Book Review: My Sister’s Grave

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My Sister’s Grave by Robert Dugoni

Tracy Crosswhite has spent twenty years questioning the facts surrounding her sister Sarah’s disappearance and the murder trial that followed. She doesn’t believe that Edmund House — a convicted rapist and the man condemned for Sarah’s murder — is the guilty party. Motivated by the opportunity to obtain real justice, Tracy became a homicide detective with the Seattle PD and dedicated her life to tracking down killers.

When Sarah’s remains are finally discovered near their hometown in the northern Cascade mountains of Washington State, Tracy is determined to get the answers she’s been seeking. As she searches for the real killer, she unearths dark, long-kept secrets that will forever change her relationship to her past — and open the door to deadly danger.

5 STARS

WOW Not at all how I expected things to unfold or this to end. I honestly thought the secrets kept were for one reason and I was so wrong. Sometimes people are just so stupid, even if they meant well, just so darn stupid and really mess up the lives around them.

What an ending, what a reveal, what a situation. What’s worse? The horror of never knowing or the horror of knowing the truth and wishing you didn’t. 

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 ((((OMG if only the dumb ass men involved had told the truth from the beginning then Tracy wouldn’t have fought so hard to free House. Then a killer wouldn’t not have gone loose. I know they were trying to protect her, but all their lies only made things worse. 

That’s right, Edmund House did kill Sarah, but all the men involved in bringing him to justice messed with evidence to hide something important. He admitted to to raping and killing Sarah, but it wasn’t rerecorded, and wanting Tracy, but settled for her sister instead. Her dad decided that if Tracy knew House wanted her from the beginning the guilt would kill her. They should have known Tracy, they should have known that she would not stop till all the facts added up. 

If only they had told the truth from the beginning, House would have stayed in jail and Tracy would not have spent twenty years trying to find the “real” killer.))))

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A Window Opens by Elisabeth Egan 

Tracy Crosswhite has spent twenty years questioning the facts surrounding her sister Sarah’s disappearance and the murder trial that followed. She doesn’t believe that Edmund House — a convicted rapist and the man condemned for Sarah’s murder — is the guilty party. Motivated by the opportunity to obtain real justice, Tracy became a homicide detective with the Seattle PD and dedicated her life to tracking down killers.

When Sarah’s remains are finally discovered near their hometown in the northern Cascade mountains of Washington State, Tracy is determined to get the answers she’s been seeking. As she searches for the real killer, she unearths dark, long-kept secrets that will forever change her relationship to her past — and open the door to deadly danger.

For a sneak peak into how I am enjoying this book, check out my Sneak Peak Saturday post HERE. 

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Current book:

My Sister’s Grave by Robert Dugoni

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Goodreads Summary:

Tracy Crosswhite has spent twenty years questioning the facts surrounding her sister Sarah’s disappearance and the murder trial that followed. She doesn’t believe that Edmund House — a convicted rapist and the man condemned for Sarah’s murder — is the guilty party. Motivated by the opportunity to obtain real justice, Tracy became a homicide detective with the Seattle PD and dedicated her life to tracking down killers.

When Sarah’s remains are finally discovered near their hometown in the northern Cascade mountains of Washington State, Tracy is determined to get the answers she’s been seeking. As she searches for the real killer, she unearths dark, long-kept secrets that will forever change her relationship to her past — and open the door to deadly danger.

 

Sneak Peek:

Chapter 15

Mr Caughman looked like he was about to cry. “Do you know she rides her bike all the way to the hospital to visit Peter.”
“She does?”
The hospital was one town over in Silver Spurs. Sarah would have been in big trouble if their parents found out.
“She brings him coloring books.” He said, eyes moist. 

Initial Thoughts

Already captivating thriller, switching between the present and past. We are slowly getting to know why Tracy is the person she is today. I can’t wait to see how the past unfolds. 
Think the truth of her sister’s murderer will be a true shock everyone.
In the past events, we are getting to the know the type of person Sarah was, which makes what happened to her even more heartbreaking.

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Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week, 14 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.

Secret Subject Swap

Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.  Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:

 

My subject is:

What urban legends are there about places in your city or state?

It was submitted by: http://mybrainonkids.net    

So it was both creepy and interesting looking up and reading the urban legends for where I live. Here are some good ones I found in NY/CT area. I got them from http://www.westchestermagazine.com/Westchester-Magazine/October-2006/SubUrban-Legends/

Leatherman: a tale of a harmless man who would wonder all around upper Westchester County NY, parts of Putnam County NY, and parts of CT. No one really knew his history, but some stories say that he left his home because of a broken heart. Of all the theories, I think the most chilling one is that his wealthy parents did not approve of his fiancee. One day she was murdered and he knew his parents did. His heart was broken and his mind goine, so he left to never stay in one place again. And yes, he wore brown leather all the time. He was found dead in cave in the winter of 1889.

 “He would stop in a different locale each day and come to the kitchen door of farmhouses, looking for food. In A History of the Town of Lewisboro by the Lewisboro History Book Committee and historian Alvin R. Jordan, Miss M. Louise Bouton, born in 1889, recalled that the Leatherman “came around once a year…always to the east side of the house. He would knock on the leader drainpipe. Mother would give him coffee and some sandwiches. He would say, ‘Thank you so much, lady,’ but never look at you. He was dressed all in brown leather. No one was afraid of him.””

http://www.westchestermagazine.com/Westchester-Magazine/October-2006/SubUrban-Legends/

 

Hermitess of the Salems: They say her heart was broken as well, perhaps from a sailor who died at sea. Another therory is that she was driven from her home by pludering  soldiers. She arrived in North Salem around 1780 and walked around North and South Salem, NY and perhaps parts of Ridgefield, CT. She survived off the land and lived in caves. She would wander around, but of course dress up for church!

“According to A History of the Town of Lewisboro, she was variously described as “a slender young woman of fair complexion and graceful figure” and as a “thin, ghostly, old woman, bent and wrinkled”…who walked with a “gliding, noiseless movement, which seemed to ally her to the spirit world.” Living in a cave will do that to you. She died in a snowstorm in 1809 or 1810.”

http://www.westchestermagazine.com/Westchester-Magazine/October-2006/SubUrban-Legends/

Granny Brown the Witch: Granny Brown lived some time after the Revolutionary War in South Salem, NY. If others didn’t do her bidding she would put hexes on them. This alone makes me want to do more research on my town history which is so close to South Salem. Others say she wasn’t a witch, but rather an old, nosy and crabby lady with lots of bad luck.

“Don’t believe she was a witch? Legend has it that a witch could not die as long as someone was watching. When Granny took sick, the good wives of the neighborhood, even though she was nasty and universally disliked, kept watch and looked in on her daily. One day, Granny asked the woman sitting with her to fetch her a cool drink of water from the well outside. When the neighbor returned to Granny’s bedside, the old woman had died.”

http://www.westchestermagazine.com/Westchester-Magazine/October-2006/SubUrban-Legends/

Okay, these were kind of cool, but I was expecting more. Compared to the books I’ve read, this is nothing. Speaking of books, I love to read sick and twisted crime thrillers. Not that I never read sweet and romantic fiction, but they do get boring. I will always go back to a twisted story for a good read.

Some end in a predictable way, others not at all how I expected, and a few leave me on edge for a while.These are just a few, check out all my book reviews on GOODREADS to see if one of the 219 book I’ve read might interest you. Or you can check out all my book reviews I’ve blogged about HERE.

Karen's book recommendations, liked quotes, book clubs, book trivia, book lists (read shelf)

Books that require a strong stomach and brave heart. 

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5 STARS: Full of twisted, sick, horrific, torture and pain. Not at all how I saw this ending, but an amazing read if you can handle it. WOW! You just never know who people really are. 

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Book 2 (4 STARS) and 3 (5 STARS) in a series and can’t wait to read more. The detectives deal with the sickest crimes and crime scenes. These criminals are insane and in the most unexpected places, yet the detectives keeping finding ways to move forward. 

5 STARS: A great read! The more I read, the more I knew why the Langley’s were murdered…but the characters’ journey there was so worth the wait.A great read! One secret, one wrong choice, one mistake and you could create a set of events that could destroy lives.

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5 STARS: I knew it was all connected but never would have thought THAT!!! My mind is going to explode…seriously…WOW. A MUST READ if you love psychological thrillers and mind f*cks. I bow to the evil, twisted, and genius mind of Harlan Coben

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5 STARS: Another total mind f#ck by Harlan Coben…this one I kind of knew the ending as it got closer. How could you do that to the ones you love. WOW…poor Will to be kept in the dark about it all. Another must read…seriously that good. 

5 STARS: As usual Coben f*cks with your mind…I would never expected THAT ending. Wow! So worth the…if you can handle the suspense and drama it’s worth the read. Towards the end I was screaming like a banshee…so scared that it would end a certain way.  Never doubt a son’s love for his mother. Always trust your instincts.

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4 STARS: Okay at first I was hoping this would pick up speed. It was slow moving and I thought Nadine would NEVER get the truth or save her daughter. Then POW…it all comes to a BIG EXPLOSION. WOW…A must read. GO NADINE!

If only her mom was strong enough or if her brother had opened up to her. She keeps being told that she pushes too much, but if it wasn’t for that evil f*cker would have NEVER been brought down. What a tragedy, but also a somewhat happy ending. 

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5 STARS: Wow, what a book. It truly sickened me how much hate one person can have for another and how some people are truly evil. I was terrified the book would end one way and was shocked when it took a completely different turn. I will say that I cheered quite loud when those who deserved to die, did. In the end, despite the twisted and sick nature, the pure evil in the book, it truly is a must read if your heart and soul can handle it.

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5 STARS: What a book, I had an idea, but it wasn’t easy idea to get to. Some books are poorly written and so easy to identify the killer and mystery. But not Lisa, she leads you there but with more questions than answers…even when you are partially right you are still tricked and amazed.

What a situation, what a story, what an ending. I had to pullover I was screaming and laughing…the last word had so much damn meaning. WOW!

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5 STARS: WTF????? THIS IS CRAZY IN 3D! Wow, what a trip into crazy land. Okay, if you want a book that is going to make you sick and want to walk away, but you can’t because you NEED to know what the f&ck is going on and why no one else sees the truth.

I knew who it was halfway through the story, I can’t blame Camille for not realizing it, she was so deep in it, so sadly twisted and destroyed by her mother.

For calmer books, these might appeal to you

5 STARS: WOW…what a douche Joe is, no he’s worse than a douche. He needs to be destroyed and left broke living on the streets. LOVE how we get a glimpse into their futures…I won’t tell you what happens, but that it is worth reading. Oh Alice, at first I wanted to smack the sh*t out of her for being so dense. Then I realized she was helpless to his evil charms, just like the rest of them were. Glad she got what she wanted…and that is all I will say.

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Historical Fiction:

5 STARS: At first I was worried as it was a slow and tedious beginning, then it slowly builds up and all you want to know is how they will survive on that ship.  I was sobbing at the end, I never thought it would ever end like that. Perfection. You come to know the women, love some of them, hate others, pray all their journey’s are not for waste, hope each one finds happiness, and get sickened that society and it’s views of men and women have NOT CHANGED AT ALL!

5 STARS: The entire time I read this I was screaming, whooping, yelling gibberish unable to control my emotions. A total on the edge of your seat read! So suspenseful and grips at your emotions. Seriously, I was screaming like a lunatic in my car…people must have thought I was a whack job.

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5 STARS: Historical Fiction:

LOVED THIS! LOVED THIS! LOVED THIS! What a amazing read and beautiful historical fiction. I finished it with a new love of the United States. The sacrifices everyone made was humbling and emotional. We forget that our founding fathers and mothers were humans just like us. We forget that beyond the what the history books tell us they had lives, made sacrifices, loved, lost, and made choices all for their freedom and ours. God Bless America!

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5 STARS: Historical Fiction:

It will only really make sense to you if you have read The Midwife’s Revolt. We finally understand who Eliza is, how she was raised, her awful past and why she made the choices she did.  I have a new found respect for Eliza, a new respect. She really did become a good person, when she became “bad” in her mother’s eyes and society’s views.
I knew they would all be reunited, but had not thought it would end like that.  Also a lesson for everyone, we are all Americans. We all have put in energy and effort into our country and should all enjoy the freedom, not just those deemed better than others.

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5 STARS: Like one of the characters said, it’s better to have a slow burn than a quick blaze. This is exactly, it’s a predictable, but beautiful romance and finding yourself. Love the setting, characters, and fate leading you in the direction you are meant to be.

5 STARS: OMG…wow…I cried, laughed, and shouted.

I am glad I gave THIS a second chance…. What a journey they all have been through. Will Holly finally leave Marcus? Will Ana and Paul finally have a child? Will Olivia find love? Will Saffron have the life she wants? I so want to share the ending………but I won’t spoil it for you. But I will tell you I LOVED the ending…it ends as it should. Tom brought them all together when they needed each other the most.

Book Review: Somebody is Watching

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Somebody is Watching by Joy Fielding

As a special investigator for a hotshot Miami law firm, Bailey Carpenter is smart, savvy, and fearless. When she’s assigned to spy on a deadbeat dad in the middle of the night, Bailey thinks nothing of the potential dangers, only that she needs to gather evidence. Then she is blindsided—attacked and nearly killed.

Now the firm grip Bailey once had on her life is shaken. Her nightmares merge into her waking hours and she’s unable to venture beyond her front door without panicking. A veritable prisoner in her own home, Bailey is uncertain whom she can trust. But old habits die hard, and soon Bailey finds a new use for her idle binoculars: casually observing from her window neighboring buildings and other people’s lives. This seemingly harmless diversion becomes a guilty pleasure when Bailey fixates on the handsome guy across the street—until she realizes that he is also watching her. Suddenly she must confront the terrifying possibility that he may be the man who shattered her life.

Though crippled by fear, Bailey knows she can’t ignore her suspicions and risk leaving a predator at large. With the police making no headway in solving her case, she’s determined to overcome her terror and reclaim the power she lost by unmasking her attacker and taking him down herself. But it’s a harrowing battle that threatens to wreck Bailey’s credibility, compromise an investigation, and maybe even claim her sanity.

5 STARS

WHOA I thought this was going to be a HUGE let down, but I was wrong.

I was only partially correct in my predictions. There was more to my first guess and a whole different mystery I failed to notice. Like Bailey, I was totally oblivious to the clues that were right there in the open. 

WARNING the attack scene is tough to get through, but the suspense and mystery is awesome. You think you know, but once again Joy Fielding has thrown me for a loop.

So glad Bailey finally came to her senses about a few things and in a sense grew up and stood up for herself.   

 

Highlight for spoilers 

 ((((While I was right about the sister, Claire, setting up the fake neighbor and him attacking his fake girlfriend, I was wrong about her setting up the rape too. I really thought she set it up to make Bailey look crazy. Glad the niece, Jade, was not part of the scam.

I totally missed that the man who raped Bailey was the desk clerk in her building-Finn. DUH! She was having dreams about sharks attacking her in which she could only see thier fins. She would freak out every time the phone rang-since that was how they alerted the residents to guests coming up.))

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My Sister’s Grave by Robert Dugoni 

Tracy Crosswhite has spent twenty years questioning the facts surrounding her sister Sarah’s disappearance and the murder trial that followed. She doesn’t believe that Edmund House — a convicted rapist and the man condemned for Sarah’s murder — is the guilty party. Motivated by the opportunity to obtain real justice, Tracy became a homicide detective with the Seattle PD and dedicated her life to tracking down killers.

When Sarah’s remains are finally discovered near their hometown in the northern Cascade mountains of Washington State, Tracy is determined to get the answers she’s been seeking. As she searches for the real killer, she unearths dark, long-kept secrets that will forever change her relationship to her past — and open the door to deadly danger.

Already liking the plot and switching back and forth between present and past. We are buidling up to why Tracy became the person she is today. I have a feeling this is going to be another mind blowing thriller.  

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Book Review: The Widow

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The Widow by Fiona Barton

When the police started asking questions, Jean Taylor turned into a different woman. One who enabled her and her husband to carry on, when more bad things began to happen…

But that woman’s husband died last week. And Jean doesn’t have to be her anymore.

There’s a lot Jean hasn’t said over the years about the crime her husband was suspected of committing. She was too busy being the perfect wife, standing by her man while living with the accusing glares and the anonymous harassment.

Now there’s no reason to stay quiet. There are people who want to hear her story. They want to know what it was like living with that man. She can tell them that there were secrets. There always are in a marriage.

The truth—that’s all anyone wants. But the one lesson Jean has learned in the last few years is that she can make people believe anything…

2 STARS

BIG LET DOWN

I was expecting more of a big reveal or twist, but nope. It all played out just like it was leading up to. NOTHING at all like Gone Girl or Girl on the Train…NOPE NOT AT ALL SIMILAR TO THOSE BOOKS. 

It was too predictable and huge let down of an ending. The only reason I gave it 2 stars was for the alternating POVs.

Warning, there is a crime, no details of what happened, but still hard to handle.

Think there could of been better surprises or twists.  

Highlight for spoilers 

 (((((The husband did it. He planned it for a while. The widow knew, but was in denial and was crazy. Perhaps she was crazy from the beginning and he saw that in her and knew he could make her his cover.

The day he died, Jean pushed him because he was looking at a toddler in a stroller. She pushed him and he fell accidentally and got hit by a bus. It really is evident that she saw the taxi coming and pushed him.

Jean became obsessive about not having kids and feels Bella belongs to her and the detective. 

She thought the interview with Kate would make her look like a victim, not an evil wife who knew and lied for her husband.)))))

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Someone Is Watching by Joy Fielding

As a special investigator for a hotshot Miami law firm, Bailey Carpenter is smart, savvy, and fearless. When she’s assigned to spy on a deadbeat dad in the middle of the night, Bailey thinks nothing of the potential dangers, only that she needs to gather evidence. Then she is blindsided—attacked and nearly killed.

Now the firm grip Bailey once had on her life is shaken. Her nightmares merge into her waking hours and she’s unable to venture beyond her front door without panicking. A veritable prisoner in her own home, Bailey is uncertain whom she can trust. But old habits die hard, and soon Bailey finds a new use for her idle binoculars: casually observing from her window neighboring buildings and other people’s lives. This seemingly harmless diversion becomes a guilty pleasure when Bailey fixates on the handsome guy across the street—until she realizes that he is also watching her. Suddenly she must confront the terrifying possibility that he may be the man who shattered her life.

Though crippled by fear, Bailey knows she can’t ignore her suspicions and risk leaving a predator at large. With the police making no headway in solving her case, she’s determined to overcome her terror and reclaim the power she lost by unmasking her attacker and taking him down herself. But it’s a harrowing battle that threatens to wreck Bailey’s credibility, compromise an investigation, and maybe even claim her sanity.

Oh boy, this one is going to be a nerve-wracking read! The attack scene was hard to get through, but know it’s only the beginning.

 I have a prediction who set this all up and if I’m right…it’s sickening.

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Book Review: Prior Bad Acts

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Prior Bad Acts by Tami Hoag

It was a crime so brutal, it changed the lives of even the most hardened homicide cops. The Haas family murders left a scar on the community nothing can erase, but everyone agrees that convicting the killer, Karl Dahl, is a start. Only Judge Carey Moore seems to be standing in the way. Her ruling that Dahl’s prior criminal record is inadmissible raises a public outcry—and puts the judge in grave danger.

When an unknown assailant attacks Judge Moore in a parking garage, two of Minneapolis’s top cops are called upon to solve the crime and keep the judge from further harm. Detective Sam Kovac is as hard-boiled as they come, and his wisecracking partner, Nikki Liska, isn’t far behind. Neither one wants to be on this case, but when Karl Dahl escapes from custody, everything changes, and a seemingly straightforward case cartwheels out of control.

The stakes go even higher when the judge is kidnapped—snatched out of her own bed even as the police sit outside, watching her house. Now Kovac and Liska must navigate through a maze of suspects that includes the stepson of a murder victim, a husband with a secret life, and a rogue cop looking for revenge where the justice system failed.

With no time to spare, the detectives are pulled down a strange dark trail of smoke and mirrors, where no one is who they seem and everyone is guilty of Prior Bad Acts.

5 STARS

Really sick and twisted murders and the aftermath of it all. There were so many crimes to fight, victims to help, and criminals to find. 

I figured it couldn’t of been the criminal they put on trial and I was right. Of my two guesses, I was right! It took me a while, but it was clear to me but everyone in the book.

You just never know the true thoughts and evil inside of a person. 

 (((((It was Bobby Haas, the son/step brother of the victims. He killed his birth mother, then adoptive mother, finally killing his dad’s new wife and foster kids. He also attacked Judge Moore because if Karl Dahl didn’t go to jail they would keep searching for the murder.

Carrie Moore’s husband was a major slime ball, but innocent of attacking or murdering her. He was JUST using her money to direct porn.

Carl Dahl didn’t commit those murders, but it’s clear he’s done unspeakable things in the past as he has no problem murdering more innocent people.

The rouge cop finally loses his mind and kills Dahl, attacks his lawyer, and attempts to attack Carrie Moore. The other cops realize they never knew him and if they did, he might not have felt so alone.)))))

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The Widow by Fiona Barton

When the police started asking questions, Jean Taylor turned into a different woman. One who enabled her and her husband to carry on, when more bad things began to happen…

But that woman’s husband died last week. And Jean doesn’t have to be her anymore.

There’s a lot Jean hasn’t said over the years about the crime her husband was suspected of committing. She was too busy being the perfect wife, standing by her man while living with the accusing glares and the anonymous harassment.

Now there’s no reason to stay quiet. There are people who want to hear her story. They want to know what it was like living with that man. She can tell them that there were secrets. There always are in a marriage.

The truth—that’s all anyone wants. But the one lesson Jean has learned in the last few years is that she can make people believe anything…

This sounds like it will be a wild and crazy ride. I can’t wait. 

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???Not sure what to read next???

Click HERE for a list of all my book reviews. 

I will no longer host a book review blog hop, trying to make time to blog, work, and be a mom. Therefore I had to cut some things out. Please continue to enjoy all my book reviews. 

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Book Review: The Wedding Dress

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Goodreads Summary: The Wedding Dress (Audible)

A tale of faith, redemption, and timeless love.

Charlotte owns a chic Birmingham bridal boutique. Dressing brides for their big day is her gift . . . and her passion. But with her own wedding day approaching, why can’t she find the perfect dress…or feel certain she should marry Tim?

Then Charlotte discovers a vintage dress in a battered trunk at an estate sale. It looks brand-new-shimmering with pearls and satin, hand-stitched and timeless in its design. But where did it come from? Who wore it? Who welded the lock shut and tucked the dog tags in that little sachet? Who left it in the basement for a ten-year-old girl? And what about the mysterious man in the purple vest who insists the dress had been “redeemed.”

Charlotte’s search for the gown’s history-and its new bride-begins as a distraction from her sputtering love life. But it takes on a life of its own as she comes to know the women who have worn the dress. Emily from 1912. Mary Grace from 1939. Hillary from 1968. Each with her own story of promise, pain, and destiny. And each with something unique to share. For woven within the threads of the beautiful hundred-year-old gown is the truth about Charlotte’s heritage, the power of courage and faith, and the timeless beauty of finding true love.

3 STARS

A beautiful story of love, family, fate and faith…though a bit corny. At times I wanted to slap Emily to flipping wake up. 

I love how it was all connected and the ending truly cemented everyone’s faith. I love how every bride came together and Charlotte will never be alone again. (((Emily finally wakes up and realizes on the day of her wedding Phillip is not for her. After all, he did have her arrested, has a mistress, and his dad is making him marry her to keep his money. 

 She marries Daniel, they live a great life and she fights to stop the correctional work program and proudly wears the wedding dress made by a black woman. 

Charlotte is her great granddaughter. Emily’s grandson Colby was her father, but he made bad decisions.

The dress is magic based on the Catholic faith. IT tells the bride who should wear it next and nerve has to be altered as it perfectly fits each bride. 

Charlotte and Tim married at the end, their faith renewed.)))))

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Goodreads Summary: Prior Bad Acts (Audible)

New York Times bestselling author Tami Hoag returns with a thriller that begins with a shocking crime scene you’ll never forget and follows two relentless detectives on a manhunt that ends in a chilling confrontation with the essence of human evil.

It was a crime so brutal, it changed the lives of even the most hardened homicide cops. The Haas family murders left a scar on the community nothing can erase, but everyone agrees that convicting the killer, Karl Dahl, is a start. Only Judge Carey Moore seems to be standing in the way. Her ruling that Dahl’s prior criminal record is inadmissible raises a public outcry—and puts the judge in grave danger.

When an unknown assailant attacks Judge Moore in a parking garage, two of Minneapolis’s top cops are called upon to solve the crime and keep the judge from further harm. Detective Sam Kovac is as hard-boiled as they come, and his wisecracking partner, Nikki Liska, isn’t far behind. Neither one wants to be on this case, but when Karl Dahl escapes from custody, everything changes, and a seemingly straightforward case cartwheels out of control.

The stakes go even higher when the judge is kidnapped—snatched out of her own bed even as the police sit outside, watching her house. Now Kovac and Liska must navigate through a maze of suspects that includes the stepson of a murder victim, a husband with a secret life, and a rogue cop looking for revenge where the justice system failed.

With no time to spare, the detectives are pulled down a strange dark trail of smoke and mirrors, where no one is who they seem and everyone is guilty of Prior Bad Acts.

Oh boy, they aren’t kidding when they talk about a horrible crime. It really messed up those who arrived on the scene. It’s pretty obvious the guy accused didn’t do it, but then who and why? 

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Book Review: Fool Me Once

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Goodreads Summary: Fool Me Once (Audible)

In the course of eight consecutive #1 New York Times bestsellers, millions of readers have discovered Harlan Coben’s page-turning thrillers, filled with his trademark edge-of-your-seat suspense and gut-wrenching emotion. In Fool Me Once, Coben once again outdoes himself.

Former special ops pilot Maya, home from the war, sees an unthinkable image captured by her nanny cam while she is at work: her two-year-old daughter playing with Maya’s husband, Joe—who had been brutally murdered two weeks earlier. The provocative question at the heart of the mystery: Can you believe everything you see with your own eyes, even when you desperately want to? To find the answer, Maya must finally come to terms with deep secrets and deceit in her own past before she can face the unbelievable truth about her husband—and herself.

 

5 STARS

I thought this was gong in one direction, then bam a twist. 

Though there were little clues I picked up on and had a feeling we were being mislead.

I love Harlen Coben, but I think I went in expecting to be fooled,  so I wasn’t too surprised by the ending. 

HIGHLIGHT FOR SPOILERS ((((It was Maya who killed Joe,  she found out he tortured and killed her sister. Joe wasn’t on the nanny cam, it was a whole scam by his family to get her to confess. But with Maya looking into Claire and Joe’s deaths,  She found out that Joe killed his own brother as well…he was pretty fucked up.   His family is evil and involved in drug company scams. She wanted them to be punished, but knew they would kill her, but it was all caught on a live-feed on the nanny cam. They would never have a hand in raising her child and make his as messed up as they were.  

She gave custody of her daughter to her brother in law, Eddie, and Shane remained in Lily’s life.)))))

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Goodreads Summary: The Wedding Dress (Audible)

Four brides. One Dress.

A tale of faith, redemption, and timeless love.

Charlotte owns a chic Birmingham bridal boutique. Dressing brides for their big day is her gift . . . and her passion. But with her own wedding day approaching, why can’t she find the perfect dress…or feel certain she should marry Tim?

Then Charlotte discovers a vintage dress in a battered trunk at an estate sale. It looks brand-new-shimmering with pearls and satin, hand-stitched and timeless in its design. But where did it come from? Who wore it? Who welded the lock shut and tucked the dog tags in that little sachet? Who left it in the basement for a ten-year-old girl? And what about the mysterious man in the purple vest who insists the dress had been “redeemed.”

Charlotte’s search for the gown’s history-and its new bride-begins as a distraction from her sputtering love life. But it takes on a life of its own as she comes to know the women who have worn the dress. Emily from 1912. Mary Grace from 1939. Hillary from 1968. Each with her own story of promise, pain, and destiny. And each with something unique to share. For woven within the threads of the beautiful hundred-year-old gown is the truth about Charlotte’s heritage, the power of courage and faith, and the timeless beauty of finding true love.

This sounds like a beautiful book, it got great reviews, so I am hopeful I’ll love it. 

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Book Review: The Flood Girls

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Goodreads Summary: The Flood Girls (Audible)

This snappy, sassy redemption story set in small-town Montana is “a wild and crazy debut novel by a talented young writer” (Jackie Collins), filled with an uproarious and unforgettable cast of characters you won’t want to leave behind.

Welcome to Quinn, Montana, population: 956. A town where nearly all of the volunteer firemen are named Jim, where The Dirty Shame—the only bar in town—refuses to serve mixed drinks (too much work), where the locals hate the newcomers (then again, they hate the locals, too), and where the town softball team has never even come close to having a winning season. Until now.

Rachel Flood has snuck back into town after leaving behind a trail of chaos nine years prior. She’s here to make amends, but nobody wants to hear it, especially her mother, Laverna. But with the help of a local boy named Jake and a little soul-searching, she just might make things right.

In the spirit of Empire Falls and A League of Their Own, with the caustic wit of Where’d You Go, Bernadette thrown in for good measure, Richard Fifield’s hilarious and heartwarming debut will have you laughing through tears.

5 STARS

Not the ending I was excepting until it was too late. 

It was an awesome book, amazing characters, at least most of them. So many lessons learned, character growths, friendships created, and families fortified.  

This is a perfect example of using religion to discriminate, isolate, and persecute, instead of welcoming and accepting everyone. It’s sad, but the reality is that in in 2016 there are still backwards, ignorant, hypocrites among us.

Red Mabel and Laverna cracked me up. Rachel finally came full circle and forged new friends and family. 

NO SPOILERS as it’s too emotional. It’s full of laughs and cries. A MUST READ. 

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Goodreads Summary: Fool Me Once(Audible)

In the course of eight consecutive #1 New York Times bestsellers, millions of readers have discovered Harlan Coben’s page-turning thrillers, filled with his trademark edge-of-your-seat suspense and gut-wrenching emotion. In Fool Me Once, Coben once again outdoes himself.

Former special ops pilot Maya, home from the war, sees an unthinkable image captured by her nanny cam while she is at work: her two-year-old daughter playing with Maya’s husband, Joe—who had been brutally murdered two weeks earlier. The provocative question at the heart of the mystery: Can you believe everything you see with your own eyes, even when you desperately want to? To find the answer, Maya must finally come to terms with deep secrets and deceit in her own past before she can face the unbelievable truth about her husband—and herself.

MY FAVORITE AUTHOR, so I know this will be amazing. 

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