The Good Daughter

Review: The Good Daughter

Author: Karin Slaughter

Stars: 5/5

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Y’all! Okay I feel personally attacked. Like Sis Karin Slaughter did THAT! I’m still sitting here like “I know I didn’t just read what I just read.” BUT I DID! And let me tell you it was EVERYTHING! There were two twists that took both of my eyebrows off!

The story starts with the sounds of a shotgun. The Quinn’s family world is turned upside down. The consequences of Rusty’s (dad) criminal defense cases, cause the family to be the target enemy of the town. 28 years later, another shooting brings the family back together again. But this time, secrets are exposed, tragedy is met, and unforeseen truths are brought to the light.

“Neither one of us will ever move forward if we are always looking back.”

Until next time, Until the next book.

xX Jimalion

The Night Visitors

Review: The Night Visitors

Author: Carol Goodman

Stars: 5/5

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This one surprised me! But I enjoyed watching the secrets unfold until the very end. This was my first Carol Goodman book, but it did not disappoint me.

The story is told from two perspectives: Alice and Mattie.
In the middle of a snow storm in Delphi, NY Alice is on the run with ten year old Oren, a young boy who has the capability of seemingly knowing things that he shouldn’t. And what they carry with them is more than what fits in a luggage. Mattie Lane is a social worker who was sent to the bus stop to meet Oren and Alice. Instantly Oren and Mattie were drawn to each other…as if there was a force bringing them together.

When Alice and Oren need a late night pick up to be taken to a shelter, Mattie against normal protocol takes them to her house to wait out the blizzard. What was suppose to be a harmless act of kindness, quickly turns out to be something completely different. And as the blizzard gets worse, the past of both Alice and Mattie are no longer buried. And while facing their truths, they both must somehow make it through the night alive in order to protect Oren.

Until next time, Until the next book.

xX Jimalion

 

Contagion

Review: Contagion

Author: Erin Bowman

Rating: 4/5 Stars

 

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First of all. Sci-fi and horror smashed together is my new favorite thing! I did not know what to expect with this book when I picked it as my next read. But I am sure glad that I gave it a shot. I will say that this book will be for a specific reader, I am not sure that everyone would have loved it as much as I did. And the way that it ended was RUDE! I need more. Talk about a CLIFF HANGER!!! I am such an emotional and animated reader, so there were definitely parts where I was screaming, and talking back as I was reading. Enough about me, let me tell you about the book.

When a crew gets an urgent distress call, they are sent to a planet with no inhabitants with the notion that they are preforming a search and rescue mission. When the crew gets to the planet what they find makes no sense at all. Discarded weapons arise the question of ‘where is the crew?’

“It got in us.”

After scouring the planet, the crew comes across dead bodies EVERYWHERE! And find messages from a crew member written in his own blood. “Don’t trust the kid”

It is soon clear that this search and rescue mission they were sent on, is more than they bargain for. And as they try and solve the mystery of who and or what has killed an entire crew of their men the mission takes a drastic turn.

And they soon realize that some monsters lie dormant while others are just waiting to wake up.

Until next time, until the next book.

xX, Jimalion

Say You’re Sorry

Review: Say You’re Sorry

By: Karen Rose

4.5/5 Stars

 

 

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Romantic suspense is not something that I thought I would enjoy. But Karen Rose crafted one of the best story line that I have read in a while. It had everything that I love about suspense novels, but there was that touch of romance that explored the connection between two people on a deeper level. Attraction that went beyond what met the eye.

In this one story, there were three characters that have these backgrounds that makes it so hard to put the book down. Each chapter that you read sucks you in and it is DIFFICULT to put the book down. For people that are character driven, you will definitely have those characters that you love, and those characters that make you so angry. I found myself yelling at my tablet every other chapter because I do not like the bad guy! But who loves the antagonist anyway.

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On to a little more background of the novel. Our main character Daisy Dawson has had a life of ups and downs. One night Daisy is attacked in an alley by someone she thought she knew, but soon realized that she had no idea who this masked guy was. Daisy fighting for her life digs deep and finds the strength to fight the attacker off. Frightened in her own right, Daisy leans on those surrounding her for strength.

The attack on Daisy leads her to meeting Special Agent Gideon Reynolds. Gideon is dark, handsome and mysterious with a past he has wanted to forget. But special circumstances brings his past back for him to face. Gideon’s past and the attack on Daisy seem to be connected but no one knows why.

As bodies of women begin to pop up around the city, the race to find the killer is vital.  And one thing that we will know as readers is that Daisy Dawson’s fight isn’t over just yet…

Today is Say You’re Sorry is out TODAY!!! Make sure you go and grab yourself a copy!

Thank you Lauren Hovarth and Berkley Publishing for an opportunity to read an advanced copy of this novel.

Until next time, until the next book.

xX, Jimalion

 

Whispers of The Dead

Review: Whispers of The Dead

By: Spencer Kope

4/5 stars

 

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SOOOO LET ME TELL YOU!!!! Spencer Kope is such a mastermind! This book had the crime, and suspense that I love. The plot of this story was so interesting and different than I’m use to reading. I gave the book 4/5 stars.

Steps is an FBI agent who has such a unique ability and that is to see the color of the aurora that individuals emanate. An ice cooler with human feet show up in a Federal Judges house. No one knows who they belong to, or what the motive could be. All Steps knows is that the killer has an ice blue aurora. They story then goes on and we follow the journey of the different scenes where more feet and no bodies start to pop up. Where is the killer? And what is his story? Once you find out you struggle with being empathic and down right disgusted by what a psychopath he is.

Until next time, until the next book.

xX Jimalion

Under Your Skin

Review: Under Your Skin

By: Sabine Durrant

3/5 Stars

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Gabby Mortimer had it all. The husband, the job, her life was cushy. All of this changes for Gabby when she is out for a run and comes across a dead body near her home. She is instantly horrified by the sight of the body and the idea that the killer is still out there.

It isn’t just this event that sparks change in Gabby’s life. It is when the police have a lead on the murder that Gabby or those around her did not see coming.

The way this story unfolds is full of twists and turns that you as the reader will not see coming.

When I read the synopsis of Under Your Skin, I was all in. And then I started reading the story and it wasn’t doing it for me. The plot was nice, and the ending had me sitting on the edge of my chair with my mouth wide open. But I found myself wishing that there was more, I felt like I had a lot on my plate but I was missing that one item of food that would set off the entire meal. (if that even makes sense).

I found it hard to connect to Gabby or the story in general so there were points where I checked out of the book. It says that if you like Gone Girl you will enjoy this book, but I personally feel like there was truly no comparison.

Until next time, until the next book

xX Jimalion

The Couple Next Door

Review: The Couple Next Door

By: Shari Lapena

4/5 Stars

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Background: This story follows a married couple Anne and Marco Conti. To those looking on the outside in, Anne and Marco seem to have it all. While at a dinner party next door, Anne and Marco’s baby Cora goes missing. Just like in any child abduction, eyes fall on Anne and Marco as being the responsible parties behind Cora’s disappearance. Anne has secrets, Marco has secrets and those secrets begin to unfold as the investigation of their daughters disappearance is underway.

My thoughts: As the story progress we see lies, and unfaithfulness come to surface. You will find yourself wanting to mourn with the Anne, and there are times when you want to hate her. You will have your suspicions of Marco, and then you will find yourself feeling sorry for him. But what you will not expect is the biggest twist of this book.  It literally is mind-blowing. When you finish this book, you will more than likely be so upset that you did not piece two and two together sooner. I love me and a good domestic suspense and this was everything! I will say that I did not enjoy the ending of the story, I felt like it was thrown in there, when the ending could have stopped with who the mastermind was behind the disappearance of Cora. But with that being said, it was such a fantastic read.

Until next time, until the next book.

xX Jimalion

 

The Girl in The Ice

IMG_0454This book was simply amazing! It was everything I love about a thriller. Robert Brynzda is such a detailed and descriptive writer and I am obsessed with his attention to detail. I can already tell I am going to love this series.

The book follows Detective Erika Foster, who has just returned to duty to solve the murder of a young girl from an affluent family. From the beginning, Erika could tell that there was something more to this murder, but the public view of the family was more important to the Chief.

Erika goes against her bosses wishes and follows leads that shine light on the young girl (Andrea) and her secrets. This leads her down many paths that almost get her killed and dismissed from the force.

I am not going to go any further because I do not want to give away any spoilers. Just know the twist that Robert Brynzda gives us in this book will have you SHOOK!!! So please give it a read and if you do, let me know how you feel/think about it.

I give this book a 4.5/5 stars

Until next time, until the next book

xX Jimalion

The Girl On The Train

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Let me just get my thoughts together for a second.

If you have read this book then you know how great of a twist this book is. Starting out I just thought I knew what was happening. My assumption was so wrong and i did not put it together until almost the end. Paula Hawkins gives us a Gone Girl feel throughout this book. There was love, scandal, infidelity, violence and all things good spread out in these pages.

I felt sorry for Rachel as she talks about her marriage ending with Tom and having lost her job and everything that came along with finding out she could not conceive children. At one point I had convinced myself that she was the one who was behind the plot of the story. I was a little angry with her and decisions to always result to alcohol, but somewhere along the line she shows the need/want to be sober. I loved the way that each character was written with a secret, it kept it interesting to say the least.

In the last few chapters, Paula gives us a big plot twist, one that I did not in anyway see coming. I was mouth dropped, eyes wide by the last page.

Such a good read, I totally recommend it. I would give this book a 4/5

Until next time, until the next book…

xX, Jimalion

All The Missing Girls

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So I just finished this amazing book by Megan Miranda. This is the first time I have actually read through an E-book, because I prefer the physical book. This is also my first time reading a book and doing a review from my Netgalley account.

 

All The Missing Girls, started with secrets and ended with even more secrets. I really enjoyed how the story unfolded. The story itself was told in reverse, so you have to truly be paying attention to follow what is happening throughout the book. This book pulls you in and it does not let you go. I can often read several books at one time, but I had to devote my attention solely to this novel.

Just when you think you know who is behind the disappearances of the two women, Megan throws a totally new slew of clues that makes you realize that you are so wrong. From the moment that Nic is introduced and is needed back home, you get the feeling that she may not come back. The unfinished business that she has with Cooley Ridge begins to grow and as much as you want her to be of total innocent, her truths, her secrets begin to tie everything together for you.

I do not want to do a spoiler review, so I will leave you with this. If you have not picked this book up, please do yourself a favor and give it a read. With a Gone Girl feel, Megan leaves you at the end of the book with eyes wide and mouth opened. I enjoyed this book from start to finish.

 

I give this book a 5/5.

 

Until next time, until the next book..

 

xX, Jimalion