REVIEW: Only Ever You by Rebecca Drake

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Jill Lassiter’s three-year-old daughter disappears from a playground only to return after 40 frantic minutes, but her mother’s relief is short-lived–there’s a tiny puncture mark on Sophia’s arm. When doctors can find no trace of drugs in her system, Jill accepts she’ll never know what happened, but at least her child is safe.

Except Sophia isn’t. Someone is watching the Lassiter home in an affluent Pennsylvania suburb, infiltrating the family’s personal and professional lives. While Jill struggles to balance building her photography business with parenting high-spirited Sophia, and David is distracted by pressure to make partner at his law firm, both of them are holding on in a marriage that’s already been rocked by loss.

Three months after the incident at the park, Sophia disappears again, but this time Jill and David become the focus of police and media scrutiny and suspicion. Facing every parent’s worst nightmare a second time, Jill discovers that someone doesn’t just want Sophia for her own, she wants to
destroy the entire family.

 

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Based on the synopsis, I thought this book would blow me away but something was a little off. I’m not sure how to explain it and I can’t particularly put my finger on it because even though the storyline was a little predictable it kept my attention yet it still lacked the “wow” factor. The main takeaway from this book in which Drake illustrated in a very fascinating yet disturbing fashion is that even though one thinks they have gotten away with being deceitful eventually everything done in the dark will come to light.

Rating: 3.5

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of Only Ever You in exchange for an honest review.

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REVIEW: Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes

Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes

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In the compulsively readable follow-up to her widely acclaimed debut novel, You, Caroline Kepnes weaves a tale that Booklist calls “the love child of Holden Caulfield and Patrick Bateman.”

Hidden Bodies marks the return of a voice that Stephen King described as original and hypnotic, and through the divisive and charmingly sociopathic character of Joe Goldberg, Kepnes satirizes and dissects our culture, blending suspense with scathing wit.

Joe Goldberg is no stranger to hiding bodies. In the past ten years, this thirty-something has buried four of them, collateral damage in his quest for love. Now he’s heading west to Los Angeles, the city of second chances, determined to put his past behind him.

In Hollywood, Joe blends in effortlessly with the other young upstarts. He eats guac, works in a bookstore, and flirts with a journalist neighbor. But while others seem fixated on their own reflections, Joe can’t stop looking over his shoulder. The problem with hidden bodies is that they don’t always stay that way. They re-emerge, like dark thoughts, multiplying and threatening to destroy what Joe wants most: truelove. And when he finds it in a darkened room in Soho House, he’s more desperate than ever to keep his secrets buried. He doesn’t want to hurt his new girlfriend—he wants to be with her forever. But if she ever finds out what he’s done, he may not have a choice…

 

img_0013-1.jpegOMG, I seriously had to stop several times and think about my own mental health when reading this book because I found myself truly rooting for Joe this time around. He might be my favorite “crazy stalker” person ever but I hope I never encounter anyone like him in real life. It is a true testament to Kepnes writing ability that she was able to make a psycho so likable. Hidden Bodies is truly worth a read, but make sure you read YOU first!!

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of Hidden Bodies in exchange for an honest review.

 

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Quiet Lies by R.L. Griffin

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QL-Cover-GoodreadsI was broken before I met Sebastian Pryor, but he decimated me. I swept the ashes of myself into a pile that I kept safe for thirteen years. Believe me it wasn’t pretty, oh but people thought we were perfect. I hate myself most days. I hate that I feel for him as much as I loathe who I’ve become with him. This story is hard to hear. You know what the worst part is? You’ll see part of you in me. You’ll hate that. You won’t tell anyone.

My story is about cracks. A description or telling of how cracks in a marriage, a life, a personality, a heart and a mind begin and continue for years without anyone knowing. You don’t always see what causes the fissure, but you feel it. Can you remember who you were before all of this started, before your life became a jumble of deceit, longing and regret?

This book isn’t for anyone who needs a happily ever after.

This book isn’t for anyone who needs a fun time out from their life.

This book isn’t for anyone, but me.

This is my story. I won’t apologize for it.

 

“You ruined my fucking life. I hope you burn in the hell that you created for yourself,” I whisper. Then I lick the shell of his ear and he looks at me like he doesn’t know me. He doesn’t. He created me, but doesn’t know what he created at all.

This does not happen often, but I really can’t put into words the feelings and emotions that I had during and after I read Quiet Lies. It truly rendered me speechless because while we may not have Rebecca’s life there are quite a few of us that have been in relationships with someone that is like a chameleon. Parts of this book was like looking in a rearview mirror and I couldn’t stop staring.

I fell in love with R.L.’s writing during the By a Thread series, but Quiet Lies moved her into the “I will read whatever she writes simply because it’s by her” category!!! Quiet Lies is an amazing, twisted, realistic piece of brilliance!!!

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of Quiet Lies in exchange for an honest review.


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Author PhotoR.L. Griffin published her first book in 2004. After that she focused on practicing law. A few years ago she began writing the By A Thread series, which is out now. Her goal is to keep readers on their toes, whether it’s the plot twist or the book itself, her books are outside any box. There is a little bit of grit in most of her books and a ton of cussing. Most books are enjoyed better with a glass of wine, or whiskey, whatever your poison may be.
She lives in Atlanta with her husband, kid and dogs. She loves to travel and meet readers.

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