The Black Book by James Patterson & David Ellis *Review*

So this book has an interesting story, outside of the book, as in how I got it and read it.  March 10th my hubs and I set of to JFK on our way to Ireland for our first time, OH BOY, and I decided I wanted to grab a book for the flight.  I picked this one out since I am a long time fan of JP and I really only read his stand alone books and I hadn’t read this one yet.  On the flight over I got super into it as one does with JP books since they’re so quick paced.  Well less than 26 hours later we are on a flight back to JFK due to travel bans because of the coronavirus and we had to get the heck home, AW MAN, but I got to finish the book!  The whole ordeal is actually rather sad, but we’ll get back to Ireland one day and I got a good read out of the ordeal, so positives.  Alas this is a book review not a story of my life.  Well guess what, as predicted, I liked it a whole lot!

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The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell *Review*

Lisa Jewell is a consistently good writer whose books I usually reach for when I need a quick and enjoyable thriller in the fall.  The Family Upstairs was no exception.  I read it during my slow time in September at work, and remember getting really annoyed when customers would come in.  I felt like yelling “can you not see I’m reading something super important over here!?” I didn’t do that, don’t worry, but I enjoyed this enough that I didn’t like getting interrupted, although that would have been sort of funny if I did do that, maybe next time.

Thank you so much Atria Books for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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Tear Me Apart by J.T. Ellison *Review+Book Tour+Giveaway*

Thank you so much TLC Book Tours for sending me a copy of this book and for having me on this tour!  I haven’t read J.T Ellison yet, but I have really been wanting too so I was excited to get my hands on Tear Me Apart.  I really liked it and even though I thought it was a little long and the mystery was given away too soon I still thought it was a good read!  I also really appreciated the authors note at the end and that automatically added half a star to my rating.  So I ended up giving this 4 stars!

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The Garden of Blue Roses by Michael Barsa *Review+Book Tour+Giveaway*

Thank you so much TLC Book Tours for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review and for having me on this book tour!  An odd story with bits of dark humor thrown in, a mystery and an eccentric unreliable narrator built up this unique gothic fiction.  As a debut novel this was really well done and I’m excited to see what is next for Michael.  I gave this 3.5 stars!

“I didn’t trust his death.  Father was an author. He was words.  You can’t kill words.”

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The Widow’s Watcher by Eliza Maxwell *Book Tour+Review+Giveaway*

Thank you so much TLC Book Tours and Amazon Publishing for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, and for having me on this book tour!  I was pleasantly surprised by this book as I wasn’t too sure what to expect, but I ended up emotionally attached by the end and hoping that we see these characters again soon.  I give this book four stars!

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Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney *Review*

I was so excited to win a copy of Sometimes I lie in a giveaway hosted by Flatiron Books and Amy of LadyoftheLibrary on Instagram.  This book has been a must read for me since I first read the synopsis because how could you read that synopsis and not be immediately intrigued??  And boy was it worth it.  This book was crazy! Twisted, dark, and fast paced I couldn’t put this book down and rate it 4.5 stars.

“We are all just ghosts of the people we hoped that we were and counterfeit replicas of the people we wanted to be.”

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The Longest Silence by Debra Webb *Book Tour+Review*

Thank you so much Harlequin Books and TLC Book Tours for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review and for having me on this book tour!  Debra Webb’s newest mystery had me hooked from page one, reading quickly along with the twists and turns.  Fast paced, dark, and creepy I rate this 4 out of 5 stars!

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The French Girl by Lexie Elliott *Review*

Thank you so much Berkley Publishing for sending me The French Girl in exchange for an honest review!  Set ten years after the disappearance of a girl a group of friends met on a trip they took, the case comes back to life and unfolds throughout the book with various twists and turns.  While the writing was well done, especially for a debut author, the story was very slow and for the most part a bit boring.  I finished this book feeling just ok about it and ended up giving it 3 out of 5 stars.

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The View from Rainshadow Bay by Colleen Coble *Review+Book Tour+Giveaway*

Thank you so much TLC Book Tours and Thomas Nelson for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review and for having me on this book tour!

Starting off with a bang, I was immediately drawn into the danger surrounding Shauna and her family with a murderer on her tail.  I wanted to know who the killer was and why they were killing.  However, although the beginning pulls you in the rest of the book is a little disjointed and didn’t always feel convincing at times.  I rate this mystery 3 stars.

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