Book Reviews

MY DARK VANESSA by Kate Elizabeth Russell

MY DARK VANESSA RWS RATING: 5/5 STARS RELEASE DATE: MARCH 10TH 2020 TW: sexual abuse SYNOPSIS: Exploring the psychological dynamics of the relationship between a precocious yet naïve teenage girl and her magnetic and manipulative teacher, a brilliant, all-consuming read that marks the explosive debut of an extraordinary new writer. 2000. Bright, ambitious, and yearning […]

Book Review & Meet the Author – DEAR WIFE by Kimberly Belle

DEAR WIFE RWS RATING: 4/5 STARS RELEASE DATE: JUNE 25TH 2019 An odd couple, a missing person, and one big mystery to solve. Dear Wife by Kimberly Belle is a great binge/popcorn read. SYNOPSIS: Beth Murphy is on the run… For nearly a year, Beth has been planning for this day. A day some people might call […]

Book Review & Meet The Author – THE WINTERS by Lisa Gabriele

THE WINTERS RWS RATING: 4/5 STARS RELEASE DATE: OCTOBER 16TH 2018   SYNOPSIS A spellbindingly suspenseful new novel set in the moneyed world of the Hamptons, about secrets that refuse to remain buried and consequences that can’t be escaped After a whirlwind romance, a young woman returns to the opulent, secluded Long Island mansion of […]

BOOK REVIEW – The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

THE SEVEN DEATHS OF EVELYN HARDCASTLE RWS RATING: 4/5 STARS RELEASE DATE: SEPTEMBER 18TH 2018 Imagine waking up in someone else’s body? Imagine reliving the same day over & over? Now, imagine you wake up in a beautiful mansion, in someone else’s body to solve a murder? Would you give up, or would you keep […]

BOOK REVIEW – An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena

AN UNWANTED GUEST RWS RATING: 4/5 STARS RELEASE DATE: AUGUST 7TH 2018 READ IF YOU LIKE:  And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware A quiet hotel in the midst of Winter, contrasting personalities put together, and murderous events happening over the course of a weekend makes up […]

BOOK REVIEW – Us Against You by Fredrik Backman

RATING: 4/5 STARS CANADIAN RELEASE DATE: SEPT 4TH 2018 A heartbreaking read of revenge, justice, and the love of community. Backman’s Us Against You, the sequel to his highly acclaimed Beartown, is so well written, that the characters stay with you forever. Fredrik Backman is known for his novels like A Man Called Ove, My Grandmother Sends […]

BOOK REVIEW – Girls’ Night Out by Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke

RATING: 2/5 STARS RELEASE DATE: JULY 24TH 2018 With three best friends, a troubling past, and hurtful secrets, Girls Night Out by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke delivers an interesting take on what friendship should, and shouldn’t be. PLOT SUMMARY For estranged friends Ashley, Natalie, and Lauren, it’s time to heal the old wounds between […]

BOOK REVIEW – All the Little Lights by Jamie McGuire

ALL THE LITTLE LIGHTS RATING: 4/5 STARS RELEASE DATE: May 29th 2018 Do you remember your first love? That rushing feeling you get when you meet someone who understands everything about you, and is willing to support you through anything? All the Little Lights by Jamie McGuire was a sweet story about young love, tenderness, […]

BOOK REVIEW – The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

THE DEATH OF MRS. WESTAWAY RATING: 5/5 STARS RELEASE DATE: May 29th 2018 A dysfunctional family, a quiet troubled protagonist, a mystery ensuing, and secrets revealing – these are the makings of Ruth Ware’s newest novel. Ruth Ware is famous for her thrillers In a Dark, Dark Wood, The Woman in Cabin 10 and her […]

BOOK REVIEW – Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh

LET ME LIE BY CLARE MACKINTOSH RATING: 4/5 STARS RELEASE DATE: March 13th 2018 When you think about psychological thrillers, suspense, and strong female protagonists – Clare Mackintosh is one of the authors to come to mind. And I can say with 100% certainty that she does it again with her newest novel – Let Me Lie. I […]

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