The Golden Couple
Published: March 8, 2022
Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: May 16-24, 2022
Jessica’s Rating: 2.5 stars
Wealthy Washington suburbanites Marissa and Matthew Bishop seem to have it all—until Marissa is unfaithful. Beneath their veneer of perfection is a relationship riven by work and a lack of intimacy. She wants to repair things for the sake of their eight-year-old son and because she loves her husband. Enter Avery Chambers.
Avery is a therapist who lost her professional license. Still, it doesn’t stop her from counseling those in crisis, though they have to adhere to her unorthodox methods. And the Bishops are desperate.
When they glide through Avery’s door and Marissa reveals her infidelity, all three are set on a collision course. Because the biggest secrets in the room are still hidden, and it’s no longer simply a marriage that’s in danger.
I have read a couple of this duo’s collaborations, and one I rated 5 stars: The Wife Between Us and the other 3 stars: An Anonymous Girl. Since the book description of The Golden Couple didn’t really intrigue me, I was going to pass on it…. Then I saw who the narrators were and I decided to listen to it as I have liked both of them previously.
For a novel that is supposed to be a thriller, it wasn’t. There was a little mystery on the Bishop’s side (the past and present) and also Avery’s side with her having lost her license and operating in this certain way now that she is no longer a therapist. The ‘big twist’ I figured out, which is always a disappointment for me. It was just very obvious for me.
We have both Avery and Marissa as narrators. I actually enjoyed Avery’s pov more as what was going on with her interested me more than ‘the golden couple’ of Marissa and Matthew.
Though this one was a disappointment for me, if another of their novels interests me, I might just decide to read it.
The Witches of Harbour
Series: Hex Duology #1 (Prequel to Hex)
Author: Sian B. Claven
Published: March 15, 2020
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4.5 stars
Harbour is a quiet small town with a big bad secret.
Sara doesn’t understand why she is running away in the cover of darkness from her hometown, or who the baby is that her mother is giving her to care for, but she trusts her mother enough to leave and not look back.
Christine knows that there may be a time that Sara is convinced to come back so she pens a letter to her explaining Harbour’s well kept secret, so her daughter can understand why she and the baby are in danger.
It all started years ago…
A prequel to Hex.
Another great one by Claven! This is the prequel to Hex so of course I had to read it first. And now I can’t wait to read Hex! This was a very unique story that I felt I hadn’t read before. But let’s start with that half star: the character names got a little confusing. I felt like Christine would randomly mention a name and I had no idea who she was talking about. However, I think a chart would fix this … I’m all about charts! This also became a little bit of a problem once the resolution hit, but I also can’t really talk much about that cuz I don’t wanna give it away! Thankfully, everything made sense and I didn’t notice any loose ends. The plot was quick and engaging and I spent the book trying to work it out in my head before everything worked out. I didn’t, but that’s the sign of a good mystery! The characters were interesting and dynamic and I liked watching them grow and change throughout the story. The fact that I’m so excited to read the next book in the series shows how great this one is!!
Excellent book and I recommend it to any horror/thriller fan![Top]
Series: The Butcher #3
Author: Sian B. Claven
Narrator: Jacq Ainsworth
Reviewed By: Jessica
Date Read: May 13, 2022
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars
Diana and Robbie are tired of moving their family of five around. When Robbie is offered a great job, and permanent position, they must find somewhere to stay temporarily while they house hunt. Aware of the gruesome murders that happened in the Metz family house, they move in regardless and instantly regret it. With nowhere to go and no one to turn to, Diana and Robbie must face their greatest horror. A copycat killer starts to strike around their neighbourhood, just like the Butcher once did, and Diana’s family seems to be right in the centre of it.
Where is Sylvana when her tenants need answers?
The Butcher might just strike them where it hurts most before they get the answers they seek.
Sylvana is the third novel in the Butcher series as the story continues. If you thought the Butcher was gone after the end of Kallista, you were wrong! The Butcher is back!
Many people have tried to move into the Metz house and failed, and now we have a new family who is temporarily moving in until they can get settled in the area. Uh oh- there were murders in the house: But there is nothing to worry about because the killer is also dead…Or is he? Diana and Robbie along with their three children are the focus of Sylvana while Sylvana herself is a minor character. No one living or otherwise rests easily in the Metz house. Please keep in mind that there is a paranormal take in this series, it’s not just a serial killer series!
As with the other novellas in the series, the violence is present and parts are surprising! It is a quick read/listen and there is seemingly a conclusion as it seemed that Claven was winding down the Butcher series. But surprise: There is one more novel out called The Lady Butcher, so it seems like our killer’s story continues yet again! This last one is not currently available on audio, but I already have it on my kindle. I will be reading this one very soon.
I also have Sylvana on kindle, but Claven was kind enough to send me the audible copy to listen to, which I started right after finishing Kallista. As with the previous novellas Jacq Ainsworth narrated. While she has done a good job previously, her voice of Charlie rubbed my ears the wrong way. Yes, Charlie is a small child, but her narration of this character didn’t work for me as Charlie’s voice was irritating for me. It could be because I do have a hearing issue and the higher octave sounds can hurt my hearing. Otherwise the narration was fine!
I have enjoyed this series and look forward to The Lady Butcher and the final conclusion to the Butcher series. (Or will it be the conclusion???)[Top]