Hello October

Wow where did this year go.  Soon it will be Christmas and the New Year.  I hope that everyone had a great week.  So whats everyone ready?  I have several books started but I haven’t finished any of them.  I am also a little behind in some reviews.  Now on to the review of…










  • Hardcover:368 pages
  • Publisher:Mulholland Books (July 9, 2019)


51TE1ZLLp0L._US230_ (1)Biography

Adrian McKinty is an Edgar Award winning crime novelist from Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Adrian studied philosophy at Oxford University on a full scholarship. In the early 90’s he emigrated to New York City where he worked in bars, building sites and bookstores for seven years before moving to Denver, Colorado to become a high school English teacher.

His first crime novel Dead I Well May Be was shortlisted for the 2004 Dagger Award and was optioned by Universal Pictures. He has written a dozen novels since then. He has won the Edgar Award, the Ned Kelly Award, the Barry Award, the Audie Award and the Anthony Award. He has been shortlisted for the Dagger Award, Theakston Crime Novel of the Year Award and the Prix du Meilleurs Polar.

My Thoughts

So I kept hearing about this book and I wanted to read it.  I finally got it from my local library after a long hold.  And I must say wow.  This was a great book.  I remember chain letters as a child, but to think that people could be doing this with children.

Before I get into my review, I want to state up front a tip for parents: Buy shoes with GPS trackers for your kids or buy trackers you can put in shoes. I didn’t know these existed but The Chain mentions these and I think they are an excellent idea.

After successfully completing chemotherapy, divorcing her incompatible (and immature) husband and landing a philosophy teaching job, Rachel O’Neill is finally feeling like she’s in control of her life and heading in the right direction. Until one day she gets a message from her oncologist saying to call her back right away, plus – far more terrifying – an untraceable message that her thirteen-year-old daughter, Kylie, has been taken from the bus stop and is being held hostage. But not to worry, if Rachel comes up with the stiff extortion fee plus kidnaps another child and repeats the crime to another innocent family, Kylie will be returned to her unharmed.

I don’t want to give too much of this away, this is a great read and a must.  I am giving it 5 stars.  Happy reading everyone.

Finally Getting Caught up

I think I have finally caught up on my reviews, for the month of August. I have one more to post and then I can finally say I am done for now.   I am reading  The Regret By: Dan Malakin.  So far not a disappointment.  What are you reading?  I would love to hear about them.


Miranda Steele.
Feisty. Independent. Skeptical.
Thirteen years ago her abusive husband stole her baby and gave it up for adoption.
She comes to Atlanta to find her daughter.

Wade Parker.
Ace detective.
Wealthy owner of the Parker Investigative Agency.
The most eligible forty-four-year-old bachelor in Atlanta.
Still mourning the death of his socialite wife, he must solve a disturbing murder case.
Before the killer strikes again.

A serial killer strangling young girls in a bizarre ritual.

She doesn’t need a man.
He needs to find a killer.
Together, can they save a thirteen year old girl?

  • Print Length:286 pages
  • Publisher:Felicity Books; 3 edition (January 11, 2014)
  • Publication Date:January 11, 2014

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Linsey Lanier writes chilling mystery-thrillers that keep you up at night.

Daughter of a WWII Navy Lieutenant, she has written fiction for more than fifteen years. She has authored over two dozen novels and short stories, including the popular Miranda’s Rights Mystery series and the Miranda and Parker Mystery series. Someone Else’s Daughter has received over 1,000 reviews and more than 450,000 downloads.

My Thoughts

I see-sawed a bit at the beginning of this book but then…wham…I got pulled into it and didn’t stop until the end. The plot of this book is a bit different and the heroine is a LOT different from your normal mystery. Miranda was abused by her cop ex-husband. After she was brutally raped, he demanded that she get an abortion. When she refused, he waited until the baby was three weeks old and then, somehow, used his law enforcement background to put the baby up for adoption without her knowledge. When she learned what he had done, she attacked him for the first time. After he threw her out of the house, she tried to find her child going through legal channels.

Miranda was married but her husband was an abusive cop and got away with it. He takes her baby and gives her up for adoption and then throws Miranda out. After thirteen years of searching for her daughter, Miranda gets a call from a reunion agency. They receive a letter from a girl looking for her birth parents. She’s in Atlanta so that’s where Miranda goes next. She gets a job on a road crew and starts her search. When Miranda is accused of killing a young girl, Parker shows up. Parker owns a detective agency and is asked to find a missing girl. He offers Miranda a job after the charges are dismissed. Can they find a killer before he strikes again?   I am giving this 5 stars, I really enjoyed it and I recommend it.

The Lost Sister:

A gripping emotional page turner about dark family secrets



Secret and No Turning Back

For the first time in your life, she is going to tell you the truth…

Then: A trip to the beach tore Becky’s world apart. It was the day her mother Selma met the mysterious man she went on to fall in love with, and leave her husband and child for.

Now: It’s been a decade since they last spoke, but Selma has just weeks to live. And she has something important to tell Becky – a secret she been hiding for many years. She had another daughter.

With the loss of her mother, Becky aches to find her sister. She knows she cannot move forward in her life without answers, but who can she really trust?



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  • Print Length:449 pages
  • Publisher:Avon (July 20, 2018)
  • Publication Date:July 20, 2018

About Tracy Buchanan

Hello! Fab to see you here. I live in the UK with my husband, my little girl and our (very naughty) puppy, Bronte.

I travelled extensively while working as a travel magazine editor, and have always been drawn to the sea after spending my childhood holidays on the south coast of the UK visiting family – a fascination that inspires my writing.

I now dedicate my time to writing and procrastinating on Facebook.

I’d love to hear from you so please come say hi on one of the following platforms… plus if you join The Reading Snug I’ve set up with fellow authors, Kelly Rimmer and Kerry Fisher, you might even bag yourself some freebies including an early copy of my latest novel, The Lost Sister!

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My Thoughts

This was my very first book by Tracy Buchanan; it was a recommendation that Amazon it.  I am glad that Amazon recommended this it was definitely a page turner ~ I couldn’t put it down! Both story lines, Selma’s in 1992 and Becky’s in 2018, were so artfully told.

Omg, what a bunch of twists & turns that were amazing.  I am so glad that Amazon had this as one of my recommendations.  Thanks Amazon.  I will be looking for more of her books.  I am giving this 5 stars.

HELLO and Welcome to Monday

Wow and here, it is Monday again and September is upon us.  Wow where has this year gone.  I have not posted in a while, as the last week was a little hectic with all that was going on with Hurricane Dorian.  I thank God that we did not get much of it.   I hope that everyone had a great weekend and had time to read.

Its Monday what are you reading? A place to meet up and show what you have been reading over the week.

It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.  So I thought I would try it and see if I could keep up with it and share what I am reading and planning on reading.

🌼What I read last week:

The Reporter You Can Purchase it HERE   

The Lost Sister You Can Purchase it HERE

Someone Else’s Daughter You Can Purchase it HERE

The Chain You Can Purchase it HERE

🌼What I am reading now: 



🌼Up next: 

I am leaving my options opened for my next read.

I am now off to write so many reviews of the books that I have read, also planning on what I want to post in the upcoming days.  I hope that everyone has a great week and happy reading.


Hello!  One Girl and a Book welcomes, you all to my little corner of the web and Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived here on Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading. So, let’s get to it!

The Three Ws are:

 What are you currently reading? 

 What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently reading: I am reading The Chain by: Adrian McKinty.  Wow and Wow this book is awesome, I have to make myself put it down.

Recently finished: I have finished The War Reporter By:  Martin Fletcher, The Lost Sister By: Tracy Buchanan and Someone Else’s Daughter.  The War Reporter was not what I had expected and I’m glad that I found it at bargain store.  I loved the other two and will be looking for more from the authors.  Both were great reads.

Reading Next: Don’t Wake Up By: Liz Lawler,

Here are my Three Ws:

What I am currently reading?  The Chain By:

What I recently finished reading? The War Reporter By:  Martin Fletcher, The Lost Sister By: Tracy Buchanan and Someone Else’s Daughter

What I think I’ll read next?  Don’t Wake Up By: Liz Lawler

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Hello book bloggers and reviewers!  How is your Tuesday going?  So far mine is going well, I am working on getting my reviews done; hope to share them later in the week.  Today I thought I would share my top five favorite books so far this year.  Although I am sure that I more than five that were my favorite.  What are your favorites?

  1. I can Only Imagine By: Bart Millard  

51WtRrvhWZL._SX326_BO1,204,203,200_The Story That Inspired the Major Motion Picture.”

The captivating story behind the bestselling single in the history of Christian music—and the man who wrote it

MercyMe’s crossover hit, “I Can Only Imagine,” has touched millions of people around the world. But few know about the pain, redemption, and healing that inspired it. Now Bart Millard, award-winning recording artist and lead singer of MercyMe, shares how his dad’s transformation from abusive father to man of God sparked a divine moment in music history.

Go behind the scenes of Bart’s life—and the movie based on it—to discover how God repaired a broken family, prepared Bart for ministry through music, and wrote the words on his heart that would change his life forever. I Can Only Imagine is a front-row seat to witnessing God’s presence throughout Bart’s life. Whether falling in love with his childhood sweetheart or mourning his father’s death, founding MercyMe or flailing in the midst of its success, Bart continues to place his trust in God’s plans—plans that continue to surprise and surpass what Bart could have ever imagined.

2.  The Good Daughter By: Karin Slaughter

33230889The stunning new novel from the international #1 bestselling author  a searing, spellbinding blend of cold-case thriller and psychological suspense.

Two girls are forced into the woods at gunpoint. One runs for her life. One is left behind…

Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn’s happy small-town family life was torn apart by a terrifying attack on their family home. It left their mother dead. It left their father — Pikeville’s notorious defense attorney — devastated. And it left the family fractured beyond repair, consumed by secrets from that terrible night.

Twenty-eight years later, and Charlie has followed in her father’s footsteps to become a lawyer herself — the ideal good daughter. But when violence comes to Pikeville again — and a shocking tragedy leaves the whole town traumatized — Charlie is plunged into a nightmare. Not only is she the first witness on the scene, but it’s a case that unleashes the terrible memories she’s spent so long trying to suppress. Because the shocking truth about the crime that destroyed her family nearly thirty years ago won’t stay buried forever…

Packed with twists and turns, brimming with emotion and heart, The Good Daughter is fiction at its most thrilling.

3.  After Anna By: Lisa Scottoline

34964864Riveting and disquieting, After Anna is a groundbreaking domestic thriller, as well as a novel of emotional justice and legal intrigue. New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline keeps readers on their toes until the final shocking page.

Nobody cuts deeper than family…

Dr. Noah Alderman, a widower and single father, has remarried a wonderful woman, Maggie Ippolitti, and for the first time in a long time, he and his young son are happy. Despite her longing for the daughter she hasn’t seen since she was a baby, Maggie is happy too, and she’s even more overjoyed when she unexpectedly gets another chance to be a mother to the child she thought she’d lost forever, her only daughter Anna.

Maggie and Noah know that having Anna around will change their lives, but they would never have guessed that everything would go wrong, and so quickly. Anna turns out to be a gorgeous seventeen-year-old who balks at living under their rules, though Maggie, ecstatic to have her daughter back, ignores the red flags that hint at the trouble brewing in a once-perfect marriage and home.

Events take a heartbreaking turn when Anna is murdered and Noah is accused and tried for the heinous crime. Maggie must face not only the devastation of losing her daughter, but the realization that Anna’s murder may have been at the hands of a husband she loves. In the wake of this tragedy, new information drives Maggie to search for the truth, leading her to discover something darker than she could have ever imagined.

4.  The Date By Louise Jensen

31841766_10155753382758740_7337236981312651264_nOne night can change everything.

‘I know it as soon as I wake up and open my eyes… Something is wrong.’

Her Saturday night started normally. Recently separated from her husband, Ali has been persuaded by her friends to go on a date with a new man. She is ready, she is nervous, she is excited. She is about to take a step into her new future. By Sunday morning, Ali’s life is unrecognisable. She wakes, and she knows that something is wrong. She is home, she is alone, she is hurt and she has no memory of what happened to her.

Worse still, when she looks in the mirror, Ali doesn’t recognise the face staring back at her

5.  Perfect Imprefections By Taryn Leigh

51+vQ4UTomL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_Sarah Lewis desires nothing more than to begin again after a failed marriage and a tragedy so terrifying, it forces her to leave her life in London to stay with her best friend a world apart in South Africa. Despite immediate success in her business, she struggles to understand who she really is and where she belongs in the world. So begins a journey of discovery as Sarah re-unites with Katy in the land where she was born, where the air is lavender scented, and weekends are spent cycling on the beach.Until the day when she has to return to London to face the ghosts of her past and confront a situation that has grown more complicated in her absence.Perfect Imperfections is an intriguing tale which hints at wrongdoings and deceit without giving too much away. The author cleverly weaves a tale around fragile yet strong Sarah as she tries to reconcile her past with her future, engaging the reader to the point where we simply want the best for her and for happiness finally to come her way

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Welcome to Monday

Wow and here, it is Monday again and August is just about over.  I hope that everyone had a great weekend and had time to read.

Its Monday what are you reading? A place to meet up and show what you have been reading over the week.

It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.  So I thought I would try it and see if I could keep up with it and share what I am reading and planning on reading.

🌼What I read last week: 

The War Reporter:  You Can Purchase it HERE

The Lost Sister:  You Can Purchase it HERE

Someone Else’s Daughter:  You Can Purchase it HERE

🌼What I am reading now: 


You Can Purchase it HERE

🌼Up next: 


You Can Purchase it HERE

I am now off to write some reviews of the books that I have read, also planning on what I want to post in the upcoming days.  I hope that everyone has a great week and happy reading.


The War Reporter: A Novel

518m6jbeZNL._SX328_BO1,204,203,200_Winner of a Jewish National Book Award and author of The List and Jacob’s Oath, both of which achieved outstanding critical acclaim, NBC Special Correspondent Martin Fletcher delivers another breathtaking tale of love, war, and redemption.

Tom Layne was a world-class television correspondent until his life collapsed in Sarajevo. Beaten and humiliated, he fell into a hole diagnosed as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Eleven years later he returns to the Balkans to film a documentary on the man who caused his downfall: Ratko Mladic, Europe’s biggest killer since Hitler, wanted for genocide and crimes against humanity. Mysterious forces have protected Mladic for a decade, preventing his arrest, and these shadowy but deadly foes swing into action against the journalist. Tom soon falls into a web of intrigue and deceit that threatens his life as well as that of the woman he loves.

Drawing upon his own experiences reporting on the wars in Bosnia and Sarajevo, Martin Fletcher has written a searing love story and a painfully authentic account of a war reporter chasing down the scoop of a lifetime.

You Can Purchase it HERE

  • Hardcover:320 pages
  • Publisher:Thomas Dunne Books; First edition (October 6, 2015)



Anderson Cooper called Martin Fletcher the gold standard of TV war correspondents, and he is rapidly building a new reputation as an author. His second book, “Walking Israel,” won the National Jewish Book Award, after he won almost every award in TV journalism. They include five Emmies, the du Pont, the TV Pulitzer, several Overseas Press Club awards and the Edward R. Murrow award for excellence several times.
For three weeks he walked across the Hindu Kush mountains from Pakistan into Afghanistan with the Mujahideen, he was the only television reporter to join the Khmer rouge in Cambodia, the only reporter to enter the American embassy in Tehran when Iranian students held American diplomats hostage for 444 days.
His new novel, Promised Land, draws on his decades of reporting in Israel to paint a searing, intimate portrait of a struggling family set to the story of a struggling nation. Nelson deMille wrote, “historical fiction doesn’t get much better than this.”

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🌼My Thoughts

This is the first time for this author, seen this book at an airport book shop, but I passed it up, sound interesting but I didn’t want to pay the price for it.  After my trip I had to stop at our local Dollar Tree and seen it there and thought what a $1.00 for this book, I put it in my basket.

I don’t remember much about the war in Bosnia and I was interested in what it is like to be a foreign correspondent in a dangerous setting. So I selected The War Reporter by former NBC journalist, Martin Fletcher.

I found the writing is slow with minimal action inserted. The storytelling is average.  I just couldn’t get into the story line, there were times that I found that the chapters were so long and drawn out.

I had to force myself to finish. The first half of the book was great, the second half was horrible. I am so glad that I got this book at a discount store instead of paying full price for it.  I am give it 3 stars out of five. It just wasn’t what I thought it was going to be.



Good afternoon and it’s Friday and jut 4 more hours until I am done with work.  So how did everyone’s week go?  Mine was excessively busy, but at least the week went by fast.  I had so much planned and wanted to get done during the week, but no luck in finishing some of those projects.  Although in the evenings, I did find time to read and finished two books:  The first book was The War Reporter by: Martin Fletcher which I have reviewed and will post here on my blog tomorrow.  I had a hard time with book.  If you read I would love to know how you felt about it.


You Can Purchase it HERE

The second book that I finished was The Lost Sister by: Tracy Buchanan and what an 0008264643awesome read This is the first book that I have read by this author and I noticed there are more to this series and I am on the hunt for them.  I will be doing my review on this, later this weekend.

You can purchase HERE








I have started another one called The Chain by Adrian McKinty, which I have been hearing a lot about.  So I looked for it at my local library and placed it on hold and its finally available.  I am only on Chapter 4 but so far I love it and I need to go home and read instead of being at work.

I hope that everyone has a great weekend.

Happy reading and reviewing!

Final Review

51N60zXWgNLIn Reconstructing Amelia, the stunning debut novel from Kimberly McCreight, Kate’s in the middle of the biggest meeting of her career when she gets the telephone call from Grace Hall, her daughter’s exclusive private school in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Amelia has been suspended, effective immediately, and Kate must come get her daughter—now. But Kate’s stress over leaving work quickly turns to panic when she arrives at the school and finds it surrounded by police officers, fire trucks, and an ambulance. By then it’s already too late for Amelia. And for Kate.

An academic overachiever despondent over getting caught cheating has jumped to her death. At least that’s the story Grace Hall tells Kate. And clouded as she is by her guilt and grief, it is the one she forces herself to believe. Until she gets an anonymous text: She didn’t jump.

Reconstructing Amelia is about secret first loves, old friendships, and an all-girls club steeped in tradition. But, most of all, it’s the story of how far a mother will go to vindicate the memory of a daughter whose life she couldn’t save.

Fans of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl will find Reconstructing Amelia just as gripping and surprising.


  • File Size:1945 KB
  • Print Length:400 pages
  • Publisher:Harper (April 2, 2013)
  • Publication Date:April 2, 2013
  • Sold by:HarperCollins Publishers
  • Date Read: August 12 – 15, 2019

You can Purchase it HERE


5130FVaYMpL._US230_About Kimberly McCreight

Kimberly McCreight is the New York Times bestselling author of RECONSTRUCTING AMELIA, WHERE THEY FOUND HER and THE OUTLIERS TRILOGY. She’s been nominated for the Edgar, Anthony and Alex awards and her books have been translated into more than twenty languages. She attended Vassar College and graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters. Her next book, a new mystery for adults, is forthcoming from Harper Books in Summer 2020.

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My Thoughts

So I have been hearing about this book, I kept putting it off, I finally decided to give it a shot.  The authors writing style was a little different from what I usually read.  I felt that it was more of a diary form writing.  Don’t get me wrong I enjoyed and now for my honest opinion of it.

I liked so many things about this book. It had a great way of going back and forth through time to piece together what happened up to Amelia’s death and what was happening after her death. Her mother, after receiving a message on her phone, decided to go to the police and insist they look past the idea that this was a suicide.

In an age where we’ve been tempted to judge people by their worst moments, McCreight brings us a tale of a promising young student’s death from a fall off her prep-school’s roof. What it her choices that brought her there? Or, was there something darker, more sinister at work? Reconstructing Amelia brings a cast of characters, all flawed, and all with secrets that weave a tapestry of deception, bullying, and cruelty.

In the end, the case is solved. Things come to light about Amelia’s friends, things she was involved in, and what really happened to her.

I did enjoy this book. It was about 380 pages but it was a fast read. It was a true page turners. There were a lot of surprises throughout the book and it didn’t drag.  I am giving it 4/5 stars and If you haven’t read pick up a copy and read it.