Blogmas Day 16: Book Review – Friends Like These By Kimberly McCreight

Friends Like These By Kimberly McCreight

Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Fiction, Adult, Suspense, Adult Fiction
Pages: 320 pages
Publication Date: September 7th 2021
Publisher: Harper

Plot: Everyone has those friends. Doesn’t matter how long it’s been, or how badly they’ve occasionally behaved, or how late it is when that call finally comes—you show up. No questions asked.

Honestly, that’s how the five of us ended up here in the Catskills. We did have the best of intentions. Especially after what happened to Alice all those years ago, we can’t bear to think of losing anyone else. In fact, we’ll do anything to make sure that doesn’t happen. We’ll go so much farther than we ever thought we would.

In the end, maybe that’s what caught up with us. That, and the fact that we’re such a complicated group—so much history and so many big personalities. Secrets, too, that can slip out at the most inopportune moments. Of course, we love each other despite all of those things. We love each other no matter what.

There’s something so beautiful about that kind of unconditional love. It can turn ugly, though. Or maybe that’s just us. After all, we’ve already been through so much together. And we have so very much to hide. 

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Book Review: Mexican Gothic By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Mexican Gothic By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Genre: Horror, Fiction, Gothic, Mystery, Fantasy, Historical, Adult, Thriller
Pages: 304pages
Publication Date: June 30th 2020
Publisher: Del Rey
My Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

Synopsis: NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • An isolated mansion. A chillingly charismatic aristocrat. And a brave socialite drawn to expose their treacherous secrets

After receiving a frantic letter from her newlywed cousin begging for someone to save her from a mysterious doom, Noemí Taboada heads to High Place, a distant house in the Mexican countryside. She’s not sure what she will find – her cousin’s husband, a handsome Englishman, is a stranger, and Noemí knows little about the region.

Noemí is also an unlikely rescuer: She’s a glamorous debutante, and her chic gowns and perfect red lipstick are more suited for cocktail parties than amateur sleuthing. But she’s also tough and smart, with an indomitable will, and she is not afraid: not of her cousin’s new husband, who is both menacing and alluring; not of his father, the ancient patriarch who seems to be fascinated by Noemí; and not even of the house itself, which begins to invade Noemi’s dreams with visions of blood and doom.

Her only ally in this inhospitable abode is the family’s youngest son. Shy and gentle, he seems to want to help Noemí but might also be hiding dark knowledge of his family’s past. For there are many secrets behind the walls of High Place. The family’s once colossal wealth and faded mining empire kept them from prying eyes, but as Noemí digs deeper she unearths stories of violence and madness.

And Noemí, mesmerized by the terrifying yet seductive world of High Place, may soon find it impossible to ever leave this enigmatic house behind. 

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Book Review: Home Before Dark By Riley Sager

Home Before DarkHome Before Dark By Riley Sager

Genre: Thriller, Horror, Mystery, Fiction, Adult, Suspense, Adult Fiction
Pages: 409 pages
Publication Date: June 30th 2020
Publisher: Dutton Books
My Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

Synopsis: What was it like? Living in that house.

Maggie Holt is used to such questions. Twenty-five years ago, she and her parents, Ewan and Jess, moved into Baneberry Hall, a rambling Victorian estate in the Vermont woods. They spent three weeks there before fleeing in the dead of night, an ordeal Ewan later recounted in a nonfiction book called House of Horrors. His tale of ghostly happenings and encounters with malevolent spirits became a worldwide phenomenon, rivaling The Amityville Horror in popularity—and skepticism.

Today, Maggie is a restorer of old homes and too young to remember any of the events mentioned in her father’s book. But she also doesn’t believe a word of it. Ghosts, after all, don’t exist. When Maggie inherits Baneberry Hall after her father’s death, she returns to renovate the place to prepare it for sale. But her homecoming is anything but warm. People from the past, chronicled in House of Horrors, lurk in the shadows. And locals aren’t thrilled that their small town has been made infamous thanks to Maggie’s father. Even more unnerving is Baneberry Hall itself—a place filled with relics from another era that hint at a history of dark deeds. As Maggie experiences strange occurrences straight out of her father’s book, she starts to believe that what he wrote was more fact than fiction.

In the latest thriller from New York Times bestseller Riley Sager, a woman returns to the house made famous by her father’s bestselling horror memoir. Is the place really haunted by evil forces, as her father claimed? Or are there more earthbound—and dangerous—secrets hidden within its walls?
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Book Review: The Last Mrs. Parrish By Liv Constantine

The Last Mrs. ParrishThe Last Mrs. Parrish By Liv Constantine

Genre: Fiction, Thriller, Mystery
Pages: 400 pages
Published: October 17th 2017
Publisher: Harper
My Rating: 2 out of 5 Stars

Synopsis: Some women get everything. Some women get everything they deserve.

Amber Patterson is fed up. She’s tired of being a nobody: a plain, invisible woman who blends into the background. She deserves more—a life of money and power like the one blond-haired, blue-eyed goddess Daphne Parrish takes for granted.

To everyone in the exclusive town of Bishops Harbor, Connecticut, Daphne—a socialite and philanthropist—and her real-estate mogul husband, Jackson, are a couple straight out of a fairy tale.

Amber’s envy could eat her alive . . . if she didn’t have a plan. Amber uses Daphne’s compassion and caring to insinuate herself into the family’s life—the first step in a meticulous scheme to undermine her. Before long, Amber is Daphne’s closest confidante, traveling to Europe with the Parrishes and their lovely young daughters, and growing closer to Jackson. But a skeleton from her past may undermine everything that Amber has worked towards, and if it is discovered, her well-laid plan may fall to pieces.

With shocking turns and dark secrets that will keep you guessing until the very end, The Last Mrs. Parrish is a fresh, juicy, and utterly addictive thriller from a diabolically imaginative talent.

My Thoughts : So I had been wanting to read The Last Mrs. Parrish when I first heard about it. I put it off for some reason. Last year when I went to a book signing they were part of the panel. I had no idea that the author was two sisters. So I decided since they were going to be there I’d pick the book up and get it signed by them. I finally decided to pick it up when I was doing Bookish Advent Calendar created By Becky @Uptown Oracle. Which was trying a chapter a day leading up to Christmas. (spoiler alert: I still need to read 3 chapters)  So The Last Mrs. Parrish interested me and I finally decided to pick it up. I really enjoyed the first chapter. Sadly though as I continued to read I was not a fan of this book. I really should have DNF’d it and just read people’s reviews to find out what happened. I was very disappointed.

The Last Mrs. Parrish is about a girl named Amber who grew up with not much. She’s tired of living that type of life. She comes up with a plan to befriend this rich guy’s wife to get closer to him. She will do whatever it takes to have the life she’s always dreamed about.

I have to say I absolutely hated Amber, who is the main character in the first part of the book. She’s the one who is tired of being poor and is ready to live the life of luxury. She is probably one of the worst characters I ever had to read. She has no feelings for anyone but herself. She tricks Daphne into thinking she also had a sister that passed away from the same disease. She does that just to get close to her. She thinks she is owed the life of luxury just because she grew up poor. Instead of working hard and trying to make a name for herself she decides she needs a rich husband to take care of her. She’s constantly going on and on about how rich everyone she encounters is. It gets really boring and repetitive. I really wanted to stop reading but then I was like no let me push through maybe it will get better.

Then for the second part of the book the perspective is told by Daphne. So you basically get to learn more of the behind the scenes of her life and her marriage. I have to say I feel she wasn’t a very exciting character. I thought she was an average character but I did find her chapters a lot more interesting. I really say anything without giving things away. I do have to say I was happy for her in the end. I do wish things played out a little differently. I thought it was a very messed up ending and wasn’t what I was going for but decently happy for Daphne. I will get into spoilers soon because I have so much to say about this book but I can’t without spoiling but I really want to include that because I just need to let it out.

Overall this book really disappointed me. I feel it was advertised falsely. I can see it being a bit psychological but I didn’t feel there was much mystery or really thrill to the story. The story did have to deal with some really messed up people but that was really it. I really disliked Amber a lot. I feel she was way too over the top. I also was pretty bored with a good chunk of the story. I get that Amber is jealous of all these rich people and wants to live that life but you don’t need to constantly remind us of it. We get it! I am debating checking out their second book. I might but I want to look into it before deciding.

Spoilers Ahead

Okay so I really want to talk about the spoilers of this book. I feel this book was a hard one to talk about without really spoiling anything. I did get some spoilers for this book while reading it and I was a bit upset about but they didn’t really surprise me. I just needed to know if this book was worth continuing with. I felt like it wasn’t. There are a lot of better thrillers out there.

The first problem I had was how there was no murder in this book at all! I really thought maybe Amber was going to kill Daphne and maybe tell  Jackson and be like if you ever try to replacement this will happen. That didn’t happen. Then there was a part in the story when Daphne’s friend tells her that Amber’s real name isn’t Amber. So it has you thinking what really happened to the real Amber. Did this lady have something to do with it? No she didn’t. Then there were times in the story when Jackson threaten to kill Daphne. That never happened. Once he finally gets married to Amber he also threatens her but doesn’t do it. So no death and murder at all.

Another thing that I was hoping would have happened to make the story interesting is if Amber had a girl instead of a boy. In the story Daphne realizes how Amber is playing her and she wants out of her marriage because Jackson is a horrible and abusive. So she starts giving Amber all these little insights to their marriage and basically helps her get closer to him. One of the things she tells Amber is how much Jackson really wants a boy. He would do anything for one. So Amber schemes and finally gets pregnant. I don’t remember what exactly happens but she either like prints out a fake sonogram or edits the one she has to make it look like a boy. She never goes to the doctor to find out if it is or not. I would have loved for some juicy drama if her water breaks and oops it actually was a girl. I guess that didn’t work for what the authors had in mind for the ending.

Lastly I was very mixed about the ending. I was so happy for Daphne. She got out of her horrible marriage. She got full custody of the kids. She was able to build back her relationship with her Mom. She finally was free of Jackson’s hold on her. She ends up getting one of the members of the foundation she runs to apply for a job at Jackson’s company. She knows he’ll get picked because he’s a guy. He does some snooping and finds out Jackson has these offshore bank accounts that I believe he doesn’t pay taxes for or something along those lines. So they get Jackson arrested. She goes and confronts Amber about it. She tells Amber how she figured out she was playing her to get closer to Jackson. Amber asks her for help to get out of the marriage as well. Daphne is just like no sorry I don’t want to. Honestly I felt that was a bit messed up. She knew how horrible Jackson was. She experienced it first hand. To have someone else go through the same thing is horrible. That’s basically what the authors wanted. I didn’t realize until reading reviews that the tagline for this story is: Some women get everything. Some women get everything they deserve. So basically you’re suppose to be happy that Amber ended up like that which is pretty cringy. I was feel she could have helped her out and then she never had to talk to her again.

Anyway as you can see I was not a fan of this book. It really disappointed me. I had a lot of opinions on it. I do still wish I DNF’d it but oh well. I just thought things would get better. They got slightly more interesting but I didn’t have a fun time reading this one. I did see a lot of other people really liked this and maybe you but wasn’t for me.

Have you guys ended up reading this book? If so what were your thoughts on it. If not, is this book on your TBR? Are you planning to read it? Let me know in the comments.

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Blogmas Day 25: Book Review – Warcross By Marie Lu

WarcrossWarcross By Marie Lu

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy
Pages: 353 pages
Published: September 12th 2017
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Synopsis: For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life.

The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down Warcross players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. To make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.
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Blogmas Day 7: Book Review – The Family Upstairs By Lisa Jewell

The Family UpstairsThe Family Upstairs By Lisa Jewell

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Fiction
Pages: 352 pages
Published: November 5th 2019
Publisher: Atria Books
My Rating: 2 out of 5 Stars

Synopsis: Be careful who you let in.

Soon after her twenty-fifth birthday, Libby Jones returns home from work to find the letter she’s been waiting for her entire life. She rips it open with one driving thought: I am finally going to know who I am.

She soon learns not only the identity of her birth parents, but also that she is the sole inheritor of their abandoned mansion on the banks of the Thames in London’s fashionable Chelsea neighborhood, worth millions. Everything in Libby’s life is about to change. But what she can’t possibly know is that others have been waiting for this day as well—and she is on a collision course to meet them.

Twenty-five years ago, police were called to 16 Cheyne Walk with reports of a baby crying. When they arrived, they found a healthy ten-month-old happily cooing in her crib in the bedroom. Downstairs in the kitchen lay three dead bodies, all dressed in black, next to a hastily scrawled note. And the four other children reported to live at Cheyne Walk were gone.

In The Family Upstairs, the master of “bone-chilling suspense” (People) brings us the can’t-look-away story of three entangled families living in a house with the darkest of secrets. Continue reading “Blogmas Day 7: Book Review – The Family Upstairs By Lisa Jewell”

Blogmas Day 4: Book Review – 10 Blind Dates By Ashley Elston

10 Blind Dates10 Blind Dates By Ashley Elston

Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult, Holiday
Pages: 336 pages
Published: October 1st 2019
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Synopsis: Sophie wants one thing for Christmas-a little freedom from her overprotective parents. So when they decide to spend Christmas in South Louisiana with her very pregnant older sister, Sophie is looking forward to some much needed private (read: make-out) time with her long-term boyfriend, Griffin. Except it turns out that Griffin wants a little freedom from their relationship. Cue devastation.

Heartbroken, Sophie flees to her grandparents’ house, where the rest of her boisterous extended family is gathered for the holiday. That’s when her nonna devises a (not so) brilliant plan: Over the next ten days, Sophie will be set up on ten different blind dates by different family members. Like her sweet cousin Sara, who sets her up with a hot guy at an exclusive underground party. Or her crazy aunt Patrice, who signs Sophie up for a lead role in a living nativity. With a boy who barely reaches her shoulder. And a screaming baby.

When Griffin turns up unexpectedly and begs for a second chance, Sophie feels more confused than ever. Because maybe, just maybe, she’s started to have feelings for someone else . . . Someone who is definitely not available.

This is going to be the worst Christmas break ever… or is it?
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Book Review: All The Beautiful Lies By Peter Swanson

All The Beautiful LiesAll The Beautiful Lies By Peter Swanson

Genre: Mystery, Fiction, Thriller
Pages: 287 pages
Published: April 3rd 2018
Publisher: William Morrow
My Rating: 2 out of 5 Stars

Synopsis: Harry Ackerson has always considered his step-mother Alice to be sexy and beautiful, in an “other worldly” way. She has always been kind and attentive, if a little aloof in the last few years.

Days before his college graduation, Alice calls with shocking news. His father is dead and the police think it’s suicide. Devastated, he returns to his father’s home in Maine. There, he and Alice will help one another pick up of the pieces of their lives and uncover what happened to his father.

Shortly after he arrives, Harry meets a mysterious young woman named Grace McGowan. Though she claims to be new to the area, Harry begins to suspect that Grace may not be a complete stranger to his family. But she isn’t the only attractive woman taking an interest in Harry. The sensual Alice is also growing closer, coming on to him in an enticing, clearly sexual way.

Mesmerized by these two women, Harry finds himself falling deeper under their spell. Yet the closer he gets to them, the more isolated he feels, disoriented by a growing fear that both women are hiding dangerous—even deadly—secrets . . . and that neither one is telling the truth. Continue reading “Book Review: All The Beautiful Lies By Peter Swanson”

Book Review: The Favorite Daughter By Kaira Rouda

the favorite daughterThe Favorite Daughter By Kaira Rouda

Genre: Mystery, Fiction, Thriller, Suspense
Pages: 368 pages
Published: May 21st 2019
Publisher: Graydon House
My Rating: 2.5 out of 5 Stars

Synopsis: From the author of the page-turning domestic suspense Best Day Ever, comes another gripping novel of psychological suspense set in an upscale Southern California community, for fans of B.A. Paris and Shari Lapena.

The perfect home. The perfect family. The perfect lie.

Jane Harris lives in a sparkling home in an oceanfront gated community in Orange County. It’s a place that seems too beautiful to be touched by sadness. But exactly one year ago, Jane’s oldest daughter, Mary, died in a tragic accident and Jane has been grief-stricken ever since. Lost in a haze of anti-depressants, she’s barely even left the house. Now that’s all about to change.

It’s time for Jane to reclaim her life and her family. Jane’s husband, David, has planned a memorial service for Mary and three days later, their youngest daughter, Betsy, graduates high school. Yet as Jane reemerges into the world, it’s clear her family has changed without her. Her husband has been working long days—and nights—at the office. Her daughter seems distant, even secretive. And her beloved Mary was always such a good girl—dutiful and loving. But does someone know more about Mary, and about her last day, than they’ve revealed?

The bonds between mothers and daughters, and husbands and wives should never be broken. But you never know how far someone will go to keep a family together…
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Book Review: The Sun is Also a Star By Nicola Yoon

Yoon_9780553496680_jkt_all_r1.inddThe Sun Is Also a Star By Nicola Yoon

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Fiction
Pages: 384 pages
Published: November 1st 2016
Publisher: Delacorte Press
My Rating: 2 out of 5 Stars

Synopsis: Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true? Continue reading “Book Review: The Sun is Also a Star By Nicola Yoon”