Book Review: The Perfect Couple

Title: The Perfect Couple

Author: Elin Hilderbrand

Format: Hardcover

Published: 2018



This book landed on my lap thanks to a co-worker at work.  Her exact words to me were, “Do you want to read a book about a wedding where the maid of honor ends up dead on the day of the wedding?”  How can you say no to that?!

It is extremely difficult to be reading a book that someone else has read and you see them every day.  Each day I would walk in to her office and make some crazy exclamation and she would laugh.  When I finished the book, I walked in to her office and went, “ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! REALLY?” and all she could do was say that was why she kept her mouth shut and just laughed at me each time.

This book had some great twists and turns.  Just when I thought it was going one way, and I was convinced I knew who did it, something else would happen and I would think something else.  I truly never guessed the ending.  I was never remotely even close to thinking it.

So let’s delve in to the meat of the story shall we?  Celeste Otis, plain Jane, college educated, modest living girl is engaged to be married to Benji Winbury, trust fund baby, silver spoon fed, wealthy man on Nantucket Island.  Celeste has allowed Benji’s mother, acclaimed author and trust fund baby herself, to plan the entire wedding.  As the wedding fast approaches she starts to develop a stutter that is attributed to stress.

Celeste’s mother is battling cancer and does not have very long to live so Celeste is adamant on being married soon so her mother can be there.  On the morning of the wedding Celeste discovers her only true friend, her best friend, and maid of honor, floating in the water on the shoreline.  The wedding is cancelled and a full-on investigation is launched.

The book takes us on twists and turns and we get to see how the romance started between Celeste and Benji.  The Winbury family also has some dark secrets that start to come out of the woodwork.  Just because you seemingly have it all does not mean you have it all together.  This set of issues the family has are none that I would want if that is what came with having all the money in the world.

I am giving this book 5 stars simply for the fact that I could not put this book down.  It captivated me and had me intrigued at what was happening.  I had fun coming up with some pretty elaborate theories of whodunit throughout reading this book.  I was satisfied with how Hilderbrand chose to end this book and even happier that we find out exactly how the maid of honor died.  There was no assuming of how her circumstances came to be and for that, I applaud Hilderbrand.  Tune in next week for my review of The Diagnosis Is Murder by Steven Gossington!

Book Review: The Woman In The Window

Title: The Woman In The Window

Author: A. J. Finn

Format: Hardcover

Published: 2018

I am so upset with myself.  I have had this book in my possession since MARCH.  MARCH!  I ordered party supplies for my son on Amazon and I had to increase my order by $15 to get free shipping (or I’d pay an extra $15 for shipping) so I quickly browsed around and thought, hey, that book looks good.  Guys…………………….

I thought I had this book figured out a few times.  I thought I saw how it would all play out.  Nope.   Not even close.

Anna Fox, Dr. Anna Fox, lives by herself in New York City and stares out her window all day long.  We’re talking, next level spying on your neighbors.  She knows all of their routines and everything that is going on in their lives, without ever talking to them.

She hasn’t left her home in a year.  She gets her groceries delivered and therapy sessions take place inside her home.  She tries to go outside but has full-fledged anxiety attacks; she’s an agoraphobic (fear of places and situations that may cause panic or anxiety).  She also over medicates and drinks multiple bottles of wine every day.  Did I mention that on occasion as she watches her neighbors she also takes their pictures?

So, by all accounts you could call her a psycho.  You really can’t believe a word she says yet now she thinks she has witnessed a murder.  She sees the wife of her new neighbors get stabbed, but, she doesn’t see who does it.  Or did she even see it at all?  What is really going on?

A little background information on her may help you.  She used to be a child psychiatrist and now spends her time at an on-line forum helping others with their problems (remember, she cannot go outside).  Her family no longer lives with her but she speaks to them every day.  It seems she is going through a divorce and is in the separation stage.  She has a tenant in her basement and he helps around the house.  When she asks him about the neighbors he seems a little suspect, maybe he was involved?

Ultimately the police get involved and her neighbors deny anything has ever happened.  Now, who would you believe in this case; a woman who hasn’t left her house in a year and is drunk and on meds that cause more side effects (such as hallucinations) or the people who feel like they’re being harassed and have done nothing wrong.  I can’t say anything else without giving the book away and you really need to read this one!

This is a 5-star book.  I read it within 2 days and that was only because I needed sleep.  It was a great read with a wonderful flow.  I gasped a few times reading this and my jaw hit the floor.  Not once, but, twice.  I cannot believe that this is Finn’s debut novel.  I look forward to many more from him in the future!  Tune in next Thursday for my review of To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy (yes, THREE books in ONE review) by Jenny Han.

Book Review: The Other Woman

Title: The Other Woman

Author: Sandie Jones

Format: Advancer Readers’ Edition Paperback

Published: 2018

Thank you Minotaur Book for the advance readers’ copy of The Other Woman.  This book is out on August 21st and I am here to tell you to read it.  I am going to try my best to give a review without giving anything away.  This was such a captivating and page turning read.  My favorite feature of this book were the short chapters so if I had 3 minutes to read I could get a chapter read quickly (and with 2 kids at home I was reading at any chance I got, so being able to stop at a chapter is key for me).

Emily meets Adam.  Emily falls in love with Adam.  Emily meets his mother.  There’s a hashtag for this book out there that is #BewareOfPammie.  Pammie is Adam’s mother.  Talk about a psychopath.  Wow.

Pammie is out to make Emily’s life a living hell.  No one else seems to see what Pammie does to Emily.  Is Emily crazy?  Is Emily taking things out of context?  Adam always takes his mother’s side and Emily is determined not to let Pammie win.

Let me interject that if I was Emily I probably would have left.  I probably would have moved to a new state and changed my name.  This woman is just nuts and honestly, Adam just wouldn’t be worth it for me.  I didn’t see what Emily sees in him, but, that’s love I guess.  Emily is having doubts that Pammie really doing everything she is.  She tells everyone how much she loves Emily and how great they get along so is she really doing things on purpose?  Is Emily just making something out of nothing?

On the front of the book it says there’s a, “fiendishly clever with a twist you will not see coming.”  Ok, so I’m reading, dying to know how everything turns out, and I’m almost at the end of the book.  How could there possibly be a twist?  Wait.  Oh!  OH!  WHAT?!?!  ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!  WHAT?!  Yeah, there’s a twist.

I had to take to twitter and search #TheOtherWoman and #BewareOfPammie to talk about this book with others.  Twitter loves the book.  If the Twitterverse loves something, you know it’s good.

This is a 5-star book.  You all know I enjoy a good ending and we get that in this book as well.  It gives you a glimpse into the future.  I can’t say much more or there would be no point in you reading this book.  Let me know if you plan on reading this book or if you received an advance copy too.  I am DYING to talk about this book to others!!  Tune in next Thursday for my review of Stray: Memoir of a Runaway by Tanya Marquardt!

Book Review: New Detroit

Title: New Detroit

Author: Gerard de Marigny

Format: Kindle Edition

Published: 2017

I received this book for free from Gerard de Marigny through Voracious Readers’ Only and I am glad I selected this book!  Talk about an action packed adventure!

This is book 6 in the Cris De Niro series and I was a little concerned about that when I first started reading.  Have no fear everyone, I was able to follow along with everything and I do not feel I missed out on anything by not reading the first 5 books (but now I want to)!

Cris De Niro runs The Watchman Agency which is an anti-terrorism group, based out of Las Vegas.  He is being pitched an idea to turn an area of Detroit into “New Detroit” and create a master planned community to turn the city around.  I had to chuckle at the description the author gives of a master planned community as he highlights how Las Vegas has a few.  He really described them better than they truly are, just a regular community!  Suddenly, their meeting gets interrupted.

The man behind the idea of New Detroit is the brother of the Vice President of The Watchman Agency.  The man that bursts into the meeting is his old friend from the ‘hood, a former drug dealer.  His son has been murdered (beheaded as the picture in his hand tells us) and he needs answers.

There is an isolated, desolate area of Detroit where this book takes place.  Every business has folded and the buildings are dilapidated and falling down.  The only thing in the area is a Muslim mosque.  We meet the White Widow and learn all about how she recruited members so she could pull off a horrific and grotesque mass murder.  Will she pull it off?  Will The Watchman Agency even discover her plan while trying to solve a murder?  I would love to go into more details but then I would take the fun out of you reading this book for yourself!

There was action on every page.  I could not believe how much action there was throughout the book.  It was non-stop.  Just when you think the problem is going to be solved the book creates a new problem out of that one being solved.  The flow of this book was phenomenal. This book was just written so well!  I also LOVED the ending; it ends on an upbeat, heartfelt note.

Overall, I give this book a solid 4.  I really appreciated the small details in this book that most people would not realize were true.  At one point in time The Watchman Agency staff are eating donuts from a new donut shop that opened on Green Valley Parkway in Vegas.  Guess what, in 2017 a new donut shop (Donut Mania) opened on Green Valley Parkway.  It was a neat detail that not many would know was true!  Next week I will be reviewing an advance copy of A Marriage In Dog Years by Nancy Balbirer thanks to Amazon First Reads!  Catch you next Thursday!



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