Don’t Turn Around by Jessica Barry

Don’t Turn Around by Jessica Barry

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Synopsis:

322 miles of road. 6 hours. 2 strangers. 1 killer. Too many secrets.

Midnight. Cait Monaghan and Rebecca McRae are on a desolate road that slices through the New Mexican desert. They’ve never met before tonight.  Both have secrets to protect. Both of their lives are in danger.

When a truck pulls up fast behind them, they assume it’s punk teenagers or run-of-the-mill road rage, but it soon becomes clear that whoever is driving the truck is hunting them for sport—and they are out to draw blood.

As the miles unspool and the dangers mount, the pasts they’ve worked so hard to keep buried have come back to haunt them.  Someone wants one of them dead. But which one?  And given the lives the two women have been leading, that someone could be almost anyone.

If Cait and Rebecca are going to survive, they’ll have to learn to trust one another—and themselves. But trust is a costly business, and they’ve both paid the price before. . . .

My Review:

This book really pulled me in, right from the first page.  Two women, fleeing in the dark of night…but why?  The mystery of their midnight flight had me turning pages to find out what they were doing.  As the novel progresses, Berry weaves in back story for both women, slowly bringing to light what the women are running from.

However, once secrets were revealed, it started to feel like two separate stories: one of suspense and intrigue, one a little on the heart wrenching side. Berry’s writing is fluid and sophisticated, so I definitely enjoyed this one, but I almost wish it had been two books. I just didn’t feel like the present story and the back story went together.

I liked this book, but Freefall was much better, in my opinion.  But I’m not done watching out for this up and coming author, I still plan to read what she comes out with next!

Summer 2020 Reading List Curated by Lindsay’s Books

Summer 2020 Reading List Curated by Lindsay’s Books

Hello readers!  This year I have decided to come up with a list of ten books I will be reading this summer.  I will also add some honorable mentions at the end but the ten books on this list are all books I plan to read this summer.  With COVID taking over our world, I kind of forgot that summer was coming.  The days blur together and with no end in sight, I wanted something to look forward to and get happy about and books can always do that for me!

When compiling this list, I wanted to have a mix of new and upcoming books as well as a mix of genre.  That way there is something for everyone on my list and I won’t get bored!  I also think this list is perfect for someone who wants good books to read during summer but doesn’t want to read beachy romances, like me. Without anymore rambling, here are my ten books for summer:

Summer 2020 Book List

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Title: The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires By: Grady Hendrix

Release Date: Out now

Synopsis: Patricia Campbell’s life has never felt smaller. Her ambitious husband is too busy to give her a goodbye kiss in the morning, her kids have their own lives, her senile mother-in-law needs constant care, and she’s always a step behind on thank-you notes and her endless list of chores. The one thing she has to look forward to is her book club, a close-knit group of Charleston women united by their love of true crime and paperback fiction. At these meetings they’re as likely to talk about the Manson family as they are marriage, motherhood, and neighborhood gossip.

This predictable pattern is upended when Patricia meets James Harris, a handsome stranger who moves into the neighborhood to take care of his elderly aunt and ends up joining the book club. James is sensitive and well-read, and he makes Patricia feel things she hasn’t felt in twenty years. But there’s something off about him. He doesn’t have a bank account, he doesn’t like going out during the day, and Patricia’s mother-in-law insists that she knew him when she was a girl—an impossibility.

When local children go missing, Patricia and the book club members start to suspect James is more of a Bundy than a Beatnik—but no one outside of the book club believes them. Have they read too many true crime books, or have they invited a real monster into their homes?

Why I want to read this book: When I think of summer, I think of all things southern.  So I am excited to read this a-typical southern story.  I think the quirkiness is going to make it a stand out read for me as well!

 

 

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Title: How To Bury Your Brother by Lindsey Rogers Cook

Release Date: Out now

Synopsis:  Alice always thought she’d see her brother again. Rob ran away when he was fifteen, with so many years left to find his way home. But his funeral happened first.

Now that she has to clear out her childhood home in Georgia, the memories come flooding in, bringing with them an autopsy report showing her family’s lies-and sealed, addressed letters from Rob.

In a search for answers to questions she’s always been afraid to ask, Alice delivers the letters. Each dares her to open her eyes to her family’s dark past-and her own role in it. But it’s the last letter, addressed to her brother’s final home in New Orleans, that will force her to choose if she’ll let the secrets break her or finally bring her home.

Everything I Never Told You meets The Night Olivia Fell set against a vivid Southern backdrop, How to Bury Your Brother follows a sister coming to terms with the mystery behind her brother’s disappearance and death.

Why I want to read this book: I just heard of this newer release right before making this list but it’s got the southern theme that I like and this novel sounds a little more heart felt and I love to mix in a good family drama.

 

 

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Title: Hurry Home by Roz Nay

Release Date: July 7, 2020

Synopsis: Alexandra Van Ness has the perfect life. She lives in an idyllic resort town tucked away in the Rocky Mountains, shares a designer loft with her handsome boyfriend, Chase, and has her dream job working in child protection. Every day, Alex goes above and beyond to save children at risk.

But when her long-lost sister, Ruth, unexpectedly shows up at her door, Alex’s perfect life is upended. Growing up, Ruth was always the troublemaker, pulling Alex into her messes, and this time will be no different. Still, Alex will help Ruth under one condition: we will never, ever, talk about the past. But when trouble befalls a local child, both women are forced to confront the secrets they’ve promised to keep buried.

Utterly engrossing and claustrophobic, Hurry Home is a tantalizing reflection of the chain-and-shackles relationship between sisters that asks: what lines wouldn’t you cross for your own?

Why I want to read this book: Simple: there’s nothing like a good page turning thriller!  I’m looking forward to this one, it sounds fantastic!

 

 

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Title: The First Emma by Camille Di Maio

Release Date: Out now (and the kindle download is only $4.99!)

Synopsis: Camille Di Maio’s fifth novel THE FIRST EMMA is the true story of Emma Koehler, whose tycoon husband Otto was killed in a crime-of-the-century murder by one of his two mistresses—both also named Emma—and her unlikely rise as CEO of a brewing empire during Prohibition. When a chance to tell her story to a young teetotaler arises, a tale unfolds of love, war, beer, and the power of women.

Why I want to read this book: What!!??  A historical fiction novel that isn’t focused on WWII? You’re kidding, right? I used to read a lot of historical fiction but after so many WWII novels, I kind of threw in the towel.  They also tend to be heavier on the fiction and lighter on the history, which bothers me. Every once in a while I read the synopsis for one that sounds good, which led me to The First Emma, which is about a brewery during Prohibition.  I hope this one works for me!

 

 

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Title: Home Before Dark by Riley Sager

Release Date: June 30, 2020

Synopsis: Maggie Holt is used to such questions. Twenty-five years ago, she and her parents, Ewan and Jess, moved into Baneberry Hall, a rambling Victorian estate in the Vermont woods. They spent three weeks there before fleeing in the dead of night, an ordeal Ewan later recounted in a nonfiction book called House of Horrors. His tale of ghostly happenings and encounters with malevolent spirits became a worldwide phenomenon, rivaling The Amityville Horror in popularity—and skepticism.

Today, Maggie is a restorer of old homes and too young to remember any of the events mentioned in her father’s book. But she also doesn’t believe a word of it. Ghosts, after all, don’t exist. When Maggie inherits Baneberry Hall after her father’s death, she returns to renovate the place to prepare it for sale. But her homecoming is anything but warm. People from the past, chronicled in House of Horrors, lurk in the shadows. And locals aren’t thrilled that their small town has been made infamous thanks to Maggie’s father. Even more unnerving is Baneberry Hall itself—a place filled with relics from another era that hint at a history of dark deeds. As Maggie experiences strange occurrences straight out of her father’s book, she starts to believe that what he wrote was more fact than fiction.

Why I want to read this book: Sager has become the king of summer released thrillers!  Each book he has put out has been better than the one before it, in my opinion, so of course I will be picking this one up!  And I pre-ordered a hard copy because the neon green cover is going to be glow-in-the-dark!  I need it!!!

 

 

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Title: Cut To The Bone by Ellison Cooper

Release Date: July 14, 2020

Synopsis: After grieving the death of her fiancé and almost losing her job, Agent Sayer Altair is finally starting to rebuild her life. Her research into the minds of psychopaths is breaking new ground and her strange little family is thriving. But Sayer’s newfound happiness is threatened when she is called in to investigate a girl’s body left inside a circle of animal figurines below a cryptic message written in blood. When they discover that the dead girl is one of twenty-four missing high school students, Sayer quickly realizes that nothing in this case is what it seems.

As the investigation draws her in to a tangled web of fake identities and false leads, the trail soon begins to point directly to her own life. Now, Sayer must confront her painful past to uncover her connection to the deranged killer if she hopes to save the missing teens and protect everything that she loves.

Why I want to read this book: The Caged series by Ellison Cooper is in my top three crime fiction series of all time (next to the Unsub series and the Tracy Crosswhite series).  Cut To The Bone is the third installment in the series and I am beyond excited to dig into it! Be warned, however, that the books in this series can be on the graphic side, but they are full of suspense!

 

 

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Title: The Girl From Widow Hills by Megan Miranda

Release Date: June 23, 2020

Synopsis: Everyone knows the story of “the girl from Widow Hills.”

Arden Maynor was just a child when she was swept away while sleepwalking during a terrifying rainstorm and went missing for days. Strangers and friends, neighbors and rescue workers, set up search parties and held vigils, praying for her safe return. Against all odds, she was found, alive, clinging to a storm drain. The girl from Widow Hills was a living miracle. Arden’s mother wrote a book. Fame followed. Fans and fan letters, creeps, and stalkers. And every year, the anniversary. It all became too much. As soon as she was old enough, Arden changed her name and disappeared from the public eye.

Now a young woman living hundreds of miles away, Arden goes by Olivia. She’s managed to stay off the radar for the last few years. But with the twentieth anniversary of her rescue approaching, the media will inevitably renew its interest in Arden. Where is she now? Soon Olivia feels like she’s being watched and begins sleepwalking again, like she did long ago, even waking outside her home. Until late one night she jolts awake in her yard. At her feet is the corpse of a man she knows—from her previous life, as Arden Maynor.

And now, the girl from Widow Hills is about to become the center of the story, once again, in this propulsive page-turner from suspense master Megan Miranda.

Why I want to read this book: Megan Miranda has quietly become a staple in the suspense genre.  She has released quite a few suspense novels that have been widely adored.  I’m looking forward to seeing what is in store with her newest release!

 

 

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Title: The Last Train To Key West by Chanel Cleeton

Release Date: June 16, 2020

Synopsis: For the tourists traveling on Henry Flagler’s legendary Overseas Railroad, Labor Day weekend is an opportunity to forget the economic depression gripping the nation. But one person’s paradise can be another’s prison, and Key West-native Helen Berner yearns to escape.

After the Cuban Revolution of 1933 leaves Mirta Perez’s family in a precarious position, she agrees to an arranged marriage with a notorious American. Following her wedding in Havana, Mirta arrives in the Keys on her honeymoon. While she can’t deny the growing attraction to her new husband, his illicit business interests may threaten not only her relationship, but her life.

Elizabeth Preston’s trip to Key West is a chance to save her once-wealthy family from their troubles after the Wall Street crash. Her quest takes her to the camps occupied by veterans of the Great War and pairs her with an unlikely ally on a treacherous hunt of his own.

Over the course of the holiday weekend, the women’s paths cross unexpectedly, and the danger swirling around them is matched only by the terrifying force of the deadly storm threatening the Keys.

Why I want to read this book: A few years back, I read and enjoyed Cleeton’s Next Year In Havana.  Her writing is eloquent and her own personal Cuban heritage made reading about life in Cuba in the 1950’s all the more enjoyable.  AND:  It’s another historical fiction novel that is not WWII focused!  I’m looking forward to learning about the Cuban revolution and it’s aftermath in this newest his-fic from Ms. Cleeton!

 

 

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Title: Pizza Girl by Jean Kyoung Frazier

Release Date: June 9, 2020

Synopsis: Eighteen years old, pregnant, and working as a pizza delivery girl in suburban Los Angeles, our charmingly dysfunctional heroine is deeply lost and in complete denial about it all. She’s grieving the death of her father (whom she has more in common with than she’d like to admit), avoiding her supportive mom and loving boyfriend, and flagrantly ignoring her future.

Her world is further upended when she becomes obsessed with Jenny, a stay-at-home mother new to the neighborhood, who comes to depend on weekly deliveries of pickled-covered pizzas for her son’s happiness. As one woman looks toward motherhood and the other toward middle age, the relationship between the two begins to blur in strange, complicated, and ultimately heartbreaking ways.

Bold, tender, propulsive, and unexpected in countless ways, Jean Kyoung Frazier’s Pizza Girl is a moving and funny portrait of a flawed, unforgettable young woman as she tries to find her place in the world.

Why I want to read this book: Is it just me, or is summer the best time to read a coming-of-age novel?  This one sounds weirdly wonderful, unique and quirky.  And let’s be honest, that great cover got my attention, too!

 

 

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Title: The Trapped Girl (Tracy Crosswhite #4) by Robert Dugoni

Release Date: Out now

Synopsis: When a woman’s body is discovered submerged in a crab pot in the chilly waters of Puget Sound, Detective Tracy Crosswhite finds herself with a tough case to untangle. Before they can identify the killer, Tracy and her colleagues on the Seattle PD’s Violent Crimes Section must figure out who the victim is. Her autopsy, however, reveals she may have gone to great lengths to conceal her identity. So who was she running from?

After evidence surfaces that their Jane Doe may be a woman who suspiciously disappeared months earlier, Tracy is once again haunted by the memory of her sister’s unsolved murder. Dredging up details from the woman’s past leads to conflicting clues that only seem to muddy the investigation. As Tracy begins to uncover a twisted tale of brutal betrayal and desperate greed, she’ll find herself risking everything to confront a killer who won’t go down without a deadly fight. Once again, New York Times bestselling author Robert Dugoni delivers a taut, riveting thriller in the fourth installment of his acclaimed Tracy Crosswhite series.

Why I want to read this book: While I plan to read The Trapped Girl, this book is the fourth book in the Tracy Crosswhite detective series, which currently has seven published books.  I decided to put this series on my summer reading list because I wanted to give readers other options and chances for library usage.  We can’t all afford to buy every new book that comes out, and library downloads have really saved readers during times of quarantine. If you haven’t read this series, I recommend starting at the beginning!

 

Honorable Mentions:

Key West Food Critic cozy mystery series by Lucy Burdette: The epitome of easy reading, this cozy mystery series is fun, tropical and most importantly: devoid of eye rolling romance.  These books are beach reads for people who don’t like reading romance novels. I will be reading at least one or two more from this series over the summer.

Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner: While I won’t be reading this one, a lot of bookstagrammers have been reading this beach read and really loving it.  If you do tend to like a light romance, this one might be for you.

The Dilemma by B.A. Paris: I have already read this June release but I loved it and highly recommend it, which is why I am adding it to this list.

Don’t Turn Around by Jessica Barry: Another June release that I have already read but should be on your summer reading list!  Last year’s Freefall was amazing and the sophomore release from this author deserves just as much attention!

What You Wish For by Katherine Center: This author is quickly becoming a favorite of many readers.  When I asked Instagram users what summer books they were looking forward to, this one had several votes.  It’s a little too light for me, but I have read this author in the past and think she turns out some good stories.

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That’s it!  I am wishing you happy reading this summer!  If you follow me on Instagram @lindsays_books, feel free to tag me and use the hashtag #lindsayssummer2020 and I will share your pictures on my page!

 

 

 

Hard Cash Valley by Brian Panowich

Hard Cash Valley by Brian Panowich

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Thank you to Minotaur books for sending me a free copy of Hard Cash Valley in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

Synopsis:

Dane Kirby is a broken man and no stranger to tragedy. As a life-long resident and ex-arson investigator for McFalls County, Dane has lived his life in one of the most chaotic and crime-ridden regions of the south. When he gets called in to consult on a brutal murder in a Jacksonville, Florida, motel room, he and his FBI counterpart, Special Agent Roselita Velasquez, begin an investigation that leads them back to the criminal circles of his own backyard.

Arnie Blackwell’s murder in Jacksonville is only the beginning – and Dane and Roselita seem to be one step behind. For someone is hacking a bloody trail throughout the Southeast looking for Arnie’s younger brother, a boy with Asperger’s Syndrome who possesses an unusual skill with numbers that could make a lot of money and that has already gotten a lot of people killed—and has even more of the deadliest people alive willing to do anything it takes to exploit him.

As Dane joins in the hunt to find the boy, it swiftly becomes a race against the clock that has Dane entangled in a web of secrets involving everyone from the Filipino Mafia to distrusting federal agents to some of hardest southern outlaws he’s ever known.

My Review:

This book is rather hard for me to review for personal preference reasons and I am going to have to bring in Panowich’s previous two books as comparison points. (Note: Panowich does have some other sci-fi and satirical titles out there but I am referring to his two most recent books in this review and books that, in my opinion put him on the map) Let’s start with Bull Mountain.  A slow burn for sure, this gritty novel was like nothing I had ever read before with it’s raw and unabashed characters and southern gothic setting. I read that book five years ago and still think about it!  Last year, Panowich released Like Lions, the sequel to Bull Mountain and it blew me away.  It was much faster paced than it’s predecessor and is one of those kind of books that have you ignoring all adult responsibilities so that you can continue devouring the pages. I highly recommend both books.

Now onto Hard Cash Valley.  While this book is still set in northern Georgia and a few characters from the first two books are very briefly mentioned, this book is not a sequel.  It’s more of a crime fiction story involving a gambling ring, Filipino mobsters, FBI agents and a dirty investigation. The main character Dane was my favorite part of the novel, Panowich has a talent for writing vulnerable yet tough-as-nails characters that really get under your skin. And this novel was well planned out and was a very entertaining read.

As I mentioned, I have some personal preferences to mention in regard to Hard Cash Valley.  I have come to know Panowich as a southern gothic author, and going into this book, that is what I was expecting.  Unfortunately I don’t feel like I got what I was looking for.  This novel is crime fiction, very good crime fiction at that, but I can’t help but feel slightly disappointed that Hard Cash Valley took a turn away from Panowich’s previous work.

So overall, this is another solid novel from a very good author.  Rating it by itself, I would have to say 4/5 stars. But in comparing it to his previous novels, my personal opinion is 3/5 stars.  It feels like maybe this novel was a little rushed, and considering there was a four year gap between Bull Mountain and Like Lions, yet only one year between Like Lions and Hard Cash Valley, this may be the case.

 

The Dilemma by B.A.Paris

The Dilemma by B.A.Paris

E160BFE8-37DD-4A23-8E21-D854D0AA3999A new thriller from B.A. Paris that is different from her previous work, The Dilemma is a fantastic read!

Synopsis:

It’s Livia’s 40th birthday, and her husband Adam is throwing her the party of a lifetime to make up for the wedding they never had. Everyone she loves will be there, except her daughter Marnie, who’s studying abroad.

But although Livia loves Marnie, she’s secretly glad she won’t be there. Livia has recently uncovered a secret about their daughter which, if revealed, will shake the foundation of their family to its core. She needs to tell Adam, but she’s waiting until the party is over so they can have this last happy time together.

Adam, meanwhile, has his own surprise for his wife: he’s arranged for Marnie to secretly fly back for the family celebration. But during the day, he hears some terrible news and he too is faced with a dilemma.

How far would you go to give someone you love a last few hours of happiness?

My Review:

I have so many great things to say about this book!  The writing, the pacing, the relatability: all perfect!  The entire books takes place over the course of one day, alternating between a husband and wife’s point of view. Each set of chapters moving ahead an hour in the long and eventful day. That set up alone made this a very compelling and page turning read!  I read this fast in just two days.

Here’s why The Dilemma is different from Paris’ previous works: it’s an extremely relatable family drama. Nothing shocking, scandalous (well just a little) or vindictive.  This is not Drama with a capital D and a hair flip, this is real life drama that could really happen to someone. This is a story about a family, about the choices people make and how those choices effect the ones we love most.  There is a lot of inner dialogue that explains the choices of the husband and the wife and that made it really impossible to choose a side and as someone who has been married for almost ten years, I could relate to this story so much!  It was emotional, suspenseful, poignant and beautiful.  I loved it.  It might be the best book I’ve read so far in 2020.

Killer Chardonnay by Kate Lansing

Killer Chardonnay by Kate Lansing

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Synopsis:

Parker Valentine has always dreamed of opening her own winery in her hometown of Boulder, Colorado. But she gets more than she bargained for when a food and wine critic unexpectedly shows up at Vino Valentine on opening day. A negative review could be fatal for her business, and not only does he seem to hate her chardonnay, he also collapses and dies shortly after drinking it.

Although Parker hoped that the attendees would put a cork in it, soon her winery is at the center of a social media firestorm. With #killerchardonnay trending online, Parker’s business is in danger of closing, and she has no choice but to investigate the murder herself.

To restore her reputation, catch a killer, and keep her struggling business open, Parker needs only one thing: some good proof.

My Review:

What a fun, light, easy mystery!  Perfect for summertime reading!  For a cozy mystery, I found Killer Chardonnay to be rather sophisticated.  All characters and plot lines were plausible, no cheesy romance and honestly, my favorite part was the genuine relationships Lansing was able to give her characters.  I enjoyed Parker’s sibling relationship with her brother, I found it to be very honest and realistic. And Parker’s less than enthusiastic opinion of her best friend Sage’s boyfriend felt true to a strong female friendship.

I loved all the wine and food descriptions and the mystery itself was complex and well built up. I would like to learn a little more about the winemaking process in future books as it was only hinted at here but overall I really enjoyed this one and will definitely keep my eye out for the second book in the series. Pick this one up for your next beach read!

Problem Child by Victoria Helen Stone

Problem Child by Victoria Helen Stone

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Synopsis:

After a brutal childhood, Jane Doe has been permanently wired to look after herself and only herself. Now, looking next to normal, Jane has a lover and a job. But she hasn’t lost her edge. It sharpens when she hears from her estranged family.

Jane’s deeply troubled sixteen-year-old niece, Kayla, has vanished, and no one seems to care. Neither does Jane. Until she sees a picture of Kayla and recognizes herself in the young girl’s eyes. It’s the empty stare of a sociopath.

Jane knows what vengeful and desperate things Kayla is capable of. Only Jane can help her—by being drawn into Kayla’s dark world. And no one’s more aware than Jane just how dangerous that can be.

My Review:

Even though it’s been a while since I read Jane Doe, I was able to slip right back into Jane’s world within the first chapter of Problem Child!  Her character is so dimensional and hard to forget.  I loved getting back inside the twisted logic of Jane’s mind.

Problem Child was a fun ride of a book, and a quick read, as Jane looks for her missing niece who has shown sociopathic tendencies, just like Jane herself.  A lot of time is spend inside Jane’s head this time around, examining the inner workings of a sociopath. And while I did enjoy this book, I also felt like maybe a sequel wasn’t really needed. Jane Doe was such a surprise smash hit, that this novel felt a little forced at times. I’m not mad I read it, and I did enjoy getting lost in Jane’s world again, but I didn’t necessarily need it. So if you absolutely loved reading Jane Doe, then maybe pick this one up.  If you don’t feel like you need more, then you probably don’t.

The Closer You Get by Mary Torjussen

The Closer You Get by Mary Torjussen

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Synopsis:

Coworkers Ruby and Harry are in love—but they’re married to other people. They decide to tell their spouses that their marriages are over and to start a new life together. Ruby has wanted to leave her controlling husband for a while, so she tells him she’s leaving and waits at the hotel where she and Harry are to meet. But Harry never shows up.

Suddenly, Ruby has lost everything. Harry won’t answer her calls, and she’s fired from her job. She finds a cheap apartment in a run-down part of town, all the while wondering what happened to Harry.

Just as Ruby thinks she’s hit rock bottom, strange and menacing things start to happen—someone is sneaking into her apartment, and someone is following her home late at night—and she is going to have to fight for her survival.

My Review:

This is one of those easy suspense thrillers, the kind that just about anyone can read because the twists aren’t mind blowing, but they are realistic.  The suspense isn’t pounding, but is still definitely there. The characters are despicable, but you can still find things to like in each of them. This is an easy reading beach thriller, it will be perfect to grab this summer!

I liked this author’s writing style and there was suspicion thrown in a lot of places so I was left guessing for most of the book. While the ending of this one wasn’t wild as some people have come to expect in a thriller, I absolutely loved it!  I can’t really share more without spoiling it, but the ending is what made me bump up my rating for this one. Overall, this was an enjoyable read that pulled me in from the first page. I rate it 3.5/5 stars.