My Husband’s Wife by Jane Corry

My Husband's Wife: A Novel by [Corry, Jane]

When young lawyer Lily marries Ed, she’s determined to make a fresh start. To leave the secrets of the past behind. But then she takes on her first murder case and meets Joe. A convicted murderer whom Lily is strangely drawn to. For whom she will soon be willing to risk almost anything. 
But Lily is not the only one with secrets. Her next-door neighbor Carla may be only nine, but she has already learned that secrets are powerful things. That they can get her whatever she wants.

When Lily finds Carla on her doorstep sixteen years later, a chain of events is set in motion that can end only one way.

This story is told from the alternating viewpoints of Lily and Carla. These characters have so many secrets, lies and bad behavior it’s hard to get behind any of them.

Lily is just married when she is handed a case. The case involves Joe, who  is in prison for a crime he did not commit ( I know right, who is guilty??) and Lily and her team are tasked with proving he is not guilty. Joe reminds Lily of her brother and that is not necessarily a good thing. You just aren’t sure if he’s playing her or not.

Carla may be just a little girl in the beginning, but she is one cunning little girl. A keeper of secrets and lies. She was just an awful human being.

Ed, the man who marries Lily soon after meeting her, is about as likeable as a nest of rats. I just wanted him gone.

Can any of them be redeemed? Will someone have to pay for the past? And exactly how well do you know other people.

The ending cleared a lot up.

I’ve read quite a few books over the past few months and where and who are these women who just up and marry some bloke they just met and know nothing about? I don’t know women like that. Here we will do a full background report and credit check on you before we meet for dinner! I’m getting a bit weary of female characters who are bright and successful suddenly losing their good sense and saying yes to some man they don’t know.

I would love to flip that script!

Enjoyable Read!

Blink by K.L.Slater *RELEASE DAY*

Blink by K.L. Slater

A gripping storyline, an edge of your seat read! The best compliment I can give a Thriller is that I never saw that ending coming. Never!

When Toni and her five year old daughter Evie move closer to Toni’s Mom, after the death of her husband, everyone is tense, sad and not paying any attention to the world around them. That’s what grief does to you.But there is always someone watching…judging..waiting to exploit that type of grief. Here in one of the most horrific ways possible, stealing a child.

This is a terrific, edge of your seat rollercoaster ride of a tale! And I loved every minute of it and at the end it did what I expect a good Pshycological Thriller to do. Shock and Awe!!

Thanks so much to Netgalley and Bookouture for this one! Release Date is the 16th of February!

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I’m Going To Need More Coffee!

Well this weeks haul of books is pretty diverse and enjoyable so far! This is what I’ll be doing for the next few days. Since my co-troublemakers are out of town for a few days because for us Mardi Gras is in full swing and they would never turn down free booze and King Cake. I guess it will just be me, so if you see that Coffee Fairy, be a love and send her my way!

Enjoy your weekend and read something!

xxPatricia

A Few of My Favorite January Releases!

Towhee Get Your Gun (A Bird Lover's Mystery #2) J.R. Ripley’s  second in the Bird Lover’s Mystery Series will be coming out on January 3, 2017. Amy is up to all kinds of shenanigans and sleuthing in this one and he so nicely gives us a good look at the next book in the series.
I Hate Everyone, Except You  Clinton’s book is so funny my ribs hurt from laughing!
Seriously! See!  Grab it on the 10th!!
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The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine  Arden This beauty is out on the 10th of January also. I absolutely loved this book and will read it again! There is also a Giveaway on this book on Goodreads.
The Girl Before  This book comes out on the 24th of January. Talk about a psychological thriller. At the end I was still Whaaat???  This one is already being made into a movie, directed by Ron Howard.
The Patriots: A Novel by [Krasikov, Sana]  This beautiful multi-generational story of surviving the Soviet Union. This gem comes out on the 24th also. Very thought provoking book!
These are just a few that I enjoyed and I hope you will too!
Grab a book and start this new year right!   xxPP

Behind Closed Doors by B.A.Paris

Behind Closed Doors: A Novel by [Paris, B. A.]

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth; she has charm and elegance. He’s a dedicated attorney who has never lost a case; she is a flawless homemaker, a masterful gardener and cook, and dotes on her disabled younger sister. Though they are still newlyweds, they seem to have it all. You might not want to like them, but you do. You’re hopelessly charmed by the ease and comfort of their home, by the graciousness of the dinner parties they throw. You’d like to get to know Grace better.

But it’s difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are inseparable.

Some might call this true love. Others might wonder why Grace never answers the phone. Or why she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn’t work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. Or why she never seems to take anything with her when she leaves the house, not even a pen. Or why there are such high-security metal shutters on all the downstairs windows.

Some might wonder what’s really going on once the dinner party is over, and the front door has closed.

So there you have it. This has been one of the most talked about books on line for a while now. And I’m going to just say it. I did not care for it at all.

There wasn’t really a lot of depth to it. I figured out what was going on in the first chapter. And how it would probably end. It always amazes me how authors come up with such intelligent and independent female leads that turn in to idiots when they meet the ‘perfect’ man. Who always turn out to be psycho.

Who in this day and age marries someone they barely know and then the guy doesn’t show for the honeymoon night? That right there would be enough for me to dust off my shoulders and kick myself in the ass for being an idiot!

I didn’t get the psychological thriller part. Sadist? Maybe. For the first time in maybe forever I just wanted it to be over and done with.

Sorry folks but that’s my own humble opinion!

After She’s Gone by Lisa Jackson

After She's Gone (West Coast Series Book 3) by [Jackson, Lisa]

Sister, Sister….
As teenagers, Cassie Kramer and her younger sister, Allie, survived a crazed fan who nearly killed their mother, a former Hollywood actress. Still, Cassie moved to L.A. from rural Oregon, urging Allie to follow. Yet while Cassie struggled with her acting career, Allie, suddenly driven, rose to stardom. But now her body double has been shot on-set–and Allie is missing.

Crying In The Night…

As police investigate, Cassie begins to look like a suspect–the jealous sister who finally snapped. Soon the media goes into a frenzy, and Cassie ends up in a Portland psych ward. Is she just imagining the sinister figure at her bedside, whispering about Allie? Is someone trying to help–or drive her mad?

What Has Given You Such A Fright?

Convinced she’s the only one who can find Allie, Cassie checks herself out of the hospital. But a slew of macabre murders–each victim masked with a likeness of a member of Cassie’s family–makes her fear for her life, and her sanity. And with each discovery, Cassie realizes that no one can be trusted to keep her safe–least of all herself

This is the third book in the West Coast Series.

I really think you should read the other books before this one, or you are in for some spoilers.  I’ve been a fan of Lisa Jackson for a long time. Her thrillers are deliciously evil! Like this one.

I just don’t feel this was a best effort. I read it all in one sitting, but there were quite a few inaccuracies and some things weren’t expanded on which would have given us information I think we needed.

We bounce back and forth from LA to Portland, trying to figure out where Allie is and if Cassie has finally lost her mind. Suspects are plentiful, as this is the movie business and is anybody really who their Bio says they are? Nope!

The ending was not exactly believable. If you’re a fan give it a try, for a first read, I would start with the first book in the series!

Happy Reading!

xxPP

Book Review: The Killing Ship by Simon Beaufort

The Killing Ship: An Antarctica Thriller

“A group of scientists in the Antarctic face a desperate battle for survival as they are hunted down by hostile intruders. ”
Having spent the summer conducting fieldwork on stark Livingston Island, marine biologist Andrew Berrister is looking forward to returning to civilization. But his final days in Antarctica take an unexpected turn when it becomes clear that he and his small group of scientists are not alone on the island. Deducing that the intruders are a crew of illegal whalers, the scientists face an increasingly desperate struggle for survival when two members of their shore party disappear and their supplies are deliberately sabotaged.
As Berrister and his remaining companions flee across the treacherous, icy terrain, they are pursued unrelentingly by ruthless killers whose true reasons for being in the Antarctic are darker and more dangerous than the scientists could ever have imagined.

I first saw this book a month or so ago in the Library Journal. I haven’t read a lot of books set in Antarctica and I was curious how this was going to go down on a bunch of icebergs and glaciers and the brutal weather conditions.

Ten days from being collected and going home and things have started to go wrong. Two of the researchers are missing, food and fuel sources have been sabotaged and the remaining group must figure out a way to communicate with their headquarters and hopefully get some help. But the ships that show up aren’t there to help.

They are there to harpoon whales and collect the highly profitable meat sales. Or are they?

One thing I know after reading this book is that I am not going on any ice adventures…ever!  It was a good read, I’m glad to have found it and some new authors!

In the real world there is always some type of research being done in the Antarctic. And after reading this book I have the greatest admiration for them! This is a chilling thriller! And the research in it shows from the first page all the way to the shocking ending!

I would have no problem recommending this book.