Hannah Mary McKinnon – The Neighbors

“Six years had passed, and at times, the inner workings of my wife’s brain were still a complete mystery to me. She said she loved me, and I believed she did, in her own way. But after a few years of being together I’d accepted there would always be a part of her heart and a part of her mind that were out of bounds, completely closed off to everyone, including me.”

Book Details:

  • Publisher: Mira Books

  • Published On: March 13 2018

  • Pages: 384

Synopsis: In 1992, a car accident kills a young man and forever changes the lives of three people… Now, twenty years later, they’ll all come to regret the choices they made that day, as the secrets and lies they’ve told to protect each other become the very things that tear their lives apart.

After a night of fun, Abby was responsible for the car crash that killed her beloved brother. It is a sin she can never forgive herself for, so she pushes away the man she loves most, knowing that he would eventually hate her for what she’s done, the same way she hates herself.

Twenty years later, Abby’s husband, Nate, is also living with a deep sense of guilt. He was the driver who first came upon the scene of Abby’s accident, the man who pulled her to safety before the car erupted in flames, the man who could not save her brother in time. It’s this guilt, this regret that binds them together. They understand each other. Or so Nate believes.

In a strange twist of fate, Liam (her old lover—possibly her true soulmate) moves in with his own family next door, releasing a flood of memories that Abby has been trying to keep buried all these years. Abby and Liam, in a complicit agreement, pretend never to have met, yet cannot resist the pull of the past—nor the repercussions of the dark secrets they’ve both been carrying…

Review: I loved the book. What happens if an ex-boyfriend moved in next door?? Chapters switched between the characters giving a 360 degree angle to the story & emotions of each character. Nothing pure evol like most domestic thrillers but a great storytelling!

Rating: 💎💎💎💎.5

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Mons Kallentoft & Markus Lutteman – Zack

“Has there always been so much hate? Maybe the hate itself has always been constant, just not as visible. What’s new about the digital world, he thinks, is that we can see each other’s unfiltered thoughts.

Is humanity really ready for the kind of psychological challenge inherent in constantly being able to give voice to its very worst sides? Like an endless traffic jam in which everyone is blowing their car horn.”

Book Details:

  • Publisher: Atria Books

  • Published On: January 23 2018

  • Pages: 480

Synopsis: Zack Herry is the golden boy who has stumbled into a career in the Stockholm police force. At night, he hangs out at the clubs, partying with the people he should really be arresting. He knows that it won’t last, but he can’t help himself, even as he starts being investigated by internal affairs. But when four Thai women from a massage parlor in Stockholm are found brutally executed and a fifth badly mutilated and dumped outside a nearby hospital, Zack must get his act together and try to figure out the motives behind the vicious murders, together with his partner, Deniz. Only one thing is for sure: more women will die unless they find the killer.

Review: I wanted to pick this book up for its synopsis & it was a good read, really interesting storyline & unfolding. Some names of areas or people would be hard to pronounce & I probably butchered how it should have been said but oh well, made it through 😂. Different theories are followed, most shot down so you can get the whole “oh my god who is behind this!!” Feel in the book 😂. It wasn’t a “I need to stay up all night & get to the bottom of this!” Kind of a thriller though 😬.

Rating: 💎💎💎.5

Catherine Ryan Howard – The Liar’s Girl

“I want to know the truth. I want to know what actually happened. I don’t want to go back home and spend the next ten years wondering if I spent the last ten being right or wrong.”

Book Details:

  • Publisher: Corvos

  • Published On: March 1 2018

  • Pages: 304

Synopsis: Will Hurley was an attractive, charming, and impressive student at Dublin’s elite St. John’s College-and Ireland’s most prolific serial killer. Having stalked his four young victims, he drowned them in the muddy waters of the Grand Canal. Sentenced to life imprisonment when he was just nineteen, Will is locked away in the city’s Central Psychiatric Hospital.

Freshman Alison Smith moved to the Big Smoke to enrol in St. John’s and soon fell hard for Will Hurley. Her world bloomed … and then imploded when Liz, her best friend, became the latest victim of the Canal Killer-and the Canal Killer turned out to be the boy who’d been sleeping in her bed. Alison fled to the Netherlands and, in ten years, has never once looked back.

When a young woman’s body is found in the Grand Canal, Garda detectives visit Will to see if he can assist them in solving what looks like a copycat killing. Instead, Will tells them he has something new to confess-but there’s only one person he’s prepared to confess it to. The last thing Alison wants is to be pulled back into the past she’s worked so hard to leave behind. Reluctantly, she returns to the city she hasn’t set foot in for more than a decade to face the man who murdered the woman she was supposed to become.

Only to discover that, until now, Will has left out the worst part of all …

Review: Serial killers & psychopaths interest me so much & I feel psychological thrillers always add to my fascination. It’s interesting to get to know what they’re thinking & why they do what they do. It was a really good read which was on my mind all day until I picked it up to read. The thought behind the murder really makes you think! I dont want to add any spoilers!!

Rating: 💎💎💎💎

C. L. Taylor – The Lie

“Only the good die young,” he says, reading the text message aloud. “That’ll explain why you’re still alive, then.”

Book Details:

  • Publisher: Avon UK

  • Published On: April 23 2015

  • Pages: 461

Synopsis: I know your name’s not really Jane Hughes…

Jane Hughes has a loving partner, a job in an animal sanctuary and a tiny cottage in rural Wales. She’s happier than she’s ever been but her life is a lie. Jane Hughes does not really exist.

Five years earlier Jane and her then best friends went on holiday but what should have been the trip of a lifetime rapidly descended into a nightmare that claimed the lives of two of the women.

Jane has tried to put her past behind her but someone knows the truth about what happened. Someone who won’t stop until they’ve destroyed Jane and everything she loves.

Review: The story was divided into before & after of the trip to Nepal & was told from Jane’s POV. It was a good read with a very interesting plot. The tension & the distrust between the characters felt so palpable! Reading what inspired C. L. Taylor to write this book really intrigued me:

“I wrote THE LIE because I’ve always been fascinated by the nature of female friendships, in particular the dynamics of close knit groups of friends. Most of the time female friendships are healthy and supportive – you literally trust them “with your life” – but sometimes they’re not. Sometimes they’re much more toxic than they appear, with possessiveness, resentment, bitterness, competitiveness and envy lurking under the surface.

I wanted to write a story about a group of women who appear to get along well but whose friendship is riddled with issues that none of them are willing to confront. I was curious as to what would happen if I put those friends in a dangerous, crucible-type situation where they’re forced to trust each other in order to survive? Would they support each other, or turn on each other instead?”

❗️What’re your thoughts as you read what inspired C. L. Taylor to write The Lie?

Rating: 💎💎💎.5

April Wrap Up!

April flew by! This month I read 15 books!!! WOW, shocked myself 😂.

1- Zack – Mons Kallentoft [3/5].

2- The Neighbors – Hannah Mary McKinnon [4/5].

3- The Family At Number 13 – S. D. Monaghan [3/5].

4- The Girlfriend – Sarah Naughton [3.5/5].

5- Slammed – Colleen Hoover [5/5].

6- Point of Retreat – Colleen Hoover [5/5].

7- This Girl – Colleen Hoover [4/5].

8- UNSUB – Meg Gardiner [4/5].

9- Into The Black Nowhere – Meg Gardiner [5/5].

10- A Little Too Late – Staci Hart [5/5].

11- From Twinkle, With Love – Sandhya Menon [5/5].

12- Reckless Love – J. Saman [4/5].

13- Wild Hearts – Lindsay Detwiler [3/5].

14- The French Girl – Lexie Elliott [4/5].

15- Dead Girl Running – Christina Dodd [5/5].

❗️How many books have you read this April?!

Sujata Massey – The Widows of Malabar Hill

“Nashin’ means ‘sitting’ or ‘dwelling.’ Therefore, ‘purdahnashins’ means ‘those who stay behind the veil.’”

Book Details:

  • Publisher: SoHo Press

  • Published On: January 9 2018

  • Pages: 385

Synopsis: Bombay, 1921: Perveen Mistry, the daughter of a respected Zoroastrian family, has just joined her father’s law firm, becoming one of the first female lawyers in India. Armed with a legal education from Oxford, Perveen also has a tragic personal history that makes her especially devoted to championing and protecting women’s rights.

Mistry Law is handling the will of Mr. Omar Farid, a wealthy Muslim mill owner who has left three widows behind. But as Perveen goes through the papers, she notices something strange: all three have signed over their inheritance to a charity. What will they live on if they forefeit what their husband left them? Perveen is suspicious.

The Farid widows live in purdah: strict seclusion, never leaving the women’s quarters or speaking to any men. Are they being taken advantage of by an unscrupulous guardian? Perveen tries to investigate and realizes her instincts about the will were correct when tensions escalate to murder. It’s her responsibility to figure out what really happened on Malabar Hill, and to ensure that nobody is in further danger.

Review: This was an amazing historical fiction read & I really recommend picking it up. It taught me aspects of the different cultures & traditions talked about in the book. Loved how the story unfolded & I really did not want to stop reading it. I would wake up in the middle of the night, read a few pages & fall back asleep 😂.

Rating: 💎💎💎💎💎

Jen Wilde – Queens of Geek

“You don’t need to fit yourself into what society tells us a girl should be. Girls can be whoever they want. Whether that’s an ass-kicking, sarcastic, crime-solving FBI agent or a funny, gorgeous, witty beauty queen—or both at the same time”

Book Details:

  • Publisher: Swoon Reads

  • Published On: March 14 2017

  • Pages: 262

Synopsis: Three friends, two love stories, one convention: this fun, feminist love letter to geek culture is all about fandom, friendship, and finding the courage to be yourself.

Charlie likes to stand out. She’s a vlogger and actress promoting her first movie at SupaCon, and this is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star Reese Ryan. When internet-famous cool-girl actress Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought.

Taylor likes to blend in. Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change. And there’s one thing in her life she knows will never change: her friendship with her best guy friend Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about a fan contest for her favorite fandom, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe.

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde, chosen by readers like you for Macmillan’s young adult imprint Swoon Reads, is an empowering novel for anyone who has ever felt that fandom is family.

Review: This book was recommended to me by @thebookadvocate & it was such a great & quick read! The messages to take away from this book are amazing & everyone needs to hear them. The book centres around 3 friends who are LIVVVVVVVING the geek life. This book brings to notice the troubles people dealing with autism & social anxiety face every single day & I say YOU ROCK!

“it’s that new experiences are always scary, but they aren’t always bad”

“Here’s the thing: people are going to talk about me, no matter what I do. People are going to spew their judgments and opinions on what I wear, who I’m with, what I say, all of it. And for a while, that was all I cared about. Now? Not so much.”

People will always talk, about anything & everything. It doesn’t matter what we do, it becomes a topic & people will always find an excuse to talk about someone & whatever they’ve done. Honestly, you can never please everyone so YOU DO YOU.

Jen Wilde talks fandoms so ❗️What fandoms do you belong to?!

Rating: 💎💎💎💎