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The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn @AJFinnBooks @WmMorrowBooks #BookReview #travelingsistersread

The Woman in the WindowThe Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Traveling Sisters Read by Brenda and Norma with Holly, Kaceey, Susanne, Lindsay, Jan, Kendall, and Diane

We read The Woman In The Window with seven of our Traveling Sisters and we were split again into two different coulees. Some of us really enjoyed this one and were in the deep-rooted end of the rapturous murky coulee and the rest of the sisters lost in the craters of the dry coulee looking for water and a way out.

THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW by A. J. FINN is a fascinating, fast-paced and twisty psychological suspense thriller novel that takes a look inside one women’s delusions and truth that left us questioning what was real and what wasn’t.

The story starts off a bit murky in the beginning leaving us somewhat confused as to what was actually going on in this story. We soon learn we are being drawn into our main character Anna’s unstable world who experiences Agoraphobia. We all mostly started out intrigued and engrossed in the story and were turning the pages as fast as we could to find out what was real and what wasn’t. For Norma and the sisters in the gloomy dry coulee they became frustrated with the holes in this one and were questioning some things that just didn’t seem to add up for them, taking away some of their enjoyment for this story. For Brenda and the sisters in the rapturous murky coulee we were so engrossed in Anna’s mind and figuring out the mystery of her reality that the gloom turned to mist and we were fascinated with this story till the end.

A.J. Finn does a good job creating an unstable world here for Anna and showing us how detached she really was from reality. He reveals clues along the way for us to figure out some things on our own without creating any shocking plot twists. Instead, he shows us just how unreliable Anna’s world was by leaving small clues for us to pick up on but kept us questioning them as to what was really happening until the very end.

We all really enjoyed the premise of this book and found the agoraphobia aspect of this novel quite fascinating. It read really fast for all of us and we were all intrigued by the woman in the window. Would recommend!

Thank you so much to Edelweiss, William Morrow and A. J. Finn for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review.

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Kaceey’s Review

4.5*

Agoraphobia is an intense fear and anxiety of being in places where it is hard to escape, or where help might not be available. Agoraphobia usually involves fear of crowds, bridges, or of being outside alone.  NIH

For the past 10 months Anna has been trapped inside the four walls she calls home. She can’t bring herself to take a single step outside. No grocery shopping, no walks through the park, not even to pick a package from the front stoop. Anna is an agoraphobic. Her days are filled with pills to control her anxiety and other ailments followed by a bottle or two (sometimes more) of wine to wash it all down. Her life outside her home is only viewed through her Nikon camera, where she watches her neighbors’ daily routines. (Much to their chagrin).

When she witnesses an attack in the home across the street no one will believe her. Not the homeowners, not even the police!

Anna begins to question if it’s a side effect of her medication, or is there a reason no one wants to believe her.

This book started out very slow for me. With most of us saying “huh? I’m confused!” That confusion quickly cleared as the pace revved up. Soon I was in full speed thriller mode! What an incredible ride.  A.J. Finn had me questioning everyone from Anna herself to a grandmother in Montana!

Some of the twists were predictable – but that didn’t take away from my enjoyment. The big finale of a twist was absolutely perfect! Didn’t see that one coming at all! It’s a fairly long book but reads super-fast and keeps you glued to the pages! This is my favorite kind of thriller!!

Highly recommend!

Thank you to Edelweiss, HarperCollins and A.J. Finn for a copy to read and review.

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Lindsay’s Review

3.5 stars

This was a highly suspenseful, anxiety-filled, page-turning wild ride! The main character, Anna Fox, suffers from agoraphobia (hers is a fear of being outside). She can’t leave her home and finds herself obsessed with the “hobby” of keeping tabs on her neighbours by watching them through the many windows in her large house. I liked Anna, but found that after the halfway mark, her paranoia and constant coping mechanisms started to get slightly annoying.

The author, A. J. Finn, did a fantastic job pulling me into Anna’s world– feeling her terror and contemplating her thoughts, but I feel that some of it became slightly repetitive.

I found myself flipping the pages quickly as I was very curious to see how everything would come together in the end. My interest and curiosity was piqued from the very start.

A big thank you to Edelweiss, William Morrow and A. J. Finn for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

 

 

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The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin @chloekbenjamin #BookReview #travelingsistersread

The ImmortalistsThe Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

Norma’s rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a Traveling Sisters Group Read, and only two of us were left standing in the Lush Coulee with the rest of the sisters leaving the coulee at or before the first goal of this book. Thank you to Jennifer for reading this one with me, it was a pleasure and I loved the discussion this book brought out.

4.5 stars! This was such a memorable and interesting read that had such a unique storyline with a profound and special message within the pages of this book that had us asking ourselves so many questions!

What if we could find out the date of our death? Would we want to know? Would it change the way that we would live our lives?  Is it fate or do we have the ability to change our fate?

Love life for what we have and live it to our greatest potential as if it were our last, as we never know if we are actually living our last day!

THE IMMORTALISTS by CHLOE BENJAMIN is an interesting, entertaining, fascinating, and a different sort of read that had me feeling quite uncomfortable with some of the early scenes but then had me totally engaged and I needed to find out how this story was going to end.  I thoroughly enjoyed following along the lives of these four young siblings who find out the date of each of their deaths from a gypsy fortune teller.

CHLOE BENJAMIN delivers a beautifully written, intriguing and captivating story here that was told in all the different perspectives of the four siblings as their date predicted by the fortune teller comes near.  My favorite sibling was Klara, and I really loved reading her section and I really enjoyed the magical aspect to her storyline.

I would also like to mention that this book is not going to be for everyone. It’s a thought-provoking book with a strong message that is for sure, but there were a couple of explicit sex scenes which I wasn’t quite expecting and the descriptions were a little uncomfortable for me to read. I wish that I would have been forewarned about them so I would have been a little prepared before reading this book.

To sum it all up it was a fast-paced, heartfelt, powerful, thought-provoking, and a deeply moving story that was hard for me to put down.  Highly recommended with caution!!!

Publishing Date:  January 9, 2018

Thank you so much to Edelweiss, G.P. Putnam’s Sons & Chloe Benjamin for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review!

 

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The Killing Game by J.S. Carol @JamesCarolBooks #BookReview #travelingsistersread

The Killing GameThe Killing Game by J.S. Carol

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Traveling Sisters review by Brenda with Kaceey

I read The Killing Game with Kaceey and we were lost in the traumatized dark murky coulee and not wanting to be found until we finished this chilling, fascinating yet disturbing killing game. At times we wanted to crawl on out as we became a little uncomfortable in all the grimy, muddy violence but we couldn’t bring ourselves to actually start crawling out. Instead, we were lost in this captivating and unsettling story. Our hearts were racing and I am sure at times we needed to be found as we thought we might stop breathing. We continued and felt ourselves being pulled more into the twisted game our tormenter had in store for us. There is no holding back here from our master of the killing game, creating the most uncomfortable tension like we never felt before.

The Killing Game is a brilliant and exciting paced story that is cleverly told in real time, minute by minute, drawing us right into the fear and terror of this fast action-packed story. The chapters are short with cliffhangers that left us dangling and gasping for air.

Carol does a fantastic job creating Hollywood’s finest of wealth, fame and fortune with these likable and not so likable characters. He cleverly pushes his characters, testing their limits with the twisted, disturbing games and in turn testing us and had us questioning human nature. He had us rooting for some and shamefully not for others, drawing us into this twisted, murky game. In the end, we were left shocked by these characters and our reaction to them and what was behind Hollywood’s fame and glamour in this story. That’s great writing.

Yes J.S. Carol, you have done your job well and succeeded in traumatizing us with your twisted Killing Game. We will gladly be searching out more books by you and keeping our eyes peeled for your new one.

We highly recommend with caution as there is a bit of violence to this one.

 

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Review by Norma: The Ghostwriter by Alessandra Torre #BookReview #travelingsistersread

The GhostwriterThe Ghostwriter by Alessandra Torre

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 Stunning Stars!  THE GHOSTWRITER was a spectacular read that left me absolutely speechless upon finishing it and was quickly placed into my favourite reads shelf for 2017!

THE GHOSTWRITER by ALESSANDRA TORRE is a beautifully written novel that is so emotionally moving about a famous romance novelist Helena Ross that wasn’t always the most likeable person but definitely the most interesting and in the end she totally captured my heart.  I have never been so moved and touched by a novel before like I was with this one.

ALESSANDRA TORRE delivers an extremely impressive, well-written, well-paced and touching story here with well-developed characters that was interesting, heartbreaking and captivating to read.  I was totally engrossed in this novel from start to finish and it was extremely hard for me to put down.

The way that this story was written is one of my absolute favourite ways as I love books that are about writers and stories within stories as I find them so fascinating and so interesting to read.  I also really enjoy when an author drops little shocking tidbits of truth along the way for us to pick up on and chew over which always keeps me guessing and eagerly waiting in anticipation of what is coming next.  I like not knowing what is coming next until it is right upon us and then when the big reveal happens I am totally blown away.

What an emotional and powerful end for a beautifully written book that I won’t soon forget!  Would highly recommend!!

This was an absolutely wonderful book to have shared and discussed with our Traveling Sisters and I thoroughly enjoyed the reading experience! Thank you ladies!!

Thank you so much to NetGalley, DCA, and Alessandra Torre for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review.

 

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The Boat Runner by Devin Murphy #BookReview #travelingsistersread

The Boat RunnerThe Boat Runner by Devin Murphy

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5 Stars

Traveling Sisters Review by Brenda with Lindsay, Susanne and Jennifer

I read The Boat Runner with three of my Traveling Sisters and we were split into different coulees with this one. Some of spilt in the all my heart and emotion Lush Coulee and the rest of us were lost in the overwhelmed Dreary Coulee.

The Boat Runner is an ambitious original heartbreaking heavy story of personal tragedy for our main character 14-year-old Jacob. When we first meet Jacob things started off a little slow for us as we see and get comfortable with Jacob’s comfortable life and his strong relationship with his brother and parents. Very quickly personal tragedy hits Jacob and his family and we are surrounded by grief, loss, and guilt. This is where we slowing started making our way out of the coulee with half of us separating into the Lush Coulee and the other half getting lost in the Dreary Coulee. So much is thrown at Jacob and very quickly the story became overwhelming with the relentless grief and sadness for some of us. For the sisters lost and really enjoying the Lush Coulee they were drawn to the the intense emotion and felt like they were living through this devastating time with Jacob and were completely immersed in his life.

Devin Murphy does a good job creating strong characters faced with tough decisions that had us thinking, questioning and discussing their choices. We enjoyed discussing and seeing how differently we felt towards this story

The Boat Runner left us all feeling exhausted but in different ways. The sisters in the Lush Coulee were left feeling exhausted in a good way making this one an unforgettable story and the rest of us exhausted and just wanting to get out of the Dreary Coulee. We all still highly recommend this one.

Thank you to Edelweiss, Harper Perennial and Devin Murphy for a copy to read and review.

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Lindsay’s Review

4.5 stars!

This was a gripping, heart wrenching and heart pounding WWII story. I am emotionally exhausted after finishing this book.

This novel follows Jacob, a 14 year-old Dutch boy who lives through countless wartime atrocities. He is forced to make major life decisions with a conflicted heart and mind. I grew attached to each and every character throughout Jacob’s journey – the author, Devin Murphy, did an outstanding job with character development. I was completely captivated by Jacob in this coming-of- age story – I was rooting for him from start to finish. I found myself fully immersed in his situation, feeling his pain over the many personal losses he faced, contemplating his confusing life changing decisions, struggling to find the strength to have hope and continue on.

Murphy did a phenomenal job pulling me right into the emotion of this devastating, yet engrossing journey. My heart was pounding with intensity during several parts of this traumatic and unforgettable debut novel. There were a couple sections that started to drag (only very slightly) but they picked right back up soon after. This story was a slower paced build up, but well worth the wait!

A big thank you to Edelweiss, Harper Perennial and Devin Murphy for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review! I am already highly anticipating this author’s next work!

 

 

 

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**Blog Tour Review** The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen #travelingsistersread #BookReview

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Hello everyone and thank you so much for stopping by!  We are so excited to be a part of the blog tour for The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen and share our Traveling Sisters Review with you along with our Traveling Sisters Kaceey, Susanne, and Lindsay’s individual reviews, who also read this book with us.  For some of us Traveling Sisters this was one of our favorite books that we have read in 2017 and one of the most anticipated releases for 2018.  If you’re a fan of psychological thrillers, this is not one to miss.  We all highly recommend!

The Traveling Sisters ~ Norma and Brenda! xxoo

Thanks to St. Martin’s Press for the advanced copy and blog tour spot in exchange for a review!

THE WIFE BETWEEN US by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen (Releasing January 9th, 2018)

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Book Description:

A novel of suspense that explores the complexities of marriage and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.

When you read this book, you will make many assumptions.
You will assume you are reading about a jealous wife and her obsession with her replacement.
You will assume you are reading about a woman about to enter a new marriage with the man she loves.
You will assume the first wife was a disaster and that the husband was well rid of her.
You will assume you know the motives, the history, the anatomy of the relationships.
Assume nothing.

Discover the next blockbuster novel of suspense, and get ready for the read of your life.

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The Wife Between UsThe Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4.5 Stars!

Traveling Sisters Review by Brenda and Norma

We read The Wife Between Us with three of our Traveling Sisters Kaceey, Susanne and Lindsay.

The Wife Between Us is an angst driven, clever, gripping, suspenseful and not your typical domestic psychological thriller novel that was an absolutely thrilling and exciting read. We went into this one thinking we were going to be prepared to look outside of the box and figure out some of those shocking twists. We had our game on and we were on the lookout for those clues that were so brilliantly executed with only Norma picking up on one right from the start. Brenda should have too!

It started off a bit slow as we were waiting to pick up on those oh so subtle clues, and the questions started building up for us. We thought we were ready and then the first shocking and unforgettable twist came and we all were left speechless with only one word to say, “WOW”. Well except for Norma who was feeling pretty proud of yourself for picking up on the clue for that one. After that initial shock we started questioning how the authors were going to pull it off with this twisty plot and we really enjoyed the discussion that brought on.

Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen have done such a fantastic job here with this complicated, complex and compelling storyline, creating a fascinating unreliable character here with Vanessa. We questioned her motives, her history and her husband and their relationship. We didn’t know who to trust and we tried not to make assumptions and that left us questioning everyone. The authors do such a great job with this unique and riveting novel, cleverly revealing the right pieces of the puzzle to us at the right time which were so brilliantly delivered. Allowing us to only see those pieces after reading it and leaving us discussing just how cleverly plotted this story really was.

We all found this to be a fun, fast-paced, exciting, enjoyable and a compelling read and we all absolutely loved this reading experience! That ending was absolutely phenomenal and Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen we all agree that you both definitely pulled it off! Highly recommend!!

Thank you to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press and Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen for an ARC of this novel to read and review.

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Kaceey’s Review

4.5*
When a book can create a buzz…when my sense of anxiety notches up! I know I’ve come across a great read!

This fantastic new release by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen did just that for me! With a constant aura of anticipation and unease, (Just what we love when reading a thriller!) I breezed through the pages.

I was reminded partially through, (thank you Brenda!) that a wicked twist lay ahead. Yet even with a heads-up, I never saw it coming! Whaaat??!! And bonus…there were plenty more to come!

A fantastic, mind-bending thriller dealing with… marriage, divorce and the other woman (not necessarily in that order!). And well, I’ll just stop there! I won’t keep rattling on and risk giving anything away. Trust me, the less you know going in, the more you’ll enjoy this one!
And be forewarned – you’ll want to clear your schedule. Once you start, you won’t want to put this one down! A great collaboration from Ms. Hendricks and Ms. Pekkanen. An exciting new writing duo in the thriller arena. Can’t wait for their next release!!

Thank you to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press and Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen for an ARC of this novel to read and review.

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Susanne’s Review

4.5 Stars* (rounded up).

Chilling and Thrilling! It will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. Take notice friends. This is the next best seller.

“The Wife Between Us” is compelling and absolutely riveting. This is the story of Vanessa, Richard and Nellie, whom you think you know oh so well, but the truth is, no one is ever who you think they are. And what I will tell you is that this book will have you looking over your shoulder, questioning everything – including yourselves.

I was freaked out from the start. Breathless, uncomfortable and a little afraid. My stomach was in knots, I was gripped in fear and yet I was unable to stop. I was like a mouse with a piece of cheese. I couldn’t get enough of the characters, especially of Vanessa, her angst, her needs and her fears. And just like the mouse, I got trapped. Trapped in the mystery. Trapped in the most idiosyncratic read ever. Loving every second of it.

“The Wife Between Us” by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen is a phenomenal psychological thriller. It will be the must read thriller of 2018. It was addictive and completely captivating. The writing was brilliant and the fact that two authors wrote this together and did so seamlessly is one heck of a feat.

Thank you to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press and Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

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Lindsay’s Review

3.5 stars!

This was a twisty and suspenseful thriller that had my jaw-dropping from start to finish.

The authors, Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanan, did a fantastic job creating an intriguing plot with many clever and shocking twists and turns. I loved the element of surprise that hit me a few times throughout the story – I was caught completely off guard!  Fantastic job to these authors for building up the suspense and presenting some completely unexpected and mind-blowing cliffhangers at the end of
each section!

Overall, I enjoyed this novel, but did find some parts became slightly repetitive and the pace dragged at a few points. I enjoyed and felt satisfied with the ending, though I wasn’t ‘wowed’ by it. I did find some of the dialogue and characters’ thoughts seemed unnatural.

This unique and entertaining story was a quick and easy read that I breezed through with my Traveling Sisters.

A big thank you to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press and the authors, Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanan, for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review!