BOOK REVIEW – He Started It by Samantha Downing

He Started It

Expected publication: July 21, 2020 by Berkley

 

He started it, but someone else is going to finish it.

A unique and gripping story!

I REALLY enjoyed Samantha Downing’s previous novel, “My Lovely Wife” so I was thrilled to get my hands on this novel.

Twenty years ago Beth, Portia, and Eddie’s grandfather took them on a road trip. He said it was going to be a great adventure. It had been a boring hot summer so far so the kids were excited.

Their grandfather had always been easy going with a good sense of humor, but soon the children would see a very different side of him. It was a long trip through many states. Some of the places their grandfather took them were “normal” touristy places while others were definitely NOT.

It supposed to be a wonderful adventure. It turned into something that they would never forget.

The Morgan siblings haven’t seen each other very much over the years. Now their Grandfather is dead. He didn’t want a funeral or memorial service. He just wanted a brief obituary (which he wrote) and he wanted to be cremated. His will indicated that he also wanted his grandchildren to go on the SAME road trip they took all those years ago. They were to scatter his ashes at the end of the trip. After that his estate would be equally divided between them. But he stipulated that if anyone ends up in jail, doesn’t complete the trip, or deviates from the original trip, they will get nothing.

If they want the money, they must take the road trip.

The second road trip has two new passengers. Eddie’s wife, Krista and Beth’s husband, Felix. Beth and Eddie’s spouses don’t know what happened during that first road trip, and there’s a lot they don’t know about their spouses.

They set off and all goes well enough at first.  However, it isn’t long before everything changes.

The story is told from Beth’s point of view. Interspersed between chapters are journal entries from the first road trip written by an unknown character. We learn more about the circumstances around the first road trip, the sibling’s relationships with each other and their spouses.

There’s a fine line between love and hate.

This story snuck up on me, and before I knew it, I was hooked! The foreshadowing had me saying “just one more chapter”, again and again.

I usually have a hard time with unlikable characters and this story has more than a few. However, it didn’t bother me this time. The flawed characters were perfect for this story. I had mixed feelings about the ending, but I honestly never saw it coming!

A thrilling read about dark family secrets and a crazy road trip…*ahem* TWO crazy road trips.

Entertaining with no shortage of drama!!

 

 

I’d like to thank Berkley for providing me with a copy of this novel. All opinions are my own.

BOOK REVIEW – The Poop Diaries by Abby Ross

The Poop Diaries

Published February 6th 2020 by Black Rose Writing

 

I jumped at the opportunity to read this book. It’s very different from what I normally read, but at times like these, light-hearted reads are more than welcome.

The stories in this book are entertaining, amusing, and downright nasty at times.

I loved it!

This book came about after the author called in a plumber about her clogged toilet. The plumber, Jon was a talkative man. His stories about the memorable people and service jobs he’s had were too good not to share and compelled the author to write this book. This book includes Jon’s stories as well as many other plumbers’ “greatest hits”.

I learned a lot about what not to put down the toilet.  I also learned you can’t lie to your plumber, they WILL find out what is really blocking your toilet.

Plumbers deal with much more than just poop (although they do deal with a lot of poop too). Gigantic dildos, snakes, roaches, rats, drugs, weapons, and more! Plus all of the different customers they have to deal with. Hoarders and exhibitionists! Think that people answering the door naked or propositioning their plumber only happens in books or movies? Nope!  And just imagine having to work around a guy who won’t get out of the shower WHILE you’re fixing it!

I enjoyed reading all the stories from different plumbers. Honestly, some stories did make me a bit nauseous. “Tasting the rainbow” is a story I will never forget. The things plumbers deal with would make someone with a strong stomach gag.  The plumbers in this book have the STRONGEST stomachs ever. I thought female plumbers, Carissa and Jac had some of the best stories.

I have a lot of respect for the people who chose this line of work. We will always need plumbers!

A light-hearted and funny book of stories from those who have seen and smelled it all!

 

I’d like to thank Abby Ross for providing me with a copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

 

BOOK REVIEW – Don’t Turn Around by Jessica Barry

Don't Turn Around

Published June 16th 2020 by Harper
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“322 miles of road. 6 hours. 2 strangers. 1 killer. Too many secrets.”

Cait Monaghan is driving the same Jeep she’s had since college. She keeps the engine running as she waits for her passenger. Cait is only supposed to wait for twenty minutes. She watches the house…
“Get ready. As soon as she gets in the car, you’ve got to go”

Finally, Rebecca McRae comes out and gets in the car. Cait introduces herself then asks Rebecca to turn off her phone.

While Cait had been waiting outside, Rebecca had been inside hesitating. So many “what ifs” going through her mind. What if someone told? She had been promised total confidentiality but she had a hard time trusting anyone, especially when money was involved.

Cait Monaghan and Rebecca McRae have never met before.  But now they are together driving through the Mexican desert headed for Albuquerque. Although Cait and Rebecca don’t know each other, to get through this drive, they are going to have to trust each other.

On the drive, many secrets will be revealed. Cait and Rebecca don’t know it yet, but they are both in danger.

The drive is supposed to take six hours….

Unfortunately, nothing is going to go as planned.

A compelling and entertaining read!!

I enjoyed this novel. The story’s engaging plot and well-developed characters had me intrigued right from the start.  I REALLY wanted to know what was going to happen in Albuquerque!

The majority of the story is told from Cait and Rebecca’s point of view, but we hear from a few other characters as well. Some chapters count down the miles to Albuquerque, while other chapters both past and present show how Cait and Rebecca got to where they are today. Although I did see a few things coming, the story still held my interest and kept me guessing. I was excited to see how it was going to play out.

A timely and thought-provoking read that touches on many important issues.

I really want to check out this author’s previous novel, “Freefall” and look forward to reading more from her in the future.

 

I’d like to thank the publisher for providing me with a copy of this novel. All opinions are my own.

 

I can’t wait for : The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth (Can’t-Wait Wednesday)

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a meme hosted by Tressa at  Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss upcoming books we are excited about reading.
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There are so many books that I can’t wait to read!
 
My choice for this week:

The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth

The Good Sister

Expected publication: April 13th 2021 by St. Martin’s Press

 

Goodreads Description:

“There’s only been one time that Rose couldn’t stop me from doing the wrong thing and that was a mistake that will haunt me for the rest of my life.”

Fern Castle works in her local library. She has dinner with her twin sister Rose three nights a week. And she avoids crowds, bright lights and loud noises as much as possible. Fern has a carefully structured life and disrupting her routine can be …dangerous.

When Rose discovers that she cannot fall pregnant, Fern sees her chance to pay her sister back for everything Rose has done for her. Fern can have a baby for Rose. She just needs to find a father. Simple.

Fern’s mission will shake the foundations of the life she has carefully built for herself and stir up dark secrets from the past, in this quirky, rich and shocking story of unexpected love.

 

My Thoughts:

I realize this novel isn’t going to be released until 2021, but Sally Hepworth is one of my favorite authors and I REALLY can’t wait to read this!!

I hope you are all having a great week so far!

Happy Reading!!