Anna Downes debut novel Safe Place is an intriguing, spellbinding tale that pulls you in to its web. Right from the get go, you know something isn’t right, but you can’t quite put your finger on it.
Emily is a struggling actress who works temp jobs to stay afloat. Her life is falling apart - she loses her temp job, she’s evicted from her apartment, she botches an audition, and nearly gets hit by a bus, and that’s just the surface layer of Emily’s problems. Scott comes along and offers Emily what seems to be a dream job - working and living on his beautiful, secluded estate and helping his wife care for their daughter as well as estate upkeep. Emily arrives, and everything is serenely beautiful. She fits right in to Scott’s family, and they get along perfectly. However, something doesn’t feel quite right, and there are niggling clues throughout that lead Emily to think that her seemingly perfect job is actually not so perfect. Will Emily figure out her employers’ secrets before it is too late?
Safe Place was a wonderful debut thriller! I loved how Anna Downes places little clues throughout, and how she used flashbacks intermittently to help the reader piece together the story. The characters are intriguing and provide a balance to each other - Emily is a naive young lady that has been through hard times but looks for the good in others; Nina is seemingly a picture perfect wife and mother; Scott is a tortured, rich executive that is doing his best to provide for his family. The estate itself is also practically a character, oozing with charm and beauty. Together, they seem to bring out the best in each other, until they don’t.
Thank you to Anna Downes, Minotaur Books, and NetGalley for the early copy!! Safe Place comes out July 14, and you can and should preorder on Amazon using the link below.
Don’t Look for Me is a pulse-pounding novel filled to the brim with shocking twists and turns! Wendy Walker has done it again - another delicious mystery that will keep you up furiously turning pages all night!
Five years ago when Molly was driving home, her youngest child ran out into the road and was hit by her car. Molly and her family have been spiraling downward ever since this horrific tragedy, and have grown apart while each has found their own ways to deal with their grief. Molly considers leaving her family and often thinks they would be better off without her. She is debating leaving on her drive home one day when she runs out of gas. Molly gets out of her car, and isn’t seen again.
Nicole is Molly’s surviving daughter. She’s searching for her mother, and for answers. However, she continuously uncovers lie after lie when she begins to dig in deeper to the investigation to her mother’s disappearance. Who is telling her the truth and who can she trust? Nicole needs to choose carefully....
I absolutely loved Don’t Look for Me!! Thank you to Wendy Walker, St. Martin’s Press, and NetGalley for the advance copy. Pub day is September 15, but you can preorder on Amazon now!!!
Megan Goldin’s latest novel, The Night Swim, is an edge of your seat thriller with an ending that you won’t see coming! Even better than Megan Goldin’s first book, The Night Swim kept me rapt and furiously turning pages to find “who dunnit.”
The Night Swim is told as two alternating stories that occurred 25 years apart. Rachel is a true crime podcast journalist, who is reporting on a present day and controversial rape trial. Hannah’s story is that of when she was a young girl, and, according to her, her big sister Jenny was murdered. Hannah attempts to rope Rachel in to investigating the murder of her sister in a rather unconventional way, but Rachel soon learns that Jenny wasn’t murdered.
Who is telling the truth? What will be the outcome of the trial? And what really happened 25 years ago? Preorder your copy of the Night Swim using the link below - pub day is August 4, 2020.
Thank you to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press, and Megan Goldin for the advance copy of The Night Swim!
Ruth Ware’s upcoming book, One by One, is a shocking, nail biting thriller that does not disappoint!! I loved this book, and appreciate that I got the opportunity to review it pre-publication.
Each one of Ruth Ware’s novels have a drastically different writing style, and I love her willingness to experiment and try new things. This book alternates between the viewpoints of 2 characters. Classic Ruth Ware throughout, however, in that you will not see all the twists coming, and you won’t be able to put it down! The tension ratchets up with each turn of the page, and I whipped through this book in a day.
One by One tells of a tech company, Snoop, on a corporate retreat. On this retreat, Snoop has to decide if they are going to sell to another company, or if they will take their company public An avalanche traps them at the chalet where they were staying, and guests begin dying or disappearing. Is somebody taking advantage of the avalanche situation to manipulate voting shares of Snoop to their advantage? Or are these a series of unfortunate accidents? Can the chalet employees and shareholders trust each other, or is one of them a murderer? Ruth Ware will keep you guessing, and shock you with the ending!
Thank you to Simon and Schuster, Scout Press, and Ruth Ware for the opportunity to read this advance copy! Loved, loved, loved it!!! Pre-order this one!!!
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