An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley and St. Martins Press in exchange for an honest review.

Trigger warnings include: possible suicide/murder, alcohol, prescription drugs, one count of sexual abuse, swearing, cheating, blackmail, and manipulation.

This was my first book by Hendricks & Pekkanen but it certainly won’t be my last.Told in alternating chapters between Jess and Dr. Sheilds, we the readers get an inside look at each character.

“We all have reasons for our judgments, even if those reasons are so deeply buried we don’t recognize them ourselves.”

Jessica is a make-up artist, living in New York, struggling to make ends meet. While working on a client she overhears about a morality and ethics research study that pays its subjects. Knowing the client will not make her appointment Jess makes the decision to take her place. Once she arrives at the study she is placed in front of a computer to answer a series of questions.Dr. Lydia Shields, the psychiatrist conducting the study is intrigued by Jess’ responses to her questions.

>> Jessica:She is a makeup artist, who struggles with fiances as she is trying to help support her disabled sister. Jessica has plenty of secrets and watching them unfold while her morals are challenged I was captivated.

>> Dr. Lydia Shields: Lydia is a fantastic character. She is a wealthy and successful psychiatrist teaches at a local college teaching seminars and performing research studies, mainly on morality. She is manipulative and I love seeing her interacts with Jessica.

The pacing for An Anonymous Girl started off very fast which I really liked. However I felt the ending wasn’t as thrilling as I expected. I was slightly disappointed which is why I ended up giving this book only 4 stars.

“We all have reasons for our actions. Even if we hide the reason from those who think they know us best. Even if the reasons are so deeply buried we can’t recognize them ourselves.”

I would definitely recommend An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen. And I will definitely be reading their first novel The Wife Between Us, very soon.


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Verity by Colleen Hoover

This book was impossible to put it down until I  finished it! It is seriously creepy and disturbing.This storyline is very dark, but incredibly addicting. I went into this book knowing nothing about the plot, and I honestly think that is the best way to read this book. I’m writing this review honestly minutes after finishing because I need to get my feelings out.

“My mother used to say that houses have a soul, and if that’s true, the soul of Verity Carwford’s house is as dark as they come.” 

Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer with no family, a recent eviction from her apartment when all of a sudden her life is drastically changed. She is approached by the publishers and husband of the best selling author Verity Crawford. They offer her a deal to complete the last three books in the highly popular book series, due to injuries Verity is unable to complete the books. Lowen at first hesitates, but Jeremy Crawford assures her she has nothing to worry about.  In order to get everything in order to write the books, she moves into the Crawford house in order to go through Verity’s office.

Lowen finds an unfinished copy of an autobiography written by Verity.

“Some families are lucky enough to never experience a single tragedy. But then there are those families that seem to have tragedies waiting on the back burner. What can go wrong, goes wrong. And then gets worse.”

I haven’t read Hoovers latest book’s because I have read some really terrible reviews, this book though is nothing like anything I’ve ever read before. I love thrillers and horror, so its difficult for an author to fill me with such dread and anxiety, that this book has left me with.

Highly recommend!


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Bonfire by Krysten Ritter Review

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Title: Bonfire
Autor: Krysten Ritter
Genre: Adult,Mystery,Thriller
Pages:288
Expected publication: November 9th 2017 by Hutchinson
Rating: 3 stars

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Synopsis:

Should you ever go back?

It has been ten years since Abby Williams left home and scrubbed away all visible evidence of her small town roots. Now working as an environmental lawyer in Chicago, she has a thriving career, a modern apartment, and her pick of meaningless one-night stands.

But when a new case takes her back home to Barrens, Indiana, the life Abby painstakingly created begins to crack. Tasked with investigating Optimal Plastics, the town’s most high-profile company and economic heart, Abby begins to find strange connections to Barrens’ biggest scandal from more than a decade ago involving the popular Kaycee Mitchell and her closest friends—just before Kaycee disappeared for good.

Abby knows the key to solving any case lies in the weak spots, the unanswered questions. But as Abby tries to find out what really happened to Kaycee, she unearths an even more disturbing secret—a ritual called “The Game,” which will threaten the reputations, and lives, of the community and risk exposing a darkness that may consume her.

With tantalizing twists, slow-burning suspense, and a remote, rural town of just five claustrophobic miles, Bonfire is a dark exploration of the question: can you ever outrun your past?


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Thanks to NetGallery and Crown Publishing for providing an advanced copy for an unbiased review.

I love Krysten Ritter in Breaking bad and Jessica Jones so naturally I was excited to read this book. Sadly I was a little disappointed. Right away reading the book I felt like it had a very generic story line. It was the same story about a girl who leaves her hometown and then something causes her to come back.Now has to face all the people and problems from her past. I’m not saying it was a bad story I did enjoy it, I was just expecting a little more.

For a debut novel, it was a solid effort and I look forward to any other novels she may write in the future. The writing style was simple yet compelling, it sucks you into the story. I would say it’s more of a drama than a suspense. The villain of the story to me was pretty obvious, I had it pinned down almost upon meeting the character. So that took a lot of the mystery of out it, but the reason why I wouldn’t have guessed.

I recommend this novel to readers first getting into thrillers or just enjoy non frightening mysteries.


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