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Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Book Review: Surviving Dirty John by Debra Newell, William Phelps

 I appreciate getting to hear the victims' actual stories. I really am bothered by anyone who blames the victim. I believe it happened a lot with this case. Until you have been in an abusive situation, you have no idea how hard it is.

Ms. Newell made unwise decisions, mainly because she was manipulated and scared. John could have slaughtered her family and she did what she thought was best to protect them. I truly hope Ms. Newell can move on and find happiness. I appreciate the work she and her daughter are doing to help other victims.

If you have seen the tv show and want more insight into what actually happened, this book will give you a new perspective.

* Thank you to Netgalley, Debra Newell, William Phelps, and the publisher for allowing me to read an advanced copy of this book.

Book Review: The Night Swim by Megan Golden

 I liked the idea of a podcaster helping to solve a crime. The two storylines and the past and present got a bit confusing for me. There were so many characters that it was hard for me to figure out who went with what story. It wasn't hard for me to figure out the bad guy.

Goldin is a good writer. I loved her first book. I understand why the two stories were included. I just with there would not have been so much to keep track of. 

I will read her next book.

*Thank you to Megan Goldin, Netgalley, and St. Martin's Press for allowing me to read an advanced copy of this book.

Book Review: Wish You Were Here by Jodi Picoult

 I really enjoyed this story, it got me out of a reading slump! It is hard to write a review of this without spoilers, and this zone is spoiler free!

With a few small changes this would be a five star read! The pandemic is such a hard subject. I felt the author handled it quite well. 

The ending was perfect! My favorite so far this year!

Saturday, January 1, 2022

Book Review: The Christmas Contest by Theresa Sederholt

 Donald is dying. The last thing he wants to accomplish is to raffle off his house to a contest winner, and maybe find a wife for his grandson. Wouldn't it be great if he could accomplish both at one time?! 

This is a quick, sweet, clean, read. I really enjoyed this one. I would have loved to know even more about the characters. I am hoping for a sequel!

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Book Review: The Lost Village by Camilla Sten


I read seventy percent of this book in the first two days. This brought me out of a reading slump.  The back and forth through time was well done and easy to follow.  The storyline was interesting and fast paced.  The atmosphere was creeptastic!

Unfortunately, I didn't feel the ending lived up to the rest of the book. With a few tweaks this would have been a five star read.

*Thank you to Netgalley, Camilla Sten, and Minotaur Books for allowing me to read an advanced copy of this book. 

Book Review: The Light in Hidden Places by Sharon Cameron


I did have a hard time getting into this book. I am glad I stuck with it. I honestly had no idea this was about true people.  It was a touching story. It is Amazing to think that a young girl would put her life on the line who people she didn't even know. There is also a movie about this girl.

Book Review: The Lazarus Files: A Cold Case Investigation by Matthew McGough


True Crime is one of my favorite genres. Sadly, I struggled with this book. I was finally able to finish it. 

I feel so badly for Sherri's family. There was some issues with this book, too much repetition, unnecessary information, and editing needed. There was a second murder thrown in at the end of the book, but barely touched on. The connection is unknown until the afterword of the book. Since that murder is unsolved it's hard to really know if there is a connection between the two murders. 

I felt disconnected from the victim. I feel her story deserves to be heard.

*Thank you to Netgalley, Matthew McGough, and the publisher for allowing me to read an advanced copy of this book.