“The Exes’ Revenge”–Review

51oWSC9XY+L._SX337_BO1,204,203,200_Good evening, bloggers! Happy Pub Day to Jo Jakeman’s The Exes’ Revenge. Here’s a quick description and my review.

There’s only so far a woman can bend before she breaks…

He made their lives a living hell. Now three women will get their revenge in this gripping and darkly satisfying debut thriller.

The story revolves around Imogen Rochester’s point-of-view and her marriage to Phillip. A marriage that’s been difficult for a long time. Phillip is manipulative, abusive, and he’s cheated on Imogen enough times. After years of a failed marriage, they both want out. All that’s needed to move on is for Phillip to sign the divorce papers; however, he’s making it a mission to make the divorce as difficult as possible.

To make matters worse, Phillip demands that Imogen and their son move out of the house by the end of the month. If she doesn’t, Phillip will sue her for sole custody. Imogen is furious, yet terrified. For years, Phillip has always been one step ahead of her. He’s always had power over her. She always had to be careful to not make him angry. But, now, she’s had enough. And that’s when she does the unthinkable.

While plotting to take Phillip down, Imogen never expected to come together with Phillip’s first wife, including his current live-in girlfriend—two women who’ve also been hurt by the same man. Despite their differences, the three women plot to make sure Phillip gets what is coming to him.

This book had a pretty good storyline. I do enjoy a domestic thriller every so often. Even in some scenes, Phillip nearly had me fooled, even though I was practically saying, “Don’t fall for it, don’t fall for it.” Although I didn’t really love the book, I still think it was pretty decent. I suppose I expected a little more toward the end, but I’ll still recommend this one, anyhow. Feel free to post your comments. Happy reading!

*I received this early copy from Berkley Publishing Group, in exchange for an honest review.

About the author: Jo is a writer based in Derbyshire. Her debut psychological thriller will be published in the UK as Sticks and Stones, by Harvill Secker (Penguin Random House) on 12 July 2018, and as The Exes’ Revenge, by Berkley in the USA on 11 September. For more info, click here. You can also follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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“Lies”–Review

51EeVWg+xuL._SX323_BO1,204,203,200_What if you have the perfect life, the perfect wife, and the perfect child—then, in one moment, you discover nothing is as it seems? What if your whole life was based on lies?

Joe Lynch is driving home with his four-year-old son, William, when he suddenly spots his wife, Mel, driving on the same route for a work meeting. Then Joe has an idea for his son: why not surprise her at her destination? But what comes next changes everything for Joe when he sees Mel meeting with another man.

What makes the meeting all the more suspicious is that Joe recognizes the man. With a meeting that threatens to tear apart his family, Joe is willing to do what it takes to protect them. But his life is soon in danger when he is threatened by a more clever, cunning opponent who is out to destroy him. While Joe tries to get his life back, the enemy always seems to be one step ahead of him. As one lie and threat after another accumulates, Joe has to ask himself: can we ever really trust those closest to us?

I started reading this book a week ago. And, today, I was halfway into the book and just spent the day reading it til the end. That’s how good the book was. The ending shocked me and I enjoyed the suspense. The way it all happened, I definitely didn’t expect. If you’re looking for a good thriller, I recommend this one. Feel free to post your comments. Happy reading!

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

*Lies will be available on September 11, 2018.

About the author: T.M. Logan was born in Berkshire to an English father and a German mother. He studied at Queen Mary and Cardiff universities before becoming a national newspaper journalist. He currently works in communications and lives in Nottinghamshire with his wife and two children. Lies is his first novel. Check him out on Facebook, as well as Twitter.

“Sadie”–Review

51q4dmgrQUL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_If she dies, she takes the truth with her.

“I’m going to kill a man. I’m going to steal the light from his eyes. I want to watch it go out. You aren’t supposed to answer violence with more violence, but sometimes I think violence is the only answer.”

The story begins with a public radio personality, West McCray, who’s taken an assignment regarding a missing person case in a small town in Colorado. Although McCray is hesitant about the job—especially because young girls disappear all the time—he can’t fight his curiosity. He has to know what happened to 19-year-old Sadie Hunter, so the investigation begins.

Ever since they were kids, Sadie has practically raised her younger sister, Mattie. With one hardship after another, including their mother eventually dropping out of their lives, the sisters were inseparable. Sadie had felt almost like a parent to the sister she loved more than anything.

But, then, Mattie’s dead body is discovered and Sadie’s world is shattered. Feeling she has nothing left to lose, Sadie leaves home and vows to avenge her sister’s death. She drives from one small town to the next, in hopes of speaking to anyone who may have connections to the murderer. When or if she confronts him, Sadie will be ready to kill him, to avenge her sister—or die trying.

Rarely do I read YA novels, but this one did an amazing job. I won’t give anything away, but I liked the story’s realistic ending. It was such a sad story and, at the same time, it amazed me that such a young girl was willing to risk her own life after the only family she’s ever had had been taken from her. It makes me wonder: would you have done the same? Again, I won’t say any more, so I’ll just encourage you to read this book. Feel free to post your comments. Happy reading!

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

*Sadie will be available on September 4, 2018.

About the author: Courtney Summers was born in Belleville, Ontario, Canada in 1986 and currently resides in a small town not far from there. At age 14, and with her parents’ blessing, Courtney dropped out of high school to pursue her education independently. At age 18, she wrote her first novel and never looked back. Her first book, Cracked Up to Be, was published in 2008, when she was 22. To date, she has authored five novels and is best known for her unapologetic, difficult female protagonists. In 2016, Courtney was named one of Flare Magazine’s 60 under 30. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

“The Other Woman”–Review

51krAwxmLbL._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_Good evening, bloggers! How’s your reading going? Looking for some new recommendations? Here’s my review for my latest read.

He loves you. But she loves you not. And she’ll stop at nothing.

Emily’s had her fair share of bad involvements. But, then, she met Adam. It wasn’t long before they’d really clicked. Then their relationship became serious. Perhaps it was moving a bit fast, yet Emily and Adam couldn’t be happier.

Then it came time to meet Adam’s dear old mother, Pammie. Pammie appears sweet and welcoming—at least, when her sons are around. With Emily, however, she’s a completely different person. She’s conniving, manipulative, a liar. She does everything in her power to make Emily’s life miserable and to drive her away forever. Anything to make her look like the bad guy in front of Adam. But Emily’s not backing out. Despite the future mother-in-law from hell, Emily can’t reason with Adam, who refuses to see his mother for who she is.

The longer the relationship continues, the worse Pammie gets. What does Pammie have against Emily? And how can Emily convince Adam that his mother is out to destroy their relationship?

I definitely give this book five stars. The author has created quite the convincing antagonist. I’ve heard quite a few stories about unhealthy in-law relationships, but this novel takes the cake. It definitely has a pretty good twist, so I recommend you check out this one.

*I received this copy from St. Martin’s Press, in exchange for an honest review. The Other Woman will be available on August 21, 2018.

About the author: Sandie Jones has worked for more than 20 years as a freelance journalist and has written for The Sunday Times, Woman’s Weekly, and the Daily Mail, among other publications. She lives in London with her husband and three children. The Other Woman is her debut novel. For more info, click here. You can also follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

“Baby Teeth”–Review

41DDOH9MtlL._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_Sweetness can be deceptive.

Meet seven-year-old Hanna. She’s the sweetest and the smartest. At least, when she’s around her adoring father, Alex. All she wants is to live happily with him, but one person stands in the way—her mommy, Suzette. And Hanna is willing to do anything to have Mommy out of the picture, indefinitely.

While she’s been homeschooling Hanna for years, Suzette starts to wonder where she’d gone wrong. Has she been a neglectful parent? Had she missed something? And why does her own daughter seem to hate her? Hanna doesn’t speak and Suzette and Alex have never been successful at keeping their daughter in school. With Hanna’s unusual and disturbing behavior, Suzette fears that something is seriously wrong with Hanna. The problem, however, is that Alex doesn’t see it; all he sees is Hanna’s sweetness toward him. Could he possibly be in denial? The longer this keeps up, the sooner Suzette just might be on the brink of insanity. How can she prove to her husband that their sweet, little Hanna might be dangerous?

Indeed, Hanna is quite a disturbed little girl and I really wanted to know the reason behind her detailed, graphic imagination. It definitely didn’t end the way I’d expected, but it was still pretty good, but I won’t spoil a thing. No matter, I encourage you to read this one. Who’s side will you take? Hanna’s? Or Suzette’s? Feel free to post your comments. Happy reading!

*I received this copy from St. Martin’s Press, in exchange for an honest review. Baby Teeth will be available on July 17, 2018.

About the author: You can find Zoje Stage on Twitter and Facebook.

“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.

“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.

For more info on the author, click here.