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review 2017-12-06 18:37
The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
The Wife Between Us - Greer Hendricks,Sarah Pekkanen

“Even when I’m not there, I’m always with you.”

 

 

Ladies and gents, if a lover ever says this to you, this lover is CREEPY and you should take it as a warning, not as a sweet nothing. So, I read an excerpt of this book over at Bookishfirst when they were first launching the site and reviewed the excerpt in order to be placed in a raffle for the actual book. Strange way to get a book, right? I’m not a fan of reading excerpts because I’m greedy and I want the whole book but I’m also nosey and wanted to see how this program worked and it really only took a few minutes. Fortunately for me, it worked out pretty good as I “won” a copy of the ARC and they sent me a really nice hold in your hands ARC and the story turned out to be pretty damn good. It’s twisty and turny and I did not actively dislike the main character when I fully expected to.

 

When we begin Vanessa is a mess on par with the level of that mess of a woman from The Girl On The Train but Vanessa is intriguing. She’s lost it all; the outwardly perfect hubby, the extravagant house and lifestyle, all of her friends but mostly she’s lost herself. She drinks too much, she looks and feels terrible and she is working a retail job she does not love. She lets out enough little tidbits that you know she is hiding a lot of somethings and I was dying to know what all of those somethings were. She starts to truly lose it when she learns that her ex-hubby is engaged to a much younger version of herself. Nellie is beautiful, sweet and she works with children. Vanessa cannot allow this to happen!

 

This book had me glued to its pages whenever I could sneak away with it. Since I was reading a paper ARC, I could only read it late at night after tucking myself away for the day. This also means I usually fell asleep after a few pages and it took me ages to finish it.



Anyway, I love me nothing better than a good, juicy marriage/ love story with secrets and surprises simmering in every crevice and this book overflowith with them. It was joyous for me to read about people in so much misery and made me realize that perhaps my slump wasn’t me and my crabby mood at all but the fault of the books I was trying to read.

 



My best advice on this one which isn’t coming out until January 9th is to go into this book ice cold. Do NOT read reviews (besides this one, ha, because it’s too late for you) because this is a book that you do not want to spoil for yourself. It’s one with twists and turns that slowly reveal themselves and to know too much will ruin it all for you. Don’t even read the blurb or the accolades on the cover.

I truly enjoyed this book and really dug the female leads and the way their story was revealed in bits and pieces. I was in a high state of anxiety as I read it, dying to learn all of the secrets and also dreading what might be revealed. I thought the characterization was exquisite and if I had one complaint it would only be that the book took things maybe one twist too far. Even so, everything tied in together perfectly and I didn’t feel like a dummy left wondering what I had just read.

I hope this book makes a big splash. It deserves it!

Here's my book and my chubby Patticakes.

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review 2017-12-06 14:39
Auf der Suche nach den eigenen Wurzeln
Das Geheimnis des Winterhauses: Roman - ... Das Geheimnis des Winterhauses: Roman - Sarah Lark,Tina Dreher

Für die 37-jährige Ellinor Sternberg kommt das Geständnis ihrer Mutter Gabriele überraschend: Sie beide sind nicht mit dem Rest der Familie blutsverwandt, denn Großmutter Dana wurde als eine Art Pflegekind angenommen. Nur durch Zufall, nämlich durch die Nierenkrankheit ihrer Cousine zweiten Grades, wird dieses lang gehütete Geheimnis offenbart. Ellinor, die als wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin an der Wiener Uni arbeitet, ist neugierig und beschließt, sich auf die Suche nach ihren Wurzeln zu machen. Ihr Weg führt sie nach Dalmatien und Neuseeland. Doch diese Reise bringt nicht nur ihre Gedanken, sondern auch die Ehe mit Künstler Gernot durcheinander.

„Das Geheimnis des Winterhauses“ von Sarah Lark beschreibt eine tragische Liebesgeschichte und ein großes Familiendrama.

Meine Meinung:
Der Roman ist in mehrere Teile untergliedert, die wiederum in weitere Kapitel unterteilt sind. Dabei geht es um unterschiedliche Orte und Zeitebenen. Neben dem Wien der Gegenwart gibt es Rückblenden in die Jahre 1904/05 sowie 1918 bis 1920. Sie sind im Wechsel angeordnet. Auch ein Tagebuch ist in das Buch integriert. Diese Struktur ließ sich für mich sehr gut nachverfolgen und hat für willkommene Abwechslung gesorgt.

Auch der flüssige, sehr angenehme Schreibstil und die facettenreiche Sprache sind mir positiv aufgefallen. Allerdings hat es einige Seiten gedauert, bis mich die Geschichte inhaltlich packen konnte. Später jedoch konnte ich das Buch nur schwer zur Seite legen, da mich die Autorin mit den überraschenden Wendungen in ihren Bann ziehen konnte. Gut gefallen hat mir auch, wie nach und nach einige Geheimnisse aufgedeckt wurden.

Mit Ellinor dreht sich der Roman um eine sympathische Protagonistin, deren Erleben und Gefühle nachvollziehbar und glaubwürdig auf mich wirkten. Auch die übrigen Figuren sind interessant und reizvoll gezeichnet. Die Landschaftsbeschreibungen konnten mich ebenfalls begeistern.

Sehr interessant fand ich auch, dass man durch den Roman gedanklich in ferne Länder reisen und viel Neues lernen konnte – beispielsweise über die Kauri-Bäume. Dadurch bot das Buch nicht nur Unterhaltung.

Sehr ansprechend sind das Cover und die Gestaltung des Buches.

Mein Fazit:
Mit „Das Geheimnis des Winterhauses“ ist Sarah Lark ein kurzweiliger Roman gelungen, der nicht nur historische, sondern auch spannende Elemente hat. Eine empfehlenswerte Lektüre.

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text 2017-12-05 17:34
Exciting December Releases! (TBR)
The Girl in the Tower - Katherine Arden
The House on Foster Hill - Jaime Jo Wright
The Ladies of Ivy Cottage (Tales from Ivy Hill) - Julie Klassen
Bad Behavior - Kiki Swinson,Noire
Ziegfeld Girls - Sarah Barthel
His Secret Son (The Westmoreland Legacy) - Brenda Jackson

Very excited for these December releases. Almost all of these books are by authors I have read and enjoyed their work. Considering it is December, I think I will be able to get all six books read. The Girl in the Tower is book two in The Winternight Trilogy so, I will need to read The Bear and the Nightingale first.

 

 

 

December 5

 

 

The Ladies of Ivy Cottage (Tales from Ivy Hill #2) by Julie Klassen

 

The Girl in the Tower (The Winternight Trilogy #2) by Katherine Arden

 

His Secret Son (The Westmoreland Legacy) by Brenda Jackson

 

House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright

 

 

December 26

 

 

Bad Behavior by Kiki Swinson and Noire

 

Ziegfeld Girls by Sarah Barthel

 

 

 

If at all possible I will try to read books in my personal library that are 150 pages or less. Have an awesome reading month friends and Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy Kwanzaa.

 

 

 

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review 2017-12-05 01:01
Behind Her Eyes
Behind Her Eyes: A Novel - Sarah Pinborough
What a twisted mess! An enticing, ruthless mess that left me sitting in my garage listening to this audio as I couldn’t walk away. They belonged together, they righteously, belonged together yet they didn’t know how connected they were to one another. They were playing a game and each one of them was a token, someone to move around the board, the only question was, who was making the rules?
 
I didn’t see where this novel was headed when I first started listening to it. David met Louise in a bar and before the night is over, they have gotten extremely close. Monday morning as she arrives at work, Louise runs into David, he is her new boss. Louise and David share some hushed remarks about the night that they were together. It should have never occurred as David already has a wife but they realize that it was the beginning of something and now, they need to keep things professional at work.
 
While out, Louise runs into Adele who claims to be new in town and a friendship forms between the two women. No, it can’t be! Adele is David’s wife and she is up to something. It doesn’t end there though as Louise is not the dumb secretary Adele thinks she is. Louise’s story comes to light and I am all in. I can’t tear myself away from this novel! It’s entertaining to me but I fear what is coming. How long will this charade go on? Then I hear David’s words and I know that they belong together. They’re perfect for one another. It’s getting messy and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I really enjoyed this novel.
I was debating between 4.5 and 5 stars - since this novel took me by surprise, I'll give it a 5.

 

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review 2017-12-04 21:27
Psychological Thriller at its finest
The Wife Between Us - Greer Hendricks,Sarah Pekkanen

Mind-blowing! From one crazy twist to the next, this psychological thriller is absolutely mind-blowing. I'll admit that when I started this book, I wasn't sure that I'd like it. From the first couple of chapters, I thought I had it all figured out and that it wasn't going to be my cup of tea. I thought wrong - way wrong. There is no way to go into any kind of details about The Wife Between Us without spoilers, so I'll just say that the blurb for this one is spot on - Assume nothing, because every time you think you know, you really don't. I'm usually pretty good at puzzling out the conclusion for stories of this type, but this one kept me second-guessing myself over and over, from the very first breath-taking twist, right up to the jaw-dropping conclusion. At each whiplash inducing twist, I could look back and have a forehead smacking moment of seeing the clues, but they're so cleverly done that you don't see them until it's too late. 

If you don't read another psychological thriller in 2018, read this one. This wonderfully written and fantastically compelling tale sets the bar quite high for other books in the genre. 

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