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Audiobook Review: Sign Here by Claudia Lux

Sign Here
Author: Claudia Lux

Narrators:
McLeod Andrews

Brittany Pressley
Published: October 25, 2022
Audiobook: 10 hours 28 minutes

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Listened To: December 14-20, 2022
Jessica’s Rating: 2 stars

Book Description:

Peyote Trip has a pretty good gig in the deals department on the fifth floor of Hell. Sure, none of the pens work, the coffee machine has been out of order for a century, and the only drink on offer is Jägermeister, but Pey has a plan—and all he needs is one last member of the Harrison family to sell their soul.

When the Harrisons retreat to the family lake house for the summer, with their daughter Mickey’s precocious new friend, Ruth, in tow, the opportunity Pey has waited a millennium for might finally be in his grasp. And with the help of his charismatic coworker Calamity, he sets a plan in motion.

But things aren’t always as they seem, on Earth or in Hell. And as old secrets and new dangers scrape away at the Harrisons’ shiny surface, revealing the darkness beneath, everyone must face the consequences of their choices.

Jessica’s Review:

Sign Here did not work for me at all.  It has an interesting premise, but that was it. There are two storylines in this novel that are separate from each other until they very eventually come together.  We have Peyote who is in the 5th level of Hell and trying to get his promotion.  And then he has to work with Cal. Then we have the Harrison family who are going to their summer house for vacation.  So we have Hell and Earth stories. The very end of the novel made me go: Whoa!

I listened to the audiobook and both narrators did a good job with what they had. I would give Lux another chance to see if she is an author for me or not.  This was her debut novel. 

Sign Here does show the reader to not just sign a contract: Really read it and even read between the lines!  Especially if a dealmaker and an eternity in Hell is involved.

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Audiobook Review: Best Friends Forever by Shannon Hollinger

Best Friends Forever
Author:
Shannon Hollinger

Narrator: Kate Handford
Published:  January 12, 2023
Audiobook: 10 hours 57 minutes

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Listened To: December 20-28, 2022
Jessica’s Rating: 2 stars

Book Description:

I emerge from the trees, drenched in sweat, my voice lost as I take in the scene in front of me. The blood. The body. Emma’s eyes meet mine for a second. “It was an accident,” she whispers.

Emma and I were childhood best friends. We did everything together. Until that terrible night in the woods.

I couldn’t tell anyone what I’d seen. We never discussed it, but our bond was too strong; I could never betray my best friend. Even if she had killed someone.

But I also couldn’t stay in town and watch her live a normal life, knowing what she’d done. So I left.

Now, ten years later, I’m back. The guilt and the fear have stayed with me. And I have realized I need to reveal the truth if I’m ever going to move on.

But I never get the chance. Because the day I turn up, Emma is found dead, and the way she died means I start to doubt everything I thought I knew about that night all those years ago.

As my grief turns to anger at all those lost years of friendship, I realise with horror that Emma might not have been the only killer. Someone else is out there. Someone who was close to us both, someone who knew the smallest details of what had happened back then. Who from our small town could have murdered not once, but twice? And who’s next…?

Jessica’s Review:

Best Friends Forever just did not work for me. It reads more like a YA novel with the way the adult characters of 28 years old were acting, but there were some adult situations involved.  It was also slower for me and a bit confusing as it went back and forth from present day to the past.  For me it was obvious who the killer was so I wasn’t shocked when we got to that part. I was all excited because I figured it out, and I usually hate when I figure out who the killer is.  It just wasn’t believable at all for me and the reason why just did not work for me.  I would be willing to give the author another try.

I think some of my issues might have been the narrator. Maybe the novel is better to actually read. Some novels just don’t do well on audio.

Many thanks to the publisher Bookotoure Audio for granting me an audio arc, I just wish I could have written a favorable review. 

Purchase Links:
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Book Review: Just Like Home by Sarah Gailey

Just Like Home
Author: Sarah Gailey

Published: July 19, 2022
Audiobook: 10 hours

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Listened To: October 25-31, 2022
Jessica’s Rating: 2 stars     

Book Description:

“Come home.” Vera’s mother called and Vera obeyed. In spite of their long estrangement, in spite of the memories — she’s come back to the home of a serial killer. Back to face the love she had for her father and the bodies he buried there.

Coming home is hard enough for Vera, and to make things worse, she and her mother aren’t alone. A parasitic artist has moved into the guest house out back, and is slowly stripping Vera’s childhood for spare parts. He insists that he isn’t the one leaving notes around the house in her father’s handwriting… but who else could it possibly be?

There are secrets yet undiscovered in the foundations of the notorious Crowder House. Vera must face them, and find out for herself just how deep the rot goes.

Jessica’s Review:

Warning: This one goes in a supernatural direction! And I was not looking for that, there was no sign at all about this.  I wanted a good old horror novel!

I was excited to finally get this one the week of Halloween: I was ready for a good, scary story dealing with the past of a serial killer father, but heed my warning above, this novel ended up being not for me! If I had known it was going to go in a supernatural direction, I would have skipped it.

This one is a slow burner that got going closer to the end when the supernatural  elements came into play.  It just didn’t work for me. This one was a big disappointment after I really enjoyed The Echo Wife last year.  

Purchase Links:
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