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Goodreads Summary: Plea of Insanity (CD rental from library) 

Julia Valenciano is a young, ambitious Miami prosecutor. Assigned to a hectic trial division with an ornery judge, just getting through the day can be a challenge. When Julia is asked to second chair a case that could very well make or break her career, she doesn’t hesitate to jump on board. The defendant: a successful Miami surgeon. The victims: his own wife and small children. The plea: Not Guilty By Reason of Insanity.

The perfect father. The perfect husband. Dr. David Marquette seemingly just snapped one night. Or did he? His defense team claims paranoid delusions caused by schizophrenia drove him to slaughter his entire family.

But the state suspects that Marquette’s insanity defense is being fabricated to disguise murders that were cold-blooded and calculated. And the evidence appears to be mounting that Marquette may be responsible for other unsolved murders around the state as well—murders that bear the frightening signature of a serial killer.

It’s Julia’s first murder trial and her first insanity defense, and the stakes are incredibly high. If convicted, Marquette faces the ultimate penalty—death. If found insane, he could walk free. To bring a killer to justice, Julia will have to journey into the mind of madness herself. For her, the trial of Dr. David Marquette will mean more than just disarming a legal defense; it will take her on a personal journey back into her own past—a past she has struggled for fifteen years to forget. And it will bring her face to face with a future that is so frightening, she’s not sure she ever wants to see it.(less)

My Review – 5 Stars

WOW what a crazy ride this was. Julia’s entire life is unraveling and nothing is what it seems. She’s be lied to, treated poorly, used, and tricked. At the same time she has to deal with this trial. This trial that has some intense moments and hidden truths that make you scream Holy Sh*t. 

I think I would feel like I was going crazy too. It stinks that she has to deal with her past while prosecuting a huge case. 

Highlight for spoilers… (((I hate her aunt for lying to Julia about her father and brother’s diagnosis of schizophrenia. I hate her aunt for not telling Julia that her brother was alive and rotting in jail. Then Julia finally reconnects with him and he can’t handle it and kills himself. 
Rick, the guy she’s dating and asks her to co-chair is a huge piece of rotted, dog turd. He just used her, in a way her getting fired was a blessing.
Julia think’s she going crazy, fearing that if David’s brother Daryl was also schizophrenia, she must be like her brother too. In my opinion, all the lies of her aunt, being used by Rick, and trying to be perfect take their toll on her. The only one who really understands and loves her is the officer, Lapp.)))

 

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Goodreads Summary: Don’t Tell a Soul (CD Library Rental)

Tim Wallace’s wife died in a boating accident several months ago. Tim was the only eye witness, and one New Jersey cop is sure he killed her. He didn’t, but even if the police eventually clear his name, he’ll never get over this terrible tragedy.

On New Year’s Eve, his two best friends and business partners finally convince him to go out for the first time since Maggie’s death, and at their neighborhood pub just a few minutes before midnight, things in Tim Wallace’s life go from bad to worse. “Can you keep a secret? A really big one?” a drunken stranger asks him. Before Tim can say anything or turn away, the man confesses to a months-old murder, even offering as proof the location of the woman’s body. “Now it’s your problem,” he says and walks away.

When the man turns out to have been telling the truth, Tim’s life and work are put under the microscope again by the cops, and this time they’re not giving up. But neither is Tim, even when things keep getting worse for him, and eventually he realizes he’s the only person who can figure out what’s really going on—even if it kills him.

I hope this is good as it looks!!! It can be a real nail biter.  

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Goodreads Summary: The Girl on the Train (Audible and Book Club book)

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

A compulsively readable, emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller that draws comparisons to Gone Girl, The Silent Wife, or Before I Go to Sleep, this is an electrifying debut embraced by readers across markets and categories.

My Review – 5 Stars

WHOA…I KNEW IT…I KNEW IT!!!!! I started off with two suspects, then the hints I got pushed me in the right direction. I knew who it was…I guess reading
all those twisted books by Harlan Coben, Lisa Unger, and Tess Gerrtisen has
paid off.

I felt so bad for Rachel…she really got the worst out of life…

There were a few twists in there that made my guess even more obvious. Such an amazing read and I was screaming and shouting at the end.

Highlight for spoilers… (((Tom, Rachel’s ex was the other guy having an affair with Megan. He turned out to be a HUGE psychopath. He played mind games and terrorized with Rachel during their marriage and drove her to drink. He made her and others think it was her fault the marriage ended. He was starting his torture and abuse with Anna, but I felt no sympathy for Anna. She deserved a shitty life, she wanted to cheat, she didn’t care about anyone but herself.  

I felt so bad for Rachel, her life was destroyed…but at least now she is getting right back on track and has a chance to start over. )))

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Goodreads Summary: Girl on the Train (Book Club Book  AND Audible book)

 Julia Valenciano is a young, ambitious Miami prosecutor. Assigned to a hectic trial division with an ornery judge, just getting through the day can be a challenge. When Julia is asked to second chair a case that could very well make or break her career, she doesn’t hesitate to jump on board. The defendant: a successful Miami surgeon. The victims: his own wife and small children. The plea: Not Guilty By Reason of Insanity.

The perfect father. The perfect husband. Dr. David Marquette seemingly just snapped one night. Or did he? His defense team claims paranoid delusions caused by schizophrenia drove him to slaughter his entire family.

But the state suspects that Marquette’s insanity defense is being fabricated to disguise murders that were cold-blooded and calculated. And the evidence appears to be mounting that Marquette may be responsible for other unsolved murders around the state as well—murders that bear the frightening signature of a serial killer.

It’s Julia’s first murder trial and her first insanity defense, and the stakes are incredibly high. If convicted, Marquette faces the ultimate penalty—death. If found insane, he could walk free. To bring a killer to justice, Julia will have to journey into the mind of madness herself. For her, the trial of Dr. David Marquette will mean more than just disarming a legal defense; it will take her on a personal journey back into her own past—a past she has struggled for fifteen years to forget. And it will bring her face to face with a future that is so frightening, she’s not sure she ever wants to see it.

This is going to be a difficult, but captivating read. 

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Goodreads Summary: Killer Instinct (Library CD)

Jason Steadman is a thirty-year-old sales executive living in Boston and working for a electronics giant, a competitor to Sony and Panasonic. He’s a witty, charismatic guy who’s well liked at the office, but he lacks the “killer instinct” necessary to move up the corporate ladder. To the chagrin of his ambitious wife, it looks as if his career has hit a ceiling. Jason’s been sidelined.

But all that will change one evening when Jason meets Kurt Semko, a former Special Forces officer just back from Iraq. Looking for a decent pitcher for the company softball team, Jason gets Kurt, who was once drafted by the majors, a job in Corporate Security. Soon, good things start to happen for Jason – and bad things start to happen to Jason’s rivals. His career suddenly takes off. He’s an overnight success
Only too late does Jason discover that his friend Kurt has been secretly paving his path to the top by the most “efficient” – and ruthless – means available. After all, Kurt says, “Business is war, right?”

But when Jason tries to put a stop to it, he finds that his new best friend has become the most dangerous enemy imaginable. And now it’s far more than just his career that lies in the balance.

A riveting tale of ambition, intrigue, and the price of success, Killer Instinct is Joseph Finder at his best.

My Review – 5 Stars

WHOA! Too often I read books about female psychos or stalkers, so to read one with men in the roles is a nice change. It all starts out so innocently, but then takes a horrible turn for the worse. How do you make friends when that person could be a flipping psycho in disguise. 

Highlight for spoilers… (((Jason tries a variety of things to get Kurt to stop and even tries to get him fired and arrested. Kurt is beyond devious and twisted, he sets Jason up to believe the police are helping him and in reality it’s all just a rouse. Kurt’s old army buddy is the other “officer” and they try to kill Jason. In the end, Jason outwits Kurt by planting his own bomb in a briefcase. Kurt has one second of realization before he’s blown to bits. 

At the same time, Jason uses his new found skills to go to the top of the company, but unlike his previous douche bag bosses, he’s different, he’s got the killer instinct, but a kind outside facade. )))

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Goodreads Summary: Girl on the Train (Book Club Book  AND Audible book)

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

A compulsively readable, emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller that draws comparisons to Gone Girl, The Silent Wife, or Before I Go to Sleep, this is an electrifying debut embraced by readers across markets and categories.

I have two suspects…though I’m basing it on the ones that are the last suspects you would think…but there are some small clues. 

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Goodreads Summary: The Matchmaker (Audible Book)

Dabney Kimball Beech, the 48-year-old fifth generation Nantucketer, has had a lifelong gift of matchmaking (52 couples still together to her credit). But when Dabney discovers she is dying of pancreatic cancer, she sets out to find matches for a few people very close to home: her husband, celebrated economist John Boxmiller Beech; her lover journalist Clendenin Hughes; and her daughter, Agnes, who is engaged to be married to the wrong man.

As time slips away from Dabney, she is determined to find matches for those she loves most – but at what cost to her own relationships? THE MATCHMAKER is the heartbreaking new novel from Elin Hilderbrand about losing and finding love, even as you’re running out of time.

My Review – 3 Stars 

I found the characters Dabeny, Box, and Clan all selfish and self-absorbed. For long they all annoyed me and I wanted to stop reading. I held on because I needed to know what would happen to her daughter, Agnes. They all held onto their lies and and thoughts instead of just speaking the truth. So many times I groaned in frustration because they kept holding back the truth. I couldn’t relate to any of them. The only reason I kept reading was to see if the daughter, Agnes, who is in an abusive relationship would ever get free from CJ.
Then I got closer to the end I am so glad I stayed with it…I realized that Dabney needed to stay on her island, she was the heart and soul of her town, she held it all in for her daughter and her sanity. She always gave of herself to help others. But she was also stupid, living in fear kept her from her biggest happiness.

Highlight for spoilers… (((I still don’t like Box the most, because he fell for CJ’s charm and didn’t realize what he was doing to Agnes. Dabney finally told Box the truth, after she found out she was sick. It took him some time to realize he was just eager to have a wife and deep down inside knew she never would love him the way he loved her. 

Clen was so stupid the first time he left. Was his job and the loss he suffered really worth it leaving behind his perfect match and daughter? Now he’s off again to Singapore? He promises to visit Agnes every August…but that’s just bullshit. He needs to stay on the island, spending time with his daughter, and future grand kids. That part of the ending just annoyed me.)))

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Goodreads Summary: Killer Instinct (CD Library Rental)

Jason Steadman is a thirty-year-old sales executive living in Boston and working for a electronics giant, a competitor to Sony and Panasonic. He’s a witty, charismatic guy who’s well liked at the office, but he lacks the “killer instinct” necessary to move up the corporate ladder. To the chagrin of his ambitious wife, it looks as if his career has hit a ceiling. Jason’s been sidelined.

But all that will change one evening when Jason meets Kurt Semko, a former Special Forces officer just back from Iraq. Looking for a decent pitcher for the company softball team, Jason gets Kurt, who was once drafted by the majors, a job in Corporate Security. Soon, good things start to happen for Jason – and bad things start to happen to Jason’s rivals. His career suddenly takes off. He’s an overnight success
Only too late does Jason discover that his friend Kurt has been secretly paving his path to the top by the most “efficient” – and ruthless – means available. After all, Kurt says, “Business is war, right?”

But when Jason tries to put a stop to it, he finds that his new best friend has become the most dangerous enemy imaginable. And now it’s far more than just his career that lies in the balance.

A riveting tale of ambition, intrigue, and the price of success, Killer Instinct is Joseph Finder at his best.

This is going to be darn good!!!!

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Funny Friday

Funny Friday, June 2015

Today’s post is this month’s Funny Friday, a regular feature published on the last Friday of every month. Funny Friday is a collaborative project. Each month one of the participants submits a picture, then we all write 5 captions or thoughts inspired by that month’s picture. Links to the other bloggers’ posts are below, click on them and see what they’ve come up with. I hope we bring a smile to your face as you start your weekend.

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Here’s today’s picture. It was submitted by The Momisodes (http://themomisodes.com))

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This is my first Funny Friday!!! Glad to be part of a another awesome group post. I tried my best, so here goes. 

1. The mom buries her head in her hands and grumbles to the Sear’s photographer. “Just take the damn picture. I don’t have the patience anymore.” 

2. Yup, this is our holiday card…you’re lucky you got one.

3. The kids laugh out loud…”Mommy said not to make a mess in the house, she didn’t say anything about the moon.”

4. As the aliens fly away on their spaceships they mumble, “Those darn human kids. I thought we’d finally have a peaceful vacation.”

 5. “This can’t be the new indoor play are. I think mom tricked us.”  

Click on the links below and let some other bloggers make you smile:

Confessions of a part-time working mom
The Momisodes
Sanity Waiting to Happen
Spatulas on Parade
People Don’t Eat Enough Fudge
The Bergham’s Life Chronicles
Follow me home
Measurements of Merriment
Southern Belle Charm
Silence of the Mom
Dinosaur Superhero Mommy
Baking In A Tornado
Someone Else’s Genius

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Goodreads Summary: Precious Thing (library CD rental)

I know her inside out. I know what she’s thinking, I know what she wants. So I can’t give up on her, she knows I never will.

Some friendships fizzle out. Rachel and Clara promised theirs would last forever.

They met in high school when Rachel was the shy, awkward new girl and Clara was the friend everyone wanted. Instantly, they fell under each other’s spell, and nothing would be the same again. Now they are in their late twenties, and Rachel has the television career, the apartment, and the boyfriend, while Clara’s life is spiraling out of control. Despite everything, they remain inextricably bound. Then Rachel’s news editor assigns her to cover a police press conference, and she is shocked when she arrives to learn that the subject is Clara, who has been reported missing. Is it an abduction, a suicide, or something else altogether?

Imagine discovering something about your oldest friend that forces you to question everything you’ve shared together. The truth is always there. But only if you choose to see it.

In Colette McBeth’s mesmerizing debut, the story of a friendship and a missing person investigation are expertly wound tighter and tighter from the opening lines until the final, stunning conclusion.

My Review – 5 Stars 

WHOA…did not see that coming. I had correctly guessed why there were so close, but never thought it would end the way it did. WOW…had me second guessing myself quite a few times. What a an awesome and twisted ending!!!! 

Highlight for spoilers… (((OMG, so we are given Rachel’s point of view the whole time in a letter to Clara. The whole time we are being made to believe Clara is crazy, trying to steal Rachel’s mom away, and she is getting everyone who picked on Rachel to team up and stalk her.

Well, nope, sorry just tricking you. It’s really Rachel that’s totally fucked up in every way possible. She’s been messing with Clara since they met, she’s been playing everyone around to think she’s innocent and Clara’s crazy. The letter, in all it’s sick and twisted horror, blames it all on Clara and basically asks her to kill herself-which she does. Now you question if Rachel was tormenting her mom and drove her to drink, terrified her aunt, and killed Lucy at summer camp.)))

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Goodreads Summary: The Matchmaker (audible book)

Dabney Kimball Beech, the 48-year-old fifth generation Nantucketer, has had a lifelong gift of matchmaking (52 couples still together to her credit). But when Dabney discovers she is dying of pancreatic cancer, she sets out to find matches for a few people very close to home: her husband, celebrated economist John Boxmiller Beech; her lover journalist Clendenin Hughes; and her daughter, Agnes, who is engaged to be married to the wrong man.

As time slips away from Dabney, she is determined to find matches for those she loves most – but at what cost to her own relationships? THE MATCHMAKER is the heartbreaking new novel from Elin Hilderbrand about losing and finding love, even as you’re running out of time. 

The beginning draws you in then it just drags…Dabney, her current husband, and her former lover are all self-absorbed and selfish. I would move to another book, but I LOVE hearing from the couples she matched up and NEED to find out what happens to her daughter Agnes and her abusive fiance.

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Goodreads Summary: People of the Book (book club book)

In 1996, Hanna Heath, an Australian rare-book expert, is offered the job of a lifetime: analysis and conservation of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, which has been rescued from Serb shelling during the Bosnian war. Priceless and beautiful, the book is one of the earliest Jewish volumes ever to be illuminated with images. When Hanna, a caustic loner with a passion for her work, discovers a series of tiny artifacts in its ancient binding – an insect wing fragment, wine stains, salt crystals, a white hair – she begins to unlock the book’s mysteries. The reader is ushered into an exquisitely detailed and atmospheric past, tracing the book’s journey from its salvation back to its creation.

In Bosnia during World War II, a Muslim risks his life to protect it from the Nazis. In the hedonistic salons of fin-de-siècle Vienna, the book becomes a pawn in the struggle against the city’s rising anti-Semitism. In inquisition-era Venice, a Catholic priest saves it from burning. In Barcelona in 1492, the scribe who wrote the text sees his family destroyed by the agonies of enforced exile. And in Seville in 1480, the reason for the Haggadah’s extraordinary illuminations is finally disclosed. Hanna’s investigation unexpectedly plunges her into the intrigues of fine art forgers and ultra-nationalist fanatics. Her experiences will test her belief in herself and the man she has come to love.

Inspired by a true story, People of the Book is at once a novel of sweeping historical grandeur and intimate emotional intensity, an ambitious, electrifying work by an acclaimed and beloved author.

My Review – 5 Stars 

WOW! I can’t believe how amazing this book was. The journey of self discovery for Hannah was perfection. The history of the book and who created it was so emotional. I cried so many times from the pure emotion of the book. A MUST READ a thousand times.

No spoilers this time as it’s book club read…and we aren’t discussing it till the end of June. 

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Goodreads Summary: Precious Thing

I know her inside out. I know what she’s thinking, I know what she wants. So I can’t give up on her, she knows I never will.

Some friendships fizzle out. Rachel and Clara promised theirs would last forever.

They met in high school when Rachel was the shy, awkward new girl and Clara was the friend everyone wanted. Instantly, they fell under each other’s spell, and nothing would be the same again. Now they are in their late twenties, and Rachel has the television career, the apartment, and the boyfriend, while Clara’s life is spiraling out of control. Despite everything, they remain inextricably bound. Then Rachel’s news editor assigns her to cover a police press conference, and she is shocked when she arrives to learn that the subject is Clara, who has been reported missing. Is it an abduction, a suicide, or something else altogether?

Imagine discovering something about your oldest friend that forces you to question everything you’ve shared together. The truth is always there. But only if you choose to see it.

In Colette McBeth’s mesmerizing debut, the story of a friendship and a missing person investigation are expertly wound tighter and tighter from the opening lines until the final, stunning conclusion.

HOLY MOLY!!!! What a book. As the story unwinds, you realize Rachel hurt Clara in some and now Clara is out to destroy her. Each even is worse than the next. How will it end? Who will believe Rachel? What end doe Rachel want? 

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The Replacement Wife | [Tiffany L. Warren]        

Goodreads Summary: The Replacement Wife

Five years after his beloved wife’s death, wealthy Quentin Chambers still hasn’t returned to the church or his music ministry. Even his home is now devoid of music, and without his attention, Quentin’s five children are getting out of control – until his mother stepsin and hires him a live-in nanny. Montana is pretty, compassionate, church-going, and even has a beautiful singing voice. The children take to her right away, and soon enough Quentin finds his heart opening to faith – and love – once more. But not everyone loves Montana….

A “friend” of Quentin’s first wife, Chloe has been scheming to become the next Mrs. Chambers since the funeral. Chloe is convinced she’s just one seduction away from a marriage proposal. Now she’ll do whatever it takes to get rid of Montana – including blackmail, theft – and digging up a troublemaking man from Montana’s past. But Chloe forgets she’s got secrets of her own, and the tables may turn with a twist she never sees coming….

My Review- 5 Stars

This book is different from what I’m used to reading, but what a wonderful, uplifting, spiritual book. Really had me rooting for Quentin to find his faith again and let love back in his heart.  Really had me rooting for Montana to help the family heal and help those lost kids. 

Wanted Chloe gone for good…the no good, dirty, wh*re. Was hoping the whole would find out about her. 

Highlight for spoilers (((((Chloe is a no good, dirty user. I really don’t believe she was upset about not getting married or Quentin not loving her. She really only wanted the money…that’s all she ever wanted. I can’t believe Quentin just let her have that money. I would have given her a few million at most because she lied from the beginning. She was NOT in it for anything but the money. She was eager to send the kids off and not give a damn about anyone but herself. 

I wish we could have had an excerpt from Chloe when she finds out Quentin proposed to Montana. I know I’m mean, but seriously there’s a difference between love and lust.   

So glad his kids are finally getting their dad back in their lives. They were suffering for five years, they needed his guidance and love. 

Estelle knew from the begging what Quentin needed!))))

 

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Goodreads Summary: People of the Book (Our Book Club Book)

In 1996, Hanna Heath, an Australian rare-book expert, is offered the job of a lifetime: analysis and conservation of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, which has been rescued from Serb shelling during the Bosnian war. Priceless and beautiful, the book is one of the earliest Jewish volumes ever to be illuminated with images. When Hanna, a caustic loner with a passion for her work, discovers a series of tiny artifacts in its ancient binding – an insect wing fragment, wine stains, salt crystals, a white hair – she begins to unlock the book’s mysteries. The reader is ushered into an exquisitely detailed and atmospheric past, tracing the book’s journey from its salvation back to its creation.

In Bosnia during World War II, a Muslim risks his life to protect it from the Nazis. In the hedonistic salons of fin-de-siècle Vienna, the book becomes a pawn in the struggle against the city’s rising anti-Semitism. In inquisition-era Venice, a Catholic priest saves it from burning. In Barcelona in 1492, the scribe who wrote the text sees his family destroyed by the agonies of enforced exile. And in Seville in 1480, the reason for the Haggadah’s extraordinary illuminations is finally disclosed. Hanna’s investigation unexpectedly plunges her into the intrigues of fine art forgers and ultra-nationalist fanatics. Her experiences will test her belief in herself and the man she has come to love.

Inspired by a true story, People of the Book is at once a novel of sweeping historical grandeur and intimate emotional intensity, an ambitious, electrifying work by an acclaimed and beloved author.

Can’t wait to discuss this with the group. Yes, we started a book club in town and this is our first book! I’m so excited. 

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Goodreads Summary: Precious Thing 

Some friendships fizzle out. Rachel and Clara promised theirs would last forever.

They met in high school when Rachel was the shy, awkward new girl and Clara was the friend everyone wanted. Instantly, they fell under each other’s spell, and nothing would be the same again. Now they are in their late twenties, and Rachel has the television career, the apartment, and the boyfriend, while Clara’s life is spiraling out of control. Despite everything, they remain inextricably bound. Then Rachel’s news editor assigns her to cover a police press conference, and she is shocked when she arrives to learn that the subject is Clara, who has been reported missing. Is it an abduction, a suicide, or something else altogether?

Imagine discovering something about your oldest friend that forces you to question everything you’ve shared together. The truth is always there. But only if you choose to see it.

In Colette McBeth’s mesmerizing debut, the story of a friendship and a missing person investigation are expertly wound tighter and tighter from the opening lines until the final, stunning conclusion.

This is so twisted and insane…I’m loving it. I keep changing my theories about who Clara really is and why she did this. Or is Rachel just losing her mind? LOVING THIS

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Goodreads Summary: Crazy Love You

Falling in love can feel like a dream…or a living nightmare.

Darkness has a way of creeping up when Ian is with Priss. Even when they were kids, playing in the woods of their small Upstate New York town, he could feel it. Still, Priss was his best friend, his salvation from the bullies who called him “loser” and “fatboy”…and from his family’s deadly secrets.

Now that they’ve both escaped to New York City, Ian no longer inhabits the tortured shell of his childhood. He is a talented and successful graphic novelist, and Priss…Priss is still trouble. The booze, the drugs, the sex—Ian is growing tired of late nights together trying to keep the past at bay. Especially now that he’s met sweet, beautiful Megan, whose love makes him want to change for the better. But Priss doesn’t like change. Change makes her angry. And when Priss is angry, terrible things begin to happen…

My Review 3 Stars 

WOW, was not excepting half of that happen…had me really second guessing myself. Everything was being built up and slowly ending to a creepy and scary ending…then it just let me down. I was really expecting an ending that made me sick and looking over my shoulder, but nope. It all ended to sweet and perfect for me. Not that I don’t want a sweet ending, it’s just that it was unexpected after all that happened. 

Highlight for spoilers (((((Okay, so after all Priss was a ghost. She hooked onto Eon that she traveled with him. He did all those evil things, but it was her power and force making him do it. She actually changed his voice and face.

So now with Megan’s love and support, they are rebuilding and living on the same land. They are fixing up the church to honor the miners who were killed and restoring the cemetery to pay proper tribute to Priss and the others. I kept thinking, “That’s It???? They are all going to live together???? Priss’s spirit in peace and Megan, Ion and baby live happily ever after…and that’s it???? Seriously????

I think more could have been done…like Priss was battling with her evil mom. It would have been super creepy if Priss’s mom haunted Ion’s mom and made her kill Ellie and try to kill Ion. EVEN BETTER…if Megan started singing the same song (All the little flowers in the garden…) at the end that would have been totally freaky and creepy… Yes, creepy and scary, but cool. Just seems like all this was leading up to a messed up ending and then it all ended to sweet and perfect.))))

 

GOOD NEWS….I started a book club. I wanted to join a book club in my town, but no one seemed to want new members. So with some help from another person, we started a book club. We created a Facebook and have about fifteen members. I’m so excited, we are meeting one day the last week of June. I can’t wait to talk about the book…What book??? You’ll have to wait and see.

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The Replacement Wife | [Tiffany L. Warren]

Goodreads Summary: The Replacement Wife

Five years after his beloved wife’s death, wealthy Quentin Chambers still hasn’t returned to the church or his music ministry. Even his home is now devoid of music, and without his attention, Quentin’s five children are getting out of control – until his mother stepsin and hires him a live-in nanny. Montana is pretty, compassionate, church-going, and even has a beautiful singing voice. The children take to her right away, and soon enough Quentin finds his heart opening to faith – and love – once more. But not everyone loves Montana….

A “friend” of Quentin’s first wife, Chloe has been scheming to become the next Mrs. Chambers since the funeral. Chloe is convinced she’s just one seduction away from a marriage proposal. Now she’ll do whatever it takes to get rid of Montana – including blackmail, theft – and digging up a troublemaking man from Montana’s past. But Chloe forgets she’s got secrets of her own, and the tables may turn with a twist she never sees coming….

Immediately I’m drawn in and already rooting for Chloe to be gone! I want Madison to win, you can already feel the love and hope she is bringing back to the family. Those poor kids need Madison as their mom. Quentin needs stand up and kick Chloe to curb. Love Quentin’s mom, Evelyn, she is knowledgeable and spiritual. 

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Goodreads Summary: Saving Grace

Grace and Ted Chapman are widely regarded as the perfect literary power couple. Ted is a successful novelist and Grace, his wife of twenty years, is beautiful, stylish, carefree, and a wonderful homemaker. But what no one sees, what is churning under the surface, is Ted’s rages. His mood swings. And the precarious house of cards that their lifestyle is built upon. When Ted’s longtime assistant and mainstay leaves, the house of cards begins to crumble and Grace, with dark secrets in her past, is most vulnerable. She finds herself in need of help but with no one to turn to…until the perfect new assistant shows up out of the blue.  To the rescue comes Beth, a competent young woman who can handle Ted and has the calm efficiency to weather the storms that threaten to engulf the Chapman household. Soon, though, it’s clear to Grace that Beth might be too good to be true. This new interloper might be the biggest threat of all, one that could cost Grace her marriage, her reputation, and even her sanity.  With everything at stake and no one to confide in, Grace must find a way to save herself before it is too late.

My Review 3 Stars 

WTF? So Ted can have his rants and treat his wife like sh*t, but when she starts acting like anything but prefect he wants her to see a doctor. I know Beth was tricking him, but seriously Ted? You are an arrogant, ignorant, jerk! 

Grace, being perfect doesn’t keep you safe or happy. Letting your husband treat you like crap behind closed doors doesn’t make you perfect. Perhaps if she had a backbone and stood up to her damn husband then she would have time to do her things and time for herself. 

I had to keep fast forwarding the CD, some parts just dragged and I wanted it to end. While I was hoping for a “Happy Ending” I also wanted it over. While some parts were exciting, there were many parts that dragged. 

Has that ever happened to you? You wanted a book over and kept skipping pages just wishing it would end. 

Highlight for spoilers (((((Grace tries to go to Ted but he’s so under Beth’s spell, it’s pathetic. He let Beth steal all their money. Eventually Beth leaves him to go on to the next victim. He begs Grace to take him back and you think she does….but she finally comes to her sense. Did you really think she wanted you back after you not only treated her like crap but put her through hell? WOOOOHOOOO Take that you f&cktard Ted.

Grace goes back to Patrick and they live a happy life.

Really sad that her own daughter didn’t believe her. But Claire was clearly spoiled and thought her parents lived a perfect life. Glad that she finally came to her senses. 

Beth who is now Liz, moves on to her next victim…sickening. I would be blogging, Facebooking, and Tweeting away about Beth. I would want the world to know her face and what she did. Seriously, so one wants revenge or to make her pay? The mom before Grace, had her kids taken away…she’s going to do the same to this new family. I want to cry as she says to the next mom, “I will be changing your life.”))))

 

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Goodreads Summary: Crazy Love You

Falling in love can feel like a dream…or a living nightmare.

Darkness has a way of creeping up when Ian is with Priss. Even when they were kids, playing in the woods of their small Upstate New York town, he could feel it. Still, Priss was his best friend, his salvation from the bullies who called him “loser” and “fatboy”…and from his family’s deadly secrets.

Now that they’ve both escaped to New York City, Ian no longer inhabits the tortured shell of his childhood. He is a talented and successful graphic novelist, and Priss…Priss is still trouble. The booze, the drugs, the sex—Ian is growing tired of late nights together trying to keep the past at bay. Especially now that he’s met sweet, beautiful Megan, whose love makes him want to change for the better. But Priss doesn’t like change. Change makes her angry. And when Priss is angry, terrible things begin to happen…

Lisa Unger never disappoints with her twisted books and endings…this will be good! I can’t figure out if Priss is real, in his mind, or a ghost…so intriguing. 

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