Throwback Thursday – I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

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Throwback Thursday is a meme created by Renee at It’s Book Talk to share old favorite books rather than just the new shiny ones. This is a great idea to bring back to life some much-loved books. Please feel free to join in.

My choice for this week is:  I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

Goodreads Description:

In a split second, Jenna Gray’s world descends into a nightmare. Her only hope of moving on is to walk away from everything she knows to start afresh. Desperate to escape, Jenna moves to a remote cottage on the Welsh coast, but she is haunted by her fears, her grief and her memories of a cruel November night that changed her life forever.

Slowly, Jenna begins to glimpse the potential for happiness in her future. But her past is about to catch up with her, and the consequences will be devastating…

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I read I LET YOU GO a few years ago and LOVED IT!

This psychological thriller had me captivated and I really was unable to put it down until I finished it. An emotional plot with a huge twist that snuck up on me making my heart jump into my throat. Completely changed the dynamic of the story and then another twist that I never expected. Many great characters that are very well-developed. Jenna is haunting and felt very authentic as did many of the characters. This novel clearly shows how in one moment an unexpected tragedy can occur leaving many people devastated.

A clever and well written story that gripped me from beginning to end. Definitely one of my all-time favorite psychological thrillers.

Highly recommended!

Have you read this one yet? What did you think of it?

Review – Girl Last Seen by Nina Laurin

Girl Last SeenGirl Last Seen by Nina Laurin

Published: June 20th 2017

Grand Central Publishing

 

 

3.5 stars

I have always been interested in stories about missing people. So of course after reading the description for GIRL LAST SEEN, I knew I had to read it.

Two missing girls. Thirteen years apart.

Ella/Lainey/Laine has seen many missing posters over the last ten years. She studies them closely. But this recent one is different. The missing girl looks very similar to how Lainey looked 13 years ago. They never caught the man who kidnapped her and she didn’t think he had replaced her…

Until now.


“Olivia Shaw, Age ten, missing for one week tomorrow”

After seeing the poster it’s all she can think about. Running on a loop in her head “Olivia Shaw, age 10, last seen….”

Laine works two jobs, trying to make ends meet. Her evening job is as a bartender in a strip-club. She’s working and notices one of the patrons is blatantly staring at her. It starts to creep her out. She’s about to tell him off but then he calls her by name. It takes her a moment to place the familiar voice. Then she remembers….it’s Detective Sean Ortiz with the Seattle PD. As soon as she realizes who he is, her first instinct is to flee. He gives chase catching up to her easily and wants to know why she ran. She doesn’t know what to tell him as she’s not sure why she ran either. She wonders what he wants from her.

“Laine…this is about a missing girl”

And then he proceeds to tell her something else that she did NOT see coming.

They need Laine’s help and she wants to help, but she’s not sure how. She doesn’t remember anything more about her time in captivity or her kidnapper.

I have to say I was really pulled in by the beginning of this book. However, about halfway through I started having trouble with a few things. I know that all characters won’t be likeable all the time. But everyone seemed unlikable. For one thing there aren’t a lot of characters in the book and I was having a hard time connecting with any of them. Of course I felt sorry for Laine….the girl hasn’t caught a break her whole life. She’s addicted to drinking and drugs which after everything she’d been through isn’t surprising. But some of her decisions were frustrating beyond belief. As time went on I did start to feel more for her and I was definitely engrossed in the story and what was happening.

There was also something about Detective Sean Ortiz that put my teeth on edge. I had a really hard time liking him. I found him inconsistent…which of course characters can be, but some of his actions as a detective and a man both baffled and angered me.

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However, I was still intrigued and wanted to know what was going to happen. Laine is determined to help the Shaw family find their daughter, even if it means putting herself in danger.

What secrets is Laine still hiding? And the missing girls parents seem to have secrets of their own.

Where is Olivia?

The book started off really good. The plot had me intrigued. Then it sort of lagged from the middle on. However, the action definitely picked up again in the last few chapters. In fact at that point I had a hard time putting it down. So I am glad that I stuck with it.

Thank you NetGalley and Grand Central Publishing for providing an advanced copy of this book for me to read in exchange for my honest review.

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Goodreads Monday – Cottonmouths by Kelly J. Ford

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners . To take part,  simply choose a random book from your TBR and show it off.  Be sure to check out Lauren’s blog and link back to add your own links!

Today the book I’m going to show off is:  Cottonmouths by Kelly J. Ford

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Published June 6,  2017
Skyhorse Publishing

Goodreads Description:

This was Drear’s Bluff. Nothing bad happened here. People didn’t disappear.

College was supposed to be an escape for Emily Skinner. But after failing out of school, she’s left with no choice but to return to her small hometown in the Ozarks, a place run on gossip and good Christian values.

She’s not alone. Emily’s former best friend—and childhood crush—Jody Monroe is back with a baby. Emily can’t resist the opportunity to reconnect, despite the uncomfortable way things ended between them and her mom’s disapproval of their friendship. When Emily stumbles upon a meth lab on Jody’s property, she realizes just how far they’ve both fallen.

Emily intends to keep her distance from Jody, but when she’s kicked out of her house with no money and nowhere to go, a paying job as Jody’s live-in babysitter is hard to pass up. As they grow closer, Emily glimpses a future for the first time since coming home. She dismisses her worries; the meth is a means to an end. And besides, for Emily, Jody is the real drug.

But when Emily’s role in Jody’s business turns dangerous, her choices reveal grave consequences. As the lies pile up, Emily will learn just how far Jody is willing to go to save her own skin—and how much Emily herself has risked for the love of someone who may never truly love her back.

Echoing the work of authors like Daniel Woodrell and Sarah Waters, Cottonmouths is an unflinching story about the ways in which the past pulls us back . . . despite our best efforts to leave it behind.

 

I came across a friend’s review of this book and immediately added it to my TBR. It sounds like a book that I will probably love. Gritty, dark, and intense…Perfect!

I can’t wait to read it!!

Review – The Perfect Neighbors by Sarah Pekkanen

The Perfect NeighborsThe Perfect Neighbors by Sarah Pekkanen

Published July 5th, 2016

Washington Square Press

 

 

4 Stars!

After reading the blurb for “The Perfect Neighbors” I was pretty sure this would be a book that I would really enjoy. I thought it sounded a little bit like one of my favorite TV shows. Needless to say I was excited to read it.

I was right! I did enjoy this book. This was my first read by Sarah Pekkanen, but it won’t be my last!!

We really don’t know what goes on behind closed doors.

Newport Cove is known for being a very safe neighborhood. In fact it’s one of the safest in the United States. Kellie, Susan, and Gigi have lived in the neighborhood for quite some time. Not just neighbors but also good friends. From the outside it may seem like everything is perfect, but each of these women are all going through their own separate struggles.

Tessa and her family have just moved to the neighborhood. Tessa seems friendly enough, a little shy, but she too has secrets….

Maybe the biggest secret of all.

It took me no time at all to read this book. I loved the story-line, the characters and how each of their lives were revealed. The characters were not only likeable but realistic. The struggles these women have are ones that a lot of women are dealing with. A book about family, love, secrets, friendship and much more.

I look forward to reading more from Sarah Pekkanen.

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