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

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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

What’s on the TBR List for Next Week

Two Nights: A Novel by [Reichs, Kathy]      #1 New York Times bestselling author Kathy Reichs steps beyond her classic Temperance Brennan series in a new standalone thriller—featuring a smart, tough, talented heroine whose thirst for justice stems from her own dark past.

Product Details Following the incredible success of Sara Blaedel’s #1 international bestsellers The Forgotten Girls and The Killing Forest, Louise Rick–head of the police department’s elite Special Search Agency charged with missing persons cases–returns in Sara’s latest twist-filled suspense novel…

The Red Hunter: A Novel by [Unger, Lisa]   What is the difference between justice and revenge? In this buzzworthy new standalone thriller by New York Times bestselling author Lisa Unger, two wronged women on very different paths find themselves in the same dark place…

These are the 3 I’m working on this weekend.  Birthday Week was a success. It can be tough competing with Cinco de Mayo ( which I am not sure why we celebrate here) but we got the job done and  one of my favorite writers released her new book yesterday  and I found a gift waiting on Amazon for it! Thank you so much Leanne!

So what is everyone else reading over the week-end? I need to real more YA fiction so if you have some recommendations please share them with me!

 

xx Patricia bookhaul

 

Phantom Limb by Lucinda Berry

 

Phantom Limb

Once I picked up this book, there was no putting it down.
Twins, Emily and Elizabeth have not had a great beginning in life. Their mother has at least one screw loose. She is neglectful, abusive and sells her own tiny daughters to very bad men. Once rescued, they are adopted by a warm and caring couple, but somethings can’t be repaired and the demons that haunt the girls are not so easily left behind.

When Elizabeth wakes up tied down to a hospital bed she has no idea how she got here or why. The last memory she has is of finding her sister dead on the bathroom floor.

With her therapist she will have to face her worst fears to find out who she is and what has happened to her sister.

I did not see that ending coming! Whoa! What a shocker. Now I need to find the other books by Ms.Berry and get busy catching up with this talented writer!

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The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda

The Perfect Stranger

In the masterful follow-up to the runaway hit All the Missing Girls, a journalist sets out to find a missing friend, a friend who may never have existed at all.

Confronted by a restraining order and the threat of a lawsuit, failed journalist Leah Stevens needs to get out of Boston when she runs into an old friend, Emmy Grey, who has just left a troubled relationship. Emmy proposes they move to rural Pennsylvania, where Leah can get a teaching position and both women can start again. But their new start is threatened when a woman with an eerie resemblance to Leah is assaulted by the lake, and Emmy disappears days later.

Determined to find Emmy, Leah cooperates with Kyle Donovan, a handsome young police officer on the case. As they investigate her friend’s life for clues, Leah begins to wonder: did she ever really know Emmy at all? With no friends, family, or a digital footprint, the police begin to suspect that there is no Emmy Grey. Soon Leah’s credibility is at stake, and she is forced to revisit her past: the article that ruined her career. To save herself, Leah must uncover the truth about Emmy Grey—and along the way, confront her old demons, find out who she can really trust, and clear her own name.

Everyone in this rural Pennsylvanian town has something to hide—including Leah herself. How do you uncover the truth when you are busy hiding your own?

 

Last year Megan Miranda blew us away with her thriller All The Missing Girls. A story told in reverse that kept me on the edge of my seat and with a great respect for this author.

When I received the email that her next book was coming out I was torn.  We all know that a lot of time the second book/album is never as good as the first. Knowing that didn’t stop me from putting all the other TBR books on hold so I could dive back into the twisty, dark world of Miranda! She is truly a master at Suspense!

And I will tell you right now, she has slammed it! This book is just as good as the first! Once you start you can’t stop reading, you just have to know! The suspense just keeps building until you are biting your lip and your fingernails!  Her characters are perfect, her writing always leaves me with a What?? at the end.

Did not see this ending coming at all.  Good Job Ms. Miranda!  Keep bringing us these creepy, twisted, palm sweating thrillers!

Thank you to Netgalley and Simon & Schuster for this great story!

 

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