“Bring Me Back”–Review

51vWWmNEwqL._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_Good evening, bloggers! For those who’ve enjoyed the previous books by B.A. Paris, here’s a review of her latest book.

She vanished. He lied. The past won’t stay buried.

During their vacation in France, Finn and Layla go out for a drive. Then they stop at a service station to use the restroom. When Finn walks back to the car, however, Layla is gone. After frantically searching for her, Finn calls the police. He told the police the truth about that night….just not the whole truth.

It’s been over a decade since Layla’s disappearance. Although Finn has moved on, the past is haunting him. All of a sudden, he comes across possible evidence that Layla just might be alive, evidence that’s linked to Layla’s past. Every day that more clues turn up, Finn can’t help wondering if he’s being threatened, so he tries hard to search for answers. Every day of his coming up empty-handed, though, is making him crazy. Is Layla really alive? And why did Finn lie to the police all those years ago?

Granted, I do enjoy a book with secrets, twists, and suspense, but this one was just okay. The writing was decent, but I didn’t enjoy this one as much as I enjoyed the author’s previous books. No matter, don’t let that stop you from checking out this new thriller. Feel free to post your comments. Happy reading!

Bring Me Back will be available on June 19, 2018. *I received this copy from St. Martin’s Press, in exchange for an honest review.

About the author: B.A. Paris is the internationally best-selling author of Behind Closed Doors and The Breakdown. She grew up in England, but has spent most of her adult life in France. She has worked both in finance and as a teacher and has five daughters. This is her third novel. Follow her on Twitter.

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“Jar of Hearts”–Review

51b6zk2LjaL._SY291_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_Happy Friday, bloggers! I finally finished reading this great thriller, so here’s a quick description.

A terrifying night between high-school friends. Dark secrets held for far too long. Now, there’s a crack in the story of that long-ago night—and the consequences are deadly.

Fourteen years ago, Georgina Shaw’s best friend, Angela Wong, had disappeared after a party. Rumors and gossip spread fast. No one knows what to believe. After all, Angela was the most popular girl in school; she was worshiped by all. They all figure she’ll eventually show her face again. But no one knows what happened. Not even Kaiser Brody, who also was a best friend of Georgina and Angela. Georgina, however, is the only one who knows what happened. But she doesn’t tell a soul.

But when Angela’s remains are found 14 years later, near Geo’s childhood home, Kaiser—who is now a Seattle police officer—is sent out to arrest Geo for her involvement in their best friend’s death. Geo’s reputation, including her rising career in a Seattle pharmaceutical company, is instantly ruined when she’s sentenced to five years in prison. Once she’s out of prison, however, Geo tries to readjust to her new freedom. But the past, including her guilt, always comes back to haunt her.

The worst isn’t over, however, when more bodies are discovered. Not only do they seem to be a message to Geo, they’re also a possible lead to Calvin James, Geo’s high school boyfriend. While Kaiser is working to take down Calvin, Geo is forced to come clean with the truth of everything that happened 14 years ago, no matter how badly she wants to keep it buried.

This book was an excellent thriller. I loved the suspense and the conflict. Most of the chapters got me so angry, leaving me wondering whose side to take. More secrets were revealed and some of it just left me sad and I’d think, “No wonder it turned out this way.” Did Geo deserve what she got? Well, I suppose we readers will have our own opinions. No worries, though, I won’t spoil a thing. I’ll just encourage to get your hands on this book. Feel free to post your comments. Happy reading!

*I received this copy from St. Martin’s Press, in exchange for an honest review.

*Jar of Hearts will be available on June 12, 2018.

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“Grist Mill Road”–Review

619Paq6gYqL._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_It’s the year 1982, set in an Edenic hamlet 90 miles north of New York City. In the nearby woods, three teenage friends—Patrick, Matthew, and Hannah—are bound together by a terrible crime. One is guilty, the other is a victim, and one is a witness, yet claims to not have been a witness. So what really did happen?

Fast forward to 2008, in New York City.  The three friends unexpectedly meet again. Although the crime occurred 26 years ago, the three are still haunted by the past, and it gets worse as more secrets are revealed.

Each chapter alternates from the past to the present, from the point of view of Patrick, Matthew, and Hannah. While some of the stories were interesting, I’m not quite sure how I feel about the entire book. Although I understand why the crime occurred, I just don’t think the whole conflict was really resolved, in the end, especially when it came to Matthew’s story. But I won’t spoil a thing. Either way, I’ll give it three stars because of the suspense. As always, though, I don’t discourage anyone from reading a book I didn’t really enjoy, so check it out and feel free to post your comments.

Happy reading!

Grist Mill Road will be on sale on January 9, 2018.

*I received this copy from Picador, in exchange for an honest review.

About the author: Christopher J. Yates was born and raised in Kent and studied law at Oxford University before working as a puzzle editor in London. His first novel, Black Chalk, was named a Must-Read by The Boston Globe and New York Post and named a Best Book of the Year by National Public Radio. Grist Mill Road is his second novel. He lives in New York with his wife and dog.

“He Said/She Said”–Review

51C2M6jShgL._SX328_BO1,204,203,200_Who Do You Believe?

With chapters alternating from past to present, this is a story of Laura and Kit, a couple who were young and in love in the summer of 1999.  Kit has always been an eclipse chaser, so he and Laura travel to a festival in Cornwall to see a total eclipse of the sun.  It is also a first time that Laura’s witnessing an eclipse.

After the moment is over, Laura wanders about and then just happens to witness what looks like a rape.  Although the accused man, Jamie Balcombe, swears it’s not what it appears, the victim, Beth Taylor, is practically mute and in shock.  But Laura knows what she saw.  After Jamie is arrested and later convicted, an appreciative Beth moves in on Laura and Kit’s lives.  While showering them with gifts as a token of her gratitude, it isn’t long before Beth’s attitude changes.  Kit wants Beth out of their lives, while Laura wants to see the best in her.  However, Laura starts to see that Kit just might be right, so they go to great lengths to get away from Beth.

Fifteen years later, in 2015, Laura and Kit live in a new home and changed their names.  Laura is pregnant and Kit is preparing for his trip to see a new eclipse.  No matter, Beth couldn’t possibly find them.  They’ve been living as carefully as possible and have agreed to not have any social media accounts.  But why have they had to live this way?  And why do they still feel as if they’re being watched?

As the story progresses, more secrets are revealed, including some unexpected twists.

I enjoyed this story because each chapter made me wonder whose side I was going to take.  How far are people willing to go to save themselves?  And who was actually telling the truth?  With every surprise, I wasn’t quite sure whom to believe.  As for Beth and Jamie, was it rape or consent?  It gets interesting, in my opinion.

Feel free to post your comments.  Happy reading!

He Said/She Said will be available on June 6, 2017.

*I received this copy from St. Martin’s Press, in exchange for an honest review.

About the author: Erin Kelly has worked as a freelance journalist for ten years. A regular contributor to the Daily Mail, Psychologies, Red, and Look, she has also written for Elle, Marie Claire, and Glamour.  She also is the author of The Poison Tree and The Burning Air.