Audiobook Review: The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave

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Release date: May 4, 2021

Publisher: Simon and Schuster Audio

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Synopsis:

We all have stories we never tell.


Before Owen Michaels disappears, he manages to smuggle a note to his beloved wife of one year: Protect her.


Despite her confusion and fear, Hannah Hall knows exactly to whom the note refers: Owen’s sixteen-year-old daughter, Bailey. Bailey, who lost her mother tragically as a child. Bailey, who wants absolutely nothing to do with her new stepmother.

As Hannah’s increasingly desperate calls to Owen go unanswered; as the FBI arrests Owen’s boss; as a US Marshal and FBI agents arrive at her Sausalito home unannounced, Hannah quickly realizes her husband isn’t who he said he was. And that Bailey just may hold the key to figuring out Owen’s true identity—and why he really disappeared.

Hannah and Bailey set out to discover the truth, together. But as they start putting together the pieces of Owen’s past, they soon realize they are also building a new future. One neither Hannah nor Bailey could have anticipated.

Review:

Based on the description of this one I thought I would be able to easily see where this one was going, I mean how many missing/lying/scheming husband books have all of us thriller fans read by now? Well friends, I was wrong this was actually pretty unique and I’m really glad that I decided to give it a shot!

I feel like the publisher’s synopsis is all you really need to know here so I won’t be discussing any plot details, instead I’ll tell you why I enjoyed this one so much. It was fast paced as it flipped from present day to a few chapters from the past back when Owen and Hannah first meet and there was never a dull moment. Hannah as a character was great, I found her to be relatable and really believable as she’s put in such a strange and upsetting situation, can you even imagine getting a weird note from your husband and then he’s just gone? It also had a really strong ending and if you know me you know an ending can either make or break a thriller for me. The audio narration was fantastic, Rebecca Lowman was amazing. I’ve listened to a few books she’s narrated and she’s definitely becoming one of my faves. I love the way she expresses emotion and complexity into her voice, there were plenty of emotional moments here and she captured Hannah’s voice SO well. Definitely a really fun summer thriller, this would be fun to listen to during a road trip!

Overall rating: 4/5

Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.

Review: That Summer by Jennifer Weiner

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Release date: May 11, 2021

Publisher: Atria

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Synopsis:

Daisy Shoemaker can’t sleep. With a thriving cooking business, full schedule of volunteer work, and a beautiful home in the Philadelphia suburbs, she should be content. But her teenage daughter can be a handful; her husband can be distant, her work can feel trivial, and she has lots of acquaintances, but no real friends. Still, Daisy knows she’s got it good. So why is she up all night?

While Daisy tries to identify the root of her dissatisfaction, she’s also receiving misdirected emails meant for a woman named Diana Starling, whose email address is just one punctuation mark away from her own. While Daisy’s driving carpools, Diana is chairing meetings. While Daisy’s making dinner, Diana’s making plans to reorganize corporations. Diana’s glamorous, sophisticated, single-lady life is miles away from Daisy’s simpler existence. When an apology leads to an invitation, the two women meet and become friends. But, as they get closer, we learn that their connection was not completely accidental. Who IS this other woman, and what does she want with Daisy?

From the manicured Main Line of Philadelphia to the wild landscape of the Outer Cape, written with Jennifer Weiner’s signature wit and sharp observations, THAT SUMMER is a story about surviving our pasts, confronting our futures, and the sustaining bonds of friendship.

Review:

A new JW book is always cause for celebration for me, I so enjoy getting invested in the wonderful characters she creates and it doesn’t hurt when her books are set somewhere pretty. I do want to warn that this goes a little darker and heavier than I was expecting it to, don’t let the cute cover fool you.

Female friendships always seem to be at the heart of a JW book and this is no exception. But this time there’s a new, budding friendship blossoming between Diana and Daisy. You know going in that these two are connected someway and that it’s only a surprise to one of them as to how they’re connected, but I saw the connection pretty early on. It didn’t matter though because it was more about the way the two women handle things than the actual connection itself and the author did a beautiful job of exploring some heavy and timely issues. Besides hearing from Daisy and Diana you get Daisy’s daughter, Beatrice’s point of view as well and I adored this feisty, unique perspective. This is a beach read with depth, think #MeToo movement for an idea of what I mean. It is still infused with the authors trademark wit and warmth, just know that it’s not super light but it’s such an amazing read!

Overall rating: 5/5

Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.

Review: A Special Place for Women by Laura Hankin

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Release date: May 11, 2021

Publisher: Berkley

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Synopsis:

It’s a club like no other. Only the most important women receive an invitation. But one daring young reporter is about to infiltrate this female-run secret society, whose beguiling members are caught up in a dark and treacherous business.

For years, rumors have swirled about an exclusive, women-only social club where the elite tastemakers of NYC meet. People in the know whisper all sorts of claims: Membership dues cost $1,000 a month. Last time Rihanna was in town, she stopped by and got her aura read. The women even handpicked the city’s first female mayor. But no one knows for sure.

That is, until journalist Jillian Beckley decides she’s going to break into the club. With her career in freefall, Jillian needs a juicy scoop, and she has a personal interest in bringing these women down. But the deeper she gets into this new world–where billionaire “girlbosses” mingle with the astrology-obsessed–the more Jillian learns that bad things happen to those who dare to question the club’s motives or giggle at its outlandish rituals.

The select group of women who populate the club may be far more powerful than she ever imagined.

And far more dangerous too.

Review:

Ok this one was unexpected! From the description I knew it was gonna be juicy, but I had no idea just how bat shit crazy it would actually be. I don’t want to give anything away, but things took a really surprising turn at one point and went in a wild direction that I mostly liked?! 🤨

I was thinking this would have mostly thriller vibes, even if I expected them to be on the lighter side with most of the action coming in towards the end. I was mostly right, but there was some fake dating, which I really didn’t even expect any romance so I was pleasantly surprised, but just know that’s a very minor part of the story. This really focused on women and the way the interact with one another and it was a fascinating look at powerful, boss bitch females. It was super unique too, I can’t even think of another book to compare it to actually. Try this if you’re in the mood for something fresh and weird, because things get really weird!

Overall rating: 3.5/5

Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.

9th Annual Mental Health Awareness Month Fundraiser

I’m sharing some information today about a wonderful fundraiser for Mental Health Awareness Month. Read on for how you can #1click4charity and also check out this post at Shh Moms Reading for a full list of participating authors/books.

Welcome the 9th Annual Mental Health Awareness Month Book Fundraiser benefiting the Keith Milano Memorial Fund at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Here is how you can help raise money and awareness for mental health:

📘 Purchase a book from the amazing books listed below! We hope you will #1click4charity a number of these amazing books! The portion of sales is from ANY platform: digital, print, and audio.

📘 If you have read one of the wonderful stories included, gift a copy to a friend who might love it!

📘 Share the image below or any of the custom photos the participating authors share on social media to raise awareness and to show your support.

📘 In this digital age, COMMENTS are currency so as you see these images PLEASE Comment

📘 Make a tax-deductible donation directly to the Keith Milano Memorial Fund at AFSP.

Thank you in advance for your support as we work to bring mental illness out of the darkness.