Posted in Psychological Thriller

Don’t Miss: One Last Child

One Last Child — Anni Taylor
Psychological Thriller
January 15, 2020
438 pages
3.6 ⭐️

Thank you to @netgalley for the #gifted book.

Summary: At a preschool picnic, 5 children are kidnapped including Ivy, the granddaughter of Homicide Detective Kate Wakeland. For three and a half years, there are no clues. Then one day, all the kids are returned, except Ivy who the children say is dead. Detective Kate Wakeland refuses to stop investigating until she knows for sure what happened to Ivy.

💭The premise of this book was interesting. From the very beginning, it was clear that something was being missed by investigators leading to a lot of red herrings and twists. The novel is basically split into two halves – the first while the kids are missing, and the second when all but Ivy are returned. The pacing in each part was different as well. The second part seemed to go much faster, but also seemed long. As the mystery was unraveling I grew more and more frustrated with the investigative team other than Kate. I would not want that crew investigating anything for me. 

Overall, I liked the way the story wrapped up but it was about 100 pages too long.

Posted in RomCom

Don’t Miss: The Rom-Com Agenda

The Rom-Com Agenda — Jayne Denker
St. Martin’s Griffin
Dreamscape Media — Erika Schindele
January 10, 2023
320 pages — 10 hrs 54 min
4.4 ⭐️

Thank you to @smpromance and @netgalley for the #gifted book.

Summary: Leah accidentally eavesdrops on Eli’s failed marriage proposal to Victoria. When Eli decides he needs to win Victoria back, his friends come up with a romantic makeover scheme that involves a makeover and watching all the rom-com movies he can find to learn what women want. As the town “Kirk” (think Gilmore Girls), Leah is somehow everywhere the friend group is and she’s drawn into the makeover scheme. With Leah constantly in Eli’s orbit, it seems impossible for them not to fall for each other.

💭Just like every corny and sweet rom-com, this book was fun if not predictable. I really enjoyed the friend group and would love to hang out with them in real life. It was a little far-fetched that Leah had every single job that was open in the town, but the comparison to Kirk made me chuckle. I also liked all the references to popular rom-coms and pop culture. 

Just when I thought there was going to be little more than surface development for the characters, we got a peek into Leah’s family life. It gave her more depth and actually made me feel even more protective of her heart. Eli was a little clueless but honestly a nice guy that deserved more than Victoria could offer him. 

The narration was well done and the ending was what one would expect in a feel-good rom-com. This is the perfect read for a snowy day.

Posted in Police Procedural

Don’t Miss: The Devil You Know

The Devil You Know — P.J. Tracy
St. Martin’s Minotaur
Dreamscape Media — Abby Craden
Police Procedural
January 17, 2023
304 pages — 7 hrs 12 min
3.3 ⭐️

Thank you to @minotaur_books and @netgalley for the #gifted book.

Summary: When actor Evan Hobbes is found murdered, LAPD Detective Margaret Nolan is called upon to solve the case. Unfortunately, Hobbes is not the only one dead. While trying to make sense of this crime, Nolan faces a reality uncommon to her in the glitzy side of the city.

💭 This is the third book in this series, and it was not my favorite. There were so many subplots and characters to keep track of that it was confusing. I also found myself not caring enough about the characters or the plot. Margaret Nolan has promise as a lead character, but she gets lost in the disjointedness of the plot. I really love police procedural with female leads, but this series falls short for me.