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The Darkest Lies by Barbara Copperthwaite

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Rating: 4/5


Synopsis:  

A mother desperate for the truth. A daughter hiding a terrible secret.
Melanie Oak appeared to have the perfect life. Married to her childhood sweetheart, Jacob, the couple live with their beautiful, loving, teenage daughter, Beth, in a pretty village.

Nothing can shake her happiness – until the day that Beth goes missing and is discovered beaten almost to the point of death, her broken body lying in a freezing creek on the marshes near their home.

Consumed with grief, Melanie is determined to find her daughter’s attacker. Someone in the village must have seen something. Why won’t they talk?

As Melanie tries to piece together what happened to Beth, she discovers that her innocent teenager has been harbouring some dark secrets of her own. The truth may lie closer to home and put Melanie’s life in terrible danger…

A completely gripping psychological thriller with a twist you won’t see coming.


Review:   

Well that was a helluva ride!

I quite enjoyed the plot but my favourite parts were the twits and turns and although, I have seen most of them coming, it was still a rather pleasant experience to find myself slowly getting entangled in the absorbing web of the mystery. The characters were very well written, even though, most of them weren’t meant to be likeable or perhaps I just did not like them.

In a nutshell, this story was good enough for me to keep reading and therefore, I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a good mystery with some interesting twists to look forward to!

I would like to thank the publishers, NetGalley, and the author for sending me an advanced copy of this book.


Goodreads link: The Darkest Lies

Amazon link: The Darkest Lies

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The Girl At The Bar by Nicholas Nash

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Rating: 4/5


Synopsis:  

Rebecca, a brilliant cancer researcher, disappears after a one-night stand with a neurotic man with a questionable past.

Her sudden disappearance in the midst of a high-stakes quest to cure cancer between two rival billionaires sets into motion an inexplicable chain of events as the bodies start to pile up.

No one knows why she disappeared. The race to find answers ensnares everyone around her, one of whom is a deeply disturbed psychopath lurking in the shadows.

Is Rebecca still alive? What happened to her? Who did it? And why? Questions about her vex everyone looking for answers. No one can be trusted and no one is above suspicion…


Review:   

It took me a few pages to get into the story but once there, I became adamant to finish it in one set!

Whodunnit? That’s a tricky question as most of the characters seem to have a reason to do it! Who’s telling the truth, who’s lying, and why? To me, the why was the most exciting part as I kind of figured out the suspect but couldn’t possibly point out the reasons behind the sinister events.

This was an intense read, full of intrigue, mystery, and a shade of entertainment. The story is beautifully-written and will keep you guessing till the very end and then it will wrap up nicely to leave the reader with a hint of satisfaction.

I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a good mystery to keep them on their toes.

I would like to thank the publishers, NetGalley, and the author for sending me a copy of this book.


Goodreads link: The Girl At The Bar

Amazon link: The Girl At The Bar

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Kitchen Table Tarot by Melissa Cynova

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Rating: 3/5


Synopsis:  

Learn to read with your own voice and get the answers to all of your questions.

For years, Melissa Cynova has been sitting down with friends and neighbors who are curious about the tarot. She’s heard all the questions and misconceptions that can confuse newcomers (and sometimes more experienced readers, too). Kitchen Table Tarot was written as a guide for anyone looking for no-nonsense lessons with a warm, friendly, and knowledgeable teacher.

Join Melissa as she shares straightforward guidance on decks, spreads, card meanings, and symbols. Filled with real-life examples and personal explanations of what it’s like to read the cards, this book tells it like it is and provides the information you need to read with confidence.


Review:   

This book was simple yet quite informative!

This read felt like a pleasant chinwag with a friend about a topic they are passionate about. The writing style is rather agreeable and I quite liked the way the information was shared with the audience.

I would recommend this to anyone interested in learning more about the topic or just curious about the meaning of it all.

I would like to thank the publishers, NetGalley, and the author for sending me an advanced copy of this book.


Goodreads link: Kitchen Table Tarot

Amazon link: Kitchen Table Tarot

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The Stranger Inside by Jennifer Jaynes

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Rating: 5/5


Synopsis:  

In this tautly crafted tale of psychological suspense, a recently widowed mother resorts to the unthinkable to protect her shattered family. But does she go too far?

After mystery author Diane Christie loses her husband to suicide, she and her son move to the small coastal town of Fog Harbor, Massachusetts. Her daughter is attending college nearby, and Diane hopes that her family can now begin to heal. But rebuilding their lives after the tragedy isn’t so simple.

Diane’s depressed college-age daughter, Alexa, still avoids her, critical of everything Diane does, and even her generally amiable teenage son, Josh, has started acting out. Diane pushes forward, focusing on her writing and her volunteer work at a local crisis hotline. She knows that healing takes time.

But then a girl from Alexa’s college is found strangled. Worse still, the murderer uses the crisis hotline to confess to Diane . . . and claims she is the only one who can stop the killing. And just when the glow of new love from an attractive admirer begins to chase away some of the darkness, more girls turn up dead, and Diane races to solve a mystery she fears will hit terrifyingly close to home.


Review:   

A gripping story, tinted with layers of complexity and suspense!

I had quite a hard time putting this book down simply because the moment it dives into the mystery, it becomes almost impossible to not frantically flip the pages, desperately looking for answers as the twists and turns takes you places you never thought of going.

The story gives the reader the opportunity to observe the characters while questioning everything and everyone and as the story progresses, it becomes more obvious that things aren’t always what they seem. Do we actually know the people we think we know? Do we know what they’re capable of? Perhaps, not!

In a nutshell, I enjoyed the wild ride and I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for an enthralling story with complex characters.

I would like to thank Thomas & Mercer, NetGalley, and Jennifer Jaynes for sending me an advanced copy of this praise-worthy book.


Goodreads link: The Stranger Inside

Amazon link: The Stranger Inside

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I Hope I Screw This Up by Kyle Cease

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Rating: 5/5


Synopsis:  

If Eckhart Tolle and Jim Carrey had a baby, that baby would be Kyle Cease.

After twenty-five years of achieving what he thought were his dreams of being a headlining touring comedian and actor, Kyle Cease suddenly discovered that the belief that “When something happens, I will be happy” is a complete lie. With nothing more than an intuition, he decided to quit his stand-up career at its peak, and now—as a transformational comedian, he brings his one-of-a-kind self-help wisdom to sold-out audiences in his Evolving Out Loud Live stage show.

In I Hope I Screw This Up, he disarms readers as he leads them to their own personal breakthroughs, helping them to recognize that actual happiness and fulfillment is available to them—not in some distant future, but right now. As he has shown audiences all over the world, when you embrace your pain, fear, and vulnerability instead of pushing it away, you will discover an authentic creativity and power that is truly unstoppable.

Using self-deprecating personal stories, hilarious observations on life, and poorly drawn illustrations, Kyle unravels the deepest issues standing between us and emotional freedom. From discovering the never-ending opportunities that come from playing—and going with whatever comes up in the moment—to learning to let go of what feels heavy in our lives, this book is a journey into the endless possibility that can appear if we just dare to let go of our fear of screwing up.


Review:   

You hope you won’t screw it up? Well guess what? You’re not alone!

I am so glad I requested a copy of “I Hope I Screw This Up”. This book has surpassed all my expectations. It is genuine, raw, authentic, humorous; an exquisite mix of wisdom and wit. The author starts the book by sharing his feelings and deep thoughts and then moves into talking about his personal experiences, thus pulling the reader into a profound heart to heart talk which changes, in a good way, from the preaching tone adapted by so many self-help writers.

I found this thought-provoking experience to be rather pleasant and I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking, not just for a source of inspiration but something way beyond; something revolutionary.

I would like to thank North Star Way, NetGalley, and Mr. Kyle Cease for sending me an advanced copy of this authentic book.


Goodreads link: I Hope I Screw This Up

Amazon link: I Hope I Screw This Up

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Her Last Breath by J.A. Schneider

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Rating: 4/5


Synopsis:  

A chilling psychological thriller about a woman caught between two men…Mari Gill wakes to horror in a strange apartment next to a murdered man, and can’t remember the night before. Accused of murder, she feels torn between her husband, a successful defense attorney, and a mysterious, kind man who wants to help. Can she trust either of them – or even her friends? Detective Kerri Blasco battles her police bosses believing Mari is innocent…but is she?


Review:   

As soon as I plunged into the pages of this book, I knew I was in for quite an electrifying ride and guess what? I was right!

The story is very well-written and the characters are all quite intriguing. I was hooked from the very first sentences and as the suspense kept building up, I found myself questioning everything and doubting everyone as it gradually became harder to trust anyone involved in the puzzling mystery.

In a nutshell, I loved this book and I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a suspenseful story with an agreeable amount of twists and turns to keep them second-guessing till the very satisfying end.

I would like to thank the publishers, NetGalley, and J.A. Schneider for sending me a copy of this book.


Goodreads link: Her Last Breath

Amazon link: Her Last Breath

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Lie to Me by Jess Ryder

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Rating: 5/5


Synopsis:  

We’re going to tell our story and then it will all stop and Mummy will be safe. You want Mummy to be safe, don’t you?

Three minutes. That’s all it takes for Meredith’s entire world to fall apart when she watches the videotape of her four-year-old self with Becca, the mother she’s never known.

Meredith can’t believe what her eyes have seen. Yet what if her memory has locked away the painful reality of her childhood? Can there be any truth in the strange and dangerous story her mother forced her to tell on camera?

The search for answers leads Meredith to Darkwater Pool, the scene of the murder of a young woman, Cara, over 30 years ago. What could possibly be the link between her mother and the victim?

To find the truth Meredith must search through a past that is not her own. The problem is, she’s not the only one looking…

A dark, compulsive psychological thriller that will keep you up all night. Perfect for fans of Paula Hawkins and Louise Jensen.


Review:   

Secrets, lies, betrayal, jealousy, deception, and everything in between. This gripping book jumps right into the perplexing puzzle, giving the reader the opportunity to gather the shattered pieces of the mystery while exploring the blurred lines between sense and insanity, right and wrong, love and hate, and many disconcerting contradictions.

I simply loved this story. The characters have some interesting layers to their quite flawed personalities and it was very entertaining to get to know them and understand the reasons behind their, at times, disturbing actions. The secrets kept unfolding till the very end, some twists I have seen coming, some were a pleasant surprise. I also enjoyed the plot which has several dimensions to it and as it wraps up, it makes sure to tie up all the loose ends, thus making the whole experience, not only satisfying but also very much enjoyable.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for an enthralling story with fascinating characters and I personally will be looking forward to reading more of this author’s work!

I would like to thank Bookouture, NetGalley, and Jess Ryder for sending me an advanced copy of this book.

 


Goodreads link: Lie to Me

Amazon link: Lie to Me