The Secrets They Left Behind: A Mystery by Lissa Marie Redmond – My Review

Title: The Secrets They Left Behind: A Mystery

Author: Lissa Marie Redmond

Release Date: April 7th 2020

Genre: Crime Thrillers

Three missing girls, no leads, a vault of dark secrets, and a case that’s getting chillier by the minute, set the stage for this nail-biting procedural from former cold case homicide detective and acclaimed author Lissa Marie Redmond.

Three college freshmen go missing from their rural hometown of Kelly’s Falls while on Christmas break. Their cell phones, coats, and purses are left behind, but the girls have disappeared without a trace. As the days turn into weeks and the investigation grows cold, twenty-three year old Buffalo police officer Shea O’Connor is called on to dig up leads undercover.

Still bearing the emotional and physical scars of a previous case, O’Connor infiltrates as eighteen-year-old Shea Anderson, a college freshman and the “niece” of the town’s police chief. As she begins to immerse herself in the missing girls’ world, befriending their friends and family, and doing whatever it takes to maintain her cover, O’Connor realizes the track is far colder than she initially thought. But whoever was behind the girls’ disappearance was only warming up, and they have set their crosshairs directly on her.

The heat is on for O’Connor as she closes in on the shocking truth about what really happened the night the girls vanished.

Missing girls. Undercover cop. Let’s do this….

As a whole, I did enjoy this book. There are some twists and just when I thought I had figured it out, something was revealed that made me change my mind. It happened like three times! I really dug that. Thank you Miss Redmond! An issue I had was it took awhile for things to happen. I wanted more on the missing girls. I was also intrigued by Shea’s back story so at times I felt like maybe I had missed a book. The story is well written. The fact the author had me guessing till the end was awesome! I loved the fact that I hadn’t figured out the ending. The characters were ok. They did their part. I had mixed feelings about Shea though. All that being said, this was a decent read. I would like to read more from this author. I give it 3.5 stars.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion*


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Pure: New World Magic Book One

By Kim Alexander

~Synopsis~

‘A unicorn walks into a bar….’
That is not a joke.
Look, I’m a bartender, I have nothing to do with the xenos. I don’t care if it’s an elf or a vampire–as long as they don’t bother me, I steer clear. I have my reasons–you can see them in the scars on my neck.
I never wanted to get involved. But my life changed for the second time when I saved the life of a unicorn. I made an enemy of something old–old and evil, and whatever it was, it’ll be back for another try. I also made a friend when I decided to help March. He’s only been a human man for a day. I’m responsible for him now. He’s my friend…and maybe something more. Maybe a lot more.
It doesn’t matter to me that he isn’t magical anymore. I don’t care if he’s not PURE.
But he does.
From best-selling author Kim Alexander, a modern fairy tale of magic, love, and redemption.


The One Night Stand by Carissa Ann Lynch – My Review

Title: The One Night Stand

Author: Carissa Ann Lynch

Release Date: March 6th 2020

Genre: Psychological Thriller

A night she won’t forget…

When single mum Ivy wakes up to a complete stranger lying next to her, she knows her one-night stand hook-ups have to stop. The encounters mean nothing to Ivy, but for just a short time, they make her forget her own terrible life.

A murder she can’t remember

But then Ivy discovers the stranger in her bed has been stabbed to death, and she is covered in his blood…except Ivy has no recollection of bringing this man home. Could she have killed him?

As she tries to piece together what happened last night, Ivy’s own past returns to haunt her. And secrets can’t stay hidden forever…

It took me a bit to fully get into the story. I wasn’t understanding where and how everything fit together. The pieces were all over the place. The story changes between past, before, and present. I was intrigued by the events happening and hoped the story would pick up and even out. The past of Andrea and Philomena was a nice touch! I think that was my favorite part of the book. It eventually all comes together with twists and turns you don’t see coming. Although the book was a good read, I don’t know how I felt about the ending. That’s more of a personal preference than anything the author did. 

This is a quick and good read. This is the second book by this author and I look forward to reading more of her work. I give this 3 stars. 

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion*


You Are Not Alone: A Novel by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen – My Review

Title: You Are Not Alone: A Novel

Author: Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

Release Date: March 3rd 2020

Genre: Thrillers

The electrifying #1 New York Times bestselling authors of THE WIFE BETWEEN US and AN ANONYMOUS GIRL return with a brand new novel of psychological suspense.

Shay Miller wants to find love, but it eludes her. She wants to be fulfilled, but her job is a dead end. She wants to belong, but her life is increasingly lonely.

Until Shay meets the Moore sisters. Cassandra and Jane live a life of glamorous perfection, and always get what they desire. When they invite Shay into their circle, everything seems to get better.

Shay would die for them to like her.
She may have to.

Wow…I really don’t have any words that can properly articulate how much I enjoyed this book. I am left with a serious book hangover.

The story itself is a twisted and dark one. Full of deception and secrets. I devoured this book in one sitting. It has a nice pace and leaves you wanting more. I loved what the authors did with the characters! Although some of the things that a certain characters did, made me cringe because they only made their situation worse. Kind of like second hand embarrassment for a fictional character. We’ve all been there. 

This is a thrilling wild ride of a read! It will keep you engaged from beginning to end. It will haunt you long after you’ve finished. This is the first book by these authors and it won’t be the last! Instant fangirl! I give this 5 stars.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion*


The Return by Rachel Harrison – My Review

Title: The Return

Author: Rachel Harrison

Release Date: March 24th 2020

Genre: Thriller

A group of friends reunite after one of them has returned from a mysterious two-year disappearance in this edgy and haunting debut.

Julie is missing, and no one believes she will ever return—except Elise. Elise knows Julie better than anyone, and feels it in her bones that her best friend is out there and that one day Julie will come back. She’s right. Two years to the day that Julie went missing, she reappears with no memory of where she’s been or what happened to her.

Along with Molly and Mae, their two close friends from college, the women decide to reunite at a remote inn. But the second Elise sees Julie, she knows something is wrong—she’s emaciated, with sallow skin and odd appetites. And as the weekend unfurls, it becomes impossible to deny that the Julie who vanished two years ago is not the same Julie who came back. But then who—or what—is she?

Julie disappears without a trace and her loved ones were left to mourn. Julie comes back with no memory of where she’s been or what’s happened to her. She’s changed. What happened?

This book is different than what I’ve been reading lately. There’s a certain creepy vibe to it but it only enhanced the story for me. I was curious to find out what had happened to Julie. You’re introduced to Elise and the other best friends. Their personalities are different and why they’re so close. I both liked and disliked them all. Especially Elise. I think that’s a big part of why the story worked for me. Yeah I’m weird. Strange things start to happen and you feel like maybe you’ve been transported to parts of The Shining. Then the story takes an unexpected turn and it kind of blows your mind. I didn’t see that ending coming. Nice job Miss Harrison. The story will haunt you long after you’re done. I’m still thinking about it. This is a wonderful debut for the author. I look forward to reading more. I give this 4 stars.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion*


The New Husband by D.J. Palmer – My Review

Title: The New Husband

Author: D.J. Palmer

Release Date: April 14th 2020

Genre: Psychological Thriller

The New Husband is a riveting thriller about the lies we tell ourselves from D. J. Palmer, the author of Saving Meghan.

Just because you love someone doesn’t mean you know them.

Nina Garrity learned that the hard way after discovering that her missing husband, Glen, had been leading a double life with another woman. But Glen’s gone—presumably drowned while fishing on his boat—so she can’t confront him about the affair or any of his other misdeeds. A year and a half after the accident, Nina considers herself a widow, even though the police never found a body. Following a chance encounter with Simon Fitch, a teacher from her daughter Maggie’s middle school, Nina finds love again and has hopes of putting her shattered life back together.

Simon, a widower still grieving the suicide of his first wife, has found his dream girl in Nina. His charm and affections help break through to a heart hardened by betrayal. Nina’s teenage son, Connor, embraces Simon as the father he wishes his dad could have been, but Maggie sees a far darker side to this new man in their lives. Even Nina’s good friends wonder if Simon is supremely devoted—or dangerously possessive.

But Nina is committed, not only to her soon-to-be new husband but also to resuming her former career as a social worker. Before she can move forward, however, Nina must first clear her conscience that she’s not making another terrible choice in a man. In doing so, she will uncover the shocking truth: the greatest danger to her, and her children, are the lies people tell themselves.

The New Husband is a psychological thriller.
The story was a bit slow going in the beginning. Not enough to make me lose interest. I realize it’s building up to what’s to come. I’m impatient! To me, most of the characters were not very likable. I had trouble relating to Nina or even Maggie. Simon was a piece of work and I give props to the author on that. Hey, I can appreciate a well written character. He did his job. All that being said, I did enjoy this book. The story was a thriller with a touch of dark. Once it hit a certain point, I pretty much read straight through until the end. I needed to know how this was all going to end! I can’t wait to read more from this author! I give this 4 stars.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion*


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BLUE LAKE (Time After Time Book 1)

By Carol Ann Kauffman

~Synopsis~

When British actor Richard MacKenzie entered the diner, all he expected to find was a cup of hot tea. Not his soulmate, the love of his life, the woman who had been wrenched from his arms so long ago in another lifetime. He knew her immediately. But would she recognize him?

While finishing up some business paperback after lunch in the local diner, Nicole, a widow from Ohio, felt someone watching her. When she looked up, she saw him. Him.

When Nicole decided to step back into life in beautiful Albuquerque, New Mexico with Richard, a young handsome British actor who professed his undying love for her on a daily basis, she mistook his devotion for little more than youthful enthusiasm. She had no idea where their relationship would take her physically or emotionally. She would find herself in many dazzling international locations, putting her own life on hold, simply to be with him. She had no concept how strong her commitment to him would grow and to what extent she would go to protect him and ensure his safety and wellbeing.
And she certainly had no idea the depth of his devotion to her, an unlikely but undeniable love that would span continents and a decade of their lives, entwining them closer and closer, while their careers, families, and other relationships pulled them farther and farther apart.