The Outsider – Stephen King

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I’m a huge huge King fan. He soothes my dark soul 🖤
I enjoyed almost every aspect of the novel. The first part was a solid 5 stars. The novel started to drop in star rating for me with the introduction of Holly. I loved her character, it wasn’t her character that lacked. But I felt like I was missing something, some bigger story. Then I discovered Holly is from the Mr. Mercedes series and that’s where the lacking came in. I feel for ME if I had read the Mr. Mercedes series beforehand this novel would’ve been a solid 5 stars, no doubt. But once Holly entered I couldn’t shake the feeling of the missing piece. I also had issues with how quickly the villain was dealt with in the end. All the build up and the demise of ‘it’ was so easy. Definitely excited to watch the show now & for my next King novel

4 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Wrong Family – Tarryn Fisher

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I’m in the minority. I had highs hopes to finish 2020 with a Fisher bang! I’m a fan of Tarryn’s writing, especially her twisted thrillers.

Unfortunately I started the novel and couldn’t connect. I wasn’t immediately sucked in and the novel itself seemed to drag for pages and pages. I actually put the book down and finished three other novels before remembering to pick it back up.

For fans of domestic dramas and thrillers this is a shocking story. No doubt about that creepy, provoking, twisty, definitely keeps the reader on their feet, once you become invested. For me that wasn’t until over halfway through. Once I got to the 60ish% I couldn’t stop reading.

The story is told through the POV of Juno and Winnie.

Every character is flawed (Tarryn signature that I love).

Every character had a burden of deep secrets buried beneath their skin.

The ending came swift and rapid. It was action packed. Yet I felt like we were missing something. I kept waiting for more. Yet it never came.

Thank you Edelweiss for the ARC. I look forward to the next Tarryn Fisher novel!

3⭐️⭐️⭐️

Reconstructing Amelia – Kimberly McCreight

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Oh to be young and desperate to fit in again. It’s so exhausting the things teenagers do to feel like they’re part of the group. A book riddled with mean girls, secret clubs, cutthroat lawyers and a mystery did Amelia jump off the roof of her school?

The novel is told is two POV’s Amelia (the daughter) and Kate (the mother).

There were so many twist and turns I honestly didn’t know how this novel would end. I gave up guessing halfway through because every single student Amelia associated with could’ve been guilting.

The Maggie’s (secret club) were hateful, despicable girls. But they were teenagers. What was the reasoning the adults were just as big asshole who held grudges and couldn’t let the past die?

It was a novel filled with toxic jealous people.

The writing kept me interested. Though it took quite a few chapters for me to fill full immersed in the novel. And for readers that like things tied up nicely there are quite a few plot holes left unanswered.

Overall a quick read that kept me guessing to the end.

4 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Lying Next To Me – Gregg Olsen

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I really enjoyed the authors writing style it kept me hooked.

The story is told in multiple POV’s (4):

Adam the husband. In the first few chapters I felt sorry for him and his daughter having his wife taken while on vacation. But then he became a self absorbed douche. He was like a big teenager trying to prove a point and all he did was dig his own hole deeper (in my character assessment)

Kristen the woman obsessed with the one thing she can’t have.

Conner, Kristens husband.

Lee, Adams childhood friend and the cop investigating what happened to Sophie, Adams wife. Lee is too damn trusting in my opinion.

I disliked all the the characters, they really didn’t have an redeeming qualities, minus Lee’s partner.

I figured out pretty early on the connections between the characters. Which made some of the events that followed predictable.

Quick read. Engaging writing style.

3 ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Layla – Colleen Hoover

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Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow!

Fantastic! Spectacular! A true testament of love!

Leeds is the narrator. Leeds meets Layla and there’s an immediate spark. Layla comes onto the page of the novel like a whisper of fresh air. She’s refreshing and beautiful. She confident and sexy. She’s carefree and endearing.

Leeds is completely taken with Layla he’s never felt this ‘drugged’ sensation he feels in Layla’s presence. It’s blissful. It’s the spectacular peace you feel at the beginning of a love affair.

Then something happens that cracks that happiness. And Leeds finds himself running back to the place he met Layla desperate to rekindle the spark between them.

A vacant bed and breakfast. A spirit from another realm. What begins as curiosity will have dire consequences.

I absolutely loved the novel. Every few chapters gave the reader another answer but continued to hold your attention as you searched for more answers.

I didn’t figure out the storyline. Not being able to piece together what is happening before the big reveal is a huge bonus for me when it comes to a novel. And the completed novel without giving spoilers I was 100% satisfied maybe that’s because it was a great example and theory of the main topic (read the book) that I’ve always believed in.

And who knew the word, “I” could be so compelling?

5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

In 27 Days – Alison Gervais

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Fantastic! The blurb sucked me in from the first word, the premise is unique. and I HAD to read this novel. I finished it in 2 days and it only took that long because of sleep.

A student kills themselves. The reader isn’t told how and the reader isn’t told why. Hadley feels immense distraught over Archer’s death even though they hadn’t shared but a handful of words. She feels compelled to attend his funeral and there runs into Death.

Side note: I absolutely love love books that deal with Death as a character.

Death offers her a deal she can go back in time 27 days and attempt to change Archers mind on his suicide.

Would you take that offer? Would you be willing to risk the unknown to save someone you hardly knew?

The author does an amazing job describing her characters, they are vivid and real. The reader feels as though they are there in Archer’s family feeling the warmth and love they share. The description and character of Death was one of my favorite aspects. The writing was detailed yet simple. It’s a novel that really made me think. It made me think about missed opportunities. About kindness. Perfection

5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

All Your Twisted Secrets – Diana Urban

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6 students get an invite to the Chesterfield for a scholarship dinner. Amber the readers narrator, who is a musical genius.

Robbie the baseball jock and Amber’s boyfriend. Priya whose only point in the novel seemed to be Ambers ex best friend. Sasha a true queen bitch & Amber’s new best friend. Diego the nerd. And Scott the pot head.

But the dinner is a ploy to get them all together. Once together the door leading into and out the dinner room closes and locks behind them. Inside the dining room they discover a syringe full of ‘something’ lethal and a bomb that’s ticking down from an hour. There’s an envelope that says they must choose 1 of the six to kill before the hour is up or the bomb explodes.

Who could have lured them all here? Who hates them each enough? And who should die?

The author made it very easy for me to choose who I would’ve killed out of the group of six. All the characters have their flaws and as the novel weaves their connection from past chapters to the present the reader witnesses those flaws through Amber’s POV. Though the author does still shed light on Amber’s faults.

There is a twist in the novel that I honestly didn’t see coming and that was a nice surprise. I didn’t like though that at 85% the author flat out tells the reader who exactly locked the students in the dining room. If this was the big reveal for that culprit I would’ve been okay but there is a whole chapter that reveals the culprit and how they schemed this dinner.

The ending. I don’t know honestly. I’m in the minority I guess most reviewers say they enjoyed the author went there for the culprit. Yes I guess it was in the characters nature but it seemed like such a waste.

Great debut novel and I do plan to read more from this author!

3 ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Open House – Katie Sise

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I love a good mystery. Since last year I’ve been on a thriller kick. Seizing the darkness in life through the pages of a book and hanging on tight.

This book was among the amazon free reads for the month of November. Sounded interesting and got consistently good reviews.

The novel is told in the point of view of three people. Haley, Priya, and Emma.

Haley’s big sister Emma disappeared one night from a party in the woods. A decade later new evidence is found that reopens Emma’s case. Most people in town think Emma killed her self. Her father believes Emma ran away. Murdered, is what Haley and the mother believe happened.

I thought I had the book figured out in chapter 2. I know I know chapter 2! Then I thought I unraveled the mystery at 73%. Alas even when I discovered the truth there was another silver lining. Another secret I didn’t see coming.

Enjoyable book. Intriguing writing. Haley is a strong willed female who stuck to her instincts and I really loved that. Look forward to reading another novel by this author.

4 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

According to Plan – Victoria Ellis

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Oh Madison & Travis.

Best friends in high school. Both secretly care deeper about one another yet neither is willing to cross that line. Then tragedy strikes and Madi runs from embarrassment and hurt to New York City.

Six years later she returns home to care for her father after an accident. This is her first time home since running. Almost immediately after returning she bumps into her best friend Travis in her fathers kitchen. Their friendship picks right back like it never was set off track.

Their love story faces many challenges, medical diagnosis, mental ailments and military deployment. Chapter 22 had tears rolling down my face. It reminded me of times saying goodbye to my dad when he deployed. After Chapter 22 I was anxious and on edge. I was terrified about what Travis was going to have to endure over in Iraq.

This is my first romance by Victoria Ellis and I was absolutely enthralled. Travis was a true southern gentleman. Madi had a beautiful kind soul. Their story was realistic and simply beautiful. It reminds us to seize every moment. Say, “I love you’s”. Don’t take today, this hour, this minute, this second for granted,

Excited for the next installment in the Stone Haven series. Each book is a complete standalone.

Thank you to the author an ARC copy for an honest review!

5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I’ll Never Tell – Abigail Haas

‘ One moment. One picture. One glimpse—-that’s all it takes to make someone think they know the truth ‘Abigail Haas

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Anna is the new girl in school junior year.

Elise, wanting a break from her ‘in’ crowd, befriends Anna. So begins their dive into partying, drinking, being a twosome. Two friends consumed by another. Until Anna starts dating Tate.

The novel starts with Anna, Tate, Elise, and their group of friends off in Aruba. I honestly had to keep reminding myself they were still only seniors in high school. The reader is introduced to them in the club dancing and drinking, feeling invincible. Then Elise turns up dead.

The story tells what happens after the death of Elise. Who killed this ‘perfect’ girl? With 13 stab wounds officials believe it must be personal.

The story is told from Anna’s POV and through phone and interview transcripts. There are flash backs. This allow the reader to see Elise’s character through Anna’s eyes. We see the suspects and the suspicious behavior. The novel does end with the truth. You will know what happened to Elise! The decision isn’t left up to the reader to decide the guilty or innocent party. Honestly I am satisfied with the ending.

The BIG twist, wasn’t a twist for me unfortunately. I figured out what was transpiring within the first chapter. Maybe because I figured it out or because of how the author wrote Elise, I didn’t care she was murdered. Did she deserve to die, no. But, I didn’t feel any remorse or sympathy for the person she was.

4 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️