Tag: 3.5 stars

Exposed

Author: Lisa Scottoline
Published: August 15, 2017
AUDIOBOOK

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: August 22- September 2, 2017
Jessica’s Rating: 3.5 Stars

Book Description from Amazon:

A BATTLE FOR JUSTICE PITS PARTNER AGAINST PARTNER…

Mary DiNunzio wants to represent her old friend Simon Pensiera, a sales rep who was wrongly fired by his company, but her partner Bennie Rosato represents the parent company. When she confronts Mary, explaining this is a conflict of interest, an epic battle of wills and legal strategy between the two ensues—ripping the law firm apart, forcing everyone to take sides and turning friend against friend.

SOMETIMES LOYALTY CAN BE LETHAL.

Jessica’s Review:

Exposed is the fifth book in the Rosato & DiNunzio series. They can be read as standalones and you not miss much with the backstories or even read out of order.  I have been reading them out of order as I won Damaged (the fourth in the series, my review is here) in a Goodreads giveaway not knowing it is a series. My local library has them all in audio, so I plan to listen to the other two that I have not listened to yet.

Mary is again the main lawyer featured in Exposed.  Bennie is featured some as well.  In the previous books of the series Mary’s family is around a lot; in Exposed they have a smaller role. I kind of missed them as her family tends to be the comic relief in these books.

Mary wants to represent her friend Simon. He feels he was fired from his job because his child is very sick and his employer did not want to pay for the high medical bills.  Of course his employer says that is not the reason, it was his job performance.  There becomes a conflict of interest issue with Mary against Bennie since Bennie represents the parent company that Simon works for.  Exposed never dragged for me, but most of the novel focuses on this issue and it was too much ‘legal talk’ that did not interest me at all. Scottoline could have condensed that more to focus on the excitement of the last portion of the novel.  Exposed becomes so much more than a case about Simon and his job. It picked up for me in the last two discs.  I never thought about stopping the book as I wanted to know what was going to happen.

Scottoline ends the novel with optimism and a promising future.  I really enjoyed the ending and look forward to the next in the series.  I can’t wait to see where Rosato and DiNunzio go next!

Exposed is recommended.

He Said/She Said

Author: Erin Kelly
390 pages in Paperback

To Be Published: June 6, 2017
Dates Read: May 10-29, 2017

My Rating: 3.5 stars

Book Summary from Amazon:

In the summer of 1999, Kit and Laura travel to a festival in Cornwall to see a total eclipse of the sun. Kit is an eclipse chaser; Laura has never seen one before. Young and in love, they are certain this will be the first of many they’ll share.

But in the hushed moments after the shadow passes, Laura interrupts a man and a woman. She knows that she saw something terrible. The man denies it. It is her word against his.

The victim seems grateful. Months later, she turns up on their doorstep like a lonely stray. But as her gratitude takes a twisted turn, Laura begins to wonder—did she trust the wrong person?

15 years later, Kit and Laura married are living under new names and completely off the digital grid: no Facebook, only rudimentary cell phones, not in any directories. But as the truth catches up to them, they realize they can no longer keep the past in the past.

From Erin Kelly, queen of the killer twist, He Said/She Said is a gripping tale of the lies we tell to save ourselves, the truths we cannot admit, and how far we will go to make others believe our side of the story.

My Review:

The premise of He Said/She Said intrigued me, so I was excited when I received my ARC in the mail.  I made sure to fit it in and have it read by the release date on June 6th.  The two narrators are Kit and Laura and we get both of their perspectives of what happened.  We also go back and forth in time starting in 1999 at an eclipse festival and fast forward to 2015.  As the description says, Laura stumbles across a sexual assault and from there everything changes for Laura and Kit.  The fallout from the events of that festival changes everyone’s lives who are involved.

The description of He Said/She Said really had me wondering what was going to happen in this novel.  Why would Kit and Laura go to such extremes to stay hidden away from a sexual assault victim?  This curiosity is what pulled me into the novel and kept me reading. I wanted to know how it was going to end!

He Said/She Said is a book that very slowly builds itself up to the fast paced ending.  I will admit, I had difficulty with it until the halfway mark.  I did debate stopping it, but some earlier reviews I read stated that it is worth it to keep reading, which ended up being true for me.

There are twists throughout the novel.  I continually changed my mind on who to believe.  This novel is truly a ‘he said/she said’ situation and I found myself having no clue who to believe.  He Said/She Said is being marketed with #WhoDoYouBelieve and even after reading it I am still blown away by the ending.  You continue to guess and have doubts up to that final shocking paragraph! Even with the slow beginning Erin Kelly had a purpose with her writing throughout the novel. I never saw the twists that she wrote coming and when you think you have it figured out, she goes and throws another twist at you.

I give He Said/She Said 3.5 stars as I did struggle for half of the novel.  If you are struggling with it, keep going as it will be worth it in the end.

He Said/She Said is recommended.

**Thank you to Minotaur Books for my ARC copy and my solar eclipse glasses to use during the solar eclipse on 8/21!

 

 

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You Will Know Me


Author: Megan Abbott
AUDIOBOOK

Published: July 26, 2016
Dates Read: January 30- February 10, 2017

My Rating: 3.5 Stars

Book Summary from Amazon:

How far will you go to achieve a dream? That’s the question a celebrated coach poses to Katie and Eric Knox after he sees their daughter Devon, a gymnastics prodigy and Olympic hopeful, compete. For the Knoxes there are no limits–until a violent death rocks their close-knit gymnastics community and everything they have worked so hard for is suddenly at risk.

As rumors swirl among the other parents, Katie tries frantically to hold her family together while also finding herself irresistibly drawn to the crime itself. What she uncovers–about her daughter’s fears, her own marriage, and herself–forces Katie to consider whether there’s any price she isn’t willing to pay to achieve Devon’s dream.

My Review:

You Will Know Me is my first book by Megan Abbott. She does a great job of pulling the reader into the very cliquish and highly competitive world of gymnastics. Katie and Eric Knox’s daughter Devon is a gymnastics prodigy. They bring Devon and their whole family into this world and it overtakes them. Their whole lives become about gymnastics. They pay exorbitant gym membership fees and take out a second mortgage on their home that they can’t afford. For them, Devon, and her coach it becomes about one thing: Olympic gold. And they will do whatever it takes to get there.

The Knox’s also have a young son, Drew, who is smart, yet left to his own for the most part. Eric and Katie’s focus is solely on Devon. I listened to the audio book and had some issues with the voice of Drew in the narration. The narrator gave him a bit of a lisp, which I did not like. I could understand him with no problem, I just did not like that part of the narration.

Things seem to be going fine until there is a death that stuns everyone at the gym where Devon is training. It appears to not be an accident and this is the mystery of the book. I was not in suspense while listening to the book. It was more of a mystery for me. I had an idea of who I thought the killer was, and I am glad to report I was wrong. The book did go in a direction I did not see coming, which Megan Abbot did a great job with. I was shocked as one character was with a few twists that occurred. She expertly revealed the passion, jealousy, and merciless ambition these girls and their families have in this world.

(**SPOILER**: Ultimately I was not satisfied with the ending as the killer is not caught or punished for the death. I do see why Megan Abbot wrote the ending the way she did. But I can not go into this without giving away who the killer is. **END SPOILER**)

I have mixed feelings with recommending this book. I did enjoy getting a look at the world of gymnastics, but with the unsatisfying ending, it keeps me from saying, read this book. This will be one I will leave to you if you choose to read.

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