Thursday, April 27, 2017

Book Review: The Perfect Stranger

Title The Perfect Stranger
Author Megan Miranda
Release Date April 11, 2017

Confronted by a restraining order and the threat of a lawsuit, failed journalist Leah Stevens needs to get out of Boston when she runs into an old friend, Emmy Grey, who has just left a troubled relationship. Emmy proposes they move to rural Pennsylvania, where Leah can get a teaching position and both women can start again. But their new start is threatened when a woman with an eerie resemblance to Leah is assaulted by the lake, and Emmy disappears days later.

Determined to find Emmy, Leah cooperates with Kyle Donovan, a handsome young police officer on the case. As they investigate her friend’s life for clues, Leah begins to wonder: did she ever really know Emmy at all? With no friends, family, or a digital footprint, the police begin to suspect that there is no Emmy Grey. Soon Leah’s credibility is at stake, and she is forced to revisit her past: the article that ruined her career. To save herself, Leah must uncover the truth about Emmy Grey—and along the way, confront her old demons, find out who she can really trust, and clear her own name.

Everyone in this rural Pennsylvanian town has something to hide—including Leah herself. How do you uncover the truth when you are busy hiding your own?

Megan Miranda seemed to be everywhere last year with her bestselling novel, All the Missing Girls. While it originally didn't strike me as something I was too interested in reading, I picked it up to test the waters of Megan Miranda's writing. I gave All the Missing Girls four stars and I thoroughly enjoyed the story being told in reserve. While she pulled that off rather flawlessly, I was curious as to how she'd handle a story told "normally."

The Perfect Stranger was slightly better than All the Missing Girls. I feel like it was easier to fall into the story. It was suspenseful and kept me engaged the whole time. Just when I thought I had it all figured out, I'd be hit with something new and thrown for a loop.

Megan Miranda is adept at writing suspense. I can't wait to read another novel from her in the future.


5 out of 5 stars

* This book was received from Simon & Schuster via Netalley in exchange for an honest review. *

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Book Review: Seeds of Iniquity

Title Seeds of Iniquity
Series In the Company of Killers, book 4
Author J. A. Redmerski
Release Date September 29, 2014

Victor Faust’s new Order is growing. Business is good as there is no rest for the wicked in an underground world of hardcore criminals and contract killing. Relationships among the operatives have changed little over the past year—but things are about to change now, and all six high-ranking members of the new Order will be blindsided by an unlikely enemy.

Loved ones whose only ties to Victor’s organization are their relationships with its members, are abducted. The price to get them back safely—the six must confess their deepest, darkest secret to this mysterious young woman named Nora, who is as deadly as she is beautiful, and who seems to know more about each of them than they know about each other. And although no one has any clue about who Nora really is, it becomes clear that she also isn’t who she appears to be.

So much more is at stake than secrets and the lives of innocent loved ones; with each member that Nora forces to confess, the truth about their dark pasts and their present objectives will cast suspicion, pit some against each other, and may tear others apart.

Before the game is over everyone will know who this woman is and why she is here, but the damage she will leave in her wake could be the beginning of the new Order’s destruction.

Whose dark secret will be the darkest of all? And can Victor’s Order survive any of them?

Reviews for previous books: Killing Sarai, Reviving Izabel, and The Swan and the Jackal

I'm so disappointed in myself. It's been over two and a half years since I read The Swan and the Jackal. How did I let so much time pass between that book and this one? I've really enjoyed this series and I can't believe I waited so long to read Seeds of Iniquity. I'm definitely not letting that much time pass before I read The Black Wolf. Moving along...

After reading the last couple of chapters of The Swan and the Jackal again for a bit of a refresher, I dove right into book number four. Instantly I was back into the story as if no time at all had passed since the last book. I love that I was so easily sucked back into the story.

Thanks to the author's skillful writing, it's so easy to imagine the book playing out like a movie in my head. The story is so vivid and detailed. I was certainly reminded of my love for this series.

These characters come to life on each and every page. Nora is an interesting new character. I'm excited to see more of her in the future. Oh and that ending with Fredrik! I am definitely intrigued. Of course, he's one of my favorites, so I'm very curious to see how that story will turn out. I will admit, after this book, Niklas has piqued my interest. I think I want more of him, please.

I'm so glad I picked this book up when I did. I definitely needed something to get me out of my reading slump and this was it.


5 out of 5 stars

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Thursday Quotables (#3)

Thursday Quotables is the place to highlight a great quote, line, or passage discovered during your reading each week. Whether it’s something funny, startling, gut-wrenching, or just really beautifully written, you’re invited to join in! This weekly feature is hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies.

A Psalm for Lost Girls
Katie Bayerl
After the first round of prayers, my energy begins to lift. By the third round, my headache is gone and as we all murmur amen, I hear the voice for the first time in days: LOVE, it tells me. IN THE END IS LOVE.
I know somehow that this message isn’t for Mrs. Khoury or the others. This one’s for me. And I think I know what it means too: The voice is telling me not to be afraid, reminding me that even in the worst moments, when nothing makes sense and doubt and worry make everything bleak, there is still love in my life. Right here with this small group of believers. And inside with Callie and Ma.
I ask Mrs. Khoury & Co to give me their blessings before they go. Because today, the tables have turned. Today, their faith has healed me.

What were your favorite lines this week? Share your Thursday Quotables in the comments below and I'll be sure to stop by!