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Sunday, December 30, 2018

Review of Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

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

Seeking women ages 18–32 to participate in a study on ethics and morality. Generous compensation. Anonymity guaranteed. 

When Jessica Farris signs up for a psychology study conducted by the mysterious Dr. Shields, she thinks all she’ll have to do is answer a few questions, collect her money, and leave. But as the questions grow more and more intense and invasive and the sessions become outings where Jess is told what to wear and how to act, she begins to feel as though Dr. Shields may know what she’s thinking…and what she’s hiding. As Jess’s paranoia grows, it becomes clear that she can no longer trust what in her life is real, and what is one of Dr. Shields’ manipulative experiments. Caught in a web of deceit and jealousy, Jess quickly learns that some obsessions can be deadly.

My Review: 
5 Stars

This was a book that I really enjoyed reading. It was thrilling and mind boggling. Trying to figure out how all of the pieces fit together was not an easy feat by any means. 

Jessica is living life how she knows best. Working to provide for herself and secret medical payments for her family, going out with friends to relieve stress and hooking up with men she has no intention of contacting again. One deviation from her normal routine is all it takes to turn Jessica's world upside down. 

Entering the study was easier than Jessica could have ever dreamed of. The extra money will be a big help with the monthly bills, but when an opportunity to make more money is offered Jessica can't help but say yes, no matter what it's going to cost her in the future. 

An Anonymous Girl is a is a story that will engage your mind, challenge your thought process and have you racing to see exactly how everything is connected. 

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Review of The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker

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

The ancient city of Troy has withstood a decade under siege of the powerful Greek army, which continues to wage bloody war over a stolen woman—Helen. 

In the Greek camp, another woman—Briseis—watches and waits for the war's outcome. She was queen of one of Troy's neighboring kingdoms, until Achilles, Greece's greatest warrior, sacked her city and murdered her husband and brothers. Briseis becomes Achilles's concubine, a prize of battle, and must adjust quickly in order to survive a radically different life, as one of the many conquered women who serve the Greek army. 

When Agamemnon, the brutal political leader of the Greek forces, demands Briseis for himself, she finds herself caught between the two most powerful of the Greeks. Achilles refuses to fight in protest, and the Greeks begin to lose ground to their Trojan opponents. Keenly observant and coolly unflinching about the daily horrors of war, Briseis finds herself in an unprecedented position, able to observe the two men driving the Greek army in what will become their final confrontation, deciding the fate not only of Briseis's people but also of the ancient world at large.

Briseis is just one among thousands of women living behind the scenes in this war—the slaves and prostitutes, the nurses, the women who lay out the dead—all of them erased by history. With breathtaking historical detail and luminous prose, Pat Barker brings the teeming world of the Greek camp to vivid life. She offers nuanced, complex portraits of characters and stories familiar from mythology, which, seen from Briseis's perspective, are rife with newfound revelations. Barker's latest builds on her decades-long study of war and its impact on individual lives—and it is nothing short of magnificent.

My Review: 
3 Stars

I love a good historical read. This book made me reminisce  about the movie "Troy" and I'll admit I did picture Brad Pitt as Achilles a time or two. 

This story follows the events before the over taking of Troy. You are offered dueling sides of the story from Achilles and Briseis. 

Through each side you are able to see how the other is struggling. How they are coping with their different stations in life and the changes that have come as of late. Brieis especially has to adapt to being a slave instead of a member of the royal family. 

While I enjoyed the book a great deal, I was sad to see that there was nothing of the great Trojan Horse or Achilles actual demise. Those would have been great additions to an other wise amazing story. 

Monday, December 24, 2018

Review of The Exes' Revenge by Jo Jakeman

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

Originally titled Sticks and Stones

A wickedly dark debut thriller about three women who've all been involved with the same man and realize the one thing they have in common is that they all want revenge against him...

Divorces are often messy, and Imogen's is no exception. Phillip Rochester is controlling, abusive, and determined to make things as difficult as possible. When he shows up without warning demanding that Imogen move out of their house by the end of the month or he'll sue for sole custody of their young son, Imogen is ready to snap.

In a moment of madness, Imogen does something unthinkable--something that puts her in control for the first time in years. She's desperate to protect her son and to claim authority over her own life.

But she wasn't expecting both Phillip's ex-wife and new girlfriend to get tangled up in her plans. These three very different women--and unlikely allies--reluctantly team up to take revenge against a man who has wronged them all.

My Review:
4 Stars

Imogen is walking on eggshells. She's going through a divorce with the most vial and evil man she could have ever encountered. One wrong move and she fears that he will take the one thing that means the most to her, their son. 

When an opportunity arises, Imogen leaps at the chance to make things go her way. What she doesn't count on is a surprise visit from not one, but two of her husband's present and past loves. Needing them to understand where she is coming from, Imogen tries to head off a call to the police that would ruin everything. 

Can these three very different women unite against this evil force? Are they all in this together or is there a mole on the inside, feeding information to the man they all despise. 

An intriguing and thrilling read, with secrets being revealed around every corner.