Book Reviews, Books

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

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How to Overcome Worry by Winfred Dr. Neely

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Rating: 3/5


Synopsis:  Do you struggle with worry or anxious thoughts on a regular basis? Does your mind get fixated on the same concern over and over? Do you know you should stop worrying but repeatedly fail to do so?

How to Overcome Worry presents a biblical and practical strategy for this exact problem. Dr. Winfred Neely, who has experienced his fair share of anxiety-inducing circumstances, walks you through Philippians 4:6–7 to help you:

Understand the difference between concern and worry
Use prayer as a means of grace to overcome worry
Cultivate gratitude and thanksgiving as an antidote to worry
Navigate changing seasons and circumstances without falling into worry
Employ practical strategies for experiencing the peace of God
Worry is one of the top issues in our world today, even among Christians, and this concise and biblical approach will offer real solutions. In His Word, God tells us to stop worrying, pray about everything, and expect His peace. This is a true promise of Scripture, and this book will help you to lay hold of it.


Review:   

“Anxiety can reside in virtually every nook and cranny of human experience.”

This was a very quick read with its fair share of thought-provoking moments, although in most parts, it was just preaching which is fine when it’s done rightly and in moderation. My favourite parts were the personal stories which added a genuine touch to the whole experience. All in all, this book is tinted with layers of positivity and a couple shades of inspiration which makes it worth a read!

I would like to thank the Publishers, NetGalley, and Winfred Dr. Neely for sending me an advanced copy of this book.


Goodreads link: How to Overcome Worry

Amazon link: How to Overcome Worry

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The Vibrant Workplace by Paul E. White, Gary Chapman

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Rating: 4/5


Synopsis: 

It happens all the time: a leader reads a book or goes to a conference and learns great new ideas for their organization. But when they try to implement changes, nothing budges. Why?

It’s because work cultures are deeply rooted. Paul White knows this, and it’s why he wrote The Resilient Workplace: to give workplace leaders a thorough understanding of the most common obstaclesto change, plus the skills to overcome them.

Pairing real-life examples with professional advice and research, White offers a guide to uprooting negativity and cultivating authentic appreciation and resiliency in the workplace. Readers will learn how to:

Assess what negativity is costing their company Address the deeper issues under unhealthy dynamics Make authentic appreciation the cornerstone of work culture Apply the five languages of appreciation strategically Bring out the best in their employees and teams and more. Any workplace can be healthy. It just takes knowledge of the issues and skills to navigate them, which is exactly what this book provides. Readers will be equipped to successfully overhaul their workplace environment and infuse it with authentic appreciation.

 


Review:   

“Why is there such a theme of despair in most workplaces?”

This was a very informative read with so many interesting and thought-provoking notions. The illustrations were also quite a pleasant touch. As I flipped through the pages, I found myself faced with the most frequently voiced concerns and questions asked by real people in real workplaces which made the whole experience a lot more authentic, to say the least.

I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a source of motivation to turn their despair into positivity and therefore have a more enjoyable work experience in a more vibrant workplace!

I would like to thank the Publishers, NetGalley, Paul E. White, and Gary Chapman for sending me an advanced copy of this authentic book.

 


Goodreads link: The Vibrant Workplace

Amazon link: The Vibrant Workplace

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Last Breath by Robert Bryndza

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Rating: 5/5


Synopsis: 

When the tortured body of a young woman is found in a dumpster, her eyes swollen shut and her clothes soaked with blood, Detective Erika Foster is one of the first at the crime scene. The trouble is, this time, it’s not her case.

While she fights to secure her place on the investigation team, Erika can’t help but get involved and quickly finds a link to the unsolved murder of a woman four months earlier. Dumped in a similar location, both women have identical wounds – a fatal incision to their femoral artery.

Stalking his victims online, the killer is preying on young pretty women using a fake identity. How will Erika catch a murderer who doesn’t seem to exist?

Then another girl is abducted while waiting for a date. Erika and her team must get to her before she becomes another dead victim, and, come face to face with a terrifyingly sadistic individual.

Gripping, tense and impossible to put down, Last Breath will have you on the edge of your seat, racing to the final dramatic page.


Review:   

This was the first book I read in the series and I’ll definitely be ordering my copies of the other books fairly soon!

“Bad things don’t only happen to other people.”

The story is very well written and beautifully narrated and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy it, from beginning to end. There was not a moment where I felt like it was dragging on because every part was there to serve a certain purpose. I also loved how the tension kept building up as I waited, impatiently, for something to go wrong and for justice to prevail. The characters have this realistic tone to them and so do the topics treated in this book. They weren’t only relatable but also thought-provoking and it got me thinking about our relationship with social media, the pros and cons, and how certain reckless actions could lead to terrible consequences.

In a nutshell, I loved this book and I would definitely be recommending it to anyone looking for a brilliant story!

I would like to thank NetGalley, Bookouture, and Robert Bryndza for sending me an ARC of this book.


Goodreads link: Last Breath

Amazon link: Last Breath

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The Girl Who Was Taken by Charlie Donlea

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Rating: 5/5


Synopsis: 

 Charlie Donlea, one of the most original new voices in suspense, returns with a haunting novel, laden with twists and high tension, about two abducted girls one who returns, one who doesn t and the forensics expert searching for answers.

Nicole Cutty and Megan McDonald are both high school seniors in the small town of Emerson Bay, North Carolina. When they disappear from a beach party one warm summer night, police launch a massive search. No clues are found, and hope is almost lost until Megan miraculously surfaces after escaping from a bunker deep in the woods.

A year later, the bestselling account of her ordeal has turned Megan from local hero to national celebrity. It s a triumphant, inspiring story, except for one inconvenient detail: Nicole is still missing. Nicole’s older sister Livia, a fellow in forensic pathology, expects that one day soon Nicole’s body will be found, and it will be up to someone like Livia to analyze the evidence and finally determine her sister’s fate. Instead, the first clue to Nicole s disappearance comes from another body that shows up in Livia’s morgue that of a young man connected to Nicole’s past. Livia reaches out to Megan for help, hoping to learn more about the night the two were taken. Other girls have gone missing too, and Livia is increasingly certain the cases are connected.

But Megan knows more than she revealed in her blockbuster book. Flashes of memory are coming together, pointing to something darker and more monstrous than her chilling memoir describes. And the deeper she and Livia dig, the more they realize that sometimes true terror lies in finding exactly what you’ve been looking for.


Review:   

This is a brilliant story with an avalanche of twists and turns to keep the reader guessing till the very last sentence!

The story is beautifully-written and I very much enjoyed the fact it dives right into the mystery which hooked me up straight away. The characters have quite a lovely depth to them. Some are likeable, some are hard to digest. As I kept flipping through the pages, I genuinely didn’t know what to expect anymore as the secrets kept unravelling and the suspense kept building up, swiftly pulling me into a thrilling journey. And just when I thought I had it all figured out, BAM, more disturbing facts came to light. The last sentence of the book got me pondering for a while as I wasn’t quite sure if that was the end or the start of a sequel but I liked it as it was such a clever way to exit what’s been an incredibly-suspenseful-spectacle.

In a nutshell, this book is definitely worth a read and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a thrilling story that keeps getting better and better till the very intriguing end.

I would like to thank Kensington Books, NetGalley, and Mr. Charlie Donlea for sending me an advanced copy of this beautiful novel.


Goodreads link: The Girl Who Was Taken

Amazon link: The Girl Who Was Taken

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Feeling Great by Peter Vegso, Dadi Janki, Kelly Johnson

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Rating: 4/5


Synopsis: 

“To feel good, positive, and great, I must realize that I need to change—because a better way of life is in my hands.”—Dadi Janki

Feeling great is not something that can be bottled and bought. It does not come from where we live, what we drive, or who we know. It’s not about having a good time for a few hours, or about having money to spend. It’s about putting your life in order and remembering who you really are—an authentic way of living from the inside that will sustain you through life’s challenges.

In this treasure of a book, built on the timeless spiritual teachings of visionary Dadi Janki, you will learn the precepts for feeling great and the three keys that unlock the ability to attain it. Parables and examples further illuminate this wisdom. Coauthors Peter Vegso and Kelly Johnson reveal practical applications to help you navigate and overcome the sticking points we all encounter in our hectic, overscheduled lives.

Now is the time to start feeling great—not as a temporary indulgence, but as a lasting state of being. This uplifting book shows you how easy it can be.


Review:   

This book starts with short stories told by people who had a near-death experience; an event which managed to swiftly change their lives forever. As you go further into the book, several questions will pop up. Can a person choose to feel great regardless of their circumstances? Is it even a possibility or is it just an illusion, a faraway star people keep wishing upon?

This book contains a wide variety of concepts, ideas, and thoughts and as I read between its lines, I slowly found myself pondering upon several points. I did not take anything as a fact and I also didn’t feel the urge to agree or disagree with the authors which definitely enhanced my experience.

This book is tinted with positivity and it will definitely entice you to think more about the concept of “feeling great”. All in all, I quite enjoyed this read and I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking to add a sprinkle of positivity and a splash of optimism to the intriguing mixture of their lives.

I would like to thank NetGalley, the publishers, and the author for providing me with a Copy of this book.


Goodreads link: Feeling Great

Amazon link: Feeling Great