Book Review: Secrets of a Serial Killer

Book Review Secrets of a Serial Killer by Rosie Walker

Author: Rosie Walker

Narrators: Fiona Boylan and Nicholas Camm

Publication Date: July 17, 2020 / August 6, 2020 (Audio)

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Secrets of a Serial Killer is a suspenseful thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat trying to figure out what will happen next. This is a fictional book about a serial killer that goes unnoticed for years until a teenage girl goes missing and her friends and family find articles about the suspected serial killer. The story is from four character’s perspectives, one is the serial killer and one is the last girl he kidnapped.

I really enjoyed how the story started out as four different stories and merged to one story during the course of the book. It is unusual to get to hear the perspective of the serial killer which I found interesting. All of the characters had very different stories. Secrets of a Serial Killer keeps you at the edge of your seat. Many chapters end with a small cliffhanger, so it is impossible to only read one chapter.

Fiona Boylan and Nicholas Camm did a great job narrating. Both of their voices matched the characters and set the tone for the book. I read the book and listened to the audiobook and enjoyed both without a preference between them.

I recommend this book to anyone that likes creepy thrillers from different characters perspectives. It is also character focused which is something I enjoy in books.

Thank you Net Galley and One More Chapter for providing this book in exchange for an honest review.

About the Author

Rosie gained a Masters in Creative Writing with distinction from the University of Edinburgh in 2011, where she learned to talk about writing over a gin and tonic, and accept critical feedback with grace.

She also has an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Lancaster University, where she learned how to pull an all-nighter to hit a deadline right at the last minute.
She lives in Edinburgh with her husband Kevin and their dog Bella.

Author Links:

Website: https://www.rosiejanewalker.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ciderwithrosie

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rosiewalkerauthor

Book Review: In Case You Missed It

In Case You Missed It by Lindsey Kelk

Author: Lindsey Kelk

Publication Date: September 8, 2020

Overall

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Writing Quality

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Character Development

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Couldn’t Put It Down

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Intellectual Depth

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Originality

Rating: 4 out of 5.


In Case You Missed It is about a young woman that moves back to London after living in Washington DC for 3 years. She misses her life from before in London and is always nostalgically thinking about the old days. She gets back together with the guy she was with before she moved. Is her boyfriend as great as she thought and was their relationship as great as she remembered?

This book was very relatable. It’s so easy to think if this didn’t happen everything would be great, but that’s not usually the case. All of the characters are so unique and realistic. In Case You Missed It is a cute and light romance with some important issues mentioned. The baby shower and dark dance party were some of my favorite parts.

I am a big fan of Lindsey Kelk and this is a very typical Lindsey Kelk book. I recommend this book for Lindsey Kelk fans and anyone that likes lighthearted romances about a woman trying to find herself that will make you laugh.

Thank you Edelweiss and Harper Collins for In Case You Missed It.

ABout the author

Lindsey Kelk is a Sunday Times bestselling author and has written sixteen books for adults, including In Case You Missed It, One in a Million and the I Heart series, the Cinders & Sparks series for children and many, many thousands of tweets. Which is probably why her newest book is behind schedule. Her work has been published in more than twenty-five languages around the world and sold more than two million books. It sounds like a lot but her cats aren’t impressed. Classic cats.

As well as her ‘witty, funny, warm and clever books’ (thanks, Marian Keyes), Lindsey currently co-hosts the award-winning beauty pod, Full Coverage, and Tight and Fights, a pro-wrestling podcast on the Maximum Fun network. Born and raised in South Yorkshire, England, Lindsey lived in London and New York before settling in LA, where she lives with her husband and two aforementioned rude cats.

Author Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LindseyKelk

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LindseyKelk

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lindseykelk/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/lindseykelkofficial

Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop

Hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer
Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end the following Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.

Question

(submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)

Answer

I judge books by their covers.

The book cover definitely draws me in the most. I don’t pay attention to titles too much. I read the summary on the back cover or on GoodReads before adding to my TBR. I also frequently read reviews.

Discussion

What draws you in more: the book’s title, cover, or summary? Post your answers in the comment section.

This is my first book blogger hop so feel free to give me tips or advice in the comments.

Book Review: The Night Swim

The Night Swim by Megan Goldin

Author: Megan Goldin

Narrators: Bailey Carr, January LaVoy, Samantha Desz
Release Date: August 4, 2002

Overall

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Writing Quality

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Character Development

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Couldn’t Put It Down

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Intellectual Depth

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Originality

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.


The Night Swim by Megan Goldin is a must read for anyone that likes thrillers! I could not put it down.

The Night Swim is about Rachel, a popular true crime podcast host. She goes to Neapolis for the current season of her podcast which is about a rape instead of a murder. Rachel is at the trial. While in Neapolis, Rachel gets notes from Hannah who’s sister died years ago. Hannah believes her sister was murdered even though it was ruled a suicide. Rachel investigates both cases throughout the book.

The Night Swim has so much suspense. This is one of the best thrillers I’ve read in a while. I recommend The Night Swim to mystery/thriller fans. This was my first book by Megan Goldin and I plan on reading her backlist and future titles.

Thank you NetGalley and Macmillan audio for this audiobook in exchange of an honest review.

ABout the author

Megan Goldin is the author of The Escape Room, a 2019 thriller that Lee Child called “one of my favorite books of the year” and Harlan Coben called “thrilling and unforgettable”. Megan’s new novel The Night Swim will be released in August 2020. Before becoming a novelist, Megan worked as a reporter covering the Middle East and Asia for the Reuters news agency, the Associate Press and the ABC as well as other news outlets.

Author Links:

Website: https://www.megangoldin.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/megangoldinauthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/megangoldin

Book Review: All the Acorns on the Forest Floor

All The Acorns on the Forest Floor by Kim Hooper


Author: Kim Hooper
Narrator: Hillary Huber
Publication Date: September 15, 2020

Overall

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Writing Quality

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Character Development

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Couldn’t Put It Down

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Intellectual Depth

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Originality

Rating: 5 out of 5.


All the Acorns on the Forest Floor by Kim Hooper is a very unique and special short story collection.

All the Acorns on the Forest Floor is a collection of short stories that all relate to infertility in some way. Infertility, miscarriages, adoption, and egg donation are all represented. Hooper did a great job. I am usually not a huge fan of short story collections, but loved this collection.

Infertility is a difficult topic and I thought Hooper did a good job representing it in these short stories. All of the stories seemed realistic. There weren’t forced happy endings or overdramatized problems.

All The Acorns on the Forest Floor is an emotional read. I was pulled into the character’s stories right away and really was wishing for everyone to have a happy ending. The short stories were the perfect length to tell their stories.

I listened to the audiobook and Hillary Huber did a great job. I thought her voice was perfect for this story.

I recommend All the Acorns on the Forest Floor to everyone except people that are triggered by infertility.

Thank you NetGalley and Dreamscape Media for All the Acorns on the Forest Floor.

What are your favorite books about infertility or other difficult issues?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kim Hooper’s debut novel, People Who Knew Me, was published in 2016 and hailed by the Wall Street Journal as “refreshingly raw and honest.”

Publishers Weekly wrote about her second novel, Cherry Blossoms (2018), “Hooper gives familiar themes of loss and redemption fresh and inviting life.” Her third novel, Tiny (2019), was awarded the Silver in the General Fiction category of the 2019 INDIE Awards by Foreword Reviews.

All the Acorns on the Forest Floor is her latest book, “a stirring series of stories interwoven by the common threads of human frailty and the complexities of relationships” (Suzanne Redfearn, best-selling author of In An Instant).

Kim’s first nonfiction book, co-written with Dr. Huong Diep and Meredith Resnick, will be released in Spring 2021. All the Love: Healing Your Heart and Finding Meaning After Pregnancy Loss will support and empower women through the grief of miscarriage, a grief that Kim knows well (she suffered four losses herself before giving birth to her daughter in 2017).

Author Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KimHooperWrites

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kimhooperwrites/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14056203.Kim_Hooper

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KimHooperWrites

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Kim-Hooper/e/B01B53J1RS?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1600522953&sr=8-1

Book Review: First Girl Gone

Authors: L.T. Vargus & Tim McBain

Publication Date: September 18, 2020


Rating: 4 out of 5.

First Girl Gone (Charlotte Winters Book 1) is definitely a page turner.  First Girl Gone is a mystery/thriller with suspense and anticipation from the first page.

First Girl Gone takes place in a small town called Salem Island in Michigan. The book starts with a teenage girl, Kara, going missing. Kara’s mom hires a private detective, Charlie to help find Kara. Charlie has recently moved back to her hometown of Salem Island.

Charlie’s twin sister, Allie, was abducted in high school.  Charlie keeps thinking about Allie while investigating Kara’s disappearance. Allie’s killer was never caught. Charlie believes Allie and Kara’s cases are related.  Misty is someone from Kara’s past. Charlie has to make some uncomfortable discoveries and come to difficult conclusions.

I really enjoyed First Girl Gone. I was instantly invested in the story. The first chapter is from Kara’s perspective and the rest of the book is from Charlie’s perspective. I was really trying to figure out who the kidnapper was and could not figure it out. I felt like Charlie handled things rationally. A lot of books like this I feel like the main character either is not smart enough or too smart, but Charlie was a normal person.

One of my favorite parts of First Girl Gone is the characters. Charlie is a loner with very few friends.  Charlie’s best friend is Zoe, a deputy at the local sheriff’s department.  Zoe is one of the most loyal people ever.  I love Zoe’s interactions with Charlie.  Charlie’s main focus is work, so isn’t always the best friend to Zoe.  Zoe is always there for Charlie and understands Charlie so well.  Charlie’s other “friend” is her Uncle Frank. Uncle Frank is the only family Charlie has left.  Uncle Frank is sick which is really hard for Charlie. Charlie’s last “friend” is Will. She had a crush on him since childhood. Will and Charlie reconnect during this case. Will is a lawyer.  He was Kara’s lawyer when she went missing. Kara got in trouble shortly before disappearing, so most people think she left except her Mom and best friend. Charlie is a unique character and I really like her.

The only thing I didn’t really like about First Girl Gone was that Charlie talked and listened to Allie, her dead sister. This didn’t keep me from enjoying the book though.  I also always like reading books with twins because I  have a twin sister. Luckily, our life isn’t anything like Charlie and Allie’s.

First Girl Gone is the first book in the Charlotte Winters series and I cannot wait for the other books to be released.  I signed up for my newsletter to find out when the next book is.

I recommend First Girl Gone to Mystery/Thriller fans. It is so good and I am looking forward to the rest of the series and reading more books by L.T. Vargus and Tim McBain.

Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for First Girl Gone (Charlotte Winters book 1).

About the Authors

L.T. Vargus

Lex is the co-author of the Violet Darger series and The Scattered and the Dead series among a total of over 20 novels. 

She writes. She sews. She makes messes. She is a terrible dancer.

People always ask how she got started writing thrillers about serial killers. She just writes what she knows.

According to her mom, she is a “world-class swimmer” and “highly verbal,” whatever that means. 

Tim McBain

Tim writes about creepy killers, both alive and undead, and tries his damnedest to freak himself out in the process.

Tim is… I mean, I hate to say this, but Tim is a bit of an odd duck. Squirrelly. Hard to get a read on this guy. Wears a hat all of the time. Shifty-eyed. Quiet. Suspicious.

I’m not saying he’s the Zodiac killer, but I’m not saying he’s NOT the Zodiac Killer. Let’s just leave it at that.

Weird guy.

Website: https://ltvargus.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ltvargusbooks/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ltvargus

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ltvargus/

L.T. Vargus Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/l-t-vargus

Tim McBrian Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/tim-mcbain

Book Review: Lies, Lies, Lies

Lies, Lies, Lies by Adele Parks

Author: Adele Parks
Publication Date: August 4, 2020

Overall

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Writing Quality

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Character Development

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Couldn’t Put It Down

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Intellectual Depth

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Originality

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.


Lies, Lies, Lies is a great domestic thriller! The story is based on family drama that causes unexpected consequences. The book is from the point of views of the husband (Simon) and the wife (Daisy).

I won’t say too much because I don’t want to give anything away.

When Daisy and Simon’s daughter Millie is six, Simon discovers that Millie might not be his daughter. Then there is a big event that causes their lives to change even more. Simon is trying to figure out what happened and sort through the lies. Daisy is trying to cover up what actually happened. No marriage is perfect but how many lies can a marriage handle?

I highly recommend Lies, Lies, Lies to anyone that likes thrillers with drama between the characters. This is not a creepy thriller, but I could not put it down. I thought I figured out what was going on, and I was wrong. Lies, Lies, Lies was the perfect mix of character development and suspense.

Thank you NetGalley and MIRA/HARLEQUIN for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

About the author

Adele Parks one of the most-loved and biggest-selling women’s fiction writers in the UK. She has sold over 3.8 million books and her work has been translated into 26 different languages.

She has published 20 novels, all of which have been London Times bestsellers.

Adele has written 18 contemporary novels and 2 historical ones, Spare Brides and If You Go Away, which are set during and after WW1. Her latest novels, Just My Luck, Lies Lies Lies, I Invited Her In, The Image of You and The Stranger in My Home are twisty, domestic noirs. Adele likes to scrutinize our concepts of family, our theories on love, parenting and fidelity.

During her career Adele has lived in Italy, Botswana and London. Now she lives happily in Surrey, UK with her husband, son and cat.

Author Links:

Website: https://www.adeleparks.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/adeleparks

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/adele_parks/

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesdays

This is my first meme! WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words where you answer three fixed questions.

What are you currently reading?

I’m currently reading The Vactican Conspiracy by Peter Hogenkamp. I am really enjoying this book. There is a lot of action and it is unique. A priest is trying to save the Vatican from a terrorist attack.

I’m currently listening to The Birds That Stay by Ann Lambert and narrated by Ann Lambert. I am still early on in this book. So far I am enjoying it. An 84 year old woman was murdered in a small village. I can already tell this is a unique story, so I am excited to read it.


What did you recently finish reading?

The last book I read was Sisters of War by Lana Kortchik. It is an excellent historical fiction book about Kiev during World War II. This book publishes September 22 so come back next week for a full review. I’m excited for you to read my review.

The last book I listened to was All The Acorns On the Forest Floor by Kim Hooper and narrated by Hillary Huber. I loved this book. It is about different families and their complications with having children. All The Acorns On the Forest Floor deals with issues like infertility, adoption, and miscarriages.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Next I am planning on reading The Perfect Liar by Beverly Harvey. This is a domestic thriller that I am excited to read. Review will be posted in Novemeber. I am really excited to read this book. This is Beverly Harvey’s debut novel.

In the comments let me know:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Book Review: The Truth Hurts

The Truth Hurts by Rebecca Reid

Author: Rebecca Reid
Publication Date: July 28, 2020

Overall

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Writing Quality

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Character Development

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Couldn’t Put It Down

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Intellectual Depth

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Originality

Rating: 4 out of 5.


The Truth Hurts is a domestic thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Poppy meets Drew, a rich, charming man, the night she got fired from her nanny job. Drew seems perfect but comes up with a deal that they don’t talk about their past. Poppy happily accepts but doesn’t realize Drew won’t tell her anything even where he grew up. Poppy knows why she doesn’t want to share her past but why doesn’t Drew?

They met while both were on vacation in Ibiza. When they move back home, weird things start happening to Poppy in the house. Poppy starts to wonder what Drew is hiding. Poppy starts to get concerned, but Poppy loves her new life so doesn’t want to jeopardize it.

The Truth Hurts is a mix of Pretty Woman and Gone Girl. The Truth Hurts is so good. I couldn’t put it down. I really liked Poppy even though she made some very shady decisions. I also enjoyed Poppy’s best friend, Gina since she was usually looking out for Poppy. I wasn’t a big fan of Drew because I was always cautious of what he was hiding but that did not make me like the book any less.

I highly recommend The Truth Hurts to thriller fans.

Thank you Edelweiss and Harper Collins/Harper Perennial for The Truth Hurts.

About the author

Rebecca is a freelance journalist. She is a columnist for the Telegraph Women’s section and has written for Marie Claire, the Guardian, Metro.co.uk, the Saturday Telegraph, the Independent, Stylist, Glamour, the iPaper, the Guardian, Indy100, LOOK and the New Statesman amongst others. Rebecca is a regular contributor to Sky News and ITV’s This Morning as well as appearing on Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, LBC, BBC News 24 and the BBC World Service to discuss her work.

She graduated from Royal Holloway’s Creative Writing MA in 2015. She is the author of Perfect Liars, Truth Hurts, Two Wrongs and The Power of Rude.

Rebecca lives in North London with her husband.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/rebeccacnreid?lang=en

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Rebecca-Reid/e/B07BZNH7LZ?ref_=dbs_p_ebk_r00_abau_000000

Book Review: These Vengeful Hearts

These Vengeful Hearts by Katherine Laurin

Author: Katherine Laurin

Narrator: Laura Knight Keating

Publication Date: September 8,2020

Rating: 4 out of 5.

These Vengeful Hearts by Katherine Laurin was a page turn that I was pleasantly surprised with.  It’s been a while since I read a YA thriller and I’m so glad this is the one I picked up. These Vengeful Hearts reminded me how much I love YA thrillers and has encouraged me to read more.

The Red Court is a secret organization at Heller Hall that grants favors in exchange for future favors. The Red Court is usually involved any time there is social sabotage.  Nobody is safe from The Red Court except its members.

Ember’s sister was in an accident caused by The Red Court. Ember decides to join The Red Court in order to try to take it down. Ember wants to find the leader, The Queen of Hearts and get revenge.  Can Ember find the leader? Can Ember take down The Red Court? What will this cost Ember?

These Vengeful Hearts was very fast paced and had me hooked from the beginning. The characters also really added to the story. Ember was definitely my favorite. Ember is very loyal to her sister and her cause. I really enjoyed seeing how she changed throughout the book. I was obviously rooting for her the whole time. Ember tried so hard to become friends with Hailey, her Red Queen partner. Hailey did not make it easy and Ember never gave up. Hailey is a strong female character.

I listened to the audiobook and Laura Knight Keating did a fantastic job. I always forget how much a narrator can make or break a book until I listen to one that stands out. Keating was perfect for These Venegeful Hearts and added to a great book.

I highly recommend These Vengeful Hearts to all YA thriller fans. If you like audiobooks I definitely recommend the audiobook, but I am confident the book is great too.

Thank you NetGalley and Recorded Books/ RB Media for These Vengeful Hearts.

About the author

Katherine Laurin lives in Colorado with her husband, two sons, and tiny dog. When she’s not writing, Katherine enjoys reading, traveling, hiking, and listening to true crime podcasts. THESE VENGEFUL HEARTS (fall 2020/Inkyard Press) is her young adult debut.

Website: https://katherinelaurin.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/writerkatherine

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kl_writer/