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Traveling Sisters Group Read: The Golden Hour by T. Greenwood

The Golden HourThe Golden Hour by T. Greenwood

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Date read:  October 11 – 14, 2017

Traveling Sisters Group Read with Jaline!  Thank you so much for a wonderful 5-star reading experience! I love it through these discussions I have become a much better reader!

3.5 stars rounded up to 4!

THE GOLDEN HOUR by T. GREENWOOD is a compelling, interesting, suspenseful, and an action-packed read that has us following along Wyn’s journey to find courage to face the truth of her traumatic past through the healing powers of art.

T. GREENWOOD delivers an impressive, atmospheric and descriptive multi-layered story here that is beautifully written with a dual storyline weaving together past and present seamlessly.  T. Greenwood’s style of writing is spellbinding.  She has such a way with words that really is extraordinary and so relatable to me.

This is a lighter read and isn’t necessarily a fast-paced thrilling read but the descriptive words used, the setting, and the symbolisms used throughout with the use of art was quite fascinating and enjoyable to read.  We both ended up at times being a little annoyed with some of the characters’ stubbornness and their unwillingness to communicate honestly with each other.  It seemed like they would rather walk away from each other than to actually resolve any of their issues which made it really difficult for us to empathize for them at times.  It does become more clear to us in the end but we still would have liked to have felt a little more emotion so we could relate better to the characters.

T. Greenwood is one of our favourite authors and we both have read a few of her books and we look forward to reading more in the future!

To sum it all up it was an enjoyable, short, steady-paced, quick and easy read with a satisfying ending. Would recommend!!

 

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Traveling Sisters Group Read: The Visitors by Catherine Burns

The VisitorsThe Visitors by Catherine Burns

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Traveling Sisters Group Read with Norma. Kaceey, Diane, JanB, Sarah, Jennifer, and Kendall

I read this as a Traveling Sisters group read with seven of my Traveling Sisters. The Visitors had us split again on how we felt about this one and how much we enjoyed it.

The Visitors starts off slow and creepy catching some of our attention right away and leaving a couple sisters struggling with the pace of the story. Catherine Burns takes time here with our creepy main characters Marion and John. We really get to know Marion and we learn from her perspective about her relationship with John. From her, we learn just how disturbing John is. Marion takes us back to times in her childhood and we learn some of her backstory leaving some of us sympathetic to her and for one sister it was just too much for her. We really get right into the mind of Marion and hear many of her unsettling thoughts allowing us to feel sad, disturbed and sorry for her.

Catherine Burns does a good job here for some of us setting up the creeps and shivers and the fear of the unknown and pushing a couple of us right out of our comfort zones. For others, they were just bored with the pace of the story and didn’t feel much of the creeps but a few icky feelings. Catherine Burns does a good job setting the atmosphere with her vivid descriptions of the creepy home and that had some of us doing a little tidying up and cleaning out our fridges.

At times this one felt like walking through a house of horrors with all the predictable elements you would expect but still being afraid of what you might find in the end. There is plenty of creeps and shivers along the way however the ending for most didn’t fulfill those feelings. I think we pretty much split up into two coulees for this one hmm I am going to the cellars. Some sisters ended up in the cellar with its creeps, shivers and fear and others in the cellar with creepy, icky and I am bored. The ending did have us asking a few questions and we enjoyed discussing them. Catherine Burns cleverly leaves some questions unknown for us to think about. Even though this one didn’t work for some of us I still recommend with caution to finding a comfy chair and settle in to find out what’s in the cellar for yourself.

Thank you so much to NetGalley, Simon & Schuster Canada and Catherine Burns for the opportunity to read and review an advanced copy.

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Norma’s review

Dare I say this might have been a touch too twisted for this Twisted Sister!

THE VISITORS by CATHERINE BURNS was a disturbing, horrifying, and a creepy creepy read that clipped along at a steady pace and had me interested enough throughout to see how this was all going to play out.  I have two minds about this novel on the one hand I really enjoyed it and I was scared, freaked out, and maybe even screamed a little while I was reading this book and I couldn’t put it down. On the other hand I don’t even know what to think of it as I thought it was just strange, there was no one to root for, and I couldn’t really see the point to it.

CATHERINE BURNS delivers an extremely dark, twisted, and a creepy character study of two middle aged siblings, John and Marion which is told through Marion’s perspective.  The descriptions of their home was extremely detailed and vivid where I could really picture it in my mind.  Most of this story was actually extremely vivid to a point that was quite disturbing to read but I needed to find out what was going on in that cellar.

To sum it all up it was a shocking, upsetting, cringe-worthy, and horrific psychological mystery that had me on the edge of my seat for most of this read. I did love it though that this book triggered such a strong reaction from me while I was reading it! Recommended with caution.  

Thank you so much to NetGalley, Simon & Schuster Canada and Catherine Burns for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review!!

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Kaceey’s review

I always thought I loved books that had a huge ‘creep’ factor. Well, either my taste is changing or now these authors are taking creep to a whole new level (I think the latter is the case!). This was just beyond my comfort zone.

Marion and John are middle-aged siblings still living together in the home where they grew up. Their parents gone. Their neighbors highly suspicious. Of what? Could there possibly be something “creepy” going on in there?

It took me a couple days to write this review. Needed the time to ponder this one and process exactly how I feel. Well…I think I’m still somewhat conflicted. I went into this book rather blindly. (Maybe too much so). I do know that when I first saw this book was available I was so excited to read it! I was looking for creative ways to get my hands on this novel! When it became a download now on NetGalley I quickly clicked on it while doing the happy dance!

Unfortunately it didn’t completely live up to my expectations. I kept waiting for the storyline to take me somewhere…nope, never got there. I kept waiting for a wicked twist that just didn’t develop. On the positive, it definitely was a very fast read. Still, I was left with a feeling that the book just missed its mark.

This was a huge Traveling Sister group read with Norma, Brenda, JanB, Kendall, Holly, Sarah, Jennifer, and Diane!!

Thank you to NetGalley, Legends Press and Catherine Burns for a copy to read in exchange for an honest review.

 

Traveling Sisters Group Read: The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond

The Marriage PactThe Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Traveling Sisters Group Read with Brenda, Diane, Jan, and Jennifer

Brenda packed up her books and hightailed it out of the coulee, leaving me lost in the coulee all by lonesome to write this sister review.  I will refrain from expressing my over excitement within this review as to not trigger a rare rant from my normally very positive sister.  For me and my sisters (minus Brenda) we mostly all had similar thoughts on The Marriage Pact however not all of us enjoyed this one the same.

THE MARRIAGE PACT by MICHELLE RICHMOND is an interesting, intriguing, entertaining, creepy, and a thought-provoking suspense thriller novel that really took me by surprise in how much I enjoyed this novel. We were quite intrigued with the unique premise of this book and I found it fascinating. There were definitely some aspects of this novel that we found to be quite outlandish and unbelievable but putting that aside this novel did work for me and some of my sisters.

MICHELLE RICHMOND delivers a story that requires some suspension of disbelief here and this was where I initially had a problem with this book as I wasn’t sure if I would be able to do just that.  For most of us we were able to get past it and enjoy the story for what it was and for me I couldn’t put this novel down.  For Brenda and one other sister this affected their enjoyment resulting in a very different rating from me and my other sisters.

 

The Other Girl by Erica Spindler @EricaSpindler

The Other GirlThe Other Girl by Erica Spindler

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Norma’s review

3.5 stars rounded up to 4! This was my very first time reading an ERICA SPINDLER novel and I must say that I quite enjoyed it! I will definitely be reading more of her books in the future!

THE OTHER GIRL by ERICA SPINDLER was an entertaining, suspenseful, and an engaging whodunit mystery thriller novel that was slightly predictable but clipped along quickly and held my interest right to the satisfying ending.

ERICA SPINDLER delivers an extremely fast-paced and quick read here with well-developed characters that is told between the present and with flashbacks of events from Miranda’s past when she was 15 years old. I really enjoyed the main character Miranda and as the story unfolds I could really feel her frustration and angst as her world was unraveling.

The story is filled with secrets, lies, and corruption that has a few good twists that even has a little bit of romantic suspense that added another layer to this story for me.

In addition to reading this book, I purchased myself a copy of the audiobook and I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed TAVIA GILBERT’S performance and thought she delivered the perfect voice for all the characters.

Thank you so much to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press and Erica Spindler for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review!!

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Brenda’s Review

I squeezed The Other Girl in between my Traveling Sister group reads.  It’s a nice short fast-paced read that is easy to fit in if you are short on time.

The story started off with a bang for me and shocked me with a whoa moment that left me gasping right away with the somewhat disturbing scene. Credit to Erica Spindler for that whoa moment.  After catching my breath and continuing on with reading I was hooked and intrigued to find out more about our main character Miranda and the other girl.

There is a little romance going on here with this one and normally this non-romantic likes to stay away from that as the eye-rolling begins.  This one really surprised me and I enjoyed the relationshiThe Other Girl was an entertaining, suspenseful and an enjoyable read with a satisfying ending. I highly recommend for readers looking for a fast-paced intriguing read with a little romance on the side.

Thank you so much to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press and Erica Spindler for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review!!

 

Traveling Sisters NetGalley Group Review: The Unquiet Grave by Sharyn McCrumb

The Unquiet GraveThe Unquiet Grave by Sharyn McCrumb

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Norma’s Review

Traveling Sisters Group Review with Brenda, Lindsay, Susanne, and Diane!

THE UNQUIET GRAVE by SHARYN MCCRUMB was an interesting, very informative, and a well-researched tale that was based on the true story of one of the strangest murder trials in American history, of an 1897 folklore legend of the Greenbrier Ghost.  I absolutely love these types of stories especially if there is a ghost involved but somewhere in the middle this book lost my attention and I had a hard time finishing it. This book definitely wasn’t as exciting as I thought it was going to be but that ending was pretty exciting though and I am so glad that I persevered and finished it.

SHARYN MCCRUMB delivers a well-written, detailed, and atmospheric tale here with well-developed characters that was told in two different timelines from the 1897 murder case of Zona Heaster and memories and recollections by James Gardner from 1930.  I was really drawn into the 1897’s storyline and enjoyed what I was learning about this case and loved Mary Jane’s character who was the the mother to Zona and the main character from this time period.  The 1930’s timeline is what I didn’t enjoy as much as I thought there was just way too much detail with the memories and recollections that was shared to us by James Gardner and this is where my attention started to wane.

I do think though since THE UNQUIET GRAVE was based on a true story and the amount of research that was done by SHARYN MCCRUMB to bring this story to life deserves to be noted here and after finishing this novel and reading the Author’s Note just makes me appreciate this novel so much more.

Would recommend to anyone that likes a historical fiction story with folklore, a murder trial, and a good ghost story within the storyline that is based on truth.

Date of Publication:   September 12, 2017

Thank you so much to NetGalley, Atria Books and Sharyn McCrumb for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review!!

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Brenda’s Combined Thoughts Sisters Review

Traveling Sisters Group Review with Norma, Lindsay, Susanne, and Diane

I read The Unquiet Grave with three of my Traveling Sisters and this one had us situated in different coulees in the end with our enjoyment and rating for this book.

We all did have similar thoughts on The Unquiet Grave however it did affect our overall enjoyment for the story a little differently.  We all really enjoyed the Appalachian ghost story with the turn of the century real murder case and appreciated all the research put into this story explained by Sharyn McCrumb in the Author’s Note.

The story starts off slow as Sharyn McCrumb develops the characters and the setting and we really got to know the characters and their surroundings, catching some of us right from the start but not grabbing us all.  We all enjoyed Mary Jane’s story as we learn of Zona’s death and her suspicions as to the circumstances of her death.  We could really feel Mary Jane’s grief and anger. We all found her to be a strong character and liked her resilience, persistence and her determination for justice.  Her confidence really shined through in this story.

Where in the story we differ for our enjoyment was with the storyline involving lawyer, James Gardner as he recalls his backstory to Dr Boozer.  We all found the story to be dull and very slow and for some of us it was really hard to get through it as it really dragged down the story for them. For me I just wanted to get to Mary Jane’s story and the trial and James’ backstories distracted me from the suspense of the trial.

The Unquiet Grave made for a very good discussion and it was interesting to see how parts of the story affected our level of enjoyment and ratings for this one. We varied from 2.5 to 4 stars with everyone having a different rating.  For me I recommend.

Thank you so much to NetGalley, Atria Books and Sharyn McCrumb for the opportunity to read and review an advanced copy of this book.

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Lindsay’s Review

2.5 stars
This book started off strong, slowly dragged in the middle and then finished with a bang.  Unfortunately, the dragging middle part was from about the 40% mark to the 97% mark.  I really started to lose interest around the halfway mark and had to force myself to keep reading.   Had this not been a Traveling Sister Read, I probably would not have finished it.

What I enjoyed about the novel was finding out that this was based on “the true story of one of the strangest murder trials in American history – the case of the Greenbrier Ghost”.   I always enjoy reading historical fiction where I learn about a piece of history I knew little or nothing about.  While I liked the educational piece of this book, I just couldn’t connect with the 1930 storyline. It seemed to have a surplus of unnecessary details that were boring, distracting and repetitive. I completely lost interest during these chapters to the point that I was skimming paragraphs.

I loved Mary Jane who was the main character in the 1897 storyline.   She was a loveable, hard-working and dedicated mother who I deeply sympathized with.  However, as much as I loved her character, it didn’t make up for the rest of the redundant story.

There were varying opinions throughout our group which lead to some interesting discussion.

It was a wonderful experience to read this along with my Traveling Sisters Brenda, Norma, Susanne and Diane!

Date of Publication:   September 12, 2017
A big thank you to NetGalley, Atria Books and Sharyn McCrumb for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review!!

 

Traveling Sisters Group read: The Alice Network by Kate Quinn @KateQuinnAuthor @WmMorrowBooks

The Alice NetworkThe Alice Network by Kate Quinn

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4 stars for Norma and I
3 Stars for our Traveling Sisters

Traveling Sister Group read with Norma, Susanne, Lindsay and JanB

We read this book along with three of our Traveling Sisters and Norma & I ended up having different feelings about this novel than our other sisters did, leaving us lost in the coulee without our sisters as we enjoyed this a little bit more than they did.

The Alice Network is an interesting, fascinating, and an extraordinary historical fiction novel that is centered around a spy network of women lead by the remarkable Louise de Bettignies or Alice Dubois as she was known within this network of spies.

The story is told in two separate timelines from our two main characters perspectives, Eve and Charlie bringing the two stories together in the end. Kate Quinn does a fantastic job here with Eve’s character and storyline as her character was fascinating, interesting, and compelling to read.

The story told from emotional, broken, grief and guilt-stricken Eve’s perspective we learn her backstory and her part in The Alice Network. This was our favorite part of the story as we really enjoyed the friendships here and their deep connection that they had with each other. Eve’s character and her perspectives we felt were the strongest part of this story. We really could feel and see their loyalty and how protective they were of each other. We loved how the Kate Quinn gave her a stutter and it really showed how she was able to use that to her advantage. The characters involved in this storyline were Eve, Lili and Vivian who are remarkable and memorable characters.

Now for Charlie’s perspective, we didn’t enjoy her storyline as much as we did Eve’s and this became a big part of our discussion. We all agreed we had some concerns with her character and this is where our opinions differed as her character affected the enjoyment of the story for our traveling sisters. This is where we were left lost in the coulee with our thoughts by our traveling sisters. This affected their rating but not for Norma and I. We all agreed on some things to her storyline seemed out of place and didn’t fit into that time period for us. They felt Charlie’s character brought a little chick-lit to the storyline and that distracted them from the overall enjoyment of the story. There was a little eye rolling going on here with some parts of Charlie’s story that had Brenda rolling her eyes too. Our sisters felt her character was too annoying, immature, and careless. Where Brenda and Norma felt she brought an important and interesting part to Eve’s story as they came together which added an exciting and compelling element to the storyline. Now, this is where the story did pick up for our sisters and they did start to like and enjoy Charlie’s character a little bit more.

The Alice Network made for an interesting group read and discussion that we all really enjoyed. We all agreed we really appreciated learning about the remarkable Alice Network. We recommend for group reads and for anyone looking to learn more about this very interesting part of history and the workings of this spy network of women.

 

Traveling Sisters Group Review: Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber @katelizabee @GalleryBooks

Are You SleepingAre You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Norma’s Review

Traveling Sisters Group Read with Brenda, Kaceey, & Lindsay!

3.5 stars rounded up to 4 stars

ARE YOU SLEEPING by KATHLEEN BARBER is a clever, suspenseful, creative, and a somewhat predictable psychological thriller novel that was uniquely told with podcast excerpts and social media feeds which added a very interesting aspect to this storyline for me. The way that this story was told and the format of this book is what I found most enjoyable.

KATHLEEN BARBER delivers a well-written and character-driven novel here that takes us on a journey of solving the murder of Josie’s father from 13 years ago that has attracted the attention of the media. I really enjoyed Josie and Lainie’s characters.

This isn’t particularly what I would call a fast-paced or gripping thriller but KATHLEEN BARBER wrote a very readable story here and I really enjoyed and found the dysfunction of the family quite interesting and it was hard to put down. Would recommend to anyone that likes a thriller on the lighter side with lots of betrayal, secrets, lies, and familial dynamics within the storyline.

Thank you so much to NetGalley, the publisher and Kathleen Barber for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review.

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Brenda’s Review

I read this one along with my Traveling Sisters and enjoyed our short discussions.  Time wasn’t really in our favour with this one and we mostly read it on our own. So for this review I will focus on my thoughts.

Are You Sleeping was a nice surprise for me and I really enjoyed the lighter side to this story yet a little chilling and unsettling at the same time.  It’s a story with hidden family secrets and betrayals that has caught the attention of the media. I really enjoyed what I called the Poppy Pods (podcasts) and liked that unique twist to the story.  I thought Kathleen Barber gave us a good look into how the media and their audience can latch on and become obsessed with their views and how their reactions can affect a person.  I could really see how that affected our main character Josie in this story and I could really feel for her.

I had a love/hate relationship here with Josie and I have to say she was not my favorite twin sister in this story.  I really felt more for her sister Lanie and I thought Josie was not the best sister either.  Josie had me so angry at her at times and I really wanted to shout at her  to change her behaviour to her sister.

Like Norma’s thoughts I didn’t find this story gripping or fast-paced. I did enjoy the story and found it quite interesting.  I recommend for a interesting lighter read.

Thank you to NetGalley, Gallery Books and Kathleen Barber for the opportunity read and review this book.

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Kaceey’s Review

An unscrupulous reporter, Poppy Parnell starts a podcast to reopen the murder case of  Charles Buhrman and it quickly goes viral. His two daughters, Josie and twin sister Lanie haven’t spoken to each other since the day of the murder. A horrid event that sadly tore the family apart along the way.

Now, years later, the recent death of their mother is bringing them back together. Can Josie let go of the past and reunite with her sister?

Told from Josie’s perspective, as well as Poppies’ pod-casts and the avalanche of tweets that followed. Then the ensuing crazed masses getting caught up in an internet witch-hunt.

This book highlights how social media can influence people, creating a frenzy in whatever direction the cursor is pointed. While this pseudo-power can be applied for good, or in many cases, for pure sensationalism at the expense of those the spotlight is on.

This is a very quick and easy read that kept me guessing through most of the book. I did figure out the curve-ball before the end but still enjoyed getting there. I enjoyed the ride and would certainly recommend it. To me, this book would make a great light vacation/ beach….mountain getaway kind of read!

A traveling sister read with Norma, Brenda and Lindsay!

Thank you to NetGalley, Gallery Books and Kathleen Barber for an advanced copy to read in exchange for an honest review.

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Lindsay’s Review

3.5 stars!

I enjoyed this suspenseful, gripping, page-turning debut psychological thriller!

This story follows the main character, Josie, through the reassessment of her father’s murder case from thirteen years prior.  Investigative reporter, Poppy Parnell, creates and releases six mega-hit podcasts titled “Reconsidered” that re-examine this murder trial.  Through the podcasts, Parnell asks questions to  uncover facts and theories which end up reopening the case that was ‘solved’ years ago.   Was the convicted killer who has been sitting in prison since the trial actually innocent?

I loved the format of this book and the way this story was presented.  I liked reading from Josie’s perspective. The six podcasts along with several blog posts and interviews are included throughout the chapters.  This provided a unique and refreshing reading perspective which I greatly enjoyed.

I found myself glued to the pages for the majority of this engrossing story, however, the ending didn’t quite live up to the excitement of the rest of the book for me.  It was still a good, satisfying ending, but not as excellent as the rest of the novel.   Things seemed to wrap up a little too quick and neat for me.  Overall, I enjoyed this fast-paced and creative story and would be very interested in reading more from this author!   This was an impressive debut novel.

A big thank you to NetGalley, Threshold Pocket Books and Kathleen Barber for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review!!

Traveling Sisters Group Read: Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

Magpie MurdersMagpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Traveling Sister Group Read with Norma, Lindsay, Jaline, Susanne, JanB, Holly, Linda and PorshaJo

We read Magpie Murders with seven of our Traveling Sisters and it brought out one of the best and most fun group discussions we have had yet. For this one, we tried to stay as close as we could to each other with our reading goals so we could play detectives together and discuss our suspicions along the way. For some of us, it was really hard to put this one down but it sure was worth it staying somewhat close together for the discussions.

Magpie Murders is a brilliant, hugely enjoyable, fun, and delightful well-plotted intriguing Golden Age style mystery inside a mystery that is done exceptionally well. A fantastic playful whodunit with satisfying twists and turns and many red herrings for us to ponder and discuss with our Traveling Sisters.

Anthony Horowitz does such a fantastic job here with all the characters and they are so well developed. Some quirky, some cunning, some likable, and some not so much and some we grew to like. All very interesting and compelling to read.

We all loved the setting and the atmosphere of the small, quaint English Village where everyone knows everyone and everyone has a secret.

We really enjoyed sharing clues, our suspicions, red herrings and keeping track of the suspects. Two sisters really doing a great job keeping us on track with the suspects. We all tried to pay close attention to one another to pick up on those clues and information to piece this mystery together. One sister picking up a clue not knowing for what and we all were very surprised at how that fitted into the mystery. We were discussing the clues without even realizing they were clues. We suspected everyone and no one with all the red herrings in this one. This made for such a fun and delightful reading experience.

The ending like every good whodunit which was wrapped up nicely with no loose ends and we all were satisfied with it in the end. However, one character did have us discussing how we felt about how the story wrapped up for her and we were split on how we felt about that and it brought out a bit of a discussion for us.

This is such a good choice for a group read or works really well if you so choose to read it on your own. We suggest grabbing your favorite beverage and curling up in your comfy chair and getting lost in this brilliant absorbing golden age mystery within a mystery for a few hours. It will be a favorite for some us and a favorite sister read for Brenda and Norma. We all highly recommend.

 

Traveling Sisters Group Read: The Deep Dark Descending by Allen Eskens @aeskens @SeventhStBooks

The Deep Dark DescendingThe Deep Dark Descending by Allen Eskens

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4.5 Stars

Traveling Sister Group read with Norma, Kaceey, Diane, JanB, Susanne and PorshaJo

We read The Deep Dark Descending along with five of our Traveling Sisters. The Deep Dark Descending is the fourth book by the talented author Allen Eskens. The books are connected with recurring characters but can be read as standalones. One sister in our group has read and enjoyed all four previous books and suggests if you really want to get more background info into the characters to read The Heavens May Fall before reading this one. All of us read the first book The Life We Bury where the main character makes his first appearance. We all thought this one worked really well as a standalone though.

The Deep Dark Descending is an engrossing, extremely tense, fast-paced, and a well-written read here that explores the deep dark desire for vengeance as we see how our very well loved main character Max is battling with his descent into the deep dark desire for vengeance and retribution. We all were completely engrossed in his battle as he was wrestling with his decisions and we could really feel his anguish, grief, anger, and desperation. This had us all wrestling with his decisions as well. The tension and suspense increased for us and had us nervously questioning his actions throughout this whole story. Eskens’ does a fantastic job here working our emotions, examining our own moral thoughts and had us questioning if his actions were for justice or vengeance. That created a very interesting, thought-provoking discussion with the sisters.

The story is chilling in more ways than one as we follow Max on his mission for vengeance to the frigid US – Canadian border. Eskens’ brilliantly constructs this well-done story with an extremely enthralling plot by adding danger to the story with the frigid atmosphere and chilling scenes. We all were sitting at the edge of our seats in dread yet hoping that Max would leave with his soul. We are not sure that any of us stopped to breathe until reaching the end.

The Deep Dark Descending is an extremely fast-paced and thrilling novel with an ending that holds quite the punch that left us all frozen in place sending chills right through us all.

We all are very curious and will be waiting patiently to see what Allen Eskens has to offer next with Max’s character. The ending brought out quite the discussion as well and had us all wondering what is next for Max. We all loved his character that much! Would highly recommend!!

Thank you to Edelweiss, Seventh Street Books and Allen Eskens for a copy to read and review.

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Kaceey’s Review

A deeply emotional read….and it left me breathless.

Max is trying to move on 4 years after the death of his wife Jenni.  In his heart, he’s convinced there is far more to her death than just a simple accident.  Now he’s beginning to gather the evidence he needs to prove it. The question is, where will that lead him? What dark road will that journey take him down?

This book is labeled a standalone but some of the characters, including Max, are recurring from previous books. I’d read only one previous book from this author so when I realized this (about 25% into the book) I was worried I would miss out on the character development.  Nope….this book stands firmly on its own! 

There are dual timelines that at the beginning I had trouble following. Felt a little scattered to me.  But once I got caught up in the storyline, it started flowing smoothly and was difficult to put down. The suspense builds in a big way during the final third of the book, with a shocking ending. I just had to sit quietly once I finished processing what I just read. Wow!

Thank you to Edelweiss for an ARC to review.

 

 

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