Book Review: The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

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The Wife Between Us
by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

I received an ARC ebook from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis: A woman is preparing to marry her dream man. Another woman is distraught over her ex.

The tagline is perfect for this book – Assume Nothing.

This was an intriguing story. I love a good twisty plot, and this one kept me guessing. The story is from two points of view, Nellie (the young bride) and Vanessa (the distraught ex). At first, I found this book to be a bit slow, but as I got further into it, I couldn’t wait to finish and see how it all ended. There are three parts to the book, and just when you’ve think you’ve figured it all out… BOOM, there’s a surprise waiting.

A clever suspense novel. If you’re a fan of The Girl on the Train, Gone Girl, and similar books, then this is the book for you.

This book is expected to be released in January 2018.

Books Read in October

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I got a lot of reading done this month! I needed to get back on track and focus on my 2017 reading goals, and I did just that. I finally finished reading the first 64 books in the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories series. I also made headway on my Gilmore Girls reading challenge, and I read some books on the Bookriot lists for hilarious books and monster books. Below are all of the books I read in October. For more info on what I’m reading, click over to my Goodreads account.

OCTOBER

Gilmore Girls Season 3 Books
Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens
Inferno by Dante Alighieri
The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin
The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether by Edgar Allan Poe
Within a Budding Grove, The Guermantes Way, and Sodom and Gomorrah by Marcel Proust (volumes in In Search of Lost Time)
Eleanor Roosevelt by Blanche Wiesen Cook

Nancy Drew Mystery Stories
The Secret in the Old Lace by Carolyn Keene
The Greek Symbol Mystery by Carolyn Keene
The Swami’s Ring by Carolyn Keene
The Kachina Doll Mystery by Carolyn Keene
The Twin Dilemma by Carolyn Keene
Captive Witness by Carolyn Keene

Bookriot’s 100 Must-Read Hilarious Books
Has Anyone Seen My Pants? by Sarah Colonna
Heartburn by Nora Ephron
Varamo by César Aira
Job by Robert A. Heinlein

Bookriot’s 100 Must-Read Books about Monsters
Who Goes There? by John W. Campbell, Jr.
Slither by Edward Lee
The Ruins by Scott Smith

Other books read (not toward a specific goal):
Disturbed by Jennifer Jaynes (my review here)
They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera (my review here)
The Dazzling Heights by Katharine McGee
Grace, Not Perfection by Emily Ley
The Heirs by Susan Rieger (my review here)
For Better or Worse by Donna Huston Murray (my review here)
Nancy Drew And The Hardy Boys: The Big Lie #1 by Anthony Del Col (my review here)
The Game Plan by Kristen Callihan
The Alice Network by Kate Quinn (my review here)
Full Bodied Murder by Christine E. Blum (my review here)
Eleanor Roosevelt, Volume 2: The Defining Years, 1933-1938 by Blanche Wiesen Cook
Close to Home by Robert Dugoni (my review here)
Sourdough by Robin Sloan (my review here)

Book Review: Sourdough by Robin Sloan

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Sourdough
by Robin Sloan

Lois is a computer programmer who is gifted a sourdough starter by her favorite food delivery service. Lois learns to bake, and makes amazing sourdough bread with this starter. The sourdough is so good, she finds herself able to sell it. She checks out the farmers markets, and gets involved with a secret market that is preparing to open in town. Also, the sourdough is high maintenance… and really likes music.

Lois is a smart young woman recruited by a tech company in San Francisco. She takes the job, moving from Michigan, so she’s new in town and doesn’t know anyone. Reading about her desire to get out and be more adventurous with her life made her feel very real. Once she had the sourdough starter and started baking bread, she found a way to put herself out there. She’s a likable character. Really, everyone in the book was a likable character.

This book combines technology and geeks with food and foodies. The secret market is a group of people that are working to revolutionize the food market. They all use new methods and technologies to produce their products.

An easy reading, fun, and magical read.

Book Review: Close to Home by Robert Dugoni

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Close to Home
by Robert Dugoni

The police investigate a hit-and-run that leaves a twelve-year-old boy dead, and discover the driver to be a serviceman at the local naval base. After key evidence goes missing, the serviceman goes free, and detective Tracy Crosswhite starts to suspect more is going on than meets the eye. Additionally, a series of heroin overdoses are occurring in the city, and there seems to be a connection between the hit-and-run case and the drugs.

An exciting crime thriller. The plot has some twists that keep the reader interested and wanting to know more. For me, this book started off slow, but as I read I got more involved with the characters and how the story was going to play out. Also, the way the book delves into the heroin epidemic is handled in a very real way.

This is the 5th book in the Tracy Crosswhite series, but it’s the first one I have read.

I won the Kindle edition of this book in a Goodreads Giveaway.

Book Review: Full Bodied Murder by Christine E. Blum

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Full Bodied Murder
by Christine E. Blum

I received an ARC ebook from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Halsey moves to Southern California from New York City. Her new neighborhood takes some getting used to, but some friendly neighbors invite her to join their Rose Avenue Wine Club. Halsey enjoys wine and wants to meet her new neighbors, so she happily accepts the invitation. Unfortunately, Halsey goes to the wrong house for her first wine club meeting… and stumbles upon a dead body. The police see Halsey as a suspect, so she and the other wine club members take on a little sleuthing to prove her innocence. It turns out, there are quite a few suspects on Rose Avenue.

I always enjoy a cozy mystery, and I like to read with while enjoying a glass of wine, so this book seemed right up my alley. This was a solid mystery, though there did seem to be a lot of other things going on with the neighbors. Mostly likable characters, but not enough character development to truly care about anyone. The dog, Bardot, was pretty great though. I saw that this is set to be a series, and it was a good introduction to the characters.

I thought the list of wines in the back of the book was a nice touch. Also, the glossary for wine-related lingo could be helpful for non-wine drinkers.

Full Bodied Murder was a light read and good for fans of cozy mysteries.