#BookReview: Gone Without a Trace by Mary Torjussen

gone without a traceSummary:

A jaw-dropping novel of psychological suspense that asks, If the love of your life disappeared without a trace, how far would you go to find out why?  
 
Hannah Monroe’s boyfriend, Matt, is gone. His belongings have disappeared from their house. Every call she ever made to him, every text she ever sent, every photo of him and any sign of him on social media have vanished. It’s as though their last four years together never happened.

As Hannah struggles to get through the next few days, with humiliation and recriminations whirring through her head, she knows that she’ll do whatever it takes to find him again and get answers. But as soon as her search starts, she realizes she is being led into a maze of madness and obsession. Step by suspenseful step, Hannah discovers her only way out is to come face to face with the shocking truth…

Review:

Hmm. This one was …interesting. Intense at moments, definitely jaw-dropping at times. At first I thought I would totally love this book. Twisty, suspenseful, filled with manipulation and betrayal…but once the actual twist came, I actually was a little let down. I’ll try to write this without giving it away, but I felt kind of duped as a reader. I started to catch the little clues here and there, but it was over halfway through the book and pretty close to the twist being revealed that I felt that they were there, so I felt…just a bit duped. It was still really interesting, very good writing, but the character development I think was lacking a bit and maybe because of such a big plot twist and the many details surrounding that. I enjoy psychological thrillers and that feeling of seeing everything out there and connecting the dots, but with this one I felt a little let down at the end.

3 stars

#BookReview: The Big Little Wedding In Carlton Square by Lilly Bartlett

the big little weddingSummary:

When Emma’s boyfriend Daniel pops the question with a ring the size of a small country, she suddenly realizes just how different their worlds are. She wants a low-key wedding with close friends and family, while Daniel’s mother is expecting a society party that their high-brow guests won’t forget! While Emma is envisioning the town hall and Uncle Colin’s pub for the reception, future mother-in-law Philippa is talking chandeliers, silver wedding favors and chocolate fountains…

How on earth can Emma put together a vintage champagne-sodden celebration – fit for Lords and Ladies – on a beer pocketbook? Not to mention the fact her cross-dressing Uncle Barbara wants to be a bridesmaid, her best friend Kelly can’t stand Daniel’s best friend Cressida, and her dad is too proud to accept any help from Daniel’s family toward the costs.

There are three months to go until the big day. But will it be memorable for all the wrong reasons?

Review:

This book was just awesome. That’s how I would describe it. I loved what the drama was around – wedding planning, bringing families together, and the stress of getting married. It was something fresh for me, whereas I’m used to reading the drama being around the relationship and breakups and cheating scandals, etc, so I was really drawn to this. Emma and Daniel could win the sweetest couple award, and I had a fantastic time getting to know each character. It was so  heartwarming watching this wedding come together, and during the actual main event, I felt I was right there in the square, enjoying this one of a kind wedding. I breezed through this read, highly engaged, and would most definitely recommend for your spring reading list.

5 stars

#BookReview: Back To Blueberry Pond by Carla Trueheart

back to blueberry pondBack to Blueberry Pond by Carla Trueheart was an instant attention-grabber. I love that the story started where it should – at Blueberry Pond, with all of our main characters. Kyle, Brandon and Vanessa make a friendship pact and each place a treasured item in a Tupperware bowl, to be buried and never uncovered again. As they grow older and drift apart, each friend holds tight to the secrets of that night and to their friendship pact. Three separate lives, yet the contents of what they buried held their friendship together. Twenty years later, each character is struggling. Kyle is an alcoholic that can’t keep it together, Brandon lost his career and his family is in financial danger, and Vanessa is divorcing her husband and trying to keep it together for her daughters. Each struggle is directly tied to what they buried in that Tupperware box so many years ago … but they said they would never dig it up.

The three characters meet back up and though I thought the book kicked off with a bang and easily caught my attention, after they meet up and events start to unravel, it was nearly impossible to put down. I was sneaking my Kindle out during my vacation so I keep getting glimpses of the story, of the journey these three were taken. There was a fantastic mystery aspect as well with the Tupperware bowl, there were breath-taking scenes, maddening moments, and conversations that brought tears to my eyes. This was an incredibly moving novel, and I am so happy I was able to read Blueberry Pond.

5 stars

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