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What I bought this week

Even though I keep pretty busy with my review books, I still always check Amazon for great deals on good books – which means that my TBR pile is ever-growing.

Here’s my haul for this week! Let me know if you have read any and share your thoughts:

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Nine-year-old twins Abigail and Olivia vow never to be parted. But when Abigail goes missing from Blackwater Farm, DC Jennifer Knight must find her before it’s too late. 

Twin sister Olivia has been mute since Abigail’s disappearance. But when she whispers in Jennifer’s ear, Jennifer realises it is Abigail’s voice pleading to be found. 

A damp and decaying house set in acres of desolate scrubland, the farm is a place of secrets, old and new – and Jennifer must unravel them all in order to find the lost girl. But could Olivia’s bond with her twin hold the key to finding Abigail? And can Jennifer break through her silence in time to save her sister’s life?


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An epic tale of one man’s courage in the face of genocide and his granddaughter’s quest to tell his story

In the heart of the Ottoman Empire as World War I rages, Stepan Miskjian’s world becomes undone. He is separated from his family as they are swept up in the government’s mass deportation of Armenians into internment camps. Gradually realizing the unthinkable—that they are all being driven to their deaths—he fights, through starvation and thirst, not to lose hope. Just before killing squads slaughter his caravan during a forced desert march, Stepan manages to escape, making a perilous six-day trek to the Euphrates River carrying nothing more than two cups of water and one gold coin. In his desperate bid for survival, Stepan dons disguises, outmaneuvers gendarmes, and, when he least expects it, encounters the miraculous kindness of strangers.

The Hundred-Year Walk alternates between Stepan’s saga and another journey that takes place a century later, after his family discovers his long-lost journals. Reading this rare firsthand account, his granddaughter Dawn MacKeen finds herself first drawn into the colorful bazaars before the war and then into the horrors Stepan later endured. Inspired to retrace his steps, she sets out alone to Turkey and Syria, shadowing her resourceful, resilient grandfather across a landscape still rife with tension. With his journals guiding her, she grows ever closer to the man she barely knew as a child. Their shared story is a testament to family, to home, and to the power of the human spirit to transcend the barriers of religion, ethnicity, and even time itself. 


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When historian Carrie Jo Jardine accepted her dream job as the chief historian at Seven Sisters in Mobile, Alabama, she had no idea what she would encounter. The moldering old plantation housed more than a few boxes of antebellum artifacts and forgotten oil paintings. Secrets lived there””and they demanded to be set free.

When young, wealthy Ashland Stuart offered Carrie Jo the job, he had no idea that she had a secret of her own. Carrie Jo dreams about the past. An unexpected accident takes Carrie Jo back in time as a witness to life at the plantation over 150 years ago. An impassioned plea from Ashland puts Carrie Jo in a precarious position as the two work together to find a missing heiress, the young and beautiful Calpurnia Cottonwood.

A collection of journals and a series of dreams give Carrie Jo all the clues she needs to find the missing girl, but both a present-day danger and one from the past try to stop her. Will Carrie Jo solve the mystery of the house or will she pay the ultimate price?

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Dangerous Behavior by Nancy Bush

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Fans of classic mysteries will love the latest by Nancy Bush (one of my favorites!) which isn’t necessarily action-packed, but will put readers’ detective skills to the test in pursuit of some “thrill killers” and their puppeteer.

The book centers on the murder of Joe Ford, whose estranged brother, ex-police officer Sam Ford, was summoned to his house the day his boat catches fire, killing him and leaving his wife Julia badly injured. Sam and Julia were once a hot item and the brothers fell out over the marriage, but despite their differences, Sam is determined to catch his brother’s killer. The case quickly centers around recent business dealings of Joe’s and other financial bigwigs in the area. In a small town, everyone knows everyone’s business, and everyone’s connected. Untangling everything is a big task.

This is definitely one of those cases where it seems so straightforward but soon small twists take the story in other directions. It’s interesting to see how it slowly unravels. And there are a ton of suspects so readers will remain guessing until the end – at least I did.

And there’s a great little twist at the end. Loved it.

The thrill killer seems provide some action but mostly the novel follow Sam and Julia as she tries to remember that day and Sam tries to make sense of his brothers final days – a rough task since they were estranged. I didn’t mind this because it allowed me to focus on the mystery in the story rather than all of the action and movement.

Like I said, it really is a classic mystery-type story.

I don’t know if Bush will go back to this town or these characters in the future for more, but I would definitely read more about them. And there’s plenty of interesting stories in there somewhere, with all the characters that she introduces.

Another winner here, folks.

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“Dead Letters” book signing!

Today, Claire Dolan-Leach, author of the suspense-filled “Dead Letters,” did a book signing in my area! I was super excited to meet her after enjoying her novel.

She was really sweet in person and excited to share her first novel. I’m really looking forward to her future works, as this young author shows so much potential.

Read my review here!

Here’s a link to a Nylon Magazine article with more about the book and Dolan-Leach.


I usually get timid at these events, since I’m trying not to fangirl too much, I forget everything I want to say!

Dead Letters is available now!

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The Lost Children by Helen Phifer

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“The Lost Children” is a dark, twisty thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat from the first page to the last.

I know that sounds like a bit of a book cliché, but it’s the truth I couldn’t put this book down once I started it. Even after I had figured out part of the mystery, I just had to keep reading to see if I was right.

Needless to say, I loved this book.

Lucy Harwin is back at work after a three-month break, which she took after a case went wrong. On her first day back a body has appeared in an old children’s asylum, which closed in the 1970s, with the injuries resembling a botched lobotomy. Is the modern-day murder connected to the old place? If so, how.

As the modern day storyline unfolds we are also transported back to the children’s ward of the asylum to see the events which have led up to this current predicament.

The book has an intensely creepy vibe, which the author does a great job of keeping up throughout the entire novel. The crimes are brutal and aren’t for those with a weak stomach, but it really adds to the atmosphere of the novel. I mean what’s more creepy than an abandoned asylum and a possibly psychotic killer seeking revenge?

Like I said I figured out part of the ending but I wasn’t disappointed because I still didn’t have the entire picture. Once that entire picture is revealed it really is quite a ride to the end to see how everything turns out.

Also I enjoyed the personal story lines surrounding the officers just as much as I enjoyed the mystery. They weren’t overwhelming compared to the mystery, which still took center stage, but there were enough little nuggets to keep me interested throughout the book.

My only complaint is that the book ended kind of abruptly. I wish some of the storylines got more time in the end. But it looks like this will become a series, based on the author note at the end of the novel, so I will just have to wait until the next book.

And I’ll definitely be reading it.

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One Perfect Lie by Lisa Scottoline

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Lisa Scottoline excels at making people look past everyday, ordinary events and see what lies underneath. Her new thriller, “One Perfect Lie,” is no different – filled with twists and turns, you’re left turning the last page and thinking, “What are the people I know hiding?”

I’m going to try to keep spoilers out of this, so it may be vague, but trust me, you’re going to want to discover them yourself.

From the first page, we know that Chris Brennan, who is applying for a teaching position in a Philadelphia suburb, is lying to everyone. He’s not really a teacher, he’s part of a plan and he needs to find a student from the baseball team to help him with it. He soon targets three friends, Jordan, Evan, and Raz. Each comes from a family whose mother is struggling while trying to maintain the illusion of perfection. What follows is a tale that weaves its way into these suburban homes and exposes a plan that could have major implications.

The book took me about 5 chapters to really get into, but once I was hooked, I was HOOKED. The twists and turns are a mile-a-minute, with each one making you pause and think, “Could this be someone I know?” That’s really the theme of the book: that what you see on the surface may not be the whole story.

I like books like that, that make you think and keep you guessing. Especially with social media these days, everything may seem out in the open, but it’s really not, is it? Texting, Facebook, etc., feature heavily in the novel, which was interesting. I like that Scottoline is able to incorporate things that people deal with everyday into her work, not only that, but it feels fresh, not boring.

I’m hoping Scottoline does some follow-up with these characters, since there is an opening there for more. I would love to see how things look months down the road for these people, who I really got invested in (a sign of what a good writer Scottoline is).

If you like mysteries and classic “whodunnits,” this book will hold your attention to the end and keep you guessing. Her novels aren’t “blood and guts,” they’re classic suspense and thrills all around!

Highly recommended.

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Blog Tour: Toward A Secret Sky by Heather Maclean (Review, Random Things and Giveaway!)

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Hello everyone! I’m so excited to be part of the blog tour for Toward a Secret Sky by Heather Maclean (More information and links to the other stops here!)

About the book
 

Shortly after 17-year-old Maren Hamilton is orphaned and sent to live with grandparents she’s never met in Scotland, she receives an encrypted journal from her dead mother that makes her and everyone around her a target. It confirms that her parents were employed by a secret, international organization that’s now intent on recruiting her. As Maren works to unravel the clues left behind by her mother, a murderous madness sweeps through the local population, terrorizing her small town. Maren must decide if she’ll continue her parents’ fight or stay behind to save her friends.

With the help of Gavin, an otherworldly mercenary she’s not supposed to fall in love with, and Graham, a charming aristocrat who is entranced with her, Maren races against the clock and around the country from palatial estates with twisted labyrinths to famous cathedrals with booby-trapped subterranean crypts to stay ahead of the enemy and find a cure. Along the way, she discovers the great truth of love: that laying down your life for another isn’t as hard as watching them sacrifice everything for you.

This book is awesome and five lucky people are going to win a free copy! Enter here!

After the jump, you’ll find tons more information about the book – including my review, and a Random Things list by the author!

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