Top 5 Tuesday – Top 5 books I read in 2018!

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Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme that Bionic Bookworm hosts.  I’m changing the topic for today to Top 5 books I read in 2018 since I never did a wrap up post for 2018!

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The Perfect Liar by Thomas Christopher Greene

The Perfect Liar

Susannah, a young widow and single mother, has remarried well: to Max, a charismatic artist and popular speaker whose career took her and her fifteen-year-old son out of New York City and to a quiet Vermont university town. Strong-willed and attractive, Susannah expects that her life is perfectly in place again. Then one quiet morning she finds a note on her door: I KNOW WHO YOU ARE. 

Max dismisses the note as a prank. But days after a neighborhood couple comes to dinner, the husband mysteriously dies in a tragic accident while on a run with Max. Soon thereafter, a second note appears on their door: DID YOU GET AWAY WITH IT?

Both Susannah and Max are keeping secrets from the world and from each other —secrets that could destroy their family and everything they have built. 

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Available tomorrow – January 15, 2019! 

I know that at times you need to distance a novel from reality, but The Perfect Liar seems so far from reality that it was hard to imagine Susannah and Max as a normal couple. They had so many secrets from each other and when one of them would call the other one out, they just told more lies. It was hard to be on one of their sides because it was so over the top.

I did love all of the secrets though. And boy was there so many of them. It was hard to tell at times who was the perfect liar. I also didn’t see the ending coming at all! Talk about jaw dropping!

3 calculators out of a potential 5. If you are a reader that can suspend belief then I think you will really enjoy this novel!

Thank you to Netgallery and St. Martin’s Press for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

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Cold Blood (Detective Erika Foster #5) by Robert Bryndza

Cold Blood
When a battered suitcase containing the dismembered body of a young man washes up on the shore of the river Thames, Detective Erika Foster is shocked. She’s worked on some terrifying cases but never seen anything like this before. 

As Erika and her team set to work, she makes the link with another victim – the body of a young woman dumped in an identical suitcase two weeks ago. 

Erika quickly realises she’s on the trail of a serial killer who’s already made their next move. Yet just as Erika starts to make headway with the investigation, she is the victim of a brutal attack. 

But nothing will stop Erika. As the body count rises, the twin daughters of her colleague Commander Marsh are abducted, and the stakes are higher than ever before. Can Erika save the lives of two innocent children before it’s too late? She’s running out of time and about to make a disturbing discovery…there’s more than one killer.

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Oh how I love this series. Just when you think you have it figured out, Bryndza throws something way out of left field and it changes everything!

I was a bit disappointed in the first half of the novel when a lot of the plot was focused on Nina and Max, our Bonnie and Clyde duo. I really like thrillers that surprise me with who the killer was and I was worried that the surprise factor was gone.

Boy was I wrong. Just past the midpoint of the novel, the novel shifts to present day and it is thrilling! I don’t want to spoil anything, but I was surprised by the ending of the novel and how Erika and team discovered the key link.

It’s best to go into the novel, without reading the back of the novel. When I finished reading the book, I realized that the back blurb goes into events that were in the last 70% of the novel.

4 calculators out of a potential 5. This series has no signs of slowing down! This is a series that mystery fans don’t want to miss out on!

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I can’t wait for… Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus & The Perfect Liar by Thomas Christopher Greene (Can’t-Wait Wednesday)

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Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a meme hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss the books we are excited about that we have yet to read. The books I can’t wait to read is this week is:

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Echo Ridge is small-town America. Ellery’s never been there, but she’s heard all about it. Her aunt went missing there at age seventeen. And only five years ago, a homecoming queen put the town on the map when she was killed. Now Ellery has to move there to live with a grandmother she barely knows.

The town is picture-perfect, but it’s hiding secrets. And before school even begins for Ellery, someone’s declared open season on homecoming, promising to make it as dangerous as it was five years ago. Then, almost as if to prove it, another girl goes missing.

Ellery knows all about secrets. Her mother has them; her grandmother does too. And the longer she’s in Echo Ridge, the clearer it becomes that everyone there is hiding something. The thing is, secrets are dangerous–and most people aren’t good at keeping them. Which is why in Echo Ridge, it’s safest to keep your secrets to yourself.

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The Perfect Liar

Susannah, a young widow and single mother, has remarried well: to Max, a charismatic artist and popular speaker whose career took her and her fifteen-year-old son out of New York City and to a quiet Vermont university town. Strong-willed and attractive, Susannah expects that her life is perfectly in place again. Then one quiet morning she finds a note on her door: I KNOW WHO YOU ARE. 

Max dismisses the note as a prank. But days after a neighborhood couple comes to dinner, the husband mysteriously dies in a tragic accident while on a run with Max. Soon thereafter, a second note appears on their door: DID YOU GET AWAY WITH IT?

Both Susannah and Max are keeping secrets from the world and from each other —secrets that could destroy their family and everything they have built. 

What novel are you excited to read? Let me know in the comments below!

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