Set in 1914, against the harsh backdrop of a remote Alaskan
community, How Quickly She Disappears is the story of Elisabeth, a wife
and mother living a very quiet life in the far northern reaches of Alaska. Elisabeth
is at a point in her life where she is isolated, geographically and
emotionally, from her husband, her community, and family. In addition to her isolation,
Elisabeth is still coping with the disappearance of her twin sister Jacqueline.
Twenty years ago, when the girls were young, Jacqueline disappeared without a
trace. Now, a strange man named Alfred has flown into town and manipulates his
way into Elisabeth’s house, her life, and her past. Elisabeth’s life is turned
upside down when Alfred commits a heinous crime in her small town, and then
offers clues to her sister’s disappearance, clues that are entirely too
detailed to be wrong. Before long, Elisabeth is pulled into a deranged cat and
mouse game in the hopes of finally discovering what happened to Jacqueline all
those years ago—and maybe even directly to the sister she’s always believed is
How Quickly She Disappears is a stark, haunting novel.
I found myself wanting to disbelieve everything Alfred was telling Elisabeth
but being drawn into this madness right alongside her.
My one complaint is that it wasn’t wrapped up in this novel,
it left an opening for a sequel and it felt as forced and manipulative as
Alfred was. This really felt like a standalone novel the entire time I read it
and to be left like this at the end kind of ruined a lot of the experience for
How Quickly She Disappears will be available January
*I received an Advanced Reader’s Copy of How Quickly She
Disappears from Berkley Publishing Group and Netgalley in exchange for an
Fresh off the investigation into her sister’s death, detective
Claire Calderwood is called to investigate a murder in a nearby community. A
girl’s body has been found tied to the bed of a hotel room, covered in ashes. Without
witnesses, and with few clues, Claire must figure out who killed this girl
while dealing with her own memories and the realization that her boyfriend,
Noah, has been keeping secrets about his own past.
And then another girl is found, and another. Now, faced with
a serial killer, Claire has to find out how the three girls, text messages from
a burner cell phone, and GPS coordinates tie them all together while under
pressure from the local police and a very irate hospital CEO to find the killer.
In her follow up to Next Girl to Die, author Dea Poirier has expertly crafted another thrilling who-done-it. The story line is fast paced and with just as much intensity as book one. Claire is someone you can just identify with, she isn’t perfect, but she’s exactly the person her past has molded her into. While characters in some books seem to act just to advance the plot line, Claire is consistent and genuine. Poirier has also done an amazing job of bringing the details of Maine to life so that the setting acts as another character, helping to bring a stark, harsh richness to an already chilling story. The crime and resolution is just as satisfying as I’d hoped (no spoilers from me!).
Beneath the Ashes will be released November 19, 2019.
While you wait for it’s release, you can get your copy of Next Girl to Die (The Calderwood Cases #1) from Amazon or Barnes & Noble
You can also read my interview with author Dea Poirier here
There’s been a 911 call, screaming, and an officer arrives at a house to find blood everywhere. Welcome to Meadowlark, Kansas and “The Day of the Killing”.
Beautiful Bad is told from multiple POV’s and throughout different points in history. Maddie and Ian meet overseas and fall in love. They are married and have a son. After a camping accident that leaves Maddie with no memory of the events, she begins journaling as therapy.
So many things come to light as we jump between time periods and POVs: Maddie’s ambitions, Ian’s PTSD and drinking, and Maddie’s broken friendship with Jo. Twenty years is a lot of time for people to build up fears and resentments, it’s a lot of time for things to simmer, and when they boil over (and you find out the how and the who), you’re left with nothing to say but, “DAMN!”
Maddie’s writing was my favorite, her voice chilled me and made me sad and scared all at once. But, as I finished, I found myself appreciating every POV for what it contributed to the final outcome.
I’m really afraid to say more because I could go on-and-on, which will inevitably lead to spoilers (and I hate spoilers!). Annie Ward has crafted a magnificently plotted psychological thriller and Beautiful Bad is a book I’ll be thinking about for a long time to come.
*I received an ARC (Advanced Reader’s Copy) of Beautiful Bad from Harlequin and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
WATCH YOU BURN is about Jenny, a teen with a bad history related to fires–as in she has a tendency to start them. Jenny has just been sent to live with her dad, a contractor who is renovating an old motel in New Mexico, because there’s an arson investigation back home in Ohio, and things have gotten a bit, er…hot.
Even though she has the best of intentions, Jenny can’t fight the “itch” to start fires. One little fire, what could it hurt? Unless someone saw her. And now, that someone is lurking outside her room at night and Jenny is sure it’s just a matter of time until she’s turned in.
But then the man she’s certain witnessed her starting a fire is murdered. And another murder follows, and soon Jenny realizes she’s surrounded by people she doesn’t really know and everyone is a suspect…including her dad.
WATCH YOU BURN is a deep, dark descent into the world of girl who is deeply troubled and finds herself in a bad situation. There were so many red herrings that, even when I was certain who the “bad guy” was, I kept doubting myself. It was an intriguing book that kept me turning the pages, anxious to find out what would happen next. I can’t say I liked Jenny, but I empathized with her enough that I wanted to know what would happen.
Overall, a good read.
Thank you to NetGalley and Delacorte Press for the opportunity to read WATCH YOU BURN
I received an ARC of WATCH YOU BURN in exchange for an honest review of the book