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…

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VICTIM.
SURVIVOR.
ABDUCTOR.
CRIMINAL.
YOU WILL BECOME EACH ONE.

 

YOUR PHONE RINGS.

A STRANGER HAS KIDNAPPED YOUR CHILD.

TO FREE THEM YOU MUST ABDUCT SOMEONE ELSE’S CHILD.

YOUR CHILD WILL BE RELEASED WHEN YOUR VICTIM’S PARENTS KIDNAP ANOTHER CHILD.

IF ANY OF THESE THINGS DON’T HAPPEN:
YOUR CHILD WILL BE KILLED.

YOU ARE NOW PART OF THE CHAIN

  • 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.

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THE SEARCHING MOTHER
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.

THE PI
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.

THE MURDERER
A serial killer strangling young girls in a bizarre ritual.
Why?

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

 

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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!

You can follow Tracy Buchanan on Social Media

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https://www.tracy-buchanan.com

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.

Wednesday

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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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: 

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You Can Purchase it HERE

🌼Up next: 

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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)

 

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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.”

You can follow Martin Fletcher on Social Media

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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.

 

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

 

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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.

You can follow Kimberly McCreight on Social Media

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https://twitter.com/kimmccreight?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

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.

 

 

 

Don’t Blink: A gripping psychological thriller Kindle Edition

Hello and Good Morning, I hope that your day is going great.

I have finally finished my last review.  Now to finish reading those books that I have started and to finish updating my business Craft Page.  So on to the review.

41nLPsWqkPLTwo years ago, Paige Wilson watched helplessly as her brother Ryan was shot, right on her doorstep.

He survived the attack, but never fully recovered from the trauma.

Stuck in a wheelchair, Ryan refuses to accept the life of a paraplegic. His idea of fun is coming up with new ways to torment Paige, who has sacrificed her own happiness to care for him.

He feels she’s responsible for what happened to him that night, and he’s determined to make her life a living hell.

Pushed to her limits, Paige wants to turn her back on her brother’s abuse, but when she finally takes steps toward getting her life back, tragedy strikes.

One day she’s walking toward her freedom, and the next, she’s on the run. A terrible crime has been committed and she might be in danger.

She finds safety and a new life in the small town of Faypine, Maine. But someone knows her hiding place, and they are determined to use her secrets to tear her world apart. They will stop at nothing to get rid of her.

  • File Size:1656 KB
  • Print Length:465 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN:1091466424
  • Simultaneous Device Usage:Unlimited
  • Publication Date:March 31, 2019
  • Date Read: July 26, 2019 – August 12, 2019

      You Can Purchase it HERE:

 

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Author L.G. Davis writes novels that will send chills down your spine, and keep you up at night.
She also writes in other genres under the name Liz Grace Davis.

 

You can follow L.G. Davis on Social Media

You can follow L.G. Davis on Social Media

https://www.facebook.com/LGDavisBooks/

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🌼My Thoughts

I had seen and heard this book being talked about on one of my Facebook groups I belong to so I thought I would try it.  The story was well written and pretty believable. This is the first book that I have read by this author. And I definitely will add L.G. Davis to my list of authors i’ll be looking for in the future.

Do you like a book you can’t put down? If so, this is one for you. Though the events in the life of the main character are almost unbelievable, the story is so fast paced that a reader can hardly wait to see how it evolves. I liked the Paige character but her brother Ryan was so cruel to her. Paige would stand up to him, then back down.  There were times that I wanted to knock Paige upside the head and tell her to stand strong with the brother and not back down.  The theme of love for a sibling, a man (two actually) and a child is woven into the story; but I found this brother was just too much and to blame his sister for his accident.   I found the storyline was really good and I did not see the end coming.

I highly recommend this book. A lot of twists and turns.  Well written book! I am giving this 5/5 stars.

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Friday Vibes

Challenges

When I was in middle school, we had a read a thon, through our English class.  You had to commit and get sponsors and they would pledge money and all the proceeds would go to Muscular dystrophy, and we even got to meet Franco Harris of the Pittsburgh Steelers Foot Ball Team.  Therefore, off I went to get my sponsors, which were my family and neighbors.  I liked football, I wanted to meet Franco Harris, and I read over 50 books.  As you can see I was into challenges, why back then.  Oh and I did get to meet Franco Harris.

So I’m sure that everyone has heard or started the Goodreads Challenge.  I killed it this year 54/50, and we are only in August.   I even thought about adding more to my challenge, but decided to keep it at the 50 and see how many I go above it my challenge, next year’s challenge I will up more.

Therefore, a challenge that I would like to do is an audiobook challenge.  Since it is August, I am making my challenge of this to 5 and see if I can reach that goal.  I am not a fan of audiobooks, as some that I did start the narrator was so boring.  However, I have download one called Perfect Imperfections by Taryn Leigh.  Now let the challenge begin.

Therefore, what are some of your challenges?  I would love to hear about them.  How do they work, how do you set your challenges?  Do you enjoy audiobooks?  So until the next post I hope everyone had a great week.

Happy Reading everyone!

 

Spilled Milk

Hello Thursday, just one more day till Friday and then the weekend.  Hope everyone is having a great week.  Whats everyone ready?  I just Finished Don’t Blink by: L.G. Davis, and what an awesome read.  Review to follow.  Now I would like to share the review on Spilled Milked based on a True Event.

 

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“Randis later would testify at a criminal trial against her father, who was sentenced to prison for his crimes. He was sentenced to up to 16 years in 2004. Her painful — and ultimately triumphant — story is recounted in Randis’ first novel, “Spilled Milk.” – Brown, Stacy. Interview with the Pocono Record Newspaper

“Spilled Milk is a story about resilience. The strength of the human mind and will power to live a better life.” – The Weekly Sparkle

“Beautifully written, hauntingly real, Spilled Milk is a must read for any young adult today.” – F.P Lione, Author

Brooke Nolan is a battered child who makes an anonymous phone call about the escalating brutality in her home.

When social services jeopardize her safety condemning her to keep her father’s secret, it’s a glass of spilled milk at the dinner table that forces her to speak about the cruelty she’s been hiding. In her pursuit for safety and justice Brooke battles a broken system that pushes to keep her father in the home.

When jury members and a love interest congregate to inspire her to fight, she risks losing the support of family and comes to the realization that some people simply do not want to be saved.
Spilled Milk is a novel of shocking narrative, triumph and resiliency.

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  • Print Length:246 pages
  • Publication Date:December 4, 2013
  • Date Read: July 26, 2019 – August 2, 2019

You Can purchase it HERE

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K.L Randis

K.L. Randis, author of bestselling novel Spilled Milk and the Pillbillies series, started journaling at the age of six and had short stories and poetry published by the time she was thirteen.

She has since written numerous publications that bring awareness to domestic violence and child abuse. K.L. Randis engages audiences on a local and national level to raise awareness about child abuse, serving as a frequent commentator to media outlets & traveling as a keynote speaker to major events. Spilled Milk is her first novel, which grabbed the #1 bestsellers spot in the genre of Child Abuse only 24 hours after its debut, and is now required reading in colleges and high schools across the nation. She resides in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.
You can follow K.L. Randis on Social Media

Contact the Author:
EMAIL
authorklrandis@gmail.com
SOCIAL MEDIA
Facebook/Twitter/Instagram: @KLRandis

🌼My Thoughts

I love a good “based on a true story”

I picked out this book randomly a few days ago when I was bored and just wanted to ready something. At first all I expected from this book was a good and interesting story, but when I continued reading, I found it to be SO much more then that. I was deeply touched by the bravery and strength of the girl, and I actually cried several times when some of the moments really hit me; and wondered why there are parents like that our there.   After reading this book, I finally have an idea of what is it that a lot of people are going through, and I can finally understand how hard and scary it must be for people to open up and seek help when they are being abused, sexually harassed, or something even more horrible.

What an amazing story and a great read. Thank you for sharing such a difficult time in your life.  I am giving this 5 stars, as it takes courage to talk about what happened in one’s life.

Happy Reading everyone!