Something She’s Not Telling Us by Darcey Bell

Another girlfriend?  Wonder what this one is like?

Every girl Rocco has brought to meet his sister Charlotte has been a bit odd.

This new one, Ruth, gave Charlotte bad vibes from the minute she met her especially because of the obsession she had with her daughter Daisy.

When Daisy is taken/kidnapped from school, there can be no one else to suspect but Ruth, and Charlotte knew her reservations about Ruth had been correct.

We meet Ruth before and after she became Rocco’s girlfriend and find out she has always wanted a child and had a nightmarish childhood.  Could Daisy be the answer to what she always wanted?

SOMETHING SHE’S NOT TELLING US is filled with uncertainty about almost every character and has characters with big secrets, but none as big as Ruth’s.

There is more than the usual share of unlikable characters in this book and an underlying tension from page one.

Just what is Ruth not telling everyone? Or….just what is everyone not telling anyone?

The ending will have you on pins and needles as Ruth continues with what she does best….making up facts, imagining things to be something they aren’t, and telling lies.  4/5

This book was given to me by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Safe House by Jo Jakeman

Where would you go if you had just been released from prison and knew everyone hated you for what you had done?​

Steffi Finn, now known as Charlie Miller, went to a remote town….a town with gossipy women.  Was this a good idea?

 ​Small towns have small-town ways of protecting each other and are suspicious of outsiders.​​

The women welcomed Charlie and even invited her to their book club meetings, but they and an elderly neighbor didn’t understand why she would move so far from the city unless she had something to hide.​​

We follow Charlie as she tries to live this new, free life.  We also go back to her life before prison and see what led up to her arrest.  Her boyfriend basically tricked her and got her convicted.​​

Now that she was out, there was another person who didn’t want her free and vowed to have his day with her.  He puts all of his time and effort into hunting Charlie down.

Jo Jakeman made SAFE HOUSE very appealing with a terrific story line and pull-you-in writing.​​

SAFE HOUSE is a suspenseful thriller that will keep you on edge along with Charlie.

The tension won’t let you put the book down and will have you gripping the pages.

If you enjoy guessing until the end, do not miss SAFE HOUSE. 5/5

This book was given to me by the publisher via NETGALLEY in exchange for an honest review.


Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel


For eighteen years Rose Gold was told by her mother that she was ill with some disease that no one could figure out.

Her mother, Patty, took her to many doctors and actually told the doctors what tests to try.

When a doctor got suspicious, she took Rose Gold to a different doctor.

Little did Rose Gold and the doctors know that her mother was actually poisoning her to make herself look like super mom who saved her daughter.

It all caught up with Patty one day, though, when Rose Gold figured it out, and Patty was put on trial and sent to prison.

Five years later, Patty is out of prison.  Surprisingly Rose Gold picked her up and has her stay with her.

We follow the story line as we hear about Rose Gold’s childhood, the background of her mother, and present day.

What does Rose Gold have in mind by having her mother stay there with her and especially since she now has a child of her own?

Can she trust her mother?

Will she so easily forget what her mother did to her?

Can Patty forget so easily that her daughter sent her to prison?

Will the town forget what she did to her daughter?

The big question, though, is who is the better/biggest liar, the most dangerous, the most cunning, or the most evil?

DARLING ROSE GOLD is a tense, gloomy, chilling book, but is very well written.  You won’t want to put the book down.


f you like psychological thrillers, you will enjoy DARLING ROSE GOLD.  This book was every bit a thriller as well as a read that will keep you wondering what these two characters will do next.  5/5

This book was given to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Lost At Sea by Erica Boyce

Being a fisherman’s wife in a small town has its advantages and disadvantages.

The advantages include support from all of the families living in the town when a fisherman goes missing or when he dies at sea.

The disadvantages include everyone knowing everything about every family including secrets.

When John Staybrook goes missing, his daughter doesn’t believe he is gone because he promised to come home after each trip.

Ella was determined that her father didn’t go out to sea on that stormy day and tries to find him with Lacey unwillingly helping in the search.

There are many sub topics addressed with one being drug addiction as we were taken back to the main character’s years as a teenager and how drugs ruined her acceptance to Brown and a glimpse into the rehabilitation system.

Alcoholism was also addressed, as well as getting some insight into how the adoption process works.

LOST AT SEA touches on family, choices, hope, and secrets kept.

It took a few chapters to get connected and to see where the story was going, but everything connected and came together in the end for a satisfying read with many memorable characters.

The title also seems to have two connotations for me…LOST because of the ocean’s power and LOST because of the power of addictions. 4/5

This book was given to me by the publisher and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

The Sea of Lost Girls by Carol Goodman


Lies, secrets, and cover-ups abound in THE SEA OF LOST GIRLS.

Tess would do anything for her son, Rudy….even lie FOR him and lie TO him. 

Rudy has always been a problem, and Tess always defended her son even though her husband, Harmon, complained about it.

Tess and Harmon taught at the school Rudy was attending and lived ten minutes off campus.  Both Tess and Harmon have things to hide, but what are they? Do they have anything to do with the death of Lila?

After Lila was found dead, Tess has to re-live her previous life that has been kept a secret until now.  Harmon’s secrets remain a secret.

We follow the investigation, learn of Tess’s life after she left Haywood School and after the birth of her son, and has us pondering how it all fits together to find who was responsible for Lila’s death.

Who really is the killer?

There are quite a few characters who could be guilty and quite a few unlikable characters.

Are you a good enough detective to figure it out?

Ms. Goodman definitely knows how to keep up the suspense and feed the reader’s curiosity. 4/5

This book was given to me by the publisher and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

Is it a coincidence that Shay was the only one on the subway platform with Amanda right before she jumped?

Was it just a coincidence that the Moore sisters befriended Shay?

What is it that the Moore sisters want?

You will have a gut feeling that the Moore sisters can’t be that nice and are using everyone.

We follow the talented-at-gathering-friends Moore sisters as they pull characters into their charisma and only make friends for their own gain.

Cassandra and Jane Moore will make you nervous at their deceitfulness, and the authors will have your rapt attention from the first sentence to the last.

Shay thinks she is making new friends since she has none, but she definitely isn’t making friends.

This duo has written another thriller you won’t be able to put down.

You also may want to start gathering data and pay attention to detail like Shay did.  5/5

This book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James

Carly left college for a “few” days so she could head to Fell, New York, to see if she could find anything out about how her Aunt Viv died or where she might be.
Viv disappeared from The Sun Down Motel where she worked in 1982 and was never found.
When Carly arrived and checked out The Sun Down Motel, she couldn’t believe her aunt would even think of working there.
It was a creepy, out-of-the way place, but Carly surprised herself and took a job there on the same shift that her aunt worked.
Carly saw strange things and knew she should leave, but she stayed. She had to find out what happened at this motel and what happens now at THE SUN DOWN MOTEL.
We follow Carly as she investigates and as Viv’s story is told back in 1982.
Besides the creepy town and motel, we meet ghosts, creaky doors, weird guests, odd sounds, and no way to contact anyone not on the hotel grounds.
We learn about the hotel and the murders that took place in the town of Fell as well as the connection to The Sun Down Motel.

Each chapter got stranger and stranger as the motel seemed to come to life and have a life of its own.
If you enjoy tense, creepy, spooky story lines that include unsolved murders from years ago, THE SUN DOWN MOTEL will be your perfect read.
Be careful with the motel you choose, and especially do not stay at a motel that has anything remotely close to the name of this motel.
The ending is twisty and brilliant.  5/5
This book was given to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.