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Vanishing Girls by Lisa Regan #travelingsistersread #BookReview @LisaLregan @bookoutoure #BlogTour

Hello everyone and thank you so much for stopping by!  We are so excited and it’s our pleasure to be a part of the blog tour for Vanishing Girls (Detective Josie Quinn #1) by Lisa Regan and share our Traveling Sisters Review with you along with our Traveling Sisters Kaceey, Susanne, and my (Norma’s) individual reviews, who also read this book with us.  Thank you so much to Kim Nash & Lisa Regan for inviting us to be a part of the blog tour.  Lisa Regan has quickly become a favorite author for all of us and we look forward to reading many more books by Lisa Regan in the future!  We all highly recommend Vanishing Girls!!!

The Traveling Sisters ~ Norma and Brenda! xxoo

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Vanishing Girls

Official Book Description:

Vanishing Girls by Lisa Regan – publishing on 17th January 2018
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The little girl curled into a tiny ball as the chamber grew colder around her.
“Please,” she whispered, rocking back and forth. “I want to go home.”

When Isabelle Coleman, a blonde, beautiful young girl goes missing, everyone from the small town of Denton joins the search. They can find no trace of the town’s darling, but Detective Josie Quinn finds another girl they didn’t even know was missing.

Mute and unresponsive, it’s clear this mysterious girl has been damaged beyond repair. All Josie can get from her is the name of a third girl and a flash of a neon tongue piercing that matches Isabelle’s.

The race is on to find Isabelle alive, and Josie fears there may be other girls in terrible danger. When the trail leads her to a cold case labelled a hoax by authorities, Josie begins to wonder is there anyone left she can trust?

Someone in this close-knit town is committing unspeakable crimes. Can Josie catch the killer before another victim loses their life?

Utterly gripping crime for readers who adored Angela Marsons, Helen Fields and Robert Dugoni. You will be sleeping with the lights on once you discover the first in this unputdownable new crime thriller series.

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Vanishing Girls (Detective Josie Quinn #1)Vanishing Girls by Lisa Regan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Traveling Sisters Review by Brenda

Vanishing Girls is an entertaining, gripping and suspenseful story that had us lost in the untamed, dense woody coulee.  Things started off quite quickly as the unexpected emerges from that one-laned windy road and our main character Detective Josie Quinn is thrusted into the middle of some action.  With a case on her mind that isn’t supposed to be on her mind she is determined to find answers.  Answers become more questions for Josie and for us.  Things started to slow down for us as we get to know Josie and follow her search for answers.

We felt a little cold in the coulee shortly after meeting tough and flawed Detective Josie Quinn.  It took us awhile to warm up to her. It was her relationships that won us over. We became quite invested in her relationships and found ourselves cheering for Josie and her high school sweetheart Ray. This was a bit surprising for three of us non-romantics who quickly usually roll over to the eye rolling Coulee at any sign of romance. Lisa Regan does such a great job drawing us into their relationship and allowing us to care so much for them.  We grew to really like Josie as we got to know her more and of course when we found out why she was suspended we like her even more.

Things really started to pick up as Lisa Regan takes us down that intense, heart pounding fast one-lane windy road in the coulee filled with secrets and lies and shocking moments that left us resting in the grassy, tamed lush coulee.  We are looking forward to more from Detective Josie Quinn and the next book in this series.

Thank you so much to NetGalley, Bookoutoure and Lisa Regan for the opportunity to read and review a copy of this book.

Pub date January 17, 2018

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Norma’s Review

4 stars!!

VANISHING GIRLS by LISA REGAN (Detective Josie Quinn #1) is a gritty, dark, and tense police procedural that grabbed my attention quickly and had me totally invested throughout this whole story.

LISA REGAN delivers another well-written, action-packed, and an angst driven story here that starts off a little slow but quickly becomes a thrilling, entertaining and exciting read.  I found the storyline to be rather interesting and I enjoyed following along with Josie as she investigates the

disappearance (vanishing) of young women from her small town.  Even though there were a couple of questionable situations that seemed a little unlikely it didn’t take away from my enjoyment and how entertaining this novel was for me.  I kind of really enjoy over-the-top action!

I thought the mystery was really good with a few surprising twists and I really enjoyed Josie’s character and the relationships she had with the other characters in this book.  I look forward to getting to know Josie better in the next book from this series.

To sum it all up it was a suspenseful, fast-paced, and an enjoyable read with an ending that has definitely enticed me to read the next book in this series. Would recommend!!

Traveling Sisters Group Read – Thank you so much for another wonderful reading experience! It is always a pleasure reading along with these awesome ladies!

Thank you so much to NetGalley, Bookoutoure and Lisa Regan for the opportunity to read a copy of this book in exchange for a review.

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Kaceey’s Review

I’ve always been a fan of Lisa Regan’s ‘Claire Fletcher’ series, and was delighted at the release of a new series by this author.

Book one starts out with a massive bang!  Josie, her marriage disintegrated and her career on hold from a suspension, finds herself in the middle of not one but two murder scenes. For tough as nails Josie, taking a step back for personal problems is not an option, even though she’s risking everything!

As young women keep disappearing, Josie takes it upon herself to investigate. The stakes are rising as people around her are getting seriously hurt. Someone has something to hide…somebody wants to keep her away from the truth!

Lisa Regan takes you down a dark road of lies and deception. It will leave you breathless and questioning who you can trust? And is anyone in this small town safe?

Short chapters with a storyline that flows easily. The characters are all portrayed vividly, giving you a strong sense of who to root for (and who not to!!). The ending leaves you knowing this is just the first for a great new series!  I’m already looking forward to reading Lisa Regan’s next release!

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Susanne’s Review

4 Stars

A girl goes missing in the small town of Denton, Pennsylvania and Detective Josie Quinn knows that the police investigation is being mishandled – the problem?  Josie was suspended from the Department and can’t do anything about it – except for conducting an investigation on her own, that is.

Josie, however needs help.  Her only allies are her soon to be ex-husband (and Detective), Ray, and her fiance Luke, who is a “Statie” – neither likes the other, and neither wants Josie investigating on her own, but they know they can’t stop her.  Josie is extremely stubborn and she never listens to reason.  Soon, she realizes that more girls have vanished and that everyone she knows is in danger and unless Josie can find out who is responsible, it will keep on happening.

“Vanishing Girls” is the first in the Detective Josie Quinn series.  Josie is a tough cookie – she has been through a lot in her life and hates being vulnerable.  Slowly however, she starts to show a softer side (first with Ray and then with Luke), which I can’t wait to see more of.

This is a novel that starts out slow and takes off like a rocket.  Once it blasts off you are on the edge of your seat holding on for dear life.  It was a ride I loved being on and I hope you will too. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series with my Traveling Sisters.

Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Lisa Regan for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

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Lisa Regan

About the author:

Lisa Regan is an Amazon bestselling crime novelist. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Master of Education Degree from Bloomsburg University. She is a member of Sisters In Crime, Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter. Find out more at her website: http://www.lisaregan.com

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Watch Me by Jody Gehrman @jodygehrman #BookReview #travelingsistersread

Watch MeWatch Me by Jody Gehrman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4.5 Stars

I was lost in the creepy, open barren coulee with three of my Traveling Sisters reading Watch Me. We settled in a nice grassy sunny open spot all set to dive into this story of obsession. We soon felt a little exposed and uneasy as we were drawn to the depth of Sam Gist’s intense, obsession for older damaged Kate Youngblood. We started to sweat with the extreme unnerving creepiness we started to feel as we were pulled deeper and deeper into Sam’s mind. The hairs on the back of our necks started to rise and we wanted to run out of the heat and find a shadier less exposed part of the coulee. We became so fascinated with the story we couldn’t move but kept looking over our shoulder with an escape route in mind.

Watch Me is a highly entertaining, fascinating and disturbing story of the most intense obsession some of us have ever read. Our excitement and uneasiness had us hooked on this one from the very start and we didn’t let go until the very end.

The story is told by both Sam’s and Kate’s point of view. We had some different reactions to Kate that lead to an interesting discussion for us. Most of us enjoyed Sam’s point of view more and felt his POV was more interesting than Kate’s. Even though we were in the same coulee with this one some of us ended up on different sides of the coulee. We highly recommend.

Thank you to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press and Jody Gehrman for providing me with a copy to read and review.

Publication Date January 23, 2018

Kaceey’s Review

Wow!

Kate is a best-selling author. She’s also holding down a second job teaching creative writing at the local college. Newly divorced, Kate desperately struggles to hold onto what little she has, while watching everyone around her move successfully toward fulfilling their dream lives.

Sam is a student, currently enrolled in Kate’s class. He obsesses over his professor, he watches his professor, he wants his professor. In the worst way.  

Sam methodically begins worming himself into Kate’s life. So chilling you feel like a fly on the wall, watching the events unfold, unable to step in and shout a warning.  But does she really need one….

The chapters are short, and seamlessly alternate from Sam’s to Kate’s POV with no interruption or repetition. This book gripped me from the beginning. And I devoured it in basically two sittings. I’ve read a few books recently dealing with obsession and stalking, but this one had a different feel to it. You really felt the heat and intensity from both perspectives.

Jody Gehrman writes a taught, chilling thriller that will leave you breathless and constantly glancing over your shoulder! So well done! Highly recommend!

Thank you to Goodreads Giveaway and St Martin’s Press

Lindsay’s Review

4.5 creepily addictive stars!!

Wow this was disturbingly good! I devoured this twisted story with heart-pounding intensity. I was fascinated by the dynamic between the two main characters, Kate and Sam. Kate is a creative writing professor and well-known novelist and Sam is her student. The relationship between these two had me glued to the pages, feeling the tension, anxiety, obsession and paranoia.

The author, Jody Gehrman, did an outstanding job with the narratives! The story is told from both Kate and Sam’s alternating POV’s and it truly pulls you into each of their minds. The writing was superb! The language does get explicit at times, but I found it perfectly suited this dark and mesmerizing stalker story. There is also an undercurrent of humour throughout that lightened the dark tone of the novel.

This is Gehrman’s debut suspense novel and it is definitely a winner in our eyes!

A big thank you to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press and Jody Gehrman for providing an ARC in exchange for a honest review.

Sunshine Rays on Wiley Cash in the Coulee #BookReview #travelingsistersread

Sunshine Rays in the Coulee featuring author Wiley Cash! 

The sun is shining down on Wiley Cash in the coulee as I have read all three of his books that he has written and they are all being featured together in this one post. All were different stories that left me in different coulees along with some of my Traveling Sisters.  All so beautifully written with strong well-developed characters so masterfully portrayed.  

I started off reading the latest by Wiley Cash, The Last Ballad with some of my Traveling Sisters (TS) and this one turned out to be the favorite of the three for me.  Then I read This Dark Road with a smaller group of my TS and didn’t hold as much as a punch as the others did for me.  The last one read was A Land More Kind.  I picked this one up to look at it and I didn’t put it down till I finished it.  I didn’t give it a chance to be put up as a Sister Read.  Sorry Sisters.  If you haven’t read this one, put it on the top of your list.  

The Last BalladThe Last Ballad by Wiley Cash

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4.5 stars rounded up

The Last Ballad is a powerful, haunting, and moving story, that had me lost in the insightful, heartbreaking lush coulee with some of our Travelling Sisters. The story explores the courage of one woman’s inspiring fight for justice that was inspired by actual events.

Wiley Cash shows us the heartbreak and bravery of one woman along with other women and men who risked their lives to win basic rights for all workers. With intertwining voices and different perspectives, Cash takes us into the lives of some brave, interesting, gritty, likable and unlikable characters that are connected to our main character Ella May Wiggins. Well-done characters with many shades of humanity and each bringing their own conflict to the story that allowed us to feel their hopes, fears, bravery or cowardliness.

When we first meet our main character Ella May Wiggins she is struggling to care for her family and we all loved her strength and through her bravery, she found her voice and stood up for what she believes in. She had something important to say and we wanted to hear it

“You’ve earned your story. I’ve earned mine. I’ve earned this being sad, this loss, this being angry. I want to tell it to people so they’ll know what it means to earn it. … They need to know they’re not alone.”

The Last Ballad is beautifully written however for us it was a heavy read. We needed to slow down and give it attention and the focus it deserved. Even though we can’t say we really enjoyed this one we really appreciated it. I highly recommend!

This Dark Road to MercyThis Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5 stars rounded up

This Dark Road To Mercy took us through a few coulees with our emotions as we followed along with our three narrators. We went from the love and atonement lush coulee to the redemption and justice coulee and then to the blood and vengeance dry coulee with our narrators in this story. Our favorite road was with wise, heart-broken 12-year Easter who’s wayward father Wade drags her and her sister on the run bringing danger to the sisters. The chase is on as Wade tries to outrun his past and his bad luck. He brings danger and love to the chase that left us feeling we wanted to trust him but didn’t know if we could. We fell in love with Esther and wanted the best for her and her sister and that left us questioning what was. At times we felt like the story lacked some intensity, grit, and edge for us. Instead left us asking questions we didn’t know the answers to.

A Land More Kind Than HomeA Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4.5 stars rounded up

A Land More Kind Than Home is a daring, haunting, and heartfelt story of courage and the bond between two brothers that left me lost and mesmerized in the all my heart and soul lush coulee. I settled in my grassy spot to read and soon I was checking the grass for the evil that I could feel slithering in, leaving me a little uncomfortable in my Coulee. The love and bond between Jess Hall and his brother soon had me moving into a safer grassy spot with my guard up for the evil hiding behind the face of what should be good and safe.

Wiley Cash creates the strongest narrators here for me with these complicated and troubled characters, allowing me to become completely engrossed in their stories. I loved the intensity, grit, and suspense to this one and Cash does a great job of showing me what his character’s words wanted me to see. It left me with no questions as to who to trust with this one, just the intense suspense to see how it all comes together in the end. I highly recommend!

Reviews by Brenda

White Bodies by Jane Robins #BookReview #travelingsistersread

White BodiesWhite Bodies by Jane Robins

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

We were lost in the weedy, mudding, murky coulee reading this with some of our Traveling Sisters and we ended up splitting into different coulees.

White Bodies is a chilling, creepy and unsettling psychological suspense thriller that explores the dark side of love and obsession that binds twin sisters together.

Jane Robins does a good job bringing on a very shocking unsettling twist that stunned us and we all became a little uncomfortable in the weedy muddy puddles of the coulee and wondering if we should find a more comfortable spot or leave the coulee altogether.  We all decided to settle in and see where this story goes.

Jane Robins does a great job creating two different and unreliable sisters here that left us wondering who was the unreliable one and who was the one to trust.  Jane Robins throws a clever little twist in there that threw some of us off and left us shocked with the ending.

This is one unforgettable story with some disturbing revelations that we soon won’t forget even though the sisters splitting from the murky coulee just wanted to go onto the next coulee.  We highly recommend giving this one a try and finding out what that shocking, unsettling revelation is for yourself.

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

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Kaceey’s Review

There’s been much buzz surrounding this book and its high level of creepiness. So I went in with a little trepidation. And yes, it does start out very disturbing, but soon settles in to a good old fashioned, twisty thriller.  So enter with caution, but if you enjoy creepy thrillers, chances are you’ll really like this one!!

Callie and Tilda are twin sisters, yet couldn’t be more different. Where one shines the other is hidden.  Tilda has a new boyfriend Felix.  She hopes Callie will like him and approve. But when Callie finally meets him, something is off. Way off! Is it his behavior? Tilda’s behavior? Just what’s going on in this relationship? Callie is driven to get to the bottom of this! Now she finds herself caught up in a whirlwind of deception and mystery.

Strangers on a train….

This book provided everything I look for in a twisty, psychological thriller. I was surprised by the ending…but not totally shocked. However, there were some very clever turns along the way. I was so anxious to get my hands on this book, and wasn’t disappointed! If you can move past the startling creepiness in the beginning then you will be treated to a cleverly plotted thriller.

A delightful hair-raising (Lol!!) Traveling Sister read!

Thank you to NetGalley, Touchstone and Jane Robins for an ARC to review in exchange for an honest review.

 

Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan #BookReview #travelingsistersread

Anatomy of a ScandalAnatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I started off lost in the prickly, weedy dark craggy coulee with four of my Traveling Sisters reading Anatomy of a Scandal with only one of us staying in this coulee and the rest of us leaving to find a grassy spot to take a nap.

Anatomy of a Scandal is a slow-burning, intelligent legal thriller that explores a scandal amongst the privileged and the women involved. For most of us, we struggled with this one grabbing our attention from the start and had to fight the urge to crawl into a nice grassy spot and have a nap. As we started to doze off Sarah Vaughan caught our attention with a very clever twist however the legal procedure weighed the story down for us and we gave in and drifted off in our grassy spot.

For most of us, we needed a faster more action-packed thriller to keep our attention and to keep us engaged enough to really appreciate this story. We recommend to readers who like legal thrillers.

Thank you to NetGalley, Atria Books and Sarah Vaughan for a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

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Lindsay’s Review

This novel follows the aftermath of and investigation into a sexual assault scandal involving a high power politician and one of his employees.

I found the storyline intriguing enough to keep me curious until the end, however, this novel really dragged for me. I found the pacing slow, the characters unlikeable and the content jumped all over the place. I had a hard time staying focused and felt that there were several parts of the book that could have been omitted while not taking away from the story (in fact, it may add to it).

Perhaps it was just a timing thing after finishing a few really great reads, but this one just didn’t work for me. There are many glowing reviews out there so I strongly suggest reading those before making a decision on this book.

A big thank you to NetGalley, Atria Books and Sarah Vaughan for providing a copy of this ARC in exchange for an honest review!

 

The Last Suppers by Mandy Mikulencak #travelingsistersread #bookreview @DurangoWriter

The Last SuppersThe Last Suppers by Mandy Mikulencak

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Last Suppers by Mandy Mikulencak is a complex, interesting, and a tightly written novel with a lot of depth within the pages of this book.

We were lost in the deep-rooted, earthy coulee with two of our Traveling Sisters reading The Last Suppers with us and we all really enjoyed this interesting story that brought some food for thought to our discussion.

Mandy Mikulencak does a good job capturing the emotional memories surrounding the food that left us thinking and discussing our favorites that we would choose for a “last supper”.

Mandy Mikulencak delivers an extremely moving and engaging story here and does a really good job creating a likeable character here with Ginny that we cared for and who we found to be very interesting.  We loved the compassion that she had with the convicts and her need to see humanity in people and as the story progressed we could see her grow and we loved how we were shown how deep Ginny’s need for redemption was as the story progressed.

Food becomes its own character within this story and we begin to see the “last suppers” more in an in-depth and complex thought-provoking way as it is tied into Ginny’s desire to find out her own truth and what that means. Along with Roscoe we started to question the reasoning behind Ginny’s desire to give the convicts the perfect “last supper” and we needed to know what that was and why it has haunted her throughout her life.

To sum it all up it was an extremely interesting, thought-provoking, and well-written novel that had quite the unique premise to it which we all found extremely enjoyable with a satisfying ending that led to a very interesting and enjoyable discussion. Would highly recommend!

Thank you so much to NetGalley, Kensington Books, and Mandy Mikulencak for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review.

 

Forget Me Not by Kierney Scott @Kierney_S @bookouture #BookReview #travelingsistersread

Forget Me Not (Detective Jess Bishop, #1)Forget Me Not by Kierney Scott

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5 Stars

Review by Brenda with Lindsay

I was lost in the dark, unusual, unearthly craggy coulee with Lindsay reading Forget Me Not.

Forget Me Not is a haunting, chilling psychological thriller with a little ick to it that had us a little uncomfortable in the craggy dark trenches of the Coulee looking for a more comfortable place to settle in. It didn’t take long to warm up and find a more grassier sheltered spot as we got to know our flawed and guarded main character, Detective Jess Bishop. We really liked her right from the start and wanted to know what secrets kept her awake at night.

Kierney Scott does a good job creating an interesting story and character here with Detective Jess and she is different from the typical female detective in so many ways that I have read lately with a past she’s trying to hide. She is haunted by the chilling secrets that she would like to keep buried.

Kierney Scott does a good job leading us down a jagged rocky path that starts to break apart as we tried to figure out how they are related to the case Jess is working. We love Jess’s connection with her returning partner and the tension starts to rise between them as their relationship is tested. We started questioning who we could trust or not. There is a little romance to this story that didn’t leave us rolling our eyes or wanting to leave the coulee.

The heat starts to turn up and the tension rises with every twists and turns as we dodge every sharp rock to reach the satisfying end of this enjoyable story. We will definitely be looking out for the second book to this one. We recommend.

Thank you, NetGalley, Bookouture and Kierney Scott for a copy to read and review.

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Lindsay’s Review

4.5 stars!   I loved this gripping and suspenseful novel!

From the very first page, I immediately liked the main character, FBI Special Agent Jessica Bishop (Jess).   I felt an instant connection with her and admired her tough-girl, don’t-mess-with-me personality.   The story follows Jess and a team of FBI agents on a case hunting down a horrific serial killer.  

The suspense kept me addicted all the way through.   I truly enjoyed reading every single page and had a constant feeling of being anxious to find out just how things would all come together in the end.   The author, Kierney Scott, did an outstanding job pulling me right into the story which kept me flipping the pages as quick as possible.   

I was impressed to learn in the Acknowledgements section that this was the first crime thriller written by Scott who has been a romance writer to date.  What a feat for an author to be able to switch genres so smoothly – that’s talent!

I really loved every minute of this book and am excited that this is the start of a series.  I’ll be eagerly waiting for Book #2!!  

A big thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Kierney Scott for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review!!

 

If I Die Tonight by Alison Gaylin @alisongaylin @WmMorrowBooks #BookReview #travelingsistersread

If I Die TonightIf I Die Tonight by Alison Gaylin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was lost in the deep slopes of the craggy coulee with two of my Traveling Sisters reading I Die Tonight and we settled in amongst the rocky edges with each of our reading pillows that soon had us on our toes guessing and discussing the path of this clever and engaging mystery. I Die Tonight is stand-alone by Alison Gaylin and was our first book that we have read by her and won’t be our last.

I Die Tonight is a tightly plotted multi-layered character-driven mystery that explores secrets, family ties and the length we go to protect ourselves and the ones we love. The story started off a little slow for us in the beginning as we get to know these well-developed characters and start to piece together the layers of this mystery that had us guessing and discussing right to the end.

Alison Gaylin does a good job creating flawed characters with something to hide or secrets that they want to keep hidden. We grew to love complicated Pearl with her personal demons and secrets she would like to keep buried and protective mother Jackie who fights to protect her son from the gossip around a tragic event that has exploded into small-town gossip and the damage of social media. Jackie’s strength and faith in her son is tested and along with her, we started to question her loyalty to her son. Both characters are very strong and different female characters connected to that tragic night and seeking the truth to this layered and well-plotted story.

I found the social media part of the story to be fascinating and really like how Alison Gaylin showed us a realistic look at how quickly gossip can become the truth in a small town that left me feeling chilled and a little unsettled.

I now have What Remains of Me on my radar for a future Sister Read and look forward to more from Alison Gaylin. I highly recommend for readers who like a well-written character driven mystery.

Thank you Edelweiss, William Morrow and Alison Gaylin for a copy of this title to read and review.

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Kaceey’s Review

This was my first read from Alison Grayson (though I own 3 of her others). What an unexpected surprise.  Why haven’t I picked up one of her other books till now!?

 Jackie is doing her best to raise two teenage sons on her own. And lately she feels like she knows them less and less. But come on…what teens aren’tdistant and mysterious to their parents?

So when tragedy pays a visit to the small town they live in, her world is rocked as all eyes turn to one of her boys. Surely it’s a huge misunderstanding. Could he really be guilty of the crimes everyone is accusing him of? Can she save him?

 This book started out with a bang and I was quickly pulled in. At one point, (half-way) I felt that it started to drag a bit. But no worries – that quickly turned around. I found myself racing to the end to see how this was all going to play out.

I was drawn to all the characters from Jackie to her sons, even the local police. Each had a strong voice and enough depth to separate one character from another. (Love that!)

 The final third of this book had me riding a rollercoaster of emotion. I was sad, frightened, shocked…and happy. Yes, all thriller fans, there are some fabulous moments in this one to keep you on your toes. Highly recommend!!

 I will definitely be reaching into my bookshelf to read more from this author!

Thank you Edelweiss, William Morrow and Alison Gaylin for a copy of this title to read and review.

 

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn @AJFinnBooks @WmMorrowBooks #BookReview #travelingsistersread

The Woman in the WindowThe Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Traveling Sisters Read by Brenda and Norma with Holly, Kaceey, Susanne, Lindsay, Jan, Kendall, and Diane

We read The Woman In The Window with seven of our Traveling Sisters and we were split again into two different coulees. Some of us really enjoyed this one and were in the deep-rooted end of the rapturous murky coulee and the rest of the sisters lost in the craters of the dry coulee looking for water and a way out.

THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW by A. J. FINN is a fascinating, fast-paced and twisty psychological suspense thriller novel that takes a look inside one women’s delusions and truth that left us questioning what was real and what wasn’t.

The story starts off a bit murky in the beginning leaving us somewhat confused as to what was actually going on in this story. We soon learn we are being drawn into our main character Anna’s unstable world who experiences Agoraphobia. We all mostly started out intrigued and engrossed in the story and were turning the pages as fast as we could to find out what was real and what wasn’t. For Norma and the sisters in the gloomy dry coulee they became frustrated with the holes in this one and were questioning some things that just didn’t seem to add up for them, taking away some of their enjoyment for this story. For Brenda and the sisters in the rapturous murky coulee we were so engrossed in Anna’s mind and figuring out the mystery of her reality that the gloom turned to mist and we were fascinated with this story till the end.

A.J. Finn does a good job creating an unstable world here for Anna and showing us how detached she really was from reality. He reveals clues along the way for us to figure out some things on our own without creating any shocking plot twists. Instead, he shows us just how unreliable Anna’s world was by leaving small clues for us to pick up on but kept us questioning them as to what was really happening until the very end.

We all really enjoyed the premise of this book and found the agoraphobia aspect of this novel quite fascinating. It read really fast for all of us and we were all intrigued by the woman in the window. Would recommend!

Thank you so much to Edelweiss, William Morrow and A. J. Finn for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review.

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Kaceey’s Review

4.5*

Agoraphobia is an intense fear and anxiety of being in places where it is hard to escape, or where help might not be available. Agoraphobia usually involves fear of crowds, bridges, or of being outside alone.  NIH

For the past 10 months Anna has been trapped inside the four walls she calls home. She can’t bring herself to take a single step outside. No grocery shopping, no walks through the park, not even to pick a package from the front stoop. Anna is an agoraphobic. Her days are filled with pills to control her anxiety and other ailments followed by a bottle or two (sometimes more) of wine to wash it all down. Her life outside her home is only viewed through her Nikon camera, where she watches her neighbors’ daily routines. (Much to their chagrin).

When she witnesses an attack in the home across the street no one will believe her. Not the homeowners, not even the police!

Anna begins to question if it’s a side effect of her medication, or is there a reason no one wants to believe her.

This book started out very slow for me. With most of us saying “huh? I’m confused!” That confusion quickly cleared as the pace revved up. Soon I was in full speed thriller mode! What an incredible ride.  A.J. Finn had me questioning everyone from Anna herself to a grandmother in Montana!

Some of the twists were predictable – but that didn’t take away from my enjoyment. The big finale of a twist was absolutely perfect! Didn’t see that one coming at all! It’s a fairly long book but reads super-fast and keeps you glued to the pages! This is my favorite kind of thriller!!

Highly recommend!

Thank you to Edelweiss, HarperCollins and A.J. Finn for a copy to read and review.

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Lindsay’s Review

3.5 stars

This was a highly suspenseful, anxiety-filled, page-turning wild ride! The main character, Anna Fox, suffers from agoraphobia (hers is a fear of being outside). She can’t leave her home and finds herself obsessed with the “hobby” of keeping tabs on her neighbours by watching them through the many windows in her large house. I liked Anna, but found that after the halfway mark, her paranoia and constant coping mechanisms started to get slightly annoying.

The author, A. J. Finn, did a fantastic job pulling me into Anna’s world– feeling her terror and contemplating her thoughts, but I feel that some of it became slightly repetitive.

I found myself flipping the pages quickly as I was very curious to see how everything would come together in the end. My interest and curiosity was piqued from the very start.

A big thank you to Edelweiss, William Morrow and A. J. Finn for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

 

 

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