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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Review of Our House by Louise Candlish

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

On a bright January morning in the London suburbs, a family moves into the house they’ve just bought in Trinity Avenue. 

Nothing strange about that. Except it is your house. And you didn’t sell it. 

When Fiona Lawson comes home to find strangers moving into her house, she's sure there's been a mistake. She and her estranged husband, Bram, have a modern co-parenting arrangement: bird's nest custody, where each parent spends a few nights a week with their two sons at the prized family home to maintain stability for their children. But the system built to protect their family ends up putting them in terrible jeopardy. In a domino effect of crimes and misdemeanors, the nest comes tumbling down.

Now Bram has disappeared and so have Fiona's children. As events spiral well beyond her control, Fiona will discover just how many lies her husband was weaving and how little they truly knew each other. But Bram's not the only one with things to hide, and some secrets are best kept to oneself, safe as houses.

My Review:
5 Stars 

Fiona comes home to her worst nightmare, people moving into her house. The house that her children have called home for years. The house that holds indiscretions, secrets and memories. 

From that moment the story shifts between Bram and Fiona's point of view. Letting the reader in on what went wrong...in the multiple different situations that these two characters find themselves in. Fiona trying to unravel Bram's trail of lies and deception and Bram showing you how he was forced into her recent situations. 

A great contemplative story about the decisions we make and the consequences that come with them. 

Monday, July 9, 2018

Review of You Were Made for This by Michelle Sacks

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

A gripping page-turner for fans of THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW and THE PERFECT NANNY, Michelle Sacks's You Were Made For This provocatively explores the darkest sides of marriage, motherhood, and friendship.

Doting wife, devoted husband, cherished child. Merry, Sam, and Conor are the perfect family in the perfect place. Merry adores the domestic life: baking, gardening, caring for her infant son. Sam, formerly an academic, is pursuing a new career as a filmmaker. Sometimes they can hardly believe how lucky they are. What perfect new lives they've built.

When Merry's childhood friend Frank visits their Swedish paradise, she immediately becomes part of the family. She bonds with Conor. And with Sam. She befriends the neighbors, and even finds herself embracing the domesticity she's always seemed to scorn.

All their lives, Frank and Merry have been more like sisters than best friends. And that's why Frank soon sees the things others might miss. Treacherous things, which are almost impossible to believe when looking at this perfect family. But Frank, of all people, knows that the truth is rarely what you want the world to see.

My Review:
4 Stars 

I've been drawn to the domestic drama mysteries lately. So this book seemed right up my alley. It was a very intriguing story and an inside look at what can happen when you mix friendships with marriage. 

Merry has a great life. She lives in a remote part of Sweden with her husband and young son. Has a lavish garden that helps to sustain them through the long winter months and enough chores to keep her going right until its time to go to bed. The question is...is she happy?

Frank has a beyond comfortable lifestyle. Jet setting all over the world, she's made herself as successful as her parent's weren't. Her one concern in life has always been Merry. Sister by fate, they've always been as close as close can be. Is their relationship really what it seems though? And how far would each woman go if they thought the other was truly unhappy?

An all around interesting story. Could have been a little more faced paced, but that's just my taste. The characters were great. Well developed, thought out and relate-able. 

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Review of Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier

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

This is the story of three best friends: one who was murdered, one who went to prison, and one who's been searching for the truth all these years . . .

When she was sixteen years old, Angela Wong—one of the most popular girls in school—disappeared without a trace. Nobody ever suspected that her best friend, Georgina Shaw, now an executive and rising star at her Seattle pharmaceutical company, was involved in any way. Certainly not Kaiser Brody, who was close with both girls back in high school.

But fourteen years later, Angela Wong's remains are discovered in the woods near Geo's childhood home. And Kaiser—now a detective with Seattle PD—finally learns the truth: Angela was a victim of Calvin James. The same Calvin James who murdered at least three other women.

To the authorities, Calvin is a serial killer. But to Geo, he's something else entirely. Back in high school, Calvin was Geo's first love. Turbulent and often volatile, their relationship bordered on obsession from the moment they met right up until the night Angela was killed.

For fourteen years, Geo knew what happened to Angela and told no one. For fourteen years, she carried the secret of Angela's death until Geo was arrested and sent to prison.

While everyone thinks they finally know the truth, there are dark secrets buried deep. And what happened that fateful night is more complex and more chilling than anyone really knows. Now the obsessive past catches up with the deadly present when new bodies begin to turn up, killed in the exact same manner as Angela Wong.

How far will someone go to bury her secrets and hide her grief? How long can you get away with a lie? How long can you live with it?

My Review:
5 Stars 

Holy cannoli. I requested this book because it sounded interesting. I wasn't prepared to be absolutely blown away by the story contained within this gorgeous cover. 

Geo and Calvin are the only ones who truly know what happened the night Angela died. Everyone thinks they have finally solved the mystery of what happened the night she disappeared, but they have no idea how far down the rabbit hole the story behind her death goes. 

The story is told in alternating time frames. You learn what happened that night fourteen years ago and are taken along as new crimes come to light. Including looking for the escaped Calvin James...whom the crimes are starting to reflect. 

A fast paced heart clenching story that is going to you have racing for the end. 

Author YouTube Video: https://youtu.be/NIbxKqCluF0