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The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter

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Rating: 4/5


Synopsis: The stunning new standalone, with a chilling edge of psychological suspense, from the No. 1 bestselling author of the Will Trent and Grant County series.

Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn’s happy smalltown family life was torn apart by a terrifying attack on their family home. It left their mother dead. It left their father – Pikeville’s notorious defence attorney – devastated. And it left the family fractured beyond repair, consumed by secrets from that terrible night.

Twenty-eight years later, and Charlie has followed in her father’s footsteps to become a lawyer herself – the archetypal good daughter. But when violence comes to Pikeville again – and a shocking tragedy leaves the whole town traumatised – Charlie is plunged into a nightmare. Not only is she the first witness on the scene, but it’s a case which can’t help triggering the terrible memories she’s spent so long trying to suppress. Because the shocking truth about the crime which destroyed her family nearly thirty years ago won’t stay buried for ever…


Review:   

From the very first pages, I knew this was going to be one hell of an emotional rollercoaster. The topics treated in this story put on display the ugly, dark side of humanity and the author does not hold back!

The story is beautifully written and I quite enjoyed how the author peppered the information, of what happened and how it happened, all over the pages, thus giving us just enough substance -at a time- to keep us hooked till the very end of the book.

Lies, guilt, twists and turns, and dark secrets. The story keeps swinging from past to present, painting a canvas and connecting the dots till the image becomes HD-clear and all the complicated questions end up having equally complicated answers; intricate but satisfying.

Some characters were quite charming, funny and just delightful, others were utterly despicable, then there were the mentally-challenged…and those who had to rebuild themselves from scratch and move forward, despite the tragedy of their past; those were the courageous.

In a nutshell, this book is a must-read and I’ll definitely recommend it to anyone who’s into thrillers, mystery, and gorgeous writing!

I would like to thank the Publishers, NetGalley, and the Author for sending me an ARC of this book.


Goodreads link: The Good Daughter

Amazon link: The Good Daughter

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Last Seen Alive by Claire Douglas

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Rating: 4/5


Synopsis: 

The Hero

Libby Hall never really wanted to be noticed. But after she saves the children in her care from a fire, she finds herself headline news. And horrified by the attention. It all reminds her of what happened nine years ago. The last time she saw her best friend alive.

The Swap

Which is why the house swap is such a godsend. Libby and her husband Jamie exchange their flat in Bath for a beautiful, secluded house in Cornwall. It’s a chance to heal their marriage – to stop its secrets tearing them apart.

The Hideaway

But this stylish Cornish home isn’t the getaway they’d hoped for. They make odd, even disturbing, discoveries in the house. It’s so isolated-yet Libby doesn’t feel entirely alone. As if she’s being watched.

Is Libby being paranoid? What is her husband hiding? And. As the secrets and lies come tumbling out, is the past about to catch up with them?


Review:   

This is a story about jealousy, revenge, and power.

“You know what they say? If it’s too good to be true…”

From the very first page, I knew this story was going to be good and there wasn’t a moment, throughout the whole book, when I had a change of heart.

“How could anything go wrong?”

The reader is launched straight into the mystery. The suspense starts as soon as the story does and then keeps building up quite nicely.

What was an accident and what wasn’t? What everyone’s hiding? What secrets are about to come to light? Is this about Libby and Jamie or is it about Thailand and Karen Fisher? Or both?

“We’ve been married for nine months. That’s all. And together four years before that. Long enough surely? But how well do you ever really know someone?”

Weird things started happening and I had all these theories about who’s doing what and why and when the truth, or should I say truths, came out? I was pleasantly surprised! There was an avalanche of twists and turns that kept me on my toes till the very end of the book.

Some characters were clearly flawed but their actions still made sense, somehow, which made it a tad easier to sympathise with them. The story was beautifully-written and I enjoyed it very much. Therefore, I’ll definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in a good story with a raging storm of twists and turns that will keep them hooked till the very last page.

I would like to thank the Publishers, NetGalley, and the Author for sending me an ARC of this book.


Goodreads link: Last Seen Alive

Amazon link: Last Seen Alive

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No B.S. Guide to Powerful Presentations by Dan S. Kennedy, Dustin Matthews

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Rating: 4/5


Synopsis: Millionaire maker Dan S. Kennedy has joined with speaking and presentation expert Dustin Matthews to help business owners, private practice professionals, and professional marketers start making dollars and cents of their speaking and online media presence. Kennedy and Matthews show readers how to harness the power of their personalities to sell their businesses in person, at events, and via online outlets like webinars, video, and online seminars.


Review:   

This book is a collection of practical ideas that will help, mainly beginners and intermediate public speakers, to produce powerful presentations that will have an indubitable impact on their audience.

My favourite bit was the “Seven-Minute Rule” which I personally find to be quite a useful technique when it comes to keeping the audience engaged throughout the whole presentation.

Some of the information presented in this book wasn’t quite relevant to me personally but I’m sure others will find it useful.

I will definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in public speaking and the art of creating powerful presentations.

I would like to thank the Publishers, NetGalley, and the Authors for sending me an ARC of this book.


Goodreads link: No B.S. Guide to Powerful Presentations

Amazon link: No B.S. Guide to Powerful Presentations

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The Innovation Mentality by Glenn Llopis, Jim Eber (With)

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Rating: 4/5


Synopsis: Companies and their leaders need a new strategy for success because, without it, change is merely substitution, not evolution. Simply put, business is becoming less about the business defining the individual and more about the individual defining the business. As individuals creating shared cultures that drive change and foster growth, people feel they are making contributions and connecting to leaders and their companies.

As a leader, you need the wisdom and courage to turn the spotlight of accountability on yourself. Problem is, most of us have no idea how to do this. Instead, leaders continue to manage by using old templates and cannot evolve to become the leaders America needs, because those templates stripped them of their identities, leaving them insecure about who they are and how to face change. To change the conversation, we need diversity of thought to stimulate new growth, attract new talent, and generate new marketplace opportunities.

That’s where Glenn Llopis comes in. Featuring six ways to disrupt the status quo and reinvent the way we work, The Innovation Mentality gives entrepreneurial and corporate leaders the tools they need to work with colleagues and employees to harness the power of positive change for the long term.


Review:   

“Are you vulnerable enough to listen?”

When a book starts with such a powerful question, you know what’s coming ahead is about to be thought-provoking and boy that it was!

“Why do so many leaders not get that their employees just want a safe environment where no one is judged? Because they aren’t listening to the people.”

Do leaders listen? Do they know how to listen? Can we genuinely listen and understand one another without mastering the power of vulnerability? Sometimes we, unintentionally, tend to overlook the little things that could make all the difference in our everyday-interactions with others.

The leadership identity part was very enriching as it touched up on the personal brand and its value. I also found it quite interesting how the author paid a close attention to the diverse thinking, recognising it as an important part of the innovation mentality. Six ways, that’s all it takes to disrupt the status quo and reinvent the way we all work!

I found that the assessments and Q/As made the reading experience a lot more interactive and throughout the whole book, it felt like if the author was right there in the room, asking questions, listening, and discussing important leadership matters with the reader.

“How do you take the workplace culture and change it to embrace diversity of thought and the six characteristics of the innovation?”

This book asks the right questions and then skilfully walks you through the answers, showing you the power of positive change and how to sustain it. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for an inspirational read!

I would like to thank the Publishers, NetGalley, and the Authors for sending me an ARC of this book.


Goodreads link: The Innovation Mentality

Amazon link: The Innovation Mentality

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Love Rewritten by J. Saman

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Rating: 4/5


Synopsis: Abby Scofield’s love life has been all sorts of wrong.

So when lacrosse star, Brandon Kessler, comes along with his all-American good looks, easy disposition and magnetic charm, things seem to be looking up. Even if they come from two totally different worlds.

Xander Novak is the gorgeous, volatile and often times mean best friend of Abby’s twin brother, Aubrey. Her relationship with him is strained at best. But when Xander moves in unexpectedly, things seem to shift between them. But in what direction?

One night of deception, lies, and heartbreak are a common link the three share. When the truth about that night comes out, none of their lives will ever be the same.

Will Abby be able to find the love she’s been searching for or will everything in her world fall apart?

Warning: Strong language and moderate sexual content.


Review:   

This story is a tad complex which only adds to its overall charm, making this read quite an enjoyable one!

The characters are all well-developed, strong, and raw with an authentic touch to them. The plot is absolutely beautiful and well-thought of. “Love Rewritten” is a story that keeps flowing from beginning to end and before you know it, you’re gently tugged into a captivating world, jam-packed with heart-warming and heart-wrenching events. You think you know what will happen next but that cleverly-built-up-suspense is just another part of the magical experience.

This is not your classical love triangle, not even close. This is a story that will make you feel things, mixed-up emotions, good and bad, happy and sad, and boy that you’ll enjoy the emotional rollercoaster! I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for an agreeable read.

I would like to thank the lovely J. Saman for sending me an ARC of this beautiful book.


Goodreads link: Love Rewritten

Amazon link: Love Rewritten