One Year Blogging Anniversary!

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Yesterday was my one year anniversary of blogging! Over the last year, I have almost 400 followers and over 12,000 views! When I started, I wasn’t sure what was going to happen. I have virtually met and interacted with so many new friends and have gotten a ton of amazing book recommendations!

Thank you to everyone that has visited my blog in the past year!

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Trick or Treachery (Murder, She Wrote #14) by Donald Bain

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Did you know that there are Murder, She Wrote books? Similar to the TV show, each book Jessica ends up in the middle of a murder and eventually solves the crime. I’ve read a few of these books and they are perfect if you are looking for a light read with a side of mystery. Trick or Treachery would be a perfect Halloween read!

Jessica Fletcher and the town of Cabot Cove are eagerly waiting for their yearly Halloween party. Of course, the biggest dilemma at the start of the novel is finding the perfect costume to wear! The night comes and the party is cut short when a visitor of the town is found dead. No one knows the real reason why she was there, but now everyone is a suspect!

I didn’t love this novel as much as the earlier novels that I read in the series. I found that there was too many people to kept track of and it jumped without warning from past to present. It didn’t make for an easy transition.

Unless you are looking for a Halloween read, I would recommend another Murder, She Wrote novel. Both Gin & Daggers or Rum & Razors were some of my favourites!

2 calculators out of a potential 5. Disappointed that it wasn’t as good as other novels in the series.

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Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh

Let Me Lie

Let Me Lie is my third novel by Clare Mackintosh and for me, lies right in the middle of her other novels.

To be honest, I don’t remember too much of I Let You Go (Mackintosh’s debut novel). I gave it 2 stars on Goodreads, but I’m in minority (I’m always in the minority!) since the average rating is 4.08. It is about a 5 year old boy who was killed in a hit and run and Jenna’s life was changed forever because of it.

I loved I See You! What an ending! I felt like I was on a roller coaster. I was being lead one way and then BOOM sharp turn and then I was being carried in another direction! It is about, Zoe, who is your typical commuter. She takes the train and subway to and from work. She leaves at the same time, gets on a specific car and doesn’t notice the people around her. What if someone is watching her?

Let Me Lie reminds me of I See You since it has a killer ending. I stayed up way too late on Saturday night flipping pages until I reached the end.

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The police say it was suicide.
Anna says it was murder.
They’re both wrong.

One year ago, Caroline Johnson chose to end her life brutally: a shocking suicide planned to match that of her husband just months before. Their daughter, Anna, has struggled to come to terms with their loss ever since.

Now with a young baby of her own, Anna misses her mother more than ever and starts to question her parents’ deaths. But by digging up their past, she’ll put her future in danger. Sometimes it’s safer to let things lie…

Let Me Lie follows 3 people. Anna lost her mother exactly one year ago to suicide and six months before that, had lost in her father in the exact same way. In the last year, she had a baby and is struggling to live day by day. Murray is a retired police detective who is volunteering with the police department. He sees Anna’s parents case and does a bit of digging. He sees that the detectives assigned to the case may of ruled the deaths as suicides a bit too quickly. There is also the thoughts of an unnamed person. You have no idea who they are and if they are dead or alive.

It took a bit to get into the novel. You learn about Anna and you aren’t sure what to think about her. Should you believe her or can she not accept her parents’ suicides? I really enjoyed the Murray storyline about him and his wife, Sarah. It was a nice parallel that didn’t take anything away from the main story.

Mackintosh knows how to write a killer ending! I was flipping pages so fast that I needed to know what happened. There is a bit of an open ending, but I think it worked for the novel. The reader gets enough closure but there is still a hint of mystery.

3 calculators out of a potential 5. Not as good as I See You (4 calculators), but better than I Let You Go (2 calculators). I would recommend to mystery fans as the ending is thrilling and twisty!

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Throwback Thursday – The Perfect Husband by Lisa Gardner

I decided to start my own Throwback Thursday by reviewing a book that I had read exactly a year ago (give or take a few days). I will post my review from a year ago and provide my thoughts from today and see if I feel differently about the book.

Since I’m new to the blogging world, this allows for some of my older reviews to get posted and I can recommend (or not recommend) the books I have previously read.

I’m so happy that the book that I finished reading on March 21, 2017 was The Perfect Husband by Lisa Gardner (this was not planned)! This is the first book in one of my favourite series and features one of the creepiest villain that I have ever read about!

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Goodreads Review from March 21, 2017:

Lately I have been reading a lot of books about abusive husbands and their now ex-wives trying to escape them. When I first read the description I thought “Oh man, here we go again. Another abusive husband”. But wow, this book was so much more and I was terrified of this ex-husband!

Tess married a very handsome, thoughtful man who she thought was the perfect husband. Of course, he wasn’t. He was a psychopath. He killed 10 women in brutal ways and Tess helped put him in jail. Of course, he never thought his wife would be the one to lock him up, so he wants revenge. Tess knows that he won’t stop until he has killed her, so she is getting ready for the fight of her life.

I’m surprised that this series is about Quincy & Rainie, since we never meet Rainie and Quincy is a minor character. This story is all about Tess, JT (a man Tess has hired to train her) and crazy psychopath ex-husband Jim. I liked Tess, I tolerated JT and was totally freaked out by Jim.

I was on the edge of my seat the entire time just waiting to see what Jim would do next. I would of liked more details about how Tess figured out who Jim really was and how they took him down.

Just a note for those thinking about picking this one up, it’s really graphic. What Jim does to his victims is not for the faint of heart and there is also a lot of graphic sex scenes.

Can’t wait to see what the rest of the series is like!

Update from March 22, 2018:

I was just talking about this book last Sunday to my family! My dad asked me for some book suggestions and I recommended The Perfect Husband. He then made a joke about how my mom could of wrote the book because he knows he is the perfect husband! My mom was silent on the subject and my husband, Kevin, commented that she may not feel that way in a few weeks since he has begun his retirement!

I feel that Lisa Gardner wrote this novel as a standalone and then later developed the FBI Profiler series featuring Quincy and Rainie. I love Qunicy and Rainie and can’t recommend the series enough. Each book is so unique starting with The Perfect Husband.

My rating (4 calculators) remains the same for The Perfect Husband. Gardner did an excellent job scaring the heck out of me with Jim Beckett as the worst ex-husband ever. I didn’t love how the focus was on Tess and JT and would of preferred to see Tess planning to take down her husband when she discovered he was a murderer (instead of through flashbacks).

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What book did you read a year ago? Have your thoughts changed on the book?

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The Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani

Aw Hans! What a little cutie!

The Perfect Nanny was a big disappointment for me. I was really excited to pick up my copy from the library on Saturday. I was thrilled to see that the book was pretty short (228 pages). I saw the book had some great reviews on Goodreads so I was excited to start reading.

The Perfect Nanny starts off with a bang. The baby is dead is the opening line and you instantly get chills. What happened? Who is responsible? Then the book gets going and it starts with Myriam and Paul looking for a nanny for their two children. They find Louise and she is amazing. They couldn’t of found a more perfect nanny.

I didn’t like the style of the novel. It switched time frames as well as people without any warning. At times I didn’t know who the person was or the time period. The book was translated from French to English, so that’s could be why I was having trouble connecting to the characters and plot. It was if I was looking in at a distance.

I wish that there was more time spent afterwards going over how the character’s reactions. There was a lot of unanswered questions at the end of novel, which I always hate (finish the story!!).

2 calculators out of a possible 5. Big disappointment and wouldn’t recommend.

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