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Book Review: The Good Liar

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The Good Liar by Catherine McKenzie– When an explosion rips apart a Chicago building, the lives of three women are forever altered.

A year later, Cecily is in mourning. She was supposed to be in the building that day. Instead, she stood on the street and witnessed it going down, with her husband and best friend inside. Kate, now living thousands of miles away, fled the disaster and is hoping that her past won’t catch up with her. And Franny, a young woman in search of her birth mother, watched the horror unfold on the morning news, knowing that the woman she was so desperate to reconnect with was in the building.

Now, despite the marks left by the tragedy, they all seem safe. But as its anniversary dominates the media, the memories of that terrifying morning become dangerous triggers. All these women are guarding important secrets. Just how far will they go to keep them?

My Rating: 4 Stars

My Thoughts: This is a book about lies- so many lies. There were so many lies told by so many characters that it was nearly too much to keep of while reading. The story revolves mainly around 3 women- Cecily, Kaitlyn, and Franny- whose stories are connected in more ways than they thought. It all begins with a tragedy but things aren’t always as they seem. All 3 characters have major secrets they are protecting and those secrets affect everyone around them. 

This is a psychological thriller that takes more twists and turns than a roller coaster. The characters- love them or hate them- are very well written and their actions stayed true to the character throughout that book. For the purpose of this book it seemed less important to like the characters and in fact I enjoyed the book more because I despised 2 of them! I knew very early on who was going to be the villain of this story but I didn’t see the magnitude of the twists that were coming. The ending was satisfying and most of the loose threads were tied up. 



Book Review: The Waiting Room

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The Waiting Room by Emily Bleeker

Ever since her husband’s death collided with the birth of her daughter, postpartum depression has taken hold of Veronica Shelton. She can’t sleep, can’t work, and can’t bear to touch her beautiful baby girl. Her emotional state is whispering lies in Veronica’s ear: You’re a bad mother. Your baby would be better off without you. But not everything can be reasoned away by Veronica’s despair. Can it?

After all, the break-in at her house happened. The disturbing sketches she found in her studio are real. So is the fear for her daughter’s safety—especially when Veronica comes home to a cold, silent nursery and a missing baby.

As she turns from victim into primary suspect, Veronica realizes that only she can find her daughter. Authorities aren’t helping. They’re only watching. Veronica’s concerned mother has suddenly vanished from her life. And a new friend seems to be keeping secrets from her too. Now, reality is waiting for Veronica in a dark place—because someone’s mind games have only just begun.

My Rating: 4.5 Stars

My Thoughts: I’m always hesitant to read books that deal with Postpartum Mood Disorders as a major plot point because so rarely do they portray it realistically. However, I am a fan of Emily Bleeker’s other books and felt compelled to read this book. I am so glad I did! This book is so much more than just a story about Postpartum Depression. There were twists and turns and shockers that had my eyebrows shooting off my forehead.

I found the main character, Veronica, to be very relatable even as I cringed at her lack of interaction with her daughter. I could feel her emotions jumping off the pages- fear, grief, anger, confusion. The friendship she forms with Gilliam felt awkward and stilted which wasn’t a product of bad writing but rather Veronica’s mental state. I’ll confess that I didn’t care for Veronica’s mother at all during the book- and I definitely didn’t care for her after the twist was revealed. 

It’s hard to review this book without revealing too much. It’s better to go into this one fairly blind. I thought I was reading a domestic drama but it ventured more into the territory of a domestic thriller by the end. About halfway through the story I had a hunch where it was going but I didn’t see all the twists and turns that were coming! I definitely recommend this one to anyone who likes their domestic dramas with a side of mystery and suspense!