REVIEW – Grace is Gone by Emily Elgar

Grace is Gone

Published January 7th, 2020 by Harper

 

A gripping and addictive read!!

Cara Dorman knocks on the door of 52 Woodgreen Avenue. Her mother asked her to drop off some donated clothing to their friends and neighbors, Meg and Grace. Cara is about five years older than Grace. They were very close when they were younger, but lately, Cara doesn’t always know how to talk to Grace. Grace is very ill and is confined to a wheelchair. Cara feels guilty when she talks about her own busy life because Grace’s life is so limited.

No one answers the door so Cara knocks again.

Meg and Grace are ALWAYS home.  Why aren’t they answering the door?

Cara tries the door and finds it’s unlocked. She makes her way through the house. It’s completely clean and so very quiet. She sees Grace’s empty wheelchair tipped over on its side. When she gets to Meg’s bedroom, she opens the door and makes a horrifying discovery.

Investigative Journalist, Jon’s career was ruined after he wrote a story about Meg and Grace Nichols. After hearing the terrible news his first instinct is to head over to the house on Woodgreen Ave, but he knows he should steer clear. The last time he was there it didn’t end well. He decides that he’ll just drive past the house. He won’t even get out of the car.

Where is Grace?

The community that loves Megan and Grace is grieving and very worried about Grace. Cara is traumatized but she really wants to know where Grace is. When she was in the house she found something. Now she’s not sure what to do with it. Should she give what she found to the police or use it to do some investigating of her own? Maybe, Jon the journalist, can help her?

I couldn’t wait to read this book!

This novel is inspired by real-life events, but it still has many differences and tells its own story.

Once I started reading, I didn’t want to stop. I was pulled in right from the start and found it easy to keep up. The story is told from multiple perspectives and I had no issues keeping the characters and their individual stories straight.

As I neared the end it was even harder to stop reading. Although I did see a few things coming, I flew through the last few chapters and was surprised by the twisted ending!

All in all, this was a gripping and entertaining read about family, love, redemption, and justice.

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

 

First Line Friday – The Golden Child by Wendy James

Welcome to First Line Fridays, hosted by Hoarding Books!

 

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

The Golden Child by Wendy James

The Golden Child

Published January 23rd, 2017 by Harper Collins

Goodreads Description:


Blogger Lizzy’s life is buzzing, happy, normal. Two gorgeous children, a handsome husband, destiny under control. For her real-life alter-ego Beth, things are unraveling. Tensions are simmering with her husband, mother-in-law and even her own mother. Her teenage daughters, once the objects of her existence, have moved beyond her grasp and one of them has shown signs of, well, thoughtlessness …
Then a classmate of one daughter is callously bullied and the finger of blame is pointed at Beth’s clever, beautiful child. Shattered, shamed and frightened, two families must negotiate worlds of cruelty they are totally ill-equipped for.
This is a novel that grapples with modern-day spectres of selfies, selfishness and cyberbullying. It plays with our fears of parenting, social media and Queen Bees, and it asks the question: just how well do you know your child?

The first line:

 

“It could have been a whole lot worse”

 

Hmmmm…that first line has me intrigued! This is only my second novel by Wendy James and I’m really looking forward to reading it.

 

 

Have you read this book?  I’d love to hear your thoughts!

 

Happy Reading!

 

 

 

 

REVIEW – Verity by Colleen Hoover

Verity

Published December 7th, 2018 by Hoover Ink, Inc.

 

Wow! My thoughts are all over the place. I’ve read one other book by Colleen Hoover. “It Ends With Us” was an emotional read that I enjoyed.  This probably wasn’t the best book to read right before I went to sleep.  Once I started reading, I couldn’t stop. It’s all I could think about.

Author Lowen Ashleigh is on her way to a meeting when she witnesses a deadly car accident. A man asks her if she’s hurt. Lowen realizes he’s asking because evidence of the accident is all over her shirt. The impact of what she just witnessed hits her and she starts to feel light-headed. The man, Jeremy helps her clean up. He asks if she’ll be okay as he needs to get to a meeting.  Lowen reassures him that she will be fine and they part ways.

Lowen and her agent, Corey are meeting with a publisher about a potential offer. They both must sign a non-disclosure agreement before the meeting begins. On the way to the elevator, Lowen runs into Jeremy again. His meeting is on the fourteenth floor which is also where Lowen’s meeting is scheduled to take place.

What are the odds?

When Lowen hears the offer she’s both stunned and wary. Jeremy’s wife is author, Verity Crawford. They are looking for an author to complete the remaining three books in Verity’s best-selling series. Verity is unable to finish them herself due to medical reasons. Although Lowen needs the money, she doesn’t think this will work for her. She hates social media, having to do meet and greets, and all the other things that go along with promoting a book.

But when Jeremy and Lowen speak again privately, their conversation ends with her accepting the offer…

This will change Lowen’s life in more ways than she can imagine.

Jeremy suggests that Lowen visit their home to see if she can find some of what she may need to get started in Verity’s office. Lowen is nervous about staying in their home, but she doesn’t have a lot of options at the moment. As she starts to go through Verity’s office she comes across a manuscript. Lowen isn’t sure if she should be reading it, but once she starts, she can’t stop. What Lowen reads shocks her to her very core.

 THIS BOOK!

This is one wild novel that goes places I never would have expected. The story-line had me gripped.

The opening (still makes me shudder) was rather gruesome but it pulled me in. I can’t even imagine how I would react in that situation.

Colleen Hoover knows how to create intense scenes with complex characters. There’s no shortage of drama and thrills in this novel. Some of the subject matter is very dark and there are also a lot of explicit sex scenes, so I understand that this book may not be for everyone.

In the words of Verity herself…

There is no light where we’re going. This is your final warning. Darkness ahead”

A diabolical read about obsession, love, secrets, lies, manipulation, and revenge!