Book Review: After Nightfall (A.J Banner) @AmazonPub

Screen Shot 2018-08-14 at 8.07.19 PM.pngIf I had to describe the writing of A.J Banner in a word, I would choose “hooked” because that is exactly what happens to me when I read the first page of a novel she has written.

I read The Twilight Wife a few years back in a single sitting so I was thrilled when #cjsreads decided to buddy read her newest release, After Nightfall, for one of our August picks.   This novel was no different from The Twilight Wife in regards to the amount of time it took me to read it as I read this one in a single sitting.

Essentially, this novel encompasses the basic plot for a noteworthy thriller.  Lying husband?  Check!  Suspicious wife?  Check!  A dead body? Check!

I find Banner’s prose to be very realistic and easy to absorb; this is probably why I am able to sit down and binge read her books.  However, I do find (and I had similar feelings with The Twilight Wife) that the conclusions are a little predictable.  I am able to predict the ending pretty early on to the plot.  Did this make After Nightfall less enjoyable?  Not for me. However, I could see that being an issue for some readers.

I think this would be an awesome lighter, thriller to bring to the beach.  Fan of Liane Morarity or SJ Watson?  I think After Nightfall would suit your fancy just fine!

4/5 stars.

Thanks to the author (A.J Banner, Lake Union Publishing and Netgalley for a digital copy of this novel.  It was my pleasure to provide an honest review.

As mentioned, this was a #cjsreads pick.  Want to see what Chandra and Jessica thought of this one?  Keep reading to find out!

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Book Review: Grievance (Christine Bell)

Screen Shot 2017-07-31 at 11.17.02 AM.pngGrievance by Christine Bell was sort of an impulse pick I had while browsing through Netgalley one day. A novel marketed as a “haunting and suspenseful (novel) that draws readers into the world of a grieving widow stalked by a stranger bent on stealing away everything she has left- even her past.“ I figured it sounded completely original from anything else I have been reading; it isn’t often a grieving widow is at the core of a thriller novel.

Now that I have finished reading, I am not 100% sure how I felt about this one.

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Book Review: The Weight of Lies (Emily Carpenter) @EmilyDCarpenter

Screen Shot 2017-06-20 at 9.04.14 PM.pngThe Weight of Lies, the newest release by Emily Carpenter, was a book that I had been recommended to me by several of my favourite bloggers, so I knew I had to read this one ASAP!

The novel opens with Meg, reformed party girl and daughter to superstar writer extraordinaire Frances Ashby. Ashby, who is best known for a best-selling horror novel, Kitten, has made her fortune off of the murder of a young girl that inspired the book. Forty years later, and sick of her relationship with her mother, Meg is pushed over the edge by a personal tragedy and agrees to write a tell-all book about her mother.    Digging into the past, and the cult classic her mother wrote, Meg finds herself in Bonny Island, Georgia questioning the facts of the decades-old murder.   And, when Meg finds herself in danger, she realises her mother’s book isn’t the only horror that came from Bonny Island.
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