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review 2018-12-10 03:47
An Anonymous Girl
An Anonymous Girl - Greer Hendricks,Sarah Pekkanen
This was one of those books where I kept changing my mind as the book played out. As one of the secrets was revealed, I thought its ramifications would be extensive. In the back of my mind, I was playing with different scenarios as I read, wondering where this would all lead to. I didn’t want to trust anyone, everyone was evil, but in reality, someone had to be good, right?
 
Jessica lives alone and she is proud of this accomplishment. As a traveling make-up artist, she gets a variety of clientele and she finds her way into a variety of addresses. She is making it, just making it and when she hears about an opportunity to make an extra $500, she grabs it.
 
Her client is a no-show, so Jessica invites herself in for the survey. Sitting alone, Jessica must be honest as she answers the computer questions. Becoming more sensitive and developed as she moves through the survey, Jessica feels exposed as she answers each sequential question on the survey. Hesitant to continue, she does as she could really use the money. These morality and ethic questions were harder than Jessica anticipated.
 
After continuing her first set of questions and receiving her money, Jessica is invited back for more testing and more money. The thoughts of how this money could help her parents and her disabled sister go through her mind.
 
Reading flashbacks, I learn about Jessica as she grew up and about her relationship with her sister. I learn a lot about Jessica from her flashbacks, she seems like a quiet person who has learned to cope with life on her own, and she has her own secrets. These flashbacks are an important part of the novel.
 
The novel picks up when Jessica decides to do the second survey. Jessica knows what to expect when she arrives on testing day yet the test still takes its toll on Jessica as she answers the questions.
 
The novel takes on this tantalizing and creepy feeling as Jessica is roped right into the madness. Jessica is loving the money while acting like a puppet on a string. Dr. Shields has Jessica performing a variety of tests for her research project. Poor Jessica, I wasn’t feeling good about this.
 
This is my second novel by this author. I also read The Wife Between Us which I loved. I was so excited to get my hands on this book. I can’t wait to see what Greer Hendricks will write next, for I am ready.
 
This book was given to me in both print format and via NetGalley, by the publishers, in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

 

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review 2018-12-09 22:29
Girl In Between by Anna Daniels
Girl In Between - Francesca-Anna Daniels

 

Girl in between is about Lucy a 32-year-old woman that moved back home until she can sort herself out, she is. Lucy is in between career and relationships and having trouble committing to them. And it an enjoyable book to read

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text 2018-12-08 16:47
The Girl Who Knew Too Much - Amanda Quick

Received my first Christmas present today!

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text 2018-12-05 10:07
A delicious new visual experience for Sugar Lake romance lovers!
Finding My Girl / Loving Talia - Melissa Foster
A delicious new visual experience for Sugar Lake romance lovers! 
Cast your eyes on FINDING MY GIRL from Melissa Foster, the captivating companion graphic image booklet to LOVE LIKE OURS, take the visual romance journey with Derek & Talia!
Please read the description carefully, as this is not a novel. This booklet contains heartfelt messages and images from Derek to Talia that tell a story oftheir own, and it reads like a love letter.
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FINDING MY GIRL is the companion booklet to the contemporary romance novel, LOVE LIKE OURS (Sugar Lake series).

*Please note that "Finding My Girl / Loving Talia" is not a novel, a novella, or even a typical short story. It is a companion booklet to the full-length contemporary romance novel, "Love Like Ours" featuring Talia Dalton and Derek Grant. In "Love Like Ours" one of the many ways Derek shows his love for Talia is through cute and loving sketches depicting their lives as they came together. "Finding My Girl / Loving Talia" is a collection of those images, along with a couple of images that Jonah, Derek's father, had drawn for his wife, Eva. Within these pages you will also find heartfelt messages from Derek to Talia that are not found in the original novel. As a bonus, I have included the first chapter of "Love Like Ours" in the back of the booklet.

I hope you enjoy this quick, visual adaptation of Derek and Talia's journey into coupledom. To read their full-length love story, please buy "Love Like Ours", a Sugar Lake novel (available in digital, paperback, and audio formats).
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review 2018-12-03 22:00
"Third Girl -Hercule Poirot #38" by Agatha Christie - starts well but disappoints
Third Girl - Agatha Christie

"Third Girl" was a strange and dispiriting journey for me.

 

At the start of the book, I was pleasantly surprised at the contemporary (1960's) feel of the novel. There was much more humour in it than I'd expected but there was also more violence and a deeper sense of threat than in other Poirot novels I've read.

 

I loved the opening where Norma, (a young woman who is constantly referred to as a girl) interrupts Poirot's breakfast, insisting that she needs to talk to him about a murder and then leaves without giving him any details, telling him that, having met him face to face, she can see he's too old to be able to help her.  This was a splendid inversion of the Philip Marlowe type of opening scene where the femme fatale uses her allure to get the hard-bitten gumshoe's help. It was also perfectly calculated to ensure Poirot's enthusiastic engagement.

 

I also greatly enjoyed seeing the inimitable and indomitable Adriadne Oliver playing detective. She was a complete hoot, a wonderful example of misplaced confidence arising from a broad imagination married to narrow experience.

 

All the best scenes in the book had Adriadne in them. Her presence brought the dialogue alive. She's so much easier to like than Poirot  and her pen sketches of the young people in the allegedly swinging London of 1966 were refreshing: the young man with the pretty hair and the gaudy clothes that she calls "The Peacock", the artist working in oils that she refers to simply as "The Dirty One" and the young model who she describes as throwing herself into Burne-Jones poses with admirable flexibility. There's no malice here, just a naive observation by someone who has no qualms about not being in tune with the times.

 

I had no idea what was going on or how the plot strands would come together but I was enjoying the journey.

 

By the time I was midway through the book, my disappointment had begun. I continued to enjoy Poirot's dry wit, Ariadne's blustering slapstick and the carefully nuanced descriptions of people's characters but those things began to be outweighed by the large chunks of clumsy plot exposition that even Hugh Fraser's narration couldn't make interesting. I was also starting to be irritated by the deeply conservative attitudes towards gender and mental health. I felt as though I was dipping blindly into a box of Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans: I might get something that made me smile or something that made me want to wash the taste away.

 

The last third of the book was a chore. There were repeated attempts at sharing Poirot's thought processes, which was irritating as they were mostly plot recaps, lacked any analysis and reached no conclusions. The psychiatrist who is instrumental in resolving the plot managed, despite having all the credibility of a cardboard cutout, to be deeply offensive both as a person and as a mental health practitioner.

 

The plot, when it finally emerged from the detritus-ridden undergrowth we had all wriggled through, was moderately clever but was spoiled for me by one of the early Mission Impossible TV Series moments when a mask is pulled off a main character and he or she is instantly revealed to be someone else. This was limp at best. 

 

What disappointed me even more than the cheat in the big reveal was the way in which Norma was treated. The outcome stretched my willingness to suspend disbelief and angered me because it so demeaned the woman who, as the novel progressed moved from main character to semi-plausible plot-device, to the punchline of a French farce.

 

If this has been my first Agatha Christie, it might well have been my last. As it is, I'm going to read "The Murder Of Roger Ackroyd" in the hope of demonstrating to myself that Poirot stories once had substance.

 

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