REVIEW: She Was the Quiet One by Michele Campbell

She Was the Quiet One

Published July 31st, 2018 by St. Martin’s Press

 

This was my first read from Michele Campbell and I really enjoyed it.

The book opens with a young girl locked in a boarding school infirmary. She has a big lump on the back of her head but she can’t remember what caused it. She doesn’t want to turn off the lights or close her eyes because then the horrible images will come to her…bloody hands, the long hair fanned out, the face pale and still.

She’s being accused of a terrible crime and everyone thinks she’s guilty. In her heart, she knows that she didn’t do what they are accusing her of doing.

But will anyone ever believe her?

Just a few months earlier, Rose and Bel Enright were new students at Odell Academy. Their mother had just passed away. They were living with their wealthy but cold grandmother who thought Odell will be good for them. Rose is happy to be attending such a great school, but Bel hates the place on sight. However, she promises her sister that she’ll give the school a shot.

Odell Academy changed everything.

Bel is actually the first one to make friends at Odell. But when she gets involved with some of the notorious troublemakers at school things go from bad to worse.

Sarah Donovan and her husband, Heath are happily married with two young children.  They’ve just been appointed the new dorm heads of Moreland Hall at Odell Academy. Heath is thrilled about the new position. It’s all a part of his big plan. Sarah is anxious and has a sense of foreboding. They have been brought in to cleanup Moreland Hall’s bad reputation. There are a large number of spoiled alumni who are notorious for causing trouble. So Sarah and Heath, respected teachers and former Odell students will help to set a proper example and improve the image of the school.

But Sarah worries that they know nothing about running a dorm or how to handle out of control, teenage girls who feel they can do what they want with no repercussions. But that’s not the only thing that worries Sarah. She tries to reassure herself that what happened in the past won’t happen again. Heath is finally happy again, so she should be too.

But when one of Sarah’s students is accused of a horrific crime, Sarah worries that Heath may know something about what happened. Could he know more than he’s letting on?

I thought this was a great suspense novel. Told from multiple points of view, I enjoyed hearing from all of the characters. There were also transcripts of witness interviews and emails etc. interspersed throughout the novel which added to the suspense and gave more insight into everything that happened.

I was completely caught up in the story, and I couldn’t wait to see how things turned out for everyone involved. With a riveting storyline and well-developed characters, “She Was the Quiet One” was a hard book to put down. I’m excited to see what this author comes up with next.

I’d like to thank St. Martin’s Press for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.

 

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REVIEW – The Sisters Chase by Sarah Healy

The Sisters Chase

Published June 27, 2017 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

 

I really wasn’t sure what to expect going into this novel. After reading the description, I was very intrigued. I thought I would read a few pages to get a feel for the story-line and ended up reading it all in one sitting.

THE SISTERS CHASE isn’t a long book. At 285 pages it felt like just the right amount.

The story begins in 1977.  A baby girl has just been born. Up until that point it has always been just Diane and her 18-year-old daughter, Mary. Diane knows it will be an adjustment for Mary, having a new baby sister. But money is tight and Diane will need help Mary’s help. She asks Mary what they should name the baby.

“Name her whatever you want”

She tells Mary that her sister is going to need her. Mary seems unaffected. But when Diane almost slips while holding the baby, Mary instinctively reaches out to catch her. Mary doesn’t love easily. But when she does, her loyalty is unwavering and her love absolute. She sees Mary’s face change as she looks at the baby… “Let’s call her Hannah”.  Diane knows the sisters will be fine.

When tragedy strikes. Mary knows she has to stay strong for her sister.

“It’s going to be okay, Bunny. Mary whispered. You’ve got me. You’ve got Mary”

But there is no money left. How will Mary take care of them? But Mary is resourceful in ways many could never imagine. She makes a plan.

Her mother has a rich cousin in Florida that sent a sympathy card with the words If you need anything at all, we’re here for you. You are not alone”. However, Mary knows this cousin and her mother never got along, that these are just empty words. But she decides to make the trip anyway.

Mary and Hannah don’t spend long with Dackard family, they quickly move on after an incident that will have a fall-out for years to come.

Mary is strong and determined and when she makes up her mind, you’d be hard pressed to change it. But what will she do if the past and her lies finally catch up with them?

“Everyone’s gonna know what you are”

Sometimes the decisions you make come back to haunt you when you least expect it. But the secrets Mary holds, the ones she promised to keep – may need to be told. Secrets seem to have a way of coming out, no matter how deep you try to bury them.

I really enjoyed this novel. The plot was intriguing and the characters well-developed. Love her or hate her, Mary is a compelling character, flaws and all. And though I definitely don’t condone many of Mary’s actions, in many ways I had to respect her resourcefulness.

Although the events take place over many years with flashbacks mixed in, the story flows well and was easy to follow. There were some really good twists. Even though I guessed a few of them, it was still interesting reading what happened and how things were revealed.

THE SISTERS CHASE was a fast-paced, suspenseful read with an excellent plot. The story of the Chase sisters. A story of love, loyalty, secrets but also strength. Heartwarming and heartbreaking, this story is unforgettable.

 

Goodreads Monday – September 10, 2018

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 too!!

Today the book I’m going to show off is :

 

The Sunday Girl by Pip Drysdale

The Sunday Girl

Published August 23, 2018 by Simon Schuster

 

Goodreads Description:

Some love affairs change you forever. Someone comes into your orbit and swivels you on your axis, like the wind working on a rooftop weather vane. And when they leave, as the wind always does, you are different; you have a new direction. And it’s not always north.Any woman who’s ever been involved with a bad, bad man and been dumped will understand what it feels like to be broken, broken-hearted and bent on revenge. Taylor Bishop is hurt, angry and wants to destroy Angus Hollingsworth in the way he destroyed her: Insidiously. Irreparably. Like a puzzle, he’d slowly dissembled … stolen a couple of pieces from, and then discarded, knowing that nobody would ever be able to put it back together ever again. So Taylor consulted The Art of War and made a plan. Then she took the next step – one that would change her life forever.

Then things get really out of control – and The Sunday Girl becomes impossible to put down.

 

My Thoughts:

I came across this novel recently and have been wanting to get my hands on it ever since. It sounds like a great read and I’m really looking forward to reading it.

If you have already read this, I would love to hear your thoughts.

 

I hope everyone has a great week!

Happy reading!!

 

 

REVIEW: Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough

Cross Her Heart

Published May 17th 2018 by HarperCollins

“Cross Her Heart” was my first read from, Sarah Pinborough and I really enjoyed it.

The first chapter pulled me right in.  Someone is very angry. The letter this person is reading has sent him into a rage. He starts to make a plan…

He wants to destroy her.

Lisa is a mother in her thirties who likes her quiet life. She’s devoted to her sixteen-year-old daughter, Ava. Ava loves her mother but feels that she is way too over-protective.  Ava has started keeping secrets. One special secret in particular. She won’t even tell her friends this secret.

It’s something just for her….

Lisa knows her daughter deserves privacy but she just wants to keep her safe and protect her. She has to protect her…because she knows “how terrible it can be out there.”   Lately, Lisa has been feeling like something isn’t right. Little things keep throwing her off. A picture is misplaced, a familiar song on the radio. She’s not sure if she’s being paranoid, but it’s making her even more nervous than usual.

Marilyn is Lisa’s best friend. They met at work and have been close ever since. Marilyn is also very attached to Lisa’s daughter. So when Lisa and Ava need her help, she will do whatever she can. But will her own situation get in the way?

Lisa, Ava, and Marilyn are very different but the one thing they do have in common is that they are all keeping secrets…some bigger than the others. And when some of the secrets start to come out, things start to unravel. Unfortunately, there’s much more to come.

I really enjoyed this novel. I liked the alternating perspectives and the short chapters that were broken into Before, Now, and After. I really thought I knew where the story was headed. Although I was right about a few things, some of the twists really threw me for a loop. I could easily have read this in one sitting if life hadn’t gotten in my way. However, I picked up this book whenever I found a free minute, and as I neared the ending, sleep was the last thing on my mind. I was up reading until I finished the last page.

“Cross Her Heart”  was an addictive, intense, and entertaining domestic suspense novel. A story about secrets and lies and how sometimes no matter how hard you try to hide things, in the end, they always seem to find a way to come out.

Sarah Pinborough sure knows how to tell an interesting story. I’m really looking forward to reading more from this talented author.

I’d like to thank HarperCollins for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.