A special thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin Canada for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Clara Solberg and her husband Nick seem to have it all—a great marriage, two healthy children, and a successful dental practice. That is until Nick and the couple's four-year-old daughter, Maisie, are in a car accident that claims Nick's life. Clara is only a few days postpartum and her emotions are running the gamut from shock, grief, confusion, disbelief, and now paranoia that is fuelled by Maisie's night terrors of "the bad man".
Although the crash is ruled an accident, that Nick was speeding and lost control, Clara can't stop obsessing that Nick was run off the road. It is here where Kubica turns truths into lies, and secrets start to take flight. She is a master at this genre.
Told in alternating perspectives of Clara in the present day, and Nick leading up to the accident, Every Last Lie accelerates in pace and suspense, but ultimately stalls out at the end. Unfortunately with this ending, Kubica negates all of the suspense and build up she so masterfully weaves throughout. That being said, I would still recommend the book and any of her other works.
A special thank you to Edelweiss, NetGalley, Grove Atlantic, and Atlantic Monthly Press for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Lizzie Borden took an axe
And gave her mother forty whacks
When she saw what she had done,
She gave her father forty-one
Or did she?
I'm not going to lie, I kept putting this one down. The opening chapter narrated by Lizzie was well-written with a nice hook, and then the second chapter narrated by her sister Emma threw me off. However, I limped through it, and then a few more chapters here and there, and then I couldn't put it down. This book was well-written and captivating, especially for a debut, and I would definitely recommend it.
In See What I Have Done, Schmidt takes on the daunting genre of historical fiction with her account of one of the most famous murder cases of all time with. Lizzie Borden's father and step-mother are found bludgeoned to death at the Borden residence. Told from multiple perspectives, the reader goes inside the mind of the unreliable Lizzie, her older sister Emma, the Irish maid Bridget, and a mysterious stranger Benjamin who has ties to the family. This multiperspectivity works brilliantly and while I enjoyed Lizzie's chapters the most, the other perspectives were needed to balance out the story.
Schmidt juxtaposes the visual imagery of sickness—blood, vomit, rotting food—against the relationships of the family. This is more than fiction, it is a foray into the human psyche and a study of the most intimate kind of relationships.
Black-Eyed Susie: A Short Story by Kristen Mae has a surprise ending.
With "little Black-Eyed Susie, you’d better be careful what you wish for."
It is a disturbing story with strong adult content. I gave it three stars.
I received a complimentary Kindle copy in an Amazon promotion. That did not change my opinion for this review.
Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Black-Eyed-Susie-Short-Kristen-Mae-ebook/dp/B06Y1XMFRQ/
The Hog’s Back Mystery, A British Library Crime Classic by Freeman Crofts is a mystery that has lots of twists and turns and kept me guessing. Because the pace was slow I gave it three stars.
I received a complimentary Kindle copy from Poisoned Pen Press and NetGalley. That did not change my opinion for this review.
Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Hogs-Back-Mystery-British-Classics/dp/1464203814