Blog Tour Book Review: The Drifter by Christine Lennon

About The Drifter

• Paperback: 384 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (February 14, 2017)

Megan Abbott meets M.O. Walsh in Christine Lennon’s compelling debut novel about a group of friends on the cusp of graduating from college when their lives are irrevocably changed by a brutal act of violence.

Present Day…

For two decades, Elizabeth has tried to escape the ghosts of her past…tried to erase the painful memories…tried to keep out the terrifying nightmares. But twenty years after graduating from the University of Florida, her carefully curated life begins to unravel, forcing her to confront the past she’s tried so hard to forget.

1990s, Gainesville, Florida…

Elizabeth and her two closest friends, Caroline and Ginny, are having the time of their lives in college—binge watching Oprah, flirting for freebies from Taco Bell, and breaking hearts along the way. But without warning, their world is suddenly shattered when a series of horrific acts of violence ravage the campus, changing their lives forever.

Sweeping readers from the exclusive corners of sorority life in the South to the frontlines of the drug-fueled, slacker culture in Manhattan in the ‘90s and early ‘00s, when Elizabeth is forced to acknowledge her role in the death of a friend in order to mend a broken friendship and save her own life, The Drifter is an unforgettable story about the complexities of friendships and the secrets that can ultimately destroy us.

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Happy Thursday!! It’s almost the weekend which makes me incredibly be happy because I am planning to do some well deserved reading! 

Today I am taking part in the blog tour for The Drifter by Christine Lennon. I received a free copy in exchange for my honest review of it. 

The Drifter is a thriller about a girl named Betsy who lives and goes to college in a somewhat small town. During the events of this book there is a killer on the loose in her town that is murdering young women in their apartments so it sends their campus and town into high alert.

I ended up giving this book a 3 star review. I liked it and it was certainly a little creepy in my opinion. I read the brunt of it in bed at two in the morning with all the lights off and my husband and puppy asleep so that definitely increased the creep factor for me. There were some definite creepy moments that made my skin crawl which is something I look for in a thriller read. However, it was a little slow for me. The prologue definitely caught my attention and I liked the writing style and thought it was atmospheric. I think all the sorority stuff lost me and the general girl versus girl cattiness that goes on in this book. 

I did find it interesting to explore the evolution of Betsy through time. During her college days she’s very carefree, independent and bold, but after what happens she becomes understandably fearful, dependent and protective. 

Overall it was a fast, entertaining read that thriller fans may enjoy. I recommend reading it in bed at night with the lights off (except for your reading light!)

About Christine Lennon

CHRISTINE LENNON is a Los Angeles based writer. Before she moved to the West Coast and started her freelance career, she was an editor at W, Vogue, and Harper’s Bazaar. Since then, she has written for publications including, T, the New York Times Style Magazine; the Wall Street Journal; Town & Country; W; Vogue; Harper’s Bazaar; Martha Stewart Living; Sunset; C California Style; Marie Claire; Self; Net-a-Porter’s Porter and The Edit online magazine—among others. Christine lives in California with her husband, Andrew Reich, and their twins. The Drifter is her first book.

Find out more about Christine at her website.

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Blog Tour Book Review: The Other Widow by Susan Crawford

the-other-widow-coverAbout The Other Widow

Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher:
William Morrow Paperbacks (December 6, 2016)

The author of The Pocket Wife explores the dark side of love, marriage, and infidelity in this sizzling novel of psychological suspense.

Everybody’s luck runs out. This time it could be theirs . . .

It isn’t safe. That’s what Joe tells her when he ends their affair moments before their car skids off an icy road in a blinding snowstorm and hits a tree. Desperate to keep her life intact – her job, her husband, and her precious daughter, Lily & Dorrie will do everything she can to protect herself, even if it means walking away from the wreckage. Dorrie has always been a good actress, pretending to be someone else: the dutiful daughter, the satisfied wife, the woman who can handle anything. Now she’s going to put on the most challenging performance of her life. But details about the accident leave her feeling uneasy and afraid. Why didn’t Joe’s airbag work? Why was his car door open before the EMTs arrived? And now suddenly someone is calling her from her dead lover’s burner phone. . . .

Joe’s death has left his wife in free fall as well. Karen knew Joe was cheating, she found some suspicious e-mails. Trying to cope with grief is devastating enough without the constant fear that has overtaken her, this feeling she can’t shake that someone is watching her. And with Joe gone and the kids grown, she’s vulnerable . . . and on her own.

Insurance investigator Maggie Brennan is suspicious of the latest claim that’s landed on her desk, a man dying on an icy road shortly after buying a lucrative life insurance policy. Maggie doesn’t believe in coincidences. The former cop knows that things and people are never what they seem to be.

As the fates of these three women become more tightly entwined, layers of lies and deception begin to peel away, pushing them dangerously to the edge . . . closer to each other . . . to a terrifying truth . . . to a shocking end.

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Good afternoon and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Other Widow by Susan Crawford. I received a copy of this book from the publisher through TLC Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.

The Other Widow is a thriller that centers around three women and an unexpected death that connects them all and leads to many unanswered questions and the uncovering of many, many lies.

I really liked the premise for this book so I was excited to read it. Thrillers, for me, tend to be pretty quick reads because I get really into them and can’t put them down until I’m finished. I read this book in a single day so it’s definitely plausible to read in one sitting. The plot itself was interesting and had many layers, which was the main thing I was excited for. I didn’t guess the whodunit right away but it did cross my mind once or twice but I sort of explained it away in my head until it was revealed. It was definitely an interesting story, it kept my interest and when I was reading at night I found myself a little more jumpy than usual while reading it.

I am giving this book a 3.5 out of 5 star rating. I liked it and enjoyed it. I am not used to the writing style so it threw me off a little while reading it. It is written with a lot of fragmented sentences which I think works for the pacing and the tone of a thriller. I don’t know if it was just me, but for some reason I wasn’t really feeling it. It took away from the story for me. I did like that the story was delivered in three perspectives, that was really enjoyable for me, getting to see the story as it unfolded through different angles. After reading this I am still a little confused over Karen and Tomas and the conclusion there. I think maybe because the ending seemed to come so fast, after the rest of the novel had sort of a slower build up since we were given time to peel back layers and work through things with the characters.

If you love thrillers, I think this one is worth a read…especially in this weather where it gets darker early and you can snuggle up in blankets with a warm drink and just read a thriller that may or may not freak you out. That’s totally what I did while reading this book!

I hope everyone is having a great week so far, happy reading everyone!

About Susan Crawford

Susan Crawford grew up in Miami, Florida, and graduated from the University of Miami with a BA in English and a minor in psychology. She later moved to New York City and then Boston before settling in Atlanta to raise three daughters and work in the field of adult education. A member of the Atlanta Writers Club and the Village Writers, Susan teaches at Georgia Piedmont Technical College and dabbles in local politics. She lives with her husband and a trio of rescue cats in Atlanta, where she enjoys reading books, writing books, rainy days, and spending time with the people she loves.

Find out more about Susan at her website, and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

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Blog Tour Book Review: The Perfect Girl by Gilly MacMillan

The Perfect Girl coverAbout The Perfect Girl

• Paperback: 464 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (September 6, 2016)

From Gilly Macmillan, the international bestselling and Edgar Award nominated author of What She Knew, comes this whip-smart, addictive, and harrowing novel of psychological suspense—perfect for fans of Paula Hawkins and Kimberly McCreight.

“With tightly drawn characters, a fascinating storyline and absolutely exquisite narration, The Perfect Girl is sure to keep readers up all night. Gilly Macmillan proves once again to be a master of the written word and is quickly becoming one of my go-to authors. Literary suspense at its finest.”—Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of Pretty Baby

Zoe Maisey is a seventeen-year-old musical prodigy with a genius IQ. Three years ago, she was involved in a tragic incident that left three classmates dead. She served her time, and now her mother, Maria, is resolved to keep that devastating fact tucked far away from their new beginning, hiding the past even from her new husband and demanding Zoe do the same.

Tonight Zoe is giving a recital that Maria has been planning for months. It needs to be the performance of her life. But instead, by the end of the evening, Maria is dead.

In the aftermath, everyone—police, family, Zoe’s former solicitor, and Zoe herself—tries to piece together what happened. But as Zoe knows all too well, the truth is rarely straightforward, and the closer we are to someone, the less we may see.

Unfolding over a span of twenty-four hours through three compelling narratives, The Perfect Girl is gripping, surprising, and emotionally complex—a richly layered look at loyalty, second chances, and the way secrets unravel us all.

Praise

“As the suspenseful, serpentine tale unreels from the alternating perspectives of several key players, readers will be rooting for the resilient, resourceful Zoe all the way to the perfectly executed final twists.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A wonderfully addictive book with virtuoso plotting and characters – for anyone who loved Girl on the Train, it’s a must read.” — Rosamund Lupton

“I DEVOURED The Perfect Girl. An incredible page turner with awesome characters and suspense. Bravo.” — Kate White, New York Times bestselling author

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Good afternoon and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Perfect Girl by Gilly MacMillan. I received this book for review from HarperCollins and TLC Book Tours, I’d like to say thank you to them for giving me that opportunity!

The Perfect Girl is a thriller about a young music prodigy named Zoe who is in a tragic accident. She is ultimately convicted of killing the others involved and is called to serve a nine month sentence. When she is released she returns to the world of music but is confronted by the very past she is trying to shed and her comeback performance becomes one she had not anticipated.

When I saw that the blurb on the cover of the book recommended it to fans of The Girl on the Train, I became excited to read this! I am all for a really good thrilling read, especially in the weeks leading up to October so I was all in for this book. Since I went into it with that frame of mind, I ended up really liking this read. It gripped my attention right away and had me turning the pages so that I ended up reading it in one night while everyone else was asleep.

I really liked the plot and the pacing of the story. It was well deserving of the thriller title. I don’t know that I’d necessarily compare it to The Girl on the Train but I can see how both fit into the same genre. To me, it wasn’t a predictable read. It did keep me in suspense for awhile. I had alot of feelings while reading it including grief because of the tragedies that occur. There are some darker subjects explored in this book which I think fits well with the genre. It’s a thicker book than I normally read but it definitely didn’t feel that way since it was very gripping which caused me to read it pretty fast. It includes a great whodunit and those ALWAYS keep me reading. Overall, this was a very gripping read that is a perfect one to curl up with on a late fall night. 4 stars!

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Gill Macmillan APAbout Gilly Macmillan

Gilly Macmillan is the Edgar Nominated and New York Times bestselling author of What She Knew. She grew up in Swindon, Wiltshire and lived in Northern California in her late teens. She worked at The Burlington Magazine and the Hayward Gallery before starting a family. Since then she’s worked as a part-time lecturer in photography, and now writes full-time. She resides in Bristol, England.

Find out more about Gilly at her website, and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

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Audiobook Review: My Sister’s Grave (Tracy Crosswhite #1) by Robert Dugoni

61xgo0yWpfL._SL300_Title: My Sister’s Grave(Tracy Crosswhite #1) by Robert Dugoni, Narrated by Emily Sutton-Smith
Genre: Fiction – Thriller
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Length: 10 hours and 49 minutes
Format: Audiobook via Audible
Publication Date: November 1, 2014
Rating – 4/5 stars – I loved it!

Tracy Crosswhite has spent twenty years questioning the facts surrounding her sister Sarah’s disappearance and the murder trial that followed. She doesn’t believe that Edmund House — a convicted rapist and the man condemned for Sarah’s murder — is the guilty party. Motivated by the opportunity to obtain real justice, Tracy became a homicide detective with the Seattle PD and dedicated her life to tracking down killers.

When Sarah’s remains are finally discovered near their hometown in the northern Cascade mountains of Washington State, Tracy is determined to get the answers she’s been seeking. As she searches for the real killer, she unearths dark, long-kept secrets that will forever change her relationship to her past — and open the door to deadly danger.

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It’s hard to believe, given my recent obsession with them, that a year ago I really hated listening to audiobooks. This past week I listened to My Sister’s Grave by Robert Dugoni and I, of course, loved it.

My Sister’s Grave is a thriller read about a detective whose younger sister disappeared when they were both younger. After the “supposed” killer was put behind bars, Tracy never actually felt right about her sister’s death. When her sister’s body is found and new evidence comes to light that contradicts evidence used to convict the killer, Tracy starts to look into the circumstances surrounding her sisters disappearance and subsequent death. What she founds will be creepy and altogether, unexpected.

really enjoyed listening to this audiobook. Apparently I have a thing for listening to thrillers on audiobook as more than half of the ones I have listened to this year have been thrillers. I really liked this story. I thought it was really interesting and thrilling, it definitely kept me on the edge of my seat and kept me wanting to listen. I went through the ten plus hours of listening pretty fast and I really liked the narrator. I thought the pacing in this book was really good and I wasn’t ever bored. At first I thought the plot twist was weird but it was actually pretty good. I’m surprised to hear that there is going to be a sequel (I’m not exactly sure how many are going to be in this series) but I am rather glad. I was surprised at first because I thought the mystery surrounding Tracy’s sister and her killer was wrapped up pretty well but then I realized that she had been working on another case during this book that kind of just got lost in everything else. I really wish that had been saved til the next book because it literally was just..there…throughout the whole book with not much attention being paid to it although I realize that the title of this book is about her sister. I just think it should have been introduced and worked on in the next one.

Overall this was a good, solid read.Whether you listen to it via audiobook or read it in physical form, I recommend giving it a read! I’ll be looking forward to the sequel!

Audiobook Review: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

22529254Title: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Genre:  Fiction – Thriller
Publisher: Penguin
Length: 10 hours 59 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Publication Date: January 13, 2015
Rating – 5/5, loved it!

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

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Happy Wednesday everyone! I wasn’t sure if I was going to get to complete any books in these last few days of the month but I did! I’m actually hoping to complete one more but we will see how that goes. In the past I haven’t been a big fan of audiobooks, I was actually pretty against them in the past. I had tried them before but I just could never get into them. I would always feel like I was missing things or I would get annoyed by the narrators voices. I decided to give them another chance and bought The Girl on the Train on audiobook. I’m really glad I did because I ended up really loving this book.

My reading/listening experience of this book ended up being a pretty great one. I gave the book itself a 5 star rating because I thought it was fantastic. I’m normally not one to gravitate towards thrillers but when I read the summary for this book, it just struck me.

The Girl on the Train is told through the point of view of three different women whose lives overlap. Rachel is our main point of view and is an alcoholic divorcee struggling with a few issues like her alcoholism and getting over her ex husband. Anna is the current wife of Rachel’s Ex husband whom is struggling with motherhood and Rachel’s continued presence in her life. Megan is a young married woman living a few houses down from Anna with alot of external and internal struggles of her own. Megan’s disappearance on a fateful Saturday night throws each of their worlds into chaos.

As mentioned above, I loved this book. Absolutely loved it. It was beautiful written with haunting narrative and descriptions. I loved the air of melancholy throughout. I’ve heard that this is a book that you either hate or love and I just found this book to be so spellbinding. I was on the edge of my seat which was so surprising to me since I am not an audiobook fan. This just makes me want to rush out and buy the physical copy which I definitely will do in the future because I would reread this book.

Aside from my loving this book, there were actually a slew of characters that I did not like and that’s probably because every single character in this book is majorly, majorly flawed. They’re human! I’ve read a few reviews that stress the fact that this book is depressing but I just really think even if it is dark and troubling, it is also starkly realistic. I love how each character has their own conflict going on within themselves and their lives. It reminds me of the “grass is always greener on the other side” idiom. Each of these characters at one time in the novel has wondered what someone else’s life is like and gotten it grossly wrong, ultimately forgetting that the other person is just human. My favorite character starting out was Megan  but we learn things about her that made me not like her so much towards the end. Rachel at the beginning and the end was not my favorite but she definitely grew on me the deeper I got into the novel and I just straight up never liked Anna. These characters were ALL very complex characters and I applaud this book and author for that…there wasn’t one character that wasn’t well developed.

What a ride. This was a whirlwind of suspense for me. It had the feel of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl but altogether, different. I’m trying hard not to compare them though I actually think I may have enjoyed this book more. I highly recommend this book whether on physical copy or audiobook. I only really liked one narrators voice but I enjoyed listening to it nonetheless. I was so engrossed in it and found myself wanting to listen to it when I wasn’t. Also, I just heard this is being adapted to film…I will be there on release night. Yes!! I’ve also heard rumors that Emily Blunt may be on board to play Rachel…if this is true…yes, yes and yes!!!