Emma in the Night: Review

Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker Release Date: 8 August 2017 My Rating: 4/5 Cass and Emma, close teenage sisters, disappear from their safe suburban town. Three years later Cass knocks on her mother’s front door, frantic for help rescuing her sister. Cass recounts a grotesque tale of imprisonment. The original team assigned to…

Here and Gone: Review

Here and Gone by Haylen Beck Release Date: 20 June 2017 My Rating: 4.5/5 Audra, escaping her abusive husband and a past fraught with addiction, drives cross-country with her two children. When she’s pulled over in the middle of nowhere she panics, fearing her husband’s reach. The officer brings her in for questioning and she…

The Amber Shadows: Review

The Amber Shadows by Lucy Ribchester My Rating: 2/5 (American) Release Date: 8 August 2017 (this book was previously released in the UK) WWII is in full swing and Honey Deschamp works as a typist in Bletchley Park. Once the code is broken for the day she is responsible for decrypting as many Nazi messages…

Strange Practice: Review

Strange Practice by Vivian Shaw Release Date: 25 July 2017 My Rating: 4/5 Dr. Greta Helsing runs a private clinic for some of London’s most unusual clientele. London’s supernatural, from vampires to mummies, ghouls, banshees, witches, and various in-between things, are Greta’s patients. Called to the aftermath of an attack on a vampyre, Greta and…

Lies She Told: Review

Lies She Told by Cate Holahan My Rating: 3.5/5 Release Date: 12 September 2017 Liza, perpetually attempting to live up to the success of her first novel, has limited time to prove to her publisher that she has something good on her hands. Her home life is a distraction–she is attempting to start a family…

The Couple Next Door: Review

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena My Rating: 2.5/5 Marco and Anne are at their neighbor’s adjoining property for a small, adults-only dinner party. The babysitter cancels at the last moment but with the monitor and half hour checkups the couple can’t imagine anything going wrong. When they arrive home the front door is…

Final Girls: Review

Final Girls by Riley Sager My Rating: 4.5/5 Release Date: 11 July 2017 Quincy Carpenter is the sole survivor of the Pine Cottage massacre her sophomore year of college. Now a young woman, living in New York with her hotshot lawyer boyfriend while running a baking blog, she attempts to live a life of normalcy…

Best Day Ever: Review

Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda My Rating: 3.5/5 Release Date: 19 September 2017 Paul, giddy with excitement, packs the car for a blissful couples’ weekend with his wife at their lake house. He has christened their adventure the “best day ever” and everything is planned to perfection. As they drive toward their destination it…

New Boy: Review

New Boy by Tracy Chevalier My Rating: 3/5 Release Date: 16 May 2017 On an elementary school yard in Civil Rights-era white suburbia, Shakespeare’s “Othello” plays out. Osei, an Ghanaian immigrant, prepares himself for yet another first day at an exclusively white school. He bonds instantly with Dee, their chemistry palpable to all. This causes…

The Marsh King’s Daughter: Review

The Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne My Rating: 4/5 Release Date: 17 June 2017 Helena has a beautiful family and a happy life but her twisted, secret past is about to threaten everything and everyone she loves. Helena is the product of a kidnapping, her father a disturbed sadist who took her teenage mother…