Book Review Blog Hop #29


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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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Book Review Blog Hop #28

sorry for the two week delay. Between Thanksgiving and us adopting two rescued dogs, then having to give one back for a number of reasons it has been darn busy.


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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!!!!

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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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Book Review Blog Hop #27


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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.))) 

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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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Goodreads Summary: Skewed (audible)

No birth announcement could top the headlines from the day Janie and Jack Perkins entered the world. As twins born to a mother in a coma—courtesy of a bullet from their father—the sensational story of their birth never quite died down. While Jack still craves the flash of a camera, Janie seeks sanctuary behind the lens—as a crime scene photographer.

Thanks to Janie’s line of work, she’s comfortable around gruesome murders. But when old photos of her mother’s body arrive in the mail, they open deep-seated wounds and raise chilling new questions about who really was responsible for that deadly night.

Did Janie’s father spend decades in jail as an innocent man? Did an infamous serial killer actually take her mother’s life? With photos in hand, Janie brings the truth into focus. But when her investigation ends up evoking the wrath of the long-dormant killer, she must race to piece together the final evidence—before she becomes the target.

My Review – 5 stars 

BRAVO!!!! I honestly thought it was going to be a predictable ending and I had it all figured out. I was SO WRONG. I found out when Janie did. so well written and full of suspense and drama. I loved how it started with Grady and then kept switching between Janie and Bridget. Plan on reading her other books!

  Highlight for spoilers… (((I really thought it was either Leroy, the man that was stalking Janie or Able, the crazy, religious neighbor. I was WRONG. 
It was Grady! Yes, he was the haiku killer. He accidentally got Bridget pregnant and decided it would be good for his image to keep her around.
Leroy found the Haiku Grady wrote and was going to blackmail him, but Bridget got her hands on it. She knew it was Grady. He was coming there to kill her!  Leroy was trying to save her. Leroy drugged him and before Grady fell, he purposely shot Bridget wanting to kill her to keep his secret. 
Sam, Grady’s right-hand man was being paid off to keep quiet and make a file on Leroy. Grady got out of prison 6 hours earlier and killed Sam to never let the truth out. He pretended to be a good man, but was psychotic. 
Janie put it all together in the end.))) 

 ~~~Now I’m Reading~~~

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Goodreads Summary: Pretty Girls (Audible)

#1 internationally bestselling author Karin Slaughter returns with a sophisticated and chilling psychological thriller of dangerous secrets, cold vengeance, and unexpected absolution, in which two estranged sisters must come together to find truth about two harrowing tragedies, twenty years apart, that devastate their lives.

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. 

~~~COULD NOT FINISH~~~

While I love twisted, psychopathic stories, I was not into this story. It seemed to be going in a direction that was going to let me down. After I returned it (Audible lets you return books you don’t like and get your money back) I read spoilers and was right. The ending was going to be a HUGE let down..if you’re going to hint another character being twisted…follow through with that character being twisted.

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Goodreads Summary: The Rumor (audible)

Madeline King and Grace Pancik are best friends and the envy of Nantucket for their perfect marriages, their beautiful kids, their Sunday night double dates with their devoted husbands. But this summer, something’s changed, and if there’s anything Nantucket likes better than cocktails on the beach at sunset, it’s a good rumor.

And rumor has it…

…that Madeline, a novelist, is battling writer’s block, with a deadline looming, bills piling up, and blank pages driving her to desperation–and a desperately bad decision;

…that Grace, hard at work to transform her backyard into a garden paradise, has been collaborating a bit more closely that necessary with her ruggedly handsome landscape architect;

…that Grace’s husband, successful island real estate developer “Fast Eddie” Pancik, has embarked on quite an unusual side project;

…that the storybook romance between Madeline’s son, Brick, and Grace’s daughter Allegra is on the rocks, heading for disaster.

As the gossip escalates, and they face the possible loss of the happy lives they’ve worked so hard to create, Grace and Madeline try mightily to set the record straight–but the truth might be even worse than rumor has it

My Review – 5 stars 

Great plot…I was captivated and waiting for it all to blow up in everyone’s face…great ending. A MUST READ!!!!

Really didn’t feel bad for Grace, she is stupid, spoiled, and privileged and rather be off having an affair than raising her daughters. Does Benton REALLY love her????

Eddie is despicable…got what he deserved. Madeline…really a bad decision, why????

Allegra is only doing what she was raised to do…and poor Hope seems to be forgotten about.

Gossip and rumors are everywhere, it’s amazing how much they can destroy a life.

The kids are becoming like their parents, living life as if they are the most important people on the planet and gossiping about everyone else…hoping to hurt them.

  Highlight for spoilers… (((Grace is stupid, spoiled, and privileged. She rather have an affair than raise her kids. She would never leave Eddie, because money and a privileged life is more important to her.  Eddie is a pig, prostituting out girls only a few years older than his daughters. He deserved a real prison, not the easy time he’s getting. Benton thought he loved Grace, but he loved his career more. He was planning to leave after the summer anyway. It was all fun for him and he got int he paper. Madeline using her friend’s life for her book, no excuses! Yes be mad her and her daughter are cheating, but don’t write about her life. Glad she never published it. Eddie’s sister Barbie, what a pig she is too. She helped Eddie and knew what was coming and never warned him. Then she gets off free????
Thankfully Allegra learned her lesson and with her sister’s help turned her life around. Maybe there is a better life for Allegra? Maybe she will be a real sister for Hope now? There is hope that when Eddie gets out of prison he will start a new life with Grace and treat her like his wife instead of never being home.))) 
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Goodreads Summary: Skewed(Audible)

No birth announcement could top the headlines from the day Janie and Jack Perkins entered the world. As twins born to a mother in a coma—courtesy of a bullet from their father—the sensational story of their birth never quite died down. While Jack still craves the flash of a camera, Janie seeks sanctuary behind the lens—as a crime scene photographer.

Thanks to Janie’s line of work, she’s comfortable around gruesome murders. But when old photos of her mother’s body arrive in the mail, they open deep-seated wounds and raise chilling new questions about who really was responsible for that deadly night.

Did Janie’s father spend decades in jail as an innocent man? Did an infamous serial killer actually take her mother’s life? With photos in hand, Janie brings the truth into focus. But when her investigation ends up evoking the wrath of the long-dormant killer, she must race to piece together the final evidence—before she becomes the target.

Got good reviews on Audible and seems like a twisted, but captivating read. Really hope it’s not predictable and has the unexpected ending everyone says it will. 

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Goodreads Summary: The Art of Keeping Secrets (CD rental from library)

Since a solo plane crash killed her husband two years ago, Annabelle Murphy has found solace in raising her two children. Just when she thinks the grief is behind her, she receives news that the wreckage of the plane has been discovered—and that her husband did not die alone. He was with another woman. Suddenly Annabelle is forced to question everything she once held true.

Sofie Milstead knows the woman who was on that plane. A dolphin researcher who has lived a quiet life, Sofie has never let anyone get too close. But when Annabelle shows up on Sofiie’s doorstep full of painful questions, both women must confront their intertwining pasts…and find the courage they need to face the truth.

My Review – 4 stars 

Wow to find out all you knew about your husband was only part of who he was. Such big secrets to keep AND secrets really destroy lives.

I felt for Annabelle but was glad she was not a whiny character. She wanted the truth but when she couldn’t get it she moved on knowing it was more important to live for her and her children.

Jake was so wise and Keeley was a typical teenager. Sophie, was ANNOYING. I understand your mom raised you to live in fear, but at some point you need to grow up and realize the world does NOT revolve around you. Others are hurting because of all the secrets and lies and you can’t give them the one thing they need.

Does she open up or not? You’ll have to read to find out.

I only gave it 4 stars because there was some repetition of comments and points of views. I understand…let’s move I screamed a few times. Otherwise good plot, very interesting secret, and wonderful, but realistic ending.

  Highlight for spoilers… (((No he was not having an affair with Sophie’s mom…he found her during the hurricane. She was hiding in his barn, pregnant and running from an abusive husband. She loved him, but his heart belonged to Annabelle. His BIG secret was he helped her his whole life. The day the plane crashed, he was taking her to see her dying mom…but her abusive husband was in jail for five years for murder. If only the truth had been revealed, it could have saved him the trip and he would still be alive.
Jake ends up with Sophie and it is assumed Annabelle ends up with Reed.))) 

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Goodreads Summary: The Rumor (Audible)

Madeline King and Grace Pancik are best friends and the envy of Nantucket for their perfect marriages, their beautiful kids, their Sunday night double dates with their devoted husbands. But this summer, something’s changed, and if there’s anything Nantucket likes better than cocktails on the beach at sunset, it’s a good rumor.

And rumor has it…

…that Madeline, a novelist, is battling writer’s block, with a deadline looming, bills piling up, and blank pages driving her to desperation–and a desperately bad decision;

…that Grace, hard at work to transform her backyard into a garden paradise, has been collaborating a bit more closely that necessary with her ruggedly handsome landscape architect;

…that Grace’s husband, successful island real estate developer “Fast Eddie” Pancik, has embarked on quite an unusual side project;

…that the storybook romance between Madeline’s son, Brick, and Grace’s daughter Allegra is on the rocks, heading for disaster.

As the gossip escalates, and they face the possible loss of the happy lives they’ve worked so hard to create, Grace and Madeline try mightily to set the record straight–but the truth might be even worse than rumor has it.

WHOA…it’s insane how gossip and rumors start and so quickly they destroy lives. At the same time I am NOT liking Grace and her daughter Allegra at all. 

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