Review: The Echo Killing (Harper McClain #1)

The Echo Killing by Christi DaughertyTitle: The Echo Killing

Author: Christi Daugherty

Series: Harper McClain, #1

Genre: Mystery, Thriller

Publication Date: March 13, 2018

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🌟 (4.75 stars)


When a murder echoing a fifteen-year-old cold case rocks the Southern town of Savannah, crime reporter Harper McClain risks everything to find the identity of this calculated killer.

A city of antebellum architecture, picturesque parks, and cobblestone streets, Savannah moves at a graceful pace. But for Harper McClain, the timeless beauty and culture that distinguishes her home’s Southern heritage vanishes during the dark and dangerous nights. She wouldn’t have it any other way. Not even finding her mother brutally murdered in their home when she was twelve has made her love Savannah any less.

Her mother’s killer was never found, and that unsolved murder left Harper with an obsession that drove her to become one of the best crime reporters in the state of Georgia. She spends her nights with the police, searching for criminals. Her latest investigation takes her to the scene of a homicide where the details are hauntingly familiar: a young girl being led from the scene by a detective, a female victim naked and stabbed multiple times in the kitchen, and no traces of any evidence pointing towards a suspect.

Harper has seen all of this before in her own life. The similarities between the murder of Marie Whitney and her own mother’s death lead her to believe they’re both victims of the same killer. At last, she has the chance to find the murderer who’s eluded justice for fifteen years and make sure another little girl isn’t forever haunted by a senseless act of violence―even if it puts Harper in the killer’s cross-hairs…

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Review: The Flight Attendant

The Flight Attendant by Chris BohjalianTitle: The Flight Attendant

Author: Chris Bohjalian

Genre: Mystery, Thriller

Publication Date: March 13, 2018

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (3.5 stars)


Cassandra Bowden is no stranger to hungover mornings. She’s a binge drinker, her job with the airline making it easy to find adventure, and the occasional blackouts seem to be inevitable. She lives with them, and the accompanying self-loathing. When she awakes in a Dubai hotel room, she tries to piece the previous night back together, already counting the minutes until she has to catch her crew shuttle to the airport. She quietly slides out of bed, careful not to aggravate her already pounding head, and looks at the man she spent the night with. She sees his dark hair. His utter stillness. And blood, a slick, still wet pool on the crisp white sheets. Afraid to call the police–she’s a single woman alone in a hotel room far from home–Cassie begins to lie. She lies as she joins the other flight attendants and pilots in the van. She lies on the way to Paris as she works the first class cabin. She lies to the FBI agents in New York who meet her at the gate. Soon it’s too late to come clean-or face the truth about what really happened back in Dubai. Could she have killed him? If not, who did?

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Review: Screams You Hear

Screams You Hear by James MorrisTitle: Screams You Hear

Author: James Morris

Genre: YA Horror, Suspense

Publication Date: January 8, 2018

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (4 stars)


Murder and madness infect a small town.

For sixteen-year-old Ruthie Stroud, life on tiny Hemlock Island in the Pacific Northwest is an endless sea of boring green, in a place where everybody knows everybody’s business and nothing ever happens. Then her world is ripped apart when her parents divorce and a new man enters her mother’s life. But worse is yet to come.

When she drifts ashore on the mainland, hideously burned, Ruthie has a harrowing tale to tell. It begins with the murder of a family. It ends with her being the sole survivor of a cataclysm that sweeps her little island. As a detective attempts to unravel Ruthie’s story of murder and madness, only one horrifying conclusion can be drawn: whatever was isolated on remote Hemlock Island may now have come to the mainland. Is Ruthie safe? Is anyone?

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Review: Sometimes I Lie

Sometimes I Lie by Alice FeeneyTitle: Sometimes I Lie

Author: Alice Feeney

Genre: Thriller

Publication Date: March 13, 2018

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️✨ (4.5 stars)


My name is Amber Reynolds. There are three things you should know about me: 
1. I’m in a coma. 
2. My husband doesn’t love me anymore. 
3. Sometimes I lie. 

Amber wakes up in a hospital. She can’t move. She can’t speak. She can’t open her eyes. She can hear everyone around her, but they have no idea. Amber doesn’t remember what happened, but she has a suspicion her husband had something to do with it. Alternating between her paralyzed present, the week before her accident, and a series of childhood diaries from twenty years ago, this brilliant psychological thriller asks: Is something really a lie if you believe it’s the truth?

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Review: The Good Samaritan

The Good Samaritan by John MarrsTitle: The Good Samaritan

Author: John Marrs

Genre: Thriller

Publication Date: December 1, 2017 / April 12, 2018

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️✨ (4.5 stars)


The people who call End of the Line need hope. They need reassurance that life is worth living. But some are unlucky enough to get through to Laura. Laura doesn’t want them to hope. She wants them to die.

Laura hasn’t had it easy: she’s survived sickness and a difficult marriage only to find herself heading for forty, unsettled and angry. She doesn’t love talking to people worse off than she is. She craves it.

But now someone’s on to her—Ryan, whose world falls apart when his pregnant wife ends her life, hand in hand with a stranger. Who was this man, and why did they choose to die together?

The sinister truth is within Ryan’s grasp, but he has no idea of the desperate lengths Laura will go to…

Because the best thing about being a Good Samaritan is that you can get away with murder.

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Review: Let Me Lie

Let Me Lie By Clare MackintoshTitle: Let Me Lie

Author: Clare Mackintosh

Genre: Mystery, Thriller

Publication Date: March 8, 2018

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (4 stars)


The police say it was suicide.
Anna says it was murder.
They’re both wrong.

One year ago, Caroline Johnson chose to end her life brutally: a shocking suicide planned to match that of her husband just months before. Their daughter, Anna, has struggled to come to terms with their loss ever since.

Now with a young baby of her own, Anna misses her mother more than ever and starts to question her parents’ deaths. But by digging up their past, she’ll put her future in danger. Sometimes it’s safer to let things lie …

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Review: This Fallen Prey (Rockton #3)

This Fallen Prey by Kelley ArmstrongTitle: This Fallen Prey

Author: Kelley Armstrong

Series: Rockton, #3

Genre: Mystery, Thriller

Publication Date: February 6, 2018

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (5 stars)


When Casey Duncan first arrived at Rockton, the off-the-grid, isolated community built as a haven for people running from their pasts, she had no idea what to expect. There are no cell phones, no internet, no mail, and no way of getting in or out without the town council’s approval. She certainly didn’t expect to become the town homicide detective. But, the very last thing she expected was for the council to drop a dangerous criminal into their midst without a plan to keep him imprisoned. And she never thought that she’d have to be responsible for him.

The longer Oliver Brady stays in town, the more people seem to die around him. When evidence begins piling up that someone inside Rockton is working as his accomplice, Casey races to figure out who exactly Brady is and what crimes he’s truly responsible for committing.

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Monthly Wrap-Up: March 2018

Monthly Wrap-Up Meme

And that’s a wrap on March!

I can’t believe it’s been another whole month of 2018 – and my first full month of blogging! I’m loving this community so much. It’s been great to discuss my opinions and find so many wonderful new books through all of you.

What I Read

March was another great reading month for me, including four 5-star reads and plenty of others that I thoroughly enjoyed. Lots of mysteries and thrillers, but I did squeeze in a YA fantasy, which I’m dying to get more of in my life.

This month, I tackled 11 books and 3,922 pages. 8 books were ones that I committed to as part of my March TBR, and the only one on my TBR I haven’t checked off yet is This Fallen Prey. I’m in the middle of it now, though, and fingers crossed that I’ll be wrapping up tonight, so I’m still in the clear for March!



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Review: People Like Us

image1 (17)Title: People Like Us

Author: Dana Mele

Genre: Young Adult Mystery

Publication Date: February 27, 2018

Rating: ⭐️⭐️✨ (2.5 stars)


Kay Donovan may have skeletons in her closet, but the past is past, and she’s reinvented herself entirely. Now she’s a star soccer player whose group of gorgeous friends run their private school with effortless popularity and acerbic wit. But when a girl’s body is found in the lake, Kay’s carefully constructed life begins to topple. 

The dead girl has left Kay a computer-coded scavenger hunt, which, as it unravels, begins to implicate suspect after suspect, until Kay herself is in the crosshairs of a murder investigation. But if Kay’s finally backed into a corner, she’ll do what it takes to survive. Because at Bates Academy, the truth is something you make…not something that happened.

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Review: The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1)

image1 (15)Title: The Cruel Prince

Author: Holly Black

Series: The Folk of the Air, #1

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Publication Date: January 2, 2018

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (5 stars)


Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

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