#BookReview: Just Between Us by Rebecca Drake

just between usAbout the Book

Four suburban mothers conspire to cover up a deadly crime in Just Between Us, a heart-stopping novel of suspense by Rebecca Drake.

Alison, Julie, Sarah, Heather. Four friends living the suburban ideal. Their jobs are steady, their kids are healthy. They’re as beautiful as their houses. But each of them has a dirty little secret, and hidden behind the veneer of their perfect lives is a crime and a mystery that will consume them all.

Everything starts to unravel when Alison spots a nasty bruise on Heather’s wrist. She shares her suspicions with Julie and Sarah, compelling all three to investigate what looks like an increasingly violent marriage. As mysterious injuries and erratic behavior mount, Heather can no longer deny the abuse, but she refuses to leave her husband. Desperate to save her, Alison and the others dread the phone call telling them that she’s been killed. But when that call finally comes, it’s not Heather who’s dead. In a moment they’ll come to regret, the women must decide what lengths they’ll go to in order to help a friend.

Just Between Us is a thrilling glimpse into the underbelly of suburbia, where not all neighbors can be trusted, and even the closest friends keep dangerous secrets. You never really know what goes on in another person’s mind, or in their marriage.

My Review

Friendship fiction with a suspenseful twist – yes please! From the moment I started reading Just Between Us I knew I was going to have a hard time putting this down. Four friends, four suburban mothers. Playdates, shopping, coffee chats. Standard. Until Alison, Julie and Sarah start to become concerned their friend Heather is being abused by her husband. What transpires from there is a murder and chilling mystery. I don’t want to give too much away in this review, because there are plenty of shocking twists and turns, and just when I thought I figured it all out – a new twist was ready to jump out at me. If you love suspenseful thrillers and want to escape to a twisted reality, I highly recommend this one. I spent two days completely wrapped up in this novel and look forward to reading more from Rebecca Drake.

5 stars

#BookReview: The Good Mother by Sinead Moriarty

the good motherThe Good Mother by Sinead Moriarty will make you cry. You might not cry easily, you might not get emotional over books, but I don’t doubt this books ability to make the tears flow. The story follows Kate and her family – three children and divorced husband – who are still adjusting to life in a broken home after the marriage dissolves via infidelity. But the harder news is just on the horizon – quickly on Jess, the middle child and only daughter in the family, is diagnosed with leukemia. The rest of the novel takes readers through her story, diagnosis, bone marrow transplant,  and so much more. It was very challenging to read long sections at a time, because it was so emotional and honestly, nearly painful to read. The writing was very raw and realistic to a mother losing her child, a friend losing her first best friend, and a young girl losing her life. I have read from Sinead Moriarty in the past and do not doubt her writing capabilities and the way she can bring characters to life, but I will say if you can’t handle intensely emotional scenes, I would not read this one. There really is no let up throughout the book, it’s scene after scene of tears and emotions and pain. I was also a little confused as to the title of the book, as I have seen it advertised as The Good Mother and also as Never Let You Go. But overall, a really wonderful, thought-provoking read, just at times a little too overwhelming for me.

4 stars

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#BookReview: The Way We Were by Sinead Moriarty

the way we wereI have read Sinead Moriarty in the past, and I knew I was settling in with a good women’s fiction read when opening The Way We Were. I closed the book knowing I had just read a great women’s fiction novel. This truly is a gripping family drama, and one that I could not put down. Everything changes for Alice when she finds out her husband Ben was killed in Africa. Not only is her world shattered, but they have two young daughters Ben also left behind. Alice tries to be a good mother while working through her grief, and struggling to pick up the pieces. But in Africa, Ben and another surgeon have been taken hostage, and spend the next two years in captivity, playing doctor to all their kidnappers. They finally escape, and are reunited with their families.

But once home, all does not simply go back to normal. Ben struggles with PTSD, and Alice tries to understand how – just when she finally started to live again – another twist is thrown her way. Their daughters are caught in the middle, and the family struggles to find the way they were – before. I cried several times while reading, and could feel my heart pounding in certain situations. We knew from the prologue and the synopsis that Ben makes it out of captivity, but there were still situations that made me question if he would really survive. Once he returned home, I felt horrible watching the family try to make sense of everything. How does one come back from the dead, and how would you react in that situation? It was challenging to read at times and I felt hopelessness several times alongside Alice, but the ending was so beautifully written, and I closed my Kindle with tears in my eyes.

5 stars

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