#BookReview: Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda

best day everAbout the Book

In the bestselling, page-turning vein of The Couple Next Door and The Dinner, Kaira Rouda weaves a gripping, tautly suspenseful tale of deception and betrayal dark enough to destroy a marriage…or a life. 

“I glance at my wife as she climbs into the passenger seat, and I am bursting with confidence. Today will be everything I’ve promised her…and more…” 

Paul Strom has the perfect life: a glittering career as an advertising executive, a beautiful wife, two healthy boys and a big house in a wealthy suburb. And he’s the perfect husband: breadwinner, protector, provider. That’s why he’s planned a romantic weekend for his wife, Mia, at their lake house, just the two of them. And he’s promised today will be the best day ever.

But as Paul and Mia drive out of the city and toward the countryside, a spike of tension begins to wedge itself between them and doubts start to arise. How much do they trust each other? And how perfect is their marriage, or any marriage, really?

Forcing us to ask ourselves just how well we know those who are closest to us, Best Day Ever crackles with dark energy, spinning ever tighter toward its shocking conclusion. 

My Review

Get ready to be creeped out with this one! Ooh, Kaira Rouda is back at with a new chilling domestic suspense novel that gave me the heebie jeebies. This review is actually pretty tough to write, because I don’t want to give anything away. As you read, new plot twists and layers are exposed in each chapter, and I would hate to ruin anything for a future reader. I’ll just say this – if you are a fan of domestic suspense novels and don’t mind getting the chills while reading, I highly recommend this one!

5 stars

#BookReview: Christmas Under a Cranberry Sky by Holly Martin

cranberryAbout the Book
Piper Chesterfield lives a glamorous life travelling the world and reviewing the finest hotels. She calls nowhere home, she works alone and that’s how she likes it. For long ago Piper decided that to protect her heart she should lock it away.

So when Piper’s next assignment brings her to the newly opened Stardust Lake Hotel for the festive season, the last person she expects to face is Gabe Whitaker, the man who broke her heart so completely she could never love again.

But Piper isn’t the only one who has been frozen in time by heartbreak. Gabe hasn’t forgotten the golden-eyed girl who disappeared from his world without a trace.

Now fate has reunited them on Juniper island, can the magic of Christmas heal old wounds? And can this enchanting town be the one place Piper can finally call home?

My Review

What a perfect read to get you into the holiday spirit! From the cover, the cozy vibes of Stardust Lake Hotel and a heart-warming romance, I enjoyed Christmas Under a Cranberry Sky from start to finish. I loved the setting, and the backstory between Piper and Gabe was heartbreaking yet hopeful at the same time. There was plenty of interesting characters, including Gabe’s adorable daughter, and fun little plot twists along the way. If you are building your holiday reading list, make sure to add this one.

4 stars

#BookReview: A Season To Lie by Emily Littlejohn

a season to lieAbout the Book

In Emily Littlejohn’s follow-up to her acclaimed debut Inherit the Bones, a twisted killer stalks his prey in the dead of winter.

On a cold dark night in February, as a blizzard shrieks through Cedar Valley, police officer and new mother Gemma Monroe responds to an anonymous report of a prowler at the local private high school, The Valley Academy. In her idyllic Colorado small town, Gemma expects the call was just a prank by a bored teenager.

But there in the snow lies the savaged body of a man whose presence in town was meant to be a secret. And a disturbing message left by his killer promises more death to come.

This is only the beginning . . .

Nothing is as it seems in Cedar Valley and stories, both fact and fiction, ensnare Gemma as her investigation moves from the halls of an elite academy to the forests that surround Cedar Valley.

Against a backdrop of bleak winter weather, stymied by those who would lie to protect what is dearest to them, Gemma hunts a ruthless killer before he strikes again in A Season to Lie.

My Review

I do love me a good thriller, and got the vibes right away that I was going to enjoy A Season To Lie. I was easily pulled into the story, and the drama kicks off right away. I could tell that there was a novel prior to this (Inherit the Bones) because some of the back story was brought up, but this was easily read as a stand alone for me. I will say it made me want to read the first book for sure, because I really enjoyed Emily Littlejohn’s writing. Plenty of twists and turns, questionable characters, and a solid mystery that I didn’t piece together until just before the ending played out. I would recommend if you enjoy thriller style reads.

4 stars