HER by Britney King

CaptureBook Title: HER
Author: Britney King
Genres: Fiction, Psychological Thriller
Pub Date: 02/28/2019
4.5 STARS ★★★★ ½

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𝐓𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐤 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐭𝐨 𝐁𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐧𝐞𝐲 𝐊𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐠𝐢𝐟𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐦𝐞 𝐚 𝐜𝐨𝐩𝐲 𝐢𝐧 𝐫𝐞𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐧 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐚𝐧 𝐡𝐨𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐫𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐰!

I was lucky enough to chat briefly with Britney King regarding the release of HER and she shared the she was nervous about this one. Well Britney, I am here to tell you that there is NO reason to be nervous! HER is dark, twisted, and addictive. It exceeded my expectations and in good ole King fashion, it pushes the limits. I did not want to put it down!

As King tells readers, if you are not a fan of gritty and disturbing then this book may not be for you. There are triggers so this is something to consider.

The story is told between two POV’s – Sadie and “Her.” I tried guessing who “her” was but ended up being wrong and quite frankly, I am happy that I was because I enjoyed the shock. Sadie seems a bit on the crazy side and we also have Ann who is extremely manipulative. Quite the duo!

I do not want to say too much because that will give things away but if you think you can handle a psychological thriller that is dark and twisted then go read this book ASAP! You will not be disappointed!

 

 

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Capture.JPGBook Title: Where the Crawdads Sing
Author: Delia Owens
Genres: Fiction, Mystery, Historical Fiction
Pub Date: 08/14/2018
5 STARS ★★★★★

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What an incredible way to start out 2019! Kudos to Delia Owens on this fantastic debut novel.

Where the Crawdads Sing is a coming of age novel about a young girl named Kya Clark who has ultimately been abandoned by everyone – her parents, siblings, school, the town and almost all of its members. Kya is left with the sorrowful mindset that she is the only person that she can trust and depend on. Everyone else will eventually leave…

Kya survives by collecting mussels and smoking fish which she trades for goods such as gas for her boat, matches, grits, etc. She learns to be resilient and spends her days studying the only place she knows, the place she calls home – the Marsh.

Longing for human companionship she crosses paths with a young man named Tate who takes Kya under his wing. He teaches her to read which opens up endless possibilities. Using this new found knowledge, Kya begins to collect things such as shells and feathers and categorizes them. And then one day Tate leaves and he doesn’t come back.

After being disappointed by yet another person, she becomes fully immersed in her fascination for the marsh. Until one day when she meets a local football star, Chase Andrews, who tells Kya he will give her the world. He wants to marry her, build them a home, and live happily ever after. But doesn’t everyone leave Kya…

Then one day an accident takes place leaving Chase Andrews dead and Kya at the center of the investigation. Now her freedom and life as she knows it is in the hands of the locals. What will happen to Kya?

Where the Crawdads Sing was way beyond what I even expected and I thoroughly enjoyed it. With the beautiful writing, picturesque setting, and wonderful character development, this is definitely a must read.

 

 

No Exit by Taylor Adams

Book Title: No Exit
Author: Taylor Adams
Genres: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller
Pub Date: 01/15/2019
5 STARS ★★★★★

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I should start by saying that I finished No Exit in one day…yes, you read that correctly. ONE DAY!! If that doesn’t tell you how good this book is then I am not sure what really will.

No Exit has a cinematic vibe to it and was able to keep me at the edge of my seat. There was a bit of everything – mystery, suspense, secrets, strangers, blood, revenge…the list goes on.

While traveling to Utah to see her dying mother Darby gets caught in a snowstorm in Denver and is forced to wait it out at a rest stop with four strangers. Unexpectedly Darby finds a young girl being held captive in the back of a van which belongs to one of the four strangers.

Who can Darby trust? Can she really trust any of them? As we all know, first impressions can be deceiving.

The entire book takes place over a 12 hour (or so) span of time and is filled with one turn after another. You should absolutely pick this one up and soon! I think reading it during the cold will make it even more impactful. Maybe while snowed in…hehehe.

 

 

The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain

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Author: Diane Chamberlain
Genres: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Time Travel
Pub Date: 10/02/2018
5 STARS ★★★★★

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Thank you to Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press for my e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Going into The Dream Daughter I didn’t really know what to expect. The synopsis doesn’t really tell the reader much and, truthfully, I think that is for the best. The time travel aspect may deter you but I think you should give it a chance because it is woven through the storyline in a wonderful way.

Caroline Sears has faced her fair share of difficulties and now with a baby on the way, she finds out that her daughter has a heart defect. Completely heartbroken from the news she is left wondering what to do. Caroline finds herself with several difficult decisions to make. I felt so much compassion for her and felt that the character development here was amazing.

This was a rollercoaster of emotions but I enjoyed the ride!

 

Verity by Colleen Hoover

CaptureBook Title: Verity
Author: Colleen Hoover
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Thriller
Pub Date: 12/07/2018
5 STARS ★★★★★

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Okay so let’s talk about Verity! Colleen Hoover you have done it again and I cannot get enough! 🤩. Verity was creepy, dark, and simply unforgettable.

I am a huge CoHo fan and although this one is completely different than her normal style, she rocked it! I’ll be honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect and I should apologize for ever doubting her. She was able to give us a riveting thriller while still putting her touch of a little romance in the mix. I’m not going to say anymore because I think you just need to pick up and devour it for yourself!

All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin

Book Title: All We Ever Wanted
Author: Emily Giffin
Genres: Fiction, Chick Lit
Pub Date: 06/26/2018
4 STARS ★★★★

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Thank you to Netgalley and Ballantine Books for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I have always been a fan of Emily Giffin and have read numerous books by her so going into All We Ever Wanted I had high expectations. Giffin did not let me down.

Imagine you have a son who is basically perfect in your eyes. (Maybe you actually have said son.) Well imagine that your little boy is accused of sharing a picture that contains a half naked girl with a racist caption. What would you do? What would you think?

Nina’s son Finch has been accused of doing just that.

The chapters alternate between Nina, Finch, Lyla (the girl in the picture), Lyla’s dad Tom, and Nina’s husband Kirk. The various view points was a phenomenal idea on Giffin’s part because it made you continuously question who was telling the truth.

Sexual assault/harassment has been front and center in the recent news thus this plot could not be more relevant. There are so many different topics that are weaved throughout and are wonderfully done. It will hit you hard. I feel confident enough to say that much.

The Secret by K.L. Slater

capture1Book Title: The Secret
Author: K.L. Slater
Genres: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller
Pub Date: 07/27/2018
5 STARS ★★★★★

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Thank you to Netgalley and Bookouture for my e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

K.L. Slater has a way about her writing that just pulls me right in and all I want to do is read straight through to the end. The Secret was no different. If I didn’t have to go about my normal every day life, I would have stayed in my comfy reading spot and finished this book faster.

Alice and Louise are sister who as children were close but as adults they could not be more different. They both are struggling in their own ways but neither seems to share their struggles with the other. Louise hides behind her perfect hair and her stylish clothes. While Alice is filled with immense anxiety and grief over the loss of a former love.

Alice’s 8 year old nephew, Archie, has a secret. One that could turn his family’s world upside down if revealed.

I became so invested in the different characters of this story. Alice, in particular, was someone I felt deeply for. Having faced a number of upsetting situations which lead to her slowly secluding herself but she starts to pull herself out of seclusion for her nephew and a mystery man on the daily tram.

There were a few twists that I did not see coming and that made enjoy this book even more. I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a good thriller to read.