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Book Review: Not That I Could Tell by Jessica Strawser

Not That I Could Tell

My rating: 3 of 5 stars 3 Stars

Publication Date: March 27, 2018

I received an advance copy of this book from St. Martin’s Press through NetGalley.

We’ve all experienced this: an evening of wine, friends, a fire pit, honest conversation, laughter, and bonding. Then – waking up the next morning slightly (or majorly) regretting that last glass and sharing too much.

It happens everywhere, including the quirky small Ohio town of Yellow Springs. Except that this time, one of the women, Kristin, disappears suddenly without a trace, presumably with her young twins who are also missing.

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6 Book Bloggers that I Admire

Bloggers that I admire (1)In addition to reading and writing, I spend a fair amount of time on reading blogs. There are SO MANY out there! I am so inspired by the blogosphere. I learn something from every single post whether it’s adding a new book to my TBR, understanding another reader’s perspective on a book that I’ve read, or learning blogging skills.

I am highlighting 6 bloggers today, but this will be a continuing series because there are so many bloggers that are amazing!

Here are 6 bloggers that I admire, and why:

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Book Review: Sociable by Rebecca Harrington

Sociable

My rating: 3 of 5 stars 3 Stars

Publish Date: March 27th 2018

Books Like This: The Circle by Dave Eggers, The Startup by Doree Shafrir

I am a sucker for books with a Digital Age plot!

I received an advance copy of this book from Doubleday Books through NetGalley.

I’m attracted to novels that reference social media, texting, the Internet… anything online. Why? Because it’s relatable. We are all addicted to Facebook, Twitter, texting, and the Internet. We rely on technology for many aspects of our life. And I love books that are associated with things that I can identify with, but hopefully with a more glamourous perspective.

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Book Review: The Family Next Door by Sally Hepworth

Family 1

My rating: 3 of 5 stars 3 Stars

Publish Date: March 6, 2018

“Good neighbors always spy on you to make sure that you are doing well.” – Pietro Aretino

I received an advance copy of this book from St. Martin’s Press through NetGalley.

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The small suburb of Pleasant Court lives up to its name. It’s the kind of place where everyone knows their neighbors, and children play in the street.

Isabelle is the new neighbor that just moved in. She doesn’t fit into this picture of family paradise. She doesn’t have kids or a husband; what is is doing in this neighborhood?

Isabelle soon catches the attention of three Pleasant Court mothers- Ange, Fran and Essie – who have their own secrets to hide. Ange is a control freak, Fran won’t let her sweet, gentle husband near their new baby, and, three years ago, Essie struggled with a really bad bout of postpartum depression and left her baby in a park.

As their obsession with their new neighbor grows, the secrets of these three women begin to spread – and they’ll soon find out that when you look at something too closely, you see things you never wanted to see. Continue reading “Book Review: The Family Next Door by Sally Hepworth”

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**Happy Release Day!** The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian

Release 1I am very excited that The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian is being released TODAY! 

Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Fiction

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The plot is simpleSexy Flight Attendant + Hot Guy + LOTS of Booze + One Night Stand = Dead Man w/Slashed Throat + ON THE RUN

Poor Cassie Bowden. All she wanted was a good time, a good lay, and a walk of shame. Instead, she wakes up in a ritzy Dubai hotel room with blood in her hair and a deader-than-a-doornail date.

She does what many people would do in that situation – she FREAKS OUT and RUNS! I don’t blame you at all, girl.

This book is like watching a train wreck. You know what’s likely going to happen, but you can’t look away. The story is glamorous, fascinating, entertaining, and you will binge read it until you finish

This book has so many exotic locations – Dubai, New York, Paris, Rome, Russia  – and you’ll get an inside peek into the wild, crazy, and fun life of a flight attendant.

I really like this fast paced story about someone being in the wrong place at the wrong time where bad judgment gets mixed in with dangerous people.

Don’t miss it!

Here is my full review.

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Book Review: Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney

Sometimes I Lie

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars 4 Stars

Publish Date: March 13, 2018

I received a copy of this book through NetGalley for an honest review. Thank you to NetGalley, Flatiron Books, and Alice Feeney for the opportunity.

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Amber wakes up in a hospital. She can’t move. She can’t speak. She can’t open her eyes. She can hear everyone around her, but they have no idea. Amber doesn’t remember what happened, but she has a suspicion her husband had something to do with it.

Alternating between her paralyzed present, the week before her accident, and a series of childhood diaries from twenty years ago, the reader slowly uncovers what happened, and why. It makes you wonder: Is something really a lie if you believe it’s the truth? Continue reading “Book Review: Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney”

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Perfect Pairings: 6 Books & their Ideal Drink Matchup

The Perfect Book & Drink Pairings

I saw a really great article on the Washington Post on “the best new thrillers” and it includes “the typical protagonist tipple“. I had to look up the word and the definition of tipple, because I had no idea what it means…

A tippleis an alcoholic drink! I should know that, because I enjoy alcoholic drinks all the time now and then.

So, in honor of that article, here’s my take on what I’ve been reading lately, and the perfect drink to compliment each book (and why):

Woman in the Window by AJ Finn

What to Drink: Merlot

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Publish Date: January 2, 2018

Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her days and nights drinking merlot, popping powerful uppers/downers/sleeping pills, watching classic mystery movies, and spying on her neighbors with her Nikon camera on zoom. Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, and sees a horrible crime… but did she really? Or did the alcohol and pills make her imagine this?

Merlot is the perfect accompaniment to this book in honor of Anna Fox’s favorite drink. Merlot is her favorite because she drinks this from the time that she wakes up until the time that she passes out. Cheers!

The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian

What to Drink: Stoli

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Publish Date: March 13, 2018

Poor Cassie Bowden. All this attractive flight attendant wanted was a good time, great cocktails, and hot date night. Instead, she wakes up in a ritzy Dubai hotel room with blood in her hair and a dead date. She does what many people would do in that situation – she FREAKS OUT and RUNS! This book has so many glam locations – Dubai, New York, Paris, Rome, Russia  – and you’ll get an inside peek into the wild, crazy, and fun life of a flight attendant in this fast paced thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat.

Have shots of Stoli while reading this book. Our main character Cassie was doing shots of this on that fateful evening when her date Alex was killed. It probably contributed to her blackout, so just be cautious because Stoli does go down easy. Cassie can attest to this. Continue reading “Perfect Pairings: 6 Books & their Ideal Drink Matchup”