Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh

I read a lot of thrillers, but I don’t read a lot of courtroom crimes. There’s a lot of hype about this book and I’m all here for it!

Thank you Flatiron books for my gifted copy in exchange for my honest review.

Synopsis: It’s the murder trial of the century. And Joshua Kane has killed to get the best seat in the house – and to be sure the wrong man goes down for the crime. Because this time, the killer isn’t on trial. He’s on the jury. But there’s someone on his tail. Former-conman-turned-criminal-defense-attorney Eddie Flynn doesn’t believe that his movie-star client killed two people. He suspects that the real killer is closer than they think – but who would guess just how close?

OH MY GOODNESS this was so good. It’s a little darker than I expected it to be, but it was worth every bit of it. I read this super quick because I just couldn’t stop! I will be reading a lot more of Steve’s previous and upcoming books. I’m sad I hadn’t heard more about him before! This is the fourth book in the Eddie Flynn Series, but you would never know it as it reads perfectly as a stand alone. These characters are so intense, I loved them so much! You could pick up on all their little tendencies just by the way it was written. You’re going to need to read this!

5/5 Stars

Guess Who by Chris McGeorge

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If anything reminds me of the board game and movie Clue, I’m in!

Thank you Harlequin and netgalley for allowing me to read this in exchange for my honest review.

Morgan Sheppherd wakes up handcuffed to a bed in a hotel room with 5 people around him. He doesn’t remember how he got there, or who anyone is in the room. Soon enough, he learns that his therapist is laying dead in the bathtub of the hotel room and one of the five people in the room killed him. He has three hours to figure out who did it before the entire hotel gets blown up.

The movie Clue meets Jerry Springer – what an interesting and super engaging read! The chapters are short and keep you at the edge of your seat. I read this book in one sitting! You are following right along with Morgan, trying to see if you can solve the crime before he does. The only thing that kept me from loving it was the ending. I didn’t like the story of why the murder was committed and thought it could’ve been a little more exciting. All in all, I still would totally recommend this read to everyone!

4/5 Stars

Tied to Deceit by Neena H Brar

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Today I’m participating in Digital Reads Blog Tour’s Tied to Deceit Tour! Thank you for the opportunity to read and review this book!

A little bit about the author:

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Neena H. Brar lives in Edmonton, Canada with her husband, two children, a highly energetic German Shepherd, and a lifetime collection of her favorite books. A hermit at heart, she’s a permissive mother, a reluctant housekeeper, a superb cook, and a hard-core reader. Tied to Deceit is her debut novel. 

Author Contacts:

Website:  http://neenabrar.com

Instagram: @bookaddictnwriter

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

Onto the book: On a drizzly August morning, the inhabitants of the hill town of Sanover, Himachal Pradesh, wake up to the shocking news of the murder of the exquisite, secretive, malicious, and thoroughly immoral Devika Singh. As Superintendent of Police Vishwanath Sharma begins to sift through the hidden secrets of Devika Singh’s life, it becomes evident that everyone who knew her seems to have a clear-cut motive for killing her. Faced with the investigation of a crime that appears to have as many suspects as there are motives, Vishwanath Sharma probes the sinister web spun around a tangle of lies and deception.

I’m a huge fan of mystery novels, if you haven’t noticed already, so I was quite thrilled to pick this book up. Neena is an extremely talented writer. The story flowed so nicely with the descriptions of emotions and locations being so intricate. There’s a little thought that goes into this book when you read it so it’s not an easy pick-up read for pleasure. The names took me a bit to get used to only because I’m not used to reading names from Indian culture. I throughly enjoyed it through the end as it kept me on the edge of my seat.

4/5 Stars

You can find this book on Amazon or Barnes and Nobles or simply find it here!

Murder on Millionaires’ Row by Erin Lindsey

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Lately I’ve been on not only a murder/mystery kick, but a historical novel kick! This book covers both of those attractions for me.

Thank you netgalley, st martins press, and minotaur books for this ARC in exchange for my review.

Rose is a maid for a very attractive young bachelor named Mr. Thomas Wiltshire. In fact, she is completely attracted to him herself. The book starts off with Thomas gone missing. Rose becomes a detective on her own, trying to find him missing in New York City. She not only finds him, but digs up deeper mysteries, incountering a ghost along the way. Now, Rose is knee deep in detective work alongside Thomas, trying to figure out if this paranormal activity has anything to do with murders happening around town.

Oh my gosh, I love this book! I did NOT expect any of it! It started as your typical murder mystery, but it gets crazy! When I started reading it, I had totally forgotten about the ghost aspect until it creeps up on you. That made this book reach to a whole new level of amazing for me. The character development is phenominal and I fell in love with each and every one of them. You NEED to read this book when it comes out in the fall. Honestly, I can’t wait to read it again I had so much fun with it!

5/5 Stars

The Ex-Wife by Jess Ryder

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Thank you netgalley and Bookouture for the read for my honest review. I greatly appreciate it!

Natasha is happily married to Nick with a beaufitul daughter named Emily. The only thing starting to stand in the way is Nick’s ex-wife Jennifer. Jen is starting to come back into Nick’s life, and you find out that truly began when Nick and Natasha had their baby. You see, Nick had an affair with Natasha, got pregnant, and divorced Jen to be with her. The thing is, Nick and Emily show up missing one day and Natasha is desperate to find out what happened to them. Was it Jen? Was it Nick? Was it Nick’s family who despise Natasha from ruining a perfect marriage? Was it someone else completely?

There were surely a ton of twists in this novel! Not too many, not too little. My favorite!! I am not a huge fan of multiple point of view reads, but this one was different because it had a past and present viewpoint which was something I could easily follow. I was confused about the plot at first, but it quickly picked up around chapter 4 and just went nuts from there. I caught on to the story, but still couldn’t manage to predict the ending. WHEW! It’s prettttty crazy! Even if you read one of the last chapters, you still wouldn’t manage to get the whole picture of what really happened. Every detail in this is crucial and it blows your mind! If you like Girl on the Train, you will surely enjoy this. I would totally read this one again.

5/5 Stars

Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall

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It took me forever to decide what book I was going to read next (okay, maybe only two days..). I’ve heard so much about this one that it was almost decided for me.

Mike Hayes is in love with Verity Metcalf. He refers to her as V. They have had a very long relationship with each other with a pretty crazy sexual history between them. He has painted his life to revolve around V and make sure she is happy in every single way. The thing is, he had gotten a pretty awesome job offer in America that he couldn’t miss out on. V insisted he take it and they would work on their relationship long term. Both of them had done things they regret and now V is getting married, but not to Mike. What is Mike to do? He is in love and know V loves him just as much.

I started this as soon as I put my little one to bed last night and I finished it shortly after. I literally cannot stop thinking about this book. I never put it down as soon as I picked it up. I didn’t read too many reviews so I painted this picture in my head of what I expected the book to be about. I was so convinced I had everything figured out, so much so that I literally thought the book was lying to me. I thourhgt this was a book of obsession, but now I’m not so sure! Hall does an excellent job at painting the psychological portrait of Mike. I could see both sides of the story, all the way up until the end. But the ending! Oh my gosh, I STILL don’t know what to think of it. I can’t get it out of my head.

Iwant to know your thoughts! No spoilers in this review, but warning for the comments for those who post! But really….what does it all meannnnnn!

Originally I was going to give this a 4/5 stars for wanting to know a lot more about Verity, but you know what? This has just totally messed with my head so much that it deserves all the stars. 5/5 stars! I still suggest a book in Verity’s viewpoint. I would read the crap out of that!