, her family, and her house grows more and more disturbing. And when Caroline's husband goes missing, her life descends into a nightmare that leaves her accused of her own husband's murder.

My Review:
5 Stars 

Wealth does funny things to people. Especially if you haven't grown up with that wealth. It can make it so that you will do anything to keep the lifestyle you've become accustomed to.  Turning you into something you're not or putting your true colors on display. 

This story is told in duel points of view. You get to see the events through both Caroline and Aiden's eyes. However, with duel points of view you also get duel perspectives. The stories do not appear to be the same. Through the eyes of each character the story is shifted to meet their respective purposes. One seemingly in love and one seemingly obsessed. But which is the true version of the events?

Caroline and Aiden's story will have you racking your brain and searching for clues to help lead you to a conclusion that is completely unexpected. With lives on the line, whose truth will prove to be the whole truth? 

One of the most intense books I've read this year. 

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Review of The Last Thing She Remembers by J.S. Monroe

I received a copy of this title via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Who can you trust if you don't know who you are? 

She arrives at the train station only to realize her bag had been stolen--her passport, credit cards, laptop, house key now all gone. And even more disturbing, when she goes to report the incident, she can't recall her own name. 

All she has on her is a train ticket home.Suffering from stress-induced amnesia, the woman without a name is a source of mystery when she appears at the sleepy Wiltshire village where she thought she lived. She quickly becomes a source of conspiracy and fear among the townspeople. Why does one think he recognizes her from years earlier? And why do the local police take such a strong interest in her arrival?

From the critically acclaimed author of Find Me comes a shocking new tale of dark pasts and deception, leaving us breathlessly analyzing the role memory plays in defining who we are--and who others think we might be.

My Review:
4 Stars

A stranger shows up at your door. They have no identification and no recollection of they are, with the exception that they used to live in the house that you currently own. Would you take pity and invite them in or turn them away as they no longer have claim to what is currently yours?

One couple has that very decision to make when a young woman shows up on their doorstep.  Such a seemingly harmless decision is about to break apart their world. Unleashing secrets that have been stowed away and showing the true sides to those you thought you knew best. 

A twisting and turning tale about what one act of kindness could ultimately cost you. 

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Review of Run Away by Harlan Coben

I received a copy of this title via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

You've lost your daughter.

She's addicted to drugs and to an abusive boyfriend. And she's made it clear that she doesn't want to be found.

Then, quite by chance, you see her busking in New York's Central Park.

But she's not the girl you remember. This woman is wasted, frightened and clearly in trouble.

You don't stop to think. You approach her, beg her to come home.

She runs. 

And you follow her into a dark and dangerous world you never knew existed. Where criminal gangs rule, where drugs are the main currency, and murder is commonplace.

Now it's your life on the line. And nowhere and no one is safe.

My Review:
5 Stars

Harlan Coben is a masterful writer. His stories always have twists and turns that you never see coming. They always keep the reader intrigued and leaves them with a racing heart. It's always a joy to read something new from this fantastic author. 

We would do anything for our children. They are our highest priority life. When something takes them for us we will do anything to get them back. Run Away is the story of what one father will do to get back his little girl and make his family whole. 

This father's journey isn't easy. Especially when he really can't get close to his daughter before she takes off. Leaving him on a continual chase that eventually leads him into dangerous territory. Territory that he has no business being in, with people he has no business dealing with. 

Through the darkness he searches for the truth. The truth about what happened to his little girl and the truth about the secrets that are uncovered throughout his journey.