Book Review: The Walls (Hollie Overton) @hollieoverton

Screen Shot 2017-08-08 at 2.38.47 PM.pngLast year, I read Baby Doll by Hollie Overton (you can check out my review for that one here) and was blown away by her writing style and intensity of her narrative. Needless to say, when I discovered her sophomore novel was releasing this month, I was thrilled. I’m pleased to report, Overton’s second work does not disappoint. The Walls was filled with a fast paced plot and easily digestible narrative style. I read this one over the course of a few hours, unable to put it down.

The novel opens with Kristy, a single mom working on death row, navigating her daily life behind the prison walls. As a liaison between the media and death row inmates, she is no stranger to the evils of the world. Working with rapists and murderers is not easy, but Kristy does her best to see the good in every situation. When she meets Lance Dobson, a man advocating for her son, she falls in love hard and fast.   Until, after they marry, everything changes. Lance is abusive and Kristy finds herself in constant terror. Battling her own personal struggles and her difficult caseload at work, Kristy finds herself confiding in one inmate; an inmate who has always maintained his innocence. Kristy knows Lance will kill her, but not if she kills him first. Does she have what it takes to commit the perfect crime?  Continue reading “Book Review: The Walls (Hollie Overton) @hollieoverton”

Book Review: The Good Widow (Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke) @LizandLisa ‏@LittleABooks

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The Good Widow, a novel written by the writing duo of Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke, was one of my most anticipated releases for June. I had heard several of my blogging friends (notably Amy from Novel Gossip and Chelsea from The Suspense Is Thrilling Me) singing its praises. Well, those ladies had it correct. This read is the perfect one for a summer at the beach or to binge read in your PJs. From the first pages, I was completely hooked.

The novel opens an unnamed couple driving off into the sunset. Flash forward, we meet an elementary teacher, Jacks, getting the news every wife fears. Her husband, James, is dead. He died in a car crash in Maui. The problem is, James was supposed to be in Kansas on business. As Jacks receives more information surrounding his death, she is absolutely shocked. He was in Maui with a woman. A woman he was having an affair with. As Jacks learns her marriage is not as it appeared, she finds herself connecting with a man, Nick, who knocks on her door and is, ironically, the fiancé of the James’ lover, Dylan. The pair decides to head to Maui and find answers but the ones she finds, may not be the ones she is ready for….

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Book Review: Obsession (Amanda Robson) @AvonBooksUK

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How often have you been in a relationship and asked your significant other, “Do you think she’s pretty? Are you attracted to anyone else?”   A simple question, a little game and in Obsession by Amanda Robson, this is the question that destroys many lives.    The novel surrounds two married couples. Rob and Carly share a happy life with their close friends Jenni and Craig; however, nothing is so simple. Can a woman’s husband ever be just friends with someone else’s wife? Pure friends? With no ulterior motives?  This novel calls into question the simplest blocks of relationships.

 

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Book Review: Her Husband’s Lover (Julia Crouch) @thatjuliacrouch @headlinepg

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What a wild ride!

Her Husband’s Lover, the newest release by Julia Crouch, had me confused, on edge and baffled. By the time the plot was unravelled and all the secrets were exposed, I was left in awe of Crouch’s writing ability.   This was a seriously twisted domestic thriller.

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Book Review: The Secrets You Keep (Kate White) @katemwhite @HarperCollins

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I am a complete sucker for a domestic thriller; I love the way they suck me in. I love the way they string me along. I love the way they play with my head. The Secrets You Keep by Kate White was no exception to these feelings. Fast-paced and fun, this one had my absolute attention

The novel opens with Bryn Harper moving into cottage country with her husband, still reeling from an accident. She begins to adjust to her new life. But, after a dinner party goes terribly wrong, leaving a woman dead and dragging Bryn into the investigation, she finds her life spiralling out of control and her husband keeping secrets from her, with terrifying consequences.

White does an awesome job at hooking the reader in, eluding much plot and then throwing in enough red herrings to keep anyone guessing. This was my first novel by White and I thoroughly enjoyed her writing style. This one was a perfect beach read; not too elaborate or deep, just entertaining to read. This one could easily be read in a few sittings.

My only complaint about this novel was the final few pages; they sum up a minor plot line and didn’t seem to “fit” with the rest of the story.  Do not let this deter you, it is a book worth your time!

If you are a fan of novels like Before I Go to Sleep with characters that are unreliable, then you will thoroughly enjoy this one! I gave it 4/5 stars.

Thanks to the author, the publisher and Edelweiss for the digital copy of this book; it was my pleasure to provide an honest review.

 

Book Review: Never Let You Go (Chevy Stevens) @ChevyStevens @RaincoastBooks @StMartinsPress

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Never Let You Go, the newest release by Chevy Stevens (out TODAY!), was a novel that I sat down to read one chapter and ended up devouring in an afternoon.   And at 400 pages, this was something that is no easy feat! Emotional, thrilling and suspenseful, there wasn’t much this novel left me wanting.

This was actually my first experience reading a Chevy Stevens novel, but my friend Chelsea at The Suspense Is Thrilling Me was always singing her praises. She was right and I have been majorly missing out!

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Book Review: The Girl Before (JP Delaney) @RandomHouseCA

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Emma, dealing with a traumatic break in, is looking for a fresh start. Jane, after a stillbirth, needs a place to start over. Both women find themselves at One Folgate Street, a house that is an architectural masterpiece and a minimalist’s dream. Years apart, each woman applies to be a tenant and each woman develop their own relationship with the man behind the design, Edward Monkford. When Jane finds out that years earlier, the previous tenant, Emma, died in the home, she begins investigating the death. Untangling a web of lies, she follows down a similar path and soon finds herself in the same danger as the girl before.

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Book Review: Fatal (John Lescroart) w/ Author Q&A @johnlescroart @AtriaMysteryBus

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Coming at you today with an exciting feature; not only did I get a chance to read and review Fatal by John Lescroart, but I also had the opportunity to have a conversation with author John Lescroart about his upcoming novel Fatal, and about life in general!    So excited to welcome him to Clues and Reviews today!

First, let’s talk about Fatal!

Kate is happily married; she loves her husband. But when she meets Peter at a dinner party, she cannot get him out of her head. After a night of passion, she vows that it will never happen again.   Six months later, after tragedy strikes, Peter winds up dead and soon, the police are left to untangle a web of deceit.

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Book Review: Never Out of Sight (Louise Stone @writercharlie @HQDigitalUK)

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Freya has not been the perfect mother; distracted by her own extra-marital affair, she feels she has not been checking in with her teenage daughter, Zoe, as much as she should. One day, when Zoe goes missing, Freya panics. The only way to bring her daughter back is by telling the truth, but when your whole is built on secrets and lies, telling the truth could destroy everything….

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