Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
This book was a complete trip, but in a good way. It’s labeled as a psychological thriller and it really is a mind trip. Louise meets a guy, then the next day at work, finds out he’s her new boss, who’s also married. She then meets his wife and they become friends. There is some messed up stuff going on in their marriage and she gets a different story from both of them. As time goes on, she learns more and has a hard time figuring out what the real story is. I promise you won’t be able to figure this out. If you ever read Stranger With My Face by Lois Duncan, it’s got some similar things going on. This was also my February Book of the Month pick. Definitely recommend this.
Natural Born Charmer by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Last month, I read her new one and it kinda made me go a little nostalgic. I picked up this one and another of her older books at the library. Both cover players from the Chicago Stars. Remember that these are fluffy romances, but hers are always good romances. This covers quarterback Dean. He’s on a roadtrip and picks up Blue. He takes her to Tennessee where he has a house being renovated. He’s got issues with his family, Blue’s got no home, but they get each other. It’s cute and there’s good side plots.
The Wicked City by Beatriz Williams
I love me some Beatriz Williams. As with all her books, this jumps from past to present, with something that ties them together. Ellie just found out her husband is cheating, so she leaves and moves into a new apartment that happens to have a haunted basement. A night the sounds of a speakeasy can be heard from the basement. Gin is a 1920’s girl, who frequents the very same speakeasy at night. She gets arrested one night and is offered a job helping to catch her stepfather, who’s been running a bootlegging liquor operation. There’s adventure, love, betrayal, family secrets, all good. This was good, but probably my least favorite of her books so far. The past and present connection was pretty thin. If you’ve read her others though, Ellie is Pepper’s daughter. Pepper and Vivian, as well as Julie Schuyler, who manages to be in every book, make appearances.
Heaven Texas by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Then there’s this one. This book is 20 years old now and it shows. The main guy keeps wearing vests. The outfit descriptions are so mid-90’s. It’s a romance again, he’s a football player. He’s kind of a dick though. He’s a nice guy and helps everyone out, but he’s still a dick to the one who has fallen for him. I read this one years ago, but it’s not that great. Stick to her newer books.
The Trespasser by Tana French
Antoinette Conway is a Murder Detective. Her and her partner are getting to go home after a night shift, when they get called out for what is believed to be a domestic situation. A woman was murdered. As they start looking around though, they realize there is a lot more to it. Other detectives are closely watching them, they don’t believe it’s a cut and dry as everyone else, and they don’t think the suspect did it. As they figure it out, Antoinette learns more about herself. This was the longest, most in-depth crime novel I’ve ever read. It was good, but holy crap.
The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter
I read another of hers and liked it, so I’m all for giving authors lots of chances. A body is discovered at an abandoned construction site. Will Trent (who apparently has a lot of other books written about him) is called out with his partner. As they start digging, it looks like the blood all over the place doesn’t belong to the victim, but to Will’s estranged wife. They keep looking for her and uncover an entirely other thing going on. This was good and while I thought I had it figured out based on the prologue, I was wrong.
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