adult, ARC, blog tour, thriller

๐Ÿ‘ญ Sister Dear BLOG TOUR ๐Ÿ‘ญ

๐Ÿ‘ญ Title : Sister Dear
๐Ÿ‘ญ Author : Hannah Mary McKinnon
๐Ÿ‘ญ Publisher : MIRA
๐Ÿ‘ญ Publish Date : May 26, 2020
๐Ÿ‘ญ Genre : Mystery, Thriller
๐Ÿ‘ญ Pages : 400

Thank you to MIRA for an invite to the blog tour!

In Hannah Mary McKinnonโ€™s psychological thriller, SISTER DEAR (MIRA Trade; May 26, 2020; $17.99), the obsession of Single White Female meets the insidiousness of You, in a twisted fable about the ease of letting in those who wish us harm, and that mistakeโ€™s dire consequences.

The day he dies, Eleanor Hardwicke discovers her father โ€“ the only person who has ever loved her โ€“ is not her father. Instead, her biological father is a wealthy Portland businessman who wants nothing to do with her and to continue his life as if she doesnโ€™t exist. That isnโ€™t going to work for Eleanor.

Eleanor decides to settle the score. So, she befriends his daughter Victoria, her perfect, beautiful, carefree half-sister who has gotten all of lifeโ€™s advantages while Eleanor has gotten none.

As she grows closer to Victoria, Eleanorโ€™s obsession begins to deepen. Maybe she can have the life she wants, Victoriaโ€™s life, if only she can get close enough.

– MIRA

The premise of this book sounds SO GOOD! It starts off with secrets and they seem to get deeper and deeper! Can’t wait to dive into Sister Dear? Here’s an excerpt!

Chapter 1

The police didnโ€™t believe me.

A jury wouldnโ€™t have, either, if Iโ€™d gone on trial, and most definitely not the judge. My attorney had more than a few reservations about my story. Ms. Allerton hadnโ€™t said as much. She didnโ€™t need to. I saw it in her eyes, could tell by the way she shuffled and reshuffled her papers, as if doing so might shake my lies clean off the pages, leaving only the truth behind in her inky, royal blue swirls.

After our first meeting Iโ€™d concluded she mustโ€™ve known early onโ€”before she shook my hand with her icy fingersโ€”that I was a liar. Before sheโ€™d walked into the room in shiny, four-inch heels, sheโ€™d no doubt decided sheโ€™d heard my excuses, or a variation thereof, from countless clients already. I was yet another person claiming to be innocent. Another criminal whoโ€™d remained adamant theyโ€™d done nothing wrong, it wasnโ€™t their fault, honest, despite the overwhelming amount of evidence to the contrary, a wall of impending doom surrounding me.

And still, at the time Iโ€™d believed the only reason Ms. Allerton had taken on my case pro-bono was because of the amount of publicity it gave her firm. Reducing my sentenceโ€”for there would be oneโ€”would amplify her legacy as a hot-shot lawyer. Iโ€™d accepted her help. There was no other option. I needed her knowledge, her expertise, saw her as my final hope. I now know her motivations were something else Iโ€™d miscalculated. All hope extinguished. Game over.

If Iโ€™m being fair, the judgements Ms. Allerton and other people had made about me werenโ€™t completely wrong. I had told lies, some, anyway. While that stripped away part of my claim to innocence, it didnโ€™t mean I was entirely guilty. Not of the things everybody said Iโ€™d done. Things Iโ€™d had no choice but to confess to, despite that being my biggest lie of all.

But Iโ€™ll tell you the truth. The whole truth and nothing but. Iโ€™ll start at the beginning, and share everything that happened. Every last detail leading up to one fateful night. The night someone died because of me. The night I lost you, too.

I wonโ€™t expect your forgiveness. Our relationshipโ€”or lack thereofโ€”will have gone way beyond that point. No. All I can hope for, is that my side of the story will one day help you understand why I did the things I did.

And why I have to do the things Iโ€™ve not yet done.


Excerpted from Sister Dear by Hannah Mary McKinnon, Copyright ยฉ 2020 by Hannah McKinnon.ย 
Published by MIRA Books

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Hannah Mary McKinnon was born in the UK, grew up in Switzerland and moved to Canada in 2010. After a successful career in recruitment, she quit the corporate world in favor of writing, and is now the author of The Neighbors and Her Secret Son. She lives in Oakville, Ontario, with her husband and three sons, and is delighted by her twenty-second commute.

Have you read Sister Dear? Is it on your TBR? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time…

adult, ARC, blog tour, contemporary, fantasy, mystery, New Adult, Romance, Sci-Fi, thriller, ya

๐ŸŒž May Wrap Up ๐ŸŒž

Guys I am so proud of myself this month! For the first time ever, I finished all my arcs releasing this month! This is giving me a huge boost of motivation to keep it up!

I competed in both Words & Whimsy Reading Challenge and the Bookemon Readathon. I finished criteria in WWRC, which I’m always excited about. I ended up reading 12 books again this month! I also read a few books over 600 pages, which is kind of unheard of from me!

My favorite read this month was From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L Armentrout. I couldn’t put it down. My least favorite was probably The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea. I just had a lot of trouble with the pacing and found myself getting bored.

Here’s what I ended up reading this month!

Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
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Great conclusion to the series! It made me sob in the shower.

The Stone of Sorrow by Brook Carter
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I still can’t get over this cover.

Sisters of the Perilous Heart by Sandra L Vasher
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The virus in this book was SO interesting!

Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin
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This was a second close to being my favorite read of the month!

The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall
๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒž.5
I wish I liked this one more than I did. I really wanted to.

This is How I Lied by Heather Gudenkauf
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My fave thriller of the month! It got CRAY!

Breath like Water by Anna Jarzab
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This book was so beautifully written. The descriptions were swoon-worthy.

Out Now by Saundra Mitchell
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Such a fun grouping of LGBT short stories!

The Dark In-Between by Elizabeth Hrib
๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒž.5
This is an AMAZING debut! I loved it!

From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L Armentrout
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The only way to describe my fave read this month : ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ

Sister Dear by Hannah Mary McKinnon
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Blog tour excerpt coming June 2!

Four Days of You and Me by Miranda Kenneally
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Super cute, quick contemporary!

๐ŸŒž Stats ๐ŸŒž

๐ŸŒž Goodreads Goal : 53/120. I am FOUR books AHEAD of schedule! WHAT?!
๐ŸŒž I read 12 books again, same as last month, but I read 5025 pages! Almost 1k more than last month. I had some chunkers! My average rating was also up from last month – 3.88!
๐ŸŒž Genre wise, I read six fantasies, two contemporaries, and two thrillers, and one each of scifi and anthology!
๐ŸŒž This was a very YA fantasy heavy month – 5 of them! In total I read 9 YAs, two adult and one new adult book.
๐ŸŒž And my ARCs! I am so proud to say I finished all eight May arcs! I have 10 next month. I think I can do it!

๐ŸŒž Yearly Goal Check In ๐ŸŒž

๐ŸŒž Goal of 10 books a month : I passed this again with 12! I hope to keep up the momentum!
๐ŸŒž TBR Posts : I missed last Sunday! I’m still trying to figure out a system for blogging and working out and cooking all with a three year old. My husband helps, but let’s face it. My kid is a momma’s boy! I’ll get there eventually!
๐ŸŒž Words & Whimsy : I got to chat with a great MG author this month, Sarah Mlynowski! It was so much fun and she was so knowledgeable!
๐ŸŒž Words & Whimsy Reading Challenge : Team Gaia won the Broken Worlds edition! Next month is a theme everyone is sure to love – be sure to check it out!
๐ŸŒž Mithah Reads : This poor little blog. I have so much to catch up on! I’m going to make more of an effort this month, I pinky promise!

What did your May reading month look like? What was your favorite read? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time…

adult, ARC, mystery, review, three star book, thriller

๐Ÿคซ Deny Me ARC Review ๐Ÿคซ

๐Ÿคซ Title: Deny Me
๐Ÿคซ Author: Karen Cole
๐Ÿคซ Publisher: Quercus
๐Ÿคซ Publish Date: April 2, 2020
๐Ÿคซ Book Form: E-ARC
๐Ÿคซ Pages: 368
๐Ÿคซ Genre: Thriller, Adult
๐Ÿคซ Dates Read: Apr 11 – Apr 14
๐Ÿคซ Rating: ๐Ÿคซ๐Ÿคซ๐Ÿคซ.5

Thank you to Netgalley and Quercus for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and feelings are my own.

Thirty-two-year-old Jessica is newly divorced and has returned home to live with her parents whilst she puts the pieces of her life back together. But Jessica isn’t the only one with problems, as her mother, Jean, has recently been diagnosed with dementia.

Shortly after Jessica’s arrival, one of the neighbours falls to her death, in what appears to be a terrible accident. However, Jean claims that the woman was murdered by her husband and that she witnessed the whole thing.

With Jean’s memory rapidly deteriorating, her family dismiss her story, believing Jean is confused. But when Jessica learns that the couple next door’s marriage may have been in trouble, she begins to wonder if her mother did see something after all.

Jessica is determined to discover the truth, but soon uncovers much more than she bargained for…

– Goodreads

I was super interested to read this book. My grandfather had Alzheimer’s, so I was excited to read about an MC with it. It’s an awful disease, but I wanted to see how Karen Cole would spin the character. I thought Jean was very believable. I saw parallels to what my grandpa went though. You never know what to believe in those early to mid stages. Sometimes they seem fine, and sometimes they aren’t. It was heartbreaking.

Jessica was a great protagonist. She was smart, questioned everything, trusted the wrong people. It made for a very compelling story. I was gripping my seat at the end! There’s a surprise hero and a ton of action.

I was a little disappointed that the beginning mystery ended up not being the mystery that was investigated. The one that was investigated was compelling, but I wanted closure on the first mystery! I was left with questions and was a little disappointed.

The mystery that was investigated was full of family drama and secrets, one of my favorite things in a thriller. You were left questioning everyone and everything. The ending shocked me! I think I audibly gasped when I realized who the villain was! I did not see it coming.

I would definitely recommend if you are a thriller lover! I was invested from the get-go.

Is Deny Me on your TBR? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time…

ARC, mystery, three star book, thriller, ya

๐ŸŽ  All The Pretty Things ARC Review ๐ŸŽ 

๐ŸŽ  Title: All the Pretty Things
๐ŸŽ  Author: Emily Arsenault
๐ŸŽ  Publisher: Delacorte Press
๐ŸŽ  Publish Date: March 17, 2020
๐ŸŽ  Book Form: E-ARC
๐ŸŽ  Pages: 352
๐ŸŽ  Genre: YA, Mystery, Thriller
๐ŸŽ  Dates Read: Mar 29 – Mar 30
๐ŸŽ  Rating: ๐ŸŽ ๐ŸŽ ๐ŸŽ .5

For fans of Sadie and The Cheerleaders comes an all new thriller about a boy who turns up dead under suspicious circumstances and the one girl who may be the key to solving the mystery of his untimely death.

For Ivy, summer means roller-coaster season, spinning cotton candy at the Fabuland amusement park, and hanging out with her best friend, Morgan. But this summer is different.

One morning, Morgan finds a dead body. It’s their former classmate and coworker Ethan. To make matters worse, Morgan is taken to a hospital psych ward only days later, and she’s not saying much–not even to Ivy.

The police claim that Ethan simply took a bad fall, but Ivy isn’t convinced and realizes it’s up to her to get answers. What she finds is unsettling–it’s clear that some people aren’t being honest about Ethan’s last night at Fabuland. Including Morgan. And the more secrets Ivy uncovers, the closer she gets to unraveling dark truths that will change her life forever.

– Goodreads

So, I’m one of those people who reads reviews before I start a book. I don’t know why, it’s just a craving I have. I have to know what others think and if I think the same. I don’t really think it messes with my interpretation of the book. Especially not in this case. The reviews I read said it was predictable and they knew the bad guy from chapter 3. I did not.

Ivy was a likable main character. She seemed genuinely concerned about her best friend, Morgan and solving Ethan’s cause of death. They said he fell, but not everything adds up. She had feelings that I think I would have at 17. She was my favorite character.

The side characters were all interesting and likable too. She had a unique relationship with each of them that seemed well thought out. She seemed like a real girl, which I really liked. Ivy was someone you’d meet in highschool any day.

Ivy’s dad was the worst. He was misogynist, creepy, and said the worst things. I hated seeing him on the page. I cringed every time and just could not fathom having any family member like that. Like, he was the literal worst. He was gross. I just can’t say enough about how much I hated him.

There ended up being two mysteries, neither of which I really figured out. I kind of had an idea about Morgan’s mystery, but not Ethan’s. It was a fast, easy read. It just didn’t quite stand up to other YA mysteries I have read recently.

Have you read All The Pretty Things? What were your thoughts? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time…

adult, contemporary, fantasy, Five Star Book, LGBT, Romance, ya

๐ŸŒน Beauty and the Beast Book Tag ๐ŸŒน

Tags are so fun and I am so glad my friend Erin tagged me in this! She’s a baby blogger. You should all go give her a like or follow over at EagerBeaverReader!

Beauty and the Beast is my favorite Disney movie and has been since I was a child. I mean, who doesn’t want Belle’s library?! This tag was found at The Book Nut. Let’s dive in!

๐ŸŒน โ€œOh what a guy, Gaston!โ€ A villain you canโ€™t help but love ๐ŸŒน

The Darkling from Shadow and Bone for sure. He’s a love/hate kinda guy and I think we all secretly wish for him and Alina to be together.

๐ŸŒน โ€œHereโ€™s where she meets Prince Charmingโ€ Your OTP ๐ŸŒน

Kaz and Inej 10000%. I will ship them until I die.

๐ŸŒน โ€œI want so much more than this provincial lifeโ€ A character destined for greater things ๐ŸŒน

Alex and Henry are going to rule the world with so much love and inclusion. I want to live in this universe!

๐ŸŒน โ€œBe our guest!โ€ A book that made you hungry. ๐ŸŒน

Between the baking and the grilled cheese wars, I just wanted to eat the most unhealthy things while reading this book.

๐ŸŒน โ€œBeauty and the Beastโ€ Opposites attract. ๐ŸŒน

Ok, hear me out. There was a mild love interest in this, and they are definitely opposites.

๐ŸŒน โ€œBut thereโ€™s something in him that I simply didnโ€™t seeโ€ A character who is more than they appear ๐ŸŒน

Who is good? Who is bad? No one is who you think they are. This is the book all other thrillers have to live up to now.

๐ŸŒน โ€œI was innocent and certain, now Iโ€™m wiser but unsureโ€ A book that changed you in some way ๐ŸŒน

D1V is more than just a gamer. She stands up for what she believes in and tries to make a stand against cyber bulling, especially in the cruel world of online games. I want to be more like her.

๐ŸŒน โ€œKill the Beast!โ€ A book you picked up because of hype. ๐ŸŒน

And did I love it as much as everyone else did? Of course I did!

๐ŸŒน โ€œIโ€™ll never shake away the painโ€ A book or moment that always makes you cry ๐ŸŒน

My sweet JVN has been though some shit. My heart hurt for him the whole time I was listening. I’m so amazed that he could come out on top and be the beautiful human that he is.

๐ŸŒน โ€œHow does a moment last foreverโ€ A book that youโ€™ve loved since you were little. ๐ŸŒน

When I was three my Nana thought I was reading this book. She called my mom in a panic/surprise. They then realized I was holding the book upside down and had just memorized it.

I loved this tag! Some of the prompts really made me think!

What would your answers be for the prompts? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time…

adult, mystery, Romance, thriller

๐Ÿ“š Down the TBR Bonus! ๐Ÿ“š

Hey guys! I am deep into The Queen’s Assassin and loving it so far. Today I decided to do a bonus TBR and hopefully I’ll have my The Queen’s Assassin review tomorrow!

Today we are going to clean out all the books added on July 11, 2015. My TBR is starting at 1860 and we’ll be looking at 16 books!

โœ” What I Kept โœ”

โœ” Hand of Fate by Lis Wiehl

I have book one on my tbr this month actually, so I’ll keep for now. If I don’t like book 1, I’ll come back and delete this.

โœ” Heart of Ice by Lis Wiehl

Same as above. It stays unless I don’t like book 1 or 2!

โœ” Dark Lover by JR Ward

Oh, boy. Here we go. So I was on the fence about this one, but then I saw that a ton of my friends rated this 4-5 stars. This has 19 books in the series, and I have 10 on my list for today. So I’ll just add them all below this one, and they stay until I don’t like them ๐Ÿ™‚

The Rest of the Black Dagger Brotherhood Series on my TBR:
โœ” Lover Eternal
โœ” Lover Revealed
โœ” Lover Unbound
โœ” Lover Enshrined
โœ” Lover Avenged
โœ” Lover Unleashed
โœ” Lover at Last
โœ” The King
โœ” The Shadows

โœ˜ What I Deleted โœ˜

โœ˜ Wake by Amanda Hocking

I was really on the fence about this one, but after reading some reviews I decided to skip. My late teens/early 20s would have been the time to read this I think

โœ˜ Lullaby by Amanda Hocking

Book 2 of the Watersong series, so it goes too.

โœ˜ Tidal by Amanda Hocking

Tidal rounds out the Watersong trilogy.

โœ˜ Forgotten Lyrics by Amanda Hocking

A novella for the Watersong trilogy. #0.5

Well, I honestly thought that would go differently. I only deleted 4, so my TBR is at 1856. I didn’t expect to keep 10 out of a 19 book series so that kind of sucks. But they sound good and my friends liked them so we will see!

Have you read the Black Dagger Brotherhood series? Was it worth keeping? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time…

ARC, Five Star Book, mystery, thriller, ya

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder ARC Review!

Thank you to Netgalley and Electric Monkey for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and feelings are my own.

The case is closed. Five years ago, schoolgirl Andie Bell was murdered by Sal Singh. The police know he did it. Everyone in town knows he did it.

But having grown up in the same small town that was consumed by the murder, Pippa Fitz-Amobi isn’t so sure. When she chooses the case as the topic for her final year project, she starts to uncover secrets that someone in town desperately wants to stay hidden. And if the real killer is still out there, how far will they go to keep Pip from the truth?

A debut YA crime thriller as addictive as Serial and as page-turning as One of Us Is Lying.

– Goodreads

Okay, I first featured this book on First Impression Friday. I started this late Thursday night – like 8pm. I read it until my husband begged me to go to bed because the kindle light was bothering him. I finished Friday at around 6pm. And I worked 8-5 on Friday. I read it ALL DAY AT WORK. Luckily we were all caught up. But I could not put this down.

This has so many true crime podcasts vibes I felt like I was listening to one. Going about the case backwards. Finding suspects, finding clues, interviewing people associated with the crimes, the players, the suspect, and the victim. A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder is told in present tense, with bits of Pip’s senior project about the crime thrown in. I loved that formatting and really thought it brought a lot to the story.

The relationships in this book really stuck out to me, too. Pip and her dad were really close, which is something I don’t see a lot in YA novels. My dad and I have always been close, so it was nice to see that! She also has a cute relationship with her brother and her dog. Her mom didn’t make many appearances, but it seemed she had a good relationship with her as well.
Pip had many friends that you saw throughout the story and how their friendship changes as she is investigating.
My favorite was with Pip and Ravi. At first he wants nothing to do with her, then they become friends and it makes my heart soar.

The investigation was very well thought out. The clues were interesting, but it didn’t give everything away. There’s even a murder board! Who hasn’t wanted to make one of those?! The ending KILLED ME. I didn’t expect it and it just blew my mind.

I just felt like I grew so close to Pip. I can’t wait to see the next leg of her and Ravi’s journey in Good Girl, Bad Blood releasing April 30! Preorder here.

Add A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder to your Goodreads TBR here. I promise, you want to.
Buy A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder at Penguin Random House or Amazon.

Have you read A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder? What did you think? If not, is it going on your tbr? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time…

ARC, contemporary, fantasy, Historical Fiction, mystery, Romance, thriller, ya

Stacking the Shelves

I did this post last week and loved it so I decided to do it again! Maybe this will become a weekly post. Who knows?

This meme is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. Here’s how it works:

“Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!”

This week I got an amazing arc box! I also got five e-galleys from Netgalley. Let’s see what I got!

Crave by Tracy Wolff

My whole world changed when I stepped inside the academy. Nothing is right about this place or the other students in it. Here I am, a mere mortal among godsโ€ฆor monsters. I still canโ€™t decide which of these warring factions I belong to, if I belong at all. I only know the one thing that unites them is their hatred of me.

I’ve seen this advertised as the new and improved Twilight. Honestly, I can’t wait.

Open Fire by Amber Lough

A dramatic page-turner that captures the devastating toll of war and the impact of women’s struggles and solidarity, through the lens of a little-known slice of history.

Honestly, the cover freaks me out. This is set in 1917 Russia. A 17 year old girl goes to war – and finds she was very disillusioned.

Chasing Lucky by Jenn Bennett

In this coming-of-age romance perfect for fans of Jenny Han and Sarah Dessen, scandal and romance collide when an ambitious teen returns to her hometown only to have her plans interrupted after falling for the townโ€™s โ€œbad boyโ€โ€”a.k.a. her childhood best friend.

Honestly, I did not expect to get approved for this. I haven’t read Jenn’s romances yet, so I’m excited to finally try. I’ve heard great things.

The Mall by Megan McCafferty

“The year is 1991. Scrunchies, mixtapes and 90210 are, like, totally fresh. Cassie Worthy is psyched to spend the summer after graduation working at the Parkway Center Mall. In six weeks, she and her boyfriend head off to college in NYC to fulfill The Plan: higher education and happily ever after.
But you know what they say about the best laid plans…”

I was a 90’s kid. I can’t wait to go back!

The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant

Les Misรฉrables meets Six of Crows in this page-turning adventure as a young thief finds herself going head to head with leaders of Paris’s criminal underground in the wake of the French Revolution.

Adventures. Thieves. Set in France. Fans of Six of Crows? This book was written for me.

I Killed Zoe Spanos by Kit Frick

For fans of Sadie and Serial, this gripping thriller follows two teens whose lives become inextricably linked when one confesses to murder and the other becomes determined to uncover the real truth no matter the cost.

Again, fans of Serial. That’s me! I love these books. Keep them coming YA authors!

Have you heard of any of these gems? Are you on the lookout for them? What are you most excited for? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time…

ARC, contemporary, mystery, thriller, ya

First Impression Friday!

Another week done! I am super excited for this weekend. We are going to a zoo about an hour and a half away and there will also be a renaissance faire that day! My child, husband, and I all have costumes. My son will love seeing all the animals and I’ll love seeing all the faire!

So today we are going to talk about A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson.

“The case is closed. Five years ago, schoolgirl Andie Bell was murdered by Sal Singh. The police know he did it. Everyone in town knows he did it.

But having grown up in the same small town that was consumed by the murder, Pippa Fitz-Amobi isn’t so sure. When she chooses the case as the topic for her final year project, she starts to uncover secrets that someone in town desperately wants to stay hidden. And if the real killer is still out there, how far will they go to keep Pip from the truth?

A debut YA crime thriller as addictive as Serial and as page-turning as One of Us Is Lying.
– Goodreads

Okay, see that last, bolded part? As addictive as Serial. I LOVE THAT PODCAST! I am a true crime freak. I’ve been reading Ann Rule forever and have recently gotten very into true crime audios. I also love true crime podcasts. I started with Culpable (a must listen. It happened about an hour away from where I live!), next was Serial, and I’ve just gone down the rabbit hole since. I saw that and knew I had to get this book. I am so lucky to have received an arc! Thanks Netgalley and Electric Monkey!

I read the first chapter pretty quickly. It is Pippa, or Pip, saying why she chose to delve into this murder that was “solved” five years ago. She is researching it as her capstone project for school – kind of like a senior research paper. I definitely got Serial vibes so far. Basically, Andrea, or Andi, left her home about 1030 pm. She didn’t pick her parents up at 1254am like she was supposed to. She was never seen again. They all think Sal, her boyfriend, did it. This sounds like the first season of Serial – which I devoured.

After a little intro, we then see the first part of Pip’s capstone project. We see her interview with a missing person specialist. She writes why she chose this topic and what she hopes to accomplish.

There are rave reviews about this one. I think I will be added to the bunch. The first chapter was so enthralling. I 100% feel this will be a five star read!

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder came out on February 4. Add it to your Goodreads TBR here. Order a copy from Amazon here!

What do you think of my first impression? Have you read this novel? Was it on point? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time…

adult, ARC, mystery, three star book, thriller

The Girls Weekend ARC Review

Thank you to Netgalley and Crooked Lane books for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and feelings are my own.

Their reunion just became a crime scene . . .

June Moody, a thirty-something English professor, just wants to get away from her recent breakup and reunite with girlfriends over summer break. Her old friend and longtime nemesis, Sadie MacTavish, a mega-successful author, invites June and her college friends to a baby shower at her sprawling estate in the San Juan Islands. June is less than thrilled to spend time with Sadie–and her husband, June’s former crush–but agrees to go.

The party gets off to a shaky start when old grudges resurface, but when they wake the next morning, they find something worse: Sadie is missing, the house is in shambles, and bloodstains mar the staircase. None of them has any memory of the night before; they wonder if they were drugged. Everyone’s a suspect. Since June had a secret rendezvous with Sadie’s husband, she has plenty of reason to suspect herself. Apparently, so do the cops.

A Celtic knot of suspense and surprise, this brooding, atmospheric novel will keep you guessing as each twist reveals a new possibility. It will remind you of friendships hidden in the depths of your own past, and make you wonder how well you really know the people you’ve loved the longest.

– Goodreads

What to say about The Girls Weekend? It was a solid three star. Nothing bad, but nothing grand either. It was a typical mystery/thriller.

June gets talked into going to a girls weekend with her four best friends from college. She only talks to one of them nowadays. Once there, she starts having fun, until the second night. Everyone wakes up with no memory of what happened and one of their friends is missing.

I never guess who did it. Ever. I am the literal worst. But I guessed it in this book! About 30ish percent in I was like, yeah, this one did it. I don’t know how I feel about guessing it. I’m kind of like, yay, I actually got one! But then I wonder how good it actually was if I could guess the killer. Of course there were clues to lead you astray, red herrings, all that sort of thing. But I found it pretty obvious.

June and the other cast of characters were all good. I liked who I was supposed to and disliked who I was supposed to. My favorite was Kimi, though. She seemed super fun! I want to hang out with her.

What brought it to a three star for me was the ending. I felt like it could have ended a chapter or two earlier. It was basically just what happened in the aftermath, but it wasn’t anything interesting! I was pretty disappointed.

If you’re a thriller fan, you’ll probably like this one. I will definitely recommend it to my thriller reading friends!

What do you think about The Girls Weekend? Is it going on your tbr?

Until next time…