Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Review: The Wife by Alafair Burke

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1050.0 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (Jan. 23 2018)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B072NY8QFP




Book Description

When Angela met Jason Powell while catering a dinner party in East Hampton, she assumed their romance would be a short-lived fling, like so many relationships between locals and summer visitors. To her surprise, Jason, a brilliant economics professor at NYU, had other plans, and they married the following summer. For Angela, the marriage turned out to be a chance to reboot her life. She and her son were finally able to move out of her mother’s home to Manhattan, where no one knew about her tragic past.

Six years later, thanks to a bestselling book and a growing media career, Jason has become a cultural lightning rod, placing Angela near the spotlight she worked so carefully to avoid. When a college intern makes an accusation against Jason, and another woman, Kerry Lynch, comes forward with an even more troubling allegation, their perfect life begins to unravel. Jason insists he is innocent, and Angela believes him. But when Kerry disappears, Angela is forced to take a closer look at the man she married. And when she is asked to defend Jason in court, she realizes that her loyalty to her husband could unearth old secrets.

This much-anticipated follow-up to Burke’s Edgar-nominated The Ex asks how far a wife will go to protect the man she loves: Will she stand by his side, even if he drags her down with him?

About the Author

Alafair Burke is the New York Times bestselling author of "two power house series" (Sun-Sentinel) that have earned her a reputation for creating strong, believable, and eminently likable female characters, such as NYPD Detective Ellie Hatcher and Portland Deputy District Attorney Samantha Kincaid. Alafair's novels grow out of her experience as a prosecutor in America's police precincts and criminal courtrooms, and have been featured by The Today Show, People Magazine, The New York Times, MSNBC, The Washington Post, USA Today, and The Chicago Sun-Times. According to Entertainment Weekly, Alafair "is a terrific web spinner" who "knows when and how to drop clues to keep readers at her mercy."

A graduate of Stanford Law School and a former Deputy District Attorney in Portland, Oregon, Alafair is now a Professor of Law at Hofstra Law School, where she teaches criminal law and procedure. Her books have been translated into 12 languages.

Alafair's work has been praised by some of the world's most respected crime writers, including Gillian Flynn, Michael Connelly, Dennis Lehane, Karin Slaughter, Harlan Coben, Lisa Scottoline, Lisa Unger, and Nelson DeMille.

Learn more about Alafair at www.alafairburke.com

My Review

The Wife is the latest novel by author Alafair Burke. I discovered Alafair because I was such a huge fan of her father's, but now I read Alafair Burke's novels because she writes amazing stories.

I cannot tell you how much I loved The Wife. What a great book filled with fascinating characters. I seriously could not get anything done today until I finished reading The Wife.

I love a novel with twists and The Wife has some doozies. Interesting story about a young woman and her son. The young woman had been kidnapped by a stranger and kept in captivity for 3 years. When she went back to her family she returned with her young son. Years later she is living a quiet life with her husband until he starts becoming well known. Then he is accused of indecent exposure by one woman and rape by another. Contemporary issues that are so relevant today.

Highly recommend The Wife. I recommend all of Alafair Burke's books. She just keeps getting better and better.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Review: Just Between Us by Rebecca Drake


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  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1250167205
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (Jan. 9 2018)
  • Sold by: Macmillan CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01MR48RV0

Book Description

Four suburban mothers and friends conspire to cover up a deadly crime in this heart-stopping novel of suspense in the tradition of Lisa Scottoline and Lisa Unger.

Alison, Julie, Sarah, Heather. Four friends living the suburban ideal. Their jobs are steady, their kids are healthy. They’re as beautiful as their houses. But each of them has a dirty little secret, and hidden behind the veneer of their perfect lives is a crime and a mystery that will consume them all.

Everything starts to unravel when Alison spots a nasty bruise on Heather’s wrist. She shares her suspicions with Julie and Sarah, compelling all three to investigate what looks like an increasingly violent marriage. As mysterious injuries and erratic behavior mount, Heather can no longer deny the abuse, but she refuses to leave her husband. Desperate to save her, Alison and the others dread the phone call telling them that she’s been killed. But when that call finally comes, it’s not Heather who’s dead. In a moment they’ll come to regret, the women must decide what lengths they’ll go to in order to help a friend.

Just Between Us is a thrilling glimpse into the underbelly of suburbia, where not all neighbors can be trusted, and even the closest friends keep dangerous secrets. You never really know what goes on in another person’s mind, or in their marriage.
"A twisty, domestic thriller [...] tense, bombshell-laden, and action-packed." ― Publishers Weekly
"Female friendships flourish, then falter, under the weight of chance events underlaid by secrecy and deceit [...] Drake shows a sure hand in spinning suburban thrillers." ―Booklist
"Rebecca Drake's Just Between Us is suspense at its best--a riveting, fast-paced psychological thriller that brilliantly explores the limits of friendship and the secrets we keep from one another." ― New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline
"Fans of Liane Moriarty and B.A. Paris are going to love this twisty, diabolical suburban thriller. Clear your evening, you won't be able to put it down." ― J.T. Ellison, New York Times bestselling author of Lie to Me
"Rebecca Drake's Just Between Us is a stunner - a tense, twisty thriller about four ordinary women that begs the question: When a friend is in trouble, and all you want to do is help, how can everything go so terribly wrong?" ― Karen Dionne, author The Marsh King's Daughter
"Rebecca Drake's Just Between Us is a riveting thriller that reveals the dark heart beating in the middle of American suburbia. Every character in this rich novel has a secret, and the secrets get deeper and darker as the pitch-perfect plot unfolds. This is a stunning story of friendship and the tangled lies that bind four women together. Don't miss it!" ― David Bell, author of Bring Her Home

About the Author

Rebecca Drake moves to hardcover with her breakout psychological thriller ONLY EVER YOU. She is the author of three other suspense novels, DON’T BE AFRAID, THE NEXT KILLING, and THE DEAD PLACE, as well as the short story, Loaded, which was featured in PITTSBURGH NOIR. She is a Penn State grad and an instructor in Seton Hill University’s Writing Popular Fiction M.F.A. program. A native New Yorker, Rebecca has also lived in Indiana, Ohio, Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey and Qatar and currently lives in Pittsburgh, PA with her husband and two children.

My Review

Just Between Us is the first book by Rebecca Drake that I have read. Always great to discover a new author whose books you enjoy reading.

Just Between Us is a fascinating story of 4 friends. You know, the type of friends all women have. You become friends because your children are the same age or go to the same school. But what do you really know about people you meet when you are an adult. What do they have hidden in their past? And what are they really capable of?

I loved reading this book. I could identify with the 4 main characters. I could easily understand how they could fall into the mess that they did. Well written and great characters..what more can you ask for?

Highly recommend Just Between Us.


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Review: Hope for Each Day Large Deluxe By Billy Graham





Book Description

Beloved inspirational author and pastor Billy Graham knows how important hope is for living a life full of peace, joy, and love. And he knows that God’s Word overflows with hope throughout its pages—all the way from Genesis to Revelation.

Now lasting, biblical hope can be yours every day with this 365-day devotional. Fill your heart and mind each day with the presence and fullness of God’s grace and power in your life.

This classic devotional has been updated with a leathersoft cover, deluxe interior design, a ribbon marker, and new “Hope for Today” takeaways to keep you close to the Lord throughout the day. Your soul will be blessed as God’s everlasting hope remains at the center of all that you do.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 15:13

Billy Graham, world-renowned preacher, evangelist, and author, has delivered the gospel message to more people face-to-face than anyone in history and has ministered on every continent of the world in more than 185 countries. Millions have read his inspirational classics, including Angels, Peace with God, The Holy Spirit, Hope for the Troubled Heart, How to Be Born Again, The Journey, Nearing Home, The Reason for My Hope, and Where I Am.

About the Author

Husband to Ruth Bell Graham, father of Ruth Graham, Gigi Graham Tchividjian, & Anne Graham Lotz, Nelson, & Franklin Graham

Dr. Billy Graham has authored more than 150 books.

Billy Graham's Son, Franklin Graham has taken the reigns of his ministry.

Billy Graham was married to Ruth (Bell) Graham until her death in 2007. Ruth Graham, was born Ruth Bell in Qingjiang, Kiangsu, China. Ruth's parents were her parents, Dr. and Mrs. L. Nelson Bell, were medical missionaries at the Presbyterian Hospital which was located 300 miles north of Shanghai, China. He was married to Ruth from 1943 until her untimely death in 2007.

Dr. Billy Graham has five children: Franklin, Nelson, Virginia, Anne and Ruth.

Dr. Graham was born William Franklin "Billy" Graham, Jr. born on November 7, 1918. He has served as an American Christian evangelist. Dr. Graham was ordained as a Southern Baptist minister, who celebrated "star power" type of fame in 1949. He owes his star power to William Randolph Hearst and Henry Luce. In the early days, his sermons were broadcasted on the radio. When television became a mainstream media, he became a household name being broadcasted globally via the television. In fact, his messages continue to be broadcast via satellite globally and re-broadcast on nearly a daily basis. He's known for having served many of President's, Political Leaders, Civil Leaders, and abroad. He's met with heads-of-state throughout this globe, as well as, religious leaders and figures of not only "Christian" religions, but many other religious entities.

Dr. Graham owes his conversion to the late great Billy Sunday. Billy Sunday was was an American athlete who had a rise to prominence as an outfielder in baseball's National League in the 1880s. Billy Sunday was a remarkable evangelist of his time.

Dr. Billy Graham known to the greater "Christian" community, writes about his conversion in his book, "Just As I Am" published by HarperCollins in 1997. References: billysunday.org, billygraham.org/, and wheaton.edu/bgc/archives/sunday/sunda... ~ Wheaton College

My Review


 Hope for Each Day, Words of Wisdom and Faith Large Deluxe By Billy Graham is the edition that I am reviewing. It is a rerelease of a 2002 devotional with a gorgeous, leathersoft cover. It is beautifully laid out with bible verses, devotionals and a new Hope for each day. 

 Hope for Each Day, Words of Wisdom and Faith is a testament to the ageless wisdom of Billy Graham. It is a lovely volume that would be a gift that would please anyone.  It is not aimed at men or women or families...it is for everyone.



 Hope for Each Day, Words of Wisdom and Faith is an inspiring and uplifting book. If you are in search of a devotional then this would be the one! 

Highly recommend Hope for Each Day, Words of Wisdom and Faith.

Review: Y is for Yesterday (Kinsey Millhone #25) by Sue Grafton




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  • Print Length: 494 pages
  • Publisher: Marian Wood Books/Putnam (Aug. 22 2017)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group USA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01MUBJLNC

Book Description

The darkest and most disturbing case report from the files of Kinsey Millhone, Y is for Yesterday begins in 1979, when four teenage boys from an elite private school sexually assault a fourteen-year-old classmate—and film the attack. Not long after, the tape goes missing and the suspected thief, a fellow classmate, is murdered. In the investigation that follows, one boy turns state’s evidence and two of his peers are convicted. But the ringleader escapes without a trace.

Now, it’s 1989 and one of the perpetrators, Fritz McCabe, has been released from prison. Moody, unrepentant, and angry, he is a virtual prisoner of his ever-watchful parents—until a copy of the missing tape arrives with a ransom demand. That’s when the McCabes call Kinsey Millhone for help. As she is drawn into their family drama, she keeps a watchful eye on Fritz. But he’s not the only one being haunted by the past. A vicious sociopath with a grudge against Millhone may be leaving traces of himself for her to find…

About the Author

Sue Grafton was a #1 New York Times bestselling author. She is best known for her “alphabet series” featuring private investigator Kinsey Millhone in the fictional city of Santa Teresa, California. Prior to success with this series, she wrote screenplays for television movies. Her earlier novels include Keziah Dane (1967) and The Lolly-Madonna War (1969), both out of print. In the book Kinsey and Me she gave us stories that revealed Kinsey's origins and Sue's past.

Grafton never wanted her novels to be turned into movies or TV shows. According to her family she would never allow a ghost writer to write in her name. Because of these things, and out of respect for Sue’s wishes, the family announced the alphabet now ends at “Y.”

Grafton was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Private Eye Writers of America, the Ross Macdonald Literary Award, three Shamus Awards, and many other honors and awards.

Grafton had three children from previous marriages and several grandchildren, including a granddaughter named Kinsey. She and her husband lived in Montecito, California, and Louisville, Kentucky.

My Review

The alphabet ends with Y.

I have been a fan of Sue Grafton's for over 30 years. Her Kinsey Millhone mysteries introduced me to an interesting and unconventional female detective whose adventures always kept me enthralled. I have to say that over the years one of the most interesting story lines was Kinsey finding her birth family. I am sad that there will be no Z.

Y is the last book. To me it was a typical Kinsey book. Kinsey is still living in her small house on Henry's property. She has a non existent love life. And a crazy serial killer is trying to kill her. All while she is trying to solve a 10 year old mystery.

I guess you could say I read this book with respect and reverence. I wanted to absorb every detail. It is not that there are not other books that are better but this book is the end of an era. It was sad to say good bye to Santa Teresa and all the fascinating people in Kinsey's life.

Great read and a must read for all Grafton fans. RIP Sue Grafton. It has been a fun ride.

Review: The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen




  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1862.0 KB
  • Print Length: 342 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1250130921
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (Jan. 9 2018)
  • Sold by: Macmillan CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B072V27QMZ

Book Description



A novel of suspense that explores the complexities of marriage and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.

When you read this book, you will make many assumptions.

You will assume you are reading about a jealous wife and her obsession with her replacement.
You will assume you are reading about a woman about to enter a new marriage with the man she loves.
You will assume the first wife was a disaster and that the husband was well rid of her.
You will assume you know the motives, the history, the anatomy of the relationships.
Assume nothing.

Discover the next blockbuster novel of suspense, and get ready for the read of your life.

THE WIFE BETWEEN US is the debut novel of co-authors Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen. Hendricks, a former book editor with a major New York publishing house, lives in Manhattan with her family. Pekkanen, the author of seven bestselling solo novels, lives in Maryland with her three sons. THE WIFE BETWEEN US has been sold in 30 countries and optioned for film by Steven Spielberg's Amblin Partners. It is a Book of the Month Club Pick, an Amazon Best Book of the Month, and an Indie Next Pick. Hendricks and Pekkanen are currently at work on their next novel, also a psychological thriller.



"The Wife Between Us bests The Woman in the Window in the didn’t-see-it-coming plot twist category." —USA Today
"The best domestic suspense since Gone Girl." —In Touch Weekly

"A jaw-dropping psychological thriller." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Fiendishly clever...in the vein of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train. This one will keep you guessing." –Anita Shreve, New York Times bestselling author of The Stars are Fire

About the Author

Greer Hendricks spent over two decades as an editor. Her writing has been published in The New York Times and Publishers Weekly. The Wife Between Us is her first novel.

Sarah Pekkanen:

"Fans of Jennifer Weiner and Emily Giffin will strongly appreciate this rising star in women's fiction." - Library Journal.
Internationally bestselling author Sarah Pekkanen's newest book is THE PERFECT NEIGHBORS. She is also the co-author of the upcoming THE WIFE BETWEEN US (out in January 2018).

Her prior novels are: THINGS YOU WON'T SAY, CATCHING AIR, THE BEST OF US, THE OPPOSITE OF ME, SKIPPING A BEAT, and THESE GIRLS.

Sarah's linked free short estories, published by Simon&Schuster exclusively for ereaders, are titled "All is Bright," and "Love, Accidentally."

Sarah is the mother of three young boys, which explains why she writes part of her novels at Chuck E. Cheese. Sarah penned her first book, Miscellaneous Tales and Poems, at the age of 10. When publishers failed to jump upon this literary masterpiece (hey, all the poems rhymed!) Sarah followed up by sending them a sternly-worded letter on Raggedy Ann stationery. Sarah still has that letter, and carries it to New York every time she has meetings with her publisher, as a reminder that dreams do come true.

Her website is www.sarahpekkanen.com and please find her on Facebook Instagram and Twitter @sarahpekkanen!



My Review

 The Wife Between Us  by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen is a book that keeps you guessing! The twists were amazing! Excellent book to start the year off with.

The Wife Between Us is well written and full of twists. At first you think it is a novel about a woman who is upset that her ex is getting married to an young woman who seems a lot like she was back at the beginning of her marriage. But don't assume anything!

I don't want to give anything away but this is a must read for fans of thrillers. Impossible to put down because you need to know where everything is going!

Great book! Highly recommend The Wife Between Us.