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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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29 Seconds by T.M Logan

29 Seconds29 Seconds by T.M. Logan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Have you ever read a book with a character so horrible that you wanted to jump into the pages and strangle them? If not, give this one a read.

The character development was done super well by T.M. Logan. In particular, the primary male character in this book was so vile, I found myself really hating his guts.

What’s the book about? Sexual harassment in the workplace. And the lengths one would go to in order to stop it. All packed into a nice thriller.

I thought the story from beginning to end was really engaging and interesting. I was constantly intrigued and wanted to find out what would happen next. It definitely held my attention throughout. Which is what I expect from a thriller. I didn’t find myself stuck in any lulls where I lost interest.

The only complaint I have about this book is that the ending wrapped up a little too quickly for me. And it seemed like the author was trying to tie up all loose ends in a neat package with a nice bow on top, despite the story up until that point being pretty messy and convoluted. I found the “resolution” in the end to be a little bit on the unbelievable side. But it was still a satisfying story overall.

If you’re a big thriller fan, I would give this one a try. It’s a really quick and fast paced read.

-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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The Truth Behind the Lie by Sara Lovestam

The Truth Behind the LieThe Truth Behind the Lie by Sara Lövestam

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Definitely not what I expected (in a good way)!

I wasn’t overwhelmingly drawn to the cover of this book (which sadly can sometimes be a deterrent for me). But once I started reading, I was pleasantly surprised with what I found.

Man is trying to make money while he’s living off the grid. Advertises himself as a private investigator. Woman with missing child who doesn’t want to involve the police. Perfect combination. As they investigate the whereabouts of the missing child, we found out that things are not really as they seem.

I very much enjoyed the main twist at the end of the book and thought it was cleverly executed. I will say there were some pieces of the story that I felt lacked relevance. I’m going to be honest, I didn’t really understand the very last line of the book and how it tied in to the rest of the story. As this is the first in a series, I’m thinking it may be further explained in future books, but it felt somewhat randomly placed in the context of this book.

As the book is set in Sweden, there were a few cultural elements that didn’t really translate for me. And I had a hard time envisioning the geography given my lack of Swedish knowledge. But it didn’t take away from the book for me.

Overall, this was a quick read and was enjoyable. I would recommend it to thriller/mystery readers.

-I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to NetGalley, Sara Lovestam, and Minotaur Books for the opportunity to review.-

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The Arrangement by Robyn Harding

The ArrangementThe Arrangement by Robyn Harding

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I loved the story here. The idea of a young art student struggling in New York City and becoming a sugar baby to make ends meet was something I haven’t seen before.

Was the book the most exciting from beginning to end? No. It was actually on the basic side in terms of how the story unfolded. But it was a very fast read and kept my attention the entire time.

If I had to compare the two, I did like this one more than Robyn Harding’s last book Her Pretty Face. And although I saw the ending coming from a mile away, I still liked the thought the author put into the story’s final twist.

Overall, this was a successful thriller but nothing mind blowing. I would recommend it to my thriller readers out there. It’s worth the time investment.

-I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to NetGalley, Robyn Harding, and Gallery Books for the opportunity to review.-

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