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The Invited by Jennifer McMahon #Review @doubledaypub

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Helen and Nate abandoned their city lives for rural Vermont, where they will build their dream home on their new property, amidst the woods and the nearby bog. Helen, formerly a history teacher, is intrigued when learns about Hattie Breckenridge, a woman who lived and died there nearly a century ago.  Hattie’s tragic story becomes merged with the house when Helen used materials related to Hattie (such as a wooden beam made from the oak tree where she was hanged) to decorate the interior of the house she’s building,  unwittingly inviting Hattie in. Hattie wants something from Helen, and she can’t rest until she gets it.

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Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter #Review @slaughterKarin @wmmorrowbooks

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What if the person you thought you knew best turns out to be someone you never knew at all . . . ?

Andrea Cooper is celebrating her birthday at a restaurant with her mother, Laura, when a gunman enters and starts shooting people. Andrea is shocked when Laura confronts the gunman and ends the conflict. Full of questions her mother refuses to answer and followed quickly by another shocking event, Andrea finds herself on the run at Laura’s urgent request. Now she’s on a quest to uncover her mother’s secrets… completely unaware of how dangerous those secrets may be.

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Mini-Review: The Blackbird Season by Kate Moretti

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A thousand dead starlings fell from the sky in Mt. Oanoke, Pennsylvania, but it wasn’t long before an more disturbing event rocked the small town. Lucia, a high school student, claims to be having an affair with popular teacher/baseball coach Nate Winters, outraging the town. When she disappears, everyone suspects Nate except his colleague, Bridget Harris, who will stop at nothing to discover the truth.

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After Anna by Lisa Scottoline #Review @StMartinsPress

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Maggie Ippolitti lost custody of her only child, Anna, when she was only a few months old. 17 years later, Maggie is overjoyed when she receives a call from Anna. After learning that her father has recently died and how miserable Anna is at her nearby boarding school, Maggie allows Anna to move into her home. Her husband, Noah, is thrilled Maggie reunited with her daughter, and welcomes Anna into the family. Their happy home quickly turns into a battleground, ending with Anna making terrible accusations against Noah. He denies everything, but is forced to move out—then Anna is killed, and Noah is accused of her murder. He swears he didn’t do it, but if Noah didn’t kill Anna, who did… and why? Continue reading “After Anna by Lisa Scottoline #Review @StMartinsPress”

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The Beloveds by Maureen Lindley #Review @GalleryBooks

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Betty Stash loves nothing and no one more than she loves Pipets, her childhood home. Every inch of House (as she calls it) is precious to her—perhaps a bit too precious, as we learn in the beginning of the book that she has been recently diagnosed as an objectophile. As the oldest daughter, she expected to be the one to inherit Pipets. After the death of her mother, Betty learned Pipits was to be inherited by younger sister Gloria. She is enraged, thinking it yet another example of “beloveds”—beautiful, lucky people—having things work out perfectly for them at the expense of someone else. Betty is determined to have Pipets for herself, however, and has no problem doing whatever it takes to make that happen. Continue reading “The Beloveds by Maureen Lindley #Review @GalleryBooks”