Review: Her One Mistake by Heidi Perks

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Release date: January 8, 2019

Publisher: Gallery

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Blurb:

It all started at the school fair…

Charlotte was supposed to be looking after the children, and she swears she was. She only took her eyes off of them for one second. But when her three kids are all safe and sound at the school fair, and Alice, her best friend Harriet’s daughter, is nowhere to be found, Charlotte panics. Frantically searching everywhere, Charlotte knows she must find the courage to tell Harriet that her beloved only child is missing. And admit that she has only herself to blame.

Harriet, devastated by this unthinkable, unbearable loss, can no longer bring herself to speak to Charlotte again, much less trust her. Now more isolated than ever and struggling to keep her marriage afloat, Harriet believes nothing and no one. But as the police bear down on both women trying to piece together the puzzle of what happened to this little girl, dark secrets begin to surface—and Harriet discovers that confiding in Charlotte again may be the only thing that will reunite her with her daughter….

This breathless and fast-paced debut—perfect for fans of Big Little Lies and The Couple Next Door—takes you on a chilling journey that will keep you guessing until the very last page. 

Review:

What is it about a missing child premise that always intrigues me?! It’s one of my biggest fears as a parent, yet it always grabs my attention and this one more than grabbed my attention, it consumed me, I seriously could not put it down! I read it in two sittings in one afternoon and even my husband interrupted and said, wow you’re really into this one aren’t you Amy?! I just nodded and shushed him because, yes I am haha!

While I love a missing child storyline I’m always so excited when an author puts their own unique spin on the premise and Perks did just that. Imagine being in charge of your best friends daughter and then losing the child, how guilty and absolutely wretched would you feel? That’s the case for Charlotte and I truly felt sorry for her, there’s nothing you can do and surely nothing you can say to make things better in such a situation. Then poor Harriet, not knowing where her little girl is destroys her and I felt just as bad for her as I did for Charlotte. This flips back and forth between both women’s POV and I was really invested in both of their lives.

This is where I stop discussing even the most minor of plot details because things went in SO many unexpected directions that I don’t even want to hint at a possible spoiler. There are secrets galore and jaw dropping twists, I really didn’t see any of them coming, but I also wasn’t playing detective and looking too closely because I was entirely wrapped up in every single page. What a gripping read, it was incredibly well done, intense and complex, highly recommended!!

Her One Mistake in three words: Compulsive, Secretive and Twisty.

Overall rating: 5/5

Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.

December Wrap Up

Hey guys! I almost scrapped this wrap up, I only read nine books but honestly I had planned to give myself a reading break in December and I’m SO glad I did. It gave me such a nice break to spend time with my family and I loved having no pressure. How was your month? Do you slow down for the holidays as well?

The Silent Dead: Unusual, Twisted and Menacing.

Relatively Normal: Outrageous, Hilarious and Adorable.

Verity: Disturbing, Slick and Mind-blowing.

Fractured Truth: Unexpected, Engaging and Tense.

The Accidental Beauty Queen: Sparkly, Funny and Light.

Gown With the Wind: Light, Breezy and Easy.

Watching You: Obsessive, Gripping and Complex.

Into the Night: Engaging, Intriguing and Nuanced.

I’ll Be Your Blue Sky: Poignant, Emotional and Beautiful.

Review: Freefall by Jessica Barry

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Release date: January 8, 2019

Publisher: Harper

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Blurb:

When your life is a lie, the truth can kill you

When her fiancé’s private plane crashes in the Colorado Rockies, Allison Carpenter miraculously survives. But the fight for her life is just beginning. For years, Allison has been living with a terrible secret, a shocking truth that powerful men will kill to keep buried. If they know she’s alive, they will come for her. She must make it home.

In the small community of Owl Creek, Maine, Maggie Carpenter learns that her only child is presumed dead. But authorities have not recovered her body—giving Maggie a shred of hope. She, too, harbors a shameful secret: she hasn’t communicated with her daughter in two years, since a family tragedy drove Allison away. Maggie doesn’t know anything about her daughter’s life now—not even that she was engaged to wealthy pharmaceutical CEO Ben Gardner, or why she was on a private plane.

As Allison struggles across the treacherous mountain wilderness, Maggie embarks on a desperate search for answers. Immersing herself in Allison’s life, she discovers a sleek socialite hiding dark secrets. What was Allison running from—and can Maggie uncover the truth in time to save her?

Told from the perspectives of a mother and daughter separated by distance but united by an unbreakable bond, Freefall is a riveting debut novel about two tenacious women overcoming unimaginable obstacles to protect themselves and those they love. 

Review:

This is my first review of the new year and what a read it was, this one begs to be read in one breathless sitting, a total binge read. From the brief, incredibly fast paced chapters to the switch between points of view it’s a truly entertaining read with a fresh premise, what more could you want?!

This flips between Allison for one chapter and then her mother Maggie the next, Allison’s story begins from the minute her plane crashes and Maggie’s from the moment she finds out about the accident. As Allison fights to stay alive you slowly and steadily find out about her life over the past few years and the events that led to to the crash while simultaneously Maggie struggles to piece together what her daughter had been doing for the past two years. I was so invested in these two women and so eager to find out what was really going on, both possessed an inner strength that was remarkable and then add in a super tense environment for both women and I was all in.

While I did see a few things coming, the author did shock me in the end, and the aspects I did work out on my own didn’t take away from my enjoyment whatsoever. A really impressive debut, recommended for fans of pacey, exciting thrillers.

Freefall in three words: Entertaining, Dynamic and Fast.

Overall rating: 4.5/5

Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.

2019 Preview

Happy New Year everyone! I figured today was the perfect day to share some 2019 releases that I’ve already read and loved and to hopefully put some new books on your radar. Go ahead and preorder them, I won’t tell 😜

Daisy Jones and the Six is such an innovative book with the coolest vibe ever. TJR is a genius, she makes you feel like fictional characters are real people, like you actually may even google them. #AskMeHowIKnow

The Night Before was a totally gripping read. Go in blind and enjoy the ride!

If you’re like me and devoured The Wife Between Us then An Anonymous Girl is a must read!

A Killer’s Alibi is actually the third book in a legal thriller series but all three books are good so I say go read the first two while you wait for the third!

The Night Olivia Fell is an emotionally charged thriller, a total rollercoaster ride that had me riveted.

In The Favorite Daughter KR proves that a good psychological thriller can also be wickedly dummy. I love her brand of humor and writing style.

I have so many books I’m looking forward to this year that I haven’t read yet, what about you?

Review: I’ll Be Your Blue Sky by Maria De Los Santos

About I’ll Be Your Blue Sky

• Paperback: 352 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (December 4, 2018)

The New York Times bestselling author revisits the characters from her beloved novels Love Walked In and Belong to Me in this captivating, beautifully written drama involving family, friendship, secrets, sacrifice, courage, and true love for fans of Jojo Moyes, Elin Hilderbrand, and Nancy Thayer.

On the weekend of her wedding, Clare Hobbes meets an elderly woman named Edith Herron. During the course of a single conversation, Edith gives Clare the courage to do what she should have done months earlier: break off her engagement to her charming—yet overly possessive—fiancé.

Three weeks later, Clare learns that Edith has died—and has given her another gift. Nestled in crepe myrtle and hydrangea and perched at the marshy edge of a bay in a small seaside town in Delaware, Blue Sky House now belongs to Clare. Though the former guest house has been empty for years, Clare feels a deep connection to Edith inside its walls, which are decorated with old photographs taken by Edith and her beloved husband, Joseph.

Exploring the house, Clare finds two mysterious ledgers hidden beneath the kitchen sink. Edith, it seems, was no ordinary woman—and Blue Sky House no ordinary place. With the help of her mother, Viviana, her surrogate mother, Cornelia Brown, and her former boyfriend and best friend, Dev Tremain, Clare begins to piece together the story of Blue Sky House—a decades-old mystery more complex and tangled than she could have imagined. As she peels back the layers of Edith’s life, Clare discovers a story of dark secrets, passionate love, heartbreaking sacrifice, and incredible courage. She also makes startling discoveries about herself: where she’s come from, where she’s going, and what—and who—she loves.

Shifting between the 1950s and the present and told in the alternating voices of Edith and Clare, I’ll Be Your Blue Sky is vintage Marisa de los Santos—an emotionally evocative novel that probes the deepest recesses of the human heart and illuminates the tender connections that bind our lives.

Review:

This flips back and forth between Clare and Edith and follows two timelines, Clare in the present day and then Edith in the nineteen fifties. The way the story flowed and weaves together was really beautiful and the authors writing was really gorgeous. I didn’t realize that this is the third book in a series and I think I probably would’ve been more invested in some if the characters if I had read the previous books, but I still enjoyed this one.

There is a mysterious aspect to this but I would definitely say it fits best in a Women’s Fiction category or even contemporary romance. There was a lot of emotion infused into the one and a poignant depth that makes it standout from cutesy Chick Lit novels. I’m really impressed with the authors writing style and would definitely read something else by her in the future!

I’ll Be Your Blue Sky in three words: Poignant, Emotional and Beautiful.

Overall rating: 4/5

Thanks to TLC Book Tours and the publisher for my review copy.

Purchase Links

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Photo by Tisa Della-Volpe

About Marisa de los Santos

Marisa de los Santos is a New York Times bestselling author and award-winning poet with a PhD in literature and creative writing. She lives in Wilmington, Delaware, with her family.

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Best Women’s Fiction and Romance of 2018 #Bestof2018

This is my last post of my best of 2018 series but I will be sharing some books to look out for in 2019 that I was lucky enough to read already later this week. Today I’ll be sharing the best WF and romance.

Best WF and Romance:

When Life Gives You Lululemons is the ideal beach read, it’s scandalous and so entertaining.

How to Walk Away was such an inspiring and empowering read.

Limelight was just pure fun to read, I had a blast with this one.

KH is one of my all time favorite authors and Good Luck With That was perfection, I think every woman should read this.

Before I Let You Go broke my heart in half it was so heart wrenching and poignant.

All We Ever Wanted is such a timely and relevant read, ideal for a book club.

The Perfect Couple is EH at her best, this had a slightly darker edge than her previous books but with the same beachy appeal.

The Husband Hour was my first read by JB and I loved it so much she’s now an auto buy author for me.

The Family Next Door is perfect for people who want a mystery with no gore, very similar vibes to Big Little Lies.

The Accidental Beauty Queen was rom com perfection, I need to see a movie version of this!!

Josh and Hazel may be my favorite fictional couple of all time, this was so cute.

CL again, I’m newly obsessed with this writing duo and Half Night Stand was just as cute as J and H!

No one writes emotional, topical and highly sensitive novels with grace and dignity quite like JP does and A Spark of Light was no exception.

That’s it for my favorite WF and romance, what do you think of my picks?

Best Historical Fiction and Audiobooks of 2018 #Bestof2018

After this I only have one more post to share so my best reads series is almost wrapped up! Today I’ll be sharing my favorite HF and also my favorite audiobooks. I’ve always liked audiobooks but this year I listened to so many more than in the past and I believe audiobooks are very underrated. I’ve even seen people say that it shouldn’t count as real reading?! I don’t get that mentality at all, but I would love to hear what you think.

Best HF

The Dream Daughter was my first DC book and I’ve been slowly working my way through her backlist since I read this. This may actually be the best book I’ve read all year, it had a little something for everyone.

I love Fiona Davis and have read all three of her books and The Masterpiece was an amazing story.

This was my first Camille Di Maio but I loved The Way of Beauty SO much I’m already a firm fan. She writes beautifully and truly brought NYC to life.

If you’re a HF fan then you’ve probably already read The Great Alone but if you haven’t, it’s a total must!

As Bright as Heaven taught me about a piece of history I knew next to nothing about and it was also written so gorgeously.

Best Audio

So I don’t normally write full reviews for audiobooks, I’m not totally sure why but it’s probably because I feel like I already spend so much time writing reviews for ARCs that I just don’t wanna 😂 Anyway, these were all 4.5-5 stars for me, some are newer and some are years old, I tend to try and listen to older backlist books on my TBR in order to actually squeeze them in. Each of these comes highly recommended by me due to both an excellent plot, writing style etc but also had fantastic narration!

If you ever need an audiobook recommendation though besides these I’m your girl, just ask!

That’s it for HF and audio, what do you think?

Best Thrillers of 2018 #Bestof2018

This may be my favorite category of all, mystery/thrillers are my hands down favorite genre to read so narrowing this list down was hard y’all!

Best thrillers

Good Samaritans was one of the darkest and most messed up books I read all year and I loved every single twisted page!

Verity has been everywhere this month and rightfully so. Hoover’s first foray into the dark side of fiction was amazing and this one will keep you thinking about it long after you finish, SO good!

The Lies We Told is psychological thriller perfection, beyond twisty and super intense and also really smartly plotted. A definite must read.

I’m a huge Bell fan and think Somebody’s Daughter is his best yet. It was fast and furious and had so many great surprises.

Don’t Believe It is a total binge read and after I finished it I remember feeling like it breathed fresh life into the genre.

The Sandman is impressive on so many levels but if you like serial killer thrillers this is a must read!

The Perfect Mother was one of the most talked about books this year and the best part is that it more than lives up to the hype, it even exceeded my expectations!

Jar of Hearts was one of the best surprises for me this year, not only was the content of this especially shocking but I found a new author, that’s always the best!

In the Vines was such a rich, Immersive read I loved it!

That’s it for my favorite thrillers, have you read any of these? If so, what did you think?

Best Series of 2018 #Bestof2018

Part two of my best of series will focus on, well series haha! These are all books that released this year but the series may have started a few years ago. Being a part of this list means that I’ve enjoyed each and every book so far and recommended them if you’re looking for a new series to binge on!

Best Series:

If you’re looking for a book that feels like watching an awesome episode of Criminal Minds, Into the Black Nowhere is the perfect choice!

I’ve been a huge fan of the Kim Stone series for a long time and Dying Truth just about broke me. No spoilers, but it’s not often I’m sobbing while reading Crime Fiction and I was a big old baby with this one.

Everything about Keeper is unique, this one had me riveted and is just SO damn good!!

Barker writes bold, in your face books and Fifth to Die is no exception. Such a great serial killer thriller!

Deep Blue Trouble is a true action packed thriller, the intensity is through the roof and really reading it was just an electrifying experience.

Hydra has one of the most unique structures I’ve ever encountered, it’s told via podcast interviews which I absolutely love! It’s also creepy and highly atmospheric, a definite must read.

KWH writes like a dream and The Secret to Southern Charm was just a delight to read. It has a little something for everyone and is much more than a beach read, although that cover would look gorgeous on a beach!

Ain’t She a Peach is rare in that it truly made me laugh out loud. It’s full of quirky, charming characters and just so damn adorable.

And that’s a wrap on my favorite series of the year! Most of these have new books being released in 2019 so nows the time to catch up if you need to. What do you think of my picks?

Best Debuts of 2018 #Bestof2018

Good morning everyone! I hope you all had a fantastic holiday and had a relaxing day doing whatever you wanted to be doing! Anyone get an amazing gift?!

I can’t believe it’s already time for me to start recapping my favorite reads of the year, as I write this I’ve read 303 books so narrowing my lists down was no easy feat. I’m starting this short series out with standout debuts and in the coming days I’ll share my picks for best thrillers, best women’s fiction, romance, audiobooks, historical fiction and finally some 2019 books that I was lucky enough to read already! All of these books come highly recommended by me and I urge you to add them all to your TBR because I’m a book pusher like that 😜

Debuts:

Only Child was the kind of book I still think about to this day, it was so timely and heartbreaking, yet incredibly beautiful and poignant.

Sometimes I Lie had me raving as far back as 2017 and I’m still recommending it today. The second book is out in early 2019 so if you haven’t read this you have time to catch up!

Rapid Falls blew me away because it had every single element in a psychological thriller that I crave, it was fast paced, exciting very intricately plotted. I’ll be following Cowie closely.

The Woman in the Window took the literary world by storm this year, if for some reason you haven’t read it yet, what are you waiting for?!

The Chalk Man is another book that seemed to be everywhere this year, and rightfully so! It was such a clever mix of coming of age and good old fashioned mystery with an amazingly strong ending.

The Wife Between Us is another one I’ve been blabbing about for well over a year but it’s just THAT good! I can’t say a lot but if you haven’t read you have to, a total must read!

That’s it for my first set of picks, I’ll have a new list to share tomorrow, but I’m the meantime what do you think of my choices? Agree? Disagree? Let me know!