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The Woman In the Window – A.J. Finn

The woman in the window by A.J. Finn is a thrilling and mysterious story about Dr. Anna Fox and her many neighbors.

Dr. Fox is a psychologist who has had a trauma that left her with many life-altering issues of her own, one of which is the inability to leave the comforts of her home.

A lover of black and white movies and a good game of chess, Dr. Fox is often left alone with her thoughts and memories. When her life becomes it’s very own version of a Hitchcock movie everyone, including herself, begins to wonder if she’s living in reality or a horrific made up drama.

This story will have you guessing until the final few pages how damaged Dr. Fox’s mental state may be. Who is real? What is real? Has she just been a lonesome spy? Is she looking out for the protection of her neighbors? Find out for yourself in this psychological thriller.

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The Family Next Door – Sally Hepworth

The Family Next Door by Sally Hepworth was captivating tale about 3 women who are neighbors on a cul-de-sac. Fran, Ange and Essie are all mothers and wives but that is the only things they have in common. Each of these women are a little bit different in personality but vastly different in the secrets they each keep.

A new woman, Isabelle, comes into the picture and shakes things up – especially for Essie. Barbara, Essie’s mother and yet another neighbor on the cul-de-sac might hold the biggest secret of all, which Isabelle is ready to share with the world.

Between infidelity, sexuality and paternity questions, these women all have a lot to filter through and deal with. The underlying tone of this book is to be content with the life that you are given. Some of these women have taken or are taking their blessings or lives for advantage. Some have been dealt an extremely rough hand. But in the end, this book makes you want to appreciate what you have. But also stand up for yourself and be appreciated in return.

Secrets are all out in the open in the end. Families are united, reunited or maybe even divided for the best.

This book was unlike our normal psychological thrillers, but it was full of drama, much like a daytime soap opera. It was definitely well received and we intend to read more from this author. Hope you all enjoyed something a little different!

 

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Two Girls Down – Louisa Luna

Two Girls Down by Louisa Luna is a story about sisters that go missing from their mother’s car while she runs a quick shopping errand, basically every mother’s worst nightmare. With the help of two private investigators that combine their efforts, and the local police department and the FBI, every lead is investigated to attempt to find these two girls.

Two other open missing girls cases from several years prior end up giving clues to what may have happened, what tied these cases together and who may have been at hand. Private Investigators Alice Vega and Max Caplan team up in this terrifying tale in an effort to save these two girls, while also solving the mystery of the other missing girl cases.

Vega and Cap’s relationship is a strange one that develops into something a bit more in time. Vega is a strong, fierce character that doesn’t put up with any bull****. Even though, she has soft spots that crack her from time to time and she comes to find she doesn’t mind being vulnerable with “Cap”. Cap is an ex-officer whose marriage crumbled after he took the fall for another officer years ago and lost his job. Vega ends up fitting in quite nicely to Cap’s family picture with his teenage daughter, Nell.

There are many key characters in this book that each give important bits of information, leading Cap and Vega down the path for answers. But Vega also remarkably can read characters well to know when someone is lying or holding something back.

This book was a great one and well worth the read. It was fun to read from the perspective of the private investigators and follow the case leads rather than from the perspective of the victims. It left you in the dark as to what was going on, why they were taken and by whom.

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Losing Brave – Bailee Madison & Stefne Miller

This story involves twin sisters, Payton and Dylan, in a small town. Everyone knows everyone, so when one of the Brave twins goes mysteriously missing – someone has to know something, right? The one who knows the most might be closer than the Braves think.

Once you get into this book you realize that the Brave twin isn’t the first, or the last, local girl to go missing near this town. Is she still alive or has she been killed? What is the motive? Who could do such a thing?

The trauma caused her to forget but, as the first year goes by, the remaining sister gets closer and closer to figuring out what happened in that bus station bathroom. She also gets closer to finding out who she really is. Taking on a new persona and collecting all the information on the missing girls cases, she leaves behind her Bubblegum-Barbie lifestyle to get down to the facts and help solve her sister’s case.

Losing Brave by Bailee Madison and Stefne Miller will leave you second guessing even your closest friend or neighbor.

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Into the Water – Paula Hawkins

There have been very few novels that I have read that required me to map out the characters on a separate paper to keep track of the relations and story line, past and present. But this was one of the few. There were so many characters introduced in the first handful of pages that I would have been completely lost without mapping them out. Having the paper helped me to reference the who and the why for the first several chapters until I had memorized the relationships.

That being said, having so many characters within this book is exactly what made it so good. There were so many players involved that it was unclear which motive would be the one to explain the end result.

The town in this book had a history of mysterious deaths or potential suicides, all revolving around one specific area of the town, named the Drowning Pool. Initially charged by the death/drowning of a witch many moons before, there was something about this body of water that drew people to it. But no worries, there is no hocus pocus in this story. Just the stories of several lives intertwined until a tangle happens and disaster strikes. Or several tangles.

Follow the story of Jules and Lena as they try to discover why their loved one killed herself OR who killed her and why. And as they discover the answer, answers for two other deaths are uncovered as well.

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The Roanoke Girls – Amy Engel

“Welcome to Oz” because this Kansas home is nothing normal, where all the girls have either passed away or ran away. In this book, The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel, there is a house with a name, Roanoke, like a living, breathing person. And ticking off the family members by memory that lived here, they are gone, dead, dead, gone…but what caused these ‘Roanoke girls’ to all leave one way or another?

Lane Roanoke comes to this home, after a tragedy, and finds the truth about her family. It’s enough to make her run too, after only one summer. But her cousin, Allegra -who she befriended instantly during that summer stay, has grown up in that home and always stayed, no matter how bad the damage.

Upon receiving a call from dearest grandpa that Allegra too has now gone missing, a decade later, Lane is drawn back to this town and the Roanoke house to deal with her past, the summer she left behind like a bad dream, and her cousin’s mysterious clues. Lane refuses to allow herself to be the next ‘Roanoke girl’ to get sucked into this nightmarish setup.

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The Lying Game – Ruth Ware

The Lying Game by Ruth Ware is a story about 4 women, living separate lives, that have one thread that strings them all back together.

As teens they lived one wild summer together at a boarding school on the coast, escaping on the weekends to one of their homes where anything was allowed. One night they all took part in an act that would change the course of their lives and create the 4 women they are today.

As their past cannot stay hidden, Kate, Fatima, Thea and Isa all end up back at the Salten Arms to deal with the mistakes they made and face reality. But who’s mistake are they really dealing with? The whole town seems to think that they are still the young, reckless girls of their past. As the walls all come crashing down around them, the story comes out and the women realize what it is that really happened during their youth. Although – one of them knew the truth all along.

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The Good Daughter – Karen Slaughter

The Good Daughter is Karin Slaughter’s most recent book about a family and their secrets. Some secrets are 28 years old and some are more recent. Twenty-eight years ago they suffered several horrific and even fatal occurrences, that altered everything.

Charlotte, now grown up and following her father’s footsteps now finds herself smack dab in the middle of another fatal situation. But this one not only brings back all those terrible memories, it also opens wounds where secrets seep out, secrets that have put her relationship on the brink of destruction, secrets that she’s been keeping, and even secrets that other’s have had all this time.

Charlotte finds that people aren’t who she thought they were and that she is stronger than she ever thought. The hits don’t stop coming with this book and it was hard to put it down. Twists and turns, and all the feels.

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The Wife Between Us – Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pakkanene is a book that, halfway through, makes you question what the hell is going on. Everything you thought you understood is questioned, especially the characters and who they represent.

But no worries, it all makes sense just a chapter or two later. Past meets present in the twisting tale about Vanessa, on the crutch of alcohol and jealousy, and her ex-husband Richard.

Initially, you think you are in bunny-on-a-stove territory but thrilling revelations spin this tale into one of a savior.

This book has been picked up by the same film-makers of Girl On A Train, (which I loved as well – the movie and the book, always the book first) which is no surprise as it is one that will be perfect for film with the shocks within. So be on the look out!

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Welcome to the Club

Professional Reader

1st Rule: You don’t talk about book club.

2nd Rule: You DO NOT TALK ABOUT BOOK CLUB. (kidding, please talk about it)

3rd Rule: If somebody is behind, you leave them. (go at your own pace)

4th Rule: Only books from the list. (kidding, please comment below other great books you’d like to read)

5th Rule: Only one book at a time.

6th Rule: No shoes, but a glass of wine is required.

7th Rule: Books will go on as long as you need to.

8th RULE: If this is your first time at BOOK CLUB, you HAVE to read.

Well that was fun. Clearly I love movies as well. But to be serious, if you love to read, I would love for you to join my book club on Facebook, called Women, Wine & Words. We love psychological thrillers the most and try our best to read two or three books per month. If you don’t care to join on facebook, you can tag along reading my brief reviews here.

So, grab a glass of my favorite Peach Moscato and snuggle in for a great book.

Be sure to share below in the comments: what you are reading currently, what you would like to read with us or what your favorite wine is! I am always looking to try out new wines and never discriminate!