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Goodreads Summary: 14 (Audible book)

Padlocked doors. Strange light fixtures. Mutant cockroaches.

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment.

Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much.

At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s. Because every room in this old Los Angeles brownstone has a mystery or two. Mysteries that stretch back over a hundred years. Some of them are in plain sight. Some are behind locked doors. And all together these mysteries could mean the end of Nate and his friends.

Or the end of everything…

Chosen by Audible.com as the best sci-fi novel of 2012!

My Review – 5 stars

THIS WOULD MAKE A GREAT MOVIE.

Okay, I’m not a big SciFi person and thought this was going in another direction. Still it was pretty darn awesome. I knew that character was not really who he pretended to be. Who? Well you’ll have to read to find out. 

It is a bit freaky to find all these crazy things going on in a place you live. Thinking it was going to be one ending I was scared at night. Then when it became apparent it was a different ending I was disturbed, but no longer scared. 

Highlight for spoilers… (((I was expecting the building to be haunted, but not a portal to hell or a different dimension. I knew Andrew was evil, but not that evil. I am glad he got destroyed at the end. Poor Tim…sobs.  Love the ending after the ending, they will all keep going to protect this machine. )))

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Goodreads Summary: Anybody Out There? (CD rental from library)

Marian Keyes has introduced readers to the lives, loves, and foibles of the five Walsh sisters. In this funny, heartbreaking, and triumphant new tale set in the Big Apple, it’s Anna’s turn in the spotlight.

Life is perfect for Anna Walsh. She has the “Best Job in the World” as a PR exec for a top-selling urban beauty brand, a lovely apartment in New York, and a perfect husband — the love of her life, Aidan Maddox. Until the morning she wakes up in her mammy’s living room in Dublin with her face in stitches, a dislocated knee, and completely smashed-up hands — and no memory of how she got there. While her mammy plays nursemaid, Anna tries to get better and keeps wondering why Aidan won’t return her phone calls or emails.

Recuperating from her injuries, a mystified Anna returns to Manhattan. Slowly beginning to remember what happened, she sets off on a search to find Aidan — a hilarious quest involving lilies (she can’t stop smelling them), psychics, mediums, and anyone there who can promise her a reunion with her beloved…

Written in her classic style, marrying the darker parts of life with humor and wit, Anybody Out There? is Marian Keyes’ best novel to date, wonderfully charming look at love here and ever after.

Even though this is #4 in the series it was recommended to me to as a read alone book. One of the lovely ladies in my reading group, Grace, thought I might enjoy reading it between our book club books. I can’t wait. I normally read a book a week, two in a week if it’s a shorter book.  

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Goodreads Summary: Beautiful Ruins (BOOK CLUB and Audible book)

When a shocking family secret is revealed, twenty-something journalist Cat Coombs finds herself falling into a dark spiral. Wild, glamorous nights out in London and raging hangovers the next day become her norm, leading to a terrible mistake one night while visiting family in America, on the island of Nantucket. It’s a mistake for which she can’t forgive herself. When she returns home, she confronts the unavoidable reality of her life and knows it’s time to grow up. But she doesn’t know if she’ll ever be able to earn the forgiveness of the people she hurt.

As the years pass, Cat grows into her forties, a struggling single mother, coping with a new-found sobriety and determined to finally make amends. Traveling back to her past, to the family she left behind on Nantucket all those years ago, she may be able to earn their forgiveness, but in doing so she may risk losing the very people she loves the most.

Told with Jane Green’s keen eye for detailing the emotional landscape of the heart, Summer Secrets is at once a compelling drama and a beautifully rendered portrait of relationships, betrayals, and forgiveness; about accepting the things we cannot change, finding the courage to change the things we can, and being strong enough to weather the storms.

My Review – 5 stars

WOW, I knew it was going to be good, but it really floored me. I loved the Hollywood history and gossip. I loved all the secrets, twists, and lies that each of them held onto. I felt one way through the book, but after Pasquale’s statement at the end…I had a completely different outlook. 

A MUST READ!!!!!

Highlight for spoilers… (((We find out she’s not dying, but prego. At first we are led to believe it’s Micheal Deen’s…the dirt bag, douche drinker that he is….I DID NOT LIKE HIM and in the end…he proved to be worse than Satan’s shit in the toilet bowl.  
It is really is Richard Burton’s kid. He was having an affair with ???? behind Elizabeth Taylor…who he was cheating with on his wife Debbie Reynolds…
So many little effects and a”beautiful ruins” come from this. We cheer for Pasquale to find Dee More and be with her. The lives they lead seem sad, but Pasquale thanks her for making him the man he needed to be….sniffles.)))

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Goodreads Summary: 14 (Book on Audible)

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s. Because every room in this old Los Angeles brownstone has a mystery or two. Mysteries that stretch back over a hundred years. Some of them are in plain sight. Some are behind locked doors. And all together these mysteries could mean the end of Nate and his friends. Or the end of everything…

Think this might be a darn good mystery/thriller/suspense book…I can’t wait. I hope I can sleep after reading it. 

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Goodreads Summary: Summer Secrets (Audible book)

When a shocking family secret is revealed, twenty-something journalist Cat Coombs finds herself falling into a dark spiral. Wild, glamorous nights out in London and raging hangovers the next day become her norm, leading to a terrible mistake one night while visiting family in America, on the island of Nantucket. It’s a mistake for which she can’t forgive herself. When she returns home, she confronts the unavoidable reality of her life and knows it’s time to grow up. But she doesn’t know if she’ll ever be able to earn the forgiveness of the people she hurt.

As the years pass, Cat grows into her forties, a struggling single mother, coping with a new-found sobriety and determined to finally make amends. Traveling back to her past, to the family she left behind on Nantucket all those years ago, she may be able to earn their forgiveness, but in doing so she may risk losing the very people she loves the most.

Told with Jane Green’s keen eye for detailing the emotional landscape of the heart, Summer Secrets is at once a compelling drama and a beautifully rendered portrait of relationships, betrayals, and forgiveness; about accepting the things we cannot change, finding the courage to change the things we can, and being strong enough to weather the storms.

My Review – 3 Stars

It took me some time to get used to the switching back and forth between characters and time…but soon it all makes sense. One secret destroys so much, creates so much pain, and create more lives. 

At one point I was questioning how it was all going to come together, then it makes sense. Both times situations on Nantucket caused pain, but then we return to the place it all happened. How will it all end? Well you have to read to find out! The story really pulls you in and makes you root for Cat, makes you root for love and family.  
The only reason I gave it 3 stars was because the ending left us guessing what would happen. I feel after all those details, emotion, and building it up and to leave us THERE makes no sense. Almost like she was at her deadline and rushed to finish writing to get it printed. It left me with more questions than answers. I think after a book filled with tons of details deserves somewhat of an ending or look into how the characters will end up. 
Highlight for spoilers… (((First the mom goes to Nantucket, to take a break from her loveless, lonely, and terrible marriage, in order to help her aunt. She meets a neighbor, Brooks. She has an affair with him and gets pregnant.  But she goes back, never telling him about the baby. She goes back to her evil husband. Her daughter, Cat, has a terrible life…and eventually becomes an alcoholic
After the dad dies, the identify of her real father is revealed. She travels to Nantucket to meet him, her two half-sisters. Brooks is also a drunk, Julie is an enabler, and the Ellie doesn’t want to meet her. Cat winds up getting drunk with Julie’s boyfriend and has drunk sex. Brooks politely makes her leave, saying his drinking has done enough damage, he can’t have her do the same.
Cat returns to London, marries her longtime boyfriend and has a child. For years she stays sober, but then stress of motherhood makes her drink and she goes back into pain of alcoholism. He divorces her and she finally becomes sober.
Part of her amends is going to Nantucket once again to ask Julie and Ellie for forgiveness, but Brooks has passed years ago. Julie forgives her and loves her. Ellie is another story.  But Julie is a liar and hits on and kisses her ex husband to get back at her. Julie is just a drunk like her dad and a horrible person. Ellie forgives her and has a long distance sister-relationship with her. In the end it is implied that she gets back with her ex-husband, but we only can guess…after all those details and story and we don’t know, don’t have an epilogue….so not right.  The ending was a HUGE letdown.)))

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Goodreads Summary: Beautiful Ruins BOOK CLUB BOOK (Book on Audible)

The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying.

And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio’s back lot—searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

What unfolds is a dazzling, yet deeply human, roller coaster of a novel, spanning fifty years and nearly as many lives. From the lavish set of Cleopatra to the shabby revelry of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Walter introduces us to the tangled lives of a dozen unforgettable characters: the starstruck Italian innkeeper and his long-lost love; the heroically preserved producer who once brought them together and his idealistic young assistant; the army veteran turned fledgling novelist and the rakish Richard Burton himself, whose appetites set the whole story in motion—along with the husbands and wives, lovers and dreamers, superstars and losers, who populate their world in the decades that follow. Gloriously inventive, constantly surprising, Beautiful Ruins is a story of flawed yet fascinating people, navigating the rocky shores of their lives while clinging to their improbable dreams.

I’ve had this on my To Read list for a while, so having it as our book club read was perfect. A great beginning, can’t wait to see how it all unravels.  

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Goodreads Summary: Cold Cold Heart (Audible book)

Dana Nolan was a promising young TV reporter until a notorious serial killer tried to add her to his list of victims. Nearly a year has passed since she survived her ordeal, but the physical, emotional, and psychological scars run deep. Struggling with the torment of post-traumatic stress syndrome, plagued by flashbacks and nightmares, Dana returns to her hometown in an attempt to begin to put her life back together. But home doesn’t provide the comfort she expects.

Dana’s harrowing story and her return to small-town life have rekindled police and media interest in the unsolved case of her childhood best friend, Casey Grant, who disappeared without a trace the summer after their graduation from high school. Terrified of truths long buried, Dana reluctantly begins to look back at her past. Viewed through the dark filter of PTSD, old friends and loved ones become suspects and enemies. Questioning everything she knows, refusing to be defined by the traumas of her past, Dana seeks out a truth that may prove too terrible to be believed.…

My Review – 4 Stars

WHOA…from the beginning you are thrown into Dana’s nightmare. Right from the start the horror is there, but you know you’re in for one crazy ride. NOT FOR THOSE WHO CAN’T HANDLE READING ABOUT TORTURE AND PAIN.

I had a feeling of who it was and I was right, but I always go for the last person you would think and I’m almost always right. There’s a twist in there and it’s a good one, but predictable.

This book really helps you get into the mind of a victim and survivor. She perfectly describes Before Dana and After Dana. She survived, but life will never be the same. 

I REALLY loved that Tami Hoag made several statements with her book that are sadly true to life. In addition she speaks about TBI Traumatic Brain Injuries and how it has affected her. The statements are listed in the spoilers. 

Highlight for spoilers… (((Dana somehow survives and by pure courage survives, but doesn’t remember what the serial killer did to her…but the pain and horror is still there. She now suffers from a TBI and no one really knows how to help her accept the new therapist and retired cop. At first Dan Hardy is made out to be the killer or creepy dude, but he really wants to find Casey’s killer and helps Dana the most. 
Tim was Dana’s boyfriend and Casey was dating John. Tim that fucker, is the one who killed Casey (who was a cheater and liar just like him). Tim killed her because she was pregnant and was insisting he was the father. He killed her possibly killed the stripper decades ago and told rumors that it was Dan Hardy. He recently beat and raped a local waitress. 
He tried to put the blame on John. The fact that he tried to blame John instead of helping his old friend was the BIG clue to me.
The twist of the skeleton…John’s dad is an abuser and worthless shit. He killed his wife and kept her body in the shed. He made the whole town believe she left her son behind. Imagine no one bothered to check and believed the word of a drunk. Poor John spent his whole life thinking his mother abandoned him and was raised by a drunk…and no one helped him. It was a trick to make the reader think the dad killed Casey, but I knew it was the mom.)))

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Goodreads Summary: Summer Secrets (Book on Audible)

When a shocking family secret is revealed, twenty-something journalist Cat Coombs finds herself falling into a dark spiral. Wild, glamorous nights out in London and raging hangovers the next day become her norm, leading to a terrible mistake one night while visiting family in America, on the island of Nantucket. It’s a mistake for which she can’t forgive herself. When she returns home, she confronts the unavoidable reality of her life and knows it’s time to grow up. But she doesn’t know if she’ll ever be able to earn the forgiveness of the people she hurt.

As the years pass, Cat grows into her forties, a struggling single mother, coping with a new-found sobriety and determined to finally make amends. Traveling back to her past, to the family she left behind on Nantucket all those years ago, she may be able to earn their forgiveness, but in doing so she may risk losing the very people she loves the most.

Told with Jane Green’s keen eye for detailing the emotional landscape of the heart, Summer Secrets is at once a compelling drama and a beautifully rendered portrait of relationships, betrayals, and forgiveness; about accepting the things we cannot change, finding the courage to change the things we can, and being strong enough to weather the storms.

There’s been a lot of buzz all over social media about this book. I love Jane Green and hope this book lives up to the hype. 

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Goodreads Summary: Don’t Tell a Soul (CD rental from library) 

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.

My Review – 4 Stars

As I continued reading I thought maybe he was indeed crazy and did kill his wife, I mean he could have been pretending to be innocent and psycho all along.
He really was framed…but by who???? I had my theories, but I was wrong…

There was one major clue that I missed, seriously when they talked about the clue I wanted to smack myself for not getting that either.

The climax/ending was a big far-fetched and over the top…

Highlight for spoilers… (((It was the secretary!!!! seriously, it was Meredith and the major clue I missed? Where did they get the DNA to compare it to the finger found in the park? That was given to the police by Meredith. Obviously it wasn’t Maggie’s DNA, but no one even questioned it.)))

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Goodreads Summary: Cold Cold Heart (Book on Audible)

Dana Nolan was a promising young TV reporter until a notorious serial killer tried to add her to his list of victims.  Nearly a year has passed since surviving her ordeal, but the physical, emotional, and psychological scars run deep.  Struggling with the torment of post-traumatic stress syndrome, plagued by flashbacks and nightmares as dark as the heart of a killer, Dana returns to her hometown in an attempt to begin to put her life back together.  But home doesn’t provide the comfort she expects.

Dana’s harrowing story and her return to small town life have rekindled police and media interest in the unsolved case of her childhood best friend, Casey Grant, who disappeared without a trace the summer after their graduation from high school.  Terrified of truths long-buried, Dana reluctantly begins to look back at her past.  Viewed through the dark filter of PTSD, old friends and loved ones become suspects and enemies.  Questioning everything she knows, refusing to be defined by the traumas of her past and struggling against excruciating odds, Dana seeks out a truth that may prove too terrible to be believed….

Right from the start you are treated to Dana’s horror and torture. What an introduction to the highly twisted and intense story. I can’t wait to see how this all plays out. 

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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