The First Girl Child by Amy Harmon Book Review

The First Girl Child by Amy Harmon is a historical fantasy novel heavily influenced by the Norse sagas. This is the first book in the Saylok series. The island of Saylok has been cursed to have no more girl children. Turned away by the father of her unborn child, Desdemona, utters a blood curse as she is dying. If men will not treat women as equals she robs them of

The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton Book Review

The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton is a story about three women, Dorothy and Laurel, told over the 73 years that spans 1938 to 2011. The Secret Keeper is a story that shows how the decisions of one person can impact the next generation. Dorothy is strong-willed and hugely selfish in many ways, she is determined that she is meant for greatness and goes moves to London to be a companion to

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson  Book Review

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson is a gothic horror. Built by Hugh Crain, Hill House is an 80-year-old mansion with a reputation for supernatural activity. The book centres around an experiment run over the summer by supernatural investigator Dr John Montague at the mansion. Having sent out invitations to people he believes have had real paranormal experiences he only manages to get two to commit, making the party of only

When I Was You by Amber Garza Book Review

When I Was You by Amber Garza is a suspense thriller. Deep in the throes of empty nest syndrome, Kelly Medina is missing her son who has left for college and mourns the life she used to have. Kelly discovers that there is another Kelly Medina in town, a young single mother with a baby boy. Intrigued she starts to look for the other Kelly in real life and online, her

The Stillwater Girls by Minka Kent Book Review

The Stillwater Girls by Minka Kent is a suspense thriller that gets told through two seemingly disparate points of view, Wren and Nicolette. Wren and her sisters Evie and Sage live in an isolated cabin in the woods in upstate New York with their mother. Their life is so isolated that they have little to no contact with anyone else and have never experienced modern-day conveniences such as indoor bathrooms

The Good Widow by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke Book Review

The Good Widow by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinkemake is a suspense thriller. Sometimes the life you thought you were leading is a lie. When Jacqueline “Jacks” Morales’s answers the door to two police officers to give her the news that her husband has died in a car accident, as if his death was not enough, she discovers he died in Maui, not Kansas where he was supposed to be

The Planter's Wife by Ann Bennett Book Review

The Planter’s Wife by Ann Bennett is a historical novel set during World War II. in 1938 sisters, Juliet and  Rose arrive in Penang to stay with an aunt after the death of their father in England. Juliet falls in love with the dashing Gavin Crosby, a plantation owner who is looking for a bride. Having left her sister and aunt to live in an exotic fairytale with her new

The House by the Sea by Louise Douglas Book Review

The House by the Sea by Louise Douglas is a suspenseful novel that straddles the line between suspense thriller and literary fiction It is a story-driven by jealousy, grief and animosity. Family should be sacred but for Edie, her family is at the root of the tragedy and heartache in her life. When her mother-in-law, Anna DeLuca, dies, Edie is relieved however the feeling is short-lived when she learns that

The Obituary Society by Jessica L. Randall Book Review

The Obituary Society by Jessica L. Randall is a paranormal novel and the first book in the Obituary Society series. Lila Moore’s grandfather has passed away leaving her his house in Auburn. She moves into the small town to take care of his estate and is welcomed with open arms by her aunt Ada, her friend Gladys and some other locals like Max, Gladys’ grandson, his daughter Juniper; Asher, a handsome