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TWO SISTERS LOST IN A COULEE READING

Two sisters coming together sharing their book reviews and just talking books!

Traveling NetGalley Sister Review: The Girl Who Came Back by Kerry Wilkinson

The Girl Who Came BackThe Girl Who Came Back by Kerry Wilkinson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4.5 Stars

Traveling Sister Review with Kaceey.

The Girl Who Came Back is a fascinating, gripping and a fast-paced psychological thriller that had Kaceey and I hooked right from start to finish. Once we started, it quickly turned into an afternoon of us messaging each other with our theories and guesses till life needed our attention or I should say someone. Lol Kaceey had her game on with this and we made a pretty good team piecing this one together with Kaceey figuring out the twists. At least I wasn’t in left field again with this one.

Kerry Wilkinson does a great job creating an intriguing character here with our main character Olivia the girl who came back. Right from the start we were questioning her return and trying to figure out what secrets she was hiding. We were also intrigued by Lily’s story and the suspense increased as we tried to figure out how she was connected to the story. Kerry Wilkinson does a brilliant job weaving those two stories together and allowing us ok Kaceey to figure out the brilliant twists and keeping us interested right to the end

We really liked how the story came together in the end and were quite satisfied with the ending. In the end we were asking ourselves if “The past is the past and should some secrets remain buried”. We highly recommend!

Thank you NetGalley, Bookouture and Kerry Wilkinson for a copy to read and review.

Kaceey’s Review

Olivia disappeared from her back-yard garden at the tender age of 6. Gone in an instant. Her parents ultimately divorced, moving on with their lives as best they could. Her mother Sarah remarried and had a new baby. Her father Dan spiraled out of control and was left a crushed, defeated man.

When out of the blue, Little Olivia simply skips back into their lives as a teenager, some 13 years later, and no one can believe it…or her! Could it really be the same missing girl from so long ago? Or is this an imposter trying to embed herself into the lives of those so vulnerable and desperate to have her back.

Kerry Wilkinson delivers a very taught, twisty thriller that was extremely hard to put down. I was all-in from the beginning. I set aside a weekend to read this book but basically it took just over one day. (Interrupted only by work)!!

Although I did figure out some of the twists along the way, it certainly didn’t deter my enjoyment of this book at all!! I still hung on every word, even reading beyond the goals we set for ourselves!

My first book from this author and will definitely be on the look-out for more! Highly recommend for all psychological thriller lovers!

Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Kerry Wilkinson for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Traveling Sisters NetGalley Group Review: The Last Day of Emily Lindsey by Nic Joseph

The Last Day of Emily LindseyThe Last Day of Emily Lindsey by Nic Joseph

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Date read:  September 14 – 15, 2017

Traveling Sisters Group Read – thank you sisters for another wonderful reading experience!

Norma’s Review:

THE LAST DAY OF EMILY LINDSEY by NIC JOSEPH is an extremely suspenseful, thrilling, and an engrossing tale with an intriguing and mysterious storyline that is filled with secrets, nightmares, and visions that I was totally fascinated with and I could not put this book down. This book grabbed my attention from the very first page and had me frantically turning those pages in fascination and in anticipation of finding out the root cause behind our main characters nightmares and visions. The author also has us focusing on a date of June 2nd throughout the book which keeps you guessing and wondering what is so significant about that date.

NIC JOSEPH delivers a well-written and an absolutely unputdownable read here with well-developed characters with a storyline that is centred around Detective Steven Paul and the case of Emily Lindsey. The story is told through two timelines which alternate between past and present perspectives as each chapter progresses it connects the stories together as we learn more about Detective Steven Paul’s visions and nightmares. I found both timelines to be equally enjoyable and captivating.

Although, this book had so many twists and turns, was an extremely quick read, and I was totally wrapped up in the storyline I found myself a little bit disappointed with the ending. It was a solid 5 star read for me up until that point as there was one thing that really bothered me and had me questioning the reasoning behind it. Hence the 4 star rating.

Publishing Date: October 3, 2017

To sum it all up it was an entertaining, fun, interesting, thrilling, suspenseful, and a rapid paced read with an ending that I wasn’t totally satisfied with. I would still highly recommend this book though!!!

Thank you so much to NetGalley, Sourcebooks Landmark, and Nic Joseph for the opportunity to read and review a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Kaceey’s Review:

This was a fast-paced thriller that kept me guessing and flipping pages as fast as I could. (Well, for most of it anyway).

Detective Steven Paul is tasked with investigating the strange case of a woman, Emily Lindsey, found covered in blood. But oddly enough, not a drop of it is hers. Is she a victim? Or is she the killer? In which case…where is the real victim? In Emily’s pocket is a note with Steve’s name on it. Only problem…Steven is clueless who this woman is!

Struggling with his own personal demons, Steve attempts to solve the mystery of Emily Lindsey. Dealing with bizarre nightmares and daytime hallucinations, he is determined to stay on top of the case and find the connection between him and this mystery woman.

For 90% of this book it was an absolute 5 * read for me! I could not put it down! Had multiple jaw dropping moments! Then came the final 10%….

I guessed some of the shockers early on, but that was ok – I was still expecting my wow moment!  Unfortunately the ending just left me thinking ….huh?! After such an incredible read and build up I was totally expecting fireworks and explosions! Instead all I had was a fizzle.

As always another wonderful Traveling Sister Group Read with Norma, Brenda, Lindsay, Diane and Susanne!

Thank you to NetGalley, Sourcebooks Landmark and Nic Joseph for a copy to read in exchange for an honest review.

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Lindsay’s Review:

4.5 stars!   I loved this suspenseful, captivating and highly addictive story!

This book captured my full attention from the first chapter and didn’t let it go until the very last page.   The story revolves around solving the mystery of a woman found in her house covered in blood, holding a hunting knife with no recollection of what happened.   Was a crime committed?

Detective Steven Paul who has an unknown personal connection to this woman is assigned to the case.  I adored Detective Paul – I was rooting for him from start to finish.

This gripping story is told through “Then” and “Now” perspectives which was done extremely well.  I was completely drawn into each riveting storyline, flipping the pages as fast as possible to figure out the case.  The writing was superb – had me addicted to every chapter, page and paragraph.   The character development was excellent – I felt completely immersed in the characters’ lives and situations. 

I felt the ending wrapped up a little quick, but I felt satisfied.   There was one piece of the puzzle that didn’t quite “fit” for me at the end, but it certainly didn’t take away from my overall fantastic reading experience.   I would highly recommend this enthralling and unputdownable book!

A big thank you to NetGalley, Sourcebooks Landmark and Nic Joseph for providing a copy of this in exchange for an honest review!!

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Traveling Sisters NetGalley Group Review: Depth Of Lies by E.C. Diskin

Depth of LiesDepth of Lies by E.C. Diskin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Depth of Lies is an engaging, slightly different take on a whodunit plot surrounding a large group of empty-nesters of suburban women.

The story is told from Kat’s point of view as she is determined to find the truth to her friend Shea’s death and through flashbacks from Shea’s point of view leading up to her death. Through confessions from the group of friends and from Shea’s flashbacks secrets, lies and betrayals are revealed.

E.C. Diskin does a fantastic job at pacing this story. The story starts off slow as we get to know each character and a bit of their back stories and as Kat searches for answers things start to get a bit gritty and the tension and suspense increases till the explosive satisfying ending. I highly recommend.

Thank you NetGalley, Thomas and Mercer and E.C. Diskin for a copy to read and review.

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Norma’s Review:

DEPTH OF LIES (extremely fitting and the perfect title) by E.C. DISKIN is a tense, suspenseful, and a fast-paced whodunit mystery with unique characters and an engaging storyline that I really enjoyed.  What I found to be quite different and enjoyable about this book was the cast of characters, as the group of girlfriends were in their early 50’s and empty nesters.

E.C. DISKIN delivers a character driven and well-written read here with lots of drama, betrayals, secrets, and lies within the storyline that kept me guessing and trying to figure out what actually happened to Kat’s best friend Shea. The story is told in the present from Kat’s point of view as she plays detective to find out the truth about the death of her best friend Shea and through flashbacks from Shea’s viewpoint leading up to her death.

To sum it all up it was an entertaining, interesting, thrilling, suspenseful, and a perfectly paced read with an ending that I found to be completely satisfying and well thought out. Would recommend!!!

Thank you so much to NetGalley, Thomas & Mercer, and E.C. Diskin for the opportunity to read and review a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Kaceey’s Review

4.5 Absolutely loved it!

The girlfriends are back together again. Sadly, this time it’s to mourn and celebrate the life of one of their own. Their beautiful friend Shea was found dead, alone at their favorite vacation island. How could this have happened? Is it even conceivable that she may have killed herself? An accident? Or could someone else have been responsible?

Katherine, known to all as Kat, is determined to find out what happened to her best friend. Even if it means digging into the lives of all her friends. After all, friends don’t keep secrets from each other…right?

Even though there were so many players to keep track of, amazingly 1 had no problem. The character development was so vivid. Everyone had a distinct voice. Very well done!!What sets this book apart from others with similar themes (groups of girlfriends), was that these women were a bit older. In their early fifties, facing an empty nest. They were still portrayed as vibrant, young and sexy. (Fifty is the new thirty!) Very refreshing!!

An absolute edge of your seat thriller. Kept me engaged and guessing throughout! Has everything you’d want in a suspenseful read. Highly recommend!

Thank you to NetGalley, Thomas & Mercer and E.C. Diskin for a copy to review in exchange for an honest review.

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Lindsay’s Review

4 stars! This was an addictive and suspenseful thriller that had me racing to the end to solve the mystery.

This story starts with the drowning death of Shea, a 52-year-old stay at home mother and housewife. The question is: Was it suicide? Was it an accident? What happened? The novel flips between ‘Then’ and ‘Now’ where pieces of the story are revealed through interactions between Shea’s rather large group of close friends. Even though there was such a large cast of characters, the author, E. C. Diskin, did a fantastic job keeping me right on track with getting to know each and every one of them. The character development was excellent and kept the storyline flowing smoothly.

There were a few things within the plot that I found a tad on the unrealistic side, but I was able to push them aside and just go with the story. I got caught up in the fast-paced plot and found myself flipping through the pages as quickly as possible to figure the mystery out.

This was my first book by Diskin and I look forward to getting my hands on a copy of her previous novel “Broken Grace”.

A big thank you to NetGalley, Thomas & Mercer and E.C. Diskin for providing a copy of this in exchange for an honest review!!

Traveling Sisters Group Read Review: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Little Fires EverywhereLittle Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Traveling Sisters Group Read Review by Brenda, Norma, Susanne, Jennifer, Kendall, Melissa and Holly

Little Fires Everywhere is a remarkable, sensitive, insightful and beautifully told story that shines a light on parenthood, class, race and familial relationships.

This story follows two very different women and their families over the course of a year. Mia and her daughter Pearl rent an apartment from Mrs. Richardson who lives in the affluent and perfectly planned neighbourhood of Shaker Heights. We soon learn how different their lives and backgrounds are from one another by how they raise their children and how different their relationships are that they have with their children.

Mia is artistic and a free spirit who makes art and not money who is always moving from place to place while Mrs. Richardson is comfortably stable. We think both women had good intentions for their actions and we think you could see by the way they grew up how that influenced their principles and decisions.

Ng does a fantastic job with the character development allowing us to really get to know each character and see how really different they are from one another. We found it remarkable in how skillfully she allowed us to see the story from two very different sides and from the two very different women. As the story progresses we really liked how our feelings changed about some of the characters as we were learning more about them. We loved how Ng had such a knack at intertwining all the characters and how she really took the time with each character so we could really get to know them. That is where we think she really shines!

Celeste Ng delivers an emotionally complex multi-layered rich family drama here that was deeply impressive with a few different themes interwoven into the storyline which we thought she did an absolutely fantastic job with that had most of us swooning over her ability to provoke such strong feelings from us.

Highly recommend Little Fires Everywhere as it left some of us wanting more from the author and we will be reading Everything I Never Told You in the near future and for some sisters who have read it will be rereading it.

Thank you so much to Edelweiss, Celeste Ng, and Penguin Press for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book to read and review.

Review by Norma: The Life She Was Given by Ellen Marie Wiseman

The Life She Was GivenThe Life She Was Given by Ellen Marie Wiseman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

THE LIFE SHE WAS GIVEN by ELLEN MARIE WISEMAN was a moving, haunting, and heartbreaking tale with an intriguing and engaging storyline that I thoroughly enjoyed.  I have a fascination for circus themed books and this one kept me entertained and spellbound right to the very end.

ELLEN MARIE WISEMAN delivers a vivid, descriptive, and well-written read here with some uncomfortable and cringe worthy scenes that were difficult to read at times. The story is told in alternating perspectives of two very different and remarkable young women from Lilly Blackwood in the 1930’s and Julia Blackwood in the 1950’s.  I enjoyed both perspectives and stories equally. How these two women are connected to each other and their stories is the beauty of this novel.

To sum it all up it was heart-wrenching, sad, hopeful, and a compelling fast-paced read with an ending that I found to be totally satisfying and shocking.  I also love that cover and the title of this book and found both to be extremely fitting to this novel.  Would recommend!!!

Thank you so much to NetGalley, Kensington Books, and Ellen Marie Wiseman for the opportunity to read and review a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

 

Traveling Sisters Review: The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker

The AnimatorsThe Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Date read:  September 7 – 10, 2017

Traveling Sisters Read Review with Norma, Brenda, Lindsay, and PorshaJo

THE ANIMATORS by KAYLA RAE WHITAKER is an emotional, heartbreaking, profound, and a thought-provoking novel with a multi-layered storyline about a friendship that starts off with two small town flawed misfits that come to terms with their past through their animations and take their stories to the bright lights of New York City.  This story creeped up on us and blindsided and consumed us with how real this story was and had our emotions on a roller coaster ride throughout this entire book.

The story is told in the voice of our main character, Sharon about her personal life and her working relationship with her best friend Mel. They are a mismatched but a dynamic duo who come together as business partners and friends that creates an interesting and intense story as we were learning about their relationships through the extremely heartwarming and heartbreaking scenes.  They both share a passion for their work and bring their lives into their work as we see the differences between these two characters.  Sharon is quiet, ambitious, and self doubting where Mel is brash, interesting, complex, and life of the party with a rock star personality but then we see more of a gentle side to her when it comes to her relationship with Sharon.

KAYLA RAE WHITAKER delivers a vivid and well-written read here with an artistic flare to her writing style that really made us stop and think about all the underlying messages which at times was quite the heavy read.  The characters were complex, well-developed and KAYLA RAE WHITAKER does a fantastic job with the dynamics between Mel and Sharon.  We could really feel the tender, unique, and the strength of their friendship through their bond and their love that they had for one another.

This book wasn’t exactly what we were expecting but we all thoroughly enjoyed it.  It had our emotions all over the place as some parts were quite funny but mostly it was moving and sad and really affected us.  THE ANIMATORS is a story with characters that will stay with us for a very long time.  Would recommend!

 

Traveling Sister Group Read Review: Buried Secrets by T.J Brearton

Buried SecretsBuried Secrets by T.J. Brearton

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Traveling Sister Group Read with Norma, Kaceey, Susanne, Diane, and Sarah.

Buried Secrets was a Traveling Sister Group Read that we all enjoyed reading together but this was our first book that produced very short discussions although, we did have a few good laughs, overall this story did not work for us.

When we first meet Brett he is digging up buried secrets in his garden which sounds gripping enough but not so much for the Traveling Sisters. Things started to go sideways for us quite early on and we had some trouble connecting with the characters and the storyline. We found the story to be underwhelming with little suspense to keep us wanting to turn those pages.

The story and tension does pick up a bit near the end and has one pretty good twist that made me really see why this book would work for some other readers. I would recommend this book with caution.

Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture and T. J. Brearton for a copy to review in exchange for an honest review.

Kaceey’s Review

Brett and Emily are ecstatic as they start their lives together. A new marriage, a new home, and now trying for their first child. Brett gladly takes on his first DIY project and begins digging a garden for Emily in the backyard. After turning over shovel-loads of earth, he discovers some bones. Are they human? Has someone been buried on their property?

Across the state, Russo is trying to put his life back on the straight and narrow. Unfortunately, he is picked up for an outstanding warrant and he is forced back into the system.

Two totally unrelated stories running parallel until their paths collide, leaving devastation and chaos in their wake. Normally I really enjoy that, but unfortunately, this one fell far short for me.

Actually, I ended up having a lot of trouble with this book. The premise sounded great, but I couldn’t connect with Brett and Emily at all. Brett’s quest to find the truth regarding the bones just didn’t feel genuine. While there was a significant twist at the end, it just wasn’t enough to save this read for me. Although there was some great praise for this book, for me, I was left disappointed.

A wonderful reading experience with my Traveling Sisters Brenda, Sarah, Susanne and Diane!

Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture and T. J. Brearton for a copy to review in exchange for an honest review.

Traveling Sister Review by Brenda and Lindsay: Bring Her Home by David Bell

Bring Her HomeBring Her Home by David Bell

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Traveling Sister Review by Brenda and Lindsay

Bring Her Home is a captivating, tense and emotional story of a father’s frantic quest to bring his daughter home. When we first meet Bill he is grieving a loss and is soon faced with another nightmare. We really loved hearing the story from Bill’s perspective and we could feel his desperation, grief, frustration and anger as he searched for answers to the secrets of today and some that are buried in the past.

In this well-paced story, David Bell led us down a path of secrets and lies that we thought we knew where it was going only to be taken in different turns than we expected, leaving us feeling very satisfied where it ended. The suspense and tension increased with every twist and turn and we were hanging on to every word.

David Bell does a good job with the dynamics of the characters and we really enjoyed Bill’s relationship with his sister Paige who comes to support him in his nightmare. She brings the much needed balance to Bill. We enjoyed how she softens and calms him down and points him to what’s most important. We could feel their love and bond they have with each other.

To sum it up, this was a perfectly paced, highly suspenseful and deeply engaging read that left us hungry for more by David Bell. We highly recommend this gripping and emotional story of a father’s quest to Bring Her Home.

Thank you, NetGalley, Berkley Books and David Bell for providing a copy of this book for me to read in review.

 

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Traveling Sister Review by Norma and Kaceey: Little Black Lies by Sharon Bolton

Little Black LiesLittle Black Lies by Sharon Bolton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 Holy Moly Stars!

A Traveling Sister Read with Kaceey!

Review by Norma with Kaceey’s review below:

LITTLE BLACK LIES by SHARON BOLTON is a dark, haunting, emotional, and an extremely  suspenseful thriller with an absolutely gripping and clever storyline that grabs your attention almost immediately and doesn’t let go until the very last sentence.  We actually had to put this book on hold because of a few sister reads that we were both participating in and it sure didn’t take us long to get right back into the story (maybe we had to refresh our memory a teeny bit) when we picked it up again and then our other sister reads were put on hold!

SHARON BOLTON delivers in our opinion the perfect thriller here because of all of it’s surprising twists and turns and that ending, wow……we were totally blown away!  We have read quite a few thrillers lately and this one definitely left us feeling totally elated and gasping in awe when we were finished because of how awesome we both thought this book was!

To sum it all up it was unpredictable, suspenseful, and a fast-paced read with an ending that was absolutely brilliant which we both found to be totally satisfying. We already have our next Sharon Bolton novel picked out.  Highly recommend!!!

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Review by Kaceey

A Traveling Sister Read with Norma!

A heart-wrenching, dark and emotional read. Sharon Bolton does it again!

You are quickly drawn into a deeply tragic tale of two lifelong friends, torn apart by a sudden, horrid event that leaves them both emotionally fragile and psychologically damaged. One looking for revenge, the other barely hanging by a thread.

Catrin and Rachel grew up together on the Falkland Islands. Both married with two young sons. Soon each is pregnant and thrilled to have a third son on the way. Then, on a day like any other, everything in their lives change.

The pain both Catrin and Rachel feel is palpable. Witnessing them in their desperate struggles is heartbreaking.

The layers to this book are wonderfully intricate, as Sharon Bolton weaves her web to deliver the perfect thriller. The twists kept coming, keeping me guessing and gasping right up to the very last line. Highly recommend! Already looking to pick up another Sharon Bolton novel!

 

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