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Don’t Look for Me by Wendy Walker

Don’t Look for Me by Wendy Walker

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


This is the best Wendy Walker book I’ve read so far!

The story of a woman abducted. A man deranged. A daughter determined to find her.

The way this story unfolded was really unique. I tend to read a lot of thrillers and sometimes they all run together, but I have a feeling this one will stick with me for a while. I thought the way the author introduced us to the abductor early on without telling us his name or identity was pretty unique, so we were able to see both sides of this story, the perspective of the woman in captivity and the perspective of those who were searching for her. And when the stories eventually converged in the end, there was a surprise that I never saw coming!

This book reminded me a lot of Intensity by Dean Koontz so if you were a fan of that one, I think you would really enjoy .

-I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to NetGalley, Wendy Walker, and St. Martin’s Press for the opportunity to review.-



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General Fiction (Adult), Mystery, Thriller

The Perfect Daughter by D.J. Palmer

The Perfect Daughter by D.J. Palmer

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Out April 20, 2021!

I have such mixed feelings about this book. Here are a collection of my feelings:

1. I though the twist was pleasantly unexpected, which is difficult to do with today’s thrillers.
2. The middle of the story was a little bit slow, and it felt like the characters were having the exact same conversation 3 or 4 or 5 or 6 times, which got a little monotonous as the reader.
3. I typically enjoy stories told from multiple perspectives, but I struggled a bit with it here. Without titling the chapters or being clearer at the outset of each chapter, it sometimes took me a bit to figure out who’s perspective I was reading. And to be honest, the entire perspective told by Jack seemed unnecessary and misplaced.
4. I wasn’t really sure what Jack’s film had to do with anything. It was an odd detail that never really developed.
5. At times, I felt like Grace was being a little overzealous about really small discoveries that she felt might change the course of the case. But to me as the reader, those discoveries were completely insignificant and their ability to impact the case was kind of a stretch.
5. I really enjoyed the concept of multiple personalities and the philosophical question about whether or not somebody should be held accountable to something one of their other personalities did or didn’t do.

Overall, solid 3 star read. I think I’m in the minority here as others seem to have loved it so read it and decide for yourself.

-I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to NetGalley, D.J. Palmer, and St. Martin’s Press for the opportunity to review.-



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The Vacation by T.M. Logan

The VacationThe Vacation by T.M. Logan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Out July 21st!

Imagine going on a beautiful vacation at a gorgeous villa in the South of France with your three closest friends and their families. I’m in. Are you?

What everybody thought was going to a nice, relaxing vacation turns into jealousy, hidden relationships, and death.

If you like books told from multiple perspectives, this one is fantastic. It is told from the perspectives of several of the characters, including the children, which I thought made it very interesting. It did take me a second to get all the characters and their relationships straight in my head, but once I tied everybody together, it was much smoother reading.

This is the perfect beach read thriller for the summer. I’ve read both Lies and 29 Seconds by T.M. Logan, and I think this is by far my favorite of his books.

-I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to NetGalley, T.M. Logan, and St. Martin’s Press for the opportunity to review.-

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You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

You Are Not AloneYou Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Out today!

I fell in love with this author duo when I read The Wife Between Us. It absolutely blew my mind with its various twists and turns that I did not see coming. So when I had an opportunity to read their latest novel, You Are Not Alone, I jumped at the chance.

Plot: Woman witnesses another woman jump to her death in front of a subway train. She then proceeds to obsess over the suicide and why the deceased woman made the decision to jump. Along the way she befriends some folks that knew the dead girl and a bunch of weird events ensue.

This book was an extremely quick read, the writing definitely lending itself to a page turner. However, that’s kind of where the enjoyment ended for me. The “believability factor” for this story was really low. I could not imagine a person making such absurdly stupid decisions in real life so had a hard time believing the actions of both the main character and the various ancillary characters. I also didn’t care for the multiple backstories of the ancillary characters; I didn’t think they contributed much to the primary story line. And I had a really hard time differentiating between many of the ancillary characters. With the exception of a couple of them, they all kind of ran together for me.

All of that being said, it wasn’t an awful book. It just wasn’t my favorite, especially given the high standards I’ve set for this author duo given their previous works.

-I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to NetGalley, Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen, and St. Martin’s Press for the opportunity to review.-

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A Stranger on the Beach by Michelle Campbell

A Stranger on the BeachA Stranger on the Beach by Michele Campbell

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Middle aged man and woman having marital problems. Woman meets young, sexy man on beach and affair ensues. But then things start to get out of hand.

The first half of this book was incredible. It reminded me of You by Caroline Kepnes and I loved the stalkerish feel. I was totally invested in the affair and was wrapped up in where the author was going to take it. The second half…. was more of a struggle for me. It took a completely different turn which ended up feeling a little bit long and drawn out.

To be completely honest, I saw where this book was headed from a mile away so I’ve got to say that I didn’t really find any of the twists to be all that surprising. But, despite that, I still enjoyed the story.

One major issue: I don’t want to give anything away, but now that I know the ending, I have a hard time understanding the decisions of some of the main characters in the beginning. They made sense at the time when I was living under certain assumptions, but given how everything transpired, some of the narration at the start doesn’t really work. So I had a hard time with the inconsistency, but I’m willing to look past it.

-I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to NetGalley, Michelle Campbell, and St. Martin’s Press for the opportunity to review.-

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