After We Were Stolen by Brooke Beyfuss

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Wow, this book is the kind of story that sticks with you for a long time. I read this in July, and it has continued to be a story that I think about! It’s emotional, heartbreaking, and surprising. It’s a page-turner, and you won’t be able to put it down!

After a fire breaks out on her family’s compound, Avery and her brother Cole escape. When they are captured by the police they learn that they were in a family who was part of a cult. As Avery tries to come to terms with who she is and who her family was, we watch her emotional, heartbreaking, and revealing discoveries.

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The Dirty Martini Club by Jude Randazzo

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

I thought this was a pretty fast-paced story! It really starts off with a bang, and I couldn’t stop reading after that!

I really enjoyed the characters, and the situations. I enjoyed the location of the story in NY. It’s a bit gritty, which made it feel pretty darn real! I thought that the story was well-written, and quite captivating.

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The Lives of Diamond Bessie by Jody Hadlock

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Wow! Okay, I was so enraptured by this story. This is a historical fiction, mystery, paranormal mash-up that I couldn’t put down! I loved that it was based on the life and death of a woman, and how the author took the historical information and created this whole fleshed out story!

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The It Girl by Ruth Ware

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Ruth Ware is an auto-buy author for me. I absolutely love her writing and her stories! So, of course, I grabbed The It Girl as soon as I could!

So, this story follows Hannah as her past is brought back into her present. In college, Hannah’s roommate, April, was murdered, and Hannah was the one to find her😱, and identify the killer.

As Hannah navigates her first pregnancy and celebrates with her husband Will, who also used to be friends with April, Hannah gets news that April’s killer has died, but there are now questions around whether he really was the killer.

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Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

I just love a locked-in thriller! This one blended so many things that I love. Some of them I’ll tell you all about, but some I’m gonna leave you hanging on…can’t have spoilers 😊!

So, Daisy Darker has a bit of a wackado family, and they don’t really spend time together. Except for Nana’s birthday each year. This year, Nana is hitting the big 8-0, and she just knows it’s going to be her last birthday. Everyone in the family smells the inheritance possibilities, so they all come.

But now they are all trapped until the tide changes, and people start dying…

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Acts of Violet by Margarita Montimore

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Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

I absolutely loved Oona Out of Order, so when I saw that Margarita Montimore had a new book coming out, I was so excited to get my hands on it! Montimore has a fantastic way of creating a magical realism element to her stories that makes you believe in magic.

In Acts of Violet, we are brought into the story of a missing person, Violet Volk. Violet was a famous illusionist with a volatile life that was lived in the spotlight. When she announces one last show after a hiatus, people flock to see her show. When her final act approaches, things appear to have gone wrong and Violet vanishes…for real.

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Murder, Marriage, and Mai Tais by Kimberly Titus

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Have you discovered Kindle Vella? It’s an amazing way to read books where new “episodes” come out periodically in what I’m calling snackable sections!

So, my newest read on Kindle Vella is:
🍹Murder, Marriage, and Mai Tais by @kimberlytituswrites
🍹Murder mystery with LOL moments!

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Lies At Her Door by A.A. Abbott

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

I absolutely love a murder mystery where the MC is suspected of the murder! I enjoy the sleuthing skills that are used to (hopefully) clear their name!

Lucy lives with her aging mother who is suffering from a terminal illness. While Lucy spends her days taking care of her mother, her brother spends his days as a rockstar. When a sinkhole reveals the skeleton of an old band member, Lucy becomes the prime suspect!

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Iris in the Dark by Elissa Grossell Dickey

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a story that builds layer upon layers of suspense that have you twisted tight like a spring as you wait to find out what is going to happen! I loved the secrets and the heart-pounding tension!

This story focuses on Iris, a single mother, wo has the chance to watch over a secluded hunting lodge. She’s clearly got some secrets, we know that right from the beginning, but we have to wait to find out the details. As she gets settled into the lodge with her young child, she starts to hear calls from a walkie-talkie. Someone is trying to torment her about her past…

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Never Coming Home by Kate Williams

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

I am a sucker for a secluded setting where people start getting murdered, so I knew this was one I wanted to read!

A seemingly random group of social influencers are invited to a pre-opening event at a secluded island getaway…(think Fyre Festival). When they get to the island, they find themselves alone and without any of the amenities they thought they would have. The rooms are a mess, the food is…limited…and then people start dying.

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Miss Aldridge Regrets by Louise Hare

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Wow, this book was so full of things happening, and I loved it! This is a historical mystery follows Lena Aldridge, a young nightclub singer. When her boss is poisoned and dies in front of her, and it looks like she could have done it. As she travels from London to New York City, she tries to figure out who is the actual murderer.

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Things We Do in the Dark by Jennifer Hillier

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Jennifer Hillier continues to surprise me with her detailed storylines, compelling characters, and fantastic plots! Things We Do in the Dark is a story woven between the current time and the early years of the main character. It was a fantastic story, and I would recommend it for domestic suspense readers!

Paris Peralta has a past, and she hopes to always keep it separated from her current life. When she finds her famous husband dead in the bathtub, and the police find her in what looks like a murdering position, she’s thrown into the spotlight. With her face in every media avenue, her past smashes into her present, and we’re along for the ride!

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