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Book Review: Missing Daughter


Missing Daughter by Rick Mofina– Life can change in an instant. For Ryan and Karen Lane, it happens on the morning they discover their twelve-year-old daughter’s window open, their beloved Maddie missing from her bed. Police investigate. Suspicions swirl. A teenage boy admits he was outside her bedroom window the night she disappeared. A halfway house for convicts recently opened in the neighborhood. The Lane family is thrown into turmoil, then detectives turn their sights on them. No one is ruled out. Not Karen, with her tragic past, who argued with her daughter. Not Ryan, with his violent streak. Not Maddie’s thirteen-year-old brother, Tyler, who heard voices in her room the night she vanished. Days, weeks, months, then agonizing years go by without answers, the Lanes fearing that Maddie is gone forever…until a stunning twist shocks everyone, plunging the family deeper into a world of buried secrets whose revelations threaten the very foundation of their lives.

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Published: February 19, 2019

Acquired: Public library e-book

Series: Standalone

My Rating: 4 Stars

My Thoughts: I wasn’t sure about this book when I borrowed it from the library but the blurb just caught my attention. Having a teen daughter makes me hesitant to read books with this type of premise because it spirals my anxiety. I’m so glad I decided to read this one thought! I was captured from the very first chapter and sucked right into the story. There were enough twists and turns to keep me guessing the entire time. Every member of the family had secrets. I didn’t know who to believe. This was almost a 5 star read for me but I found the sequence of events at the end to be a bit implausible. Still a great read and I highly recommend it!

2019 Monthly Reading Recap: April

I told y’all in my book resolutions post earlier this year that I’m going to hold myself accountable this year with regards to my reading and book buying and borrowing habits. And I’m going to! Each month I’ll be doing a reading recap with all the nitty gritty details. Doing so helps me see that I’m replacing bad habits (spending way too much $ on books when I own thousands) with good habits. So here’s the breakdown for April.

Books Read: 

Unread Shelf Project- 2 books finished

Kindle Unlimited- 6 books finished

Library Reads- 7 books finished

TBR lists/already own- 0 books finished

New books purchased- 0 book finished

Total books read in April = 15

So there’s my totals on books read. Now let’s look deeper! I set goals for sticking to a monthly limit of $15 plus rollover from the previous month for new books. I also set a goal to read enough books this year from Kindle Unlimited to justify the subscription cost. 

Book Purchases- $23.95 budget

 new books for a total of $9.93 ($14.02 rolls over)

Kindle Unlimited- $128.52 cost of annual subscription

6 books read for a total of $22.94 ($77.83 year to date towards cost of subscription)

I have a complete list of books read in April 2019 along with my favorites on Instagram if you’d like to join me. I’ll have reviews coming soon for several of the books from this month. 

This Week New Releases: April 30

New releases for the week of April 30 that are on my wish lists!

The View from Alameda Island by Robyn Carr- April 30- From the outside looking in, Lauren Delaney has a life to envy—a successful career, a solid marriage to a prominent surgeon and two beautiful daughters who are off to good colleges. But on her twenty-fourth wedding anniversary Lauren makes a decision that will change everything. Lauren won’t pretend things are perfect anymore. She defies the controlling husband who has privately mistreated her throughout their marriage and files for divorce. And as she starts her new life, she meets a kindred spirit—a man who is also struggling with the decision to end his unhappy marriage. But Lauren’s husband wants his “perfect” life back and his actions are shocking. Facing an uncertain future, Lauren discovers an inner strength she didn’t know she had as she fights for the love and happiness she deserves.

Little Darlings by Melanie Golding- April 30- Everyone says Lauren Tranter is exhausted, that she needs rest. And they’re right; with newborn twins, Morgan and Riley, she’s never been more tired in her life. But she knows what she saw: that night, in her hospital room, a woman tried to take her babies and replace them with her own…creatures. Yet when the police arrived, they saw no one. Everyone, from her doctor to her husband, thinks she’s imagining things. A month passes. And one bright summer morning, the babies disappear from Lauren’s side in a park. But when they’re found, something is different about them. The infants look like Morgan and Riley―to everyone else. But to Lauren, something is off. As everyone around her celebrates their return, Lauren begins to scream, These are not my babies. Determined to bring her true infant sons home, Lauren will risk the unthinkable. But if she’s wrong about what she saw…she’ll be making the biggest mistake of her life.

Book Review: As Long As We Both Shall Live


As Long As We Both Shall Live by Joann Chaney– “My wife! I think she’s dead!” Matt frantically tells park rangers that he and his wife, Marie, were hiking when she fell off a cliff into the raging river below. They start a search, but they aren’t hopeful: no one could have survived that fall. It was a tragic accident. But Matt’s first wife also died in suspicious circumstances. And when the police pull a body out of the river, they have a lot more questions for Matt. Detectives Loren and Spengler want to know if Matt is a grieving, twice-unlucky husband or a cold-blooded murderer. They dig into the couple’s lives to see what they can unearth. And they find that love’s got teeth, it’s got claws, and once it hitches you to a person, it’s tough to rip yourself free. So what happens when you’re done making it work? 

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Published: January 15, 2019

Acquired: Public library e-book

Series: Standalone

My Rating: 3 Stars

My Thoughts: I was excited for this book but it was a hard read for me. I figured out the big twist very early on so the reveal was anticlimactic for me. I also strongly disliked both main characters- Matt and Marie. I have a hard time with books where I don’t have someone to root for as I read. The subplot that was running throughout the book didn’t seem to really impact the main story and I was confused why it was included because it disrupted the flow of the main story for me. Overall, the story was pretty hard to follow for me. Additionally, none of the relationships seemed to be well developed so it was hard to get a sense of why certain characters made certain choices for much of the story. If you like domestic thrillers and have a few free hours then you might give this one a try. 

Book Review: The Night Olivia Fell


The Night Olivia Fell by Christina McDonald– In the small hours of the morning, Abi Knight is startled awake by the phone call no mother ever wants to get: her teenage daughter Olivia has fallen off a bridge. Not only is Olivia brain dead, she’s pregnant and must remain on life support to keep her baby alive. And then Abi sees the angry bruises circling Olivia’s wrists. When the police unexpectedly rule Olivia’s fall an accident, Abi decides to find out what really happened that night. Heartbroken and grieving, she unravels the threads of her daughter’s life. Was Olivia’s fall an accident? Or something far more sinister? Christina McDonald weaves a suspenseful and heartwrenching tale of hidden relationships, devastating lies, and the power of a mother’s love. With flashbacks of Olivia’s own resolve to uncover family secrets, this taut and emotional novel asks: how well do you know your children? And how well do they know you? 

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Published: February 5, 2019

Acquired: Public library e-book

Series: Standalone

My Rating: 5 Stars

My Thoughts: I think this is one of those books that as a mother of a teenage girl just felt like a punch in the gut. I could feel Abi’s pain and desperation jumping off the pages at me. I could easily place myself in her shoes. The reality of her daughter having a whole other side of her life that Abi knew nothing about was enough to give any mother of a teenage girl cringing. The story is told from dual points of view- Abi in the present and Olivia in the past- which I felt really added a lot of depth to the story that would have been missing if it had only been told from one perspective. I identified with both of them for very different reasons and that made the story incredibly engaging for me. I had to know what happened to Olivia and I was surprised by the twists and turns the story took to get to the truth.