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#BlogTour: The Last Day or Emily Lindsey – Review, Giveaway and More!

Welcome to the Blog Tour for the Last Day of Emily Lindsey – an amazing book which I absolutely am excited to share with you!

Below, check out my Review and make sure to enter the giveaway and check out more information about the book and the author!

About the Book

Emily Lindsey doesn’t speak when they find her. Holding a hunting knife and covered in blood that is not her own, she communicates with a single, ominous drawing. 

Detective Steven Paul has had the same nightmare for as long as he can remember, a strange symbol figuring prominently into his terror. He decided long ago that the recurring dreams are nothing more than an unfortunate side effect of his often traumatic profession.

Until, that is, he’s assigned to the case of Emily Lindsey, the beautiful, elusive, and controversial blogger found alone, who can’t possibly know the symbol from his nightmares… unless she does. 

Praise for The Last Day of Emily Lindsey

 “eye-opening…Joseph’s prose is smooth enough to keep the pages turning.” – Kirkus

 “An inventive thrill-ride that keeps you guessing. Nic Joseph weaves a delicate filament between the secrets of a tribe of childhood friends and the murderous consequences of their adulthood. Psychologically astute and full of satisfying twists.” – Kelly Simmons, author of One More Day and The Fifth of July

 “Nic Joseph’s The Last Day of Emily Lindsey is an intricately plotted and downright creepy thriller about one man’s struggle to leave his past behind and the impossibility of ever being able to do so. Nic Joseph skillfully doles out the shocks and surprises, and the reader will be gasping for air as they land like perfect jabs. This book is a powerful, timely, intense treat for anyone who loves stories loaded with suspense, chills, and intrigue.” – David Bell, author of Bring Her Home

 “This chilling novel from the author of Boy, 9, Missing (2016) will entice readers with its unique storytelling. Full of unexpected twists and complex characters, Joseph’s page-turner will keep readers up late into the night.” – Booklist

 My Review

Wow. 5/5 stars

This book is a roller coaster ride from start to finish. It grabs your attention from the first chapter and doesn’t let up until the very bitter end. I really, really enjoyed it.
The twists and turns come at you from every direction. I had no idea what was going to happen next. Seriously. It’s rare that I have any idea what is going to come next, but in this case, I didn’t. Therefore, when the revelations came, I was like, “Whoa.”
I also really felt for Steve. He has issues. A lot of them. But he seemed like a truly nice person and I was rooting for him. I also liked his parents. They were so sweet, I loved their dynamic.
I liked how the dual stories in the book (“Now” and “Then”) came together in the end. It really fit to see the way things worked out (I’m trying to be vague here so that I don’t give anything away!) in different ways for different choices. I liked that perspective.
Overall, I really enjoyed this thriller. It kept me turning pages all the way until the end. If you’re looking for a good mind-twisting mystery, this is it.
 About the Author

Nic Joseph is fascinated by the very good reasons that make people do very bad things. She writes thrillers and suspense novels from her home in Chicago. As a trained journalist, Nic has written about everything from health care and business to aerospace and IT—but she feels most at home when there’s a murder to be solved on the next page. Nic holds a BS in journalism and an MA in communications, both from Northwestern University.

Visit NicJoseph.com, or follow her on Twitter: @nickeljoseph

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Review: The Scent of Rain by Anne Montgomery

Today, I am pleased to share my review for The Scent of Rain by Anne Montgomery. Tomorrow, I’ll have a Q&A with Ms. Montgomery! Make sure you don’t miss it! 

The Scent of RainThe Scent of Rain by Anne Montgomery

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have always been fascinated by fringe religious groups, including the FLDS, or Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints. So when I got the chance to read this book, I was very excited to get started.

This book was hard to read – very hard to read, at points. The subject matter is intense and based on real-life events and people.

But it is so, so important to read and digest. It makes some great points about what people believe, want to believe, and what they’ll do in the name of faith and love. This book has some heroes and some villains, some both. That creates, I think, a really true-to-life dynamic of the working of these communities. Some people are just really, really bad. Some people do bad things and get away with them. And we have to navigate that.

The book follows both the stories of Rose, a young FLDS girl, who feels that something is not right in her community, and Adan, a foster child who runs away from his group home and is discovered by a local man who works closely with the FLDS community. When their journeys intersect, it will change the community forever, if they can stay alive.

I loved the dynamic between Rose and Adan. It wasn’t sappy, overly romantic nonsense. It was really true-to-life for the characters; with her never having seen a boy outside her community and him also fascinated and attracted.

The revelations Trak and Chase had about why they (the community, including themselves) allow the FLDS to operate without interference we’re really good too. I think they made some really important points that we could learn from.

I can’t say enough good things about this book. I think it was believable and really made some amazing points about faith, love and what we can tolerate as a community. If you’re interested in this subject at all, you’ll want to read this book.

Highly recommended.

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Review: Friend Request by Laura Marshall

Friend RequestFriend Request by Laura Marshall

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The description for this one gripped me right away: What would you do if you got a friend request from someone whose been dead for 25 years? No just that – but Louise did something horrible to Maria right before she disappeared, meaning that if Maria didn’t die, she’s probably mad. Really mad.

That’s the super-creepy premise of Friend Request, which is told in two timelines: 1989, when Louise, Maria, and their friends were seniors in high school (or whatever the English equivalent is) and 2016, when Louise gets the request and finds herself invited to a class reunion.

The central mystery of the book was fantastic. I did not figure it out at all – in fact, I had several incorrect theories up until the reveal. I’m not sure how I feel about how it all worked out, but it was a good ending nonetheless. Wrapped up everything nicely.

The only issue was that since one of the storylines is about bad high school behavior – you do get frustrated with the annoyingly bad high school drama. But at least Louise grows and develops by the end of the novel. I mean, it’s not like she can change the past. But there’s a nice dose of comeuppance for the nerds in there in terms of the reunion – I liked that.

Overall, I really liked this book. It was interesting and creepy in a way that kept me turning the pages.

Highly recommended.

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#BlogTour: Innocent Blood by Linda S. Prather


Book Description

Loki Redmond swore she’d never return to the reservation, but two missing hunters and the ancient Choctaw myth of Nalusa Falaya take her and her brother, Dadron, on a dangerous trek through the wilderness.

Meanwhile, her partner Jake Savior, heads to Tunica, Mississippi, to investigate the second mass killing by a Choctaw police officer. 

Are the cases connected?

The only thing they know for sure is innocent blood has been shed, and unless they can find the source more are going to die.

My Review

5/5 stars!

This is the second book in a series, but can be read as a standalone. But it’ll make you want to read the entire series. So be ready for that.

This book has a great mystery – especially for this time of the year: it’s gruesome, creepy and with just enough of a paranormal edge to be believable. This book really doesn’t hold back with the gory details. And I really liked that. The revelations and action come fast and furious, so buckle up!

But the true gold in this book is the characters- hands down. Loki, her brothers, Jake, Grace, I loved them all and I found myself not only reading to find out what was going on with the central mystery, but to find out what was going to happen to the characters. I’m totally ready to read book three in this series just to see what happens with all the couples. They were all lovable, believable and I found myself rooting for each of them.

I also cried during a certain scene with a character. Read it and you’ll know. It’s intense and I took the emotional bait, lol.

Also why I want to read book three: [Minor Spoiler alert!!] Tim and Neta hooked up right? Right?!

I highly recommend this book and am seriously waiting for the next in the series.

About the Author

Linda S. Prather is the NY Times and USA Today Bestselling author of 8 novels including two legal thrillers, a paranormal FBI series, one romance, and her current series involving Loki Redmond, a Choctaw private investigator and Jake Savior, a former police officer. Linda lives in Lexington, Kentucky with her husband and grandchild, along with the “king” of the house, a Shitzu name Popcorn. Her latest release, Innocent Blood is her second in the Loki Redmond/Jake Savior series. In Linda’s own words: “This book is my favorite so far. My grandfather was a full-blooded Native American, and my mother half Native American. Prior to my marriage and children I studied Shamanism and developed a true love for nature. Studying the Choctaw history, customs, myths and religions was fascinating. Taking the facts I learned and weaving them into Loki’s story and her investigation into the disappearance of two hunters on the reservation was an emotional roller coaster for me. I found myself crying quite often.”

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Review: Pretty, Nasty, Lovely by Rosalind Noonan

Pretty, Nasty, LovelyPretty, Nasty, Lovely by Rosalind Noonan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is the perfect fall guilty pleasure – a beautiful college campus plagued by secrets, death and drama, all of it surrounding a campus sorority. Plus, that cover is gorgeous, right?!

The story starts with Emma being told to get rid of the body of a stillborn baby born in the sorority house. Then, one of her sisters, Lydia Dakos, commits suicide. It’s almost too much for Emma to bear until it all gets worse: the police seem focused on Emma’s relationship with the dead sister, and Emma’s finding out that Lydia was a lot more complex than anyone realized. The result is one month that will change one campus forever.

I loved how atmospheric and ominous this novel was. It made it perfect for a good, spooky pre-Halloween thriller. The whole time you just feel like you’re walking on a beautiful, fall foliage-covered college campus that is holding dark secrets.

And there are some dark things in this book. These girls are in college, but damn, they have the evil of some seasoned monsters. It’s interesting because it creates an atmosphere of distrust and mystery.

I still had some questions after the book ended, which is why I gave it four stars, not five. Some of the revelations came pretty fast-and-furious toward the end, so maybe I just missed something.

But overall, I really enjoyed this book. Anyone who enjoys a good, dark thriller will find this one enjoyable.

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#BlogTour: Sister, Psychopath by Maggie James


I’m so happy to be sharing this awesome book with y’all today. It’s a great suspenseful drama, which I thoroughly enjoyed and recommend! Check out the details below!

Book Description

When they were children, Megan adored her younger sister Chloe. Now she can’t bear to be in the same room as her.

Megan believes Chloe is a psychopath and her sister does appear to be a textbook case: cold, cruel and lacking in empathy.
Why does Chloe want to taunt Megan at every opportunity? And why does she persist in manipulating their mentally ill mother, Tilly?
When Tilly, under Chloe’s malignant influence, becomes dangerously unstable, the consequences are ugly. Megan’s world falls apart. Her sister’s out of control and there’s little she can do about it. Until Chloe’s actions threaten the safety of Megan’s former lover. A man from whom she has kept an important secret…
A study of sibling rivalry and dysfunctional relationships, Sister, Psychopath tells the story of one woman’s struggle to survive the damage inflicted by her own flesh and blood.

My Review 

If you’re a fan of “Pretty Little Liars,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” or any fun, suspenseful, thrilling dram, “Sister, Psychopath” is for you. This book is like a season of one of those shows in book form. It has a great, delicious balance of suspense, romance and twisted characters to keep anyone interested.

I really was sucked in right away by the concept: how do you navigate the world when you know that your sister, who’s life is interwoven with yours, is a mean, possibly criminal, sociopath? And this book does not disappoint: Chloe is a character, all right. She could give Bond villains a run for their money. 

The others characters are all interesting too: very flawed, but trying to do what’s right. It creates some great tension.
There are probably three or four plots that are woven together through the characters and each of them was pretty good. I didn’t lose interest at all as the book went on, which is a risk when you know the villain from the beginning. But trust me, you’ll want to hold on until the very end for this one. There’s a lot going on here.

I would definitely read more from this author. Maybe we’ll see some characters return? I’d read it!
Author Bio


Maggie James is a British author who lives in Bristol. She writes psychological suspense novels.

Before turning her hand to writing, Maggie worked mainly as an accountant, with a diversion into practising as a nutritional therapist. Diet and health remain high on her list of interests, along with travel. Accountancy does not, but then it never did. The urge to pack a bag and go off travelling is always lurking in the background! When not writing, going to the gym, practising yoga or travelling, Maggie can be found seeking new four-legged friends to pet; animals are a lifelong love!
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Review: Close to Home by Robert Dugoni

Close to Home (Tracy Crosswhite, #5)Close to Home by Robert Dugoni

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I wasn’t sure how much I would like this book from the description. Military/conspiracy-type books usually aren’t my things. But I didn’t count on the fact that Robert Dugoni could probably make watching paint dry seem interesting.

This book is a great addition to the Tracy Crosswhite series and makes you impatient for the next installment. I wouldn’t start with this one if you’re interested in the series, but technically it could be read as a standalone.

The novel centers around a hit-and-run which results in the death of a 12-year-old boy. The detectives find overwhelming evidence – hinging on one key piece – that a Naval logistics officer is responsible. But then, suddenly, that evidence goes missing. And Tracy decides she is going to find out why. Meanwhile, Del is mourning his niece, who OD’d on heroin. He becomes determined to avenge her death by taking her supplier off the street. But will that bring him closure?

I love the supporting team in this series. Del, Faz, Kins, etc., they’re so fun and it feels like yo really know them after five books. I’m so glad that they’ve each gotten some time to develop and grow as characters. Plus, this book introduces some new characters which I think will make future appearances as well, which I’m glad about.

The storyline is really, very intriguing. It’s not a traditional military-spy-thriller. It’s a classic Tracy Crosswhite novel, which slowly reveals the answers as you move through the book. I did not guess the ending at all. It was really very good.

I love this series and Dugoni as an author. I recommend this book to anyone who loves mysteries.

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