First Line Fridays – Life and Other Inconveniences by Kristan Higgins

Welcome to First Line Fridays, hosted by Hoarding Books!

 

The book I’ve selected for this week’s First Line Friday post is:

(Click the book cover to read Goodreads description)

Life and Other Inconveniences

Expected publication: August 6, 2019 by Berkley Books

 

Here is the first line:

“You don’t have a brain tumor”, said my best friend, who, conveniently, was also a neurologist.

 

Kristan Higgins last novel “Good Luck With That” was one of my favorite reads last year. When I saw she had a new novel coming out, I was really excited.  The description for ” Life and Other Inconveniences” sounds very interesting and I’m looking forward to reading more!

 

Do you have this on your “to be read” list?

 

 

REVIEW – The Last Time I Saw You by Liv Constantine

The Last Time I Saw You

Expected publication: May 7, 2019 by Harper

 

Life seems to be going very well for Dr. Kate English. She has a wonderful husband, a lovely daughter, and a great career. But things change after her mother is found brutally murdered. Kate had just been considering what to get her mother for Christmas and now she’s planning her funeral. She can’t comprehend why someone would want to hurt her kind, wonderful mother.

Kate and her best friend, Blaire Barrington haven’t spoken in fifteen years.   But when Kate calls to tell Blaire about her mother, Blaire immediately comes to be by Kate’s side. All the old anger is forgotten, and it feels like they’ve never been apart. Kate is thankful that Blaire came to be with her.

Blaire is almost as devastated as Kate. Lily was like a mother to her.  She treated Blaire like family.

Although Blaire didn’t grow up as affluent as Kate, she has done well for herself. She is a successful author, co-authoring books with her husband, David.

But not everyone is happy Blaire is back.

After the funeral, Kate is exhausted. She is taking a moment for herself when her cell phone vibrates. There is a text from a private caller with a message for Kate…an upsetting and threatening message. The police are called but other than monitoring Kate’s calls and emails there isn’t much they can do.  Then as Kate gets another shock…in her bathroom, there’s an even more twisted message along with an upsetting “gift”.

And it doesn’t stop there…

We are given insight into Kate and Blaire’s time in High School, all the plans they had until a tragedy changed the course of ALL of their lives.

So who killed Lily and who is harassing Kate?

The story is told from Kate and Blaire’s point of view. I was interested in the storyline but had a hard time connecting with some characters, especially Kate. Her reactions were all over the place. Usually, I’m not bothered if things don’t seem believable, but I felt a few things were over the top.

Although I didn’t enjoy this novel as much as I enjoyed “The Last Mrs. Parrish”, I still thought this was a decent read and I liked how everything came together in the end. I’m looking forward to reading more from Liv Constantine.

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

 

Music Monday – P!nk – Beautiful Trauma

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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.

The song and video I am sharing today is:

 

P!nk – Beautiful Trauma

 

I love this song!

I think P!nk and Channing Tatum are awesome in this video.  I added audio video of Revenge by P!nk (featuring Eminem) for the heck of it 🙂

 

P!nk – Beautiful Trauma

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We were on fire
I slashed your tires
It’s like we burned so bright we burned out
I made you chase me
I wasn’t that friendly
My love, my drug, we’re fucked up, oh
‘Cause I’ve been on the run so long they can’t find me
You waking up to remember I’m pretty
And when the chemicals leave my body
Yeah, they’re gonna find me in a hotel lobby ’cause
Mmm tough times they keep coming
All night laughing and fucking
Some days like I’m barely breathing
Then after we were high and the love dope died, it was you
The pill I keep taking
The nightmare I’m waking
There’s nothing, no nothing, nothing but you
My perfect rock bottom
My beautiful trauma
My love, my love, my drug, oh
My love, my love, my love, my drug, oh
My love, my love, my love, my drug, oh
My love, my love, my love, my drug, oh
My love, my love, my drug, we’re fucked up
You punched a hole in
The wall and I framed it
I wish I could feel things like you
Everyone’s chasing
That holy feeling
And if we don’t stay lit, we’ll blow out
Blow out
‘Cause we’ve been on the run so long they can’t find us
Who’s gonna have to die to remind us
That it feels like we chose this blindly
Now I’m gonna fuck up a hotel lobby ’cause
These tough times they keep coming
Last night I might have messed it up again
Some days like I’m barely breathing
Then after we were high and the love dope died, it was you
The pill I keep taking
The nightmare I’m waking
There’s nothing, no nothing, nothing but you
My perfect rock bottom
My beautiful trauma
My love (my love), my love, my drug, oh
My love, my love, my love, my drug, oh
My love, my love, my love, my drug, oh
My love, my love, my love, my drug, oh
My love, my love, my drug, we’re fucked up
Mmm tough times they keep coming
All night laughing and fucking
Some days like I’m barely breathing
Then after we were high and the love dope died, it was you
The pill I keep taking
The nightmare I’m waking
There’s nothing, no nothing, nothing but you
My perfect rock bottom
My beautiful trauma
My love, my love, my drug, oh
.
Songwriters: Alecia Moore / Jack Antonoff
Beautiful Trauma lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

 

REVIEW: Saving Meghan by D.J. Palmer

Saving Meghan

Published: April 9th 2019 by St. Martin’s Press

 

After reading the description for this novel, I couldn’t wait to read it!

“Saving Meghan” opens as forty-eight-year-old Becky Gerard is boarding a flight to Los Angeles. When the flight attendant asks everyone to turn off their phones and other electronic devices, Becky wonders if she’s made a mistake. She can’t turn off her phone; it’s her only connection to her fifteen-year-old daughter, Meghan. She didn’t want to leave Meghan, but her mother is very ill and this may be the last chance Becky has to see her. Her sister, Sabrina told her it was just a matter of days.

“I know you have your issues, we both do, but she’s our mother”

Now as the hatch to the plane closes, Becky grips her phone, waiting for a reassuring text from her husband, Carl. Even a quick “Meghan’s fine” or “No worries” would reassure her. He KNEW how nervous she was about leaving Meghan. Carl FINALLY texts her back and the words make Becky’s blood run cold…

“We’re at the hospital”

Her daughter Meghan has been sick and nobody seems to know what is wrong with her. Her symptoms: muscle weakness, fatigue, headaches, weight loss and more. Test after test and doctor after doctor. Becky feels helpless. Her whole life has become about Meghan’s health.

We are given insight into Becky’s childhood. Her mother was far from a normal mother, but Becky was desperate to please her. Her mother showed her and her sister how to manipulate people, how to use their doubts and fears against them to get what they wanted. Becky vowed she would never be like her mother.

Could Becky be more like her mother than she realizes?

We also hear from Meghan. She says she doesn’t care about the things she used to care about. She is tired of seeing so many doctors and not getting any answers. However, she’s thankful her mother is there for her. Becky is her advocate and her best friend, and Meghan trusts her completely. But her father is a different story. Meghan thinks he misses his soccer star…his perfect daughter. She wishes he would reassure her that everything will be fine. But most of all she just wants him to believe her.

“He thought my biggest secret was that I was faking it. But we both know that wasn’t true. My biggest secret was that I knew his”

What secrets is Meghan keeping?

Then Meghan gets even sicker.

Becky Gerard just wants the best for her daughter…

Right?

This was one of those reads that I really hated putting down. I was desperate to know what was going to happen next. The story is told from three points of view; Becky, Meghan, and Dr. Zach Fisher.

EVERYONE was keeping secrets.

I thought this was a very enjoyable read. I was totally on edge. Someone had me fooled. I did guess a few things correctly, but I had no clue how things would turn out. Was everything completely believable? Maybe not. But this intriguing story about secrets, betrayal, and revenge had me gripped.

I thought “Saving Meghan” was a very unique domestic/medical suspense novel and I look forward to reading more from this author.

 

I’d like to thank St. Martin’s Press for providing me with an advanced copy of this novel. All opinions are my own.