The Other Girl by Erica Spindler

31450532The Other Girl by Erica Spindler

Expected publication: August 22nd 2017 by St. Martin’s Press

352 Pages

Goodreads Summary: From the NYT bestselling author comes a chilling new thriller about a ritualistic murder of a college professor that sends a small town cop back into the trauma she thought she’d put behind her.

Officer Miranda Rader of the Hammond PD in Louisiana is known for her honesty, integrity, and steady hand in a crisis—but that wasn’t always so. Miranda comes from Jasper, just south of Hammond, a place about the size of a good spit on a hot day, and her side of the tracks was the wrong one. She’s worked hard to leave the girl she used to be behind and earn respect in her position as an officer.

However, when Miranda and her partner are called to investigate the murder of one of the town’s most beloved college professors, they’re unprepared for the gruesomeness of the scene. This murder is unlike any they’ve ever investigated, and just when Miranda thinks she’s seen the worst of it, she finds a piece of evidence that chills her to the core: a faded newspaper clipping about a terrible night from her long-buried past. Then another man turns up dead, this one a retired cop, and not just any cop—Clint Wheeler, the cop who took her statement that night. Two murders, two very different men, two killings that on the surface had nothing in common—except Miranda. 15 years ago.

And when her fingerprints turn up at the scene of the first murder, Miranda once again finds herself under the microscope, her honesty and integrity doubted, her motivations questioned. Alone again, the trust of her colleagues shattered, Miranda must try to trust the instincts she’s pushed down for so long, and decide what’s right—before it’s too late.

Review: I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I love a good thriller so I was excited to get a chance to read and review this one. Right off the bat, I was hooked. Randi seemed like a girl who was mad at life and wanted any escape from it by way of drinking and drugs. But at only 15 years old, her life quickly went south when something absolutely horrible happened to her and yet nobody believed her because of her past issues. The story goes back and forth between the present where Randi has grown up to be Miranda, a detective on the local police force, and that night where everything went wrong. In the present she is called to the scene of a murder where one small thing alerts her to that night long ago. I was so enthralled by the story that I read the entire book in one sitting. The only issue I had was that I came up with a prediction pretty early on in the book and I turned out to be right. However, a twist showed that there were other factors involved that I had no idea so when those were revealed I was both shocked and appalled which I believe is the mark of a good thriller. After reading and enjoying this book I will definitely be checking out the author’s other books.

4 Stars

Reading Update

Hey everyone!  Just thought I would pop in for a quick reading update.  I haven’t had a lot of spare time for reading lately so I’m pretty behind on my 20 Books of Summer TBR.  So I’ve decided that any book I read during the challenge timeline will count towards my 20 books.  I have some ARCs I need to read this summer and we are in the process of boxing things up and getting our house ready to sell.  So lots going on this summer.  So even though I’ve only read 4 books from my TBR, I’ve read 6 books total.

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I recently finished reading No Ordinary Stars by M.C. Frank and it was really great!  It’s a scifi dystopian world taking place on the cusp of the year 2525.  Check out my review here in case you missed it!  I also finished Dark Matter by Blake Crouch and the hype did not let me down at all.  That was an incredible book!  I posted my review yesterday which you can check out here.

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Last night I started my ARC of Godsgrave, which is the sequel to Nevernight by Jay Kristoff.  If you’ve been following me since last year, you’ll know how much I loved Nevernight.  I am so stoked to get to read Godsgrave early.  We’re taking a mini getaway this weekend to go up north and spend the weekend with my parents at their condo on Lake Superior so I’m hoping I’ll have plenty of reading time.

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In other news, I joined Litsy yesterday!!  I am having a lot of fun with it.  Feel free to follow me there and I will follow back!

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How is your summer of reading going?

Song of the Current by Sarah Tolscer

31450960Song of the Current by Sarah Tolscer

Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Bloomsbury Childrens Books

373 Pages

Goodreads Summary: Caroline Oresteia is destined for the river. For generations, her family has been called by the river god, who has guided their wherries on countless voyages throughout the Riverlands. At seventeen, Caro has spent years listening to the water, ready to meet her fate. But the river god hasn’t spoken her name yet—and if he hasn’t by now, there’s a chance he never will.

Caro decides to take her future into her own hands when her father is arrested for refusing to transport a mysterious crate. By agreeing to deliver it in exchange for his release, Caro finds herself caught in a web of politics and lies, with dangerous pirates after the cargo—an arrogant courier with a secret—and without the river god to help her. With so much at stake, Caro must choose between the life she always wanted and the one she never could have imagined for herself.

From debut author Sarah Tolcser comes an immersive and romantic fantasy set along the waterways of a magical world with a headstrong heroine determined to make her mark.

Review: I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Wow, such a strong debut! This book was definitely one of the most adventurous pirate stories I have ever read. I loved that Caro was such a strong female lead in a roll that is usually fulfilled by a male character. She was so fierce and spunky which made her really endearing. I also loved Fee, the frogman who worked for Caro and her father. When Caro and Fee set off on their journey, there were some heart pounding moments, along with some comedic moments. The writing was fantastic and the world building was on point even though some of the names felt a little hard to pronounce.  There were moments that felt as though I had already read them in other books but sometimes that is hard to get away from in fantasy novels.  Overall this book was very enjoyable complete with thrilling adventures and lovable characters.

4 Stars

Woman No. 17 by Edan Lepucki

23616719Woman No. 17 by Edan Lepucki

320 Pages

Published May 9th 2017 by Hogarth

Goodreads Summary: A sinister, sexy noir about art, motherhood, and the intensity of female friendships, set in the posh hills above Los Angeles, from the New York Times bestselling author of California.

High in the Hollywood Hills, writer Lady Daniels has decided to take a break from her husband. She’s going to need a hand with her young son if she’s ever going to finish her memoir. In comes S., a magnetic young artist, who will live in the secluded guest house out back, care for Lady’s young toddler son, and keep a watchful eye on her older, teenage, one. S. performs her day job beautifully, quickly drawing the entire family into her orbit, and becoming a confidante for Lady. But as the summer wears on, S.’s connection to Lady’s older son takes a disturbing, and possibly destructive, turn. Lady and S. will move closer to one another as they both threaten to harm the things they hold most dear.

Darkly comic, twisty and tense, this mesmerizing new novel defies expectation and proves Edan Lepucki to be one of the most talented and exciting voices of her generation.

Review: I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Hmm what to say about this book. I really enjoyed the author’s first book, California, but this one was completely different. The two main characters were both pretty unlikable and some of the scenarios described seemed a little far fetched but then again, I grew up in Minnesota, far from the Hollywood lifestyle so what do I know. I didn’t feel emotionally connected to any of the characters. More often than not I just wanted to ask them wtf they were doing. I think this was an interesting look at motherhood and how one child can be so different from another. If you are offended by some language, excessive drinking, and sex scenes, I would hesitate before picking this one up.  I was hoping for something I enjoyed a little more.  It was good but I don’t think I will read it again.

3 Stars

He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly

31393997He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly

Published April 20th 2017 by Hodder & Stoughton

416 Pages

Goodreads Summary: In the hushed aftermath of a total eclipse, Laura witnesses a brutal attack. She and her boyfriend Kit call the police, and in that moment, it is not only the victim’s life that is changed forever. Fifteen years on, Laura and Kit live in fear, and while Laura knows she was right to speak out, the events that follow have taught her that you can never see the whole picture: something, and someone, is always in the dark.

 

Review: I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book frustrated me to no end. I really don’t understand all of the 4 & 5 star reviews on this one. I mean, to each their own but man. I just couldn’t take it anymore. I decided to DNF this book @68% so I feel like I gave it enough of a shot. I’m really not even sure what to rate this one so I’m not going to. Some minor spoilers ahead here so proceed at your own risk if you’re interested in reading this one. I do seem to be in the minority in my opinion so take my review with a grain of salt.
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The two main characters, especially Laura was just so naive and stubborn to the point of stupidity. Beth obviously had some issues and Kit could see that but for whatever reason Laura just refused to see it, which ended up putting both she and Kit in danger. There were so many clues that Laura did not pick on up that Beth was on the fast train to crazy town. And yet she continued to let her stay at their flat and hang out with her, feeling the need to apologize if they had a quarrel…. Not to mention that having her around has made Kit extremely uncomfortable and considering it’s his flat too it’s insane to me that she wouldn’t take his feelings into consideration until something dire happened. I also didn’t really get the whole eclipse chasing thing… Where on earth are these two getting the money to traipse all over the world chasing total eclipses? Just unrealistic. According to others’ reviews, there is a pretty epic twist towards the end but I found myself not even caring anymore to find out.