Mindful Kitchen by Heather Thomas

Description

An environmental foodie on a holistic path, Heather Thomas is mindfully committed to creating positive change, nurturing nature connection, and transforming the way we eat.

Part practical, part meditative, The Mindful Kitchen infuses the everyday with simple nature-related rituals to reinforce thoughts as positive actions, creating focus, awareness and translating intent into lifestyle. Bite-size philosophical notes, meaningful questions, joyful rituals, and an abundant feast of vegetarian recipes are mindfully stirred together in this new-wave cookbook. Offering 100 seasonal recipes, this beautifully illustrated culinary go-to encourages you to make mindful choices through how and what you eat. Add empowering flavors for wellbeing — inspiration, curiosity, and awareness — and this is destined to be a must have in every kitchen library.

With fresh takes on old favorites, and new dishes to tickle the taste buds, there’s a recipe for every season. The recipes include a mix of fresh takes on family classics and completely fresh ideas, including Leek and Hazelnut Risotto, Spiced Pumpkin and Coconut Soup, Preserved Pizza, Zero Waste Veggie Broth, Rhubarb and Lentil Curry, Oatmeal Honey Bread, and Apple Cake Lasagne.

My Review

With Fall setting in for real now, I always look to find new savory meals. After all, when the hot weather fades and you’re inside a little too much, there’s nothing better to soothe the mind than to cook.

I love to lose myself in the meal that I’m preparing, throwing in all the love I can muster up. I usually dance while cooking, highly recommended… you’re moving, feeling good and doing something that stirs the soul.
Get new ideas, be inspired and get back to nature!

What’s Coming…

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What’s Left of Me Is Yours

April,2020

A Novel

by Stephanie Scott

Description

A gripping debut set in modern-day Tokyo and inspired by a true crime, for readers of Everything I Never Told You and The Perfect NannyWhat’s Left of Me Is Yours charts a young woman’s search for the truth about her mother’s life–and her murder.

In Japan, a covert industry has grown up around the “wakaresaseya” (literally “breaker-upper”), a person hired by one spouse to seduce the other in order to gain the advantage in divorce proceedings. When Satō hires Kaitarō, a wakaresaseya agent, to have an affair with his wife, Rina, he assumes it will be an easy case. But Satō has never truly understood Rina or her desires and Kaitarō’s job is to do exactly that–until he does it too well. While Rina remains ignorant of the circumstances that brought them together, she and Kaitarō fall in a desperate, singular love, setting in motion a series of violent acts that will forever haunt her daughter’s life.

Told from alternating points of view and across the breathtaking landscapes of Japan, Stephanie Scott exquisitely renders the affair and its intricate repercussions. As Rina’s daughter, Sumiko, fills in the gaps of her mother’s story and her own memory, Scott probes the thorny psychological and moral grounds of the actions we take in the name of love, asking where we draw the line between passion and possession.


Like, Follow, Kill

by Carissa Ann Lynch

Description

‘Absolutely chilling’ Wendy Heard, author of Hunting Annabelle and Kill ClubThe USA Today Bestseller

‘One word of advice when reading this book—trust no one’ Wendy Heard

Badly scarred after the accident that killed her husband, Camilla Brown locks herself away from the world.  Her only friendships are online, where everyone lives picture-perfect lives. 
In private Camilla can follow anyone she likes. And Camilla likes a lot.

Especially her old school friend Valerie Hutchens.  Camilla is obsessed with Valerie’s posts, her sickening joy for life, her horribly beautiful face.  But then Camilla spots something strange in one of Valerie’s posts – a man’s face looking through her window, watching, waiting…
And then Valerie goes missing…


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The Other Wife

by Claire McGowan

Description

She’s a total stranger. But she knows who you are…

Suzi did a bad thing. She’s paying for it now, pregnant, scared, and living in an isolated cottage with her jealous husband, Nick.

When Nora moves into the only house nearby, Suzi is delighted to have a friend. So much so that she’s almost tempted to tell Nora her terrible secret. But there’s more to Nora than meets the eye. It’s impossible—does she already know what Suzi did?

Meanwhile, Elle spends her days in her perfect home, fixated on keeping up appearances. But when her husband betrays her, it unravels a secret going all the way back to her childhood. She’ll do whatever it takes to hold on to him, even if that means murder. After all, she’s done it before…

Caught up in their own secrets and lies, these strangers will soon realise they have more in common than they could ever have imagined. When a shocking event brings them together, their lives will never be the same again.

A Note From the Publisher

Claire McGowan was born in 1981 in a small Irish village where the most exciting thing that ever happened was some cows getting loose on the road. She is the author of The Fall, What You Did and the acclaimed Paula Maguire crime series. She also writes women’s fiction under the name Eva Woods.


I Will Make You Pay

by Teresa Driscoll

Description

Every Wednesday, like clockwork, the terror returns.

It seems like an ordinary Wednesday, until the phone rings. A mysterious caller with a chilling threat. Journalist Alice Henderson hangs up, ready to dismiss it as a hoax against the newspaper. But the next Wednesday, the stalker makes another move—and it becomes clear that this is all about Alice.

Someone wants her to suffer, but for what? Her articles have made her a popular local champion—could it be her past rather than her work that’s put her life in danger? Alice is determined not to give in to fear, but with the police investigation at a dead end, her boyfriend insists on hiring private investigator Matthew Hill.

With every Wednesday the warnings escalate, until it’s not only Alice but also her family in the stalker’s sights. As her tormentor closes in, can Alice uncover what she’s being punished for before the terrifying threats become an unthinkable reality?

A Note From the Publisher

For more than twenty-five years as a journalist—including fifteen years as a BBC TV news presenter—Teresa Driscoll followed stories into the shadows of life. Covering crime for so long, she watched and was deeply moved by all the ripples each case caused, and the haunting impact on the families, friends and witnesses involved. It’s those ripples that she explores in her darker fiction. Teresa lives in beautiful Devon with her family. She writes women’s fiction as well as thrillers and her novels have been sold for translation in twenty languages. You can find out more about her books on her website, http://www.teresadriscoll.com, or by following her on Twitter @TeresaDriscoll or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TeresaDriscollAuthor.


Watching You by Lisa Jewell #READING #BOOKREVIEW

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IN THIS EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT, GET A SNEAK PREVIEW OF THE LATEST HEARTPOUNDING THRILLER FROM THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES AND #1 SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THEN SHE WAS GONE.

Melville Heights is one of the nicest neighborhoods in Bristol, England; home to doctors and lawyers and old-money academics. It’s not the sort of place where people are brutally murdered in their own kitchens. But it is the sort of place where everyone has a secret. And everyone is watching you.

As the headmaster credited with turning around the local school, Tom Fitzwilliam is beloved by one and all—including Joey Mullen, his new neighbor, who quickly develops an intense infatuation with this thoroughly charming yet unavailable man. Joey thinks her crush is a secret, but Tom’s teenaged son Freddie—a prodigy with aspirations of becoming a spy for MI5—excels in observing people and has witnessed Joey behaving strangely around his father.

One of Tom’s students, Jenna Tripp, also lives on the same street, and she’s not convinced her teacher is as squeaky clean as he seems. For one thing, he has taken a particular liking to her best friend and fellow classmate, and Jenna’s mother—whose mental health has admittedly been deteriorating in recent years—is convinced that Mr. Fitzwilliam is stalking her.

Meanwhile, twenty years earlier, a schoolgirl writes in her diary, charting her doomed obsession with a handsome young English teacher named Mr. Fitzwilliam…

In Lisa Jewell’s latest brilliant “bone-chilling suspense” (People) no one is who they seem—and everyone is hiding something. Who has been murdered—and who would have wanted one of their neighbors dead? As “Jewell teases out her twisty plot at just the right pace” (Booklist, starred review), you will be kept guessing until the startling revelation on the very last page.

Advance Praise

“This compulsive, propulsive novel is both a seize-you-by-the-throat thriller and a genuinely moving family drama. Stellar.”

— A.J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window

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Read the first 4 chapters of the newest novel from domestic suspense queen Lisa Jewell! Share your thoughts with us @AtriaBooks and @LisaJewellUK, and pre-order your copy at LisaJewellBooks.com. Enjoy!

My Review

I’ve been enjoying Lisa’s writing for a long time now. Each one of her stories is different than the last and if you think you’ll be able to figure things out before it’s revealed, you have another thing coming!

She has a way of joining you to her story, engrossing you and totally consuming you with her words. All so carefully chosen that I wonder how she develops a story – does it just come to her or is it planned out and outlined? The reason I ask, is because it seems like she must sculpt it from end to beginning in order top include ever single detail that ties it altogether.

If you haven’t read her writing before, I implore you to start today!

The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell #BOOKREVIEW

Description

“Rich, dark, and intricately twisted, this enthralling whodunit mixes family saga with domestic noir to brilliantly chilling effect.” —Ruth Ware, New York Times bestselling author

“A haunting, atmospheric, stay-up-way-too-late read.” —Megan Miranda, New York Times bestselling author

From the New York Times bestselling author of Then She Was Gone comes another page-turning look inside one family’s past as buried secrets threaten to come to light.

Be careful who you let in.

Soon after her twenty-fifth birthday, Libby Jones returns home from work to find the letter she’s been waiting for her entire life. She rips it open with one driving thought: I am finally going to know who I am.

She soon learns not only the identity of her birth parents, but also that she is the sole inheritor of their abandoned mansion on the banks of the Thames in London’s fashionable Chelsea neighborhood, worth millions. Everything in Libby’s life is about to change. But what she can’t possibly know is that others have been waiting for this day as well—and she is on a collision course to meet them.

Twenty-five years ago, police were called to 16 Cheyne Walk with reports of a baby crying. When they arrived, they found a healthy ten-month-old happily cooing in her crib in the bedroom. Downstairs in the kitchen lay three dead bodies, all dressed in black, next to a hastily scrawled note. And the four other children reported to live at Cheyne Walk were gone.

In The Family Upstairs, the master of “bone-chilling suspense” (People) brings us the can’t-look-away story of three entangled families living in a house with the darkest of secrets.

A Note From the Publisher

We’d love for you to share your early reviews of TFU on Goodreads. To inquire about joining the blog tour or instagram tour for THE FAMILY UPSTAIRS, please contact atriapublicity@simonandschuster.com. Otherwise, we’d love for you to share your early reviews on your social platforms and then again on publication day on 11/5/19, as well as on Amazon and B&N.com when possible. Enjoy Lisa Jewell’s latest masterpiece!

Advance Praise

“Lisa Jewell has done it again—rich, dark and intricately twisted, this enthralling whodunnit mixes family saga with domestic noir to brilliantly chilling effect.” —Ruth Ware, New York Times bestselling author

“Your hands quake. Your breath fades. Your heart wallops your ribs. Medical emergency or Lisa Jewell novel? Few writers of psychological suspense devise such swift, slippery plots; fewer still people their stories with characters so human and complex. The Family Upstairs glitters like a blade and cuts even deeper.” —A. J. Finn, New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window

“A haunting, atmospheric, stay-up-way-too-late read. I was desperate to uncover all the twisting mysteries inside The Family Upstairs, layer by tangled layer. Eerie, suspenseful, and completely consuming.” —Megan Miranda, New York Times bestselling author of All the Missing Girls

“I’ve just raced through the brilliantly dark and disturbing The Family Upstairs. Absolutely couldn’t put it down, it’s so good!” —B. A. Paris, New York Times bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors

“I’m a big fan of Lisa’s books and had hoped to save it for my holiday next week, but failed miserably by devouring The Family Upstairs as soon as it arrived. I was hooked from the first page, I think it’s her best yet and hands down my favourite book so far this year.” —Alice Feeney, New York Times bestselling author of Sometimes I Lie

“Absolutely brilliant. Great characterisation, a fascinating and dark set up and a great conclusion. She’s always great but this is next level stuff.” —Sarah Pinborough, New York Times bestselling author of Behind Her Eyes

“The perfect poolside read. The perfect anywhere read, tbh. This book is riveting, moving, and out in August. Highest possible level of recommendation.” —Sophie Hannah, New York Times bestselling author

“A twisty and engrossing story of betrayal and redemption. Reminiscent of Donna Tartt in scope and quality.” —Ian Rankin, New York Times bestselling author

My Review

Wow, wow, WOW!

Told from three point of views weaving the past and the present together until it all comes together, makes this book one of my favorites. And I’ll be honest, when I first picked it up, it was hard to get into because every turn of the page into the next chapter brought a fresh perspective but was a little hard to understand…until it all of sudden and yet very slowly it all comes together.

I’m suffering a little bit of sadness now that it’s over. So brilliantly written by one of my favorite authors!

The Good Neighbor by Cathryn Grant From Inkubator Books

Description

Sometimes the past just won’t stay buried.

When 14 year old Brittany vanishes from her bedroom one night, her parents are devastated, certain she has been taken.

They can’t bear to think about who has done this and what might be happening to their precious girl.

Even worse, the police seem to see them as suspects, implying that they may have had a part in their own daughter’s disappearance. Only their neighbor, Taylor, is a rock. She organizes search parties, feeds the volunteers, works night and day to help them find Brittany.

But as this affluent California community becomes focused on the hunt for the missing girl, it slowly becomes clear that her disappearance is linked to terrible secrets from the past.

Secrets that must be kept hidden at all costs….

The Good Neighbor is a gripping psychological thriller that twists and turns as it races towards its nerve-shredding climax. Perfect for fans of K. L. Slater, Teresa Driscoll and Mark Edwards.

Advance Praise

“A complex and intriguing psychological thriller full of twists and turns”

“Original, smart, and packed with white-knuckle suspense – this one has it all”

Links

inkubatorbooks.com

Website http://cathryngrant.com
Twitter http://twitter.com/cathryngrant
Genre Literature & Fiction, Suspense, Thriller
Influences Joyce Carol Oates, Ruth Rendell, Patricia Highsmith

My Review

You will be left wondering if doing the right thing is always best.

Sometimes playing by the rules have their own set of circumstances that don’t end well. Filled with mystery and chills and told from multiple points of view, you get a good sense for each character’s personality and are instantly drawn in.

What would you do if your child went missing in the middle of the night and how reliant do you become on your neighbors should this happen to you?

The Beloveds by Maureen Lindley

Description

An exploration of domestic derangement, as sinister as Daphne Du Maurier’s classic Rebecca, that plumbs the depths of sibling rivalry with wit and menace.

Oh, to be a Beloved—one of those lucky people for whom nothing ever goes wrong. Everything falls into their laps without effort: happiness, beauty, good fortune, allure.

Betty Stash is not a Beloved—but her little sister, the delightful Gloria, is. She’s the one with the golden curls and sunny disposition and captivating smile, the one whose best friend used to be Betty’s, the one whose husband should have been Betty’s. And then, to everyone’s surprise, Gloria inherits the family manse—a vast, gorgeous pile of ancient stone, imposing timbers, and lush gardens—that was never meant to be hers.

Losing what Betty considers her rightful inheritance is the final indignity. As she single-mindedly pursues her plan to see the estate returned to her in all its glory, her determined and increasingly unhinged behavior—aided by poisonous mushrooms, talking walls, and a phantom dog—escalates to the point of no return. The Beloveds will have you wondering if there’s a length to which an envious sister won’t go.

My Review

⭐⭐⭐⭐

What a crazy, dark and twisted book this was! It’s not hard to get lost in the darkness that is Betty Stash.

Proving that our own perceptions shapes us and our actions, Betty creates an almost alternate dimension in which she’s convinced herself of all of the things she is not. Most importantly, that she’s not a Beloved. Luck doesn’t shine on her and or she believes.

What is it that makes her less deserving than her sister, is it something real or something that’s she’s conjured in her mind?

I can’t say I was super glued to the story, it’s hard to go that deep in one sitting and to be honest, Betty’s mind is a place no one should spend a considerable amount of time in.

Paranoia, I think affects all of us at some point during our lives. Whether the threat is real or not is debatable because as long as someone feels that way, it is real to them. I find that thoughts like this often stem from either not enough activity or simply that we think people care way more than they actually do.

What’s on my #TBR list? Find out now!

Mother Knows Best

A Novel of Suspense by Kira Peikoff

Description

A mother’s worst nightmare, a chance at redemption, and a deadly secret that haunts a family across the generations.  

There’s only room for one mother in this family.

Claire Abrams’s dreams became a nightmare when she passed on a genetic mutation that killed her little boy. Now she wants a second chance to be a mother, and finds it in Robert Nash, a maverick fertility doctor who works under the radar with Jillian Hendricks, a cunning young scientist bent on making her mark–and seducing her boss.

Claire, Robert, and Jillian work together to create the world’s first baby with three genetic parents–an unprecedented feat that could eliminate inherited disease. But when word of their illegal experiment leaks to the wrong person, Robert escapes into hiding with the now-pregnant Claire, leaving Jillian to serve out a prison sentence that destroys her future.

Ten years later, a spunky girl named Abigail begins to understand that all is not right with the reclusive man and woman she knows as her parents. But the family’s problems are only beginning. Jillian, hardened by a decade of jealousy and loss, has returned–and nothing will stop her from reuniting with the man and daughter who should have been hers. 

Past, present, and future converge in this mesmerizing psychological thriller from critically acclaimed author Kira Peikoff.


What Happened That Night

by Deanna Cameron

Description

Griffin Tomlin is dead. And Clara’s sister killed him . . . 

Four months after the murder, the entire town of Shiloh is still in shock. For Clara Porterfield, the normal world has crumbled around her in a million chaotic pieces. Now Clara lives in a new reality, where her sister awaits trial for murder, her mother obsessively digs in a dead, frozen garden, and her father lives and breathes denial. At school, Clara is haunted by her classmates’ morbid curiosity—and all of the unspoken questions they won’t ask. 

But none of them knows what she knows . . .

Now Clara’s sister wants something from her—the one thing in all of this that Clara isn’t ready to face: the truth about what really happened that night. Because this story didn’t die with Griffin Tomlin. There’s another story that needs to be told. And sometimes, the lies we’re told are nowhere near as deadly as the lies we tell ourselves . . .


What Rose Forgot

A Novel by Nevada Barr

Description

In New York Times bestselling author Nevada Barr’s gripping standalone, a grandmother in her sixties emerges from a mental fog to find she’s trapped in her worst nightmare  

Rose Dennis wakes up in a hospital gown, her brain in a fog, only to discover that she’s been committed to an Alzheimer’s Unit in a nursing home. With no memory of how she ended up in this position, Rose is sure that something is very wrong. When she overhears one of the administrators saying about her that she’s “not making it through the week,” Rose is convinced that if she’s to survive, she has to get out of the nursing home. She avoids taking her medication, putting on a show for the aides, then stages her escape.

The only problem is—how does she convince anyone that she’s not actually demented? Her relatives were the ones to commit her, all the legal papers were drawn up, the authorities are on the side of the nursing home, and even she isn’t sure she sounds completely sane. But any lingering doubt Rose herself might have had is erased when a would-be killer shows up in her house in the middle of the night. Now Rose knows that someone is determined to get rid of her. 

With the help of her computer hacker/recluse sister Marion, thirteen-year old granddaughter Mel, and Mel’s friend Royal, Rose begins to gather her strength and fight back—to find out who is after her and take back control of her own life. But someone out there is still determined to kill Rose, and they’re holding all the cards.


The Widow of Pale Harbor

by Hester Fox

Description

A town gripped by fear. A woman accused of witchcraft. Who can save Pale Harbor from itself?

Maine, 1846. Gabriel Stone is desperate to escape the ghosts that haunt him in Massachusetts after his wife’s death, so he moves to Maine, taking a position as a minister in the remote village of Pale Harbor.

But not all is as it seems in the sleepy town. Strange, unsettling things have been happening, and the townspeople claim that only one person can be responsible: Sophronia Carver, a reclusive widow who lives with a spinster maid in the eerie Castle Carver. Sophronia must be a witch, and she almost certainly killed her husband.

As the incidents escalate, one thing becomes clear: they are the work of a twisted person inspired by the wildly popular stories of Mr. Edgar Allan Poe. And Gabriel must find answers, or Pale Harbor will suffer a fate worthy of Poe’s darkest tales.

Hester Fox comes to writing from a background in the museum field as a collections maintenance technician. This job has taken her from historic houses to fine art museums, where she has the privilege of cleaning and caring for collections that range from paintings by old masters to ancient artifacts to early-American furniture. She is a keen painter and has a master’s degree in historical archaeology, as well as a background in medieval studies and art history. Hester lives outside Boston with her husband.

Advance Praise

Praise for THE WITCH OF WILLOW HALL (September 2018):

The Witch of Willow Hall is more than a ghost story; it’s a book about empowerment and fighting back against societal expectations.” -PopSugar

“The perfect excuse to indulge in another fine work of gothic fiction.” –Bustle

“Part romance, part historical novel, part gothic suspense… and witches. Delicious!” -CrimeReads.com

“Filled my craving for spookiness and for romance.” -Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

“Fox’s spins a satisfying debut yarn that includes witchcraft, tragedy, and love, set in 1821 New England… The inclusion of gothic elements adds a visceral feel that fans of historical fiction with a dash of the supernatural will enjoy.” –Publishers Weekly

“A well-executed first novel, rich in detail.” –The Toronto Star

Giveaway! – Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw

Enter a chance to win 1 of 25 advanced copies of WINTERWOOD by Shea Ernshaw! 

Be careful of the dark, dark wood…

Especially the woods surrounding the town of Fir Haven. Some say these woods are magical. Haunted, even. Rumored to be a witch, only Nora Walker knows the truth. She and the Walker women before her have always shared a special connection with the woods. And it’s this special connection that leads Nora to Oliver Huntsman—the same boy who disappeared from the Camp for Wayward Boys weeks ago—and in the middle of the worst snowstorm in years. He should be dead, but here he is alive, and left in the woods with no memory of the time he’d been missing.

But Nora can feel an uneasy shift in the woods at Oliver’s presence. And it’s not too long after that Nora realizes she has no choice but to unearth the truth behind how the boy she has come to care so deeply about survived his time in the forest, and what led him there in the first place. What Nora doesn’t know, though, is that Oliver has secrets of his own—secrets he’ll do anything to keep buried, because as it turns out, he wasn’t the only one to have gone missing on that fateful night all those weeks ago.

For as long as there have been fairy tales, we have been warned to fear what lies within the dark, dark woods and in Winterwood, New York Times bestselling author Shea Ernshaw, shows us why.

About the Author

Shea Ernshaw is the New York Times Bestselling author of THE WICKED DEEP and WINTERWOOD. She is a 2019 Oregon Book Award winner and her book, The Wicked Deep, was an Indie Next Pick.
She often writes late, late, late into the night, enjoys dark woods, scary stories and moonlight on lakes.

You can connect with her here:
www.sheaernshaw.com.
www.twitter.com/SheaErnshaw
www.instagram.com/sheaernshaw/

The Splendor of Fear by Ambrose Ibsen

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Something stirs in the town of Newsom’s Landing…  
Penny hates the outdoors, but when her boyfriend, Jared, plans a romantic weekend getaway in the woods, she decides to tag along. 

The pair drive to a remote Kentucky campground with a strange and sordid history. Within the confines of the Swan Creek State Park are the ruins of a town abandoned under terrifying circumstances in the 19th century. The town of Newsom’s Landing had been the site of the last-known witch trial in US history, and the ghost of its defendant, the infamous Ellie Pomeroy, is said to still linger. 

Arriving on the anniversary of Pomeroy’s murder, the pair find they have the entire park to themselves. 

Or, nearly

Something else is stalking the woods—watching in the night, wandering through the ruins. It brings a plague of hallucinatory terror wherever it goes, and before long, Penny and Jared can’t parse reality from nightmare. 

Lost in the woods, the pair are faced with a choice: Find a way to end the century-long curse, or be consumed by it—body and soul. 

The Splendor of Fear is a full-length novel of terror by Ambrose Ibsen.

My Review

I’ve read a few books written by Ambrose Ibsen and I’m never disappointed! Somehow he makes the horror of an idyllic situation so disturbing that you’ll be sleeping with the lights on!

The Splendid Fear was fantastic in so many ways. First of all, the descriptiveness of the scenes could be felt off the page. All while Penny was running in fear, I felt like I was running along side her, experiencing the same emotions and physical reactions that she did.

I can’t give it away but I will tell you this, the story itself reminds me of a traditional ghost story, but the details that are sprinkled through-out, including the intense details that are more better than anything I’ve read previously.

That being said, there were a few details that I wondered about after finishing up that were left to hang. Like Jared’s watch; Penny found it in the destroyed camp but she never asked him about it afterwards. The fact that she picked it up made me think it was more than a hallucination and that something more should have come from that find.

Never Tell by Lisa Gardner

Description

#1 New York Times bestseller Lisa Gardner returns with an unpredictable thriller that puts fan favorites D. D. Warren and Flora Dane on a shocking new case that begins with a vicious murder and gets darker from there.

A man is dead, shot three times in his home office. But his computer has been shot twelve times, and when the cops arrive, his pregnant wife is holding the gun. 

D. D. Warren arrives on the scene and recognizes the woman—Evie Carter—from a case many years back. Evie’s father was killed in a shooting that was ruled an accident. But for D.D., two coincidental murders is too many. 

Flora Dane sees the murder of Conrad Carter on the TV news and immediately knows his face. She remembers a night when she was still a victim—a hostage—and her captor knew this man. Overcome with guilt that she never tracked him down, Flora is now determined to learn the truth of Conrad’s murder. 

But D.D. and Flora are about to discover that in this case the truth is a devilishly elusive thing. As layer by layer they peel away the half-truths and outright lies, they wonder: How many secrets can one family have?

My Review

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

There’s a few authors out there who share their new work and I can’t stay away knowing it’s going to be good. Simply basing it off of their previous books, I know I’m not going to be let down and this is one of those times!

Complete with disturbing chills, sinister intentions and more… this is one heck of an end-of-summer read!

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    When a young woman clears out her deceased grandmother’s home in rural North Carolina, she finds long-hidden secrets about a strange colony of beings in the woods in this chilling novel that reads like The Blair Witch Project meets The Andy Griffith Show.
  • Snow Creek by Gregg Olsen
    ‘Gregg Olsen pens brilliant, creepy, page-turning, heart-pounding novels of suspense that always keep me up at night.’ Allison Brennan, New York Times bestselling author
  • Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson
    A diabolically entertaining tale of betrayal, deception, temptation, and love filled with dark twists leavened by Joshilyn Jackson’s trademark humor, Never Have I Ever explores what happens when the transgressions of our past come back with a vengeance.

The Other Mrs. by Mary Kubica

Description

“Kubica ratchets up tension and intrigue in The Other Mrs. Her salacious, thoroughly mysterious characters bear the qualities we all crave in a thriller—seductive, seemingly unknowable, and altogether unpredictable.” —Karin Slaughter, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Widow

Hypnotic and addictive and perfect for fans of 
You, The Other Mrs. is the twisty new psychological thriller from Mary Kubica, the blockbuster bestselling author of The Good Girl

Sadie and Will Foust have only just moved their family from bustling Chicago to small-town Maine when their neighbor, Morgan Baines, is found dead in her home. The murder rocks their tiny coastal island, but no one is more shaken than Sadie, who is terrified by the thought of a killer in her very own backyard.

But it’s not just Morgan’s death that has Sadie on edge. It’s their eerie old home, with its decrepit decor and creepy attic, which they inherited from Will’s sister after she died unexpectedly. It’s Will’s disturbed teenage niece Imogen, with her dark and threatening presence. And it’s the troubling past that continues to wear at the seams of their family.

As the eyes of suspicion turn toward the new family in town, Sadie is drawn deeper into the mystery of Morgan’s death. But Sadie must be careful, for the more she discovers about Mrs. Baines, the more she begins to realize just how much she has to lose if the truth ever comes to light.

“Brilliant! An utterly absorbing tale of deception and subterfuge. Kubica is a master of sleight of hand. Absolutely loved it!” —Liv Constantine, bestselling author of The Last Mrs. Parrish and The Last Time I Saw You

“In The Other Mrs., Mary Kubica weaves a labyrinth of deception and family secrets, each one more shocking than the last, with an ending that left me thunderstruck. If you have any doubts Mary Kubica is a master of the genre, this book will change your mind.” —Samantha Downing, bestselling author of My Lovely Wife 

THE OTHER MRS. is Mary Kubica’s best book yet—which is saying a lot! I tore through the twisty, spine-tinglingly creepy pages.” —Sarah Pekkanen, #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of An Anonymous Girl

“Brilliantly propulsive and engrossing, with characters you’ll really care about and twists you won’t see coming, THE OTHER MRS is that rare thing: a thriller with heart.” —JP Delaney, New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Before

My Review

Let me start by saying that this is not going to be what you thought! Like every other mystery-reader out there, I think I have a good handle on the story, like I’ve figured it out way before anything gets uncovered, but not with this one.

I can’t give away anything or say too much because this book is one you’ll want to read for yourself. I couldn’t get it out of my head and every free chance I got, I had my kindle open to read just a few more words.

Sadie who, I promise you will grow to love while at the same time wonder why she can’t get it together enough to figure out what’s happening around her. Yes, she’s in trouble and descending quickly into the dark abyss of paranoia but you’ll root for her to come out on top even when you suspect the worst from her.

Once the plat revealed itself to me, my jaw dropped, because even though I sort of suspected what was coming, I had not idea to what extent it would be and I was pleasantly surprised at the twist. It literally took my breath away!

The Missing Ones by Edwin Hill

Description

“This whodunit has broken family dynamics and a wonderfully complex and intricate mystery, plenty to engage readers looking for a new amateur detective to follow.” 
Library Journal STARRED REVIEW


“Intense…Hill is adept at building compassion for his characters in a tight-knit social web while implicating them in dark thoughts and actions. He remains a writer to watch.”
Publishers Weekly 

Hester Thursby has given up using her research skills to trace people who don’t want to be found. A traumatic case a few months ago unearthed a string of violent crimes, and left Hester riddled with self-doubt and guilt. Caring for a four-year-old is responsibility enough in a world filled with terrors Hester never could have imagined before.

Finisterre Island, off the coast of Maine, is ruggedly beautiful and remote—the kind of place tourists love to visit, though rarely for long. But not everyone who comes to the island is welcome. A dilapidated Victorian house has become home to a group of squatters and junkies, and strangers have a habit of bringing trouble with them. A young boy disappeared during the summer, and though he was found safely, the incident stirred suspicion among locals. Now another child is missing. Summoned to the island by a cryptic text, Hester discovers a community cleaning up from a devastating storm—and uncovers a murder.

Soon Hester begins to connect the crime and the missing children. And as she untangles the secrets at the center of the small community, she finds grudges and loyalties that run deep, poised to converge with a force that will once again shake her convictions about the very nature of right and wrong . . .

Praise for Edwin Hill and Little Comfort

“A dark but compassionate psychological-thriller debut with great appeal for fans of Ruth Ware.” 
—Booklist (starred review)

“An increasingly tense plot and striking characters—in particular, compassionate, conflicted, loving Hester—make this a standout.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

My Review

I couldn’t put this one down!

Even though I hadn’t picked up the first book in the series, I wasn’t left wondering about details that could have been shared before. It’s easily a stand-alone novel if you choose.

Dark, mysterious and captivating you develop a kinship with Hester while she battles her own doubts all the while uncovering unsettling and murderous secrets just waiting for her to find.

“The Girl on the Porch” by Richard Chizmar

Description

“Chizmar’s great gift is that he knows the people on your block—and he knows their darkest secrets. This guy is gold.” —Stephen King 

“For some, the impulse lives closer to the surface and instead of fighting it, they embrace it. The worst of them, the truly evil, listen for it…that tantalizing, deceitful voice from somewhere underneath it all.”

From New York Times bestseller Richard Chizmar, author of Gwendy’s Button Box (with Stephen King) and The Long Way Home, comes a thriller that will forever change the way you look at your neighbors and best friends…

When the Tuckers’ next door neighbor mentions someone rang their doorbell late the previous night, Sarah and Kenny Tucker check their home’s security camera and discover something shocking: the doorbell ringer also visited their house and it wasn’t a teenager playing a prank, but instead a terrified young woman with a shackle hanging from her right wrist. She anxiously pressed the doorbell again and again, glancing over her shoulder as if someone was coming for her, before giving up and taking off into the dark.

Almost overnight, she becomes known as The Girl on the Porch—and she’s everywhere. There are updates on all the local networks, national coverage on CNN and Fox News, and the video goes viral on social media. Before long, everyone has seen the harrowing security camera footage.

Kenny and Sarah figure it’s only a matter of time before someone recognizes the woman, but as the days pass and no one comes forward, odd things begin to transpire around the Tucker family: a man intensely watches them at a restaurant and then vanishes, fresh footprints appear in the garden next to their house where no one should have been, a neighbor’s pet is viciously killed and mutilated, and a mysterious man has started following their daughter Natalie…

A rollercoaster ride of compelling twists and turns, The Girl on the Porch demonstrates why Stephen King says Richard Chizmar’s writing is “powerful” and Robert McCammon calls his work “hard-hitting, spooky, suspenseful, harrowing, and heartbreaking.”

Advance Praise

From Kirkus Reviews:
“A late-night visitor disturbs the peace in this spine-chilling novella from horror writer Chizmar (The Long Way Home, 2018, etc.)… Chizmar delivers some genuinely creepy moments, cleverly capitalizing on readers’ domestic insecurities…”

From Ridley Pearson:
“Chizmar’s The Girl on the Porch packs a punch. Doorbell videos. Teens. Spooky neighbors. And a mystery not boiling under the surface but blazing in front of your eyes. I read it in one sitting with sweaty palms—just like one of the suspects in the novel. This guy can write! I felt like I was sitting around a campfire hearing a story. One that wouldn’t let me sleep. One that would leave me pacing for hours afraid of the sound of my own footfalls.”

From Michael Koryta:
The Girl on the Porch is a thrilling, page-turning delight. Richard Chizmar’s voice is the magic; he pulls you in with the storytelling touch of an old friend, and this old friend takes you to some dark places. An all-too-plausible setup leads to an all-American nightmare. Don’t miss this one!”

From Caroline Kepnes, bestselling author of You:
The Girl on the Porch had me hooked on page one—I devoured it. Chizmar peels the band-aid so slowly that it hurts…taut, deftly paced …we are all potentially guilty and anyone might die at any moment.”

From Riley Sager, bestselling author of Final Girls:
“Creepy as hell! A tense and twisty read that poses this unsettling question: How well do we know our friends and neighbors? In Richard Chizmar’s world, the answer is more complicated—and frightening—than you think.”

From Linwood Barclay:
“If Chizmar’s goal here is to make you suspicious—and fearful—of everyone you know, including those closest to you, mission accomplished.”

From Bentley Little:
“With a pinch of Blue Velvet and a dash of The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street, Chizmar’s short sharp story of a terrified suburban neighborhood insightfully illuminates the fears and anxieties lying just beneath the surface of modern American life. The Girl on the Porch is a pitch perfect illustration of Hannah Arendt’s maxim about the banality of evil.” 

My Review

A not-to-missed read as stated by the writing God himself, Stephen King. Of course, I couldn’t stay away from this one even though it’s a novella, which I typically don’t pick up, it had all the psychological elements needed to make it a great read. It was just over really quick!

Thank you to Netgalley, author Richard Chizmar and Subterranean Press for the advanced reader copy! It was a great addition to my #TBR stack for the long Labor Day Weekend!

Abduction by Gillian Jackson

Description

What do you do when the unthinkable happens? 

8 August, 2000 

A carefree birthday party goes horribly wrong. The children scatter to play hide and seek. 

But one little girl never returns. 

Three-year-old Grace has vanished without a trace.

Fourteen years later 

With the case long-since gone cold, Grace’s family have done their best to move on. But her sister, Elise, has never given up hope. 

And now Elise thinks she may have found her… Is Elise going crazy?

Could Grace really have returned? And if she has, where was she taken…? 

ABDUCTION is a page-turning kidnapping mystery which confronts every parent’s worst nightmare. This emotional psychological thriller will stay with you long after the pages have turned.

My Review

Aside from the poor editing the plot was fantastic, telling the story of an abduction and how it affects the family members who suffer in the aftermath for years and sometimes for the rest of their life.

With no closure the family, especially the siblings are on a constant hunt for their lost sister. No matter what the event, holiday party, business meeting with new colleagues, schools and even on TV, they’re always scanning for a glimpse of someone that could look like the missing child.

The story is heart-wrenching but with a happy ending that I won’t spoil, if not for the editing, I would have give this read 5 stars.

The Family Guide to Aromatherapy by Erika Galentin, MNIMH, RH (AHG)

Description

Mix up a happier home with aromatherapy recipes for the whole family.

Full and busy households are a beautiful thing, but they can also create stress and chaos. The Family Guide to Aromatherapy is a complete, family-friendly reference for using essential oils at home to promote wellness and harmony. With safety at the forefront, this book teaches you how to use aromatherapy to benefit the whole family.

Learn how to mix and properly dilute the right oils to help ease everything from acne and anxiety to indigestion and insomnia. The whole family can make blends to help with things like mood and confidence, and even make their own shampoo—with safe ingredients for all ages.

The Family Guide to Aromatherapy offers:The real scoop—Learn the joy and benefits of essential oils, along with their honest limitations and potential risks.Aromatherapy for every life stage—Hundreds of recipes are sorted by age group, from prenatal to seniors.Safety first—Each chapter begins with watch-outs for the associated ages, and charts explaining which essential oils are safe, which to use in moderation, and which to avoid altogether.Handy references—You’ll find pages to write notes, and a glossary of 30 common essential oils and their properties.

Use aromatherapy to create a peaceful, pleasant, and safe environment for everyone.

My Review

If you’ve ever had a headache or felt anxiety before and couldn’t find relief with medications either over the counter or prescribed, you should check this book out.

I’ve been using essential oils for years now, and have even made homemade lotions, soaps, lip balm and more with them but there’s nothing like getting rid of your headache with peppermint oil or drifting off to sleep with the scent of lavender hanging in the air!

You can find quick relief without side-effects from natural alternatives like aromatherapy and you can learn all about how to use them with this fantastic read!

Reads for Labor Day – The Ring’s List by Jade Nicole-Bracken

Description

Having spent the whole of the 1980s in jail for a murder he did not commit, Steven M. Johns sets out to find the real culprits. Obtaining a list of potential suspects from a fellow inmate and with the help of his beloved Uncle Reg, Steven’s search for those who framed him takes him south to the English Home Counties and west to Florida’s Gulf Coast. But he soon finds himself caught up in the dark world of a mortgage fraud and money-laundering ring of epidemic proportions. 

Undeterred, he soldiers on in his quest to track down those responsible, but the collateral damage resulting from the culmination of his investigations leaves Steven wondering whether there was in actual fact any semblance of truth in the old adage “blood runs thicker than water” after all.

A Note From the Publisher

Born in Worcester, Jade Nicole-Bracken now lives in South Yorkshire. Having retired from a long career as a chartered surveyor (mainly in local government) and when not writing, other hobbies include ornithology, travelling, genealogy and supporting Stoke City FC. The Ring’s List is the author’s inaugural novel.

The Art of Dying by Douglas Lindsay

Description

A brand new police procedural series introducing DI Westphall, an ex-MI6 agent who has moved to the quiet town of Dingwall in the Scottish highlands.

Book 3 in the ‘dark and satisfying’ (James Oswald) DI Westphall series.

Praise for the DI Westphall series

‘Richly atmospheric . . . Lindsay solidifies his place as one of the rising stars of tartan noir’ Publishers Weekly

‘The Boy in the Well is a dark and satisfying mystery. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in the company of DI Ben Westphall, a compelling personality . . . This one comes thoroughly recommended’ James Oswald

A darkly atmospheric thriller with a labyrinthine plot with more twists than a Grand Prix track. (Michael Wood, author of the DCI Matilda Darke series)

A really addictive plot, and so atmospheric. Clever and unexpected (S D Sykes, author of the Oswald de Lacy series)

‘A Tartan Noir tour de force. Lindsay writes with an economy and skill all too rare in modern fiction . . . Brilliant’ Tony Black, author of the DI Bob Valentine series.

My Review

I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into because there wasn’t much to go on in regards to a description, but I’m glad I went in blind anyway!

Spies and murder quickly become part of your world as you dragged into the story after only a few pages. I was quite intrigued my the storyline and even though it’s book #3 in the series, I didn’t feel like I missed out on anything!

If you’re looking for something to read this Labor Day weekend, this should be it! It’s hot off the press! 🙂

Fast & Easy Vegan Cookbook by Douglas Lindsay

Description

Versatile vegan recipes for quick and easy meals.

Whether you’re a full-time vegan or just interested in eating more plant-based foods, variety will spice up your life. The Fast & Easy Vegan Cookbookbrings a new selection of fresh meals to your table, pronto! From one-pot to pressure cooker, choose your favorite cooking method—without being held hostage for hours in your kitchen.

This flavorful vegan cookbook doesn’t require a long list of ingredients or a huge time commitment. The preparation techniques are simple—there’s even a chapter devoted to not cooking at all (Gazpacho, anyone?). Every recipe lists nutritional information, and most include tips for ingredient substitution, adding more protein, or other easy customizations.

The Fast & Easy Vegan Cookbook includes:100 tasty recipes—Whip up meals full of personality and variety like Artichoke Heart Salad, Spicy Pinto Bean Skillet, Mushroom Stroganoff Bake, and more.Fast, easy, or both—Choose from chapters on 30-minute recipes, sheet pan and casserole meals, 5-ingredient dishes—or even recipes with no cooking required!Dietary options—This vegan cookbook lets you adapt menus to your needs with handy labels for gluten-free, nut-free, oil-free, or soy-free diets.

Eat easily, healthfully, and deliciously with the Fast & Easy Vegan Cookbook.

My Review

Let’s face it… changing your diet from being a omnivore to strict vegan isn’t easy. I tried it several years ago and went right from eating a steak to only veggies, no dairy (not a fan anyway) and no eggs or fish! When you cut out so much, trying to cook for a family with small children who are picky eaters anyway, it’s extremely difficult.

Now I love to cook, I follow the basis of recipes but I do my own thing when it comes to measurements and additional flavors, but I had no idea what I was doing and every meal I made came out horribly wrong. If you’ve ever had a vegan meal professionally prepared at a restaurant or something, you know for sure that vegan meals can taste good… they must have some magic stuffed up their sleeves, because it didn’t matter what I tried, nothing was edible.

With this book, I’m happy to report that you can eat that way you want, without going through what I went through. It’s super easy to follow with great recipes that aren’t too difficult and you’ll actually be able to eat what you’ve made, unlike me who wasted countless amounts of food trying recreate some magical dish I’ve previously had.

Thank you to Netgalley for this ARC!

The Widow Next Door by by L.A. Detwiler

Description

A beautiful house. A new beginning. The almost perfect neighbours…

When newlyweds Jane and Alex Clarke move into an idyllic house on the quaint Bristol Lane, they are excited for a new beginning in what will be their ‘forever home’.

And when an elderly neighbour brings them a pie to welcome them, she soon becomes a friend. But she grows a little too interested in the couple next door as she sits watching them, day in, day out, from the rocking chair in her window.

Alex says it will be fine. After all, she’s a lonely widow who just wants some company. But when she invites Jane into her home, who knows what she’ll find there…

A dark and gripping domestic thriller, perfect for fans of Shari Lapena and Paula Hawkins.

My Review

I can’t say I’m a huge fan of this one, but it is the first thriller L.A. Detwiler has written so it deserves a chance.

The story itself had a good plot but the chapters seems to drone on and on without much happening aside from a few twists. Having being told from the Widow’s point of view, you never really get a good sense for her neighbors, the objects of her thoughts, Alex and Jane. Therefore, it’s hard to connect with them so there’s a lack of attachment to them which makes it hard to really care what’s real and what’s not.

Had it been a little faster paced, and left out the mundane details that had no reason for being there, I think this would be one hell of a book!

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A town gripped by fear. A woman accused of witchcraft. Who can save Pale Harbor from itself?

Maine, 1846. Gabriel Stone is desperate to escape the ghosts that haunt him in Massachusetts after his wife’s death, so he moves to Maine, taking a position as a minister in the remote village of Pale Harbor.

But not all is as it seems in the sleepy town. Strange, unsettling things have been happening, and the townspeople claim that only one person can be responsible: Sophronia Carver, a reclusive widow who lives with a spinster maid in the eerie Castle Carver. Sophronia must be a witch, and she almost certainly killed her husband.

As the incidents escalate, one thing becomes clear: they are the work of a twisted person inspired by the wildly popular stories of Mr. Edgar Allan Poe. And Gabriel must find answers, or Pale Harbor will suffer a fate worthy of Poe’s darkest tales.

Hester Fox comes to writing from a background in the museum field as a collections maintenance technician. This job has taken her from historic houses to fine art museums, where she has the privilege of cleaning and caring for collections that range from paintings by old masters to ancient artifacts to early-American furniture. She is a keen painter and has a master’s degree in historical archaeology, as well as a background in medieval studies and art history. Hester lives outside Boston with her husband.

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I AM Elle by Ditter Kellen

Description

An abused girl’s desperate fight for survival and a silent killer determined to destroy her. 

Born on a small farm in Alabama, Elenore Griffin spends her days in a Hell of her father’s making. 
The system has failed her, leaving her trapped in a world of unimaginable torture and pain. 
Sold to the highest bidder, Elenore finds her nightmares have only just begun. And those responsible for her abuse begin disappearing around her without a trace, while the local authorities seem to be at the center of it all. 

Step inside the world of a young girl who suffered the most heinous acts imaginable. And survived. 
This is her life. This is her story… 

*****WARNING***** This book contains major triggers that some might find offensive. If you have abuse triggers, please do not purchase this book. It is not for the faint of heart. 

****Note from the author**** If you are gracious enough to leave a review, I ask that you please not leave spoilers that will ruin it for others.

My Review

Once I got started, I couldn’t put it down. I won’t give away any spoilers but I will tell you that if you suffer from a weak stomach, this may not be the book for you.

I had a hard time with some of the details but the story pulled me in enough to where I needed to find out what happened and what was going to happen.

Elle, an abused woman finds friendship and a protector in the new detective in town. While investigating her father, Evan tried his best to do the right thing by Elle and tried to protect her as much as he could all while searching for an evil man with a group of powerful and wicked men behind him.

I wish that there was a little more detail given about some of Elle’s history but enough was revealed to divulge important tidbits along the way. There’s even a second book on the way which should open the door to more reveals later on.

I will definitely be picking the next one up and can’t to find out what happens to Evan and Elle… there’s sure to be some big twists ahead!

Vibrant Life by Amanda Haas, Erin Kunkel

Description

For millions of women who want to live with grace and good health. 

The Vibrant Life is a straight-talking book packed with advice, resources, and practices that promote wellness, beauty, and longevity, alongside more than 70 delicious recipes. 

From the authority behind The Anti-Inflammation Cookbook and a line of Vibrant Life–branded food products at Whole Foods, these recipes are bookended by lifestyle primers—including information on holistic practices, hormones, and how to eat, all contributed or vetted by experts. Combining form and function, this book is both a resource and an inspiration. 

Fresh, approachable recipes for all occasions—including drinks, of course—deliver a number of benefits that boost immunity, strengthen memory, lift moods, support digestive health, and more!

Advance Praise

“What I love about Amanda’s approach to food and wellness is that she has done the homework for us. Through all her research, she holds the firm belief that food—even food that is ridiculously good for us—should taste good! Nothing else matters if it’s not delicious.”—Ayesha Curry 

“I adore this book. It feels like it was written just for me–a busy mom who loves cooking healthy, uncomplicated meals for dinner, but also needs a kick in the pants to take time out for self-care. Amanda’s tried-and-true guidance on how to nourish our bodies and souls is a must for a well-lived life.”—Michelle Tam, New York Times bestselling author and creator of Nom Nom Paleo 

“Readers will enjoy how Amanda joyfully shares her journey and inspires readers with holistic living, self-care, and beautiful recipes.” —Danielle Walker, New York Times bestselling author of the Against the Grain series

My Review

At some point during our lives and sometimes even several times a year, we look to press the reset button on your health, both mentally and physically.

A lot of us find help by going to boot camp, signing up for classes, hiring a trainer and sometimes by picking up a book! If you’re looking to reset your life, this is the book you should read.

It’s so much more than just a cookbook, aside from recipes it’s filled with exercises, lifestyle changes and tips on how to live better than you were. It’s inspirational to know it doesn’t have to be overwhelming to get healthy, to feel good and most important be happy!

My Thoughts on Deserve to Die by Miranda Rijks

from Inkubator Books

Description

Dom and Stacey have the perfect life. Until they meet Tamara. Brilliant, beautiful, she hides a horrifying secret. One that may destroy them all. 

Happily married with two wonderful children, Dom and Stacey are living the dream. He runs a successful design agency, she is finding fame as an author of children’s books. 

Everything is perfect. But then they meet the mesmerizing Tamara and their lives are changed forever. 

Because Tamara is a woman with a plan. She executes it step by step – patient, systematic, methodical. 

And as her plan unfolds, Dom and Stacey find their lives slipping out of control. Taking them from heaven into the deepest, darkest hell… 

Deserve to Die is a compelling psychological thriller with a heart-stopping ending that will keep you gripped until the early hours. Perfect for fans of K. L. Slater, Teresa Driscoll, and Andrew Hart.

Advance Praise

“An awesome psychological thriller, full of white-knuckle twists and turns”

“A beautifully paced story, an absolute page-turner from start to finish” 

My Review

I LOVED this book!

The perfect family with everything going for them has no idea there’s someone who recently entered their circle that’s out to hurt them. And it’s not murder as the end goal, it’s suffering!

This read was well thought out, sharing the details only as needed to keep you hooked and turning the page!

Find out what happens to this picture perfect family yourself, the book was just released!

A Predator and a Psychopath by Jay Kerk

Description

After Jason is committed to a mental institution, he begins to uncover things he never knew before—or things his mind shut out to protect him. Under the care of the facility’s doctors, he finds himself questioning what’s real, what’s not, and if he’ll ever make it out alive. Drawing inspiration from real cases, and with well-researched, realistic characters, A Predator and A Psychopath is a dark and twisted thriller that is not for the soft-hearted.

Advance Praise

“The plot is graphic and unapologetic….a novel for those who really have the stomach,” 

Readers’ Favorite. 

Get it now on Amazon

My Review

To say it’s a dark thriller is putting it mildly. Dealing with murder, forgotten events and a true psychopath who’s also a pedophile is too much for one book! That being said, aside from the graphic nature and subject in the book, I enjoyed the writing and got into the story.

It’s not for the faint of heart – that’s for sure!

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Gets You Thinking

“The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.” – Oscar Wilde in The Picture of Dorian Gray 

“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.” – Haruki Murakami in Norwegian Wood

“Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?” – Henry Ward Beecher

“A book is a version of the world. If you do not like it, ignore it; or offer your own version in return.” – Salman Rushdie

Autumn Quotes

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero

“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”
― Mark Twain

“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”
― Neil Gaiman, Coraline

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