REVIEW – The Liar’s Child by Carla Buckley

The Liar's Child

Published March 12, 2019 by Ballantine Books

 

I’ve read a few books from this author and have really enjoyed them. The description for “The Liar’s Child” intrigued me and I was excited to start reading.

Whit Nelson, his wife Diane, and their two children, twelve-year-old, Cassie and five-year-old, Boon live in an apartment complex called “The Paradise” which is on the outskirts of North Carolina’s Outer Banks. It’s the kind of place people don’t stay long. A place where people keep to themselves.

Whit’s wife, Diane recently made a horrible mistake. Whit’s feelings about his wife are complicated, but he wants to keep his family together. He says eventually people will forget what happened. “It was a mistake! It could have happened to anyone!”  Unfortunately, it happened to them.

And now, Diane is missing. But she’s done this type of thing before, going off on what she calls “Adventures”. The police say there isn’t much they can do. Diane is an adult. Adults are allowed to leave their lives. Now Whit is in a bind. He works long hours and doesn’t have a lot of support.

Where is Diane?

Whit’s daughter, Cassie is one of the first characters we meet. Cassie is angry. Dealing with what her mother did hasn’t been easy.  And now that her mother is missing she doesn’t know where to turn.

Newcomer, Sara Lennox has recently moved to “Paradise” to start fresh. A new life and a new name. The apartment complex seems like the perfect place to lay low…at least for now.  Sara really wants to keep to herself, but it’s hard not to notice the kids who live next door.  She knows the family recently made the news after a near tragedy. Sara starts seeing them everywhere.

And now, a storm is coming, a hurricane that could destroy everything in its path. Sara wants to use the storm to her advantage. She has a plan.

Unfortunately, plans change.

Once again, Carla Buckley has written a story about secrets, lies, redemption, and courage that I found very entertaining and satisfying. I thought the characters were well-developed and I enjoyed getting to know them, flaws and all.

Told from multiple points of view, the intense storyline kept me intrigued with its surprising revelations. I really liked how things came together and thought the epilogue was excellent.

In my opinion, this was a very good psychological family drama. I am already looking forward to reading more from Carla Buckley.

 

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

Music Monday – Macklemore – Drug Dealer (ft. Ariana Deboo)

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Music Monday is a meme that was created by Drew from The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song and/or video and share it on Monday.

Today I am sharing:

Macklemore – Drug Dealer (ft. Ariana Deboo)

I’ve been reading a lot about addiction lately. I’m surprised I haven’t come across this song and video before now. I’ve always liked Macklemore’s music but this video really hit me hard. It’s emotional and so very honest.

 

Drug Dealer by Macklemore (ft. Ariana Deboo)
Oooh
Oooh
Oooh
Oooh, oooh, oooh
They said it wasn’t a gateway drug
My homie was takin’ subs and he ain’t wake up
The whole while, these billionaires, they kicked up
Paying out congress so we take their drugs
Murderers who will never face the judge
And we dancin’ to a song about our face goin’ numb
But I seen homies turn grey, noses draining blood
I could’ve been gone, out 30’s, faded in that tub
That’s Prince, Michael and Whitney, that’s Amy, Ledger and Pimp C
That’s Yams, that’s DJ A.M
God damn they’re making a killing
Now it’s getting attention cause Sara, Katey and Billy
But this shit’s been going one from Seattle out to South Philly
It just moved out about the city
And spread out to the ‘burbs
Now it’s everybody’s problem, got a nation on the verge
Take Activis off the market, jack the price up on the syrup
But Purdue farmer’s ’bout to move that work
My drug dealer was a doctor, doctor
Had the plug from Big Pharma, Pharma
He said that he would heal me, heal me
But he only gave me problems, problems
My drug dealer was a doctor, doctor
Had the plug from Big Pharma, Pharma
I think he trying to kill me, kill me
He tried to kill me for a dollar, dollar
And these devil’s they keep on talkin’ to me
They screamin’ “open the bottle, ” I wanna be at peace
My hand is gripping that throttle, I’m running out of speed
Tryin’ close my eyes but I keep sweatin’ through these sheets, through these sheets
Four horsemen, they won’t let me forget
I wanna forge a prescription, cause doctor I need some more of it
When morphine and heroine is more of your budget
I said I’d never use a needle, but sure, fuck it
I’m caught up, I’m on one, I’m nauseous
No options, exhausted
This is not what I started
Walkin’ carcass, I lost everything I wanted
My blinds drawn, too gone to leave this apartment
My drug dealer was a doctor, doctor
Had the plug from Big Pharma, Pharma
He said that he would heal me, heal me
But he only gave me problems, problems
My drug dealer was a doctor, doctor
Had the plug from Big Pharma, Pharma
I think he trying to kill me, kill me
He tried to kill me for a dollar, dollar
More, more, more
Re-up, re-up
Death certificate signed the prenup
Ain’t no coming back from this percocet
Actavis, ambien, adderral, xanax binge
Best friends with the thing that’s killing me
Enemies with my best friend, there’s no healing me
Refilling these, refilling these
They say it’s death, death
Institutions and DOC’s
So God grant me the serenity to accept the things I can not change
Courage to change the things I can
And the wisdom to know the difference
And the wisdom to know the difference
Oooh, oooh
Oooh, oooh, oooh
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Songwriters: Tyler W Andrews / David Luke Dalton / Ben Haggerty / Joshua Guralnick Karp / Joshua Robert Rawlings / John William Sinclair / Dave Takahashi
Drug Dealer lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

Looking Ahead – This Month’s TBR List (March 2019)

Looking Ahead is a monthly meme hosted by Tina at Reading Between the Pages.

It’s a great way of sharing what you are planning/hoping to read that month.  It’s also a fun way of seeing what other bloggers are planning on reading that month.

If you decide to join, don’t forget to visit Tina’s blog and link up!

 

Well, we are already over a week into March. I meant to post this last week, but time got away from me.  It feels like the year is already going so fast. Some of the books on this list are ones I have been meaning to read for a while. Others are new and will be released in the coming months. Illness and recovering from surgery towards the end of 2018 definitely slowed me down. However, I’m catching up!

I’m going to try my best to read the following books this month. I’m excited as they all sound so interesting!

 

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These are the books I’m planning on reading this month!

(If you click on the book image it will take you to the Goodreads description)

 

Wolfhunter River (Stillhouse Lake, #3)

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Beautiful Bad

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In Another Life

The Winter Sister

Little Lovely Things

My Sister is Missing

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The Flower Girls

Before She Knew Him

I hope everyone has an awesome month with a ton of great reads. I’d love to hear if any of these are on your list too!  

Happy Reading!!

REVIEW – Call Me Evie by J.P. Pomare

Call Me Evie

Published – March 5, 2019 by G.P. Putnam’s Son

 
“Doubting what you see is a very odd experience. And doubting what you remember is also a pretty odd experience, because some memories come with a very compelling sense of truth about them, and that happens to be the case even for memories that are not true”.   –   Daniel Kahneman

Originally from Melbourne, seventeen-year-old Kate Bennet is far from home. Currently living in a remote cabin with a man she calls Uncle Jim. He calls her Evie.  This man who asks so many questions about the night that changed her life. He wants to know if she remembers what happened.  Does he really want her to remember?

She feels like she can’t trust herself. She can’t tell the difference between memory and dreams. She doesn’t know whether to believe what he tells her. She has fragments of memory but so many things just don’t make sense. Jim makes all the decisions. He claims he’s doing what he has to in order to keep her safe. “They could be anywhere. They could be watching us right now”

Can she trust him?

Is he her Captor or Savior?

Can she trust herself?  If ONLY she could remember!

The story is told in two timeframes…before and after.  The “before” chapters slowly reveal what led Evie and Jim to where they are now. We learn about Evie/Kate’s past, early childhood, and her resent relationships with family and friends.

So what really happened that night?  The night that EVERYTHING changed.

This was quite an intense read! From the first page, I was hooked. I wanted to know what was going on and how things were going to turn out. Things were revealed slowly, so I definitely had to be patient (patience is not one of my strong suits). I had my ideas and wanted to see if I was right. I was even tempted to flip to the end of the book (but I didn’t). Although I did guess a couple of things, for the most part, I was surprised. I did feel a little bit like the ending snuck up on me, but that could have been because I was reading fast, wanting to find out what happened.

Entertaining and gripping, this psychological suspense novel kept me guessing right up to the very end.

I think this could be a great book club read as it touches on so many different topics relevant in our world today.

A terrific debut novel about anger, revenge, betrayal, and memory that has me anxiously awaiting more from J.P. Pomare.

I’d like to thank G.P. Putnam’s Sons for providing me with an advanced copy of this novel. All opinions are my own.