Posted in Literary Fiction

Don’t Miss: Mad Honey

True love is loving someone for who they are, not what they are. — Mad Honey

Thank you @prhaudio for the complimentary audiobook!

Olivia and her son Asher love a quiet life as beekeepers after Olivia leaves her abusive husband, Asher’s father.
Meanwhile, Lily and her mother land in the same town after running from something in their past.

Asher and Lily find solace in each other until Lily ends up dead and Asher is arrested for her murder. Olivia can’t help but wonder if her son is more like his father than she realized. Or is the secret from Lily’s past the clue to her death?

💭 I went into this one knowing very little. I knew it would be twisty because that is what I have come to expect from Picoult books.

Told in alternating chapters, The story is revealed in pieces. Olivia’s chapters tell present day and also weave in the parts of her past that explain her relation with Asher’s father. Lily’s chapters are told in reverse and slowly reveal the secret that she has been hiding.

This is one that I can’t review without giving away major plot points. However I will say, as always, current, relevant and timely topics are addressed.

Plus, I can give props to any book that makes bees interested since they are a terror of mine!

Mad Honey should not be missed!

Posted in Literary Fiction, Mystery

Don’t Miss: The Maid

“I am your maid. I’m the one who cleans your hotel room, who enters like a phantom when you’re out gallivanting for the day, no care at all about what you’ve left behind, the mess, or what I might see when you’re gone.”

Thank you to Penguin Random House Audio for the complimentary audiobook for review.

What Molly the Maid sees in the first part of this novel is the body of Mr. Black in one of the rooms she’s assigned to clean. This sends Molly on a crazy journey to find who did it, when she’s the main suspect! With the supporting cast at the Regency Grand Hotel, Molly must figure out who is behind Mr. Black;s murder before she winds up in jail.

Molly is one of my favorite characters ever! She is quirky and literal, has trouble with social clues and sees everything at face value through the wisdom of her Gran. As a reader, we were able to pick up the clues and cues that Molly missed and I wanted her to find the good eggs in this hotel basket. The “clue” style locked room mystery also made it enjoyable to read.

I absolutely loved this book! You need to read it, or better yet, listen to it so you get the full impact of Molly’s character!