Tuesday, May 5, 2020

#MMBBR #Review #FirstLine #Victim2117 @jussiadlerolsen via #partner @DuttonBooks and @NetGalley #NetGalley who provided a #free #reviewcopy

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In the heart-pounding next installment of the New York Timesand #1 internationally bestselling Department Q series, a terrifying international investigation reveals the complex backstory of one of the department's own--the enigmatic Assad.

The newspaper refers to her only as Victim 2117--the two thousand one hundred and seventeenth refugee to die in the Mediterranean Sea. But to three people, the unnamed victim is so much more, and her death sets off a chain of events that throws Department Q, Copenhagen's cold cases division led by Detective Carl M�rck, into a deeply dangerous--and deeply personal--case: a case that not only reveals dark secrets about the past, but has deadly implications for the future.

For troubled Danish teen Alex, whose identity is hidden behind his computer screen, the death of Victim 2117 becomes a symbol of everything he resents and the perfect excuse to unleash his murderous impulses in real life. For Ghallib, one the most brutal tormentors from Abu Ghraib, Saddam Hussein's infamous prison, murdering Victim 2117 was the first step in a terrorist plot years in the making. And for Department Q's Assad, Victim 2117 is a link to his buried past--and a clue that the family he assumed was long dead may still be alive.

With the help of the Department Q squad--Carl, Rose, and Gordon--Assad must finally confront painful memories from his years in Syria and Afghanistan in order to hunt down Ghallib. But with the clock ticking down to Alex's first kill and Ghallib's devastating attack, the thinly spread Department Q will need to stay one step ahead of their most lethal adversary yet if they are to prevent the loss of thousands of innocent lives.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

#FirstLine ~ PROLOGUE ~ A week before Assad's family left Sab Abar, his father took him to Saturday market with its bustling throng of stalls with chickpeas, pomegranates, bulgur, brightly colored spices, and crackling poultry awaiting the ax.

Another great installment of the Department Q series. It was another action packed, relevant novel that was both intense and quickly paced. I loved the depth of the story and the action within it. I love being able to sit down and read and forget about everything happening around me, all the Department Q series books allow me to do just that...escape and read! A fabulous and enjoyable read!

#MMBBR #Review #FirstLine #Reputation @sarabooks via #partner @DuttonBooks and @NetGalley #NetGalley who provided a #free #reviewcopy


In this fast-paced new novel from Sara Shepard, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Pretty Little Liars, a tight-knit college town scrambles for answers when an e-mail hack reveals life-changing secrets and scandals.

Aldrich University is rocked to its core when a hacker dumps 40,000 people's e-mails—the entire faculty, staff, students, alums—onto an easily searchable database. Rumors and affairs immediately leak, but things turn explosive when Kit Manning's handsome husband, Dr. Greg Strasser, is found murdered. Kit's sister, Willa, returns for the funeral, setting foot in a hometown she fled fifteen years ago, after a night she wishes she could forget. As an investigative reporter, Willa knows something isn't right about the night Greg was killed, and she's determined to find the truth. What she doesn't expect is that everyone has something to hide. And with a killer on the loose, Willa and Kit must figure out who killed Greg before someone else is murdered.

Told from multiple points of view, Reputation is full of twists, turns, and shocking reveals. It's a story of intrigue, sabotage, and the secrets we keep—and how far we go to keep them hidden. Number one bestseller Sara Shepard is at the top of her game in this brand-new adult novel.


My rating: 5 of 5 stars

#FirstLine ~ Maybe you got it at birth.

Shepard tackles very deep and complex issues and does so with respect and honor. There are multi-layer characters and thrills that keep you on the edge of your seat in this fast paced and heart racing book. There is so much depth and intensity that caused me to lose track of time and get lost within the story. Shepard has continued to create stories that allow us to escape from life and get lost in stories that we cannot turn away from or stop reading. Now more than ever these types of intensely written stories help us leave reality and get lost in an amazing books! A must read!

Monday, May 4, 2020

#MMBBR #Review #FirstLine #LittleWhiteSecrets @CarolMasonBooks via #partner #lakeunionpublishing and @NetGalley #NetGalley who provided a #free #reviewcopy

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A daughter pushing the limits. A marriage ready to crack. A secret that can break them.

For Emily Rossi, life may not be perfect, but it’s pretty close. She has a great career, a house in the country, a solid marriage to Eric and two wonderful children—tennis superstar Daniel and quiet, sensitive Zara. But when her fourteen-year-old daughter brings home a toxic new best friend, Emily’s seemingly perfect family starts to spiral out of control.
Suddenly Zara is staying out late, taking drugs and keeping bad company. And just when Emily needs Eric to be an involved father, he seems too wrapped up with his job in London to care. What’s more, he’s started drinking again.
When a dark secret from the past emerges, Emily’s life is turned upside down. Struggling to protect the people she loves, can she save her damaged family? Doing so may mean keeping a secret of her own…

Little White Secrets

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

FirstLine ~ PROLOUGE: 'Zara?' I shout, as I stare at my face in the mirror at the bottom of the stairs.

This book was a quite the read. It had a lot of twists and turns that I certainly did not see coming. It was an intense domestic thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat! I loved the characters and how dynamic all the relationships were. You definitely had some breadcrumbs laid out for you, but you never quite knew where the intense intersections of the plot/subplots were going to come to a head. Brilliant!

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