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text 2018-07-31 18:40
July Re-Cap
The Flight Attendant: A Novel - Chris Bohjalian
Folsom - Willow Aster,Tarryn Fisher
The Difference Between Us: An Opposites Attract Novel - Rachel Higginson
Obscura - Joe Hart
Iron to Iron - Ryan Graudin
Blood for Blood (Wolf by Wolf) - Ryan Graudin
Winter's Bone: A Novel (Audio) - Daniel Woodrell,Emma Galvin
Crossed (Soul Eater) (Volume 3) by Eliza Crewe (2015-08-13) - Eliza Crewe
Warm Bodies - Isaac Marion
The Good Liar - Catherine McKenzie

 

 

It was a good month of reading with 17 books total read and listened too, actually, a lot of those were Audiobooks.  I've found something new I can do while listening, it's an app called Sandbox and I have it on my Samsung tablet, so easy to do while listening, especially since I'm always icing my foot.  The reason I'm always icing is foot is because I went back to work two weeks ago (only 4-hour shifts, though) and it's kicking my ass.  I just finished my last book of the month today, even.  (I had this post all drafted up and had to add it in at the last minute...)

 

 

 

(Audiobook) The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian

Finish Date:  07/02

☆3.7☆STARS - GRADE=B

 

(Kindle eBook) Folsom by Tarryn Fisher & Willow Aster

Finish Date:  07/03

☆3.3☆STARS - GRADE=B-

 

(Kindle ebook) The Difference Between Us by Rachel Higginson

Finish Date:  07/07

☆4.5☆STARS - GRADE=A

 

(Audiobook) Obscura by Joe Hart

Finish Date:  07/08

☆4☆STARS - GRADE=B+

 

(Kindle eBook Novella) Iron to Iron by Ryan Graudin

Finish Date:  07/09

☆4☆STARS - GRADE=B+

 

(Audiobook) Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin

Finish Date:  07/11

☆4.7☆STARS - GRADE=A

 

(Audiobook) Winter's Bone by Daniel Woodrell

Finish Date:  07/12

☆4☆STARS - GRADE=B+

 

(Kindle eBook) Crossed by Eliza Crewe

Finish Date:  07/16

☆4.7☆STARS - GRADE=A

 

(Audiobook) Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

Finish Date:  07/17

☆4.3☆STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(Audiobook) The Good Liar by Catherine McKenzie

Finish Date:  07/18

☆4.8☆STARS - GRADE=A

 

(Audiobook) Damselfly by Chandra Prasad

Finish Date:  07/19

☆3.5☆STARS - GRADE=B-

 

(Audiobook) Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller

Finish Date:  07/21

☆4.7☆STARS - GRADE=A

 

(Audiobook) Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott

Finish Date:  07/23

☆3☆STARS - GRADE=C

 

(Audiobook) We Were Liars by E Lockhart

Finish Date:  07/24

☆3☆STARS - GRADE=C

 

(Kindle eBook) Jackal by Tarryn Fisher & Willow Aster

Finish Date:  07/26

☆3.2☆STARS - GRADE=C+

 

(Audiobook) This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

Finish Date:  07/27

5STARS - GRADE=A+

 

(Audiobook) Into the Light by Aleatha Romig (review pending)

Finish Date:  07/31

☆4.8☆STARS - GRADE=A

 

17 Books Total, 12 Audiobooks, 5 Kindle eBooks, one of the ebooks was a novella and No Netgalley eARC's this month.

 

Plus 1 book that I DNF'd (Audiobook) The Rook by Daniel O'Malley

Not because it was bad per say, it just wasn't for me...

 

 

From my Goodreads Pages Challenge

MY GOAL FOR 2018: 42,000
MY TOTALS: 31,676/42,000

 

JULY PAGES READ: 5,225

07/02 {345} The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian☆3.7☆
07/03 {210) Folsom by Tarryn Fisher & Willow Aster☆3.3☆
07/07 {284} The Difference Between Us by Rachel Higginson☆4.7☆
07/08 {348} Obscura by Joe Hart☆4☆
07/09 {104} Iron to Iron by Ryan Graudin☆4☆
07/11 {496} Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin☆4.7☆ 
07/12 {225} Winter's Bone by Daniel Woodrell☆4☆
07/16 {346} Crossed by Eliza Crewe☆4.7☆
07/17 {256} Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion☆4.3☆
07/18 {373} The Good Liar by Catherine McKenzie☆4.7☆
07/19 {277} Damselfly by Chandra Prasad☆3.5☆
07/21 {342} Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller☆4.8☆
07/23 {352} Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott☆3.2☆
07/24 {242} We Were Liars by E. Lockhart☆3☆
07/26 {238} Jackal by Tarryn Fisher☆3.2☆
07/27 {433} This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada☆5☆
07/31 {354} Into the Light by Aleatha Romig☆4.8☆

The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian Folsom (End of Men, #1) by Tarryn Fisher The Difference Between Us (Opposites Attract, #2) by Rachel Higginson Obscura by Joe Hart Iron to Iron (Wolf By Wolf, #1.5) by Ryan Graudin Blood for Blood (Wolf By Wolf, #2) by Ryan Graudin Winter's Bone by Daniel Woodrell Crossed (Soul Eaters, #3) by Eliza Crewe Warm Bodies (Warm Bodies, #1) by Isaac Marion The Good Liar by Catherine McKenzie Damselfly by Chandra PrasadDaughter of the Siren Queen (Daughter of the Pirate King, #2) by Tricia Levenseller Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott We Were Liars by E. Lockhart Jackal (End of Men, #2) by Tarryn Fisher This Mortal Coil (This Mortal Coil #1) by Emily Suvada Into the Light (The Light, #1) by Aleatha Romig
 

 



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review 2018-07-22 00:20
4.8 Out Of 5 "Liar, Liar, Liar" STARS
The Good Liar - Catherine McKenzie

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~BOOK BLURB~

The Good Liar

Catherine McKenzie

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Can you hide a secret with the whole world watching?

 

When an explosion rips apart a Chicago building, the lives of three women are forever altered.

 

A year later, Cecily is in mourning. She was supposed to be in the building that day. Instead, she stood on the street and witnessed it going down, with her husband and best friend inside. Kate, now living thousands of miles away, fled the disaster and is hoping that her past won’t catch up with her. And Franny, a young woman in search of her birth mother, watched the horror unfold on the morning news, knowing that the woman she was so desperate to reconnect with was in the building.

 

Now, despite the marks left by the tragedy, they all seem safe. But as its anniversary dominates the media, the memories of that terrifying morning become dangerous triggers. All these women are guarding important secrets. Just how far will they go to keep them?

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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I was totally absorbed in this cleverly plotted mystery-thriller, and I finished listening to it in two days.  The characters were easily relatable…even when they were being slightly or not-so-slightly evil.  It was filled with twists and turns, some that had me gasping, others that had me contemplating if it was going in a certain direction.  With its "I-knew-it" moments and its "O-my-gosh-no-way" moments; this was turning out to be my kind of mystery.  Coupled with an ending that left me somewhat awed.  I think when I finished, I even said out loud, to no one in particular, except maybe the dog, Wow, now that's an ending!

 

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~MY RATING~

4.8STARS - GRADE=A

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 5/5

Main Characters~ 4.7/5

Secondary Characters~ 4.5/5

The Feels~ 5/5

Pacing~ 5/5

Addictiveness~ 5/5

Theme or Tone~  4.5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4.5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 5/5

Originality~ 5/5

Ending~ 5/5

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Book Cover~ It's okay…not overly compelling, but I think it goes with the story.

Narration~ 4.5 collectively for Teri Clark Linden, Kate Rudd, Whitney Dykhouse, JD Jackson was excellently done.  I really like each person having their own voice.

Setting~ Mostly Chicago &  some in Montreal

Source~ Audiobook (KU Read & Listen)

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review 2018-04-07 05:10
Good Characters and story
The Good Liar - Catherine McKenzie

Cecily had been late trying to get the kids out of the door but when she finally got off the train and was trying to get to the building she noticed it was in flames. After that Cecely only remembered bits and pieces. People running, the awful stench of burnt plastic , the crushing heat, the ringing in Ceciy’s ears, paper, debris and things she couldn’t think about raining down on her and burning holes in the belted jacket she had worn. Then she lost time again. Through it all she couldn’t move, stuck. As the fire licked the building clean . then a man pulled her hand and told her to run and they did.Now it’s one year later only now when Cecily  is late her body starts to prickle with anxiety that she can’t shake without medication. Now more often than not Cecily is early Today was the first anniversary of the death of her husband Tom and Kaitlin- her best friend’s death who had both been in the building when it exploded from a gas leak Cecily would have been in there also if she had been on time. 513 people killed and more than 2000 injured. Tep greeted Cecily and he had been the man that have saved her life by grabbing her hand. Now he was doing a document on three people and how they had been affected by the tragic disaster. Three families- hers, the Ringos and Franny had been adopted and from the age of eight wanted to and tried to find her birth mother. She didn’t seem to really care about her adopted family. Her adopted parents had died in a car accident. ranny Maycombe.A  year ago Teo had been scouting locations for a commercial with his assistant and then Teo had been taking pictures of some of the homeless when the building exploded and he started snapping pictures as Chicago changed forever. But once he seen the fore coming up Adams street he knew he had to leave, but he took one last picture of Cecily in a world wind of dris. Her clothes were covered in grime but her face was unmarked and Cecily was staring at the building. Teo uploaded that picture to a website and it became the shot of the day and somehow Cecily became the poster child for that tragedy. Cecily didn’t want the recognition , notoriety , the fame. Cecily told Teo she wasn’t sure she wanted to do the documentary and teo said : you have to as you are the heart of this story” . Cecily had major issues besides Tom’s death to get through. Cecily is raising two teenagers now cassie is fifteen and henry is thirteen and she doesn’t know how to fill the black hole Tom’s death had left in their lives. Cecily knew tom was cheating on her before he had died as he had mistakenly sent a text to her meant for the other woman. Cecily had hated Tom for that but she was honest with her therapist even if she ahd to lie to Tao for the documentary.   Kate is living in Montreal but she has a deep connection to the explosion. Franny had just been reunited with her birth mother and then such a short time later lost her in the explosion. As the documentary crew digs deeper lies and secrets start coming to the surface as all the women to be in this documentary are hiding secrets. They all will lie some to protect loved ones and some for their own gain. Franny and cecily had become friends over the last year as the both were on the compensation board for the families of the victims that were turned down adn wanted a second chance to compensated. The more the interviews go on the more mysterious Franny seems to become. Kate is a nanny of three year old twin boys in Montreal and can’t stand to watch tv about the tragedy in Chicago that happened a year ago. But her employer -Andrea is totally into the features. Kate had escaped the explosion and Franny was her adult daughter she had given up. Cecily realizes Franny was her best friends grown daughter and she wondered why Kaitlin had not told her about Franny.

I liked the book. I really enjoyed the face past as well as the plot. I was guessing throughout the whole book so that was a plus in this type of book. Sometimes I got lost and confused trying to follow everything going on. This was like a puzzle you had to piece together. I loved the ending. I loved that there was a lot of twists and turns. Reading this was like being on a roller coaster. I would have liked to see what was really going on in Franny’s mind and not just through the interviews. There was a lot to this book: grief, adultery, anger, marriage, loss, betrayal, lies, secrets, running away, depression, anxiety, friendship, mental illness, fraud and so much more. This did drag a little for me at times. I did love the twists and turns and i am glad i read this and I recommend.

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review 2018-03-31 15:34
"The Good Liar", by Catherine McKenzie
The Good Liar - Catherine McKenzie

This is a thought-provoking psychological thriller that will stay with you long after it is finished. Told in a mix of first person, third person and interview transcripts this is one engaging novel filled with complexity and depth. Unpredictability is one of this book’s qualities, hard to see some of the twists and turns coming. 

The story alternates between the perspectives of three women: Cecily, Kate and Franny whose lives were impacted by tragedy. In downtown Chicago a building exploded killing 513 people and injuring many more. In the aftermath, Cecily became an iconic symbol when someone took a picture of her on the scene. Fast forward a year, Cecily’s story intertwines with those of Kate and Franny and they find themselves confronting their sins of the past as the memorial approaches. The fast moving plot reveals more dramatic secrets and more lies you can imagine. With a handful of well-crafted secondary characters, these three women, who could not be more different, are the driving force that propels the story forward. 

This engaging story is definitely an amalgamation of lies, deceit and regret. Once into its gripping pages it is one book hard to put aside. Ms. McKenzie can always be counted on to spin a good tale, this latest is no exception. 

I received this ARC for review from the Simon & Schuster Canada via NetGalleys

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review 2018-01-21 00:00
The Good Liar
The Good Liar - Catherine McKenzie 3.5 Stars

“Oh, what a tangled web we weave...when first we practice to deceive.” ― Walter Scott, Marmion

When an explosion rips apart a Chicago building, the lives of three women are forever altered.

Catherine McKenzie is without doubt a great story teller, creating a suspenseful and fresh thriller with intriguing characters who connect in a startling way. A book of secrets and lies that had me on my toes. The story is told in alternating narratives from each of the three women and we learn how their lives have been affected forever in the many twists and turns of the novel. Their stories start to unravel quickly as the plot progresses and while I liked the format of the novel I did find myself struggling to keep track of who was who and what exactly was happening but the story did settle down for me by the half way mark and I did enjoy the read.

A roller coaster of a novel which I think many readers will enjoy.

My thanks to Net-Galley for the opportunity to read this one in return for an honest review.
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