The Breakdown by B. A. Paris is a mystery/thriller about a young woman named Cass who feels terribly guilty that she could have prevented the murder of an acquaintance after stopping to help her when her vehicle was sitting on the side of a secluded road on a stormy night. After stopping, she gets an uneasy feeling that it could possibly be an ambush and frightened, drives away leaving the woman alone. Cass finds out the next day that the woman was brutally murdered. Cass has also been forgetting things lately, but she cannot forget about leaving the woman alone. What other secrets are waiting to be exposed?

This book had me hooked from the get go and had a promising start full of intrigue and suspense; but lost some of its lustre about a quarter of the way through. There was a bit of a lull in the middle, but it picked up towards the end again. There were no shocking revelations or twists. It’s a pretty typical mystery, and a bit predictable, but still interesting enough to finish. Would make for a good beach read. I rate it 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for providing a copy of this novel in exchange for a fair review.

Reviewed: May 27, 2017. Novel Publish Date: July 18, 2017.

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IMG_0926   BEWARE THE CUCKOO by Julie Newman

Beware the Cuckoo by Julie Newman is not your typical mystery/thriller. It has very sensitive issues at the heart of the story which can be very disturbing for some to read (see below, if you don’t mind a spoiler) .

The story flashes back and forth between the past and present of two women who were best friends as young teenage girls who reconnect at at a funeral where secrets and lies from the past are about to be dredged up and painfully relived.

Karen has a loving husband, two adoring children and a seemingly wonderful life; however, she also has an incomprehensible and painful secret that could potentially ruin it all.

Sandra had a perfect life which is now in a shambles as her business is gong under, the man she loves has a cunning dark side, and Sandra knows a secret that could help her reclaim what is rightfully hers if she uses it to her advantage.

*Spoiler Alert* This novel was certainly not what I was expecting. I almost stopped reading it when I realized that a young girl was being groomed by her best friend’s father, and was frankly, hard to get through. After reading just over half the book, I did abandon it, which is something I very rarely do. I just couldn’t get through it as it. It took a long time for the story to progress and then it just stalled, there were grammatical errors that were hard to overlook, and I didn’t overly enjoy the writing style or author’s voice I guess you could say; it was written rather simplistically. I did love the book cover however; it was very eye-catching. I rate this novel 2 stars out of 5.

Thank you NetGalley and Urbane Publishers for providing a copy of this novel in exchange for a fair review.

Reviewed: May 22, 2017. Novel Publish Date: May 18, 2017.

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THE IDENTICALS by Elin Hilderbrand

IMG_0905   THE IDENTICALS by Elin Hilderbrand

The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand is a women’s fiction novel based on the lives of two identical twin sisters who haven’t spoken to each another in over fourteen years but are forced to reconnect when the unthinkable happens. Years earlier, when the girls were seventeen, their parents made a decision that would change their lives forever and their relationship inextricably.

This novel is told from the perspectives of the twins, Harper and Tabitha, and Tabitha’s daughter Ainsley.

Harper seems like a desperate and lost soul constantly making the wrong choice with men and the wrong decisions in life. She’s flailing through life with no purpose, or so it seems…

Tabitha is the complete opposite of Harper; she is self-assured and hoighty-toighty. She uses her sister’s life-choices as a measuring stick or moral compass in which to gage her own decisions against, making sure to do one better and not something “Harper would do.”

Ainsley, Tabitha’s teenage daughter, is a spoiled, egocentric brat who has no boundaries and no respect for those around her.

I’ve read all of Elin Hilderbrand’s novels and thoroughly enjoyed this particular story. My favourite type of narrative is when the author tells the story through the eyes of all characters — so telling! I found my jaw drop on more than one occasion reading this novel; it has a few surprises. It would make an excellent beach read where you could delve right in undisturbed and just enjoy. I rate it 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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Reviewed: May 7, 2017. Novel Publish Date: June 13, 2017.