Goodreads Monday: The Things We Tell Ourselves by Victoria Namkung

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners. To take part, you simply choose a random book from your TBR and show it off. Don’t forget to check out Lauren’s Goodreads Monday blog post to share your Monday selections.

I am currently hosting an Instagram book giveaway for Victoria Namkung’s second novel: These Violent Delights and thought I would give her first novel some love this week.

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The Things We Tell Ourselves by Victoria Namkung
Publish date: July 21, 2015 by Standard Time Press
Purchase: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Category: Psychological Thriller, Suspense

Goodreads Synopsis:
When a young writer enters into an affair with a charming foreign correspondent, she has no idea that an uncharacteristic moment of spontaneity will change her life forever.

Twenty-two-year-old Georgina Park dreams of being a hard-hitting journalist, but to pay the bills she’s covering the red carpet for a celebrity magazine. Her world is turned upside down when a chance meeting with Simon Grant, an Australian TV reporter who is 20 years her senior—and married—leads to an intense, sexually charged relationship that continues even after he returns home to Sydney. But when some compromising photos from Georgina’s past come back to haunt her years later, it appears Simon is to blame. Now a prolific newspaper columnist and college instructor, Georgina must use her investigative reporting skills to save herself—and revisit the affair that started it all.

Set in Los Angeles, ‘The Things We Tell Ourselves’ takes readers from the klieg lights of Hollywood to the dark corners of the Internet, exploring love, marriage and technology along the way. At its heart, the novel is a literary examination of the damage one generation can inflict on the next and the compromises we make between our ideals and life’s realities, between what we desire and doing the right thing.

“I lost sleep turning the pages of this book. ‘The Things We Tell Ourselves’ starts with a deliciously steamy romance and turns into a fast-paced thriller, all the while exploring the complexities of love, morality, and how we react to loss. You won’t soon forget these characters.” – Tiffany Hawk, author of ‘Love Me Anyway’

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Book Review: Not That I Could Tell by Jessica Strawser

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Publish Date: March 27, 2018 by St. Martins Press
Pre-order/Purchase: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, BOTM $9.99 add-on
Category: Fiction, Suspense, Mystery

In a quiet neighborhood, a group of five friends (some more acquaintances), enjoyed a ladies night around the fire-pit: involving a few too many glasses of wine. The next morning one of them, along with her two small children, are missing. When the detectives roll around the ladies don’t remember much of the night (oops, too much wine), nor do they really know much of their neighbor outside of a superficial relationship (what was her marriage really like?). You can imagine the gossip within the small town: did the estranged husband have something to do with it or is he a victim?

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Book Review: Paris by the Book by Liam Callanan

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Publish Date: April 3, 2018 by Dutton
Pre-order/Purchase: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Category: Fiction, Mystery

I recently joined Penguin’s First to Read program: a free membership that gives you access to request upcoming new releases before they hit the shelves. Paris by the Book, by Liam Callanan, was my first selection – of course, due to my obsession with all things Paris. Paris is on the bucket list!

Is Leah a widow? For almost a year, she is unsure. Her husband, Robert, vanishes and I don’t say suddenly, because it is like him to take a break from the family from time to time: this time, he doesn’t leave a note and does not return. Is he leaving her clues to his whereabouts? Conflicted with her emotions, Leah and her daughters, Ellie and Daphne, take a trip to Paris in hopes of finding their father; if he is still alive.Read More »

Book Review: The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

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3.5 disco balls

Published: January 2, 2018 by William Morrow
Purchase: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, BOTM $9.99 add-on
Category: Suspense, Thriller, Mystery, Fiction

I really wanted to love this book as I am a big fan of suspense books and the premise of this book was super interesting, but overall it was OK. The ending saved this book for me: and, isn’t that what suspense books are all about (the ending)?Read More »

Goodreads Monday: Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners. To take part, you simply choose a random book from your TBR and show it off. Don’t forget to check out Lauren’s Goodreads Monday blog post to share your Monday selections.

33026565I first heard of Rainbirds when I read the Brunette Biblio’s review of the book that I immediately added it to my TBR: so you can imagine how thrilled I am that it’s a March Book of the Month selection!

Obviously it was my March choice and I should be getting it any day now. Woohoo!

Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan
Publish date: March 6, 2018 by Soho Press
Purchase: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, BOTM $9.99 add on
Category: Mystery, Fiction, Contemporary

Goodreads Synopsis:

Clarissa Goenawan’s dark, spellbinding literary debut opens with a murder and shines a spotlight onto life in fictional small-town Japan.

Ren Ishida is nearly finished with graduate school when he receives news of his sister Keiko’s sudden death. She was viciously stabbed one rainy night on her way home, and there are no leads. Ren heads to Akakawa to conclude his sister’s affairs, still failing to understand why she chose to abandon the family and Tokyo for this desolate town years ago.

But Ren soon finds himself picking up where Keiko left off, accepting both her teaching position at a local cram school and the bizarre arrangement of free lodging at a wealthy politician’s mansion in exchange for reading to the man’s catatonic wife.

As he comes to know the figures in Akakawa, from the enigmatic politician to his fellow teachers and a rebellious, alluring student named Rio, Ren delves into his shared childhood with Keiko and what followed, trying to piece together what happened the night of her death. Haunted in his dreams by a young girl who is desperately trying to tell him something, Ren struggles to find solace in the void his sister has left behind.

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Book Review: The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor

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Published: January 9, 2018 by Crown Publishing Group
Purchase: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, BOTM $9.99 add on
Category: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense

I took The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor with me on vacation: what a travel companion it was. Holy moly creepy. At first you don’t really recognize the creepiness, but then bam! Like what was that? Who can I talk about this with? (obviously I will not discuss it here – not going to spoil anything for you) For my suspense fans, you need to read this. Read More »

Jamie Quinn Mystery Collection, Books 1 – 3 by Barbara Venkataraman

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Published: September 4, 2014
Purchase: Amazon Box Set is $3.49, for all 3 stories that is a steal! $0 if you have kindleunlimited (From February 19 – 23, 2018, the box set is free!)
Category: Novella, Mystery, Suspense

Meet Jamie Quinn, a lawyer who practices family law yet finds herself in the middle of a few criminal cases (one that hits a bit too close to home). She recently lost her mother, took a sabbatical from work and suffers from insomnia. In Book 1, she is forced back into work mode when her cousin is accused of murder.

Read more to view my reviews for Books 1, 2 and 3. I received an ebook of the Box Set from the author, Barbara Venkataraman, in exchange for my honest review. Read More »

Book Review: Two Girls Down by Louisa Luna

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Published: January 9, 2018 by Doubleday
Purchase: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, BOTM $9.99 add on
Category: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Fiction

This book is the reason I need an extra shot of espresso in my coffee this morning. I may have stayed up until 2:00 a.m. last night (or technically this morning) reading the last 13% of the book. I thought, 13% left I can finish that in thirty minutes…um, I grossly underestimated how much time it takes me to read 13% – it was more like 1.5 hours or something like that: I obviously lost track of time. Plus the ending was where most of the action was and I could not go to sleep half way through it.  Read More »

Book Review: Lie With Me by Sabine Durrant

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Published: June 2, 2016 by Mulholland Books
The additional .5 disco ball was because I actually finished it

Yikes. Reading this was like going to the dentist: Painful. Just opening my kindle to keep reading was like pulling teeth. I questioned categorizing it as a DNF (do not finish) more than a few times, but since I got it from NetGalley I felt like I needed to try and finish: it took me a week. A week of reading I cannot get back.Read More »

My 2 ¢: Watching Glass Shatter by James J. Cudney

Watching Glass ShatterFirst off, author James J. Cudney is super passionate about his fans and their feedback of his book. I happened upon Watching Glass Shatter in my goodreads feed and followed the author on social media – here I found him to be personable, relatable and utterly humble.

Watching Glass Shatter could be the start of a new soap opera: move over General Hospital, Young & the Restless, Days of Our Lives…there is a new game in town. I’m calling it: The Glass House. Matriarch Olivia Glass would certainly give Erica Kane a run for her $$Read More »

Pre-order this book STAT: The Wife Between Us

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The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
Publish date: January 9, 2018 by St. Martin’s Press
BOTM: it was a December selection!

Ok, I was going to time my book review with the release date, but honestly I couldn’t wait much longer. I need to share this book with you all, like NOW!

In order to not give away any spoilers or create preconceived notions my review is somewhat vague, but trust me on this: love/hate it…you can read it in one sitting, heck I had to because I couldn’t wait to figure out what the hell was going to happen.Read More »