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Long Bright River

I was surprised I got this book quickly off the hold list as it is newer but maybe people haven’t heard yet how good it is. After a historical fiction and an easy romance, a good suspenseful read was appreciated, and Long Bright River by Liz Moore did not disappoint.

Kacey and Mickey, sisters, grew up with their grandmother and under pretty tough circumstances in Philly. As adults, they ended up on different sides of the system – one a cop, the other a drug user and prostitute. But their worlds collide when a string of murders begins in the district they both work in. They each have their own personal issues which melt into trying to catch a murderer, who may be hiding in plain daylight. A couple of times I thought I knew who it was, but the curve balls kept the story interesting and moving along. Enjoy!


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The Turn of the Key

I definitely should have read this book in October because it was possibly the most suspenseful book I have ever read. If you are easily scared or easily lose sleep from books, you may want to skip this one.

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware is her best I have read. There are so many layers to the story that even if you figure out some pieces of it there will still be a surprise along the way. There also will be some spoilers in this review – it’s impossible not to. You have been warned.

Rowan takes a job as a live-in nanny in a remote home in Scotland for a family with four girls. The home/estate had been renovated but also had a history, including numerous deaths. Right off the bat, on Rowan’s first night, strange things start happening and of course the parents are off for work for the first week. There is a mysterious locked door in her room, the security system of speakers and video cameras appears to have a mind of its own, the other staff (a housekeeper and a grounds keeper) randomly appear, and the girls show her the poison garden, which was kept by the previous owner who was a scientist studying the most poisonous plants known to man. And the girls are a handful. It’s enough to send anyone running, as the previous nannies had. And then one of the girls is dead (this is not a spoiler – you find this out at the beginning).

A little more than halfway through the book, things start falling into place a little. It becomes more and more obvious that the girls are somehow creating things to make it seem like ghosts in the house (though the main culprit, I think, is a little young to have pulled off everything she did). But then there’s the wrench of Rowan and why she even took the job to begin with. And then there’s the poison garden, which you would think would play a role in the death since that’s how a little girl previously died in the home.

This book will definitely keep you on the edge of your seat but if you’re a little creeped out, maybe read it on a road trip or on a plane and not at night. You can get through it pretty quick. Enjoy!


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No Exit

If you get scared easily or may lose sleep over something you read, No Exit by Taylor Adams is maybe not the best read for you. The gist is that Darby, a college girl driving home because her mother is sick, gets stranded at a rest stop in the mountains during a massive snow storm. She quickly discovers that someone she is stranded with has a child locked in their van and she sets out to be a hero. I sometimes give away some spoiler details in my reviews but I feel like this one is worth not sharing.

I will say the whole thing is very unrealistic and implausible but I still could not put it down. Darby has to first figure out whose van the child is in and from there decide what she’s going to do and who she’s going to trust. She makes a LOT of wrong decisions along the way and you may scream at her from time to time.

I liked this book because it was a quick read that didn’t drag on and it really kept my attention. I think I even liked the fact that it was so completely unbelievable. I may never look at rest areas the same – not that they were ever at the top of my list of favorite places…or even places I enjoy. It’s a newer book – released in January this year – but it is worth the hold list waiting period (if you do the library thing). Enjoy!


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In a Dark, Dark Wood

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware was the first true suspense/thriller book I’ve read in a while. It was a little slow getting started, but once the action got started it was a great read. Crime writer Nora can’t remember what transpired the night of the incident, but slowly pieces everything together, as she finds herself in the middle of one of her novels. Only this is real life. And not surprisingly, there’s an important backstory that you get bits and pieces of along the way. All leading up to a suspenseful ending.

Add this one your list as Reese Witherspoon is developing the screen adaptation of the book, though no idea how long until it will actually be on screen.

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