Dear Wife ~ Kimberly Belle

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When I started reading this book 📖, I thought to myself, here we go again, this is just another Gone Girl.

But how wrong was I, this book took me by total surprise.

Beth Murphy is on the run from her abusive husband.

Then there is Sabine Hardison, who is missing, and her husband Jeffrey, who is the main suspect in her disappearance.

Then there is Detective Marcus Durand, who is the main cop on the case investigating Sabine’s disappearance.

The narration is told through Beth, Jeffrey, and Marcus, showing each of their point of views.

This is so cleverly written, it had me fooled! Beth is on the run with a fake I.D, Sabine has disappeared and her husband is the prime suspect, and Marcus wants to nail him for it. Marcus thinks Sabine is dead.

As you read it, you want to know how it all comes together. It all seems like a simple plot, but there is a very big twist as you get closer to the end. It makes reading the book 📖 so worth it! You don’t want to put it down! Four and a half out of five stars ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 💫

The Broken Girls ~ Simone St. James

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I have been wanting to read Simone St. James most recent novel The Sun Down Motel, but I decided to give her earlier novel Two Broken Girls a go first.

This book is amazing! The setting is in Vermont, and it moves through two main parallel stories, which are approximately 60 years apart. Then there is a third story which adds a haunting element to the whole narration.

In 1950, there are four girls (CeCe, Katie, Sonia and Roberta), who are roommates at an all girls boarding school, Idlewild Hall. The school is a place for the trouble makers, the illegitimate, and there are rumours that the school is haunted!

In the current time, 2014, Fiona Sheridan, a journalist, is still haunted by her sister’s death that occurred 20 years ago. She was found lying near the ruins of Idlewild Hall. Her boyfriend then was tried and convicted for her murder, but Fiona still believes something was never quite right about the whole case.

Now in 2014, Idlewild Hall has a new owner and the new owner is planning on restoring the place. While the renovations take place, there is a shocking discovery. Fiona now needs to uncover and come to the bottom of a 60 year old mystery of the disappearance of a girl from the school, but at the same time she uncovers a few truths about her sister’s murder.

I don’t usually like ghost stories, but I’ll make this one an exception. It is St. James investigative writing style that got me hooked!

She brings together a 60 year old mystery and a 20 year old mystery, as well as even older mystery of the ghost of Mary Hand that walks the walls of Idlewild Hall.

I’ve given it four and a half out of five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 🌟 .

Good Girls Lie ~ J T Ellison

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An influential and prestigious prep school for the daughters of the rich, set in a tiny town of Marchburg, Virginia.

Ash Carlisle is a new Sophomore at the Goode School. The Ivy League boarding school for girls is something Ash wants to belong to, but something is not right ever since she got there.

The book begins with when everything is out of control, with the corpse of a girl is found hanging from the front gates of the school. Did she kill herself? Or is this where the honour is a code, and the games have gone too far?

Everything seems to link back to Ash. Even the head of the school, Dean Ford Westhaven, has secrets of her own. Can she save her school and protect it?

Bravo to the author J T Ellison on her fabulous book 📖! I have read her other books 📚 , but this is the best one so far!! I could not stop reading it until it’s last page. I’ve given it four and a half out of five stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

You Are Not Alone ~ Sarah Pekkanen & Greer Hendricks

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This is a masterpiece. I haven’t read a good book 📚 in a very long time! Sarah Pekkanen and Greer Hendricks are creative masters in what they do.

After having written two great books The Wife Between Us and An Anonymous Girl, this is I think their best one so far. The mastermind duo just keeps on delivering!

Living in New York City, Shay Miller has a simple and quite a lonely life. She doesn’t have many friends, and it doesn’t get any better that she has a crush on her cute flat mate, who already has a girlfriend.

Then one day Shay witnesses and experiences a horrific event on the subway platform. She witnesses a young woman about her age suicide. She is quite shaken by the event and doesn’t know that witnessing this will change her life forever.

Shay can’t get over seeing Amanda Evinger jump to her death. The image doesn’t leave her mind that she wants to learn more about Amanda. So to learn more about her, Shay goes to the memorial service where she meets all of Amanda’s friends.

Two of Amanda’s friends are the Moore sisters, Cassandra and Jane. They are glamorous! Shay just can’t believe how her luck has changed after the sisters welcome her into their circle.

From her lonely and boring life, she now feels like she has a purpose in life now when she is given a new fresh start. The Moore sisters potentially assist her in achieving a new job, a new apartment, a new possible love life!

However, all good things don’t last. Just as soon as things are starting to look good, they all come crashing down. Shay starts to wonder about the sisters. They aren’t as glamorous as they claim to be. I can’t say any more without spoilers. I’ve given it four out of five stars . ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Whisper Network ~ Chandler Baker

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I decided to read this book 📖, thinking it’ll be quite spectacular, considering all the great reviews it has received, and also being well known through Reese Witherspoon’s book club.

The story centre’s around four women Sloane, Ardie, Grace, and Rosalita, who have worked for Truviv, Inc for many years.

The company CEO suddenly dies, which means their boss Ames Garrett, who they have known for a long time, will take over the company. Only problem is that Ames is a man that is surrounded by whispers.

I get the whole portrayal here of a business world dominated by powerful men who see women as expendable objects. We have seen this all over the media world and portrayed in recent movies, and TV shows. However, the book is classified as a thriller, but it really isn’t focused on solving a murder mystery and finding the guilty party. It’s more about learning to listen to the women who are victims at first, rather than solving a murder.

It is an important and timely book about women, but I simply really just wanted to read a good thriller.

To me, there wasn’t really an aspect of a mystery or suspense throughout the novel. It doesn’t live up to the genre. This is the reason why it took me too long to read as I didn’t find it quite entertaining enough. I’ve given it two out of five stars. ⭐️⭐️

The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo ~ Amy Schumer

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I tried reading this few years ago, but after the first two or three chapters, I just could not go any further. With the current state of the world at the moment, and with a lot of going for walks, it was easier to listen to it as an audiobook.

Talented comedian, actress and writer Amy Schumer is no doubt entertaining. It was difficult for me to read her book, but listening to her as she narrated, it was a more smoother version to her story.

Amy is a great narrator, her voice is meant for storytelling. I could listen to her forever.

She tells you of past stories about her growing up, her family, her relationships she came across and of course the sex – all these experiences shaped her into the woman she is today.

I think what put me off in the very start of my reading of the book was the talk of her sexual encounters and the continuous talk of her genitalia. This made me stop reading it years ago, because I thought the whole book was going to be like that. However, now listening to it, Amy tells you more about her life and the different experiences she went through.

It broke my heart how she explained about her dad, and you form a respect for Amy. You admire her comedic portrayal of the very simple things in life.

You also wonder about the title, but you do understand it when you get towards the end of the book. I think I’ll give it three and a half out of five stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Handmaid’s Tale ~ Renee Nault (The Graphic Novel)

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The book is widely read and the television series is quite well known, so I do not have to tell you too much about it or re-discuss it’s plot. However, the graphic adaptation is quite interesting and gives a totally different effect to the other popular adaptations.

The pictures are shown in deep, rich red colour, for the handmaid’s cloak, which gives a deeper meaning and image that stays in your mind throughout the narration.

It does not steer away from the original, but the drawings are done beautifully and brightly to cause an effect and it’s intention seems to be that you won’t easily forget it.

You really feel Offred’s loneliness and her journey in the graphic adaptation, that depicts the hugely unsettling dystopian world. I’ve given it four out of five stars.

Scrappy Little Nobody ~ Anna Kendrick

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No matter how famous you are, you are still an ordinary person. This is what Anna Kendrick reminds us, as the actress shares a collection of her autobiographical essays.

I loved reading this. It wasn’t over the top, but it was a quirky and fun read. Anna takes you through her journey of growing up from a very early age.

She recounts a lot of absurdities she has experienced in her life. She has this seriousness in her narration, but at the same time it is humorous.

She doesn’t give you all the intimate details, but she tells you just enough that it is a satisfactory read. I’ve given it four out of five stars.

A Secret Life ~ Christobel Kent

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Georgie has a great life, a beautiful home, a wonderful husband Tim, and a beautiful daughter Tabs.

However, one night when she goes out on the town with her good friends, Holly and Cat, Georgie wakes up the next morning barely remembering what happened during that night.

I’ve been reading a few reviews about this book and I have to disagree with most of them thinking it was a boring read. On the contrary, I thought it was not the best read, but it had the right amount of twists to keep you reading.

I think about how the writer brought all of the random characters together, and how they are all connected which made reading the book worthwhile. Like I said it is not the best book I’ve read, but it still deserves at least three out of five stars.

Those People by Louise Candlish

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When Darren and Jodie, the new neighbours, move in on Lowland Way, they cause havoc to the family-friendly atmosphere in the neighbourhood.

The new neighbours blast music at odd hours, then they renovate their house in what seems in an unsafe way, and they run a used-car business from their home. This takes up all the car spots on the street.

Even though the plot is a good one, it seemed that the pace was too steady, therefore it is a very slow page turner.

It does have its elements of mystery suspense when on one Saturday there is a horrific death, and that’s when there is a search of who did it and how it all happened.

The story is cleverly told through everyone’s perspective and through police recordings. However, for me it gets quite frustrating because like I mentioned the plot is too slow as things get unfolded. Even though I liked the ending, I’ve given it three out of five stars.