The English Wife by Lauren Willig

A murder in an aristocratic household? Unheard of and especially during a ball with hundreds of guests in attendance.

Bay, Annabelle’s husband and Janie’s brother, could not have killed his wife and then killed himself.  Janie was determined to find out who the real killer was.

We follow the family as the book goes back and forth in time making the connections for us about who was who and what the circumstances were.
And what marvelous connections and secrets this family has.

The biggest bomb shell came right after Bay and Annabelle were killed.

A family member of Annabelle arrived at the house to give his condolences, but also gave some unsettling information about Annabelle.

THE ENGLISH WIFE was very proper, and the characters were portrayed as very proper as was expected in the 1800’s, but were some who they said they were?

THE ENGLISH WIFE was difficult to connect with at first, but then the book became difficult to put down.

The ending revelations will be “burning” in your thoughts and have you wanting to talk about the book with everyone.

If you enjoy the 1800’s, drama of privileged families, mystery, and secrets, THE ENGLISH WIFE will be a late-into-the-night read.   4/5

This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher, NetGalley, and Great Thought’s Ninja Review Team. All opinions are my own.

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The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

Don’t marry Richard…you don’t know what you are getting yourself into.

Vanessa was Richard’s first wife and wanted to warn her replacement to not marry Richard. Vanessa also had some mental issues or maybe she didn’t and was made to think she did.

The entire book was a guess what or guess who and then it all became changed with a new guess what or guess who.

THE WIFE BETWEEN US switches back and forth in time with all the characters.  The book gives hints about the main issue, the husband, and his possessiveness, but it is very subtle.

THE WIFE BETWEEN US was confusing but a good confusing because the authors wanted it that way….brilliant tactic!!

The ending had me saying HMMMMM, but the only way to experience the book is to make sure you read it yourself and form your own opinion.  I don’t think anyone can tell you what to think or surmise.  4/5

This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher in return for an honest review.

Sunday Silence by Nicci French

A body under the floorboards, a body in a freezer, a drugged niece in a graveyard. Those things were the start of it.

Frieda Kline, a noted psychologist, now turned herself into a detective as well so she could find why Dean Reeve was after her and her family again.

Incidents and murders were coming too close to home for Frieda.  She couldn’t figure out the message Dean was trying to get to Frieda, but Frieda knew it was a message of evil, sadness, and death. But was it really Dean?   Was he really still alive as Frieda and only Frieda believed or could there be a copycat added to the mix?

When another incident happened, Frieda and the police knew something definitely was not right.

SUNDAY SILENCE had ordinary characters with ordinary jobs as well as characters who may not be as ordinary as they seemed or who they are.

This was my first Nicci French book.  The mystery, marvelous writing, and intrigue kept me turning the pages.

I loved how the engaging, amazing, creative story line evolved and smoothly drew me in.

SUNDAY SILENCE will definitely appeal to psychological thriller fans and repeat readers of Nicci French’s books.

My first Nicci French was an amazingly addicting read. 5/5

This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher in return for an honest review

The Woman in the Window by A. J. finn

Separated from her husband and daughter, agoraphobic, psychiatrist, neighbor watcher, photo taker.

Anna Fox was all of those, but mostly agoraphobic. Anna hadn’t left her home for ten months and even rented her basement to a young man who could do errands for her so she wouldn’t have to leave the house.

To pass the time, Anna would sleep, drink wine, take her meds that were not to be taken with alcohol, spy on the neighbors, wonder what they did, and pray that no one ever saw her looking at them through her camera lens.  You do have to feel sorry for her because agoraphobia is a crippling disease.

Anna saw things she shouldn’t see and heard things she shouldn’t hear, but she said it isn’t any of my business so she left it.  One night, though, she saw something she shouldn’t have seen and reported it to the police anyway.

THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW dragged on talking about Anna’s days and her chats with people on the computer about their shared disease.

The dragging immediately ceased and the tension immediately mounted when Anna saw her neighbor get stabbed, when she called 911, when no one believed her, when she started to investigate, and when she became more paranoid when out-of-the-ordinary things started happening to her.

THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW kept my interest, but it wasn’t edge-of-your-seat or gripping until the last half of the book. The ending had enough gripping action to make up for the slow start.

I think the oddity of Anna and her situation kept things going in the first half of the book along with the wondering about the reason for the separation from her family.

All in all, if you can get past the beginning, you are in for a marvelous psychological thriller. 4/5

This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher and Edelweiss in return for an honest review.

The Paris Secret by Karen Swan

An apartment hidden for 73 years and forbidden by the owner to be known to anyone, but why?

The children didn’t even know about it until the apartment was broken into.

Once the apartment was revealed to the children, in comes Flora and Angus, well-known art dealers and auctioneers.  And what a find in that apartment closed for 73 years…famous paintings, artifacts, and the home left as it had been when the family lived there.

Flora was in her domain and in her glory over this, but some things didn’t seem right with the Vermeil family – the children were obnoxious, and their parents seemed excited but a bit disinterested in the apartment and its contents.  Something else must be behind all of this.

We follow Flora as she investigates the contents of the apartment and the path of sales of the Renoir from the painter to each seller.  She came to a standstill when she found out that a dealer who dealt with the Nazis was the last recorded owner of the Renoir.  If that was where it ended, no one would want the painting.   Then when Flora went to Vienna to meet someone who had the companion painting to the Renoir, another surprise awaited her.

Mystery, intrigue, and deceit abound in THE PARIS SECRET.

I truly  enjoyed THE PARIS SECRET.  It was a bit of mystery mixed in with history.  I was impressed at how much  research goes into checking the authenticity of paintings. It actually was quite fascinating along with the excitement of recognizing the names of famous painters.

This was my first book by Karen Swan and am sorry I have never read anything else by her.  The story line is interesting, the writing is marvelous and very descriptive.

If you love Paris, drama, art, finding treasures in old buildings, and a bit of romance, THE PARIS SECRET won’t disappoint.  

The secret revealed in the ending pages was excellent. 5/5

This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher in return for an honest review.

Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak

Seven days of togetherness along with secrets and tension make up the Birch family’s Christmas holiday this year.

Emma has a health secret.

Andrew has a really big secret from his past.

Olivia has something she has to keep secret while in quarantine.

Phoebe really doesn’t have a secret but is very self centered.

Staying in Emma’s family estate is a bit challenging since Emma doesn’t like to change anything from when she spent time there as she grew up.  Things are old and decaying, and the technological side of it is very slow.

I wasn’t sure what this book was going to be like at first, but once each chapter began to reveal things about each character, it became a very good read for me.

I laughed a lot as well as worried a lot.  The funniest thing was that each year they planted the Christmas tree back in the same spot and uprooted it again for the next Christmas.  The worries about their secret were intense for some of the characters, and I worried along with them.

SEVEN DAYS OF US was well written and a light read even though some of the issues were not light. The family grew on me to the point that I would have liked to be quarantined with them.

An enjoyable read that will have you wondering what decisions you would have made about your secrets and situations.  SEVEN DAYS OF US also has some heart wrenching events.

Excellent debut novel – marvelous writing and detail as well as a great story line. 4/5

This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher and NetGalley in return for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.

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Francesca Hornak is a journalist and writer, whose work has appeared in newspapers and magazines including The Sunday TimesThe GuardianElleMarie ClaireCosmopolitan and Red. She is the author of two nonfiction books, History of the World in 100 Modern Objects: Middle Class Stuff (and Nonsense) and Worry with Mother: 101 Neuroses for the Modern Mama. Visit her online @FrancescaHornak.

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Tahoe Payback by Todd Borg

What could possibly have motivated a murderer to leave his victims in such horrific positions?  Revenge?  Payback? Or just plain evil?

The murderer would hang the victims upside down with items in their mouths that would indicate something about what they had done.

TAHOE PAYBACK opens with a murderer walking the victim to her place of death.  The method of death was pretty grizzly, and this wasn’t the end of the terror.

When McKenna is approached by a man who says his girlfriend is missing and needs McKenna’s help, he gets involved in this and other similar cases.

This woman was the unlucky first victim hung upside down with roses in her mouth.

Victim Number Two was also hung upside down with a tennis ball  in his mouth along with a plastic tennis player wedged in the side of his mouth.

Victim Number Three was hung upside down from an Amtrak train and had military medals in his mouth.

We follow McKenna as he investigates in his unorthodox, but workable ways.  It always is a treat to see how he looks for clues and works alone as well as with his Great Dane, Spot.

As McKenna investigates, he finds corruption in a huge charity that Victim Number One was in charge of.  The victim ran a multi-million dollar collection scam and kept all the money herself.

TAHOE PAYBACK seemed a bit more gruesome than Mr. Todd’s other books.  The murder scenes were chilling. Can you imagine being hung upside down?

Despite the extra grizzly scenes, the writing was marvelous as always, had a great story line, and hinted at the unscrupulous dealings of some charities.

We also get to re-visit with Street, McKenna’s girlfriend, and her dog Blondie.

If you have never read a Todd Borg novel, you need to…non-stop action, tension, lovable characters, and you always learn something new.

TAHOE PAYBACK is another Todd Borg mystery you won’t figure out.

If this is your first book by Todd Borg or you are a loyal fan, you won’t be disappointed.

ENJOY!!  5/5

This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation in return for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.