Month: January 2017


Author: Sibel Hodge
316 pages in Kindle

Published: December 27, 2016
Dates Read: January 10-22, 2017

My Rating: 4 Stars

Book Summary from Goodreads:

There are three sides to every story: Yours. Mine. And the truth…

Max and Alissa have a fairy tale life—newlywed, madly in love and enviously rich. Then Max is brutally stabbed to death at their home and Alissa, miraculously, escapes with her life. But why was she spared?

The hunt for the killer begins, uncovering a number of leads—was Max’s incredible wealth the motive? Had his shady business practices finally caught up with him? Or was it a stalker with a dangerous obsession?

Devoted friends rally around gentle, sweet Alissa as she is left to mourn the loss of her husband and pick up her life. But not everyone is who they seem…Deep-rooted jealousies, secrets and twisted love lie just beneath the surface, and not all fairy tales have a happy ending.

My Review:

Duplicity is the first book I have read written by Sibel Hodge and it won’t be my last. Duplicity has two points of view: ‘The Detective’( DS Warren Carter) and ‘The Other One’. I always enjoy books with multiple points of view. You are pulled in from the beginning and wonder who ‘The Other One’ is… and then we find out! This itself is a twist.

Alissa and Max have returned from their honeymoon in Australia and one night Max is murdered and Alissa gets away. The head inspector DI Wilmott is taken with Alissa and decides she is not a suspect, but Carter has his doubts. Carter is also dealing with the loss of his wife from cancer. Throughout the novel we really get to know Carter.

You can’t say too much about Duplicity without giving away too much. There are many twists and turns to Duplicity. You think the novel is going one way but then it isn’t! You find yourself not really knowing who to believe and everyone should be a suspect! There are twists up until the very end and you find yourself thinking, “What did I just read”?!?!? But in a good way!

Duplicity is one that should be read in one sitting if possible. I wish I had been able to.

Duplicity is recommended.

**I received a copy of Duplicity via NetGalley.

A Conversation with Marion Kummerow

Courtesy of Marion Kummerow

Living in Germany and traveling while she was single, Marion Kummerow decided to write a fictionalized story of her grandparents Resistance work during WWII Germany that has become a trilogy.

Here is a list of some of Marion’s published novels:
Love and Resistance in WW2 Germany Trilogy:

Pearl Harbor and More: Stories of WWII – December 1941 (A short story contributor)
German Christmas Traditions
The Ultimate Guide to Oktoberfest




JRR: (Jessica’s Reading Room): Tell us a little about yourself.

Marion: My name is Marion Kummerow and I’m living in Munich, Germany with my husband and my two kids.

When I was still single, traveling and exploring new cultures were my main goals. I had a job as consultant where I travelled a lot. And I’d always try to get to know real people and real life, instead of staying inside the hotel.

One of my “funniest” experiences (my friends say most stupid), was to go to a hair dresser in Indonesia to have my blond hair highlighted. Turns out he didn’t have much experience with blondes and I left the salon wearing a bright orange.

JRR: You definitely experience some thing while traveling! You originally lived in Germany then moved around to various other countries before you returned to Germany. What was your favorite country to live in?

Marion: Definitely Colombia, South America. I lived in Bogotá almost five years and had a blast. You may know the country only from the headlines about narcotics trade and kidnapping, but I had a totally different experience. The locals are very outgoing and friendly. They welcomed me into their homes and families and made me feel like I belonged.

JRR: That is great that you had a different experience than what most people expect. What inspires you to write?

Marion: I don’t get inspired to write, I get inspired by writing.

The way how persons, locations, and situations come to life when you put them on a sheet of paper is mind-numbing. I feel like I the story is real, and the characters are my best friends. The beginning of a new book is always dreadful, but once I’m inside the story and get to know my characters, I cannot wait to spend more time with them.

JRR: Did you read a lot as a child?

Marion: I basically devoured all the books I could get my hands on. Our parents would take my sister and me to the library every two weeks and we’d return home with a bag full of books.

JRR: The library really is a great thing! The Love and Resistance in WW2 Germany series is fiction, but based on your grandparents story. What made you want to write a fictionalized version of their story?

Marion: The idea formed after reading the many letters my grandparents and great-grandparents left behind. It gave me an intimate glimpse into their lives and the struggles of ordinary people during the Third Reich.

It took me several years and a lot of courage to dig into their letters and the official documents surrounding their Resistance work. It wasn’t an easy task, and you can’t imagine how much I cried and laughed and frowned in the process. But I wanted to give them – and so many other unnamed heroes – a voice.

JRR: It was definitely a very personal thing you experienced going through their letters and getting to know them in that way. Now, what is the target audience for the Love and Resistance in WW2 series?

Marion: The Love and Resistance in WW2 series follows one couple’s lives over a span of almost a decade. It’s a story about love, courage, bravery, and the unrelenting will to stay true to oneself and one’s convictions.

The target audience for the books Unrelenting, Unyielding and Unwavering are readers who enjoy a saga with some heartbreak, lots of suspense, and glimpses into the lives of ordinary people.

JRR: You also wrote a short story for an anthology called Pearl Harbor and More: Stories of WWII – December 1941 that was recently released. What can you tell us about that anthology?

Pearl Harbor and More is a cooperation of eight authors writing World War 2 fiction. We wanted to write short stories to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Pearl Harbor. Each author wrote their own story, but they’re all set in December 1941, and in some way or another the main characters are affected by that epic event.

My story, Turning Point, is about a German Jew. Margarete Rosenbaum is about to be sent to a labor camp, when a bomb hits the building she lives in. Emerging from the rubble she’s presented with an unexpected opportunity. But how far is she willing to go to save her life?

JRR: That would be a great one to read, especially for those who enjoy short stories. Having been to Pearl Harbor in 2006, that day means so much more now than before. Seeing the Arizona there is a numbing feeling knowing what happened.

Is there anything else you would like to share with us?

Marion: I want to thank you for the opportunity to share my work on your blog. I’m striving to become the best WW2 fiction writer and am grateful for every single one of my readers. Please feel free to reach out and contact me via facebook, twitter, or my website. I love to hear from you!

**Thank you so much for your time for this interview Marion!

Unwavering, The third in the Love and Resistance in WW2 Germany Trilogy will be released March 28, 2017.

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First Line Friday #3

This week’s First Line Friday will be from my second favorite read from 2015. It was my top read of the year until I read Secrets of a Charmed Life.

Since Maria had decided to die, her cat would have to fend for itself.

“There is no crime.”

Stalin’s Soviet Union strives to be a paradise for its workers, providing for all of their needs. One of its fundamental pillars is that its citizens live free from the fear of ordinary crime and criminals.

But in this society, millions do live in fear . . . of the State. Death is a whisper away. The mere suspicion of ideological disloyalty-owning a book from the decadent West, the wrong word at the wrong time-sends millions of innocents into the Gulags or to their executions. Defending the system from its citizens is the MGB, the State Security Force. And no MGB officer is more courageous, conscientious, or idealistic than Leo Demidov.

A war hero with a beautiful wife, Leo lives in relative luxury in Moscow, even providing a decent apartment for his parents. His only ambition has been to serve his country. For this greater good, he has arrested and interrogated.

Then the impossible happens. A different kind of criminal-a murderer-is on the loose, killing at will. At the same time, Leo finds himself demoted and denounced by his enemies, his world turned upside down, and every belief he’s ever held shattered. The only way to save his life and the lives of his family is to uncover this criminal. But in a society that is officially paradise, it’s a crime against the State to suggest that a murderer-much less a serial killer-is in their midst. Exiled from his home, with only his wife, Raisa, remaining at his side, Leo must confront the vast resources and reach of the MBG to find and stop a criminal that the State won’t admit even exists.