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Teaser Tuesday: Lies She Told by Cate Holohan

Welcome to Teaser Tuesday, the weekly Meme that wants you to add books to your TBR, or just share what you are currently reading. The meme is hosted by The Purple Booker!
It is very easy to play along:
Grab your current read

  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  •  Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! Everyone loves Teaser Tuesday.

I’m currently reading “Lies She Told” – which is a great “book within a book” concept. I’m liking it so far! Here’s your short teaser:

“This is really humiliating, you know? I mean, I don’t even know your first name and I’m confessing all my secrets.”

Happy reading!


About the Book

Sometimes the truth is darker than fiction.

Liza Jones has thirty days to write the thriller that could put her back on the bestseller list. In the meantime, she’s struggling to start a family with her husband, who is distracted by the disappearance of his best friend, Nick. With stresses weighing down in both her professional and her personal life, Liza escapes into writing her latest heroine.
Beth is a new mother who suspects her husband is cheating on her while she’s home alone providing for their newborn. Angry and betrayed, Beth sets out to catch him in the act and make him pay for shattering the illusion of their perfect life. But before she realizes it, she’s tossing the body of her husband’s mistress into the river.
Then the lines between fiction and reality begin to blur. Nick’s body is dragged from the Hudson and Liza’s husband is arrested for his murder. Before her deadline is up, Liza will have to face up to the truths about the people around her, including herself. If she doesn’t, the end of her heroine’s story could be the end of her own. 

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Review: Exposed by Lisa Scottoline

Exposed (Rosato & DiNunzio, #5)Exposed by Lisa Scottoline

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have no idea how Lisa Scottoline does it.

She takes complicated legal questions that would normally put laymen to sleep and turns them into edge-of-your-seat thrillers. I was seriously so into this book, I was swiping pages like crazy.

This is another Rosato & DiNunzio book, which finds Mary defending one of her closest family friends after what appears to be a straightforward firing discrimination case. But then Mary finds out that Bennie represents the parent company, pitting the partners against each other. And at the same time, the stakes in the case get even higher.

I was hooked from the beginning, with the chapters alternating between Mary and Bennie’s viewpoints. I loved seeing both sides of this story, especially since their friendship and partnership are so amazing. They’re awesome ladies. They make me want to change careers and find my own
Rosato & DiNunzio to work at!

And the secondary characters – Judy, The Tonys, Mary’s parents – are all great too. The cast really makes the books even better.v

And ok: THAT ENDING. OMG THAT. ENDING. Alright, I’m OK now that I got that out of my system.

Bottom line: this one’s another winner from Scottoline. If you’re a fan of hers – or heck, even if you’re not – you’ll want to pick this one up.

You won’t be disappointed.

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BookBub’s top fall Book Club picks!

I love talking about books. And I suspect many of you do too – which is why book clubs were invented! And BookBub, which I love because they’re free book deals have introduced me to so many great authors and series, has compiled a list of their favorite Book Club picks for fall.

Check out my top picks from the list and see if you agree!

Little Fires Everywhere

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In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.

Enter Mia Warren – an enigmatic artist and single mother – who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.

When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town–and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides.  Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs.

The Twelve-Mile Straight

img_7454Cotton County, Georgia, 1930: in a house full of secrets, two babies-one light-skinned, the other dark-are born to Elma Jesup, a white sharecropper’s daughter. Accused of her rape, field hand Genus Jackson is lynched and dragged behind a truck down the Twelve-Mile Straight, the road to the nearby town. In the aftermath, the farm’s inhabitants are forced to contend with their complicity in a series of events that left a man dead and a family irrevocably fractured.

Despite the prying eyes and curious whispers of the townspeople, Elma begins to raise her babies as best as she can, under the roof of her mercurial father, Juke, and with the help of Nan, the young black housekeeper who is as close to Elma as a sister. But soon it becomes clear that the ties that bind all of them together are more intricate than any could have ever imagined. As startling revelations mount, a web of lies begins to collapse around the family, destabilizing their precarious world and forcing all to reckon with the painful truth.

Acclaimed author Eleanor Henderson has returned with a novel that combines the intimacy of a family drama with the staggering presence of a great Southern saga. Tackling themes of racialized violence, social division, and financial crisis, The Twelve-Mile Straight is a startlingly timely, emotionally resonant, and magnificent tour de force.

Bluebird Bluebird

img_7455When it comes to law and order, East Texas plays by its own rules–a fact that Darren Mathews, a black Texas Ranger, knows all too well. Deeply ambivalent about growing up black in the lone star state, he was the first in his family to get as far away from Texas as he could. Until duty called him home.

When his allegiance to his roots puts his job in jeopardy, he travels up Highway 59 to the small town of Lark, where two murders–a black lawyer from Chicago and a local white woman–have stirred up a hornet’s nest of resentment. Darren must solve the crimes–and save himself in the process–before Lark’s long-simmering racial fault lines erupt. A rural noir suffused with the unique music, color, and nuance of East Texas, Bluebird, Bluebird is an exhilarating, timely novel about the collision of race and justice in America.

A Stolen Marriage

img_7456One mistake, one fateful night, and Tess DeMello’s life is changed forever.

It is 1944. Pregnant, alone, and riddled with guilt, twenty-three-year-old Tess DeMello abruptly gives up her budding career as a nurse and ends her engagement to the love of her life, unable to live a lie. Instead, she turns to the baby’s father for help and agrees to marry him, moving to the small, rural town of Hickory, North Carolina. Tess’s new husband, Henry Kraft, is a secretive man who often stays out all night, hides money from his new wife, and shows her no affection. Tess quickly realizes she’s trapped in a strange and loveless marriage with no way out.

The people of Hickory love and respect Henry but see Tess as an outsider, treating her with suspicion and disdain. When one of the town’s golden girls dies in a terrible accident, everyone holds Tess responsible. But Henry keeps his secrets even closer now, though it seems that everyone knows something about him that Tess does not.

When a sudden polio epidemic strikes Hickory, the townspeople band together to build a polio hospital. Tess knows she is needed and defies Henry’s wishes to begin working at there. Through this work, she begins to find purpose and meaning. Yet at home, Henry’s actions grow more alarming by the day. As Tess works to save the lives of her patients, can she untangle the truth behind her husband’s mysterious behavior and find the love—and the life—she was meant to have?

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Cover Reveal: Love, Secrets and Absolution by K.L. Loveley 



Welcome to the cover reveal for “Love, Secrets and Absolution” by K.L. Loveley. I’m looking forward to this one – a family psychological drama surrounding a mother and son. Enjoy!

Love, Secrets and Absolution
K.L. Loveley
Publication date: November 4th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary

People in the village gossip and say that Grace’s long-awaited son Alfie is “different”. He is a lonely boy with secrets, lies and obsessive thoughts.

How far can a mother’s unconditional love go? Will she ultimately sacrifice her life for his?

Set in Nottinghamshire, England – this gripping psychological drama follows the lives of Grace and her son Alfie, who transforms from a naïve boy to a University student spiralling out of control. A coming-of-age story with a difference.

A family falling apart: deceit, betrayal, teenage angst, love and addiction.

Will anybody find absolution?

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Author Bio:

K.L Loveley is an exciting new author from Nottinghamshire, in England. Her debut novel ‘Alice’ is at times, a gritty but true to life story of a woman who finds herself in desperate straits.

The author’s love of writing began with a gift of a five year lock up diary at the age of seven and she has never stopped writing since. In addition to writing novels, the author writes poetry and will be sharing some of these on her blog.

She lives with her husband in a quaint village in Nottinghamshire and enjoys walking and cycling in the famous Sherwood Forest. The author and her husband own a narrowboat, and spend time navigating the British waterways. She spends many cosy evenings on her boat writing additional novels which will be released in the future.

To date, the author has enjoyed 40+ years working as a Nurse for the NHS , the latter twenty years as a Practice nurse in Primary care. During this time she has gained valuable knowledge and skills, which she has been able to transfer and use in her writing when related to medical and social issues.

K.L Loveley is a prolific reader, and reads a wide variety of genres. Some of her favourite bestselling authors include, Joanne Harris, Jodi Picoult, Marian Keyes, John le Carré, Maeve Binchy , Jojo Moyes and Philippa Gregory. She actively reviews the books that she reads on her blog klloveley.com and on GoodReads.

The author uses a pen name, K.L Loveley, aka Katie Lily Loveley. She felt compelled to use these names of her female ancestors, as a unique way of keeping their memory alive. Katie Loveley was the birth name of her maternal great grandmother. Lily, the Christian name of her paternal Grandmother. Alice, the main protagonist of her debut novel, was the name of her maternal grandmother. However, all of the characters in her stories are purely fictional.

She is currently working on a new novel which she hopes to publish in the near future.

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Review: A Crime in the Family by Sacha Batthyany

A Crime in the FamilyA Crime in the Family by Sacha Batthyany

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was SO excited to get a review copy of this book – I read an interview with the author about a week before I was approved for the book and was fascinated. We’ve all read memoirs from Holocaust survivors, some even from their children documenting their parents’ stories.

But what about the third generation? The ones whose grandparents and great-grandparents survived the chaos of WW2 Europe and its aftermath? How does the past affect them? That is exactly what this book explores, and it’s really insightful.

Sacha Batthyany is a Swiss journalist of Hungarian descent who grew up with parents who mourned for the “old Hungary,” and being told stories of his grandfather, who survived 10 years in a Soviet gulag following WW2 (as a Hungarian/Axis soldier, he was taken as a POW by the Soviet regime). One day, Sacha is shown an article by a colleague which claims his great aunt not only hosted an elaborate party in the waning days of the war, but took her guests out during the festivities to shoot 180 Jewish slave laborers who were working nearby. Shocked, Sacha begins a search for the truth about his family’s history and finds out that history may affect the present more than we think.

The crime mentioned in the description actually doesn’t take center stage for the whole novel – Batthyanny focuses more on his grandparents’ stories as the book goes on. But all of the events of his family’s past really come together in a really revealing way which explores the connections between truth and as it’s known, “the banality of evil.” The books themes of facing the truth and what makes someone “good” or “bad” are really intensely explored as Batthyany has to face his family’s actions or inactions and what that means for him.

As in most stories, there’s a lot of gray areas as more and more is revealed.

I think we’ll be seeing a lot more of these “third generation” novels, and if they’re as good as this one, it’s an exciting prospect.

Highly recommended for anyone who is interested in history and its legacy.

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New series from Ragnar Jonasson

One of my favorite Scandinavian authors, Ragnor Jonasson, announced a new series with a kick-off book, which looks amazing! (Plus the cover quote is from another amazing Icelandic author.)

I can’t wait to see this one! Check it out!


About the Book (from Dead Good Books)

Detective Inspector Hulda Hermannsdóttir of the Reykjavik Police is 64 when we meet her in The Darkness. On the verge of retirement, Hulda isn’t looking forward to whatever lies on the other side. Her job is her life. But at least she has time to prepare for the unknown.

What she doesn’t expect is for her boss to unceremoniously tell her to clear her desk one day. A young man is coming in to take her place. A rising star. After giving her life to the job, she is no longer needed.
Hulda is dismissively told that she can pick a cold case to work on for two more weeks, and she knows just the one. A young woman who was found dead on the seaweed-covered rocks of the Vatnsleysuströnd, a woman who no one really cared that much about because she was Russian, waiting to be granted asylum. An outsider. Unneeded. Her death was ruled a suicide after a slapdash investigation.
But when Hulda starts to ask questions she soon realises that there was something more to this case – something darker and more bloody. This was not the only young Russian woman to disappear from the hostel where they waited for asylum. And when her own force tries to put the brakes on an investigation that she is determined to finish, Hulda has just days to discover the truth. No matter how many lines she has to cross to get it.

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Teaser Tuesday: The Kindred Killers by Graham Smith

Welcome to Teaser Tuesday, the weekly Meme that wants you to add books to your TBR, or just share what you are currently reading. The meme is hosted by The Purple Booker!
It is very easy to play along:
Grab your current read

  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  •  Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! Everyone loves Teaser Tuesday.

I am so excited to get going with this book, and I’m pumped to be part of the book tour at the end of the month! So, without further ado, from “The Kindred Killers”:

Their reactions are telling. Freddie blanches and gives a little gag. The brothers remain implacable, bar the faintest trace of revulsion.

About the Book:

Jake Boulder’s help is requested by his best friend, Alfonse, when his cousin is crucified and burned alive along with his wife and children.

As Boulder tries to track the heinous killer, a young woman is abducted. Soon her body is discovered and Boulder realises both murders have something unusual in common. 

With virtually no leads for Boulder to follow, he strives to find a way to get a clue as to the killer’s identity. But is he hunting for one killer or more?

After a young couple are snatched in the middle of the night the case takes a brutal turn. When the FBI is invited to help with the case, Boulder finds himself warned off the investigation.

When gruesome, and incendiary, footage from a mobile phone is sent to all the major US News outlets and the pressure to find those responsible for the crimes mounts. But with the authorities against him can Boulder catch the killer before it’s too late?