Thursday, January 6, 2022

#MMBBR #Showcase #FirstLine #WinterWater by #SusanneJansson via @GrandCentralPub who provided a free copy!


#FirstLine ~ It was the skies, so many, so vast.

An atmospheric and compelling Swedish suspense of a parent's greatest fear realized, written by a master storyteller.
Martin, who has always been drawn to the ocean, moves his wife Alexandra and their two young children move to his family's idyllic summer cottage in the picturesque island village of Orust, on the west coast of Sweden. Martin begins to cultivate a mussel farm, where he soon runs into trouble with the locals.

One January weekend, when Martin is distracted by a ringing phone, he discovers that in those few moments, his young son has gone missing and his little red bucket is bobbing in the waves. Though his body is never found, it's ruled an accidental drowning. Martin's grief is all-consuming as he falls into a deep depression, withdrawing from his family and community.

When former police photographer Maya Linde arrives to Orust, she learns of the little boy's disappearance and decides to do some investigating of her own. Martin and Maya grow closer as they learn the hidden truths of this town and the locals who have always mythologized the ocean.

Together they make a macabre discovery: other children have tragically died in the these waves, all on the same day in January, all in the exact same spot, though decades apart. Can it really be a coincidence, or is the ocean luring the children into its depths? As Maya and Martin grapple with a threat far greater than they ever imagined, they soon realize that the truth is actually much stranger than fiction...

Set against a backdrop of the whispering ocean, Winter Water is an atmospheric and gripping suspense novel of the nature of grief and the many acts is can make us capable of.

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

#MMBBR #FirstLine #Review #RecklessGirls by @LadyHawkins via @MacmillanAudio and @StMartinsPress Copy provided by @Netgalley

Reckless GirlsReckless Girls by Rachel Hawkins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

#FirstLine ~ Sometimes I wonder if people on vacation think they're actually on another planet.

This book was SO good. I was engaged from that first line. I could not help but put younger me in the place of the characters. I was constancy thinking about how I would have handled myself throughout the course of this unforgettable story. This book was jam packed with adventure, thrills and intrigue, as well as a few twists and turns that I DID NOT see coming! The ending was, Whoa!!!! I think everyone needs to read this book! Reckless Girls would make a perfect book club choice.

The audiobook was awesome too. The narrator did a fantastic job bringing the story to life! 

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#MMBBR #Review #FirstLine #HelloTranscriber by #HannahMorrissey via @MinotaurBooks #won a copy #WisconsinAuthor #WisconsinPride

Hello, TranscriberHello, Transcriber by Hannah Morrissey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

#FirstLine - I shouldn’t be here.

This book was really great. It was a wonderful story to read as I entered the new year. It was well written, well paced and the story contained mystery and intriguing characters. I am excited to see where Morrissey takes us and what else happens in Black Harbor. I know I will be watching for more books from this talented debut writer. Additionally, it is set in my home state, so that is always a fun aspect to a read!!! Well done!!

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Tuesday, December 21, 2021

#MMBBR #FirstLine #HighStakes by @Iris_Johansen via @GrandCentralPub

High StakesHigh Stakes by Iris Johansen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

#FirstLine - "It's time, Lara," Maria said gently from the doorway behind her.

Another awesome read from Johansen. I can never seem to put her book down. I get pulled into the characters, setting and story. It was one of those reads that I finished in a few sittings because I needed to see what was going happen. A must read and a book I highly recommend!!!

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Friday, December 17, 2021

#MMBBR #Review #FirstLine #EverythingWeDidntSay by @NicoleLynnBaart via @AtriaBooks

Everything We Didn't SayEverything We Didn't Say by Nicole Baart
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

#FirstLine ~ The murders took place on a hot summer night, but to Juniper it would always be winter in Jericho.

This book was intense. The alternating timelines add so much depth to the story. I was taken away between past and present navigating secrets, love and small town living in this book that was super hard to put down. A must read for thrill lovers. You will love the pace and setting of the book. You are sure to be enthralled from cover to cover!

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#MMBBR #Review #FirstLine #WhatWeCarry by #KalynFogarty via @penguinrandom

What We CarryWhat We Carry by Kalyn Fogarty
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

#FirstLine ~ Hope slipped away as my water broke all over the emergency room floor.

This book starts with a bang. Read that first line. It gave me all the fees right off the bat and did not stop. This book is important. It is heartbreaking and hopeful. It is real and honest. It is a must read!!!

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Thursday, December 16, 2021

#MMBBR #Reviews #FirstLine #Win by @HarlanCoben and #AnAmbushOfWidows by @JeffAbbott via @GrandCentralPub #BooksMakeGreatGifts


The new novel from Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times bestselling author and creator of The Stranger on Netflix.

From a #1 New York Times bestselling author comes this thrilling story that shows what happens when a dead man's secrets fall into the hands of vigilante antihero—drawing him down a dangerous road.

Over twenty years ago, the heiress Patricia Lockwood was abducted during a robbery of her family's estate, then locked inside an isolated cabin for months. Patricia escaped, but so did her captors — and the items stolen from her family were never recovered.

Until now. On the Upper West Side, a recluse is found murdered in his penthouse apartment, alongside two objects of note: a stolen Vermeer painting and a leather suitcase bearing the initials WHL3. For the first time in years, the authorities have a lead — not only on Patricia's kidnapping, but also on another FBI cold case — with the suitcase and painting both pointing them toward one man.

Windsor Horne Lockwood III — or Win, as his few friends call him — doesn't know how his suitcase and his family's stolen painting ended up with a dead man. But his interest is piqued, especially when the FBI tells him that the man who kidnapped his cousin was also behind an act of domestic terrorism — and that the conspirators may still be at large. The two cases have baffled the FBI for decades, but Win has three things the FBI doesn't: a personal connection to the case; an ungodly fortune; and his own unique brand of justice.

#FirstLine ~ The shot that will decide the championship is slowly arching its way toward the basket.

Another win by the master storyteller. This book had everything! It was so good, with twists and turns...action galore. It was a roller-coaster and a new series I cannot wait to continue! 

In New York Times bestselling author Jeff Abbott’s latest novel of riveting psychological suspense, an uneasy alliance forms as two widows delve into their husbands’ deadly and dangerous secrets—as they try to protect their own.

Henry North is a down-on-his-luck cybersecurity expert from New Orleans. Adam Zhang is the cofounder of one of Austin’s most successful venture capitalist firms. These two men didn’t know each other. They had never met. Yet they died together, violently, in a place neither had any business being.

When Henry doesn’t return from a business trip, his wife, Kirsten, panics—and then gets an anonymous phone call: “Your husband is dead in Austin.”

Flora Zhang knew her husband was keeping secrets. She suspected an affair, but she had decided she could forgive him for his weakness—until her husband ended up dead. And with no explanation for her husband’s murder, the police begin to suspect her.

Together, these two widows will face a powerful foe determined to write a false narrative about the murders. In doing so, neither Flora nor Kirsten will remain the women the world thought they were.

#FirstLine ~ Kirsten North was doing what she normally did when Henry was gone on a business trip: finishing her own work on her laptop on the couch, ordering in Chinese food from the place Henry didn't much like, and watching a British baking show that was like televised tranquilizer.

What a great story. It kept me engaged from start to finish. It was one of those stories that was paced well with lots of interesting characters and a story that was both interesting and also engaging! 

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