What You Never Knew by Jessica Hamilton

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

This book was awesome! As a debut author, I am so excited to see what Hamilton will come up with next!

With a spooky, atmospheric vibe, from start to finish, this one had me completely entranced! The story is told through the alternating POVs of two sisters…one alive and one dead. WHAT?? I know right. It’s so good!

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The Light Through the Leaves by Glendy Vanderah

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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What an absolutely beautiful story! This is my first book by Glendy Vanderah, and now I need to go read Where The Forest Meets the Stars by her!

This is a story that you just get lost in. Vanderah has a wonderful way with her words! The amazing descriptions of nature place you right into the scenes with the characters. It made me want to go reconnect with the earth, go for a hike, and feel the healing powers!

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The Girl in the Painting by Tea Cooper

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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Tea Cooper continues to create amazing historical fiction stories that are impossible to put down! This one is told through a dual timeline, providing a view of the 1860s as well as the early 1900s.

Strong female characters always make it easy for me to connect with a book, and these characters were definitely that! They are smart and headstrong. They are confident, and are impossible not to love!

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Every Last Fear by Alex Finlay

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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Holy moly! This debut novel by Alex Finlay is a psychological thriller you don’t want to miss! It’s perfect for readers that enjoy lots of surprises in their thrillers!

The story is told through alternating timelines and multiple POVs. It was a great way to tell the story and really allowed the reader to understand what was happening in the investigation and in the lives of the family before the murders. It was a lot of characters, and I was a bit worried as they started to be introduced that I would end up lost, but Finlay writes in a way that keeps everything organized and easy to follow!

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Before She Disappeared by Lisa Gardner

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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I thought this was a really interesting, engaging mystery! It had an exciting, explosive start, and surprises throughout the story that took me on quite a journey!

I really enjoyed that the MC, Frankie, was not a trained investigator or police officer. She was just a woman trying to atone for sins through the painful search for missing children. She’s an interesting character with her own demons that provide personality, and an attitude that helps her fit into any situation.

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The Shadow Box by Luanne Rice

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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This story starts off with a gripping scene that leaves the reader needing to know what in the actual world is going on. It was a chapter that had me at the edge of my seat, needing to know what happened next!

The Shadow Box is a mystery and thriller that creates an exciting story told through different character POVs as well as different timelines. I really liked Claire’s POV as she worked to prove her husband’s attempt at her murder as well as a 20+ year old crime.

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The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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A woman helping women kill their husbands in the 1790s through her apothecary shop? That got my attention! I loved the way this story was told through present and past day! It was a beautifully written, gripping novel that I thoroughly enjoyed!

The two characters we are focused on are Nella in the 1790s and Caroline in the present day. Nella is using her apothecary shop to help women kill their husbands with poisons. She has very strict morals about this killing. It must always be men, never women. She will destroy potions and refuse service to any request that has the intent to harm another woman. I really enjoyed her character. She was smart and resourceful, but also emotionally wounded, creating a character that I was deeply invested in.

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Battle of the Bullies by Fenyx Blue

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Bullying is a topic that needs to continue to be discussed, and I’m so happy to see these types of stories being written. This was an interesting mix of high school drama, bullying, and sisterly relationships.

The Dimes are this terrible group where each member tries to become the number 1 position in the group by bullying other students until they drop out of school. How awful! They are a horrible group that is easy to hate. When their sites are set on the Robertson sisters, they find it harder than anticipated.

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And Then She Vanished by Nick Jones

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Rating: 4 out of 5.
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A man obsessed with the mystery of his sister’s disappearance 20 years ago.
An accidental discovery that time travel is possible.
A chance to save his sister.

I really loved the premise for this book, and the story lived up to my expectations! The time-travel was fun, exciting, and unexpected. I enjoyed the main character’s drive and determination about finding his sister, and I loved how the story wrapped up!

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The Burden of Hate by Helen Starbuck

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Okay, so sometimes the third book in a series starts to become a bit repetitive or boring for me and my excitement wants…THIS BOOK THOUGH, only got better! The third book in the Annie Collins mystery series was just amazing!

The action starts off so fast, we’re immediately thrown into a wedding in upheaval and an escaped convict determined to ruin Annie and Angel. It was an exciting, thrilling story that I couldn’t put down!

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The Secrets We Keep by Nikki Lee Taylor

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This story was a heartbreaking thriller creating such a wild ride of emotions from start to finish. I found this book a bit hard to read due to some content that I outline in my content warning section. It was, however, an excellent story that you won’t forget about.

The characters created in this story are really well developed. I thought that the author did a wonderful job of creating story arcs and personal growth, making me care about them. I liked that we really got to see different sides of the characters, offering some better insight into their actions.

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One Poison Pie by Lynn Cahoon

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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A mixture of witchy magic and murder mystery? Yes, please! This is the first book in a new series, Kitchen Witch Mysteries, and I thought it was so much fun!

Mia has just moved back to her grandmother’s town where people know that there is magic, creating an open and inviting environment, for the most part. At her first job in the new town, someone is murdered and she becomes not only a suspect but also next on the killer’s hit list!

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