Sneak Peak Saturday: Secrets of a Charmed Life

 

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Secrets of a Charmed Life  by Susan Meissner  

Goodreads Summary:

Current day, Oxford, England. Young American scholar Kendra Van Zant, eager to pursue her vision of a perfect life, interviews Isabel McFarland just when the elderly woman is ready to give up secrets about the war that she has kept for decades…beginning with who she really is. What Kendra receives from Isabel is both a gift and a burden–one that will test her convictions and her heart.

1940s, England. As Hitler wages an unprecedented war against London’s civilian population, one million children are evacuated to foster homes in the rural countryside. But even as fifteen-year-old Emmy Downtree and her much younger sister Julia find refuge in a charming Cotswold cottage, Emmy’s burning ambition to return to the city and apprentice with a fashion designer pits her against Julia’s profound need for her sister’s presence. Acting at cross purposes just as the Luftwaffe rains down its terrible destruction, the sisters are cruelly separated, and their lives are transformed…

 

Sneak Peek:

Chapter 14

“Once she was settled with pen and stationery in hand, the difficulty became not finding the privacy to write the letter, but the words to put inside of them. Julia’s had to be worded simply and so that she would not panic, and that proved to be the stiffest challenge.” 

 
 
 

Initial Thought

Immediately  captivating and pulls you in. You need to know who Isabel really is and why she wants to tell her story. Is she really Emmy or Julia? And what happened to them? Or their mother? In the beginning you find out the origin of the polka dotted umbrellas and you MUST know what the “secrets” are.

Found myself crying at certain parts, truly emotional book. Beautiful historical fiction.

Torn between wanting to slap the crap out of Emmy for being selfish and stupid or hug her for being so brave. 

Spring Themed Book Tag

Spring Themed Book Tag

When winter started last year, I shared a fun little post full of books with some kind of winter theme.  It was so much to put together, and even, more fun to see what everyone else came up with.  I had hoped to get a Spring list put together for when Spring began, but somehow it did not happen.  Well, never fear because I have pulled it together now!

Here is the deal, below you will find six categories that fit spring, and a book for each category that I picked.  Now this does not mean I am recommending the book, just that it the category.  The fun part is, after you check out my list, you get to create your own!  Just copy the categories and add your book.  It’s so easy because you can pick books based on the cover, other’s recommendations, or even books you read years ago (to be honest, I’d love to see someone do the entire list with only board books…).

So here we go!

1. Spring Showers: What would spring be without the life-giving showers that are a sure sign that spring is here?  Share a book that is a quick read and sure to lift your spirits. When in Doubt, Add Butter by Beth Harbison 

Not a lot to do with rain, but definitely a quick read and happy ending. 

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2. Colorful Flowers: After the showers come beautiful flowers of all colors.  Pick a book that has a pretty flower or floral pattern somewhere on the cover.  If You Only Knew by Kristen Higgins      

Definitely  a book with pretty flowers and great read, really enjoyed the overall theme and how plot. 

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3. Shades of Green: Between the grass, the leaves on the trees, and all of the new flowers, there are so many shades of green everywhere in spring.  Can you think of a book that is driven by conflict over money?  True Evil by Greg Iles    

 

Oh boy, talk about conflict over money, power, and greed. This book sure has it, but not for those with a week stomach! Great read though!

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4. Picnics & Strolls in the Park: After months of being stuck inside there is nothing like an escape to the park. Share a book that has an iconic scene in a park – or at least a book that has a scene in a park that was vivid to you.  The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty 

Oh boy is the scene at the park is pretty darn important. There might be a few others, but this one gives this book its “Oh Sh*t” moment.

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5. All Things Fresh & New: Spring is the season for new, share a book that has caught your eye this season and is brand new – even if you haven’t read it yet, or might not ever!  A Window Opens by Elishabeth Egan  

This was published last year, so not that new, but really wanted to read this. As I read mostly crime suspense and thrillers, this book is quite new and fresh for me. All about a working mom who is is burning the candle at both ends…just like me. I’m reading it now, and ready for her to put her selfish husband in his place.

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6. Running Shoes, Flip-flops, Sandals, Rain bootsYou have to admit the selection for footwear goes up significantly in the Spring.  Pick a book that showcases a foot or shoe on the cover.  Heat Wave by Nancy Thayer 

A beautiful and emotional book. So many stories all mixed into one…a great beach read!

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Thanks for the tag Marissa!

A Tag post is no fun unless you tag some others to join in!  So here are my tags:

Now it’s your turn!  Feel free to copy the categories above, and create your own tag post.  Don’t forget to tell those you tag to join in the fun!

Sneak Peak Saturday

 

Welcome to Sneak Peek Saturday on Reading List!

Sneak Peek Saturday on Reading List a glimpse into what I am reading currently

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.

Thank you to A Daily Rhythm for inspiring Reading List’s Saturday Sneak Peek link up!

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Marissa @ Reading List
Marissa, writes book reviews from a variety of genres and  shares thoughts on motherhood & life on Reading List. She loves to see what others are reading to grow her to-read list.  Marissa also enjoys photography and a new journal to fill.

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Alyssa reads a variety of genres and writes about it at Sunrise Avenue. She is always looking for new bookish friends and recs’! Besides reading, Alyssa loves to bake and anything Doctor Who.

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Karen @ Dino Hero Mommy

Karen is a reading teacher who loves to listen to books as she commutes to and from work. She prefers crime thrillers and mysteries but enjoys a good book from any genre. She blogs about her life as a wife and mom at Dino Hero Mommy.

 
 
 

 

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• Pick up whatever book you are reading (non-fiction, fiction, children’s… really the sky is the limit)
• Open to any page you have already read
• Share a few “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page – make it interesting without flipping to a ton of different pages. 
 BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away — You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so we can all add your book to our To-Be-Read lists!

This particular link up will be open for a month, so stop by often to share a new sneak peek, and grow your own TBR list!






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Goodreads Summary: Murder House (Audible)
No. 7 Ocean Drive is a gorgeous, multi-million-dollar beachfront estate in the Hamptons, where money and privilege know no bounds. But its beautiful gothic exterior hides a horrific past: it was the scene of a series of depraved killings that have never been solved. Neglected, empty, and rumored to be cursed, it’s known as the Murder House, and locals keep their distance.

Detective Jenna Murphy used to consider herself a local, but she hasn’t been back since she was a girl. Trying to escape her troubled past and rehabilitate a career on the rocks, the former New York City cop hardly expects her lush and wealthy surroundings to be a hotbed of grisly depravity. But when a Hollywood power broker and his mistress are found dead in the abandoned Murder House, the gruesome crime scene rivals anything Jenna experienced in Manhattan. And what at first seems like an open and shut case turns out to have as many shocking secrets as the Murder House itself, as Jenna quickly realizes that the mansion’s history is much darker than even the town’s most salacious gossips could have imagined. As more bodies surface, and the secret that Jenna has tried desperately to escape closes in on her, she must risk her own life to expose the truth–before the Murder House claims another victim.

Full of the twists and turns that have made James Patterson the world’s #1 bestselling writer, THE MURDER HOUSE is a chilling, page-turning story of murder, money, and revenge

My Review – 4 stars

I had a few theories about who it was…I was only right with one person.

I got annoyed by Jenna’s constant inner monologue…at one point I fast forwarded and she was still carrying on about what to do in the same place. Really?

Other than that, great mystery and twisted ending…not one I thought could happen.

Aside from her constant monologue, it was a great read and twisted mystery.

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Goodreads Summary: Playing with Fire (Audible)

A beautiful violinist is haunted by a very old piece of music she finds in a strange antique shop in Rome.

The first time Julia Ansdell picks up The Incendio Waltz, she knows it’s a strikingly unusual composition. But while playing the piece, Julia blacks out and awakens to find her young daughter implicated in acts of surprising violence. And when she travels to Venice to find the previous owner of the music, she uncovers a dark secret that involves dangerously powerful people—a family who would stop at nothing to keep Julia from bringing the truth to light.

So this music is making her daughter violent???? Or is it Julia who is violent and blacking out???? This seems really interesting and scary. Plus an added bonus of historical fiction. 

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Goodreads Summary: The Midwife’s Revolt (Audible)

How do you move on after losing the person you loved? How do you build a life worth living?

Louisa Clark is no longer just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. After the transformative six months spent with Will Traynor, she is struggling without him. When an extraordinary accident forces Lou to return home to her family, she can’t help but feel she’s right back where she started.

Her body heals, but Lou herself knows that she needs to be kick-started back to life. Which is how she ends up in a church basement with the members of the Moving On support group, who share insights, laughter, frustrations, and terrible cookies. They will also lead her to the strong, capable Sam Fielding—the paramedic, whose business is life and death, and the one man who might be able to understand her. Then a figure from Will’s past appears and hijacks all her plans, propelling her into a very different future. . . .

For Lou Clark, life after Will Traynor means learning to fall in love again, with all the risks that brings. But here Jojo Moyes gives us two families, as real as our own, whose joys and sorrows will touch you deeply, and where both changes and surprises await.

After You is quintessential Jojo Moyes—a novel that will make you laugh, cry, and rejoice at being back in the world she creates. Here she does what few novelists can do—revisits beloved characters and takes them to places neither they nor we ever expected.

My Review – 5 stars 

I know this book got mixed reviews, but I LOVED it. If the book had Louisa doing all the things Will wanted her to, it would have been boring and predictable. She had to mess up, lose herself, still have a connection to Will, meet new people, see she is more valuable than just one person’s opinion.

I loved that she lost direction, it’s REAL LIFE…couldn’t think of a better sequel to a woman finding herself with the help of a quadriplegic and then helping him to end his life. You can’t expect rainbows after reading that…especially if you know her character.

Does it all work out in the end? Well you will just have to read and see for yourself. I highly recommend it.

FINGERS CROSSED WE HEAR MORE FROM LOUISA!!!!

 ~~~Now I’m Reading~~~

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Goodreads Summary: The Murder House (Audible)

No. 7 Ocean Drive is a gorgeous, multi-million-dollar beachfront estate in the Hamptons, where money and privilege know no bounds. But its beautiful gothic exterior hides a horrific past: it was the scene of a series of depraved killings that have never been solved. Neglected, empty, and rumored to be cursed, it’s known as the Murder House, and locals keep their distance.

Detective Jenna Murphy used to consider herself a local, but she hasn’t been back since she was a girl. Trying to escape her troubled past and rehabilitate a career on the rocks, the former New York City cop hardly expects her lush and wealthy surroundings to be a hotbed of grisly depravity. But when a Hollywood power broker and his mistress are found dead in the abandoned Murder House, the gruesome crime scene rivals anything Jenna experienced in Manhattan. And what at first seems like an open and shut case turns out to have as many shocking secrets as the Murder House itself, as Jenna quickly realizes that the mansion’s history is much darker than even the town’s most salacious gossips could have imagined. As more bodies surface, and the secret that Jenna has tried desperately to escape closes in on her, she must risk her own life to expose the truth–before the Murder House claims another victim.

Full of the twists and turns that have made James Patterson the world’s #1 bestselling writer, THE MURDER HOUSE is a chilling, page-turning story of murder, money, and revenge.

Totally confused about who could be murderer…so many theories and so many twists. 

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Goodreads Summary: The Midwife’s Revolt (Audible)

On a dark night in 1775, Lizzie Boylston is awakened by the sound of cannons. From a hill south of Boston, she watches as fires burn in Charlestown, in a battle that she soon discovers has claimed her husband’s life.

Alone in a new town, Lizzie grieves privately but takes comfort in her deepening friendship with Abigail Adams. Soon, word spreads of Lizzie’s extraordinary midwifery and healing skills, and she begins to channel her grief into caring for those who need her. But when two traveling patriots are poisoned, Lizzie finds herself with far more complicated matters on her hands—she suspects a political plot intended to harm Abigail and her family. Determined to uncover the truth, Lizzie becomes entangled in a conspiracy that could not only destroy her livelihood—and her chance at finding love again—but also lead to the downfall of a new nation.

My Review – 5 stars 

LOVED THIS! LOVED THIS! LOVED THIS! Got it on sale through Audible and so glad I decided to buy it. 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!

NO SPOILERS this time…too many amazing stories, twists, and turns. I promise you won’t be disappointed if you read it. Must see the if the author has written similar books. 

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Goodreads Summary: The Midwife’s Revolt (Audible)

How do you move on after losing the person you loved? How do you build a life worth living?

Louisa Clark is no longer just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. After the transformative six months spent with Will Traynor, she is struggling without him. When an extraordinary accident forces Lou to return home to her family, she can’t help but feel she’s right back where she started.

Her body heals, but Lou herself knows that she needs to be kick-started back to life. Which is how she ends up in a church basement with the members of the Moving On support group, who share insights, laughter, frustrations, and terrible cookies. They will also lead her to the strong, capable Sam Fielding—the paramedic, whose business is life and death, and the one man who might be able to understand her. Then a figure from Will’s past appears and hijacks all her plans, propelling her into a very different future. . . .

For Lou Clark, life after Will Traynor means learning to fall in love again, with all the risks that brings. But here Jojo Moyes gives us two families, as real as our own, whose joys and sorrows will touch you deeply, and where both changes and surprises await.

After You is quintessential Jojo Moyes—a novel that will make you laugh, cry, and rejoice at being back in the world she creates. Here she does what few novelists can do—revisits beloved characters and takes them to places neither they nor we ever expected.

After the amaxing first book and hours of crying, I knew I couldn’t wait for what happens next. Fingers crossed it will be as great as the first one. 

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Goodreads Summary: Broken Promise (Audible)

After his wife’s death and the collapse of his newspaper, David Harwood has no choice but to uproot his nine-year-old son and move back into his childhood home in Promise Falls, New York. David believes his life is in free fall, and he can’t find a way to stop his descent.

Then he comes across a family secret of epic proportions. A year after a devastating miscarriage, David’s cousin Marla has continued to struggle. But when David’s mother asks him to check on her, he’s horrified to discover that she’s been secretly raising a child who is not her own—a baby she claims was a gift from an “angel” left on her porch.

When the baby’s real mother is found murdered, David can’t help wanting to piece together what happened—even if it means proving his own cousin’s guilt. But as he uncovers each piece of evidence, David realizes that Marla’s mysterious child is just the tip of the iceberg.

Other strange things are happening. Animals are found ritually slaughtered. An ominous abandoned Ferris wheel seems to stand as a warning that something dark has infected Promise Falls. And someone has decided that the entire town must pay for the sins of its past…in blood.Been wanting to read this for a while! 

This sounds like a captivating and crazy mystery and drama

My Review – 5 stars 

Can we say cliffhanger? What a great way to leave the book. Some people say it left high and dry, but what do you expect with a series. There needs to be unfinished situations to deal with in the next book.

I knew right away what was happening with the baby situation. Love that we are still guessing about the squirrels, college incidents, and murders. This will be an interesting ride. Also loved hearing about characters from his previous books. So many questions about characters and what will happen. Anticipating the next book.

Highlight for spoilers

(((Wow, not sure who killed the Regina now. Did the grandparents take Cole? Will Sam try to get David back, even though he’s innocent? Does David’s mom have early onset dementia? What did his dad do? Was he responsible for the death of his co-worker’s daughter? Will Gil now go back to his lover? Will David really start working for the ex mayor? ))) 

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Goodreads Summary: The Midwife’s Revolt (Audible)

On a dark night in 1775, Lizzie Boylston is awakened by the sound of cannons. From a hill south of Boston, she watches as fires burn in Charlestown, in a battle that she soon discovers has claimed her husband’s life.

Alone in a new town, Lizzie grieves privately but takes comfort in her deepening friendship with Abigail Adams. Soon, word spreads of Lizzie’s extraordinary midwifery and healing skills, and she begins to channel her grief into caring for those who need her. But when two traveling patriots are poisoned, Lizzie finds herself with far more complicated matters on her hands—she suspects a political plot intended to harm Abigail and her family. Determined to uncover the truth, Lizzie becomes entangled in a conspiracy that could not only destroy her livelihood—and her chance at finding love again—but also lead to the downfall of a new nation.

Historical Fiction set at the time we became a nation. What could be better? 

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Goodreads Summary: What Alice Forgot (Audible)

So imagine Alice’s surprise when she comes to on the floor of a gym and is whisked off to the hospital where she discovers the honeymoon is truly over — she’s getting divorced, she has three kids and she’s actually 39 years old. Alice must reconstruct the events of a lost decade, and find out whether it’s possible to reconstruct her life at the same time. She has to figure out why her sister hardly talks to her, and how is it that she’s become one of those super skinny moms with really expensive clothes.

Ultimately, Alice must discover whether forgetting is a blessing or a curse, and whether it’s possible to start over.

Just a warning, there is lots of talk of infertility and miscarriages. I was not expecting this and it hit me hard as I suffered from infertility myself. Just to prepare you if you have been through one or both. 

My Review – 5 stars 

A MUST READ!!!!! Alice wakes up forgetting the reason why she’s getting divorced from Nick, forgot her children, forgot her best friend who helped her through it all. So much as changed in the world and in her life in the last teen years and she can’t remember a thing. Little flashbacks come, but she’s a different person than the one everyone remembers just a few days ago.

I am not sure what I would do, to not remember your own children…I would be devastated. I could feel all her emotions and the turmoil of emotions from her family.
******Just a warning******There is lots of talk of infertility and miscarriages. I was not expecting this and it hit me hard as I suffered from infertility myself. Just to prepare you if you have been through one or both.

(((In the end she gets her memory back, but she finds a happy medium between her carefree 29 year old self and the hardened 39 year old self. She gets back together with Nick, each learning from their mistakes. She goes back to the special bond with her sister, and has an even stronger bond with her kids. 
Her sister Elizabeth, suffers from fertility. I was NOT prepared for that and it was difficult to read about her failed IVFs and numerous miscarriages. Thankfully she gets her happy ending..a daughter and adopts three boys.
The honorary grandmother finds her own love as well…life is not perfect, but it’s these special moments and memories that make it worth living and fighting for.))) 

 ~~~Now I’m Reading~~~

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Goodreads Summary: Broken Promise (Audible)

After his wife’s death and the collapse of his newspaper, David Harwood has no choice but to uproot his nine-year-old son and move back into his childhood home in Promise Falls, New York. David believes his life is in free fall, and he can’t find a way to stop his descent.

Then he comes across a family secret of epic proportions. A year after a devastating miscarriage, David’s cousin Marla has continued to struggle. But when David’s mother asks him to check on her, he’s horrified to discover that she’s been secretly raising a child who is not her own—a baby she claims was a gift from an “angel” left on her porch.

When the baby’s real mother is found murdered, David can’t help wanting to piece together what happened—even if it means proving his own cousin’s guilt. But as he uncovers each piece of evidence, David realizes that Marla’s mysterious child is just the tip of the iceberg.

Other strange things are happening. Animals are found ritually slaughtered. An ominous abandoned Ferris wheel seems to stand as a warning that something dark has infected Promise Falls. And someone has decided that the entire town must pay for the sins of its past…in blood.Been wanting to read this for a while! 

This sounds like a captivating and crazy mystery and drama

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Goodreads Summary: Pretty Girls (Audible)

When Audrey Kepler inherits an abandoned homestead in rural Queensland, she jumps at the chance to escape her loveless existence in the city and make a fresh start. In a dusty back room of the old house, she discovers the crumbling photo of a handsome World War Two medic – Samuel Riordan, the homestead’s former occupant – and soon finds herself becoming obsessed with him. But as Audrey digs deeper into Samuel’s story, she discovers he was accused of bashing to death a young woman on his return from the war in 1946. When she learns about other unexplained deaths in recent years – one of them a young woman with injuries echoing those of the first victim – she begins to suspect that the killer is still very much alive. And now Audrey, thanks to her need to uncover the past, has provided him with good reason to want to kill again.

My Review – 5 stars 

At first I thought the narrator’s voice was on the CD was too boring and dull and I would be put to sleep. I gave it some time, and I was pleasantly surprised. A building mystery that had me guessing all wrong.
Then little clues got me all confused.
(((It was Glenda and Tony’s dad all along. Cleve. He was the evil bastard who killed Aylish, then Glenda as a teen and Tony as an adult. Turns out they weren’t even his kids, but he had no idea. He was pure evil.))) 

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Goodreads Summary: What Alice Forgot (Audible)

So imagine Alice’s surprise when she comes to on the floor of a gym and is whisked off to the hospital where she discovers the honeymoon is truly over — she’s getting divorced, she has three kids and she’s actually 39 years old. Alice must reconstruct the events of a lost decade, and find out whether it’s possible to reconstruct her life at the same time. She has to figure out why her sister hardly talks to her, and how is it that she’s become one of those super skinny moms with really expensive clothes.

Ultimately, Alice must discover whether forgetting is a blessing or a curse, and whether it’s possible to start over.

Been wanting to read this for a while! 

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Goodreads Summary: Pretty Girls (Audible)

Sisters. Strangers. Survivors.

More than twenty years ago, Claire and Lydia’s teenaged sister Julia vanished without a trace. The two women have not spoken since, and now their lives could not be more different. Claire is the glamorous trophy wife of an Atlanta millionaire. Lydia, a single mother, dates an ex-con and struggles to make ends meet. But neither has recovered from the horror and heartbreak of their shared loss—a devastating wound that’s cruelly ripped open when Claire’s husband is killed.

The disappearance of a teenage girl and the murder of a middle-aged man, almost a quarter-century apart: what could connect them? Forming a wary truce, the surviving sisters look to the past to find the truth, unearthing the secrets that destroyed their family all those years ago . . . and uncovering the possibility of redemption, and revenge, where they least expect it.

Powerful, poignant, and utterly gripping, packed with indelible characters and unforgettable twists, Pretty Girls is a masterful thriller from one of the finest suspense writers working today.

Okay, there’s quite a few lies going on…Claire needs to find out what’s going on before she becomes a victim. There is a sick connection between everything and I think if they all communicated they would know. 

My Review – 5 star

No spoilers this time, I just couldn’t write down all that happened, its’ just too vile and twisted.  

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Goodreads Summary: Thornwood House (Audible)

When Audrey Kepler inherits an abandoned homestead in rural Queensland, she jumps at the chance to escape her loveless existence in the city and make a fresh start. In a dusty back room of the old house, she discovers the crumbling photo of a handsome World War Two medic – Samuel Riordan, the homestead’s former occupant – and soon finds herself becoming obsessed with him. But as Audrey digs deeper into Samuel’s story, she discovers he was accused of bashing to death a young woman on his return from the war in 1946. When she learns about other unexplained deaths in recent years – one of them a young woman with injuries echoing those of the first victim – she begins to suspect that the killer is still very much alive. And now Audrey, thanks to her need to uncover the past, has provided him with good reason to want to kill again.

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