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Review – You by Caroline Kepnes

One of my most haunting, creepy, and thrilling reads of 2018.

So, I’m late to the YOU game. I found out about the book because of the show on Lifetime. After watching a few episodes of the show I was DYING to find out what was going to happen next. Enter: the audiobook.

Let’s start with the narrator of the book. Hot damn I would listen to Santino Fontana narrate the instructions on a poptart box. He did an amazing job and was perfect for the book.

For the plot: No man could ever love Guinevere Beck the way Joe could. Ever. He studies her like his favorite books, he watches her to learn what she likes, he wants to fold into her life like the boyfriend she never knew she needed. It’s so intense, so perfect, so wonderful– it became an everythingship.

But he’s planned it all. Plotted it from the beginning. And nothing will stand in the way once he decides to love someone.

So what happens when love turns to obsession–and then something darker? Girl, you’re about to find out.

This book is beyond creepy. It’s gripping, it’s hypnotic, and holy shit-I did not want to stop listening to it. I was hooked from chapter one. I absolutely loved the writing, the way the story unfolded, and every thing about how Joe was written.

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Synopsis from Amazon:

How far would you go for the perfect love? A young man’s dark obsession with an enigmatic, gorgeous writer leads to murderous consequences in this erotic psychological thriller.

You walk into the bookstore and you keep your hand on the door to make sure it doesn’t slam. You smile, embarrassed to be a nice girl, and your nails are bare and your V-neck sweater is beige and it’s impossible to know if you’re wearing a bra but I don’t think that you are. You’re so clean that you’re dirty and you murmur your first word to me – hello.

When aspiring writer and recent Brown graduate Guinevere Beck strides into the bookstore where Joe works, he’s instantly smitten. Beck is everything Joe has ever wanted: she’s gorgeous, tough, razor-smart, and sexy beyond his wildest dreams. Joe needs to have her, and he’ll stop at nothing to do so. As he begins to insinuate himself into her life – her friendships, her email, her phone – she can’t resist her feelings for a guy who seems custom-made for her. So when her boyfriend, Benji, mysteriously disappears, Beck and Joe fall into a tumultuous affair. But there’s more to Beck than her oh-so-perfect façade, and their mutual obsession quickly spirals into a whirlwind of deadly consequences.

Dark, masterful, and timely, debut novelist Caroline Kepnes’ You is a perversely romantic thriller that’s more dangerously clever than any you’ve heard before. A chilling account of unrelenting passion, this tale of love, sex, and death will stay with you long after the story ends.

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Review – The Good Twin by Marti Green

This week I listened to the audiobook of THE GOOD TWIN by Marti Green. Thomas and Mercer (Amazon Publishing) was kind enough to send me a copy to review, but receiving this copy did not in any way influence my opinion. My opinions are my own.

In Marti Green’s twisting novel of psychological suspense, twin sisters become engaged in a dangerous deception…

Mallory Holcolm is an unfulfilled waitress and aspiring artist living in a Queens boardinghouse when she learns something astonishing about her past: she has an identical twin sister named Charly she never knew existed.

Charly is a Princeton graduate, a respected gallery owner, and an heiress married to her handsome college sweetheart, Ben. Charly got everything she ever wanted. Everything Mallory wanted, too. And now it might be easier than Mallory ever imagined. Because Ben has reasons of his own for wanting to help her.

It begins with his startling proposal. All Mallory has to do is say yes.

But as their devious plan falls into place, piece by piece, Mallory learns more about her sister and herself than she ever meant to—a discovery that comes with an unexpected twist. A chilling deception is about to become a dangerous double cross. And it’s going to change the rules of Ben and Mallory’s game to the very end.

I was sold on this book after reading the blurb. I’m a huge fan of psychological suspense/thrillers. Let me start out by saying — this book nailed it at every turn.

The sisters were so complicated, different — yet similar, and I was drawn to both of them. Each sister had a dark side in their own way, which I absolutely loved. Their dynamic was so interesting and a fresh take on twins. Though I’ve read a few books about twins, none have been anything like THE GOOD TWIN.

The point of views in this book were all unique and drew me in in their own ways. Marti does a great job of letting you in on what the characters are thinking and really laying out their motivations — and you may find yourself cheering while they’re doing horrible things.

Once the action really got going in this book — I didn’t want to stop listening. There were several twists I did not see coming at all! The narrator, Dara Rosenberg, did a fantastic job reading the book.

If you’re looking for a wonderful psychological suspense with hints of GONE GIRL, you’ll absolutely love this book!

You can find this book (and places to buy it) on Goodreads OR — you can use my audible link to listen to this book FOR FREE (plus you’ll get an extra code to listen to a second audiobook FOR FREE)!

 

 

 

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Review – My Highland Spy by Victoria Roberts

Review – My Highland Spy by Victoria Roberts

I LOVED this book. I picked it up just because I couldn’t resist the title of Kill or be Kilt. And I’m SO glad I stumbled upon this series. There was an excellent balance of outside action + romance. The romance was incredibly believable and flowed very naturally throughout the whole book. I liked the way the history was woven into the plot.

Throughout the book there were twists I didn’t expect, moments I was screaming to myself LOVE HIM ALREADY, and I genuinely cared about what happened to Ravenna, Ruairi, and the rest of the Sutherland clan. And I absolutely loved how fiery Ravenna and Grace both were.

I listened to this book on Audible, via the awesome Romance package, and I have to say I loved the narration of this book as well as the story.

I can’t wait to read the rest of the series!

You can buy this book on Amazon here — or Listen to it on Audible like I did here (my link will give you two free credits if you’re new to Audible!).

 

 

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Book Review – Blackbird Summer by Em Shotwell

It’s been a few months since I read Em Shotwell’s Blackbird Summer — and this book has stuck with me. I’ve been trying to find time to write this review (so sorry it’s taken so long). I heard about this book from my amazing critique partner, Elesha Teskey, but my TBR pile has been MILES deep for a while. I finally was able to carve out some time to read this book — and let me tell you — I am SO HAPPY I did.

Blackbird Summer is — well — Small town meets xmen. That’s what hooked me about it. I LOVE books about small towns (that’s actually what I’m writing right now, yay!)

So now to the nitty gritty. It’s rare — really rare — that a book makes me emotional. I think the last time a book made me cry was when Sirius died. But this book got me. There are so many emotional twists and turns, but in the best possible way.

Blackbird Summer focuses on a family of outcasts in a small rural town in Mississippi. (Who doesn’t love a good family of outcasts, right?)  I immediately got a sense of this family, and grew to love them. The way Em wrote this book, you feel like you’re folded into this family, it becomes a part of you. I knew these characters, I could see my own family in them, and though it’s a large family in the book — all of the characters were so distinct, I had no problem telling them apart.

The main character, Tallulah doesn’t want to follow the path her family has laid out for her — namely, working at a produce stand and having more gifted babies from an arranged marriage. Tallulah meets an outsider, and the ‘shipping gets real. A tragic loss shakes the family, and brings the tension between the family and the town to a head.

There’s a great balance of romance and action that pulls you through the book. I didn’t want to put it down (but you know, life). If you’re looking for characters you’re going to love ‘shipping, this book is for you. I NEEDED these characters to be together like I needed air. There’s a good balance of tension, romance, and suspense — the only thing I really wanted was a bit more heat.

When I finished this book, I was so sad that I had to leave these characters. I can’t wait for a sequel — or literally anything else I can get my hands on that’s in this world.

If you love small towns, romance, and mystery sprinkled with a little bit of magical realism then what are you waiting for? BUY THIS BOOK.