#BookReview: The Switch by Joseph Finder

the switchAbout the Book

A simple mix up throws one innocent man into the crosshairs of sinister government secrets and ruthless political ambitions in New York Times bestselling author Joseph Finder’s timely, electrifying new thriller.

Michael Tanner is on his way home from a business trip when he accidentally picks up the wrong MacBook in an airport security line. He doesn’t notice the mix-up until he arrives home in Boston, but by then it’s too late. Tanner’s curiosity gets the better of him when he discovers that the owner is a US senator and that the laptop contains top secret files.

When Senator Susan Robbins realizes she’s come back with the wrong laptop, she calls her young chief of staff, Will Abbott, in a panic. Both know that the senator broke the law by uploading classified documents onto her personal computer. If those documents wind up in the wrong hands, it could be Snowden 2.0—and her career in politics will be over. She needs to recover the MacBook before it’s too late.

When Will fails to gain Tanner’s cooperation, he is forced to take measures to retrieve the laptop before a bigger security breach is revealed.  He turns to an unscrupulous “fixer” for help.  In the meantime, the security agency whose files the senator has appropriated has its own methods, darker still—and suddenly Tanner finds himself a hunted man, on the run, terrified for the safety of his family, in desperate need of a plan, and able to trust no one.

My Review

I have been really into thrillers lately, but The Switch was a bit of a shake up for my reading schedule. I’m mostly drawn to women’s fiction, but something about this one caught my attention. This novel was fast-paced and full of suspense and intrigue, getting my heart beating fast at several times and wondering who would make it out alive. My only issue is that some of it seemed just a little far-fetched, and while it made for a great story, I couldn’t get past a few issues. Like why top-secret government documents were so easily slipped through the cracks. Why a Senator has to go through a regular line in the airport, scan her laptop, grab the wrong laptop, and have her password written on her laptop – that holds top secret government documents. I have worked for the government in the past for several years, so all of that casualness just nagged at me. But, if you can look past some of those holes, it was an engaging read.

4 stars

#BookReview: The Happiness in Between by Grace Greene

the happiness in betweenAbout the Book

A woman returns home to hide from her past mistakes and discovers one more chance at happiness.

Sandra Hurst has left her husband. Again. After dropping out of college to marry Trent, divorcing him, then remarrying him, she’s shown up on her parents’ doorstep nursing her wounds. But her parents refuse to help this time—emotionally or financially.

Desperate to earn money and determined to start over, she accepts an offer from her aunt to house-sit at the old family home, Cub Creek, in ruggedly beautiful rural Virginia. But when Sandra arrives, she finds the house has grown shabby, her aunt’s dog is missing, and the garden is woefully overgrown. And she suspects her almost-ex-husband is on her trail.

As she begins to settle into the familiar homestead, powerful secrets and hurtful memories are unearthed. But Sandra discovers that to move on from the pain of her past, she must embrace the beauty of her future. Getting back to her roots—with a little help from her handsome new neighbor Colton and his son; her aunt’s devoted dog, Honey; and a lush garden on the brink of either failing or flourishing—may be just what Sandra needs. And this final chance could lead to regaining her self-respect, making peace with her family, discovering what she’s truly made of…and becoming the woman she was always meant to be. And along the way, she just might find a bit of happiness in each day.

My Review

This was a book I listened to in audio, and I thought the narrator did a fantastic job. Easy to listen to, and she did several voices very well. The story was very intriguing, with Sandra’s estranged husband and their seemingly volatile relationship, the dynamic between Sandra and her mother, and the storyline that begins to unfold once she arrives in Cub Creek. I was slightly hesitant to download this book because I was worried it could get too dark with Trent’s behavior and actions, but I didn’t think it got too heavy to the point where I couldn’t read it. There was definitely some incredibly sad scenes or moments that made me hold my breath, but nothing went too far in my opinion. I loved learning about Cub Creek and Sandra’s family home, and I would be quite curious to get a follow up book for this story!

4 stars

#CoverReveal: Always With You by Hannah Ellis

always with you“Always With You” blurb:

A mother who kept a secret for more than twenty years. A daughter intent on finding the truth…

In 1994, twenty-one-year-old Evelyn Taylor left England to backpack around Australia. When she stopped off in the dusty outback town of Kununurra, she never expected to fall in love with the place – and the people. But Joe Sullivan captured her heart, and when her fun-filled year in Australia came to an end, saying goodbye to him was the hardest thing she’d ever done.

In 2017, Evelyn’s daughter, Libby, embarks on her own Australian adventure. Grief-stricken following her mother’s death, she’s determined to find the father she never met.

Little does she know that digging up the past will be more complicated than she ever imagined.

Author bio:

Hannah Ellis lives in Munich with her husband and two little boys. She’s originally from England and has also lived in America, Australia and Ireland. As well as writing, she also teaches English to kindergarten kids. In her spare time she likes to read books, drink tea and eat chocolate. She goes jogging regularly but hasn’t decided if she really enjoys it or not. She’s a huge fan of sunny days and loves visiting the many Munich beer gardens.

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