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

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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.

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

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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.

Book Review: The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

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The Alice Network
by Kate Quinn

The story of two women – one a spy during World War I and the other an American socialite. Their lives are intertwined in 1947 while Charlie, the American socialite, looks for her cousin who hasn’t been heard from since World War II. In Charlie’s search for her cousin, she encounters Eve, a woman haunted by her past. The two women go on a mission to find Charlie’s cousin and confront an evil from Eve’s past.

This story is told from two viewpoints and two timelines. The 1915 timeline is about Eve and her days as a spy during World War I. The 1947 timeline is about Charlie and Eve. In 1947, Charlie is nineteen, pregnant, unwed, and unsure about her future, while Eve is a bitter, drunk, and slightly violent woman in her fifties.

Eve’s story was very interesting. She was a spy for The Alice Network in 1915, and was haunted by that past in her later life. Eve was a complex character that never was truly what she appeared to be. A most intriguing character.

Charlie wasn’t as interesting as Eve, but I still enjoyed her story. At first, she appeared timid and insecure, but she grew as her story progressed.

Eve and Charlie both felt real. They had weaknesses and insecurities, but they also had amazing strength and determination.

I loved that Kate Quinn mixed some historical truths in her fictional novel. There really were spies that were part of the Alice network in 1915. Some of the characters were based on real people, but the story and most of the characters were largely created with Quinn’s imagination.

An enjoyable read. Recommended for fans of historical fiction.