Tag: suspense

First Line Friday #56

Today’s First Line Friday is a recent release and one I received from Book of the Month.  I hope to read it soon!  I will share the first two lines this week as together they pull you in and have you wanting to continue! I love this cover as it shows the essence of what this book is about.

Her husband’s almost home.  He’ll catch her this time.

What did she see?

It’s been ten long months since Anna Fox last left her home. Ten months during which she has haunted the rooms of her old New York house like a ghost, lost in her memories, too terrified to step outside.

Anna’s lifeline to the real world is her window, where she sits day after day, watching her neighbours. When the Russells move in, Anna is instantly drawn to them. A picture-perfect family of three, they are an echo of the life that was once hers.

But one evening, a frenzied scream rips across the silence, and Anna witnesses something no one was supposed to see. Now she must do everything she can to uncover the truth about what really happened. But even if she does, will anyone believe her? And can she even trust herself?

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Cryer’s Cross

Author: Lisa McMann
Published: February 8, 2011
240 pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

Kendall loves her life in small town Cryer’s Cross, Montana, but she also longs for something more. She knows the chances of going to school in New York are small, but she’s not the type to give up easily. Even though it will mean leaving Nico, the world’s sweetest boyfriend, behind. But when Cryer’s Cross is rocked by unspeakable tragedy, Kendall shoves her dreams aside and focuses on just one goal: help find her missing friends. Even if it means spending time with the one boy she shouldn’t get close to… the one boy who makes her question everything she feels for Nico. Determined to help and to stay true to the boy she’s always loved, Kendall keeps up the search–and stumbles upon some frightening local history. She knows she can’t stop digging, but Kendall is about to find out just how far the townspeople will go to keep their secrets buried….

Kim’s Review:

First of all, I really hate that description. I was drawn in by the amazing cover and the description intrigued me, so Ivan gave it to me for Christmas. It only took me 24 hours to read, and now that I have, that description sucks!!!! Thankfully, the book did not. I will admit that it started out a little slow. I felt very sorry for Kendall, who struggles with OCD and lost her best friend. There was a hopelessness that lingered just on the edge of her life and I kept turning page after page, willing her to be alright. There was also very little teenage drama.

The things that McMann dealt with were real issues facing teenagers whose peers had gone missing. Kendall’s feelings and rationale were very reasonable, considering her condition and the circumstances. The one issue I did have was the fact that half the book went by before the mystery even really presented itself. Sure, kids had gone missing, but that was it. There were no leads, there were no real suspects, there was no resolution in sight until at least the halfway mark. The first half of the book was far more focused on Kendall’s emotional well-being, than the disappearances. But, when the mystery finally started to unravel, the resolution was awesome! It was simple, uncomplicated, and very easy to understand. And super CREEPY! I really liked this book! I would recommend this to anyone looking for a good thriller, or for older teenagers looking for a good read.

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Anatomy of a Scandal

Author: Sarah Vaughan
To Be Published: January 23, 2018
400 pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: November 25-December 9, 2017
Jessica’s Rating: 3.5 stars

Book Description from Amazon:

An astonishingly incisive and suspenseful novel about a scandal amongst Britain’s privileged elite and the women caught up in its wake.

Sophie’s husband James is a loving father, a handsome man, a charismatic and successful public figure. And yet he stands accused of a terrible crime. Sophie is convinced he is innocent and desperate to protect her precious family from the lies that threaten to rip them apart.

Kate is the lawyer hired to prosecute the case: an experienced professional who knows that the law is all about winning the argument. And yet Kate seeks the truth at all times. She is certain James is guilty and is determined he will pay for his crimes.

Who is right about James? Sophie or Kate? And is either of them informed by anything more than instinct and personal experience? Despite her privileged upbringing, Sophie is well aware that her beautiful life is not inviolable. She has known it since she and James were first lovers, at Oxford, and she witnessed how easily pleasure could tip into tragedy.

Most people would prefer not to try to understand what passes between a man and a woman when they are alone: alone in bed, alone in an embrace, alone in an elevator… Or alone in the moonlit courtyard of an Oxford college, where a girl once stood before a boy, heart pounding with excitement, then fear. Sophie never understood why her tutorial partner Holly left Oxford so abruptly. What would she think, if she knew the truth?

Jessica’s Review:

It seems like we are hearing daily now of sex scandals and the issue of consent in the entertainment and political arenas.  Anatomy of a Scandal deals with this issue as well in the political field in Britain. It is told through multiple points of view: James, Sophie, and Kate. Scandal also moves between past and present.  It is clearly shown who the narrator is and when, so it prevents reader confusion.

It is a character driven novel and we find out how the past affects who people become.  It was intriguing to read how one event can shape a whole person’s life.  It is a slow moving novel but I found myself interested in the court case.  You wonder throughout the novel if James is guilty or not. We do get the answer to this question.

I felt for Sophie throughout the novel as she tries to decide what she is going to do: Support her husband or not?   She wonders did he do this or not? I liked Kate a lot. She is a very tough barrister that I would like to see more of.  She did have to grow on me but she became my favorite character.

Though slow moving, the plot twists keep you going. I had difficultly reading it because it was almost too glacial for me, but then we would get a twist and it would keep me wanting to read it. I absolutely loved the end!  I wanted more when I was finished. The ending was very satisfying for me.

Anatomy of a Scandal is recommended. Special thanks to Atria Books and Emily Bestler Books for sending me a print arc copy!

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