Audiobook Review, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

The Possession by Michael Rutger

The Possession (The Anomaly Files #2)The Possession by Michael Rutger

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

After falling in love with The Anomaly last year (it was definitely in my top 18 of 2018) I almost squealed when I found out author Michael Rutger was publishing a sequel.

Unfortunately, I didn’t feel the same connection with The Possession. It wasn’t bad. It just didn’t give me all the feels the way The Anomaly did. The great thing about The Anomaly is was how Michael Rutger incorporated elements of science and created a paranormal story line that in the realms of my imagination could have been true. The science all made sense and I thought the outcome was pretty genius. Unfortunately in The Possession I felt like he leaned more on the paranormal and less on the scientific which is where is kind of fell apart for me.

There were times in the middle where the story got a little convoluted, confusing, and muddled. I had a hard time picturing some of the paranormal elements in my head. I wasn’t sure what was going on at times.

And although it ended up wrapping up well, I didn’t feel that it was as strong as the first book in the series. But still worth checking out if you enjoyed The Anomaly.

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Audiobook Review, Historical Fiction

The Stars are Fire by Anita Shreve

The Stars Are FireThe Stars Are Fire by Anita Shreve

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was the July pick for my book club. Genre: historical fiction.

It’s a tad hard to summarize The Stars are Fire because it’s kind of just an ongoing series of events. I didn’t really feel like it had a hook that drew me in and kept me wanting more. It was kind of just a story about a woman’s life from Point A to Point B.

Grace has a husband and two kids. Her husband is kind of a jerk. One day a fire takes over her home and her husband goes missing. Alone with two children she finds herself trying to start over. But as an isolated and sheltered housewife she will need to learn a whole set of life skills she hasn’t previously had to use.

The story was good and interesting so please don’t interpret my previous statements as overtly negative. I enjoyed the characters and appreciated their lives as told by the author. But, I did find myself losing interest along the way due to the lack of overall direction.

In addition, other than being set in the 1940’s it didn’t feel all that “historical.” Removing some of the references to the past, this story could have taken place in present day.

All in all, this one was just okay for me. I didn’t love it but I didn’t hate it.

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Mystery, Thriller

The Two Lila Bennetts by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke

The Two Lila BennettsThe Two Lila Bennetts by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Published on Tuesday!

I’m a couple days late with this one but you know what they say…. better late than never!

I’m going to keep this review short and sweet. Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke are a powerful duo. Check out my review for their last book, Girls’ Night Out.

The Two Lila Bennetts is about a powerful defense attorney named Lila Bennett. It follows parallel story lines showing how Lila’s choices impact the course of her life.

I thought the structure of the book was really interesting. It took me a bit to understand what was going on but once I understood the premise I was on board. I was hooked from very early on and the story kept drawing me in from chapter to chapter. I will say I was more invested in the “captured” story line than the “free” story line (you will understand this when you read the book), but as a whole package it was entertaining.

I will say that I thought the ending was going to lead somewhere different, and when it didn’t, I did end up feeling a little bit disappointed. I didn’t feel like the story was as resolved as I would have liked. But all in all, strong work by the powerhouse author duo!

-I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to NetGalley, Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke, and Lake Union Publishing for the opportunity to review.-

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Mystery, Thriller

Shamed by Linda Castillo

Shamed (Kate Burkholder, #11)Shamed by Linda Castillo

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Out today!

I’m going to be honest here. This is not a book I probably would have picked up for myself. I’m not typically into books that incorporate Amish culture, but I was sent a copy of this book from the publisher so I gave it a shot.

Very glad that I didn’t allow my preconceived notions to deter me. I liked this book very much. And the way Linda Castillo wove the Amish culture into the book was actually one of the best parts. The impact of Amish customs and privacy on the investigation of a murder was fascinating.

When an elderly Amish woman is murdered and her young granddaughter is taken by the perpetrator, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder must race against time to save her.

I enjoyed the way the story unfolded and information was given to the reader. I will say that nothing about the story was very shocking. I didn’t find the twists very twisty (until the very end where there was one that caught me completely off guard). But, it was an enjoyable police procedural that I think a lot of readers would really enjoy.

-I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Linda Castillo and Minotaur Books for the opportunity to review.-

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Mystery, Thriller

Only Ever You by Rebecca Drake

Only Ever YouOnly Ever You by Rebecca Drake

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Out in paperback today!

I’m not going to lie, the cover of this book didn’t really speak to me. I’m (right or wrong) really big on book covers, but I received this book from the publisher and was more than happy to read and review. Let me say that I’m so glad I didn’t let the cover deter me because the story inside is fabulous.

A thriller about a 3-year old girl who goes missing from her home in the night is the not the most unique concept but the structure is what made this book really special. Not many thrillers tell you the culprit from the beginning of the story, but right off the bat the reader know who abducted the small girl. And the story then tells how the investigation unfolds, the parents are suspects (because they always are), the abductor’s actions to cover her tracks.

I did think I had figured out all the plot points and wasn’t really surprised by anything… until the last 30ish pages where a few things really came at me out of nowhere. I was pleasantly surprised and satisfied by the twists at the end.

If you’re like me and feel underwhelmed by the cover, don’t let it stop you from reading the book because you’ll really be missing out. I would definitely recommend this one to thriller lovers looking for something with a different structure.

-I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Rebecca Drake and St. Martin’s Griffin for the opportunity to review.-

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