Getting Ready For August Releases!

Pieces of Happiness by [Ostby, Anne]    A novel of five lifelong friends who, in their sixties, decide to live together on a cocoa farm in Fiji, where they not only start a chocolate business but strengthen their friendships and rediscover themselves.  August 01 Release from Doubleday.

Fashionably Late (The Ladies Smythe & Westin) by [Mathews, Lisa Q.]   When a classy fashion-show luncheon turns deadly, the Ladies Smythe & Westin are back on the case . August 07 Release from Carina Press.

Emma in the Night: A Novel by [Walker, Wendy]  “Both twisted and twisty, this smart psychological thriller sets a new standard for unreliable narrators.” –Booklist, Starred Review Oh my this book! Release Date is August 08 by St.Martin’s Press

Dead Girls Can't Lie by [Jones, Carys] Best friends tell each other the truth – don’t they? From the author of Wrong Number, Carys Jones latest comes out on August 15th

Exposed (A Rosato & DiNunzio Novel) by [Scottoline, Lisa]  A BATTLE FOR JUSTICE PITS PARTNER AGAINST PARTNER… Release on August 15th by St.Martin’s Press

99 Red Balloons: A chillingly clever psychological thriller with a stomach-flipping twist by [Carpenter, Elisabeth]  A chillingly clever psychological thriller with a stomach-flipping twist! Released August 24th by Avon/Harper Collins

Mask of Shadows by [Miller, Linsey]  Perfect for fantasy fans of Sarah J. Maas and Leigh Bardugo, the first book in this new duology features a compelling gender fluid main character, impressive world building, and fast-paced action.  YA I’m trying to dip my toe in! Released on August 29th!

I had decided to try at least 2 YA books One of them which I had seen reviewed a lot by YA reviewers I got about 15% into and just said NO! Jeez, I don’t want to have to wonder how to pronounce every name and city. I have Game of Thrones for that. This one I like because of the main character, but it is definitely not my genre! Or maybe it’s that I’m not a Science Fiction/Dystopian/Fantasy fan. But at least I gave it a shot!

xx Patricia

 

 

 

A FEW OF THE BEST PLOT TWISTS AND SHOCKERS I’VE READ!

I read a lot of Suspense/Thrillers and these are just a few of the ones that had me picking my jaw up off the floor and screaming What???  And that is not easy for those of us who read a ton of this genre! So if you liked them let me know and if you haven’t read one, hey, it’s summer….give one a try!

Years after Amir betrayed his childhood friend Hassan, he sets out to reconcile their past — but learns in so many surprising ways how a single event could alter both their lives forever. This book cracked my heart wide open and left my jaw on the floor too many times to count.

  Sara and Brian Fitzgerald’s life with their young son and their two-year-old daughter, Kate, is forever altered when they learn that Kate has leukemia. The parents’ only hope is to conceive another child, specifically intended to save Kate’s life. For some, such genetic engineering would raise both moral and ethical questions; for the Fitzgeralds, Sara in particular, there is no choice but to do whatever it takes to keep Kate alive.  I love/hate this book!!!

We Were Liars by [Lockhart, E.]

A girl who knows she had an accident the summer before, but cannot remember what happened…. Her revelations and the entire ending left me so shocked that I put the book in a time out for a good ten minutes before I furiously looked through the beginning of the book to see what subtle hints I had missed (there were a ton)! I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a story that causes you to become so invested that your only choice is to finish the book in one sitting.

—Allie Lily

 The main character is investigating the recent death of her husband when she discovers that it’s connected to the brutal murder of her sister years ago. And are they both somehow related to the suspicious suicide of her husband’s brother? Coben is one of my favorite authors. And this was a jaw dropper ending! I wish he would make some his television series here in the US, but if you have Sky TV watch The Five or Juste Un Regard. I was lucky to have a friend in the UK who would Skype The Five with me and it is a mind blower!

 It is about a dystopian world where people are divided by blood: silver for the higher social order with supernatural powers and red for the poor and maltreated. When Mare, an ordinary red-blooded girl, discovers that she has silver powers, everything is changed forever. The big twist is just so unpredictable and unexpected that it makes you stop for at least 20 minutes to stare at the wall and just be amazed. As Aveyard says: Anyone can betray anyone.

 During a picnic at her family’s farm in the English countryside, 16-year-old Laurel Nicolson witnesses a shocking crime, a crime that challenges everything she knows about her adored mother, Dorothy. Now, 50 years later, Laurel and her sisters are meeting at the farm to celebrate Dorothy’s 90th birthday. Realizing that this is her last chance to discover the truth about that long-ago day, Laurel searches for answers that can only be found in Dorothy’s past.  One of those shockers that have you staring into space for a bit afterwards!

Happy Reading!

THE SERIAL KILLER’S DAUGHTER BY LESLIE WELCH

The Serial Killer's Daughter

Charmer, liar, father… Killer.
Suzanne’s life changes forever the day she receives a visit from Rose Anderson, the woman who has been living with her estranged father, Don.

Don is dead, but Rose wants Suzanne to have his possessions – including a series of intimate diaries and a mysterious collection of photographs of women.

To Suzanne’s shock, one of the photos is of her friend Sophie, who died ten years ago in an unexplained and devastating fire.

But Don only met Sophie once, on an unsettling visit he paid Suzanne just days before Sophie’s death… So why did he have a picture of her?

Unable to let Sophie’s memory alone, Suzanne begins to dig into her father’s life. What horrors is she about to unearth in his journals? And who is it that’s out there, watching her every move?

When Suzanne receives a phone call from a woman named Rose telling her that her father is dead, she is more relieved that upset. Now more worrying about him showing up and torturing her with his words and actions.

Once Suzanne collects the journals and pictures, she is shocked to learn that her father may have been a serial killer. And she has siblings. Who aren’t doing too well themselves.

Not only is Don a first class Narcissist and sociopath, who has no qualms about murdering anyone, family or not, how is he even alive? Or is he?

This thriller will have you speeding to the end just to find out if he was really that bad!

Spoiler Alert: The answer is yes!

Thanks for this one Bookouture!  I would read it again! Release June 14, 2017

What Are You Reading This Month?

These are some of the reads from Netgalley I’m reading as well as about 15 hard copies and 2 Beta reads. So my June is pretty full! I really am in need of some recommendations for that 8 to 10 age group of girls. Nothing sexual, just some good series reads.

                        

      

  

So what are you all reading this month? Any good recommendations for me?

xx Happy Reading!   Patricia

Don Bruns Thrill Kill: A Voodoo Mystery Series Set in New Orleans * Release Day*

Thrill Kill by Don Bruns

Beneath the carefree atmosphere of Mardi Gras, something very sinister is going on in the intriguing new Quentin Archer mystery.

Three murders so far. No apparent motive; no link between the victims; none of them have been robbed. One item ties them together: a can of spray gas known as Chill has been left at the scene of each crime. Is someone killing for kicks? With no leads to pursue and no witnesses coming forward, all the cops can do is wait for murder number four.

As rumours emerge, Archer realizes there’s a pattern taking shape. Could there be more to these seemingly random killings than meets the eye? Teaming up with voodoo queen Solange Cordray, Archer begins to uncover evidence of a shocking conspiracy.

 

This is the second book in this series starring Detective Quentin Archer (Q), now in the murder capital of the country, New Orleans. Q is a good guy. A good man who was forced out of Detroit under tragic circumstances.
When bodies start showing up and there is nothing the police can see linking them to each other except the can of Chill found at each site.

Now with three dead bodies, and no leads or motive or even witnesses, as horrible as it sounds there seems to be nothing they can do but wait until this killer strikes again.

With nothing to lose, Q contacts Solange Corday, a psychic, who hopefully can help them find something.
Set in a city I know very well, New Orleans, this author didn’t bother to romanticize the city but showed the side the tourists don’t notice in their frenzied partying. The ugly, dirty side. The one with gangs and all kinds people without good intentions prowling the streets unnoticed in the Mardi Gras crowds.

Really good book. I would definitely read it again! Available June 01,2017

Thanks to Netgalley and Severn House for this early copy!

White Fur by Jardine Libaire *Release Day*

White Fur by Jardine Libaire
Jamey Hyde and Elise Perez come from two different worlds. He attends Yale and lives a life of wealth and privilege. She doesn’t even know who her father is and ran away from home very young without graduating from high school.
When she sees him next door, she knows he will be hers. And a very unusual relationship develops between the two.A dark version of 1980’s Romeo and Juliet. This was a very dark, raw and sexual Romeo and Juliet. Elise was a hard character for me to get a handle on. She owns her awkwardness and her sexuality. She knows what she wants and that is Jamey.

His family is dead set on breaking them up and they are deadset on staying together.

This isn’t a ‘pretty’ love story all wrapped up in sparkly paper. It is at times ugly and hard to watch and some people may not care for the rawness of it.

But once you are into it, you can’t seem to let go. It took a while for me to come back to reality!

THE FORGOTTEN GIRLS BY SARA BLAEDEL

The Forgotten Girls

In a forest in Denmark, a ranger discovers the fresh corpse of an unidentified woman. A large scar on one side of her face should make the identification easy, but nobody has reported her missing. After four days, Louise Rick—the new commander of the Missing Persons Department—is still without answers. But when she releases a photo to the media, an older woman phones to say that she recognizes the woman as Lisemette, a child she once cared for in the state mental institution many years ago. Lisemette, like the other children in the institution, was abandoned by her family and branded a “forgotten girl.” But Louise soon discovers something more disturbing: Lisemette had a twin, and both girls were issued death certificates over 30 years ago. As the investigation brings Louise closer to her childhood home, she uncovers more crimes that were committed—and hidden—in the forest, and finds a terrible link to her own past that has been carefully concealed.

I am a big fan of Sara Blaedel and her character Det. Louise Rick. She is a smart, no-nonsense easy to like character.

Louise has moved over to the Missing Persons Department now and isn’t sure of this new partner but she has a job to do and she is really good at it. This time the crimes are happening in the forest where she grew up. The place doesn’t hold great memories for her for reasons you will find out. It does give her an edge on finding the killer since she is familiar with the area and the people.

Any time there is a mental institution and a spooky forest I’m happy. The writing is well paced and the suspense builds to an ending no one saw coming! If you like really scary fiction this one is for you. I’m already moving on to her newest book now. The Lost Woman.

About the Author:

Sara Blaedel

Goodreads Author

 

Born

in Copenhagen, Denmark

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Sara Blaedel is the author of the #1 international bestselling series featuring Detective Louise Rick. Her books are published in thirty-three countries. She lives in Copenhagen, and was voted Denmark’s most popular novelist for the fourth time in 2014. She is also a recipient of the Golden Laurel, Denmark’s most prestigious literary award.

Sara is one of the writers I would love to be at a party with. Sara, Lisa Unger and Karin Slaughter.  They are all funny women who write crazy scary mystery thrillers!

xx Patricia