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Book Review: The French Girl by Lexie Elliot


My rating: 3 of 5 stars 3 Stars

Publish Date: February 20, 2018

Thank you to Edelweiss, Berkley Publishing, and Lexie Elliott for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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Six Oxford University friends spend a summer week together in a French farmhouse. It was perfect until they met Severine, the girl next door.

Severine undermined the close-knit group’s loyalties and amplified the already simmering tensions. And after a huge drama-filled argument on the last night, Severine was never seen again.

The six friends went on with their lives without a thought about her until Severine’s case is reopened a decade later, when her body is found in the well behind the farmhouse. Who killed her?

Kate Channing, one of the friends there on that fateful week, is a suspect and being questioned along with her friends. She stands to lose everything she’s worked so hard to achieve as suspicion mounts around her.

Did Kate do it?

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I love stories about friends, secrets and skeletons. A friend, according to Wikipedia, “is a person whom one knows and with whom one has a bond of mutual affection.” This relationship, especially in the Coming of Age years, has lasting effects and can be an even stronger bond than one with family members, especially if the friends have experienced stressful or traumatic experiences together. Continue reading “Book Review: The French Girl by Lexie Elliot”

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Book Review: The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian


My rating: 4 of 5 stars 4 Stars

Expected Publication Date: March 13, 2018

Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Fiction

A walk of shame was all that she planned, but waking up with a dead body next to her was the last thing that she expected.

Meet Cassie Bowden.

An attractive flight attendant. A handsome, rich hedge fund manager. Flirting at 30,000 feet followed by a boozy date night and a one-night stand.

The morning after, Cassie Bowden wakes up in a ritzy Dubai hotel bed with a monster hangover, blood in her hair, and a very dead Alex Sokolov with his throat slashed. What the hell happened?! Cassie struggles to remember the events of the night, but can’t. She recalls a romantic dinner, lots of booze, a female visitor named Miranda– and then nothing.

This is not the first time Cassie has blacked out after a night of binge drinking and cannot remember events from the previous night. Did she kill her one-night stand after she blacked out? She’s not sure. Continue reading “Book Review: The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian”

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Book Review: I Found You by Lisa Jewell

I Found You

My rating: 4 of 5 stars 4 Stars

Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller

A game of psychological hide and seek.

I really enjoyed this book. This mystery/thriller has three plot lines that converge at the end and tie everything together. Two stories occur in the present, and one in 1993. The writing is very engaging, descriptive, and fast paced.


A single mom, Alice, finds a man sitting in the rain on the beach in Cornwall. He looks lost and numb, and she decides to help him find shelter. He is suffering from amnesia and can’t recall his name, background, or why he got there. A young newlywed wife, Lily, realizes that her husband has vanished without a trace. And a story about a brother and sister, Gray and Kristy, idyllic family beach trip takes an unexpected turn when they meet a new friend named Mark. Are these stories related somehow? Continue reading “Book Review: I Found You by Lisa Jewell”

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Book Review: The Lying Game by Ruth Ware

The Lying Game

My rating: 4 of 5 stars 4 Stars

Published: June 15, 2017

This book is written in the genre of “friends with secrets and a skeleton” – my favorite!

It’s comparable to Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarity, and It’s Always the Husband by Michele Campbell.

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This is the story of Isabel, Kate, Fatima, and Thea who became fast friends while attending the boarding school Salten House. They are typical experimenting teens – smoking, drinking, and testing the rules. They form a strong bond through bad behavior. They do not allow others to join their exclusive group.  They are fiercely protective of each other.

They play a lying game much to the chagrin of their schoolmates and the administration. As the novel moves through the five rules (representing sections of the book), the reader understands how the game is played through past and present events. Continue reading “Book Review: The Lying Game by Ruth Ware”

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Book Review: Watch Me Disappear by Janelle Brown

Watch Me Disappear

My rating: 3 of 5 stars 3 Stars

This book joins the new breed of books in Vanishing Moms genre, which includes Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple, and Leave Me by Gayle Forman.

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Book Synopsis [Excerpt], from the author’s website:

Who you want people to be makes you blind to who they really are.

It’s been a year since Billie Flanagan—a beautiful, charismatic Berkeley mom with an enviable life—went on a solo hike and vanished from the trail. No body, only a hiking boot, was ever found.

But then Olive starts having waking dreams—or are they hallucinations?—that her mother is still alive. Together, Olive and Jonathan embark on a quest for the truth—about Billie, their family, and the stories we tell ourselves about the people we love. Continue reading “Book Review: Watch Me Disappear by Janelle Brown”