Monday, July 18, 2022

The Vanishing Triangle

Another review! The Vanishing Triangle published May 1. A novel about murdered women in Ireland.

*I received a free copy of this novel from NetGalley and Amazon Publishing UK for my honest review.*

I am all about true crime TV and stories, but this book was disturbing for many reasons. There was a lot of information about Ireland, the IRA, war and the politics in the country. So much strife and then missing girls and women and the violence that women face on the regular in Ireland.

Claire McGowan is a great writer and this book was set up in a great way to understand the main location - The Vanishing Triangle - that the women have gone missing from. There was a lot of detail from the initial investigations but also from the special team that tried to investigate a group of the murders later. It's hard to believe that there could be so many reasons for the missing girls to have fallen through the cracks.

I will definitely recommend to anyone looking for a true crime read. Four stars for me.

Thursday, July 14, 2022

The Next Thing You Know

 I am so behind on reviews! I decided earlier this year to sell my condo and buy a house and most of my time has been spent on that. And now that things are almost at the end, I am being overwhelmed with the list of NetGalley reviews I need to do.

*I received a free copy of this novel from NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for my honest review.*

I think I have read each of Strawser's novels and this one was by far my favorite! If you need a tear jerker, look no further. She really knows how to pull at your heart strings!

The description of the book can be overwhelming at first glance - what on earth is an end of life doula? - but after Kelly explains her process in the first couple of chapters, I was hooked. I can see how this process could have made things much easier for loved ones that I have lost.

Strawser is an amazing writer and when reading this novel, I was in awe of her story telling abilities. Definitely a must read! Five stars!

If you have never read any of Jessica Strawser's novels and you like women's lit, give her a try. I don't think you will be disappointed! This novel was published March 22, 2022. (I am so behind on reviews!)

Saturday, February 26, 2022

Before She was Found and The Overnight Guest

I found Heather Gudenkauf a few years ago through my library newsletter or new book releases and have been following her and reading her previous books ever since. I have never read a book that she has written that I didn't like.

Three pre-teen girls in a small Iowa town are researching a local urban legend when a tragedy happens and the 3 girls and their families are thrust into a police investigation. And it takes a lot of investigating to unravel what has happened.

In a slow build up of various points of view, we learn of school bullying, dark web messaging, and the angst of trying to fit in. Several red herrings throughout will leave you guessing until the end what happened to bring the girls and their families to the tragic night. 

Five stars and a great listen on the audio version!

Gudenkauf's most recent release starts off 20 years prior with a family massacre and missing teenagers. In the current time frame, a writer has rented the abandoned farmhouse where the tragedy occurred while she finishes her true crime novel on the murders. When a winter storm rolls through and cuts her off from the town and all neighbors, she finds a boy half frozen in the yard.

So many things are happening in this book and it is hard to see how they will all fit together, but then they do and it blows your mind! Gudenkauf is a master story teller and this book is just the latest proof of that!

Five stars for me and another fantastic listen on the audio version!

Friday, February 25, 2022

Finlay Donocan Knocks 'Em Dead

 Highly recommend this book and this series! Start with Finlay Donovan is Killing it! Do it! Today! Finlay Donovan Knocks 'Em Dead came out in February 2022. I gave it 5 stars.

*I received a free copy of this novel from NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for my honest review.*

Elle Cosimano has done it again! Finlay Donovan Knocks 'Em Dead is a smart, sassy, and superb read! I loved the first book so much and was very hopeful that this book would be just as good and it did not disappoint me. At all!!

Finlay is still faking her career as a hired killer, but now is trying to figure out what is going on with her nanny, Vero, and keep someone from killing her pain in the rear ex-husband, Steven, without taking the fall for the attempts on his life. The situations Finlay gets herself into are so unbelievable yet so hilarious that you have to keep reading to see what is next.

I have recommended this book and the first book to so many people and they have all loved the books! If you have been on the fence, don't hesitate and read them today!

And Elle Cosimano, I can't wait for the next book!!!

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Up to No Gouda

 I keep reading and reading and reading and just don't take the time for reviews enough. I have a few to do for NetGalley reads and I have a large list of books from NetGalley to keep reading. I just get too excited about starting a new book to take the time. 

*I received a free copy of this novel from NetGalley and Dreamscape Media for my honest review of this audio book version.*

Carly has lost her husband, moved back to her hometown, and opened a grilled cheese diner in a very short amount of time. And while facing an eviction from the space she is renting, the new owner is murdered.

I enjoyed the first in this new cozy mystery series and am already looking forward to the next installment. The characters have been set up well for building on in the books to come and I am sure there will be more dastardly characters to off, as well. I only wish there were some recipes for the grilled cheese because I would like to try some of them!

I will definitely be checking into Balsam Dell, Vermont for the next book!

Five stars!